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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Phone: (208) 885-6154

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2016 Newsletters

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Office of Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

We are bowl bound, baby! As Vandals throughout Idaho and nationwide get ready to cheer on our team, here are a few last-minute details that will help make the experience even more enjoyable.

We have nearly sold out of the 7,000 tickets we were allotted for the game, so the stadium should definitely have that home game feel. There are a few tickets left, if you haven’t bought yours yet, you still can via the UI Ticket Office.

For those of you able to attend the bowl, a free shuttle will be provided from several downtown locations to the stadium before and after the game. Please note the “rules of the road” for an event in Albertsons Stadium:
  • Albertsons Stadium uses a metal detector at the entrances. To speed entrance to the arena, please leave weapons, including pocket knives, at home.  
  • Artificial noisemakers, such as air horns and cowbells, are not permitted.
  • Glass or plastic containers, large bags, backpacks and coolers are not permitted.
  • Laptops, tablets, selfie sticks and long-lensed cameras are not permitted.
  • Boise State University is a smoke-free campus, including the use of e-cigarettes.
  • Alcohol consumption is permitted within the "10 to 10 Zone" at BSU, however all beverages must be kept in opaque plastic cups. Glass containers, liquor bottles, beer cans or cups with alcohol labeling are prohibited. Download more information about the Zone, including a map of the impacted area, on the UI bowl game website.

For those of you not trekking to Boise, watch parties have been organized in a variety of locations. Don your Vandal gear, grab some pompoms and head to the watch party nearest you to enjoy watching the Vandals win with your fellow alumni!

And, if you aren’t near a watch party, you can always listen to the game on the Vandal Radio Network with Dennis Patchin and Ryan Phillips.

Let’s make this bowl a celebration of everything we know and love about the University of Idaho. A special thank you to Coach Petrino, his staff and every member of the Vandal football team. We are so proud of you!!

This will be the last Vandal Vibe for 2016, so let me close by saying a heartfelt Merry Christmas and happy holidays to each and every one of our 106,077 alumni wherever you may be. A special shout-out, too, to Vandals serving in the military who won’t be home for the holidays – thank you for your service. I wish you and yours the best of the season and a healthy, happy, prosperous 2017!

Go Vandals!

Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

Cheer on the Vandals at a Watch Party Near You!

In Idaho


D. Willy's Blues, Brews & BBQ
112 W. 6th St.
Moscow, ID

Martin’s Smokehouse
115 E 2nd St
Moscow, ID

KC's Burger & Brews
541 Thain Rd.
Lewiston, ID

Paddy's Sports Bar
601 W. Appleway Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Family friendly and Vandal-owned. Local beer vendors will be on site as well as food and drink specials by Paddy’s.

The Gathering Place
50 E. State Street
Eagle, ID

The Curb Bar and Grill
1760 S. Meridian Road
Meridian, ID

Pebble Ponds Golf Course
4035 N. 2300 E.
Filer, ID

The Celt Pub & Grill
398 W. Broadway St.
Idaho Falls, ID

Outside Idaho


Tavern Wash Park 
1066 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO

Epic at Northern Quest Casino
100 N. Hayford Rd.
Airway Heights, WA
Seating is first come, first served, bar and family seating areas. Enjoy a variety of food and drink specials.

Palouse Caboose
110 N. Beach St.
Palouse, WA

Art Marble 21
731 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
Join the Facebook event!

Life of Riley Tavern
300 NW. 10th Ave.
Portland, OR

Nicoli's Grill & Sports Bar
17880 SW. McEwan Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR

Home of Kevin Lucas
5979 Brooktree Dr.
Citrus Heights, CA
Please RSVP to klucas1163@gmail.com

Legends Sports Pub
677 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Join alumni and friends in a reserved room to cheer on the Vandals. Food and drink specials available.

K O'Donnell's
14850 N. Northsight Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Shoal Creek Saloon
909 N. Lamar
Austin, TX

NorthStar Boston
222 Friend St.
Boston, MA

Irish Channel
500 H St NW
Washington, D.C.


Vandal bowl game gear is available:

Happy Holidays from the University of Idaho!

On behalf of the University of Idaho, we wish Vandals everywhere happy holidays. Thank you for being a part of the Vandal family! 

A Bowl-Bound Band

Vandal Marching Band alumni - Spencer Martin and Kate Pawelko - reminisce about the 1998 and 2009 Humanitarian Bowls and what it meant to cheer on the team to a bowl game victory.

After five months of grueling practices and long game days, the members of the Vandal football team are not the only ones ready for the 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The 230 members of the Vandal Marching Band will be taking the field at Albertsons Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 22, to do what they do best: enthusiastically support the football team and play for the thousands of Vandal faithful in the crowd.

Since August, the Vandal Marching Band, a part of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has been performing at university and athletic events. Traveling to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be the capstone on an exciting season for these students and a memory that they will not soon forget.

Athletic bands Director Spencer Martin ’99 can still remember the excitement of attending the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl. Martin was a senior music major and played percussion in marching band.

“It was exciting; there was so much energy,” Martin said. “The 1998 bowl was the first bowl game that any university from the state of Idaho had ever played in, let alone won. I remember excitement buzzing throughout the state, the university, and the band.”


Kate Pawelko ’14 of Idaho Falls was a freshman history and Spanish major in 2009 when the Vandals revisited the Humanitarian Bowl. Pawelko played the baritone, trombone and trumpet in the marching band.

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Submit Your Class Notes
The deadline for Class Notes to be included in the next Here We Have Idaho magazine is Jan. 16. Submit yours today!

Looking for something fun to do in Boise on New Year’s Eve?

Head over to the Idaho State Capital for the Idaho Potato Drop, sponsored by UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Find their booth next to the Big Idaho Potato Truck and walk away with prizes!

Alton Campbell Receives Honorary Alumni Award

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the University of Idaho Alumni Association recognized Alton Campbell as an Honorary Alumni. Campbell is retiring from the university after 33 years of service. This award is bestowed on a select few who, with great distinction, have provided faithful and distinguished service to the University of Idaho. This honor recognizes outstanding leadership and service and identifies those special persons that are critical to the success of our alma mater.

UI alums Caroline Campbell '11 and Christopher Campbell '13 had this to say in an excerpt from a letter about their father: 


"In our opinion, our Dad’s greatest legacy is his ability to build student communities and his commitment to student success. As far back as we can remember, there have been groups of cheerful students at our house for dinner, student meetings, or even informal advice. One example is the small student discussion group he created called “Things that Matter.” These groups, re-formed each year, bring together students of diverse majors to discuss deeper topics than those examined in class or other social settings. Often hosted in our home and accompanied by hot chocolate and brownies, our Dad guided these groups in discussions about their purpose in life, dreams, religion, current events, or wherever discussion organically led. In the past few years, the groups have grown so popular that he couldn’t lead them all; upperclassmen have begun to lead their own groups, meeting at coffee shops or for potlucks or movie nights. These free-form communities provide a unique opportunity for personal introspection and friendship not provided or prioritized at most universities. Through this small activity, our Dad has recruited top students to the UI and has personally touched the lives of more than 100 students.

Regardless of his job title throughout 33 years at the U of I, our Dad’s commitment is to develop lifelong learners, professionals, and thoughtful citizens. He’s the rare professor who always remembers to email students on their birthdays (even those who graduated decades ago) and makes an effort to visit if he’s traveling close to an alumnus. He’s constantly brainstorming ways to make the Honors and campus communities more welcoming and supportive and isn’t afraid to implement unconventional ideas. Our Dad puts every ounce of energy into his roles at the University of Idaho and is a major reason why studying at the UI is so transformative. In return, the University of Idaho and its students have shaped who our Dad is today: a dedicated educator, mentor, and friend."


We hope you will join us in thanking Alton for his distinguished service and welcome him into the Vandal alumni family. Go Vandals!
VandalStore - Boise will be on holiday hours this week for all your bowl and Vandal gift giving needs:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 - Friday, Dec 23. 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
Check often for updates to the artist line-up for the 2017 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Buy your tickets today!

Mark Your Calendar!

Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.
Moms Weekend 2017
April 21-23

We can't wait to celebrate Vandal moms!

Enjoy the talents, achievements and involvement your students during Moms' Weekend.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash Bash, Boise, ID
TODAY – Vandal Rally, Boise, ID
Dec 22 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Fan Fest, Boise, ID
Dec 22 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Watch Parties, Various
Dec 22 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, ID
Dec 22 – Postgame Vandal Celebration, Boise, ID
Dec 25 – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Jan 1 – Happy New Year!
Jan 18 – UIRA Coffee Hour, Moscow, ID

View more events on the alumni calendar
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl commemorative posters are here! Get yours at the VandalStore in Moscow and Boise. Free while supplies last.

Keeping an Eye on Plutonium

Engineering researchers write computer code to keep track of dangerous materials in nuclear recycling facilities

University of Idaho Nuclear Engineering Program faculty member Robert Borrelli and graduate student Malachi Tolman are helping ensure that plutonium used in future pyroprocessing facilities never falls into the wrong hands.

Pyroprocessing is a way to recycle nuclear reactor waste back into fuel. It’s not yet happening on a commercial scale, but it’s developing globally.

Borrelli and Tolman are writing computer code that would track the amount and location of plutonium in a pyroprocessing facility, ensuring that the nuclear material can’t be diverted for non-fuel purposes — like making weapons.

The code will be customizable so it can be incorporated into the design process of any facility.


“Around the world, safeguards are really strong. No one has built a nuclear weapon from a civilian nuclear power plant program,” Borrelli said. “Now as we move to the new technologies, we want to make sure we’re ahead of the curve.”

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Marlys Wilson and the team at Latah Credit Union show their Vandal pride, helping Pave the Road with Silver and Gold in the Moscow community. 

They sponsor multiple events with the UI, most recently, the Latah Credit Union Fireworks Show for Homecoming. They are also proud to offer a waived membership fee for new students and faculty accounts.

Joe Knows...

College of Education's Recreation Program Receives Accreditation

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$4M Grant Funds Research into Traffic Operations, Highway and Vehicle Safety

Read more
 

Runner's World magazine featured University of Idaho Hello Walk as a "Rave Run" on Dec. 14

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Want to stay up-to-date with Vandal events in your area? Join an alumni chapter.

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Office of Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

What a week of Vandal pride! From the Vandals’ decisive win over Georgia State on Saturday to the men’s basketball victory over UC Davis later that night to the announcement of our selection to play in a bowl, the kickoff to this holiday season has been especially joyous!

We are going bowling, and in our own backyard! As you have probably heard, the Vandals will play the Colorado State University Rams in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, Dec. 22, at Albertson Stadium in Boise.

Tickets are going fast, so if you don’t have yours yet, buy them today. It is important to purchase your tickets through the University of Idaho site – UI Athletics receives a portion of the ticket revenues and has a certain number of tickets it must sell. Buying your ticket and Vandal pride bowl gear through the university directly benefits UI and is an additional way to show your support.


The festivities will start much earlier than Dec. 22 for the team. The bowl itself also offers a variety of activities for those attending. Bookmark the bowl website and check back often for updates to the events schedule, watch parties and more: www.uidaho.edu/bowl-game

Dig out your long johns and snow boots, hand warmers and ear muffs and enjoy the game! I have already heard of several groups planning to meet at the bowl for some holiday cheer and togetherness. It promises to be a wonderful addition to all of our holiday celebrations.

Go Vandals!


Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

All Things Vandals at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Visit the UI bowl website regularly for updates: www.uidaho.edu/bowl-game 

Vandal bowl game gear now available:
http://bit.ly/bowl-gear

 

Novels by Longtime Professor Sydney Duncombe Rediscovered, Released

Sydney Duncombe was one of the most influential professors at the University of Idaho, shaping a generation of Idaho leaders — including governors, mayors and senators — with his instruction of how Idaho and its government really work.

In addition to the legacy he left at UI, Duncombe also channeled his knowledge and skills into a series of thriller novels about Idaho. Those novels are now being released by Ridenbaugh Press.

“Only his immediate family and a few friends he allowed to read manuscripts knew he had turned to novel and mystery writing in his retirement years and only a few copies were printed,” said Randy Stapilus, publisher.

The books, which fell out of print after Duncombe died in 2004, started to come to light when columnist and author Chris Carlson encountered Duncombe’s first novel, “The Unlikely Candidate.” Carlson contacted Duncombe’s daughter, Mary Haley, now living in Sandpoint, who provided two other manuscripts written by her father, “Freedom County” and “Blizzard in August.”

Haley said that all royalties to the family will be directed to funding the Syd Duncombe scholarship in UI’s Department of Politics and Philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

Duncombe began teaching courses in political science and public administration at UI in 1962 and retired in 1987. Many of Idaho’s political leaders in recent decades took classes from him.


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Always a Vandal

Vandal football alumni cheered on the team during the final game of the regular season.
Picture from left are: #86 Ryan Smith, '96; #38 Dan Duncan, '78; #71 Chris Schneider, '92; #43 Jason Shelt, '97; #14 Dave Comstock, '75; #31 Andy Gilroy, '96; #70 Craig Lang, '75; #71 Steven Zenk, '96; #51 Chris Eads, '79
Front row: #44 JC Chadband, '75

Pave the Road with Silver and Gold

Congratulations to the winners of our first ever Most Vandalized Chapter Competition. Each chapter will receive a free Vandal happy hour event, compliments of the Office of Alumni Relations.
Within Idaho - Ada County Chapter
Out of Idaho Chapter Tie!
Congratulations to
Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento on tieing for first. Watch your chapter groups for information about a tie-breaker competition. 

UI Holiday Concert to Debut on Idaho Public Television Dec. 13

The sounds of the holiday season echoing throughout the state will have a Vandal note to them this year thanks to a partnership between the University of Idaho and Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV).

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, IdahoPTV will air a 60-minute edited version of UI’s 2015 holiday concert, which will debut at 9 p.m. Mountain and Pacific. The program will re-air throughout the month of December.

UI’s holiday concert is an annual tradition that brings together nearly 1,000 performers from schools throughout the region. These students join the UI Jazz Choirs and accompanying ensembles from the nationally accredited Lionel Hampton School of Music, part of the university’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, to perform holiday classics.

“It's great to be part of a community that has joined in this holiday tradition for more than 25 years,” said Dan Bukvich, professor of percussion and theory, director of the jazz choir and creative director for the holiday concert.


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Here We Have Idaho is looking to the stars!

Here We Have Idaho, the UI alumni magazine, is looking to the stars for its spring issue, with a focus on how Vandals have impacted space research and exploration. Has your career involved working for a company involved in space research? Send the details, including your contact information, to editor Savannah Tranchell at uidahomagazine@uidaho.edu.
Single Night Tickets for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Now on Sale

Mark Your Calendar!

Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.
Moms Weekend 2017
April 21-23

We can't wait to celebrate Vandal moms!

Enjoy the talents, achievements and involvement your students during Moms' Weekend.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
TODAY – Holiday Dinner with the Vandaleers, Spokane, WA
Dec 9 – Awards for Excellence Banquet, Moscow, ID
Dec 9 – University of Idaho Holiday Concert, Moscow, ID
Dec 14 – Holiday Stocking Stuffer Party, Moscow, ID
Dec 15 – Rock Creek Christmas Light Show, Hansen, ID
Dec 16 – UIRA Holiday Social Event, Moscow, ID
Dec 18 – Winter Garden aGlow, Boise, ID
Dec 22 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, ID
Dec 25 – Merry Christmas!
Jan 1 – Happy New Year!

View more events on the alumni calendar

Congratulations 2016 Dad of the Year: Dennis Cochems
Dennis is the proud father of UI students Cameron and Conner Cochems.
 

UI Arena Scores a Win with Albertsons Companies’ Support

Albertsons Companies will have its name in lights on the University of Idaho campus with the commitment of $500,000 over the next 10 years to the new court-sports arena and naming rights to the scoreboard. The donation is a reflection of the longtime partnership between UI and Albertsons.

“Albertsons and UI are both grounded in a mission to support and invest in our home state,” said UI President Chuck Staben.

Representatives from Albertsons were recognized at the Vandal home football game on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activities Center.

The announcement of the 4,700-seat arena came in October as UI neared the halfway point in fundraising for the $30 million project. The arena, slated for construction north of the Kibbie Dome, will host UI’s basketball and volleyball teams, as well as be a gathering space for a variety of events to enhance student life at UI.

“Albertsons’ commitment to Idaho extends beyond our stores and into the institutions that help make our people extraordinary and the state of Idaho one of the best places to live and work in the country,” said Bob Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of Albertsons Companies. “The UI arena will be an exceptional addition to the student experience in Moscow, and Albertsons Companies is grateful for the opportunity to help bring a long-term goal to fruition for the students and the community.”


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Give the gift of Vandal gear this holiday season.
Explore the UI Holiday Gift Guide.
80 years later, and the things we learn about plants still surprise us. Check out what recent grad Elisabeth Wood is growing: http://bit.ly/2gDPQVS

Joe Knows...

Petrino is Coach of the Year, Coleman is Newcomer

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55 Students Recognized for Outstanding Academic Success, Leadership and Involvement

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University of Idaho Launches ‘Nap Map' for Sleepy Students

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Olmstead Joins CALS as Assistant Dean for Government and External Relations

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Office of Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

Happy chaos will reign at my house this Thanksgiving holiday! The clan – which includes my husband and me, our son home from grad school, our daughter, son-in-law, 3-year-old grandson, 9-month-old grandson, sister, niece, cranky cat, old dog and new puppy – begins gathering tonight.

Tomorrow morning, my husband will get up early to make his great-grandmother Sarah’s sausage-and-apple stuffing with Jethro Tull’s “Thick as a Brick” blaring in the background. We will feed the pets and the babies – probably not in that order – get the turkey in the oven, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and part of The National Dog Show, peel potatoes, set the homemade rolls to rise, and stir up all of the other side dishes. It will be loud and crazy and perfect.

And, finally, when the house is filled with the aromas of the feast to come, the table is set, and everyone is either napping, playing cards or watching football, there will be that moment to be quiet and think about how grateful I am. Of course, family, health, friends, food on the table, shelter and freedom are always on the list. This year, though, I am particularly thankful to be back at the University of Idaho. Here are just a few reasons why:
  • I received an excellent education – in the classroom and out. My UI degree has served me well my entire professional career.
  • I met my life partner. He worked at KUOI, the student radio station, while I worked at The Argonaut. He brought the station advertisement down to the basement of the SUB one afternoon, and the rest, as they say, is history!
  • Both of our children, and our son-in-law, graduated from Idaho. UI provided an affordable way to prepare them with a quality education.
  • Being a member of the Vandal family gives me connections and colleagues around the globe.
  • Joe Vandal is cool.
  • The Vandals are bowl eligible!!

Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday filled with good food, family and fun, and that quiet moment to be thankful.

Go Vandals!


Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Copple Trout, Justice, Idaho Supreme Court in Boise

By Jeanne Huff, Idaho Business Review

Linda Copple Trout began her journey to the Idaho Supreme Court in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, who, by the way, was the personal doctor to World War II’s General Ridgway at the time, was stationed at Tokyo Army Hospital, when a baby girl arrived. “’Do you know anyone interested in adopting a baby girl?’ He convinced my mother,’” says Trout.

The family moved to Boise after Trout’s father’s service was up. Her father became a local pediatrician, and Trout fondly remembers her growing up years here, including her stint on the Boise High School drill team. “Boise was much smaller then. It was great. We would cruise Harrison Boulevard and hang out at Pac-Out.”

Trout attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, and a minor in French. She was aiming for a career in journalism, then found a job as ward clerk for the University of Oregon Medical Hospital in Portland. But … “I didn’t see career opportunities.” Spurred by family members who were attorneys, Trout went back to school and obtained her juris doctorate degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Upon graduation, she joined the Lewiston firm of Blake, Feeney and Clark, and practiced law there for six years. While at the firm, Trout says she became enamored of the idea of being a judge. “I was in court quite a bit up in Lewiston. I watched the judges and thought, ‘wow, that seems like a great job.’” There were two elements about judging that especially appealed to Trout: research and people. When a position for a magistrate judge opened up, “I applied,” Trout says. And she got it. “I was not the first (Idaho) female judge, but I was the first female attorney magistrate.”


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Can't join us in Moscow? Shop online for 25 percent off with promo code BF2016 at www.vandalstore.com.

2016 Vandal Football

Vandals vs. Jaguars

Military Appreciation Day**
12:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
ASUI Kibbie Dome

Moscow, ID

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

**If you are not associated with the military but want to participate in the celebration, you can purchase tickets for $12 each we will then distribute to our military guests. Just enter the code: Military under the Group Sales tab here >>

Vandals vs. Panthers

Dads' Weekend
2 p.m. PT, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
ASUI Kibbie Dome

Moscow, ID

**Bring your phone and support Vandal athletes**

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

‘I wasn’t certain I was college material.’ State of Idaho acceptance letter changed his mind.

By Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

A letter telling Wyatt Wurtenberger he was already accepted to Boise State University helped convince him to attend college.

Wyatt Wurtenberger, who graduated from Emmett High School last spring, was always iffy about college.

“For most of high school I didn’t think I was going to go,” said Wurtenberger, 18. “I am not the most academically inclined. I am not worried about grades. I do what I can to pass.”

One day in November 2015, a letter showed up at his house from the Idaho State Board of Education saying he’d already been accepted to several Idaho public colleges, including the University of Idaho and Boise State.

It was awhile before the indifferent student read the letter carefully, but when he did, it was pivotal.

“I wasn’t certain I was college material,” he said. “That convinced me otherwise.”

Similar letters went to 20,000 Idaho high school seniors last November, the latest effort in Idaho to grease the transition from high school to higher education in a state where fewer than half of high school graduates go to college.

The “go-on rate” of students who go immediately to college has dropped from 50 percent in 2013 to 44 percent in 2015, said Blake Youde, spokesman for the State Board of Education. This sagging rate has long bedeviled Idaho education and has resisted efforts to change it. Even the state’s own goal of getting 60 percent of its population between 25 and to 34 equipped with some post-high school degree appears to be moving out of reach.


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Trademark & Licensing Offers VandalGear Catalog for Holiday Shopping

UI’s Office of Trademark and Licensing has partnered with Learfield Licensing to create an online catalog of Vandal merchandise just in time for the holiday shopping season. Items include Vandal-themed clothing for men, women and children, tailgate items and gifts for the home. You can shop online at http://bit.ly/IdahoHoliday.

Mark Your Calendar!

Dads' Weekend 2016
Dec. 2-4

This year's theme is "Sports Dad." Prepare for loads of fun honoring Vandal dads.

Put on your silver and gold, join the Most Vandalized Chapter contest!
Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 24 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 25 – VandalStore Black Friday Sale, Moscow, ID
Nov 26 – Vandal Football vs University of South Alabama, Moscow, ID
Nov 26 – UI vs USA Watch Parties, Various
Nov 29 – Meet the Vandals, Bellevue, WA
Nov 30 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Dec 2-3 – Dads' Weekend, Moscow, ID
Dec 3 – UI vs Georgia State Football Watch Parties, Various
Dec 3 – Vandal Football vs Georgia State University, Moscow, ID
Dec 5 – Vandal Events, Washington D.C.
Dec 7 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Dec 7 – Holiday Dinner with the Vandaleers, Spokane, WA
Dec 9 – Awards for Excellence Banquet, Moscow, ID
Dec 9 – University of Idaho Holiday Concert, Moscow, ID
Dec 16 – UIRA Holiday Social Event, Moscow, ID
Dec 18 – Winter Garden aGlow, Boise, ID

View more events on the alumni calendar

Most Vandalized Chapter Competition
 
Prepare to get Vandalized for the first ever Most Vandalized Chapter competition. Share your photo of how you get Vandalized, examples here: (LINK), in a chapter group near you for a chance to win your chapter a happy hour social event, compliments of the Office of Alumni Relations. 

How it works:
1) If your chapter submits the most photos of all the different ways you show your Vandal pride, you win! (One submission per household.)
2) Make sure to invite Vandal friends in your chapter area to join the contest event. If they have not already joined the chapter group, invite them and make sure they get in on the fun.
3) There will be two chapter competition brackets: Chapters within Idaho and chapters outside Idaho. The chapter who wins in each competition bracket will receive the prize.
4) Use the hashtag #UIdaho when you post.
5) Contest begins now and ends 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2016.
6) Get creative, show your silver and gold, and may the most Vandalized chapter win!

Securing Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

Engineering team to lead $2.1 million research efforts

The College of Engineering’s dedication to cybersecurity issues isn’t limited to training future engineers. A new grant will help the college build the next layer in our cyber defense.

Dean Larry Stauffer is leading a team of faculty on a project that will create innovative products for safeguarding Cyber Physical Control Systems, or CPCS — those critical infrastructure systems like the transportation and power grid — that rely on the internet.

The team received a $2.1 million Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant to pursue education and research into security management of CPCS.

The team has identified four key components of its project and ways UI can be a leader in addressing security issues in the nation’s cyber infrastructure:
  1. Add key faculty and enhance laboratories at UI in order to deliver improved education and R&D products in CPCS, which will accelerate economic development;
  2. Strengthen collaboration with Idaho industry and other Idaho universities with collaborative cybersecurity education, research and deployment activities;
  3. Foster technology transfer and commercialization through technology development and incubation; and
  4. Strengthen and expand the workforce by delivering cybersecurity expertise to Idaho industry and improve the talent pipeline with computer science and engineering graduates.
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Take Advantage of This Tax-free Opportunity

Good news! Using the IRA charitable rollover, you can make a tax-free gift directly from your IRA to benefit the University of Idaho.

This means you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to support the University of Idaho – and it’s tax-free. This gift is great if:
  • You are 70 1/2 or older.
  • You want to satisfy your IRA’s minimum required distribution without generating taxable income.
  • You want to apply your gift against a pledge.
The gift must be transferred directly from your IRA administrator to the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. by Dec. 31, 2016 to count for this tax year. Follow this link for more information and sample letters >> 

To learn more about making an IRA charitable rollover gift:
  • Contact your IRA administrator.
  • Contact your tax advisor.
  • Contact Sharon L. Morgan, JD, Senior Director, Office of Estate, Trust and Gift Planning at 866-671-7041 or morgans@uidaho.edu.
How do you show your silver and gold?
Russell Morgan '80 of the Kootenai County Alumni Chapter shows his Vandal Pride with wife Patricia and Joe Vandal in the Kibbie Dome.
Share your Vandal pride: http://www.uidaho.edu/pave-the-road

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An Admissions Experiment Succeeds

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UI Grad Brings American aviation history to Life in New Exhibition

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Vandal Brand Meats’ Christmas Hams A Holiday Tradition For 46 Years

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2017 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Series Tickets on Sale Now

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Dear Vandals,

Amid the hubbub of Halloween, the excitement of Election Day and the anticipation of the winter holidays, we sometimes rush past one of the most important of our national holidays – Veterans Day, Nov. 11. It is a day to pause and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. military, and be thankful.

Vandals have a long, proud history of service in all branches of the military. Army officer training began at the UI in March 1894 when 2nd Lt. E.R. Chrisman reported to the university to become the first professor of military science and tactics. Since that time, our alma mater has produced hundreds of dedicated officers who have served our country with distinction. Their service is honored in a variety of ways – the Spanish American War Memorial on the Administration Lawn, the commemorative anchor on display in front of Gertrude Hays Hall, the World War I display in Memorial Gym, and many more.

The university continues to serve veterans in a number of ways. Operation Education – a unique scholarship program created by UI in 2006 – offers financial, social and academic support to veterans who have sustained service-related injuries since 2001, as well as their spouses. Services include financial counseling, academic and social support and resources – such as tuition, fees and books, on-campus housing, transportation, child care, adaptive equipment tutoring and mentorship – to help with the myriad of challenges many veterans with disabilities face.

We can all take pride in the fact that our university has built and sustained such a comprehensive portfolio of assistance. The 10th anniversary of Operation Education will be celebrated at the fourth annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on campus Friday evening.

To every UI alum who has served or is serving in the military, as well as their family members, I say: Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Go Vandals!


Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

Notice: There has been a change in the time for the Nov. 26 football game vs. South Alabama. New game time is 12:30 p.m. PT.

Longtime UI Athletics Employee, Community Activist Receives Idaho Treasure Award

The University of Idaho Retirees Association (UIRA) will honor alumna and former UI Athletics employee Maureen Taylor Regan with the Idaho Treasure Award on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Idaho Treasure Award is sponsored by UIRA and recognizes living retired UI faculty, staff and/or family members who, in their retirement years, have made significant achievements in service or leadership to the university.

The award will be presented during the 2016 Idaho Treasure Award Luncheon at the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow. Socializing begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and program at noon. The luncheon is open to the public and costs $12, paid at the door.

Taylor Regan grew up on a farm in Careywood, Idaho. She earned her associate degree in 1974 from North Idaho College and graduated from UI with a bachelor’s degree in communications, advertising and public relations from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences in 1976. After graduation she accepted a position with the UI Department of Athletics as secretary to the athletic director. Taylor Regan retired in 2010 after 34 years, earning the position of associate athletics director/senior woman administrator.


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What is Your Cybersecurity IQ?


The The University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene is home to the UI Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center, which provides continuing education programs for professionals in the information technology field. Grant funding for Idaho employers is now available for cybersecurity training and pre-training assessments to identify knowledge gaps. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure your employees have the knowledge to stay safe in the cyber environment.

Contact Karen Thurston for information at 208-664-7024 or kthurston@uidaho.edu.

2016 Vandal Football

Vandals vs. Bobcats

1 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Bobcat Stadium

San Marcos, TX

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

*PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE*

Vandals vs. Jaguars

12:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
ASUI Kibbie Dome

Moscow, ID

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Vandals vs. Panthers

Dads' Weekend
2 p.m. PT, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
ASUI Kibbie Dome

Moscow, ID

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Mark Your Calendar!

Dads' Weekend 2016
Dec. 2-4

This year's theme is "Sports Dad," so get ready for loads of fun honoring our Vandal dads.

Make sure to reserve a hotel room. Watch the
website for updates!
Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 10 – Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration, Moscow, ID
Nov 12 – Vandals Rake-Up Boise, Boise, ID
Nov 12 – Vandal Tailgate at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – Vandal Football at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – UI vs TSU Watch Parties, Various
Nov 14 – UIRA Luncheon, Boise, ID
Nov 14 – Meet the Vandals, Orange, CA
Nov 15 – Meet the Vandals, Sacramento, CA
Nov 16 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 16 – Meet the Vandals, Pleasanton, CA
Nov 17 – UIRA Annual Mtg. and Idaho Treasure Award Luncheon, Moscow, ID
Nov 18 – Meet the Vandals, Portland, OR
Nov 23 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 25 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 26 – Vandal Football vs University of South Alabama, Moscow, ID
Nov 26 – UI vs USA Watch Parties, Various
Nov 29 – Meet the Vandals, Bellevue, WA
Dec 2-3 – Dads' Weekend, Moscow, ID
Dec 3 – UI vs Georgia State Football Watch Parties, Various
Dec 3 – Vandal Football vs Georgia State University, Moscow, ID
Dec 5 – Vandal Events, Washington D.C.
Dec 7 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Dec 7 – Holiday Dinner with the Vandaleers, Spokane, WA
Dec 9 – Awards for Excellence Banquet, Moscow, ID
Dec 9 – University of Idaho Holiday Concert, Moscow, ID

View more events on the alumni calendar
The Students and the Swarm
 
Undergraduates from across disciplines team up to bring evolution to video games. Polymorphic Games is unique among video game studios because of its combination of subject matter and people: Its games weave in principles of evolutionary biology, and they’re made almost entirely by undergraduate students. 

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Meet the Artist Behind the Starbucks Green Cup Design

**This article originally appeared on 1912 Pike and was reprinted with permission from Starbucks. See the original here. Shogo Ota graduated from the University of Idaho's College of Art and Architecture with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007.

In November 2016, Starbucks released a new green cup in U.S. stores for a very limited time. The artwork on the cup was created by a very special person. This is his story.

In the space under the stairs, walls of paper sketches close in around the artist at the drafting table. Shogo Ota stood over his new design, his hair a long, twisty black knot at the nape of his neck, his red plaid shirt a surrender to Pacific Northwest persuasion. As Seattle drizzled on the window behind him, he turned up the music and examined his sketchpad and the idea he calls simple: using one line to connect people.

“Just drawing everybody together in one line,” Shogo said. “People together. That sounds pretty peaceful to me.”

Thousands of people will have the opportunity to consider Shogo’s simple idea. One continuous line, whose beginning was on a sketchpad in the artist’s small studio under the stairs in his basement apartment, will be wrapped around millions of green cups and handed to Starbucks customers coast to coast.

“It’s kind of a weird feeling and also kind of nervous about it, too,” he said. “I couldn’t have imagined, didn’t imagine yet, that I could see my stuff everywhere in the States!”

When Shogo moved to the United States 14 years ago to study art at the University of Idaho, he didn’t speak English. In fact, he didn’t know where Idaho was on the map. He was in America, where he knew one person, to fulfill his mother’s wish for him to study abroad. After being rejected by five Japanese universities, she hoped an education and his art would secure his future. Shogo studied. He won an art contest. He won two. He earned an internship as a graphic design artist for a small Seattle firm, and in 2012 celebrated the establishment of his own company, Tireman Studio. In 2014, Starbucks began selecting Shogo’s art for presentations, ranging from a community poster series to a hand-painted mural on the tall wooden doors of the new store in Ferguson, Missouri. And most recently, he was commissioned to create the artwork for the green cup.


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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

Celebrate Idaho at a tour stop near you!

A New Vision for On-Campus Living

Housing & Residence Life puts focus on one-on-one interactions to help students find success

In 1962, the University of Idaho constructed the Wallace Residence Center. Its four wings and 20 floors have held thousands of Vandals over the years, and as the sons and daughters of alumni came to the university, there was one thing their parents could count on: Wallace looked exactly the same.

But that has changed drastically over the past few years as UI Housing and Residence Life embarked on a multimillion-dollar facelift of the aging facility.

This fall, every student in Wallace is living in a renovated room. And in addition to the physical upgrades, the experience of on-campus living is changing as well.

The Renovation

Housing staff launched the Wallace renovation in 2010, renovating one to two floors per year, as resources allowed. Last year, the Idaho State Board of Education authorized the university to hire an outside contractor to speed up the renovation, and this past summer UI completed renovating 10 of the remaining 12 floors in just 10 weeks.


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Student Molly Swords - @anthrogirly - captured this magical fall moment on campus.

Joe Knows...

UI Family and Consumer Sciences Program Ranked Fourth in Nation for Top Value Colleges

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Student-Led Sustainability Projects Awarded Grant Funding

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UI Biology Researchers Develop Tool for Identifying New Species

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Office of Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

If you heard cheers and applause from Moscow ringing across the state and region last week, it is for good reason. For the first time since 2012, official overall student enrollment at the University of Idaho increased!

The number of students grew 3.6 percent from 11,371 in fall 2015 to 11,780 in fall 2016. The breakdown of that increase is especially exciting. Some of the largest growth came in the number of first-time undergraduate students from Idaho – up 6.5 percent over last year. Working with the statewide Direct Admissions initiative, which removed obstacles to higher education for Idaho high schoolers, UI invested in a focused enrollment marketing campaign to attract and recruit students from within the state, and it paid good dividends. As Idaho’s only land-grant institution, our alma mater has a specific mission to serve the citizens of our great state – what better way to do that than to make a stellar higher education more accessible to more of its students!

Alumni played an important role in the enrollment growth through the multi-faceted Vandals in Partnership program. Many of you recommended prospective students through the Grow the Gold aspect of that program. Others assisted at a series of Meet the Vandals events throughout Idaho and the region. Some visited classrooms in their local areas to answer questions and outline the benefits of becoming a Vandal.

Working with the Office of Admissions, the Office of Alumni sponsored a pilot program of send-off events – bringing together Vandal alums with admitted students in Seattle, Portland, Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene – to help maintain student excitement about attending UI. We will do more in the coming year. Thanks to each one of you participated in any way to recruit more students – as satisfied customers ourselves, we are among the best ambassadors for recruiting new ones.

Obviously, enrollment isn’t the only measure of success for our great institution, but it is key to the future of the University of Idaho. Growing the Vandal family one student at a time helps to preserve the amazing heritage and to realize the untapped potential of an institution that serves our state, nation and world. And that, my fellow Vandals, is worth cheering about!

Go Vandals!


Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

UI Unveils Plans for New Arena in Moscow

We are excited to share the University of Idaho plans to construct the Idaho Arena, a 4,700-seat, 70,000-square-foot athletics facility that will be home for the Vandal men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams and a university community gathering place for academic events, concerts and meetings.

Slated for construction on the north side of the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, the Idaho Arena has the potential to take the Vandal basketball and volleyball teams to a new level of national attention and interest. The arena will strengthen recruiting, rally fan excitement and improve the residential campus environment for students, faculty, staff and the larger university community.

“This much-needed project is an investment in our student-athletes, in a great student experience and in an exciting campus environment for alumni, fans and the entire community,” UI President Chuck Staben said. “It is an investment in Vandal excellence.

“A modern, stand-alone arena puts our athletics program on a better footing in Division I athletics. It will allow us to recruit student-athletes that help us consistently contend for championships in basketball and volleyball. An adaptable facility also provides the flexibility for a wide range of other functions, including concerts, conferences and other programming for students and the community.”

The arena project has been on the drawing board for nearly 50 years. When Staben joined UI nearly three years ago, UI Athletic Director Rob Spear introduced him to the project and it quickly became a presidential priority.

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For more information about the Idaho Arena, go to uidaho.edu/idahoarena.

We Wish You a Happy All Hallows' Eve!

Show us your UI inspired Halloween costumes on Facebook!
Don't forget to tag @uidahoalumni. 

2016 Vandal Football - November Games

Vandals vs. Ragin' Cajuns

2 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Cajun Field
Lafayette, LA


Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Vandals vs. Bobcats

1 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Bobcat Stadium

San Marcos, TX

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Vandals vs. Jaguars

6 p.m. PT, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
ASUI Kibbie Dome

Moscow, ID

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Mark Your Calendar!

Dads' Weekend 2016
Dec. 2-4

This year's theme is "Sports Dad," so get ready for loads of fun honoring our Vandal dads.

Make sure to reserve a hotel room. Watch the
website for updates!
Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Oct 27 – Trick or Treat in the Dome, Moscow, ID
Oct 27 – Brew-haha Pregame Celebration, Moscow, ID
Nov 2 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 5 – UI vs Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette Vandal Watch Parties, Various
Nov 5 – Vandal Football at Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
Nov 9 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 10 – Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration, Moscow, ID
Nov 12 – Vandals Rake-Up Boise, Boise, ID
Nov 12 – Vandal Tailgate at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – Vandal Football at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – UI vs TSU Watch Parties, Various
Nov 14 – UIRA Luncheon, Boise, ID
Nov 14 – Meet the Vandals, Orange, CA
Nov 15 – Meet the Vandals, Sacramento, CA
Nov 16 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 16 – Meet the Vandals, Pleasanton, CA
Nov 17 – UIRA Annual Mtg. and Idaho Treasure Award Luncheon, Moscow, ID
Nov 18 – Meet the Vandals, Portland, OR
Nov 23 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 25 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 26 – Vandal Football vs University of South Alabama, Moscow, ID
Nov 26 – UI vs USA Watch Parties, Various

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Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Artist Lineup
 
The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in February 2017 with a musical lineup that brings some of the most celebrated modern jazz artists to Moscow.

Four-time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding, a world-renowned genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist, will be headlining Saturday. Other artists include Claudio Roditi, Rene Marie, New York Voices, Julia Keefe and more.

Learn more>>
 

The Numbers Speak Loudly About the State of the UI

Official overall student enrollment at the University of Idaho increased to 11,780 for fall 2016, up 3.6 percent from 11,371 in fall 2015.Enrollment this fall is higher than it was when President Chuck Staben joined UI in 2014. And it is the first overall enrollment increase since 2012. Enrollment is up in several key areas including first-time undergraduate (resident and non-resident) and underrepresented students.

Over the last
month UI informally shared preliminary enrollment estimates with faculty and staff as an unofficial update. The final official numbers UI reports today indicate those initial estimates were low in certain areas.

“I am very pleased to see an overall enrollment increase at UI and we are definitely gaining ground in our enrollment goals,” said UI President Chuck Staben. “I am especially pleased to see an increase in Idaho resident students. UI is Idaho’s land-grant university and we have a special responsibility to educate the citizenry of this state. We are very proud to fulfill that responsibility. And while I am glad to see UI enrollment headed in the right direction, there is still work to do. We will continue working hard to grow our enrollment year-after-year.”

First-time resident undergraduate student enrollment totaled 1,235, up 6.5 percent over fall 2015. This increase is due largely to a year of concerted, focused enrollment marketing work by UI with support from the statewide Direct Admissions initiative that removed barriers to higher education for Idaho high school students. Total first-year students this semester is 1,660, up 4.5 percent from fall 2015. Total new student enrollment, which includes non-degree students and dual enrollment, is 4,504, up 20 percent from fall 2015.


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Feeling Uninspired This Halloween?

Check out the incredible special effects make-up by 2014 Virtual Technology and Design graduate Jacque Lombardo. View her full portfolio here. Go Vandals!

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

Celebrate Idaho at a tour stop near you!

Herd Mentality

UI’s statewide approach to veterinary education teaches students modern techniques that focus on overall herd health and working closely with industry

On an early spring day at the Wilson Creek feedlot south of Caldwell, two students in the Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah Veterinary Medical Education Program based at Washington State University are working with University of Idaho veterinary professor Dr. Jim England.

The day’s goal focuses on assessing the health of yearlings and giving vaccines. The pace is fast. With hundreds of cattle to work, the students take the lead and learn the economy of scale that is modern agriculture.

As Utah State University vet student and UI alumna Cat Van Dusen vaccinates animals coming through the squeeze chute, fellow Utah State fourth-year vet student Dan Harmer installs ear tags and inserts capsules into the steers’ ears.

They also screen the animals for pink eye or other maladies and, if warranted, give them antibiotic shots.

As part of the day’s training, England selects a steer to demonstrate field treatment for aggravated cases of pink eye, then advises the students’ efforts to perform the procedure themselves. Within two hours, the veterinary crew and feedlot workers run 138 animals through the chute — approximately one a minute..


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Then & Now: Integrated Research and Innovation Center.
What a different two years can make!

Joe Knows...

David Vobora - From Mr. Irrelevant to Making a Difference

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Graduate Debt, Employment Rates Bumps College of Law into Top 10 for Value

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$1.2 Million Grant Helps Native American Students Complete Teaching Degrees

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Uranus May Have Tiny, Undiscovered Moons, UI Researchers Say

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Dear Vandals,

We often talk about the benefits of being a member of the Vandal family, but it is always great to see firsthand the Vandal family in action.

Last Wednesday, the University of Idaho sponsored its annual career fair. Employers from throughout the Pacific Northwest gathered in the Kibbie Dome to meet, interview and hire current and soon-to-graduate students. Many, many of those employers are Vandals themselves.

Working with the Office of Career Services, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted nearly 40 alumni and their guests for lunch in the Kibbie Dome before the fair started. UI President Chuck Staben joined us. The conversations centered around Vandals hiring Vandals because “we know the quality we are getting.” In general, they said, Vandals not only know their specific subject matter, they also have strong leadership skills. Because of their involvement in their fraternity, sorority or other living group, clubs and organizations, and/or undergraduate research, they are good time managers, can work as part of a team and carry a strong work ethic.

Some 95 percent of all new jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to those with at least some college experience. We can be proud that, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s latest College Scorecard, UI has the lowest net cost of education, the highest graduation rate and the highest earnings after attendance than any other public, four-year institution in the state. UI was also recognized in the 2016-2017 College Salary Report by PayScale as the highest in Idaho for early and mid-career salary potential post-graduation.

The luncheon is just the first of what I hope becomes a robust relationship with the Office of Career Services. There are so many ways alumni could be even more engaged with current students to help make them more employable and more successful in the workplace, from mentoring and internships to participation in events like the Career Fair. Stay tuned!

Go Vandals!


Kathy Barnard, ’81
Executive Director, University of Idaho Alumni Association

 

The College  Scorecard is provided by the U.S. Department of Education to provide students and their families with critical information needed - key indicators about the cost and value - to make smart decisions about where to enroll for higher education. 

Thank You, Alumni: Homecoming 2016

Idaho Homecoming Week 2016!
Thank you to all our alumni, the Moscow community and our wonderful UI family for another incredible UI Homecoming. We can't wait to do it all again next year!

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Festival Theme for 50th Anniversary

The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will celebrate 50 years of bringing world-renowned artists and jazz professionals to Moscow on Feb. 23-25, 2017. This year’s festival theme — “Grounded in Tradition. Breaking New Ground.” —comes with great excitement as the festival returns to the Lionel Hampton School of Music within UI’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. The organizational change allows the festival to refocus on its long history of music education.

“We are extremely excited that the jazz festival is coming back to its roots in the Lionel Hampton School of Music,” said Vern Sielert, artistic advisor for the festival and director of jazz studies at UI. “Having all the student performances return to campus is a perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important educational festival.”

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is a three-day educational event featuring student performances, engaging hands-on clinics and professional workshops for students ranging from elementary school to college, as well as community members. Attendees have access to the knowledge and skills of world-class performers and the opportunity to attend nightly concerts by celebrated artists.

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2016 Vandal Football - October Games

Vandals vs. Aggies

2 p.m. PT, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Kibbie Dome
Moscow, ID


Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Vandals vs. Mountaineers

TBD PT, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Kidd Brewer Stadium

Boone, NC

Can't make the game? Listen online, on the radio or check here for watch parties near you!

Watch Parties and Post-Game Socials

Check for watch parties near you:
www.uidaho.edu/alumni/events/football/watch-parties

Join the Vandal Scholarship Fund for two post-game socials in Moscow:
Oct. 15 and Dec. 3
Best Western Plus University Inn
Appaloosa Room

No-host bar and appetizers available for purchase.
 

Mark Your Calendar!

Dads' Weekend 2016
Dec. 2-4

This year's theme is "Sports Dad," so get ready for loads of fun honoring our Vandal dads.

Make sure to reserve a hotel room. Watch the
website for updates!
Golden I Reunion 2017
April 6-7

The Golden I Reunion has moved to the Spring!

Once a Golden I, always a Golden I. All graduates of 50+ years welcome, even if you have already received your Golden I pin.

Upcoming Alumni Events


TODAY Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
TODAY Latah County Vandal Boosters Coaches Social, Moscow, ID
Oct 13 Vandal Night, Anchorage, AK
Oct 14 – Vandal Reception, New York, NY
Oct 15 UI vs NMSU Vandal Watch Parties, Various
Oct 15 Vandal Football vs New Mexico State University, Moscow, ID
Oct 18 – UI Women in Law Social, Boise, ID
Oct 19 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Oct 22 – Vandal Football vs Appalachian State University, Moscow, ID
Oct 22 – UI vs Appalachian State Vandal Watch Parties, Various
Oct 22 – Boise GOLD Oktoberfest (and Watch Party), Boise, ID
Oct 26 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 2 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 5 – UI vs Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette Vandal Watch Parties, Various
Nov 5 – Vandal Football at Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
Nov 9 – Vandal Booster Luncheons, Boise & Meridian, ID
Nov 10 – Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration, Moscow, ID
Nov 12 – Vandals Rake-Up Boise, Boise, ID
Nov 12 – Vandal Tailgate at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – Vandal Football at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Nov 12 – UI vs TSU Watch Parties, Various

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Vandals for the Win!
A weekend of sports on the road had Vandal returning in victory.

Football
Austin Rehkow kicked the game-winner field goal as time expired. Idaho beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-31.

Soccer
Women's soccer came from behind to defeat Portland State 2-1, putting Idaho into first place in the Big Sky standings.

Tennis
Freshman Carlos Longhi Neto took the singles championship at the Dar Walters Fall Classic with a perfect 6-0. Combined the team held a 19-11 record over the three-day tournament.
 

A Strategic Vision

University of Idaho's Strategic Vision
Over the next decade, UI will tackle ambitious goals to excel as a leader in research, outreach and education.

From the top of the University of Idaho’s ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center — the domed icon of the Moscow campus — President Chuck Staben takes in a rarely seen view of the historic university. From this high point, he can see modern research, educational and living spaces taking their place next to UI’s venerable facilities.

The 360-degree view invites reflection: What will our university be in the future? What does it need to be for the state, the students, and the research and outreach goals that it serves?

“A public research university is an incredible asset to students and to the state of Idaho,” Staben said. “Higher education and the research we do at this university have never been more valuable.”

Charting the future of Idaho’s land-grant university requires two things: A vision for the institution, and a blueprint to transform that vision into action. A comprehensive institution needs a comprehensive plan.


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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

For almost 50 years the US Forest Service has provided the US Capitol Christmas Tree to the US Capitol in Washington D.C. This year's tree, an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce, is coming from the Payette National Forest in Idaho!

Many celebrations will be taking place in Idaho and across the country as it makes it way 2,000 miles to Washington D.C. Join a celebration near you and look for Joe Vandal at the Moscow and Boise locations. Watch for more information in forthcoming Vandal Vibe's.
The steam plant skeletons were seen enjoying the UI common read last week during the visit for Sy Montgomery, author of this year's common read selection The Soul of an Octopus.

Joe Knows...

University of Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Has a New Laboratory and Research Vessel to Study North Idaho Lakes

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UI Women’s Center Awarded Nearly $300,000 for Violence Prevention Program

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UI Researchers part of $3M Grant for Columbia Basin Food, Energy, Water Needs

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Office of Alumni Relations

Vandals love any opportunity to celebrate their alma mater, and during the past two weeks there have been several major events worthy of a loud, proud “Go Vandals!”

The inaugural Vandal Giving Day on Sept. 13-14 blew past every goal that was set for it. Alumni, current students and friends from around the planet raised an amazing $441,313 in a 36-hour period for scholarships, the repair and replacement of the Vandal Marching Band’s sousaphones, the UI Library, 4-H and many other programs. Donors met every challenge for dollar amounts and participation. A huge shout-out goes to the UI Foundation and the 24 individual and corporate donors who provided matching and challenge funds, including Wells Fargo, Avista, Vandal Scholarship Fund National Board and Past Presidents, the Library Advisory Board, alumni Steve and Claudia Johnson and Vandal Solutions. Thank you, thank you to all