News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 26, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 12

Idaho State junior Natalie Doma awaits a free throw during ISU’s first round NCAA Tournament game against Stanford. Despite the 96-58 loss in the opening round, Doma scored 32 points, earned a mention on as a "First Round Star," and became ISU’s career-leading scorer as well. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Vailas to address ‘Climbing to New Heights’ at March 30 Health Professions Research Day

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, PhD, will deliver the keynote address “Climbing to New Heights” at the ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions 18th annual Research Day scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 30 in the Pond Student Union Building. Vailas will deliver his address at 8:30 a.m. in the PSUB Salmon (read more...)

Tickets for piano concert by Roger Williams, ISU alumnus, on sale now

Tickets for the April 28 concert at Idaho State University by Roger Williams – according to Billboard magazine, the top-selling pianist ever – will go on sale Monday, March 19, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office. Ticket prices are $28 and $24, and can be purchased at the Stephens Center (read more...)

ISU Health Fair set March 22-23

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2007 – celebrating its 27th year – is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom and Wood River rooms. More than 60 groups will have free learning centers at the fair. A variety of drawings for (read more...)

ISU-Idaho Falls’ Majors Fair April 4 to provide information for students, prospective students

The Idaho State University-Idaho Falls campus is helping its current and prospective students achieve their academic dreams by providing them with a majors fair on April 4 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bennion Student Union Building on 1784 Science Center Drive. Information about the many degree options available to them will be provided. (read more...)

Museum to host ‘mystery dinner theater’ fundraiser March 22-24

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host its third annual Museum Mystery Dinner Theater March 22-24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. To raise funds for its exhibits, the event will offer dinner, drinks, a show and dessert. Tickets are $75 per person and space is limited, so the public is encouraged to call 282-6168 (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program recently awarded $15,000 each to ISU chemistry professors Lyle W. Castle, PhD, and Jeffrey J. Rosentreter, PhD, and biological sciences professor Sophie St-Hilaire, PhD. Four awards were made to professors in Idaho. The program's goal is to provide high school teachers with opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science, and thus to revitalize their teaching and help them to appreciate the use of inquiry-based methods for teaching science. The program enables teachers and academic scientists to collaborate in the advancement of science, with the goal that both will grow professionally in the process. Castle will work with Lynette Smith of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls; Rosentreter will work with Amy Brinkerhoff of Highland High School in Pocatello; and St-Hilaire will work with Markette Kelemete, also of Highland High.

All-Northwest Band in February performed a transcription of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite that was created by Randy Earles, DMA, professor and chair of the music department. The perfomance was in Portland, Ore. The All-Northwest Band consists of the top high school band musicians in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. Earles' transcription is published by Ludwig Music Publishers.

David Adler, PhD, professor of political science, recently returned from a speaking tour in Los Angeles, where he delivered invited lectures on: "George Bush, the Constitution and Executive Power," at the UCLA School of Law; the Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture, "George Bush and the War Power: Taming the Imperial Presidency," at Chapman University; "Presidential Power, Warmaking and the Bush Administration," at Occidental College; and "George Bush and the Constitution," at California State University, Channel Islands.

Robert Tokle, PhD, ISU economics professor and board chairman of the ISU Federal Credit Union, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the trade publication Credit Union Times. He was the subject of a prominent profile article in the Feb. 28 edition of publication. The article was headlined: "Board Chairman's Economic Lessons Give Boost to Idaho State University FCU, CU movement."


Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, PhD, will deliver the keynote address "Climbing to New Heights" at the ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions 18th annual Research Day scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 30 in the Pond Student Union Building. Vailas will deliver his address at 8:30 a.m. in the PSUB Salmon River North Fork Room. His keynote address will be followed at 9:30 a.m. by a panel discussion on research titled "Overcoming the 'Buts'" moderated by Laura Vailas, PhD, director, development and education, Public Hospital Cooperative. These activities will be followed by 40-minute concurrent paper presentations beginning at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., and then a poster session and lunch running from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the PSUB Ballroom. For more information contact Bernadette Howlett at or go to

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers and Cheerleaders will have a Nationals Farewell Performance on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Reed Gym. Tickets will be $3 at the door. The ISU Bengal Dancers and Cheerleaders will perform the 2007 national competition routines that they will be using in competition at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and National Cheerleading Association (NCA) Collegiate Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., April 5–6. The Bengal Dancers finished second and won the Innovative Choreography Award at the NDA Championship 2005 and 2006. This will be ISU Cheerleaders’ first trip to the NCA Championship. Local dance and cheer groups also will perform. The Bengal Dancers will have a silent auction of donated items during the performance. Tryouts for the 2006-2007 squads are scheduled April 21 for Bengal Dancers, and April 28 for Cheerleaders. For a tryout brochure, contact Hilary Hofmaier at x4547 or by e-mail at Tryout information is posted online at

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 21, to celebrate Earth Day by planting seedlings around Red Hill. Contact senior landscape technician Mike Stallsmith at 221-5287. Or call Facilities Services at x2209 to participate.

The Anderson Gender Resource Center will sponsor the multidisciplinary conference “The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IV” April 5-6 in the Pond Student Union Building. Conference papers will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed and lived each day. “The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IV” will showcase the work of scholars from across the nation who will gather in Pocatello to present their gender-related work. Conference sessions are scheduled Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. There will be concurrent sessions. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including the arts, literature, gender in academe, the performance of gender and more. The full conference schedule is on the Anderson Center Web site, Conference sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration will be available on-site. For more information contact the Anderson Center at x2805 or

The Friends Of Oboler Library “FOOLs” invites you to join in a celebration of published ISU humanities faculty on Friday, April 13. The event is titled “A Toast to Our Authors.” The event will be a social evening to acknowledge and honor ISU humanities faculty who have published books, journal articles, works of fiction, musical composition, art or other creative works during 2006. The Friends will host the event with featured wines from Idaho Wineries and light hors d'oeuvres. It will be in the ISU Student Union Wood River Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is $15 each. Call the ISU Library at x2997. There will be a display of the authors’ publications and a few of the honorees will be asked to make brief remarks about their work. Following the event, the publications will be moved to the Oboler Library for public display through May. Honored authors are Jennifer Adkison, hD; Brian Attebery,PhD; Ralph Baerge,PhD; Diane Come, MFA; Brian Norman PhD; Roger Schmidt,PhD; Susan Swetnam, PhD; and Jessica Winston, PhD, (all English/Philosophy); Tara Johnson, MEd (theatre and dance); and Ron Hatzenbuehler, PhD; Kevin Marsh, PhD, and Laura Woodworth-Ney, PhD (all history).

The Women’s History Month Committee will host Title IX expert Bernice Sandler, EdD, at Idaho State University on April 5 and 6. Sandler will conduct workshops and deliver the keynote address, “We've Come A Long Way, Baby, But Not Quite Far Enough: Progress and Problems of Women in Higher Education,” on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the PSUB Salmon River Suite. All activities are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored in partnership with the ISU Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, WeLEAD, the Office of Affirmative Action, the Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women, and ISU Professional Women. Sandler will present a number of workshops for various campus constituents during her two days at ISU. Workshops will focus on various topics, including the chilly climate in academe, mentoring and student-to-student sexual harassment. For a complete list of the workshops, visit The workshops are free and open to the public. To learn more about Sandler, visit For more information, call the Anderson Center at x2805.