Have questions about your medications? ISU College of Pharmacy can help

Do you have questions about the use of your medications? Consumers with questions about their medications don't have to worry about where to get information. Pharmacists are their best and most accessible medication experts.

During the month of October, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy students and faculty members will host several events to educate the public about the role of a pharmacist and how patients can get answers to medicine-related questions.

In conjunction with American Pharmacist Month, sponsored by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), the student chapter at ISU will promote the pharmacy profession with published articles about common questions, sponsor an ISU football game with an information booth at the pre-game Bengal Fest, and host an open house at the College on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The theme of American Pharmacists Month, "Know your medicine, Know your pharmacist," encourages patients to get to know the resources a pharmacist may provide.

For example, did you know that taking your medications properly is one of the best ways to avoid future health care costs? Each year, thousands of people end up in the hospital, fail to get better, and spend more money than necessary simply because they do not take their medication properly, according to APhA.

Pharmacists can educate patients about medications, both prescription and nonprescription. The APhA says that every person should be able to answer several questions before taking any new medication. Many of these questions include the length of time a medication should be taken; determining if a medication contains anything that can cause an allergic reaction; determining if alcohol or any other medicines, foods or activities should be avoided while taking the medication, and other concerns.

APhA says that consumers should expect a higher level of service from today's pharmacists. Consumers should look to their pharmacists to provide medication-counseling services, including drug-regimen reviews and drug-interaction checks, coordination of patient care with physicians and other health area providers, and monitoring of side effects. Some pharmacists can also perform limited patient testing, such as cholesterol screening, glucose monitoring and blood pressure checks, for serious health-threatening problems.

During the Oct. 26 College of Pharmacy open house, clinical pharmacists, faculty and students will be available to answer these and several other questions. In addition, the open house will feature tours of the College, refreshments, information regarding immunizations, heartburn awareness programs, diabetes education and poison prevention.

For more information about the ISU College of Pharmacy open house, call 282-4597.

Full-time ISU students eligible for university Christmas-card design competition

Full-time Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year's ISU Christmas card. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, the runner up a $500 scholarship.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 1 and the winning selection will be announced Nov. 6. Entrants should try to capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season, while thematically incorporating ISU.

Contest rules are:

• Entries must be a drawing or painting. No photographs or computer-generated design. Acceptable mediums include, but are not limited to, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel.

• No black and white entries will be accepted.

• Art can be vertical or horizontal 16"x10.5".

• Entrants must be full-time ISU graduate or undergraduate students and are not limited to art majors.

• Entering an art piece allows ISU to use all images in print and/or on the Web.

• The winning entry will be announced Nov. 6 and becomes property of ISU. The University reserves the right to abstain from selecting a winner if entries do not meet quality standards.

The contest winner will receive a framed copy of the artwork in addition to their scholarship prize.

All entries must be turned in to the President's Office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. No entries will be accepted after that time. All entries, except the winning entry, can be picked up at the President's Office between Nov. 6 and 10.

For more information, contact the ISU President's Office at (208) 282-4798, or e-mail durrrach@isu.edu with any questions.

Hundreds of teachers expected at ‘Effective Schools Conference’ Oct. 6

Hundreds of teachers from throughout southern Idaho will attend the Intermountain Effective Schools Conference scheduled Oct. 6 at Century High School in Pocatello.

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas will welcome participants to the conference, which is sponsored by the ISU Intermountain Center for Educational Effectiveness and The League of Schools.

"This is an example of the Idaho State University College of Education reaching out to the community to deliver services to area teachers," said Dr. Chuck Zimmerly, coordinator for the ISU College of Education's Center for Policy Studies, which is helping put on the conference. "Most of the teachers are coming from southeast Idaho, but some are coming from as far away as Boise."

More than 15 presenters are scheduled to give presentations during the conference. Area teachers, ISU faculty and experts from outside the region will present subjects ranging from "Utilizing Crime Scene Investigation Techniques in Science" to "The New Face of Diversity."

Idaho teachers are normally released for classes on the first Thursday and Friday of October to attend in-service conferences, the time this conference is held.

The League of Schools, a consortium of southeastern Idaho school districts, and the Idaho Center for Education Effectiveness Center for Policy Studies, located in the College of Education at ISU, have been providing professional development opportunities to regional teachers and administrators for eight years.

For more information on the conference, call (208) 282-3202, 282-4312 or 282-5382; e-mail medelori@isu.edu or zimmchar@isu.edu; or visit http://icee.isu.edu.

Theatre/Dance ISU to present ‘MacBeth’ in Stephens Center Oct. 13–14

Shakespeare's 'MacBeth'

Shakespeare's 'MacBeth'Theatre/Dance ISU will present Shakespeare's "Macbeth" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 19-21 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre, in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

This is the first performance of the Theatre/Dance ISU 2006-07 season.

This is Shakespeare's dark and grim tragedy that examines the bleak and desolate nature of war. Macbeth contains some adult content and is for mature audiences.

The ISU production features original costumes, designed by resident costume designer Tara Marshall Johnson. The set and lighting design is by D. Brett Harwood, and technical direction by Chad Gross. This production is able to showcase the talents of the ISU theatre faculty as well as the students participating as actors and technicians, not only from ISU, but local area high school students and community members. [Read more…]

ISU Adult Education Center launching array of classes in October

The Idaho State University Adult Education Center will offer numerous classes beginning in October. The center offers classes to "fill the gap between K-12 and technical/higher education."

Adult education classes in reading, writing, math, and language are starting Monday, Oct. 2. Classes are offered Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, English as a second language (ESL) classes will also begin Oct. 2 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. [Read more…]