News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 14, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 13

Idaho State University nuclear engineering student Danielle Perez discusses with the news media April 10 the benefits she is deriving from collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory through the College of Engineering. She and mechanical engineering undergraduates Logan Tew, Erick Williams and Chris Maughan have been assisting at ISU’s Thermal Fluids Laboratory in Idaho Falls with component testing of the INL’s Advanced Test Reactor Shuttle Irradiation System, called the Shuttle. When installed on the world’s premier test reactor in September, the Shuttle will allow quicker insertion and removal of materials used to produce commercial quantities of medical isotopes for cancer treatments. “I’ve learned so much over the last couple of years in this collaboration with the national laboratory,” said Perez. “I think it’s great for an undergraduate to work on a project like this.” The students have been working with Brian Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering. (Idaho National Laboratory photo)

In this Issue

Flags flown at half-staff to honor fallen soldier

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has ordered flags at all state facilities, including Idaho State University, to be flown at half-staff in honor of Major Stuart A. Wolfer, United States Army. Major Wolfer, 36, lost his life in the line of duty on April 6 in Baghdad, Iraq. His funeral in Des Moines, Iowa, takes place today. Wolfer, (read more...)

ISU awards top teaching honors to five faculty

Five Idaho State University faculty have been named 2008 Master Teachers. One will receive the 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award at Commencement May 10. Receiving 2008 Master Teacher Awards are Andrew Holland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; Bethany Schultz Hurst, instructor, English and philosophy; Lloyd Peterson, Ph.D. associate professor, educational learning and development; Linda Rankin, Ph.D., professor, (read more...)

Idaho Attorney General Wasden honored as ‘Statesman of the Year’

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden was honored as Idaho Statesman of the Year by the Idaho State University champter of Pi Sigma Alpha national political honor society at a banquet at ISU in April. The award is given annually to an Idahoan who has made significant contributions to the welfare of the state. Student members (read more...)

Counseling program takes national honor, expands Ph.D. program to Treasure Valley

For the third time since 1985, the Idaho State University Department of Counseling has won the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award. The counseling program was selected from university programs nominated from throughout the country. ISU was selected by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association. Counseling faculty (read more...)

ISU Workforce Training, The Hospital Cooperative provide leadership development

Idaho State University WORKFORCE TRAINING is continuing their collaboration with The Hospital Cooperative (THC), by offering a THC Leadership Development Series to assist hospital staff members improve their managerial effectiveness. “We value our training partnership with The Hospital Cooperative,”   said Joseph Fleishman Director of Workforce Training for the College of Technology at ISU. The first session, (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

An Employee Recognition Dessert Reception is scheduled Monday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Wood and Little Wood River rooms. The afternoon will be casual and unstructured. Those who are receiving a recognition award for years of service are asked to enter the Little Wood River Room using the double doors on the left. Recipients will be greeted by the vice-chairs of COPE and CEC, Connie Guthrie and Ronda Mahl respectively, and will receive a certificate and pin. Employees can contact their Staff Council representative for further information.


The Office of Alumni Relations invites the Idaho State University community to join the Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors in honoring 11 outstanding students for 2008. This year’s awards presentation dinner is scheduled Friday, April 25,at the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. It begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, contact Casey Thompson at the Office of Alumni Relations, x3755.
This year’s recipients are: Carrie Alexander-Albritton, Graduate School, doctoral; Kasi Beorchia, College of Education; Mark Bolinger, College of Arts and Sciences, natural sciences and mathematics; Danielle Dutson, College of Arts and Sciences, fine arts and humanities; Tonya Jacobsen, College of Arts and Sciences, social sciences; Jack Brion Kettler, College of Engineering; Hailey Lusk, Kasiska College of Health Professions; Carrie Lyn McEachern, College of Technology; Shauna Nelson, College of Business; Debra Reiland, Graduate School, master’s; and Sharon Wong, College of Pharmacy.

Free and reduced-cost blood screening for COPE members is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Pond Student Union Heritage Room. Blood-testing opportunities for COPE members in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise are being investigated. Anyone who would like to help coordinate the event in his or her city for COPE members is asked to contact David Buck, x3111. COPE members will receive a $12 credit for a coronary risk profile. Additional testing may be done with the COPE member paying the added costs. Contact the Wellness Center, x2117, for an appointment. A 12-hour fast is required prior to the blood draw. Water consumption and prescription medications are permitted, but not caffeine. For more information, call x2117.

Idaho State University has won an invitation to The American College Dance Festival National Conference to present a work that won accolades at the Northwest Regional Conference. Rosa Vissers, visiting assistant professor in theatre and dance, presented her work “Temporarily Out of Order” at the regional conference in Salt Lake City in March. Conference adjudicators selected Vissers’ piece from among 65 works being presented at the conference. They were to be performed in the Gala Concert, the culminating event of the conference, which featured nine exemplary works from 28 colleges and universities.
Vissers’ work was selected from the Gala Concert to represent the Northwest Region at the National Festival in June. The National Festival showcases dances selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit. The next goal is to raise funds to send Vissers and her cast to the New York conference.

Friends of Oboler Library (FOOL) is hosting “A Toast to Our Authors,” a wine-tasting social and fundraising event to celebrate faculty in the Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions who published articles and books in 2007. “A Toast to Our Authors” will be held Thursday, April 17, in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There will be Italian wines, light hors d’oeuvres, library displays and presentations by selected authors. The public is invited. Tickets are $15 each and may be reserved by calling Oboler Library, x2997. Proceeds are used to develop special collections at the library. Following the event, the publications will be moved to Oboler Library for public display through May. Authors who will be honored are: Carol A. Ashton, Ph.D.; Jaishree Beedasy, Ph.D.; Denise M. Bowen, M.S.; E. “Leigh” W. Cellucci, Ph.D.; Carole R. Christie, M. Couns.; Barbara Cunningham, M.P.A.; Suzanne C. Discenza, Ph.D.; Peter Flipsen, Jr., Ph.D.; Dan L. Hobbs, B.S.; Delane C. Kritsky, Ph.D.; Debra R. Larsen, Ph.D.; David E. Martin, M.P.A.S.; Wendy K. Mickelsen, M.H.E.; Carlene S. Paarmann, M.Ed.; Tracy K. Pettinger, Pharm.D.; Neill Piland, Dr. P.H.; Rameshsharma “Ramesh” Ramloll, Ph.D.; Linda L. Rankin, Ph.D.; Ronald L. Schow, Ph.D.; J. Anthony “Tony” Seikel, Ph.D.; Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D.; Laura Tivis, Ph.D.; Carla Wiggins, Ph.D. Friends of Oboler Library consists of volunteers who provide critical support for the collections and services of Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University. For more information, call x2997.