June 2021
Letter from Lyn
Dear Bengal Family,

One of the things I love about interacting with Idaho State team members is that I get to hear so many individual Why Stories. I find myself inspired, every day, by the experiences and vision that bring our people to work every day, not just to do the job, but to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and colleagues. Today, I want to share one of those Why Stories with you, this one coming from Ashley Larson, advisor in the College of Business.  

Growing up in a small Eastern Idaho town, I had big dreams of one day moving away, seeing the world, and building an exciting and successful life. To do any of that, I knew I would need a college education. Neither of my parents had received any sort of post-secondary education. Both worked mostly minimum wage jobs. When it came to higher education, all three of us were completely clueless. The area where I grew up did not have much of a college-going culture, and so I struggled to find the information and resources I needed at every turn. In fact, it was not uncommon for people to ask why I would “waste my time” going to college when I could find a job close to home and just work. While my family supported my dreams of going to college, none of us really knew what we were doing or how to get started.

Celebrating the Good Stuff
"Leadership is not about being in charge, it's about taking care of those in our charge." - Simon Sinek, Apple News
Is Your Student Ready for the Fall Semester? RSVP to the June 14 Town Hall.
We are hosting our second Parents, Partners & Family Zoom Town Hall on Monday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m., and our goal is to make sure you and your student feel ready for the fall semester! For a list of topics we’ll cover at the town hall, READ MORE.

We will have time for a Question and Answer period, but, if you cannot attend the town hall, email your questions to us at bengalfamilynetwork@isu.edu. If you would like closed captioning in English or Spanish or require the services of a sign language interpreter at the town hall, please RSVP by June 10.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Updated Meeting Information
Losing a loved one to suicide can be a profoundly painful and isolating experience. The complexity of the emotions can feel overwhelming, and survivors often struggle to know who to talk to for fear others won't understand. Counseling and Testing Service offers a group for survivors of suicide loss to connect with others who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide. This group will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom on the dates below. If your student is in need of support, this group is available. Students can register for each group separately at https://www.isu.edu/ctc/suicide-prevention/survivors-of-suicide-loss/

Upcoming dates: June 17, July 8, and August 12.
Welcoming our New Editor-in-Chief
We’d like to introduce you to Lesley Brey, the new Editor-in-Chief of The Bengal. Lesley is a fifth-year senior at Idaho State University, working toward her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Professional Writing. Born and raised in Pocatello, her hobbies include hiking, writing, and reading. Aside from her work on The Bengal, Lesley also works for campus dining and is a long-time member of the ISU Sustainability club. We asked Lesley to share something of her vision for the paper in the 2021-2022 academic year. READ MORE
Do You Know Why Staying on Campus is Good for Students?
Aside from providing safe, clean, and affordable housing, we take as our responsibility, the duty to give every student the opportunity to succeed and graduate from the University (whether they live on campus or not). University Housing provides opportunities for student success, individual growth, developing autonomy, establishing cultural awareness, as well as understanding associated real world applications. 
Students living in the residence halls have access to READ MORE
New for Fall 2021: Convocation! 
Save the date for Idaho State’s newest tradition: Convocation! The first annual New Student Convocation will be held Friday evening, August 20, at the newly renovated Davis Field. The ceremony will be followed by the traditional New Student March through the Arch.

As graduation celebrates the attainment of a degree, convocation marks its beginning. In addition to welcoming your students, convocation aims to inspire new students and help them feel a connection to their new university family, as well as demonstrate ISU’s commitment to supporting students as they pursue their education. Please encourage your student to attend this important milestone.

Parents are welcome to attend. More information will be provided as we draw closer to the start of the fall semester. In the meantime, questions may be directed to our Bengal Family Network email.
Important Dates
Bengal Family Network isu.edu/parents