News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 27, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 18

Pocatello philanthropist Beverly B. Bistline, a retired attorney and Idaho State University benefactor, has kicked-off a fundraising challenge to pay off the final construction costs for the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Bistline is the namesake of a theatre in the Stephens Center. For details about the fundraising challenge, see the story below. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Philanthropist Bistline issues ISU Stephens Center challenge

Pocatello philanthropist Beverly B. Bistline, a major donor to Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, will match all new cash gifts up to $250,000 through this July 1 to help pay off the remaining $6 million cost of construction, the ISU Foundation has announced. Also, if donations received by July 1 (read more...)

Chinese Student Association collecting funds for China earthquake relief

The Idaho State University Chinese Student Association is collecting funds for victims of the May 12 earthquake in the Sichuan Province in China. The students will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Building main lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 19-21, to collect funds. Donations can also be sent to the ISU Foundation (read more...)

Chamber Choir to tour Peru in May

The Idaho State University Chamber Choir will embark on a performance tour to Peru from May 20-31. Scott E. Anderson, D.M.A., ISU director of choral activities, will lead the Chamber Choir as they perform six concerts in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco,  the former capital of the Inca empire. The Chamber Choir will present a wide variety of (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception for Darrell J. Buffaloe, associate vice president for Facilities Services, is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda in the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Buffaloe will retire June 30 after 26 years at Idaho State University.

Susanne Forrest’s article “Staying Competitive with Europe” has been published in the May/June issue of “International Educator,” a bimonthly publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Forrest is the ISU International Student Enrollment Coordinator. She says that much of the decline in international student numbers in the United States has been attributed to the political fallout of 9/11 and the continued aggressive recruitment by countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Forrest’s article addresses reasons for the decline, and points out steps that could be taken to ameliorate the losses.

Alan C. Frantz, Ph.D., professor of higher education administration, was elected recently to serve as vice-chair of the Faculty Senate. He will serve as chair during the academic year 2009-10.


A summer energy-education camp for girls is scheduled June 16-19 at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls, at University Place. The camp is for girls who have no experience in electronics. They will learn how electrical energy is created and managed, discover how energy production affects the environment, experiment with radio electronics, build various electronics kits, and participate in field trips to a power plant and other facilities. Cost is $75. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Energy Systems Technology and Education Center at Idaho State University’s College of Technology is sponsoring the event in conjunction with Idaho Women in Nuclear, Partners for Prosperity and the Idaho National Laboratory. For more information, call x3400 or visit the electronics department online. Applications are due by June 8.

Idaho State University Bands will sponsor an ISU Summer Band again this summer. The ensemble, which is open to all ISU students, faculty and staff as well as advanced high school instrumentalists and community members, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The band will perform its final concert on Tuesday, July 1. There is no cost to be a member of the band, but there are credit options available for music educators. The band will be organized by Patrick Brooks, Ph.D., ISU Director of Bands. It will feature a number of guest conductors. Persons interested in becoming a member of the ISU Summer Band may contact Brooks or Linda England in the ISU Music Department, x3636.

From Mark S. Norviel, manager, Networking/Telecommunications: It has become necessary to replace the Rolm Voice Mail system. Although the system is still working, it is no longer supported by the manufacturer. Beginning this summer, and into the fall 2008 semester, Networking and Telecommunications will be contacting departments and individuals to begin the process of upgrading telephone voice mail boxes. Voice mail systems all serve the same purpose, but each is unique in how messages are created, accessed, listened to, saved and forwarded. This will likely be the biggest adjustment as the University moves to the new system. User instructions and documentation will be distributed as the upgrade occurs. For more information, call x4246.

Editor’s note: The following is the first of several TIGERi Team Player Spotlight features that will appear during implementation of TIGERi to introduce Idaho State University’s TIGERi staff:
Doug Berman is the senior project manager at SunGard Higher Education. He has a diverse and varied background in project management. He works closely with David Alexander, TIGERi project manager, coordinating a range of implementation activities, including both software and consulting services. He has 15 years’ experience in information technology management and higher education administration. His career in higher education started at Columbia University, where he was an assistant registrar and an assistant to the dean at Columbia Law School. He then worked as a PeopleSoft student implementation consultant at the University of Massachusetts, New Jersey City University, and Princeton University.
Berman also has been a team lead for admissions and student records at Stanford University and a project manager for The College of William and Mary, Wake Forest University, and the University of Washington. “We are fortunate to have someone with Mr. Berman’s higher education background and project management expertise working with the TIGERi project,” says Alexander. Berman works with SunGard Higher Education clients in the Western United States. To learn more about TIGERi, contact Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x4446. Additional information also can be found at the TIGERi Web site.