September 3, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
At Idaho State University, one of our duties is to always look to the future. One of the main missions of a world-class university is to equip the next generation of leaders in all fields with the tools needed to succeed.
Our partnership at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is one of the ways we fulfill our mission. At CAES, researchers are making discoveries that could change the way we look at energy. Working alongside them, students are learning how they can make new discoveries themselves.
Recently, for the third year, CAES awarded 20 scholarships to interns at the Idaho National Laboratory, including a scholarship to one of our students, Dane Sterbentz, a nuclear engineering major. Since 2008, CAES has awarded $32,000 in scholarship money to promising students.
This week, campus is once again buzzing with promising students, ready to take on another semester of learning, including thousands of freshmen beginning their college careers.
We're happy to see them. The word about quality programs at ISU continues to spread. This year, our ISU Ambassadors conducted more than 1,500 individual campus tours. Idaho State University was present at 39 college fairs in nine different states, and visited nearly 100 Idaho high schools. Through our recruitment efforts, more than 300,000 students were exposed to Idaho State University in some way during the 2009-2010 academic year. The result is more top-quality students hearing about and choosing our university for their learning journey.
Recently, we saw what happens when we share the good news with potential students. For the past two years, record-breaking numbers of students have come to campus early for New Student Orientation. This fall, approximately 1,500 students, 500 more than last year's record-breaking number, came to learn about services and catch some Idaho State University spirit.
Our university is much more than our campuses. We are a part of the community. This fall marked the first annual "Orange and Black are Back, A CommUniversity Event." Southeast Idaho businesses and community members hosted a welcome back party for students, faculty and staff. The energy at the event was apparent, and gave Pocatello the feeling of a university town. It's a new tradition that I am excited to say will continue.
It's a new academic year, and our future looks bright here at Idaho State University. Welcome back to all students, faculty, staff and visitors. We are glad you are here, and look forward to many great things this year.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University