ISU Meridian Health Science Center

ISU-Meridian to Graduate its Largest Class ever April 26;
Lt. Gov. Brad Little is Guest Speaker

April 14, 2010

 For the second consecutive year, Idaho State University will graduate a record number of students from its Treasure Valley programs, awarding 180 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the health professions and sciences.

Commencement exercises begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.  Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will deliver the commencement address.

This year’s graduates are the first to attend the new Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, which opened in August 2009.

"We're honored to play a key role in educating Idaho’s next generation of health care professionals,” said ISU-Meridian academic dean, Bessie Katsilometes, noting the demand for health care workers will continue to increase due to a growing and aging population.

Disciplines include pharmacy, nursing, clinical laboratory science, physician assistant studies, audiology, dental hygiene, speech-language pathology, counseling, athletic administration and sign language studies.

 “We are pleased that a record number of our graduates will enter the workforce in the health sciences,” said Ali Crane, ISU-Meridian director of enrollment and student services.

ISU’s 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year –Joel Sankey from the Department of Geosciences—and the seven ISU-Meridian Student Excellence nominees will be recognized at commencement. They are:

  • Laura Bainbridge, nursing, undergraduate
  • Whitney Bennett, pharmacy
  • Tricia Beveridge, nursing, graduate
  • J. Matt Broders, athletic administration
  • Beth Guryan, counseling
  • Colette Stroud, communication sciences and disorders
  • Tara Toone, speech-language pathology 

 Department faculty nominated the students for academic excellence, research, professional achievement and community service. Katsilometes will announce the top Student Excellence honoree at the commencement ceremony.


Chris Gabettas
Public Information Specialist
Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center
(208) 373-1806
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