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

Making a Difference

Fall 2010 Issue | By Andrew Taylor

Throughout Idaho State University's history, countless alumni and friends have changed history through their support of the university, in talent, time and donations. Below are just a few of the hundreds who have made a remarkable difference:


"Barbara Marshall became involved at a critical time in the Stephens Performing Arts Center planning," Vice President for Advancement Dr. Kent Tingey said.

Tingey and James E. Rogers, who was chairman of the Capital Campaign raising money for the Stephens Performing Arts Center, met with Marshall in Sun City West, Ariz. Marshall, a University of Washington graduate, had a fondness for Idaho State University and a love of the arts. When she heard that her gift was needed for construction of the Stephens Center to continue, she offered a sizeable donation, and her family was able to secure another donation from a foundation that they were involved with.

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Marshall passed away in 2008, but the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda was named in her honor.

"The university will be forever indebted to the Marshall family," Tingey said. "Barbara was an incredible woman - very dignified, very classy, extremely kind. She was a special soul."


The Bistline family moved to Pocatello from the Midwest. Beverly attended University of Idaho, Southern Branch (later named Idaho State University), where she was involved in drama. She later graduated from University of Idaho and was one of the first female law school graduates at the University of Utah. She joined the Navy during World War II, and had a successful law career in San Francisco before coming home to Pocatello to work at her father's firm.

Bistline was an extraordinary donor to the University. She endowed scholarships for students who plan to become lawyers, served as a member of the Foundation Board, and was instrumental in the construction of the Stephens Performing Arts Center. The Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre bears her name.

"Beverly always cared deeply for Idaho State University," Tingey said. "She had a deep love for the arts and for theater. In a remarkable way, Beverly made a gift that changed the University's history. Her kindness and giving to the University is unsurpassed."

As noted, Bistline passed away on October 23.


Joseph Jensen, chairman emeritus of the ISU Foundation, graduated from ISU with an undergraduate degree in French and economics, then later went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration in finance at Dartmouth College. In 2002 he retired as president of Pfizer's Animal Health Group Europe, Canada and Africa Region after a long career with the company.

Jensen was extremely involved and served as president of the Foundation board during a good portion of the University's capital campaign, which raised $152 million for the University and Stephens Center.

Jensen and his late wife, Cheryl, were at a media event held in the concrete foundation of what would someday be the concert hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center, when he and Cheryl decided to make a generous gift to make the Performing Arts Center a reality. The Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall is named in their honor.

"I'll never forget when the Stephens Performing Arts Center was dedicated," Tingey said. "Joe walked onto the stage with tears in his eyes. He had given his heart and soul to see the success of this."