March 11, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University:
On a bright and brisk morning a few weeks ago, I stood at the entrance of our new health science center in Meridian. Despite the freezing wind chill, I couldn't recall a more perfect day.
On behalf of Idaho State University and the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Program, I had the honor of accepting a $500,000 gift from Delta Dental Community Outreach, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Idaho. The donation will help us move our existing dental clinic from its east Boise location to our new Meridian center where we can serve more patients.
ISU's Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic—which is scheduled to open in 2011—will include 12 clinical treatment rooms, an X-ray and sterilization lab and faculty offices. We will admit four licensed dentists a year for 12 months of postdoctoral education in advanced dentistry techniques and procedures.
As president of Idaho's lead institution in health-professions education, I celebrate our new partnership with Delta Dental of Idaho. I thank Delta Dental President Tami Brandstetter and Board Chair Dr. Steven Bruce for sharing in our vision. I am confident that, together, we will continue to develop one of the finest advanced dental education residency programs in the country. I'm also pleased to report that most of our dental residents stay in Idaho, and many choose to practice in rural communities.
On another note, I encourage you to attend our annual Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day on March 13 in Pocatello and Boise.
The event's theme, "Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, and Interpreting," speaks directly to the value of research in our daily lives. I believe you'll find the presentations fascinating.
Keynote speaker and noted author Anna L. Schwartz will discuss improving the quality of life of cancer patients through physical activity and symptom management. Her program of research tests the effects of different exercise regimens on the physical and emotional health of survivors during and following cancer treatment.
Faculty and graduate students will present research findings on numerous topics—from pain management in college football players to the effect of spirituality on health.
I'm pleased to have this opportunity to share details of our partnership with Delta Dental of Idaho and showcase Research Day 2009—collaborations that reinforce our commitment to advancing research, scholarship and service to improve the lives of all Idahoans.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University