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2023 Homecoming Award Winners Announced

July 24, 2023

Idaho State University is proud to announce the exceptional individuals who will be honored with the 2023 Homecoming Awards. Each year, this cherished tradition brings together our Bengal community to showcase our pride and recognize the influential alumni and friends who have made a significant impact on our alma mater and their communities. 

It is with great pleasure that we extend our sincere congratulations to the following outstanding Bengals:

Kent Oram ‘83

Island Park, Idaho

ISU Distinguished Alumnus Award

Throughout his 38-year career, Kent Oram has supported ISU, impacting countless students. He has enriched the University and cultivated an ecosystem of collaboration, innovation and progress within Southeast Idaho. Oram believes ISU has the power to shape the future. He was CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union for 15 years and received the Idaho Business Leader of the Year award in 2016.


Dr. Earl ‘97 and Bernadett Stoddard

Pocatello, Idaho

President’s Medallion

Earl and Bernadett Stoddard have supported Idaho State University and its students for over 15 years. From scholarships for student-athletes to bolstering the football and basketball programs, their contributions have shaped the future of ISU. The Stoddards have created a culture of excellence, fostering opportunities for student-athletes to excel academically and athletically. 


Tim ‘13 and Elaine ‘13 May

Rockland, Idaho

William J. Bartz Award

ISU graduates Tim and Elaine May believe in inclusive education. As major donors to the INCLUDE project, they help provide affordable Dual Enrollment classes to students across Idaho. This program empowers individuals from diverse communities to prepare for post-secondary education or future careers. The Mays also support Bengal Athletics fostering a well-rounded student experience at ISU.


Dr. Donna Lybecker

Pocatello, Idaho

ISU Achievement Award

Dr. Donna Lybecker is a professor specializing in environmental politics and international relations. Her commitment to her students is evident through her engaging teaching style and dedication to intellectual growth. Dr. Lybecker's long standing devotion to ISU includes serving as chair of the political science department and acting vice president for research.


Allyson Johnson ‘05, ‘14

Pocatello, Idaho

ISU Distinguished Service Award


Allyson Johnson epitomizes the true spirit of being a Bengal and embodies a commitment to Idaho State University. As director of events and protocol, she orchestrates gatherings that unite alumni, friends and supporters, allowing us to gather and express our love and appreciation for ISU. Fueled by tremendous generosity and service, she enriches our community.


Jesse Arnoldson ‘14, ‘15

Kuna, Idaho

Young Alumni Award 


Jesse Arnoldson is a two-time graduate of ISU. As a partner and principal at the Idaho-based medical management firm MedMan, Arnoldson uses his knowledge and experiences to nurture the next generation of leaders. His dedication to students' success fosters a legacy of excellence and empowerment within the Bengal community.


Demetrius Amos ‘11 and Mackenzie Handel 

Pocatello, Idaho

Parade Grand Marshals

Corporal Demetrius Amos represents our Bengal and Southeast Idaho community with pride, compassion and hope in his role as a Pocatello police officer. Having been awarded the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, Demetrius's commitment to safety and service to the community exemplify the true spirit of being a Bengal. As a Bengal football letterman, he proudly carries the torch of Bengal pride and embodies the core values that contribute to the thriving spirit of our community.

Patrolman First Class Mackenzie Handel stands as an example of honor and dedication in the field of law enforcement. Honored with the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, Mackenzie's background as a former U.S. Marine reflects his commitment to serving and protecting the community. His selfless actions and efforts embody what it means to put others first.

These individuals will be formally recognized by ISU President Kevin Satterlee at the President’s Alumni Recognition Dinner. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, in the newly inaugurated Idaho Central Credit Union Bengal Alumni Center. Join us for a reception beginning at 6 p.m. by securing your seat with a ticket purchase on our website. The cost is $65 per person, and reservations are required. 

For questions or further information, please reach out to the Office of Alumni Relations at (208) 282-3755 or alumni@isu.edu.



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