Temperatures are low, but holiday cheer is high - especially for the 925 eligible students gearing up for 2013 Fall Commencement. A total of 969 degrees will be conferred to students as they venture into the world alongside alumnus Michael Kirk.
Kirk '71 graduated with a journalism degree and has earned distinction as an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is one of the creators of the popular PBS documentary series “Frontline.” He will be presented with an honorary Ph.D.
The college from which Kirk graduated, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, just announced its new dean Andrew Kersten. Kersten will take the reins of the University of Idaho's largest academic division June 29. The college's past dean of seven years, Katherine Aiken, stepped down to accept her current leadership position as interim provost and executive vice president.
Kersten comes to the University of Idaho from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was the associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. His proven record of scholarship, teaching and engagement will be an asset to the college and its 4,100 students.
Steven C. Johnson ’71
Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Dec. 11 - Ace of Diamonds by Ana Overgaard '13 - Free showing in Moscow |
Dec. 11 - Holiday Dinner at the Davenport in Spokane |
Dec. 11-15 - UI Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" in Moscow |
Dec. 13 - Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert in Moscow |
Dec. 13 - Ace of Diamonds by Ana Overgaard '13 - Showing in Boise |
Dec. 13 - Alumni Awards for Excellence presentation dinner in Moscow |
Dec. 17 - Holiday Dinner with the Vandaleers in Moscow |
Dec. 20 - Idaho Men's Basketball vs. Idaho State Vandal Rally in Boise |
Save the Date!
UI to kickoff yearlong historical celebration Jan. 22 in Boise
The University of Idaho was founded in 1889 to fulfill the land-grant university mission: opening the doors of higher education to the citizens of Idaho. Since then, the University of Idaho has grown into one of the nation's top research institutions, becoming an engine for educational innovation and economic growth.
Today, the university is home to nearly 12,000 students and more than 2,400 faculty and staff. Never forgetting its roots and traditions, Idaho’s only national research university continues to help generations of students create better futures for themselves and the world.
Throughout 125 years of groundbreaking work in fields ranging from agriculture and forestry to the social sciences, STEM education and law, we've not only changed lives, we've inspired futures.
With Memory in Mind
UI graduate's documentary on two-time U.S. memory champion showing in Moscow, Boise
The rise of social media has revamped the holiday season. A home-cooked meal can't be enjoyed if there isn't a photo taken of it first, and online posts replaying the day’s events are uploaded faster than the speed of conversation.
For Ana Overgaard ’13, it’s as if people have forgotten to remember - to really think about moments and how they are stored emotionally.
The University of Idaho broadcast and digital media graduate’s latest project is an attempt to help people rediscover their memory-sensory capabilities. For the past two years, she’s traversed the mind of Nelson Dellis, a two-time U.S. memory champion.
Overgaard’s completed work, "Ace of Diamonds," a 30-minute documentary on the memory consultant and avid mountain climber will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the University of Idaho Administration Auditorium. Admission is free. A second showing will be 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise. Cost is $10, and proceeds benefit Alzheimer's research.
ROTC Cadet Named One of Nation's Finest
Senior Tyler Smotherman ranked No. 2 by U.S. Army Cadet Command
It’s tough to catch University of Idaho’s Tyler Smotherman off guard. The senior and ROTC cadet is so connected that he usually has a pretty good idea of what’s on the horizon. However, when he found out he’d been named the No. 2 Army ROTC cadet in the U.S., he admits he was blindsided. In a good way.
"I received a congratulatory text from a fellow Army cadet at The Citadel, who I’d met in my platoon at Leadership Development and Assessment Course, or LDAC, over the summer. He told me he saw my name listed in an article on the Army's website. I looked it up myself and then started getting calls and emails from several people congratulating me.”
The U.S. Army Cadet Command annually ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation in an “Order of Merit List.” The top 20 percent earn the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. Students are rated on their cumulative GPA, physical fitness, and leadership performance during college AROTC training and during the LDAC. Smotherman was ranked second out of 5,478 cadets nationwide.
Joe Vandal Goes to China
Joe traveled to South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, along with UI delegates. UI representatives were there to strengthen university ties with its Asian partner in the Confucius Institute.
Learn more about the Confucius Institute
Because Fans Rock
Need a holiday gift idea for your favorite Vandal? Fan Rocks! Add an eye-catching piece of Vandal Pride to your collection and help fund student scholarships. Use the promo code "Go Idaho" at checkout and receive $5 off your purchase.
Flying Vandal Pride High
The University of Idaho Alumni Association has partnered with the university to purchase outdoor advertising space in the Boise and Twin Falls areas. Have you seen these billboards yet?
Joe Knows ... the Holidays are for Giving
During the holidays, it's not the size of a gift that counts, it's the contribution itself. Thanks to gracious donations from our alumni and friends, the University of Idaho is well on its way to reaching its campaign goals to expand student opportunities and enhance contributions to overall progress in science, research and the arts. As always, donations to the University of Idaho are tax-deductible.
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