ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 1 | Fall/Winter 2010

Red Hill in winter

The columns atop Red Hill in the winter.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services

Brightest and Best

Fall 2010 Issue

Princess C. Young

Princess C. Young

HOMETOWN: Mountain Home, Idaho
HIGH SCHOOL: Mountain Home High School (Valedictorian)
MAJOR: Business Management
Human Resources emphasis

HOBBIES: Music, both writing and singing; Journalism: Editor-in-Chief of the ISU Bengal Newspaper 2010-11 (100th anniversary of the newspaper this year); Volunteer work; Golf; Travel (I've visited nine countries and 27 states to date)

CAREER GOALS: To pursue my MBA. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and I want to look to start my own business and possibly combine the business background with my interest in music. I would also like to pursue motivational speaking and help people build up their self-esteem and find the inner strength to succeed in their own lives.

WHY ISU? I was looking for a university that was close to my family but also offered exceptional academic programs. Idaho State had everything I was looking for, including a number of scholarship opportunities and an exceptional Honors Program. They far surpassed other Idaho universities that I was considering in terms of overall programs and university environment.

ISU EXPERIENCE: I have greatly enjoyed my time here at ISU. The coursework has challenged me, and the professors always help me strive to gain more knowledge. I am excited to graduate and pursue my passions of business and music. I am grateful that ISU - with its wonderful students, staff, faculty, and administration - has helped me succeed in ways that I never knew I could. I have definitely enjoyed my ISU 'college experience' and have learned so much about myself in the process thus far.

Sarah Carson

Sarah Carson

HOMETOWN: Loveland, Colorado
HIGH SCHOOL: Mountain View High School
MAJOR: Dietetics (Nutritional Sciences)

HOBBIES: Volleyball; skiing; hiking; exploring the outdoors; learning about different cultures. Sports have provided me the opportunity to travel and expand my world.

CAREER GOALS: I'm planning on going on to graduate school and earning my master's degree in nutritional sciences with an emphasis in sports. My career goal is to work with colleges or professional athletic teams in educating athletes how nutritional science relates to athletic performance.

WHY ISU? I was fortunate to receive an athletic scholarship. In addition to feeling comfortable with the people I visited with as I was considering ISU, Pocatello and the surrounding community felt like a great place to call home.

ISU EXPERIENCE: My college experience has provided so many opportunities to get involved, not only on campus, but within the local community. These opportunities have enabled me to greatly expand my knowledge outside of the realm of being an intercollegiate athlete. I've truly developed as a complete person in large part because of my ISU experience.

Ruth Schneider

Ruth Schneider

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition, University of Idaho
Dietetic Internship, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Master of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Registered Dietitian, State of Idaho
AGE: 57
PROFESSION: Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences
Clinical Coordinator of the Dietetic Internship at ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

HOBBIES: I enjoy backcountry skiing, bicycling, hiking, gardening, travel and reading. A book recommendation? Joel Berg's "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America," which explores hunger and poverty in the United States.

LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I was named Idaho's 2010 Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year by the Idaho Dietetic Association. The organization honored me for my efforts in helping fight hunger in Idaho.

I'm also extremely proud of my children and consider them an accomplishment. My daughter is completing her family practice medical residency in Boise and my son works as a river guide in summer and at a Utah ski resort in winter.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO: I started working on hunger issues about 15 years ago by coordinating monthly meals for the homeless in Boise for my congregation, Ahavath Beth Israel. We are part of a larger community that provides weekly meals in the downtown area at various churches. However, this type of direct service cannot address the long-term issue of hunger in Idaho and the U.S. About five years ago, I joined the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger (IIRAH) to collaborate with others on policy issues to end hunger. My congregation and the Idaho Dietetic Association both signed on to IIRAH as endorser organizations. When I joined IIRAH, Idaho was the eighth hungriest state in the nation. Currently, Idaho ranks 15th worst for seniors at risk for hunger, and in 2009, we had a child poverty rate of 19.7 percent. IIRAH's main focus is to advocate for improved access to food for those in need, and to educate others about the issues that cause hunger in Idaho.

LIFE EXPERIENCES: As a registered dietitian, I understand that people must first have enough food and feel secure in their ability to continue to provide enough food for their families before they can worry about the quality of their diets to prevent or treat disease.

ISU EXPERIENCE: I enjoy the independence, creativity and freedom of my job. During my nine years at ISU, I've had the pleasure of working closely with many dietitians in the area who precept dietetic interns. They are incredibly supportive of the ISU internship, and continue to amaze me with their positive energy and depth of knowledge.

WHY I TEACH: It's the thrill of seeing students experience that "aha" moment-where they discuss, collaborate and share knowledge as a group. It's also exciting to watch them grow as health professionals, completing clinical, community, and food systems management rotations and applying their classroom studies to the real world.

On a personal note, teaching affords me the opportunity to learn... to continue to master subjects I can share with my students.

Chung Park

Chung Park

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University
Master of Music, University of Illinois and Western Michigan University
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Miami
AGE: 36
PROFESSION: Assistant Professor of Music, Division of Music, Theatre and Dance
Music Director, Idaho State-Civic Symphony

HOBBIES: I love to cook, particularly whatever I can't get where I'm living. Trying to make different pizza crusts like you can get at Grimaldi's or Di Fara's in Brooklyn has become a bit of an obsession. I enjoy road cycling and I particularly enjoy observing human behavior and the forces that drive it. If I weren't already doing what I love I would want to be a behavioral economist.

LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I recently concluded the most successful, to date, Town & Gown String Technique Camp. When I initially started the camp three years ago we had 15 students. This year we had 60 students enrolled.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO: Music makes people happy. As a musician I can positively influence people's lives, both through performances and as an educator.

LIFE EXPERIENCE: Warren Buffet expressed it best: "Intensity is the price of excellence."

ISU EXPERIENCE: I am continually amazed at the connection between our University and the community; it's truly a wonderful marriage. I conduct an orchestra of about 95 musicians, evenly split between University faculty, students and community members. Regardless of background, the orchestra is a close-knit family. Everyone is a Bengal!