March 2, 2011
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
This winter at Idaho State University, students, faculty, staff and visitors have been treated to Nepalese food, African dancing, a Taste of France and an exciting Chinese New Year's celebration.
It's not a scene one would normally expect in Idaho, but at Idaho State University, our international students are glad to share a bit of culture and festivities with the local community.
Our international students bring a strong academic drive, knowledge and excitement to our learning community. Recently, Idaho State University doctoral graduate Vikas Bhardwaj, a native of New Delhi, India, was chosen to do lung cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the world's best cancer research centers. Vikas finished his doctoral dissertation at ISU on Feb. 11. Here, he studied pancreatic cancer with Pharmacy Professor Alok Bhushan. Vikas and his colleagues in the College of Pharmacy examined ways to overcome the pancreatic cancer cells' resistance to administered drugs. His work at ISU included identifying a new set of pancreatic cancer cells that were resistant to drugs. This new line of cells can serve as models for other researchers to help in understanding the disease. His research will eventually save lives.
While Vikas and other students bring tremendous insight academically, our international student groups also bring new cultures, traditions and insight into our global community. Recently, our Nepalese students shared dancing, delicious food and special traditions.
Our students from China helped the community ring in the Year of the Rabbit with a Chinese New Year celebration. Our students from Africa brought a glimpse of both contemporary and traditional African culture to Idaho.
These events bring the Southeast Idaho community to our campus, and bring a bit of diversity to our community.
At Idaho State University, we value our students, and the different experiences they bring to our learning environment. I welcome you to come to campus and attend one of the international events hosted by our students, and enjoy a taste of our diverse campus community.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University