News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 4, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 23

Idaho State University's spectacular $43.5 million multipurpose Rendezvous Complex made its celebratory debut Aug. 30 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Idaho State Board of Education member Blake Hall, left, and ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. The state-of-the-art complex includes an atrium, classrooms, student apartments, food court, computer lab, convenience store and more.

In this Issue

ISU Counseling and Testing Office now offers hundreds of new tests, licensure exams

Residents of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming needing to take a variety of professional licensing exams and other tests – from Medical Board Certification exams to applying for a Utah Contractors’ License – can now do so at the Idaho State University Counseling and Testing Office in Pocatello. “Through our new contracts with Thomson Prometric and (read more...)

ISU to offer Ruckus® digital entertainment service to students

Ruckus Network, Inc., the provider of a multimedia network that supplies free and legal music downloads specifically for college students, today announced that its Ruckus® service is now available at Idaho State University. Throughout the year, ISU’s undergraduate and graduate students can access the Ruckus service anytime – on or off campus – to enjoy the (read more...)

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 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Corey Schou, Ph.D., associate dean of information systems in the College of Business, and Howard Schmidt, Ph.D., recently gave keynote addresses at the Secure Asia conference at the Queen Sirikit National Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Both professors had an extended meeting with Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology, His Excellency Professor Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong. Schmidt was the opening keynote for the conference and discussed his computer security and information assurance efforts during his tenure at the White House and how it changed his perspective when he assumed the role of vice president and chief information security officer at eBay. Schou had the closing session and summarized the importance to all Pacific Rim nations of having a workforce educated in informatics and computer security. While there Professor Schou was also the master of ceremonies at the Information Security Leadership Achievement awards banquet where many leaders from the Pacific Rim were recognized for their leadership. Later in the week, at the invitation of the Hong Kong government (Hong Kong Productivity Council), the professors both spoke to more than 200 Chinese computer security professionals about how to improve both emergency response and how to improve awareness, training and education effectiveness in the economy of Hong Kong.


The entire Idaho State University community will have the opportunity to be part of one the most historic occasions in the University’s history Sept. 13-14 during the Inaugural Celebration for President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “The inauguration of President Vailas will rank among the proudest and most historic chapters in the University’s history, and in the history of higher education in Idaho,” said Dr. Kent Tingey, vice president for advancement. He encouraged everyone who can attend the inaugural events to do so. “It’s a chance for all of us to wish Dr. Vailas the best as he takes the University into a new era.”

Inaugural events, free and open to all, will begin with the “Inaugural Gala Performance” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Seating for the Gala Performance is limited. Tickets are free and can be picked up on a first-come basis at the Stephens Center Box Office. For ticket information, call (208) 282-3595.

Inaugural events will culminate with the public investiture ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Holt Arena. Numerous dignitaries will attend, including Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter. A free, all-community barbecue featuring entertainment, academic information and various demonstrations by ISU departments and student groups will be held on the ISU Hutchinson Quadrangle immediately following the Investiture Ceremony. Shuttle buses will be available to provide transportation between Holt Arena and Hutchinson Quadrangle.

The Sept. 13 Gala Performance will begin with music by the Portneuf Brass, which will perform “Fanfare” from “Le Peri.” The Portneuf Brass consists of ISU music faculty members Randy Earles, trumpet; Thomas Banyas, trumpet; Craig Knutson, French horn; Patrick Brooks, trombone; and William Smith, tuba. This will be followed by an introduction by Scott Anderson, ISU director of choral activities, the event’s master of ceremonies.

Theatre/Dance ISU will then perform three- to five-minute previews of each of the six Theatre/Dance ISU productions planned for the 2007-08 academic year. Planned productions include: the play “The Country Wife” directed by Jamie Romaine that will be performed in October; the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” directed by Angeline Underwood, scheduled to be performed in November; the play “Lost in Yonkers” directed by Sherri Dienstfrey, scheduled in December; the I~MOVE Idaho Moving Project dance performance choreographed by Molly Jorgensen, Rosa Vissers and Lauralee Zimmerly, scheduled in February; the play “Sleuth” directed by Brett Harwood, scheduled in late February and March; and the musical “Pippin” directed by Norman Schroder and featuring Diana Livingston-Friedley as musical director, scheduled to be performed in April. More information on Theatre/Dance ISU productions is available at

Following a brief intermission, the Portneuf Brass will perform the three-part musical composition “Bluebrass Music” composed by Earles. Next, will be a performance by Trio Lyrique, comprised of ISU music faculty Kori Bond, piano; Livingston-Friedley, soprano; and John Masserini, clarinet. They will perform “Zwiegesang,” “Das heimlische Lied” and “Wach auf” by Ludwig Spohr.

The ISU Chamber Choir will wrap up the evening performances by singing “Sanctus in D Major, BMV 238” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb and “Ride On, King Jesus” arranged by Moses Hogan. Anderson conducts the 25-voice, select Chamber Choir.

“The whole music department is embracing this as an opportunity of celebration for President Vailas,” said Kathleen Lane, professor of voice and one of the Gala Performance organizers. “We’re thrilled to be participating.”

Staff Council President Ray Hart said he hopes that as many ISU staff as possible will attend the Inaugural Celebration events. “This may be the only time many of us have an opportunity to be a part of ISU history as it happens,” he said. “I would like to encourage all staff to attend the Gala Performance and the Investiture Ceremony. Permission to attend the investiture will be at the department-head level so that key services are staffed for the continued smooth operation of the campus.”

ASISU President Jennifer Brown said students should take advantage of this rare opportunity. “The Inaugural Celebration taking place Sept. 13 and 14 is a very special time for Idaho State University,” Brown said. “I urge students to come out and support our new president as he takes his first official steps in leading ISU into the future.” She said the Gala Performance “will feature many of ISU’s most talented students, faculty and staff.” Student tickets are available free of charge in the Involvement Center (first floor, PSUB).

Vailas, 56, became the 12th president of Idaho State University on July 1, 2006. He came to Idaho State University from the University of Houston, where he held the dual role of vice president for research and intellectual property management, and vice chancellor for research of the University of Houston System. He also held a joint appointment at UH as professor of mechanical engineering, and professor of biology and biochemistry. Prior to that, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was professor and chairman of the department of kinesiology, while holding joint appointments in orthopedic surgery and poultry science, and was associate dean of the College of Education. He also maintained a productive research program as director of the university’s Biodynamics Laboratory. His academic career began at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was promoted from assistant to associate professor. An accomplished researcher, President Vailas is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and publications and has held leadership positions on national boards and committees. He holds a doctorate in connective-tissue physiology from the University of Iowa, where he also completed a three-year National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship, and a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, which he attended on a football scholarship. He is married to Laura I. Vailas, Ph.D. They have a daughter, Alexandra, who is married to Ryan M. Evjen.

Many in the Idaho State University community were stunned last spring by the magnitude of the violence that occurred at Virginia Tech. One of the issues under consideration at ISU is how faculty, staff or students can effectively report behavior in our University community that raises concerns about potential volatility. Such reports in the past have come to Human Resources, to the Office of Student Affairs, to Public Safety, and doubtless to many other venues. Over the years, a number of meetings have been held to examine patterns of behavior that potentially indicated risk to the individual(s) or others. It is a good time to formalize that process and heighten awareness across campus. A proposal is forthcoming this fall. Until then, the following protocol is in place:

Anyone who witnesses behavior that poses an immediate threat to safety should call Public Safety at x2515 or the Pocatello Police Department at 911. If someone notices a pattern of behavior in the campus community that could indicate increasing volatility or risk, he or she should call Public Safety, the Office of Student Affairs (x2794), especially if it concerns a student, or the Office of Human Resources (x2517), especially if it involves an employee. This includes patterns of behavior that occur in classrooms. The appropriate people can consult with the reporting party on handling the situation or, if necessary, convene a cross-departmental team (e.g., mental health, physical health, campus safety, risk management, student conduct, classroom management) to review the situation and help decide on a course of action. A list of behaviors that, if displayed in clusters, may indicate an emerging risk, can be found on the Public Safety Web site. All members of the ISU community are encouraged to review this list. Additional training in how to de-escalate a situation, how to respond to irritable patrons, how to handle disruptive situations, and how to recognize indicators of potential violence may be arranged through the Office of Public Safety, the Counseling and Testing Center, or the Office of Human Resources. There is considerable faculty expertise on campus as well. Following are contacts and telephone numbers for easy reference: ISU Public Safety, x2515; Office of Student Affairs, x2794; Office of Human Resources, x2517; Counseling and Testing Center, x2130; Pocatello Police, 911(emergency), 234-6100 (non-emergency).

In auditions and interviews held this past spring at the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Theatre ISU students competed for scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year. The Allen Blomquist, Wilma Curtis Jones, and the STAR Program are the three major contributors to the scholarship fund. Dr. Allen Blomquist served a long tenured career as a professor in ISU’s Theatre Department. The Allen Blomquist Scholarship Fund was created following his retirement in 2000. The Wilma Curtis Jones Scholarship Fund was created in the mid-1970s. Jones was a beloved member of the staff at ISU and served many years as the custodian in Frazier Hall. The STAR Program fund was established in 2005 by longtime Theatre and Dance patrons who wanted to contribute financially to the department. Since its creation in 2005, the STAR Program has exceeded expectations and doubled in size. For a list of scholarship recipients and information on each scholarship fund, please check the Theatre and Dance Web site.