Volume 43 | Number 2 | Fall 2013

Bengals Excelling in Class, on Field, at Work and in Life

Fall 2013 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University

President Arthur Vailas

As a former student-athlete, I have a special appreciation for the work it entails. In the past two years, I have been impressed by our student-athletes, who are excelling both on the court and in the classroom.

On page 22 of the magazine, you will find a list of the accomplishments of Idaho State University's women athletes. The womens' basketball, softball and soccer teams all garnered Big Sky Championship titles in 2012. Idaho State University's women's rodeo club claimed a national championship title.

Their athleticism is impressive, but even more impressive is their work off of the court and field. In the past academic year, 183 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference status. I am proud and honored to say that Idaho State University was not only named the Big Sky Conference Academic All-Conference title winner, but was named one of the top 11 universities in the nation for academic performance among student athletes.

At Idaho State University, our students, faculty and staff have a drive to succeed, and a strong work ethic, that manifests itself in new discoveries and incredible opportunities.

Two of our students spent the summer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., doing research that will actually make a difference in the historical record of our country. Michelle Carpenter studied the remains of early residents of Jamestown Colony, and Jennifer Hernandez studied artifacts at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian that were previously uncategorized. The two were not strangers to museum work — both worked at the Idaho Museum of Natural History through ISU's unique Career Path Internship program. The CPI program allows students to gain paid work experience in their future careers, and the program, now in its third year, is already showing great success. In a recent survey, 90 percent of students said their participation in the program has enhanced their chances of finding employment after graduation.

Our students work hard in all aspects of life, and it is apparent in the success stories of our alumni.

In this issue, we feature Bill Drake, who used his drive and work ethic to turn a small business into a major, well-renowned advertising firm that was recently named one of Outside Magazine's best places in America to work. We are proud of Drake, and the thousands of other alumni who are making a difference in the world today.

During our 2013 Homecoming activities, we will honor our alumni and friends as we celebrate 50 years as a university. I would invite all to join us in the celebration, relive old memories and see the exciting changes to our campus. I look forward to seeing you.

Go Bengals!