Letter from the President

July 29, 2008

Dear Friend of Idaho State University:

We take communicating with the University's extended family seriously. To help accomplish that, Idaho State University Magazine is now available online.

Beginning with the just-published summer 2008 edition, a digital version of the magazine will complement the print version, which mails twice a year.

The new digital version makes the magazine easy to access, read, and pass along to family and friends via e-mail.

The Web edition has everything that's in the print edition. Yet it also includes extras that wouldn't fit due to space limitations inherent in print publications.

The latest issue includes stories about:

  • Idaho State University's GIS Training and Research Center, which is marking its 10th anniversary this year;
  • the work of ISU – Boise's Galen Louis, Ph.D., who is helping to improve HIV/AIDS services in rural Idaho communities;
  • ISU librarian Philip Homan's fascinating historical research into the life of the late Kittie Wilkins (1857 – 1936), once famous from coast to coast as the "Horse Queen of Idaho;"
  • a remembrance of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 visit to Idaho State University, not long before he was assassinated.

Check it out today!

In other news, I have been appointed to serve on the Board of Managers of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.

The board is the governing body of Battelle Energy Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy's contract manager of the Idaho National Laboratory. INL is the nation's lead laboratory in nuclear-energy research.

In the same vein, we are pleased that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded the University $412,000 to fund a joint appointment with the nuclear engineering department, and the physics and astronomy department. The award provides three years of funding for this position.

The funding is in response to an application by George Imel, Ph.D., chair of our department of nuclear engineering; Michael Lineberry, director of the Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering in Idaho Falls; and Dan Dale, Ph.D., chair of physics and astronomy.

The NRC also awarded $394,219 to Jason T. Harris, Ph.D., another physics faculty member, to support the Idaho State University Nuclear Education Fellowship Program. The funds will support five graduate students in health physics and nuclear engineering over four years.

Finally, I am excited that on August 1–2 we will celebrate a major milestone in our mission as Idaho's designated institution for health-professions education: the 90th anniversary of the College of Pharmacy's establishment. The college has planned what is sure to be a historic and fun all-class reunion.

Each of these developments demonstrate that Idaho State University is meeting current and future challenges with foresight and commitment.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

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