News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 22, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 28

Gordon Woolley, left, president of the Region VI Superintendents Association, and ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., sign a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Memorandum of Understanding in Idaho Falls Oct. 18 between ISU and the Region VI Superintendents Association. The association is comprised of 19 Upper Snake River Valley school districts. The Early College MOU acknowledges, sets the terms, facilitates and expands opportunities for high school students to earn credit toward high school graduation and college degree completion at a reduced fee, saving them both time and money. “We’re providing students an opportunity to accelerate completion of a college degree at a reduced fee while they are still in high school,” said ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Wharton, Ph.D. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU, school districts enter agreement to offer high school students “early college” opportunities

IDAHO FALLS – A Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between officials from Idaho State University and the Region VI Superintendents Association, which is comprised of 19 Upper Snake River Valley school districts. The Early College MOU acknowledges, sets the terms, facilitates and expands opportunities for high school students to earn credit toward (read more...)

Health Conference presentation explains awkward adolescence

Many parents have long been baffled, even frustrated, by the actions of their adolescent children. But one man believes he can help unfold the mysteries of adolescent awkwardness by informing parents and health care professionals on its causes. Ken Winters, Ph.D., will present “Adolescence is a Time-Limited Brain Disorder” Friday, Oct. 26, from 9:30 to 10:20 (read more...)

Governor’s Select Committee on Health Care slates first regional meeting in Pocatello Oct. 24

The Office of Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter issued the following press release on Oct. 11: (BOISE) – The newly created Governor’s Select Committee on Health Care will be in Pocatello on October 24th for the first of several regional meetings to gather public comments on health-care issues. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, (read more...)

‘Global Warming and Health’ topic of Health Conference keynote presentation

Global warming is responsible for the rise in asthma, West Nile virus and infectious disease, according to Harvard’s Paul Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., who will deliver the keynote speech “Global Warming and Health” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Idaho State University. His free, public presentation in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception for Lyle Romriell, senior maintenance craftsman at Holt Arena, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Holt Arena Bennion Room. Romriell started working for Idaho State University on Dec. 3, 1984, as a Physical Plant custodian. He was promoted to custodial foreman in 1985. In May 1986, he transferred to the Holt Arena.

Erika Kuhlman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the history department and co-director of women’s studies at ISU, has published an article titled “American Doughboys and German Fräuleins: Sexuality, Patriarchy, and Privilege in the American-Occupied Rhineland, 1918-1923,” in the October 2007 issue of "Journal of Military History," pp. 1077-1106.


The fall general assembly for all faculty and staff is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union Building. The assembly will be an open format with President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and the President’s Cabinet. It is requested that questions pertain to ISU as a whole. Individual personnel issues should be brought to Human Resources or to one’s immediate supervisor.

The ISU Student Health Center is offering flu shots to students, faculty, staff and spouses. Flu-shot clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $22, payable by cash or check at the time of service. A valid Bengal ID card is required. For more information call x2330.

College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide 50 flu vaccinations, free of charge to the first 50 guests who register for the flu shots during a Pharmacy Open House, slated for Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy. Once the 50 free vaccines have been used, Sav-on Pharmacy will provide additional shots at a reduced rate of $25. Consumers with questions about their medications also will be able to find answers at the open house. Consumers can bring their prescription and over-the-counter medications to the open house, where student pharmacists, assisted by licensed pharmacy faculty members, will answer questions. The open house will feature tours of the College, refreshments, and information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention. For more information about the open house, call x4597.

The KISU-FM 91.1 radio discussion program “ISU In Motion” with President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and guests is scheduled to air Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m.

The ISU community is invited to participate in the next installment of the English and philosophy department’s Works-in-Progress series Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Room LA 152. The session will focus on an early draft of an article by Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Ph.D., titled “Narratives as Embedded Genres in Immigrant Letters.” Copies of the draft article will be available one week in advance in the English main office (LA 262). Attebery is a professor of English who has published widely in the fields of folklore and American studies. Her most recent book is “Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience” (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). The Works-In-progress series is a tradition in the English and philosophy department.

The 15th annual Arctic Conference will be held at ISU Nov. 1-3. The conference is an informal symposium of archaeologists, anthropologists, ecologists and geologists. They gather once a year to share data and new findings and to plan collaborative research activities. Guest speakers will be Robert McGhee, Ph.D., and Patricia Sutherland, Ph.D., both of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. McGhee’s research focuses on the history of the Arctic peoples. He has worked in most regions of Arctic Canada, as well as in Siberia and Svalbard, investigating questions related to the earliest pre-lnuit occupations of Arctic North America; the development of Inuit culture; and the nature of relationships between the Inuit and early European travelers to Arctic regions. Sutherland has been affiliated with CMC since 1982 as a research associate and an associate curator. She joined the staff of the Archaeological Survey of Canada in 2000. She has undertaken field investigations throughout Arctic Canada as well as in northern British Columbia, and has collaborated on international projects in Greenland. Her Arctic research has included studies of the Inuit and pre-lnuit occupations of the High Arctic and the Mackenzie Delta; the art of the Dorset culture; the medieval Norse colonies of Greenland; and the lost Franklin expedition. The Arctic Conference will be especially suited to student participants, who are encouraged to present findings from thesis and dissertation research. Conference presentations will be in the Salmon River Suite from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration for the entire meeting is $40 at the door for faculty, $10 per day for students. The opening and closing keynote presentations, both on Nov. 2, will be free and open to the public. They will be: 9 a.m. Sutherland, “Canadian Museum of Civilization: A New Perspective on Norse/Native Contact in Arctic Canada”; 4:30 p.m. McGhee, “Canadian Museum of Civilization: Archaeology, Inuit History, and the Consequences of a Scholarly Myth.” For more information, to register, or for information about the opening reception on the evening of the Nov. 1, contact Herb Maschner, Ph.D..

The ski film “Warren Miller’s Playground” will be shown in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theater at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The film signals the local ski season’s unofficial start. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Film sponsors are the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), ISU Student Activities Board, ISU Pond Student Union, Scotts Ski and Sports, Pebble Creek Ski Area, Rob’s Ride On Bikes and Snow, Snow King Resort, Soldier Mountain, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, Jackson Hole, Powder Mountain and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Tickets can be purchased at the Pocatello Ski Swap Nov. 2-3 in the PSUB Ballroom; the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center office on the lower level of the PSUB; and Scotts Ski and Sports, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, and Rob’s Ride On Bikes and Snow in Pocatello. For more information, contact CW HOG at x3912.

The Pocatello Ski Swap is scheduled Nov. 2-4 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. Proceeds benefit the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG), the Pocatello Ski Association, the Pebble Creek Junior Racing Team and Pebble Creek Ski Patrol. Supporting merchants are Scott’s Ski and Sports, Rob’s Ride on Bikes and Snow, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, and Ace Hardware. There is a $1 entrance fee, although children age 12 and under get in free. Ski-swap hours are 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Check-in times to bring items for display and sale are 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and noon–6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Curbside check in is available at the PSUB’s Eighth Avenue entrance. Those displaying equipment must pick up unsold items from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the PSUB Ballroom.