News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 23, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 16

ISU's new head football coach John Zamberlin directs players during spring practice recently on South Field. Zamberlin has an overall coaching record of 114 wins and 86 losses. He and his team will be tested by Southern Oregon University on Sept. 8, when the Bengals play their season opener in Pocatello, in Holt Arena.

In this Issue

Public forum set April 24 to address Rendezvous, campus parking issues

To address concerns about parking at the new ISU Rendezvous complex and on campus generally, Facilities Planning will host a public forum and discussion April 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the PSUB dining area. The objective of the public forum is to inform, involve and articulate problems or inconveniences with respect to (read more...)

ISU names five faculty 2007 Master Teachers

Five Idaho State University faculty have been named 2007 Master Teachers. One will be honored as the 2007 Distinguished Teacher at Commencement, May 12. The 2007 Master Teachers are: Diane Allen, technical general education; Jeff Rosentreter, PhD, chemistry; Kandi Jo Turley-Ames, PhD, psychology; Curtis L. Whitaker, PhD, English; and Jessica Winston, PhD, English. “Idaho State University is (read more...)

New York Times spotlights former baseball pro, now ISU pharmacy student

The New York Times on Sunday, April 15, spotlighted Idaho State University College of Pharmacy student Ron Wright’s one-game major-league baseball career. The story was prominently featured on the front page of the SportsSunday section under the headline “The Short and Happy Career of Ron Wright.” It included photos of Wright at the College of Pharmacy, (read more...)

Cosmetology Center sets 13th competition, fundraiser, fashion show April 23

“Roll Out the Red Carpet” at the Spring Extravaganza Cosmetology Student Competition. The 13th annual competition, fashion show and fundraiser is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 23, at the Pond Student Union Ballroom at Idaho State University. Hosted by the ISU Cosmetology Center, the event will feature cosmetology students from throughout Idaho. Students select a category (read more...)

Hoku Scientific officer to give public talk at ISU April 24

The chief technology officer of Hoku Scientific Inc., a manufacturer and vendor of polysilicon for the solar market, will speak at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Salmon River Suite of the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building. Hoku Scientific has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Pocatello. CTO Karl Taft and (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

After 25 years as an instructor at ISU, Leann Eilander is retiring from the College of Technology. An open house is scheduled in her honor May 4 in the Roy F. Christensen Building culinary arts dining area beginning at 3 p.m. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business education at the ISU College of Business in 1972. While teaching at ISU, she developed several course instruction booklets, which condensed and focused subject matter related to specific programs and resulted in decreased costs for students and the department. She received tenure in 1994. In 1999, she received the College of Technology Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award.

ISU alumna Lisa Burtenshaw (BA political science ’92, MPA ’96), a native of Pocatello and graduate of Pocatello High School, has returned to the ISU College of Technology as director of development. She held that position from August 2004 to July 2005. She also has worked in community and transportation planning, as a marketing representative for First American Title, and in several family businesses.

Deana L. Molinari, PhD,RN, associate professor in the School of Nursing of the Kasiska College of Health Professions, will present on the topic “Rural nursing theory and nurse job satisfaction,” at the National Rural Health Association conference in Anchorage, Alaska, May 17. The conference will be titled “Ensuring Access, Quality and Equity in Rural Health Care.” The report describes links between rural nursing theory and the findings of an experienced-nurse job-satisfaction survey. The research was part of the work done for a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant to develop the first distance education rural nurse residency program in the United States.

Kathleen Dohse is retiring after 33 years’ employment at the College of Technology. An open house in her honor is scheduled Friday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 262 of the Roy F. Christensen Building. Dohse has a long history at ISU as a student and employee. She received a medical-office certificate in 1973. She worked as the secretary for the electro-technologies department for two years, later for the Commercial and Industrial department. In 1977 she accepted a position as instructors' assistant in the Office Occupations program, where she has worked ever since. In 2004 she received the Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award from ISU Professional Women. She also is a member of the Idaho Women’s Network.

James Aho, PhD, of the department of sociology, social work and criminal justice, was the invited lecturer at the Organization and Marketing Workshop at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business on April 10. His topic was “Moral Confession and Accounting.” Aho is one of the scholars invited throughout the year to expand the faculty and students’ research horizons.

Julie McKnight, postal services coordinator at the ISU Campus Mail Center, has passed the United States Postal Service Mailpiece Quality Control exam. As of Feb. 2, she was certified as a mailpiece quality control specialist. At the end of February, McKnight participated in the USPS Executive Mail Center Manager’s Program. After completing the program and passing the exams, she was certified as an executive mail center manager on March 2. On April 10 she received her EMCM certification at the Utah Postal Customer Council Expo 2007 in Layton, Utah.

Kory Wheatley, an Operating System Administration analyst, placed 733rd in the April 16 Boston Marathon. He ran the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 57 minutes and 32 seconds. More than 20,000 runners participated.


To address concerns about parking at the new ISU Rendezvous complex and on campus generally, Facilities Planning will host a public forum and discussion April 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the PSUB dining area. The objective of the public forum is to inform, involve and articulate problems or inconveniences with respect to on- and off- campus parking. A Facilities Planning representative will be available to discuss campus drawings, answer questions, listen to issues of concern and collect information about campus parking needs. A Web-based forum also is planned in conjunction with the public forum so that the community can conveniently view PDF versions of the drawings online, as well as leave comments for others to read and respond to. The university has some money to spend on parking enhancements and repairs, so this is an opportunity for the ISU community and the general public to help shape the future of parking and influence the development of the campus. How much parking, whether or not cars are part of the future campus, how pedestrians get around the campus, and how important the landscape is are all important issues of this parking and campus-planning forum.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, PhD, will kick off Employee Recognition Week April 30 – May 3 with a general assembly on Monday, April 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The week will include nearly 40 personal- and professional-training programs. The annual Benefits Fair is scheduled in the PSUB For a complete agenda of workshops, visit the ISU Human Resources Web site at Seating for workshops is limited, and registration is required. To register for the workshops you wish to attend, call x2517 or send an e-mail to In conjunction with Employee Recognition Week April 30 – May 3, ISU will host the annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, May 2, in the Pond Student Union Building.

Based on a yearlong analysis of ISU's needs and an evaluation of several Learning Management Systems (LMS) involving faculty, students and ITRC staff, ISU will adopt a new system to replace WebCT, the current LMS. ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, PhD, said the new system, Moodle, is currently in operation in the Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC). In addition to supporting the use of “traditional” online content and activities in an intuitive, effective fashion, Moodle offers an array of features to support innovative pedagogical techniques. In particular, Wharton said, Moodle excels at providing student-centered, active-learning activities. Over the course of the next year, the ITRC will help instructors currently using WebCT to migrate their courses to Moodle. By the time ISU's license for WebCT expires in July of 2008, all WebCT courses should be moved to Moodle. Training in Moodle will be available beginning this summer. Anyone who would like to setup a course in Moodle for the summer can send a request via e-mail to By fall, Moodle course requests will be made through the ITRC Web site. If you would like to read the full evaluation and recommendation report, it can be downloaded from the ITRC Web site, or go directly to Deb Easterly, EdD, or call x2618, by Wednesday, May 2. Impromptu questions for President Vailas will be taken from the floor at the luncheon, or may be submitted in advance to any board member. All are welcome to attend.

Faculty and staff are invited to the 2006-2007 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards Banquet on Friday, April 27, at the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello. The event is being sponsored by the ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors, who will honor 22 of ISU’s outstanding students for 2007. The Red Lion is located at 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per plate. For reservations, call the ISU Alumni Association at (208) 282-3755 or e-mail Eleven Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients and their Most Influential Professors will be honored as well. Again this year, 11 additional students will be honored as Outstanding Student Achievement Award runners-up. The recipients are: Christian P. Batcheller, Graduate School-master’s; Evan S. Frasure III, College of Pharmacy; Deborah D. Gillard, College of Technology; Jeffrey J. Grieve-College of Arts and Sciences-Social Sciences; Edwin A. Guerra, College of Engineering; Michael J. Lance, College of Arts and Sciences-Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Torey L. Portrie, Graduate School-doctoral, R. Tal Sampson, College of Arts and Sciences-Fine Arts and Humanities; Kristal Searle, College of Business; Melanie Williams, College of Education; and Angela V. Young, Kasiska College of Health Professions. The runners-up are: Claudia V. Allen, College of Business; Cassandra A. Case, College of Arts and Sciences-Fine Arts and Humanities; Janica J. Gillette, Kasiska College of Health Professions; Sheldon T. Harris, College of Education; Obiajulu J. Isebor, College of Engineering; Sandra A. Lechner, College of Arts and Sciences-Social Sciences; JoSann M. Lien, Graduate School-master’s; Heather N. Ruesch, College of Pharmacy; Steven M. Seiler, Graduate School-doctoral; Chad D. Watts, College of Arts and Sciences-Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Kimberly Wright, College of Technology.