June 3, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Throughout the summer, ISU is welcoming future students of all ages to our campus.
Last week, more than 40 girls from area high schools attended The Women's Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Janet C. Anderson Resource Center. At the overnight campus event they learned how to become community leaders through the experiences of women in leadership roles throughout the state, including scientists, athletes and politicians. The conference also gave them a chance to see what ISU has to offer them.
This week, elementary and high school students will attend the summer camps sponsored by the Idaho State University electronics department and Energy Systems Technology and Education Center. There they will learn about robotics, lasers, and how electronics technology affects our world. It's a great way for children and teens to learn, and a wonderful way to introduce them to opportunities for future education and career opportunities.
Children whose native language is not English will have the chance to learn about the earth's plant and animal life this summer at a special class designed just for them the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Also at the Museum, elementary and middle school students will learn botany and engineering, and preschoolers will learn to think like a scientist. For children who enjoy creating works of art, the museum offers a day trip to a fish hatchery, where they will paint and learn about rainbow trout and salmon.
In August, young women who are considering a career in science will spend time with Idaho State researchers at Forays into the Field, a weeklong camp featuring hands-on paleontology, geology, biology, chemistry and physics. They will stay here at ISU in the dormitories and learn about campus life while they are here.
These experiences, from electronics to art, are the beginning of what we hope will be a lifelong relationship of learning at Idaho State University. With these fun field trips and hands-on activities, we are planting seeds that will mean a promising future for these young people and our institution.
Summer is a rejuvenating time at ISU — while we send off a new group of graduates to face the world and make a difference, we're welcoming the next generation of future ISU students to our campus to learn and grow.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University