ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings set for Monday-Saturday

ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings

POCATELLO – The fifth annual Idaho State University Summer Institute for Piano and Strings (SIPS) will be June 25-30. More than 100 pre-college students will be participating in the week’s activities.

“We are quite pleased with the turnout this year,” said Artistic Director Mark Neiwirth. “We have designed a strong program, and the faculty are all superb teachers and performers.”

Two concerts will open the week’s schedule on Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Jensen Grand Concert Hall, featuring SIPS faculty and staff performing works from the Romantic Era for 1-5 players. Pianists Kori Bond, Mark Neiwirth, Natalia Lauk, Laura Larson, Alexis McBroom, Adam Merrill and Gabriel Lowman; violinists Kyeri Choi, Robert Wilson, Rumeng Liao; violists Katherine Chojnacki and Sandra Kenney; cellists Eleanor Cox and Matt Van Leuven will all perform. The Tuesday concert will also feature the premiere performance of “Elegie” by Timothy Brown, composed for Mark Neiwirth last month.

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ISU offering massively reduced tuition to Native Americans

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Native American students will soon be able to attend Idaho State University at a very much-reduced tuition rate.

The new program, which was approved by the State Board of Education on Thursday, will allow Native Americans from the state’s federally-recognized tribes to attend the university for $60 per credit hour, which is approximately one-sixth of the standard in-state tuition cost at ISU.

In-state ISU students currently pay about $372 per credit hour.

“Students must be degree-seeking, maintain satisfactory academic progress and apply for federal student financial aid through the FAFSA program to be eligible,” a news release from ISU said. “The discounted rate includes tuition, but other class fees will still apply.”

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ISU football: Roman Sapolu invited to coach at 49ers training camp

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Idaho State offensive line coach Roman Sapolu has been invited to participate in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the San Francisco 49ers. Sapolu will be helping with the offensive line at the 49ers training camp July 25-29.

Participating in this internship has extra meaning for Sapolu, as he grew a 49ers fan watching his father, Jesse Sapolu, play on the team’s offensive line.

“It is a little surreal,” Sapolu said. “Growing up a 49er fan, it is in my blood. Seeing his pictures on the wall and being in that environment will be fun.”

On participating in this internship and learning from offensive line coach John Benton and head coach Kyle Shanahan, Sapolu said, “It is an opportunity to learn more. You can never stop learning. I am excited about that aspect of it. I am going to learn from their offensive line coach and coach Shanahan to see how they do things and how I can apply it to my group.”

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Idaho State Board of Education approves seating renovation at Holt Arena

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Watching a game at Holt Arena in coming years may be more comfortable.

The State Board of Education approved a motion during its Thursday meeting in Idaho Falls allowing Idaho State University to remove the seats inside the multi-use domed arena and install new seats. The approval allows ISU to move forward with fundraising efforts and get a cost estimate from the Idaho Division of Public Works.

Once the division assesses the proposed project, ISU can begin a bidding process to find a company to carry out the work. ISU Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey said he estimates the total cost for the project to be between $2 million and $2.5 million, all of which will be acquired through fundraising.

Tingey said the major goal of the project, which is still in its early stages, is to install uniformly colored seats — gutting Holt Arena’s multi-colored, 12,000-seat layout. Most of the seats have been in place since the building opened in 1970 and are plastic with no padding, arm rests or cup holders. Tingey said most of the specifics of the new seats are still being worked out.

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‘Shared vision’ — New ISU president to use collaborative approach

Kevin Satterlee

As a young boy growing up in the Northern Idaho town of Priest River, Kevin Satterlee initially wanted to be an astronaut.

During his junior year of high school, he shifted his plans to aerospace engineering.

But when he entered college he got a law degree, which led to a job at the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and then a position as the State Board of Education’s chief legal officer.

“I found my calling working in higher education,” said Satterlee, who began his job as Idaho State University’s 13th president on Monday morning.

Satterlee, who was interviewed by the Journal on Tuesday, faces many challenges in his new position. In recent years, ISU has been plagued by a multitude of troubles, including declining enrollment, an ugly rift between the faculty and administration and international news coverage of the school’s Middle Eastern students saying they were discriminated against.

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Hayes Garrity hosts 2nd annual in Pocatello 2018

POCATELLO — Save for a couple knee injuries, Hayes Garrity has been blessed with good health.

For the last quarter-century, Garrity and his family have been giving back to the less fortunate.

Garrity hosted Pocatello’s second annual on Saturday at the Mountain View Event Center, bringing approximately 50 special-needs campers of all ages together for a day of basketball.

Garrity’s father, Steve Garrity, started the camp in 1994. It was exclusively held in Portland, Oregon, until last year, when Hayes brought it to Pocatello for the first time.

Now, they want it to become a mainstay as they expand to major cities around the United States.

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“Love, Simon” at ISU this Friday

Acclaimed comedy/drama “Love, Simon” plays this Friday, June 22, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. Simon keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates – he’s gay. And when that secret is threatened, he must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff, and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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ISU tennis: Edin named Academic All-American


Idaho State men’s tennis player William Edin was recognized as a second-team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Edin is a graduate student at Idaho State and earned a perfect 4.00 GPA while obtaining his MBA.

Edin is one of 45 male student-athletes to receive the honor across all of Division I athletics. He was also one of 62 student-athletes listed that earned a 4.0 GPA. The native of Sigtuna, Sweden, is the only Big Sky athlete to receive Academic All-American honors this year. Additionally, Edin was a Big Sky Scholar Athlete this past season.

Edin wrapped up his final year on the courts going 6-11 overall, including a 4-7 mark in Big Sky play for the Bengals. The senior played a majority of his matches this year at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for Idaho State.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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