October 8, 2008
Dear Friend of Idaho State University:
As president of the pre-eminent institution for the education and training of health-care professionals in Idaho--including the rapidly growing Treasure Valley--I take particular pride in the caliber of ISU's health-professions faculty and staff.
So I was pleased recently to see the Idaho Business Review newspaper's prestigious “Health Care Hero” awards go to ISU-Boise's Speech and Language Clinic, and to HIV education coordinator Judy Thorne and clinical assistant pharmacy professor Elaine Ladd, Pharm.D.
The Speech and Language Clinic was honored in the rehabilitation category; Thorne in the educator category; Ladd in the volunteer category. The clinic is staffed by director Kristin Negilski and clinical faculty Sarah Connolly, Beth Guryan and Martha Malkasian.
The Idaho Business Review also granted a $1,000 Health Care Heroes student scholarship to ISU-Boise speech-language pathology master's degree student Meredith Ann Alder.
The ISU finalists are among 30 honorees representing hospitals, medical clinics, universities and other health-care organizations and institutions statewide. They will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 8 at Boise Centre on the Grove. A “Top Honor” in each category will be announced then.
As graduates of Idaho State University's broad range of degree programs demonstrate, the education that one gains at ISU is a lifelong resource. Yet so, too, is a continuing relationship with the University, which includes the network of friends and contacts one develops while earning a degree.
We celebrate this bond among current students and generations of alumni each Homecoming Week, scheduled Oct. 13-18 this year. It is an event that embraces today's students, faculty and staff as well as recent graduates, far-flung alumni, and those who are in retirement.
There are approximately 72,000 Idaho State University alumni in the world, according to the Office of Alumni Relations. Many will “come home” to Idaho State University next week. I hope you will join us, whether you are an alumnus of ISU or one of our many good friends and supporters.
The Associated Students of Idaho State University will spotlight today's students with a number of events through the week. (Don't miss the Bonfire and Spirit Rally at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Bartz Field.)
A popular event is Alumni Relations' Grapes and Growls Wine/Beer Tasting Event. It's scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Pinehurst Nursery and Floral, 4101 Pole Line Road in Pocatello.
On Friday evening, Oct. 17, I get to showcase the accomplishments of our alumni at the President's Alumni Recognition Reception and Dinner. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Red Lion Hotel's Main Ballroom.
Saturday morning at 10 we'll join the traditional Homecoming Parade. At 5 p.m. we'll be in the Holt Arena parking lot for the tailgate party, followed at 6:35 by the kickoff for the football game against Northern Arizona.
There's more to this exciting week; just look at the agenda. Call Alumni Relations at (208) 282-3755 to learn more, or send them an e-mail. They'll be happy to provide the details of a week that will renew connections and strengthen the bonds that only a university can provide.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University