Bengals Night at the Idaho Falls Chukars set for July 21

The Idaho State Athletics Department is hosting Bengals at the Idaho Falls Chukars Night on Tuesday, July 21. Fans will have an opportunity to meet ISU football coach Mike Kramer, the 2014 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.   

First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. but there will be a Bengal Meet and Greet beginning at 6 p.m. For ISU Alumni and Bengal Boosters there will be a barbeque from 7-9 p.m.    Tickets are $15 for adults, and $14 for 12 and under. These prices include the game ticket and barbeque.

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Recruiting just starting: Idaho State is Smellie’s first offer, but it’s not the last for the Preston senior


It may only be a matter of time before more Division I offers start flowing in for Austin Smellie.    The Preston senior received his first official offer to play college basketball from Idaho State University on June 13 and has been contacted by Big Sky rivals Southern Utah, Montana and Weber State.   

Smellie took part in an Idaho State team camp June 12-13 and said the coaching staff made the offer in person   immediately following the camp. Smellie has since participated in a handful of open gym sessions with the team.    Smellie tweeted on June 13: ““Blessed and thankful to be able to say that I have received my first offer from Idaho State University! #Bengals”   

Smellie said ISU assistant coach Tim Walsh has been his main contact from the school thus far, and assistant coach Andy Ward scouted Smellie at a Las Vegas tournament in April.    In addition to playing with the Idaho State     squad, Smellie said he’s scrimmaged with Utah State and planned to play with Utah Valley on Friday morning.   

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Recycling bins placed on ISU campus

Idaho State University news release

POCATELLO – Idaho State University received 50 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at buildings around the ISU Hutchinson Quadrangle as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

1364013_70110871At Idaho State University, the recycle bins will be placed in the Fine Arts, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Chemistry and Physical Science buildings.
ISU is one of 37 colleges and universities across the United States receiving support from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program. An additional 52 grants are being awarded to non-collegiate locations that include non-profit organizations, local government agencies and other community groups. The 2015 grant program will award 5,300 recycling bins overall.

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Idaho Museum of Natural History to present Equine Navicular Syndrome lecture

ISU news release:

POCATELLO — Idaho Museum of Natural History’s Mary Thompson will present a lecture on her research on equine navicular syndrome (ENS) in prehistoric horses at 7 p.m. July 15 at the museum.

ENS is a chronic, incurable lameness of the horse’s foot.


The lecture is part of the Museum’s Extraordinary Evening with a Research program. The IMNH is located on the Idaho State University Pocatello campus, 698 E. Dillon Street.

ENS is a poorly understood pathology but appears to be the result of mechanical stress reducing blood flow to the navicular bone, according to Thompson.  In domestic breeds of horse the increase of mechanical stress is caused by human intervention either by increased usage such as in cutting or jumping or improper breeding practices that, for example, result in horses with a larger body size, with relatively smaller feet.

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Going after local talent: ISU offers Preston’s Smellie



The Idaho State men’s basketball program has made an offer to Preston senior Austin Smellie.   

Smellie, a 6-foot-4 wing, averaged 17.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Indians as a junior and was named to the Journal’s All-Area first team. Smellie led Preston in scoring and rebounding and helped his team stay atop the 4A media polls for seven consecutive weeks from Jan. 7-Feb. 17.   

Preston finished the season with losses to Rigby and Century in the District 5-6 tournament, nixing the Indians’ chances at a state berth.   They ended with a 19-5 overall record and won 13 straight games in the middle of the year.    “He’s a big-time scorer. He has an incredible inbetween game that not a lot of high schoolers have,” said Century coach Lester Stewart of Smellie in March.       

The early period for prospective studentathletes to sign a National Letter of Intent for basketball begins Nov. 11. The regular period begins April 13, 2016.  


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ISU seeks to study mothers-to-be

BY GREG EICHELBERGER    For the Journal POCATELLO — Local women expecting children are being asked to participate in a unique new study in an effort to find out more about their daily lives, including some of the struggles and blessings that go along with giving birth in modern day America.   

The Idaho State University Idaho Mom Study is seeking 60-80 pregnant women in their third trimester to examine their experiences during pregnancy and how they may relate to the growth and behavior of their infants.     

This research will have the potential to inform prenatal education and interventions, leading to improvements in health for both moms and babies. The study’s title is “Idaho Mom Study: Infant Development and Healthy Outcomes in Mothers” and is directed by Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley.   

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ISU faces tough tests in ’15: Bengals volleyball lays out ambitious 2015 schedule


Idaho State coach Rick Reynolds has constructed a challenging schedule in his first season with the Bengals.       

The reigning 2014 Big Sky Conference regular season champions play five teams who earned bids to last year’s NCAA tournament this season.   

“This is a challenging slate for us and it should get our team and fans excited,” Reynolds said in an ISU release. “It’s really a packed preseason and should prepare us for the rigors of the Big Sky schedule and travel.”    I

daho State is coming off a 23-9 season and a 15-1 mark in Big Sky play. The Bengals return Tressa Lyman, the defending Big Sky Conference   MVP.   

93 in his seven seasons at Idaho State. The Bengals named Reynolds as the ninth coach in their program’s history in May.   

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Mcferon on the Quad


POCATELLO — The Idaho State University Summer Concert Series presents the Ian McFeron Band on the Quad on July 9 starting at 6 p.m. The event is free.   

Ian McFeron releases his eighth studio album “Radio,” produced by Grammynominated producer Doug Lancio (John Hiatt, Patty Griffin) and recorded at Studio G! in East Nashville, Tennesee. In addition to guitarist Doug Lancio, personnel on the album include pedal steel player Russ Pahl (Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Elton John), drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Nora Jones), bassist Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds), pianist John Dedrick (Patty Griffin) and harmony vocalist Alisa Milner.   

McFeron has recorded with Lancio in the past (“Time Will Take You,” “Summer Nights”), but this is the first album project together where Lancio produced, engineered and mixed from beginning to end. Lancio was the primary decision-maker throughout the project, including choosing the track list from McFeron’s demos and advising an acoustic sound over an electric. The latter was particularly interesting considering Lancio’s primary instrument is the electric guitar.   

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