ISU gets green light to look into Meridian campus expansion

By Dave Goins Idaho News Service

BOISE — The State Board of Education gave Idaho State University the green light Wednesday on ISU’s request to continue to pursue a proposed project that would double the number of cadaver study stations at the ISU-Meridian campus.

Rex Force, ISU’s vice president for health education, said the proposed 3,500-square-foot addition to an existing ISU-Meridian building has been estimated to cost approximately $2 million to $3 million.

Following the state board’s unanimous vote to approve ISU’s request, Force said ISU now expects to refine cost estimates as it examines “planning, design and engineering concepts” for the proposed expansion within the university’s existing anatomy and physiology laboratories at the Meridian campus.

The proposed expansion would include increasing to 24 the cadaver study stations at ISU-Meridian from the current 12 there, Force said.

“We will have to come back to the state board” with a finalized design and cost estimate for the proposed project, Force said.

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ISU softball: Bengals to rely on seniors, youth to continue long-lasting success

By Michael Guise

Idaho State is in a unique position.

After four consecutive seasons of 28 wins or more and three Big Sky Conference tournament championship games in the last three seasons, the Bengals were picked fourth in the conference’s preseason poll.

Idaho State won 28 games in 2016 and returns seven players, including three-time first-team all-conference outfielder Kacie Burnett, who was named to the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List.

There are also new pieces. The Bengals have six freshmen, two transfers and must replace former key players Maddy Hickman, Sophie Slagle, Micheala Taylor and Katelyn Marquez. But Idaho State is ready to prove its preseason ranking wrong.

“We are solid, and we’ve shown the new people how we play Bengals softball,” Burnett said. “So I think it’s a solid group, and we have a lot of team chemistry this year.”

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ISU MBB: Bengals look to halt skid against visiting UNC

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State (5-20, 3-10 Big Sky Conference) looks to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday against Northern Colorado (8-17, 4-10), which has lost four games in a row. The Bengals rallied from two 16-point first-half deficits before outscoring the Bears 41-26 in the second half in a 73-69 victory in the teams’ first meeting this season. It was ISU’s first conference win and only road victory of the season.

Here are three storylines to follow on Saturday.


Idaho State ranks third in the Big Sky with 7.4 steals per game and has logged double-digit steals seven times this season.

Ethan Telfair (2.14) Geno Luzcando (2.1) and Brandon Boyd (1.3) all rank in the top 11 of the league in steals per game.

But the takeaways haven’t translated to victories for the Bengals. ISU was under its per-game steals average in two of its five wins this season and is 2-5 when swiping 10 steals or more.

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ISU track & field: Franz takes second at Buckeye Tune-Up

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State’s Justin Franz finished second in the men’s shot put at the Buckeye Tune-Up hosted by Ohio State University on Friday.

Franz threw 17.90 meters (58-8 feet, 3/4 inches) to top all competitors other than Kentucky’s Nikolas Huffman. Huffman entered the meet with the top seed and improved with an 18.89m (61-11 3/4) toss to win the event.

Conference Lead

Franz heads into the 2017 Big Sky Indoor Conference Championship with the highest seed in the men’s shot put. His 18.19m (59-8 1/4) throw in the Snake River Open still tops the conference by more than a foot.

The senior’s throw also ranks 35th in the Division I performance lists.

Conference Championship

Idaho State hosts the 2017 Big Sky Indoor Conference Championship in Holt Arena Feb. 23-25.

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ISU softball: Bengals drop season-opening doubleheader

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State dropped two contests to open the 2017 season with a 5-2 loss to Colorado State and a 4-2 loss to Northern Iowa on Friday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Las Vegas.

Colorado State 5, Idaho State 2

In the first game of the day, senior Kacie Burnett led the way for the Bengals with two hits and one run in three at-bats, while freshman Emma Bordenkecher finished with one hit, one run and one RBI in three at-bats in her first career game.

The first two innings were scoreless for both Idaho State (0-2) and Colorado State (3-3), but the Rams opened up the scoring in the third with a three-run inning. The Bengals responded in the fourth as Burnett got on base following a double to right-center field. Sophomore Aubrey Creekmore stepped up to bat next and grounded out to second, but Burnett was able to advance to third. Bordenkecher delivered a big hit to right field for a double as Burnett ran home for ISU’s first score.

Later in the inning, Bordenkecher advanced to third on a wild pitch to put ISU in a position to score. Freshman Kelsey Breer then singled to left field to give Bordenkecher the go-ahead score. By the end of the fourth, ISU cut CSU’s lead to one, 3-2.

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ISU students to perform original work at ISU Dance in Concert

By Idaho State Universit

POCATELLO — Students in Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will perform original choreography at the ISU Dance in Concert production on Feb. 24, 25 and March 2, 3 and 4 in Frazier Hall’s Chick and Diane Bilyeu Theatre.

The concert will feature diverse types of dance including, ballet, ballroom, modern, hip-hop and jazz. Each piece performed was choreographed by ISU dance faculty members Aaron Wood, Lori Head, Sergiu Brindusa, Molly Jorgenson, Lauralee Zimmerly and Sheena Phelps. Detailed descriptions of each dance can be found below.

“This annual production provides opportunities for our students to perform works in front of live audiences, and audiences the opportunity to see concert dance in person,” Wood said. “It also showcases original choreographic works by our professors who are regionally renowned dance artists.”

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ISU International Affairs Council to host 46th Annual Frank Church Symposium, focus on the post-colonial state

By Idaho State University

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council will host the 46th annual Frank Church Symposium on March 2 and 3 on ISU’s campus.

The theme for this year’s Symposium is “The Post-Colonial State.” Speakers and panelists will discuss Central Asia and Afghanistan, colonialism, intervention in the Middle East, gender and sexuality and conflict.

Bonny Ibhawoh, professor at McMaster University in Canada, will present the keynote address. He will speak on “Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Human Rights and the Post-Colonial World Order” on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Ibhawoh is a professor of global human rights history, peace and conflict studies and African studies, and an associate dean for research at the University. He previously served as the director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University, has taught in universities in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada and was previously a human rights fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs in New York City. He has also been a research fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark, and associate member of the Centre for African Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of several books on African history, human rights and peace and conflict studies.

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ISU WBB: UND snaps ISU’s 5-game winning streak

By ISU Sports Information

Idaho State lost 63-56 to North Dakota on Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Bengals’ five-game winning streak came to an end and for just the second time this season, the Bengals were bested on the boards as the Fighting Hawks posted a 40-32 advantage.

“Tonight came down to effort stats, which UND did a good job at,” ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said. “They out-rebounded us, had fewer turnovers, and got to the line for 22 attempts.”

Idaho State (14-10, 8-5 BSC) shot over 40 percent from the floor for the game while forcing the Fighting Hawks to shoot just 31.7 percent, but North Dakota (17-8, 12-2 BSC) more than made up for its lackluster shooting performance by converting 18 of 22 attempts from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-for-6 in the final quarter.

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