News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 10, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 38

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter was all smiles after receiving a flu vaccination last week from Idaho State University-Boise third-year pharmacy student Whitney Bennett, right, with an assist from colleague Neal Kelly. More than 2,500 Idaho residents—including 1,200 in the Treasure Valley—have received influenza immunizations this fall, thanks to Idaho State University College of Pharmacy students and the College’s Operation Immunization program. (ISU Photo/Chris Gabettas)

In this Issue

University suspends use of dogs for advanced-trauma training

Idaho State University has suspended the use of dogs as part of its Advanced Trauma Life Support courses. The American College of Surgeons (ACS), which oversees and certifies the trauma life support training, has approved the use of dogs to teach the techniques and skills necessary to treat human beings who have experienced traumatic injury.The ACS (read more...)

Regional benefits seen as ISU’s new Energy Systems Technology and Education Center debuts

Pocatello – Today marks the official opening of the new Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) at Idaho State University. A press conference was held at 9 a.m. in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, followed by a ribbon cutting at ESTEC, located in (read more...)

ISU nursing graduates net 100 percent pass rates on national exams

The Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADRN) program at the ISU College of Technology recently received notification that 2008 graduates of the ADRN program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX—RN). Also, the Practical Nursing program graduates have also achieved an overall pass rate of 100% on (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Terrilee Hancock is retiring from Public Safety after 27 years at Idaho State University. She joined Public Safety in 1981 as its first female officer. During her tenure, she has been a voice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She was a pioneer in developing the first RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program on the ISU campus and was one of the first RAD instructors in Idaho. She later became the Idaho RAD director. In 1986, she was recognized for exemplary performance and received the Meritorious Service Award from the Mountain West Campus Law Enforcement Association. In 2005, she was honored with the Warren R. Calhoun Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in crime prevention.

Mary Sherwood of Athletics is retiring after working at ISU for 19 years. She has worked in Athletics for 12 years, and before that spent seven years at University Bookstore. The campus community is invited to a retirement reception for her from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in the Bennion Room on the north side of Holt Arena.

The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded associate professor Philip Homan, Eli M. Oboler Library catalog librarian, a 2008 Research Fellowship in support of his project “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company.” The early-Idaho company owned 10,000 horses, the largest herd owned by a single family in the West. Homan’s application was in the top four of five winners selected from 13 submissions. He will use the grant to visit courthouses, archives and libraries in Idaho in order to uncover the life and career of Wilkins, who has fallen through the cracks of history, as well as to develop a program for the IHC Speakers Bureau. Homan is writing the first biography of Wilkins.


From University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.: All faculty and staff are invited to an open forum on Monday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. This forum will launch the budget cycle and will be an opportunity to update the campus community on Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s holdback.
Video transmission will be available in Room 156 at ISU–Boise, in CHE Room 314 at ISU–Idaho Falls, and in Room C89 at ISU–Twin Falls. I appreciate this opportunity to engage the campus community in our approach to shared responsibility and governance. I hope you will be able to attend.

Richard Pious, Ph.D., eminent presidential scholar and Ochs Professor of Government at Columbia University and Barnard College, will deliver the second annual Patricia L. McDermott Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Middle Fork Room of the Pond Student Union. The free public lecture honors the late Patty McDermott, an ISU alumna, longtime member of the Idaho Legislature and leader of the State Bar. Pious’ lecture, “Why Presidents Fail,” reflects the title of his most recent book.
A prize-winning scholar, Pious has lectured nationally and internationally on the American presidency and the Constitution, including lectures at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Oxford University, the British Library, and seminars organized by the government of Taiwan. He has served as a senior consultant to Japan’s Foreign Ministry since 1994. He has been a commentator on the Voice of America and has appeared in MTV public-service videos promoting voter turnout. For further information, contact David Adler, Ph.D., ISU professor of political science, at x2530.

Have you ever wanted to commend someone at Idaho State University who provided quality customer service? Have you ever had a problem with customer service at ISU and wanted to let someone know? In either case, the ISU Cares Customer Service Initiative is the campus entity to contact. Look online at various ISU Web pages for an “ISU Cares” link to an online survey. Also, ISU Cares survey boxes are located in the following areas: Pond Student Union, Rendezvous Complex, Administration Building, Eli M. Oboler Library, Reed Gymnasium and the Financial Aid/Admissions area. ISU Cares is committed to providing faster, friendlier and easier customer service. For more information, contact Stacey Marshall, human resource training specialist, at x3081.