News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 6, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 13

These grape hyacinths shrugged off last week’s late March and early April snowstorms and bloomed. ISU photographer Julie Hillebrant took this photo on April 1 on the west side of the Pond Student Union. The late snows won’t stop spring. Mike Stallsmith, ISU landscape foreman, said he predicts a regular schedule for the planting of flowers and other spring landscaping activities on campus.

In this Issue

Olson begins service as ISU Provost, V.P. for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gary A. Olson, began his duties at ISU on April 1. Olson, a noted scholar of rhetoric and cultural studies and an experienced academic leader, was selected for his post in January, following an extensive national search. “ISU is a quality institution with a rich history,” (read more...)

Outstanding Researcher Awards bestowed on five ISU faculty

Five Idaho State University faculty have been named as 2009 Outstanding Researchers and will be honored at a reception in early April. One will receive the 2009 Distinguished Researcher Award at Commencement on May 9. The 2009 Outstanding Researchers are Jennifer Eastman Attebery, professor and director of the folklore and American studies programs; Terry Bowyer, professor (read more...)

Five ISU faculty members honored with Outstanding Public Service Awards

Five Idaho State University faculty have received 2009 Outstanding Public Service Awards and will be honored at a reception in early April. One will receive the 2009 ISU Distinguished Public Service Award at Commencement May 9. Receiving 2008 Outstanding Public Service Awards are David Adler, Ph.D., professor of political science; Tony Cellucci, Ph.D., chair of the (read more...)

‘Be Advised’ campaign launched to encourage students to get advice

Idaho State University has launched its “Be Advised” campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April. “Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University,” said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU academic advising. “Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their (read more...)

ISU awards top teaching honors to five faculty

Five Idaho State University faculty have been named 2009 Master Teachers and will be honored at a reception in early April. One will receive the 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award at Commencement May 9. Receiving 2009 Master Teacher Awards are James Aho, professor, sociology; Nancy Legge, professor, communication and rhetorical studies; Renee Rosentreter, associate lecturer, chemistry; Dan (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

The ISU Staff Council cordially invites all faculty and staff to the 2009 Employee Recognition Receptions in Boise, Idaho Falls and Pocatello to honor staff award recipients.

  • A reception will be held at the ISU-Boise Center in Room 96 from 2 to 4 p.m. April 16, with an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m.
  • A reception will be held at the Bennion Student Union Building in Idaho Falls from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21, with an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m.
  • A reception will be held at the Marshall Rotunda in the Stephens Performing Arts Center from 3 to 5 p.m. April 23, with an awards presentation at 3:30 p.m.


IMNH will open its new exhibit, “The Hagerman Horse: Idaho’s State Fossil Comes to Life” on Monday, April 6, as part of the final ISU Gallery Walk this academic year. 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 will also feature new exhibits that evening.
IMNH’s exhibit will feature a prehistoric Equus simplicidens skeleton cast, better known as the Hagerman Horse, which is the state fossil of Idaho.
For more information visit the ISU Headlines.

The 2009 ISU Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition at the John B. Davis Gallery will open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6. An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.
The works enter in the competition sponsored by the ISU Department of Art and Pre-Architecture will then be on display from April 7 to May 1.
In addition, the juror for the exhibit, Heather Ferrell, executive director of the Salt Lake Art Center, will give a free public lecture at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, in Room 401 of the Fine Arts Building.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.

Theatre/Dance ISU will present the play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," written by actor and comedian Steve Martin, at 7:30 p.m. April 10-11 and April 16-18 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre.
This production features student designers, original costumes and set design by the talented Theatre/Dance ISU faculty, staff and students.
This play explores the meaning of genius through the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso before they were famous.
Tickets are available now at the Performing Arts Center box office, or by phone at 282-3595. Tickets can be ordered online or purchased off campus at the Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.
Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and ISU faculty and staff, $8 for children ages 6-12 and $5 for ISU students with valid Bengal cards.

Denim Day, part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities at ISU, will be held Wednesday, April 15. Participants are encouraged to wear denim jeans in honor of sexual violence survivors.
Denim Day is being sponsored by the Project Hope Advocacy Program and the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University.
The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 in California as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed charges against a 45-year-old rape suspect because his 18-year old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in the decision that “It is common knowledge...that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them...and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.”
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.

The 10th annual Take Back the Night March and Rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, on the south steps of the Bannock County Courthouse, located at 624 E. Center, Pocatello.
Take Back the Night is sponsored by the ISU Project Hope Advocacy Program, which is sponsoring several events during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The event will begin with presentations from local agencies and local law enforcement officials. All participants will then walk together from the Bannock County Court House to the Idaho State University Hutchinson Quadrangle where local agencies will be on hand to educate participants on how to end sexual violence in our community.
For more information, visit ISU Headlines.