People Are What Have Made Idaho State University Great
Fall 2011 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
President Arthur C. Vailas
In its 110 years as an institution, Idaho State University has grown from a small academy with big goals to a premier research institution known internationally for the work of our faculty and students.
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 Ballard Building, a facility recently acquired by Idaho State University. The new facility is home to the Idaho Joint Research Center, which has already garnered interest from many in the field of engineering research. Currently, Idaho State University has collaboration with 172 federal, state and local agencies and universities worldwide, and our reach continues to expand.
Our students and faculty are continuing to make our future look even brighter. This year, two faculty and two students were honored with the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Award, enabling them to travel abroad and share their knowledge with others around the world. You can read their story on Page 8.
Our 12 University clinics saw thousands of patients this year, many who are uninsured or underinsured and might otherwise not be able to receive care. The new Delta Dental of Idaho Residency Clinic, which opened this summer, will allow us to serve even more community members, while offering students incredibly important experiences in the field.
Our future is bright at Idaho State University, and I have great hope for the future of today's students. In this issue of Idaho State University magazine, we tell the stories of our alumni who are already making a great difference in their communities and the world, changing lives through the arts, sciences, social issues and even governmental issues abroad.
These people are just a few of many Idaho State University alumni and friends who are changing our world. I look forward to welcoming all of our alumni and friends to ISU this fall for our homecoming celebration. We will honor several new inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame, and honor many who have given time and talent to Idaho State University and their communities.