News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

July 14, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 24

It will be “Idaho State University Night” this Friday, July 18, at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls, where the Chukars baseball team will play Montana’s Helena Brewers beginning at 7 p.m. ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., is scheduled to throw the first pitch. ISU’s acclaimed Bengal Dancers are scheduled to perform as well. Earlier Friday, the ISU Alumni Association will host a “golf scramble” at Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls. Tee times will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at x3755 for more information about both events. (ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant)

In this Issue

Local prep students receive ISU chemistry research fellowships

Eight students from local high schools have received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED Research fellowships to conduct chemical research at Idaho State University this summer. The prep students are working with chemistry faculty members to answer cutting-edge research questions.  This year’s SEED fellows are Andrew Baker, Alex Hyde, Kevin Housely, David Reno and (read more...)

Hoffmann named to American College of Sports Medicine board

Sandra Hoffmann, M.D., director of internal medicine at Idaho State University’s Department of Family Medicine, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine. “I’m very honored and excited to be on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine, the national organization that focuses on research (read more...)

Krehbiel named vice president for student affairs

Idaho State University has named Lee Krehbiel, Ph.D., its new vice president for student affairs. Krehbiel has been serving as interim vice president of student affairs since September 2006. “Lee is an exceptional and dedicated professional who can be counted on to represent the best interests of students,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “I (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Idaho State University alumna Allyson Johnson ’05 has been hired to be the University’s new special events coordinator in the Office of the President. She most recently was catering manager at the Holiday Inn in Pocatello. Her office is in the Office of the President, Administration Building, Suite 264. She can be reached at x4798.

Debra Larsen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health, has been named president-elect 2008-09 of the Idaho Psychological Association. Larsen will serve as president in 2010 and 2011. A native of Blackfoot, Larsen served as academic representative on the board of directors for the IPA the past two years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Brigham Young University. She obtained her Master of Science and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Idaho State University. At the Institute of Rural Health, she is working on statewide and national research for child traumatic stress, youth suicide prevention and family drug-court outcomes. She also has a private part-time practice in Pocatello. William “Bill” Studebaker, a longtime ISU – Twin Falls instructor, ISU alumnus, author and outdoorsman, died July 4 while kayaking on the South Fork of the Salmon River. He was a well-known Idaho writer, poet, outdoorsman and photographer. Studebaker received his B.A. in history (1969) and M.A. in English (1971) from Idaho State University, where he said he “found his poetic voice.” Studebaker, who retired in 2005 from the College of Southern Idaho after more than more than 30 years of teaching, was the author of numerous books about Idaho and the Northwest. Before and after retiring, he taught courses in creative writing, mythology, and Western American literature for ISU-Twin Falls. He frequently gave readings and conducted creative writing workshops throughout Idaho and the West. The Lemhi County native wrote a memoir about growing up near Salmon River mining towns such as Yellow Jacket and Cobalt, which was published as Short of a Good Promise by WSU Press in 1999. He collaborated with Idaho archaeologist Max Pavesic on an anthropological work called Backtracking: Ancient Art of Southern Idaho (Idaho Museum of Natural History, 1993). He edited several literary magazines and anthologies, including Idaho's Poetry: A Centennial Anthology, and Where the Morning Light's Still Blue, an anthology of essays about Idaho (U of I Press, 1988 and 1994, respectively).
As a freelance writer, he was a frequent contributor to Idaho newspapers as well as literary journals and magazines. He was featured regularly on Idaho Public Television’s "Outdoor Idaho" program. In 2005, the Idaho Humanities Council honored Studebaker with its Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities award.


Business Process Analysis (BPA) continues to play an important part in the initial stages of the TIGERi project. Members of the Student Information Team gathered for the first week of a two-week BPA consulting session designed to evaluate day-to-day business operations. Student information BPAs focused on:
• admitting students;
• registering students;
• processing withdrawals and re-admissions;
• creating courses; and
• creating the class schedule.
These BPAs were focused on gathering information to model and analyze the current business processes. Future BPAs will concentrate on how processes can be changed to work efficiently and effectively within Banner.
TIGERi integrated technology, powered by Banner software, will allow the University to streamline day-to-day processes and make improvements based on procedural best practices. Streamlining ISU’s operations requires everyone to find more efficient ways to operate the University. TIGERi will improve access to online services, helping ISU remain competitive as well as attracting prospective students.
Members of the Student Information Team will be a part of the important quest to find more effective methods to improve University operations for its most important customers: students. BPA is an essential part of ensuring that ISU remains at the forefront of excellence and will be completed for all TIGERi modules as the implementation progresses during the next three years. The second BPA consulting session scheduled this month will focus on:
• advising students;
• managing faculty workload;
• auditing and awarding degrees;
• processing grades and transcripting credit;
• billing students; and
• processing student payments.
The student information will be a phased implementation process beginning with admissions in September 2009 and registration in March 2010 for the fall 2010 semester. Degree audit implementation will also be in the fall 2010 semester.
The student information module includes many functions. Among them are:
• applying to ISU;
• admissions processing;
• registering for classes;
• student class-fee processing;
• tracking progress toward degree (degree audit);
• university catalogs;
• scheduling and rooming of courses;
• grade reporting;
• international faculty/scholar/student tracking;
and • transcripts.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History

will offer a variety of classes for children ages 4 to 16 starting July 17.
Pint–Sized Science Academy offers preschool children ages 4-6 the opportunity to learn through doing in hands-on classes. The classes enable them to experience the world around them. Classes include the Chemistry of Bouncing Baby Bubbles; Teeter Totter: Balances and Fulcrum; and Crystals in the Garden.
Summer Science Snack provides children who have completed first through sixth grades with a satisfying bite of “brain food.” Classes include "Chemistry From the Inside Out;" "Rockin’ On: Geology and the Rock Cycle;" "Where Are We? The Science of Exploration;" "Space Science: Out of Your Solar System;" and "Bridge into a New World with Chemistry."
"Forays into the Field" is a unique, weeklong field experience for young women who have completed seventh through 10th grades. From July 28 to Aug. 1, participants will spend time at the Lost River Field Station near Mackay, learning about geology along with time on the campus of Idaho State University learning about chemistry, engineering, physics and microbiology. To register or for more information, call x2195 or send an e-mail to
the museum. Complete schedule information and registration forms are also available on the IMNH Web site.