May 20, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Just as our students come here, learn, contribute and go on to do great things, so do some of our faculty and staff.
Two valued members of our ISU community, Joseph F. Steiner, dean of the College of Pharmacy, and his wife, Susan Steiner, associate professor of nursing with the Kasiska College of Health Professions, are heading to the University of Wyoming. Joe is the new dean of the College of Health Sciences in Laramie, Wyo. and Sue has accepted a position as associate dean for clinical and community affairs with the UW School of Nursing. It speaks well of their qualifications and experience, as well as the strength of Idaho State University's health science programs, that Wyoming is so pleased to bring the Steiners into their fold. Both have had a great impact on our community and will be sorely missed, but we are excited for them in their new endeavors.
As we wish the Steiners well on their new journey, we also welcome many new faces who are starting journeys of their own here.
Just one semester after fall 2008 enrollment reached a record 14,520 students, ISU recorded another record number of students for spring enrollment. This spring, 14,209 students attended classes here, a more than 6 percent increase over spring 2008.
These numbers are promising, and just as promising are the number of students participating in our Early College program. Nearly 500 more students enrolled in the program this year than one year ago. Through the program, qualified high school students take classes at ISU while still enrolled at their regular school. Taking the classes not only helps promising students begin their journey towards a degree, but it also gives them a taste of what ISU can offer.
We have also focused our efforts on student retention with the "Be Advised" campaign, encouraging students to see their academic advisor. It's another way to make sure our talented students know we want them to succeed here.
We welcome all who chose Idaho State University this academic year, and we are looking forward to seeing great numbers in the summer and fall as well. We plan to continue to grow. Our summer applications are up nearly 22 percent, and fall applications are up nearly 7 percent. It's a wonderful sign of the future.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University