Letter from the President

July 15, 2008

Dear Friend of Idaho State University:

With news of awards, scholarships, fellowships, research and professional accomplishments rolling in, we continue to belie the image of a campus in summertime doldrums.

For example, Idaho State University recently received recognition of particular distinction: the Rotary Club of Pocatello's President's Award.

The award has always gone to an individual of the president's choosing as his or her term concludes. The recipient is chosen for exemplifying the ideals of Rotary, particularly "service above self," as Rotarians so proudly put it.

For the first time, on June 26 the President's Award went to an institution—this institution. I had the distinct honor of receiving it on behalf of the Idaho State University community.

Alumnus and then-President Greg Gunter '82 said he chose Idaho State University for its long and positive contribution to the fabric of life in Pocatello.

Speaking for all of us at ISU, we are grateful for this, and proud of our long history in Pocatello.

Also this summer, Idaho State University is host to eight local high school students who are conducting chemical research under the mentoring of our chemistry faculty. All have received American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED Research fellowships to conduct university-level research. Congratulations to you all!

Congratulations are due as well to Dr. Sandra Hoffmann, M.D. Dr. Hoffmann has been named to the board of trustees of the 20,000-member American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hoffman is director of internal medicine at Idaho State University's Department of Family Medicine. She has practiced for 20 years and has been at ISU for five years.

The College of Business's Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D., has been named an Erskine Fellow by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She will join the Canterbury faculty during her sabbatical leave in the spring of 2009.

Erskine fellowships enable distinguished international scholars to be invited to Canterbury to lecture and collaborate in research.

Another ISU faculty member offering national leadership is Douglas Nilson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science. Nilson will serve as president of the National Social Science Association for the next two years, guiding policy development and presiding over one of the largest interdisciplinary educational associations in the United States.

Finally, we congratulate the College of Technology's SkillsUSA team for recently winning top honors in competitions at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

At Idaho State University, learning and creating new knowledge are not limited to seasons. Instead, they are driven year-round by committed and inquisitive individuals who know that every season brings opportunities to serve and excel.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209