News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 27, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 22

ISU's long-awaited Rendezvous Complex is coming to life as students, faculty and staff move into the new $43.5 million building on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Pocatello. The multipurpose complex houses classrooms, student apartments, offices, a convenience store, food court and more. The public grand opening with ISU President Arthur C. Vailas and other dignitaries is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. The public is invited. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Rendezvous Complex grand opening set Aug. 30

A grand opening ceremony open to the public for Idaho State University’s new 255,000-square-foot Rendezvous Complex will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 30 in the new structure’s atrium area. A tour of the $43.5 million structure will follow the ceremony. This state-of-the-art facility features more than 50 multi-purpose classrooms, a 120-station computer laboratory, 80 three- and (read more...)

ISU Frosh to “March Through the Arch” Aug. 26

The Idaho State University “March through the Arch New Student Welcome” will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at Frazier Auditorium in Frazier Hall. The “March Through the Arch” was started in 2000 to symbolize the beginning of new students’ academic careers and as a tie to ISU students through the years who have walked through (read more...)

ISU old-school scientist Kritsky is world-renowned parasitologist

Administrative and teaching duties pay the bills, but it is the pinhead-sized and smaller parasitic worms inhabiting fish gills that are the true research love of Dr. Delane Kritsky, associate dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions at Idaho State University. While Kritsky has studied a broad range of parasites, he is a world authority (read more...)

ISU Week of Welcome events run Aug. 26-30

Idaho State University students will be welcomed with a week of activities sponsored by the ISU Student Activities Board. The Wow Week of Welcome will be held Aug. 26-30. Events include:    • Aug. 26 – Freshman March Through the Arch and barbeque, Hutchinson Quadrangle, 5 p.m.     • Aug. 27 – Welcome back breakfast, Quad, 9-10:30 a.m.; (read more...)

Owens awarded $394,000 grant that promotes ISU’s global reputation

Idaho State University researcher Jack Owens, PhD, professor of history, launched a collaborative, multinational, multidisciplinary research project at a recent European Science Foundation (ESF) meeting at Collegium Budapest, the Hungarian Institute for Advanced Studies. His collaborative research community numbers more than 40 researchers in 16 countries on five continents, and it will soon extend itself into (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Sherri Dienstfrey, Ph.D., chair of theatre and dance, was invited to present workshops using creative dramatics in Jewish education in California on Aug. 25–26. The Sacramento Area Jewish Education Regional Workshop for Teachers is held yearly. Dienstfrey introduced readers theatre, readers hours, and narrative drama as ways to promote creative and innovative techniques to teach literature, history, holidays, geography and current events in Jewish religious schools.

Engineering professor Solomon W. Leung, Ph.D., P.E., was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table Program from Aug. 12–17 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford. He gave a talk titled Global Environmental Sustainabilty: From Developed to Development Countries. The paper was submitted to the Forum on Public Policy.


The ISU community is invited to attend the grand opening of the Rendezvous Complex from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and other dignitaries will participate in a ribbon-cutting celebration in Rendezvous’ atrium area. A tour will follow.

The ISU Women’s Club invites all faculty and staff women and female “significant others” of faculty and staff to the club’s annual Past Presidents’ Fall Social on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Magnuson Alumni House, 544 S. 7th Ave., Pocatello. All women who are interested in learning about and joining the club are invited to drop in and enjoy friendship and refreshments, visit with members and welcome those who are new to ISU and the club. Membership forms will be available, along with signup sheets for interest groups, which include sewing, quilting, reading, outdoor and fitness, bridge, movies and friendship. The ISU Women’s Club, which began in 1923, exists “to promote friendship and to assist in any way possible in the growth and improvement of the University.” One of the club’s primary goals is to raise money for scholarships. The club sponsors three $2,500 scholarships annually for ISU students. It has funded a scholarship endowment that is now approaching $100,000. Annual Club events include the biggest fundraiser, the Holiday Fair, each November; Ladies’ Night Out each February; the Jayne Schubert Scholarship Luncheon each April; and the Salad Bar Luncheon each May.

,p>Due to continued involvement in fire suppression activities, student firefighters are encouraged to notify the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible to request that their classes be held and the start date extended, announced Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students are being informed that the start date cannot be extended beyond Sep. 10, 2007. In addition, students must present certification to the Registrar's Office that they are firefighters. The student and/or registrar will notify the instructors of the classes affected by this delay.

The ISU Parking Board has received approval to raise the cost of parking permits and violations for the coming school year. For example, among the parking permit prices that have changed are: reserve lot, year, from $75 to $80; reserve lot, semester, from $40 to $45; general lot, year, from $40 to $45; general lot, semester, from $25 to $30; motorcycle permit, from $10 to $15. The cost per hour for parking meters has increased from $.25 to $.50. Fine amounts for parking violations also have increased. Examples are: meter violation from $10 to $15; general lot violation from $20 to $25; reserve lot violation from $25 to $30; “other” violation from $10 to $25. Any department that needs to make arrangements (e.g., roping off meters and spaces, mobile signs, permits, etc.) for parking at special activities (e.g., Holiday Fair, Career Fair, etc.) must contact Parking at x2625 at least three days in advance. Departments that fail to make arrangements in advance will be charged $50 in addition to $1 for each citation issued. Note that parking regulations do not state that any person who receives a citation will get one warning per semester. The regulation states: “Each hangtag owner will be allowed one warning per semester for failure to correctly display their hangtag.” Complete parking regulations can be found here.