News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 15, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 43

The Bengal men's and women's basketball teams are shooting for Big Sky titles this season, with conference play set to begin after the New Year. Pictured above are, from left, ISU's Amorrow Morgan, Utah's Lawrence Borha, ISU's Demetrius Monroe and Utah's Shaun Green, during ISU's Dec. 6 72-68 victory over Utah, its first win against that school in 50 years. The faculty/staff appreciation men's basketball game versus the University of Idaho is set for 7:05 p.m. Dec. 29 in Holt Arena. Faculty and staff presenting a valid ID can receive two free tickets and can also purchase up to five additional tickets for $4 each. Tickets must be picked up before the day of the game. This deal cannot be combined with any other special offer. For more information, contact KaLee Kopp, director of marketing and promotions, at x5781.

In this Issue

Idaho State University becomes affiliate member of Southeastern Universities Research Association

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) recently announced that Idaho State University has been accepted as an affiliate member. This is a significant step forward for ISU’s growth in nuclear science research and education. ISU is the first such university outside the region to be granted this status since the new membership categories were expanded and (read more...)

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 associate 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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The following memo has been sent out by ISU President Arthur C. Vailas:
Dear Colleagues:
A number of faculty and staff members have requested a question and answer session regarding the current State of Idaho holdbacks and their impact on Idaho State University. To accommodate these requests, I have scheduled the final Open Forum of the semester on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Pond Student Union Theatre. Please bring your questions.
Video transmission will be available in Room 141 at ISU-Boise, in CHE Room 311 at ISU-Idaho Falls and in Room C89 at ISU-Twin Falls.

The following announcement was submitted by Dave Delehanty, ISU Faculty Senate Chair:
A University-wide faculty meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom in Pocatello, in Room 139 at ISU-Boise, Room 135 of the Tingey Administration Building in Idaho Falls and Room C91 at ISU-Twin Falls.
The ISU Faculty Senate is hosting a University-wide faculty meeting. All faculty members are invited and encouraged to attend.
The purpose of this meeting is for ISU faculty to voice their concerns and insights regarding issues at ISU. This will not be an exchange between faculty and administration and no administrators are on the agenda. The purpose of this meeting is for faculty to talk among ourselves. It will be an open forum discussion.
Several issues stand out, including:

  • draft academic policies, including issues of content and timetables
  • draft MAPPs policies, including issues of content and timetables
  • balancing academic versus financial needs and constraints within ISU
  • outside forces hindering progress at ISU

However, discussion will not be restricted to these topics. Please bring any other issues that you feel are of primary concern to the faculty. We will provide microphones, distance communications to our distant campuses, and refreshments. This is an important opportunity to exchange ideas among ourselves during this watershed year.

Dr. Barry Parker, Idaho State University professor emeritus of physics, has published the book "You Should Write a Book, a Guide for Authors."
Parker has published more than 20 books on a wide assortment of topics.
"Anybody interested in writing and publishing a book may be interested in reading this book," Parker said. "This is the shortcut way to get a book published."
Parker generally writes popular science books. He has written four books on Albert Einstein, including "Albert Einstein's Vision: Remarkable Discoveries That Shaped Modern Science." Another recent work he published is "The Isaac Newton School of Driving."
As a freelance writer he has written for the "Smithsonian" magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica, Time-Life Books, "The Washington Post" and numerous magazines. Several of his books have been self-published, including his most recent one.
Parker's newest book, published by Stardust Press, is available from his Web site, as well as online bookstores such as or Books ordered from the author will be autographed.

Maher Wissa, M.S.C.E., P.E., P.L.S., is retiring after 15 years of instructing students in the Civil Engineering Technology and Geomatics Technology programs. A retirement reception was held for him on Dec. 12. For more information on Wissa's career at ISU see our story online at the ISU Headlines page.


Idaho State University-Boise speech-language pathology students spent Dec. 4 stuffing plastic bags with small containers of shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and other toiletries to give to the Treasure Valley's needy and homeless populations. Students collected enough items to fill 60 care packages.
"This time of the year, it's really nice to help people in the community. For many, these kinds of items represent the bare necessities of life. They may be able to help people land a job or keep them from getting sick," said Sydney Harris, president of the ISU-Boise chapter of NSSLHA, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
The quart-sized care baggies are being distributed this holiday season through the mobile HIV and health screening clinic operated by ISU-Boise's HIV educator Judy Thorne and El Ada Community Action Partnerships.
ISU-Boise students, faculty and staff have spent the past month gathering and sorting the toiletries as well as hats, scarves, gloves and socks for distribution through the mobile clinic. The drive was spearheaded by ISU-Boise administrative assistants Donna Yates and Susan Schaffer.
"We thought it would make an excellent holiday project, and the speech-language students were more than happy to help us," said Yates.

Fast-track nursing students, faculty and staff earned $210 at a "Breakfast for Santa" fundraiser Dec. 9 at ISU-Boise. They served breakfast casseroles, pastries, coffee and hot chocolate to employees and students. They're using the proceeds to adopt a Treasure Valley family for the holidays and to buy winter clothing for the homeless.

The Idaho State University Anatomical Donation Program is seeking anatomical gifts to support its health-professions mission. Anatomical donations provide essential hands-on experience and training to students in a variety of health-related fields.
"The anatomy lab affords unique and critical educational experiences for professional students," said Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., director of the Anatomical Donation Program. "It provides knowledge not only of the names of structures, but also the texture, shape, and positional relationships of organs and tissues within the human body."
As out-of-state sources of cadavers diminish, ISU relies entirely on local donations within a 200-mile radius of Pocatello. Many see anatomical donation as a means to make a final lasting contribution to their community, supporting the education of future health practitioners. Anatomical donation is also an economical alternative to traditional funeral and burial services. The university assumes all costs from the point of receipt of the body, including: transportation, embalming, storage, and, if desired, return of cremated remains.
For further information visit online or telephone x4150.

"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. weekdays 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 following was provided by The Tigeri Project Team. For more information, go online or call x4446.
Completing Dual Time Entry for the current pay period 11/30-12/13 (paid 12/24)
Please remember that during the current pay period, 11/30-12/13 (paid 12/24), we are testing out our new time entry system. All areas will be submitting their time as they have in the past AND ALSO in the new system. Most employees will be using the new electronic time sheets available through BengalWeb. If you are not sure what method you will be using to submit your time, contact your time approver. Beginning with the next pay period, all time will be entered using the new system only.
All time for the current pay period must besubmitted to your time approver by the deadline your approver has given you. Time must be approved and received by Payroll no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. Please note: This is a strict deadline. BengalWeb will not be available from 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 until 8 a.m. on Dec. 17. We will be using this time to perform a final upload of data to the system.
Note to Classified Employees: Please make sure to complete your new electronic time sheets according to the instructions given for that category. Be careful to follow these instructions and not those given for Hourly employees (i.e., work study, regular student, temporary, and other part time).

Training is Still Available
Drop-in labs for those who would like assistance with time entry and approvals, and for general assistance with using BengalWeb:

  • Pocatello: 12/12-22 in BA108: M,W,F noon-1:30 p.m. and T,Th 3-4:30 p.m.

To arrange individual training consultations outside of the hours listed above:

  • 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

For additional assistance, call the IT Service Desk at 282-HELP (4357) or send an e-mail.
Online tutorials, printable instructions, and other training guides are available online They are also linked from the "How Do I..." tab at BengalWeb.

Web Time Entry Reminders

  • 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 5 p.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).