News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 19, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 18

The Idaho State University Chamber Choir will be in Peru May 20-31 on a performance tour. The choir, under the direction of Scott Anderson, DMA, will perform a mixture of sacred and secular compositions in churches and universities throughout the country. The tour includes two joint concerts with Peruvian university choirs. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU to host Predator-Prey and Saber-toothed Mammal Symposiums

Scientific experts from around the world will gather at Idaho State University to participate in the Predator-Prey Symposium May 12-14 and the 2008 International Symposium on Saber-toothed Mammals May 14-17. The Predator-Prey Symposium is sponsored jointly by the Idaho State University Department of Biological Sciences and the University of Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. (read more...)

Swetnam becomes first to receive all three Distinguished Faculty Awards

Susan Swetnam, Ph.D., Idaho State University professor of English, has become the first University faculty member to be awarded all three of ISU’s highest faculty honors – Distinguished Teacher, Public Servant and Researcher. “Dr. Swetnam represents the type of excellence that truly enhances the recognition of Idaho State University and brings significant benefit to our students,” (read more...)

Idaho State University will confer 1,765 degrees and certificates at 2008 Commencement

A total of 1,670 graduates will receive 1,765 degrees and certificates during Idaho State University’s spring commencement ceremonies, which will begin at 10 a.m. May 10 in Holt Arena. Eighty-nine students will receive multiple certificates and/or degrees. In addition to the presentation of these degrees and certificates, three distinguished faculty members will be acknowledged, nine alumni will (read more...)

Three honored as Idaho State University Distinguished Faculty

Three Idaho State University faculty members will be honored as ISU’s 2007-08 Distinguished Faculty during 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. ISU (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Thom Hasenpflug, D.M.A., associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, has been awarded an artist’s endorsement by REMO, the world's pre-eminent manufacturer of drumheads and manufacturer of drums and other small percussion items. The endorsement provides instrumental equipment, monetary support and marketing exposure for Hasenpflug as well as Idaho State University ensembles which use REMO products. Since arriving at ISU in 2003, Hasenpflug also has secured endorsements with Sabian Cymbals and Pro-Mark sticks and mallets.

Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., traveled to China April 28-May 9 to help produce a documentary for the History Channel about China’s Wildman, the Yeren. He collaborated with anthropologist Zhou Gouxing, Bejing Museum of Natural History, and provincial scientists in Hubei, where they spent a week filming in the Shennogjia Nature Reserve.


The International Program Office at Idaho State University serves the combined roles of providing intercultural and international student programming, time-sensitive and immigration-related processing for students, faculty and scholars, and student advising. It does this while playing a critical role in international recruitment, enrollment and retention.
Current U.S. immigration regulations as well as recent initiatives by the Department of Homeland Security have compelled international offices in colleges and universities around the country to improve record keeping in order to meet mandatory reporting requirements for international students, faculty and visiting scholars.
FsaATLAS, a software system provided by SunGard Higher Education that is being implemented this summer as a part of the TIGERi project, will accurately incorporate up–to–date immigration regulations governing international enrollment. The management functions incorporated in fsaATLAS will correctly analyze all relevant updates and changes to international records across campus, flagging each relevant event for reporting to SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System).
The regulatory updates provided with fsaATLAS will also help alleviate concerns about compliance and create greater efficiency. This will help ISU remain competitive and also will help attract prospective international students.
“Attracting and retaining international students and scholars is an ongoing priority for many institutions that take pride in assembling diverse constituents,” says Maria Fletcher, fsaATLAS team lead. She says that according to the 2007 IIE Open Doors Report, international students in the state of Idaho financially contributed $31.6 million dollars. “Our international population brings with them new ideas, and unique perspectives and opinions that are valuable to our state,” says Fletcher. “In order for international students, researchers and teachers to come here and maintain their legal status, we need a data-management system that is efficient and complies with current regulations; fsaATLAS will support us with these efforts.” FsaATLAS is scheduled for production in fall 2008. To learn more about TIGERi, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446.