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This week, members of the Alumni Association will flock to the Moscow campus alongside friends and family of the class of 2014!
About 1,715 students statewide are eligible for graduation, and ceremonies in Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls have already been held.
Saturday's ceremony in Moscow will be a festive opportunity for the association, founded in 1898 to support alumni and connect them with their alma mater and the 100,000 living Vandals worldwide.
Along with honoring this year's graduates, we'll recognize the efforts of past alumni including Linda Copple Trout ’73 and ’77, of Boise, Idaho; Philip B. Soulen ’53, of Weiser, Idaho; and Mary Kay McFadden ’80, of Needham, Mass.
Their successes have earned them a spot in the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Nominations for this honor are accepted each year. The association board of directors chooses recipients based on national or international distinction for accomplishments and leadership.
Know a Vandal worthy of recognition? Learn how you can submit a nomination for one of the various award categories available before the Aug. 1 deadline!
Annie Averitt '00
President | Director - West Region
University of Idaho Alumni Association
May 15 - UI Retirees Association Spring Arboretum Tour |
May 15 - Thirsty Thursday in Denver, Colorado |
May 17 - University of Idaho Moscow Commencement |
May 17 - Hayden Lake Country Club Vandal Scramble Presented by VSF |
May 19 - Reception with President Staben in Seattle |
May 26 - Memorial Day
May 29 - Idaho Grads of the Last Decade Thirsty Thursday in Moscow |
May 30 - Vandals in the Sun presented by Vandal Scholarship Fund in Sun Valley, Idaho |
Save the Date: Mark your calendars for the Silver & Gold Celebration honoring
Jim Faucher '67 in Coeur d'Alene June 5.
View more events near you on the complete alumni calendar.
Vandal Snaps in History
University of Idaho Moscow spring commencement ceremonies have been held in many locations across campus over the years - packing the Administration Auditorium, Memorial Gym and Kibbie Dome through history.
This year's commencement speaker is Louise McClure '50, wife of the late Idaho Sen. James A. McClure. McClure was a member of the Vandaleers and Delta Delta Delta sorority. She has served on the University of Idaho Foundation, the College of Law Advisory Board and countless volunteer hours with other organizations.
Many successful figures have taken the podium during commencement, including Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, Hollywood producer Jim Lemley and 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos.
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Vandal Hybrid Racing Takes National Title
An interdisciplinary team of students and graduate mentors including Mostafa Asfoor '14, Matt Kologi '13, Rory Lilley '13, Amos Bartlow '14 and Artemio Ambriz '14 are part of the
Vandal Formula Hybrid Racing Team.
The team recently claimed the No. 1 spot in the 2014 national Formula Hybrid Competition!
Teams were judged on presentation, design, acceleration, endurance and more.
Then and Now: Mary Hall Niccolls Building
Former home economics building undergoes first major renovation since 1970s
Betty Sawyer ’72, ’77 remembers a lot about her years on the University of Idaho campus.
Including exactly where she was seated in the Administration Auditorium when her husband John first winked at her. The fact that she wasn’t allowed to wear slacks on campus until one particularly harsh winter.
She also can recall taking in several episodes of an up-and-coming educational tool known as "Sesame Street" – despite the fact that Cookie Monster advocated for unhealthy sweets.
Sawyer majored in home economics. She did not major in how to be a mother and wife, a chef, scientist or nutritionist – those responsibilities presented themselves down the road.
“At the time, everyone thought we were just going to be moms and be at home,” Sawyer said. “People just hardly ever realize the rigor and amount of science that we had to have.”
While other classmates had to trek across campus, Sawyer had a short walk from Hays Hall to her classroom hub in the Home Economics Building – known today as the Mary Hall Niccolls Building.
JAMM Earns First-Time National Accreditation
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) on May 2 voted to accredit the School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho.
The council’s unanimous decision marks the first time that a journalism and mass communication program in Idaho has been accredited by ACEJMC, which evaluates professional journalism and mass communications programs at colleges and universities.
“We are pleased that the council recognizes the commitment to excellence by the faculty and students of our School of Journalism and Mass Media,” said Katherine Aiken, UI interim provost and executive vice president. “The school made great strides to prepare for the rigorous review that preceded the vote.”
Kings of Their Ring
Its tenure was short-lived, but Vandal boxing holds deep roots in UI’s history
An estimated 5,000-plus came out for the bouts and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.
From the 1930s on, the ringside view at Memorial Gym was just as intimate as the birds-eye view from the second deck, where fans gazed almost directly down on the canvas floor that Idaho’s leather-pushers trod for more than 20 years.
The atmosphere was second to none. So was the boxing.
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