Idaho Treasure Award
This award was created in 1995 and recognizes living retired University of Idaho faculty, staff and/or family members who, in their retirement years, have made significant achievements in volunteerism and leadership to the University.
Nominations for this award are due to the Office of Alumni Relations by April 1 each year. For more information, please contact the office at 208-885-6154 or email@example.com
2020 Recipient Ed McBride
Ed will be celebrated at the next UIRA Annual meeting.
2019 Recipient Sue Eschen
Sue grew up in Moscow. Her father, Joe Watts, was the U of I Business Manager and Bursar as well as a U of I grad. Sue’s mother also was a U of I grad. She decided to follow in their footsteps and attended the university. She started working at the university while a student and retired in 2011 as Director of Endowment and Gift Administration after 37 years of service. Sue’s two children and husband, Dave, are also alumni. In 2005 Sue received the prestigious Lawrence C. McBride Prize, which honors U of I staff members who have demonstrated the highest standards of service to the institution and after retirement has continued to play a “behind the scenes” role with several U of I donors. Her many letters of recommendation for the Idaho Treasure Award were filled with accolades for her hard work and dependability, both when she was a U of I employee and in retirement.
Sue’s service to the UIRA Board of Directors began in January 2014. As president of UIRA in 2015 she led the board on an extensive membership survey to help determine the types of activities and events that are most important to our members and she then continued to serve as chair of the membership committee for four years. She is an active supporter of the UIRA Scholarship Endowment.
Sue thinks retirement is “the best job she’s ever had,” and enjoys traveling with her husband Dave, hiking, biking, spending time at their cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene and 4-5 weeks on the Big Island of Hawaii during the winter.