News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 13, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 24

Faculty/Staff Updates

All are invited to celebrate with Early College program director Barbara Bishop as she retires from Idaho State University

News Bites

In his ninth book "Sociological Trespasses: Interrogating Sin and Flesh," which has been released this month, ISU emeritus sociology Professor James Aho explores how people use idols or fetishes to deal with their emptiness

In his ninth book "Sociological Trespasses: Interrogating Sin and Flesh," which has been released this month, Idaho State University emeritus sociology Professor James Aho explores how people use idols or fetishes to deal with their emptiness.

"Essentially, the whole argument of the book is that we attach ourselves to idols to deal with our existential void, tenuousness, or, if you wish, our own dying," Aho said.

Aho defines idols broadly, to include everything from racism, nations and enemies, to time, the environment, the body, money and the anonymous public. In all these cases "there is a conviction in 'something out there,' that can complete us, stabilize us, or in some other way enable us to escape from or deny our 'lack,'" Aho said. The goal of the book is to disillusion readers of this conviction, creating room for imaging new ways of living, he added.

He says that because the book deals with fundamental questions of being in the world, it should be of interest to professionals in the humanistic social sciences and to a literate lay audience. Although the subjects are challenging, one reviewer describes Aho's writing as "conversationally voiced."

During his 40-year teaching and academic career at Idaho State University, Aho, who retired in December 2009, penned books on a broad spectrum of topics, including religion, war, hate groups, sickness and disease, and even the origins of modern bookkeeping. He also authored numerous articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and reviews.

Idaho State men's basketball coach Joe O'Brien has announced the hiring of Deane Martin as the new assistant coach

Idaho State men's basketball coach Joe O'Brien has announced the hiring of Deane Martin as the new assistant coach, replacing Geoff Alexander who accepted a job as an assistant at Eastern Illinois.

"Deane's diverse background in college and professional coaching will add a new perspective to our basketball program," O'Brien said. "Our relationship goes back 26 years. I have followed his career from a JUCO assistant coach, to assistant coach at UNLV and St. Louis University, as a professional head coach, and recently for two seasons in the NBA D- League. Obviously, I am very excited to have Deane here and look forward to working with him, and him working with our players."

The relationship between the two coaches started when O'Brien was an assistant at Central Missouri State where he coached Martin for two years.

Martin spent 2010 as the head coach of Potros Itson, a professional team in Mexico. The team was a part of the top professional league in the country.

Martin has also spent time coaching in the NBA Development League. He spent the 2008-09 year as an assistant coach and assistant general manager with the Bakersfield Jam and in 2007-08 he assisted the Dakota Wizards to the Central Division Championship.

From 2001-2004 he served as an assistant coach at UNLV where he was the recruiting coordinator and assisted practice planning, scouting and coaching. During his time in Las Vegas he coached NBA lottery pick Marcus Banks. Along with Banks, Martin played a significant role in recruiting the Midwest and Northern California areas.

"This is a good opportunity for me," Martin said. "I have been out of college for a while doing the pro thing and I told Joe that if something became available that I would be willing to take it. I have always wanted to hook on with him before but the timing hadn't been good. I look forward to recruiting and teaching again."

Martin was the associate head coach at Tennessee-Martin from 1999-2001 and from 1997-99 he was an assistant at St. Louis University. While at UT-Martin, he helped recruit a class that turned in the first winning season in the school's 10-year history at the Division I level.

At Saint Louis University he served on coach Charlie Spoonhour's staff for two seasons (1997-99) and helped tutor a team that defeated Massachusetts in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky in the second round.

Spoonhour added Martin to his Billikens staff after Martin had spent four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Central Missouri.

A native of Mercer, Mo., a town of about 400, Martin earned unanimous first team all-state honors at North Mercer High School.

He played two seasons at Trenton (Mo.) Junior College before transferring to Central Missouri, where he graduated with a degree in physical education in 1987.

Martin began his coaching career at Neosho County (Kan.) Community College, in 1998-89, then spent 1989-92 at Cowley County Community College, in Arkansas City, Kan. Cowley won the Jaykawk Conference title in each of Martin's three seasons.

Installation of the new turf at Holt Arena will begin July 1

The Idaho State Athletics Department has announced that Hellas Construction, Inc. will be the company that installs the new field turf at Holt Arena. Installation will begin July 1 and the process will take six weeks to complete.

"Hellas Construction, Inc. is excited to add Idaho State University's Holt Arena to its list of high profile installations," Bruce Layman, Vice President of the Turf Division of Hellas Construction. "We are thrilled our Matrix removable system was selected for this project. We know this selection will add to Holt Arena's versatility and ability to increase utilization. Lastly, we are especially proud to be a part of this project as Holt Arena was the first removable synthetic turf system installed in the world in the 1970's. We know that we are dealing with a "savvy" customer when it comes to synthetic turf for its' sports facilities and the Matrix turf is unmatched in quality in today's sports facilities."

The type of turf that will be used is called SoftTop Removable Matrix System. It is a synthetic turf system that includes a plurality of filled artificial turf panels that can be disconnected, rolled up and stored, and then later unrolled and reconnected.

With SoftTop, a facility can accommodate a wide variety of sporting and non-sporting events, with no adverse effects on the playability of the turf. Matrix synthetic turf is the premier product in the market place today, installed in facilities such as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Hellas Construction has also installed turf at University of Idaho, Northern Arizona University and they are currently doing Weber State's field.

"We are excited to begin the installation of our new turf at Holt Arena and thrilled that Hellas Construction will be the company doing the work," Idaho State Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey said. "Hellas Construction is a proven company and we look forward to working with them during the installation process."

Remember to reconcile June 2011 p-cards as soon as possible

Please remember that if you use your P-card in June 2011 for ISU work related expenses, all transactions need to be reconciled and approved in the Wells Fargo P-card CCER system as soon as possible to help facilitate the year end process. Even though the P-card system has changed you can still reconcile in the Wells Fargo system more than once a month.

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 final dates for June reconciliation and approval are:

June 2011 charges brought into Banner Finance in July:

Final opportunity to reconciliation in CCER - July 7

Approval Period in CCER - July 8 through July 10

Process in CCER closed and unavailable for input - July 11

P-card charges that are posted to Wells Fargo Bank by June 30 will be subtracted from the FY 11 budgets when charged to Banner finance in mid-July. When looking at these charges in Self Service Banner in July, or later, you will need to put FY11 in the fiscal period and indicated period 14. The activity date is the date the charge is passed into the system, so it will be a July date, but the charges will subtract from the budget in FY11.

If you are purchasing an item from your FY11 available unspent balance; please be aware that ISU cannot control or influence the timing of when a merchant transaction posts to the banking system and therefore cannot guarantee that purchases in the last few days of the fiscal year will be processed in June by the banking system. It can take three days or longer for merchant's transactions to post to the bank system. If the transaction is not in the June transactions, for you to reconcile, then it will be subtracted from your FY12 budgets and appropriations. This is because it becomes part of the July purchases that you will reconcile in July and will not pass into ISU's systems until August. At Year End all of the normal Purchasing regulations still apply for P-card usage. If you have questions on purchasing a particular item on a P-card please contact the Purchasing Department at ext. 3112.

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for the position of Academic Programs Director within the Student Success Center umbrella

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for the position of Academic Programs Director within the Student Success Center umbrella.

A national search is currently being conducted for this 11-month position. The job description and qualifications can be found at or contact the Office of Human Resources. The position will be open until filled with priority consideration to those applicants who apply before July 6.