News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 16, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 20

Zane Williams and the Jory Dax Band provided live entertainment on the Quad recently as part of the ASISU Program Board’s Summer Concert Series. Free concerts are scheduled each Wednesday evening on the Quad through July 25, beginning at 6 p.m. Scheduled performers on July 18 are Clumsy Lovers and Greybeard. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

Noted author, conservationist Maughan to retire from ISU after 36 years

He has hiked thousands of miles in Idaho and western United States wilderness areas, among the books he’s co-written is one of the most-used Idaho hiking guides, and his blog on conservation issues,, gets some 2,000 hits a day. He’s also one of the original founders and a former president of the now 13,000-member (read more...)

Celebration of book on Swedish immigrants set July 16 in Pocatello

On Monday, July 16, the Pocatello community will gather to celebrate the launch of the latest scholarly book “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience” by Idaho State University folklorist Jennifer Eastman Attebery, PhD. The free reception, open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Piccolo Gallery in Old (read more...)

ISU College of Engineering receives $183,000 transportation grant

The Idaho State University civil engineering department will conduct a yearlong assessment aimed at improving the quality of Idaho’s roads while cutting construction costs after receiving a grant of $183,000 from the Idaho Transportation Department. By compiling information on existing pavement projects in Idaho and conducting experimental studies based on materials used in Idaho road projects, (read more...)

From ‘trout bum’ to PhD; ISU prof solves resource managers’ quandaries

Idaho State University mathematics associate professor Robert Van Kirk, PhD, used to fly-fish as much as 150 days a year or so when he worked seasonally from 1981 to 1987 at Henry’s Fork Anglers in Last Chance, Idaho. He extensively fished Idaho’s famous Henry’s and South Forks of the Snake River and surrounding waters. Now Van (read more...)

ISU Foundation names three new board members

The Idaho State University Foundation has named three new members to its board of directors – H. Gene Hoge, DMD, of Pocatello, and James Kelly, PhD, and Roger Michener both of Boise –– who will assume their duties this October. “I’m delighted to have these three new members on board and look forward to the positive (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, PhD, has announced several new appointments: Maureen Brandon, PhD, associate dean at the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as interim dean until a new permanent dean is selected. After a national search, Laura McKenzie, previously registrar at Simpson University in Redding, Calif., has accepted the position of registrar and director for the Office of Registration and Records at ISU. She is scheduled to assume her new position Aug. 29. Wharton also announced that after “a long and distinguished record of service to Idaho State University in enrollment management and outreach,” Jennifer Fisher will serve as special assistant to the provost. Fisher will focus her administrative efforts on development and implementation of the student module of ISU’s new Enterprise Resource Planning system. Also as the result of a national search, Steven R. Neiheisel, PhD, most recently of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, has accepted the position of associate provost for enrollment management in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He assumes his new position Aug. 1. Neiheisel has served as chief enrollment officer at a range of institutions for more than 15 years.

After almost five years as the director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH), Linda Deck has accepted the position of director of the Bradbury Science Museum, part of Los Alamos National Laboratory, in Los Alamos, NM. Her final day at IMNH is Aug. 10. A farewell open house at the museum is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 9, from noon to 2 p.m.

Joe Fleishman has been named director of workforce training at the College of Technology. He has extensive knowledge in research and data analysis, training and workforce development. Among the positions he’s held have been manager of food-service accounts at various universities. He was student-retention outcomes coordinator and dean for continuing education at Arizona’s Mohave Community College.

Recent new hires include: Austin Kegan Pettit, lab technician, Chemistry; Manoochehr Zoghi, chair and professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Kelli Sue Horrocks, administrative assistant I, College of Education; Joseph H. Fleishman, director, Trade and Industry; April Karen Scism, instruction assistant, Culinary Arts; Loretta L. Taylor, custodian lead worker, Custodial; David Paul Brizzee, resident, Family Medicine; Charles Malcolm Clair Jr., resident, Family Medicine; Martin Angus Mangan, resident, Family Medicine; Rena M. Nordeng Zimmermann, resident, Family Medicine; Ryan Michael Zimmermann, resident, Family Medicine; Gregory R. Obray, graduate assistant trainer, Athletic Department; Amy M. Anderson, office specialist II, Idaho Falls Education Program; David Dodrill, resident, Idaho Dental Education Program; Stephanie Marie Flinchum, resident, Idaho Dental Education Program; Lance S. Ritchie, resident, Idaho Dental Education Program; Darrick Zirker, resident, Idaho Dental Education Program; Michelle Lynn Haskell, office specialist II, Institute of Rural Health; Jeffery Kent Tingey, assistant director, Intercollegiate Athletic Administration; Stephen W. Hansen, resident, ISU–Boise; Eric A. Hoidal, resident, ISU–Boise; Michael D. Walker, resident, ISU–Boise; Ana M. Thompson, software/hardware technician, Instructional Technology Resource Center; Spencer J. Jardine, Reference librarian, Library; Kent Harold Blessinger, electrician, Maintenance and Repair; Dennis L. Grimmett, carpenter; Charlada Shultz, custodian lead worker, Student Union; Edward L. Guthrie, technical department chair, College of Technology.


Idaho State University has adopted a vehicle-use policy that provides guidelines for the operation of state and University-owned vehicles. The policy requires mandatory driver record checks for employees and students who will operate University-owned vehicles. Each department is responsible to complete the authorization process for those employees who will be operating University-owned vehicles as part of their duties. Authorization forms as well as the vehicle-use policy can be found online at Send record-check authorizations to Transportation Services. After checks have been conducted, departments will be notified upon approval. Record checks are required every three years for University employees and on a yearly basis for students. For more information, call Risk Management, x5741.

University Counseling and Testing Service offers free individual, group and couples counseling for ISU students, as well as consultation, outreach, workshops, emergency services, and vocational/academic testing (testing is not free) to ISU faculty, staff, students and the community. More information is available online at