News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 12, 2007 — Vol. 23 No. 31

Psychology associate professor Shannon Lynch, Ph.D., presents her research on trauma exposure and treatment needs of incarcerated women at the 2006 ISU Research Day. This year’s Research and Creative Activities Day is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building. Sponsored by the Office of Research, the event will include more than 30 poster presentations in the Wood River Room, and oral presentations in the Salmon River Room. The theme of the event is “Illuminating the Past, Interpreting the Present and Influencing the Future.” A complete schedule is available online. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Research and Creative Activities Day set Nov. 13

Idaho State University will hold a Research and Creative Activities Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Pond Student Union Building. The ISU Office of Research is sponsoring the event, which includes more than 30 poster presentations in the Wood River Room and oral presentations in the Salmon River Room. Each of (read more...)

International Education Week to run Nov. 12-16

A series of lectures, events and an international film festival will be held at Idaho State University Nov. 12-16 to mark International Education Week, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The purpose of International Education Week is to educate and promote international education activities. For general information about International Education Week sponsored by the (read more...)

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...)

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

Jacque Freudenthal, assistant professor and community health coordinator in the ISU Department of Dental Hygiene, received the Community Outreach Award from the Idaho Dental Hygienists Association at its annual session in Boise in September. She also received a community outreach grant to support the 2008 Give Kids A Smile Day. Under Freudenthal's guidance, this project received national recognition in the summer of 2007, when the ISU student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association received a $5,000 award for outstanding service.

Due to the recent approval of an updated procedure, flowchart and routing form for Faculty/Staff Handbook changes, the Faculty and Staff Handbook Committee under Section II Institutional Governance, E. The University Council System, 4g, has officially been dissolved. Upon close examination of this committee, it was found that most members were no longer at ISU and the committee itself was not recognized and was moribund. The new procedure for Faculty/Staff Handbook changes is more inclusive and speaks directly to the spirit of a shared governance structure at ISU. The new procedure, flowchart and tracking form are available on the Faculty Senate Web site under “Current Issues,” the Staff Council Web site and the General Counsel’s Web site.

Assistant Professor of Music Thom Hasenpflug, D.M.A., recently returned from the 2007 Percussive Arts Society International Convention where his percussion quartet “Bicksa” was performed by the winner of the 2007 Call for Tapes (High School Division), the Oak Mountain School of Alabama. Oak Mountain represents one of the best percussion programs in the country, and this marked the first performance of the work at PASIC. Bicksa is a Hungarian word for a small type of knife. The work reflects this aggressive and edgy depiction through presentation of themes on various nonpitched instruments such as drums, cymbals and woodblocks. His trip was supported by the ISU Office of Research and the department of music.

John Gribas, Ph.D., professor in the department of communication and rhetorical studies, is coauthor of a chapter in a two-volume edited scholarly text titled “Facilitating Group Communication in Context: Innovations and Applications with Natural Groups.” The chapter by Gribas and Judy Sims (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Ph.D., is titled “Metaphoric Illumination and Symbolic Ambiguity: Applying the Team Metaphor for Perceptual Reorientation.” The two-volume set, edited by Lawrence Frey, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado and published by Hampton Press, was chosen to receive the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association.


The fall general assembly for all faculty and staff is scheduled 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.

To share and celebrate ISU faculty’s research and creative activities, the Office of Research is hosting a “Research and Creative Activities Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a poster session in the Pond Student Union Building Wood River Room. Interested persons can drop in during the day to see some of the research being conducted at ISU. Speakers from each ISU college can be heard in the Salmon River Room. Visitors are welcome to hear as many as they would like. A schedule of speakers and abstracts of the poster displays are available from the Office of Research.

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.” The lecture will be free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

The Graduate Student Council will host President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., on Friday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building Selway Room. Also scheduled to attend is Graduate School Dean Tom Jackson, Ph.D. The Graduate Student Council is a newly formed ASISU club. Its many functions include supporting the Graduate School and graduate education in recruiting graduate students; welcoming new graduate students to campus; mentoring and providing role models; promoting academic persistence and degree completion among graduate students; and raising awareness of graduate students’ needs. All ISU graduate students are eligible to become members and to participate. The club has launched “Graduate Student Second Fridays,” get-togethers that are currently scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building Selway Room. Spring semester Second Fridays are scheduled Feb. 8, March 14 and April 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Selway Room unless otherwise announced. For more information contact GSC President Michael Livingston or GSC advisor Cynthia Pemberton, Ed.D.

Nominations are being taken for the Distinguished Researcher Award of 2008 through Friday, Nov. 16. This award will honor a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the research effort at Idaho State University. This person will be honored at the commencement exercises as the Distinguished Researcher and will receive 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/creative contribution to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in his or her field may be nominated. Please send a detailed letter of nomination that addresses the selection criteria to: Idaho State University, Vice President for Research, 921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8130, Pocatello, ID 83209.

InfoSource Learning, a leading provider of education solutions, announced a partnership with ISU to offer its “How To Master” Learning Management System (LMS). InfoSource Learning’s online solution enables ISU to provide more than 430 courses with immediate availability. Through individualized assessments and prescriptive training, learners are able to take their education one step further with courses that fit their schedules. InfoSource Learning’s “How To Master” online training libraries cover areas such as Microsoft Suite, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Access, as well as programs such as QuickBooks. The courseware features a content-rich environment of interactive, self-paced learning and testing, built on the premise that people “learn-by-doing.” By training in simulated software environments, learners gain experience, retain information, and increase productivity. “We realize the fastest-growing segment of higher education is in web-based instruction,” said Joseph Fleishman, ISU’s director of workforce training. “Our new partnership with InfoSource significantly increases our capacity to provide quality educational programming to residents of eastern Idaho. With the addition of InfoSource and the new 430 Web-based courses, quality education programming is now available to our students in the convenience of their own home or office.” To learn more about training solutions from InfoSource Learning or call x3372.

Think of the Idaho Museum of Natural History for your holiday shopping. Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through Dec. 22, IMNH is offering all ISU faculty, staff and students a 10 percent discount on all merchandise in its gift shop (excluding consignment items). The Museum Gift Shop offers unique gift items for those hard-to-shop-for people. It is the exclusive carrier of “Rite in the Rain,” all-weather writing paper made specifically to shed water. It also carries Himalayan natural salt candles and lamps, Estwing geologic tools, Idaho opals and jewelry, Edson Fichter prints, and many other interesting and educational gifts. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Bill Angle, store manager, or call x3317 for more information.