ISU ranked on top for veterans

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Idaho State University has been selected as a top school in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities research study. ISU and the ISU Veterans Sanctuary will be listed in the December issue of the guide.

The Veterans Sanctuary is a unique program at ISU that offers support for veterans returning to school. At the Sanctuary, student veterans and their families find an environment where they can be successful and feel at home, Sanctuary Director Todd Johnson said.
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Bengals outlast Northern Arizona: ISU improves to 10-1 in Big Sky


FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — The Idaho State volleyball team edged Northern Arizona 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-18, 20-25 and 17-15) Thursday night at the Rolle Activity Center.

ISU improves to 10-1 in conference play and has a two-match lead on a trio of teams (North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Idaho) in second place with just five matches remaining in the regular season.

ISU led the final set 11-4 before the Lumberjacks roared back to level the score at 12. The Bengals would clinch the victory on their third match point.

Idaho State hit .246 over the five sets. The Bengals improve to 12-0 in matches this season when they have an attack percentage greater than .198.

Three players finished with doubledoubles. Tressa Lyman collected 23 kills and tied a season-high with 17 digs. Amy Sorensen posted 12 kills (season-high) and 12 digs while Hayley Farrer dished out a career high 66 assists to go along with 16 digs.

Kylee Sessions led the defense with 19 digs while Makenzie Filer had 17 kills, eight block-assists and six digs.ISU continues the road-trip with a match against Southern Utah on Saturday in Cedar City.

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ISU downs Great Falls in exhibition: Bengals defeat NAIA foe 65-40 in Reed Gym


  BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

Idaho State didn’t make a 3-point shot, star senior Chris Hansen scored four points and the Bengals committed 28 personal fouls.

It was ugly, disjointed and frenetic.

But Idaho State won. And while the offense was uninspired and mundane, the defense was energetic, intense and hectic.

In the end, Idaho State walked away with a 65-40 victory in an exhibition game against NAIA Great Falls on Thursday in Reed Gym.

With 630 fans watching, the Bengals held the Argonauts to nine made field goals. Great Falls, which entered the game 5-1 overall, shot 16.1 percent from the floor (9 for 56) and 4 for 29 from three.

“I think our defense was good,” said Bengals third-year coach Bill Evans. “I think some of it was them but I hope most of it was us.”

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Vailas sells ‘Discovering Opportunity’ theme



POCATELLO — A smiling Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas delivered the 2014 “State of the University” address that embraced the theme “Discovering Opportunity” Wednesday night.

“We are pleased with the direction of Idaho State University,” Vailas said. “It’s a transforming university, and we have gotten into areas where we’re challenging the model of a university.”

The university president said the types of partnerships ISU has forged with industry and other research facilities has been the key along with strategic planning.

Vailas said ISU focuses on four main concepts: learning and discovery; access and opportunity; leadership in health sciences; and economy and social impact.

He reminded the audience that ISU serves 18,600 students at its campuses in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Meridian.

“We are a comprehensive university with a health mission,” Vailas said.

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ISU International Night 2014 set for Nov. 1 in Pocatello

ISU news release:
POCATELLO – The Idaho State University International Student Association invites all of Pocatello and the surrounding communities to experience and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of ISU at International Night 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event officially kicks off at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “A Festival of Festivals” and will showcase national festivals around the world.
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ISU football notebook: Big Sky’s leading rusher deflecting credit

BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

ISU running back Xavier Finney spearheaded Idaho State’s 403-yard rushing effort at Northern Colorado with a career-high 236 yards.

The performance pushed Finney over 1,000 yards for the season and vaulted the junior into a great spot to finish the season as the Big Sky’s leading rusher, something no ISU running back has ever done.

But Finney, who has 1,171 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, is quick to praise his teammates for any of his personal success.

“It’s not about me. It’s about the  team and the offense,” Finney said. “The O-line does a wonderful job of creating holes for me. … I humble myself and just make sure that I keep looking forward to the next opponent  and respect the game.”


The Big Sky Conference standings are starting to shake themselves out with a month left in the season.

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Arias on track for historic season: Senior QB leads country in passing yards adn TD’s



  BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

It’s hard to find an Idaho State single-season passing record Bengals quarterback Justin Arias isn’t on track to break.

Through eight games, Arias leads the Football Championship Subdivision with 2,773 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. Only Villanova’s John Robertson is responsible for more points than Arias, who has led the Bengals to 168 points with his TD passes and three two-point conversions.

Idaho State’s Kevin Yost holds the Idaho State school  record for the most passing yards in a season with 3,690. On Arias’ current pace, he would finish with 4,164 yards.

Mike Machurek, who led Idaho State to a national championship in 1981, holds the single-season school record with 29 passing TDs. Arias is on his way to finishing this season with 40-plus TD passes.

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Bengals basketball back in action tonight


  BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

A much different looking Idaho State men’s basketball team is ready to take the floor for the first time tonight in an exhibition game against Great Falls at 7:05 p.m. in Reed Gym.

A win (or loss) won’t count in the record books, but it’s still an important game for a reshaped ISU squad. And it’s monumental for Bengal newcomers, players like guards Ben Wilson and Nnamdi Ezenwa who redshirted last season.

Wilson and Ezenwa comprise Idaho State’s new-look, defensefirst backcourt. Neither has played since 2013. Ezenwa’s last college basketball game was ISU’s final contest of the 2012-2013 season.

“I got to watch the game a lot  more, become more of a student of the game,” Ezenwa said. “… I got to work on my game a lot at the same time. It was definitely a good year.”

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