ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2011

Moonlit Tree

Moonlit Tree: the beauty of freshly fallen snow resting on the branches of a tree on campus.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Office of Alumni Relations

Spring 2011 Issue

2011 Professional Achievement and Outstanding Student Award Recipients Announced

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2011 Professional Achievement Award and Outstanding Student Award recipients. These awards will be conferred at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Holt Arena.

Professional Achievement Award recipients are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University. Individuals selected for these prestigious awards have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have generally epitomized ISU's outstanding student body. Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2011 are: Bart K. Hendrickson, College of Arts and Letters (Fine Arts and Humanities); K. Wade Tolman, College of Arts and Letters (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Dr. Walton Poole, College of Science and Engineering (Natural and Physical Sciences); Michael Heinrich, College of Science and Engineering (Engineering); Dr. Evelyn Robinson, College of Education; M. Bruce Nelson, College of Business; Terry Gillett, College of Technology; Eli Tour, College of Pharmacy; Ms. Lory Laughter, Division of Health Sciences and Dr. Grace Jacobsen, School of Nursing.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2011 are: Sean Jorgensen, College of Arts and Letters (Fine Arts and Humanities); Christopher Chatwin, College of Arts and Letters (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Roy Malamakal, College of Science and Engineering (Natural and Physical Sciences); Amanda E. Finkes, College of Science and Engineering (Engineering); Richard D. Westover, Graduate School Master's Candidate; Jason J. Blazevic, Graduate School Doctoral Candidate; Erica Wendt-Richardson, College of Education; Larissa F. Kimball, College of Business; Deseray J. Odekirk and Barbara A. Trolson, College of Technology; Julianne Ramirez, College of Pharmacy; Cathryn D. Erickson, Division of Health Sciences and Shannon M. Earl, School of Nursing.

ISU Alumni Legislative Reception

The ISU Office of Alumni Relations and the ISU Alumni Association hosted the annual Legislative Reception Thursday, Jan. 27 at The Grove Hotel in Boise.

The early evening reception was attended by many alumni, the ISU Alumni Association board of directors, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Idaho legislature.

This annual event offers an opportunity for alumni to meet with state legislators and ISU personnel to share their support for the university and the needs recognized to allow the university to grow and continue to provide quality education for Idaho students and those who choose ISU for their college education.

Alumni Board gathers in Boise

Members of the Idaho State University board of directors converged in Boise Friday, Jan. 28 for their third meeting of the calendar year. Members traveled from Hawaii, Arizona and cities throughout Idaho. All members attended the Alumni Legislative reception the evening preceding the board meeting to visit with ISU personnel and Idaho legislators.

Board members spent the day discussing alumni and university business, opportunities and challenges. Joining the board members at the meeting were Casidy Jahnke, ASISU student body president, President Arthur C. Vailas, Dr. Kent Tingey, vice-president for advancement, Scott Turner, director of student affairs, Joseph Han, associate vice-president for facilities, Don Colby, associate vice-president for development and Bruce Bistline, ISU Foundation board member.

Magnuson Alumni House upgrades

The next time alumni visit the H.F. Magnuson Alumni house adjacent to the ISU campus in Pocatello they will notice significant changes and improvements. In the summer of 2010 exterior landscaping and clean up was done. Offices on the second floor of the house have all been re-carpeted and several offices painted. The lovely hardwood floor in the entry has been refinished and in the spring of 2011, new carpeting on the main level will be installed in the living room and dining room. Visitors will also be greeted with new signage in the front yard of the alumni house. All alumni are welcomed and invited to stop by the Magnuson Alumni house whenever they are in Pocatello.