News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 5, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 30

The Idaho State University community lost one of its best-known members and boosters Oct. 23 with the death of Pocatellan and professor emeritus Charles E. “Chick” Bilyeu – a.k.a. “Mr. ISU” – at age 90. The World War II veteran, husband, father of three and popular stage performer was a mainstay of the speech and theatre faculty from 1950 until his retirement from full-time teaching in 1982. He continued teaching until he was 87. He also served as a Democratic state senator from 1971 to 1994, and was a powerful supporter of ISU. In September 2005, ISU’s former Frazier Auditorium, in Frazier Hall, which often resounded with Bilyeu’s powerful voice, was named for him and his wife, Diane, currently a Democratic state senator. Their romance, which blossomed at ISU, is a legendary love story in the annals of the University. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU Informatics Research Institute trains archaeology experts in AI interaction

Archaeological experts from the United States and Canada recently were on the Idaho State University campus to learn how artificial intelligence could aid in artifact identification. Experts in the nationally recognized ISU National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) enabled researchers from different academic disciplines to design and implement applications for an artificial intelligence classification (read more...)

Study: Some coaches lack concussion awareness

Many Idaho high school football coaches are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of concussion and are inexperienced in managing instances of mild concussion, concludes a study by Caroline Faure, Ed.D., Idaho State University assistant professor in the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education. Faure conducted a study to determine if Idaho high school football (read more...)

Turtle Island Quartet to perform music of John Coltrane

The Turtle Island Quartet, a force in the exposition of daring and original trends in string music, is scheduled to perform their rendition of the late jazz musician John Coltrane’s music on Nov. 17 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts (read more...)

Natural history museum exhibit celebrates 100 years of Idaho fish hatcheries

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) will open its newest exhibit, “A Century of Fish Hatcheries,” with a ribbon cutting with the Pocatello Chiefs on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11:00 a.m. In addition, Del Monte Meats is sponsoring a fish fry as part of the celebration. IMNH will also offer free admission to the (read more...)

Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to perform Nov. 6 at ISU

Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, at Idaho State University. The performance is part of the 2007-08 Stephens Center’s Season of Note series. The New (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Tera Letzring, Ph.D., of the psychology department, and Sophie St. Hilaire, Ph.D., of biological sciences, will present at the Nov. 9 Brown-Bag Lunch at noon in the Pond Student Union Building Heritage Room. They will share what they learned from program officers at National Science Foundation Days, an NSF workshop held in September. Topics to be covered include: timelines for proposal submissions and award processes, tips for writing more effective proposals to NSF, and a program titled, “Grant Opportunities for Academic Liason with Industry (GOALI).” For more information contact Diana Schow in the Office of Sponsored Programs, x3832.

Darrell Buffaloe, associate vice president for facilities services, has received a 2007 BetterBricks Award for his contributions to energy-smart buildings at ISU, including the new Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. Buffaloe, one of six 2007 BetterBricks winners in Idaho, took the top honor in the building operator/service provider category. He was honored at a reception in Boise Oct. 24. The competition is sponsored by Idaho Power Co., the “Idaho Business Review” and BetterBricks, a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. The alliance is a network of utilities devoted to energy-saving practices in the Pacific Northwest. Judges applauded Buffaloe for incorporating energy-efficient measures into the construction of the CAES building, which could save more than half a million dollars a year in energy costs.

A free public reception is scheduled Monday, Nov. 5, to mark the release of the book “The American Protest Essay and National Belonging: Addressing Division,” (State University of New York Press; $24.95 paperback) by ISU assistant professor of English Brian Norman, Ph.D. All are invited. The reception will be at the Piccolo Gallery, 501 N. Main St., in Old Town Pocatello from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available. Norman’s book uncovers a rich tradition of essays by writers who also serve as spokespersons for American social movements throughout the nation’s history. He demonstrates that the American protest essay is a distinct form that draws from both the European-born personal essay and American political oratory anchored in social movements. For more information about the book, visit SUNY Press



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.

The ISU Women’s Club Annual Holiday Fair is scheduled Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. All proceeds will go toward student scholarships. More than 30 vendors will offer a variety of items, from art and pottery to books and outerwear. Lunch will be available, and will include enchiladas, clam chowder, salad, hot dogs, sloppy joes and desserts. Free parking will be available in the PSUB parking lot, and in the northeast part of the Holt Arena parking lot with free shuttle buses to the PSUB every 5 to 10 minutes.

Join Phi Kappa Phi on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union Building for the fall public lecture, titled “Honoring Our Wildlife Heritage.” Scott Ransom, director of the Pocatello Zoo, and Sarah Ifft, chair of the zoo’s capital campaign, will give a presentation on the Pocatello Zoo’s history, education programs, events, and plans for expansion and development. Scott may also bring an “Animal Ambassador.” As always, the public lecture will be free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Idaho State University Jazz Bands I and II will perform their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Aric Schneller, visiting lecturer in music, directs Jazz Band I. Monte Grisé, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands, directs Jazz Band II. The bands will present a varied program of standard and newer works and arrangements, including: “Three & One,” by Thad Jones; “When Sunny Gets Blue,” arranged by former ISU student, Andy Rayborn; and “What Was I Thinkin’?,” a new composition by Aric Schneller. The latter composition is the first of several to commemorate the May 2007 ISU European Jazz Tour. The event will incorporate collaboration between the departments of music and mass communication. The concert will be video-recorded by students of television broadcasting assistant professor Tom Hallaq, M.Ed., for the class “Live Studio Directing.” Admission is $5 for the general public, $2 for precollege students, free for ISU students, and $3 for ISU faculty and staff. Children under age 6 will not be admitted. For more information, call x2260.