ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2011

Idaho State of Mind studio

Camera man Ramón Bailey adjusts the focus on Libby Howe as they both prepare for an episode of Idaho State of Mind.

Photos by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

It's an Idaho State of Mind

Spring 2011 Issue | By Mark N. Levine

From Pocatello to Parma, Boise to Bonners Ferry and Coeur d'Alene to Caldwell, Idaho State University will soon be coming into Idahoans homes via a unique partnership with Idaho Public Television.

Debuting this spring "Idaho State of Mind," a public affairs television program in partnership with Idaho Public Television will be broadcast across IPTV's statewide network.

The program will be hosted and anchored by Libby Howe, respected television anchorwoman, who also is the executive producer. ISU's communication students under the direction of Thomas Hallaq, assistant professor of mass communications will produce the stories. the program reflects the exceptional teaching, research, community service and news of the University.

Idaho State of Mind provides students with a unique educational experience.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to take their skills from the classroom to a whole new level of professionalism. Idaho State of Mind offers students a competitive venue where they can continue polishing their talents and to prepare for their future careers," Hallaq said. "By giving students the hands-on experience to produce a show at this level and have it aired on a network the caliber of Idaho Public Television, our students will be in a better position to compete with some of the best broadcast programs in the nation."

Jerry Miller in the recording booth for First Monday Forum.

Future shows will explore the effect recent world conflicts are having on higher education as millions of veterans decide to take advantage of the G.I. Bill; an inside perspective at ISU's nationally renowned nuclear engineering program focusing on solar power and medical isotopes; and the "Go On" project, which examines the low number of high school students in Idaho that go on to get an higher education as well as what high school students should do to prepare for college.

"Idaho State of Mind" will examine current issues that impact all people wherever they live, work or go to school," Howe said. "All of our topics are applicable to common problems and/or issues we all face in our daily lives."

A newly constructed, state-of-the art television studio serves as home to Idaho State of Mind. Built by the University's Facilities Services staff, the studio reflects a professional, warmth and appealing backdrop in which to interview guests and present the news portion of the show.


On the radio side FIRST MONDAY FORUM, which debuted last fall, is broadcast at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month over KISU-FM (91.1). The lively radio program provides in-depth discussion and insight in a wide array of topics from childhood obesity to suicide prevention. The program, hosted by longtime southeastern Idaho radio personality Jerry Miller, features Idaho State University faculty and staff sharing their expertise in a wide range of fields. The radio broadcast is streamed live over KISU-FM and is also available through the ISU website by visiting