News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 19, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 6

Idaho State University dental hygiene students M’Lisa Walker, right, and Brittany Adams were among the many students who supported the annual ConnectionISU phonathon last week by calling alumni to raise money for scholarships and department needs. Students from all seven ISU colleges will be calling through March 20. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Bengal Dancers take first at USA College Dance Nationals

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers brought home a national championship after competing in the Large Open Dance Division at the United Spirit Association (USA) College Dance Nationals in Las Vegas in February. At the competition Feb. 10-11, the University of Missouri finished second and the University of Kentucky finished third in the Large Open Dance (read more...)

Stallings’ congressional papers now available to researchers, public at Oboler Library

The congressional papers of U.S. Representative Richard Stallings, who served Idaho in Congress from 1984 to 1992, are now available to the public and to researchers at the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library. The material includes legislative files, correspondence and constituent casework from his Washington office as well as his regional offices in Idaho. (read more...)

Second annual Nepalese Night celebration set Feb. 16

The Idaho State University Nepalese Students Association will present Nepalese Night on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. The celebration will feature 10 different Nepalese style dishes, music and a slide show. Booths will be set up to display various cultural articles, decorations and antiques. Nepalese students will present (read more...)

IAC continues work to neutralize nuclear, chemical, biological weapons

The Idaho State University Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC) has received an additional $1.8 million to continue to develop technology using small accelerator detection systems for the detection and neutralization of chemical, biological and fissionable (nuclear) weapons or weapons materials. This new funding adds to the $4 million already received from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (read more...)

ISU alumna makes lead gift to Bengal Village

Pocatello resident and Idaho State University alumna Sylvia Papenberg ’64 has made the lead donation to ISU’s proposed Bengal Village athletics complex, ISU Athletics officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 30. Papenberg’s gift of 40 acres of land in eastern Idaho’s rapidly growing Teton Valley is the largest single gift in ISU Athletics’ history, university officials said. (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Steve Feit, Ed.D., professor and chair of the counseling department, has been named to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Board of Directors effective in July. CACREP is the national accrediting body for all master’s and doctoral programs in counseling and counselor education.

Monique Manopoulos, Ph.D., assistant professor of French, presented a paper titled, Les romans de Nina Borzoi; de la thérapie à l'affirmation du soi multiple (The novels of Nina Borzoi: from therapy to affirmation of the multiple self), at the annual MLA (Modern Language Association) Conference, in Chicago Dec. 27-30.


By direction of President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., the Idaho State University flag will be lowered to half-staff through Tuesday, Feb. 19, to honor the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The lowered flag also will honor the late Amy Raymond, lecturer in the department of English and philosophy and former associate director of ISU’s record-setting Centennial Campaign. Raymond died Tuesday, Feb. 12. There was a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Also, a flag bearing the POW/MIA (prisoner of war and missing in action) symbol now flies on campus, in compliance with an executive order by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. The POW/MIA flag will remain as part of the University’s flag assembly indefinitely. The flag is intended to honor members of the Armed Forces who are unaccounted for.

The Cultural Affairs Council is accepting proposals for mini-grants for the 2008-09 academic year. The mini-grant program is designed to help academic departments and colleges bring speakers, artists and special programs to campus in areas that are important and relevant to the interests of the University community. The intention is to provide cost-share money. Questions about the program, and requests for an application form, should be directed to the Cultural Affairs Council, Dr. Monique Manopoulos, chair, Stop 8307. Or call x3513, or send an e-mail.

Nominations are being accepted for student employee of the year. Recognize and honor your student employee and give him or her the opportunity to compete for scholarship money, bookstore credits and more. Faculty and staff nominate students for outstanding achievement and contributions. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time in a degree program and be returning to ISU as an undergraduate in fall 2008. He or she must be employed for 10 hours or more per week for at least six months or expect to complete six months of part-time employment by May 2008. They also must have a 2.5 or better GPA, and complete the nomination form that is available online or from Human Resources at x2778. Nominations must be submitted to Stacey Giokas in Human Resources by Feb. 29.

Idaho State University Professional Women will sponsor a panel discussion and potluck dinner titled “Promotion of Women” on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The event will be in the Magnuson Alumni House at 554 S. 7th St., Pocatello. The potluck is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Tableware will be provided. The panel discussion is scheduled to being at 6 p.m. Guest panelists will be Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions; Marilyn Davis, Ed.D., dean of the College of Technology; Maureen Brandon, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Deborah Hedeen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education. For details call x4245.