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Ryan Sargent

Host of Bengal Tales and KISU Legislative Correspondent

Ryan Sargent
Associate Vice President of Alumni & Government Relations and Advancement Communications
Ryan is a proud native of Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Highland High School before attending Idaho State University where he served as student body president and earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2009. After completing his undergraduate studies, Ryan went on to earn his Juris Doctor in Moscow, where he also served as student body president. Despite enjoying his time in North Idaho, Ryan remains a loyal Bengal who bleeds orange and black profusely. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Ryan practiced law for a private civil litigation firm in Boise and served as a prosecutor in Power County. Along with his wife Brandi, and their two daughters, Ryan enjoys attending ISU athletics events, traveling, sampling good food, and hiking with their dog, Lilly.

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  • Valorie Watkins joins Ryan Sargent this month for Bengal Tales. Valorie graduated from Idaho State in 1966 with a degree in French. She is currently serving on the Dean's Advisory Board, a group of alumni and friends of the College of Arts and Letters who volunteer their time to assist the Dean and his or her colleagues in their efforts to grow the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Ryan Sargent visits with three of this year's ISU Outstanding Student Award winners, Juliette Bedard, Andrew Sagendorf, and Emma Watts. Twelve 2024 OSA award recipients will be celebrated at the ICCU Bengal Alumni Center on Thursday, February 8. Read-on for a full list of this year's award recipients and additional details about the awards ceremony.
  • This month on Bengal Tales, ISU Vice President for Alumni Relations Ryan Sargent speaks with former ISU Basketball player Matt Stucki. Stucki joined the Bengals in 2002 after graduating from Century High and named 4A Player of the Year and the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. He was twice awarded All-Big Sky honors during his four years with ISU.
  • This month, Ryan Sargent welcomes Shantay Bloxham, CEO of United Way of Southeast Idaho (UWSEI). Their conversation includes information about an upcoming UWSEI Murder Mystery Dinner event and how the organization collaborates with local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, corporate partners, donors, and volunteers to make a positive impact in our community.
  • Bengal Tales is proud to interview recently graduated alum and newly hired events coordinator, McKenzie Anderson.
  • For the final episode of Bengal Tales for the 2022/23 academic school year, Ryan Sargent welcomes incoming ASISU President Emma Watts and Vice President Chance Reynolds. Emma and Chance represented the ROAR party during this spring's elections, and they campaigned on the promise to "make students' experience at ISU better,".
  • Dr. Danielle Wylie is the Director of ISU’s TRIO Upward Bound Programs for area high school students. She joined ISU in January of 2020 after growing up in rural Appalachia, earning her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, and working as a faculty member in Illinois and Mississippi.
  • This month, Bengal Tales host Ryan Sargent talks with Cathy Wooton. Cathy is the new Vice President of University Advancement for Idaho State University. Wooton brings 30 years of experience to the table, and shares about her life, vision, and ambition for Idaho State. Originally from Alaska, she enjoys the community and opportunity Pocatello offers.
  • Daniel Moore joined the ISU Alumni team in the fall of 2022. Dan graduated from Idaho State, first in 2004 with a major in Journalism and English, and then in 2008 in Graphic Arts and Printing. He currently lives in American Falls, where he was involved with community journalism and the newspaper The Power County Press until coming back to ISU in his new role. His new duties includes providing campaign support and donor outreach to help fulfill the mission of ISU and its students.
  • Rachel Taow attended high school in Idaho Falls, joined the US Army as an intelligence analyst, received an Bachelors of International Studies degree from ISU, and is now seeking a Law degree. She has recently been recognized for advancing her field at the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear at Idaho National Lab. Hear her conversation with ISU Director of Alumni Relations Ryan Sargent in this edition of Bengal Tales.