December 16, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
I am continually amazed by the generosity of our students and other members of the Idaho State University community.
Every time there is an opportunity to help others in our community, Idaho State University community members step up to the challenge.
Recently, students filled care packages for their fellow students who are deployed with the Idaho and Utah National Guard. Companies and organizations have generously donated supplies for the care packages, but it was the care and compassion for their peers that made the event possible. Currently, students are collecting Christmas gifts for students and their families who are in need.
Our students have traveled to Peru to provide medical and dental care to those who otherwise wouldn't receive it through the Idaho Condor program. The impact they have made, and will continue to make, has been life-saving for many.
Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity have worked at the Idaho Foodbank three times in recent months. They have also worked at the Veterans Home, visiting residents and reorganizing the home's library. Other groups are cleaning homes, hosting clothing drives and collecting food for the needy. The Idaho State University Rugby Team helped raise money for the homeless in Southeast Idaho last weekend at the annual Homeless Encampment.
During an internship, counseling graduate student Justice Isaacson noticed a need for classes to help indigent people with mental illness learn basic skills and receive free hygiene packs, filled with necessities like shampoo and toothpaste. She is currently organizing an effort to meet that need.
More than 340 students in First Year Seminar classes provided nearly 900 hours of service to the community this year in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, helping organizations that provide services from autism awareness to aid for the homeless.
The holiday season is a time when many reach out to help others, but in our campus community, students are working to help others throughout the year. At Idaho State University, helping others is another way students are learning to make a difference in the world.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University