News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 24, 2012 — Vol. 28 No. 33

Faculty/Staff Updates

ISU-Meridian's Ann Kirkwood featured speaker at SPAN conference

The Institute of Rural Health's Ann Kirkwood was a presenter at the 12th Annual Suicide Prevention Action Network Idaho Conference in Boise, Sept. 13-14.

She addressed the value of grassroots organizing and social marketing in encouraging the use of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, which is scheduled to open in November.

In August, Kirkwood, recognized nationally for her research on adolescent mental health issues, received an Outstanding Advocate Award from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. The award honors her for "dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families."

ISU-Meridian dean tapped for panel on childhood obesity

ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katislometes served as a panelist Sept. 26 during the Treasure Valley screening of the HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis."

Also serving on the panel was Treasure Valley YMCA Chief Executive Officer Jim Everett, St. Luke's Medical Center pediatrician Mindy Gaddis, registered dietician Sue Linja, and Dave Self, PacificSource Idaho regional director. Idaho Statesman publisher, Mike Jung, will moderate the discussion.

"The Weight of the Nation" is a four-part documentary series addressing the public health issues of obesity and what communities can do to fight them. "Children in Crisis" is part three of the series.

ISU's Jack Owens hosts research team in Boise

History research professor, Dr. Jack Owens, based at ISU-Meridian, recently hosted the annual meeting of his national research team in downtown Boise.

Tammi Perdew, administrative assistant at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, assisted Owens with local arrangements.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, funds Owens' project, "Understanding social networks within complex, nonlinear systems: geographically-integrated history and dynamics GIS" (acronym: SOCNET).

The project develops and integrates dynamic forms of geographic information systems (GIS) and social network analysis (SNA). The goal is to provide a software environment for the development of spatial narratives, which will permit researchers to move from data to knowledge. In particular, the project increases understanding, through narrative knowledge, of complex human systems and their coupling with nonhuman systems, according to Owens.

Other principal investigators attending were ISU's Dr. Vitit Kantabutra, whose Intentionally-Linked Entities (ILE) database management system is central to the project, and Dr. May Yuan of the University of Oklahoma's geography department, one of the world's major experts on the development to spatiotemporal GIS.

Because the project will soon begin its final year of funding, the meeting placed emphasis on writing abstracts for funding proposals, which Owens will use for discussions with NSF project officers about future support for the team's research and for increasing the involvement of foreign researchers.

Kandis Garland, RDH, MS, has published an article "The Battle Against Biofilms" in the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

Kandis Garland, RDH, MS, has published an article "The Battle Against Biofilms" in the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

News Bites

Idaho State University will honor current faculty, alumni and supporters with awards during 2012 Homecoming.

Idaho State University will honor current faculty, alumni and supporters with awards during 2012 Homecoming.

Recipients will be honored at the President's Alumni Recognition Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the dinner. Those wishing to attend should contact the ISU Alumni Office at (208) 282-3755 or e-mail The cost is $40 per person.

Award winners are:

Following are the honorees biographies:

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, given to Lewis, recognizes exemplary professional and personal contributions resulting in national or international recognition.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Lewis was a linebacker, quarterback and safety on the ISU football team from 1978-1980 and was recognized each year he played with All Big Sky Conference honors. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1981 and his master's degree in 1982 from ISU and was inducted into the Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Before becoming head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, Lewis coached for four universities and for three NFL teams, earning a Super Bowl Ring in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis is the longest tenured head coach in Cincinnati Bengals history. In 2003, he launched the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, which has donated more than $5.5 million for program support and has directly impacted an estimated 310,000 people.

The ISU Marvin Lewis Scholarship fund at ISU provides scholarships for qualified athletes. Additionally, at ISU the Marvin Lewis Academic Enhancement fund has been established and Lewis has consistently supported the I Club, Bengal Athletic Boosters, Sports Hall of Fame, Alumni Center Endowment, Football Locker Fund and the Practice Field Replacement fund. Lewis and his wife, Peggy, have two children.

The William J. Bartz Award recognizes continued support and development of ISU through personal actions, participation in University affairs and financial support.

Dennis and Pam Moodie are both graduates of Idaho State University. Dennis earned a bachelor's degree in management and organization from the College of Business in 1970. Pam received her certificate from the College of Technology in 1970.

After spending four years flying helicopters in the military, Dennis began his career with First Security Bank and Morrison-Knudsen before going to work for Valley Truss Company in 1979, eventually becoming its sole owner in 1997. Pam ran the office and did the accounting for the business. Dennis retired in 2003 and his son continues to operate the business and Pam still is involved in the operation. Dennis and Pam have been leaders in support for the Alumni Center Endowment and the Colleges of Business and Technology. Dennis has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and is currently on the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. The Moodie's were recognized for their support in the 2006 Gem Legacy and were Homecoming Grand Parade Marshals in 2009.

The Achievement Award recognizes personal actions, generosity and self-sacrifice on the behalf of the university by a faculty member. The award was established in 1984.

Stephen Feit has been at ISU since 1973. He has served the Department of Counseling and the Division of Health Sciences in many capacities in addition to his faculty responsibilities. He has served as interim dean, department chair, summer session chair while maintaining his teaching responsibilities in counselor education. Additionally, Feit is a major advisor to master's and doctoral students.

A nationally recognized researcher, Feit is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, nationally Certified Counselor and approved Clinical Supervisor for Idaho. He is a board member of the Council for Accreditation of Counselors and has previous associations with the American Association for Counseling and Development, the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, National Career Development Association, Idaho Counseling Association and the Idaho Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Feit is renowned in the counseling field, which has brought considerable distinction to his program and Idaho State University. Stephen is married to Susan Feit and they have two married sons and three granddaughters.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 2004 to honor ISU staff members that have shown exceptional loyalty to the University through an extended period of employment.

As the ISU Director of Public Safety since 1991, Stephen Chatterton has been instrumental in making ISU one of the safest college campuses in the nation. Following a distinguished career in law enforcement that began with the Bannock County Sheriff, the U.S. Army, the State of Idaho Department of Law Enforcement and the Idaho National Laboratory, Chatterton brought his considerable skills to ISU.

He obtained a Certificate of Completion, Police Technology from ISU in 1968 and his bachelor's degree in law enforcement from ISU in 1980. Chatterton has been a principal investigator for many grants, including a $1 million grant from the Homeland Defense and Justice Department fund that has improved and upgraded ISU security programs. Chatterton and his wife, Carol, have three grown children.

The President's Medallion, awarded to Ted Messmore, Dave Sanna and Carl Davis, was established in 2001 to honor friends and alumni whose outstanding accomplishments and exemplary service and support bring distinction to the University and advance higher education.

Carl Davis, a native of Pocatello, graduated from ISU in 1970, the first person on either side of his family to attend college. He then earned his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Utah in 1973. His legal career began with a firm in Portland, Ore., where he worked one year for a private firm and seven in the District Attorney's office. In 1981 he went to work as one of four attorneys for Nike, then a relatively small shoe company. Davis held several positions at Nike before becoming legal counsel for Columbia Sportsware Company. He retired in 2005. Davis was recognized in 2003 as the Professional Achievement Award recipient from the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored in ISU's Gem Legacy in 2001 and 2006 for his continued support of the University. Davis has served on the ISU Foundation Board of Directors and he is currently secretary of that board.

A native Pocatellan, Ted Messmore earned his bachelor's degree from ISU in 1970. He also did post-graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin. Following his graduation from ISU, Messmore began his career as the district manager with the Gillette Company, Premium and Incentives Sales, based in Minneapolis and later Chicago.

In 1978, Messmore started his own business, TeJac Advertising, a distributor of creative imprinted and promotional products, advertising specialties and corporate gifts. Messmore is now celebrating his 35th year in business. Returning to Pocatello in 1993, Messmore began an active role in many civic and community organizations. He served as president of the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, president of United Way of Southeast Idaho, is a graduate of Leadership Pocatello and was president of the ISU Alumni Board of Directors.

Messmore has been honored as the "Volunteer of the Year" by the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and "Leadership Pocatello Alumni of the Year." Currently, Messmore is a member of the Pocatello Rotary Club, Pocatello Chiefs and Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce.

Another native of Pocatello, David Sanna obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from ISU and is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Fresh out of college, Sanna went to work for FMC, Corp. as a systems analyst but soon found a calling at ISU. He joined the ISU ranks serving as assistant dean of men and associate dean of students. Sanna changed careers moving into the financial management area with A.G. Edwards and is now with RBC Wealth Management. In 2009, Sanna began work on his Wealth Management Certification is now the only Certified Private Wealth Advisor in Idaho.

He has been active with ISU, participating in the I Love ISU campaign in Pocatello and Boise, has provided leadership in the ISU Alumni Center campaign and he is currently a member of the advisory board to the Dean for the ISU Meridian Health Science Center. Sanna and his wife, Dayna, enjoy their grown children and grandchildren.

Young Alumni Award - Born and raised in Caldwell, Sandee Moore earned her bachelor's degree from ISU and her master's degree from the University of Colorado. During her master's work, she was named the Outstanding MBA student and recipient of the Health Programs Director's Award. Moore began her career with HCA's HealthOne Medical Center of Aurora in Denver. She later joined Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas as its associate administrator. In 2010, Moore was named the chief operating officer at Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Moore is married to ISU alumnus, Dr. Josh Gehrke, and they live in Idaho Falls. Sandee has served on the ISU Alumni Board of Directors and Josh is a current member of the alumni board. Sandee and Josh support ISU not only with their time but their resources in the Division of Health Sciences, I Love ISU scholarship campaign, Phi Delta Chi and the College of Pharmacy.

Parade Marshals are ISU faculty, staff or alumni who have made a significant impact on the ISU community and enjoy popularity among their colleagues and students.

Mike Machurek came to ISU from California in 1980 to play quarterback for the ISU football team. He was the quarterback of the 1981 I-AA National Champion Bengal football team. Machurek was one of the first inductees into the ISU Ring of Honor in Holt Arena and was inducted to the ISU Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Married to Leslie Williams Machurek for 30 years, the couple has two grown daughters. Mike worked as a color commentator for ISU football in 1986 and coached the ISU quarterbacks in 1987. He then went to work with Jim and Su Fox as sales manager for their radio stations from 1988 to 1991. He began his 20-year career with Industrial Ventilations Inc., in Kennewick, Wash., and moved to Meridian with the company in 1994. Machurek was actively involved as a volunteer coach for his daughter's softball and basketball teams, and has donated his time for fundraising events at Eagle High School, Meridian High School, the College of Idaho, Special Olympics and Idaho State University.

For the fourth consecutive year Idaho State University has been named one of the country's "Military Friendly Schools."

For the fourth consecutive year Idaho State University has been named one of the country's "Military Friendly Schools."

The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

According to Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, "inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Idaho State University's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students."

University President Arthur C. Vailas noted, "We know interest in pursuing higher education is increasing among our veterans. ISU is thrilled to be able to provide our military personnel with a full range of educational services and support through the Veterans Sanctuary."

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

NOTE: A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools , distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

The partnerships between Idaho State University and the Idaho business community continue to grow as businesses and educators realize the mutual benefits of close relationships.

The partnerships between Idaho State University and the Idaho business community continue to grow as businesses and educators realize the mutual benefits of close relationships.

This mutual benefit prompted Cooper Norman Certified Public Accountants to sponsor a new learning and resource center for ISU College of Business. Cooper Norman is funding a classroom refurbishment that will provide advanced technology and an ideal learning environment for students and professors.

A groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new center was held Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 402 of the ISU College of Business.

When asked about the sponsorship, Clint Tavenner, a partner at Cooper Norman, pointed out the benefits of its close ties to the College.

"We have been actively recruiting students from the College of Business for many years," Tayenner said. "We appreciate ISU's role in preparing our future employees, and it is in our best interest to make sure students and professors have excellent facilities."

The partnership between the College of Business and Cooper Norman goes beyond donations and sponsorships. The two organizations have an educational partnership as well.

Bob Picard, chair of the ISU accounting department said, "Cooper Norman is truly an education partner. They generously share their time as guest lecturers, keynote speakers, and symposium participants. We have the same goal - preparing students for successful careers."

Tavenner agreed, saying "Cooper Norman sees our role as much more than sponsors. We see our relationship as a valued partnership. This classroom is just one of the ways we give back to ISU for all they do to make our communities a better place to live, work and play."

For more information on ISU College of Business visit

The musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be presented by the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The show will be presented in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The musical comedy is billed "as a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime." The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, according to Michael Helman, business and production manager for the ISU School of Performing Arts.

The comedy is directed by Sherri Dienstfrey. The musical was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn and is based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin. This production is rated PG-13 and contains adult subject material and language.

Tickets are available at the Stephens Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595, Vickers Western stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Pond Student Union Information Desk or online at For additional information, visit

Don't miss your opportunity to attend the Idaho State-Civic Symphony this season!

Don't miss your opportunity to attend the Idaho State-Civic Symphony this season! The first concert "Gods and Kings" features Mozart and Beethoven.

ISU Faculty/Staff receive a 10 percent discount until Friday, Sept 28.

In the spirit of this year's theme, "Welcome to Our Home," the Idaho State-Civic Symphony is also introducing some new discount ticket pricing for a limited number of seats for each of the season's concerts.

•FREE ISU student tickets with valid ID

•NEW - $10-3rd Balcony seats

•RUSH tickets - 1/2 price tickets go on sale after 7pm

To learn more about these individual concert ticket options or to purchase season tickets for the full five-concert classical series, please contact the Center's Box Office at 282-3595 or Paula Corbin at 282-3330. Tickets are also available at Vickers Western Stores, 1460 Yellowstone, 237-5700 or online at

Do you know someone who is uninsured and in need of health services?

Uninsured and in need of health services?

Attend a free community health screening, Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort Street, Boise. Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. Services include:

Since March 2010, ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to offer the screenings to uninsured Ada County adults. To date, more than 400 adults have participated in more than a dozen screenings.

Participants are referred to community clinics and health-care providers foradditional treatment if necessary, said clinic co-director and ISU-Meridian pharmacy assistant professor Glenda Carr.

"These screenings promote prevention and personal responsibility by helping to identify and address health care problems before they end up requiring costly ER visits," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman. "By detecting health challenges early, educating clients on these issues, and making appropriate referrals, we are helping participants manage their health, saving money for taxpayers, and providing a valuable hands-on educational opportunity to local students."

ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes said the screenings represent "a unique partnership between the University, county government, state agencies, area health care providers and CHS participants through the assessment and referral process for enhanced public health."

The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700.

The John B. Davis Gallery of Idaho State University is proud to present "90 YEARS" by Raymond Obermayr.

The exhibition dates are Sept. 25 - Oct. 19.

Obermayr was born in 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisc. He has lived and painted in Pocatello since 1979 after he retired from teaching. Obermayr taught at Eastern Illinois University, Henderson State University, Idaho State University and Shelby State Community College.

His work has been reproduced in Time and Art News. His most recent one-man exhibitions were at the Cordillera Gallery in 2007 and the New Dawn Gallery in Pocatello during 2008. Obermayr's work is on permanent display at The Pond Student Union and the U.S. Federal Court House Building in Pocatello. His work is semi-abstract but rooted in nature.

The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gallery events are free and open to the public. The John B. Davis Gallery is located in the ISU Fine Arts Building.

More information on the gallery is available by visiting or contacting Amy Jo Popa at 282-3341.