September 12, 2011
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Southeast Idaho's role in nuclear energy research was recently brought to a new level when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $2 million grant to Nuclear Engineering Assistant Professor Eric Burgett for nuclear and radiation research. Burgett's research will be one of many projects housed in the Idaho Joint Research Center, located within the Ballard Building. This new Idaho State University laboratory has garnered interest from many in the field of engineering research.
Research at the Ballard Building and in other laboratories and classrooms throughout Idaho State University are bringing great things not only to the institution, but to Southeast Idaho as well.
According to a recent economic impact study, Idaho State University brings a $312 million indirect and induced economic impact to the community. Additional earnings from ISU alumni living and working in Idaho contribute $873 million annually to the state economy.
Universities bring greatness to communities, and the communities where our faculty, staff and students live, work and learn support universities in countless ways as well. Our 12 University clinics saw thousands of patients this year- many of them uninsured community members who would otherwise not receive care. Along with receiving top-notch treatment, these community members helped our students gain valuable knowledge and experience in their chosen fields.
Our world-class L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center offers the community performances from around the world, and gives our students in the performing arts the opportunity to excel in a quality venue.
At Idaho State University, partnerships are key, both with the surrounding community, and with others who can share our vision. Currently, Idaho State University has collaboration with 172 federal, state and local agencies and universities worldwide, and our reach continues to expand. It is through these collaborative efforts that our faculty, staff and students are able to share their knowledge and gain new insight.
We are proud of the work we are accomplishing at Idaho State University, on the stage, in laboratories, in classrooms and in the field, and we are excited about the ways we can share it with the world.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University