News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 10, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 9

University of Idaho President Timothy P. White, Ph.D., left, and Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., joined in a community celebration March 6 of the 10th anniversary of the agreement to collaborate at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education at University Place. More than 200 people turned out for an evening of food and music in the Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union Building. ASISU Idaho Falls Vice President Katie Anderson served as emcee of the event. Approximately 3,000 students take courses at University Place each semester. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU-Boise professor awarded grant for Hispanic teen anti-tobacco campaign

Idaho State University-Boise professor Galen Louis has received a $240,000 grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help create an anti-smoking campaign targeting Hispanic teenagers in Canyon County. But there’s a twist. Louis’ research associates won’t be public health experts. They’ll be teenagers from the Nampa-Caldwell area, who’ll decide the most effective way to get their (read more...)

ISU, Hospital Cooperative expand telehealth to rural communities

Idaho State University and The Hospital Cooperative are collaborating to improve the delivery of health education and health care in southeastern Idaho. With $98,000 that Idaho State University received from the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ISU Educational Technology Services and The Hospital Cooperative will be able to expand the Cooperative (read more...)

Pocatello Family Medicine receives quality award from Qualis Health

Is the health care you receive high quality? Is it safe and effective?  How do you know?  If your doctor makes a mistake does that just mean they are a “bad” doctor?  If they simply got rid of all the “bad” doctors would your care improve, or is there more to it than that?  In (read more...)

Art of Gender in Everyday Live V conference at ISU March 5-7

The Anderson Gender Resource Center is pleased to announce The Art of Gender in Everyday Life V, a multidisciplinary conference to take place March 5-7 in the Pond Student Union Building on the Idaho State University campus. All conference papers will in some way explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, (read more...)

ISU names Crowell new Vice President for Research

Idaho State University has named Pamela Crowell, Ph.D. – current associate dean for research and graduate education at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science – the new vice president for research. Crowell will begin her duties at ISU at the start of the 2008-09 fiscal year on July 1. She has been the (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

From Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs: "As a result of extensive dialog and consultation with the faculty, staff, and administration in Idaho State University’s College of Business and at Idaho State University-Idaho Falls, I am pleased to announce the following administrative changes at ISU. Effective immediately, Dr. Kenneth Smith, Interim Dean of the College of Business, will assume the role of Dean of the College and Dr. Lyle Castle, Interim Director, Academic Programs for ISU-Idaho Falls will assume the role of Dean, Academic Programs for ISU-Idaho Falls. Idaho State University – our students, faculty, and staff – will be well served by these outstanding professionals as they continue working to bring stability, direction, and sound leadership to their respective units. Please join me in congratulating them.

Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, will become the 18th president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the South Dakota Board of Regents has announced. Wharton will assume leadership of the Rapid City campus on July 1. He replaces Charles Ruch, who is retiring June 30 after five years as School of Mines’ president. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wharton to South Dakota,” said Regent Randy Morris, chair of the search committee. “I am honored to be selected by the Board of Regents to serve as the next president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,” Wharton said. “I am enthusiastic about leading the dynamic growth and stewardship of this elite, world-class university and continuing the institution’s proud heritage of excellence in preparing students to serve as leaders in the professions of engineering and science.”

ISU-Boise’s HIV Education Coordinator Judy Thorne, M.P.A., participated in the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center’s Regional Management meeting in Seattle recently. During the meeting’s first Faculty Development Day, medical experts critiqued educators on the quality of presentations they make to health care providers and their current knowledge of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and Hepatitis C.

The paper “Tailoring a Geomatics Curriculum to Prepare Students for Professional Licensing and Success in the Workplace,” by geomatics technology associate professors Maher Wissa, P.E., P.L.S., and Rajendra Bajracharya, Ph.D., has been selected for publication in “Surveying and Land Information Science (SaLIS) Journal.”

David Adler, Ph.D., professor of political science, recently delivered lectures at Colorado College under the title "The Presidency and the Constitution." He also lectured at New Mexico State University on the topic "Presidential Power in the Age of Terror."


Do you know someone with questions about his or her major? The Idaho State University Majors Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at ISU-Idaho Falls is the place to find answers. Representatives from all seven ISU colleges will be at the Bennion Student Union Building, 1784 Science Center Drive, to discuss the many majors they have available to ISU students. The free event is open to all. Refreshments will be available, and children will be welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Kessel at x7802.

From Public Safety: On Friday, March 14, Public Safety will test the emergency notification phone tree and lockdown procedures for the campus. During this test, we will only lock down Building 18, Maintenance and Operations, for a few minutes. We will test our ability to contact the people on our primary telephone list. We will also test our staff's ability to put an emergency message on the homepage of the ISU Web site. We have put together a building lockdown packet for buildings on and off the Pocatello campus, as well as for University Place buildings in Idaho Falls, and the Bridger and Explorer buildings in Boise. George Kom will deliver the packets with an explanation of their use before the test. The packets will contain building lockdown/closure signs, lockdown procedures, checklists for those closing the buildings to use, and the proper key(s) to secure the outside doors. Attached to this email is a copy of the materials contained in the building lockdown packets, a list of locations where the lockdown packets will be located, and the departments responsible for closing down the building in a lockdown situation. Please make sure you pass this information on to the rest of your faculty/staff personnel and student employees. If you do not want to be responsible for locking down a building and are listed as a responsible department, or if you have any questions, please contact Carol Prescott or call x2426.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced the Spring Artist Presentation “That’s Amore ... auf Deutsch?” by Diana Livingston Friedley, soprano, and Geoffrey Friedley, tenor, and accompanied by Mark Neiwirth on piano. It explores Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook. The presentation is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Goranson Hall. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

From Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs: At the direction of President Arthur C. Vailas and in accordance with recommendations resulting from our last regional accreditation review, I have been working with ISU’s vice presidents, deans and faculty senate representatives over the past year to develop institutional core values and strategic planning materials linked to ISU’s vision statement and State Board of Education-assigned mission. These materials grow from the detailed planning documents the vice presidents have developed in the divisions across our institutions over the past year or more. These efforts have culminated this spring in a draft strategic plan, ISU’s Roadmap for Success, which is ready for review and comment by our larger university community, including all faculty, staff and students. Given that the materials—particularly the criteria and measurables—are still very much in draft form, this review and comment phase is vital to ensuring that this Roadmap provides our community with a sound and dynamic basis for moving toward our shared future. I encourage all of you to take the time to review and comment on both the draft summary document listing ISU’s core values, goals, and subgoals, and the draft full plan which provides a detailed template and criteria for meeting our institutional goals. Upon the end of the review and comment period, the President’s Cabinet will finalize this first annual iteration of our strategic plan, providing guidance for budgeting and resource allocation efforts, as well as guidance for aligning college and program level planning efforts with larger institutional priorities. You can find the two documents online. The Web site requires the use of your ISU email login name (minus the and your e-mail password. This does not work with your login/password for independent servers – please contact the Computer Center Help Desk for assistance if you are not sure of your login. E-mail your written comments to Stacey Haase at ( by 5 p.m. Monday, March 17. If you have any questions about the materials or the larger process, contact Steve Adkison, Ph.D., associate provost, or Barbara Adamcik, Ph.D., associate provost.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host internationally recognized author, philosopher and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Goranson Hall as part of Earth Week. Williams will present a public lecture highlighting her upcoming book “Mosaic: Finding Beauty in a Broken World.” Williams will also be on hand for a book signing and reception following the lecture. During her visit, she will give several presentations to ISU students in a variety of classes. Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Her new book “Mosaic: Finding Beauty in a Broken World,” will be published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. This program is the result of a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and significant contributions from Marshall Public Library and the Portneuf District Library. Other partners for this project include the Idaho State Journal and Idaho State University’s Departments of English and History, Women’s Studies Program; and Student Community Service Center. For more information, contact Kristin Fletcher or call x2262.