News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 5, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 27

Idaho State University athletics icon Babe Caccia thanks the crowd of well-wishers who turned out to help him celebrate his 90th birthday Oct. 3. On Saturday, Oct. 6, ISU named Holt Arena's football field after the former ISU athlete, coach and administrator.

In this Issue

‘I Love ISU’ Campaign raises record $390,907

Southeast Idaho continues to enthusiastically support “I Love ISU.” The 2007 campaign resulted in a record $390,907 raised for scholarships at Idaho State University. That’s the highest-pledged total in the event’s 25-year history of funding scholarships for students from Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville and Power counties, according to K. C. Felt, ISU Foundation director of annual giving. “Response (read more...)

ISU Homecoming events culminate with parade, game Oct. 6

Idaho State University’s Homecoming 2007 with the theme “Bengals Are Forever” will feature a variety of events culminating with the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. and football game at 2:05 p.m. on Oct. 6. “We invite the entire community to help celebrate Homecoming,” said Bill Kobus, director of Alumni Relations. “Visit the campus area to view (read more...)

ISU has record enrollment of international students

In spite of a difficult world market for international student recruitment to the United States, Idaho State University has broken its previous record for international student fall enrollment, reported Susanne Forrest, ISU director of international recruitment. ISU had 378 international students from 73 countries attending classes on the 10th day of fall semester and the number (read more...)

Celebration for Babe Caccia’s 90th birthday set Oct. 3

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Pocatello residents are invited to help Idaho State University icon Babe Caccia celebrate his 90th birthday. The public is invited to attend a celebration ISU will host to honor its former athletic star, coach and athletic director. Festivities will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Sports & Orthopaedic Center at (read more...)

Renowned watershed ecologist Grimm to deliver Minshall series lectures Oct. 3-4

Noted watershed ecologist Nancy Grimm, Ph.D., will deliver the public presentation “Urbanization of the desert: patterns and processes of a socioecosytem” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Grimm’s lecture will be in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has tapped ISU-Boise’s Robin Dodson, Ph.D., to serve on his eight-member Select Committee on Health Care. Otter has charged the committee with following up on recommendations for improving the affordability and accessibility of health care in Idaho. The recommendations came out of a health summit, convened by the governor in August and attended by some of the state’s top health care experts. Dodson, a special advisor to ISU’s president and ISU-Boise’s academic dean, participated in the summit and helped draft the recommendations. They include training more doctors, nurses and health professionals to serve Idahoans; increasing accessibility to medical education; and requiring residents to carry health insurance.

Norma Bird, medical assisting program coordinator, has been selected to attend and facilitate one of the symposium sessions at the McGraw-Hill Medical Assisting Media Simulation Symposium to be held in Ft. Meyers, Fla., Oct. 25-27. Twelve medical assisting program directors were invited from across the United States to participate in this symposium based on their contributions to the education of medical assisting students, accreditation status and other curriculum-related criteria.

Lawrence C. Ford, Ph.D., interim vice president for research, has announced a call for nominations for the Distinguished Researcher Award of 2008. This award will honor a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the research effort at Idaho State University. This person is honored at commencement exercises as the Distinguished Researcher and will be given a cash award of $2,500. The Faculty Research Committee will select a maximum of five Outstanding Researchers from the nominees. The Distinguished Researcher will be selected from that group. To implement the selection process, the Faculty Research Committee invites anyone who is familiar with a faculty member’s research efforts to nominate that person for this award. Any full-time faculty member (tenured or not) who has made a significant, original or creative contribution to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in his or her field may be nominated. Send a detailed letter of nomination that addresses the selection criteria that follows to: Vice President for Research, Stop 8130, Idaho State University. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Selection criteria are: 1. significance of the research in relation to the frontiers of knowledge in that field; 2. publication of research findings in peer reviewed national or international journals or juried/invitational show, exhibits or performances; 3. papers, showings, or related public presentations of research findings and their application and use by the discipline involved; 4. evidence of extended, intentional development of the topic of research that resulted in a significant contribution; 5. any other evidence of the outstanding nature of the research activity that may be relevant; 6. only one nomination letter per person is necessary to provide the detail required in the selection process. General letters of support from others are not used in the selection process. ISU wishes to encourage the development of excellence in research at ISU and honor those who have accomplished it. ISU also uses this to publicize the fact that a significant amount of research is being done at the institution.


Data management will be the topic of the Office of Research noon discussion scheduled Oct. 17 in the PSUB Heritage Room. Managing data is an important part of conducting research. The discussion will address the following data-management questions: How do you collect it? How do you store it? How long do you store it? Who owns the data you collect? All are important questions to address before beginning a research project. For more information, call x2714 or send an e-mail to

ISU recently updated its research misconduct policy. Lawrence Ford, Ph.D., interim vice president for research, and Deb Easterly, Ed.D., research administrator, will provide an overview of the policy on Oct. 31 at noon in the PSUB Heritage Room. For more information contact the Office of Research at x2714 or send an e-mail to

ISU-Twin Falls on Oct. 11-12 will offer a professional development workshop titled “Media Relations and Crisis Communications” at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. The workshop will provide a graduate or undergraduate credit and 16 contact hours for $50. It will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Speaking will be Charlie Powell, senior public information officer for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His specialty is crisis and risk communications, media relations and institutional promotion. The training will prepare participants to be effective spokespeople, not ‘spin doctors,’ and is applicable to employees of schools, universities, governmental agencies, non-profits and private businesses, particularly agribusiness. Attendees will learn to calmly and positively take control of media interviews and provide information accurately and exclusively. For more information or to register, contact ISU-Twin Falls at (208) 736-2101.