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Sturat Summers

Stuart Summers

Associate Vice President

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3620

summstua@isu.edu



Stuart Summers is a proud graduate of Idaho State University and excited to be working at his alma mater.

Prior to assuming his role as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Stuart worked at the ISU College of Technology for four years as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment. He chaired the ISU Social Media Committee and was a co-organizer for the Ultimate Bengal promotion. Ultimate Bengal went on to receive national recognition for its revolutionary use of social media in marketing higher education.

Originally from Idaho Falls, Stuart graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Mass Communication. He spent four years at KPVI-TV News 6, where he was a morning show anchor and reporter. During that time, Stuart was recognized as "Idaho's Up and Coming Journalist of the Year" by the Idaho Press Club.

While a student at ISU, Stuart spent two years living in Mongolia as a volunteer English teacher. In addition to being a certified ESL instructor, he also speaks Mongolian fluently and enjoys making return trips to Asia. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys traveling, mountain biking, eating sushi and playing tennis.

April Robinson

April Robinson

Management Assistant

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3620

robiapri@isu.edu

Duties:
Manage ISU Marketing budget
Coordinate media buys
Negotiate advertising contracts
Staff support

 

April earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in mass communications with an emphasis in advertising/public relations and a minor in organizational communications from Idaho State University. While an intern with ISU's University Relations, she was given the opportunity to write for Dolan Media's Idaho Business Review. In addition to serving as a correspondent for IBR, she worked as a freelance writer, co-editor, photo journalist and copywriter in Southeast Idaho and throughout Oregon's coastal communities. While serving Samaritan Health Services as a marketing coordinator, she wrote and photographed for Samaritan's health-centered, quarterly publication “Heart to Heart,” a separate publication specifically for seniors, Generations, promoted Samaritan services on a monthly radio talk show on KBCH, served on the Samaritan’s Social Accountability Board, and also served as North Lincoln Hospital's public information officer. After leaving the coast and returning to Idaho, April opened The HangOver Clothing Company in Meridian. At The Hangover, she was responsible for creating a marketing and business plan, which she incorporated into its day-to-day operations. Once the store became profitable, April set her sights on a new goal and sold The HangOver with the help of an investor and close friend. She returned to Pocatello and has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since August 2013.

Andy Taylor

Andrew Taylor

Assistant Director - Public Relations

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3209

taylandy@isu.edu

Duties:
Press releases
Media relations

A native of Idaho, Taylor returned to the Gem State in 1995 after spending about two years in Alaska and about nine in Seattle. He has worked as a public information specialist at ISU since August 1998. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Idaho in 1983 and a computer information systems certificate from North Seattle Community College in 1992. He has worked for a variety of publications, including "The Peninsula Clarion" newspaper of Kenai, Alaska, "Fishing and Hunting News" magazine based in Seattle, the "Idaho State Journal" and as a stringer for Associated Press. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, cross-country skiing, fly fishing and hiking—all activities easily enjoyed in SE Idaho.

Chris Gabettas

Chris Gabettas

Public Relations Specialist

Office: Meridian 645

(208) 334-3131

gabechri@isu.edu

Duties:
Treasure Valley media and public relations
Liaison to Health Sciences and College of Business
Press Releases

Chris has more than 20 years' experience as a television, newspaper and magazine journalist. She began her career at the Idaho State Journal newspaper and KPVI-TV in Pocatello before reporting for television stations in Tulsa, Milwaukee and Phoenix, Ariz.

She's written about the television news industry for Communicator, the magazine of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and freelanced for several south Florida newspapers, including the Miami Sun Post.

Before joining the ISU Marketing and Communications Office in 2007, Chris worked in the staff development and public relations offices of Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chris holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Boise State University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

Emily Frandsen

Emily Frandsen

Public Information Specialist

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3164

franemil@isu.edu

Duties:
ISU Magazine
News and Notes
Web Content

Emily joined Marketing and Communications in May 2009. Before beginning her career at ISU, she worked in the newspaper business for 10 years, most of them at the Idaho State Journal.

Emily enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her husband Matt and her two children, Anne Marie and Thomas. She is a graduate of University of Montana, with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Allyson Johnson

Allyson Johnson

Special Events Coordinator

Office: Administration 142

(208)-282-4798

johnally@isu.edu

Duties:
Event planning for President’s Office and University Advancement
Event resources and protocol guidance
Pocatello Commencement

Allyson first came to Idaho State University in 2001 as a student, and is happy to have returned to campus as an employee. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and a Master of Arts degree in rhetorical studies, both from ISU. Allyson came to the Office of Marketing & Communications in January 2017 from the Office of the President, where she worked for eight years. She plans and executes all events for the President’s Office and Marketing and Communications, and is involved in several other high-impact university events. Allyson is the co-chair of Celebrate Idaho State, an annual community event on campus, and also heads-up the planning of the commencement ceremony on ISU’s main campus in Pocatello. She enjoys representing the university on various internal and external committees and at community functions. Allyson is the mother of two young children, and is married to Jeremy, who also works for ISU.

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Photographer

Office: Administration 138

(208) 282-3775

gorderic@isu.edu

Duties:
Portraits
Event Photography
Group shots

Born and partially raised in Idaho, Eric began his early career in the San Francisco Bay area honing his photography and darkroom skills working for many distinctive studios in the South of Market “Photo Row” area. Eric returned to the Gem State in 1994 and established Gordon Photography, a full service studio providing a wide range of photographic services including portrait and commercial photography. His creativity and passion for photography coupled with his vast experience over the past 20 years has prepared him to tackle any photographic needs. Eric’s warm and friendly manner makes everyone feel at ease. He is excited to be part of the University family. Eric is an avid fly fisherman that enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.

Martin Baker

Martin Baker

Video Production Specialist

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-2731

bakemar2@isu.edu

Duties:
Video Production
Manage ISU YouTube channel

Martin is an ISU graduate with a dual-emphasis degree in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from the English and Philosophy department. When not shooting or editing video, he enjoys nerding out with his friends and family.

Joey Gifford

Joey Gifford

Graphic Design Specialist I

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-2564

giffstev@isu.edu

Duties:
Print marketing
Printing and digital advertising
Event logos and general graphic design

Joey is an ISU graduate with a degree in Advertising/PR from the Mass Communication department. He has enjoyed being creative for most of his life and enjoys getting to continue that as a profession. With a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, Joey also contributes an occasional headline.

Ginny Lawrimore

Ginny Lawrimore

Digital Media Coordinator

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3905

lawrvirg@isu.edu

Duties:
Social media
General marketing
Homepage slides
Electronic billboards
ISU calendar

Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Ginny received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. After graduation, she worked as both a copy-editor and a reporter for The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, until moving to Gainesville, FL, where she received a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication at the University of Florida. Previous positions at the University of Florida include Communications Coordinator for the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning and Social Media Manager for the UF Warrington College of Business. In her current role as ISU’s Digital Media Coordinator, Ginny manages the social media accounts for Idaho State and coordinates content for ISU’s website. Ginny’s husband, Dave, is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State, and they enjoy hiking, camping, movies and spending time with their son, Simon.

Dave Van Etten

David Van Etten

Web Services Manager

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-4765

vanedavi@isu.edu

Duties:
CMS Migration
TerminalFour Training

Dave joined Marketing and Communications in January 2015. He has over 20 years in web/media. Before joining ISU, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 15 years.

Dave holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Colorado Technical University and an associate's in digital media from the University of New Mexico.

Dave enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and pretty much anything outdoors.

Joe Marley

Joe Marley

Web Developer

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-3517

marljos2@isu.edu

Duties:
CMS Migration
TerminalFour Training

Joe is an ISU graduate with a degree in Music. Prior to working at Marketing and Communications, he was a freelance web designer, and field director for political campaigns. Joe claims to have invented carbon.

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