Community sponsors make ISU College of Arts and Letters New Year’s Eve Gala possible

POCATELLO – Every winter guests fill the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center for Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters New Year’s Eve Gala. The event raises money for students in the visual and performing arts.

Students showcase their talents throughout the evening as the night’s entertainment. More than $78,000 has been raised, and more than 40 students have received scholarships during the first two years. The event would not be possible if it weren’t for sponsors in the community who want to see students succeed. [Read more…]

ISU sports science department purchases equipment for Human Performance Lab

Idaho State University Department of Sport Science and Physical Education Human Performance Lab Technician Joshua Holland (left) demonstrates activity on one of the Human Performance Lab's new CosMed machines, the HP Cosmos, as Lab Technicians Andrew Polenske (center) and Lindsey Schroeder (right) analyze and monitor data.

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s Department of Sports Science and Physical Education recently purchased new CosMed equipment for its Human Performance Laboratory after receiving award funds from the ISU Graduate School.

The equipment will be used for student teaching and student research projects in the department, as well as student and professional research. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s Oboler Library receives Preservation Assistance Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

POCATELLO — Special Collections and Archives in the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University has recently been awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“With these grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its 50-year tradition of supporting excellence in the humanities,” said NEH Chair William D. Adams. “From scholarly books and humanities programs on college campuses to new digital humanities resources and preservation efforts at local museums, the projects receiving funding today will reach deeply into communities and expand access to our shared cultural heritage.”

The NEH granted $21.8 million in awards and offers for 295 humanities projects. Oboler Library is one of three institutions in the state of Idaho to receive funds during this grant cycle. [Read more…]

ISU Armed Forces Veterans Club aims to help more than 3,000 children in need this holiday season

POCATELLO — Last year the Idaho State University Armed Forces Veterans Club helped 2,800 children in need and this year it expects to help around 3,000.

Toys for Tots started in 2011 and has been increasingly successful each year. Club volunteers have put in 2,200 hours of their time to give each child a special holiday season.

“The goal is to fill all of the applications and take care of all of the needs of the children in Pocatello and all of the surrounding communities,” said Kale Bergeson, an ISU student veteran. [Read more…]

Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters to open Integrated Research Center

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters will open a new Integrated Research Center on Dec. 16 in the basement of the ISU Business Administration Building.

There will be a grand opening on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Food and drink will be provided.

The Integrated Research Center was designed by faculty and staff members for students to have a designated space to collaborate on shared research interests and use advanced technology. [Read more…]

ISU anthropology department receives $500k grant to develop forensic science techniques for identifying people under 25 years of age

Kyra Stull, ISU associate professor of anthropology.

POCATELLO—The Idaho State University Department of Anthropology has received a $510,409 grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop forensic science techniques to better identify individuals under 25 years of age for criminal justice purposes.

The department will use the grant for to develop age and sex estimation techniques for a modern, diverse American population, said Kyra Stull, ISU assistant professor of anthropology and the grant’s principal investigator. [Read more…]

ISU Choirs Holiday Concert ‘Songs of the Season’ set Dec. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello

The ISU Women's Choir

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Choirs Holiday Concert “Songs of the Season” will be presented Dec. 4 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello at 7:30 p.m.

ISU Director of Choral Activities Scott Anderson will conduct the 20-voice ISU Chamber Choir and Professor Kathleen Lane will lead the ISU Women’s Choir.

“The wonderful atmosphere of the First Presbyterian Church provides a perfect venue to present a wide variety of choral music celebrating the traditions associated with the Christmas season,” Anderson said. “Audiences will hear representative choral works from the 1500s to the present day; ancient to modern expressions of uplifting texts and unique carol settings.” [Read more…]

Idaho State Civic Symphony ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas concert set Dec. 11-12

POCATELLO – The Idaho State Civic Symphony, joining with the Camerata Singers and the Idaho State University Choirs, will present the “Joy to the World: an ISU Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The holiday concert will feature traditional favorites to celebrate the season. It is co-sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Central Credit Union and Rotary Club of Pocatello.

Guests can arrive early to meet with friends in the Marshal Rotunda, savor the ambience of the special Christmas decorations, and enjoy snacks, desserts and beverages available for purchase before the concert. Kappa Kappa Psi, the ISU music fraternity, will provide pre-concert musical entertainment from 6:30-7 p.m. Doors to the Jensen Grand Concert Hall will open at 7 p.m. [Read more…]

Idaho State University students pen book about history of Garrett Freightlines; community reception set Dec. 7

Students at work doing research in the Oboler Library, collecting information on Garrett Freightlines

Sixteen Idaho State University honors students and their professor will host a community reception at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, to celebrate completion of their manuscript about Pocatello’s iconic Garrett Freightlines, scheduled for release in May.

The reception is at Juniper Hills Country Club, 6600 Bannock Highway, Pocatello. The book will retail for $23.95 and profits will help fund student scholarships, said Assistant Professor of Management Alex Bolinger. [Read more…]

Idaho State University announces Dylan Childress as 2015 holiday greeting card contest winner, Justin Anderson runner-up

Dylan Childress poses with his winning entry.

POCATELLO — Dylan Childress, a senior majoring in art at Idaho State University, won a $1,000 prize for his winning holiday card design that will appear on the front of ISU’s official 2015 holiday greeting card.

The design was one of 11 submissions in the annual ISU President’s Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

“I’m a landscape artist, so my mind always goes to landscape scenes,” Childress said. “With the guidelines they wanted artists to incorporate, I immediately thought of Holt Arena. It’s probably the most recognizable ISU icon and the snow gives you that seasonal feeling.” [Read more…]