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WHAT: ISU College of Business Student volunteers are providing FREE federal and state tax return preparations through the Internal Revenue Service VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.
WHEN: Every Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm through March 20th (the Thursday before Spring Break). They only accept walk-ins only and the latest accepted at 8 pm.
WHERE: Rendezvous Lab, Room 213 (northeast corner of building).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
- US citizens or permanent residents
- International students
- Those who have gross income of $52,000 or less
- And whose only source of income sources include: wages, scholarships, interest, dividends, simple self-employment, simple pensions, unemployment insurance, social security or small miscellaneous items (e.g. gambling winnings)
The VITA program at Idaho State University is a partnership between the IRS and Beta Alpha Psi.
Some of us think we’re observing George Washington’s Birthday, some of us think we’re celebrating the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (two formerly separate holidays smushed into one), and some of us think we’re honoring the memory of all U.S. presidents past and present.
Which is it?
Confusion arose in 1968 with the passage of a piece of legislation known as Uniform Holidays Bill, intended to create more three-day weekends for federal employees by moving the observance of three existing federal holidays (Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day) from fixed calendar dates to designated Mondays, and by establishing Columbus Day, also to be observed on a Monday, as a new federal holiday. (Subsequent legislation enacted several years later eventually restored the observance of Veterans Day to November 11.) Under this act, from 1971 onwards the observance date of Washington’s Birthday would be relocated from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Oddly enough, this change guaranteed that Washington’s Birthday would never again be celebrated on his “actual” birthday of February 22, as the third Monday in February cannot fall any later than February 21.
So the date of observance of Washington’s Birthday might have been tinkered with a bit, but the holiday was still undeniably “Washington’s Birthday.” So what happened to Lincoln’s Birthday? And whence came “Presidents’ Day”?
FIND OUT AT: Snopes.com
Eli M. Oboler Library Associate Professor Philip Homan’s paper about the Idaho Horse Queen, “‘Miss Wilkins’s Big Sale’: Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, and Western American Horses for the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 1899-1902,” has been accepted for the Galloping History International Symposium at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, April 16-19, 2014. A rancher in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County, Idaho, Wilkins was the only woman at the turn of the 20th century whose sole occupation was horse dealing. Her influence was global.
Homan is currently studying Wilkins’s unprecedented sale of 8,000 horses for South Africa’s Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, said to be the largest horse sale in the West, as a case study in an overlooked episode in the history of the Atlantic world-the transport of horses from the American West to South Africa for the war, one of the largest transports of animals in history, and Wilkins’s unique role in the equine Middle Passage of the trans-Atlantic horse trade.
The international symposium is sponsored by the Bilkent University Department of History and the Bilkent Historical Society to feature the most recent scholarly research worldwide on horses and equine culture in Ottoman, European, and American History. Papers will be in Turkish or English.
Please join us February 8, from 10 am to 3 pm for a round of mini golf on the course which winds around three floors of book stacks. The hole played down the back stairwell of the building is challenging! Fun and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, a 19th Hole Putting Contest, and Closest to the Hole Contest on Hole #8. Food will be available for purchase and will feature bratwurst, hotdogs, chips and drinks.
It will be $3 for ISU students with ID, $5 a person, or $20 a 4-person team or family.
And when you’ve finished your round, take a moment and browse our used book sale! It will be held Saturday February 8, 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday February 9, 10 am -3 pm.
The Oboler Library at Idaho State University is holding a Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday February 8th and 9th in conjunction with the Library’s annual mini golf fund raiser. The book sale will take place in the Student Lounge at the Library (850 S. 9th) from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. All profits from the book sale will be dedicated to building the Library’s collections, and will thereby benefit both ISU and other Library users throughout Idaho.
This year’s sale offers thousands of books of all types, on a wide variety of academic and popular topics, as well as works of popular and literary fiction. Most of the book sale items originate with books donated to the library by faculty and other members of the community. The Library evaluates all donated books and identifies those which should be added to its collections. Those that are not destined to become part of the collections are set aside to be sold. The Library annually adds between one and two thousand volumes to its collections from donated materials.
Please join us for a round of mini golf on the course which winds around three floors of book stacks and browse through the book sale to discover treasures to read and add to your collection.
Contact: Cheryl Sebold, 282-3246, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Learning Day is Wednesday, February 5.
Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, Digital Learning Day recognizes schools and school districts that use effective applications of education technology to support teachers, improve learning, and help students achieve at their highest potential.
The Alliance is excited to be celebrating practitioners across the country and hosting a “Power Panel” moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff. The webcasts will also include guest appearances and lively discussion from dignitaries of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Congress.
Register now for the Digital Learning Day national webcasts and virtual conference. This year, we are bringing the live events from Washington, DC to computer screens across the United States.
There will be 2 live webcasts: one at 11:00 a.m. (ET) and one at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
In addition to the live webcasts from the Library of Congress, the virtual conference will offer the following:
- Lesson plans and games you can use in the classroom
- Live chats with field experts and policymakers
- Interactive polls for viewers to provide feedback during the live event
- Informational videos to be viewed on demand
- Virtual trade show and live demonstrations
- Connections to more than 30,000 teachers and educators nationwide
From our Administration Office:
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our recent blood drive! We had 35 donors present, 5 were deferred, so we donated 30 pints of blood.
The Red Cross district appreciates it all. They are down in collections this winter due to colds, flu, cold weather. A big thanks to Library staff for help with set-up and take-down, staffing the check-in and refreshment tables as well as being donors. The American Red Cross estimates 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year. We couldn’t have done it without you!