News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 13, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 14

Japanese Night 2009 will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The event includes an eight-course Japanese meal featuring everything from sushi to miso soup, and a variety of entertainment, including drumming, dance performances, “Japanese-style bride and groom fashions,” a karate demonstration and music. Ticket prices purchased in advance are $6 for ISU students and $9 for the public and ISU faculty and staff. Tickets purchased at the door are $1 more. Tickets are on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Pond Student Union. For additional information, phone 244-2926.

In this Issue

Doyle honored with Physician Assistant Excellence Award

Idaho State University’s Mike Doyle has been honored with the Physician Assistant Excellence Award, given annually to one physician assistant in the Gem State, by the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants. Doyle, who works in the ISU Student Health Center and is an adjunct faculty in the ISU Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was honored at (read more...)

ISU English Professor Attebery honored with Pilgrim Award for science fiction writers

The Science Fiction Research Association has announced that the winner of its 2009 Pilgrim Award is Brian Attebery, professor of English at Idaho State University. The Pilgrim Award is a lifetime award, given annually to an individual whose body of work contributes significantly to the study of science fiction and fantasy. Previous winners include writer-critics such (read more...)

2009 ISU Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients announced

Eleven Idaho State University students are recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards, which are presented by the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Ambassadors. They will be honored at a banquet on April 24 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre and the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda. Criteria (read more...)

Nine Idaho State University alumni honored with 2009 Professional Achievement Awards

Nine Idaho State University alumni representing seven colleges will be honored with Professional Achievement Awards at ISU commencement exercises on May 9 in Holt Arena. They are Jackie Rivet-River, Chicago, Ill., College of Arts and Sciences – Fine Arts and Humanities; Michele Hentges, Woodland Hills, Calif., College of Arts and Sciences – Natural Sciences and Mathematics; (read more...)

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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Alan Frantz, professor of educational leadership, has been invited to participate in a national panel as part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative. The national panels will meet May 14-16 in Portland, Ore.
The VALUE project has two components: development of rubrics for the “Essential Learning Outcomes” and assessment of authentic student work collected and displayed through electronic portfolios. The VALUE project grew out of the national conversation generated around the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO’s) for all students as part of AAC&U’s 10-year Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.
The project is responding to the growing consensus that to achieve a high-quality education for all students, valid assessment data are needed to guide planning, teaching and improvement. For more information on the VALUE project is available online.


A President’s Forum for all faculty and staff will be held on Monday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. The purpose of the forum is to update the campus community on the State Board of Education’s tuition recommendation and recent budget information received from the state involving government requirements for state agencies.
Video transmission will be available in Room 138 at ISU-Boise, in CHE Room 311 at ISU-Idaho Falls and in Room C91 at ISU-Twin Falls.

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.

The ISU Student Activities Board will hold Spring Fest, which includes a variety of concerts, contests and other activities, April 13-18.
For more information visit ISU Headlines.

The panel discussion “The Future of the Middle East: Israeli-Palestinian Relations and the Nuclear Question” will be held at noon Wednesday, April 15, in Room 109 of the Bennion Student Union at ISU-Idaho Falls.
There will be brief presentations by Daniel Dale, professor and chair of the ISU Department of Physics and Astronomy; by ISU student Mohanad Elabed, on Israeli-Palestinian relations and the day-to-day experience of Palestinians in the West Bank; and by Allan Christelow, professor of history, on the prospects for diplomatic solutions to both of these problems. Following their presentations there will be questions and comments from the audience.
For more information visit ISU Headlines.

Baritone Lynn Berg of Boise State University will join mezzo-soprano Kathleen Lane of the Idaho State University music department in a recital of songs by Elgar, Brahms, Schubert and Quilter on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
For more information visit ISU Headlines

William A. Akersten, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello, will talk about the lifestyles of some of Idaho’s extinct critters at the next Herrett Forum in Twin Falls. The free event will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.
Akersten has become an authority on “Idaho’s Ice-Age Saber-Tooths: A Tale of Two Kitties” since moving to Idaho in 1985. Before that, he supervised the excavation and study of the famous Rancho La Brea fossil site, more commonly known as the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. In addition to his current position at the Pocatello museum, he is also a professor in Idaho State University’s biological sciences department.
For more information visit ISU Headlines.

The Idaho State University Department of Physics and the Society of Physics will present a free science demonstration titled “Electricity and Magnetism” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
The demonstration will be held in Room 140 of the ISU Physical Science Building, located on the southwest corner of South Eighth Avenue and Carter Street.
The show will feature a hair-raising Van deGraff generator, floating magnets, an electromagnetic coil gun and other demonstrations. Participants can show up early for hovercraft rides and a candy shoot in the Physical Science Building foyer. This and other science demo shows are presented at local K-12 schools upon invitation.
For more information contact ISU physics Professor Steve Shropshire, x2212.

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 22, the Pocatello Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and Idaho State University’s Business Information program are excited to present a free, half-day professional seminar to all administrative support at ISU. At the seminar attendees will learn new, practical skills that will enable them to manage their jobs and their careers with new professionalism, new authority and new success.
The seminar will be held in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Christine King, former CEO of AMI Semiconductor and current CEO of SMSC in New York, will present on “Excellence in Action,” discussing the importance of the administrative role in the workplace today and cultivating success despite the challenges.
Additional speakers will be Joe Fleishman of ISU’s Workforce Training and Ruth Jackson of Wachovia Securities. Their topics include “Good to Great,” regarding quality in the workplace, and “Investing in Uncertain Times: Logic vs. Emotion.”
Seating is limited. To register for the event contact Lindsay Allen at x3700.
The ISU Human Resources Department has approved release time for administrative support staff to attend this seminar in an effort to recognize administrative professionals campus-wide for their contributions to the University. However, staff members planning to attend must have supervisor and departmental/college management approval for the release time and offices must remain open.

Idaho State University’s Division of Continuing Education has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses and is pleased to announce the launch of “Making Age an Asset in Your Job Search.”
This program makes it easy to take high-quality, non-credit online courses.
Based on research and programs developed by AARP, this course is a guide for people older than 50 who want to make a career change, find employment opportunities or learn the strategies that will give them the best chance of getting hired.
“Making Age an Asset in Your Job Search” is part of ISU Continuing Education’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course, and they can access the classroom “24/7” from anywhere with an Internet connection.
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.
To learn more, call ISU’s Division of Continuing Education at x3155 or visit them online.

Employee Recognition Week will be held May 4-8. It will feature 34 workshops dealing with a variety of personal and professional development opportunities.
There also will be distance-learning sessions available for all campus locations. Release time has been granted for employees to attend workshops, but offices must remain open. Participants must coordinate with their supervisors on which workshops they would like to attend.
Visit the Human Resources Web site for a complete workshop schedule.
Highlights during this week include:

  • Keynote Session – President Vailas' General Assembly, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater
  • ISU Benefits Fair – May 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pond Student Union. The event will include several classes on finances and topics on the stock market.
  • Training sessions on finances, budgeting, ISU History, grant writing, emotional intelligence, stress management, TIGERi project, goal setting, internet security, eating healthy, character development, Laban Movement Analysis, various Microsoft programs and how to deal with an active shooter situation, are among the workshops presented during this week.