News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

June 30, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 22

Pocatello philanthropist Beverly B. Bistline receives envelopes of cash June 26 that Dirk Stahlecker, 14, and his brother Kip, 11, had saved from their allowances. The boys' donated their savings in response to Bistline's challenge to match cash gifts through July 1 aimed at paying off some $5 million in remaining costs for the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. (Julie Hillebrant/ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU researchers seek clues to why Wyoming toads are disease resistant

To croak or not to croak, both literally and figuratively, is the question. Boreal toad populations have declined severely in Colorado, but not in western Wyoming or Montana. Idaho State University researchers are trying to help determine why this is happening. They’re tracking these nocturnal animals by using tiny radiotransmitters attached to the amphibians, to record (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

From President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.: “Effective Friday, June 27, upon recommendations of the appropriate committees, I am appointing Jeff Tingey as the interim director of athletics and Dr. Lee Krehbiel as the vice president for student affairs. Mr. Tingey has served as the acting athletic director since early March, and an internal search committee has recommended that he be made the interim director. Dr. Krehbiel has served as the interim vice president for nearly two years, and an advisory committee affirmed his appointment to permanent status. I have great confidence in these fine individuals, and have been pleased by their demonstrated leadership in the past. Please join me in congratulating them and supporting them as they move forward in their roles.”

Idaho State University’s new vice president for research, Pamela Crowell, Ph.D., assumes her post this week. She was previously associate dean for research and graduate education at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science. She was associate dean at IUPUI since 1995, and was tenured faculty in biology. As associate dean, she led IUPUI development and administration of science research centers and facilities, research collaborations, grants and contracts, and graduate programs.


International experts from Japan, Sweden, France, Italy, Russia, South Africa, and the United States are scheduled to conduct sessions at the Verification and Validation for Nuclear Systems Analysis Workshop (V&V Workshop) at University Place Campus in Idaho Falls July 21-25. The workshop is being sponsored in part by Idaho State University. The V&V workshop is designed for nuclear professionals, students and faculty who are interested in nuclear-systems analysis. The latest concepts, programs, and results for verification and validation will be explored at this forum. Technical sessions will include reactor physics, thermal fluid and multiphysics, fuels and materials, and data verification and validation methods. Speakers for the technical sessions reflect a wide range of professional backgrounds, including university professors, private sector researchers, and national laboratory staff.
The three other primary sponsors are the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and North Carolina State University (NCSU).
“This event will contribute to the enhanced recognition of Eastern Idaho organizations—Idaho State University, Idaho National Laboratory, and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies—as significant contributors to the international nuclear research effort," says George Imel, Ph.D., ISU Nuclear Engineering Department Chair and V & V Workshop Chair. Space is limited, so interested students and professionals are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Social and recreational activities during the week include a reception dinner at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, a western-style barbeque, and white-water rafting. Additional professional activities include tours of INL nuclear facilities, including the Materials and Fuels Complex and the Advanced Test Reactor. For more information, visit the V & V Workshop online.

The Idaho State University Summer Band, directed by Patrick Brooks, Ph.D., ISU Director of Bands, is scheduled to present a concert in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall July 1.
This summer’s ensemble numbers about 50 and is comprised of an even mixture of students and community members. The band will be performing a wide selection of music, with something for everyone. Music to be preformed at the concert will include “Manhattan Beach March,” by John Phillip Sousa; “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Scottish folk song “Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon” in a setting by Percy Grainger, and “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty.
ISU music student Robert David Grigg will be featured clarinet soloist on “Mountain Tapestry,” composed by ISU Music Department Chair Randy Earles, D.M.A. Colin Brien, music department alumnus and newly appointed band director at Century High School, will conduct his composition “The West.” Admission is free and open to the public.