News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 7, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 17

Faculty/Staff Updates

Brooke Agado and Denise Bowen published a paper in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene

Brooke Agado, RDH, MS and Denise Bowen, RDH, MS, both faculty in the Department of Dental Hygiene, published the paper "Periodontal disease and respiratory disease: A systematic review of the evidence" in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, May 2012.

News Bites

The College of Education has announced that Bruce Kusch is the 2012 Kole-McGuffey Prize recipient

Idaho State University's College of Education has announced that Bruce Kusch is the 2012 Kole-McGuffey Prize recipient.

The Peter C. Kole-William H. McGuffey Prize for Excellence in Education Research is awarded on an annual basis to a graduate student in the College of Education. A $10,000 prize is given to a student to complete a "ground-breaking" research study as part of a graduate program. Peter and Nancy Kole have been active friends of Idaho State University and continue to support the academic work and deserving students in the College of Education.

Kusch currently serves as the associate academic vice president for curriculum at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. Prior to joining the BYU-Idaho faculty, Kusch worked in the high technology industry in Silicon Valley, Calif., in various sales, marketing, and executive roles for companies such as Hitachi, Logitech and IBM.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Kusch has served on a number of community boards, including the Upper Valley United Way, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Madison Memorial Hospital. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for a Rexburg-area software developer.

Kusch earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Phoenix and DeVry University, respectively. He completed his doctoral studies at Idaho State University earning a doctorate in instructional design in November 2011.

His dissertation, titled, "Interaction by Design: Social Connectedness, Social Presence, and Sense of Community in Online University General Education Courses," examined the effect of Reusable Learning Object (RLO) designed to facilitate a high level of student-to-student social interaction in the online learning environment. Findings from the study will contribute to the literature, providing guidelines for instructional designers on methods and approaches for creating an optimal learning environment and experience for participants.

Kusch's personal interests include keeping up with his grandchildren, running, fly-fishing, and reading.

For the second time in four years, ISU will host the Cross Examination Debate Association national tournament

For the second time in four years, Idaho State University will host the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national tournament.

Slated for March 23-26, 2013, the event will bring more than 450 participants from universities such as USC, Cal Berkeley, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Harvard to Pocatello for the four-day national championship event.

According to Sarah Partlow-Lefevre, ISU's director of debate, it's very unusual for the same university to host CEDA Nationals twice in so short a period. However, there is an explanation.

"Weber State is hosting the National Debate Tournament (NDT) the weekend after CEDA," Partlow-Lefevre said. "The proximity of Idaho State University will encourage additional schools to attend because they can travel to both national organizations' final competitions with a single airplane ticket for each attendee."

"Our ability to coordinate CEDA with the NDT at Weber," continued Partlow-Lefevre, "and the fact that CEDA officials were so impressed with our facilities and hospitality the last time we hosted in 2009, made it easy for them to return."

Financial support for the tournament is provided by the ISU Rupp Debate Team, the ISU Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and a large grant from the ISU College of Arts and Letters.

"The College of Arts and Letters has been investing in research and academic activities that enhance the College's productivity and visibility," said Kandi Turley-Ames, arts and letters dean. "The College is very pleased to host this national event again."

"It's exciting to host the tournament again," said Jim DiSanza, chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. "I'm especially pleased that the investment the College is making is going to bring several hundred thousand dollars in direct financial return to the community. Without the support we received from the College of Arts and Letters, we could not have won this bid."

The CEDA tournament is the largest intercollegiate policy debate national championship. It is often referred to as "the people's tournament" because of the diversity and number of attendees. More than 160 two-person teams will register for the event from more than 60 universities nationwide.

Apply now for the Summer Professional Development Scholarship

Staff Council is currently accepting applications for the summer Professional Development Scholarship. Applications are due May 10, 2012.

To apply for professional development funds you must be a full time or 3/4 time classified or professional employee who has completed six months of service.