News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

November 21, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 40

A celebration marking the start of construction of the new $7 million, 32,000-foot expansion of the Student Recreation Center adjoining Reed Gymnasium (see story below) was held on Thursday, Nov. 20. Participants pictured in the ceremonial groundbreaking are, from left, Matt Spencer, Associated Students of ISU President; Lee Krehbiel, Ph.D., ISU Vice President for Student Affairs; Pete Anderson, Myers/Anderson Architects; Arthur Vailas, Ph.D., ISU President; Milt Jensen, Idaho Division of Public Works Field Representative; Jerry Myers, Myers/Anderson Architects; State Rep. Ken Andrus; and Doug Milder, Director of ISU Campus Recreation. (ISU Photographic Services)

In this Issue

ISU breaks ground for $7 million, 32,000-foot expansion of Student Recreation Center

Officials and guests broke ground on Thursday, Nov. 20, marking the start of construction of the new $7 million, 32,000-foot expansion of the Student Recreation Center at Reed Gymnasium on the Idaho State University Pocatello campus. “I know students are excited. This has been a very long time in coming,” said Matt Spencer, Associated Students of (read more...)

Pharmacy student Gower paints winning ISU holiday greeting card

A painting of a wintry scene that depicts three students and a faculty member sledding down Red Hill with the hill’s pillars in the background is the winning entry in Idaho State University’s third annual Holiday Greeting Card Contest. The winning artist, Jeff Gower, has won a $1,000 prize for his painting that will appear on (read more...)

ISU receives six awards, including four research fellowships, from Idaho Humanities Council

The Idaho Humanities Council has announced that Idaho State University scholars were awarded four of five IHC research fellowships given to Idaho scholars this year. The IHC also awarded two grants to ISU campus organizations to bring in noted scholars for public lectures in spring 2009, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In all the IHC, a non-profit, (read more...)

2008 National Outdoor Book Award winners announced

A stubborn band of optimists who fought and refused to let the magnificent American chestnut tree slip into extinction. One man's life-long obsession with hiking the hidden-away corners of the Grand Canyon.  A young mother rebuilding her life after the death of her husband in a mountaineering accident.   These are some of the themes found (read more...)

New ISU HRSA grant to better prepare nurses for rural practice

Practicing nursing in rural communities isn’t the same as practicing in cities. A four-month rural nurse residency is being developed at Idaho State University to improve patient care and increase nurse confidence. The U.S. Health and Resources and Services Administration funded a three-year, $711,104 grant to prepare nurses in a five-state region. Idaho State University will (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and anthropology, and Alexander Urfer, Ph.D., P.T., department chair and professor of physical therapy and physiology, have published the laboratory guide "Mosby's Dissector for the Rehabilitation Professional, Exploring Human Anatomy." The book is the only dissection guide tailored to the rehabilitation professions, and the first to incorporate elements of embryology and structural histology. In addition, each lab exploration is introduced by a relevant clinical case study highlighting the application of the anatomy. It will be published in February 2009. The guide, published by Elsevier, is 224 pages, 215 illustrations and its ISBN number is 978-0-323-05708-0. The comprehensive, full-color guide detailing the regional anatomy of the human body, is intended to be used in conjunction with an anatomy atlas and is keyed to the most popular human anatomy atlases including "Netter's," "Grant's," "Gray's," and "Clemente's." To order, call 800-545-2522 or visit online.

The City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee awarded its annual Civil and Human Rights Award to James "Byrd" Yizar, ISU associate dean of students. Byrd received the award at ISU's International Night held Nov. 15.


The BengalWeb Ribbon Cutting and Informational Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. Starting Dec. 1, all ISU employees will begin using the University's new portal BengalWeb and most employees will begin using Web time entry. Employees are invited to come learn about new payroll features, Web time entry and BengalWeb.
President Vailas and Vice President for Finance & Administration Jim Fletcher will be in attendance at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which takes place from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Presentations will be given from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. including "BengalWeb Basics," "Customizing BengalWeb," "Group Studio," "Web Time Entry," "New HR/Payroll Features" and much more. Booths at the fair will include Tigeri Project/Ask Dave, Information Technologies Service Desk and Instructional Technologies Resource Center. The event also will feature a staffed mini-lab for practice using Web time entry and BengalWeb.
A similar Information Fair has been scheduled for the Idaho Falls campus on Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bennion Student Union Multipurpose Room.
For more information on the fair, BengalWeb and the University's entire Tigeri Project, visit online or call Cali Bell, Tigeri communications coordinator, at x4446.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the Children in the Workplace Awareness Forum scheduled Dec. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rendezvous Suite in the Rendezvous Complex. The event is sponsored by ISU Professional Women and offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the draft ISU "Children in the Workplace Policy."
The forum's guest panel includes Lee Krehbiel, Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs, David Miller, director, Human Resources, and Shannon Carr, senior human resources representative.
Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Diana Schow, grant/sponsored programs specialist, x3832.

The deadline is Dec. 15 to submit proposals for the 20th annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day that will be held March 13 in the Pond Student Union Building and at the ISU Boise Center. The theme of the event is "Data Under Our Noses: Finding; Organizing; Interpreting." To enter a proposal or for more information visit online.

The Kasiska College of Health Professions will present the "Thomas Geriatric Symposium: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of the Elderly" Dec. 5-6 in Room 203 of the Rendezvous Complex on the ISU Pocatello campus. The free symposium is open to students, faculty, clinicians, other health care professionals and the general public.
This symposium addresses many of the pressing mental health concerns we have for the elderly that many families, individuals and caretakers face," said Alex Urfer, Ph.D., P.T., chair of the ISU physical and occupational therapy and event organizer. "There are a wide variety of topics that should be of interest to professional and lay audiences."
Certificates of attendance will be awarded for continuing education hours. The symposium is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Seven presentations will be given Friday and five on Saturday.
Topics covered will include understanding dementia and depression; legal issues; pharmacologic intervention; geriatric abuse; perspectives of the caregiver; elderly in the workplace; healthy lifestyle strategies for the elderly: long-term care choices.
Thanks to the generosity of a concerned philanthropist, the "Thomas Geriatric Symposium" is funded entirely in the memory of Ginny Thomas. Ginny was the Director of the Rural American Scholarship Fund from 1997 until she died in 2007 after a valiant bout with cancer. She was known as a champion for both traditional and nontraditional students.
For more information and to register, contact Victoria Baņales, call x3155 at the ISU Division of Continuing Education, or visit online.

Looking for a water-powered digital clock, a DVD of famous flintknapper Don Crabtree or a card that buys time to use telescopes in the Canary Islands, Chile and Australia to view star constellations through your computer?
The Idaho Museum of Natural History Store offers a wide variety of unusual gifts and stocking stuffers and through Dec. 23 is offering a 10 percent discount on all items. Museum members will receive an additional 10 percent off all items. Shoppers can stop by the store on the ISU Pocatello campus or buy items online.
The Museum Store specializes in distributing a wide variety of reference guides unique to Idaho and this area, as well as gifts and posters with a natural history focus. It has Rite in the Rain weatherproof paper for taking field notes and has Estwing geological tools.
A recent big seller has been the DVD "Don Crabtree: A Reader in Stone," that chronicles the life and work of former Idaho Museum of Natural History curator Crabtree. He is known as the "grandfather of modern flintknapping," and was an internationally renowned expert in the making of stone tools, according to Bill Angle, IMNH Store manager.
Examples of other unusual gifts available include the $5 water-powered clock above, and a Slooh Card, that is like a phone card, that buys online minutes to view galaxies from telescopes in the places mentioned above.
The store's hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, but is closed on major holidays. For more information call x3317, visit online or e-mail.

Open Forum Announcement: The second in the series of monthly Open Forums put on by President Arthur C. Vailas and senior administrators for all faculty and staff is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Pond Student Union Building Theatre. This forum will be an opportunity to update the campus community on

  • The Budget Process
  • Medical Education
  • The Governor's Holdback

Video transmission will be available in Room 143 at ISU-Boise, in CHE Room 314 at ISU-Idaho Falls and in Room C91 at ISU-Twin Falls.