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Gala Shines for New Year’s Eve

ISU Chamber choir at Gala

Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters’ third annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Dec. 31 raised $48,000 for student scholarships.
The gala event is held every year to raise money for students in the visual and performing arts. Students provide the entertainment for the evening, and allow guests to experience a night of elegance that they wouldn’t experience anywhere else in the area.
The night’s performances included a fashion show with costumes designed by ISU students, the ISU Jazz Band, an art gallery featuring student work, Stasia Acrobats and the Comedy Project. Fire dancers Lava Fire Flow greeted guests as they entered the Stephens Performing Arts Center, and after they celebrated the New Year. Guests were able to mingle with students between performances and observe first hand how talented they truly are.
A custom necklace by ISU First Lady Laura Vailas, and artwork by Department of Art Chair Jeffrey Adams, were given away to two lucky attendees during the annual drawing.  
For more information about the Gala, contact Heidi Jarvis-Grimes at, or (208) 282-5362.

Major Guests for ISU

Arun K. Singh

The Idaho State University International Affairs Council hosted welcomed Arun K. Singh, India’s Ambassador to the United States, as the keynote speaker for the 45th annual Frank Church Symposium. Other invited delegates included Dr. Rafi Ahmed, an ISU alumnus and National Academy of Sciences member, Dr. Fahim Rahim, a Pocatello kidney specialist and humanitarian, Retired Major General and ISU alumnus Tony Taguba and other distinguished speakers. Discussions covered a range of topics including health care, refugee movements and human rights, humanitarian crises, technology and environment, and access to education.
The International Affairs Council is a student organization dedicated to hosting the symposium each year to share viewpoints on international issues.