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President Vailas highlights ISU achievements at JFAC presentation

Posted January 28, 2015

BOISE, Idaho—Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas told state budget writers this morning that ISU is committed to leading the state in health science education and creating new opportunities for academic discovery, research and economic development.

Speaking before the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee at the State Capitol in Boise, Vailas highlighted faculty, staff and student accomplishments of the past year and outlined goals for next year, including seeking a state budget request of $1.7 million to fund the highly successful Career Path Internship program. ISU would match the request.

“The CPI program is vital to our students. It’s an opportunity to gain real-world work experience in their field of study and earn a paycheck while attending ISU,” said Vailas. He also noted that the internship can give students a leg up when seeking employment after graduation.President Vailas

As the state-designated leader in health science education, ISU continues to offer more health professions degrees than any other Idaho university.

In 2014, eight of the top 11 health professions programs in greatest need across the country (according to Forbes magazine) were available at ISU.

Those programs include dental hygiene, occupational and physical therapies, speech language pathology, pharmacy and physician assistant studies.

Vailas emphasized ISU’s reach extends beyond the main campus in Pocatello to educational centers in Meridian—which will open state-of-the art anatomy and physiology laboratories this year—Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. Enrollment and retention rates university-wide continue to climb. The number of new first-time freshmen increased 19 percent from fall 2013 to fall 2014. The University’s freshmen retention rates have increased 7 percent in the last three years.

“I’m pleased to report many of those students are staying with us, completing their degrees, landing good jobs and supporting the Idaho economy,” said Vailas. In 2014, ISU awarded a record 2,361 degrees with 51 percent in the health professions and STEM disciplines, which include science, technology, engineering and math.

The president also applauded ISU faculty, staff and students for their commitment to research, innovation and community service.

In addition to the $1.7 million request for matching CPI funds, Vailas is seeking $5.1 million for a 6 percent increase in salary funding to bring faculty and staff compensation packages more in line with national averages; approximately $1.2 million to expand eISU and online classes; and $33,500 in one-time funding to place the Idaho Museum of Natural History collection online, making it accessible from anywhere in the world.

Idaho State Universty GIS Training and Research Center designated as one of eight NASA DEVELOP Nodes

Posted January 26, 2015

NASA scientists like to say, “We’re doing cool stuff right here on earth,” and a lot more of it will now be taking place at Idaho State University, which was designated as a new NASA DEVELOP research node this month.

This new recognition will expand research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students not only at ISU but for others as well, said Keith Weber, director of the ISU GIS Training and Research Center and ISU advisor for the NASA DEVELOP Node. (read more…)

Idaho State University all-star business team “BeMed” prepares for global competition

Posted January 26, 2015

Idaho State University College of Business (COB) graduate students will learn the “nuts and bolts” of running a business in an international competition that will pit them against some of the top business students in the world.

The 51st International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition — the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive collegiate business simulation competition—will get underway in late January. It’s hosted by California State University, Long Beach. (read more…)

I Chose ISU: Robert Hanson, biochemistry master’s student

Posted January 26, 2015

Robert Hanson, a master’s student in Idaho State University’s biological sciences department, chose ISU because of the faculty, research opportunities for undergraduates, and the welcoming attitude to nontraditional students.

Hanson graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 2003. He has lived in towns throughout the Northwest, including Idaho Falls; Twin Falls; Elko, Nevada; and Ogden, Utah.

About his experience of moving around so much, Hanson jokingly says, “I tend to think of myself as a ‘nomad of the West.’” (read more…)

Idaho State University study shows prep football participants often don’t properly inflate helmet bladders

Posted January 26, 2015

Proper fitting football helmets are essential to help prevent concussions in prep football players, but a new study by Idaho State University shows that many players use inappropriately sized helmets, and often don’t reinflate the air bladders in their helmets.

Both of these factors can result in more concussions.

Although 97.5 percent of participants wore helmets that required regular, weekly reinflation of interior bladder systems, 43 percent of participants acknowledged never reinflating their bladders during the 12- to 16-week 2013 football season. (read more…)

Free GMAT and GRE webinars in February

Posted January 22, 2015

Need to prepare for your graduate school entrance exams?

The Princeton Review has teamed up with the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society to offer free webinars to help students prepare for the Graduate Management Admissions Test and Graduate Record Examinations. (read more…)

Exhibition of French prints of the First World War by ISU professor Stover runs Feb. 2-20

Posted January 22, 2015

Justin Dolan Stover, an Idaho State University assistant history professor, will host an exhibition of contemporary French prints of the First World War, which he collected during his trip to France.

The exhibition, “Les Miseres de la Guerre: French perspectives of the First World War” will run Feb. 2-20 with an exhibit launch and discussion on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on the Pocatello campus. (read more…)

Idaho State University Alpha Kappa Psi names Redfish Technology CEO Rob Reeves “Idaho Business Leader of the Year”

Posted January 22, 2015

Rob Reeves, president and chief executive officer of Redfish Technology, Inc. in Hailey is the 2015 Idaho Business Leader of the Year. The professional business fraternity at Idaho State University, the Delta Upsilon chapter, of Alpha Kappa Psi, will recognize Reeves at a dinner in Pocatello on Thursday, April 9. (read more…)

Idaho State University’s Layha Spoonhunter sees President Obama again; heading to Washington, D.C. for UNITY Conference in February

Posted January 22, 2015

Idaho State University political science sophomore Layha Spoonhunter was among the thousands in attendance at President Barack Obama’s appearance in Boise on Jan 21 at Boise State University, but he was one of the few in the audience who had already met Obama in person. (read more…)

Idaho State Civic Symphony Valentine’s Gala set Feb. 13

Posted January 20, 2015

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association’s annual fundraising event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature a dinner, an array of raffle prizes donated by local businesses and a performance of live orchestral music featuring guest artists Sergiu Brindusa and Beth Moore, and the Brindusa Moore Ballet Academy Ensemble. (read more…)

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