February 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Offered Next Fall

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Beginning fall semester 2013, the School of Performing Arts will offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. The new major is the only one of its kind within Idaho's university system. "I am very proud of the dance major we have developed over these past four years," said Associate Professor and Program Director Joséphine Garibaldi. "It provides students with an education in dance and the performing arts that empowers them for the realities of the 21st century."

Speaking on the strength of the dance program, Garibaldi stated, "When I arrived here, I was struck by the vitality and energy of the dance program. As the dance major curriculum was put into place four years ago, and the students believed in the major as much as I did, we will have students who will graduate the first semester the degree becomes official."

Even without a major, students of the dance program have received a good education. Student Julie Leir-VanSickle remarked, "As a student in the dance program, I have been encouraged, nourished, and challenged to become both a better dancer and artist. I have been given opportunities to collaborate with the music, theatre, and mass communication departments, all of which have helped to expand my sense of possibility and to begin exploring ways that I can create collaborations among my peers and community. Along with the physical challenges of improving my dance technique, I have found the academic course work in the dance department to be very intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking."

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The bachelor's degree will provide a liberal arts-based approach to the study of the theatrical art of dance. Garibaldi said, "Critical to a liberal arts education are creative and critical thinking skills, communication skills, collaborative working skills, interdisciplinary connections, and cross-cultural explorations."

The major might lead to professional careers in dance and theatre performance and choreography. It may also serve as a basis for graduate study or open up possibilities to job opportunities in fields such as costume, makeup, lighting, set design, sound design, dance history, dance medicine and science, dance and physical therapy, performance studies, dance ethnology, dance arts, writing, research and criticism, dance photography, and videography.

"With our diverse and stellar roster of faculty, we are able to offer course work in teaching dance in K-12 settings as well as provide sound pedagogical and entrepreneurial training for those planning to open their own dance studio or those considering incorporating into a not-for-profit arts organization," Garibaldi said. "Related fields, such as arts administration, arts therapies, production and company management, and music also offer positions for the individual trained in dance."

Paul Trawick, Anthropology, Provides Water Resource Consultation

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Paul Trawick, new chair of Anthropology, recently returned from an international expert consultation opportunity hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from January 21st-23rd at its headquarters in Rome. The subject of the meeting was "Water Governance and the Role of Tenure and Rights in Coping with Agricultural Water Scarcity." The three-day meeting and workshop was attended by eleven invited speakers who presented findings from their case studies of irrigation from around the world, along with fifteen policy-makers from the FAO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Trawick gave a presentation on the "moral economy of water," a highly successful type of irrigation system operated by local farmers themselves, which he has encountered in his research in the Peruvian Andes and in Valencia, Spain, and which, according to him, has emerged independently in a great many settings and locales throughout the world. In many respects, it provides a model for local self-governance of irrigation in a context of increasing water scarcity being brought on by population growth and by the effects of climate change.

Mark Neiwirth, Music, Tours South Africa

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Pianist Mark Neiwirth, adjunct faculty member of the School of Performing Arts, toured South Africa in February as an outreach project of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission. He and Los Angeles clarinetist Marcus Eley were featured in lecture-recitals at several universities and schools in and around Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, presenting historical overviews of African-American music during Black History Month.

The two musicians were also be featured at the Darling Music Experience, a summer classical music festival in the Western Cape wine country, where they performed works by Vanhal, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Neiwirth premiered a piece commissioned for the event by South African composer Andrew Hoole. The tour culminated in a formal concert at the U.S. Consul General's residence in Johannesburg on February 23.

The collaboration of Neiwirth and Eley goes back to 1992, when the two were founding members of the California Trio, which toured nationally, made their New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, and performed at many prestigious California venues.

The US Embassy has an article about Neiworth's trip, which can be found at the Embassy website.

42nd Annual Frank Church Symposium

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Idaho State University's International Affairs Council (IAC), housed in the College of Arts & Letters, is proud to present the 42nd Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of "Leadership and Power Struggles in the Contemporary World," Feb. 27 - March 1. This year's event is breaking milestones through the number of individuals, personalities, departments, units, and sponsors (including the President's Office) working together to make the occasion a success.

General Amos "Joe" Jordan, will deliver the keynote address, "Global Deal Breakers: Eight Crucial Challenges Facing the United States," on Wednesday February 27, at 6.00 p.m. in the Bistline Family Theater, Stephens Performing Arts Center. Jordan is a Senior Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and has served as president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and its Asia-focused sibling, the Pacific Forum CSIS. He has held the positions of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Deputy Undersecretary of State, and Acting Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, among other positions in government. A former U.S. army brigadier general and chair of the West Point Department of Social Sciences, Jordan also served as a member of President George H.W. Bush's Intelligence Oversight Board. He has been a consultant to the National Security Council, the Agency for International Development, and other public and private organizations and has served on several presidential commissions and governmental study groups. He previously served as Director of the Aspen Institute, as well as co-founded and co-chaired the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, an international Non-Government Organization.

The symposium's main panels will be held in the Pond Student Union Building (PSUB), Salmon River Suite, on the Pocatello campus. This year's theme is especially relevant given the crisis of leadership around the globe in the face of challenges brought about by the rapid nature of change in human society, particularly in the past two decades. The symposium's panels will cover a range of topics, including education, women and gender, medicine and health care, environment and economics, democracy, nuclear proliferation, Islamic insurgency, post-modernism, and drones and cyber warfare.

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The International Affairs Council, an Idaho State University student organization funded by the Associated Students of ISU, will host the symposium. Admission is free to the public, and the events run from 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 28; and 9 a.m. until noon on March 1.

For more information on the symposium and its speakers and panel members contact Walter Radovitch at or visit

Four Professors Receive Sabbatical Awards

Four professors in the College of Arts & Letters have been awarded sabbatical leaves for the 2013-14 academic school year in order to pursue research or other scholarly activities. Sabbaticals are awarded through a competitive process that requires faculty members to submit proposals for sabbatical activities.

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Alan Johnson, Professor of English, has been a faculty member since 2000. He intends to conclude archival research in England and India for a project, "Imagining the Jungle, Imagining the Self," and to have time to write. The premise for the research is that literary descriptions of the Indian jungle are an integral part of an evolving and contradictory debate over what it means to be a modern individual. Johnson plans to submit two articles to peer-reviewed journals by 2014.


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Thomas Klein, Associate Professor of English, has been a faculty member since 2000. He intends to complete a substantial scholarly article proposing a new interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket, a famous and mysterious early medieval artifact which employs images and runic and Roman writing. Rather than seeing it as presenting a single thematic message of Christian redemption, as most previous studies have, Klein will consider how the casket may intentionally undermine a single thematic program and may instead call attention to the very means of preserving and presenting knowledge, words, and pictures. The article would thus be a significant re-interpretation and would argue for the intellectual and rhetorical sophistication of early Anglo-Saxon England.

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Erika Kuhlman, Associate Professor of History, has been a faculty member since 2003. The working title for her project is, "Migrating Veterans and the Reach of the 'Long' First World War." ["Long" here refers to the new periodization of WWI to include the lingering, unintended consequences of the conflict] The purpose of her research is to uncover and interpret the journeys taken by former soldiers who chose to immigrate to nations that had been deemed "enemy" by the German nation-state during the conflict. The objective is to mine the available primary resources which are located in German archives. These include correspondence between prospective emigrants and the German government and religious organizations designed either to facilitate or discourage emigration from Germany.

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Maria Wong, Professor of Psychology, has been a faculty member since 2004. She will work on two activities. First, she plans to complete a methodology paper on mediation effect in structural equation modeling, focusing on issues such as effect size, (i.e., strength of the relationship between independent and dependent variables), statistical power, and missing data. Second, she will complete an external grant proposal focusing on mediator analysis in the relationship between sleep problems and substance use in adolescents and young adults. The proposal will be substantive in nature, however, the newest mediation analytic techniques on the data will be applied.

Josh Hays, Psychology Alum, Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

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Josh Hays, originally from Homedale, Idaho, was considered by many to be too small for the position of defensive end. However, Hays is one of the few ISU defenders to be first-team All Big Sky Conference in two seasons, 1995 and 1996. At the time of his graduation, Hays held ISU quarterback sack records for game (five), a season (16.5), and a career (42.5). Two records still stand (Jared Allen broke the one-season record of sacks with 17.5). Josh was team captain in both 1995 and 1996 in addition to being named All-Conference First-Team Academic All-Conference and an All-American selection in 1996. Hays earned two degrees from ISU, a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1997 and a Master of Counseling in 1999. He is now a guidance counselor and coach at Powell High School in Powell, Wyoming. Josh and his wife Tammy (Hunter) Hays, also an ISU alumna and an ISU volleyball player, have three children.

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