ISU College of Pharmacy students provide 2,500 flu shots this season

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter sat on the edge of his desk and slipped off his shirt as Idaho State University third-year pharmacy student Whitney Bennet prepared to administer an influenza vaccination Nov. 7.“I’m a cowboy so I’m not about to tell you if it hurt,” he joked after the shot, but quickly added the vaccination was not only painless, but key to keeping people healthy during flu season. “It’s so much better to keep people from getting sick in the first place,” he said. [Read more…]

University suspends use of dogs for advanced-trauma training

Idaho State University has suspended the use of dogs as part of its Advanced Trauma Life Support courses.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), which oversees and certifies the trauma life support training, has approved the use of dogs to teach the techniques and skills necessary to treat human beings who have experienced traumatic injury. [Read more…]

Regional benefits seen as ISU’s new Energy Systems Technology and Education Center debuts

The new Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) at Idaho State University officially opened Nov. 7.

A press conference was held at 9 a.m. in the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, followed by a ribbon cutting at ESTEC, located in the newly renovated Industrial Crafts building.

Renovation of the ESTEC building began summer 2007, after the team of Idaho State University’s College of Technology, Idaho National Laboratory and Partners for Prosperity received grant funding totaling more than $2.5 million.

The College of Technology was one of 72 recipients receiving a President’s Community Based Job Training Grant through the Department of Labor and an Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation.

ESTEC’s primary mission is to support the energy sector in offsetting the growing national shortage of energy systems technicians. It is expected to facilitate regional economic competitiveness, increased job growth and provide other new energy-related opportunities.

“ESTEC will be a cornerstone of Idaho State University’s growing role in educating skilled technicians to operate modern energy systems,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D. “Just as Idaho is playing an increasingly important role in energy research, ISU is poised to educate the workforce that science, industry and government will need to succeed.” [Read more…]

ISU nursing graduates net 100 percent pass rates on national exams

The Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADRN) program at the ISU College of Technology recently received notification that 2008 graduates of the ADRN program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX—RN). Also, the Practical Nursing program graduates have also achieved an overall pass rate of 100% on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

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Rising costs, need for renovations prompt fee increases at Holt Arena

Idaho State University will increase fees for the use of Holt Arena by the start of the fall 2008 semester, the first such increase in at least a decade, ISU officials have announced.

Faced with rising costs and the need for renovations to the popular facility, the University will implement increases in rental and facility fees and will charge for parking for designated events.

The changes bring the arena’s fee structure in line with comparable facilities in the Intermountain West, officials said.

The University will continue to seek public and private funding for renovations, said Kent Tingey, D.A., vice president for university advancement. [Read more…]

Idaho State University to co-host international nuclear-systems analysis workshop in Idaho Falls

A workshop that begins Monday, July 21, at University Place in Idaho Falls on the validation and verification of nuclear-systems analysis will put an international spotlight on eastern Idaho, says Idaho State University’s nuclear engineering department chair.

“This event will contribute to the enhanced recognition of eastern Idaho organizations – Idaho State University, Idaho National Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies – as significant contributors to the international nuclear research effort," said George Imel, Ph.D. [Read more…]

Vailas to spotlight economic impact of ISU at Idaho Falls forum March 28

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Idaho Falls luncheon on Friday, March 28.

President Vailas will address the economic impact of Idaho State University, particularly the contribution that ISU’s research activities make to the economies of Idaho Falls and the state in the fields of energy, health care and medical education.

City Club is a nonpartisan public forum for civil discussion of public affairs. Previous guests have included U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus.

The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Samuel Horne Bennion Student Union Multipurpose Room, at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive. Lunch is $15. Gallery seating is free. To RSVP or for more information, call (208) 227-1702 or send an e-mail to

Flags at half-staff to honor late Congressman Lantos

At the direction of the Office of the Governor, the flags of the United States of America, Idaho and Idaho State University are lowered to half-staff today in memory of, and in tribute to, U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-California. Lantos died Monday, Feb. 11.