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There was a renewed buzz around campus this past week with the sound of lawn mowers working, and several improvement projects wrapping up before students return. A new set of steps that lead from the Lionel Hampton School of Music to the Administration Building have been set to dry. The new videoboard installation in the Kibbie Dome is nearly complete and ready for football season.
Improvement projects on campus occur year-round. Much can change in a small period of time. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience our beautiful campus all over again at the Golden I Reunion Sept. 26-27. The Golden I Reunion is for everyone who graduated from the University of Idaho 50 or more years ago. The reunion gives alumni the chance to gather for opportunities to reconnect and reminisce. Visit with administrators and take a tour of campus!
A complete Golden I schedule is available online, along with lodging information.
RSVP online to the Golden I event. To have a packet of information mailed to you, call (208) 885-6154.
Steven C. Johnson ’71
Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Aug. 15 - Thirsty Thursday in Twin Falls |
Aug. 16 - University of Idaho Night at Shakespeare |
Aug. 16 - Vandal Night with the Tri-City Dust Devils |
Aug. 17 - Vandal Night with the Portland Timbers |
Aug. 22 - New Student Orientation |
Aug. 22 - Parent Orientation |
Aug. 22 - North Idaho Vandal Celebration |
Aug. 23 - University Convocation 2013 |
Aug. 23 - Vandal Spirit Friday - Football Season Kickoff |
Aug. 25 - Experience the University of Idaho Tradition: Vandal Walk |
Aug. 25 - Vandal Night with the Seattle Sounders |
Aug. 31 - University of Idaho vs. University of North Texas |
Sept. 2 - Labor Day
Sept. 7 - University of Idaho vs. University of Wyoming Pregame |
Sept. 14 - Brian Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament in Eagle, Idaho |
Save the Dates: Homecoming 2013 celebrates Vandal Pride Planetwide Sept. 22-29. Make sure all Vandal dads know they are invited to Dads' Weekend Nov. 1-2.
Then and Now: Memorial Gym
In 1956, when Weldon Wood ’60 wasn’t cleaning out the whirlpools in the University of Idaho football training rooms or refereeing intramural games, he was wrapping the ankles of Vandal NFL success stories.
Assisting Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer and Detroit Lions linebacker Wayne Walker was all in a day’s work for the basketball recruit. At that time, being on the team meant free tuition and putting in a specified number of hours at jobs on campus.
Most of Wood’s jobs, not to mention six days of basketball practice, kept him at the Memorial Gymnasium. Built in 1928, the multi-purpose, indoor arena was campus’ ornate hub for sporting events, commencement, class registration and a host of other activities.
Then and Now Across Campus
Take a look at campus landmarks through memories and the Vandals that lived them.
Learn more about our vibrant history
Next year marks the 125th anniversary of the University of Idaho. Members of the university community present and past are invited to help tell our story. Have a favorite memory to share? Email us with your discoveries!
Studying an Under-Appreciated Resource
If you want to keep trees around for a long time, Bryant Scharenbroch '03 believes you have to first recognize the importance of soil quality.
“Soil is one of our most under-appreciated resources,” Scharenbroch said. “Just as Alex Shigo encouraged arborists to learn about trees by touching them, I think it’s necessary for people to learn about soil by getting dirty.”
Scharenbroch, an urban soil scientist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., is the 2013 recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s Early Career Scientist Award.
The award is given to professionals showing exceptional promise and potential for becoming internationally known for their contributions to arboriculture. ISA President Terrence Flanagan honored Scharenbroch at a ceremony during the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show Aug. 3 in Toronto, Calif.
Scharenbroch graduated from the University of Idaho in 2003 with his master's in plant science.
In his work at the Morton Arboretum, Scharenbroch studies urban soils to improve tree growth and longevity. An ISA certified arborist, Scharenbroch has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students and many citizen scientists at The Morton Arboretum Soil Science laboratory in such areas as urban ecology, soil quality and tree health.
Read more about his accomplishments
A Passion for People and Places
Richard H. Holm Jr. ’05 found his life’s calling at the University of Idaho. But it’s not like he simply signed up for a double major in writing and piloting small aircraft.
Idaho still doesn’t offer that combo.
“I was in the environmental sciences program. I took forestry courses and lots of history,” Holm says.
His bachelor’s degree — plus UI’s private pilot ground school courses — led him to what he does now. He writes history and is also a backcountry pilot.
Joe Knows ... Great Education, Great Value
The University of Idaho is among the top colleges in the nation according to Forbes magazine. The publication released its annual list of “Best Value Colleges.” UI earned a spot at number 25. UI also ranked number 352 on Forbes’ overall list of “Top Colleges” across the country.
“Value is a product of quality and cost. The Forbes article is the latest evidence that the University of Idaho delivers quality education in a highly cost-effective way,” said UI Interim President Don Burnett.
For the “Top Colleges” list, Forbes looked at factors directly concerning incoming students and their parents, including quality of classes offered, on-time graduation rates, debt incurred and professional career rate upon graduation. Burnett said these are very important metrics, especially when value is a widely discussed topic for prospective students across the nation.