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This week is Moscow commencement, and the University of Idaho Alumni Association is celebrating the 2013 graduates. Welcome to the alumni community!
UIAA was founded in 1898 to support Idaho alumni worldwide and connect them with their alma mater. Amid the celebrations, the UIAA Board of Directors will convene in Moscow to honor outgoing members and induct new officers.
Portland's Michael Higgins ’98 will retire after seven years of service. New members will be Spokane's Tammy Everts ’91, Seattle's Jamie Wagner ’94 and Lewiston's Galen R. Baylor ’84. To cap it off, we will recognize incoming president Annie Averitt ’00, who is serving on the U-Idaho presidential search committee.
Our Hall of Fame inductees, Matt Espe '80 and John A. Rosholt ’59 ’64 will be recognized at special events throughout this week's commencement activities.
The Hall of Fame is a 50-year tradition, part of the extensive UIAA Awards Program that recognizes alumni for their achievements in volunteerism, success and commitment to the university. Nominations are now being accepted prior to Aug. 1.
Lou Aldecoa ’76
National President 2013
University of Idaho Alumni Association, Inc.
May 9 – Thirsty Thursdays in CDA |
May 11 – Ada County Vandal Scramble |
May 16 – UIRA Arboretum Tour in Moscow |
May 17 – Vandal Night with the Spokane Shock |
May 17 – Bob White Memorial Golf Tournament in Lewiston |
May 18 – Team Vandals Heart Walk in Boise |
May 18 – Hayden Lake Country Club Vandal Scramble Dinner and Auction |
May 30 – Legacy of Leading Award Gala in Boise |
May 31 – Bronco-Vandal Challenge Golf Tournament in McCall |
June 6 – Kootenai County Silver and Gold Celebration |
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118 Years of Commencement
The first Commencement ceremony was held in Moscow June 7-11, 1896. According to the 1903 Gem of the Mountains, the first-published University of Idaho yearbook, four people were inducted into the Alumni Association that year.
View a slideshow of Moscow Commencement throughout the years
Four Generations of Silver and Gold
After nine summers in the field, Nels Solberg can call himself an expert – an expert in hard work.
The 2013 University of Idaho College of Business and Economics graduate said at the age of 16, when he first got the job bagging grain for Columbia Grain, Inc., in Grangeville, Idaho, he had no idea what he wanted in a career. But the hundreds of hours spent lugging the day’s harvest wasn’t about career guidance – at first.
Nels is the most recent graduate in a long line of business-savvy family members. The four generations share the same alma mater, and they even share the same name.
Read more about the Vandal family
A Future Based on a Golden Foundation
As other children were dreaming of becoming astronauts, Spokane's Kevin Witkoe was dreaming of building the rockets to send those astronauts into space. Science is a passion he's continued with, and he is using his recently awarded Goldwater Scholarship to help develop it.
Learn more about his achievements
Engineering Design EXPO Announces Winners
The University of Idaho Student Union Building was home to robots, snowmobiles, submarines and other student-built engineering projects April 26 for the 20th annual Engineering Design EXPO.
View the complete list of EXPO winners
UIAA Accepting Nominations
Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni, friends and students through a number of awards that celebrate achievements in volunteerism, success and commitment to the university.
Learn more about these honors
Joe Knows ... DDD is on Tour!
The University of Idaho dance, percussion, performance art phenomenon, DancersDrummersDreamers, is on tour this month. The group will travel to locations in Idaho and Washington.
View the complete schedule