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College of Arts & Letters Alumni and Supporters Receive 2016 Idaho State University Homecoming Awards


Three College of Arts and Letters alumni and supporters received 2016 Homecoming Awards from Idaho State University. The recipients were chosen for their work both on and off campus. They were honored at the President's Alumni Recognition Dinner on Sept. 23. Biographies of the three winners follows.

 Craig Joseph- ISU Distinguished Service Award 

Originally from Liberta Village, Saint Paul, Antigua and Barbuda, Joseph came to ISU on a football scholarship and has made ISU his home ever since. He now serves as the assistant director of admissions as well as advisor to the ISU Ambassadors and the instructional and academic support representative on the ISU Staff Council. He previously served as a recruiter for ISU. Joseph is actively involved in anything that promotes and supports ISU from advising to garnering support for ISU athletics. He has taken a leadership role in the establishment of The Block- a fan club for Bengal athletics composed of students and alumni and the establishment of Home Field Advantage, a group dedicated to providing the fan support that student-athletes need from the Bengal community and about participating in the competition as a fan rather than a spectator. Joseph graduated from the Department of Mass Communication, now the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion, in 2000.

Arlo D. Luke- President’s Medallion

Luke graduated from ISU in 1964 with his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. However, he never made the practice of pharmacy his vocation. He and Don Aslett co-founded Varsity Contractors, Inc., a facilities services company, in 1957 as a way to put themselves through college, and after graduating, Luke decided to become a full-time businessman. Now, 36 years later, Luke serves as not only the co-founder but President and CEO of Varsity Contractors. The company is a nationwide success with more than 5,000 employees. In addition to being a successful businessman, Luke is the founder of Valley Pride, a civic beautification organization. He also serves in the Boy Scouts of America, and has made generous contributions to Pocatello and ISU. Luke also serves on the Idaho State Civic Symphony Board, and on the ISU Foundation Board where he is currently the chairman of the board.

Sharon Price- President’s Medallion

As a non-traditional student, Price obtained her degree from Idaho State in 1986 and has never left the university. Following graduation, she worked in the ISU Foundation office. As a volunteer she has served on the Alumni Board, the Centennial Celebration Planning Committee, team captain for several years for the I Love ISU Campaign and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sharon married Park Price in 1969, living in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Detroit for Park’s work with General Motors. Sharon began her lifelong volunteer service supporting her community, hospitals and education. In 1979, their family relocated to Pocatello to take over the family auto dealership. Price continued her volunteer service and was extremely active in PEO, Zonta, PRMC Medical Board and Foundation Board, United Way, Healthy Pocatello/Healthy Youth, Idaho State Civic Symphony board and served on the Grants Panel for the Idaho Community Foundation. Now living in Idaho Falls, Prices serves on the Idaho Falls Symphony Board and is chair of the Idaho Falls Arts Council.


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