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Moscow Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Moscow
Physical location:
1106 Blake Ave.
Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232
Moscow, ID 83844-3232
(208) 885-6154
(208) 885-6975 (fax)
E-mail: alumni@uidaho.edu
Website: www.uidaho.edu/alumni

Boise Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Boise
322 E. Front Street, Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 364-4030
(208) 364-4084 (fax)

Then and Now - History Across Campus

With nearly 125 years rooted in the rustic Moscow, Idaho, community, there is an abundance of history on the University of Idaho campus. More than 95,000 alumni have passed through its halls, creating lasting memories along the way.

Here you will find stories showcasing campus landmarks, featuring memories from the Vandals that lived them. These features are also part of the alumni newsletter, the Vandal Vibe.

  

Kibbie Dome
Kibbie ASUI Activity Center: 1971-present
It touts a 4.1-acre roof. Each truss holding it up weighs 23 tons. And the 400-foot arched clear span earned it a national architectural achievement award.
Campus icons are plentiful at the University of Idaho – but none are quite as prominent or well known as the Kibbie ASUI Activity Center.
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Willis Sweet
Willis Sweet Hall: 1936-1980s
When Richard Johnston came to the University of Idaho in 1950, there were four men to every woman on campus, and only one of those men owned a car. Having a set of wheels didn’t ensure your Friday night date, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
“I used to say, there’s only a girl for every guy with a car … and I don’t have a car,” he said.
Add his 192 housemates, and competition got steeper. Johnston lived in campus’ then largest all-male dormitory - Willis Sweet Hall.
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Marching Band
Forever the Sound of Idaho: Vandal Marching Band since 1903
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could keep Robert Spevacek’s Vandal Marching Band off the field.
In 1963, when Idaho took on the University of Washington, the team used giant snowballs to mark the hidden yard lines to stay in form. Or in the 1980s, at a high school marching contest in Spokane, Wash. - there was an inch of rain on the field, but that didn’t keep the auxiliary team from doing splits as part of its act.
There was little that wasn’t worth sacrificing in Spevacek’s years of directing the Vandal Marching Band from 1968 to 1978. This mantra hasn’t changed, as the 200-person fleet continues to be a staple at university events today.
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Gamma Phi Beta
Going Greek Since 1901: Campus' first national sorority and fraternity
Senior Kelsey Matthews comes from a family of Vandals - her father was a Sigma Nu, mother and grandma were Delta Gammas, and her aunt and cousin were Gamma Phis. Even before high school graduation, Matthews' future was clear.
“If I was going to go Greek,” she said, “I was going to Idaho.”
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Memorial Gym
Memorial Gym: 1928-present
In 1956, when Weldon Wood ’60 wasn’t cleaning out the whirlpools in the University of Idaho football training rooms or refereeing intramural games, he was wrapping the ankles of future Vandal NFL success stories.
Assisting soon-to-be Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer and Detroit Lions linebacker Wayne Walker was all in a day’s work for the basketball recruit.
Most of Wood’s job kept him busy at Memorial Gymnasium. Built in 1928, the multi-purpose indoor arena was campus’ ornate hub for sporting events, commencement, class registration and a host of other activities.
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Theophilus Tower
Theophilus Tower: 1969-present
The Theophilus Tower, named after University of Idaho President Emeritus Donald R. Theophilus, is home to 416 students each year.
When its construction was completed in 1969, the 12-story building was among the tallest buildings in the Northwest.
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SUB
Student Union Building: 1936 to present

During his five-year stay at the University of Idaho, Richard Stiles ’65 said he spent most of his time in the “living room” of campus – the Student Union Building.

Between acting as vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, SUB building committee manager and SUB program manager, along with pursuing his master's in education, Stiles said he rarely had reason to leave his college home away from home.

“It just felt comfortable there, and continued to get so,” he said. “It was a time of innocence, and I would do it all again.”
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Wallace Residence Center
Wallace Residence Center: 1963-present

With two large study rooms and a central bunk-bed sleeping area, there was a lot of space in the University of Idaho Wallace Residence Center’s original layout for students to exercise their inner interior decorator.

Sure, students could sleep in the center room – or they could do what Eric Eldenburg ’75 did in 1973 and drag the mattresses out, cover the room in black-light posters and crank the stereo.
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Administration Building
Administration Building: 1889-1907-present

Walking into her father’s office was like walking through a time warp. From iron railings, concrete columns, the smell of linseed oil and creaks of wooden floors into ultra-modern times.

The new carpet and wood paneling was super chic in 1965 when Katharine Washington became a frequenter of the University of Idaho Administration Building.
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Hays Hall
Hays Hall: 1927-present

A lot has changed over the years in the University of Idaho's Gertrude L. Hays Hall dormitory.

Now home to the Office of Alumni Relations, Creative Services & Print Management, and Navy ROTC, the building was first built in 1926 as a women's dormitory - home to about 125 Vandals a year.
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