News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 28, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 15

Even though winter and spring seem to be jousting over which prevail lately, daffodils blooming on campus offer reassurance that spring indeed has finally sprung. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU international studies-Spanish double major earns Fulbright post in Andorra

Idaho State University graduating senior Autumn Gomez has earned a Fulbright award to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Andorra, a small country located between Spain and France.     A double-major in international studies and Spanish, the 29-year-old will begin her Fulbright duties in September. “It’s almost too good to be true,” Gomez said. “But one (read more...)

Nine ISU alumni to receive Professional Achievement Awards at May 10 Commencement

Nine Idaho State University alumni representing seven colleges will be honored with Professional Achievement Awards at ISU commencement exercises on May 10 in Holt Arena. They are Robert L. Barnum, Big Rapids, Mich., College of Arts and Sciences – Fine Arts and Humanities; Roger Howard, Avon, Conn., College of Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences; Jesse (read more...)

ISU history chair pens new book ‘Women in the American West’

Laura Woodworth-Ney, Ph.D., Department of History chair at Idaho State University, has written a new book detailing how women played significant roles in the development of the western United States. When asked to describe her new book, Woodworth–Ney said, “Most people think of masculine themes when they hear the term ‘Western history,’ but scholars have finally (read more...)

2008 ISU Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients announced

Eleven Idaho State University students are recipients of the 2008 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards, which are presented by the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Ambassadors. They will be honored at a banquet on April 25 at the Pocatello Red Lion Inn. Criteria for selection include a minimum 3.5 grade point average and above average dedication to academic (read more...)

Nuclear energy advocate, Greenpeace co-founder 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Darrell J. Buffaloe, associate vice president for Facilities Services, is retiring on June 30, after 26 years at ISU. He came to ISU in May 1982 as motor pool superintendent. In 1985 he was promoted to assistant director of what was then Physical Plant. He became director a few months later. He was promoted to associate vice president two years ago.
“What I appreciate at ISU more than anything is working with faculty, staff and students,” Buffaloe says. “That, by far, has been the best part of my job.”
He helped oversee construction of a variety of ISU facilities, including the Rendezvous Complex, the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Physical Sciences Building and renovation of Davis Field. He has been an adjunct faculty member in Human Resources Training and Development Department in the College of Technology. He spent 36 years in the military, including 10 years’ active service in the Army and another 26 years with the National Guard. He served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, earning a Bronze Star and The Legion of Merit. The latter is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct.
After he leaves ISU he will become chair of the trade and industrial education department at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

Three Idaho State University faculty members will be honored as Distinguished Faculty for 2007-08 at commencement ceremonies May 10. They are: Bethany Schultz Hurst, M.F.A., instructor, English and philosophy, Distinguished Teacher; Willis McAleese, Ph.D., chair and professor, health and nutrition sciences, Distinguished Public Service Award; and Susan Swetnam, Ph.D, professor, English and philosophy, Distinguished Researcher.
“Drs. Hurst, McAleese and Swetnam exemplify the dedication, commitment and accomplishment that all faculty aspire to achieve in the areas of teaching, research and service,” said ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert A. Wharton, Ph.D.
Hurst is in her fifth year as an assistant lecturer at Idaho State University, teaching a full load and directing independent studies for creative-writing students. University honors students have twice selected her as Influential Educator.
McAleese is chair of the department of health and nutrition sciences. He has been at Idaho State University for 22 years. McAleese has spent many hours contributing his skills in outdoor pursuits to a variety of youth groups in the Pocatello school district. He has served the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on the national, regional and state levels as an officer and journal reviewer. This year, he received National Health Education Standards Training.
Swetnam is a professor of English and philosophy. Her research and publications focus on Western American culture and literature. She was named ISU’s Distinguished Teacher in 1988 and its Distinguished Public Servant in 1996.
In a soon-to-be-published book, she explores historical support for books and reading in the region, correlating grassroots interest in Carnegie libraries with local social and political values. She also is a creative writer. Her first book-length essay collection won an Idaho Library Association prize; her second was published last year by Loyola, Chicago.


In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Facilities Services landscape department planted two Turkish filbert trees between the Liberal Arts and Pharmacy buildings. The trees are expected to grow to 20 feet wide and 50 feet tall. They will provide shade in the summer, and reduce the force of the wind blowing between the buildings.

The Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform their final program of the semester Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Patrick Brooks, Ph.D., director of bands. Monte Grise, M.M., associate director of bands, directs the Concert Band. Featured will be the music of Robert Spittal, and a special Pocatello premiere performance of “GAWDZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS!” by Eric Whitacre. “GAWDZILLA,” based on the fictional Japanese science-fiction monster Godzilla, is written as a “theatre piece” for band. It includes a slide show and band members performing non-traditional roles. Composer Robert Spittal teaches at Gonzaga University. He has had several works published by prestigious publishing houses, including Boosey and Hawkes. He will be guest-conducting the wind ensemble for two of his works: “Pacem” and “Lament for A Fallen Friend.”
The ISU Concert Band, directed by Grisé will perform “Rondo,” from “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcom Arnold, “The Blue Goose Rag” by Timothy Birch, and “Three Ayres from Gloucester,” by Hugh Stewart. Admission will be $5 general, $3 ISU faculty and staff, ISU students free, and pre-college students $2. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.