ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2011

Moonlit Tree

Moonlit Tree: the beauty of freshly fallen snow resting on the branches of a tree on campus.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders

Spring 2011 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University

President Arthur C. Vailas

In today's climate, cutting-edge research is vital to any university's advancement.

At Idaho State University, our faculty work hard every day in the field and in laboratories to bring the latest knowledge to the forefront. In this edition of Idaho State University magazine, you will find examples of this drive, from a promising drug that could potentially treat pancreatic cancer to a group of faculty and students who are on the forefront of climate change research.

Alongside nearly every faculty member conducting the latest research, however, is a student who is both learning and bringing new insight and knowledge to some of today's biggest issues.

Without our students, we would not have Idaho State University. We exist to bring new knowledge to our world, but most importantly, to help educate the next generation of leaders. We want them to succeed, and at ISU, we are dedicated to doing all we can to make sure our students are not only prepared for the future, but are able to remember their college years as a time of learning and discovery.

To help students concentrate on learning, our Student Success Center offers small-group and individual tutoring, academic advising, support for first-generation college students and more. Our Veterans Sanctuary offers support and advocacy to those who have served our country.

For our future students, the Early College program allows promising teens the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school, giving them an academic head-start and a chance to experience learning at a higher level.

Perhaps most importantly, each day our students are encouraged to reach a higher level by talented and invested professors and staff members who care about their future. On page 31 of this edition of Idaho State University magazine, is a story written by Giaco Yañez, an undergraduate anthropology student who had a dream of traveling to the United Nations to hear Mayan elders address other world leaders. With the drive to learn, but without the means to travel, Giaco approached his mentors and members of other departments on campus, who worked together to help make his dream possible. His story is just one of many examples of how the Idaho State University community and students with drive are working together to make great learning experiences a reality.

Our academic programs at Idaho State University set us apart. Most recently, ISU has received a new classification from the Carnegie Foundation, elevated from Doctoral Research University to Research University- High status.

The momentum created for academics and research endeavors will continue to be carried out by our outstanding faculty, students and staff here at Idaho State University.