As we near the end of the semester at Idaho State University and the start of the holiday season, I have been reflecting on all that has been accomplished since August and how proud I continue to be of our Bengal family. In August, I shared what a tremendous amount of heart I have seen at this university. I continue to believe this is truly one of our greatest strengths. Our dedicated faculty and staff show their pride and commitment each day as they inspire a passion for learning and serve our students.
Our campus community is only as successful as our human connections. To be successful requires that we have and show a tremendous amount of compassion for one another. Our alumni show compassion when they volunteer their time to support students, whether it be showing up at a campus event or serving as a mentor. Acts of compassion are often small, but the rewards experienced by those receiving it are immense.
This month, I asked our faculty and staff to help us be the campus that exemplifies compassion. I firmly believe that if we instill compassion in our students, they will then carry it with them as they leave Idaho State to change the world.
As always, here’s a short list of recent highlights and accomplishments:
• The DNA Doe Project, with help from ISU anthropologist Samantha Blatt and former ISU faculty Amy Michael, has made a tentative positive identification of Clark County, Idaho/Buffalo Cave John Doe, whose remains were originally found in 1979.
• ISU communication professor emerita Martine Beachboard was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Kosovo to help enhance women’s rights.
• College of Business professor and interim associate dean Bob Houghton was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Appointment to teach and review curriculum on cybersecurity at Tashkent University of Information Technology in Uzbekistan.
• ISU associate professor Ken Aho participated in a National Science Foundation grant to study organisms floating in the air, some of which help form rain and ice.
• David Kleist, chair and professor in the Department of Counseling, recently received the 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Legacy Award.
• Nuclear engineering associate professor Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar is the principal investigator on a $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program to study incredibly tiny materials to determine their strength to support development of new nuclear fuels.
• In time for the holidays, a third Benny’s Pantry location opened in Meridian last week. The original Benny’s Pantry opened at Pocatello in January 2014 and then opened in Idaho Falls in October 2015. Benny’s Pantry is an initiative within Student Affairs to provide food for Bengals in need.
• On Nov. 7, ISU was honored by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, who recognized the entry of the College of Technology’s Construction Combine program into the Congressional Record. The combine is a unique program developed by the COT’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training Division that partnered with Home Depot to address a national skilled labor shortage in the construction industry.
Roar, Bengals, Roar!
Kevin D. Satterlee is the president of Idaho State University.