Idaho State University again recognized as National Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Security

Corey Schou

POCATELLO – The U.S. departments of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency has extended Idaho State University’s recognition as a National Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Security.

Idaho State University has been offering computer security classes since 1987. Seventeen years ago, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho were two of the first seven Centers of Academic Excellence recognized by the National Security Agency. The two programs regularly collaborate said Corey Schou, director of the ISU Informatics Research Institute and Director National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC). [Read more…]

Idaho State University International Affairs Council to welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh and other delegates to annual Frank Church Symposium

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council will welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh as the keynote speaker for the 45th annual Frank Church Symposium on March 3 and 4. The Ambassador will join several other delegates to present topics related to this year’s theme “Sustainable Development: Security, Health, Technology, and Environment in a Globalized World.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University to hold annual Idaho Music Educators Association Conference Feb. 11-13

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Music Department will hold the annual Idaho Music Educators Association Conference Feb. 11-13 on ISU’s Campus. The conference will feature presentations, rehearsals, exhibits and performances featuring ISU’s music department and students attending the conference. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Director of Performing Arts to have world premiere of percussion concerto at Feb. 12 Idaho State-Civic Symphony concert

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts Director Thom Hasenpflug will perform the world premiere of his percussion concerto “Four Mischiefs” with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the L.E. and Thelma Stephens Performing Arts Center. [Read more…]

President Vailas highlights ISU achievements at JFAC presentation and endorses Gov. Otter’s higher education budget recommendations for the next fiscal year


BOISE, Idaho—Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas told legislative budget writers Jan. 25 that ISU is committed to leading the state in health science education and creating new opportunities for student success, research and economic development.
Speaking before the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee at the State Capitol in Boise, Vailas endorsed Gov. Otter’s budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year, including a $1.74 expansion of health science programs at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. The university would use $1.16 million of the appropriation to expand the Doctor of Physical Therapy—currently offered on the Pocatello campus—to Meridian. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Distinguished Faculty nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for three Idaho State University faculty members to be recognized as Distinguished Faculty.

They will be honored during a reception in April and recognized during the 2016 Commencement exercises.
Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Service are due Jan. 22. The Distinguished Researcher call for nominations will be announced by the Office for Research and Economic Development. Nominations are being sought from ISU’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public. [Read more…]

Mandatory student health insurance requirement for students is suspended

The Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) passed a resolution on Dec. 10, to temporarily suspend, until September, 2016, the mandatory student health insurance requirement for all full-time students (part-time students were already exempted) enrolled in institutions subject to SBOE oversight, including ISU, effective immediately.

The SBOE also delegated authority to the higher education institutions’ presidents to determine how to handle cases of non-compliance during this period of time. Due to myriad issues related to verification of income and tracking, ISU will not enforce this policy during the Spring, 2016 semester.

During the upcoming months, beginning in February, the SBOE will be reviewing board policy on this issue. We will keep you updated on any developments and changes as they occur. The ASISU President, Mackenzie Smith, will be involved in all discussions on this issue.

Although no longer mandatory, we encourage all students to have health insurance. If you need information about health insurance options, please contact the ISU University Health Center at 208-282-2972 or visit:

If you have any questions about this communication, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs Office at 208-282-2315.

I Chose: Seth Spencer

Seth Spencer said he chose Idaho State University because it was close to his family and to the mountains, rivers and forests that influence his art.

“I wanted to be fairly close in proximity to where I grew up because my family is very important to me,” said Spencer. “I also just thought that ISU was more inviting than other colleges. The other places I was looking at had strict codes on lifestyle, and as an artist, freedom of expression and individuality are paramount.”

Spencer, who grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Skyline High School in 2011, is a senior fine arts major at ISU. [Read more…]

Got a Business Challenge? Call Bengal Solutions

When Bear Lake County leaders wanted to know how a proposed phosphate mine near Paris would affect the region, they turned to Idaho State University’s Bengal Solutions for help.

“We wanted them to flesh out information for local businesses… to help them understand the impact of the mine on the community,” said Kathy Ray, the executive director of the 4-County Alliance of Southeastern Idaho. 4-CASI is a public agency that promotes economic development and job growth in Bear Lake, Caribou, Oneida and Franklin counties. [Read more…]

Committee Begins Detailed Discussions of Presidential Facility Options

The independent fact-finding committee charged with assessing the current state of the Idaho State University Presidential Residence Facility began its most recent meeting by evaluating the current Servel facility.

The committee’s discussions offered differing perspectives related to the positives and negatives of the current facility including the historic significance of the facility and the charm of the building.
However, the committee outlined numerous drawbacks of the facility including safety concerns, space and parking limitations, accessibility concerns and cost of needed renovations. [Read more…]