McClellan Re-Elected to NCEt Board
Kristin McClellan, a marketing projects specialist at the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority in Nevada was re-elected to the board of directors for NCEt, a non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore businesses and technology. McClellan is a 2006 graduate in communication studies and psychology.
Jodie Marie Fisher Writes Bilingual Book
Fisher (’09 music education: vocal and Spanish) recently published two bilingual children’s books inspired by her time in Costa Rica. Learn more.
Alumna Creates New 4-H Program in Rural Canyon County
Liliana Vega, a 2017 alumna majoring in Spanish, international studies and political science, helped local youth in the Caldwell School District by starting a 4-H program for the most rural of students. Learn more.
From Entrepreneur to Mayor
2001 general studies alumnus Shelby Rognstad speaks to the Lewiston Tribune about his path to becoming mayor of Sandpoint, Idaho. Read more.
Martin L. Peterson Named 2018 Silver and Gold Recipient
Marty Peterson, a 1968 Radio-Television alumnus, was named a recipient of the University of Idaho's 2018 Silver and Gold Award! This award recognizes Marty's record of achievement and service to U of I. Marty served as an assistant to seven presidents at U of I over 21 years and is currently a member of the School of Journalism and Mass Media, University of Idaho Advisory Board. He is a well-known Hemingway scholar who has co-authored three books, including "Idaho Wilderness Considered," the 2017 book of the year by the Idaho Library Association.
Samantha Devoe-Stott Joins Latah Realty
Samantha Devoe-Stott, a 2005 alumna in public communication, has joined Latah Realty in Moscow, Idaho. Devoe-Stott and her husband Spencer (also a 2005 alumnus in public communication) are currently the owners of Stott Brothers Construction, working on everything from remodel projects to building new, custom homes.
Wallace, Idaho’s Proud History of Prostitution
Philosophy and English alumna Heather Branstetter, who works as the executive director of the Historic Wallace Preservation Society, has published a new nonfiction book titled, “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” Learn more in the Inland360.
Rokyta Takes Reins at the Daily News
Devin Rokyta (2007, journalism) was named managing editor of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Read more.
Adams Publishing Group Names Quast Regional Publisher
Travis Quast, a 1996 alumnus in public communication and advertising, was named regional president and publisher of the Adams Publishing Group. The group runs the Post Register, Idaho State Journal, Upper Valley Standard Journal and Teton Valley News. Read more.
Alumni Firefighter Climbs for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Sidney Boardman (international studies, 2017) joined thousands of other firefighters on Sunday, March 11 for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Boardman was joined by four other firefighters representing the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department and three form the Pullman Fire Department. The firefighters dressed in their full gear and climbed 69 flights of stairs (approximately 1,356 steps) to raise money for the organization.
Alumna Releases New Book
“Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir” by Courtney Kersten (MFA Creative Writing, 2016) will be available for purchase on April 10, 2018. Kersten’s memoir relates tales from her Midwestern homeland, and her struggle with the loss of her dying mother. More information from the publisher, UW Press.
Music Alumni Win IMEA Awards
At the 2018 Idaho Music Educator Association Conference in February, two U of I music alumni were presented with awards. Tyler (T.J.) Eriksen (Bachelor of Music in 2005, Master of Music in 2007) was presented with the Idaho Music Educator of the Year Award and Gary Pawelko (Bachelor of Music in 2015) was presented with the Idaho Outstanding Young Music Educator of the Year Award.
Portland Radio Host Set to Retire
Robert McBride (1979, music: composition), an on-air personality for All Classical Portland (KQAC-FM), is set to retire after hosting the show for the past 17 years. Read more.
Wisconsin-Based English Alum Helps Find Books for Reading Groups
Mary Morgan, a 2011 alumni with a MFA in Creative Writing, own the Madison, Wisconsin based business Reading Group Choices, which publishes an annual list of books for reading groups and compiles discussion questions. Read more.
Alum Returns to Inland Northwest in “The Sound of Music”
CLASS alum Isaac Ryckeghem (2017, psychology) returned to the Inland Northwest on Thursday, Feb. 15 for the national tour of "The Sound of Music." Read more.
Lauer Named Pendleton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Megan Lauer (2011, French, Modern Language-Business, English), previously the membership coordinator at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce in Oregon, has been named the interim executive director of the organization. Read more.
Boettcher Joins Toad&Co as Vice President of Product and Merchandising
Congratulations to Kyle Boettcher, CLASS alumnus (2004) who was just hired by Toad&Co as their vice president of product and merchandising. After graduating from the University of Idaho with degrees in Spanish and marketing, Kyle worked for Macy's and has spent the last 11 years at Abercrombie & Fitch. Learn more.
Making History Relevant on the Palouse
Timothy Mace ’11 uses his degree in anthropology to lead the Appaloosa Horse Museum in Moscow. Read more.