Idaho State University and the Community Joins Forces at CommUniverstiy

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Updated: 3/19/2013 10:52 pm
        Tuesday Idaho State University and the Pocatello and Chubbuck community came together to celebrate being a college town.  This is the third annual celebration of Communiversity, an event that celebrates the community's businesses while highlighting some of the universities innovations. Summer Joy stopped by earlier to find out how this event can have a lasting impact on visitors. 

        There were over 120 booths covering a variety of subject areas; from food and entertainment to health, art, science, and technology.  One booth, New Knowledge Adventure, offers classes for anyone 50 years of age or older to help expand their knowledge or explore new ideas in an informal and non-competitive environment.

        "The biggest benefit is socialization. Just becaue you are retired and just becaue you have nothing to do, come check out New Knowledge Adventures. They not only have class work, or history course, but we do go on short trips," said Shirley McElprang, an associate with New Knowledge Adventures.  

        More than 25 booths offered hands on science demonstrations, you could practice hearing a heartbeat, giving stiches, or playing with circuits. One booth though was trying to bring awareness about a dangerous and serious topic, Meth.

        "Sadly Idaho ranks fourth in the Nation for Meth use and it's not something that we are proud of this. I think it's important that we get control of this. Meth is a drug that ruins your life from the beginning. It's not somthing that happens down the road, it's from the start. We want to get at it before it's ever started and brings those numbers down," said Kristen Williams, a volunteer for Operation Meth Project.  
        The goal for these booths is to have a lasting effect on the community; if this event can inspire you take class or learn about wood carving, crafts, or science. The overall hope from this event is to bring people some insight and awareness about what this college town can really offer.       
        Idaho State University's President, Arthur Vailas, added, "We have a lot to be proud of in Pocatello, from our beautiful outdoor opportunities to our great community spirit, and ISU is proud to be a part of it all."

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