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ISU to unveil special sculpture gift 'Valentine' September 28

September, 26, 2017

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will celebrate the unveiling of the sculpture “Valentine” by George Lundeen at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hutchinson Quadrangle Amphitheater near the Pond Student Union Hypostyle.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas and other members of the ISU community will be on hand to honor alumni Bill and Marilyn Byrne, who donated this sculpture to the University.

This couple met at ISU in 1963 and graduated in 1967. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017 by donating "Valentine" to their alma mater to celebrate the story of the many Bengals who fall in love and find their lifelong partners at ISU.

“This marvelous gift by Marilyn and Bill Byrne simply adds to an extraordinary legacy the Byrne and Kent families are leaving for Idaho State University,” said Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. “Beginning with Clarence and Velma Byrne, these families have given selflessly and continuously of their time, talent and resources to the tremendous benefit of ISU. We are profoundly grateful to Marilyn and Bill for this meaningful gift, and for sharing Homecoming 2017 with us.”

Lundeen has been commissioned to sculpt portraits and interpretive works alike for universities, municipalities, foundations and corporations around the world.

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