ISU President Arthur C. Vailas to deliver annual State of the University Address


ISU news release

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s President Arthur C. Vailas will deliver his annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Pocatello campus.
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“Be Advised” campaign registration schedule announced

Idaho State University news release

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Central Academic Advising Office is continuing its “Be Advised” campaign and also recommending that students pick their major with the “Declare Your Major” campaign, before students register for classes in November.

Both campaigns are led by Central Academic Advising, a unit of the Student Success Center, and direct students to pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.
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Idaho State takes down EWU


CHENEY, Wash. – Amy Sorensen posted her best game in an Idaho State uniform as the Bengals swept Eastern Washington 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) Thursday night at Reese Court.

ISU improves its Big Sky Conference record to 9-1. The Bengals have won four straight matches and 11 of their last 12.

The transfer from Oregon State (Sorensen) collected her first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs. It is the most kills in a game during her ISU career.

“She had a kill on 50 percent of her swings tonight with only three errors. That is really impressive,” said head coach Chad Teichert. “Her greatest strength may be ball control with serve/receive and defense. It’s nice to have her playing like this.”

The Bengals hit .265 as a team in the sweep. ISU improves to 10-0 in matches where they have an attack percentage over .200.

“I thought we served and passed really well tonight,” Teichert said.

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ISU slated to finish 10th in Big Sky


Idaho State was picked to finish 10th by the coaches and media in the 2014-15 Big Sky Conference preseason polls released Thursday by the league.

Idaho State picked up 125 points by 36 voting members of the media and had 35 points in the coaches’ poll, which did not allow coaches to vote for their own team.

The Bengals went 8-12 in the Big Sky last season and 11-18 overall in head coach Bill Evans’ second season.

Idaho State returns its leading scorer from a season ago, senior guard Chris Hansen and one of the Big Sky’s top rebounders, senior Jeffrey Solarin. Hansen averaged 16.6 points per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season. Solarin was ISU’s fourth-leading scorer at 10.4 points a game and led the Bengals in rebounding with 8.5 per game.

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Bengals tabbed for 8th/9th in preseason polls




The Idaho State women’s basketball team has been selected eighth in the 2014-15 Big Sky Conference women’s basketball preseason coaches’ poll and ninth in the media poll released on Wednesday by the league office.

“The polls ultimately don’t infiuence us or our approach,” said head coach Seton Sobolewski. “We have a certain way we do things and we do them that way whether we are picked first, last or somewhere in between.”

Reigning conference champion North Dakota was slated to finish first in both polls. Big Sky newcomer Idaho is picked third in the coaches’  poll and fourth in the media poll.

“I think we are going to see another highly competitive league like it has been the last couple years,” Sobolewski said. “Every single night you have to be ready to battle.”

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ISU football notebook: Depth at tight end boosts entire offense

BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

Idaho State lost three receivers to injury against Eastern Washington, forcing the Bengals to adjust on the fly while trying to put together a second-half comeback.

In the end, that rally fell short in a 56-53 loss but not because of injuries at wide receiver. It actually provided two players — junior tight ends Tyler Wright and Tyler Graves — an opportunity to show what they could do.

Their emergence has been a boon in Idaho State’s offensive renaissance the past few weeks.

“Tyler Wright and Tyler Graves have really been the catalyst for how we’re playing offense right now,” said ISU head coach Mike Kramer. “One thing that they are able to do is they’re extremely good blockers and also excellent at  catching the ball over the middle.”

When receivers Madison Mangum, Broc Malcom and Aaron Prier were all hurt at Eastern Washington, the Bengals shifted starting tight end Josh Cook to outside wide receiver. It provided an chance for Wright and Graves, who both missed the start of the season with nagging injuries of their own, to step in for Cook.

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Bengals defense playing catch-up: ISU’s offense is blooming in year 4 but the defense is still coming along


  BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

It’s easy to overlook how Idaho State has improved defensively with the way the Bengals are playing on the other side of the ball.

ISU is 4-3 overall, 2-1 in the Big Sky Conference and has more wins than in any season since 2005. A major reason is Idaho State’s balanced offense that’s averaging 569.7 yards a game and 41.7 points a game.

Meanwhile, ISU’s defense has been up and down. The Bengals were torched for seven offensive touchdowns and 617 yards at Eastern Washington. Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron started the game against the Bengals hitting on his first 18 passing attempts.

Idaho State’s defense is ranked 112th in the FCS, allowing 484 yards a game.

But the Bengals have had their bright spots.

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‘Messiah’ to be held at ISU Arts Center

POCATELLO — The traditional Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-in will take place this year in Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center on Dec. 21. Auditions for solo’s will take place on Nov. 2 and 9 at 6 p.m., at the Highland Stake Center, corner of Butte and Satterfield Drive.

An accompanist will be available. Come prepared to sing one of the arias.

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