News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 27, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 37

Homecoming 2008 paraded through the streets of Pocatello Oct. 18, drawing crowds to celebrate Idaho State University's thousands of alumni and friends. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Pulitzer prize recipients Nazario, Bartletti to make ISU Reading Project presentations

Presentations at Idaho State University by Pulitzer-prize winning author Sonia Nazario on Oct. 28 and Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Don Bartletti on Nov. 3 will highlight the ISU Student Unions & Involvement 2008 Reading Project this fall. The 2008 Reading Project focuses on the book “Enrique’s Journey,” written by Nazario, who will talk about her book at (read more...)

Award-winning Salt Lake Tribune political cartoonist Bagley to give presentation on intellectual freedom Nov. 7

The public is invited to have dinner and listen to a presentation by Pat Bagley, award-winning editorial cartoonist for the “Salt Lake Tribune,” on Nov. 7 at PV’s Pasta Vino restaurant in Old Town Pocatello. Bagley’s visit is sponsored by the Idaho State University Friends of Oboler Library, which each fall sponsors an event on intellectual (read more...)

ASISU launches campaign to educate students about illegal downloads

The Associated Students of Idaho State University Student Government and ISU administrators are teaming up to educate University students, faculty and staff about the perils and consequences of illegally downloading music and other media files from the Internet. At the same time, computer users will learn where to legally download music and other media files, either (read more...)

‘Biggest Loser’ adviser, uninsured expert to keynote ISU Health Conference Oct. 22-23

Weight loss and nutrition expert, Michael Dansinger, M.D., will be one of this year’s keynote speakers at the 21st annual Idaho Conference on Health Care, scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 24 at Idaho State University. Dansinger will give the keynote address titled, “Beating Obesity: Mission Impossible,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., in (read more...)

Homecoming set Oct. 18; variety of events planned

Idaho State University’s Homecoming 2008 with the theme “Crush” will feature a variety of events culminating with a Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. and football game at 6:35 p.m. on Oct. 18. “We invite the entire community to help celebrate Homecoming through the variety of events offered,” said Bill Kobus, director of Alumni Relations. “Help us (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Four Idaho State University employees were recognized recently for their outstanding performance. Recognition came at the first annual Idaho State University Foundation Development Dinner. ISU Foundation Board Member William M. Eames, a 1957 alumnus of the College of Pharmacy, sponsored the event. Honored at the event were: • William M. Eames Outstanding Mentor in the Field of Development award: Pauline Semons Thiros, planned-giving officer; • Outstanding Development Officer of 2008 award: K.C. Felt, director of annual giving; • Outstanding Fundraising Professional award: Sally L. Long, director of corporate giving, Boise; and • Outstanding Performance in Development award: Brenda S. Nauman, administrative assistant II. Five certificates of recognition for years of service were awarded to Carla J. Jensen for seven years’ service; Thiros, Felt and Sandra D. Mayden, for 11 years’ service; and Long for 14 years’ service. Oboler Library Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor Philip Homan spent 10 days last summer in Denver, Colo., researching the business of Kittie C. Wilkins. She was known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the “Horse Queen of Idaho.” Homan was a guest of the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Homan received a 2008 Research Grant from Colorado Humanities to visit the Denver Public Library's Western History and Genealogy Department, as well as the archive of the Brown Palace. Wilkins headed the Wilkins Horse Co. in Owyhee County‘s Bruneau Valley. In the 1890s and early 1900s, Wilkins gave a number of interviews to Denver newspapers. The stories subsequently ran in newspapers across the country, including “The New York Times.” Colorado Humanities is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Homan is writing the first scholarly, book-length biography of Wilkins. Shelly Counsell, Ed.D., and Sally Peña, Ph.D., of the College of Education’s Early Childhood Education and Intervention Program Area, are training facilitators in the University of Northern Iowa’s project, “Ramps and Pathways: A Constructivist Approach to Teaching Physical Science.” The project is designed to increase young children’s physics knowledge and understanding (preschool through second grade). The physics module reflects the same constructivist beliefs and practice employed by ISU’s EC Partnership School (a nationally recognized EC program since 1990). Recruited teachers in the Pocatello and Boise area participate in local monthly meetings as they integrate the module into their science curricula. Contact Shelly Counsell, x5311, or Sally Peña, x2448, for additional information.


The Snake River Association for Neuroscience Annual Conference is scheduled Oct. 24-26 in the PSUB Wood River Room, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kirk Brower, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address, “Neurophysiology of Sleep Disturbance in Alcohol-Dependent Individuals.” The address will be open to all ISU students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Admission will be free.

WeLead’s third annual research symposium is scheduled Nov. 5 in the Rendezvous Complex, Suite ABC. It will be open to the public, and admission will be free. This year, along with spotlighting the scholarly work of female ISU faculty and graduate students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, the symposium will include presentations by faculty and students, female or male, on gender or women’s issues from any field. It also will include female undergraduate students presenting posters on STEM, and gender and women’s issues research. A light lunch will be provided at noon, followed by oral research presentations from 1 to 4 p.m., and poster presentations from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
To attend lunch or for more information, call x3311 or send an e-mail to

The Department of English and Philosophy has established a new Ph.D. program in English and the teaching of English. It will be offered beginning fall 2009.
The program, which integrates the study of literature and English pedagogy, offers the only Ph.D. in English in Idaho. It will train students for teaching careers in English at two- and four-year colleges and universities.
“The English department’s shift to the Ph.D. from the D.A. further strengthens an already sound doctoral program, enabling it to better meet the evolving needs of doctoral students throughout the state and region,” said ISU Associate Provost Stephen Adkison, Ph.D. “The department’s strengths and expertise are well-reflected in Idaho’s only Ph.D. program in English.”
In fall 2009, the department will begin phasing out its Doctor of Arts (D.A.) degree program, which has been training students in English studies and pedagogy since 1971. Students currently enrolled in the D.A. program will have the option of completing the D.A. or of enrolling in the new Ph.D. program.
For more information, contact Alan Johnson, Ph.D., director of graduate studies in English, at x2895. Details will be available on the English department Web site in mid-November.