May 6, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
As the academic year comes to a close, I'd like to take a moment to honor the students, faculty, staff and alumni who make Idaho State University great.
This spring, more than 2,000 graduates will come to the stage on May 8 and receive degrees and certificates. There are future nuclear engineers, researchers, artists and nurses. I am especially impressed by this year's Outstanding Student award winners. Among them are a former child actor who is now a promising future nuclear engineer, a pharmacist who also holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a clinical laboratory science student already making discoveries in microbiology and others who are excelling in their fields and making a difference in the community. All have made the most of their experience at Idaho State University, and many are staying to continue their educational journey.
I'm also happy to announce our Distinguished Faculty award winners.
Distinguished Teacher Karen Appleby is instrumental in planning ISU's annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event each year, and was recently awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Educator of the Year award by the Idaho Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Along with numerous speaking engagements nationwide, Appleby serves as an advisor to more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students, who respect her dedication to teaching in her field.
Distinguished Researcher Daniel Ames has developed open source MapWindow geographic information system (GIS) software, which is widely used by scientists across the world. His multi-million dollar research program is supported by competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Idaho National Laboratory.
Distinguished Public Service award winner Glenn Thackery co-chaired a City of Pocatello recycling study committee that developed the successful new citywide curbside recycling program. He is now working with personnel from Bannock County, the Idaho Geological Survey, the cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, to develop groundwater protections plans for Bannock County.
Our faculty and students are excelling in the classroom and the laboratory, but they are also doing much more. They are shaping the way our communities and our country will look in the future.
At our commencement ceremony this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who will be given Professional Achievement Awards. Winners include Terry Melton, John Bickmore, Lynn Jensen, Peter Kole, Randy Jensen, Curtis Smith, Randall Steven Hudspeth, Gary E. Isom and Joey "Delane" Anderson.
These graduates of our university are internationally-renowned researchers, successful businessmen and owners of thriving businesses, nationally-honored educators and treasured artists. They are a great example of what today's students can become.
I would like to invite everyone to congratulate our graduating students and the faculty who have guided them at our commencement ceremony May 8 at 10 a.m. in Holt Arena. These are our next generation of scientists, health care and business professionals, teachers and artists. Looking at them, our future looks bright.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University