News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 23, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 21

"Anthems of America," a community concert of patriotic songs, will be performed in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall on Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m. There will be a second performance at 8:30 p.m. Performing will be 140 choir members from the community, and another 30 community members will play in the orchestra. Tickets are $5 advance purchase; after May 23, $10. All seats are reserved seating. Call x3595 for reservation information.

In this Issue

Kovacs’s woven piece chosen for BAM’s permanent collection

The Boise Art Museum has purchased the weaving “Oaxaca Memories #5” by Idaho State University chair and professor of art Rudy Kovacs. BAM’s Collectors Forum purchased the cotton, linen and silk 64-3/4-inch by 45-1/2-inch weaving, woven on a jacquard loom. “We are thrilled to add this beautiful and evocative example of Rudy’s current work to the Boise (read more...)

ISU debate coach wins award for coaching excellence

Sarah Partlow-Lefevre, Idaho State University’s director of forensic debate, was recently awarded the George Ziegelmueller Award for coaching excellence. The award, presented by the executive board of the National Debate Tournament, is given annually to a member who distinguish herself or himself in the communication profession, while coaching teams to competitive success. During the seven years that (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Kimberly Talbot, of Idaho State University’s Project Hope Advocacy Program, was among 26 students in the first graduating class of the Advanced Idaho Victim Assistance Academy. Graduates have been trained to work with, and on behalf of, crime victims. For two years, through an Office of Victims of Crime grant, the Idaho Victim Assistance Academy executive and statewide committees have developed an interdisciplinary academic setting for professionals working with crime victims. The academy provides a foundation in the principle of victims' rights and critical-thinking skills, knowledge and resources to better meet the needs of Idaho crime victims.


Idaho State University will share the spotlight with the Idaho Falls Chukars baseball team on Friday, July 18, during ISU Night at Melaleuca Field, 568 W. Elva Street in Idaho Falls. The Chukars will be playing the Helena Brewers. Game time is 7:15 p.m., with ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., throwing the first pitch. Free tickets are available at various locations, including at the information counter in the Bennion Student Union Building at ISU–Idaho Falls, at University Place. Alumni’s golf scramble is scheduled the same day at Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls. Tee time will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information about the golf scramble or availability of free tickets to ISU Night with the Chukars, call Alumni Relations at x3755.

The seventh annual Tom Sherwood Golf Tournament four-person golf scramble, a fundraiser for the Tom Sherwood Memorial Scholarship fund at Idaho State University, is set for July 18 at Sage Lakes Golf Course in Idaho Falls. It is sponsored by North Wind of Idaho Falls, and ISU. Registration time is 6:30 a.m., and a shotgun start is set an hour later. Cost is $35, plus greens and cart fees. There will be door prizes, and a chance to win one of two hole-in-one prizes: $10,000 cash, or a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle valued at $15,000. For more information, call (208) 528-8718. Participants can sign up online.

Jim Fletcher, Idaho State University vice president of finance and administration, will present information and answer questions from staff regarding the new compensation plan and other compensation issues on Tuesday, June 24, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building’s Bengal Theater. The presentation will be recorded and broadcast to ISU–Idaho Falls in CHE 314; ISU–Boise in Room 143; and ISU–Twin Falls in Room C91 of the Evergreen Building.
Idaho State University’s retired employees will hold their fifth annual reunion on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Juniper Hills Country Club. All retired ISU faculty and staff, as well as spouses of deceased retirees, are invited. No-host social activities start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m.
Organizers are Bruce and Alice Ronald, Ron and Joan McCune, Ross and Anita Ruchti, Dick and Donna Sagness, and Glenn Alford. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with longtime friends in the ISU community. There is no agenda of speeches or entertainment to interfere with the social function. Nearly 100 attended last year. The dinner costs $25 per person. Prepayment before Oct. 24 is required. Payment should be sent to Ross Ruchti, Office of Continuing Education, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8062, Pocatello, ID 83209.
Retirees who know of other retired ISU employees who have not received an invitation, or who have moved, are asked to inform a committee member. For more information on the reunion, call Joan McCune, (208) 233-8467; Anita Ruchti, 233-6594; or Alice Ronald, 232-1430.