Printed on: May 01, 2013

ISU-IF honors 2013 graduates

By NATE SUNDERLAND
nsunderland@postregister.com

Idaho State University-Idaho Falls honored 180 local soon-to-be-graduates Tuesday at the satellite campus's annual graduation reception.

Selection of a new administrator also was announced Tuesday.

The reception highlighted the achievements of bachelor's and master's degree students who have completed the majority of their coursework at the University Place campus.

"We hold the graduation reception because we to want to do something to honor students who have done a lot of their work in Idaho Falls," Student Services Director Ann Howell said.

Local students will graduate with the rest of ISU's class of 2013 at a May 11 commencement ceremony in Pocatello. Graduation numbers were not available Tuesday.

During the local reception, students heard from university President Arthur C. Vailas and members of the ISU alumni office.

Earlier Tuesday, Vailas announced the appointment of Laura Woodworth-Ney as the university's new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Her appointment is effective June 24.

The Pocatello native served as ISU associate vice president for academic affairs for the past three years. She was selected following a national search.

Woodworth-Ney replaces Barbara Adamcik, who has served as interim provost since June 2010.

"I am thrilled to be part of a leadership team committed to student success and to the continuation of ISU's historic role as an academic center of research, innovation, and intellectual vitality," Woodworth-Ney said in a news release.

Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.