News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 3, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 37

With Halloween just behind us and the colors of autumn fading, the holiday season isn't far off. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

Qwest donates $1.6 million of data-networking equipment to College of Technology

Qwest recently donated approximately $1.6 million worth of data-networking equipment to Idaho State University’s Information Technology Systems program. That gift was announced at a press conference on the ISU campus on Oct. 29. ISU College of Technology students will use the equipment to learn how to build and repair modern telecommunications networks. “Qwest’s generosity and foresight in making (read more...)

ISU Department of English announces new Ph.D. program to begin fall 2009

The Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University has established a new Ph.D. program in English and the teaching of English that will be offered beginning fall 2009. The program will offer the only Ph.D. in English in the state of Idaho. The program, which integrates the study of literature and English pedagogy, will (read more...)

Former ISU pharmacy prof to present ‘The Mind or the Brain’ Phi Kappa Phi Scholarly Lecture

Former Idaho State University pharmacy professor Leslie Devaud, Ph.D., will give the presentation “The Mind or the Brain” as the ISU Phi Kappa Phi 2008 Scholarly Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Pond Student Union Building Salmon River Suite. The overall topic of Devaud’s lecture will focus on the challenges of researching brain processes (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Alex Urfer, Ph.D., P.T., chair of the physical and occupational therapy program, has been awarded the 2008 J. Perry Silver Award for outstanding achievements and contributions in physical therapy for the state of Idaho.
The award recognizes excellence in clinical practice, and dedication to patients, the profession and sharing knowledge with others. The award is named for the late J. Perry Silver, an outstanding physical therapist in Idaho. In nominating Urfer, colleagues said he exemplifies a person who clearly places patients’ needs and the profession above all. He was honored at the Idaho Physical Therapy Association Award Banquet in Boise recently.


ISU Professional Women will sponsor the Business Officers Awareness Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. The event is scheduled in the Faculty/Staff Diversity Center on the third floor of the Pond Student Union. The forum will be an opportunity to learn about the role of ISU business officers. Panelists will include James Fletcher, vice president for finance and administration; and university business officers Debra Gerber of the College of Education; and Lynn Roberts of the College of Arts and Sciences. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call x3832.

Michael D. Hildreth, Ph.D., associate professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will give an overview Monday, Nov. 3, of the Large Hadron Collider project currently being commissioned at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, in Geneva, Switzerland. The lecture is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Physical Science Building, Room 108. He will discuss the enormous machine and the particle detectors that are being readied for the first collisions, scheduled in 2009. The focus of his presentation will be on the prospects for physics discoveries that could redefine our perspective on the universe, such as supersymmetry, dark matter, or extra eimensions of space-time.

The ISU Wellness Center, in cooperation with Portneuf Medical Center, is offering reduced-fee cholesterol and blood-glucose screenings for faculty and staff. The screenings will be available Nov. 11 from 7 to 8:40 a.m. Appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals in the Heritage Room of the Pond Student Union.Additional tests are available at additional cost.
Fasting is required for 10 to 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Water consumption and prescription medications are permitted, but not caffeine. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call x2117.

The elevator in the Administration Building (10) will be shut down for repairs from early Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, through Wednesday, Nov. 5. Questions? Contact Facilities Services, x2784.

Portneuf Medical Center will host the third annual Woman’s A’Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Keynote speaker Bobbie Staten will give her inspiring and funny presentation about loving (or at least liking) your job. There will be free seminars on topics for all ages. The vendor exhibit area will feature plenty of giveaways. Access to the seminars and exhibitor hall will be free. Lunch and the keynote speech will be $15. Tickets are available by calling 239-2438, or online. Co-sponsors are NBC Newschannel 6, the Pocatello Children’s Clinic and the Pocatello Women’s Clinic.

The Facilities Access Committee invites faculty, staff and students to participate in a discussion of emergency evacuation and designated areas of rescue from several campus buildings. The discussion is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Pond Student Union Snake River Room.
The meeting is part of a continuing effort to enhance the ISU campus as a safe and supportive place. The committee is a subcommittee of the Campus Planning Council. Its recommendations are forwarded for the full committee’s review and consideration. For more information, call x3599. Handouts are available in Braille and large print. Information is available on audio CD as well.

A new installation by Gary Setzer is the next exhibit at the John B. Davis Gallery, in the Fine Arts Building. Exhibition dates are Nov. 4-21, with an opening reception for the artist on Monday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is partially sponsored by U.S. Bank in cooperation with the Connie Smith Bowen Art Series. All events are free and open to the public. John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Setzer is an interdisciplinary artist. His performances, installations and videos have been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally. Earlier this year, his performance work, “Simultaneous Repellents (Repressed Sentient, Oppressed Séance),” was presented in London at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 2006 he received the prestigious Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award, a grant for individual artists.
Setzer is also an active experimental musician—most notably as the front man of the now defunct dance-punk outfit, “Canada’s Electric Tiger Machine.” He currently lives and works in Tucson, Ariz., where he is an assistant professor of art and coordinator of the Foundations Program at the University of Arizona.

The Office of Alumni Relations has announced the float winners for the 2008 Homecoming Parade. Winning ISU organizations are:
• ISU Organizations:
• First place: Automotive Club
• Second place: Japanese Club
• Third place: Early Learning Center
Winning commercial entrants are:
• First place: Potato Queens
• Second place: Ideal Audio
• Third place: Pocatello Civitans

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 .

Would you like to receive Pres. Vailas’ “Letter from the President”? The letter is sent out regularly via e-mail to inform friends of the University about research projects, new academic programs, faculty accolades and other ISU-related news. An of letters and other important information from the Office of the President is available online. You can subscribe to “Letter from the President” online. Or e-mail your request to be added to the list.

The Student Health Center is offering flu shots to ISU students, faculty, staff and spouses. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are not required. Cost is $20, payable with cash, check, debit or credit card at the time of service. The shot cannot give you the flu.
The Student Health Center sees a majority of flu cases before and during finals. Symptoms include fever, cough, body aches and headache. For additional information, call x2330. It takes two weeks to build protective antibodies, so it is recommended that individuals receive shots as soon as possible.