News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 2, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 4

The Idaho State University Nepalese Students Association will present the third annual Nepalese Night on the theme “Faces of Nepal” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The celebration will feature a dinner with a variety of traditional Nepalese-style dishes, three group dances, two cultural solo dances, a performance by “ISU’s own Nepalese rock band,” a fashion show and more. There are about 40 Nepalese students attending Idaho State University. Tickets for the program are $6 for ISU students, $8 for faculty and staff and $9 for the general public. For more information, call Sanjeev Niroula at (208) 269-0494.

In this Issue

Pianist Roger Williams, ISU alumnus, to perform Feb. 14 at Stephens Center

Roger Williams – according to Billboard magazine the greatest-selling pianist in history – will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are $36 and $32, and can be purchased at the Stephens Center Box Office or by calling (208) 282-3595 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Tony Cellucci, Ph.D., ABPP was recently appointed to the Board of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association) and attended their midwinter meeting Jan. 30-3 in Washington, D.C.

The Idaho State University Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be held at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building. The opening reception is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 3 to 20. This event is free and open to the public.
The John B. Davis Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding the gallery call Amy Jo Popa, John B. Davis Gallery Director, x3341.
The exhibit includes works from ISU faculty Rudy Kovacs, Anthony Martin, Scott Evans, Angie Zielinski, Linda Leeuwrik, Doug Warnock, Amy Jo Popa, Benjamin Hunt and Bryan Park, and by adjunct faculty Juliet Feige, Ryan Babcock, Lou Pirro, Cheryl Hanson, Lou Christofferson and Lauren Park.


The Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its annual Book Sale in February. Proceeds benefit the AAUW scholarship at ISU. This year’s sale will be held at 119 South Main Street. Opening times are as follows:

  • Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., stop by during the First Friday Art Walk
  • Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 13-14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information about the sale, call 233-1384.

Several events celebrating Darwin Day are planned at Idaho State University Feb. 11-12 including a lecture on Darwin by internationally recognized evolutionary biologist Michael F. Whiting, research poster presentations on an evolutionary theme, a panel discussion, a teachers’ workshop and a film on the creationism-evolution debate.
These events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the ISU Department of Biological Sciences, ISU Cultural Affairs Committee and the Idaho Museum of Natural History.
In addition, the Idaho Museum of Natural History is concurrently featuring the new exhibit “Darwin’s Green Side: Discoveries in Evolutionary Botany.”
This year’s Darwin Day on Feb. 12 celebrates Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s most famous book on evolutionary science, “On the Origin of the Species.” There are currently 282 Darwin Day events scheduled in 31 countries. For more information on Darwin Day, visit
For a complete listing of and for more information on Darwin Day activities planned at Idaho State University, visit the ISU Headlines Web page.
For more information on Idaho State University Darwin Day activities, contact Michael Thomas, Ph.D., at x2396; or Heath Ogden, Ph.D., at x3391.

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center has won a 2008-09 Campus Action Project grant from American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the Idaho State University Women’s Leadership Summit, which will target some of the educational barriers faced by women and girls from minority and low-income backgrounds.
Heidi Harold, assistant director for programming at the Anderson Center, said she is excited to have the chance to bring 75 high school girl leaders to campus in May for a weekend conference. The conference will give the girls an opportunity to learn more about leadership in their communities, college preparation and readiness, and women in science, technology, engineering and math.
Each year, AAUW selects a project topic based on AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. The 2008-09 CAP teams will focus on the issues raised by AAUW’s 2008 research report, “Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education.”
For more information on this grant visit the ISU Headlines Web page.

Idaho State University’s modern dance company I-MOVE will perform with the ISU Bengal Dancers to present “An Evening of Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14 and 19-21 in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre located in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
The groups will perform diverse dance works created by ISU theatre and dance faculty as well as guest choreographers.
I-MOVE debuted in Pocatello during the 2005 production season and has grown to accommodate more patrons than ever before. This year, Theatre/Dance ISU has invited ISU’s award-winning Bengal Dancers, under the direction of choreographer Hillary Johnson, to join the production.
Fresh off their second-place finish at this year’s Universal Dance Association Collegiate Championship in Orlando, Fla., the Bengal Dancers are excited to be part of this unique collaboration, Johnson said.
Tickets are available now at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 282-3595, or online.The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to shows.
Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and ISU faculty and staff and $8 for children ages 6 to 18. Admission is $5 for ISU students with valid Bengal cards.