News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 4, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 17

More than 20 new trees have or will be planted on the Hutchinson Quadrangle to replace several large trees that were removed. The accompanying map shows where and the types of new trees that will be planted. Several large trees were removed from the Hutchinson Quadrangle because they were found to be hazardous, diseased or infested with insects. They were removed according to priority and within the guidelines of hazard tree removal and insect abatement procedures established by the International Society of Arboriculture. It is the policy at Idaho State University to purchase and correctly plant three young trees for every one tree removed. The map (a larger map is located at ISU Headlines) above indicates the placement of these young trees and their type: 1 - Engleman Spruce; 2 - Vanderwolf Pine; 3 - Eastern Redbud; 4 - Chinkapin Oak; 5 - Crimson Cloud Hawthorn; 6 - Columnar English Oak; and, 7 - White Fir. “M” denotes a relocated tree; the red “R” denotes a removed tree. If you have any comments or questions, contact Greg Horton at x4002.

In this Issue

Idaho State University to confer 2,407 degrees/certificates at 2009 commencement on May 9

A total of 2,318 graduates will receive 2,407 degrees and certificates during Idaho State University’s spring commencement ceremonies, which will begin at 10 a.m. May 9 in Holt Arena. Eighty-five students will receive multiple certificates and/or degrees. In addition to the presentation of these degrees and certificates, three distinguished faculty members will be acknowledged, nine alumni will (read more...)

Idaho State University Shoshoni Language Project still going strong after 20 years

The Idaho State University Shoshoni Language Project, celebrating its 20-year anniversary, is still going strong, helping to preserve the Shoshoni language and expand its usage. “As the Shoshoni Language classes were developed as a part of the American Indian Studies Program here at Idaho State University, other Shoshoni speaking communities became interested and developed language materials (read more...)

Aho, Wahl and Hill honored as Idaho State University Distinguished Faculty

Three Idaho State University faculty members will be honored as ISU’s 2008-2009 Distinguished Faculty during Commencement ceremonies May 9. They are James Aho, professor of sociology, Distinguished Teacher; Russell Wahl, professor and director of the philosophy program, Distinguished Researcher; and Cynthia D. Hill, interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and economics professor, (read more...)

ISU’s Martinez awarded one of 24 National Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute internships

Idaho State University student Anthony Martinez has been awarded a summer internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. Martinez is one of only 24 recipients nationwide to receive this honor. “I think this is going to be a phenomenal opportunity to get some exposure to the workings of our nation’s Capitol, as well (read more...)

Student Employees of the Year announced

The Idaho State University Office of Human Resources has announced the recipients of the 2008-2009 Student Employee of the Year Awards. The winners are: • Student Employee of the Year, $2,000 scholarship, Emily Phelps, Eli M. Oboler Library; • First Runner Up, $550 Lupher Scholarship, Holly Pokorny, Academic Advising; • Second Runner Up, $50 ISU Bookstore gift certificate, Romal (read more...)

Faculty/Staff Update

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, chair of the Idaho State University Department of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award from the Michigan State University College of Engineering.
He will be honored at the MSU College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 9, in East Lansing, Mich. He also will be honored again at MSU’s spring commencement on May 10. For more information on this, visit ISU Headlines.

Lynn Leonard, director of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the Idaho State University Center for Teaching and Learning, will retire in June after 23 years of service at the University.
She has had two lives: one in noncredit continuing education and another in English and cultural awareness for non-native speakers of English. Both reflect her commitment to helping others reach their professional and academic goals.
For more on this story, visit ISU Headlines.

The newly elected ISU Staff Council representatives are:

  • President – Dawn Imel
  • President-Elect – Bonnie Frantz
  • Newly elected classified staff members – Connie Gomez, Heidi Oliver, Amy Goodman
  • Newly elected non-classified staff members – Ali Crane, Melisa Moon, Byron Miles, Bill MacLachlan
  • Staff Council members continuing their service for next year are – Carole Gull, Carma Madsen, Jennifer Groom, Julie Vanek, Rob Mottishaw, Gary Rowe, Shanna Neeser, Bill Wiench, Paul Wiersma, Deb Gerber, Mark Norviel, Lance Erickson, Lori Johnson and Joann Trimmer.

Staff members who will complete their term of service this year are:

  • Past President – Ray Hart
  • Classified members – Ronda Mahl, Natalie Hardy, Donna Yates (Boise) and Karen Larsen (Idaho Falls)
  • Non-classified members – Angela Askey (Staff Council Secretary) and Jay McMillan


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 4 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.

Come Join The Band! The Idaho State University Bands has announced that it again will be sponsoring an ISU Summer Band.
The ensemble, which is open to all ISU students, faculty, and staff, advanced high school instrumentalists, and community members, will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on Tuesday, June 9, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. and will perform its final concert on Thursday, July 2. There is no cost to be a member of the band, but there are credit options available for music educators.
The band will be organized by Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands, and will feature a number of guest conductors. Persons interested in becoming a member of the ISU Summer Band are directed to contact Brooks or Linda England in the ISU Music Department, x3147, for more information.

Beginning Monday, May 11, Idaho State University’s administrative, business, academic and service office hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-half hour lunch break. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, will resume Monday, August 17.
Memorial Day observance is on Monday, May 25, and Independence Day observance is on Friday, July 3. These are state holidays and all offices will be closed.

Changes in Mail Center operations. Due to budget reductions and the increase in the federal minimum wage of 70 cents per hour (which will occur in July) it will be necessary for the Mail Center to reduce its services.
Starting May 11 the Mail Center will reduce the early morning mail sort and delivery crew from seven student employees to six student employees, eliminating the afternoon courier position, and consolidating the two afternoon mail pickups from departments into one afternoon mail pickup.
Reducing the early morning mail sort and delivery crew by one person should not dramatically affect University departments and organizations. On heavy mail days it could cause the mail deliveries to run about one half hour later than normal.
Eliminating the afternoon courier will have more impact on departments and organizations as they will either have to come to the Mail Center to pick up any Express items that arrive after 10:30 a.m. or wait for these items to be couriered the next morning. The Mail Center will no longer deliver any items from one department to another that same afternoon.
Consolidating the two afternoon mail pickups from departments into one afternoon mail pickup will have the greatest impact on University departments and organizations. The consolidated routes will start at 1 p.m. with the student mail carriers returning to the Mail Center by 2:30 p.m. Any departments or organizations that wish mail to be processed after the afternoon pickup will be required to bring their items to the Mail Center.

Swine Flu – What You Need to Know.Many of you have heard about the swine influenza virus. Animal influenza viruses usually do not cause illness in humans. This particular virus is not being transmitted from pigs to humans and you cannot get the virus from eating pork. The infection appears to be transmitted from humans to humans only.

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees (key symptom)
  • Body aches
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Respiratory congestion
  • Possible vomiting and diarrhea)


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or use alcohol based gels
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (stay 3 to 6 feet away)
  • If you are sick with the above symptoms, stay home from school and/or work
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay in good general health—decrease stress, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods

The CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. The information from the CDC, WHO and local health officials is evolving. ISU, through the Student Health Center and Public Safety, is monitoring daily the outbreak of swine flu.
To learn more about swine flu and the CDC investigation, please visit the CDC Swine Flu Web site. If you have concerns, please contact the Student Health Center at x2330.