News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

December 22, 2008 — Vol. 24 No. 44

Happy holidays! Dec. 25 is a holiday and Dec. 26 is a compensatory day. Idaho State University will be closed the week of Dec. 29. Employees will use accrued vacation or comp time Dec. 29-31. News Year’s Day is a holiday, and Jan. 2 is a compensatory day for those who qualify for it or a vacation day for those who don’t. ISU opens back up for business on Jan. 5 and spring semester classes begin Jan. 12. This photo by ISU photographer Susan Duncan was taken at this year’s Festival of Trees held at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

In this Issue

ISU-Boise professor studies Idaho’s declining aspen groves

An Idaho State University-Boise geosciences researcher has secured funding to study the decline of quaking aspen trees in southeast Idaho. Assistant research professor, Temuulen Sankey, Ph.D., has received a $9,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and Southeast Idaho Aspen Working Group to study aspen groves in a portion of the massive Caribou-Targhee National Forest near (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Dr. Tim Magnuson has received $27,000 from the Center for Advanced Energy Studies-Idaho National Laboratory for a collaborative project entitled, "Development of Lignocellulosic Ethanol Production Potential in Idaho." This information was taken from the ISU Biological Sciences Newsletter.


This is the last News and Notes that will be published in 2008. The next News and Notes will be updated and released on Jan. 12, the start of the spring semester.

To facilitate the installation of a generator for the networking and telecommunications operations center (switch room), the power to the Oboler Library building must be turned off from Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to install the necessary electrical breakers.
A portable generator will be used to keep an A/C unit running in the switch room. Therefore, we do not anticipate an outage to the network, Internet, Internet2, wireless network and the telephone system.
However, online Library services – such as online catalog, access to online databases, ILL forms, ILL journal articles, etc. – will be unavailable.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the Idaho State University Kasiska College Research Day 2009 has been extended to Jan. 15. All health-related proposals are welcome. ISU faculty, graduate students and Idaho health care providers are invited to submit abstracts.
The presentation date is March 13 in Pocatello and Boise. The 2009 theme is "Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing & Interpreting." Use the online form on the updated Research Day Web site.

The Idaho State University "A Season of Note" fine arts series will present Scrap Arts Music at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Scrap Arts Music ( uses instruments fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials to create performances that excite the senses with intricate rhythms, raw energy and athletic choreography.
Scrap Arts Music, based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has appeared at large-scale sporting events such as NBA and NHL games. It has been involved in unique collaborations with orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, with dance companies and with circus groups such as the Zero Gravity Circus.
Tickets are $32 main level, $28 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 also can be purchased over the phone at x3595 or online.

The following was provided by the Tigeri Project Team. For more information, go onlineor call x4446.
From this pay period forward (12/14-12/27, paid 01/09 paper /09), all time will be entered using the new system. This means no more time sheets for most employees!
Log in to BengalWeb at once to verify that your time sheet is available and accurate. If you’re not sure what method you will be using to submit your time, contact your time approver, and be sure to submit your time by the deadline your approver gives you in order for them to approve your time by the deadline listed on your web time sheet.

Important New Information

  • Do not enter any hours on your time sheet for Dec. 25 unless you are required to work on that day.
  • You do not report anything under 12/25 because the system knows which days are holidays.
  • Work performed Dec. 25 through Jan. 4 requires prior approval. If you must work, approval must be obtained from your supervisor and Vice President (or designee), and the approval must then be submitted to Human Resources.
  • For ALL non-classified (including 12-month faculty) and classified employees: Unless prior approval has been given, all time reported for this next payroll MUST show one day of vacation or comp time used on Dec. 26. To see sample time sheet entries and explanations for this pay period, visit online
  • When entering time, do not use the "Back" button on your browser. Use the navigation tools within BengalWeb instead. Click on the "Back to Employees Tab" to return to BengalWeb from your time sheet.
    Note: If you accidentally use the browser back button, you may receive the following error message: "*ERROR* Time transaction already exists." If this happens, you MUST restart your time sheet by clicking on the Restart button at the bottom of your time sheet. If you have entered any data, it will be lost when you restart. Write down or print out your hours for re-entry before restarting so that you can re-enter your time accurately.
  • When approving time, do not use the "Back" button on your browser.
    Use the navigation tools within BengalWeb instead. Click on the "Back to Employees Tab" to return to BengalWeb from your time sheet.
    Note: If you accidentally use the browser back button, you may receive the following error message: "*ERROR* Approval not allowed." If this happens, you will not be able to approve the time. You must contact your superuser to have the time record approved.
  • Do not enter any zeros on your time sheet.
    If you need to remove a time entry, click on the hours entered, delete them, and then click "Save." Do not enter a zero. If a zero is entered, the preview of your time sheet will not display correctly (entries will seem to appear in the wrong columns), and errors will occur when your time sheet is processed.
    Encourage students and temps to submit their time by the deadline so that they can be paid on 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

To find online tutorials, printable instructions, and other training guides goonline They are also linked from the "How Do I..." tab at BengalWeb.


  • December 17-29 – Employees perform first all-electronic time entry. Because of the holiday closure, most time entry and approvals should be completed by Dec. 24. The final deadline for time approvals is midnight, Dec. 29.
  • Jan. 9First Banner paychecks issued. No more printed direct deposit slips (pay stubs).

For additional assistance: Contact your TigerGuide, call the IT Service Desk at 282-HELP(4357), or send an e-mail.