News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 12, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 1

The project to revamp the entrance areas on the north side of the Pond Student Union bordering the Hutchinson Quadrangle is near completion. The area features a wheel-chair accessible ramp arcing from the new circular area at the upper level to the Quad below, new steps, a new plaza area and terraced retaining walls on the hill bordering the building. The upper and lower entrances on this side of the building, which were closed fall semester, are now open. ISU grounds crews will add pavers, plant grass and install an irrigation system in the terraced areas, and fill the two planter areas with shrubs, flowers and other plants later this spring.

In this Issue

Pond Student Union 50th anniversary celebration scheduled in January

The Earl R. Pond Student Union at Idaho State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a variety of events scheduled in late January including a birthday bash, themed dance and gala dinner. “The Pond Student Union is an interactive campus gathering place where a variety of services, programs and activities are offered to enrich student (read more...)

Jan. 9 Scrap Arts Music concert cancelled due to weather, travel problems

The Idaho State University "A Season of Note" Scrap Arts Music concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Stephens Performing Arts Center has been cancelled. Because of flooding in western Washington which caused road closures, including Interstate 5, the group was unable to make travel connections to Pocatello in time for the concert. The (read more...)

Nontombi Naomi Tutu to keynote ISU Human Rights Celebration

Idaho State University Student Unions will host Nontombi Naomi Tutu for the 2009 Human Rights Celebration keynote presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. The lecture titled “Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground” will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period and a reception in honor of (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

For tips on using on the current all-electronic payroll time sheets for the Dec. 28-Jan. 2 pay period visit the Tigeri Web site.

ISU deans, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Alumni Association and the ISU Ambassadors in making nominations for this yearís Outstanding Student Achievement Awards.
The deadline for submitting nominations is by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

Nomination forms can be downloaded online.
The Outstanding Student Achievement Awards recognize student excellence, dedication to academic and professional goals, and community involvement. The award honors one undergraduate student from each college and three students from the College of Arts and Sciences. Awards also are given to an outstanding masterís candidate and an outstanding doctoral candidate.
The criteria for selection include readiness to graduate; high academic achievement; above-average dedication to academic and professional goals including internships, special projects and papers; and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.
Nominations can be made by an ISU employee or student. Students making nominations are required to get faculty endorsement.
For nomination forms or additional information or questions, contact Casey Thompson at the Office of Alumni Relations, phone x3755.


The ISU Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) needs your help.
The ISU HPC is trying to locate and inventory material related to the history of ISU. Does your department have a display of hardware from old Swanson Hall (on display in Albion Hall) or the lettering from old Baldwin Hall (kept in Facilities) or something equally historic? The committee would like to hear about it.
Please keep in mind that the committee does not intend to remove anything from your departments, but only wishes to document this important information and track ISUís history.
If you have, or know of, any items you feel are of historic importance, contact Karen Kearns, ISU archivist, phone x3608.

Professional Achievement Award nominations are now being accepted.
Each year, the ISU Alumni Association seeks to recognize alumni who have had extraordinary professional success.Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 13.
This award honors one alumnus from each college and three alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences.
You are invited to nominate an alumnus you know who meets the criteria. Committees of faculty and alumni will review nominations before recipients are selected.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Alumni Relations Web site. To make a nomination, deliver a completed form to the Alumni Office no later than Feb. 13. Nominations can be mailed to 921 S. 8th Ave., Mail Stop 8033, Pocatello, 83209, or delivered to the Magnuson Alumni House at 554 S. 7th Ave. Please do not fax nominations.
For additional information, contact Nancy Lovgren at the Office of Alumni Relations, or phone x3755.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the Idaho State University Kasiska College Research Day 2009 has been extended to Thursday, 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 Friday, March 13, in Pocatello and Boise. The 2009 theme is "Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing and Interpreting." Use the online form on the updated Research Day Web site.

The Idaho State University Cultural Affairs Council will present "Modernization and Globalization in an Andean Indigenous Village," a digital photo presentation and talk by Katharine Seibold, Ph.D., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite.
Seibold is an anthropology professor at Albertson College of Idaho. She recently returned from a two-year sabbatical in Peru to the cities of Cuzco and Choquecancha, the latter a high Andean village where she has studied modernization for more than 20 years. Entry into this native culture has been facilitated by her ability to speak Quechua and Spanish.
Professor Seiboldís analysis focuses on the increasing interaction of an indigenous village in the Peruvian Andes with the Peruvian state and the global economy.
For more information, contact Ann Hunter, chair of the ISU Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, at x3463.

The ISU "A Season of Note" fine arts series will present Barrage, a fiddle-playing multi-talented cast of performers that has entertained millions across the globe with an eclectic mix of music and dance, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17,in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
"Barrage is too wow for words," according to the Denver Post.
Tickets are $29 for the main level and $25 for the upper level. For tickets or more information, call the Stephens Center Box Office, x3595.

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the beautiful and exuberant culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2009 Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
The annual event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. This year's theme is "Africa the Beautiful, Africa Rising" showcasing the rich traditional and contemporary culture of Africa rarely seen in the media.
The evening will offer a traditional African dinner featuring specialties from six African countries, a fashion show, a flag show, dances, a band performance, drummers and a variety of African ethnic music featuring a disc jockey.
Dance to the toe-tapping rhythms of United Roots, a Boise-based band consisting of members from Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Idaho. They play a blend of Afro-pop and reggae.
The dinner will feature mukimo, a Kenyan dish that has mixed greens, potatoes, corn and peas; chapati, a type of bread from Tanzania; peanut butter soup from Ghana; chicken yassa from Burkino Fasso; beef stew from Ghana; curried cabbage from Zambia; fresh fruit salad from Algeria; and rice.
Tickets will be sold weekdays at the Pond Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Rendezvous Complex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $6 for ISU students, $7 for ISU faculty and staff and $9 for the general public. Tickets cost $1 more at the door.
The African Students Association is a group of students from Africa and the United States who work to promote awareness of the realities in Africa and to strengthen the diversity of the ISU community.
For more information, contact Winfred Kimeu, phone 226-4260.

Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, on the ISU campus.
Marchers will assemble at the northeast corner of Holt Arena and journey to the Pond Student Union for a program in the Bengal Theater. A bus provided by ISU Transportation Services will transport individuals wishing to participate but unable to march. The bus will provide transportation back to Holt Arena after the program for individuals who participated in the march.
The program in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater, scheduled to start around 2 p.m., will include a keynote address. Various student-organization leaders will make presentations, and there will be an audio presentation of one of Dr. Kingís writings. Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Lee Krehbiel will deliver closing remarks.
The parade route will travel from the northeast corner of Holt Arena to Bonneville Street, where it will turn west to Memorial Way, then south on Memorial Way to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then west to Caesar Chavez Way where it will head south to the Pond Student Union.
The parade is sponsored by the following ISU entities: Office of Student Affairs, Diversity Resource Center, Multicultural Committee, College Chapter of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
For more information, contact the Diversity Resource Center at (208) 282-3142.

Author, editor and cultural critic Sara Laschever will deliver the presentation "Women and Negotiation" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Laschever's lecture will take place in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre. The presentation is sponsored by ISU WeLEAD (Women empowered to Learn, Educate, Advance and Develop) Project.
Laschever's first book, "Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation Ė and Positive Strategies for Change" co-authored by Linda Babcock, explored a newly recognized phenomenon: that women are much less likely than men to use negotiation to improve their circumstances.
Her new book, "Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What they Really Want," also co-authored with Babcock, presents a research-backed, four-phase program to help women learn to be more confident and effective negotiators. Laschever will share her research findings at this presentation.
Lois Frankel, author of the best-seller "Nice Girls Donít Get the Corner Office," says of "Ask For It:" "Nice girls donít ask, but smart women do. ĎAsk For Ití provides the tangible tools and tips you need to get your fair share of the raises, promotions and perks youíve earnedóand deserve."
"One of our goals in bringing Ms. Laschever to Pocatello is to share her expertise on negotiating with the women of our community," said Debra Easterly, Ed.D., project director of WeLEAD and event organizer. "We encourage women's groups in town to share information on this event with their members."
Lascheverís byline has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Harvard Business Review," "The New York Review of Books," "The Boston Globe," "Vogue" and many other publications. Her broad-ranging interests have led her to write about popular culture (she co-founded one of the first online cultural journals, millennium pop), literature and the arts, science, academia, business, and womenís issues.
For more information, contact Easterly, x2618.

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