Orchestra at Temple Square, Russian pianist set Sept. 22 concert

The Orchestra at Temple SquareThe Orchestra at Temple Square, with Russian guest pianist Ilya Itin, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” series at the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.Tickets are $24 for the main level or $18 for the upper level. Information and tickets are available by calling the Stephens Center Box Office at (208) 282-3595.

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Thelma E. Stephens, namesake of performing arts center, remembered for generous giving to ISU

Thelma E. Stephens

Thelma E. StephensAwe at the generosity of Thelma E. Stephens mixed with sadness among Idaho State University administrators and faculty members, who praised Stephens' life and legacy. The lead donor to the University's new performing arts center died Sept. 15 at age 98.

Stephens and her late husband, L.E., were major donors to Idaho State University. They contributed about $12 million toward the construction of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, on Bartz Hill in Pocatello.

Thelma Stephens died at a Boise hospital after falling earlier in the week and breaking her hip. Funeral services were held Sept. 19 in Boise.

"The impact Thelma made on this University is incredible," said Dr. Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. "It was her lead gift that made the Stephens Performing Art Center possible, and everyone knows the impact that center is having on this University and this part of the state. We will be forever grateful to her." [Read more…]

History Channel taps ISU professors for Idaho segment

The History Channel interviews Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney

The History Channel interviews Dr. Laura Woodworth-NeyCable television's History Channel was on the Idaho State University campus Thursday, Sept. 14, to interview two ISU history professors for a program on the Gem State's past that will likely be aired in spring 2007.

ISU history department associate professor Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney and assistant professor Dr. Kevin Marsh were interviewed for about an hour each by Nicola Farris, producer for the History Channel's 10-part series "The States." The series is scheduled to be aired in April. The series will have information on the history of all 50 of the United States. The segment on Idaho will appear in the seventh episode of the series.

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Knox, Howell take new posts at ISU in Idaho Falls

Dr. John Knox will serve as dean of academic programs for Idaho State University programs in Idaho Falls, announced Dr. Robert Wharton, ISU vice president of academic affairs.

Knox has been at ISU for more than 20 years. He served the last two years as interim dean for the ISU Graduate School. Prior to that, Knox was chair of the physics department for six years. [Read more…]

Pocatello Pump to mark 25th year at Sept. 16–17 competition

Climbers at a previous PumpIdaho State University’s Pocatello Pump rock-climbing competition is celebrating its 25th year on Sept. 16 and 17 on the basalt cliffs of Pocatello’s Ross Park.

“Pocatello Pump, in its 25th year, is the longest-running climbing competition in America,” said Peter Joyce, Pump director and ISU outdoor recreation coordinator. “I attribute its success to the fun the staff has putting it on, as well as the fun the climbers have participating in it.”

The Pump will run from 8 a.m. to early afternoon Saturday, Sept. 16. The Pump takes most of the afternoon off so participants can take advantage of the CW HOG Pig Out Dutch oven dinner adjacent to the climbing area.

Climbing resumes Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 6 p.m.

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World’s fastest climber to speak at ISU Sept. 15

Hans FlorineHans Florine, “the world’s fastest climber,” will give a multimedia presentation about his light and fast climbing adventures on the big rock walls of Yosemite at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

His presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the ISU Outdoor Adventure Center and is presented in conjunction with the 25th Pocatello Pump bouldering competition running Sept. 16 and 17 at Ross Park in Pocatello.

Florine is an international rock-climbing champion, a three-time ESPN X Games Champion, and seven-time National Champion. He holds numerous speed-climbing records in Yosemite National Park and around the world. One of his more notable achievements is climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National park in two hours and forty eight minutes. Hans wrote the book, literally, on “Speed Climbing,” available from Chockstone Books. [Read more…]