November 2019
Letter from Lyn
Time has been on my mind. Something about turning back our clocks for the autumnal time change seems to remind all of us that time flies. Across campus, I’ve heard students and staff simultaneously celebrating the day we are treated to an extra hour of sleep and wondering just how the midway point of the semester slipped by us so quickly. I know the feeling. Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that I was welcoming new students to campus as they marched through the arch? Now, somehow, they are plotting their course for their second semester as spring registration begins!

Recently, I read an article that suggested the perception of time accelerates with age. This “time flies quickly” perception can begin as early as 20, which might also explain why even many of our students are just as gobsmacked to find themselves at the end of the semester. 

Scientists have numerous theories as to why time seems to move more quickly with age, but what really grabbed my attention were the suggestions about how to slow down this progression. Neuroscientist Patricia Costello,  PhD, suggests that learning may be the key to slowing down our perception of time. Costello asks, “Are you learning a new skill? Are you cooking something different?” Costello is not just asking about our hobbies, but suggesting a way to slow down enough to experience our lives. “Introducing novelty into your life when you can,” she says, “will make the memories stand out and stretch time in a way.” 

Costello’s theory suggests that time should stand still on a college campus! After all, don’t we engage in learning something novel daily? Clearly, we provide students with new learning activities, skills, and opportunities every day, potentially infusing their time with deeper meaning. What is not as easy to see are the opportunities we have to learn from them . As you interact with students throughout the remainder of the semester, I challenge you to learn something new from them. Find out something you did not know—about them, their college, their perspective of education, their experience of our university. In your quest to learn something new, you may very well have a stand-out experience! This challenge may not turn back time, but it may reshape your perception of it.
ISU Operation Safe Travel
While many people associate summer with travel, the winter holidays are also responsible for an uptick in traffic. What those of us who live in the Intermountain West know is that ensuring your car is ready for travel in our winter conditions is of utmost importance. 
To help keep our students and campus community safe in their winter and holiday travels , ISU Public Safety has teamed up with Skills USA Automotive, Advance Auto Parts, Chartwells, Housing, Marketing and Communications, Environmental Health and Safety, and Advancement and Development to provide ISU Operation Safe Travel. This event is designed to ensure that your vehicle has proper fluid levels before traveling over the holiday breaks.
ISU Operation Safe Travel will be held Thursday, November 21 , from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Holt Arena. This event is open to ISU students, faculty, and staff.
Indigenous Peoples Day
ISU’s first celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day was a resounding success, but it was also so much more. The celebration provided a pathway for honoring the culture and history of the indigenous people that share our community. Lethaniel Loley, Coordinator of Native American Student Services in the Office of Equity and Inclusion, worked closely with tribal members to provide opportunities to learn about indigenous cultures. These experiences ranged from a sunrise ceremony to panel discussions, a drumming circle, and dancing.
The day was a beautiful an incredible tapestry that told the story of not only the indigenous people of Idaho, but of many cultures. In his fall address, President Satterlee reminded staff that Idaho State sits on the original and ancestral land of the Shoshone and Bannock tribes. For those who participated in the sunrise ceremony, this reminder contributed to a deeply meaningful experience. It was awe-inspiring to have tribal members share their words, their language, and their culture on their ancestral ground. 
Open for Business
You may have seen the sign and now have seen the crowds … Amazing Glaze has opened in the Pond Student Union. Amazing Glaze is a Pocatello business known for donuts made fresh every day with only the best ingredients, including real Idaho potatoes! The Student Union location will have the same great donuts and coffee for which this talented business is known. Join them at the grand opening on Wednesday, November 13, at their new location in front of the Bengal Café.

The Talents of Student Affairs Staff
Student Affairs is filled with talented staff members who have broad passions outside the division. For those of you fortunate enough to go Jeeping with Paddy Sant or to taste one of Craig Thompson’s delightful chocolates, you know we work with the best! We’ve decided to celebrate those passions. This time, we’ve asked Ches Barnes, Director of the Bennion Student Union and the man who infuses his Canadian heritage into our traditions, to share his go-to culinary delight of the holiday season: Poutine. 
Poutine generally consists of fried potatoes, topped with cheese curds and brown gravy. There are, however, many recipes based on individual flavor preferences. Loreen Ames, Idaho Falls Bengal Dining Services, was kind enough to add Poutine to the menu in our cafe for those of us with some North of the Border (Canadian) tastes, so the Bennion named this delightful item after her. 
The recipe for Loreen's Poutine is simple: French fried potatoes (fry to a crispiness of your own liking) topped with sliced Pepper Jack cheese and smothered (no joke here) in Country Style Gravy. When Ches cooks Poutine, he prefers to make a cream country gravy from scratch, starting with a roux (flour and clarified butter), chicken soup stock, heavy whipping cream, and ground black pepper. When he’s in a hurry, though, he uses a 2.65 oz. (74 gram) package of McCormick Original Country Gravy Mix and adds black pepper based on the tastes of the folks he’s feeding. It is one of the most simple, easy, and yummy comfort foods to make, and it is one particularly relished during the holidays by his family.  
Cliff Rone has been hired as the new staff psychologist at ISU Meridian.
The Career Center will host a Federal Resume Workshop on Wednesday, November 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Please contact the Career Center for more details.

The Office of Student Involvement will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room on Monday November 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Office of Student Involvement is also hosting the 2019 Angel Tree. This program provides Christmas gift support for ISU students and their families. To add a child to the tree, please visit and complete the Google form provided by November 30. 

Sponsors may select an Angel from the tree between November 15 and December 6. The tree will be located in the main lobby of the Pond Student Union. Gifts should be returned unwrapped to the Office of Student Involvement by December 10. Please call 208-282-3451 or email with any questions.
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