December 16, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
As we celebrate the holidays and look forward to the upcoming year, I'm excited about Idaho State University's wonderful successes in 2009.
This year, more students are realizing the dream of higher education. Our enrollment is growing. Even in difficult economic times, we've managed to maintain a high quality of student services, realizing that, at our core, we're here to serve students. To help those who have served our country, we have created the Veterans Sanctuary, a program designed to ease the transition from military to student life.
We have been recognized nationally in several venues for our commitment to students. GI Jobs magazine recently honored ISU as a "military-friendly" school. The Daily Beast, a national news website, ranked us the fifth safest campus in the nation.
In the Treasure Valley, we opened the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. Located in the heart of Meridian's health science, research and technology corridor, ISU-Meridian houses more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs in the health professions and sciences, community clinics, and research laboratories.
Our faculty have continued a tradition of excellence in both teaching and research. Drs. Joshua Pak and René Rodriguez were honored by R&D Magazine for creating one of the top 100 technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the past year through their research on precision nanoparticles.
In the Guatemalan rainforest, Dr. Richard Hansen is working, not only to preserve history, but to change the lives of the people for the better. He is working with leaders and researchers from around the world to study pieces of Maya history and create an environment for ecotourism in the area.
Just as Dr. Hansen's work is helping others, the students, staff and faculty at ISU are dedicated to making their community and world a better place. Audiology students in the Kasiska College of Health Professions led an effort to fit a man with a donated cochlear implant, giving him the opportunity to significantly improve his hearing. Currently, students on campus are collecting used eyeglasses and first aid supplies through the Idaho Condor Humanitarian Club, and will be distributing them in Peru during spring break. Every day, members of the ISU community are making a difference in the lives of others.
It's been a wonderful year, and our future is bright. I have a feeling 2010 will be even better.
Laura and I wish you happy holidays and a prosperous 2010.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University