News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 25, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 3

Renovation of ISU's Holt Arena, the nation's first collegiate covered stadium, will be the focus of a $20 million bond-issue referendum Feb. 5 for voters in Pocatello and Chubbuck. Named for the late ISU Athletics legend Dubby Holt, the facility was built in the 1960s at a cost of $2.8 million. Its inaugural game, the September 1970 football game between ISU and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ended in a 64-34 Bengals victory. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Africa Night 2008 welcomes community on Jan. 26

The African students of Idaho State University invite the whole community to share in their fun and culture. But Africa Night also has a more serious side. “Our theme this year is to recognize the achievements and successes of all African alums across the United States. and will honor them on Jan. 26,” said ISU African (read more...)

ISU drafting program receives software totaling $690,000

The Idaho State University Computer Aided Design Drafting Technology program recently received 23 licenses/seats from Design Data for SDS/2 (Steel Design and Detail Software) to be used in training future graduates. With each seat retailing at $30,000 the total value of this donation to the program is $690,000. The computer aided design drafting program trains students (read more...)

ISU signs agreement with Indian engineering university

Idaho State University and its College of Engineering have signed an educational collaboration agreement with SR Engineering College in Warangal, India, that will allow Indian students who have completed two years of study at SREC to transfer to ISU to finish their engineering degrees. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to serve these students, and for (read more...)

ISU professor emeritus produces national PBS series on TV’s formative years

For 20 years, mass communication professor Mike Trinklein taught his Idaho State University students about television. On Jan. 2, his audience expands to include the entire country. Trinklein’s latest effort is “Pioneers of Television,” a four-part documentary series for the national Public Broadcasting Service that airs on Wednesdays throughout the month. Trinklein, now professor emeritus, has (read more...)

2008 Human Rights Celebration set at ISU Jan. 15-29

The 2008 Human Rights Celebration at Idaho State University running Jan. 15-29 will feature a keynote address from prominent human rights advocate Harry Wu. Other highlights include presentations on a variety of topics, including immigration, cultural awareness, the holocaust and the Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp that was run in Idaho during World War II. These events are (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho State University is searching for as many as six university business officers for the following colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions and Pharmacy. A university business officer (UBO) provides guidance to the college dean and facilitates the dean’s implementation of the full range of administrative, fiscal and human-resources activities within the college, including resource planning, budget control, financial analysis and fiscal oversight of instructional and research programs, space administration, and organizational and operational improvements. For complete job description, including qualifications and application instructions, visit Human Resources online.


Ken J. Pedersen, a Boise patent attorney, will present a general description of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Physical Science Room 108. The presentation will emphasize patents, particularly in the university setting. Protection of innovation rights, throughout the development process, also will be presented. Time for questions and discussion will be included.

Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University, will recognize Varsity Contractors CEO Arlo D. Luke as “Idaho Business Leader of the Year” at its annual banquet Tuesday, Feb. 26. The banquet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to community, civic and education activities. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho. Luke will be the 45th recipient of the award. Tickets for the event, at $40 each, may be purchased through PayPal with an e-mail to or by cash, check or credit card at the door. All ticket holders are invited to a reception that will be hosted by ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., beginning at 6 p.m. Luke served as president and CEO for Pocatello-based Varsity Contractors, Inc. for 28 years. He joined the company in 1978 when the company was generating $8 million in sales with an employee force of several hundred. Today, company revenues exceed $250 million with more than 5,000 employees in 48 states. He is the founder of Valley Pride, a civic beautification organization, and he is a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving on the executive board of the Grand Teton Council. Luke also serves as co-chair of the Idaho International Choral Festival and as a member of the Idaho State University Foundation Board of Directors. For more information, call (208) 403-7603 or send an e-mail to

Enjoy a night of art and entertainment by visiting five outstanding galleries during ISU’s monthly Gallery Walk on Monday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission will be free and refreshments will be served. The Davis Art Gallery will have a special art exhibition on environmental issues by graduate students Shane Booth, Lee Crook, Tim Goodworth, Kristin Plucar, Jeff Osborne, Omar Sarabia and Anne Vest. Also, the Transition and Mind’s Eye galleries will feature an exhibit titled, “Private Thoughts: Public Display: How Women Express Themselves Through Body Modification and Apparel.” This exhibit is sponsored by the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and will feature photography and vintage clothing along with a tattooing demonstration by Kieth Roice and acoustic guitar performance by Layne Bowen. The Idaho Museum of Natural History is featuring its “Living Off the Land” exhibit and the Obler Library will have Melinda Peterson’s provocative paintings on display. For additional information, contact the Idaho Museum of Natural History at x2262, or send an e-mail.

Photographers featured in the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s “Picturing Our Natural Heritage” exhibit will be available at a workshop Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon to help novices make the most of their digital cameras. The photographers will provide instruction on how to work with digital equipment, including vibration control, remote-release of a camera’s timer, what to do with images after they are recorded, and the ethics of wildlife photography. The workshop will be held in the museum classroom. For more information, contact the museum at x2262.

Idaho State University’s deans, faculty and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors in the nomination process for this year’s Outstanding Student Achievement Awards. Each year, the Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors seeks to recognize Idaho State University’s outstanding students. The time has arrived to make nominations for the 2007√08 academic year. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. Nomination forms can be downloaded online. The Outstanding Student Achievement Awards recognize student excellence, dedication to academic and professional goals, and community involvement. One student is recognized from each college with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences, which gives three. Awards also are given to an outstanding master’s-degree candidate and an outstanding doctoral-degree candidate. Eleven runners-up are also recognized. The criteria for selection include readiness to graduate; high academic achievement; above-average dedication to academic and professional goals including internships, special projects and papers; and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered. Nominations can be made by an ISU employee or student. Students making nominations are required to get a faculty endorsement. Those who may need additional nomination forms or additional information can contact the Office of Alumni Relations, x3755.

The ISU Alumni Association is taking nominations for the 2008 Professional Achievement Awards. Alumni who have had extraordinary professional success. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 20. The award honors one alumnus from each college and three alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences. All are invited to nominate an alumnus or alumna who meets the criteria and has had great success in his or her field. Nominees will be reviewed by committees of faculty and alumni before recipients are selected. To make a nomination, complete a nomination form and deliver it to the Alumni Office no later than Feb. 20. They can be mailed to 921 S. 8th Ave., Mail Stop 8033, or delivered to Magnuson Alumni House at 554 S. 7th Ave. Do not fax nominations. The ISU Alumni Association sponsors this program and works closely with the colleges to recognize accomplished alumni. To obtain nomination forms or additional information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (208) 282-3755. Or send an e-mail to Alumni Relations. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Alumni Relations Web site.