ISU news release:
POCATELLO – Bengal Smiles Idaho State University Sealant Program, one of the most successful outreach programs organized by the ISU Department of Dental Hygiene, has been awarded the 2014-2015 Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant for the sealant program’s maintenance and expansion.
The grant was sponsored by the American Dental Hygienists Association Institute for Oral Health in the amount of $5,000. Dental hygiene associate
Bengal Smiles is a school-based oral health care program, which provides free dental sealants for children. A dental sealant is a protective plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in order to prevent cavities, especially in children.
POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) invites all students and member of the community to experience the traditional culture of China at the ISU Chinese New Year Night 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and the evening will offer traditional Chinese food along with traditional and modern Chinese dances, including the lion dance and music performed by ISU students.
Idaho State University news release:
POCATELLO – The 12th annual Idaho State University Day of Percussion will be held on Jan. 31 in Goranson Hall in the ISU Fine Arts Building. The event’s activities include concerts, artist clinics and master classes.
Artists Bill Bachman and Anders Astrand will perform at the event. Bachman studied percussion and performance at the University of North Texas and Berklee College of Music. He has toured for 12 years with the Drum and Bugle Corps and presented nearly 200 drum clinics and festival performances.
POCATELLO – The 28th annual Idaho State University Jazz Festival will present public concerts on Feb. 6 and 7 featuring Grammy award-winning jazz tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer and keyboardist Russell Ferrante.
BY KYLE FRANKO
From the middle of December through a solid chunk of January, Idaho State went 1-10. There was a loss in overtime and bitterly close defeats among a couple blowouts, spelling utter disappointment. Sometimes, ISU’s defense wasn’t good enough. And the Bengals flat out struggled to score on some occasions. It was a miserable, month-long malaise. But the Bengals never broke. “Most times, losing will bring out the worst in you,” said Idaho State coach Bill Evans. “I’m sure they, at times, have lacked confidence because we’ve lost so many close games. But their effort and their teammanship and all that kind of stuff has been great.” And now, on a two-game road trip to play Northern Colorado (9-9, 4-3 Big Sky) today and North Dakota (6-12, 2-5) on Saturday, it looks like ISU might be snapping out of its funk.
The Idaho State softball team was picked to win the Big Sky Conference in a preseason coaches poll released by the Big Sky on Wednesday.
The Bengals received six of eight first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team) and totaled 48 points. Sacramento State was second with one first-place vote and 42 total points and Northern Colorado was third (34 points).
ISU is the two-time defending Big Sky regular season champion and returns 2014 Player of the Year Hailey Breakwell and 2013 Player of the Year Vicky Galasso along with 2014 Freshman of the Year Kacie Burnett.
The Bengals went 35-20, 13-4 in conference last season and hosted the Big Sky Tournament, where they were beaten by Southern Utah in the championship game.
Idaho State opens the season Feb. 5 against UCLA in Brentwood, California, as part of the So Cal Tournament. The Bengals’ home opener is April 3 against Weber State.
BY JEFF PAPWORTH
Idaho State is halfway through its season and the Bengals still don’t know how it will conclude. They are set on looking only as far ahead as their next game. Tonight, the trek takes them back home to Reed Gym to play Northern Colorado at 7 p.m.
“You’ve just got to keep your head down low; just keep going and keep focusing on the next game,” said ISU freshman Megan Hochstein, “and what are you going to do and what are you going to improve on in your game and how are you going to contribute to your team.”
The team’s blurry picture of where the road leads goes back to before the season started. ISU coach Seton Sobolewski decided against going through the schedule to predict where victories will come, something he has done in the past.
The Bengals way of going through the season may be the best one with plenty of ebbs and flows featured.
ISU fell into a hole early at Portland State (13-2) on Saturday after losing by 31 points at Sacramento State on Jan. 24. Yet the Bengals were unflinching, slowly cutting into the lead until they grabbed it in the second half and won 65-53.
By Bob Devine
The Idaho State women’s basketball team plays tonight at 7 p.m. against Northern Colorado and again on Saturday at 2 p.m. against North Dakota, with both games in Reed Gym. Tickets run $8 for upper seating and $12 for lower seating, with children and senior citizens running $4 for upper seating and $6 for lower seating. ISU students get in free with their Bengal ID. The Reed Gym ticket office opens one hour before the game. For more information, please call the ticket office at 282-FANS.