July 19, 2012
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
When tragedy strikes, the strength of a community can be measured in how it comes together to make sure everyone is cared for. When the Charlotte fire swept through the Pocatello area this summer, destroying 66 homes, the community mourned, then rose to action.
My heart has been warmed watching how our community, including the Idaho State University community, has risen to help our families and friends.
When the fire broke out, our employees quickly gathered to open a shelter for hundreds of evacuees at Holt Arena. When the shelter opened, more than a dozen students spontaneously came to help, some staying through the night and into the morning.
Today, ISU employees are offering free counseling and other assistance to those affected. Nineteen of the homes burned belonged to members of the ISU community. A website, phone line and email address are available to ISU faculty, staff, students and retirees to find out what services are available and to report what needs there are to be addressed. The designated phone number is (208) 282-4400; the website is www.isu.edu/firesupport; and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help those affected, student and campus groups have organized a spaghetti fundraiser July 21, with all proceeds benefitting fire victims. For more information, visit www.isu.edu/firesupport.
At ISU, we are committed to offering continued support to those affected by the fire. A continuing priority is to members of the ISU family, making sure we do a thorough and efficient job of taking care of them. I am proud of the way ISU stepped up to help the community initially deal with this catastrophe. We will continue to support the greater Pocatello community in any way we can to help heal from these tragic fires.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University