News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

August 20, 2015 — Vol. 31 No. 33

News Bites

ISU Summer Marching Band Camp Has Record Participation

Idaho State University School of Performing Arts music program held its annual ISU Summer Marching Band Camp from July 14 to 16 on ISU's campus. This year 305 high school students registered for the camp, an increase of 75 students from last year

Band Director Thomas Kloss said the camp felt more "ISU centered" this year, than it had in previous years.

"The ISU instrumental faculty played a larger role this year," Kloss said. "The camp t-shirts were bright orange and had big ISU lettering on the front. We also had a short meeting before the concert on why they should choose to come to ISU."

While on campus, high school students participated in three to four hour blocks of music training including music and marching fundamentals, drum major training and color guard training. Students who are interested in woodwinds, brass, drumline, percussion, color guard, leadership or drum major were invited to attend.

New this summer, students ended the camp by performing during ISU's Summer Concert Series on July 16 on the Quad. Kloss conducted the concert, which gave students the opportunity to work more with him, and get a taste of being in the ISU Marching Band. Kloss hopes that this new initiative will help translate into more instrumental students in the future.

"I was very happy that the Student Activities Board allowed us to be a part of their concert series," Kloss said. "Many people were at the concert and we even got the chance to feature a few of our outstanding students and their award winning compositions and performances."

Students had the opportunity to work with ISU music faculty members including Kloss, Patrick Brooks and Shandra Helman, as well as professional musicians and faculty members from other universities.

"The camp gives us a chance to get high school students on our campus and show off our faculty and facilities," Kloss said.

The camp also featured evening activities including movie night, open game center times and a jazz jam session with new faculty member Jon Armstrong.

Faculty/Staff Updates

Shannon Lynch to Attend Leadership Conference

Psychology Department Chair Shannon Lynch has been accepted to be one of seven organizational members from COGDOP (Chairs of Graduate Departments of Psychology) to attend the annual Education Leadership Conference (ELC) hosted by the American Psychological Association (APA). This year's theme is Translating Psychological Science for Educational Practice, Policy, and the Public. Attendees will discuss and explore the value of psychological science and ways to increase understanding and implementation of psychological science in and beyond the classroom. The ELC is the APA's premier education advocacy event.

Jessica Winston, Heidi Jarvis-Grimes and Donna Lybecker Meet with NEH Chairman

Dr. Jessica Winston, Professor of English, joined Heidi Jarvis-Grimes, Director of Development for the College of Arts & Letters, and Dr. Donna Lybecker, Professor of Political Science, in a meeting with NEH Chairman William "Bro" Adams during his recent visit to Idaho Falls. In the meeting, they discussed humanities initiatives at Idaho State University, including the narrative colloquium and book project, the humanities cafe, and the Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English.

Jessica Winstonís Book Under Contract with Oxford University Press

Dr. Jessica Winstonís book Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, is now under contract with Oxford University Press. The project, which was supported by an NEH Fellowship in 2011-2012, will be published in 2016.

Brent Wolter Published in Applied Psycholinguistics

Dr. Brent Wolter, Professor of English, whose article co-authored with Junko Yamashita (Nagoya University), "Processing collocations in a second language: A case of first language activation?" has just been published in Applied Psycholinguistics 36 (2015): 1193-1221.

Thomas Klein, Students Give Papers At Conference

Dr. Thomas Klein and graduate students Jennifer Cox, Jacob Thomas, and Emily Ward, who just returned from giving papers at a joint meeting of the Wooden O Symposium and Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association in Cedar City, Utah, where they also had the opportunity to see wonderful stagings of King Lear andTaming of the Shrew. Jacob Thomas's trip was supported by a Walton Travel Award. While at the meeting, Thomas Klein concluded his service as president of the RMMRA.

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