May 23, 2012
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Spring at Idaho State University is a time when we honor our promising students and our amazing faculty and staff.
I am always proud and honored to see our graduates walk across the stage and into the world each May. This spring, more than 2,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates, and I am confident they will continue to show what Idaho State University has to offer through their skills, leadership and dedication to helping their communities.
They join a prestigious group of men and women in the Idaho State University alumni community. Our outstanding professional achievement award winners exemplify this.
This spring, we honored 10 of our many successful alumni, all of whom are an inspiration to our newest graduates.
We honored James Mahar, known as one of the world's foremost experts in tunneling and mining subsidence. We honored Stephen Beckley, an alumnus whose work in the field of health benefits for students at colleges and universities has garnered him national recognition. We honored Jason Bohne who, along with a prestigious public relations career, still returns to Idaho State University from his home in Maryland to volunteer at the annual Simplot Games.
Frank Angelo's professional career includes working for Fortune 100 companies, as well as venturing out on entrepreneurial projects. He was part of the small team tasked with releasing the world's first hybrid SUV. Brent Fauré is teaching teens and creating opportunities for them in the world of sports medicine. Along with a successful career in the banking industry, Gary Campbell has provided extensive service to Idaho State University, serving both on the Alumni Association and ISU Foundation boards. Darwin Pugmire, who served as Idaho Power's general manager of power production, has been instrumental in the creation of the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center, a center that is training skilled workers in the energy field. Peter See-Kong Woo is a successful pharmacist and business owner who appreciated his Idaho State University experience enough to create the Asian American Scholarship Endowment in the College of Pharmacy. He and his wife have also funded the "Mee C. Woo Nursing Scholarship" for full-time nursing students in the College of Health Professions.
We are proud to have in the ranks of our alumni Enid Davis, who has been recognized by the American Counseling Association for her work creating a national license for counselors. We also were pleased to honor Alene Harrison, an alumna in the nursing program who returned to Idaho State University to educate the next generation of nurses, working both as a faculty member and later as chair of the nursing department.
It has been a wonderful year, filled with accomplishments for our students, faculty and alumni, and I am looking forward to an even brighter future.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University