News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 5, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 16

ISU-Meridian awards 235 degrees

Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will graduate its largest class ever May 12, conferring 235 degrees. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.

Most of the degrees will be awarded in the health professions and health sciences. Eighteen Renaissance High School students will receive Associate of Arts degrees in general studies through a partnership with ISU and Meridian's Joint School District No. 2.

Joseph H. Williams, M.D., a surgeon and founding member of Idaho Urologic Institute, will deliver the commencement address.

ISU-Meridian Associate Vice President Bessie Katsilometes will introduce the campus' seven Student Excellence Award finalists and announce the top honoree.

The 2014 finalists and their academic programs are:

Also recognized at commencement will be ISU-Meridian pharmacy student John Malamakal, recipient of a 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement Award, and Assistant Clinical Nursing Professor Kelly Pesnell, one of five ISU professors to receive the 2014 Outstanding Public Service Award. Graduates are encouraged to share their memories on social media at #isugrads.

Here's the breakdown of graduate, professional and undergraduate degrees: two Doctor of Philosophy (Counselor Education and Counseling); four Doctor of Audiology; 33 Doctor of Pharmacy; 12 Master of Counseling; nine Master of Physical Education/Athletic Administration; 30 Master of Physician Assistant Studies; six Master of Public Health; 40 Master of Science (Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing and Speech Language Pathology); one Master of Training and Development; 73 Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders); seven Associate of Science (Sign Language Studies, Emergency Management and Fire Services Administration), and 18 Associate of Arts (General Studies).

The ISU-Meridian Health Science Center offers more than 25 graduate and undergraduate programs in the health professions and sciences. Visit

Media Contact: Contact: Chris Gabettas, ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, Marketing and Communication, 208-334-3131 (office), 208-861-3121 (cell).