News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 9, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 5

One of Idaho State University's most famous alums, Roger Williams, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The photo above is from his last concert at Idaho State University. For more information, see the story below.

In this Issue

Idaho State’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology receives top ranking

The journal Psychological Reports has ranked Idaho State University’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology first out of 207 programs nationwide and in Canada on its students’ performances on a national professional examination. “I think it is phenomenal that Idaho State University’s program was ranked No. 1 out of 207 schools listed in this report,” said Kandi (read more...)

Idaho Humanities Council honors ISU history professor Hatzenbuehler

Idaho State University history professor Ron Hatzenbuehler will be honored with the Idaho Humanities Council’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities” at a dessert reception and award presentation ceremony at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Idaho State University’s Stephens Performing Arts Center Marshall Rotunda in Pocatello. The award, presented to Hatzenbuehler for his lifetime (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Maria Fletcher, director of international programs at Idaho State University, has been named Idaho State Representative for Region I of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
NAFSA Region 1 includes Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
For more on her appointment, visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho Business Review has announced that Bessie Katsilometes, dean of academic programs at ISU-Boise, is one of its 2009 Idaho Women of the Year honorees.
The 50 women will be featured in a glossy magazine publishing in the Idaho Business Review on March 23, and honored at an awards dinner on March 26 at the Boise Centre on the Grove in downtown Boise. The awards dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets are $60. A table sponsorship with 10 tickets is available for $750. Reservations can be made by calling Chris Smith at (208) 639-3511.

Dan Dean, director of development in the College of Pharmacy, is taking an extended leave to join his wife, Kathy Lund Dean, associate professor of management in the College of Business, on her sabbatical fellowship with the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. The couple, along with their two sons, Harrison and Cooper, will be in New Zealand for approximately two months in February and March.
The Erskine Fellow honors the memory and legacy of distinguished Canterbury alumnus, Dr. John Angus Erskine (1872-1960). Since 1963, the Erskine Fellowship has provided an opportunity for distinguished international scholars to join the faculty at Canterbury for student lectures and to collaborate in research with faculty.
Kathy will also lecture at the University of Auckland, Bond University in Robina, Queensland, Australia and the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.


The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University will host an African American Read-In at noon on Feb. 10 in the Pond Student Union Bengal Café.
The read-in has been held annually since 1990, and occurs in 49 states as well as the West Indies and Africa. Organizers hope to bring awareness to issues surrounding African-American female writers, as well as celebrate African-American literacy during Black History Month.
The event is expected to last one hour, and is open to the public. Participants are invited to sign up to read a favorite piece or excerpt written by a female African-American writer. Participants can sign up either by phone, at x2805, or by e-mail.

Idaho State University is celebrating Black History Month with a series of panel discussions throughout February that probe specific sections of the book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" by President Barack Obama.
The book addresses various political and social issues confronting our nation and local communities. The topics to be covered are listed below:

  • Feb. 11: 6 to 8 p.m., Pond Student Union North Fork Room, Chapters 1, 3 and 4, "Republicans and Democrats," "Our Constitution" and "Politics."
  • Feb. 19: 6 to 8 p.m., Pond Student Union Bear River Room, Chapters 7 and 8, "Race" and "The World Beyond Our Borders."
  • Feb. 24: 6 to 8 p.m., Pond Student Union North Fork Room, Chapters 5 and 6, "Opportunity" and "Faith."
For more information, contact the Diversity Resource Center at x3142.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is excited to again host Trish Nixon, raptor Specialist with The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey, when she visits Pocatello in February with two live raptors. The public program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Standard museum admission fees apply, and Museum Members are free. The admissions desk and gallery will open at 6 p.m.
Nixon will share behind the scenes details and unique visuals focusing on The Peregrine Fund's successful breeding of endangered birds such as California Condors and the release of these birds to the wild. Additionally, Nixon will discuss training of birds of prey for flight shows, and how she and her co-worker enrich the lives of captive raptors with play and games designed to enhance their lives and encourage them to perform behaviors they would display in the wild. Nixon will stay after the program for photo opportunities and a question and answer period.
For more information, visit online or contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel at x2195.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is partnering with the local Audubon Society to celebrate the 2009 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).
GBBC is an annual 4-day event, this year Feb. 13-16, that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.
The GBBC is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, with sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited. More information can be found online.
To help children learn about birdwatching, IMNH will be giving them free copies of Birds of the Inland Northwest and Northern Rockies. Starting Feb. 10, children accompanied by an adult are invited to stop by IMNH during regular gallery hours to pick up a free copy of the book. Supplies are limited.
For more information, contact Dave Mead at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at x3410.

20th Annual KCHP Research Day will be held March 13 at the Pond Student Union Building in Pocatello and at the ISU Boise Center. The theme of the event is "Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, Interpreting." Participants must register on the Web to attend. Space is limited.
The Research Day schedule of events is as follows:

  • 8–8:30 a.m., sign in
  • 8:30–8:50 a.m., welcome from Linda Hatzenbuehler, Dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions.
  • 9–9:50 a.m., keynote speaker Anna Schwartz, Ph.D., author of the book "Cancer Fitness, Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors"
  • 10–10:50 a.m., research panel
  • 11–11:20 a.m., concurrent paper presentations
  • 11:30–11:50 a.m., concurrent paper presentations
  • noon–1:30 p.m., luncheon and poster presentations.

The College of Pharmacy Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance (PPSA) will hold its 16th annual Spaghetti Feed Raffle and Auction on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. This fundraiser will assist an ill area youth to make her dream come true.
Advance tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family, regardless of size. Prices are double at the door. Tickets are available at (208) 282-4597 or
This year, 25 percent of the proceeds will go towards assisting a 14-year-old Pocatello girl's dream come true through the Idaho Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Ashlen Cooper was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2008, according to Whitney Cooley, student chair of the fund-raiser. Following her diagnosis, Cooper underwent surgery and began a yearlong chemotherapy treatment regimen.
Cooper's wish, to be granted in 2010 when she is finished with her treatment, is to travel to Hawaii with her parents and brother for a family vacation. Cooper is a student at Highland High School and holds a 4.0 grade point average. English is her favorite subject. When not in school, she enjoys reading and her favorite books are the "Twilight" series.
A portion of the proceeds is also used for PPSA students to hold community immunization, heartburn, methamphetamine and diabetes awareness programs throughout southeastern Idaho.
For more information regarding this fundraiser, or to donate items for auction, contact Cooley at or 681-8339. Tickets also may be purchased at the College of Pharmacy, 970 S. 5th Ave., Pocatello.
For more information visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho State University Rodeo Team will hold its first Cowboy Ball and Auction sponsored by KUPI and KQPI on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. Proceeds from this event will be used to support current and future ISU Rodeo Team members through scholarships and team operations.
There will be live and silent auctions, with items donated from various businesses. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Prime Rib dinner being served at 7:30 p.m. After the auctions stay around for dancing to the sounds of local country band, "Rumor Has It."
Ticket prices for the event are: $35 single, $60 couple and $300 for a table that seats 10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls as well as the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls, or by calling Angela Askey, rodeo team advisor, at x3216.

The Idaho State University College of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions for high school students on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Check-in is at 10 a.m. and competitions begin at 11 a.m.
Students from area high schools will be competing with their own designs in six different competitions: an edible car race, a distance competition for a car made from a mouse-trap, strength testing for a popsicle bridge design, a design for an electric car that will travel five meters and stop on its own in the shortest amount of time possible, a clay boat competition that will test how much weight the boat can hold and still float, and a perpetual motion contest in which students must design a self-propelled machine to run for at least one hour.
For more information about this event, contact Miriam Dance at x4361, or visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group will host its fourth annual Sno-Ball Dinner from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Booth Barn, 1100 Booth Road in Pocatello.
The event will begin with a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as a silent auction. Live music by Steelhead Redd will begin at 7 p.m., with dancing and music lasting until 10:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the following Pocatello locations: CW HOG office in the lower level of the ISU Pond Student Union, Budget Tapes & Records and Sandbaggers. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Children 6-16 are $5, and children 5 and younger are admitted free.
This event is sponsored by Watkins Distributing, the Booth Barn and Sysco Food Services of Idaho.
For more information, contact the CW HOG office at x3912.

A new online meeting and continuing education service provider called "Rocky Mountain Learning (RML)" has been develop by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University.
"We could not have picked a better time to start RML," said Kenny Cutler, Rocky Mountain Learning's manager and co-developer. "With the current economy, professionals are looking at online training platforms as a cost effective way of continuing their education compared to traditional conferences and workshops."
Organizations are also cutting back on expenses, including training for their employees.
"We hope that RML can ease that burden by providing our online platform to both the professional and their organization," Cutler said.
Everything on the RML Web site is parallel to traditional meeting and workshop processes, explained Cutler. "Choosing your sessions, registering and payment can be done at our Web site. We also can provide online assessment applications, a moderator and recording and archiving of the session for organizations."
Another service of Rocky Mountain Learning is its 3-D virtual scenario platform called "Play2Train."
"It's not real life, but I think it is the next best thing," Cutler said. "'Play2Train' can provide a virtual replica of pretty much any real life scenario. Not only will trainers and participants be able to instruct and discuss interactively, but they will have the sense of actually being in the situation and become familiar with any real-life scenario. All of this is done right at your computer."
For more information on Rocky Mountain Learning visit its Web site.
Rocky Mountain Learning was developed and is housed at the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University. The Institute of Rural Health's mission is to improve the health of rural communities in Idaho and the Intermountain Region, as well as throughout the nation and the world, through research, education and service.
For more information contact Cutler at x5913.

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009 – celebrating its 28th year – is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, and organizers are looking for private and public health enterprises to set up learning centers.
This year laboratory services will be provided by Portneuf Medical Center (PMC). Blood draws will be available on a walk-in basis from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday from March 3 to March 28 at both the East and West PMC laboratory locations.
Last year's Health Fair featured more than 65 learning centers, providing services to hundreds of participants. ISU Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Pharmacy students will be available for consultation on medications, healthy teeth and gums, nutrition as well as other health-related topics
The fair will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.
For more information on learning centers, contact Heather Hodges at x2167 or see ISU Headlines.