April 1, 2013
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Recently, Idaho State University welcomed thousands of visitors to campus, and showed them the great opportunities that can come from a University and community working together.
Every spring, we invite the community to our campus to show them many of the exciting things Idaho State University has to offer at our Celebrate Idaho State event. Faculty, staff and students manned more than 100 booths, where they helped children become excited about robotics, shared information about services available at our many clinics, demonstrated our excellence in the arts through musical performances, and much more. It's a chance to share the knowledge and service Idaho State University brings to the community, and to thank our neighbors for their continued support.
The College of Technology hosted more than 2,700 high school and middle school students at their annual Tech Expo, where they learned about education and career opportunities available to them through higher education. Over the past 12 years, more than 20,000 students have learned about Idaho State University through the program. It is a great way to help young students get excited about continuing to learn, and to share some of the important skills they can learn here at Idaho State University.
At the Idaho State University Health Fair, hundreds of people received information, hearing screenings, laboratory tests, medication evaluations and much more from talented students, faculty and area health care agencies. Events such as the health fair and community health screenings conducted regularly at ISU-Meridian highlight the importance of our low-cost clinical services in the areas we serve. Last year, our clinics logged more than 50,000 patient visits, many of them assisting people who would otherwise be unable to afford medical care.
It has been a big week at Idaho State University. In fact, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and Chubbuck Mayor Steven England declared March 17-23 Idaho State University week.
I am always proud of the work our faculty and students do here at Idaho State University. On campus, in our communities and around the globe, they are making new discoveries, helping others, sharing knowledge and making the world a better place. It's wonderful when we have the opportunity to share our experiences, our knowledge, and most importantly, our service with others.
I would like to thank everyone who has visited us recently, and would encourage anyone who hasn't to come and see what we have to offer. Together, we can continue to do great work.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University