January 5, 2012
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
It has been a wonderful year at Idaho State University.
In the laboratories and in our classrooms, we have made great strides towards not only training our future leaders, but also in improving the quality of life and breadth of knowledge in our community and world today.
The work our faculty members have put forth in their fields is shown by our Research University- High status designated by the Carnegie Foundation. We opened a new research facility in the Ballard Building, and the facility already is home to a partnership that will allow us to be a part of testing new security technology. We have expanded research opportunities at the Idaho Accelerator Center. Our faculty members have been very successful at bringing competitive grants to our institution, creating new opportunities for both faculty researchers and students.
We've kept our main objective in the forefront — students come first at Idaho State University.
Approximately 200 undergraduate and graduate students received a Career Path Internship (CPI) for fall semester 2011. The program, which offers paid work experience, is important to me, and to our students. This year, we allocated more than $1.4 million a significant increase above the $300,000 allocation in 2010-11. These interns are working with faculty and staff on projects related to their academic major and intellectual interests and gaining relevant career related experience and training that will help them succeed in a competitive job market.
Our Veterans' Sanctuary continues to serve veteran students with centralized services such as academic assistance, counseling and job assistance. We respect those who have served our nation by working to provide them the best educational experience possible.
In the field and on the court, we have worked to provide an exciting athletic experience for our student-athletes and the community. Our student-athletes are now playing on a new softball field, new basketball courts and a new football turf, thanks to generous support from donors such as ISU Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, Sylvia Papenberg, DeWall Construction and the doctors at the Idaho Orthopedic and Sports Clinic, just to name a few.
I've also been thrilled to see an increased sense of spirit and pride at Idaho State University this year, both on campus and in the community. During our I Love ISU campaign, more than 100 volunteers worked together to collect $381,171 for student scholarships. Through a generous donation, we are working on beautification projects across campus that will enhance the Idaho State University experience for students and the community.
Our dedication to education and our students is paying off. Our freshman retention rate has increased by 6 percent, and we awarded more than 2,000 degrees this year. Nearly 500 international students from 59 countries are currently making Idaho State University their academic home, bringing a richness of culture to our institution.
Our students are gaining knowledge, and, as part of the learning process, are helping the communities around them. Our 12 University clinics saw more than 40,000 patient visits during fiscal year 2011. Many of our clients have limited means, and might otherwise not receive care.
In Meridian, we opened the Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic, adding new services to the already-successful dental clinic that has served more than 10,000 patients since 2005.
I am proud of what we have accomplished this year, but I know none would have been possible without the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of all of you. I know 2012 will be filled with even more success. Thank you.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University