“Hector & the Search for Happiness” at ISU Sunday

Acclaimed movie, “Hector and the Search for Happiness” will be shown this Sunday, March 8, at 3:00, 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  Based on the best selling book of the same name, a psychiatrist experiences a mid-life crisis, and decides to search for happiness while traveling around the world for answers.  The Chicago Sun-Times calls the movie, “An ultimately uplifting fable that makes an intelligent examination into the meaning of life.”  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/hector.
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Construction testing at ISU library Friday to include “explosive noises”

Idaho State University news release

Please note, a contractor will be testing for a variety of upcoming construction improvements to the Eli M. Oboler Library, Building 50 on ISU campus maps, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6.

This testing will include explosive noises that could potentially sound like gunshots to people in the library or in its vicinity.

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Idaho State-Civic Symphony Concert March 21 features banjoist Bela Fleck, premiere performance of Harville’s ‘The West Bench’


Idaho State University news release

POCATELLO – The Idaho State-Civic Symphony “All-American Composers” concert at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center Jensen Grand Concert Hall will feature a performance by guest artist banjoist Bela Fleck and a premiere performance of a composition by symphony artistic director and conductor Grant Harville.

Fleck, considered by thousands of fans worldwide to be the “best banjo player on the planet,” recently expanded his horizons by composing music, not just for banjo, but for banjo and orchestra, “The Impostor Concerto.”

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11th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference is March 5-6

Idaho State University news release 

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host the 11th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference on March 5 and 6 in the Pond Student Union Building.

“ISU’s Gender and Sexuality Conference provides an important opportunity to hear and learn from a wide range of disciplines and fields regarding how gender and sexuality form important angles of inquiry across a diversity of topics such as family and community health as well as industry and economic development,” said Jeremy Thomas, ISU professor of sociology and chair of the conference planning committee.

Audrey Giles

Audrey Giles

The keynote address will be on March 6 at 2 p.m. in the PSUB’s Salmon River Suites. Audrey Giles, associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, will be the speaker. Giles’ keynote address will be titled “Looking Beyond the tip of the Iceberg: Injury, Gender, and Colonialism in the Canadian North.”

Giles is a leading expert on the Arctic Winter Games, the Dene Games and aboriginal peoples’ involvement in physical activity and sport. Her research on the cultural dimensions of drowning prevention and risk communication has received national media attention. Giles has also published 60 academic journals in books and journals including the Canadian Journal of Public Health, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Journal of Aboriginal Health and Food, Culture, and Society.

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ISU women battle for positioning


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All that’s left of the season for Idaho State is two road games and likely at least one matchup in the postseason. But what is lacking in the number of games remaining is made up by the pressure featured in them.

While the Bengals hold at least a two-game edge over every Big Sky Conference team outside of the top eight, they are 3-8 in away games entering their two game road stretch. If ISU does earn a postseason bid, it will be playing a team near the top of the conference standings in the first round.

Idaho State coach Seton Sobolewski said he is ready to enter a pressure-filled portion of the season with two freshmen, Grace Kenyon and Megan Hochstein, serving as major contributors.

“I feel more than comfortable,” Sobolewski said. “At the time that we make the conference tournament, they will have gone through 29 Division I games.”

Among the games were  ones that featured top-level competition in the non-conference schedule, including Utah and San Diego State, he noted.

Evidence of the ability to handle pressure has been seen in end-of-game situations from Kenyon, the team’s second-leading scorer, and Hochstein, who is averaging the most minutes among bench players.

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Bengals set to take on nation’s leading scorer, Harvey


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Idaho State, after a 61-57 loss at Weber State on Saturday, was officially eliminated from Big Sky postseason contention.

What’s left for the Bengals in their final two home games of the season is a chance to compete, to round out a losing season on a winning note and to start building toward the future.

“All we’ve got right now is our pride,” said ISU senior Chris Hansen, who leads the Bengals in scoring with 17.5 points per game. “I don’t think anyone wants to finish last. I know I don’t want to.  We’re going to do everything we can this weekend to see if we can’t get enough wins.”

Idaho State (6-22, 3-13 Big Sky) hosts Eastern Washington (21-8, 12-4) tonight at 7:05 p.m. in Holt Arena.

EWU has clinched a spot in the Big Sky Championship that’s hosted by the  league’s yet-to-be determined No. 1 seed March 12-14. The Eagles can finish the season no worse than fourth place.

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Bengals fill 2 coaching vacancies



With spring practice less than a month away, Idaho State coach Mike Kramer filled his final two coaching positions Monday.

The Bengals hired Rob Phenicie to coach wide receivers and David Fiefia to head up the tight ends and running backs.

Phenicie spent the last five seasons at UNLV where he was the offensive coordinator for two years, quarterbacks coach for three and spent the last two seasons coaching the tight ends. Fiefia has been a graduate assistant at Utah State for the last three seasons, working with offensive coordinator  Kevin McGiven and the Aggie running backs.

Kramer needed to hire two new assistants after offensive coordinator Don Bailey left for the same position at Hawaii and inside receivers coach Mike Ferriter accepted a job at Montana.

Kramer promoted outside receivers coach Sheldon Cross to fill in for Bailey, and the fourthyear ISU coach turned outside the program to find his new assistants.

Phenicie is no stranger to Ferriter or the Big Sky Conference. Prior to his time at UNLV, Phenicie coached Ferriter while he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks   coach at Montana from 2003-09.

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Galasso homer lifts ISU past La. Monroe: Senior slugger named player of the week


Vicky Galasso hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift Idaho State to a 4-2 win over Louisiana Monroe in the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Galasso’s game-winning hit capped off an impressive weekend in Las Vegas where she hit .667 (10 for 15) with three home   runs and nine RBI. Galasso accounted for three of the Bengals’ seven hits to go along with three RBI in Sunday’s victory.

Galasso was named the Big Sky Conference player of the week on Monday for the fifth time in hear career.

“Big-time players make big-time plays,” said Idaho State coach Julie Wright. “She took the game into her hands and won it.”

Idaho State (9-10) went 3-2 in the tournament, beating Wisconsin, DePaul and Louisiana Monroe and losing to Louisiana Monroe and UNLV.

Bailey Foster led the Bengals in the circle,  pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out one.

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