December 2019
Letter from Lyn
We are back from Thanksgiving break and headed into the end of the semester and the anticipation of a new year. If I were to tell you that 2019 has been a year of transition, you would roll your eyes … and with good reason. What a massive understatement! What I have observed over this year, however, is that we have a team of creative, resilient people motivated by a desire to make a difference in the lives of ISU students. You have been patient and maintained a great attitude through all of the changes, and I am confident that all of the effort we are pouring into understanding and uniting our services across the division will pay off—for us, for our students, and for ISU. 

In the midst of all of this change, we have launched many important new initiatives, adding these to ongoing projects and programs. While all of this is very exciting, it is a lot to process all at once. I want to do everything I can to ensure I am up-to-date with developments across the division, responding in a timely manner, and keeping our communication channels open. 

I trust you know my door is open to you. To better ensure I am meeting your needs, I have asked Kelly Moor, in her role as our Director of Strategic Initiatives, to help me improve the information flow and lines of communication. When I am unable to attend, Kelly will represent me at departmental and project meetings, providing feedback from me to your teams and bringing questions and concerns you’ve raised to my attention. If you have an idea or problem you need me to address, but I am not available, please reach out to Kelly. In the meantime, I would appreciate it if you would invite her to meetings that would help her learn the important work of your department or team. 
Benny's Pantry opens at ISU-Meridian
Student Affairs works across campuses to assist ISU students. Read more
New resource at Counseling and Testing
Cameron Staley with Counseling and Testing has been working to provide more extensive self-help resources to students. Thanks to financial assistance from the Oboler Library, he has been able to do just that. Counseling and Testing has added a collection of self-help resources to their website, including ADHD, autism, general mental health and therapy, mindfulness, personality, relationships, substance abuse, and trauma. All ISU students have access to this service and can locate these resources at Rick Pongratz, Director of Counseling and Testing, notes that these resources may be very helpful to students who need assistance, but who do not want to go the center. If you have ideas for additional topics, please contact Counseling and Testing so they can work with the library to make them available. 
TRIO student receives $10,000 scholarship
ISU student Joselynn Castillo was one of 15 students awarded a scholarship out of 1,200 applicants. Read more
Admissions Visitor Center has had several events this fall which would not have been possible without the help of volunteers. To everyone who volunteered at these events and contributed to their tremendous success, thank you!

  • Spirit Saturday in conjunction with homecoming hosted 221 students and 392 guests.
  • Experience ISU was an all campus event that welcomed 607 high school students and 124 of their guests to campus.
  • The first Counselor Day event had a tremendous response, with 36 high school counselor and college and career advisors attending.  

Same-Day Access Appointments are being offered by Counseling and Testing December 2-13. Students may call and schedule a same day counseling or biofeedback appointment during the last two weeks of the semester. Call 208-282-2130.

TRIO-Upward Bound is holding Ignite STEM on December 6, 2019. 120 high school students will participate on the ISU-Idaho Falls and CEI campuses. This is a great collaboration between U of I, INL, ISU-IF, and CEI. This event is sponsored by a STEM grant from the US Department of Education and ISU Credit Union.

Student Affairs is hosting a Holiday Family Movie Night on De cember 9 th   at 6:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater. This event is open to Student Affairs staff and their families and includes free admission, concession vouchers, and prizes.

Admissions is hosting the Idaho Scholars on Tuesday December 10 th at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. This event brings high-achieving high school seniors to campus to enjoy a formal evening with their families. 
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