March 4, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 8
Dr. Brent Wolter, Associate Professor of English, returned on Feb. 24 from delivering an invited lecture, "L2 [second language] collocational processing: a case of dual activation?" at Copenhagen University, Denmark, and Lund University, Sweden. At Copenhagen University he also participated in a research seminar on vocabulary testing for second language learners. At Lund, he attended an eye-tracking course that will assist him in his on-going study of the ways that second-language learning is influenced by collocations in the learner's native language.
Dr. Alan Johnson, Professor of English, returned on Feb. 17 from an educational summit at Hyderabad, India, and tour of universities in Pune, Lonavla, Mumbai, Jaipur, and New Delhi, India, as part of ISU's efforts to recruit international students and to investigate collaborations with Indian institutions. He was part of a group that included Laura Woodworth-Ney, Patricia Terrell, Maria Fletcher.
The Department of Dental Hygiene, under the direction of Karen Portillo, RDH, MS, conducted their Give Kids a Smile Program treating 91 children from the surrounding Southeast Idaho area and providing almost $19,000 worth of oral health care services. Dental hygiene faculty, students and dentists volunteered their time over two days to provide preventive oral health care to these children.
Idaho State University debaters Roger Copenhaver and Matea Ivanovic went undefeated and won first place at the Northwest District Tournament in Walla Walla, Wash., earning a trip to the National Debate Tournament, which determines intercollegiate debate champions each year.
Copenhaver, of Seattle, and Ivanovic, of Boise, won all six of their debates and were also recognized individually. Ivanovic won third-place speaking award and was elected by district coaches as Most Valuable Player, an award that recognizes competitive success, leadership, and collegiality throughout the debate season. Copenhaver won the four-place speaking award at the tournament held in late February.
Seventeen teams from ISU, Whitman College, Gonzaga University, University of Puget Sound, Weber State University and The University of Wyoming competed in the district tournament, of which five qualified for the National Debate Tournament.
Leading up to the district championships, Ivanovic and Copenhaver debated at 10 intercollegiate debate tournaments between September and February travelling to places such as Kentucky, Harvard, Wake Forest, The University of Southern California and Northwestern University.
In their 72 preliminary debates, the duo maintained an impressive record of 66.66 percent. While in single elimination debates, they won seven of 11 debates resulting in victory 63 percent of the time. Notable finishes included fifth-place finishes at Gonzaga, UNLV and California State University at Fullerton and a second-place finish at Idaho State University.
Additionally, Ivanovic earned individual recognition for her speaking skill at Harvard (11th place), Idaho State (3rd place) and UNLV (10th place). Copenhaver, Ivanovic and Assistant Coach, Scott Odekirk were also stranded in Boston for five days following super storm Sandy at the end of October.
"After weathering a super storm, debating in competition for 261 hours, and spending 47 days travelling to debate tournaments, one would think this team is ready for a rest," said Sarah Partlow Lefevre, ISU director of debate. "However, the season is not quite over and Ivanovic and Copenhaver are gearing up to compete at nationals."
Ivanovic and Copenhaver, in concert with freshman-sophomore team Andrew Hoth and Kendra Doty, will compete at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament from March 22-26 at Idaho State University.
Copenhaver and Ivanovic will then attend the National Debate Tournament from March 28-April 1 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
"Ivanovic and Copenhaver have worked hard and have some big wins to show for it this season," Partlow Lefevre said. "With the amount of time and energy they invest, it is nice to see them succeed."
The debate topic this years is: "Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on and/or substantially increase financial incentives for energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power."
While the debaters prepare their arguments, Coach Partlow Lefevre is preparing for a different challenge as host of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Tournament. This will be the second time in four years that Idaho State hosts the CEDA national tournament.
Partlow Lefevre is leading a team of 25 students who are planning and managing all aspects of the tournament. Amenities Idaho State University students are supplying for tournament participants include a tournament Facebook page, a website, team and competition photography, and webcasting of the final round of debate. All of this is made possible by generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, The Rupp Debate Society and numerous sponsors from the local business community.
CEDA Nationals should bring in more than 450 participants from universities such as USC, University of California Berkeley, Kansas, Wake Forest and Harvard to Pocatello for the four day long tournament. The CEDA tournament is the largest intercollegiate policy debate national championship. It is often referred to as "the people's tournament" because of the diversity, open entry policies and the number of attendees. More than 160 two-person teams will register for the event from more than 60 universities nationwide.
The Idaho State University Health Fair 2013 - celebrating its 33rd year - is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, and will feature more than 65 learning centers on a variety of health issues and blood draws.
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 hospice information. Other learning centers will provide blood pressure readings and hearing screening tests, to name a few. For complete information on the fair visit www.isu.edu/healthfair.
The annual free Health Fair is sponsored by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and Portneuf Medical Center. It will be held in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.
Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will provide laboratory services and blood draws at the fair on March 21-22. Blood draws are also be available on a walk-in basis from 7 to 11 a.m. daily from March 1 to March 30 at the PMC lab located at 777 Hospital Way with access to the lab through the main entrance. A 14-hour fast is required prior to a blood draw for the lipid profile and general chemistry profile.
Participants who had their blood drawn on or before March 15 can pick up their blood profile results at the ISU Health Fair where health care professionals will help interpret results. If you have your blood drawn after March 15 or at the Health Fair, your results will be mailed to you.
PMC offers a general health blood profile for $43. The screening will include a chemistry profile, assessments for cardiac risk based on cholesterol levels, a complete blood count and a thyroid screen. Optional tests include a $22 confidential HIV screening and a $18 prostate antigen test. Other tests that will be offered this year include thyroid function screen for $16, iron level for $5, uric acid level for $5, glycohemoglobin for $27; insulin level for $25; and vitamin D level for $18, a test for osteoporosis, $17.
Last year's Health Fair featured more than 65 learning centers, providing services to more than 800 participants. ISU dental hygiene, nursing and pharmacy students will be available for consultation on medications, healthy teeth and gums, nutrition as well as other health-related topics.
On the day of the Health Fair during fair hours attendees can park in the Pond Student Union parking lot.
All campus departments are encouraged to nominate one or more student employees for the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship. Many student employees exhibit extraordinary skills and commitment to their work throughout campus. Student employees are vital to the mission of Idaho State University. We recognize excellence in our student employees each year through awarding the Student Employee of the Year Scholarship ($2,000) and the second place Lupher Scholarship (approximately $350).
To commemorate National Student Employment Week, April 7-13, 2013, the ISU Career Center and the Scholarship Office wish to recognize outstanding student employees who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service to ISU. Please nominate those students who you feel meet these high standards by completing the nomination form. The nomination form is due March 29 at 5 p.m. Please read the eligibility criteria to ensure your student employee is qualified. The guidelines and application form are available online at www.isu.edu/career.
Please contact the Career Center at 208-282-2380 if you have any questions.
The Idaho State-Civic Symphony will perform a Pops Concert "Classical Ellington, That Do-Wah Thing!" at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center's Jensen Grand Concert Hall that features music from the jazz master Duke Ellington.
Who says jazz and classics don't mix? This concert is a chance for music lovers to jazz up their own musical experience with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and, direct from New York City, the POP/Jazz Band as they present 'Classical Ellington," a program entirely of Duke Ellington and Luther Henderson's jazz collaborations.
The evening is also a major fundraiser for the Symphony and a variety of raffle items will be available. Patrons can begin viewing the raffle items at 6 p.m. in the Stephens Center Rotunda. Pre-concert activities include a no-host bar. Raffle tickets will be available before the concert and during intermission, with the winners to be announced directly following the concert.
Post-concert activities include a $10 dessert reception immediately following the concert where patrons can mingle with friends and meet the artists.
To purchase pre-event raffle tickets, or make reservations for the after-concert reception ($10 per person), contact Rayna Valentine, 208-233-7081.
Raffle tickets are $1 each. A complete list of raffle items is available at http://www.thesymphony.us/2012/12/pops-fundraiser. Tickets must be purchased in advance or at the concert, but winners need not be present to win.
Samples of raffle items include season Symphony tickets for two with reserved parking on concert night; Idaho Ballet tickets to "Swan Lake," hotel, dinner and gas card for two; Lava Hot Springs getaway; cabin for 15 in Swan Valley; golf package; and Fly-Fishing Excursion.
All Symphony Pops ticket prices are $32, a limited number of half-priced, rush tickets will be available at 7 p.m, the night of the concert.
Symphony tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at 208-282-3595 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Vickers Western Wear stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, or they can be ordered online at www.isu.edu/stephens.
More information on the Idaho State-Civic Symphony is available at http://www.thesymphony.us/.
Idaho State University will hold a FAFSA Day financial aid workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.
FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's the first step for students for applying for financial aid, and the best way to see how much financial aid students can get for college.
High school seniors and other interested students are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA so they can determine how much financial aid they are eligible for.
In Pocatello, FAFSA Day will be held in Rooms 215-231 in the Rendezvous Complex.
The Idaho Falls FAFSA Day is set at the ISU-Idaho Falls Bennion Student Union Computer Laboratory.
Participants should bring their personal information, current financial records and, if applicable, the financial records of their parents. The workshops are designed to assist participant's with all of their questions about FAFSA and to help them properly fill out forms.
For more information, contact 208-282-7704.
The American Association of University Women's Start Smart initiative will offer job behavioral interviewing and salary negotiating workshops geared towards women on March 7 and 8 at Idaho State University.
Participation is aimed at ISU women seniors or graduate students, but community members may attend on a space-available basis. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to hone their job interview skills and to learn salary benchmarking in preparation for their first jobs following college graduation.
The behavioral interviewing workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. March 7 and a salary negotiating workshop will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 8 in the ISU Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite.
The workshop on behavioral interviewing provides information on a widely used technique that relies on questions aimed at discovering how the respondent's past experiences relate to a particular job's relevant knowledge and skills.
The salary-negotiating workshop will train women to benchmark the salary of their first job and successfully negotiate pay that puts them on par with their male counterparts. The training is co-sponsored by the Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the ISU Anderson Gender Resource Center, and funded with a grant from Idaho AAUW.
There is no cost for the workshops, but seating is limited so pre-registration is required at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/98H8CRF.
Although fair labor laws have been in place for many years, research published by the AAUW verifies that the gender wage gap continues to plague women. Studies show that the gap starts with the first job out of college and continues; a woman will likely earn $1 million less than her male counterpart over the course of her career.
As a result of the findings the national AAUW joined with the WAGE (Women Are Getting Even) Project to develop training to better prepare young women to join the workforce with a salary and benefit package commensurate with that of men with the same credentials. The AAUW is joining with campus departments to sponsor the training at colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Idaho State University Sigma Xi Science Café will feature the "Energizing Idaho: Research in Geothermal and Bioenergy" public presentation and panel discussion at 5 p.m. March 6 at the Portneuf Valley Brewery in Pocatello.
The Science Café is a monthly public forum designed to engage discussion about science-related issues.
The public is invited to join in the event's food, drink and discussion.
The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library is presenting the work of Idaho Falls artist David L. Combs through March, and will host an artist reception for him on March 7.
The public reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 in the Oboler Library Art Gallery.
Combs began drawing and painting at an early age and has maintained a keen personal and professional interest in the arts. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in 1982 and followed it with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984.
He works for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he has won multiple graphic design and illustration awards from the Society of Technical Communications (STC), including two Best of Shows, and six at the international level. He was honored by INL as the Technician of the Year in 2004.
The paintings in this show are primarily his private work, consisting chiefly of watercolor landscapes of the Norwegian coast and local mountain scenery garnered from years of hiking. He cites his greatest influences as the works of Charles Reid, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Edwin Church and the Hudson River School painters.
Also included in this show is a group of never-before-exhibited caricatures, which for the most part were created as gifts for his retiring colleagues.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours now through the end of March.
For library hours please call 282-2958. The artist may be contacted at email@example.com or (208) 523-3847.
The Idaho State University Pond Student Union Transition Gallery will hold an opening reception for Alexa Brooke Goff's Senior Exhibition, "terrae incognitae," on Monday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition will be on display through March.
Goff is a senior at ISU and is scheduled to graduate in May with an Honors Bachelor of Art Degree in art. Her academic focuses at ISU have included English literature, art history and aesthetics. This semester, the ISU College of Arts and Letters honored her with the Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Fine Arts and Humanities. She has also recently completed her undergraduate honors thesis, a capstone academic project for the University Honors Program.
In conjunction with her thesis work, she is exhibiting "terrae incognitae," which features recent works, composed in a variety of media including printmaking, etching, encaustic, letterpress, book arts and installation. "Terrae incognitae," or "unknown lands," is a term that comes from medieval cartography. Thematically, the body of work reflects this term through different maps, both physical and imagined, exploring the idea of transition, journey and movement of an individual.
For more information please contact Corinne McCullough at 208-282-3451.
Immediate openings are available for low-cost psychological and behavioral health services at the Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus.
The following services are currently available:
There is no charge for the Clinic's initial intake session. The ISU Psychology Clinic is a university training clinic.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (208) 282-2129.
A visit by Monica Brown, author of award-winning bilingual books for children, will highlight the 27th annual Idaho State University Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 11-12.
Her performances and public appearances for people of all ages will include:
Brown, who earned a doctorate degree, has been awarded the Americas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpre Honor Award. Brown's books are inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage and passion to share Latino/a stories with children. The titles of her books include "Waiting for the Biblioburro" and "Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del futbol."
She is in an associate professor of English at Northern Arizona University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Ariz.
For more information on the Bellon Visiting Author Series, contact Becca Hyde, 232-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Brown, visit http://www.monicabrown.net/.
The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.
According to Steve Shropshire, ISU professor of physics and astronomy and the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports.
Criteria for the award includes: 1) Involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) Participation in SPS programs. 3) Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) Participation in community service, 5) Contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) Participation in social events, and 7) Interactions with the department's alumni.
ISU's club was specifically recognized for its Haunted Science Lab, where SPS members, with the help of the Pocatello Kiwanis Club, maintained a set of interactive spooky science exhibits for school field trips for two weeks in October 2011, and open to the public on the Saturday before Halloween. Also mentioned in the award was the Punkn' Chuck competition they organized serving area schools, a Science Day exhibition at the Pine Ridge Mall, public demonstration shows, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on Youtube.
The Idaho State University School of Nursing will hold a Barn Dance fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Mike and Charlie Lovejoy's heated barn, 1870 S. Bellin Road, Idaho Falls.
For a fee, participants will be able to enter to win door prizes. The benefit also includes a feast along with beer and wine and an auction of various items.
The event will feature the Mike Banks Quartet Band. The band plays lively music for all occasions from jazz to blues to rock.
The ticket price for the event is $40 per person at the door.
Participants are asked to RSVP by March 8. To RSVP or for more information contact Kim Jardine at 208-589-7667 or email@example.com.
It is time again for our Employee Recognition Week at Idaho State University. We are calling for proposals from any faculty or staff member that is interested in presenting a topic during this week. As you may know in the past, some 600+ attendees participated, making it one of the most successful faculty/staff events here at Idaho State University. We would like to offer some of the highly accepted trainings from previous years and ones relevant to today's needs and conditions. Recommended suggestions could center on topics that are motivational, inspirational, deal with healthy living, stress management, conflict resolution, learning and perfecting computer skills, and other possible topics that might encourage, teach or perfect a skill or focus on new ideas.
Employee Recognition Week will be held April 1 through April 5. Professional Development opportunities offered on campus are a great way to enable more faculty and staff to enhance their skills and knowledge. In addition, this is one way we here at Idaho State University can say THANK YOU for their much appreciated contribution.
If you are interested and available to present a workshop or seminar this year, please complete the proposal form below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15. Contact Stacey Marshall at ext. 3081, if you have any questions.
The ISU Veterans Sanctuary Advisory Board is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members. The Advisory Board Nomination Form is located at the following website: http://www.isu.edu/veterans. The deadline for submissions is March 15. Please submit the completed form and a current resume to:
Casey Santee, Veterans Sanctuary Manager
Address: 921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8095, Pocatello, ID 83209
The Admissions Visitor Center (formerly "Recruitment Services") is organizing and will host a "Bengal Visit Day" for prospective students and parents at the Pocatello campus on Saturday, March 9. The day will include a variety of activities including an admission presentation; campus tours; and an academic, activities, and a organizations fair. In addition, a free 75-minute SAT test-prep session will be provided to participants by staff from The College Board.
More than 250 prospective students have submitted an RSVP, and we are expecting at least 600 total guests, with RSVP's still coming in.
The "Academic, Activities and Organization fair" will be in the Pond Student Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with set-up from 10:30-11 a.m. If your department would like to reserve a table for this part of the event, please email email@example.com and be sure to include: Name, Department name, contact phone, and contact email.