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May 2013

Professional Achievement Awards

Two alumni-Rick Ardinger and Colonel F. Paul Briggs-were honored at commencement ceremonies on May 11 as recipients of the Professional Achievement Award in their division of the College.

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Rick Ardinger, Fine Arts & Humanities, has served as the Executive Director of the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate grants-making agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities, since 1996 and has also been the Idaho Centennial Commission's Public Information Officer.

Ardinger received a B.A. in English at Slippery Rock State College in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in English at ISU. He completed additional graduate course work in British, American, and comparative literature and education at the University of New Mexico, Idaho State University, Harvard University, and Boise State University.

Ardinger is the Editor/Publisher of Limberlost Press, a small press publishing company engaged in the art of fine (letterpress) printing of books, chapbooks, and broadsides by nationally prominent and regionally significant writers. Established in 1976, Limberlost has published more than 50 titles, including small books by Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Sherman Alexie, Jim Harrison, Rosalie Sorrels, Margaret Aho, Hayden Carruth, John Haines, and many other writers.

Ardinger is a published author and editor of numerous books of poetry, compilations of essays, and other works. He has received several honors, including the Phi Delta Kappa "Friend of Education" Award for 1999-2000, the Idaho Commission on the Arts "Fellowship for Excellence in Book Arts" ($5,000) for 1995, and the "Take Pride in Idaho" Award, presented by Governor Andrus in 1990.

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Colonel F. Paul Briggs, Social & Behavioral Sciences, has had a professional life after college which includes decades of distinguished military and federal service. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, he was the second of seven children of Fergus and Shirley Tanner Briggs. He attended Pocatello High School and graduated from Highland High School in 1967. Working as a truck driver, custodian and laundry worker while attending Idaho State University, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government (Political Science) in 1972.

Commissioned a U.S. Marine Second Lieutenant, Briggs served on active duty from 1972-1975 as a command and control officer involved in radar direction of fighter intercepts, anti-aircraft missiles, and other tactical aviation. He was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 23, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California. Returning to Pocatello, he was seasonally employed in concrete construction, mainly in his brother Eric's Precision Construction firm, and he pursued graduate studies at ISU off and on through 1984. Briggs continued a Marine Corps affiliation through numerous Reserve assignments, including a two-year drilling tour with Marine Air Control Squadron 24, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Denver, Colorado. He achieved command and control ratings as a weapons controller, senior weapons director, and senior air director. Promotions included First Lieutenant in 1974, Captain in 1977, and Major in 1983. In 1985 Briggs was selected to return to full-time active duty and later was among the first officers selected for career status in the Marines' Active Reserve Program.

Maj. Briggs was assigned as Training and Programs Officer at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve Affairs), Washington, DC from 1985-87. There he helped develop and implement the Marine Corps Reserve Roadmap, which improved recruiting, retention, training, and equipping the Marine Corps Reserve consistent with the Total Force Policy. Among many duties, he was the lead action officer coordinating a multi-million dollar development and acquisition of indoor fire arms and weapons simulators for Marine Reserve Centers and sites nationwide. Primarily, he oversaw Reserve equities in service formal schooling plans and individual training standards for all ground and aviation military occupational specialties, and he initiated a substantial expansion of programs for member training and participation in the Marine Corps Reserve.

From 1988-91 he was Executive Officer, Reserve Support Unit, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-91) Briggs helped lead the planning and execution of the largest mobilization and demobilization operations by the Marines since the Korean War, forty years earlier.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1989 and to Colonel in 1995. From 1991-95, he was assigned to Headquarters, Fourth Marine Division (Reinforced), and later Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, New Orleans, LA. He held key positions in operations, training and plans. His role in establishing the then new Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters included laying out mission, functions, and organization. He implemented a cross-element training exercise and employment planning policy that incorporated information technology and time-sensitive financial management, vastly improving Reserve responsiveness and integration in operations worldwide. As Assistant Chief of Staff Plans, he led organizational management and force deployment planning, as well as improvements to unit readiness by capitalizing on equipment funding authorized by Congress. His coordination of analysis and advocacy in the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process preserved unit readiness and avoided millions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

Donna Lybecker, Political Science, Receives Distinguished Teacher Award

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Donna Lybecker, associate professor of political science, was honored at commencement as the ISU Distinguished Teacher. She specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and environmental politics. Her major areas of research include the political borders of North America, environmental issues facing the Western United States and the U.S.-Mexico border and-most recently-the framing of political discourse. In addition to two books, Lybecker's work includes articles in such journals as Politics and Policy, Environmental Politics, International Journal of Sustainable Society, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, and the Journal of Environment and Development.

Since coming to ISU in 2007, Lybecker has advised the International Affairs Council (2007-2012), served as a founding member of the Sustainability Committee, and serves as Graduate Advisor for the Department of Political Science. In addition, she is an associate editor for the Social Science Journal and the International Journal for Sustainable Society, and is Exam Leader for the national Advanced Placement exam in comparative politics.

Lybecker earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at Colorado State University, a Masters degree in Political Science at Tulane University, and a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Latin American Studies at Grinnell College. She was named ASISU Adviser of the Year in 2009, ASISU Teacher of the Year in 2010, and a Master Teacher in 2011.

Scott Anderson, Music, Receives Distinguished Public Service Award

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Scott Anderson, professor of music was honored at commencement as the recipient of the ISU Distinguished Public Service Award. He has been the director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music since 1992.

Anderson is co-founder, and serves as the artistic director, of the Idaho International Choral Festival, where choirs from around the world come to Pocatello for a week of workshops, rehearsals, and performances. The seventh Festival will be held July 8-14, on the ISU campus and is expected to feature choral groups from Germany, China, Australia, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Russia, the Congo, Georgia, Poland, and the United States.

Over the past 15 years, Anderson has led the ISU Chamber Choir or the Camerata Singers on 11 concert tours to more than 20 countries. Last May, the ISU Chamber Choir sang nine concerts and participated in a choral festival during their tour of Italy and Austria. Anderson will lead the Camerata Singers on a two-week tour of Spain and Portugal in July 2013.

More than 450 high school singers from around the state are invited each October to campus for the ISU Choral Invitational Festival. Anderson regularly offers clinic sessions to visiting high school and junior high school choral groups and visits public school programs around the southeastern Idaho region. Anderson led the ISU Chamber Choir on a choral exchange tour by visiting six high school choral programs in the Boise metropolitan area on March 7-9, 2013.

Anderson received the DMA in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a BA in Piano & Music Education from Whitworth College.

Outstanding Faculty Awards Announced

Three other faculty members from the college have received outstanding faculty awards as finalists for the distinguished faculty awards. Diana Livingston Friedley, Music, received a Master Teacher award; Kevin Marsh, History, received an Outstanding Public Service award; and Thom Hasenpflug, Music, received an Outstanding Researcher Award.

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Diana Livingston Friedley, Music, Master Teacher

Livingston Friedley, professor of music, says her philosophy of teaching has always been quite simple: to give her students the tools they need to achieve a career in music and, to the extent possible, for life more generally.

Since 2002, Livingston Friedley has taught voice-related courses in the Department of Music. She has also collaborated with colleagues in the School of Performing Arts on the following productions: The Mikado, A Mini-Magic Flute, Pippin, Three Penny Opera and Into the Woods. Livingston Friedley is also the founder/coordinator of ISU's Summer Youth Opera Program, a camp for intermediate to advanced high school singers.

Livingston Friedley completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, a Master of Music at Indiana University and Bachelor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College.

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Kevin R. Marsh, History, Outstanding Public Service

Marsh, associate professor and chair of the History Department, is an active scholar and teacher who works to build innovative programs at the University for students and faculty. Marsh sees service as deeply connected to research and teaching. At ISU he helped to create the nation's first graduate program focused on historical GIS and digital history. As editor of Idaho Yesterdays since 2008, he transformed the state history journal into an open-access, online venue for peer-reviewed scholarship. Marsh served as a board member of the Idaho Humanities Council, and this year he is helping to conduct IHC teacher institutes on the history of Idaho Territory. He is also lead state scholar for the 2014 Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, "Home Town Teams." For this year's sesquicentennial of the creation of Idaho Territory, he spoke at the East Idaho banquet in March and was also a consultant to the Idaho State Historical Museum for its Essential Idaho Exhibit.

In Pocatello, Marsh has worked with local residents to document the rich ethnic history of "The Triangle" neighborhood. This resulted in a booklet "The Triangle: A Slice of America" and a public monument at the corner of 3rd and Lander. Marsh has been interviewed for programs produced by The History Channel and Idaho Public Television and has been an invited speaker to numerous groups, including the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Marsh received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in History from Washington State University. His bachelor's degree in History is from the University of Oregon.

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Thom Hasenpflug, Music, Outstanding Researcher

Hasenpflug, associate professor of music and director of the School of Performing Arts, is nationally recognized as a unique performer and educational voice, while his compositions for percussion receive international recognition and are played across the globe.

Hasenpflug has presented performances and clinics at many universities, high schools, and festivals; for several Percussive Arts Society (PAS) chapter days, and has performed at the 2011 and 2012 PAS International Conventions. As a composer, he has been commissioned by some of the field's leading percussionists and has received top awards in the 1995 PAS composition contest for "South of Jupiter", as well as receiving the 1993 Louis Smadbeck prize for "Six Bagatelles." His score for a percussion quartet, "Bicksa," is one of the most widely-programmed collegiate percussion works of the past 25 years. He was also a featured composer-artist at both the 2006 and 2007 PAS International Conventions. Other international performances of his works have occurred in London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Dublin, Rio de Janiero, Venezuela, and Sweden.

He has performed as a member of numerous symphonies, including acting as principal timpanist in the South Dakota Symphony and most recently the principal percussionist with the Idaho State Civic Symphony. Hasenpflug has performed in symphonic and freelance capacities with artists as diverse as Peter Cetera; the Moody Blues; Blood Sweat and Tears; and many others.

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He is currently presenting his research interests while on sabbatical in the Southeastern United States, especially the central Florida area, with scheduled presentations at the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and the Florida Day of Percussion at Stetson University. Other destinations of note on his tour include the University of South Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Southern Mississippi. The primary clinic focus is entitled "Music Design," and presents perspectives of composition and performance with the intent of learning more about given instruments through the design process. Concert performances (both as a performer and as a composer) are part of several of the aforementioned venues.

As part of the sabbatical, Hasenpflug composed a new steel tune for the University of Florida ("Chileno Bay"), which is to be released for international distribution through the Alfred Publications 2014 catalogue. This work premiered on Tuesday, April 9, in Gainesville.

The college leadership would like to thank the entire faculty for the marvelous work they have done this year. It is a testament to the quality of professors within the college that a third of the distinguished/outsdanding faculty come from Arts & Letters.

Outstanding Student Awards

Students Steven Boomhower and Alexa Goff are honored as the 2013 Outstanding Students in their division of the college.

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Steven Boomhower, Social & Behavioral Sciences, is graduating this month with an honors Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While at ISU, Boomhower has given twelve poster and oral research presentations at regional and international conferences and has been awarded research grants from the ISU undergraduate research committees, as well as Sigma Xi, and Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology) research grants. He has co-authored and first-authored published research articles. Boomhower has also received INBRE research fellowships in both 2011 and 2012, and received funding/organized an undergraduate research conference at ISU for surrounding southeast Idaho universities.

Boomhower is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Sigma Xi; and Psi Chi (in which he served as president in 2011-2012). He has also been honored as a Distinguished Student Presenter for Bengals, Above & Beyond; Best Poster Award winner for a research poster he co-authored entitled, Differences in delay discounting between genetically lean and obese Zucker rats; Congressional Award Gold Medal winner; a listing on the Dean's List; and is a member of the University Honors Program. In addition to this, he has played the violin in the Idaho State Civic Symphony (2009-2010) and the Pocatello Community Orchestra (2012).

After graduation, Boomhower plans to attend graduate school at Auburn University where he will study behavioral pharmacology and toxicology research and eventually earn his Ph.D in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences.

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Alexa Goff, Fine Arts & Humanities, is graduating this month with an honors Bachelor's degree in art and minors in art history and English literature. While at ISU, Goff has worked for Pond Student Union Creative Productions as the student manager for the past 2.5 years and has done graphic design and print layout designing materials for various ISU departments, including Student Unions and Involvement; Student Activities Board; New Student Orientation; Campus Recreation; and various student organizations. In 2011 she completed a body of work and held a solo exhibition of prints and drawings entitled, "You Were Too Busy Being. And You Are Too Busy Now." In 2013 she completed her senior exhibition titled "Terrae Incognitae," a solo exhibition of printmaking and book art held in the Transition Gallery in the Pond Student Union. This exhibition was arranged in conjunction with her Honors thesis work of the same title.

Goff has been very involved with the University Honors Program, holding positions within the Envoy program, where she had responsibilities that included editing a newsletter; maintaining contact with honors program students and club members; establishing an online presence for the honors program students; completing administrative tasks; and assisting with the Opportuni-Tea, an annual Honors Program fundraising event. Goff's artwork was selected for the Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. In these exhibitions she has received awards including first place in the Print Artist Award category and the Miles and Sharon Friend Award.

Goff has applied to a design fellowship in San Francisco at Chronicle Books as well as having applied to Portland State University for an M.A. in Writing and Publishing. Her ultimate goal is to attain an art direction position at a publishing house.

New Idaho State-Civic Symphony Conductor/Music Director Announced

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Grant Harville, the new conductor of the Idaho State Civic Symphony, is impressed with the Stephens Performing Arts Center but even more impressed with the people and the mountains. Harville had never been in a Rocky Mountain state before interviewing at ISU and said of the landscape around Pocatello, "It's a lovely sight." Regarding the people, he said, "A big part of accepting a position like this is feeling you can fit in with the faculty. All the faculty I met were delightful folks." During his visit to the ISU campus, Harville had a chance to participate in a rehearsal of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, and he said he was impressed. "When I was doing the rehearsal, I knew I was with an orchestra capable of doing some wonderful things."

Symphony Director Heather Sandy said of Harville, "He's a wonderful individual; we are thrilled, and we think he's a fine candidate." Sandy said what impressed her immediately was Harville's ability to work with people. "He's very talented with youth and brings out the best in people he works with."

An ability to work with young people may be one of the principlal reasons Harville decided to accept the position as conductor/music director for the symphony and assistant professor of music. He enjoys teaching music and had a chance to meet with some ISU music students in one-on-one conversations. Harville said he was impressed.

Dean of the ISU College of Arts & Letters, Kandi Turley-Ames, said the selection of Harville is a great one. "He is very thoughtful about how he approaches music and very talented in the classroom; he just seems to want to share his love of music." Turley-Ames said she believes Harville will help recruit students to ISU's music program. "He's joining a pretty elite group of teachers and performers."

Harville has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan. He has made guest conducting appearances with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City and the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Convention. In 2008, Harville received the Richard C. and Agatha Church Memorial Conducting Award. In 2011-12, Harville was choir director for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-based music education program dedicated to under-served youth in urban Atlanta. He has appeared as a guest lecturer at Kennesaw State University and Jacksonville State University. Most recently, Harville was associate conductor and creative director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta.

Harville said the toughest part of accepting the post in Pocatello is saying goodbye to friends and students in Atlanta; however, he is looking forward to taking the baton at the Stephens Performing Arts Center and teaching music classes at ISU. "My focus when I arrive will be a lot on continuity," Harville said. "I want to make sure the good things continue. Mostly it is going to be establishing a good rapport with the orchestra and establishing a community presence."

Harville will fill occupy position that Dr. George Adams filled as interim conductor. Adams "inherited a season he didn't program and yet took it over with flourish," Sandy said. "We're lucky to have this talent in our community."

Harville will be moving to Pocatello in July to begin his new job at Idaho State University.

Spy Festival Held

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A five-day festival of events at ISU and the Portneuf Brewery, March 17th - 21st, enabled a fascinating focus on the detective and spy genre in literature and film. As organized by the Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of Languages and Literatures, films, lectures, and a panel discussion at the March Humanities Café offered the Pocatello and ISU communities a unique opportunity to reflect on the nature of this category of literature and film, which has dominated the imagination of millions of readers and film-goers around the world. Truly this is an international genre, with an appeal well-investigated by the festival's talks and panel discussion

The American film Arbitrage (2012), The English film The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963), and the Norwegian Headhunters (2011), based on the novel by popular Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo, emphasized the international scope of the genre. Keynote speaker Dr. John Scaggs, Professor of English at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, and the author of the acclaimed introduction to the genre, Crime Fiction (2005), lectured on the capacity of the genre to reinvent itself in response to changing social and cultural issues.

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At the Humanities Café, Dr. Thomas Sobchack, Professor Emeritus in film and media arts at the University of Utah, offered the audience a look at violent acts especially carried out by women in classic film noir. Dr. Dan Hunt, Department of Languages and Literature, analyzed the new role of the lone-wolf detective in Latin American fiction by Taibo. Dr. Alan Johnson, Department of English and Philosophy, interpreted the spy's secrecy and loneliness, as reflections of human behavior-about what we like and don't like and what drives some people to the edge.

The festival successfully balanced literature and film and talks and film viewings, with lively audience discussion following featured events. The festival was made possible by the generous support of the Idaho Humanities Council, The Cultural Events Committee of ISU, the ISU Committee on the Study of Violence in Society, and the ISU Cinema Circle.

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