News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 9, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 19

Idaho State University alumnus Joseph C. Jensen and his wife, Cheryl, celebrate the opening April 1, 2005, of the grand concert hall that bears their name. Cheryl Jensen died June 3 in New York City. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Cheryl Huntsman Jensen, major ISU benefactor, remembered for her generosity

Cheryl Huntsman Jensen, a major Idaho State University benefactor, is being remembered at ISU for the generosity that she and her husband, alumnus and Pocatello native Joseph C. Jensen, have long shown toward the university and the performing arts. Cheryl Jensen died Tuesday, June 3, at New York City’s Calvary Hospital after a long struggle with (read more...)

Brydon family makes gift to ISU as first to answer Bistline Challenge

When Beverly B. Bistline offered to match new cash gifts to the Idaho State University L. E. and Thelma Stephens Performing Arts Center made before July 1, Dr. Bill and Doris Brydon quickly took advantage of the opportunity. The couple, having already contributed $1.5 million to the original project, naming the Dr. William L. and Doris (read more...)

ISU Summer Theatre Repertory Festival starts June 5 in Idaho Falls, June 6 in Pocatello

The second annual Idaho State University Summer Theatre Repertory Festival starts Thursday, June 5, with the great adventures of Pippi Longstocking, a Children’s Readers’ Theatre, in Idaho Falls at 1 p.m. in the Bennion Student Union Building at University Place. Then on Friday, June 6, the show comes to Frazier Hall in Pocatello. Tickets are just (read more...)

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 $5 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Recent new hires include: Colton T. Kalipetsis, animal lab assistant, Animal Care Facility; Jessica E. Fultz, coordinator, biological sciences; Melissa A. McConnel, program assistant, Center for Disability Evaluation; Tiffany Lynn Waggoner, custodian, Facilities Services; Debra Suzanne Smith, technical records specialist 1, ISU Foundation; Lisa Redford-Prince, residency coordinator, Family Medicine; Brian Lee Berls, engineer, Idaho Accelerator Center; Kristina K. Olson, security analyst, information technology services; Barry D. Hulet, painter, Maintenance and Operations; Stuart B. Jones, electrician, Maintenance and Operations; Michelle B. Kase, administrative assistant 1, Office of the General Counsel; John Frederick Heckler, HVAC specialist, Facilities Services; Matthew A. Warren, mechanical systems operator; Maintenance and Operations; Jared W. Papa, clinical assistant professor, physician assistant studies; Thomas E. Maydew, business consultant, Idaho Small Business Development; Joseph K. Marley, Web design specialist, Office of Web Communications.


Idaho State University employees, except full-time employees, need to resubmit driver’s license authorization check forms and vehicle-use agreements. Full-time employee information is valid for three years and all others are valid from July to July only, and need to be filled out again and checked again. These forms can be accessed online. Mail completed forms to Transportation Services, Stop 8137. The forms must be completed by anyone who drives a university vehicle, whether it is checked out once a year from the motor pool or if a university vehicle is driven every day for work purposes. For more information call x4460.

the ISU Help Desk: The uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system for the University’s telephone and network/Internet equipment is now more than 20 years old. It must be replaced. Emerson Network Power will be on-site three times between July 18 and Aug. 1 to perform what is called a “hot cut-over” to a new UPS system.
A hot cut-over is designed to be non-disruptive. However, there are risks inherent in this type of power upgrade. Every effort will be made to ensure critical systems are not disrupted during each of the following installation activities. Should a total power disruption occur, the telephone system and all IT services—such as e-mail, the ISU Web site, MyISU, Faculty/Staff Tools, Internet/Internet2 access—will be unavailable until power is restored. The telephone and network power upgrade schedule is: 9 p.m. Friday, July 18, to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19, for cut-over of the first half of the batteries and installation of the rectifier (converts AC power to DC power); 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, for hot cut-over of the second half of the batteries and installation of the inverter (converts DC power to AC power); 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, to complete any work not completed on July 18 and July 25.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History would like to invite young women who have completed grades seven through 10 to spend a week this summer exploring science. “Forays into the Field” is an original opportunity for teen girls to get out in the field and learn about science in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment with scientists. Participants will spend two days at the Lost River Field Station near Mackay, learning about geology, glaciers, earthquakes and fossils. They will spend the rest of the week at Idaho State University engaged with chemical reactions, learning how to use engineering to design and build, studying the force and motion of physics, and learning about the marvels of microbiology. This program is possible through the sponsorship of the Office of Research, which recognizes that Idaho’s young women are a tremendous asset.
The nominal registration fee for this weeklong excursion is $150, including room and board, materials and transportation. To register or for more information, contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel at x2195. The registration form is available on the IMNH Web site. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.