News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 8, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 31

Pictured are "Hog Hats" from a previous ISU CW HOG Pig Out, which will be held again on Saturday. This will be the 27th annual Pig Out and Pocatello Pump rock climbing competition, the latter of which runs both Saturday and Sunday. The Pig Out is a dinner and fundraiser for the ISU Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group and will be held in Lower Ross Park Pavilion. Dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment, featuring The Unknown and Steelhead Red Band, will be from 4 to 10 p.m. The Pocatello Pump takes place on the basalt cliffs of Pocatello's Ross Park, and runs from 8 a.m. to early afternoon Saturday. The Pump takes most of the afternoon off so participants can take advantage of the CW HOG Pig Out dinner adjacent to the climbing area. Climbing resumes Sunday at 7 a.m. For more information on both events call x3912 or visit

In this Issue

ISU College of Education to celebrate its 50th year Sept. 10-11

On the theme “Connecting Our Past and Preparing for Our Future” the College of Education at Idaho State University is celebrating a 115-year tradition of preparing professional educators as it marks 50 years as an established college. The College of Education’s 50th Celebration will be on Sept. 10 and 11. Albion State Normal School officially opened (read more...)

Faster than a speeding toad’s tongue? ISU researcher studies super-quick appendage

Hitting a baseball in the big leagues is among the most difficult feats in professional sports, some like to say, and that includes Idaho State University biological sciences professor Curt Anderson. A hitter only has about 4/10ths of a second to react to a pitch coming at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, and then to (read more...)

ISU now offers health care information systems major

In response to an urgent need for information technology specialists in the health care industry, the Idaho State University College of Business is now offering a four-year academic program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration in health care information systems management. It is the only Idaho program offered by an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools (read more...)

‘I Love ISU’ scholarship campaign sets sights on $400,000 goal

The 26th annual “I Love ISU” campaign is off and running with callers in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Pocatello trying to raise this year’s goal of $400,000 for Idaho State University scholarships. The Blackfoot volunteer calling campaign was held on Aug. 28; the Idaho Falls volunteer calling campaign will run Sept. 8-9; and the Pocatello and (read more...)

Idaho Museum of Natural History features new faces, programs

Idaho Museum of Natural History, located on the campus of Idaho State University, has announced several personnel changes and a greater emphasis on research in its mission. The museum also is going through its accreditation process this academic year. Ernest “Skip” Lohse, Ph.D., has been named acting director, replacing interim director Jennifer Fisher, who retired (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

ISU-Boise assistant audiology professor Mel Miller, Ph.D., CCC-A, has been elected to a three-year term on the Audiology Advisory Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He'll begin serving Jan. 1, 2009. The ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists.

Two new associate deans and two new department chairs have been appointed by Kenneth A. Smith, Ph.D., CPA, dean of the ISU College of Business. They are:

  • Kregg Aytes, Ph.D., previously chair of the computer information systems department, is now associate dean for internal operations, curriculum and strategic program directions. Aytes joined the COB faculty in fall 1993 as assistant professor. He was named CIS chair in 2000.
  • Robert Picard, Ph.D., CPA, will continue as chair of the accounting department as he assumes the associate dean role for external affairs, student recruitment and the Drive for Distinction capital campaign. Picard, with COB since 1994, was named accounting department chair in 1999.
  • Tom Ottaway, Ph.D., succeeds Aytes as chair of the CIS department. Ottaway joined the faculty in fall 2001.
  • Sandra Speck, Ph.D., is now marketing department chair, succeeding Philip Nitse, Ph.D. Speck became a member of the marketing faculty in fall 2005. Nitse is now on sabbatical for the fall 2008 semester and will return to teaching in spring 2009.

Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and biology, gave a presentation, "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," for the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August.

Scot Kelchner, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and Amanda Fisher, Ph.D. candidate, presented three papers at the Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August. The five-day scientific program occurs every five years and biologists from around the world meet to discuss monocot evolution and diversity.


Ask YOUR TigerGuide: TIGERi will be bringing many exciting improvements to the Idaho State University campus by incorporating all human resources/payroll, finance, student and financial aid information together in a secure, integrated and easy-access environment. This will mean big changes for everyone on campus. To help answer questions and facilitate these changes, TigerGuides in all departments of the university will be available to provide assistance.

Members of this group will receive special training. This will prepare them to fulfill a number of important functions:

  • Answer basic questions about TIGERi
  • Provide assistance when asked about tasks using the new technology commonly performed within their departments
  • Help spread the word about TIGERi events
  • Provide feedback to project staff about training efforts, and communicate suggestions for improvement

For more specialized questions, the Information Technology (IT) Service Desk is ready to help. When necessary, they will also call on subject matter experts (i.e. HR, Financial Aid, Finance, Student Information, etc.) and other IT specialists to provide solutions as quickly as possible.

The TigerGuides will be integral members of the Information Technology (IT) Service Desk "pathway to customer service," which is designed to provide students, faculty, and staff with helpful resources when they need assistance. "The TigerGuides are only one component of a larger project to provide improved customer service throughout the campus," emphasizes Debra Shein, manager of TIGERi training. "More importantly they will help us communicate upcoming events, serve as resources for their departments, and will help achieve our goal of 100 percent customer satisfaction."

To learn more about the TIGERi project, visit or call Cali Bell, communications coordinator, at x.4446.

The Idaho State University Homecoming 2008 Parade on Oct. 18 in Pocatello will start for the third consecutive year at the corner of South First Avenue and East Center Street, just east of the Center Street underpass. From the starting point, the parade will proceed up Center Street to South 15th Avenue, where entries will turn right and proceed to the parade's finish at the Holt Arena parking lot. Parade entries are due Oct. 10. After this date a $25 late fee applies. No entries will be accepted after noon Oct. 17. The parade's theme is "Crush" and is set from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18. The parade lineup begins at 8 a.m. There are no parade entry fees for University-registered student organizations or other educational entities such as University departments or community public schools. For more information, contact the ISU Involvement Center at x3451, or e-mail parade chair Linda Burke at

Idaho State University's Anderson Gender Resource Center announced Project Hope's fifth annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event, Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Hutchinson Quadrangle at Idaho State University's Pocatello campus. The event will take place on the Idaho Falls campus at the Bennion Student Union Multi-purpose room the following Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fundraiser is designed to help victims of violence and to bring awareness to the growing concern over acts of violence against women. Each year, male students and faculty of ISU and men throughout the community volunteer to walk a mile in women's shoes to help victims of violence.

This event is in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is open to the public. For more information or to request a participant package, contact Susan Lorenz at 234-9684.

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall, has immediate openings for new patients. The clinic provides psychological and behavior health services provided by doctoral students under faculty supervision. The following services are available: therapy for panic/anxiety, depression or other emotional disorders; parent-child interactional treatment for child behavior problems; assessments for patients who have medical conditions that might disrupt cognitive functioning, memory, or executive functioning; couples and family therapy, treatments for sexual dysfunction; and substance abuse treatment.

There are immediate openings with the start of the new semester. There is no charge for an initial consultation and continuing services are provided at a very low cost. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 282-2129.