The University of Idaho made all the difference for my family. My parents, from Wallace, Idaho, were the first in their families to graduate from college. They worked their way through school, earning their degrees here during the Great Depression. For them, the University of Idaho was the gateway to opportunity. Today, my brother Howard and I owe them everything -- and they, in turn, were deeply grateful throughout their lives to the University of Idaho.
Our great university has been doing this for students and their families since 1889. Many of those families have reciprocated by giving back. For example, my wife Karen (also a Vandal) and I have been proud donors for many years to funds that include student scholarships named for my parents. Nothing pleases us more than the letters of appreciation we receive from students advancing along their own pathways to opportunity.
In 2014, the University of Idaho will mark 125 years of inspiring individual futures that have shaped our state, region, nation and world. At this juncture in the 21st Century, it’s time to reconfirm our commitment to future generations. In doing so, we can move our university – Idaho’s national land grant, founding, comprehensive, and constitutionally recognized university! -- from great to exceptional. That’s the aim of our capital campaign: Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho.
Our goal of $225 million will help us expand opportunities for students and enhance our contributions to America’s progress in science, research, business, law, medicine, the arts, and other vital disciplines.
- Students who might never make it to college will not only come, but will graduate with 21st Century skills thanks to scholarship funds.
- They’ll benefit from the world-class faculty and staff that we’ll be better able to hire and retain.
- All will benefit from enrichment of our best programs and co-curricular activities.
- Teaching, learning, and research will improve through the building of 21st century classrooms, laboratories, and related facilities.
The importance of your participation in our campaign cannot be understated. Every holder of a University of Idaho degree, every Vandal family member, and every friend of the university is critically important. We need your help. Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho provides the fuel for our continuing ascent as one of America’s great public universities.
I’m proud to be investing in the future of this remarkable institution and in the future of our people. I encourage you to become an investor, too. Believe me, nothing will make you feel better.