News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 2, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 18

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU's Lauralee Zimmerly has been honored with the National University Dance Educator of the Year Award from the National Dance Association

Idaho State University's Lauralee Zimmerly has been honored with the National University Dance Educator of the Year Award from the National Dance Association (NDA), one of six national groups that comprise the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

She received the award because of her comprehensive expertise and knowledge in the field of dance; her research projects and writing on dance, her choreography and performance, and her teaching.

"I am extremely honored," said Zimmerly, ISU associate lecturer in dance. "Initially, it was a total surprise that I was a finalist, and I couldn't believe it. Then, to receive the award at the conference was an even bigger thrill."

Zimmerly has been teaching dance at Idaho State University for 12 years. "I think one reason they selected me was because of my longevity in a dance program, making it through both the challenges and high points of dance at ISU," she said. When Zimmerly started at ISU, the dance program was offered in the physical education department and was under the direction of Dr. Marcia Lloyd whose vision moved the program forward. ISU currently offers a minor in dance as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance in the School of Performing Arts.

"Our program has always strived towards developing a dance major at ISU, and we're waiting for the right timing to move forward with the process," Zimmerly said.

Zimmerly said she is proud of the program she represents. In the last year, ISU dance director Joséphine Garibaldi and faculty member Molly Jorgensen have been acknowledged at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Conference for their choreographic works and ISU student dancers have been recognized for their talent in performing.

"The Idaho State University dance program really has a presence in the national dance community, which is remarkable, since we only have a minor program," Zimmerly said. "We are in the same league as university dance departments that offer majors and Master of Fine Arts degree programs in dance."

Prior to receiving the national honor, Zimmerly was named Idaho Dance Educator of the Year in 2009 by the Idaho Association of Health, PE, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) and The Northwest Dance Educator of the Year in 2010 by AAHPERD.

Zimmerly, who is schedule to receive a Doctor of Education degree this summer, received the award at the 2011 National AAHERD Convention held in her hometown, San Diego.

"It was great for me to go to my hometown to receive the award because my whole family was actively involved in dance and physical education there."

Check out the March 2011 ISU Cares award winners

ISU Cares award winners for March 2011 are:

Bob Allen, Purchasing
Laura Miller, COT Trade & Industrial
Dave Harris, Office of Sponsored Programs
Jeff Christensen, Counseling & Testing (student employee)
Jacob Christensen, Boise Family Dentistry
Lydia Warth, Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC)

Congratulations to each of our newest winners. They were awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a $15 Visa card, courtesy of ISU Credit Union. We appreciate ISU Credit union for their continued support of our ISU Care program.

To see pictures and a short biography of each winner, click ISU Cares.

News Bites

ISU will graduate a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs Monday, May 9

Idaho State University will graduate a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs Monday, May 9, conferring more than 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health professions and sciences.

Commencement exercises begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Dr. Karl Watts, president and founder of Genesis World Mission, will deliver the commencement keynote address. In 2010, the American Academy of Family Physicians named the Boise doctor its national Family Physician of the Year.

"We are delighted that we are graduating our largest class to date of 200 students," said Ali Crane, ISU-Meridian's enrollment and student services director. "I'm sure students will find Dr. Watts' words inspiring as they enter careers in the health professions."

ISU-Meridian will award its first Doctor of Philosophy degree in counselor education and counseling, a program expanded from the Pocatello campus to Meridian in 2008.

"We're pleased to have our first Ph.D. graduate in counselor education and counseling," said ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes, noting in 2010, U.S. News and World Report rated the ISU counseling program the 13th best program of its kind in the country.

Dietetics student Kate Erickson -the Outstanding Student Achievement Award honoree representing ISU's Division of Health Sciences-and ISU-Meridian's seven Student Excellence Award nominees will be recognized at commencement. They are:

Department faculty nominated the students for academic excellence, research, professional achievement and community service. Katsilometes will announce the top Student Excellence honoree at the commencement ceremony.

The ISU-Meridian Health Science Center offers more than 20 programs in the health professions, including pharmacy, nursing, medical/clinical laboratory science, physician assistant studies, audiology, dental hygiene, speech-language pathology, counseling and an advanced dental residency.

Ten ISU alumni will be honored with ISU Professional Achievement Awards at ISU Commencement exercises

Ten Idaho State University alumni will be honored with ISU Professional Achievement Awards at ISU Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, in Holt Arena.

Professional Achievement Award recipients are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University. Individuals selected for these prestigious awards have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2011 are: Bart K. Hendrickson, Los Angeles, Calif., College of Arts and Letters, Fine Arts and Humanities; K. Wade Tolman, Pocatello, College of Arts and Letters, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Walton Poole, Boise, College of Science and Engineering, Natural and Physical Sciences; Michael Heinrich, San Jose, Calif., College of Science and Engineering, Engineering; Dr. Evelyn Robinson, Pocatello, College of Education; M. Bruce Nelson, Boca Raton. Fla., College of Business; Terry Gillett, Gilbert, Ariz., College of Technology; Eli Tour, Hilton Head Island, S.C., College of Pharmacy; Lory Laughter, Napa, Calif., Division of Health Sciences and Dr. Grace Jacobsen, Pocatello, School of Nursing.

College of Arts and Letters, Fine Arts and Humanities - Bart Hendrickson:

Hendrickson began his professional career in music in 1999 as a sample and sound designer for Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Since that time he has worked on the films "Gladiator," "Mission Impossible 2," "Hannibal," "Pearl Harbor," "Black Hawk Down," "The Last Samurai," "Spirit," "The Ring," "King Arthur," "Batman" and "Da Vinci Code," while writing additional music for "Hannibal," "Pirates of the Carribbean's 1," "2" and "3," "We Were Soldiers," "The Ring 2," "The Island," "Timber Falls" and "Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2."

Hendrickson and writing partner J Bateman have had two movie releases of their own - 2004's multiple award-winning film "Saints and Soldiers" and "Forever Strong" in 2007.

In 2004, Hendrickson and his longtime friend Pat Monahan from the Grammy Award-winning band Train, wrote the hit single "Ordinary" for "Spiderman 2." The duo wrote "New Sensation" featured in Train's album, "Alive at Last." Other songwriters, producers and bands Hendrickson has worked and continues to work with include Don Gilmore, David Baerwald, Alice Cooper, Trapt, Good Charlotte, Hollywood Undead, Tarja Turunen, Escape the Fate, Extreme Music and Rob Grad.

Currently, Hendrickson is composing music for the motion picture, "Three of a Kind," to be released in fall 2011.

College of Arts and Letters, Social and Behavioral Sciences - K. Wade Tolman:

Tolman earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Idaho State University in 1975, and a graduate degree in operations from BAI School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin in 1983. He has worked as Keycorp since 1988.

Previously, he was senior vice president and manager of operations and planning at Idaho bank and Trust Company.

Tolman served as president and member of the board of directors of Payment Solutions Network, member of the Federal Reserve Board ECP Advisory Group, along with leadership positions in several other organizations. Tolman also served on the dean's advisory board for the College of Arts and Letters. He is a speaker at various industry-related conferences.

It was Tolman's goal to retire early, return to Pocatello, and get involved in his church, community and alma mater. Wade retired from KeyCorp as executive vice president and manager of Enterprise Technology in the fall of 2004 after more than 30 years in the banking industry.

He chose to continue his support of Idaho State University because of the unique educational opportunities it provided both he and his wife while attending ISU. Wade majored in economics and received many research and work-study opportunities in the small, close-knit department. Wade and his wife Karen have been married for 33 years and are devoted to their two daughters and four grandchildren.

College of Science and Engineering, Natural and Physical Sciences - Walton Poole:

Poole attended North Texas State University where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology in 1971 and 1973. In 1981, Poole received his doctorate degree in biology and zoology from Idaho State University.

Poole has more than 30 years of experience addressing water quality issues from the perspective of academia, state and federal agencies, and the private sector. He has earned the EPA's Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Idaho's water resources.

He worked for many years for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality as a water quality compliance officer and an assistant administrator for community programs. He later became the national program administrator for America's Clean Water Foundation and travelled both nationally and internationally to deliver keynote speeches on the importance of clean water.

Poole was also part of "TECHNO 2100: Keeping Our Waters Clean" that premiered nationally on cable television in 2001.

Currently, he is working in Idaho as a biologist for the Natural Resource Policy Bureau of the Department of Fish and Game.

College of Science and Engineering, Engineering - Michael Heinrich:

Heinrich received his bachelor's degree in nuclear science and engineering from Idaho State University in 1971 and then continued on to receive his master's of business administration in marketing in 1985.

He is a successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years of business development experience. He is most recently retired from a managing partner position at mnp Enterprises where he provided consulting and marketing services.

Heinrich was a member of IEEE / Power Engineering Society from 1990 to 2011 and also coordinated R&D activities for the 12 largest western Electric Utilities as part of the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Power Delivery and Energy Utilization sector from 2007 to 2009.

In California, Heinrich was instrumental in building the success of "Independent System Operator" or ISO, and the "Power Exchange" or PX in 1998. Heinrich led the development of a team of ABB, Perot Systems, and Ernst & Young to help build these systems. He also led the applications engineering team that developed the designs.

Heinrich currently lives in San Jose, Calif.

College of Education - Evelyn Robinson:

Robinson was born to Luther and Marian Robinson and raised with twin brother Evan and sister Marie in Pocatello. She attended Whittier Elementary, Hawthorne Junior High and graduated from Pocatello High School. She moved to the Midwest to attend college where she received her teacher's diploma and Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education from Baptist Bible College in May 1968. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and child, family and community services in December 1978 and a Master of Arts degree in elementary reading and classroom management in July 1979 from Sangamon State University. She returned to Idaho where she received an Educational Specialist degree in educational administration from Idaho State University in August 1988.

Robinson has taught at many schools in both Illinois and Pocatello. Currently, she is principal at Lewis and Clark elementary school. She has received numerous awards, including Idaho's National Distinguished Principal award in 2004 from the Idaho Association of Elementary principals, and the Women of Achievement Award from ZONTA International in 2005. She has presented many workshops and is currently a member of many boards and committees, including the Pocatello Zoological Society Board of Directors, Leadership for the 21st Century committee and more.

College of Business - Bruce Nelson:

Bruce Nelson came to Idaho State University on a track scholarship. He always appreciated the opportunity Dubby Holt gave him to get his education and he greatly enjoyed his experiences as a student. He was very active in the Sigma Nu social fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.

After working for Boise Cascade for more than 20 years, Nelson became Chief Executive Officer for a foreign-owned company and later for Viking Office Products. Within a year of Office Depot's purchase of Viking Office Products, Nelson was named CEO for Office Depot.

His success as a major corporate leader is often noted in industry and national publications and he is seen on television for sports activities and charities his company supports.

In February 2001, Nelson participated as an Executive in Residence in the College of Business. In that capacity, he spent two days speaking to classes and meeting with student leaders and faculty. Nelson was honored as Idaho State University's Distinguished Alumnus in October 2001.

College of Technology - Terry Gillett:

Terry Gillett graduated from the Idaho State University College of Technology's electronics program in 1971 and has remained connected and supportive of the college through the years.

He began his career in 1972 with American Microsystems, Inc. in Pocatello and completed his corporate experience with Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona in 2001. In his four decades of experience he worked in nearly all phases of the semiconductor business, beginning as an electronics technician and closing out his corporate career as a Corporate Acquisition Integration Manager. He is currently the chairman of TaG GH Consulting based in Phoenix, and a member of the board of directors for Friends of Perimeter Institute, a U.S. branch of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Gillett received the Intel Achievement Award for his leadership in developing the 80C186EX® product family.

Gillett was also the business unit manager of the team that developed the first microprocessor for the highly popular BlackBerry device from Research In Motion (RIM). This breakthrough also earned his team an Intel Achievement Award. He has co-authored a book with Graham Tubbs, which chronicles the Blackberry's development.

College of Pharmacy - Eli Tour:

Eli Tour, a native of Tehran, Iran, came to Idaho State University in 1949 after a short time in New York.

After graduating from ISU, Tour returned to Iran where he worked for about a year with his father before moving back to New York. It is there that he met up with his friend and future wife, Hedy. The couple has been married for 55 years.

In 1956, the ISU alumnus opened his first store, Tour Pharmacy in Manhattan. His career provided him the opportunity to open several other pharmacies in the Northeast, and provide consulting to other community pharmacy owners who went into the retail business, he said.

Following a successful career of helping others as a health care professional, Tour continued to serve his community in retirement through volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

Tour devotes much of his time to working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and helping those with the disease of addiction. He served as the primary fundraiser for the You Are Not Alone Club, (YANA) where he raised funds for the purchase of two buildings to serve as a school and meeting place for the Family Assistance Program. The facility also serves as a learning center for community members studying the English language.

The couple has three children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Their daughter, Jennifer, is an executive for Microsoft in Boston. Jeffrey is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, and James is professor of chemistry at Rice University, Houston.

Division of Health Sciences - Lory Laughter:

Laughter has been a practicing dental hygienist since her graduation from Idaho State University in 1994. Currently, she is a consultant with Nuvora, Inc., marketer for Solace Solutions and NuCalm and the founder and partner of Dental IQ.

Dental IQ, a business to provide quality continued education for dental professionals, is responsible for the Annual Napa Dental Experience conference.

Laughter speaks nationally on various topics and has been a featured writer for RDH Magazine since 2004. Her monthly column, "From the Edge," is very popular among dental professionals.

Laughter also holds a variety of impressive appointed positions including the Key Opinion Leader for both GC America, Inc. and OraPharma, Inc., as well as being the Thought Leader for Hu-Friedy, Inc.

Laughter currently resides in Napa, Calif. where she enjoys never having to drive in the snow.

School of Nursing - Grace Jacobson:

Jacobson is an associate professor emerita in the Idaho State University Department of Nursing. She graduated in 1957 with her bachelor's from Hartwick College in New York and later went on to earn her masters degree as a clinical nurse specialist in women's health care in 1981 from Idaho State University. In 1993 Jacobsen received her doctorate in pharmaceutical administration from Idaho State University.

Jacobson has participated in the Idaho Condor Medical Mission to Peru numerous times and has been instrumental in organizing patient care to more than 1,000 Peruvians. She served as the advisor to the Idaho Nursing Student Association (INSA) from 1973-1991 and has been an active member and leader of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and INA member since 1975.

She served in the United States Army Nurse Reserve in several different positions and was honorably discharged in 1999.

Thirteen Outstanding Student Award winners will be honored at commencement exercises Saturday

Thirteen Outstanding Student Award winners will be honored at commencement exercises Saturday.

The Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 29 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The 2011 Outstanding Award winners are:

Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate: Jason J. Blazevic:

Blazevic is a native of Phoenix, where he was born and raised. He is scheduled to receive a Doctor of Arts degree in political science at commencement. He attained a Master of Arts in history from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in political science from Idaho State University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University, where he also lettered in football. While attending ISU, Blazevic served as a graduate assistant to the International Affairs Council. He attended over a dozen academic and professional conferences in the United States, Canada and China to present research, and he published numerous articles. His recent publications include the article "The Taiwan Dilemma: China, Japan and the Strait Dynamic" in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs and the chapter "Oil, Sea Lanes and the Security Dilemma: The Regional and Global Implications of China's Oil Dynamic" in the book, "Chinese Engagements: Regional Issues with Global Implications" soon to be sold by Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He instructed courses in the ISU political science and history departments. He is the first in his extended family to graduate from college.

Graduate School, Master's Candidate, Richard D. Westover:

Westover was born in 1983 to Val and Laree Westover of Clifton. He is scheduled to receive his Master of Science degree in chemistry. He served a mission for his church in the Roseville, Calif.

Westover has been at ISU since 2008. He said he has always loved to learn, but hated math as a child. Westover said he is probably the only ISU masters-level chemist who had to start with a beginning math course at ISU. In fact, when Westover said he told his counselor at ISU that he wanted to be a chemist, he was told that given his math background, another major might be more suitable. Westover's love of chemistry made him press forward. He has been part of the chemistry department's Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program, a teacher's assistant, a research assistant, and has helped to publish two papers. Westover, 27, and his wife, Kami Anne, have two children, Donavan and Angela. Following graduation he plans to continue his education in a Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon.

College of Arts and Letters, Fine Arts and Humanities, Sean Jorgensen:

Jorgensen, scheduled to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, was raised primarily in Troy, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and attended Troy High School. During his senior year, his father and stepfamily moved from the metro-Detroit area to Boise. He joined them to finish his senior year at Borah High School. Following high school, he served a mission for the Church of Latter-day Saints at the Czech Prague Mission. During that time his family moved to Pocatello. Upon finishing his mission, Jorgensen returned to Troy, but while visiting in Pocatello he met his wife, Heidi Ann, who was then a junior at Idaho State University. He moved to Pocatello to marry her and enrolled at ISU. He spent several semesters searching for a major a briefly transferred to Brigham Young University, where he developed a desire to attend law school, and, "perhaps more importantly, discovered my attachment to ISU," Jorgensen said. Returning to ISU, he immersed himself in the philosophy program. A year later he and his wife welcomed their first child, daughter Gwen Marie. The couple is expecting its second child. Jorgensen plans on moving to Pennsylvania in August to attend Penn State Law School.

College of Arts and Letters, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Chris Chatwin:

Chatwin is scheduled to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He was born in Utah, but moved to Canada at age 5 and attended school in Magrath, Alberta. He now lives permanently in the United States after marrying his wife, Ashley Thompson. The couple had its first child, Makayla, born in March 2010. Chatwin, 28, is an avid hockey fan and plays goalie on several different recreational teams. His dream job would be to play professional hockey, but he said he lacks the necessary skill. Chatwin said he would settle for any position in the front office of an NHL team. Upon graduation, he will begin employment in the Boise office of Deloitte and Touché. While at ISU he was active in Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, the Economics Club and the College of Business Fellows. He said his favorite things about ISU are its small classes and great faculty.

College of Business, Larissa F. Kimball:

Kimball, 21, from Emmett, is scheduled to earn her Bachelor of Arts in business administration-finance. Kimball started her academic career at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and transferred to ISU her sophomore year. She said that transferring to ISU was possibly the single best decision she has made and is amazed at how many doors it has opened for her future. At ISU she has been the Finance Association President and was an ISU Ambassador. Of the latter endeavor, Kimball says, "I have thoroughly enjoyed serving this university as a student ambassador. I love sharing my student experiences." She earned a 3.99 GPA, is a College of Business Fellow, and is in the top 1 percent of her class. She is married to Chris Kimball.

College of Pharmacy, Julianne Ramirez:

Julianne Ramirez, 35, was born in Somerville, N.J., and moved to Tucson, Ariz., as a teenager. She went to college to become a teacher, but put her career goals on hold after the birth of her son. She then began working as a pharmacy technician but found that merely drawing up and dispensing medications did not satisfy her desire to understand the science behind the powders and the pills. After nine years as a technician, she said she decided it was time to continue her education and fulfill her dream to become a pharmacist and to mentor others. She enrolled in college while holding a full-time job and raising her son. Two and a half years later, she was accepted into the ISU College of Pharmacy. She has completed an advanced practice experience rotation in Bethel, Alaska, that included travel to the remote Alaskan village of Emmonak. In Emmonak, she spent two 14-hours days working at a diabetes clinic. She was also able to shadow a Life Flight crew on a trip to Hooper Bay in a "bush" plane.

College of Education, Erica Wendt-Richardson:

Wendt-Richardson, 21, from Idaho Falls, is scheduled to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, with a major in history and a minor in political science. She is the daughter of Kraig and Annette Wendt and grew up in the Osgood area, attending Skyline High School, where she very active in academics, school clubs, cross-country and track and field. Richardson carried her athletic and academic skills to ISU and in November 2010 she became ISU's first women's Big Sky Conference champion in cross-country. She also holds the record for the indoor mile at ISU. She has received All-Academic standing at several regional competitions and has received numerous academic awards. She has been on the Dean's List in the College of Education and she was honored as one of ISU's Brightest and Best earlier this year. She was also recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi. She met her husband, Tim, her sophomore year at ISU. Tim proposed to Erica at the finish line of one of her indoor races in which she finished in first-place. She says Tim was her prize.

College of Science and Engineering, Natural and Physical Sciences, Roy Malamakal:

Malamakal is scheduled to graduate with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, with honors distinction. A native of Boise, the 22-year-old currently works in a research lab under the guidance of Todd Davis, assistant professor of chemistry. When he is not working, Malamakal enjoys spending time with his friends playing various sports, and when alone enjoys playing the piano and teaching himself how to play the guitar. He plans to earn a master's degree in chemistry next year and then hopes to attend either a medical school or to pursue a Ph.D. During his time at ISU he has been president of the ISU Chemistry Club, in the University Honors Program, and active as a Holy Spirit Catholic Community Youth Ministry Leader. He began doing scientific research at ISU the second semester of his freshman year. He is a Boise Rotary Scholar, an Advanced Placement State Scholar and earned bronze awards in the Idaho Math Competition and the Boise State University Science Day Competition.

College of Science and Engineering, Engineering, Amanda E. Finkes:

Finkes, 22, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering in December after 3-1/2-years at ISU. She is from St. Louis. While at ISU she was the president of Tau Beta Pi, president of the Society of Women Engineers, and, for three years, was the secretary of the American Nuclear Society. She is now working on her master's degree in nuclear engineering at ISU. She is the recipient of several scholarships, including the Areva 2+2 Scholarship/Fellowship, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship/Fellowship and Tau Beta Pi Scholarship. She said she decided to be a nuclear engineer the summer before her junior year in high school. Finkes became a reactor operator in 2010 for the ISU AGN reactor in the basement of the ISU Lillibridge Engineering Building to prove to herself she could do it and that nuclear engineering was really something she could succeed at. She said her favorite things about ISU are the closeness of her department and the mentoring she received from ISU faculty.

College of Technology, Co-Recipient, Desaray J. Odekirk:

Odekirk, 30, and native of Salt Lake City, is scheduled to receive a Master of Training and Development Degree. Odekirk works as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist (PSR) in Idaho Region VI, her sixth year serving Idaho in the human service industry. As a PSR, she works with adults that have a pervasive mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbances, providing skills training to overcome the struggles these individuals face daily. During her graduate work at ISU, Odekirk had the opportunity to serve as the co-director of the 2009 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament at ISU, the largest collegiate championship debate tournament in the United States. Her thesis, "A needs assessment based on mental health providers' perceptions regarding workforce readiness for certification compliance of psychosocial rehabilitation specialists in Region VI in the State of Idaho" has provided a starting point for further research in the mental health field and has become one of the foundational studies for the development of a comprehensive training program to increase workforce preparedness in the mental health field for the State of Idaho. In fall 2010 she earned the accreditation of Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is married to Scott Odekirk.

College of Technology, Co-Recipient, Barbara Trolson:

Trolson, 48, of Idaho Falls, is scheduled to receive a Master of Training and Development degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in family and human development with a minor in marketing at Utah State University in 2002. She has worked in Idaho's mental health services since returning to Idaho in 2007. Trolson is currently the chapter president of the Eastern Idaho Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Idaho Lifelong Learning Association. She also worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Utah from 2002-2005, during which time she also co-facilitated the research project "Finding Voice: The Music of Utah Battered Women," with Elizabeth York, associate professor at Converse College in South Carolina, and Maureen Herns, director of Utah State University's music therapy program. Next to spending time with her children and grandchildren, Barbara's favorite thing to do is to go fishing with her husband, Rob, whom she says is her best catch ever. Barbara and Rob have seven adult children and 12 grandchildren.

Division of Health Sciences - Kate Erickson:

Erickson, 22 of Meridian, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics in addition to completing the entrance requirements for medical school. As a student at ISU, Erickson has contributed to more than six research projects, two peer-reviewed journal publication submissions, and six grants, one of which was a National Institutes of Health grant recommended for funding. Additionally, Erickson began her own international research project in collaboration with the Idaho Condor Humanitarian Services Organization. The project's aim is to assess the health and nutrition status of a small community in southern Andean Peru and to identify sustainable community-based solutions to meet its nutrition needs. After graduation, Erickson will complete a dietetic internship, in order to become a registered dietitian, and apply for osteopathic medical school in hopes of practicing in primary care.

School of Nursing, Shannon M. Earl:

Earl, 26, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Idaho State University. She has lived in Pocatello all her life and has accepted a position at Caribou Memorial Hospital in Soda Springs after graduation. She plans to pursue her doctoral nurse practitioner degree in family medicine with a specialty in women's health. The birth of her two children was the driving force and impetus that made Earl decide that she wanted to pursue a career in the nursing field. She has been on the Dean's list throughout her entire nursing program. She has had the opportunity to observe a triple bypass heart surgery and put her nursing skills into action by recognizing signs and symptoms of a heart attack in one of her clinical preceptors. She has completed the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification that is not normally taken until after a nurse has been in the field for some time. Her parents are Jim and Susan Grischkowsky, and Shannon and her husband, Travis, have two children.

Noted ecologist Mary E. Power will deliver the fourth annual G.W. Minshall Lecture in Ecology at 4 p.m. May 5 in Room 10 of the ISU Lecture Center

Noted ecologist Mary E. Power will deliver the fourth annual G.W. Minshall Lecture in Ecology at 4 p.m. May 5 in Room 10 of the ISU Lecture Center.

The topic of her lecture is "Algal Mediated Connections of River, Watershed, and Coastal Marine Food Webs."

Power is a river ecologist and professor of integrative biology at the University of California Berkeley. She has served as president of the American Society of Naturalists as well has the Ecological Society of America. She has also been a faculty director of the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, one of 38 natural ecosystems in the University of California Natural Reserve System protected for university-level research, teaching, and public outreach.

Power studies food webs in tropical and temperate rivers. She examines the interactions of algae, aquatic insects, fish, amphibians, and fishing birds in relation to their environment.

Her recent work has focused on how changing environmental control down river drainages affect the production and fate of algae.

Power's presentation is sponsored by the ISU Department of Biological Sciences, which established the G.W. Minshall Lecture Series in Ecology to provide lasting recognition of the scientific contributions of Dr. Wayne Minshall, an ISU professor emeritus who has been an international leader in the study of streams and rivers.

For more information contact Ryan Blackadar at

The College of Business will honor Betty and Jim Kelly for their longtime dedication to the College of Business by officially naming the College of Business Conference Room in their honor

The Idaho State University College of Business will honor Betty and Jim Kelly for their longtime dedication to the College of Business by officially naming the College of Business Conference Room in their honor on May 6.

A reception with refreshments will be held at 11 a.m. in the College of Business Faculty Lounge. It will feature comments from Bernard Goodwin, director of development; ISU President Arthur C. Vailas; Ken Smith, College of Business dean; and the honoree, Jim Kelly.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. outside the newly named Betty and Jim Kelly Conference Room located on the first floor of the business building. The public is invited to share in this historic occasion.

Kelly was a former dean of the College of Business and is currently a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. In 2003 he received the ISU President's Medallion for his service to the university.

Kelly is also considered the "father" of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the ISU College of Business initiated under his guidance in 1969. He has agreed to lend the Kelly name to the "Kelly MBA Leadership Society," a prestigious fundraising organization for the MBA program. He is encouraging all of his friends, family, business associates, past MBA grads, and friends of the university and College of Business to support the Kelly MBA Leadership Society by becoming founding members of the organization.

For more information on the Kelly MBA Leadership Society please contact Bernard Goodwin at (208) 339-2464 or at

Auditions for Annie, the annual Community Musical, are set for May 6 and 7

Auditions for Annie, the annual Community Musical, are set for May 6, 7- 9 p.m. and May 7, 10 a.m. - noon in the Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The musical is directed by Lisa Woodland.

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of music. Children should be preparted to sing music from the Annie song, "Tomorrow." Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move.

Auditions are open to all those fourth grade and older. There is an adult ensemble in this show as well.

Those interested in helping backstage should contact Chad Gross at ext. 3173.

Several students were recognized for their hard work as part of the Student Employee of the Year program

Several students were recognized for their hard work as part of the Student Employee of the Year program.

To commemorate National Student Employment Week ISU recognized outstanding students who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service by awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship. Students were nominated by departments based on exhibited reliability, outstanding quality of work, extraordinary initiative, disposition/attitude, professionalism, service/outreach and contribution that the student has had on the position or the department. The following students were selected:

Student Employee of the Year: Maria Lemos (Trio - Upward Bound) $2,000 Scholarship

First Runner Up: Colette Christensen (Graduate School) $400 Scholarship

Second Runner Up: Brittney Hendricks (Office of Alumni Relations) $50 ISU Bookstore gift card and Digital Audio Player donated by the Career Center

Third Runner Up: Nick Merrigan (Networking & Telecommunications) $50 ISU Bookstore gift card donated by the Office of Student Affairs

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is now taking appointments for the May clinic

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is now taking appointments for the May clinic. The clinic offers exams, cleanings, x-rays and fluoride treatments at reduced fees. Please call ext. 3282 to make an appointment.

Please remember that if you use your P-card over the summer for research and other ISU work related expenses, all transactions will still need to be reconciled and approved in the Wells Fargo P-card CCER system

Please remember that If you use your P-card over the summer for research and other ISU work related expenses, all transactions will still need to be reconciled and approved in the Wells Fargo P-card CCER system. This process becomes especially important in the summer as it impacts ISU's ability to capture our final expenditures and charge them to the department budgets as we are trying to prepare the University's annual financial statements for June 30 each year.

The Wells Fargo P-card CCER system is a web based system and can be accessed from off campus. Once access has been established with the Department of Purchasing, the reconciliation process can take place from any computer you have set up for Web access into ISU BengalWeb. ISU has set up a link to the CCER system on BengalWeb under both the Purchasing and Employee tab. We have also set up a listing of Expense Account Codes that you can refer to on BengalWeb on the Finance, Purchasing and Employee tab.

The reconciling deadlines for the summer months are listed below. Thank you for your help in this process and have a good summer!

April 2011 charges brought into Banner Finance in May:
Reconciliation in CCER by May 9
Approval Period in CCER by May 12
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input May 13

May 2011 charges brought into Banner Finance in June:
Reconciliation in CCER by June 7
Approval Period in CCER by June 10
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input June 11

June 2011 charges brought into Banner Finance in July:
Reconciliation in CCER by July 7
Approval Period in CCER by July 10
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input July 11

July 2011 charges brought into Banner Finance in August:
Reconciliation in CCER by Aug. 8
Approval Period in CCER by Aug. 11
Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input Aug. 12