Letter from the President

January 30, 2014

Dear Friend of Idaho State University,

As a former student-athlete, I have great respect for the hard work and dedication it takes to manage educational opportunities with practices and competitions.

Recent news reports have stated that, in some universities, student-athletes struggle academically, and come to school unprepared for higher education. At Idaho State University, however, our student-athletes are students first.

Our student-athletes excel on both the field and in the classroom. Nine percent of our student-athletes boast a 4.0 grade-point average - 36 percent have earned higher than a 3.5. Last year, 183 of our student-athletes were named Big Sky conference Academic All-Stars. The academic achievements of our student-athletes can be seen in every sport - our student-athletes boasted an average cumulative GPA of 3.24 this fall.

Our volleyball team also earned a Big Sky Championship title on the court this fall, and the Bengal Softball team earned the regular season Big Sky Championship title last spring.

ISU Volleyball Champions

It takes dedication to be a student-athlete. Our softball players, for example, log more than 40 games in a season, along with practices and full class schedules. I am proud of their accomplishments, and of the accomplishments of all our students who work hard in the classroom while balancing work and family life.

Along with furthering their education, student-athletes provide a great experience for the community. I would encourage all of you to come out to a game or match and see what Idaho State University athletics can offer. It's a fun time for the whole family, and our students love to hear the cheers and see the support of their fans. A full schedule can be found at www.isubengals.com. And I would like to thank all of you for all you do for our students and institution.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
president@isu.edu