News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 7, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 18

As in years past, graduation bells will chime again in Holt Arena May 12 for ISU's 103rd spring commencement. A total of 1,932 graduates will receive 2,010 degrees and certificates.

In this Issue

ISU physics professor Shropshire honored as ‘Distinguished Science Communicator’

Recently, Idaho State University associate professor of physics Steven Shropshire, PhD, was honored as the “2007 Distinguished Science Communicator” by the Idaho Academy of Science. In an ironic twist, Shropshire was so busy doing what earned him the award that he wasn’t able to make the April 20 award dinner in Idaho Falls. Shropshire was making (read more...)

Eleven receive 2007 ISU Outstanding Student Achievement Awards

Eleven Idaho State University students are recipients of the 2007 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards, which are presented by the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Ambassadors. Criteria for selection include a minimum 3.5 grade point average and above average dedication to academic and educational goals. Where appropriate, work experience and community service are also considered. The 2007 Outstanding (read more...)

ISU faculty earn 2007 research awards

Nancy Huntly, PhD, Idaho State University professor of ecology and biology, has been named ISU's Distinguished Researcher for 2007. She will receive the award at Commencement May 12. Three additional Idaho State University faculty have received 2007 Outstanding Researcher Awards. The 2007 Outstanding Researchers are David G. Adler, PhD, political science; Paul K. Link, PhD, geosciences; (read more...)

College of Pharmacy receives $5.25 million gift from Utah’s ALSAM Foundation

Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy has received a $5 million gift from The ALSAM Foundation to acquire more teaching and research space in the Treasure Valley and an additional $250,000 in pharmacy scholarships for minority students, ISU and ALSAM officials announced today. “With tremendous pride, I accept these gifts on behalf of Idaho State University (read more...)

ISU awards top teaching honors to five faculty

Idaho State University psychology professor Kandi Jo Turley-Ames, PhD, has been named ISU's 2007 Distinguished Teacher. She will receive the award at Commencement May 12. Three faculty members have been named ISU's 2007 Master Teachers. They are: Diane Allen, technical general education; Jeff Rosentreter, PhD, chemistry; Curtis L. Whitaker, PhD, English; and Jessica Winston, PhD, English. “Idaho (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Will you be working this summer on a research project that could be a compelling story of interest to a general readership? If so, the Office of University Relations would like to hear from you, in advance if possible, to evaluate the story potential of your project. The office may be able to help publicize you and your work. Contact University Relations Director Libby Howe at x2930, writer Andy Taylor at x3209, or editor Tony Huegel at x3164.

As a result of extensive dialog and consultation with the faculty, staff and administration of Idaho State University's College of Technology, Marilyn E. Davis, EdD, will assume the role of dean. Her appointment is effective immediately, said ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, PhD. Davis has served as interim dean since July 1, 2006. Immediately prior to the 1969 ISU alumna's interim appointment, she was chief academic officer for the Idaho State Board of Education. “Idaho State University - our students, faculty and staff - will be well served by this outstanding professional as she continues working to bring stability, direction, and sound leadership to the College of Technology,” said Wharton.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, PhD, professor of English and director of American studies in the English and philosophy department, is delivering academic papers at two international conferences this spring. Both are based on her interdisciplinary research into Swedish-American folklore and history in the Rockies. At the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies meeting at Augustana College, Ill., in late April, Attebery spoke about “Midsommar and the Swedish-American Vernacular Calendar.” At the Perspectives on Contemporary Legend Twenty-fifth International Conference, meeting at Utah State University in late May, she will speak on the topic “Narratives as Embedded Genres in Immigrant Letters.”

Recent new hires include: Haley M. Behrend and Colin L. Carr, custodians, Custodial; Donald J. Colby, assistant vice president, Development; Marsha S. Tracy, office specialist 2, ISU-Boise; Britton Lee Blauer, office specialist 2, Purchasing Services; Jeffrey D. Covert, technical records specialist 1, Registration/Records.

The Idaho Business Review newspaper has named ISU-Boise research associate professor Nancy Glenn, PhD, one of Idaho’s most accomplished professionals under age 40. Glenn, who teaches in the department of geosciences, will be honored at a luncheon June 22. She also will be featured in a special magazine highlighting other 2007 “Accomplished Under 40” honorees. The Idaho Business Review gives the award to Idahoans under 40 who demonstrate exceptional professional achievement, community service and passion for their work. Glenn, who joined ISU-Boise in 2000, uses remote sensing technology to study the Earth’s surface without touching or altering it. The technology can help land managers identify the spread of noxious weeds, weaknesses in rock formations or breaches in earthen dams.

Assistant professor of history Erika Kuhlman, PhD, has a chapter published in The Women’s Movement in Wartime: International Perspectives, 1914-1919, released this month by Palgrave Macmillan. Kuhlman’s chapter is titled “The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Reconciliation after the Great War.”

Philip Kobylarz, adjunct faculty in the department of foreign languages, has had the following short stories accepted for publication: “Transformed, the Office Narcissus,” 13th Moon, 2007; "Lucinda," The Iconoclast, 2007; “Open 24 Hours," Steam Ticket, 2006; “Confessions of an Altar Boy," The Gihon River Review, 2006; “From Here to There," Ginosko Literary Review, 2006; "At 8,000 Feet," Blueline, 2006. He also has had the following poems accepted for publication: "Fathoms," Caesura, 2007; “Quotidian Astrology,” Barrow Street, 2007; "Prague Summer, 1940," Pebble Lake Review, 2007; "Elegy for No One in Particular,” Visions International, 2007; “Dictionary Leaves," "Coins" Dragonfire, 2007; "1999," The New Victorian, 2006; "Triptych," Freshwater, 2006; "White Muslin," Red Hawk Review, 2006.


Following this edition of News and Notes, publication will switch to the usual summer schedule. News and Notes will be published once in June and once in July. The regular weekly schedule will resume in August. Individuals or departments with events to publicize can continue posting them to the online master calendar.

Among the 1,932 ISU students who will receive certificates and degrees from ISU this spring will be 73 students from ISU-Twin Falls. This includes December and May graduates. Sixteen nursing students will receive their bachelor's degrees, and two will receive master's; twelve human-resource training and development students will receive bachelor's degrees, and six will receive master's degrees. Twenty-seven students will receive bachelor's in education, and six will receive master's. Two students will receive bachelor's in respiratory therapy, and two will receive bachelor's degrees in general studies. More than 100 students received degrees at ISU-Boise May 4. This includes 23 Doctor of Pharmacy, 38 master's, 47 bachelor's and seven associate degrees.

Working with various departments on campus, Public Safety has revised the Campus Violence Policy and Chapter Nine, Section Seven of the Emergency Response Manual on Criminal and Violent Behavior. Both policies can be found online the following ISU Web sites: Campus Violence Policy, and Criminal or Violent Behavior Guidelines.

An Employee Fee Reduction form must be submitted for faculty and staff enrolled in summer-session classes. Also, this form must be approved and signed by Human Resources prior to submission to the Cashier’s Office. Contact the Cashier’s Office, x2900, for more information.

For the past year the ISU Music Department has had the benefit of using 30 new pianos and digital pianos loaned to the department at no cost. These instruments will be available to ISU faculty, staff and students for purchase at substantial discounts from their retail prices. The pianos are loaned through a national educational program that provides ISU students and faculty with first-class, well-maintained instruments for teaching, practice, and performance. Kawai Corporation, Yamaha Corporation and The Piano Gallery have made this possible. The selection of instruments available for purchase includes grand pianos, upright pianos and digital pianos. ISU needs your support to perpetuate the program agreement. All department pianos used in this program will be offered to ISU faculty, staff, and students before being offered to the public. All instruments are professionally maintained and carry full factory warranties. Also available at substantial discounts will be a large selection of other new and used grand, upright, digital and player pianos. For the first time, there will be a selection of restored Steinway and Bosendorfer pianos as well. Special interest-free financing O.A.C, and delivery are available through The Piano Gallery. Appointments can be made for Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. A public sale is scheduled Saturday, May 19. Call 233-1701 for a private appointment to view these pianos. Appointments are highly recommended to receive priority status and best selection. All sales are on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale will take place in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

A “Moodle Town Hall Meeting” is scheduled Wednesday, May 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Vocational Arts, Room 117. It will be simultaneously videocast to the following locations: ISU-Idaho Falls, CHE 208; ISU-Boise, 141; and ISU-Twin Falls, C89. Now that the University has decided that Moodle will be its campuswide Learning Management System, ITRC staff has been working on plans for how Moodle will be implemented and how best to convert courses from WebCT. ITRC would like to share those plans, receive input from faculty, and answer questions about the Moodle implementation. While this is not a training event, ITRC wants to help faculty members plan how they want to begin using Moodle. For more information, send an e-mail to Blake Beck at