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In Memoriam

Influence of Janet C. Anderson, Gender Center namesake, continues on Pocatello campus

Janet C. Anderson, Ed.D., namesake of Idaho State University's Gender Resource Center and a retired dean of student affairs, died July 29 at her home in Newport, Washington. She was 71.

"I really believe she loved the University, loved working with students and, even after all of these years, some of our programs and services still bear her stamp," said Lee Krehbiel, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs.

Anderson hired Krehbiel in 1996 as assistant dean of student affairs.

The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center's mission is to be the focal point on campus for consideration of gender issues.

"She did so much for us, the students," said Shane Ostermeier, former Associated Students of Idaho State University president during the 1997-98 academic year. He proposed the Gender Center be named after Anderson.

"What was neat about her was that every student felt that even though she was a very busy lady, with a thousand things to do, she always had time to stop for you and talk," Ostermeier said. "She just made you feel important and cared about you."

Anderson spent the last nine years of her career at ISU as dean of student affairs, supervising more than 200 employees. She counseled thousands of students, and advised hundreds of student leaders.

Anderson was a 1958 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She earned a master's in counseling in 1965, and a doctorate in counselor education in 1967, both from the University of Wyoming.

She came to ISU in 1967 to be a counselor and assistant professor of counselor education.

Anderson's positions at ISU also included director of the Center for Health and Counseling Services, and interim dean of the College of Education.

Awards she received included the Women Helping Women Award, from Soroptimist International; the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision's National Distinguished Mentor Award; the Associated Students of ISU's Award of Appreciation; Woman of the Year, at Zonta's Annual Women's History Month Women of Achievement Luncheon; grand marshal of ISU homecoming parade; and the ISU Achievement Award.

After her retirement, she continued to support the programs and activities of the gender center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center through the ISU Foundation or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Earl R. Pond Leaves Lasting Legacy

Earl R. Pond '49, for whom the Idaho State University Pond Student Union is named, died July 21 from a sudden illness. He was 84.

"We are truly grateful to Earl Pond for his leadership and commitment to Idaho State University and our community," said Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., University president. "He will be remembered for his accomplishments and contributions to student life."

Pond held a variety of positions at Idaho State University, where he worked for 33 years. The longtime Pocatello City Council member served more than three years as mayor.

"Everybody on campus knew him, and he was just a great guy to be around," said Babe Caccia, former ISU athlete, coach and athletics director. Caccia met Pond in 1946, when Caccia was head ISU football coach and Pond was a player.

"He was a great guy for jokes and stuff, and he always brought laughter and a little sunshine to the group," Caccia said. "We're going to miss him."

A native of Filer, Pond's affiliation with ISU began in 1941, when he enrolled as a student. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, he returned to ISU in 1946. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting and pre-law in 1949.

He was manager of the Student Union for 23 years. The Union was named for him in 1985.

"He was always looking for ways of improving what we were offering and doing things for students," said ISU development officer Ernie Naftzger, whose relationship with Pond went back to 1966.

Pond was inducted into the ISU Sports Hall of Fame in 1960. He received the University's prestigious William J. Bartz Award in 1979. Boise's Idaho Statesman newspaper named him a "Distinguished Citizen."

Pond also was a past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He met his wife, the former Mary T. Fogg, while she was a student at the College of Pharmacy. They raised four children, three of whom graduated from ISU.

Alec Alenskis

Alec Alenskis, BS gen engr '70, died of cancer May 25, 2008. He was born April 15, 1922. He was a nuclear/electrical engineer for Westinghouse in Idaho Falls, retiring from the International Division after building nuclear-power plants in Yugoslavia and the Phillipines. He was awarded the Professional Achievement Award for the College in Engineering in 1987. He and his family lived in the Pocatello area for many years. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Sun City, Arizona; son, Brian, of Richmond, Indiana, and daughter, Anne (BA journ '70), of Eagle.