News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 11, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 18

Recent graduates celebrate during the lunch following the “March through the Arch” ceremony on Friday, prior to commencement exercises on Saturday where a total of 2,318 graduates received 2,407 degrees and certificates. For more on commencement, see story below.

In this Issue

Idaho State University receives $2.1 million for two grants from U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 71 university research project awards – including two awards totaling more than $2.1 million to Idaho State University – as part of the Department of Energy’s investments in cutting-edge nuclear energy research and development (R&D). Under the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), (read more...)

Statewide Biomedical Research Network wins $16.5 million National Institutes of Health grant

BOISE – Ten Idaho higher education and research institutions will share a $16.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue efforts to enhance the state’s biomedical research. Presidents and administrators of the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, The College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene (read more...)

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

A total of 2,318 graduates received 2,407 degrees and certificates during Idaho State University’s spring commencement ceremonies held May 9 in Holt Arena. Eighty-five students received multiple certificates and/or degrees. In addition to the presentation of these degrees and certificates, three distinguished faculty members were acknowledged, nine alumni were recognized for their professional achievement and 11 outstanding (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...)

Faculty/Staff Update

Two employees were recognized during the myriad of activities during Employee Recognition Week May 4-8 at Idaho State University: they were Becky North who received the ISU Cares Customer Service Award and Kevin Owen who won the Professional Development Scholarship. For more information and pictures visit ISU Headlines.

Philip A. Homan, associate professor at the Eli M. Oboler Library and an Idaho Humanities Council 2008 Research Fellow, will speak about his research on Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, with Boise State University President Dr. Bob Kustra on the Boise State Radio program New Horizons with Bob Kustra on National Public Radio News 91 at 91.5 FM, Boise.
At press time, the interview was scheduled to be broadcast on Friday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m., and repeated on Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m. The program can be heard in Pocatello online at, and an MP3 file of the interview will be available beginning May 18. The Wilkins herd of 10,000 horses was the largest owned by one family in the West. Homan’s research is supported by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is writing the first biography of Wilkins.


Please note: This is the final, regular weekly News and Notes of the spring semester. During the summer, News and Notes will be published monthly the first Monday of June, July and August, and resume regular weekly publication on Monday, Aug. 17, one week prior to the start of fall semester on Aug. 24.

In recognition of International Museum Day, the Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer $1 admission to everyone who visits the museum on Saturday, May 16. As always, Museum Members and children under 4 will receive free admission that day.
International Museum Day is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. ICOM encourages that the celebration take place each year on or around May 18 with the mission of helping to spread the word that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples.
For more information, contact the IMNH at x3317 or The IMNH is located on the campus of Idaho State University at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Dillon Street in Building #12. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An extensive collection of opera memorabilia related to famed opera star Amelita Galli-Curci has been donated to the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library’s Special Collections Department by the Community Library in Ketchum.
The collection was originally donated to the Community Library in 1983 by Georgiana and Ben Fletcher of Ketchum and Santa Fe, N.M. For more of the story and a photograph, visit ISU Headlines.

A banquet to honor Patricia Farmer, Idaho State University College of Education 2009 Professional Achievement Award winner, was held May 8 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Farmer was being honored by the ISU College of Education Kappa Delta Pi – Omega Mu Chapter. For more information on the event, visit ISU Headlines.

The art and pre-architecture department at Idaho State University will host the second art exhibition of high school senior art student work from four regional city high schools, including American Falls High School, Blackfoot High School, Idaho Falls High School and Marsh Valley High School. The exhibit will run from May 11 to 15 in the John B. Davis Gallery on the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building in Pocatello.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. For more information and images of some of the works that will be displayed, visit ISU Headlines.

The ISU Summer Programming is looking for ISU artists to display their work in the Pond Student Union Minds Eye Gallery this summer. The shows will run for two weeks during June and July. The promotion for the shows will coincide with the summer concert series.
For more information or to submit work for consideration please contact Aaron Mcabe or Ross Knight at x3451.

The ISU Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall, is a university training clinic providing behavior health services at low cost. There are currently summer openings for adults seeking:

  • help for headaches (including biofeedback), pain during sexual activity or other forms of chronic pain;
  • therapy for panic/anxiety, depression or other emotional disorder; and
  • help for individuals who wish to reduce their drinking or abstain from alcohol or other drugs.

There is no charge for an initial consultation. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call x2129.

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.

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.