News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 9, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 14

ISU mass communication student Jeff Wolfley is the top winner in the Idaho Lottery’s Collegiate Scratch Ticket Design contest. Wolfley says he wanted to create a scratch ticket that blended something famous from Idaho with something else very popular – poker. This is the second year in a row that an ISU student has won the Scratch Ticket Design contest, sponsored by the Idaho Lottery.

In this Issue

Outstanding Researchers Colloquium set April 17

Idaho State University will present the ISU 2007 Outstanding Researchers Colloquium at 4 p.m. April 17 in Goranson Hall, located on the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building. The 2007 Outstanding Researchers are David G. Adler, PhD, political science; Nancy Huntly, PhD, ecology and biology; Paul K. Link, PhD, geosciences; and Susan Swetnam, PhD, (read more...)

ICEE receives $140,000 grant to benefit ‘high-need’ school districts

The Idaho State University College of Education has received an additional $140,000 from the Idaho State Board of Education – bringing awards to nearly a million dollars – to continue implementation of a program that trains teachers in “high-need” school districts to teach students with poor English skills how to better master their language skills (read more...)

Winners of ISU National Women’s Art Exhibit announced

Winners at the National Women’s Art Exhibit at Idaho State University have been announced. The exhibit themed “Celebrating Women: Their Strength and Vision” ran through March 31 and was held in the Transition Gallery and Mind’s Eye galleries in the Pond Student Union Building, and the Seasonal Gallery in the Idaho Museum of Natural History. (read more...)

Global warming’s effect on western treelines focus of ISU research

Idaho State University assistant professor Matt Germino, PhD, will be trying to determine how global warming is influencing the lower and upper boundaries of forests across a broad swath of the western United States. “Our climate is warming; that is no longer ambiguous,” Germino says. “Now we have to determine how we’re going to deal (read more...)

Grammy-winning Blues Traveler to perform at Davis Field April 12

The “jam-band sensation” Blues Traveler, a Grammy-winning band, will perform an outdoor concert at Idaho State University’s Davis Field at 7:30 p.m. April 12. The concert is sponsored by Associated Students of ISU Program Board and is kicking off ISU Spring Fest 2007. The concert’s alternate performance site, in case of inclement weather, is Holt (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Carole Taft is retiring after 25 years as an instructor in Adult Basic Education at the Idaho State University College of Technology. Taft not only worked at the college, but she also pioneered workplace literacy in the 1980s and 1990s. She would work evenings in outreach areas that did not have access to Adult Basic Education classes at that time.

Chuck Humphrey, PhD, is retiring from the human-resource training and development department in the College of Technology. A reception in his honor is scheduled Thursday, April, 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the RFC Building. The university community is invited to attend.

Tina Mladenka, MSN, OGNP, RN, assistant clinical professor in the School of the Nursing, has been awarded a fellowship to the Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) 2007, sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. The SGI is a highly competitive opportunity that involves a full-time, eight-week research and educational intensive program designed to provide a foundation in molecular human genetics for bio-behavioral research for nursing faculty and advanced practice nurses. Participants who successfully complete the requirements for the program will receive 12 hours of doctoral-level graduate credit through Georgetown University. Knowledge gained through the program will prepare Mladenka to develop educational programs on human genetics and health care for students, nurses, health-care professionals and consumers. Moreover, successful completion of the program will provide further opportunities for NIH grants to support research at Idaho State University.

Maria Wong, PhD, assistant professor in the psychology department, and Ashley Niemeyer, clinical psychology graduate student presented their research titled, “Childhood Sleep Problems and Adolescent Behavioral Problems” and “Academic competence in Hispanic adolescents” on March 29 and 30 at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, Mass.

David Adler, PhD, professor of political science, has co-authored with Louis Fisher the seventh edition of American Constitutional Law, which Carolina Academic Press recently published. The 1,200-page book has been widely adopted in classes on the Constitution, and classes on civil rights and civil liberties in departments of political science and history. Law schools have adopted it as well.


Members of the Council of Professional Employees (COPE) for the first time can vote online for new board members Wednesday through Friday, April 11-13. The online voting will be at COPE Board members serve a term of three years. One member each will be elected from the areas of: Group 1, Instruction and Academic Support; Group 2, Student Services; Group 4, Auxiliary Enterprises and Institutional Support. Candidates for Group 1 are: Barbara Bishop, Tony Lovgren, Ben Nickell, Ralph Norton, Mark Norviel, Ann Smalley and Joann Trimmer. Candidates for Group 2 are Lance Erickson and Rick Pongratz. The candidate for Group 4 is Jay McMillan. COPE members can only vote for a candidate from their own group. Results of the election will be announced at the Professional Employees Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, at noon in the Ballroom of the Pond Student Union Building. Individuals should contact their COPE Board representative with any questions. More information about COPE is at its Web site at

A freshly minted ISU Bengal logo is growling from a redesigned Idaho motor-vehicle collegiate license plate. The new plate replaces the familiar Bengal tiger’s face, which was indistinct from a distance, with a bold ISU Bengals text logo. The plate provides alumni, employees and ISU supporters alike the opportunity to broadcast their pride in and support of Idaho State. Income from the collegiate plates will help ISU fund scholarship aid for ISU students. A numbered ISU collegiate plate costs $35 above the normal cost of license plates. A personalized plate costs $60 more. The first year of registration with each new ISU collegiate plate will provide $25 for ISU scholarships. Each license renewal will generate $15. Numbered plates can be obtained at DMV offices in Ada, Bannock and Bonneville counties. Other county DMV offices can order the plates from the Idaho Department of Transportation. Personalized plates can be ordered online at

The selection committee has awarded the following Student Employee of the Year awards for the year: Student Employee of the Year is Travis Cottrell, of the Outdoor Adventure Center. The Lupher Scholarship was awarded to Cathy Stumph, Counseling and Testing Center. The ISU Bookstore Gift was awarded to Abdul Fatah Jabarkhail, of the Student Union. A general parking pass was awarded to Scott Odekirk, Debate. National Student Employee Week is April 9-13.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 21, to celebrate Earth Day by planting seedlings around Red Hill. Contact landscape technician Mike Stallsmith at 221-5287, or Facilities Services at x2209 to participate. Facilities Planning will display campus drawings illustrating parking concepts for the Rendezvous complex on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The display will be in the PSUB dining area. Scott Campbell, director of facilities planning, will be available to discuss the drawings, listen to issues and concerns, respond to questions, and collect information about campus parking needs.

Yujong Kim, PhD, of the Duke University Free Electron Laser Laboratory, will speak April 9 at the ISU Department of Physics Colloquium, scheduled from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Physical Science 108. Kim’s talk, titled “Bright Future of Coherent, Ultra-Bright, and Ultra-Fast X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL),” will address new avenues of research that are possible in biology, chemistry, physics, structural biology and material science that need femtosecond resolution in time and atomic resolution in space. Kim will discuss the limitations of currently available X-ray sources, working principles of linear accelerator-based XFEL, and advantages and applications of XFEL photon beams. He also will discuss planned XFEL projects in the world, and recent research results at operating test facilities.

COPE members are being offered reduced-price tickets for the Theatre ISU production of the musical comedy Forever Plaid in Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets purchased by COPE members for groups, such as families, are $7 per seat. COPE is subsidizing members’ ticket purchases by paying $3. COPE members will pay the remaining $4. To purchase reduced-price tickets, contact COPE Treasurer Connie Guthrie in the Financial Aid Office, third floor of the Museum Building, or call x2256. Reduced-price tickets will be available April 4-13.

An Outstanding Researchers Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. April 17 in Goranson Hall on the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building. The four ISU 2006-07 distinguished researchers will give a short presentation with a reception immediately following. The researchers are: David Adler, PhD, political science; Nancy Huntly, PhD, biological sciences; Paul Link, PhD, geosciences; and Susan Swetnam, PhD, English. For more information, contact research administrator Deb Easterly, EdD, at x2618.

Louis S. Warren will deliver the April 11 spring lecture sponsored by the Idaho State University Cultural Affairs Council. Warren will speak at 8 p.m. in ISU Fine Arts Building Goranson Hall. The topic will be his book, “Buffalo Bill’s America: The Wild West Show in the Gilded Age.” The book details William Cody’s rise from buffalo hunter and cavalry scout to what was claimed to be the world’s most famous showman. Warren will discuss what inspired the Nebraska native to create the Wild West Show, a traveling community of hundreds of Native Americans, cowboys and vaqueros; and what accounted for the show’s success on both sides of the Atlantic. Warren uncovers insights not only into the intersection of Western history and Western myth, but into the making of modern America as well. Warren is the W. Terrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History at the University of California, Davis. For more information, contact Laura Woodworth-Ney, PhD, at x2606 or

ISU Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held April 12 in the Physical Science Complex Lecture Hall and Lobby. Oral presentation will run from 3 to 5 p.m. and poster presentations will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The symposium is a forum that allows undergraduates to showcase original, outstanding work in any field of scholarly activity. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best poster and oral presentations in several categories. For more information, contact the Office of Research, x2714.

Friends Of Oboler Library (FOOL) is sponsoring a celebration of published ISU humanities faculty, titled “A Toast to Our Authors.” The event will be a social evening to acknowledge and honor ISU faculty in the humanities who have published books, journal articles, works of fiction, musical compositions, art or other creative works during 2006. The Friends will host the event with featured wines from Idaho wineries and light hors d’oeuvres. This “Toast to Our Authors” is scheduled Friday, April 13, in the PSUB Wood River Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15. To make a reservation, call the library at x2997.