July 15, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
In everything we do at ISU, we pride ourselves on great research and education. It's one of the reasons we can recruit some of the best faculty and students to study and teach on our campuses.
But there is another reason people love to come to Idaho State University, and you only have to look out a window anywhere on campus to see it: It's the quality of life our community provides.
This is the time of year when it is easy to see why living in Pocatello is so great. The long warm days and cool evenings give us the chance to enjoy some spectacular surroundings.
I'm proud of the quality of life we have in Southeast Idaho, and to help prospective ISU students and employees learn more, we have created the Study Hard. Play Hard. website, focusing on the great events, opportunities and surroundings Idaho State University has to offer.
We're situated near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but you don't have to travel at all to find natural beauty in Southeast Idaho. Students and faculty can — and often do — spend their mornings studying and their evenings hiking and biking in nearby mountains minutes away, where people and moose share the view.
Just minutes away from Pocatello, you'll find some of the best fishing in the nation. In less than two hours, you can reach the renowned South Fork of the Snake River, a fly fisherman's mecca.
The outdoor paradise where we live is a part of learning at ISU as well. Our Geosciences department hosts a camp every summer at the Lost River Field Station, located at the base of Idaho's tallest mountain, Mt. Borah. It attracts students from across the United States and is a major recruiting tool for the Geosciences graduate program.
Even those who appreciate a more urban environment can enjoy Pocatello. The L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center attracts world-class performers and events, such as the Vienna Boys Choir. The Sagebrush Arts Fest showcases local artists, and the Idaho International Choral Festival brings us international talent.
When people decide where they want to study, work and do research, they are looking for more that than just great laboratories and an excellent reputation. They want a place where they can have a refreshing quality of life both at work and play. Here at Idaho State University, we're lucky to have great educational and recreational opportunities, all in the beautiful backdrop of Southeast Idaho.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University