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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Governor's Cup Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

This year's Governor's Cup award winners. - GOVERNOR'S CUP/SARAH FURIMAN
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  • This year's Governor's Cup award winners.

With the cost of attending college at an all-time high, "college tuition" might as well be a four-letter word. But for 23 high-school students from across Idaho, the burden of attendance just got a little lighter.

On June 17, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the 23 recipients of the Governor's Cup Scholarships. Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the winners, all future attendees of Idaho colleges and universities, will receive $3,000 per year for demonstrated commitments to public service, academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

Here are the winners:

Academic scholarships for four-year programs: 

Margarita Alcaraz – Caldwell High School – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Matthew Brink – Orofino High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Sydney Cornell – Genesee High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Raven Crossley – Mountain Home High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Natasha Dacic – Boise High School – Attending the College of Idaho

Lydia Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Rexburg – Attending BYU-Idaho

Sadie Heindel – Middleton High School – Attending Boise State University

Sarah Hibbert – Century High School, Pocatello – Attending Idaho State or BYU-Idaho

Sam Jacobson – Borah High School, Boise – Attending Boise State University

Mikaela Jenson – Firth High School, Basalt – Attending BYU-Idaho

Cameron Kirk – Lewiston High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Ryleigh Moore – Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian – Attending Boise State University

Abbey Olsen – Preston High School – Attending Idaho State University

Shaleeni Prasad – Nampa High School – Attending Boise State University

Jaycee Rade – Coeur d’Alene High School, Hayden – Attending the University of Idaho

Clayton Schoessler – Bliss High School – Attending Boise State University

Leslie Thompson – Parma High School, Greenleaf – Attending the University of Idaho

Jade Tyler – Parma High School, Parma – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Caleb Williams – North Gem High School, Bancroft – Attending Idaho State University

Allysha Yasuda – Fruitland High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Professional Technical two- and three-year programs:

Skyler Badertscher – Timberlake High School, Athol – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Nathan Haight – Highland School, Craigmont – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Jordan Peterson – Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian – Attending the College of Western Idaho
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Friday, November 9, 2012

AP: No Charges Against ISU Coach in Shoving Incident

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

There will be no criminal charges files against an Idaho State University football coach who was suspended following a shoving incident involving one of his players.

The Associated Press reports that City of Pocatello prosectors "called it a tough decision," but didn't believe ISU head football coach Mike Kramer had any intention of harming student player Derek Graves "or committing a criminal act."

The shoving incident went viral when ESPN posted a video of Kramer running toward a player on the field, shoving him with two hands, and sending the player to the turf. Graves said he suffered neck and back spasms after the incident.

Pocatello attorney Dean Tranmer told the AP that another factor in deciding not to prosecute was that Graves didn't file a police complaint until 11 days after the incident.

Meanwhile, Graves was suspended from the team indefinitely last week for violation of team rules. Coaches said Graves had showed up late for practice.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Reuters: Idaho Prof Wants To Hunt Bigfoot by Air

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The legendary Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is supposedly an ape-like creature that inhabits forests. Though most scientists discount its existence, sightings continue to pop up.  Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/05/idaho-scientist-hopes-to-spot-bigfoot-from-sky/#ixzz2BSJCGX2r
  • The legendary Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is supposedly an ape-like creature that inhabits forests. Though most scientists discount its existence, "sightings" continue to pop up.

Reuters reports that an Idaho State University professor is looking to raise $300,000 in order to search for Bigfoot from the sky.

Jeffrey Meldrum, ISU anatomy and anthropology professor, told Reuters that he has plans to build a remote-controlled aircraft, equip it with thermal-imaging surveillance, and catch footage of the mythical Sasquatch—which Meldrum doesn't think is mythical at all.

Author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, Meldrum says Bigfoot is an animal probably descended from a giant ape that once inhabited Asia and crossed the Bering land bridge into North America.

Meldrum wants his effort, dubbed the Falcon Project, to take flight next spring to survey remote areas of the Pacific Northwest, as well as northern tiers of California and Utah.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

State Journal: Booster Banned From ISU Games

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

An eastern Idaho man, presumably a fan of Idaho State University athletics, will have to do his cheering from home.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Matt Jolley, an ISU booster, has been formally notified by the university that he is banned "from attending any event, game, fundraiser or activity" at ISU. Jolley told the newspaper that he "was deeply saddened" by the university's decision and that it was "unfair and unwarranted."

Jolley was accused of offering money to potential ISU recruits and their coaches. In a letter dated April 27, obtained by the State Journal, the university told Jolley an internal investigation had determined that the booster had violated NCAA rules.

Former interim coach Deane Martin made the original complaint regarding the alleged violations in a letter to ISU Athletic Director Jeff Tingey dated March 6. Martin fired off the letter one day after not being picked as the school's permanent men's basketball coach. When Tingey told Martin that the letter was "potentially slanderous," Martin decided to forward the letter to the NCAA.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Idaho's First Nursing Doctoral Program To Launch at ISU in 2013

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Idaho State University announced late today that it will begin offering a nursing doctoral program—a first of its kind in Idaho—beginning in 2013. Six doctoral students are expected to be admitted into the ISU School of Nursing program in spring 2013. A statement from the university said the program would "begin small," but there was a "huge demand for nurses with doctorates nationally and within the state of Idaho."

"Before now, nurses had to leave Idaho to earn a doctorate. Now they can stay in Idaho, raise their families and access quality education," said Karen Neill, associate director for Graduate Studies and professor in the ISU School of Nursing.

Besides the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree, there is also the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which ISU plans to offer in the future, Neill said.

The nursing doctoral program was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education at its June meeting.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

State Journal: NCAA Investigates Claim of Booster Offering Pay for Play

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The NCAA has launched an investigation into allegations of a booster willing to pay basketball players under the table in order for them to play for Idaho State University.

The Idaho State Journal reports that former interim coach Deane Martin made the complaint in a letter, dated March 6, to ISU Athletic Director Jeff Tingey. The Journal reports that Martin fired off the letter one day after not being picked as the school's permanent men's basketball coach. When Tingy told Martin that the letter was "potentially slanderous," Martin decided to forward the letter to the NCAA.

Martin and Tingey declined to comment but the Journal obtained a copy of the letter from an ISU employee.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Faculty Group Sues President, Alleging Blocked Emails

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

There's more bad blood between a group of faculty members at Idaho State University and ISU President Arthur Vailas. The group of teachers, calling themselves the Idaho State University Faculty Association for the Preservation of the First Amendment, filed suit Tuesday, alleging that Vailas violated their First Amendment rights.

The suit is the latest in a series of disputes between ISU faculty and the university's administration. In February 2011, when ISU's Faculty Senate slapped Vailas with a "no confidence" vote, The Idaho State Board of Education suspended the university's Faculty Senate on Feb. 16, 2011. Vailas then refused to recognize the activities of the Provisional Faculty Senate, which returned most of the former senators to the new body.

Now, the faculty group is accusing Vailas of blocking them from sending the entire faculty emails. According to the group, ISU administration began blocking emails in November. At Thursday's State Board of Education meeting, school officials denied the claim, saying only that the university limited access to a faculty Listserv.

The faculty group asked the state board to issue a request, in writing, to Vailas that "he talk with us so we can move forward."

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