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Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Phone: (208) 885-6154

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Vandal Vibe Newsletter

Delivered to email inboxes bi-monthly, Vandal Vibe is how alumni stay connected to the University of Idaho.

Vandal Vibe features:

  • Success stories about alumni, students, faculty and staff
  • Stories about developments at the University
  • A personal note from Kathy Barnard, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Featured resources for alumni
  • And so much more!

If you would like to receive the Vandal Vibe, email your name and preferred address to vandalvibe@uidaho.edu.

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Office of Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

I am writing to share some great news to begin a great new year for the Vandal Family. Today, the University of Idaho is announcing a $10 million gift from Idaho Central Credit Union toward construction of the Idaho Arena! It is the largest cash donation to our alma mater in its history, and gives ICCU naming rights for what promises to be a remarkable facility on the Moscow campus.

Like the U of I, ICCU’s Idaho roots run deep. With headquarters in Chubbuck, ICCU has served Idahoans for more than three-quarters of a century. Today, the credit union has 34 offices across the state and is looking to expand, a reflection of their commitment to helping Idaho communities thrive and another point in common with our university.

The ICCU Arena will be located on the north side of the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center and will be a one-of-a-kind engineered wood structure that highlights Idaho’s wood products industry. The $45 million project will be home to U of I’s court sports as well as other activities, such as lectures and concerts.

In addition to ICCU’s gift, the arena project has garnered financial support from ASUI, the U of I Alumni Association and the U of I Foundation. So far, the university has raised $34 million. Shovels hit the ground as soon as funding for the entire project is complete.

This project is one more point of pride for the Vandal Family and reflects the energy and momentum of a great institution.

Happy 2018 and go Vandals!


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

 

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Dear Vandals,

Happy 2018! Students are back at it after the winter break. At the same time, many of us are working to keep the resolutions that seemed like such a good idea on Jan. 1. Mine are fairly simple: Drop the last 10 pounds. Have more fun. Learn something new.

I include that last one every year and am always pleasantly surprised at the results. One of the most impactful parts of a U of I education is the emphasis on lifelong learning. Professors in every discipline stress not only learning the material at hand, but also learning how to learn, keeping curious, making sure the mental “saw” stays sharp.

Our alma mater provides a number of options for helping alumni to keep the “saw sharpened.” And you don’t have to be in Moscow to participate. There are too many opportunities to provide a comprehensive list, but consider the ones below.

The university now offers more than 30 online degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, for example, offers a Master of Public Administration program – one of the only of its kind to focus on rural governments and towns.

U of I’s centers at Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls also offer a wide and growing variety of classes and degree programs. UI Extension – which delivers programs such as 4-H and Master Gardeners – always has a multitude of research-based educational offerings; there are U of I extension offices in 42 counties across the state.

Listening to smart people talk about things that matter is always educational. Check out some of the university’s signature lecture series: the Borah Symposium, the College of Law’s Bellwood Memorial Lecture or the Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science series, for example.

The arts are a great way to learn something – about yourself as well as the work itself. Take a moment to peruse the U of I website to nail down some dates for attending the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the next poetry slam on the Moscow campus or the next production by the Theatre Arts Department.

If you want to learn how to speak Chinese, check out the U of I Confucius Institute, offering programs in Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Moscow. If you want to discuss interesting books with your fellow Vandals, join the Vandal Book Club. Our latest selection is “Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars,” the newest work of longtime U of I English instructor Joy Passanante.

For the more adventurous, the Office of Alumni Relations offers travel programs at locations around the globe. For those more interested in “coming home,” we offer reunion attendees the opportunity to take classes without tests – the best of all worlds, in my opinion!

Whatever tool you choose for your saw sharpening this coming year, I hope it includes the University of Idaho and the Vandal family.

Happy New Year and go Vandals!


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

 

Inspiring the Art of Science

Art inspired by science. That is the core of Visualizing Science, a $40,000 internal grant shared by seven interdisciplinary teams of scientists and artists — and the first year of an ongoing investment in U of l's own people.

Each team was comprised of a scientist and an artist. The goal was to show the science through art.

The outcome? Hundreds of 3-D printed aphids hanging in beautifully complex swarms. A children's book explaining the complexities of evolutionary biology through endearing characters. Even a human-size "robot" built to replicate the powerful jumping motion of some animals.

"It's really informative for scientists to learn how involved the research of creative activity is. It's also fascinating for them to articulate what they do and to think about it in visual terms," said Sally Machlis, a professor in both the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and the College of Art and Architecture and co-principal investigator. Roger Rowley, director of the U of I Prichard Art Gallery is also a co-principal investigator.

The internal grant is the first of an ongoing program deemed the Vandal Ideas Project. The program is designed to give funding to interdisciplinary groups of researchers and staff to tackle projects on a particular theme.

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Mark your calendar and join us for some Vandal fun in the sun this spring in Arizona!


Anaheim Angels vs. Colorado Rockies.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Tempe Diablo Stadium
Pregame Luncheon: 11:30 am in the Upper Pavilion off the first base line
First Pitch: 1:10 pm
Special guest Bill Stoneman '66, former general manager of the Angels.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sloan Park
Pregame: 11:30 am on the 3rd baseline Party Deck
First Pitch: 1:05 pm

11th Annual Arizona Chapter Golf Tournament
Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Arizona Biltmore, Adobe Golf Course
1:30 pm Shotgun start
*New this year, you could win $10,000 for a hole-in-one!

View details online >>

Have event questions? Contact Sandy Larsen at sandyl@uidaho.edu or
208-364-4030.

For The Love of Food

CALS student turns love of cooking into food science career

Jacob Hause loves to cook. He has been cooking since he was 8 years old growing up in Milwaukee, Wis. He earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts from BYU-Idaho with the goal of becoming a chef.

But a conversation with one of his professors at BYU-Idaho introduced him to the field of food science, which Hause felt had better hours for family life. Plus the ability to work with food while incorporating Hause’s interest in science was a perfect fit.

Hause graduated this past December with his bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

“I like the fact that I can learn things about something that I use and eat every single day, as well as the fact that one day, when I get into my career, I can look on a shelf in a grocery store and say ‘I created that. That’s mine and I have my handprint on how it was made,’” Hause said.

Supporting his family

In addition to working toward his degree as a full-time student, Hause also is supporting his wife, Aasha, their 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. To make ends meet, Hause has worked stocking shelves at Walmart, making doughnuts at a local bakery, and he also took a semester off from U of I to work at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

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Giving High Schoolers a Competitive Edge

North Idaho’s high-tech industry is swelling, with startup companies and Silicon Valley offshoots opening in the region in droves. It’s an exciting transformation for the state’s panhandle, which has traditionally relied on the natural resources industry and tourism to fuel its economy.

But for Idaho’s tech industry to thrive, it needs a skilled workforce.

The University of Idaho is leading an effort to engage those potential workers earlier than ever, with a new computer programming course for high school students statewide.

As an added benefit, those students will receive college credit for the course without forking over a penny in tuition.

The Course

CS 112: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving was designed in 2014 for U of I computer science majors in the College of Engineering, while also providing basic programming knowledge to interested non-majors.

Computer science faculty decided the entry-level course was also a good fit for high school students, and in 2015, faculty members led a training at U of I Coeur d’Alene on how to teach the dual-credit course.

Among the participants in the class was Nanette Brothers, a Sandpoint High School math teacher. After going through the U of I Computer Science Department’s certification process, she enticed 11 Sandpoint students to enroll in the class.

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Cruising the Baltic Sea

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable five-country, seven-night Baltic Sea cruise.

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Looking for other Vandalized travel opportunities?
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Alumnus Sam Michener Earns Spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Bobsled Team

From Track to Ice

Sam Michener came to bobsled in adulthood. The life-changing tip came while Michener was wrapping up his undergraduate years at the University of Idaho. He was running track—he was a standout sprinter—and thinking about where to go for medical school.

One day an athletics department staffer pulled Michener aside.

"Trin, my sports psychologist was like, 'This is an opportunity for you. Have you thought about maybe pursuing bobsled?'" Michener said.

That was in the spring of 2012. The man making the suggestion was Greg Sun, a former Winter Olympian in two-man bobsled from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Hence the nickname "Trin."

"It looked like he wanted to talk to me for some time. He was just waiting for the right moment,” Michener said. “My time was pretty filled with school and track. I'm not wanting to hear about something like bobsled. I don't even know what bobsled is at the time."

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Looking for a new career? Need help revising your resume?
Alumni of the University of Idaho have lifetime access to the UI Office of Career Services, wherever you are in your career.

Check out these job opportunities:


Seed Production Manager
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News Producer
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Planning and Zoning Director
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Looking for jobs at UI? Visit the UI job board here >>

Mark Your Calendar!

Vandal Ski Day at Brundage Mountain
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018


Bundle up and join University of Idaho alumni and friends in McCall for Vandal Ski Day at Brundage Mountain!

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Golden I Reunion
April 4-5, 2018


Come home to campus at the University of Idaho and receive your commemorative Golden I pin marking your 50+ years since graduation.

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Latah County Silver & Gold Celebration
April 5, 2018


Please join us for an evening honoring UIAA award recipients.

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Upcoming Alumni Events


Jan. 19 –  Reconnect with Vandals Happy Hour, Washington, DC
Jan. 20 –  Vandal Night at the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane, WA
Jan. 20 –  Vandal Men's Basketball vs NAU Vandal Meet-Up and Pregame Celebration, Flagstaff, AZ
Jan. 23 –  Reconnect with Vandal Happy Hour, New York, NY
Feb. 1 –  Men's Basketball Pregame Social, Portland, OR
Feb. 3 –  Men's Basketball Pregame Social, Sacramento, CA
Feb. 6 –  Vandal Networking Night, Moscow, ID
Feb. 7 –  U of I Spring Career Fair, Moscow, ID
Feb. 8 –  Ada County Silver & Gold Celebration, Boise, ID
Feb. 16 –  Vandal Ski Day Kick-Off Event, McCall, ID
Feb. 17 –  Vandal Ski Day, McCall, ID

View more events on the alumni calendar.

The Value of Water

CALS student looks for answers to irrigation issue

The management and use of water in agriculture has always been of interest to Madison Moore. Growing up on a dryland wheat farm in the Horse Heaven Hills near Prosser, Washington, she has seen first-hand how important access to water is for agricultural production. So, it’s no surprise that water became the focus of Moore’s master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

A diverse region

The average annual rainfall for Prosser is just nine inches per year, compared to an average of 38 inches for the entire state. Prosser is located in Benton County, which contributes over $900 million to Washington State’s $9 billion agriculture sales each year, according to Washington State University Extension, making it a vital region for Washington State’s agriculture economy.

“My dad claims it’s the driest place in the world to grow wheat,” Moore said. “I grew up in an area that is really diverse. There are tree fruit and row crops and dryland, and it’s in close proximity so you can see the spread of difference between crops and how it really depends on water.”

Logic and theory

Moore earned a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from WSU in 2016. At first, she didn’t have any plans to pursue a graduate degree in economics but a research project her junior year changed that.

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Great news Vandals, you can now stream the movie Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down The White House online (or look for it in rental locations near you). Mark Felt was 1935 U of I grad who went on to become the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate cover-up.

Watch Online

Read the full story on Mark Felt as featured in the 2005 edition of Here We Have Idaho Magazine.

New Office Addresses Research Needs

With a focus on providing the best customer service to the researchers of the University of Idaho, the Office of Research and Economic Development has added new key players.

Jeremy Tamsen and Jana Jones, in the Office of Technology, Innovation and Economic Development (TIED), will enhance and build strategic partnership connecting UI resources, expertise and assets to companies and communities.

TIED is tasked with promoting scholarly, research and creative activities around the state. These efforts are essential to fulfilling the research, outreach and engagement elements of Ul's mission.

Learn More >>
The Vandal Vibe is catching on. Palouse Juice, a new business in Moscow, has crafted a healthy and tasty treat (with a great name, we would like to point out) for all to enjoy. 

Joe Knows...

Seventh Annual Idaho Bach Festival to Debut Performance on Rare Five-String Cello

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U of I Study: Climate Models Predict Almond Harvest Expansion to Oregon

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Tom Mueller: From Idaho Logger To Space Explorer

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U of I Alumna Julie Van Matre Honored as the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year

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

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Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Phone: (208) 885-6154

Fax: (208) 885-6975

Email: alumni@uidaho.edu

Directions

Physical Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 240 Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4030

Fax: (208) 364-4035

Directions