News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 8, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 42

An actor from the Nebraska Theatre Caravan portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical rendition of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," that will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center's Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall as part of the ISU 2008-09 "A Season of Note" fine arts series. On Dec. 17 at the same time and venue "A Season of Note" will present "A Kurt Bestor Christmas" featuring this well-known Salt Lake City musical artist. For information or tickets about either show call the Stephens Center Box Office at x3595 or online.

In this Issue

ISU Informatics Research Institute receives $1.2 million NSF grant

The Idaho State University College of Business Informatics Research Institute and National Information Assurance Training and Education Center have received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, announced Corey Schou, Ph.D., ISU professor of informatics and associated dean of information systems at the College of Business. The IRI/NIATEC received the grant to continue (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception for Maher Wissa, professor of geomatics technology in the College of Technology, will be held Friday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the culinary arts area of the Roy F. Christensen Building. Wisssa has been at ISU 15 years. RSVP to Susan at x3851.

Maria Glowacka, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology was awarded Idaho Humanities Council research fellowship to work with Drusilla Gould, Shoshoni language instructor and Shoshone-Bannock tribal member, on a new research project, "Ethnographic Description of Images of Shoshoni Life as Presented in the Archival Photographs, ca.1870-1940." Their article on the traditional Shoshoni ethics appeared in the recent issue of "Anthropology and Humanism," a scholarly journal published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Theatre/Dance ISU is celebrating the arrival of Christmas in a big way by presenting the Children's Readers'Theatre "Ben's Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center's Bistline Theatre. Loosely based on Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," Ben the Christmas Mouse takes viewers on an adventure to find the true meaning of Christmas. He encounters many creatures during his journey. "Ben's Christmas Carol" helps children understand Christmas from a mouse-eye's view.
Tickets are available now at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, or by phone at x3595. You can even order online. Kids tickets are just $5 and adults are $10.

In January, the Earl R. Pond Student Union at Idaho State University (ISU) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Since the Union opened its doors in January 1959, it has been the center of campus life for students, serving as an interactive gathering place and providing education and entertainment to enrich student life.
As students' needs have changed, the Union has gone through many additions and renovations. The building continues to host a growing number of diverse programs and services. All ISU faculty and staff, ISU alumni and friends are invited to celebrate this anniversary.
The celebration program includes the following events:

  • Thursday, Jan. 29, Union Birthday Bash, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pond Student Union Lobby; Be a part of history to commemorate the Union as organizers bury a Student Union time capsule. The celebration will feature birthday cake, party favors and a live band.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, Reception, 5:30 p.m., Pond Student Union Transition Gallery; Gala Dinner and Program at 7 p.m., Pond Student Union Ballroom, followed by music and dancing.

Please visit the Web site for the latest on all anniversary events, including ticket prices and registration.

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 Open Forum with President Arthur C. Vailas and senior administrators for all faculty and staff originally scheduled for Dec. 18 has been cancelled because open forums were called and held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 5.

"A Kurt Bestor Christmas" returns for a fourth year to Idaho State University at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
"A Kurt Bestor Christmas" is part of the ISU 2008-09 "A Season of Note" concert series.
This Christmas show captures the spirit of the season with a starry stage, featured musicians and orchestra, as well as Bestor's own playing, conducting and emceeing. He is perhaps best known for his innovative interpretation of seasonal carols on "Kurt Bestor Christmas, Volumes One and Two." Bestor has produced 20 CDs during his career including "The Dance," " Sketches," " Seasons," " Evening Angels," "Noel" and "One Silent Night."
Among musicians accompanying Bestor this year will be acclaimed violinist Jenny Oaks Baker.
Tickets are $36 main level, $32 upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at x3595 or online.

A celebrated version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is coming to the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
The show is part of ISU's "A Season of Note" fine arts series.
This show, adapted for the stage by Charles Jones of the Omaha Community Playhouse, will join the holiday celebration in Pocatello when it is presented at the Stephens Center's Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
Twenty-eight performers bring Dickens' fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of traditional Christmas carols is woven into the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Each carol was chosen for the dramatic atmosphere it contributes to the evening. The songs themselves are traditional, but musical arrangements courtesy of John Bennett are contemporary.
Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" are $32 for main level and $28 for upper level and can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office or online.
           For more information or tickets, contact the Stephens Center Box Office at x3595.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Marine Corps are reaching out to needy children through the "Toys for Tots" program. A donation box is available at the Museum to drop off new, unwrapped toys. And to make it even easier to help Idaho kids have a merry Christmas, the Museum store is stocked with fun and educational games, toys and puzzles that are extremely affordable.
For every toy you buy in the Museum store and donate to the "Toys for Tots" collection box, you will receive a coupon for free admission to the Museum.
Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has been collecting new, unwrapped toys, which are then distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in our community and across the country.
For more information, visit online or contact Teresa Nelson at x2603. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me physics wrapped up under the tree! In its new Science Saturday program, kids in third through fifth grades will discover that the Idaho Museum of Natural History is making physics fun with this series of hands-on science classes.
The next program, titled "Newton's Laws of Christmas," will teach kids why Santa doesn't get very far without physics. The class will be held on Dec. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The registration fee is $20 per child.
To register or for more information, contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, IMNH education manager, at x2195. Registration materials are also available on the Museum's Web site.

A Community Cinema preview showing of "Helvetica: How the World's Most Ubiquitous Typeface Changed Global Visual Culture",will be held at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Pond Student Union Bengal Theatre. The showing is free and open to the public.
Following the film, Thomas Terry, Ph.D., chair of the mass communication department, and mass communication professor Paula Jull will speak and lead an audience discussion of how this typeface affects our lives.
For more information call x3451.
The documentary film will have its television premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 10 p.m. on Idaho Public Television as part of the seventh season of the Emmy® Award–winning PBS series "Independent Lens."
To learn more about the film and the issues, visit the companion Web site.
Community Cinema is a monthly film and speaker series that brings a local perspective to important national and international social issues. It is a partnership between Idaho State University, Idaho Public Television and the Independent Television Service.

The following was provided by The Tigeri Project Team. For more information, go online or call x4446.
Group training sessions on Web Time Entry will be offered to Hourly, (student, temporary, and other part-time), Non-Classified, and Classified Employees on:

  • Dec. 8, Rendezvous Planetarium, hourly employees 10:30-11 a.m.; non-classified 11 a.m.–noon; classified, noon-1 p.m.
  • Dec. 10, Rendezvous Planetarium, hourly employees 9-9:30 a.m.; non-classified 9:30-10:30 a.m.; classified, 10-30-11:30 a.m.

Drop-in labs will be available for assistance with time entry and approvals, and for general assistance with using BengalWeb:

  • Pocatello: Dec. 8-22 in BA108: M,W,F noon–2-1:30 p.m. and T,Th 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Idaho Falls: Dec. 11 in CHE 201, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Time Approvers make-up session will be held on Dec. 9, 4-5 p.m. in the Rendezvous Planetarium.
For additional assistance, call the IT Service Desk at 282-HELP (4357).
For training and related questions:

  • Pocatello: Call Debra at x2554 or Marjanna at x2598
  • Idaho Falls: Call Shawn at x7911
  • Twin Falls: Call Lisa at x4845 or Cary at x1205
  • Boise: Call Charlie at x1709 or Danny at x1794.

Employee training guides are available at and are also linked from the "How Do I..." within BengalWeb at Topics include:

  • Web Time Entry online tutorial
  • Time Approver practice exercise
  • BengalWeb Introductory Video
  • User's Guide to BengalWeb

Web Time Entry Reminders

  • Dec. 1 – BengalWeb available to all employees at Web Time Entry available to all employees who will use it.
  • Dec. 8 – Dual Time Entry for December 1-15 pay period. Time is entered and approved electronically and also by traditional means.
  • Dec. 12 – Don't forget to complete your electronic web time entry and last paper time sheet.
  • Dec. 15 – Time Approvers to approve all their employee time by 5p.m. on Dec. 15. And remember BengalWeb will not be available from 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 until 8 a.m. on Dec. 17.
  • Dec. 17-24 – Employees perform first all-electronic time entry for Dec. 17-24 pay period. No more paper time sheets!
  • Dec. 22 – Employees to complete their web time entry by deadline given them by their approvers.
  • Dec. 23 – Time Approvers to approve all their employee time by midnight on Dec. 24.
  • Jan. 9 – First Banner paychecks issued. No more printed direct deposit slips (pay stubs).