Idaho State University opens Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories in Meridian

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas speaks at the grand opening of the L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories September 24, in Meridian.

MERIDIAN – Students at the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center are studying anatomy this fall and exploring the function of the human body in a state-of-the art laboratory complex never before seen in Idaho.

The L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories celebrated its grand opening Sept. 24. [Read more…]

Major grant and ISU Bengal Pharmacy boost health services in Challis

ISU President Arthur Vailas (center in orange shirt) and Bengal Pharmacy team at grand opening in Challis. From left: Gene Hoge, Arlo Luke, ISU Foundation; Rex Force, Bengal Pharmacy;  Kent Tingey, Advancement; Paul Cady, Emily Edwards, Carla Green, Chris Owens, College of Pharmacy.

CHALLIS – Residents of this remote central Idaho community will have improved access to primary health care services, thanks to a $1.19 million grant awarded to the North Custer Hospital District and the opening of Bengal Pharmacy, a full-service telepharmacy that will serve Challis and the surrounding region.

“The grant and Bengal Pharmacy are a big win for rural health care and the people of our community,” said Sharlene Miller, hospital district administrator.

Challis celebrated the boost in health services during a community event Sept. 22, highlighted with remarks by federal, local, state and university leaders. [Read more…]

Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas to deliver President’s Annual State of the University Address Sept. 30 at Stephens Center

President Arthur Vailas at the 2014 State of the University address.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas will deliver the President’s Annual State of the University Address at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Bistline Thrust Theatre.

President Arthur Vailas at the 2014 State of the University address.

President Arthur Vailas at the 2014 State of the University address.

The President will share successes of recent years and outline upcoming initiatives at the University, including information on educational programs, economic impact, finances and research.

Live streaming of the event will be available at

A reception will follow his presentation.

Idaho State Civic Symphony to hold first concert of the season Sept. 26, features violinist Stephanie Chase

POCATELLO – The Idaho State-Civic Symphony will welcome guest violinist Stephanie Chase for its season opener Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto on Sept. 26 in the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

Chase is a world-class violinist who has been recognized by her elegance and imagination, stunning power and matchless technique by the “Boston Globe,” Louisville “Courier-Journal” and “BBC Music Magazine.” She has performed in solo performances in more than 170 orchestras including the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics, and also the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore and London Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed in 25 countries around the world.

The symphony will play music from Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major,” Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture” and Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suites.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s 34th annual CW HOG Pig Out fundraiser set Sept. 19

POCATELLO – The 34th annual Idaho State University Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) Pig Out, a dinner and fundraiser for CW HOG, will be held 3-10 p.m. Sept. 19 in Lower Ross Park Pavilion in Pocatello.

The dinner includes grilled pork chops, Idaho baked potatoes, corn on the cob, cold beverages and the HOGs’ specialty, a vegetarian Dutch-oven dish. Dinner is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. There will be kid’s activities and live music from the Maw Band. [Read more…]

ISU, NuMat, Inc., EJ Proprietary Property Company receive $700K IGEM grant for the development of specialized crystal materials

Eric Burgett with the type of crystal being studied at the RISE Complex.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University and partners NuMat, Inc. and EJ Proprietary Property Company have received a $700,000 grant from the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM).

The grant was awarded through the Idaho State Board of Education’s Higher Education Research Council to purchase specialized equipment to use in the development, characterization and fabrication of crystal materials for use in academic, industrial and government settings.

IGEM’s mission is to create new enterprises and high-paying, knowledge-based economy jobs by increasing strategic areas of research and development through targeted partnerships among industry, higher education and government that leverage new and existing resources. [Read more…]

Idaho State University will induct six into Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 12

Stacey (Peterson) Allen

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Office of Alumni Relations and ISU Alumni Association will induct six new members into its Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 12.

The new members include Stacey (Peterson) Allen of Idaho Falls, soccer; Maureen Griffin of Arlington, Texas, track and field; Rod Childs of Rancho Cucamonga, California, football; Ashley Toner McNeal of Boise, women’s basketball; Selena Frazier of Eugene, Oregon, track and field; and Greg Smith of Pocatello, football.

The induction ceremony will be held at noon Sept. 12 in the Bistline Thrust Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Those attending are asked to RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations, (208) 282-3755 or The new inductees will be introduced at halftime of that afternoon’s ISU football game against Portland State, which kicks off at 4:05 p.m. [Read more…]

33rd annual “I Love ISU” campaign runs Sept. 1-17

Emily Frandsen, ISU Public Information Officer, calling during last year's I Love ISU campaign.

POCATELLO– Idaho State University will be hosting the 33rd annual I Love ISU Scholarship Campaign Sept. 1 through Sept. 17.

“The I Love ISU scholarship campaign is important, in that it gives deserving Idaho students the opportunity to go to college and make a difference in the future, while helping to grow our communities intellectual capital, workforce and expand our community,” said David G. Gates, Fire Chief of the Pocatello Fire Department and I Love ISU Chair. [Read more…]

Idaho State University researchers participate in study documenting contaminants in the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River

ISU researchers rafting through the Grand Canyon's Lava Falls while the group was completing research on Colorado River food webs. (Photo courtesy of Colden Baxter)

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Colden Baxter and other ISU researchers contributed to a study that documents high levels of contaminants in the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Canyon.

The study, released in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, documents high levels of mercury and selenium in this stretch of the Colorado River. It has received widespread national and international media attention.

“One of the take-home messages of the study is that because the Grand Canyon is set aside as a national park people might expect it to be buffered from the impacts of such pollution, but we’ve learned over and over again that pollutants like selenium and mercury don’t know those boundaries,” said Baxter, an ISU associate professor of biological sciences who is the director of the ISU Stream Ecology Center and a coauthor on the recent paper. [Read more…]