August 2020
Letter from the Vice President of Student Affairs
I love pottery. In fact, my mom has always worried she might meet an untimely end because I have coveted her pottery for so long. She doesn't need to worry. My daughter Amme worked at a coffee shop in Bozeman where they also sell pottery, and she got a discount. I cashed in!

I am also enchanted by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi. When pottery breaks, “rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum” to fill the cracks and reconnect the pieces (Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold). The result is beautiful!

Beyond the art, I am fascinated by the assumption that creates it. This practice asks one to see beauty in that which might otherwise be perceived as broken, flawed, imperfect. More poignantly, this art captures the Japanese tradition of expressing regret that something might be wasted, as well as the acceptance of change. 

There is no denying the disruption COVID-19 has wrought on so many levels. While we are acting imaginatively and energetically to regroup, perhaps we should also take a bit of time to acknowledge what feels “broken.” For our first-year students, they may have missed proms, graduation ceremonies, on-campus visits to prospective universities, and more. For our continuing students, class routines were changed, their relationships with classmates and teachers were interrupted, and our first and second year students, in particular, found the transition to distance-based education a real challenge. Athletes’ seasons were disrupted. Our residential hall students moved in the middle of the semester, and many of our graduate students were told they had to suspend their research, which meant delaying their work toward their degrees. The COVID transition has been hard for everyone, but I’m painfully aware of how hard this has been for our students. 

Which is why I’ve been thinking about pottery.

The Kintsugi technique teaches us to make art from brokenness, to experience change as inevitable but not devastating, and to honor the place of reinvention in times of disruption. In Student Affairs, we felt the loss of all the careful planning and programming that Covid disrupted in the spring and summer, but we have been taking up the pieces and refashioning our vision for student support and success. Recognizing this is a temporary disruption, we have thrown our energies into creating the best possible experience for students who have also been feeling some brokenness in this unusual year. Our advising staff set up a robust and easily accessible online appointment system. We extended our scholarship acceptance deadline into July so that students who were feeling unsure about starting college in the fall could still take advantage of those opportunities. We created a vibrant, exciting virtual orientation to ensure our first-year students could start the year feeling confident and connected to the university, and so much more!  

The weeks and months ahead will certainly require all of our artistry as we continue to refashion the way we approach education during Covid, but I believe in our ability to create works of art. You are such important partners in this endeavor! Help us help your student put the pieces of their academic plan together in a way that not only makes sense, but leaves them with something beautiful! Contact us any time at (208) 282-2794 or check out our home page to find out how we can help your student. We’re here for your student. We’re here for you!


Lyn Redington, Vice President of Student Affairs
Sending Your Student to School
Whether it's the first child, the middle, or the last, it's always a bittersweet moment to leave your child at school for the first time. You might go through a roller coaster of emotions: happy and excited for this next step in their lives, but also a bit sad that they are leaving home and leaving childhood. You might also find yourself worrying about their wellbeing. “Did I teach them everything they need to know to live an adult life at college? Will everything be okay? Are they going to eat healthy, regular meals? Will they find good friends and handle their classes well?” 

As a parent, you do your best to teach your child to make good choices and ensure that they are ready to take this next step. Now, let our Student Affairs experts help. We have services to support your student’s holistic needs. If you don’t see what you need in the list below, reach out to us at Student Affairs. We’ll help!

Family Weekend 2020

In our continuing efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of our campus and community, we will not be holding Family Weekend this fall.

We are already planning for 2021 and will be sending out information soon!
KISU-FM, Your Trusted Source for Local, National, and International News & Information

The KISU-FM office and studios are located on the first floor of the Pond Student Union Building, Room 101. KISU’s FM signal reaches Pocatello and surrounding communities at 91.1 FM, Idaho Falls at 91.3 FM, and Rexburg at 88.1 FM, serving a potential audience of almost 230,000 Idaho residents and an ever-growing number of public radio and Bengal fans. Market surveys show KISU with more listeners than many commercial stations in the market.

KISU is a non-commercial education station (NCE) airing the most trusted names in international, national, and regional news and information, including NPR, PRX, APM, BBC, and Mountain West News Bureau. Public radio stations across the country are known for providing fair, balanced, in-depth news coverage. Public radio seeks to educate audiences with information backed by research and facts. KISU is also home to many popular storytelling and cultural programs such as This American Life, Radiolab, and TED Radio Hour.

KISU-FM is THE source for women's athletics at ISU, airing Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, and Basketball. KISU is also well-known for promoting cultural and public affairs events through partnerships with Idaho State University, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Idaho Falls Arts Council, City Club of Idaho Falls, Alturas Institute, and other similar organizations.

In addition to local and regional newscasts each weekday morning and afternoon, there are a number of shows, podcasts, interview series, and specials produced at KISU’s PSUB studios.
Digital content and live web-streaming audio of KISU’s signal are available around the clock at Click on the “Listen Live” link to tune in, or click on “Programs” to learn more about KISU local programs. The command “play K I S U” allows you to listen with your web-connected Google or Amazon smart speaker.

Look for regular information about KISU projects and programs here, in Roar Weekly!
Important Dates
August 19

11:30 am - 1 pm
August 20

9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Eli M Oboler Library
August 20

11:30 am - 1 pm
August 21

Last day to add/drop early 8-week courses
August 26

11:30 am - 1 pm
August 27

Involvement Fair
11:30 am - 1 pm
August 28

Last day to register, add/drop, change section, or audit full semester courses
September 8

Seniors: Last day to file application for December 2020 graduation
September 18

Last day to withdraw from early 8-week courses
October 1

FAFSA opens for 2021-2020 school year
October 5-9

Midterm Week
October 12

Late 8-week course begin
October 23

Last day to withdraw from full semester courses
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