2015 National Outdoor Book Award winners announced by Idaho State University

Finding Abbey book cover

POCATELLO, Idaho — The winners of this year’s 2015 National Outdoor Book Awards have been announced. The annual awards program recognizes the best in outdoor writing and publishing.

Sponsors of the program include the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Among the books honored is “Finding Abbey” which won the History/Biography category. Author Sean Prentiss takes readers on a two-year journey to find the grave of the great environmental writer Edward Abbey. The whereabouts of Abbey’s grave is a closely guarded secret, known only to those who buried him and close family members.

“It’s a unique and clever approach to a biographical work,” said Ron Watters, chair of the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation. “Prentiss, in his attempt to find the grave, travels from Edward Abbey’s birthplace in Pennsylvania to the empty spaces of the desert Southwest. Along the way, we learn about Abbey—and Prentiss.”

Did he find the grave? Watters is not saying. [Read more…]

Idaho State University receives top ranking in Idaho for graduate earnings in study by Brookings Institution

POCATELLO — Idaho State University had the highest score among all of Idaho’s two-year and four-year higher education institutions in a recent study from the Brookings Institution ranking colleges by graduate salaries.

Institutions were ranked on a score scale of one to 100 to rate the value-added to median student earnings 10 years after enrollment of the 2001-2002 cohort, with 100 being the top score.

ISU scored the Idaho-high of 63, beating out all other Idaho institutions by at least 10 points. The closest ranked four-year institution, the University of Idaho, and two-year institution, North Idaho College, both scored 53. Both public and private institutions were included in the rankings.
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Idaho State University receives three prominent national accolades for outstanding veteran services

POCATELLO – Idaho State University has recently received three prominent national accolades for its veteran services, receiving two recognitions from the Military Friendly Schools organization and was also named a top school in the Military Advanced Education Transition Guide to Colleges & Universities research study.

ISU was honored as a Military Friendly School and was additionally recognized by this entity as a Top 25 Public Colleges and Universities Military Friendly School.

“The Military Friendly recognitions are a continued reminder of the dedication ISU has toward servicing and supporting military-connected students,” said Todd Johnson, director of Veteran Student Services Center. “ISU recognized the importance of this mission and this population and developed services accordingly, each year we continue to improve in order to retain the national recognition.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University to present Moliere’s play ‘The School for Wives’ Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at Bistline Theatre

Poster for 'The School for Wives'

POCATELLO — The French playwright Moliere’s razor-sharp observations about love, marriage and desire come to life in the play “The School For Wives” that will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and during a matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 by the Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance.

The play will be performed in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center Bistline Theatre. [Read more…]

Idaho State University has many fun, spooky and creative events taking place for Halloween 2015

POCATELLO – Who says the Halloween fun has to end when you are no longer old enough to trick or treat? Idaho State University has a variety of fun spooky events that most every college student can enjoy and the events listed below are also open to the public.

• Saturday Oct. 24

– Muggle Magic, 11a.m.-3p.m. – The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will host its annual Muggle Magic, which combines the iconic world of Harry Potter with natural science. Children will be introduced to wand making using Idaho native trees, meet toads and snakes and learn about Muggle creatures that look like dragons. Tickets are $8 for students 3-17 years old in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are free for adults and children 0-2 years old. These tickets can be purchased at the museum front desk or at imnh.isu.edu/muggle-magic-2015. For more information contact Becky Hansis-O’Neill at 208-282-2195. [Read more…]

Opera Idaho to perform Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Nov. 6 at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center

Magic Flute Poster

POCATELLO — Opera Idaho will be in Pocatello to perform Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in Idaho State University Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

“‘The Magic Flute’ is such a great introduction to opera, especially for children, and that’s actually one of the things I hope to see,” said Diana Livingston Friedley, professor of vocal studies at ISU. “This is a very family-friendly show, so families, bring your kids to this opera. If you’ve never gone to a musical, if you’ve never been to an opera, this is the one to bring them to because it’s so kid friendly.” [Read more…]

Idaho Museum of Natural History welcomes wizards of all ages to Muggle Magic Oct. 24

POCATELLO—The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University will host its annual Muggle Magic event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. Muggle Magic combines the iconic world of Harry Potter with natural science.

The museum will transform into the IMNH School of Nature and Science. Upon entry, students will be sorted into different areas of the museum representing different courses. Children will be introduced to wand making using Idaho native trees, meet toads and snakes and learn about Muggle creatures that look like dragons. School will be held in two sessions on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the museum. [Read more…]

Annual Pocatello Ski Swap set Oct. 23-25 at ISU Pond Student Union; ski movie ‘Chasing Shadows’ set Oct. 24

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host the Pocatello Ski Swap Oct. 23-25 and show the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) annual Warren Miller ski movie at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pond Student Union.

The swap is the primary fundraising event for the Pocatello Ski and Snowboard Association. It helps to fund four youth trips, the Pebble Creek Youth Ski Team and disabled skiers’ events with the CW HOG program at ISU. All of the organizations represented are not-for-profit and supported by volunteers. [Read more…]

2015 Idaho State University Homecoming Award recipients announced

Roger and Nancy Wheeler

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will honor current faculty, alumni and supporters with awards during the 2015 Homecoming celebrations.

Recipients will be honored at the President’s Alumni Recognition Reception and Dinner Oct. 16 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello. Scheduled events include a reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and recognition of alumni award recipients at 8 p.m. Cost is $45 plus tax per person. Reservations are required. Please contact the Alumni Association at (208) 282-3755 or alumni@isu.edu for more information.

The recipients will also be honored at the half time of the ISU’s Homecoming football game that begins at 2:35 p.m. Oct. 17.

The award recipients are:

The Grand Parade Marshal, Simplot Games; ISU Distinguished Service Award, Jerry G. Miller; the ISU Achievement Award, Dr. Caroline E. Fauré; the William J. Bartz Award, Don and Kathy Neves; the Young Alumni Award, Kimberly Van Wyk; the President’s Medallion Award, Larry W. Satterwhite, Peter and Ronda S. Black and Roger and Nancy J. Wheeler; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Judge B. Lynn Winmill. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library alive with the sound of music after receiving 750 music scores from Gisela Taeuber

Tessa Fielding, a work study employee at the library, sorts through some of the donated musical scores.

POCATELLO— Gisela Taeuber, wife of world-renowned conductor Haymo Taeuber, donated 750 music scores valued about $8,000 to Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University.

Haymo Taeuber was born Jan. 1, 1908, in Graz, Austria. He started his career as a staff conductor at opera houses in Graz and Vienna. Taeuber later rebuilt the Vienna Boys Choir after it had been taken over by Nazis during WWII. Taeuber was a frequent guest conductor with the Vienna Symphony and many European Orchestras for 20 years. [Read more…]