January 27, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Idaho State University's excellence in research, education and service is no secret to those of us who already know and love our university.
It seems, however, that more and more students and families are learning about the high-quality programs we offer, and the innovative research that makes our institution a great place to learn and study.
I'm proud to report that our spring semester enrollment numbers are up nearly 15 percent from this time last year. That means we are welcoming nearly 2,000 more students than attended last spring, and nearly 1,000 more students than we welcomed in the fall. These numbers don't include a large number of students enrolled in the Early College program, or students who register later in the semester.
Students attending Idaho State University are among the best and brightest in the region. They come from all walks of life — from the traditional student coming straight from high school to military veterans hoping to continue their education.
Whether they come to ISU mid-career, looking for more education, or even while still in high school through our Early College program, I know our students will find what they need to receive a quality education.
Business students can learn through hands-on, real-life experience at the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit organization where university students provide community and business clients with low-cost professional consulting services. Since 2006, the organization has hired more than 80 interns who have provided consultation services to more than 160 local companies and found funds of more than 12 million dollars for local businesses.
In the Kasiska College of Health Professions, students can learn through real experience at one of Idaho State University's 14 clinics, from dental hygiene to counseling.
Theatre, dance and music students enjoy the chance to perform in the state-of-the-art L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, including the 1,200-seat Jensen Grand Concert Hall, with its spectacular acoustics, and the Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre and James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre, both of which provide nearly unlimited possibilities for stage performances.
At the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, Idaho State University students and researchers are creating the latest technology through a partnership with other Idaho universities, the Idaho National Laboratory and other agencies and industry leaders. The collaborative efforts at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies will help create knowledge and innovations to improve energy security for the nation.
There are many reasons more and more bright, promising students are choosing Idaho State University. We are an institution with a long tradition of excellence, and a bright future of innovation.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University