“Once you know what needs to be done, it’s time to do it.”

Margaret Ritchie

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (208) 885-6681
Fax: (208) 885-6654

Mailing Address:
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331


College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
phone: (208) 334-2999
toll free: (866) 264-7384
fax: (208) 364-4035


Coeur d'Alene

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277
phone: (208) 667-2588
toll free: (888) 208-2268
fax: (208) 664-1272



Idaho Falls

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
fax: (208) 282-7929



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Niccolls Renovation Project

Give to the Campaign for Niccolls Renovation.

At the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, some things will never change: our accomplished, caring, and nationally respected faculty and our bright, creative, and high-achieving students. For more than a century, our graduates have embarked on a multitude of rewarding endeavors with singular preparation. Taught by exceptional faculty, they have contributed exceptionally to the fields they have pursued.

Other things must change. Today’s apparel and textiles industry, for example, is almost entirely global. Apparel designers in one nation work for customers in a second nation who have their garments manufactured in a third nation and finished in a fourth. Many of today’s meals are prepared in large quantities and consumed in cafeterias, restaurants, and assisted-living settings that must meet increasingly rigorous standards. And, for at least a few hours a day, many of today’s young children build essential skills in high-quality early care and educational programs away from home.

Our dearly loved Niccolls Building, dedicated in 1953, no longer best serves our students and their prospective employers. Altogether, $5 million in crucial renovations and enhancements are needed if we are to continue to provide a first-rate education, retain superior faculty and students, and reap governmental and private research funding in the 21st century.

The project includes:

  • Remodeling the Foods Laboratory
  • Refurbishing the Child Development Laboratory
  • Globally connecting the Clothing & Textiles Laboratory
  • Faculty enhancements

Other building enhancements will include:
  • State-of-the-art multimedia equipment and 21st century seating, lighting, windows, acoustics, flooring, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation.
  • At least one “high-performance” classroom with compressed video communications to deliver education to students at other locations and to receive instruction from educators at other sites.
  • Minor masonry restoration of building exterior.

Learn More About Giving:

The Campaign for Niccolls Renovation depends on monetary gifts from our alumni and friends. For information about making a gift toward Niccolls Renovation, please contact:

John Foltz, Dean
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(208) 885-6681

Jen Root, Director of Development
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(208) 885-4087