Celebrate October 12-19!
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Join fellow Vandals in sharing the 125th anniversary
of the University of Idaho. Add to our history as we celebrate Once Upon a Homecoming Oct. 12-19.
Departmental Decorating Contest
Students, faculty, staff and friends, don't be surprised if you see a little more silver and gold on campus Homecoming week. All UI departments are invited to participate in this year's decorating contest.
Judging begins Tuesday, Oct. 14 between 9 and 11 a.m. Winners are announced Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the faculty/staff alumni luncheon and online. Winning departments will receive giftcards to the VandalStore. Apply to Participate »
Have an ode to Idaho? Don't keep those tunes to yourself. Entries are being accepted for the Vandal Jingle contest. Teams of two will present their jingles at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Student Union Building Ballroom.
Applications are being accepted for parade float entries for this year's Homecoming celebration. The traditional parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 downtown Moscow. Submit a Float Entry »
Grand Marshal: Bruce Pitman '75, '90
The reasons new students flock to the University of Idaho each year are vast and ever-changing. The same can be said for visitors to Bruce Pitman’s office – where the door has been open for more than 40 years.
Known for giving his home phone number to parents during new student orientation, Pitman’s leadership and influence as dean of students and vice provost of student affairs is far-reaching.
In addition to his day-to-day duties of overseeing living communities on campus, the counseling and testing center, career services and more, he makes time for lesser-known activities that have a big impact on a student’s experience.
Pitman met his wife Kathryn in his hometown of Indiana, while finishing his undergraduate degree in counseling at Purdue University. He originally set out to become a high school counselor, eventually leaning toward a career in higher education.
“I was energized and challenged by the work that could be done on a college campus,” he said.
Working with the international fraternity Phi Gamma Delta, Pitman and Kathryn spent two years visiting campuses around the nation, always keeping an eye out for a place they could both further their education.
They visited 118 campuses before picking the University of Idaho campus in 1973, where Pitman began working as Greek adviser. The young couple considered their Moscow residency temporary.
“We wanted to have a Western adventure for two to three years,” he said. “That’s what we told our parents.”
Two years passed quickly, and the Pitmans soon claimed Moscow as their home. In 1975, Pitman earned his master’s in guidance and counseling. In 1981, he accepted the position of dean of students. He received his doctorate in education in 1990, and in 2005, he added vice provost of student affairs to his title.
Bruce Pitman Retirement Celebration
The University of Idaho campus and community are invited to honor Pitman's achievements at his retirement celebration
Friday, Oct. 17
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Program will begin at 6 p.m.
Celebration will be located in the Sprinturf tent on the east end of Kibbie Dome. Enjoy hosted hors d'oeuvres with one beverage. A no-host bar will be available. RSVP online by Oct. 13.
The Idaho Vandals will take on New Mexico State in the Kibbie Dome 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.
A block will be available in early August for Golden I Reunion
attendees through the UI Kibbie Dome Ticket Office. Purchase tickets by calling (208) 885-6466.
The event will be followed by a free, post-game celebration at the Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road
Get complete Vandal football information, including schedule, pregame info, tickets, watch parties and more online