Idaho State University receives top ranking in Idaho for graduate earnings in study by Brookings Institution

POCATELLO — Idaho State University had the highest score among all of Idaho’s two-year and four-year higher education institutions in a recent study from the Brookings Institution ranking colleges by graduate salaries.

Institutions were ranked on a score scale of one to 100 to rate the value-added to median student earnings 10 years after enrollment of the 2001-2002 cohort, with 100 being the top score.

ISU scored the Idaho-high of 63, beating out all other Idaho institutions by at least 10 points. The closest ranked four-year institution, the University of Idaho, and two-year institution, North Idaho College, both scored 53. Both public and private institutions were included in the rankings.
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Syrian refugee crisis topic of public debate at Idaho State University Nov. 5 sponsored by Rupp Debate Society

ISU Debate Team members, from left to right, Sophomore Michael Mares, of Pocatello, Junior Mike Chen, of Casper, Wyoming, Sophomore Cora Bidet, of Shelley, and Senior Nate Graves, of Arco, pose near a reflecting pool at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, following The Steve Hunt Classic debate tournament last month.

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Bengal Debate Team will host a public debate on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. The audience will be allowed to ask questions as part of the debate and to vote for the winner.

The debate will be in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Suites on the third floor of the Pond Student Union on the ISU campus. Members of the ISU debate team will engage the topic: “The United States should accept one million Syrian refugees over the next five years.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works set Nov. 12

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works will be held on Nov. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wood River Room, Pond Student Union.

The event is a reception and recognition program for ISU authors and creators of works published or performed in 2014. [Read more…]

Renowned scientist and author Jeffrey Bennett to deliver lecture “What is Relativity?” Oct. 21 at Idaho State University

POCATELLO — Jeffrey Bennett – renowned astrophysicist, NASA scientist and author of bestselling college texts, critically acclaimed books for the general public and children’s books – will deliver the lecture “What is Relativity?” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 140 of the Idaho State University Physical Science Building.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s completion of his “General Theory of Relativity.” Because some of the public knows very little about the critical importance of either the special or general theories to modern understanding of the universe, Bennett decided to put on the event. [Read more…]

Idaho State University junior Mike Chen finishes fourth at regional debate tournament


POCATELLO— Idaho State University junior Mike Chen won the fourth-ranked individual speaker award at the Fran-Tanner Invitational debate tournament held at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls last month.

Members of Idaho State University’s James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society competed at this International Public Debate Association (IPDA) event, which included awards for the top 10 speakers. Overall, there were 50 debate entries in three divisions at the tournament. [Read more…]

ISU alum Chris Carlson writes book about role of Cecil Andrus in Alaska lands legislation

POCATELLO — Idaho State University alumnus Chris Carlson recently published a new book “Eye on the Caribou,” which tells the story of the critical role former four-term Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus played in securing the historic 1980 Alaska lands legislation.

Carlson, the long-time former-press secretary to Andrus, believes “Eye on the Caribou” will provide previously little-known pieces of information to future historians. [Read more…]

ISU’s TRiO Educational Talent Search celebrating 50 years of service for more than 50,000 students on Sept. 29

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s TRiO’s Educational Talent Search program is celebrating 50 years with a recognition dinner for generations of ETS students, administration and staff set 4-6 p.m. Sept. 29 in Stephens Performing Arts Center Marshall Rotunda.

ISU TRiO has worked with more than 50,000 people during the 50 years.

The RSVP deadline is Sept 18. Call 282-3514 to RSVP or for more information. [Read more…]

ISU electrical engineering Professor S. Hossein Mousavinezhad recognized for his participation in ABET, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s College of Science and Engineering professor S. Hossein Mousavinezhad has been recognized by Michael K. J. Milligan, the executive director of ABET, for his significant contribution to the organization.

“It is an honor to have been recognized for this important professional activity. It is important for experienced faculty members to be involved at the national, international level in professional organizations including ABET, IEEE and ASEE,” Mousavinezhad said.

The ABET Accreditation is not-for-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology: it is recognized as an accreditor by the council for higher education accreditation. [Read more…]

Idaho State University students to write book about Pocatello’s iconic Garrett Freightlines

Alex Bolinger

POCATELLO – Sixteen Idaho State University students from various disciplines will study the history of Garrett Freightlines this fall in an honors class that will require them to write a book instead of complete a final exam.

Students will research the business practices and personalities that shaped Garrett Freightlines – once a national freight carrier and major Pocatello employer. The class is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Management Alex Bolinger, whose grandfather, Larry Allsberry, served as company president in the late 1970s before the company was sold to a larger trucking firm and left the Gate City.
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Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy announces inaugural winner of Teaching Literature Book Award

Cover of winning book.

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy announced the inaugural 2015 winner of its Teaching Literature Book Award, an international prize for the best book-length work on teaching literature at the college level.

Written by a team of distinguished scholars from around the globe, the winning book is the edited collection, “From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom,” published in 2014 by The Ohio State University Press. The collection is edited by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, professor of comparative literature, Hamilton College, New York, and Fiona McHardy, principal lecturer in classical civilization, University of Roehampton, United Kingdom. [Read more…]