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…]

Visiting Chinese scholars schedule lectures at ISU

Two visiting professors from Nantong University (NTU) in China, Dean Wu Xingdong of NTU's School of Foreign Studies, and Dean Gu Haiying of the NTU School of Public Health, will deliver a series of lectures at Idaho State University during the week of Oct. 2-6.

Dean Wu will address issues of contemporary education, culture, and history in China, and Dean Gu will devote his remarks to various specialized topics concerning the electrochemistry of cells, proteins, and enzymes. Dean Gu's lectures will be sponsored by the Institute for Biomedical Technology. [Read more…]

ISU to present High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert Oct. 14

NobleThe Idaho State University music department will present the High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature nearly 500 students from 14 high schools from throughout Idaho who are participating in a two-day workshop for choral groups hosted by the ISU choral music program. In addition, the ISU Concert Choir and ISU Women's Choir will be featured in the evening performance.

Weston Noble, an internationally known choral conductor, will direct the concert and workshop.

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