News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 2, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 8

Idaho State University’s 2008-2009 “A Season of Note” series finishes up this spring with a Bearfoot Bluegrass concert on March 3 and a dance performance by Ailey II on March 4 in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Bearfoot Bluegrass out of Anchorage, Alaska, is an infusion of airy Northern ballads, Southern blues and jazz blended with an Appalachian tone to create the group's signature bluegrass sound. Ailey II, one of the most popular dance companies in the country, is universally renowned for merging the country’s best young dance talent with the creative vision of today’s most outstanding choreographers. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, or online at For more information, call the Box x3595.

In this Issue

Delta Dental Community Outreach announces $500,000 gift to Idaho State University

Delta Dental Community Outreach, a philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Idaho, has donated a $500,000 gift to Idaho State University to help fund an advanced dental residency clinic at ISU’s new health sciences center in Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive. “On behalf of Idaho State University and the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Program, I am (read more...)

Church Symposium set March 4-6 focuses on energy; INL’s Blackman to keynote

Idaho State University’s 38th annual Frank Church Symposium March 2-4 will be on the theme “Energy to Overcome” and will feature keynote speaker Harold Blackman, from the Idaho National Laboratory. Blackman well deliver the keynote address “Energy and Water: Global and Local” at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. (read more...)

New CAES energy research lab dedicated

On Feb. 20, Idaho National Laboratory and the state of Idaho – through its three public research universities that are partners in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) – dedicated a new 55,000-square-foot, $17 million energy research laboratory on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch" Otter and (read more...)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration at ISU Feb. 28

There are still slots open for this year’s celebration in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium. ISU’s celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $10 per girl on a first-come, first-served basis. There (read more...)

ISU Health Fair 2009 will run March 19-20 in Pond Student Union

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009 will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20. The annual Health Fair is sponsored by the Kasiska College of Health Professions and will be in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom. The Health Fair is a vital community event and there (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

ISU Cares “Spot” Award Winners for January and February have been announced. A big “Thank You” goes out to each winner on delivering excellent customer service! Each employee received a certificate and a gift thanking them for their efforts in providing service that is Friendlier, Faster and Easier. These three ways of providing service are part of the ISU Cares Customer Service Initiative. These employees exemplified and provided the kind of service that our customers deserve.
January Winners Dan Woerner, Records Specialist/Registrar, awarded ISU T-shirt
Rose Jones, Office Specialist 2/TRiO Student Services, awarded ISU Mug
Dawn M. Imel, Customer Service Consultant/ITS, awarded ISU Mug
February Winners Barbara Brothers, Administrative Assistant/CampusRec, awardedBearfoot Bluegrass concert tickets
Denise Hopster, Office Specialist/Human Resources , awarded Ailey II Dance Theatre tickets
Kristina Turner, AA1/English and Philosophy, awarded men’s basketball tickets
Melissa Romriell, Customer Service Rep 1/Cashier’s Office, awarded men’s basketball tickets
Lavanya Vasudevan, College of Business PC Support, awarded Bearfoot Bluegrass concert tickets.
Thanks to the Stephen Performing Arts Center and the Athletic Department for supporting this effort.
Contact Stacey Marshall at x3180 for any questions or concerns on this program.


The Idaho Museum of Natural History will feature its new exhibit, “Darwin’s Green Side: Discoveries in Evolutionary Botany,” as part of the ISU Gallery Walk on Monday, March 2. The Gallery Walk starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
ISU’s other galleries including the Transition and Mind’s Eye Galleries in the Student Union, the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, and the Oboler Library also will feature new exhibits that evening.
Additionally, the Idaho Native Plant Society will hold its monthly meeting at IMNH that evening at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Rick Williams, botanist and curator of IMNH’s Ray J. Davis Herbarium, will explain the importance of herbaria and the goals and plans for the Herbarium. Karl Holte, former curator for 43 years, will tell about his contributions to the plant collection and his knowledge about the founder of the herbarium.
Ted Davis and Hal Davis will then share their father’s history of how he became a botanist, what brought him to Idaho, the development of the herbarium collection, and their summer adventures collecting plants around Idaho for the writing of Flora of Idaho. Anecdotes and personal stories will be shared, with questions and answers afterwards.
Following the meeting, participants will be allowed to tour the Ray J. Davis Herbarium housed on the third floor of the museum.
For more information, contact Teresa Nelson at x2603.

Idaho’s Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut who has logged more than 300 hours in space, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. March 5 in the Idaho State University Rendezvous Complex Planetarium.
Morgan’s visit is sponsored in conjunction with ISU Women’s History Month celebrations by the ISU College of Engineering, Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center, Department of Physics and the ISU WeLEAD program that supports women faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Morgan’s talk will be preceded by a 15-minute panel discussion from some of Idaho State’s female students about why they chose to study in math- and science-related fields.
After the panel discussion Morgan will give her presentation about being an astronaut, and encouraging students to pursue math and science. Her discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. The entire program should last about an hour.
The public is encouraged to attend.

A visit by author Baba Wagué Diakité will highlight the 23rd annual Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 9-11 at the Idaho State University College of Education and at area public schools and libraries.
Diakité has been brought back this year due to popular demand, said Beverly Klug, associate professor of education and development, and event organizer.
Diakité grew up in Mali, a country in Africa that borders Pocatello’s Sister City of Burkina Faso. As a small child, he was sent to live with his grandmother in another village so that he could “become educated” before he left for the French public schools where all native children were required attend.
As an author and illustrator, Diakité’s stories include traditional tales from Mali in “The Magic Gourd” as well as contemporary stories such as “I Lost My Tooth in Africa,” that he illustrated for his daughter. His illustrations incorporate traditional Mali symbols from his tribe, and reflect his messages of peace, love, unity and the importance of family. Diakité is also renowned for his pottery, which is sold through a gallery in Portland, Ore., where he now resides with his wife and children.
Three of his appearances are free and open to the public as follows:

  • Monday, March 9, 4 p.m., at the Marshall Public Library in Pocatello;
  • Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m., at the ISU College of Education Auditorium; and
  • Wednesday, March 11, 4:15 p.m., at the Portneuf District Library.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at all locations.

Shannon Larson, a forensic scientist with the Idaho State Police R5 Forensic Laboratory, will keynote the ninth annual Idaho State University Women and Work Conference that is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pond Student Union.
The purpose of the conference is to introduce women to opportunities in trades and technology careers, especially those in nontraditional occupations.
For more information on the speaker and the conference, visit the ISU Headlines.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Idaho State American Studies program director, has written a guest editorial for local media titled “American Studies is Alive and Well at ISU.” The article begins “In a recent article a local newspaper singled out the American Studies Program at Idaho State University, implying that the program might be subject to cuts related to scenarios being put together in response to the governor’s call for a 10 percent budget cut. The article stated that the program had 13 majors and 39 students in courses during fall 2009, implying that the program is unproductive. I am here to tell you that in spite of the hasty reporting American Studies is alive and well at ISU even in these austere times.”
To read the full article visit ISU Headlines.