News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 26, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 3

The Pond Student Union remains a focal point and gathering place of the University, as it has been for the last 50 years. A variety of events are planned to help celebrate the Pond Student Union’s 50th anniversary this week, including a gala dinner on Saturday in the Ballroom

In this Issue

Idaho State Bengal Dancers take second at national dance competition

The Idaho State University Bengal Dancers recently placed second in the Dance Competition at the Universal Dance Association Collegiate Nationals held in Orlando, Fla., and their performance will be on national television Feb. 22 and March 19. The Bengal Dancers competed in both the Division I Dance and Division I Hip Hop categories, placing sixth in (read more...)

Premier Technology’s Sayer named Idaho Business Leader of the Year

Douglas A. Sayer, founder and president of Premier Technology, Inc., will be recognized as “Idaho Business Leader of the Year” at the showcase event of the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University. The dinner event will be held in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts (read more...)

Idaho State enrolls record headcount for fall semester 2008

Idaho State University enrolled a record headcount of 14,520 students during the fall semester 2008. This total includes both part-time and full-time students. There were 12,794 academic students and 1,726 technology or professional technical education students enrolled. Total headcount enrollment was up 346 students from last year’s enrollment of 14,174, a 2.44 percent increase. “A good part of (read more...)

Idaho State names Olson new Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University has selected Gary A. Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric and cultural studies and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, as the University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Olson will begin his duties this spring. His appointment follows an extensive national search. “Provost Olson (read more...)

Jan. 19 March at Idaho State University to honor memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. on 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 (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Nominations are being sought for two Idaho State University faculty members to be honored at May 2009 commencement exercises. To be selected are the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher and the Distinguished Public Service Awards.
Nominations for the two awards are now being accepted through Jan. 30.

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. Candidates for Distinguished Teacher, chosen solely on the basis of teaching expertise, must be nominated by members from at least two groups: students, faculty, staff or alumni.
Candidates for the Distinguished Public Service Award may be nominated by one or more groups from students, faculty, staff or the public. This award is based solely on public service activities.
Chairing the committees are Habib Sadid, Ph.D., professor of engineering, Public Service Award; Kandi Turley-Ames, Ph.D., professor and chair of psychology, Distinguished Teacher; and Dr. Rajendra Bajracharya, assistant professor and coordinator of geomatics technology, Distinguished Researcher.
A nominee must be a member of the ISU faculty currently in the third or subsequent year of full-time service at ISU and planning to continue as a member of the University faculty in 2009-2010. Up to five finalists in each category will be honored at a banquet. Nomination forms for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Public Service Award may be obtained from and returned to Lisa Jensen, Office of Academic Affairs, Administration Building, Room 264, ISU Stop 8063, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209; the offices of the academic deans; ISU offices in Idaho Falls, Boise, and Twin Falls; the Eli M. Oboler Library information desk; the Student Union and Rendezvous information desks; the College of Technology cafeteria in the Roy F. Christensen Building; or the ISU home page.
Nominations also may be sent by e-mail. Further information may be obtained by calling Jensen at x2362.
Information on the procedure for selecting the Distinguished Researcher may be obtained from the Office of Research, ISU Stop 8130, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209, phone x2179.


The University-wide Research and Creative Activities Day at ISU is scheduled March 31 in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
To share and celebrate the research and creative activities conducted at ISU by our faculty, ISU will hold Research and Creative Activities Day. One of the activities is a poster session/creative work display for faculty work.
If you are interested in taking part in the poster/creative work presentation, please send Dr. Debra Easterly, director of research development and compliance, a one-paragraph abstract on or before Feb. 16. There will be room for approximately 50 posters plus tables for display of other creative works. Musical works are welcomed that can be played over the audio system in the Ballroom.
If Easterly receives more abstracts than there is room for posters and displays, she will work with the deans and VP for Research to develop a selection method.
Please note: undergraduate students can present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 9, and this year there will be a similar event to highlight graduate student research on April 10.
For more information, contact Easterly at x2618.

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic is now scheduling patients for teeth exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings and sealants. All services are performed at reduced fees. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call x3282.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History’s Feb. 2 exhibit opening, timed to coincide with ISU's Gallery Walk, will feature a recently acquired full-size cast of the Hagerman Horse fossil skeleton. Also known as Equus simplicidens, over 200 fossils of this species have been found in the Hagerman Fossil Bed National Monument near Hagerman, Idaho. IMNH houses a large collection of Hagerman Horse fossils, which is Idaho's state fossil. Contact the Museum at x3168 for more information.

Robert G. Orsi, chief executive officer of Borg Holdings, Inc., owners and operators of Sunrise Preschools, Tots Unlimited Preschools and Child Care Catering of Phoenix, Ariz., will be on the Idaho State University campus Feb. 2-4 as a special guest lecturer for the College of Business Executive-In-Residence program.
His company operates 29 schools, employs 750 and serves 5,000 children daily. During his ISU visit, Orsi will share experiences from his 36-year career in education and entrepreneurship. His schedule calls for appearances at College of Business classes in operations and production management, policy and management, managerial and cost accounting, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance.
For more information on Orsi’s and his residence activities, see the ISU Headlines page.

Carl W. McIntosh, Ph.D., seventh president of Idaho State University, died of natural causes Monday, Jan. 19, at his home in Bozeman, Mont. He was 94.
Pres. McIntosh served from 1946-1959, when ISU was transitioning from the University of Idaho-Southern Branch to become Idaho State College. As interim president, his advocacy and testimony before the 1947 Idaho Legislature was instrumental in establishing Idaho State as a four-year institution. He was appointed Dean of the College, while John R. Nichols was the first president. Nichols resigned the fall of 1946 and the State Board of Education named McIntosh president.
Under McIntosh's leadership, Idaho State developed a four-year curriculum and supported students in their effort to raise funds to build a million-dollar Student Union at no cost to the state.
"Mac," as most who knew him called him, began his career here as a speech and debate teacher. He served in the Army from 1943 and returned to campus in 1946.
McIntosh was born in Redlands, Calif., and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He was a champion college debater.
After leaving ISU, McIntosh was president of California State University-Long Beach from 1959 to 1969, and president of Montana State University from 1970 to 1977. McIntosh is survived by his daughter, Diana McIntosh, and grandchildren, Christopher Kauppi and Erika Kauppi. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Carroll McIntosh.

The 21st annual Idaho State University Jazz Fest will be held Feb. 6-7 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.
The music begins Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. with some horn playing by the five-piece band The Hornheads. This band is made up of tenor and baritone saxophonists, two trumpeters and a trombonist.
“This a cappella group brings their distinctive flair to jazz and funk music, combining virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique music experience,” said Patrick Brooks, ISU director of bands and event organizer. “They delight audiences with their artistry, versatility, musicality and precision, covering American masters from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stevie Wonder, while completing their repertoire with dynamic Hornheads originals.”
Tickets for The Hornheads concert are $10 for general public, $5 for ISU faculty and staff, $3 for pre-college students and free to all ISU students with valid Bengal Cards.
The Jazz Fest’s Saturday, Feb. 7, concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature saxophonist Mike Tomaro playing with the ISU Jazz I Big Band. Tomaro, formerly saxophonist with and director of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, is currently director of the Duquense University Jazz Studies Program in Pittsburgh.
Tomaro has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Mathis, Terence Blanchard, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Big Band, New York Voices, Woody Herman Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and many other professional musical organizations. An outstanding jazz educator, Tomaro has many of his compositions and arrangements published by Kendor Music.
Admission for the Feb. 7 concert is $6 for adults, $4 for ISU faculty and staff, $2 for pre-college students and free for ISU students with valid Bengal cards.
For more information contact Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147.