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2017 Outstanding Student Award Recipient

Claire Jorgensen

Photo of ClaireClaire Jorgensen is from Boise where she grew up with her parents and brother. She learned basketball post moves from her dad in their driveway and the nuances of a beautiful garden from her mother. These experiences taught her life lessons of hard work, resiliency and commitment. She carried these lessons with her in her activities as a student.

Jorgensen is a member of Kappa Delta Pi- International Education Honor society, serving as its president in 2015-16, a member of SHEPHERD Club, ISU Student Orientation leader, Bengal Visit Day panelist and a member of Chi Alpha. Jorgensen was named Student of the Year in the Department of Physical Education in 2015. She will graduate in May with her degree in physical education and health education and a 3.84 GPA.

2017 Professional Achievement Award

Laura Lou Hill

Laura HillOriginally from Jerome, Hill graduated from ISU in 1983 with her bachelor’s degree in both secondary education and health education. She obtained her master’s degree from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1998. She was selected as the assistant director of Cyber Security for the U.S. Forest Service in 2016. Previously, she served in several Washington Office leadership positions. She had a 23-year career as an Army Signal Corps Officer, retiring in 2004.

Hill was deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Guard and was responsible for the preparation and combat deployment of more than 130 major items of communication equipment and 260 personnel. As chief, Operations Center, Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Ft. Belvoir, 2001, she was responsible for providing emergency response communications in support of the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001. Hill assumed command of the Washington Area Communications Command, White House Communications Agency, entrusted with responsibility for one of the highest profile communications positions in the Department of Defense.

She has been recognized with many military awards including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the White House Presidential Service Badge. She is currently serving as a formally appointed VA Secretary appointed advisory board member for the Readjustment of Combat Veterans, and chair of the Idaho State University Veterans Advisory Board. Hill is married to Lt. Col. (retired) Bart J. Hill, director of information technology for the Idaho Catholic Diocese, currently residing with their yellow lab Anni, in Boise.

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