ISU Magazine

Volume 42 | Number 2 | Spring 2012

Brush with Greatness

Benny the Bengal slaps a shot prior to the Idaho Steelheads Brush with Greatness hockey game that Idaho State University and Delta Dental of Idaho sponsored.

ISU Photographic Services/Bethany Baker

A Distinguished Past, A Promising Future

Spring 2012 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University

President Arthur C. Vailas

At Idaho State University, we are pleased not only to enjoy substantial success in many fields today, but we are proud of a distinguished past and look forward to a bright future.

In this issue of Idaho State University Magazine, you will find stories of researchers making gains in nuclear pharmacy and biological anthropology. You'll also find fond farewells to former Idaho State University presidents Myron "Barney" Coulter and Donald Walker, who passed away this year. These men, and countless other men and women have helped shape the institution we are a part of today.

You'll find stories of students doing great work today, all with bright futures ahead of them. Recent geosciences graduate Carol Moore is teaching children the importance of caring for water resources. Veteran and student Tomarra Byington is working hard to help other veterans have a successful Idaho State University experience. Music student Teaira Burge represented the institution well at auditions for the Metropolitan Opera this past winter. These students are making a difference today, and I am excited to see the knowledge, skills and dedication they can continue to bring to our world in the future.

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are also a part of the communities where they live and work. On page 14, you can read about David Hachey, a pharmacist at the ISU Family Medicine Residency and a well-respected leader in HIV treatment in Southeast Idaho. Hachey was recently honored with a Breaking Boundaries Essence Award for his work.

While we work with the community, we are fortunate to also have members of the community work with us to make the educational experience even better for our students. Our I Love ISU campaign, where friends of ISU ask their friends and neighbors to give, raised more than $380,000 for students. Our community members have worked with Idaho State University to build the CommUniversity events in the spring and the fall. The fall event is hosted by the community, and the spring event was hosted here on campus, giving us an opportunity to see what we can accomplish together.

Partnerships such as these are key to the future of higher education. At Idaho State University, we are thankful and proud of the partnerships we are nurturing to create a brighter future.