Friday afternoon, leadership at ISU met to discuss plans to improve the school in the future, which included approving room and board fees and the announcement of a speaker series honoring a slain journalist.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, ISU students will see a two percent increase to their housing and dining.
According to the Senior Vice President of Finance for ISU, Diann McKee, the two percent increase will help offset the increased cost of operations and food on the campus.
McKee also says the increase in housing and dining is in line with increases in the consumer price index.
In addition to the approval of these fees, ISU also announced a speaker series to honor alumni journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed last October.
“It’s important to annually uplift this alum of ours who made such a significant impact on journalism around the world and it was important to us to then bring some kind of an educational opportunity here on campus,” said Deborah Curtis, ISU President.
The speakers for the series will include journalists, authors, and other media professionals.
A date has not been set for the beginning of the series but Curtis says it will start some time this semester.