Bond to present recitals of Shostakovich’s works

Kori Bond

The Idaho State University Music Department is pleased to present a Centennial Celebration of Dmitri Shostakovich by Dr. Kori Bond, professor of piano, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Kori BondBond will a present a performance of the Complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) in honor of the centennial of his birth. The set is comprised of two books containing 24 pieces each –12 preludes and 12 fugues.  Because the set involves approximately 2-1/2 hours of playing, it will be spread over two evenings.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 282-3595, or by visiting the PAC Box Office from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Bond has been interested in these pieces over the past several years and has planned this year as a celebratory time to perform and record the pieces. Her recording of the set will be released by Centaur Records early next year. Only seven recordings of the pieces have ever been made and only four are currently available, as compared with dozens if not hundreds of recordings of other standard piano works. Live performances of the complete set have only been given by Tatiana Nikoleyeva, the pianist to whom the pieces were dedicated, in the middle of the 20th century. [Read more…]

ISU to host India Night Rangoli: Colors of Life celebration

The Idaho State University Association of Indian Students invites the community to participate in India Night Rangoli: Colors of Life celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

It is an opportunity to “exchange cultural ideas and food,” said Karthikegan Dinaisamy, a member of the association.

More than 60 Asian students are participating in the event and have helped prepare a fashion parade, drama performances, dances and exotic Indian food. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty or staff and $9 for the general public.They can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PSUB. Tickets will be one dollar more at the door.

For more information, contact Ajay Reddy at (224) 715-2545.

Halloween movie marathon, costume contest scheduled

The Associated Students of Idaho State University Program Board invites the community to participate in a Halloween movie marathon and costume contest on Oct. 31 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theater.

    A variety of films will be shown, including:

•    “Army of Darkness” (R) – 6 p.m.

•    “The Exorcist” (R) – 7:45 p.m.

•    “The Descent” (R) – 10 p.m.

To enter the costume contest, participants must get their picture taken in front of the Bengal Theater between 6 and 10 p.m. Winners will be announced prior to the showing of “The Descent.” The grand prize is a video Ipod and the top five winners will receive prizes also. There will be door prizes for attendees.

Movies are free to all ISU students. Tickets at $1 for faculty and staff and $2 for the general public.

For more information, contact the ASISU Program Board at 282-3451.

‘The Mathematics of Origami’ topic of colloquium

The Idaho State University Mathematics Department will host a colloquium given by San Jose State Professor Dr. Roger Alperin on “The Mathematics of Origami” at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ISU Physical Science Building Room 108.

Alperin will discuss how the combinatorics of origami alignments lead to rules for allowable folds. These rules can be interpreted as axioms for geometrical constructions in the plane. The geometry constructions are more powerful than Euclidean constructions by ruler and compass. This leads to questions about what is possible to construct with origami folds. Sidelights include aspects of numbers and curves, trisection of an angle, pentagons without a compass and solving cubic polynomial by geometry.

Alperin received his doctorate degree from Rice University. He has been a professor at San Jose State since 1987 and was previously a professor at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Cathy Kriloff at 282-3093 or

KISU-FM 91.1 to launch fundraising drive

For more than seven years, regular on-air fundraising pledge drives have been absent from the airwaves of KISU-FM 91.1, which is broadcast from Idaho State University in Pocatello. But as of Wednesday, Oct. 25, that will all change. That is the day KISU will launch the first of two regular on-air pledge drives each fiscal year.

Station general manager Jerry Miller says it’s a long-awaited change.

 “For years we’ve relied almost exclusively on ISU student fees to cover our operating expenses,” Miller said. “Being a technology-based operation, we’ve seen those operating costs go up every year, and put more pressure on student’s pocketbooks along the way. Now, with the approval of ISU President Dr. Arthur Vailas, KISU is entering a new era.”

KISU’s fall drive will run during the last seven days of October, culminating on Halloween. Miller says they’re hoping that KISU has proven its value to listeners in east Idaho over the past seven years.

“This station, thanks to the work of a lot of dedicated students who’ve worked here over the years, has become special,” Miller said. “It’s more than just your average public radio station with classical or jazz music formats. We’ve gone from zero hours to nearly 30 hours of local programming every week, and much of it is pretty darn good stuff. I’m extremely proud of the wide range of programming available on KISU, offering the finest programs that public radio can offer, as well as great local shows and ISU women’s sports broadcasts. I hope the eastern Idaho community feels the same way and supports us in this pledge drive.”

Miller also says listeners interested in volunteering to help during next week’s drive could contact him directly at 282-2688, or by e-mail at

‘Wear Your Costume Fun Walk/Run’ set Oct. 28

The Idaho Conference on Health Care’s “Wear Your Costume Fun Walk/Run” is scheduled Oct. 28 beginning at Reed Gymnasium. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

    There are several different walk/runs to participate in, including:

•    10-kilometer walk starting at 9 a.m.

•    2.5K and 5K walk/run starting at 9:30 a.m.

•    1K walk/run for kids 12 and under starting at 9:30 a.m. [Read more…]

Idaho Conference on Health Care runs Oct. 25-28

Book cover

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions will present the 19th annual Idaho Conference on Health Care Oct. 25-28 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building.

Book coverOn the theme “Quality Health Care: Sifting through the Evidence,” this year’s conference will delve into a variety of topics presented by nationally recognized health-care authorities. The event will feature speakers on everything from “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works,” to “Coal Gasification: Uncovering the Pros, Cons, and Impact on Community.”

For a complete list of conference events and in-depth information on all speakers and presentations, visit the ISU Office of Continuing Education and Conferences Web site Online registration is available on the Web site. Information is also available by calling (208) 282-3155 or 800-753-4781.Dugoni

The Health Conference and the ISU Reading Project are sponsoring the 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, keynote presentation by Joseph Hilldorfer and Robert Dugoni, co-authors of the book “The Cyanide Canary,” who will present the discussion “Idaho Justice: The Cyanide Canary.” Their presentation will take place in the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom. “The Cyanide Canary” (Simon & Schuster 2004) was honored as a Washington Post 2004 Best Book of the Year, and the Idaho Book of the Year. The book details an incident that occurred on Aug. 26, 1996, at a fertilizer plant in Soda Springs, Idaho, when a 20-year-old worker cleaned a storage tank containing cyanide, which he and other workers believed contained only dirt and water. The worker, according to the authors, was told he needed no safety equipment for the job.

John AbramsonThe conference features a second keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, by Dr. John Abramson, an award-winning family doctor, on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, and author of the book “Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine.” His keynote address is titled “The Trouble with Vioxx,” which will focus on his review of studies of the blockbuster anti-arthritis drugs Vioxx and Celebrex conducted years before the recent announcement of Vioxx’s dangers. He will comment on how the two medications, although marketed as safer than an earlier and cheaper generation of products, can actually cause more severe side effects. [Read more…]

IMNH to offer pronghorn presentation on Nov. 8

Edson Fichter pronghorn drawing.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a talk by wildlife biologist Carl Mitchell on pronghorn at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Classroom 204 of the Museum.The talk is being held in conjunction with the IMNH’s most recent exhibit that features the work of Edson Fichter.

Edson Fichter pronghorn drawing.Mitchell is currently employed as a wildlife biologist with the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex, stationed at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Wayan. He has been a wildlife biologist since 1979 and has held research and management positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.

Mitchell has worked with pronghorn since 1991, studying and publishing papers on their behavior, ecology, evolution and management. Areas Mitchell will discuss include how various pronghorn forms and western environments evolved together; the ecological and behavioral adaptations and expressions in desert, grassland and shrub-steppe habitats pronghorn presently inhabit; and the current and projected impacts of people, land use and climate change on the future survival of pronghorn. [Read more…]

Software enhances College of Technology learning opportunities

New Elluminate software in use at the Idaho State University College of Technology is enhancing the education of students like Guy Smith who is legally blind.

Smith is a student in the massage therapy program and is benefiting by the use of this software in his anatomy and physiology course.Smith began his education at ISU as a German/Spanish education major.

“I loved the language but after getting started, I found out that I just was not good at it,” Smith said. He explored other degree options at the University and chose massage therapy. “I have always been interested in massage and like working with my hands,” Smith said, “I was excited to learn ISU had an accredited program at the University level with high standards.” [Read more…]