July 15, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Those of us who live in, or have lived in Idaho, know what a treasure we have in the Gem state.
It seems others are learning about us as well.
Money magazine recently ranked Meridian, home to Idaho State University – Meridian Health Science Center, among the top 100 best places to live. One of the city's selling points, the article says, is ISU – Meridian Health Science Center, with our newly-opened facility.
I'm proud of our top-notch facilities in Meridian, from the state-of-the-art human simulation laboratories to our L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex, which gives us the opportunity to train more of the brightest and best students.
The community benefits from our presence in the Treasure Valley in many ways. Our clinics in counseling, dentistry and speech and language offer community members quality, affordable treatment options.
Housed with ISU – Meridian is the Renaissance Magnet High School, a public school that offers students the chance to earn college credit and study health care-related fields through Idaho State University while still in high school. The high school students are able to use our laboratories and get a head-start on their health care education.
I was pleased recently to meet a delegation from Guangzhou, China who were visiting the Treasure Valley to explore business and investment opportunities in Meridian and the surrounding area. It was exciting to share with them the research and academic opportunities both in the Treasure Valley and in Pocatello, and offer them a tour of our world-class laboratories and facilities.
Idaho Falls, home to ISU – Idaho Falls, also made the top 100 list, with reviewers mentioning that engineering and energy firms are attracted to the area. Idaho State University, with its partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory, private industry, Boise State University and University of Idaho, is certainly a part of that success with the recently-opened Center for Advanced Energy Studies and our many degree programs offered in Idaho Falls.
And, magazine writers also took note of Pocatello's quality of life, naming us the ninth-fastest commute in the country.
I'm proud of the communities where we live, work and study, and the ISU community is excited to be a part of their success. Congratulations to Meridian, Idaho Falls and Pocatello. It's exciting to see others recognize and appreciate what we have to offer here.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University