News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 1, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 41

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 the front of ISU's official holiday card. Freshman art student Andrew Berg was the contest's second-place finisher, winning $500. His painting depicted a quiet, snowy scene with the Pond Student Union Building in the background. Entries to this year's contest will be on display in the Pond Student Union Mind's Eye Gallery beginning Dec. 1.

In this Issue

Nominations sought for 2009 ISU Distinguished Teacher, Public Service awards

Nominations are being sought for Idaho State University Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Public Service Awards to be given at May 2009 Commencement exercises. A third faculty member will be chosen as Distinguished Researcher by a different process. The three winners will receive certificates and cash awards at Commencement. Nominations for the two awards are being accepted through (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Tony Huegel, former editor of "News and Notes" and "Idaho State University Magazine," has taken a job with the Desert Research Institute based in Las Vegas, Nevada. All submissions for "News and Notes" and inquiries regarding "Idaho State University Magazine" should be forwarded to Heidi Berry or phone x3620.


Join the ISU art galleries, including the Idaho Museum of Natural History, for their next Gallery Walk on Monday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Gallery Walks are free and open to the public and will continue on the first Monday of each month through April. The Transition Gallery in the Pond Student Union will feature The Sun's House Scriptures by B. Love along with the opening reception. The Mind's Eye Gallery, also in the Pond Student Union, will feature the ISU Holiday Greeting Card contest entries. The John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building is hosting the Senior Exhibitions of Sandra L. Holbrook, B.A.; Ashley M. Tigert, B.F.A.; HeatherAngel V. Patty, B.F.A.; and Joseph L. Westre, B.F.A. The Oboler Library is currently displaying Shakespearean works and productions while the Idaho Museum of Natural History is continuing its exhibits entitled "Ant Farms, Clams, and Escargot: Life Along a 75 Million-Year-Old River Bank " and "A 16,000 Year-Old Beach Party in Idaho." For additional information, contact Teresa Nelson, Idaho Museum of Natural History Marketing Manager, or call x2603.

The BengalWeb Ribbon Cutting and Informational Fair will be held Monday, Dec. 1, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by President Arthur C. Vailas and Vice President for Finance and Administration James A. Fletcher, will be held at 10 a.m. An information fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can learn how to use all the features of BengalWeb, find out more about "Web Time Entry and Approvals," and practice their skills at an on-site mini-lab. 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.

The ISU Bookstore's annual faculty and staff holiday event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the University Bookstore in the Pond Student Union, the University Spirit Shop in the Rendezvous Complex and the University Place Bookstore in Idaho Falls. Refreshments will be served in the main campus store and in Idaho Falls. During this event the ISU Bookstore is extending a 25 percent discount to faculty and staff on select merchandise. For more details call x3237.

This memo serves as a reminder that annual evaluations for classified and non-classified staff members must be completed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Feb. 28.
As announced in September 2008, the Office of Human Resources will be conducting performance management training sessions for managers and supervisors to assist in the evaluation process. The purpose of this training is to help managers and supervisors prepare and deliver performance evaluations to classified and non-classified staff. Topics of discussion will be setting performance expectations, keeping performance on target and appraising performance. Detailed information for each step of the planning, preparing, and delivering processes will also be covered.
There will be five sessions held the first two weeks of December. Each session will last two hours. Please pick which session you would like to attend and RSVP to Adria Brieske at by Dec. 1.

  • Wednesday. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–noon, Pond Student Union North/Middle Fork Rooms
  • Monday, Dec. 8, 2–4 p.m., Pond Student Union Little Wood Room
  • Tuesday Dec. 9, 10 a.m.– noon, Pond Student Union North/Middle Fork Rooms Thursday Dec. 11, 2–4 p.m., Pond Student Union North/Middle Fork Rooms
  • Friday, Dec.12,10 a.m.–noon, Rendezvous Complex Conference Rooms A and B.

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.

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.

The Idaho State University College of Engineering is accepting applications through Jan. 9 for its annual Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award.
The award is presented to an engineer who has shown exemplary service as an engineer, serving from or within the state of Idaho. The past recipients of this award have made clear contributions to the betterment of the society of southeastern Idaho through innovative projects and/or community service.
The award will be presented during the National Engineers Week Banquet at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls on Feb. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. For tickets to the banquet, contact Gene Stuffle at
If you would like to nominate someone for this award please contact Annie Havlicak at 282-2969 or at to have a nomination packet sent to you.

Calendars from the fifth annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event are now available for purchase from the Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Center.
This event, held in October, is popular in the ISU and southeastern Idaho communities. The calendar features men who have participated in the event, wearing their favorite high heel shoes to bring awareness of violence against women. "While many people may have the perception that domestic violence and sexual assault are ‘women's issues,' we believe that inviting men to become allies in ending the violence sends a powerful message," stated Kimberly Talbot, assistant director of the Anderson Gender Center. "In asking men to publicly stand up and show their commitment to ending violence, their actions will encourage other men to start thinking about how they personally can do their part to end violence."
All proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be used to provide services for victims of intimate partner and sexual violence, and fund prevention and awareness activities at Idaho State University and in the southeastern Idaho community.
To purchase a calendar, or for more information, contact Talbot at (208) 282-2805 or visit online.