November 8, 2013
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
This week, I have the honor and privilege of seeing five new inductees into the Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame.
These men and women were leaders on the court and on the field while at our institution, but as alumni of Idaho State University, they have accomplished even more.
Idaho State University football great Telly Lockette suffered a traumatic head injury at home in Miami, Florida the summer after his freshman year, but returned, and, after a redshirt year, was a three-year starting linebacker. He was named to the All-American team in 1996 and 1997. Today, he is coaching running backs at the University of South Florida, and has impacted the lives of many young athletes, mentoring and teaching them to have the same sense of determination and perseverance.
James H "Byrd" Yizar had a distinguished track career at Idaho State University, but his greatest gifts to the university have been since graduation. As the director of ISU's TriO programs, associate dean of students and associate director at the Student Success Center, Byrd has helped hundreds of at-risk students and athletes continue their education journey and go on to accomplish great things. He has been an active and cherished member of the Idaho State University and Pocatello communities, and is the recipient of both the Pocatello Mayor's Human Relations Committee's Humanitarian Award and the Pocatello and NAACP Ron Timpson Award for community service.
We are honoring Jackie Poulson, who tragically passed away last year. Jackie was a six-time Big Sky Conference champion and an NCAA All-American in the heptathalon. In her 13 years at Idaho State University, she not only excelled as an athlete, but as a coach, recruiter, mentor and role model for hundreds of other young athletes. Track coach Dave Nielsen captured all of our sentiments when he said, "Jackie is truly the pride of the Bengals."
Edward Smith was the Big Sky pitcher of the year in 1972. He later was drafted by the California Angels. Today, he is the owner of Town and Country Real Estate in Fairfield, Idaho, and is extremely committed to his community. Nancy Espeseth was a pioneer in Idaho State University athletics, playing basketball and softball in the early years of Title IX. She has mirrored that dedication and determination professionally in her distinguished career with the Idaho Department of Corrections.
These men and women are only a few of the many who leave our university and continue to make a difference in the world. Our students give us hope for the future-our alumni encompass the Bengal spirit, and are making a difference in the world today.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University