First case of H1N1 flu in ISU student confirmed by University officials

Idaho State University officials confirmed the first case of H1N1 influenza in an ISU student Friday.

"This was a mild to moderate case," said Mike Doyle, a physician assistant and the assistant medical director of the Student Health Center. "H1N1 is less serious even than seasonal flu in those that are healthy individuals."

The confirmed case was in a student not living in university housing. Test results take approximately five days to receive, and the student had already recovered before confirmation was received.

University officials are following the institution's flu plan, which is available for review online.

Health experts at the University are reminding students, faculty and staff to:

• practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing;

• cover mouths and noses with a tissue, or face into elbows or shoulders, when coughing or sneezing;

• avoid touching eyes, noses, or mouths, which spreads germs.

Students can learn more about prevention and symptoms by visiting the Student Health Center's webpage on the H1N1 virus. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding H1N1 prevention, symptoms or treatment can contact the Student Health Center at (208) 282-2330.

"The most important thing that can be done for any viral seasonal flu or H1N1 is to take proper prevention measures and be educated," Doyle said.

Individuals who are symptomatic are advised to call their health care provider or the Student Health Center before visiting the office, or call if they have chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, heart disease, blood disorders. Those with chest pain or difficulty breathing should call or go to the health center, located at 990 Cesar Chavez Ave., or emergency room right away.

ISU Pharmacy Dean Joseph Steiner Named U. Wyoming College of Health Sciences Dean

Joseph Steiner

Joseph F. Steiner, dean and professor with the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, has been named dean of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences in Laramie, Wyo.

“Clearly, Dean Steiner's success in building one of the nation’s first-rate Colleges of Pharmacy right here at ISU has prepared him well for this logical next step in his leadership,” said Gary A. Olson, ISU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “That Wyoming recognizes his experience also speaks well of ISU as a major doctoral institution with a key mission in the health sciences.” [Read more…]

Business-education group names ISU’s Rankin ‘University Teacher of the Year’

RankinThe Idaho Business Education Association has named Idaho State University professor of education Dr. Roger Rankin its "University Teacher of the Year." Brenda Jacobsen, an ISU business education instructor, said that Rankin deserved the award.

"He understands the concept of business education and how that fits under the umbrella of the university," Jacobsen said.

The Idaho Business Education Association provides new ideas for business-education teachers. It has workshops to teach technology, methodology and workplace skills, said Rankin.

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Orchestra at Temple Square, Russian pianist set Sept. 22 concert

The Orchestra at Temple SquareThe Orchestra at Temple Square, with Russian guest pianist Ilya Itin, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” series at the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.Tickets are $24 for the main level or $18 for the upper level. Information and tickets are available by calling the Stephens Center Box Office at (208) 282-3595.

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Pocatello Pump to mark 25th year at Sept. 16–17 competition

Climbers at a previous PumpIdaho State University’s Pocatello Pump rock-climbing competition is celebrating its 25th year on Sept. 16 and 17 on the basalt cliffs of Pocatello’s Ross Park.

“Pocatello Pump, in its 25th year, is the longest-running climbing competition in America,” said Peter Joyce, Pump director and ISU outdoor recreation coordinator. “I attribute its success to the fun the staff has putting it on, as well as the fun the climbers have participating in it.”

The Pump will run from 8 a.m. to early afternoon Saturday, Sept. 16. The Pump takes most of the afternoon off so participants can take advantage of the CW HOG Pig Out Dutch oven dinner adjacent to the climbing area.

Climbing resumes Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 6 p.m.

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World’s fastest climber to speak at ISU Sept. 15

Hans FlorineHans Florine, “the world’s fastest climber,” will give a multimedia presentation about his light and fast climbing adventures on the big rock walls of Yosemite at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

His presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center and is presented in conjunction with the 25th Pocatello Pump bouldering competition running Sept. 16 and 17 at Ross Park in Pocatello.

Florine is an international rock-climbing champion, a three-time ESPN X Games Champion, and seven-time National Champion. He holds numerous speed-climbing records in Yosemite National Park and around the world. One of his more notable achievements is climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National park in two hours and forty eight minutes. Hans wrote the book, literally, on “Speed Climbing,” available from Chockstone Books. [Read more…]