News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 31, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 11

Stunning bronze casts of four sabertooth cats attacking a Bison latifrons fill the center of the gallery at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University. The display is part of the museum’s newest exhibit, “The Art of Paleontology.” The exhibit also features elements from IMNH’s Tolo Lake Exhibit to teach visitors about one of the most significant paleontological sites in Idaho. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call x2603 or visit the museum online. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Idaho Falls resident Lyle Castle, Ph.D., named academic dean at ISU-Idaho Falls

Idaho State University chemistry professor and Idaho Falls resident Lyle Castle, Ph.D., has been named dean of academic programs for ISU-Idaho Falls, at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education at University Place. Castle previously had been interim director. “The decision to name Dr. Castle as dean resulted from extensive dialog and consultation with faculty, staff, (read more...)

Vailas to spotlight economic impact of ISU at Idaho Falls forum March 28

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Idaho Falls luncheon on Friday, March 28. President Vailas will address the economic impact of Idaho State University, particularly the contribution that ISU’s research activities make to the economies of Idaho Falls and the state in the fields (read more...)

ISU May 10 commencement features new 10 a.m. start

The time of commencement ceremonies this spring has been changed. Commencement is now scheduled May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. in Holt Arena. In previous years, commencement occurred in the afternoon. Following the ceremony there will be a reception for the entire Idaho State University community on the turf in Holt Arena. Graduates and their guests, (read more...)

New ISU freshman registrations set for 2008 high school graduates

Idaho State University will hold New Freshman Registration Programs for 2008 high school graduates and other new freshman April 8-11 in Pocatello. Freshmen registration will be held in Pocatello in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom on Tuesday, April 8; Wednesday, April 9; Thursday, April 10; and Friday, April 11. The program begins promptly at 8 (read more...)

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., named dean of College of Business

Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., CPA, associate dean of the Idaho State University College of Business since 1996, has been named dean by ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D. Smith’s appointment is effective immediately. He came to ISU in 1970 as assistant professor of accounting and head of the accounting (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

From President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.: As Dr. Robert Wharton completes his service as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs July 1, 2008, I am announcing the formation of a search committee to fill the vacancy by July 1, 2009. The 17-member committee will meet for the first time in the coming weeks, when its members will receive their charge and finalize the job description to be posted as part of a national search. Solicitation of submissions and receipt of applications will continue into fall semester 2008. The committee will reconvene in the fall, when members will review applications, set stages of the screening process, schedule interviews and select finalists. It is anticipated that this process will allow for a new provost to begin July 1, 2009. The committee will be headed by Dr. Ron Hatzenbuehler, chair of the department of history in the College of Arts & Sciences. Additional members and the constituencies they represent are as follows:
Academic program deans Bessie Katsilometes of ISU-Boise and Dr. Lyle Castle of ISU-Idaho Falls; Dr. Marilyn Davis, dean of the College of Technology; and Dr. Pamela Crowell, vice president for research;
Staff Council President-elect JoAnn Hertz; Denise Bowen of the Faculty Senate; and ASISU President Jennifer Brown;
Faculty members Dr. Carol Ashton of the School of Nursing in the Kasiska College of Health Professions; Kathleen Lane of the department of music in the College of Arts & Sciences; Dr. Hossein Mousavinezhad of the College of Engineering; Dr. Michael Lester of the department of sport science and physical education in the College of Education; Dr. Bob Picard of the College of Business; Dr. Chris Daniels of the College of Pharmacy; and Dr. Dan Dale of the department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Idaho Accelerator Center;
Ex-officio members David Miller, director of Human Resources; and Buddy Frazier, director of Affirmative Action.

Alok Bhushan, Ph.D., assistant chair and professor in the College of Pharmacy Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the ISU Biomedical Research Institute, spoke March 27 at the annual meeting of the Idaho Academy of Sciences in Boise. His lecture was titled “Progress in cancer research: Last 100 years.” Bhushan and James C.K. Lai, Ph.D., professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, chaired a symposium titled “Advances in Cancer Research in Idaho.” Bhushan is a founding member and organizing committee member of the Idaho Cancer Research Association. On March 11, Bhushan and Lai gave an oral presentation at the Oxford Round Table at Rhodes House in University of Oxford, England. The topic was “Obesity and Cancer: How Understanding the Connection Early Can Have an Impact on Prevention.”

Maria Glowacka, Ph.D., of the anthropology department, participated in the meeting of the Society for Anthropology of Consciousness (American Anthropological Association) at Yale University March 19-23. She presented her paper “Potentiality or 'Spirit': An Ethno-Linguistic Interpretation of Hopi Ontology,” as part of the session titled “Ancient Perspectives on Consciousness and Spirit.”


Idaho State University Professional Women will hold its annual spring lunch with President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 10, at noon in the Rendezvous Complex, Suites A and B. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers who would like to join ISUPW for 2008-09 may pay the $20 dues now and receive lunch for an additional $5. Current members can pay their 2008-2009 dues, which are $20, or wait until next year. To attend the lunch, RSVP to Deb Easterly, Ed.D., by April 7. Radio station KISU 91.1-FM welcomes the opportunity to air public-service announcements about upcoming events and activities. Events and activities must be nonprofit and noncommercial. Announcements should provide pertinent information, especially the time and date of the event, the location, the sponsoring organization, and a contact name and phone number, if possible. KISU cannot air information about donations or ticket prices, but it can air telephone numbers through which more information can be obtained. To be sure information gets on the air, submit it by e-mailat least two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

Student Unions and Involvement is accepting proposals to exhibit art at Idaho State University Student Union galleries. Proposal forms are available online. Jurying of proposals begins April 15. For more information call x4245.