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We Vandals are pretty fond of our time at the University of Idaho. It's not uncommon to think our college years were some of the best of our lives — maybe the best in UI's 125 years
When it comes to our most successful years in athletic history, some may think of Idaho football's first All-American Jerry Kramer
in the 1950s, maybe Don Monson's
1982 Hall of Fame basketball team
, Pat Dobratz’s
1984 record-setting basketball team
, or the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl
win against Bowling Green.
But this year should not be overlooked! Our WAC Conference championships earned Idaho the WAC Commissioner's Cup
, awarded to the highest performing school in 19 championships. Idaho participated in 15.
From 1985 to 1992, Idaho took home seven conference champ trophies. Just this year, we took home eight.
What years do you think we were the best in Vandal athletics history? Cast your opinions online
. Your answer could be featured in a Vandal Nation
story on the Web.
Steven C. Johnson ’71
Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Upcoming Vandal Events
June 19 - IF Reception with President Staben |
June 19 - Vandal Night at Triple Play in CDA |
June 19 - Ada County Thirsty Thursday |
June 19 - Thirsty Thursday in Denver, Colorado |
June 20 - Idaho Falls Senior Send-off |
June 21 - Idaho Falls VSF Golf Tournament |
June 21 - Twin Falls Senior Send-off |
June 24 - Grads of the Last Decade Potluck in Moscow |
June 26 - Boise Senior Send-off |
June 27 - Canyon County VSF Golf Tournament |
June 28 - Vandal Day with the Boise Hawks |
Save the Date: Vandal Scholarship Fund is hosting a Silver & Gold Alumni Gathering July 18 in American Falls, Idaho. Enjoy a golf tournament, barbecue and scholarship auction. Learn more »
View more events near you on the complete alumni calendar.
Dig Starts at One of Boise’s Oldest Buildings
University of Idaho professor and archaeologist Mark Warner is leading a team of students and community volunteers in an excavation near one of the oldest buildings in Boise this week. The “surgeon’s quarters” building was one of the first buildings constructed as part of Fort Boise.
Originally called "Camp Boise", the fort was founded on July 4, 1863, to protect emigrants and miners who were traveling through the area on their way to Oregon. Building 4, which is the focus of Warner's excavation, was constructed during the initial site development that occurred in the first year after the camp was founded.
2014 Athletic Hall of Fame
The 2014 UI Department of Athletics Hall of Fame class includes Bob and Jan Cowan, Jake Scott, Russ Winger, Jackie Ross, Sherrie Crang, the 1966-73 men’s tennis teams, and the 1937-41 cross country teams.
An induction ceremony and banquet will be held Sept. 12 at the Best Western Plus University Inn.
The class also will be recognized at the Hall of Fame football game when the Vandals take on Western Michigan Sept. 13.
How did you spend your Vandal Summers?
Like many students, Ed Townsend’s summer breaks from the University of Idaho involved closing textbooks and opening the search for part-time work.
Odd jobs presented themselves fairly readily in the Moscow area. One summer the 1962 dairy science graduate worked with a hiring agency — and no offer was turned down.
Townsend unloaded 15-foot spools of power line cable from box cars for three days straight, he swept an old grain elevator near Rosauers top to bottom and worked at a chicken hatchery near Mountain View Road sweeping coops.
His wife Barbara accepted a job at a pizza parlor on the spot. After asking if they had any openings, Townsend said she was given an apron and asked to work immediately.
The Townsend’s situation is familiar for many UI alumni. How did you spend your Vandal summers? Send photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll post them on Facebook!
Vandal Scholarship Fund Needs You!
Last year, 153 student-athletes earned WAC All-Academic awards — a school record. The average student-athlete team GPA? 3.06
That success in the classroom — as well as on the field — is made possible thanks to the Vandal Scholarship Fund. Three days left to join. Learn how you can help student-athletes!
LinkedIn and Leading
The name Yvette Yzaguirre ’13 has crossed the desks of every single minor league team in the U.S. — Yzaguirre made sure of it.
The 2013 graduate’s internship application strategy was simple: Be flexible and contact everyone. So, after finishing homework one day, she started Googling team names.
Yzaguirre is an avid LinkedIn user, and is connected with alumni channels to stay up-to-date on career advice, alumni successes and more.
UI Seeks Ironman Volunteers in CDA
UI is gearing up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2014 on June 29.
The university is a proud sponsor, and we are in need of 50 volunteers on race day to help at the Vandal Hydration Station at Higgens Point. Volunteers are needed to hand out water to athletes as they ride by.
There are two shifts to choose from: 6:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
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