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IDAHO STATE U N I V E R S I T Y Volume 45 | Number 2 | Fall 2015




75th Anniversary of Electronics Program

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Embracing the World It’s an exciting time here at Idaho State University. In May, we celebrated a record number of ISU graduates — 2,561 to be exact. These Bengals join the more than 80,000 ISU alumni that are making a difference around the world. And we couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of you! Our mission at ISU is to advance scholarly and creative endeavors while developing citizens who will enrich the future of our diverse, global society. The value of globalization in higher education cannot be overstated. At ISU, we are committed to providing a high quality education with a worldwide perspective. This includes increased global awareness in our curriculum, supporting study abroad opportunities for our faculty and students and inviting individuals from around the world to join our academic community. Together, these initiatives support the innovation and collaboration necessary to address critical issues such as alternative power needs, cybersecurity concerns and health and nutrition issues. For example, last spring, students from programs throughout ISU went to Peru on the annual Operation Condor mission to help address critical health care needs. It’s an annual trip that not only helps the people of Peru, but gives our students the chance to learn about a new culture, and see first-hand how the knowledge they gain at ISU can have a global impact. Our Bengal community includes students from 49 states and 56 different countries. At ISU, our international students represent nearly 10 percent of our total student population. The diversity of our student body enriches not only our classroom discussions, but our entire campus community. The University also offers a number of study abroad opportunities designed to enhance the college experience. ISU has partnerships with universities around the world offering students the chance to study abroad, learn about new cultures and develop global competencies. Last year, 17 ISU students participated in the program studying in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Germany and Uruguay to name just a few. Additionally, nine exchange students came to study at ISU as part of the program. I’m proud that we’re able to offer these types of opportunities for our students. These types of opportunities help our students develop sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds — skills critical to future employers. As you read through this latest edition of the ISU Magazine, you’ll discover even more stories about our Bengals’ global experiences, including Bengal soccer player Maria Sanchez’s appearance at the World Cup (page 20) and two-time ISU alumna Lori Price’s volunteer efforts in Nicaragua (page 32). Indeed, our Bengals are making a difference around the world. Go Bengals!

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18 On the Lookout: ISU researcher uses drones to study the rare black-footed ferret.

32 A Way Out: ISU alumna rescues women from human trafficking.

On The Cover: Maria Sanchez

chases her dream straight to the World Cup. Read more on page 20.

Photo by Julie Hillebrant

Summer Nights: Hundreds of students and community members attend the weekly summer Concerts on the Quad, with performances by bands from across the country.


President’s Message


Alumni Chapters Established

ISU Signs Agreement with NuMat


Graduate Programs Earn High Ranks


Business Team Wins Global Competition


ISU Nuclear Reactor Turns 50


Record Number of Graduates Honored


Distinguished Faculty Named


$1.5 Million Nursing Grant Helps Refugees


Veteran-to-Nurse Bridge Program


ISU Salutes Simplot Games


75 Years of Electronics


Maria Sanchez Plays in World Cup


Prescription Filled: Bengal Pharmacy Opens in Challis


Pack It Up, Pack It In: ISU Alumnus Pioneers Pack Making


Learn How Some People Give Back to ISU


Orange Jacket Club Provides Inspiration and Support for Idaho Music Teachers


Alumni News

Photo by Bethany Baker

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ISU Signs Research Agreement with NuMat ISU and NuMat, Inc., have signed an agreement to conduct joint research and development centered at the Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) Complex in Pocatello, with the goal of commercializing advanced technologies. They will conduct research and development in a variety of technical areas at the RISE Complex, including advanced manufacturing, medical isotope production and materials science.


Alumni Chapters Established in Treasure and Magic Valleys The Idaho State University Alumni Association has created local alumni chapters in the Treasure and Magic Valleys, and are in the process of creating local chapters in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. “Alumni chapters are being formed throughout the state and region,” said ISU Alumni Director K.C. Felt, ’71. “They are led by some of ISU’s most dedicated and loyal alumni.” Local alumni chapters are run by volunteer five-member boards consisting of a president, vice president, membership chair, young alumni representative and events coordinator. The chapters can also plan activities in their areas, and assist with recruiting efforts. “The support for ISU in the Magic Valley is overwhelming,” said Shawnee Burt, ’08, ’14, president of the Magic Valley chapter. “Our chapter is bringing ISU into the greater Twin Falls community

and is providing awesome opportunities to network, build friendships and remain connected to Idaho State. It’s a lot of fun.” The Treasure Valley chapter recently created the Bengal Brown Bag Speaker Series as an opportunity to get together for lunch and benefit from innovative speakers. ISU alumnus and Chief U.S. District Judge for Idaho B. Lynn Winmill, ’74, was the most recent speaker. “Our Bengal Brown Bags have proven to be very popular,” said Treasure Valley chapter president Joshua Whitworth, ’04. “Our chapter is connecting alumni through engaging programming, fun social activities, philanthropic opportunities and professional networking. The Bengal community is strong in Boise.” To get involved with or start a local alumni chapter in your area, please visit to learn how.

Nepal Vigil The ISU Nepalese Student Association held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25. Nepal, the home country of more than 50 ISU students, experienced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Graduate Programs Receive High National Rankings ISU’s master’s degree program in mental health counseling ranked 18th in the country by, an online resource for students considering graduate school. The website lists the ISU program in its rankings for spring 2015. Rankings are solely based on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on the site. ISU is in good company—Queens College takes the top spot, followed by San Diego State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Kansas State and Columbia universities, which all made the top 25. ISU’s environmental engineering graduate program is ranked No. 8 nationally by Graduate Programs in its spring 2015 Rankings of the Top Environmental Engineering Graduate Programs.

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“All Star” Business Team Takes First in Global Competition Six Idaho State University College of Business students captured first place in their division in the 51st International Collegiate Business Simulation, the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive business simulation for college students. The Bengal team—made up of graduate business students—took top honors for Best Written Materials and Best Overall Performance. The awards were announced at a gala dinner April 25 in Anaheim, California at the conclusion of the three-month competition, which pitted the ISU team against business students from around the world. Teams were required to invent a manufactured product, create a detailed business plan, and make five years’ worth of quarterly decisions as they competed in a computerized business simulation with teams from other schools in their industry. The competition began with weekly decisions in January and culminated with the final presentation to judges in Anaheim. The judges were corporate and business leaders from throughout the United States. The ISU team created a company,

Graduate Student Research Day

“BeMed,” whose purpose was to develop and market a noninvasive device to monitor blood glucose levels without having to draw blood. BeMed refers to the Bengal mascot and the University’s health care mission. Assistant professors Dawn Konicek and Dr. Alex Bolinger, ’02, ’04, served as faculty advisors to the team. “This competition is so valuable to students because it allows them to apply what they are learning in the classroom to see how the decisions they make affect

The 2015 Graduate Student Research Day, sponsored by the ISU Graduate School, featured 42 poster and 32 oral presentations.


ISU business All Star team. Front row from left: Anil Mandal, Joe Dobbins, Connor Pate, Andrea Vicic, Derek Schwabedissen. Back row from left: D. J. Mills, Dr. Alex Bolinger, advisor. all of the functional areas of a business – finance, marketing, production and managing human resources,” Bolinger said. “This is evidence that ISU’s best and brightest can compete with anyone in the world.”

Dance All Night More than 100 ISU students participated in the University’s all-night Dance-A-Thon fundraiser raising $4,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, specifically the Salt Lake City-based Primary Children’s Hospital.

Idaho State University Nuclear Reactor Turns 50 It’s been converting matter to create energy for 50 years and could keep running without any new fuel for more than 200 years, 24 hours a day. Idaho State University’s AGN 201 Nuclear Reactor is celebrating its 50th year of operating on the ISU campus, providing unique learning and research opportunities for students, faculty and staff, and inspiring awe in some. “In my personal opinion, the fissioning of the uranium nucleus is the most impressive advancement we’ve made in the past 100 years – nuclear reactors are not yet 100 years old,” said Adam Mallicoat, ISU reactor operator. “The fact that we are able to destroy matter to make energy, for that reason alone, they are the most fantastically interesting applications. They make E=mc2 a workable reality for power production.”

ISU’s AGN 201 Nuclear Reactor, located on the lower level of the Lillibridge Engineering Laboratory on the ISU campus, is one of three AGN 201 reactors still operating on a college campus in the United States, and one of five left in the world. There were once more than 40 of these reactors operating worldwide. “It is a great training reactor and ultrasafe,” said Jay Kunze, ISU nuclear engineering professor and reactor administrator for the ISU Engineering Nuclear Reactor Office. “It serves to teach students how to operate a reactor, how to design them and how to operate them safely. It serves all the purposes for practical training.” ISU originally received the reactor from the Idaho National Laboratory in 1965 and it was set up in the old ISU Engineering Building, since demolished.

The reactor is licensed for only an extremely small amount of power, not even enough to power a light bulb. Still, it is a powerful teaching tool. “Our students get to work with a real reactor and interact and handle real fuel, obviously while supervised,” Mallicoat said. “This is a very hands-on, unique experience that a lot of people don’t even get who are working in the field. I’ve known people who have gotten Ph.D.s in nuclear engineering and they have never touched nuclear fuel.” Annually in the United States, about 300 people are certified as reactor operators. This spring, five undergraduates at ISU were certified as reactor operators. Interest in nuclear energy is on the upswing nationwide and at ISU. Enrollment in ISU’s nuclear engineering program is up about 50 percent in recent years.

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Record Number of Graduates Honored A record 2,561 ISU graduates were awarded degrees and certificates at ISU commencement on May 9 at Holt Arena. This year’s number of graduates was 111 more than last year, and 327 more than in 2010. “We are proud of each and every one of our graduates, and we appreciate all the support their families have provided to help them achieve this milestone,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas. “Our record number of graduates, and the trend ISU has shown of graduating more students annually, proves Idaho State University’s commitment to the educational needs of the great state of Idaho.” In addressing the graduates, ISU Alumni Association President Larry Satterwhite, ’70, encouraged the students to celebrate this major achievement and stay connected to ISU. “You and I, despite not knowing each other personally for the most part, become connected today,” Satterwhite said. “We are all Idaho State University alumni. Regard-


less of where life takes us, the challenges we face and the contributions we make to others, the major touchstone is ISU and the time we have spent here.” Associated Students of ISU President Taylor Tingey challenged the audience to consider what is possible and impossible in their lives. “Here we stand, ready to take on the world,” Tingey said. “We’ve been prepared with a first-class education from a University we can be proud of. As we enter our future endeavors, be proud of what you have learned and where you have learned

it from. And remember, ‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.’” The breakdown of graduates included 45 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, seven Doctor of Education degrees, five Doctor of Arts degrees, nine Doctor of Audiology degrees, 27 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, 95 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, eight Educational Specialist degrees, 580 master’s degrees, seven Graduate School certificates, 1,243 bachelor’s degrees, 436 associate degrees and 189 certificates from the College of Technology.


Dr. Barbara Frank

Cal Edwards

Dr. Colden Baxter

Three Honored as Distinguished Faculty Three Idaho State University faculty were honored as Distinguished Faculty at ISU Commencement, including Dr. Barbara Frank, associate lecturer and advisor, Department of Biological Sciences, Distinguished Teacher; Cal Edwards, law enforcement coordinator and instructor, College of Technology, Distinguished Service Award; Dr. Colden Baxter, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Distinguished Researcher.

“These three awards are the highest honors bestowed on faculty at Idaho State University and it is a distinction to receive one,” said Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The honorees are among our most accomplished faculty, and we are proud to recognize them.” Outstanding Service candidates were: Dr. Caryn Evilia, chemistry; Dr. Cindy Seiger, physical and occupational ther-

apy; Dr. Cathleen Tarp, global studies and languages. Master Teacher candidates were: Dr. Teddie Gould, College of Pharmacy; Dr. Andrew Holland, chemistry; Dr. Cathy Peppers, College of Business; Dr. Curtis Whitaker, English and philosophy. Outstanding Researcher candidates were: Dr. Jennifer Attebery, English and philosophy; Dr. Shannon Lynch, psychology; Dr. Mark McBeth, political science; Dr. Jean Pfau, biological sciences.

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Idaho State University Awarded $1.5 Million Nursing Grant to Help Refugees The School of Nursing will provide health care for Idaho refugees, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant — the most comprehensive of its kind in Idaho — will run for three years, according to project director Dr. Kelly Fanning, a nurse practitioner and associate clinical professor at ISU-Meridian. Fanning says students and faculty from numerous disciplines will be involved the first year, including nursing, dietetics, pharmacy and audiology. Students from public

health, physical and occupational therapy programs will be added the second year. “They’ll work in teams, visiting refugees in their homes beginning next January,” she said. Students are undergoing training this fall to learn to address the needs of the refugee population. Refugees are forced into exile by war, political strife or religious and ethnic persecution. When they arrive in the United States, many speak little or no English and face significant health challenges. “Think about going to a country where you don’t speak the language and can’t understand what people are saying. If you have a sore throat and need to see a doctor, you don’t know where to go,” said Dr. Mary Nies, project co-director and director of nursing research.

Since 2001, more than 7,600 refugees from 36 countries have resettled in Idaho with the majority living in the Treasure Valley and Twin Falls areas, according to the Idaho Office for Refugees in Boise. Primary care providers, such as the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Federal Way Clinic, which works closely with Boise’s refugee population, will refer patients to the ISU project. Student teams will work with a medical interpreter from the refugee community to help bridge cultural and language barriers, said Fanning. ISU researchers say the program’s interdisciplinary approach will give students an opportunity to learn from each other while gaining cross-cultural experience in patient care. “This will be a rare opportunity for our students to have this experience,” said project co-investigator, Dr. Susan Tavernier, who heads ISU-Meridian’s accelerated nursing program. Researchers hope the ISU project will lead to creation of a sustainable program that can be replicated when caring for future refugees or other vulnerable groups. Chris Gabettas



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In the fields of Afghanistan, medics perform emergency surgery, suture wounds and provide other lifesaving emergency care, often in unsanitary conditions and sometimes with little equipment. When they return home, however, without the standard licenses of civilian nurses, it can be difficult to find employment in the health care industry, said Dr. Paul Peterson, chair of the health occupations department at Idaho State University’s College of Technology. “There’s always been this firewall between military experience and civilian credentials,” Peterson said. “We’d been looking for a way to help veterans somehow parlay their medical experience in the field into a civilian career.” A new grant from the Idaho Department of Labor will help Peterson achieve his goal. The grant, part of a larger collaboration with North Idaho College, is the basis for the Veteran-To-Nurse Bridge program, where veterans can be awarded transcript credit for military medical education and experience, earn an advanced certificate and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN, the national practical nursing licensure exam. Through the program, Peterson said, a team of experts will evaluate each veteran’s education and experience in five areas of nursing practice, and award credit in instances where work experience has helped the veteran student achieve the learning outcomes required in each area. Then, the team will provide individualized coursework in areas that their experience didn’t cover. For example, an army medic might have extensive emergency medicine experience, but no obstetrics. When they finish the Bridge program, they can earn their practical nursing advanced certificate, and, if they wish, continue on to either the bachelor’s degree or associate degree registered nurse programs. Throughout the process, veterans will receive academic and social support both through veteran faculty members in the program, and through the University’s Veteran Student Services Center.

“It will be highly personalized for each individual,” Peterson said. “We will see where the holes are in their education and experience, and we will fill them.” Along with helping to provide a career for returning veterans, Peterson said faculty members and students in the College of Technology’s nursing program can also learn from the experiences of their veteran students and classmates. “These veterans have performed medical procedures that even registered nurses haven’t performed,” he said. In the first year of the grant two faculty members, JoAnne Pearce, director of the College of Technology nursing programs, and Vernon Kubiak, a veteran, are developing procedures for analyzing and awarding credit. The first cohort of 10 veteran

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Wayman puts eye drops into an Iraqi girl’s eye during a combined medical evaluation in a village in Kirkuk, Iraq, on May 7, 2009. Wayman is a combat medic attached to Charlie Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. DoD photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati, U.S. Army. (Released)

students will enter the program in Fall 2016. As the program evolves, ISU faculty will work with faculty members at North Idaho College and other Idaho colleges and universities to implement the program in their institutions, Peterson says. “This is a wonderful way to honor the service these folks have provided for our country, to provide them with career possibilities to support their families, and to gain from their experiences,” he said. Emily Frandsen

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The Key To Long-Term Growth Is Sustainability The men and women at Simplot’s Don Plant produce crop nutrients that are used by farmers in every state west of the Mississippi River. These nutrients enhance soil fertility and allow the American grower to produce the abundant supply of healthy fruits and vegetables we all enjoy. Many of these same folks have also been key in stimulating the growth of Pocatello and Chubbuck as well. In fact, after nearly 70 years, you’ll now find second and third generations of Simplot employees coaching little league and soccer, and picking up where their fathers and mothers left off…helping their community wherever they can. But, nowhere is the company’s bond with Pocatello felt more passionately than in the Simplot Games. For 35 years we’ve worked hard together to create a world-class high school track and field event that illustrates for young and old alike that the future is what you make of it.

Bringing Earth’s Resources To Life


Simplot Games Honored at Homecoming At the Idaho State University homecoming parade on Oct. 17 the parade marshal honored won’t be a single person or couple – instead, it will be the Simplot Games. The Simplot Games are being honored at the front of ISU’s homecoming parade because of the positive impact they have on youth sports and the community, representing the strong relationship ISU and J.R. Simplot Company have forged through the years. “We were amazed and thrilled when we heard that we were this year’s marshals, coming up on almost 30 years of a great relationship, this honor seemed like the perfect fit,” said Rick Phillips, manager of public affairs for Simplot Company and a member of the Game’s executive committee. The annual Simplot Games, held at ISU’s Holt Arena since 1979, attracts approximately 2,000 of the finest track-and-field high school student athletes from throughout the United States and Canada. “The Simplot Games is one of the highlights of the year in the Pocatello community and it offers amazing opportunities to the athletes competing in it, to the fans that come to watch it and the entire Pocatello community that benefits from the influx of talent and energy that competes in Holt Arena every February,” said Dr. Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. “Simplot’s generosity is remarkable and

Idaho State University is proud to be partners with them in hosting this event.” National records have been set at this meet and some of its competitors go on to compete at the college level and in the Olympics.

“The Simplot Games are the tip of the iceberg of the relationship between ISU and the J.R. Simplot Company,” Tingey said. “The collaboration between ISU and Simplot has been productive in the past, and we look forward to many new collaborations.”

“It’s our honor to recognize the Simplot Games as this year’s parade marshal. The Games have been an incredible showcase of athletic and community spirit throughout the years,” said K.C. Felt, ISU’s director of alumni relations.

More recently, ISU has teamed up with Simplot Co. to use drones to improve agricultural field productivity and grower profitability. ISU received a grant of $179,000 from the state’s Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission to pursue this project.

“ISU and the Simplot Games are a natural fit because both athletic and educational ability are about what you bring forth to the table and bringing out the best in people,” said Jason Bohne, Simplot Games media director.

Both ISU and Simplot Company have different responsibilities for the drone project. Simplot’s roles include in-kind contributions including grower and industry relations, field scouting, soil mapping, tissue collection and sampling, and agronomic consulting. The ISU College of Technology’s role is to provide electronic and mechanical support services including the design and maintenance of the drones, communications and control systems, development and testing of sensors, and maintenance and repair of power systems.

Simplot Company has supported ISU in many ways over the years, awarding scholarships to students, donating to the Stephens Performing Arts Center and funding big projects like The Simplot Decision Support Center. The Simplot Decision Support Center was created in the College of Business. The $750,000 facility is designed to increase group decision-making effectiveness and efficiency. It is a research and development effort of Idaho State University resulting from the generosity of the Simplot Corporation and has been used by major corporations for training.

ISU graduates represent a significant portion of the Simplot Company workforce. “ISU and Simplot complement each other very well,” Phillips said. “Simplot is a company that uses a lot of technology. We have a highly-trained and highly-skilled workforce that wouldn’t happen without an education like ISU.” Scarlett Osborn, ’17 FALL 2015


In the fall of 1940, 18 students met for the first time in a small classroom inside the Trade and Industrial Building on the Idaho State College campus. The students were enrolled in a newly created electronics program under the supervision of William H. Shiflett, Jr., a high-ranking civilian electronics expert in the U.S. Navy. Shiflett, who wasn’t much older than the students in his class, received the assignment to design and implement a program focused on supplying trained graduates to work in a booming electronics industry. Fast-forward 75 years, and the program now boasts national recognition, 100 percent placement of graduates, and an alumni base into the thousands. It’s difficult to imagine that Shiflett or the original cohort of 18 students knew the groundwork they were laying on that first day of class in 1940. 16

In September 1941, one year after the electronics program enrolled its first students, Shiflett brought national attention to ISU. During a home football game at the old Spud Bowl, now Davis Field, the first television broadcast on a school campus and west of the Mississippi River was successfully achieved. Shiflett used his students to design and build what he called a “simple” television transmission and receiving system in Pocatello. A single camera was set up at the Spud Bowl, and the receiver was placed three miles away on Richland Avenue. The successful television broadcast of the football game lasted for more than three hours. Ten years later in March 1950, more than 1,500 people crowded into a small studio on the ISU campus to witness another television milestone. Radio and

television professionals from around the country gathered in Pocatello to take part in the first wired television show. The small studio was located on the first floor of what is now the Trade and Technology Building. At that time, Idaho State College had the only television station in the state, and it was assembled using “homemade” surplus war materials. ISU’s first wired television show sent a video signal across campus along 600 feet of cabling. Steve Lamoreux, a writer for the Radio-Electronics magazine, attended the event. In his article, Lamoreux wrote that visiting engineers were amused when inspecting certain modes of construction in the makeshift studio. For example, the camera dollies were mounted on old washing machine casters and the studio lighting

was crude, but the results were nonetheless impressive. Lamoreux also noted that students in the program had two goals for the immediate future. The first was to wire the entire campus with 10,000 feet of television cable and the second was to tackle color broadcasts within two years. Both goals were accomplished by 1952. Over the years, enrollment in the program grew as quickly as the changes in the electronics industry. In 1969, a two-year electronics program was introduced to keep up with employer demands. The two-year option was in addition to the long-established and nationally-recognized three-year advanced electronics technology program. One of the biggest challenges for faculty teaching in the program has always

been the nonstop change in technology trends. Curriculum has had to constantly morph to keep up with an ever-changing electronics industry, and faculty have had to stay up-to-date on the changes in their field. In 1968, Shiflett said, “There must be continual change as we live in a continually changing world. Three times in my life I’ve had to completely change my thinking as what I had learned became obsolete.” To help keep up with a changing industry and workforce demands, 38 different degrees have been introduced at one time or another under the electronics umbrella since 1940. Many of those degrees are no longer offered, but they helped to keep the program current with hiring trends and industry demands.

Looking back on the last 75 years, the electronics program boasts an alumni base of more than 2,550 graduates and 45 faculty members. Students from the program have worked in every facet of the electronics industry, including being a part of Sputnik 1, the world’s first successful satellite. In May, more than 100 graduates from the electronics program returned to ISU to tour labs and reconnect as part of the 75th anniversary. The milestone celebration included historical demonstrations and a chance to share memories about their time in the program. As the future of electronics opens the door to drones, robots, and ever-changing energy demands, the legacy which began 75 years ago will proudly continue at ISU. Stuart Summers, ’10

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Photo credit: Kimberly Tamkun / USFWS

One of the most endangered species in North America, the blackfooted ferret, is receiving help from researchers who have employed drones to collect data and now Idaho State University researchers are analyzing that data from afar. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were flown over prairie dog colonies this summer on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, located in north-central Montana. Those drones took multiple images and now ISU researchers are interpreting that data as part of a collaborative effort to better monitor habitat for a recently re-established black-footed ferret population in this area. The project is spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is working with ISU, the Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife Department, the high-tech company Topcon that supplied and operated the drone, and a consulting company, Behron LLC, which is managing data collection and processing. “The black-footed ferret is one of the rarest mammals in North America,” said Kristy Bly, WWF senior wildlife conservation biologist and manager of the UAV ferret project. “As a top carnivore, they play a key role in the prairie ecosystem and as stewards of this imperiled landscape, we have a responsibility to ensure the health of their habitat.” The 1.5- to 2.5-pound blackfooted ferrets prey nearly exclusively on prairie dogs. Once thought to be extinct, there are now about 300 living in the wild, including the 10 living in the 2,800-acre-plus prairie dog complex WWF, ISU and Behron LLC are studying.

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The black-footed ferret evolved with the prairie ecosystem, says Bly, and their bodies are long and tubular to navigate prairie dog burrows. Their primary prey, the prairie dog, plays a critical role in grassland ecosystems by providing food,

shelter, den sites and habitat for hundreds of wildlife species. To understand the predator, researchers must understand their prey.

Delparte and Bly plan to publish at least one paper on the research that will be co-authored with Delparte’s student, Stone, and other project collaborators.

Delparte, whose background is in the field of resource management, is a GIS specialist who is becoming more involved in using drones for a variety of projects, including beginning earlier this year working on a $179,000 grant from the state’s Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission to pursue a project with the J.R. Simplot Company to use drones to improve agricultural field productivity and grower profitability. She has also worked with drones on a $150,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help create new methods of addressing agricultural crop threats in potato fields in southeast Idaho. Photo credit: Kylie Paul, Defenders of Wildlife

“The gist of it is we are surveying this prairie dog colony with minimal disturbance,” said Dr. Donna Delparte, ISU geosciences research assistant professor, working on the project. “WWF and the Tribes of Fort Belknap are re-establishing populations of the black-footed ferret, and the ferrets need a certain number of prairie dogs to sustain them.”

a final report and work with the WWF on doing some of the analysis,” Delparte said. “The data collected is being shared across the board and we will work with their GIS people to come up with new methods of interpreting the imagery to develop algorithms to count colonies cheaply and quickly. It has been fantastic working with them.”

For three days early this summer Delparte, ISU Geographic Information Systems master’s student Travis Stone, and project partners flew a Sirius Mavinci Pro drone to take hundreds of high-resolution photographs of prairie dog towns. To collect this amount of data from ground surveys would have taken weeks, if not months. Delparte returned to her lab with these photographs and is using GIS software to “stitch the images together” and count the prairie dog colony burrows. “We use the software to count all the prairie dog burrows and it gives us an idea of what the prairie dog population is in the area,” Delparte said. “You can see the trails between the burrows, little prairie dog highways and can measure the length of the trials and it gives us a fairly accurate count of how many burrows we see.” The researchers are focusing on counting the prairie dog burrows in the daylight to estimate the prey species’ population because black-footed ferrets are nocturnal and not easily counted. “We’ll finish the analytics and prepare

“In the field of wildlife conservation, the key to success is collaboration,” Bly said. “Thanks to our partnership with ISU and extensive expertise of Dr. Delparte, we successfully completed the data acquisition component of our joint project to assess the application of UAV to monitor blackfooted ferret habitat on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. We simply couldn’t have launched this project without her. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dr. Delparte on this project and look forward to future endeavors together.”

“Flying UAVs and processing UAV imagery is really the key ingredient that will cross a lot of boundaries between agricultural and other types of research,” Delparte said. “It is about how do you fly these systems, how do you collect the right data with the right sensor that answers these questions that usually have a conservation or sustainable management type of theme, in this case a land-management decision on how do you manage these prairie dog populations.” Andrew Taylor FALL 2015


Maria Sanchez thought her dream had come true in March, when she was told that she had made the roster for Mexico’s national U-20 team. She couldn’t even imagine that only a few months later, she would step on the field and the world stage as the youngest player to receive playing time in the 2015 World Cup.


When Sanchez was called to play in the 77th minute in Mexico’s game against England, it all became real.

“Not a lot of people knew about me,” she said. “It just made me want to do better.”

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve been playing and dreaming about this, and now my dream was coming true,” she said. “I was really nervous, but I tried my best. The feeling is really amazing.”

Bengal Soccer Coach Allison Gibson, however noticed. She recruited Sanchez, who started for the Bengals last year, scoring seven goals and earning honorable mention for the All-Big-Sky-Conference team.

Sanchez’s World Cup debut was only one of many momentous milestones the Bengal sophomore has experienced in her young soccer career. Unlike most college soccer athletes, Sanchez never played competitive club soccer as a youth. Her skills were honed on the field across the street from her house where she played with her older brother, Samuel, and his friends.

“You have to work hard. You have to earn your spot. You have to be a better

“She’s one of those players that you see come along once in a coaching career. She has the most unbelievable passion for the game, and her touch on the ball is one of the best I’ve seen.” – ALLISON GIBSON HEAD COACH, SOCCER

“There was really nothing else to do,” she said with a laugh. Her love of the sport grew at family parties, where they played and watched games on television. She played for the recreational league in American Falls, but wasn’t able to join the traveling competitive youth teams, a recruiting ground for college coaches. American Falls isn’t on the main path for college recruiters, and without the visibility that competitive soccer provides, Sanchez’s skills had gone relatively unnoticed, despite the fact that she scored 178 goals during her high school career, including 68 goals in 17 games her senior year of high school.

the Pan-American games, and continues to play with Mexico’s U-20 team. She says her coaches have told her that if she continues to work hard, she will see more playing time, and will earn more opportunities to play with the Mexico national team. Sanchez is up for the challenge.

Sanchez is proud of her Bengal soccer family, and says Gibson is like a second mother to her and the other women on the team. She has high hopes for next season, but she says she can always do better.

soccer player every day at practice,” she said. “It gives me motivation to do better.”

“I just want to do my best for myself and my team and have them show me new things,” she said. “I’m a young player, and there are a lot of older players who can teach me new things.”

Gibson is confident that she can face any challenge that comes her way.

In the meantime, Sanchez is continuing to make a name internationally. She played with the Mexico national team during

Sanchez hopes her achievements are only the beginning. She hopes to someday play professional soccer.

“She’s one of those players that you see come along once in a coaching career,” she said in a spring interview with ISU Sports Information. “She has the most unbelievable passion for the game, and her touch on the ball is one of the best I’ve seen.” Emily Frandsen

FALL 2015


Prescription Filled: Bengal Pharmacy Serving Rural Idaho

The prospect of losing the town’s only pharmacy was a bitter pill for the people of Challis to swallow. “I’d hate to picture what would happen to this community,” said substitute school teacher, writer and community advocate Rose Cheff. But she was about to see firsthand. The current pharmacist had retired and though a new one was hired, it was becoming too expensive to keep the business open. If the pharmacy closed, residents would have to drive 60 miles to Salmon to fill prescriptions or order medication through the mail — not a viable option for patients who need them immediately.


Kate Taylor, administrator of the Challis Area Health Center — the town’s only primary and urgent care clinic — worried a town without a pharmacy would limit her ability to attract and retain practitioners. “It’s hard enough to attract providers to a rural community as it is. A minimum amount of infrastructure needs to be in place to make rural medicine sustainable,” she said. That’s when Idaho State University’s Bengal Pharmacy got the phone call: What were the odds of bringing telepharmacy services to Challis where a licensed pharmacist could fill prescriptions and consult with patients remotely?

Construction project manager Gary Michaelson (left), Bengal Pharmacy’s Dr. Rex Force and Challis Area Health Center’s Kate Taylor tour Bengal Pharmacy at Challis in June before it opened. Bengal Pharmacy LLC, owned by the ISU Foundation and operated in partnership with the ISU College of Pharmacy, had just opened the state’s first telepharmacy in Arco and was exploring additional sites. Challis was worth a serious look, said Dr. Rex Force, who sits on Bengal Pharmacy’s managing board and notes 500 rural communities nationwide have lost their local pharmacies in the past 15 years. The ball started to roll. With final approval from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Education, Bengal Pharmacy made plans to open Idaho’s second telepharmacy next to the Challis Area Health Center.

It takes a village … Challis is a mining and ranching town wedged in the Rocky Mountains, not far from the trailhead of Mount Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak. As you drive into town, a sign lists the population at 1,081, but locals say it’s less — especially after last year’s layoffs at the Thompson Creek Mine. Despite economic challenges, Challis rallied behind the telepharmacy project. The North Custer Hospital District donated the property to house Bengal Pharmacy and covered the cost of bringing city water and sewer to the site. The city of Challis waived its labor costs, Custer County Road and Bridge donated gravel, Salmon River Electric Cooperative and the Custer Telephone Cooperative waived their hookup fees. “Bengal Pharmacy is absolutely vital to the health of our community,” said Sharlene Miller, hospital district administrator. On a warm day in late June — just a few weeks before opening day July 13 — Force, Taylor and project manager Gary

Michaelson toured Bengal Pharmacy at Challis. It’s housed in a portable building, custom-designed to accommodate a sophisticated telecommunications and video network linking Challis to Bengal Pharmacy’s main site on the ISU campus in Pocatello. Counters, restrooms and cabinets to secure medications were in place, and workers were about to install the television screens that would make it possible for patients to talk directly with a licensed pharmacist at the main site. “I think the building looks beautiful,” Force told Michaelson, who would later add the finishing touch to the front of the building—a large sign with a painting of a Bengal tiger and the Bengal Pharmacy logo. Force explained that special cameras able to read identification codes imprinted on tablets ensure accuracy in filling prescriptions remotely, and that a certified pharmacy technician at the Challis site will work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in Pocatello.

Building a partnership Force, the associate dean for clinical research in ISU’s Division of Health Sciences, is confident the Challis telepharmacy will be a successful venture, providing learning and research opportunities for ISU student pharmacists and faculty. Challis residents and medical providers see the telepharmacy as more than a place to fill prescriptions. They see it as the beginning of an exciting partnership with Idaho’s leader in health science education. “The resources ISU can bring to our community can help us manage our patients better,” said Janet Merrell, the Challis Area Health Center’s family nurse practitioner. She envisions patient-education classes in diabetes prevention, nutrition and medication management—and that’s her prescription for helping build a healthier community. Chris Gabettas

FALL 2015


When an Idaho State University student frostbit his fingers attempting a gnarly winter climb in the Tetons in the early 1970s, it may, in a round-about way, have led to the creation of better outdoor equipment in the 1980s. The New York Times calls Idaho State University 1972 alum John Peters “the guy who created the modern messenger bag,” an item that Outside Magazine listed in 2012 as one of the “100 Most Important Outdoor Inventions.” While a student at ISU, Peters attempted one of the first winter ascents of Nez Perce Peak in the Tetons with ISU Outdoor Program founder H. Hilbert and another well-known ISU Outdoor Program alum, author Ron Watters. “Gosh, it was cold,” recalled Watters, when asked about the climb. “We had skied into Garnet Canyon to stage for the climb and it was so cold that a snow cave was the only reasonable way to keep warm.”

“It was about 40 degrees below zero,” said Peters. Peters and Watters headed on to climb the peak, while Hilbert stayed back at the cave. “One trouble we had was that we’d never climbed the peak in the summer,” Watters said. “We kept going and going, but close to the summit, it started getting dark, so we turned around and staggered back in the dark, and eventually got back to the snow cave.” The climb left Peters’ fingers frostbitten, and the skin of them eventually peeled off. After that, Peters was devoted to designing outdoor gear with big zippers and handy buckles, so people wouldn’t have to take off their mittens and gloves to open a backpack, or, in another environment, a shoulder “messenger bag” used by couriers in large metropolitan areas. By adding simple innovations and designs, Peters transformed messenger bags, formerly made of canvas with heavy metal buckles, into much more functional equipment for the couriers that use them, and made them into a functional fashion accessory for the masses. The bags he originally created in the early 1980s were made from the synthetic material Cordura and featured large, quick-release plastic buckles, and have sold in fine stores from Manhattan to Japan. “At the time, no one was using Cordura, except for backpacks,” he said. “It wasn’t until 1991 that anyone caught on to what we were doing.” Peters – who has sold, sewed, manufactured, and/or designed more than 600,000 messenger bags and other outdoor packs and accessories – got his start designing outdoor equipment in the Pond Student Union craft shop when he was an undergraduate geology student.


John Peters sits amid some of the many bags he has designed. Submitted photo

“I always think back to the craft shop and what I would have done with my life if I hadn’t gone to ISU,” Peters said. Peters, a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, came to ISU after serving four years in the Navy, including active duty in the Vietnam War. He was stationed off the Vietnam coast for three years where “people were getting killed and it was pretty horrible and I got hurt a bunch of times.” Peters was attracted to ISU because of Idaho’s mountains. “I wanted to become a mountaineer and I wasn’t at ISU more than a couple of months before I became an avid member of the Outdoor Program,” he said. “John was an avid climber. Loved to climb and was a very good climber,” said Watters. “He would come down into the outdoor office and spend time and round up people to go climbing with him. I did a number of climbs with him.” Peters’ interests in mountaineering and the craft shop were intertwined. In the early 1970s, the outdoor recreation boom was just starting and things like climbing harnesses weren’t readily available so Peters made his own, along with gaiters, down clothing and packs. “He learned how to sew and make outdoor equipment, it was so cool,” Watters said. “He was always in the craft shop playing around, trying to improve equipment. Packs were his specialty. First his equipment was kind of funky, but he learned the skill and when he moved back to New York he started his own businesses and had incredible success.” When Peters headed to New York City in 1976 he pretty much just had his Volkswagen and a sewing machine, and he ate a lot of peanut butter. “Me and a guy I met started making nice goose-down vests. We found a room in this building that stored stuff,” Peters said. “We put up a little table, set up a sewing machine and went to town making vests. I slept on the floor.” He found partners and the business

grew, grossing about $150,000 a month, but, according to Peters, his partners “threw me out.” That didn’t stop Peters, and by 1980 he had founded himself another company, Manhattan Portage, which is the brand he founded that created the modern messenger bag referred to above. “The scary part is you have to sell the products you make under your own name,” Peters said. “Learning how to sell is a skill in itself, that I didn’t have in 1982, but now I could sell you anything.” He has sold and opened other companies and employed many U.S. workers to make his products. Formerly, all of his messenger bags were 100-percent American made. For a couple of his new enterprises however, he has branched out to work with Korean and Chinese companies. At age 70, Peters now lives comfortably on the 60 acres he owns in Saugerties, New York, near Woodstock, located near one of the best climbing areas on the East Coast, Shawangunk Ridge, know as “The Gunks.”

He is in good shape and plays 10 to 12 hours of tennis weekly. He talks about moving back to Idaho some day. A father of three “beyond absolutely stunning daughters,” Peters, who was previously divorced, is engaged to Jennifer Kress, whose father Bob Kress helped designed the F-14 fighter plane. He still keeps working and designing and plans to continue to do so for at least another 30 years – his mother lived to the age of 102. “My favorite thing is making new styles,” Peters said. “I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of styles. I’m German, so some of the designing came naturally. “Where ever I was,” he continued, “I just watched and learned and created my own stuff by a lot of trial and error. Some professional pattern makers gave me good advice and I never forgot that stuff, but I still just lay awake at night thinking of new patterns.” Andrew Taylor

FALL 2015


Returning a Favor Ten years ago, Price Worrell, ’11, ’13, wasn’t even sure he would finish college, let alone be on track to earn a doctorate. He was working at the Idaho National Laboratory, occasionally going to school part time, and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. For several years, he was unable to work at all. Eventually, Worrell overcame these issues and was able to attend classes full time, but soon found that he had exhausted his financial aid. His adoptive parents, Gordon and Pamela Lassahn, stepped in to help, and he was able to finish his bachelor’s degree. Currently, he is attending graduate school at ISU, and hopes to someday become a professor of English. The gift of an education was just one of many gifts the Lassahns gave Worrell – when he was 17, the Lassahns helped him escape an abusive home situation, and gave him a loving family. “This single and ongoing act of love by them forever changed my life,” he said. “I don’t believe anyone gets where they are going alone. I think we all need a hand up.” Today, Worrell is passing the generosity on through the Price Worrell Scholarship Endowment in English. When Gordon passed away in November, Worrell’s mother said she wanted to talk about a “financial topic.” “It caught me off-guard because my parents never talked about money,” he said. His mother told him that he would receive an inheritance from his father’s estate, and she would give him a portion immediately to support any causes he believed in. Worrell thought of his father, who grew up in poverty and never thought he would attend college until someone helped him. Worrell’s father eventually became a physicist with a Ph.D. 26

The Gift of Education

Worrell decided to create a scholarship endowment for upperclassmen who are struggling to finish their education because of a hardship, such as mental illness or a death in the family. He also created an endowment through the Idaho Community Foundation to help people in need. “Whatever the stigma, be it mental illness or addiction or any kind of hardship, all of us are just human beings who need a little help,” he said. Worrell said he never considered using his inheritance for anything but helping others. Because he started on his current career later in life, he wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to give back in the way he wanted until he was given this gift. “I suppose I could have bought a car or a house,” he said, “but that’s all temporary. This is lasting.” Like most graduate students, Worrell is currently living on his graduate teaching assistant stipend, and he says he hopes to be an example to others who might not think they can give. “If every faculty member, staff or alumnus gave even $3, just think about how much that would help,” he said. “I really believe that giving makes us happy.”

There is no question that the late John, ’53, and Dr. Charlotte Huntington valued and loved education. Few people have demonstrated their passion for education as powerfully as the Huntingtons did when they gifted Idaho State University $2.5 million from their estate.

department and played major roles in theatre productions. He was a member Alpha Psi Omega and held a position in the Faculty Senate Office. During his sophomore year, he served a summer working for Idaho Sen. Henry Clarence Dworshak, who was from Burley.

And that was only one-quarter of the gifts the couple bequeathed to higher education: they also gave the same amount to Stanford University, where John earned his law degree, and two institutions where Charlotte earned degrees, Vassar College and Columbia Medical School. At the latter, Dr. Charlotte Huntington became an anesthesiologist.

After graduating from ISC, Huntington enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War, specializing in anti-aircraft artillery. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal at his honorary discharge. The GI Bill allowed him to obtain his law degree from Stanford and he practiced law for 36 years in California, much of it in the Attorney General’s Office.

“The Huntingtons’ extraordinary gift will benefit Idaho State University students for as long as this institution exists,” said Dr. Arthur C. Vailas, ISU president. “It was an honor meeting Lee Ann Huntington and her cousins, and learning of the impact ISU has made in their lives.”

“I definitely know a lot of the values that I have come to me through the Huntington love of education and thinking it was the most important thing,” said Lee Ann Huntington, who earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her law degree from Harvard Law School, and spent a career practicing law. “That is reflected in what my aunt and uncle did with their money.”

John grew up in Burley, the youngest of five children, in a family with four boys and one girl. “All four brothers had all or part of their education from Idaho State University,” said Lee Ann Huntington, John and Charlotte’s niece, who was the executor of their will and oversaw their gift to ISU. “It was significant to all of us cousins that one institution had such a dramatic impact on all of our fathers and it makes us feel wonderful that my aunt and uncle gave such a significant gift to the University.” At Idaho State College (ISC), the name of ISU when John attended, he was an honors student, was active in the theatre

Lee Ann, whose father, Bert, was among the Huntingtons who attended ISU, said she and her cousins are also pleased with what ISU is doing with the $2.5 million gift – the money is going entirely to providing needs-based scholarships. ISU will begin awarding The John and Charlotte Huntington Scholarships in 2016, allowing the gift to accrue throughout the rest of this year, said Pauline Thiros, ISU associate vice president for development. “It is amazing to think we will be able to award scholarships from this gift every year in perpetuity,” Thiros said. “The number of students and families they will impact is truly extraordinary.” Andrew Taylor

Emily Frandsen FALL 2015


Four years ago, Hanchey resurrected the then-defunct music program at Valley School District in the Magic Valley. Today, he teaches music to more than 100 students from the elementary to high school level. As the only music teacher, however, it can be difficult to find someone to share ideas and commiserate with when there are issues.

As the only music teacher for an entire rural Idaho school district, it would seem that things could get a bit lonely for Robbie Hanchey, ’12. Above: The Orange Jacket Club members enjoy jamming together. Right: Mitch Tilley, Brett Barker, Robbie Hanchey, DJ McCarty and Hiroshi Fukuoka

Unless you are a member of the Orange Jacket Club. Hanchey and his friends, Brett Barker, ’11, DJ McCarty, ’05, Hiroshi Fukuoka, ’08, and Mitch Tilley, ’11, are all teachers in the Magic Valley, separated in total by more than 50 miles, but bound together by a shared profession and a fierce Bengal spirit. All of them are music teachers in rural southern Idaho, working to build programs in a field that is often hit by budget cuts and overshadowed by more academic subjects. Barker teaches band at Minico High School in Rupert, McCarty teaches


in Wendell, Fukuoka teaches at Jerome High School in Jerome and Tilley teaches at Burley High School in Burley. The group meets regularly to discuss their profession, share news about upcoming competitions, and enjoy each other’s company. “We’ve really been resurrecting music in South Idaho,” Hanchey said. “It’s something we’re all excited about. Our biggest goal is to see music education grow at all levels.” Sometimes the text messages fly back and forth, as many as 100 per hour when the group is having a big discussion. “You have friends who are resources any time,” Tilley said. Often, the teachers guest conduct in each other’s classrooms, and share opportunities. They cheer each other on at marching band competitions, and watch each other in area parades. In April, the ISU Wind Ensemble came to Tilley’s classroom at Burley High School, and other Orange

Jacket members brought their students to listen and participate. “It was a big deal that ISU came here,” Barker said. “That’s the first time a lot of my students had seen a collegiate band perform.”

The experience was inspiring for many of the students, and Tilley said many of his decided to audition at ISU. Hanchey says all of the teachers stress how much performing music at college can make a difference with scholarship opportunities and more. “We tell our kids it pays to play, even if they don’t become music majors,” he said. “It pays to play no matter what you want to be.”

Of course, the Orange Jacket Club loves to enjoy music together, and they enjoy having their students see them share their skills. Barker and McCarty have a rock band, Space Hat. Fukuoka, Hanchey and Tilley all play together in the Twin Falls Municipal Band. “We like to have our students hear us play,” Hanchey said with a laugh. “That way they can know that we can rock.” This spring, the Orange Jacket Club helped to form the first ISU Alumni Association Chapter in the Magic Valley. ISU has been an important part of their lives. Fukuoka was married at Holt Arena, and still uses his Bengal-striped trombone when he is playing with his students. They are ambassadors to ISU in the classroom, stressing just how much a music education at ISU meant to them. “I tell them about the opportunities I received,” Tilley said. “We were able to travel to Europe and play. We’re able to do something we love. That’s attributed to the education we received at ISU.” Emily Frandsen

FALL 2015


ALUMNI NEWS -- 1960s --


Jim Neubauer, ’69 MED, educational administration, ’83 EDS, educational administration, is retiring after eight years on the Fremont County District School Board. Neubauer is a retired math teacher. -- 1970s -Chloe Ryan Winston, ’70, MED, counseling, has published a book, Argentine Assignment. It is the first in a series of novels introducing readers to Briana Fraser, a former courier for a U.S. spy agency.

Col. David V.S. Kirkpatrick, 100, Pocatello (aka the Colonel or Kirk) passed away May 25 surrounded by friends and family. Kirkpatrick was born on April 9, 1915 in Marshall, Indiana to David and Birdie Kirkpatrick. He grew up on the family farm. After high school, he graduated from Indiana University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. In 1940, he married Juanita Vise and they had two children. He spent 21 years in the military, starting the R.O.T.C. program at Idaho State College in 1951, he retired from the military and went to work at Idaho State College as Director of Housing until 1981. He was named Professor Emeritus of Military Science in May 1991. Kirkpatrick was a long time member and past president of the Pocatello Kiwanis club, past chairman of the local Red Cross, active fundraiser for Idaho State University, member of the Bengal Foundation, loyal Bengal fan, and proud to be a cub scout master even though he was not a scouter in his youth.

-- 1980s -Karlene Hardy, ‘84, was elected to the United States Potato Board (USPB) executive committee at the organization’s 43rd annual

meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hardy is serving her fourth year on the USPB and will be co-chairman of the newly formed USPB

research committee. During 2014, she served as a member of the USPB administrative committee and served on the USPB international committee.

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ISU Elects Col. F. Paul Briggs as Future President of the Alumni Board of Directors Idaho State University’s Col. F. Paul Briggs has yet one more thing to add to his impressive list of accomplishments; he will soon become president of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Following his recognition as Professional Achievement Award recipient for the College of Arts and Letters in 2013, Briggs had a desire to give back to his alma mater. A member of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2014, Briggs was recently been elected by his fellow board members to serve as vice president of the board, and then president. “The Alumni Association is fortunate to have Paul take on these roles. We will all be well served by his leadership,” said K.C. Felt, director of alumni relations. Briggs joined the alumni board to make a difference and to make connections with new and old friends. He said joining the board was like a homecoming. “I’m very fortunate, and honored to be nominated to this position, especially in light of the high standard set by predecessors Larry Satterwhite and Kebai Bills,” Briggs said. Briggs, a 1972 graduate from ISU with his bachelor’s degree in political science, joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant and served on active duty from

1972-1975 controlling fighter intercepts, anti-aircraft missiles and other tactical aviation. Briggs soon was promoted to captain in 1977 and then to major in 1983. In 1985 Briggs was selected to return to full-time active duty and later was among the first officers selected for career status in the Marines Corps Active Reserve Program. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1989 and to colonel in 1995. Briggs served in the Marine Corps for 30 years, followed by eight years as a senior agency official at the U.S. Department of Labor. Briggs attributes much of his professional success to his education at ISU. “ISU was excellent preparation for me. I learned the concepts of American government and politics from my courses at ISU,” said Briggs “I never had a problem dealing with the complexity at the federal level. I owe it to really good professors.” Given Briggs’ service background, it is important to him that the other board members are aware of the veterans’ programs and services offered at ISU like the Veteran Student Services Center, and programs offered at the Idaho Department of Labor.

As a proud Bengal and former Marine, Briggs says both institutions shaped his life. “Effectiveness is measured by the extent to which an organization can measure that it does what it says it will do, and I have personally benefited from affiliation with two highly effective organizations,” Briggs said. “Both the Marines and ISU achieved institutional success over time through a synergy of strong leadership and dedication to purpose. I am extremely proud of my association with both.” Briggs learned through both institutions that it is important to set sustainable goals, and that is something he will definitely live by throughout his presidency. Most recently, Briggs worked as a senior program analyst for the Pentagon’s Reserve Force Policy Board. Now retired, Briggs is married to former Gina Marie David, a retired federal official in the Air Force office of special investigations, and retired major in the Air Force Reserve (26 years). For more information about the ISU Alumni Association, contact Paul Briggs at Scarlett Osborn, ’17

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The woman was in her mid-to-late 40s and bore the physical scars of Nicaragua’s violent sex trade. She was missing her left arm, her face horribly disfigured by a man with a machete.

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“She was trying to rescue her 13-yearold daughter from a john,” said Lori Price, a 1981 graduate of Idaho State University’s dental hygiene program and a 2015 graduate of ISU-Meridian’s accelerated nursing program.

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Price met the woman in June while serving a 10-day medical mission with Global Health Outreach, a faith-based organization that provides medical and dental services to vulnerable populations, including victims of human trafficking. Prostitution is a lucrative and legal business in Nicaragua and its capital city of Managua. Although the age of consent for sexual activity is 18, teenage girls can be legally forced into prostitution through a maze of ill-conceived laws with



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Hope. Children and spouses were welcome, too. “The women were very raw emotionally,” said Price. “There was not one of them who didn’t break down in tears, grateful that we would come from the U.S. and invite them to receive medical care.”

little government regulation, according to Human Trafficking Search, a global resource and database which seeks to eliminate human trafficking worldwide. Price was part of a 36-member medical team that worked in a clinic on the grounds of House of Hope, a safe haven for women fleeing Managua’s filthy and disease-ridden brothels. Behind walls secured with razor wire, the team treated prostitutes and their families for sexually transmitted diseases, parasites, illness, infection and dental disease. The women were then given the opportunity to stay at House of Hope and build a new life through a four-year rehabilitation and

job-training program designed to lead to economic independence. “If we provide those who are victims the means to take care of themselves, they don’t have to be victims anymore. That’s the biggest thing that my education has done for me— allowed me to control my destiny rather than letting someone else control it,” said Price, who experienced abuse as a child in foster care.

COURAGE, STRENGTH AND BEAUTY Outreach workers would enter the brothels with fliers in hand, inviting prostitutes to attend the free clinics at House of

Price spent much of her time in the dental clinic, treating patients for oral health issues exacerbated by poor nutrition and inadequate dental care. It was inside the dental clinic that Price first set eyes on the woman who’d been so severely disfigured in the machete attack. The woman was enrolled in House of Hope’s rehabilitation program and was trying to build a better life for her 13-yearold daughter, son and two grandkids. Price, with the help of a Spanish interpreter, talked with her every day, offering words of encouragement. During one of those conversations, Price gave her a small orange vase made of crackle glass that shimmered in the sunlight. “I explained to her that even though she had been broken in the past, she was a source of strength and beauty to others,” said Price. Chris Gabettas

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Dan Mabey, ‘80, MPA, public administration, was named to the board of the directors of IN Media Corp. Mabey currently is president of 121View USA, a Utah corporation that directed the market process of 121View, a Singapore-based company, into the U.S. market. In addition, since 2004, Mr. Mabey has been president of Interactive Devices Inc., a California corporation that directs the business operations and development team of software developers in California, Israel and Utah. -- 1990s -Cynthia Alleman, ‘98, MS, speech-language pathology is a volunteer with the International Children’s Surgical Foundation, and recently went to the Phillippines with the group to help provide intensive speech therapy for children who have recovered from cleft palate surgery. Wendy Davis, ‘96, MED, special education, has been named the director of Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Department. Davis has been working for the Nampa Parks and Recreation Department for the past several years. A graduate of Twin Falls High School, Davis served as the first aquatics director for the Twin Falls City Pool, and as the director of the Jerome Recreation District for five years. Jason Elison, ’97, BS, computer science, was named director of technical compliance at TechBMM Testlabs, the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy. Based at BMM’s Las Vegas Headquarters, Elison will be working directly with gaming regulators and BMM’s Service Delivery team to ensure equipment testing is conducted in compliance with jurisdictional regulations.

Michael Hayhurst, ’90 BBA, finance, BBA, accounting, was named as managing partner of KPMG LLP’s Boise office, effective April 1. Hayhurst is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the Boise office. Hayhurst has 25 years of experience in public accounting, 20 of it spent in Boise before he transferred in 2009 to be the managing partner of KPMG’s Anchorage office. John Pearce, ’96, BS, secondary education/ chemistry, is the new principal at Wood River High School. Pearce has served as Blackfoot High School principal for four years. Prior to that, he served six years as an assistant principal and six years as a middle school principal. He graduated from Pocatello High School and received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in chemistry and mathematics from Idaho State University. He received a master of secondary education degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

-- 2000s -Lee Jay Cook, ’08 BA, physical education, was named Carey High School athletic director starting in the 2015-16 school year. Dane Simmons, ‘07, BA, mass communication with marketing minor, ’09 MPE, athletic administration, has opened ParFive Indoor Golf Club, an indoor golfing range that simulates courses across the country, in Old Town Pocatello. Catie Stibel, ’09 MS, speech-language pathology, has joined Community Medical Center’s outpatient therapy department as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She completed her clinical fellowship in southern California and worked at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls for the past five years. Stibel has worked with birth through geriatric populations, specializing in dysphagia, cognition, voice and communication. -- 2010s --

Matthew Reece, ’93 BBA, accounting, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Webcor Builders, one of the largest general contractors in California. Reece began his career in the construction industry in 2000 as the senior vice president of finance and administration with URS Corporation. In 2010, he took over as CFO at Weeks Marine, another high-volume self-performing contractor, before accepting the same role at Webcor earlier this year.

Dana Briggs, ‘14 MBA, business administration, has been hired to be the city of Idaho Falls’ new economic development coordinator. Briggs comes to the city from the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, where she served as the programs and events director for 3 years. Her areas of expertise include analytical and organizational skills, high-volume negotiations and projects, strategic/tactical planning, public relations and business communications.

Jeff Turner, ‘93, BA, elementary education, recently became the school superintendent of the Mesa Union School District. In addition to his degree at Idaho State University, Turner earned a master’s degree in educational leadership at Northwest Nazerene College.

Bryan McKinney, 13’ MED, education administration, is East Minico Middle School’s new principal. After earning a teaching degree from Washington State University, McKinney taught in Idaho Falls while pursuing a master’s degree in educational administration from Idaho State University.


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A Life on Stage “I’m able to use my degree from Idaho State University every day and that to me is a gift.” Julie Rowe, ’90, went from growing up on a farm in American Falls, to working on Broadway, to managing a theatre in Florida. With a bachelor’s degree in theatre from ISU, Rowe has been able to use everything she learned at ISU in all of her career endeavors. “I feel so grateful that I went to a program where we participated in all facets of theatre,” she said. “I was able to work in the costume shop, box office, backstage, on stage and because of that it made me so much more well-rounded.” After receiving her degree in 1990, Rowe pursued various jobs in theatre around the country, from working at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana to working with Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. These jobs eventually led her to New York to work for the program titled Camp Broadway. “I always intended to have a life in performance,” Rowe said. “In theatre you are always doing many different things, you’re an actor, musician, producer. There

are many ways to living an active theatre life and I am so fortunate to get to do so.” Camp Broadway is a theatre arts company that allows children to participate in educational programming and special events. The company has enabled more than 30,000 children to attend Broadway shows since 1995. Students also participate in camps including seminars with actors following productions. Rowe managed student programming, where she was given around 150 student seats per Broadway show for camp participants. Rowe said it was exciting to have student groups experience classic plays, and interact with professional actors. “My time on Camp Broadway prepared me for my job now,” she said. “It is very rewarding to give students opportunities, and to perform in a wide variety of genres. We have done everything from ‘Hamlet’ to ‘The Pajama Game.’” Rowe currently works as the director of education at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida. She manages the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, curriculum, faculty, conservatory and education

programs for families and students. She plans student matinee programs and programs for families to attend main stage productions. “There is never a dull moment at work and it’s always full of joy,” Rowe said. “I get to come up with fun things for kids and families to try, all while producing six shows a year. Everything I learned at ISU helped me prepare for this career.” One of Rowe’s favorite memories at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre happened earlier this year. There were 48 kids in grades 6 through 12 performing the production “Sweet Charity.” On the opening night, during one of the biggest dance numbers, a main dancer fell and injured his knee. His understudy appeared in the final scene with little rehearsal, but the entire cast made the final moment work, with no hiccup. “One thing I learned at ISU is that we all matter,” Rowe said. “Everyone in the production matters and contributes to the performance, and I got to see that happen here at my theatre.” Melissa Lee, ’13



EHM Head Values Time at ISU Chobani’s world’s largest, $450-million yogurt manufacturing plant in Twin Falls that opened in December 2012 is testimony to many things, including the quality and value of an engineering education from Idaho State University. EHM Engineers of Twin Falls, founded by ISU civil and structural engineering alumnus Gerald Martens, ’70, designed and supervised the construction of this mammoth, 950,000-square-foot project. “It was designed and constructed in just 326 days,” said Martens, EHM CEO and principal engineer. “I am extremely proud of my team and its effort. They all went well beyond the normal amount of work hours and effort to accomplish this. We had engineers working 24 hours a day, seven days a week for at least 300 of those days.” EHM, which will celebrate its 40th birthday this October, features eight engineers who graduated from ISU’s engineering programs. The company won national awards for its role in the Chobani project. The Chobani plant represents the pinnacle of EHM’s and Martens’ professional achievements, but this company has been exceptionally productive for a long time. Although based and anchored in Twin Falls and the Magic Valley, EHM is licensed in 27 states for doing engineering services for national companies, including completing work on parking structures, industrial plants and casino support facilities. EHM averages about 400 projects a year. “Some keys to the success of the company are providing a full-range of professional services to rural areas, serving small communities, local governments and the private sector,” Martens said. “You also develop relationships with large, national architectural and construction firms that recognize quality and prompt, on-time service and they become repeat clients.” Martens graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and structural engineering and then worked five years for the Idaho Department of Transportation before starting his own business in 1975. “I hope my performance says something about the quality of the ISU


engineering programs, and that my preference in hiring ISU engineering graduates is indicative of the quality of education represented at ISU,” Martens said. “ISU offers a good, well-rounded civil engineering education, people I have employed and I further demonstrate that.” EHM isn’t his only vocation. Martens is also a land developer for professional and commercial real estate, develops subdivisions in the Magic Valley, operates a 3,000-acre farm and has a 550-head livestock operation with grazing leases on BLM, state and private lands. Martens has been married for 49 years to his wife, Judy, and the couple has two children. His oldest son Brian, who also graduated from ISU, ’90, with an engineering degree, is a partner in the firm. His daughter Tara Martens Miller is an attorney in Boise. Andrew Taylor

2015 Homecoming Award Recipients Distinguished Alumnus Judge B. Lynn Winmill

ISU Distinguished Service Award Jerry Miller

President’s Medallions Larry W. Satterwhite

Lynn B. Winmill was appointed a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho on August 14, 1995. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1974 and served as student body president in 1972-73. Winmill attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1977. He also served a four-year term on the ISU Alumni Board of Directors.

Jerry Miller has been the general manager of KISU radio since 1999. His career includes over 23 years in commercial radio, nine as news director for KLCE, and four years at KSL Radio in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1985, he was named the Idaho Sportscaster of the Year. Miller is entering his 20th year as the voice of ISU men’s basketball and football, and he also was the voice of ISU women’s basketball for eight seasons.

Larry Satterwhite received his bachelor’s degree in history from ISU in 1970. His 23 years of military service included assignments in Germany, Korea and stateside postings. He retired from the military in 1993. In addition to his degree from ISU, Larry has a master’s degree in vocational counseling from Sul Ross State University. Larry and his two brothers, Neil (deceased) and Bob, all alumni of Idaho State University, established the Frances Satterwhite Memorial Endowment in the College of Education in memory of their mother. Larry has been active in the Alumni Association, serving four years on the board of directors and an additional two years as board president.

ISU Achievement Award Dr. Caroline Faure Dr. Caroline Faure played basketball at College of Southern Idaho and attended College of Idaho on a soccer scholarship before graduating from ISU. Faure worked in television for nine years as a sports reporter and sports director for KPVI before transitioning to teaching. In addition to teaching at ISU, Faure is also an athletic trainer specializing in working with athletes who have suffered injuries. Her research focuses on head injuries and athletics.

Young Alumni Award Dr. Kimberly VanWyk Kim VanWyk holds a Pharm.D degree from Idaho State University and was named Outstanding Student for the College of Pharmacy her senior year. She was a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Western New England following her graduation. She has since taken a position with the Veterans Affairs as a pharmacist.

William J. Bartz Award Don and Kathy Neves

Parade Marshall Simplot Games, led by Rick Phillips

Don Neves, originally of Honolulu, Hawaii and now residing in Pocatello, was ISU’s starting quarterback in 1965 and obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from ISU. Neves was one of the driving forces in ISU’s successful football locker room renovation, contacting former teammates and community members to participate. He currently serves as the chairman for the FAT Club. Neves has also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award in the ISU Sports Hall of Fame.

The annual J.R. Simplot Company-sponsored event has become one of the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field events since it was first held in 1979. Each year 2,000 athletes from 20 different states, Canada and Mexico travel to Pocatello to compete in Holt Arena. Competitors get the chance to mingle with Olympic legends like Dick Fosbury, Andre Phillips, Stacy Dragila, Willie Banks and Mike Powell.

Pete and Ronda Black Pete received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at ISU in 1975 and his master’s degree in education administration in 1998. Ronda obtained her bachelor’s degree in English education at ISU in 1971, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1990, and her administrative certificate in 1997. Pete and Ronda retired from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District after years of teaching and administrative positions. Ronda served terms on the ISU Alumni Board as a member and as president. She serves as a consultant for the State Department of Education and teaches professional development classes for school districts. Pete also served a term on the ISU Alumni Board. He served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1982 through 1996. Pete received the College of Education Professional Achievement Award in 2003.

Roger and Nancy Wheeler Roger and Nancy Wheeler both worked for School District #25, Roger as an elementary principal and Nancy as an elementary teacher. Their ISU athletic booster life started with seats on the 45-yard line when Holt Arena was built. The Wheelers volunteer at the ISU Student Involvement Fair in the fall, March Through the Arch, ISU Alumni Homecoming and the Alumni office. They established the Roger and Nancy Wheeler Scholarship endowment in the College of Education and have named two seats in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.



Upcoming Alumni Events SEPTEMBER 2015 26

Alumni Tailgate at UNLV, Sam Boyd Stadium, 4 p.m. ISU vs. UNLV football, Sam Boyd Stadium, 8 p.m.

OCTOBER 2015 7 24

Brown Bag Speaker Series, Boise Alumni Tailgate , Hornets Stadium, 4 p.m. ISU vs. Sacramento State, Hornets Stadium, 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 2015 7 14 21

Alumni Tailgate, Holt Arena parking lot, Noon ISU vs. Montana football, Holt Arena, 2:35 p.m. Alumni Tailgate, Holt Arena parking lot, Noon ISU vs. Montana State football, Holt Arena, 2:35 p.m. Alumni Tailgate, Wildcat Stadium, Ogden, 11 a.m. ISU vs. Weber State football, Wildcat Stadium, 1 p.m.

DECEMBER 2015 11

Alumni Holiday Open House, Magnuson Alumni House

JANUARY 2016 28 29 30

Alumni Legislative Reception, The Grove Hotel, Boise Alumni Winter Board Meeting, The Grove Hotel, Boise ISU Alumni Ski Tour, Bogus Basin, Boise

FEBRUARY 2016 20

ISU Alumni Ski Tour, Pebble Creek, Pocatello

MARCH 2016 6

Brown Bag Speaker Series, Boise, 11:45 a.m.

APRIL 2016 7 8 15 27

Gem Legacy Dinner ISU Foundation Board Meeting ISU Alumni Board Meeting Outstanding Student Award Reception and Ceremony, Stephens Performing Arts Center

MAY 2016 6 7


Alumni Awards Breakfast, Pond Student Union March Through the Arch, Swanson Arch, Noon Commencement, Holt Arena, 10 a.m.

OCTOBER 15, 2015

Alumni Board Orientation/Retreat | Noon-2 p.m., Magnuson Alumni House Homecoming Kickoff | 5-8 p.m., Pinehurst Nursery & Floral OCTOBER 16, 2015

Combined Breakfast, Alumni & Foundation boards | 8:30 a.m., Pond Student Union President’s Annual Address | 9-10 a.m., Pond Student Union Alumni Board meeting | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rendezvous A & B President’s Alumni Dinner | 6-9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel Past Board Reception | 6-7 p.m., Red Lion Hotel OCTOBER 17, 2015

Homecoming Parade | 9:30 a.m.-Noon, Downtown Pocatello Homecoming Tailgate | Noon, Holt Arena Homecoming football game vs. Eastern Washington | 2:35 p.m., Holt Arena

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A PERMANENT INVESTMENT IN ISU’S FUTURE: Because Joe Jensen wanted to have a permanent impact on ISU, honor his late wife, Cheryl, and assist students from rural Idaho in their pursuit of fine arts degrees, he established the Joe and Cheryl Jensen Scholarship Endowment. This endowment will provide scholarships every year to deserving students who will go on to impact countless lives and communities. One act of kindness will result in an infinite number of changed lives. Joe continues his desire to give.

LAST YEAR ENDOWMENTS PROVIDED MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN SUPPORT Endowed funds make a lasting impact on Idaho State University through named academic and athletic scholarships, program support, faculty enhancements and research. Endowments are established with a minimum of $25,000 given over five years or less. The funds are invested and a portion of the earnings is distributed annually to support the scholarship, professorship or university program chosen by the donor. For more information on creating an endowment, contact the ISU Foundation at (208) 282-3470 or e-mail Once you decide to establish an endowment, a development professional will work closely with you to help define the endowment and your wishes as a donor.

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