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Our Stories

Rich and Sharon Allen and Jeff and Kris StoddardThe Allens and The Stoddards | Alumni

Rich and Sharon Allen and Jeff and Kris Stoddard have not only generously given of their treasure to support UI, but have also dedicated their time serving as co-chairs of the 7.5 year Inspiring Futures University of Idaho campaign. View Video and More

Stephen and Samantha Parrott at an alumni gala.Stephen and Samantha Parrott | Alumni

Stephen and Samantha Parrot say their time at Idaho not only prepared them academically, but inspired their future as a couple and members of the Vandal family. View Video and More

Jerry KramerJerry Kramer | Alumnus

UI football legend Jerry Kramer says his time here helped set a foundation for his future success, including his 10-year NFL career. View Video and More

	Lawrence WasdenLawrence Wasden | Donor

The Lawrence G. Wasden Scholars Program will include a student scholarship and support for the education of law students interested in legal and policy dimensions of public health issues arising from tobacco and substance abuse. Read More

Maxx Forde Scholarship University of Idaho AthleticsMaxx Forde | Student

Scholarship support helps Vandal football leader and senior business major Maxx Forde make an impact on the field … and in the classroom. View Video and More

Frederick Olmos | StudentFrederick Olmos | Student

A first-generation college student originally from Mexico, Fredy Olmos is reaching for his dreams at UI. Read More

Chelsea Butler | StudentChelsea Butler | Student

Chelsea Butler revived UI’s Black Student Union, learning along the way where and who she wants to be. Read More

Israel Hernandez | StudentIsrael Hernandez | Student

A participant at the Native American Student Center, Israel Hernandez has found shared interests and new possibilities. Read More

howard hughes medical institute- girl testing waterHoward Hughes Medical Institute | Donors

A $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute bolsters undergraduate research at UI. Read More

Judy Runstad Our StoriesJudy Runstad | Alumna & Donor

A lawyer with a lifelong commitment to community service, Judy Runstad's Vandal career inspired her to "make things happen in the world." View Video and More

Fred Barlow Micron Technology Foundation | Donors

With a $1 million gift, the Micron Technology Foundation creates an endowed professorship in microelectronics in the UI College of Engineering. Read More

DECEO J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation | Donors

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s $3 million grant funds the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning, leading the way in implementing classroom technology. Read More

John Herrington John Herrington | Student

Former NASA astronaut John Herrington discovers the transformative power of educational leadership. View Video and More

John Clayton John Clayton | Staff

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival artistic director John Clayton discusses the student impact of this annual celebration. View Video and More

Gary Michael Gary Michael | Alumnus

From working on his uncle’s ranch in Montana, to an education at U-Idaho and success in business and leadership at his alma mater, Gary Michael’s support helped transform the Boise Water Center. View Video and More

Lee Spencer Lee Spencer | Student

First-year medical student Lee Spenser, from Grangeville, looks forward to a career in rural medicine after completing the highly regarded WWAMI program through U-Idaho. Read More

Dean Welch holding picture of all his scholarship recipients

Dean Welch | Paying it Forward

Welch '50 is the founder of the College of Business and Economics largest scholarship endowment. Read More

Tom Reveley

Tom Reveley | Donor

The advice of a supervisor steered Tom Reveley to the University of Idaho and a 1959 forestry degree. Reveley supports future generations of students across an array of programs. View Video and More

Thank you

Student Thank You Video

University of Idaho students thank those who support, inspire and make their futures possible through philanthropic gifts to scholarships, programs, facilities and faculty support. View Video


Roy Bowman | Alumnus

Roy Bowman is a University of Idaho alumus who feels that giving back to future generations is more important than making lots of money. Read more

Purdy FamilyNick and Sharon Purdy | Land Donors

The Purdy family, born and raised in Idaho, use their land wealth to enhance the ag program at the University of Idaho. Read more

Zenner Our StoriesRuss and Kathy Zenner | Donors

The Zenners donated 1,000 bushels of wheat to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, generating over $7,000 for research. View Video and more

Matt and Lori Espe StoriesMatt and Lori Espe | Alumni

Matt and Lori Espe, donors to the College of Business and Economics, support their belief in the future of Idaho thru annual donations to the University of Idaho. Read more

Terry GriebTerry Grieb | Faculty

The Barker Capital Management and Trading Program at U-Idaho's College of Business and Economics was created by a gift from alumnus Rotchy Barker, '61, and program director, Terry Grieb. View Video

Bud FordBud and June Ford | Donor

Longtime supporters of the Vandal Athletics programs, Bud and June Ford, are inspired to help the University and its future, including the Kibbie renovation project. view video

Kristin and Bob LarsenKirstin and Bob Larson | Alumni

A unique student-centered residential campus, as well as student leadership opportunities, prepared alumni Bob and Kirstin Larson for their business careers at Microsoft and beyond. view video

David GieseDavid Giese | Faculty

David Giese, retiring art professor with the College of Art and Architecture, is known for his unique artistry in sculpting and collaging and for helping to bring the Mardi Gras celebration to Moscow.   more

Tom PrewittTom Prewitt | Alumnus

After serving in the Army, Prewitt returned to school working towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife resources. He chose the University of Idaho because of its wildlife program.   more

Lou EdwardsLou Edwards | Faculty

“This department has a lot of rich history, at least it’s rich to me,” says Louis “Lou” Edwards as he gazes reminiscently at the conference-room wall that displays the black and white portraits.   more

Mickey GunterMickey Gunter | Faculty

As a first-generation college graduate, to earning international notoriety as a mineralogy professor with a mineral that bears his name, Mickey Gunter knows the rewards of hard work.  view video

Tom and Teita ReveleyTom and Teita Reveley | Alumni

Longtime U-Idaho supporters and alumni, Tom, ’59, and Teita, HON, Reveley of Bainbridge Island, Wash., have been attending, and supporting the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.  view video

Stephen and Samantha ParrotStephen and Samantha Parrott | Alumni

Stephen and Samantha Parrott’s experience with the University Library is still very fresh in their minds, and now they are out making their marks on the world.  more

Anthony S. DavisU-Idaho's First Endowed Chair

Seattle philanthropists Tom Alberg and Judi Beck's $3.3 million gift will support the university's first fully funded endowed chair – Anthony S. Davis.  more

Stacie CampStacey Camp | Faculty

U-Idaho is a world-class research institute with internationally-renowned faculty, says sociology and anthropology faculty member Stacey Camp.  view video

Jessica AldecoaJessica Aldecoa | Alumna

College of Engineering 2012 alumna, Jessica Aldecoa says U-Idaho provided her several opportunities to pursue her passion and career goal to work in the aerospace industry.  view video

Donor Thank You VideoStudent Thank You Video

University of Idaho students thank those who support, inspire and make their futures possible through philanthropic gifts to scholarships, programs, facilities and faculty support.  view video

President and Ruthie NellisPresident and Ruthie Nellis

President and Ruthie Nellis share how they are inspired by the students, faculty and staff at the University of Idaho and the value of its land-grant mission.  view video

Jency SundararajanJency Sundararajan | Student

Teaching and research assistantships have helped Jency Sundararajan stay at the leading edge of one of the world’s most amazing fields of study: nanotechnology.  more

MOSS Earns Albertson AwardMOSS Earns Albertson Award

The University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is one of six recipients of the ID21 Awards from the J.A. & K. Albertson Foundation for 2012.  more

Inspiring FuturesInspiring Futures Celebration Videos

Watch the campaign week highlights video, see the U-Idaho alma
mater multi-media show
, or view the campaign celebration gala in
its entirety

Justin HoughamJustin Hougham | Faculty

Faculty member Justin Hougham, from the College of Education, describes why STEM education is so vital to the success of our future generation.  view video

Wayne and Peggy ThiessenWayne and Peggy Thiessen | Alumni

Wayne and Peggy Thiessen met and fell in love back in their Idaho 4-H and University of Idaho days and have committed more than $1 million in donations to the University.  view video and more

Phil SoulenPhil Soulen | Alumnus

Sheep rancher Phil Soulen speaks movingly on the importance of supporting University of Idaho students in their quest for an education—and an inspiring future.  view the video

John LawrenceJohn Lawrence | Faculty

College of Business and Economics Professor John Lawrence discusses the academic engagement of students and faculty, as well as the impact the University has on the futures of U-Idaho students.   view the video

Jocelyn HelblingJocelyne Helbling | Student

Virtual Technology & Design student Jocelyne Helbling says her future and career opportunities were made possible through the help of others.   view the video

Mike MahoneyMike Mahoney | Honorary Alumnus | Donor

2011 President’s Medallion Award recipient and donor, J. Michael Mahoney supports scholarships because they are a gift that “keeps on giving” to future generations of Idaho students.   view the video

Opening VideoInspiring Futures Celebration Opening Video

Watch the opening video from the University of Idaho's Inspiring Futures kickoff celebration - featuring students, alumni, faculty, and donors.   view the video

John AndersonJohn Anderson | Faculty | Alumnus

As an assistant professor in Virtual Technology & Design with the College of Art & Architecture, John Anderson, ’98, dwells in the realm of possibility.   view the video

Mark Cecchini-Beaver Mark Cecchini-Beaver | Student

CNR and Law student, Mark Cecchini-Beaver is inspired by the opportunities and experience he is gaining as a concurrent Masters and JD candidate here at U-Idaho.   view the video

Ashley VincentAshley Vincent | Student

National Merit Scholar Ashley Vincent had her pick of schools on the East Coast and California, including Stanford University. She chose to attend the University Idaho.   view the video and more

Inspiring Futures Event HighlightsEvents Highlight Video

The University of Idaho celebrated the public phase of the state’s largest campaign in history – $161.8 million of $225 million goal raised to date.  view the video

Aleks SchoenAleks Schoen | Student

Wrapping up the second of a three-year MFA program, native New Yorker Aleks Schoen appreciates the rural quietude surrounding the University of Idaho.  more

Rachel PriceRachel Price | Student

Rachel Price functions as a portfolio analyst – trading real funds – in the Barker Capital Management Group’s Bulls and Bears Trading room in the J.A. Albertson Building.  view video and more

MeshriDayal Meshri | Alumnus

When he was 11, Dayal Meshri and his family were among the 25 million people displaced when British India broke into the separate countries of India and Pakistan in 1947.  more

JanetJanet Schaumburg | Alumna

“When I realized I was going into engineering, I wanted to find a school that could raise the bar for me, really challenge me and help me develop into a thinker.  more

Josh FairbankJosh Fairbank | Student

Josh Fairbank began his freshman year as a business major, but quickly realized pursuing that path wasn’t right for him. He looked into Virtual Technology and Design.  more

Kim BarnesKim Barnes | Faculty

“I grew up in the logging camps of north central Idaho, along the feeding streams of the Clearwater River, much of the time without electricity or running water,” recalls Kim Barnes.  view the video and more

David McIlroyDavid McIlroy | Faculty

As a young man growing up near the beach in Southern California, David McIlroy was a self-described “surf-grommet.” After school, he amused himself by conducting little, “crazy experiments” ...  view the video and more