News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 16, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 20

A trio of Portneuf Valley landmarks – Holt Arena, the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and China Peak – underscore the unique confluence of the outdoors with urban and cultural life at Idaho State University. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

ISU student, alumnus, staff member and teen to trek up Africa’s highest peak

Four adventurers with connections to Idaho State University – including two in wheelchairs and a 14-year-old boy – will make a nine-day trek this June to the 19,340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. The group leaves Friday, June 13, and is heading up Kilimanjaro with Adventures Within Reach outfitters. The group consists of: • Dana Olson-Elle, (read more...)

ISU to host CEDA Nationals debate tournament in March 2009

Idaho State University has been selected to host the 2009 Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals, the largest collegiate championship debate tournament in the country. “We feel extremely honored to be given this vote of confidence by CEDA,” said James DiSanza, Ph.D., chair of the ISU Communications and Rhetorical Studies Department. “It is a nice recognition of (read more...)

Idaho International Choral Festival tickets now on sale at SPAC Box Office, online

The sixth Idaho International Choral Festival, running July 16-20, will provide Idaho and the intermountain region with one of the finest musical experiences in the west this year. Events are scheduled in Pocatello at Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and Holt Arena, as well as in Blackfoot and Marsh (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception in honor of Darrell J. Buffaloe, associate vice president for facilities services, is scheduled Wednesday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The reception will be in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda, in the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. For more information, call x2209 or contact Anna Weskerna in Facilities Services.

Douglas Nilson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, will serve two years as president of the National Social Science Association The NSSA is a national interdisciplinary association devoted to interaction among social scientists through its conferences, seminars and publications. Nilson has been on the NSSA’s board of directors for more than 10 years.
As president, Nilson will be involved in making policy for the organization. He will write for the association’s newsletter and other publications, and will preside over business meetings, including the group’s annual conference. The association, one of the largest interdisciplinary educational associations in the United States, publishes the National Social Science Journal.

Maria Wong, associate professor in the psychology department, presented her study “Childhood sleep problems predict poor response inhibition and onset of alcohol use,” May 24 at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in Chicago. She will present another study, “Sleep problems, self-regulation and substance use among adolescents,” in Washington, D.C., on June 30 at the annual meeting of the Research Society of Alcoholism.


Idaho State University Department of Biological Sciences and the Stream Ecology Center were strongly represented at the 56th annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society (the international society for the study of streams and rivers) May 25-30 in Salt Lake City.
The meeting was attended by nearly 1,000 international scientists who study streams and rivers. Idaho State University students and faculty were authors on 14 presentations, a level of contribution that placed ISU on par with such larger institutions as University of Notre Dame and University of Georgia, who also lead in this field.

Have you ever wondered what birds you were seeing and hearing as you walked outdoors? If so, then don’t miss the “Birding the Greenway” RiverWalk scheduled June 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monthly RiverWalks are sponsored by the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Portneuf Greenway Foundation.
RiverWalks are family-oriented field excursions. Each focuses on a different natural-history topic. The June walk will be led by Audubon’s vice president and lifelong birder James Cleaver. He will teach participants names of birds and songs related to them. The terrain is accessible to everyone. To participate, meet at the Sacajawea Park Trailhead at 8 a.m. on June 21. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, contact Kristin Fletcher at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at x2262 or Hannah Sanger at (208) 234-4929.