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Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Receive 2017 Outstanding Service Awards

Four Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2017 Outstanding Service Awards, two of whom are Arts and Letters faculty members including, Thomas Kloss and Donna Lybecker.

Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Receive 2017 Outstanding Service Awards

Four Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2017 Outstanding Service Awards, two of whom are Arts and Letters faculty members including Thomas Kloss and Donna Lybecker. 

“We are proud of the many public service activities that Idaho State University faculty perform for the University and the communities they live in on top of their other duties as teachers, researchers and creators of new knowledge,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost for academic affairs. “The recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Awards represent the best in public service at ISU and it is an honor to help recognize them.”

Thomas Kloss– Kloss is an assistant professor of music education and the associate director of bands at ISU. Currently, he teaches instrumental and general music pedagogy, and supervises field experience and student teaching students. Kloss has presented research at a wide variety of venues.  Kloss will also receive ISU’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award at graduation.

In 2015, Kloss became the associate director of bands. His duties include the Bengal Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. He is also the co-director of the ISU Summer Marching Band Camp, which is held every July at ISU. Kloss is the faculty sponsor of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education Club, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.

Donna Lybecker – Lybecker is a professor and chair of political science. Her research and teaching cover environmental politics and international relations, with emphasis on water policy, political narrative and border studies.

Lybecker serves on the Board of Directors for the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust, is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee and was a member of the City of Pocatello’s Portneuf River Vision Study Working Group.

In addition, Lybecker regularly teaches community courses, helps at local high schools, chairs the Selection Committee for The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science, and serves as an associate editor for the “Social Science Journal” and the “International Journal for Sustainable Society.”

The other faculty members receiving these awards are Shauna Smith, a speech-language pathologist, clinical associate professor and clinic director in the graduate speech-language pathology (SLP) program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Dawn Konicek, assistant clinical professor of accounting, College of Business.

 

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