Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University

Governor Kempthorne 'Ties One On' For Idaho State University: Proclaims Feb. 7, ISU Day

Boise - This year marks Idaho State University's Centennial and the Bengals are out in force. Treasure Valley alumni and friends of ISU will commemorate the milestone Feb. 7

at the Crystal Ballroom in the historic Hoff Building with a Tie One On "Black Tie" celebration. "You're 100 only once," said Richard Bowen, ISU President, "this is a great occasion." Governor Dirk Kempthorne will be on hand to sign a proclamation making Feb. 7 officially "ISU Day" in Idaho. Additional proclamations signed by Idaho mayors will be on display during the evening.

Valorie Watkins, Alumni and Centennial Celebration director, said, "Our Centennial State Affairs Committee, co-chaired by Quane Kenyon and Charlie Clark, have helped plan this event, and we appreciate the statewide support we're seeing in celebration of Idaho State's 100-year anniversary." The Steve Eaton Band will entertain legislators, elected state officials and area alumni. "We're looking forward to a great evening and hope to see many of the 5,000 area alums," Watkins said, "so join us for good food, great music, and prizes for the zaniest tie!"

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by e-mail to the Centennial office at, or by calling 800-933-4781. ISU was established as the Academy of Idaho in 1901, renamed Idaho Technical Institute in 1918 and later reorganized as the Southern Branch of the Universtiy of Idaho. The institution became the four-year Idaho State College in 1947, and became Idaho State University on July 1, 1963.

During the past 100 years ISU has successfully served the needs of more than 80,000 students. ISU's fall 2002 enrollment was 13,666, including international students representing 50 countries. The university has outreach campuses in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Boise. - January 30, 2002

Written by: Belinda Isley, 334-2257
Contact: Valorie Watkins, Centennial Celebration Director, 208-282-3091

For current ISU-Meridian news, please visit the Current Headlines.