News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 10, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 24

The Inaugural Celebration of Arthur C. Vailas, Idaho State University's 12th president, begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Gala Performance in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The formal Investiture Ceremony is at 10 a.m. Friday in Holt Arena. A community picnic will follow on the Quad.

In this Issue

Formal Academic Investiture Ceremony set Sept. 14; all-community celebration follows

The formal Investiture Ceremony open to all for Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Holt Arena. An 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 (read more...)

Gala Performance Sept. 13 kicks off Inaugural Celebration for ISU President Vailas

The Inaugural Gala Performance – featuring performances by ISU musical, theatrical and dance groups – beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, will kick off the campus and community Inauguration Celebration for Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. The Inaugural Gala Performance will be in the 1,200-seat Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand (read more...)

Rendezvous ribbon cutting a ‘wonderful moment of ISU history’

Terming it a “wonderful moment of ISU history” Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., welcomed officials and members of the university and Pocatello community to the grand opening ceremony for Idaho State University’s new 255,000-square-foot Rendezvous Complex Aug. 30. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the structure’s atrium area, and tours of the new (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A message from ISU Vice President for Advancement Kent Tingey, D.A.: "As we approach one of the special events in the history of a university, the inauguration and investiture of our new president, Arthur C. Vailas, we want to remind you that the University would be very pleased and honored if you chose to attend the activities surrounding this unique occasion. I write to remind you that although the University does not close officially or require attendance, each department can make a decision to suspend activities for a period of time and attend the investiture in Holt Arena at 10 a.m., on Friday Sept. 14, and the all-community picnic on the Quad immediately following the investiture ceremony. What a superb experience it is for a university and its staff, as individuals from across the state and nation converge on our campus and interact with those who represent Idaho State University as employees and students. We thank you for your vital role in the success of Idaho State University and invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity."

A message from ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., to faculty and staff, on Sept. 6: "I wanted to take a moment as fall semester begins to update everyone on the progress of our search for a new Dean of Arts and Sciences. Unfortunately, as you may have noted from the announcement sent out though the Faculty/Staff Listserv on Aug. 9, despite our best efforts we were unable to hire a suitable candidate through this first round of our search process which ended this past summer. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank last year’s search committee members for their committed and thorough service; our lack of success in the initial phase of our search in no way reflects upon their outstanding efforts. However, based on feedback from individual committee members themselves, from the range of chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and from a number of other constituencies across campus (both faculty and administrative), we have decided to shift the structure of the committee this fall to ensure that the range of both faculty and chairs across the three divisions of the College are more formally represented. I have asked Rob Holman, chair of the Department of Chemistry, to chair the search committee this year. Based on nominations solicited from a range of Arts and Sciences faculty, chairs, and other ISU personnel, Rob and I and Academic Affairs staff have worked to reconstitute the committee and would like to announce the members of this year’s search committee, as follows:

Chair: Rob Holman, chair, Department of Chemistry; Laura Woodworth-Ney, chair, Department of History; Rudy Kovacs, chair, Department of Art and Pre-Architecture; Kandi Turley-Ames, chair, Department of Psychology; Bob Fisher, chair, Department of Mathematics; Herb Maschner, Department of Anthropology; Rosemary Smith, Department of Biological Sciences; John Masserini, Department of Music; Tom Jackson, dean, Graduate School; Dianne Horrocks, Office of Sponsored Programs; Leslie Devaud, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Mark Young, community-at-large; Jennifer Brown, president, ASISU.

The dean’s search will resume next week, with the new committee’s initial meeting. At this initial meeting, I will formally charge the committee. The committee will then begin reviewing the position description as posted last year, with the goal of revising and listing the position announcement by mid-September. After reviewing the applicant materials, the committee will aim to initiate the formal interview process in early December, resulting in campus visits by final candidates early in the new year. As our search process advances this fall, Rob will be sending out periodic updates on the committee’s progress for distribution throughout the departments in the College.

If any of you have any questions or concerns at any point in the search process, I encourage you to contact a committee member, Rob Holman (x4331), or myself (x2171).

ISU’s nuclear engineering program has added four new faculty members. The new chair and professor is George R. Imel, Ph.D. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory for more than 20 years. For nine years he was detached to CEA/Cadarache in France, developing new forms of data acquisition and analysis for fast critical and subcritical systems as well as mentoring graduate students. Patricia Paviet-Hartmann, associate research professor, most recently worked for AREVA NP’s MOX fuel project. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris-IX in radiochemistry. Her particular field of interest is actinide and radionuclide chemistry. She has a joint appointment with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Jianwei Chen, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, engaged in postdoctoral work at the ISU Idaho Accelerator Center after he completed his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He is working with the INL on reactor physics of gas-cooled reactors, Monte Carlo simulation in nuclear engineering and radiation science, and non-destructive assay of spent fast reactor fuel. Thomas Hartmann, associate research professor, moved to ISU from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas where he was directing the Structure and Solid Phase Analysis group in the Science and Technology Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in mineralogy. His specialty is materials research, especially solid phase analysis and X-ray diffraction. He holds a joint appointment with the INL.

Denise Bowen, professor of dental hygiene, recently was honored as a Distinguished Dental Professional by Dentsply International, the largest professional dental-products company in the world. The company has facilities in 22 nations on six continents and distributes products to dental professionals in 100 countries. Dentsply hosted Bowen at its headquarters in York, Pa., Aug. 6–8. “I am privileged to have been recognized by Dentsply and hope that this interaction with company representatives will lead to future research and development opportunities at Idaho State University,” said Bowen.


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, 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 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 Louis 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.

“Bengals are Forever” is the theme for Idaho State University’s 2007 Homecoming celebration, scheduled the first week of October.

The ISU Student Activities Board invites the University community to join the inauguration of the ISU Art Walk, a monthly event held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Mind’s Eye Gallery, Student Union Transition Gallery, Idaho Natural History Museum Seasonal Gallery, and the Davis Fine Arts Gallery. The ISU Art Walk convenes on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex. The annual ISU Alumni Association Art Show will be the highlight of this new tradition. The Alumni Art Show opening is scheduled Sept. 24. The exhibit runs through Oct. 25, and will be open from 6–9 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 5, a campus bus tour will depart from PSUB’s Cesar Chavez Avenue (Eighth Avenue) entrance at 10:30 a.m. This tour immediately precedes the Founders’ Luncheon, where alumni who graduated in 1957 will be inducted as Golden Bengals. The Founders’ Luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the PSUB Ballroom.

The President’s Alumni Recognition Dinner to honor recipients of the 2007 Homecoming Awards will be Friday, Oct. 5, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello. Those to be recognized include Michael J. Byrne, Distinguished Alumnus; Sara Ifft, Bartz Award; Ron Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., and Dean Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., ISU Achievement Award; Dan and Nancy Anthony, ISU Distinguished Service; Anne Voillequé and Louise Nelson, President’s Medallion; The Hon. N. Randy Smith, President’s Medallion; William Eames, President’s Medallion; and Angela and Phil Luckey, Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The Homecoming Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. It will follow last year’s route, from the corner of East Center Street and First Avenue South, and up Center Street to 15th Avenue South, where entries will turn right and proceed to Holt Arena parking lot. Activities will conclude Saturday, Oct. 6, with the Homecoming football game. ISU and Northern Colorado kickoff at 2:05 p.m. in Holt Arena. Parade marshals will be Phil Luckey, head athletic trainer for ISU from 1967–2007, and Angela Luckey, faculty member in the College of Education since 1996.

TIAA-CREF financial consultant David Penrose will be on campus Sept. 27–28 in the Pond Student Union Building for free individual counseling sessions. ISU employees can schedule a counseling session and receive answers to questions on investment planning issues such as long-term investment strategies, tax-deferred investing opportunities, mutual funds, IRAs and much more. Schedule an appointment online at or call TIAA-CREF at 1-866-842-2907. For more information, call Brian Sagendorf in the Office of Human Resources, x3830.