Letter from the President

June 3, 2008

Dear Friend of Idaho State University:

Opportunity is a hallmark of Idaho State University. And that's just what Camile Carter found when she landed the role of "Babette" in a Community, Alumni, Theatre/Dance ISU production of "Beauty and the Beast."

After being out of school for a decade, working and raising a daughter, Camile stepped onto the stage in the University's Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre in the summer of 2005, and into a new stage in her life.

"It was actually one of the defining moments when I really started considering going back to school," recalls Camile, now a star of the ISU Theatre/Dance Department. "There's truly something magical there."

The story really begins with the venue's namesake, my friend Beverly B. Bistline. She is a major benefactor of ISU's L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, having given $3.5 million to a complex built primarily with donated funds. She recently underscored her support by announcing that she will match new gifts to the center through July 1.

Her challenge is this:

  • To help pay off approximately $5 million in remaining construction costs, she will match new cash gifts totaling up to $250,000 through July 1, 2008.
  • If donations received by July 1 reach the $250,000 goal, she will add another $250,000. This essentially gives donors the opportunity to have their gifts matched at a ratio of 2-to-1.

Her objective is an initial $750,000 goal.

Following the decision to build a performing arts center at Idaho State University, Beverly urged the ISU Foundation Board to construct a world-class complex that would be "a jewel of Idaho." The board was persuaded, and in October 2004 the center's inaugural event was held in the theatre that bears her name.

After the long journey that led to a world-class performing arts center in Idaho, Beverly asks us to walk the last few steps with her now. As Camile says, "She is leaving a legacy for the arts, and the arts are all about giving."

To join Beverly's initiative, send me a note at the e-mail address below; call the Idaho State University Foundation at (208) 221-2352; or send an e-mail to Pauline Thiros.

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
president@isu.edu