Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJuly 2, 2013 


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Annie N. Kerrick, a Boise State University alumna, has been appointed as the new Title IX/504 coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students at Boise State.

Kerrick, who received her law degree from Gonzaga University in 2007, has been serving as an attorney for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in Boise.

She has designed and implemented interpersonal violence prevention activities and strategies for middle and high school students; provided training, technical assistance and guidance for Idaho schools on the implementation of Title IX; and worked with the Idaho Department of Education to present and promulgate an Idaho Board of Education rule change requiring all public schools in Idaho to have a policy on adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault prevention, intervention and response.

Other experience includes testifying in front of the U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood Taskforce on the importance of prevention and intervention of teen dating violence and sexual assault, and assisting domestic violence programs nationwide to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Kerrick will coordinate university compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding gender-based discrimination and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Kerrick also will foster student, faculty and staff training to advance the university's commitment to providing an environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Stephen Feit and Nicole Hill, Idaho State University counseling professors, were named as two of the top 99 professors in counseling, psychology or therapy by Masters In for 2013.

Feit was ranked No. 72, and Hill No. 77. Masters In Counseling is an informational tool for students who may want to enroll in an online degree program to obtain a master of counseling degree.

The full list of 99 professors is available at

Feit, now a professor emeritus, retired from ISU this spring but will continue with the department as an adjunct instructor. He taught at ISU for 38 years. In 2011 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Since 2009, Hill has served as interim dean of the ISU Graduate School. She won the 2011 George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni award from Ohio University.


Andrew Cibor, a traffic engineer for the Ada County Highway District, was recently recognized for a paper he wrote about implementing roundabouts in Ada County.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western District, bestowed its Young Professional Award on Cibor for his six-page paper on how preserving right-of-way for potential roundabouts can increase the chances of that option being used as development occurs and traffic increases.


Wide Eye Productions, of Boise, says its film "Idaho, the Movie," has won multiple awards and set a sales record for Costco stores.

The movie won a Northwest Emmy Award for outstanding documentary in the cultural category. It also won a Telly Award for outstanding nature/wildlife documentary, and a Capital City Communicator's Impact Award for Excellence in audiovisual productions.

Wide Eye says Costco video and music buyer Stacy Thrailkill reports that "Idaho, the Movie," outsold all other video and media products at Costco stores nationwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. More than 30,000 copies of the film have sold to date, mainly at Costco stores in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Twin Falls and Pocatello. The film also sold at Boise's Idaho Mountain Touring, all 30 Idaho Alberstons stores and on

Buyers of the DVD have shipped the film to more than 20 countries. It is showing at U.S. embassies in London, Paris and Seoul, and has been signed for international distribution .

The film was produced by Jennifer Isenhart, directed by Tom Hadzor, photographed by Hadzor, Bill Krumm and Kevin Eslinger, and assistant produced by Lana Tidwell, all of Wide Eye Productions. Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward was its writer and narrator.

Idaho Public Television earned a Northwest Regional Emmy Award and staff producer Joan Cartan-Hansen was awarded a Silver Circle Award at the recent Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ceremonies in Seattle.

"Outdoor Idaho: Idaho Geology, a Convergence of Wonders," claimed the Emmy in the science/health category.

Others on the production team included; Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler, Jay Krajic, Hank Nystrom, Jeff Tucker, John Crancer, Sauni Symonds, Marcia Franklin, Aaron Kunz, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Dave Butler and Chuck Cathcart. In addition, geologist guides Bill Bonnichsen and Marty Godchaux helped tell the geological story of Idaho.


Boise State Public Radio's website has been named the best in the country in its class by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The organization announced the winners of the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which honor the highest-caliber journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations.

Boise State Public Radio, Idaho's largest NPR affiliate, won for best news website for small-market radio (

There are fewer than 10 full-time staff in Boise State Public Radio's newsroom. The station's news signal KBSX 91.5 FM can be heard throughout the Treasure Valley and into the Sun Valley and McCall areas.

KTVB is celebrating six decades of news, weather, and covering the Gem State's people and places.

Idaho's News Channel 7 was born on July 12, 1953, when television broadcasting was a new business. The company, originally named KIDO-TV, was Idaho's first television station. All programming was broadcast in black and white.

In 1955, KIDO-TV began airing some network programming in color. At that time there were still only about 350 television sets in the Treasure Valley's broadcasting area.

In the early days, there was a fine line between news and commercials, with many anchors doing double duty in news and advertising.

KTVB's first general manager, Bob Krueger, started with the company in 1956. He became the station's president and saw a great deal of change over his decades with Channel 7.

In the early 1980s, some familiar faces made their debut on the station. They include Dee Sarton, Carolyn Holly, Rick Lantz and Mark Johnson.

Other businesses

Orville Thompson, co-owner and CEO of Meridian-based Scentsy Inc., has been named chairmain of the Direct Selling Association.

The association has more than 200 corporate members, including Primerica, Nu Skin and The Pampered Chef, which represent more than 15.9 million independent business owners.

Thompson, who was elected at the organization's annual meeting, replaces outgoing Chairman Brett Chapman, chief legal officer for Herbalife.

Thompson will provide executive leadership to the national trade association whose mission is to promote the effectiveness of direct-selling companies and maintain high standards for marketing and service to consumers. In 2012, the U.S. direct selling industry generated an estimated $31.6 billion in retail sales.

In 2004, Thompson and his wife, Heidi, started their company in a 40-foot cargo container on their small sheep farm in Meridian. The Thompsons quickly grew Scentsy into a multimillion-dollar, international direct-selling company with three distinct brands, including Scentsy Fragrance, which features wickless candles, scented stuffed animals and personal care products.

The company also won the 2013 Direct Selling Association Ethos Award for top marketing and sales campaign for its social media program, Backstage Pass. The Ethos Awards were announced at the association's annual meeting., an internet bodybuilding and fitness site and the largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, earmarked $1 from every purchase made on the site on Memorial Day for a donation to Hire Heroes USA.

With the help of customers, the business has raised $12,710 for the organization, which helps create job opportunities for U.S. veterans and their spouses.

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