News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 03, 2015 — Vol. 31 No. 35


Healthy Bengal Wellness Fair Set Sept. 9

Save the date! The inaugural Healthy Bengal Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the Student Union Building ballroom from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The purpose of the Wellness Fair is to increase the awareness of campus health- and wellness-related services among students, faculty, and staff in an effort to have a positive impact on the health of the ISU community. Educational booths will be open all day. Wellness-related demonstrations and activities will be held every hour on the hour! A detailed schedule of events will be released shortly. To learn additional information about this new event, please contact Kelly Wathne at

Laura Stott Poetry Reading Set Sept. 17

ISU English and Philosophy welcomes Laura Stott, author of the poetry book, In the Museum of Coming and Going (New Issues Poetry, 2014). Stott will read her work at Idaho State University on Thursday, 9/17 at 6pm in the Student Union Building’s Bengal Cage. Book sales and book signing are available beforehand at 5:30pm. Admission to the reading is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Stott received her Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University, where she was managing editor of Willow Springs. Her poems have been published in various journals, including Bellingham Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Sugarhouse Review, Redactions, Copper Nickel, and Rock and Sling. In 2015, Stott was a finalist for the 2015 15 Bytes Book Award in poetry and received the Outstanding Master of Fine Arts Program Alumni 2015 award from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. In 2014 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Currently, Stott serves on the board for Writers@Work, an independent writer's organization, and is an Instructor of English at Weber State University. She is faculty sponsor for their chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Upsilon Gamma. She has taught courses in poetry and creative writing. Last year she worked with the illustration students in the art department for a poetry/art collaboration where they exhibited their work on campus. She has also taught community writing workshops.

By way of collaboration, one of her current projects involves her “Blue Nude” poetry series, with her sister, Katheryn Stott, a visual artist. In August of this year, they will have an exhibit of a similar collaboration with the poems in her book, In the Museum of Coming and Going, in visual form, showing at the Ragged Edge Art Gallery in Gettysburg, PA.


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