Country music star Don Williams to perform at Idaho State

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 DonWilliamsPressImage   POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s A Season of Note series will present Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

    Williams has performed more than 50 years, recording more than 20 albums and a total of 17 number No. 1 hits. He has been nominated for dozens of music awards, has won the Country Music Award “Male Vocalist of the Year” and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

    “I believe in what I sing and hope that is strikes a chord,” Williams said.

Known for his laid-back, straightforward vocals, commanding presence and self-assured ease, “the Gentle Giant” serves up well-worn truths and wisdom about life, love, and everything in between. From No.1 hits to his latest collection of outstanding songs written by the likes of other country music legends including Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard, Jesse Winchester and more, fans will not be disappointed in the classic Don Williams concert.

Tickets are priced at $42 for main level seating and $30 upper level seating. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (208)-282-3595 or online at

For more information on Don Williams visit For questions regarding tickets contact the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office at (208) 282-3595.

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ISU 2015-16 Season of Note concert schedule announced

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POCATELLO — Idaho State University will host a range of entertainment during the 2015-16 “A Season of Note” series with all performances at the Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Season tickets are now available and individual tickets go on sale Aug. 14.

There are three different season packages available. Package A is for the full season, $300 for main seating and $250 for upper level seating. Package B features Don Williams, Golden Dragon Acrobats, The Fab Four-the Ultimate Tribute, The Charlie Daniels Band for $130 main and $110 upper. Package C features Foghat, Melissa Manchester, Garrison Keillor, Terri Clark and Aaron Tippin and Barrage 8 for $170 main and $140 for upper.

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“A Clean Act” at John B. Davis Gallery through Sept. 18

 ”A Clean Act,” the annual graduate art exhibition in the John B. Davis Gallery at Idaho State University, will be on display Sept. 1 through 18 at the gallery. The opening reception is Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

Grad students taking part are Jeff Thompson, Colin Wintz, Dustin Thompson, Rebecca Merkley, Sammy Gravis, Tirazheh Eslami and Rachael Mayer.

The gallery is located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building, and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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ISU students to write book about Pocatello’s iconic Garrett Freightlines

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POCATELLO –  Sixteen Idaho State University students from various disciplines will study the history of Garrett Freightlines this fall in an honors class that will require them to write a book instead of complete a final exam.

Students will research the business practices and personalities that shaped Garrett Freightlines – once a national freight carrier and major Pocatello employer. The class is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Management Alex Bolinger, whose grandfather, Larry Allsberry, served as company president in the late 1970s before the company was sold to a larger trucking firm and left the Gate City.

“Garrett Freightlines is still a big part of the Pocatello community,” said Bolinger, noting that Garrett Way remains a major road leading into the west side of town.

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Bengals drop 4-1 match to UNM


Idaho State fell 4-1 to the New Mexico Lobos on Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.    Idaho State (1-4-0) struggled to control the ball for the first 15 minutes of the match. New Mexico (2-3-0) fired off four shots in the first seven minutes alone, and UNM’s Maddie Irwin connected in the seventh minute off a deflection from the top of the box for the first goal of the game.   

The Lobos closed the half with six unanswered shots and connected with 18 seconds left in the half.   

“We gave up 33 shots today, so that tells me we have very heavy legs, a soft mentality or a bad combination of both,” said ISU coach Allison Gibson.

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Bengals take down Broncos for 3rd straight win


Idaho State defeated Boise State in four sets (24-26, 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23) Thursday for its third straight win.   

Senior outside hitter Tressa Lyman led the Bengals with her first double-double of the season with a game-high 20 kills and 13 digs in addition to a career-high seven service aces. Junior outside hitter Bailey Bars also had a career night with career-highs in kills and hitting percentage with 14 and .571, respectively.   

“Our players are responding to the training really well, and you can see it in our performance on the court,” said ISU coach Rick Reynolds. “Tressa has worked extra hard on her serving, and the benefit of that tonight was that she had a great serving night.”

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Saudi student leader at ISU seeks more interaction with community

Mohammad Halawany, president of the Saudi Student Association at Idaho State University,  says he wants his organization to increase its efforts to become involved with the Pocatello community to dispel misconceptions and improve communication.  Photo by Michael O'Donnell

Mohammad Halawany, president of the Saudi Student Association at Idaho State University, says he wants his organization to increase its efforts to become involved with the Pocatello community to dispel misconceptions and improve communication.
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POCATELLO — Although the number of students from Saudi Arabia may be down slightly at Idaho State University, the president of the Saudi Student Association says he wants to see Saudis make a greater effort to contribute to the community.

Mohammad Halawany is a third-year electrical engineering student at ISU and was elected to lead the Saudi Student Association earlier this year. He lives in Pocatello with his wife and son.

“We should get more involved with the community here so they can know more about us,” Halawany said, adding there are a lot of myths that need to be dispelled.

When Halawany first came to ISU as a freshman three years ago, he said it was because he had friends attending school who recommended the small Pocatello university.

“They said it was a good university and a good community,” Halawany said.


With a population of just 50,000, Pocatello stood in stark contrast to Halawany’s hometown of Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and home to 3.4 million — or twice the population of the entire state of Idaho.

In addition to getting used to the rural setting, Halawany said he had to adapt to the entirely different culture he encountered. The fact there were several hundred students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait attending ISU made the transition easier.

“Classmates and instructors were really willing to help and get you involved in class,” Halawany recalled about his early experiences at ISU.

He said that open climate of support in the community has changed some in the past two years, and he attributes that to the rise in news coverage about terrorist attacks in the Middle East and a growing suspicion of Muslims in general.

“Two years ago it was better and easier,” Halawany said. “Now it’s getting harder.”

He recalled an incident last year where his wife was shopping at a local grocery store and a man stepped up to her and said, “You’re not welcome here. Go home.”

Halawany said the fact his wife was wearing a hijab to cover her head made her easy to identify as someone from an Arab culture. He said the incident upset her, and she was unable to sleep that night.

However, the ISU student said that incident has now been put to rest.

“Everywhere in the world there are people like that,” Halawany said about the rude behavior.

Halawany said one of the reasons some Arab students have chosen not to return to ISU involves the continued inability to secure rental housing. He said there are several students who are living in motels and hotels because of it.

To combat what he calls myths about Arab students and the Muslim religion, Halawany said he’s hoping to have members of the Saudi Student Association spend more time interacting with Pocatello community members. The association is also planning to have a guest speaker, Saudi professor Dr. Tarig Al-habib, come to the university in December to give a talk on cultural differences.

Halawany was quick to say he has not yet secured the permission of ISU for the guest speaker.

The president of the Saudi Student Association said he has reacted with humor to some of the misconceptions he has seen from non-Arabs in the Pocatello community. For example he said the notion that there are no women who attend the new mosque on South Fifth Avenue has been given life because local newspaper photos inside the mosque only show the room where males pray. The women pray in a separate room.

He said the addition of a new mosque in Pocatello has been welcomed by all Muslim students.

“We like to gather there,” he said. “We like to worship God and feel like we’re home.”

Halawany said the entire Muslim community was touched when the Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship visited the mosque last year.

“They made us feel welcome,” he said.

The notion that all Arab students roll around town in sports cars is something that also brought a smile to Halawany’s face.

“Everyone thinks we drive Camaros or Mustangs,” he said with a laugh. “I drive a Ford, and it’s an older one.”

Halawany explained that because American sports cars such as Camaros and Mustangs are much cheaper in the U.S. than in Saudi Arabia, a lot of the students purchase them here and then ship them back to their home country.

“It’s good business,” Halawany said.

The student leader said he realizes some Saudi students struggle with the academic challenges at ISU, and he would like to see his organization work more closely with the university’s administration to develop workshops to help Arab students succeed.

“A program to help with academics might be beneficial,” Halawany said.

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