December 12, 2012
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
It is the season of giving, and at Idaho State University, our students, faculty and staff are, as always, a part of that holiday spirit.
Service to community doesn't just happen during the holiday season, however. Our ISU community enjoys making a difference every day.
On Dec. 6, students and faculty at Idaho State University-Meridian teamed up with Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to provide free health screenings to those who otherwise would be unable to afford care. It is the 17th screening since the program started in March 2010. During that time, more than 400 people have participated, many receiving referrals to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment. The screenings provide vaccinations for flu and hepatitis C, along with physical exams, dental evaluations, nutrition educations, and hearing, blood sugar and HIV tests. For those who need care, screenings such as these are an opportunity to find quality resources in the community.
In our College of Business, students in Alex Bollinger's management class planned a series of fundraisers that will help give a seriously ill girl the opportunity to go to Disneyworld for Christmas.
Our students are helping each other through the annual Angel Tree, where members of the ISU community can choose to help ISU students and their families who are struggling this season. Staff members in our Leadership Development Program are volunteering for the Toys for Tots program and collecting canned food for the Idaho Food Bank.
Students, faculty and staff at ISU-Meridian are also gathering canned and nonperishable food for the Idaho Food Bank. They're also holding a silent auction with proceeds going to purchase dinner and other necessities for needy Treasure Valley families.
Walk through the front hallway and you'll see the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family giving tree, decorated with paper ornaments representing the wish lists of Treasure Valley youngsters and their parents. Students, faculty and staff are invited to take an ornament and purchase gifts, which will be distributed to families before Christmas Day.
It's a wonderful time of year, and I am, as always, impressed by the generous nature of the Idaho State community. From all of us here at Idaho State, have a wonderful holiday season.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University