News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

March 20, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 11

President Arthur C. Vailas and Beverly B. Bistline pose next to a portrait of Bistline, painted by Pocatello artist Anne Merkley, that was unveiled on Wednesday, March 18, in a ceremony attended by ISU officials and friends. The portrait will be hung next to the entrance of the Bistline Thrust Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Bistline continues to be a generous supporter of Idaho State University, sharing her time, expertise and financial resources. Her philanthropy towards ISU has included generous contributions to the creation of the Stephens Center, the establishment of the Bistline Foundation, the F.M. and Beverly Bistline Memorial Scholarship and the Beverly B. Bistline Scholarship.

In this Issue

Art of Gender in Everyday Live VI conference set April 2-3

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center is pleased to announce The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VI, a multidisciplinary conference, will take place April 2-3 in the Pond Student Union on the ISU Pocatello campus. All conference papers will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed or, (read more...)

Idaho State University to host CEDA Nationals, largest collegiate championship debate tournament

Idaho State University will host the 2009 Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals, the largest collegiate championship debate tournament in the country, March 19-24 on the ISU Pocatello campus. This event is expected to attract as many as 500 debaters from colleges and universities from throughout the United States. Adding to the prestige of the event is (read more...)

ISU Department of Physics receives NSF award for undergraduate research

The National Science Foundation has awarded Idaho State University Department of Physics $274,244 through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support undergraduate research. Six to 10 undergraduate students from across the United States will participate each year in a 10-week nuclear physics, radiobiology and nuclear engineering research and educational experience at ISU. Brigham Young University-Idaho, (read more...)

Idaho State researchers help make major Mayan archaeological discoveries

Guatemala City, Guatemala – The government of Guatemala has announced the recent discovery of a series of major archaeological discoveries – including ancient detailed panels – in an area known as the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala and part of southern Campeche, Mexico. The area has been under extensive exploration and investigation for more than two (read more...)

ISU Health Fair set March 19-20

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2009, set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 and 20, will feature more than 50 learning centers on a variety of health issues. Examples of services offered at the fair include everything from body-fat screenings and tests of grip strength, to nervous system evaluations and home health and (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

A retirement reception for Karen Swallow, who has worked at ISU for 25 years, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Culinary Arts dining area in the Roy F. Christensen Building.
Swallow started her career at the University as a temporary employee and was hired full time in the Financial Services office. Over a period of several years, Karen also worked in the cashier, payroll, purchasing and College of Technology Student Services office. In 1993 she transferred to the registrar and records office, serving at the front desk. Then, in 2000, she returned to the College of Technology. During her time at ISU, Karen served as a member of the Classified Employees Council board for three years and chaired the Employee of the Year Award committee.

Two faculty members in the Department of Theatre and Dance have received awards from the Washington State Arts Commission, Pierce County Arts Commission and Tacoma Arts Commission in support of SiteWorks 2009, a site-specific dance festival held in Washington.
Josephine Garibaldi, ISU director of dance, and Paul Zmolek, adjunct dance instructor, received the awards. Garibaldi and Zmolek are the directors of the SiteWorks project in partnership with Washington’s renowned Museum of Glass and the BareFoot Collective. The dance festival will take place this summer June 11–14.
The Thea Foss Waterway, Mount Rainer and the Tacoma cityscape will again serve as the beautiful backdrop to SiteWorks 2009, the professional contemporary dance and physical theatre at the beautiful outdoor plazas, reflecting pools and grand stairway of the Museum of Glass.
SiteWorks 2006, conceived and directed by Garibaldi and Zmolek was named as a Top 5 Art Event of the Year by The Tacoma News Tribune.
“We have been looking forward to the next incarnation of SiteWorks since its premiere in 2006,” Garibaldi said. “The Museum of Glass is one of those rare entities that showcases international artists while diligently working at grass roots efforts to provide local, community and interdisciplinary programming in support of regional artists. We have been extremely fortunate to have met the wonderful staff at the Museum and we look forward to building upon this partnership for years to come.”


With the scheduling of both the Dodge National Rodeo and Freshman Pre Registration from April 8 through April 11 there will be no ticketing in the following General Lots on the Pocatello campus that week: all of Holt Arena, and General Lots 01, 02 and 03. Plan for alternate parking if these lots are full. All other lots will be ticketed per ISU Parking Regulations.

Idaho State University is this year’s recipient of Idaho Public Television’s annual “Give Me a Break” award for raising more money than any other nonprofit group participating in IPTV’s Festival 2009 membership drive, says IPTV volunteer coordinator, Chris Clawson.
ISU employees and alumni from the Treasure Valley staffed a phone bank March 1 at IPTV’s Boise studio and brought in $5,755 in pledges statewide during a three-hour period. Fourteen nonprofits participated in the two-week membership drive, which ended March 15. The award takes its name because phone pledges are taken during breaks in public television programming.

The Idaho State University Women’s History Month Committee is pleased to announce the Women’s History Month keynote speaker, Professor Emily Toth, will deliver the lecture “Strong Women and How They Did It” at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite.
The speech, sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and the ISU Cultural Affairs Committee, is free and open to the public.
Toth writes a column under the penname, Ms. Mentor, in “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Her monthly column "Ask Ms. Mentor," started in August 1998 and can be viewed on the Web. For more on the lecture and Toth, visit ISU Headlines.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has awarded Idaho State University a State Proclamation, Proclaiming April 10 as Idaho State University Graduate Education Day. This is the same day as the second annual ISU Graduate Student Research and Creative Excellence Day, sponsored, as of this year, by the ISU Office of Research.
The proclamation wording is as follows:
"WHEREA, graduate education attracts high quality students and citizens from across the nation and world to Idaho schools; and
"WHEREAS, in graduate programs across the state, graduate educators are providing access to the cutting edge knowledge and analytical skills that are essential to ensuring that Idaho citizens and workers are among the most productive in the world; and
"WHEREAS, graduate students make vital contributions to the teaching and research that underpins our new knowledge-based economy as teachers and research assistants; and
"WHEREAS, Idaho graduate students have contributed to important research in science and engineering, medical advances and treatments, as well as intellectual and creative pursuits in the arts, humanities and education; and
"WHEREAS, Idaho teachers and school administrators with advanced degrees are creating learning environments that will assist Idaho’s children and young adults to become productive workers and informed citizens;
"NOW THEREFORE, I, C. L. "BUTCH" OTTER, Governor of the State of Idaho, do hereby proclaim April 10, 2009 as Idaho State University Graduate Education Day in Idaho, and commend this observance to all our citizens.”