ISU honors class raises money for civic project to co-brand ISU, Old Town Pocatello

Orange You Creative

POCATELLO — Last semester, Idaho State University students in management Professor Jeff Street’s honors program course “Orange You Creative” raised $15,000 toward bringing the ISU brand to Old Town Pocatello.

A collaboration of sponsors, including Citizens Community Bank, ISU Credit Union and ISU, have pledged the primary funding for adding branded signage to the historic area of the city. Signage includes 130 lamp post pennants, 15 logo neon signs for business windows and a 20-foot by 40-foot painted sign featuring the ISU Bengal head. Based on the class’s cost assessment, the project will require an additional $4,000 in funds to complete the $19,000 project.

According to Street, although the course is not scheduled to continue into next semester, the former students are all part of an ad hoc group that will oversee the completion of the project. The team aims to have the ISU pennants set up by mid-August, the neon signs in place by the “Welcome Back Orange and Black” event in the fall and the painted ghost sign completed by the end of September, with the entire project culminating by October’s Homecoming 2019. Street has also taken a lead on the project while students are out for the summer.

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Aubrey Creekmore named NFCA Pacific All-Region 3rd-team selection

Aubrey Creekmore

Idaho State senior shortstop Aubrey Creekmore has been named the NFCA Pacific All-Region third-team. This is the first time Creekmore received the honor. The awards honor softball student-athletes from the association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for the 2019 NFCA Division I All-America squads.

Creekmore led the Bengal offense with a .400 average. She hit six home runs and had 22 RBIs while seeing time at shortstop and in the outfield.

In conference play, Creekmore hit .481 and had a .982 slugging percentage. The Bengals senior earned second-team all-conference honors and was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on April 1 for hitting .778 in a three-game series at Montana.

Creekmore is the first Bengal to earn all-region honors since Kacie Burnett and Ashlyn Ames earned second and third team in 2016.

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$1 Movie Day – “Across the Universe” at ISU

Thursday is Dollar Day at the movies featuring Oscar nominated “Across the Universe” showing at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. on May 16, in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. In this classic musical, the era of the Beatles is highlighted in a story about a group of young adults who explore life, love, societal constraints, and revolution. The Chicago Sun Times calls it “a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical… the experience of the movie is joyous.” Admission is $1 or free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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ISU’s Trevor Jensen sets school discus record at Big Sky championships

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ISU thrower Trevor Jensen broke a 46-year-old record in the discus on Friday afternoon at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Missoula, Montana.

The record throw traveled 55.67 meters (182 feet, 7 inches), good for second place, all-conference honors and qualifying for the NCAA West Region meet. The previous school record was set in 1973 by Craig Byington.

“For the discus, I told myself, ‘Hey this is a separate thing and just do what you do, do whatever you can,'” Jensen said. “It ended up working out for me. I’m going to work on some technical issues and do the best I can going forward.”

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ISU softball’s season ends with 2-1, 15-0 losses at the Big Sky Conference tournament

The season came to an end for the Idaho State softball team on Thursday.

The Bengals played the longest game in Big Sky Conference tournament history, but the result was a 2-1 loss to Northern Colorado in 12 innings. The game was called due to darkness on Wednesday night in the top of the ninth inning and was resumed Thursday morning.

Later in the day, Idaho State lost 15-0 to Sacramento State in five innings.

The Bengals finished the season with a 20-28 record.

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Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis, Brianna VanVleet earn all-conference heptathlon finishes

Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis

Idaho State’s Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis and Brianna VanVleet earned all-conference honors in the women’s heptathlon Thursday at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Missoula, Montana.

VanVleet-Sturgis finished the heptathlon in second place with a personal-best score of 5261 points. The mark earns her the fifth-highest score in the ISU record book. VanVleet finished third with a score of 5077 points. Shayla Henderson ended the event in ninth place with a score of 4656.

The top three finishers earn all-conference recognition.

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Bengals’ multi-events athletes begin Big Sky Conference championships

James Rodeman

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State track and field wrapped up day one of the multi-events competition Wednesday at the 2019 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Montana.

Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis is in second place in the heptathlon with 3147 points. Brianna VanVleet follows in sixth place with 3059 points and Shayla Henderson rounds out the trio in 14th place, with 2747 points.

“I thought it went really well,” VanVleet-Sturgis said. “Every multi there are a little bit of ups and downs, but I felt it went really well. I think I need to relax and trust my coaching and know that I have been prepared to the best of my ability. I’m excited and eager to get to tomorrow because tomorrow is one of my stronger days. It’s really exciting.”

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ISU’s conference tournament game halted, tied 1-1 in the 9th

The Idaho State softball team’s first game of the Big Sky Conference tournament was halted because of darkness Wednesday. ISU will resume its game with Northern Colorado on Thursday at 10 a.m. MDT.

The game was called with the score tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning with two outs. Idaho State is the home team and was on defense.

Three of the four games during the opening day of the Big Sky Conference tournament went nine innings or longer.

Northern Colorado led 1-0 through five innings, but ISU’s Haley Harrison hit a home run in the sixth inning to tie the game.

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