ISU Psychology Clinic admitting new patients

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus, is a university training clinic that provides psychological and behavior health services at very low cost.

The following services are available: 1) therapy for panic/anxiety, depression or other emotional disorders, 2) parent-child interactional treatment for child behavior problems, 3) family therapy and relationship treatment, and 4) treatment for substance abuse. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 282-2129.

Jensen will match Stephens Center gifts

Joseph C. Jensen has issued a challenge. The Idaho State University Foundation board president has pledged to contribute a 20 percent match for each gift of a named seat in any of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s three performance venues.

Four other Foundation board members have joined him with matching pledges of their own. Challenge revenues will help support the center’s costs by founding an endowment proposed by ISU President Arthur C. Vailas to bring big-name acts to the Stephens Center.

 Jensen, a Pocatello native and ISU alumnus, and his wife, Cheryl, are the namesakes of the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Center. His challenge is for a maximum of $250,000 for seats purchased by April 1.

“Joe Jensen wanted to find a way to spur the sale of seats in the Stephens Center, as well as begin building the endowment for the arts that Pres. Vailas has proposed,” says Graham Garner, ISU interim director of development, “and we have several board members who also stepped up.” [Read more…]

ISU to present Majors, Graduate School Fair on Nov. 1

Do you know what you want to be? Idaho State University can help. Visit the sixth annual Majors and Graduate School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Pond Student Union Building Ballroom, to learn about the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered on the ISU campus.

The Office of Enrollment Planning, ISU Career Center and ISU Ambassadors invite all ISU students, area high school seniors and community members to attend.

The fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future careers. Information about admission requirements, prerequisites for specific programs, course content and job opportunities related to each degree will also be available.

ISU faculty from academic departments and the College of Technology will be on hand to meet with students and answer their questions. In addition, representatives from the Admissions Office and the Career Center will be available to provide general information.

For more information, contact JoAnn Hertz at 282-3277.

Rendezvous on schedule for fall 2007 opening

Construction on Idaho State University’s multipurpose Rendezvous complex is proceeding on schedule for its fall semester 2007 opening.

When completed, Rendezvous will include 50 classrooms, 80 three- and four-bedroom apartment suites, a student union, cyber café and more. The total projected budget is $43,510,000.

Brennan Construction of Pocatello has overseen construction of Rendezvous’ 255,000 square feet, or 5.8 acres, of floor space since the June 2003 groundbreaking.     The building is situated across Martin Luther King Jr. Way from ISU’s Eli M. Oboler Library. Construction of classrooms, located on the building’s Martin Luther King Jr. Way side, will be finished in December. The student union and housing, on the Red Hill side, are scheduled for June completion.

However, Cheryl Hanson, project architect for ISU Physical Plant, says, “My observation is that they are ahead of schedule, although they aren’t saying that. Brennan Construction is doing a great job, an excellent contractor, very good to work with.”

While Rendezvous’ various rooms, large and small, get most of the public’s attention, the five-story atrium may be the building’s showpiece. Windows span the entire width of the east end and half the length of the west end so many plants can get sunlight. [Read more…]

Community ballroom dance workshop planned

The Idaho State University Salsa and Swing clubs will bring guest instructors Robin and Bob Young from Boise to teach dancers in the community how to swing, waltz, salsa and quickstep at four ballroom dance workshops.

A swing dancing class will be offered on Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at ISU Reed Gymnasium Room 237 and will cost participants $5.

Three classes will be offered Oct. 28 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Little Wood River Room. A waltzing class will begin at 9 a.m., salsa at 10:10 a.m. and quickstep at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $4 per class or $15 for all workshops on both days.

For more information, contact Lori Head at 282-2716

ISU C.A.T. to hold auditions for student plays

Idaho State University Community Alumni Theatre/Dance invites the community to audition for ISU student-directed plays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Room 234.

Participants are encouraged to come with a 60 second comic or serious prepared monologue, or two 30-second contrasting monologues. People auditioning for musical shows should prepare 16 bars of music.

For more information, contact Sherri Dienstfrey at 282-3561.

ISU automotive technology program upgrades equipment

Students using new dynamometer.

The Idaho State University College of Technology automotive technology program purchased a new computerized diagnostic machine and software this fall, which is being used to train students in emissions, drive cycle, and performance testing

Students using new dynamometer.The MD Mustang Dynamometer chassis dyno and MD-7000 Control Software “simulates the scientific laws of mass and motion without leaving the confines of the shop environment.”

With this new equipment students can test a wide variety of procedures, including emissions testing modes, torque and speed profiles, and power curves. Emissions testing includes the ASM 25/25 and the IM-240 to simulate city driving. Vehicles 1998 and newer have onboard diagnostics and the dyno can test the various operating components while simulating a 12-mile drive. In addition, torque, horsepower and one-quarter-mile speed can be tested for performance. A projector shows the testing progress through graphs and charts on a screen in the shop. Customer test reports may be printed throughout the testing period. [Read more…]

ISU scientist’s book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” is published

Meldrum's new book

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, associate professor of anatomy and anthropology in the Idaho State University department of biological sciences, is the author of the newly- released book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” published by Forge/Tom Doherty Associates.

ISU associate professor Dr. Jeff MeldrumThe book, available since Sept. 19, is an expanded companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary by the same name.

“The book presents the findings of a number of respected scientists who objectively engaged the varied evidences for the possible existence of a relict ape,” Meldrum says, “and it further incorporates new perspectives and developments in my own 10-year investigation of this most intriguing natural-history question.”

In his forward, renowned naturalist George Schaller wrote in part, “Jeff Meldrum is a scientist, an expert in human locomotor adaptations. In ‘Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,’ he examines all evidence critically, not to force a conclusion, but to establish a baseline of facts upon which further research can depend. His science is not submerged by opinion and dogmatic assumption. With objectivity and insight he analyzes evidence from tracks, skin ridges on the soles of feet, film footage, and DNA, and he compares it to that on primates and various other species.” [Read more…]