March 19, 2014
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Idaho State University's campus is always a vibrant place, but this week is even more special.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England have named this week Idaho State University Week, and we are celebrating with a host of events for the whole family.
On Tuesday we celebrated all of our programs at the annual "Celebrate Idaho State" event here on campus in Pocatello. Hundreds of community members came to learn more about our exceptional program offerings, and to celebrate our successes with us. In the fall, the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities welcome our students into the community with a party of their own.
We're also celebrating our dedication to great writing and education with the Bellon Visiting Author Series. This week, the College of Education is welcoming children's author and illustrator Julie Paschkis to local schools and libraries to talk with children about reading.
On Thursday, we're welcoming thousands of high school students to Idaho State University to learn about the many educational and career options at the College of Technology at the annual Tech Expo. One of our goals is to offer a quality, affordable education to promising Idaho students, and events like this one help us to show the wide variety of programs we offer here at ISU.
On Thursday and Friday, we're inviting the public to take advantage of the vast health care knowledge we have at ISU at our 33rd annual Health Fair. At the fair, community members can visit more than 60 learning centers, on a variety of health issues, and even take advantage of free health screenings featuring everything from hearing and blood pressure tests to foot exams and blood draws. It's one of the many ways our students, faculty and staff give back to the community. It's a great opportunity for the community to help students, giving them the opportunity to learn in a real-world setting.
This week we are also taking time to honor those who are role models for our students. The Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity, has named Scott McClure, president and managing officer of McClure Engineering, Inc. in Twin Falls, the Idaho Business Leader of the Year, and will be honoring him this week at a banquet.
Along with our scientific and business endeavors, we are fortunate to offer the community world-class performances by talented students, faculty, staff and guests at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. On Friday evening, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, featuring faculty member and clarinetist Shandra Helman, will perform.
I invite all of you to come back to campus and take advantage of these fantastic events. We look forward to seeing you!
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University