News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 21, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 14

MHTN Architects, the firm that designed Idaho State University’s new multipurpose Rendezvous Complex, has won a Facility Design Award from the Association of College Unions International. ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. MHTN said Rendezvous “brought together a diverse group of campus departments, which included the academic college, campus housing, campus recreation, and the Idaho State University Student Unions.” (Idaho State University Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Nuclear energy advocate, co-founder Greenpeace to speak at University Place April 22

Patrick Moore, Ph.D., nuclear energy advocate and co-founder of the international environmental group Greenpeace, is scheduled to speak about energy and environmental issues Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Idaho State University Bennion Student Union Building at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive in Idaho Falls. Cost is $5 at (read more...)

Five ISU faculty members named Outstanding Public Service award recipients

Five Idaho State University faculty have received 2008 Outstanding Public Service Awards. One will receive the 2008 ISU Distinguished Public Service Award at Commencement May 10. Receiving 2008 Outstanding Public Service Awards are David Adler, Ph.D., professor of political science; Cynthia D. Hill, Ph.D., interim director, Center for Teaching and Learning and economics associate professor; Beverly (read more...)

Boise’s Seddon named ‘Outstanding Educator of the Year’

Idaho State University alumna Carol Seddon, a retired teacher and former Boise State University professor currently living in Boise, was recently chosen as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Idaho State University College of Education chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society dedicated to promoting excellence in, and the (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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The Staff Council and Faculty Senate invite all Idaho State University staff and faculty to the President’s Spring General Assembly on Monday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union Building; ISU-Idaho Falls in CHE 208; ISU-Boise, Room 156; and ISU-Twin Falls, Room C 89. The assembly will kick off Employee Recognition Week. It will be an open format with the President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., and the President’s Cabinet. Denise Bowen, dental hygiene professor, was appointed recently to the Computer Simulation Committee of WREB, a national dental and dental-hygiene testing agency based in Phoenix, Ariz. The group is charged with developing a computerized, case-based dental-hygiene examination complimentary to the existing clinical patient examination required or accepted for licensure of dental hygienists in more than 30 states. The new test will evaluate general health and oral-health assessment, treatment planning, implementation of comprehensive dental-hygiene services, outcomes evaluation and decision-making. It will be based upon contemporary, evidence-based practice as well as a national practice analysis recently completed by the committee. Linda Boyd, director of graduate studies and associate professor in dental hygiene, Ellen Rogo, associate professor in dental hygiene, and Ann Wetmore, graduate student in dental hygiene at Idaho State University and a part-time clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, recently presented a faculty-development workshop titled Electronic Portfolios to Assess Student and Program Outcomes, at the Annual Session of the American Dental Educators Association in Dallas, Texas. Incorporation of electronic portfolios in education is becoming an established best practice in health professions education to enhance the student learning experience by facilitating self-assessment and critical thinking about clinical practice. The project was funded by the Idaho Technology Incentive Grant Program of the Idaho State Board of Education. Ann Wetmore, an Idaho State University dental-hygiene graduate student and a part-time clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, received two national awards at the Annual Session of the American Dental Educators Association (ADEA) in Dallas, Texas recently. The ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Dental Hygiene Fellowship, sponsored by a leading health care company, includes a one-year stipend of $11,000 plus travel-related expenses of approximately $2,000. The program provides opportunities for dental hygiene educators to enhance their teaching skills and develop or refine presentation methods. The ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarship is a $2,000 award for dental hygienists who are pursuing academic careers. Wetmore will represent ADEA and its member allied dental-education programs, acting as a champion for the academic dental-hygiene profession, providing clinical education presentations at professional meetings, dental-hygiene schools, and before community groups concerned about oral health and disease.


Patrick Moore, Ph.D., nuclear energy advocate and co-founder of the international environmental group Greenpeace, is scheduled to speak about energy and environmental issues Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Idaho State University Bennion Student Union Building at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive in Idaho Falls. Cost is $5 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended by calling 313-4166 or 526-8587. Some free tickets will be available at the information desk for students of Idaho State University and University of Idaho with valid student ID. Moore’s talk is being sponsored by the nonprofit group Partnership for Science and Technology (PST), in association with the Idaho Section of the American Nuclear Society (IANS). Moore will discuss what he says are new ways of thinking about the world’s energy and environmental challenges. He seeks to persuade fellow environmentalists that nuclear technologies – long shunned by the mainstream environmental movement – are less harmful to the environment than other current approaches.

Astrogeologist James W. Rice Jr., Ph.D., a science team member for the Mars Exploration Rover Project, will be the speaker at a free public lecture scheduled Wednesday, April 23, at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls. The lecture, which the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the ISU Department of Geosciences are sponsoring, is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Tingey Administrative Building (TAB) Auditorium (Room 200) at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive. Rice, who is with Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, is in the selection pool for astronaut training. His talk will cover the Mars mission, including the rovers, and the next step in human exploration of the solar system. He also will spend time with the ISU Department of Geosciences to learn about research currently being conducted in planetary geology. He will work with the department to explore ideas for collaborating with other planetary scientists to create a new academic program in planetary geology at Idaho State University. For more information, contact the geosciences department at x3235.

Beginning June 1, the Idaho State University Human Subjects Committee is requiring all researchers whose work involves human subjects to complete an online ethics-training course before proposals can be approved. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course is used by more than 830 participating institutions and facilities around the world. All ISU researchers are invited to visit the CITI Web site and take the training.

From Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs: This is just a reminder of the University’s policy regarding closed and finals week. ISU’s Faculty/Staff Handbook (Part 6, Section IV, G.) outlines our policy as: “Any final examination must be conducted during the officially scheduled time slot except in laboratory classes or laboratory sections where the final examination may be conducted during the last regularly scheduled class session. Any exception to this policy may be allowed only on an individual student basis, to be arranged between the professor and the student. Other required tests or quizzes on which the professor bases any part of the course grade are prohibited during the 7 calendar days immediately preceding the first day of final examination week except in performance sections, night classes, eight-week courses and summer session. Graduate-level courses and activities are exempt from this closed week and final exam policy.” Thank you for your efforts to insure that these guidelines are observed.

The Office of Sponsored Programs’ April Drop-In Meeting is scheduled Friday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Turner Hall Computer Lab. Drop-In Meetings are informal, and provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to obtaining funding for research and scholarly activities. Sponsored Programs’ staff can assist with: finding funding sources and learning about funding agencies; navigating e-submission of proposals; developing budgets; complying with University policies and procedures; and learning what to do when proposals are awarded.

From Ray Hart, Staff Council president, and JoAnn Hertz, Staff Council president-elect: An addition to the Student Recreational Complex is scheduled to open in fall 2009. It will contain weights, cardio equipment, multipurpose rooms and other amenities. For many years campus-related users who are not students have been given user privileges at low or no cost, with the effective subsidy coming primarily from full-time students. In the spirit of having those who utilize student-funded facilities assist in paying for those facilities and related expenses, and in the spirit of not adding excessively to the fee burden already borne by students, a user fee schedule will be implemented beginning July 2008. One approach taken in crafting the fee schedule was to have those who voluntarily use the recreational facilities on a regular basis pay an amount that is in line with the burden borne on a required basis by full-time students. Faculty and staff are being asked for comments and feedback about the proposed fee. To comment, contact your COPE or CEC representative. Respond by Friday, April 25.

TIGERi update: Anyone who logs into multiple Idaho State University computer applications will be interested in the new single sign-on feature proposed by the TIGERi project. With the single sign-on feature of the BengalWeb Portal, students, faculty and staff will be able to enter one user name and password to access multiple applications. When the single sign-on feature is in full operation the campus community will be able to access many computer applications within the BengalWeb portal.
Examples of computer applications that may be accessed include: class registration, academic advising, budget information, Moodle, University e-mail and library databases. “Our goal is to provide single sign-on access through BengalWeb to as many applications as possible,” says Blake Beck, BengalWeb team leader. “The University will enjoy a significant increase in functionality from the new portal versus past portals once Banner is fully implemented.”
The new portal will be role-based and will provide personalized content. The system will know who you are and will allow customization by individual users. It will be much easier for the campus community to access multiple computer applications utilizing the single sign-on feature of the BengalWeb portal. Improved access to online services will reduce time logging into multiple applications, and the need to remember multiple IDs and passwords. Currently, decisions are being made about BengalWeb’s layout, content, and other features and functionality. The Portal will be implemented later this year. To learn more about TIGERi, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446. Additional information can be found at the TIGERi Web site.

Through the generosity of the Connie Smith Bowen Arts Series, Idaho State University’s Theatre and Dance department is bringing in author Marisabina Russo. Department Chair Sherri Dienstfrey, Ph.D., adapted Russo’s illustrated book, “Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II,” which targets readers ages 6 and older, to Readers Theatre, which will be presented in a free public performance on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stephens Center’s Rogers Black Box Theatre. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the author and members of the Readers Theatre cast.
Russo will be working with the cast and director prior to the performances. The book received a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for Spring 2005, in the Non-Fiction category. These honors are given to books that are designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills. In “Always Remember Me,” the character Oma shares her family history with her young granddaughter, Rachel, as the two look through two photo albums. One photo album contains pictures of her life in Poland and Germany. The photos contain pictures that evoke happy memories of the grandmother’s life (her childhood, her marriage, her motherhood), but some of the later pictures in the book evoke sad memories of what happened when the Nazis took control of Germany. Oma and two of her daughters survive concentration camps (her oldest daughter had immigrated to America). The second photo album contains pictures of the family once they have moved to America to begin their new lives. In addition to being an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for children, the book is a celebration of family. It stresses how important it is to pass down family stories and keepsakes. For further information, call x3561 or x3595.

The Idaho State University Department of Physics and the ISU Society of Physics Students will present free public demonstrations titled “Sound and Waves” on Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the Physical Science Building on the main campus. The show will feature the “Singing Rods,” the “Breaking a Wine Glass with Sound,” the “Flaming Wave Tube” and other science-related demonstrations. Those who arrive early can take hovercraft rides and participate in a “candy shoot” for kids in the Physical Science building foyer. This and other science demonstrations are presented at local K-12 schools upon invitation. Contact Steve Shropshire, Ph.D., x2212, for additional information.