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Library Celebrates 60th Birthday

Posted Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:44:00 -0700

Congratulations to the University of Idaho Library on celebrating its 60th birthday. The library opened its doors in its current location on Oct. 23, 1957, with a formal dedication on Nov. 2 that included dignitaries such as then-Idaho Gov. Robert Smylie.
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Kudos to CNR for Centennial Celebration

Posted Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:21:00 -0700

Kudos to the staff and faculty who recently celebrated the College of Natural Resources Centennial! Your weekend was a huge success and you all deserve to celebrate! Congratulations!
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Vaughn Receives Association of Teacher Educators Award for Research

Posted Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Associate Professor of Literacy Margaret Vaughn of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has won the Association of Teacher Educators 2018 Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award. Vaughn was recognized for her co-authorship of the manuscript titled “The Development of Teachers’ Vision from Preservice into their First Years Teaching: A Longitudinal Study,” published in Teaching and Teacher Education. She will be attending the awards ceremony in Las Vegas this February.
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CNR Graduate Students Attend NSF Summit in Montana

Posted Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0700

The College of Graduate Studies is sending four College of Natural Resources graduate students to the 2017 National Science Foundation Pacific Northwest Circle of Success: Mentoring Opportunities in STEM (PNW-COSMOS) Alliance Summit being held this week in Bozeman, Montana. The theme of the summit is "Collaborations across Our Communities."
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Winners and Leaders so far for Homecoming 2017

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:52:00 -0700

Thank you to everyone who decorated their offices for 2017 Homecoming! UI saw a record 22 offices participate! Overall, the College of Business & Economics Advising Suite took the top prize for small offices and the Department of Student Involvement won for large offices. Read more

LHSOM Receives National Recognition

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:04:00 -0700

Congratulations to the Lionel Hampton School of Music, which was named one of the 2018 Best Music Schools in the nation and one of only TWO listed in the Pacific Northwest by In Tune Monthly.
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Norma Valdivia Joins Office of Equity & Diversity, Tribal Relations

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:54:00 -0700

The Office of Equity & Diversity and the Office of Tribal Relations welcomes Norma Valdivia as its new management assistant. Norma Valdivia was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at 14 years old. She graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2017 with a B.A. in international studies and Spanish. She is very excited for this position because she will be able to assist and represent different programs within our UI community. During her free time she enjoys exercising, talking to her family and friends, and loves practicing other languages and assisting non-English speakers with translation. Send her your welcomes at

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Viviana Gonzalez Named Program Coordinator at OMA

Posted Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:51:00 -0700

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is pleased to introduce Alejandra Viviana González as its new program coordinator. Viviana is an Idaho native and a University of Idaho alumna. She graduated with a B.A. in political science and international and Latin American studies. Viviana is very involved in diversity initiatives and programs that create a welcoming and safe space to all students. In her free time, Viviana loves to visit her family, do service learning projects, and travel. She also enjoys dancing and attending cultural and educational events. Send her your welcomes at

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Design Selected for UI Gateway Mural

Posted Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:23:00 -0700

More than 400 people voted to select a design and the results are in for the UI Gateway Murals project "Engaging the Community." Congratulations to Danielle Capelli and Darci Deaton for answering a call for public art that represents STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Education and Design). Their mural selections were among four finalists voted on last week.
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Bob Hails Joins UI as Director for Distance and Extended Education Initiatives

Posted Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:54:00 -0700

The Division of Strategic Enrollment Management is pleased to announce that Bob Hails has joined the University of Idaho as the new director for Distance and Extended Education Initiatives. Bob's first day was Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Read more

UI Senior Wins First Place at Virology Association Meeting

Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:52:00 -0700

University of Idaho senior Emily Kizer was voted first place by attendees at the the 17th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Virology Association the weekend of Sept. 23 in a poster presentation session with undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the nation. Kizer’s winning poster was similar to the work she presented at the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) conference in early August. At that event she also won first place as an INBRE Fellow. Read more

UI Alumni Relations Leader Has New Title

Posted Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:21:00 -0700

University Advancement and Alumni Relations are pleased to announce a job title change for Kathy Barnard. Barnard's new title is assistant vice president, Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications. This new title more accurately reflects the scope of Barnard's responsibilities and is a salary-neutral change.
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Kudos to Liliana Vega, UI Extension Southwest

Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:02:00 -0700

Kudos to Liliana Vega, 4-H Extension educator and associate professor at the University of Idaho Extension – Southern District (Ada/Canyon counties). She received the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's "Sembrador del Futuro" award for 2017 (Planting Seeds for a Better Future) in recognition for the work she does with youth in the Treasure Valley, the difference she's making in the community by helping shape tomorrow's leaders and for her activism within the Latino community.
The chamber also specifically recognizes her program at Farmway Village (Caldwell Housing Authority) and the students at that site.

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Lysa Salsbury Elected Co-Chair of Women's Centers Committee for National Women's Studies Association

Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0700

The National Women's Studies Association has named Lysa Salsbury, director of the University of Idaho Women's Center, as the incoming chair of record for the NWSA Women's Centers Committee. The Women's Centers Committee (WCC) advances the vital role that women's and gender equity centers play in the field of women's, gender and sexuality studies. The Women's Centers Committee supports the scholarship and best practices of women's centers across the nation, including developing research, documenting resources, building networks and alliances, and designing projects that support women's centers.
Salsbury has been a member of NWSA since 2006, and served as the WCC pre-conference co-chair in 2009 and 2010. Her two-year term as WCC co-chair will begin in November 2017. She will work in partnership with Lisa Logan, Women's Studies center manager at Eastern Washington University, to cultivate new opportunities and direction for women's center professionals, and identify productive solutions for the growth and advancement of women's center concerns within NWSA. Read more

Jesse Martinez Receives Zerelda Quintana Award

Posted Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:29:00 -0700

Congratulations to Jesse Martinez, director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, who received the Zerelda Quintana Person of the Year Award Friday from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs to mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. The award goes to those who have made a positive impact with the Hispanic community. Martinez was recognized for helping build the Idaho Hispanic Youth Summit and for rising from being a student in the College Assistance Migrant Program to become the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Martinez received the award Friday at the Idaho Capitol in Boise.
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A Splash of Thanks for UI Facilities

Posted Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:23:00 -0700

The UI Swim Center pool opens Monday, Sept. 18, and we thank the UI Facilities team for their four-month project stewardship in getting us there. The entire university appreciates your hard work, especially that of Architectural and Engineering Services (AES) Project Manager Daryle R. Faircloth who managed the $1 million pool restoration project for the university. Read more

UI Faculty Contribute to Wildfire Research Report

Posted Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:19:00 -0700

University of Idaho faculty made major contributions to a National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering and Medicine report, released in early September, titled "A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management." Department of Geography Associate Professor John Abatzoglou was one of four experts chosen to review the proceedings prior to publication and College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Travis Paveglio's research on community variation in relationships and response to wildland fire was featured in the report. Read more

Eric Billings Named Director of Annual Giving

Posted Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:57:00 -0700

University Advancement is pleased to announce that Eric Billings is the University of Idaho's new director of Annual Giving, effective Sept. 25. Billings currently serves as a major gifts officer in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and is a proud alumnus of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. In his new role, Billings will lead the university's Annual Giving program, which raises private support through phone, mail and online efforts. Congratulations, Eric!
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UI Extension Farm to Summer Program a Success

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0700

This summer, University of Idaho Extension helped launch a pilot Farm to Summer Program led by the Idaho Department of Agriculture's Idaho Preferred Program, in collaboration with Food Producers of Idaho, with many sponsors and supporters. Extension officers helped several Treasure Valley summer feeding programs procure local produce for a special "all Idaho lunch" and paired the meal with an educational presentation and activity delivered by UI undergraduate students Carly Weaver, UI Extension intern, and Clayton King, food producers intern. Students also received a gift bag with coupons, promotional materials and fresh produce to take home. The program reached students in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Marsing, Homedale and Payette.
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Assistive Technology Project Staff Presented at International Conference

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:34:00 -0700

Brenda Janot was invited in July to present her themed paper at The Research Network International Conference on Learning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. Read more

Caisley's Play "Happy" Premieres in Mexico City

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:33:00 -0700

Theatre professor Robert Caisley's comedy "Happy," is currently enjoying its Spanish-language premiere at Teatro Milan in Mexico City. The play runs through December. "Happy" was also recently translated into Italian.
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UI Employees Give Over $2.2 Million

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:50:00 -0700

Thanks to our many generous donors, in FY2017, the University of Idaho had a record fundraising year, bringing in more than $38.7 million in pledges and gifts. UI Advancement staff would like to say a special “thank you” to UI employees. More than 600 employees contributed $2,275,305 to support UI scholarships and programs. We couldn’t do this without your generous support and commitment to our students and university.

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UI Library Associate Professor Elected President of Pacific Northwest Library Association

Posted Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:02:00 -0700

Rick Stoddart, associate professor and education librarian at the University of Idaho, was elected president of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) earlier this month.

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UI Cybersecurity Expert to Speak at IBR Breakfast Series

Posted Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:46:00 -0700

As part of its breakfast series, the Idaho Business Review will take a look at what is being done to ensure the safety of online information in Idaho companies. The Oct. 10 event in Boise will feature a panel of experts, including Karen Thurston, director of the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene's Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center. Thurston will discuss existing threats and anticipated ones. The breakfast is fro 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at The Grove Hotel in Boise.

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UI Library Associate Dean and Alum Ben Hunter Named Librarian of the Year

Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:00:00 -0700

Ben Hunter, associate dean of University Libraries at the University of Idaho, has been named the 2017 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Librarian of the Year. The annual award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made significant contributions to their library and communities. Read more

Children's Center Receives Accreditation Renewal

Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0700

Congratulations to Debbie Huffman, Megan Dixon and the rest of the staff at the University Children's Center for successfully completing the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs site visit and receiving a five-year renewal of our accreditation for the program. Well done!
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UI Faculty Member Signs New Food Guide in Spokane Aug. 30

Posted Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:57:00 -0700

The first and only detailed food guide for making brain-nourishing dietary choices, "The Alzheimer's Prevention Food Guide" will show you how to eat for total brain health and help prevent Alzheimer's before it starts. Authors Sue Linja, R.D.N., L.D., and UI Associated Professor SeAnne Safaii-Waite, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., will be signing the book from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednedsay, Aug. 30, at the Spokane Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave.
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Thank You Note to Plumbing Shop

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:47:00 -0700

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Plumbing Shop for their efforts to repair our plumbing in the basement of the College of Natural Resources. They did a great job of working through the problem with us, and their positive attitudes and attention to detail were excellent. They kept us informed every step of the way and got us back up and running as quickly as possible. Their service is greatly appreciated!
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Liz Brandt Appointed Secretary of the Faculty

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:11:00 -0700

The Office of the President is pleased to announce that Liz Brandt has been appointed to the position of Secretary of the Faculty, effective Aug. 13, 2017.
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Congratulations to Law Professors Wendy Couture and Richard Seamon

Posted Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:49:00 -0700

The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the Allan G. Shepard Professorship and the Margaret Wilson Schimke Distinguished Professorship.
Professor Wendy Couture is the Alan G. Shepard Professor of Law. The Allan G. Shepard Professorship is supported by the Allan Shepard Endowment, which was funded largely by the Estate of Muriel Kirk under administration of Donna Shepard (Justice Shepard's surviving spouse). The endowment supports a professorship for "at least one academic year."
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UI Creative Writing Professor’s Book to Launch on Aug. 24

Posted Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0700

Poet and writer Michael McGriff, assistant professor of creative writing, in the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, will celebrate his latest collection of poems, “Early Hour,” during a reading and book unveiling at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main Street, Moscow. Read more

Strive for Five Challenge Winners

Posted Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:14:00 -0700

Congratulations to those who participated in the Strive for Five Challenge sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho. We had 18 total participants. Lisa Jones and Stacey Anderson were weekly winners and received $50 Visa gift cards. Stay tuned for the next Blue Cross of Idaho Wellness Challenge: Walktober Challenge, Oct. 3-31, 2017. More details to come!

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UI Media and Law Professors Update Media Law Book for Idaho

Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0700

Idaho media law has changed significantly since 2003, which is why a collection of University of Idaho professors re-wrote the book on it. Read more

Roheim named Senior Associate Dean in CALS

Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:33:00 -0700

Cathy A. Roheim has accepted a new position as Senior Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), effective Aug. 14, 2017.
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UI-WSU Team takes Fourth Place in Dairy Products Contest

Posted Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:04:00 -0700

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A team of students from the University of Idaho and Washington State University took fourth place in the New Product Competition at this year's Idaho Milk Processing Association (IMPA) conference Aug. 10-11 in Sun Valley.
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Kudos for a Fantastic Campus Visit

Posted Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0700

I just want to let you know how impressed we were by our visit to U of Idaho. Until our visit to the campus, the university was almost an unknown to us. Since our visit, however, your institution has quickly jumped to the top of Julia's list. (I have a second daughter who is only one year behind her: to be honest, we all felt the same way about the campus.) Read more

Seven Students Win Awards at Statewide Biomedical Research Conference

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:00 -0700

During the 2017 Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Research Conference in August, seven University of Idaho students took home prestigious awards for their presentations on their summer research in the INBRE program. The conference brought together upward of 220 students, faculty, and staff from 11 institutions of higher education in Idaho. This included 125 undergraduates, who competed in three categories.
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Kudos for a Fantastic UI Welcome

Posted Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:27:00 -0700

Below is an email recently received by the Dean of Students: We are dropping off our daughter today and I have a few observations and some instant feedback. First impressions are lasting and here are mine: We have older children who have attended university so we have some relevant background to make the following observations. U of I communicates extremely well with parents and students. The amount of email borders on spam, but in a good way. It's been a running joke in our house all summer "What, no VandalMail today"? Read more

New English Faculty Named a PEN Center Finalist

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:54:00 -0700

Brian Blanchfield, a newly hired assistant professor in the Department of English, was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN Center USA Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for his book, "Proxies." The winner will be announced in September at the 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival.
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Lawrence Named Associate Dean of CLASS

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:10:00 -0700

Torrey Lawrence, professor of music at the University of Idaho, has been named associate dean for undergraduate studies and faculty affairs in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Lawrence, who has served as the director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music since 2013, began his new role on Aug. 14.
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New Leadership in Three CLASS Units

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:08:00 -0700

Effective Aug. 14, two departments and one school in the University of Idaho's College of Letters, Arts and Social Studies have new leaders at the helm. Read more

Eric Matson, Financial Technician, Student Benefits, Health, and Wellness

Posted Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:41:00 -0700

Eric Matson is so helpful for all our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint ... all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more

Bennett Receives Funding for LGBTQ Oral History Project

Posted Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Denise Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media was awarded $3,500 by the Idaho Humanities Council to help fund a multimedia project examining the experiences and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the state of Idaho. Through the production of a documentary film about the life of Steven Nelson and his murder on April 29, 2016 and through oral history videos collected from members of Idaho's LGBTQ community throughout the state, this project seeks to preserve history, and examine social, cultural, political and legal issues in Idaho. Bennett also received a $1,000 grant from the Latah Community Foundation for the oral history aspects of this project as related to Latah County and funding from the CDIL – a partnership between the UI Library and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Mark Warner Releases New Book

Posted Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Mark Warner, professor of anthropology and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has released a new book titled "Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens." Warner wrote and co-edited the book with Margaret "Margie" Purser of Sonoma State University.

"It is the first broad synthesis of historical archaeologists exploring the histories of the West through archaeology," Warner said. "As Westerners, Margie and I recognized a need for this volume because historical archaeology has typically focused much more extensively on life in the East; we were overdue to have a volume that tries to pull together some of the major themes associated with settling the West." Read more

Retirement Celebration for Vanessa Dobbins

Posted Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:46:00 -0700

Vanessa Dobbins will be retiring from the College of Natural Resources at the end of July after nearly 28 years of service. Join us in wishing her well at a retirement reception from 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 21, on the second-floor landing in the CNR building.
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Russell Meeuf Releases Two New Books

Posted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:35:00 -0700

Russell Meeuf, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, published two new books this spring on popular culture and film history.
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Rodney Frey Releases New Book

Posted Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:29:00 -0700

Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has published a new book titled "Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey into Native Oral Tradition" with WSU Press. Read more

Reception for Jill Kellogg-Serna, Director of Education Abroad, June 23

Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:33:00 -0700

Please join International Programs in honoring Jill Kellogg-Serna, director of Education Abroad, and her 16 years of service to the University of Idaho. Please stop by the International Programs Office on Friday, June 23 between 2:30 and 4 p.m. to see Jill and wish her well in her new adventure. Light refreshments will be provided.
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UI Streets Emblematic of Vandal Pride

Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:44:00 -0700

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) enforcement and maintenance personnel are installing 12-foot-wide UI emblems on campus streets this summer, adding to our campus' already inviting sense of place. Funded by central administration, the eight thermal plastic emblems are each comprised of 32 individual "puzzle pieces" that must be melted to the asphalt with a propane torch. The heavy duty material is expected to endure four years of constant traffic, snow plowing and weather before needing replacement. After a week of grinding away the last vestiges of the previous, smaller, emblems and installing the new ones, five out of nine are in place. The remaining four, including one destined for downtown Moscow, will be installed after summer roadwork is completed.
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Eric Matson, Financial Technician, Idaho Commons and Bruce M. Pitman Center

Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Eric Matson is so helpful for our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint...all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more

Retirement Reception for Cheri Cole

Posted Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:57:00 -0700

Please, join the College of Graduate Studies for a reception to thank Cheri Cole for her years of dedicated service to the University of Idaho and the College of Graduate Studies. A retirement reception will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 26,. in the IRIC Atrium. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Priscilla Wegars Receives Statewide Award

Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:34:00 -0700

Priscialla Wegars, affiliate assistant professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and volunteer curator of the Asian American Comparative Collection, has been named one of 12 recipients of this year's Idaho State Historical Society's Esto Perpetua Award. Read more

History Professor Rick Spence Releases Fifth Book

Posted Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:27:00 -0700

History Professor Richard "Rick" Spence's fifth book, "Wall Street and the Russian Revolution: 1905-1925" has been released by publisher TrineDay.
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CALS Summer of Science Team, CALS

Posted Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700

The CALS Summer of Science booth at the Farmer's Market was amazing! My child LOVED being able to see and touch so many bugs. What a great idea amd engagement opportunity. Well done! Read more

Charles Tibbals Named 2017 Friend of Martin Award Recipient

Posted Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:22:00 -0700

Charles Tibbals, associate director of student services for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, is the recipient of the university's 2017 Friend of Martin Award. This honor recognizes a UI staff or faculty member who has distinguished themselves via the depth and quality of their service to the students, staff and faculty of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies. Read more

UI Library-CDIL Summer Fellows Complete Week of Digital Immersion and Learning

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:28:00 -0700

The UI Library’s Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) hosted its first cohort of Summer Fellows during the last week of May. The fellows were Matthew Fox-Amato (History), Denise Bennett (Journalism and Mass Media), Kristine Levan (Sociology and Anthropology), and Adam Sowards (History). They spent an intensive week investigating the tools, techniques and theories informing contemporary digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy and discussing the challenges and opportunities digital scholarship offers their teaching and research.
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Foster Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Work with Genetic Programming

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:18:00 -0700

James Foster, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Science, has earned a lifetime achievement award from an international academic society for his contributions to evolutionary computing in Europe.

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Kristine Levan Wins Olson Fellowship

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:20:00 -0700

Kristine Levan, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was awarded the 2017-18 Olsson Fellowship. Levan's research project titled "Community Relations with Law Enforcement through the Lens of Media Exposure" explores how media informs the public's opinions of law enforcement agencies through their representations in television, documentaries, films, social media and newspapers.
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Kudos: Justin Ross and Derrick Zimmerman

Posted Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:51:00 -0700

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Justin Ross & Derrick Zimmerman from Facilities.They professionally installed a window and window tint for the Office of Public Safety & Security. They provided service over and above what was originally requested. Thank you to both of these gentlemen for their exceptional service. Read more

J.D. Wulfhorst to lead UI Environmental Science Program

Posted Wed, 31 May 2017 15:21:00 -0700

The College of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that J.D. Wulfhorst, Ph.D., has accepted the position of director of Environmental Science in the College of Natural Resources, effective June 4. J.D. is currently a professor of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and has been adjunct faculty in the Environmental Science Program since 2000 when he joined UI. His long-term focus on interdisciplinary studies, as well as his expertise in the areas of environmental science, sociology and natural resources make him an excellent fit for this position.
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Dean Panttaja Honored By American University in Cairo

Posted Thu, 25 May 2017 11:12:00 -0700

Theatre Professor Dean Panttaja was honored with the "Thoron Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Performing and Visual Arts" at AUC The American University in Cairo, where he spent the spring semester teaching stagecraft and design courses. While there, Panttaja designed the scenery and lights for their large spring production, "Spring Awakening" by Frank Wederkind.
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STAR Award presented to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Posted Thu, 18 May 2017 08:16:00 -0700

Every quarter the Moscow Chamber of Commerce awards the STAR Award to a group that brings tourism to the Palouse. This quarter's Supporting Tourism and Recreation (STAR) Award goes to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Aaron Mayhugh is the Jazz Festival manager and will be accepting the award for hosting the 50th anniversary of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. Read more

Savannah Tranchell and the 'Here We Have Idaho' Team - UCM

Posted Wed, 17 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700

The most recent issue of Here We Have Idaho magazine is beautiful and packed full of fascinating information about UI's space-related research and education projects.... Read more

UI Retired Faculty Member Richard Keenan given USAC Emeritus Faculty Status

Posted Mon, 15 May 2017 09:46:00 -0700

At the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) 2017 Annual Board Meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil, USAC granted Emeritus Faculty status to Richard Keenan, a retired University of Idaho faculty member and chair of the former Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. The honor cited Keenan's belief in the importance of foreign language study and education abroad in providing transformational learning experiences for students. USAC is composed of 33 US member universities and 48 international partner institutions. More than 4000 students participate in USAC programs each year. UI has been a member of USAC since 1992. Read more

Calvin Annis, Larry Cann and Peter Haworth - Facilities

Posted Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:00 -0700

It is not news that Calvin Annis and Larry Cann are exemplary in all aspects of their Team Cleaning duties; their positive how-can-we-help mindset, their thorough work with attention to detail, and their ever-friendly attitude truly makes them an integral part of the UI staff:faculty team here in the AgSci Bldg... Read more

College of Natural Resources Fills Two Leadership Positions

Posted Mon, 08 May 2017 10:39:00 -0700

The College of Natural Resources recently announced the hiring of two individuals for leadership positions within the college:
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Vandals Win Big at Idaho Press Club Awards

Posted Mon, 08 May 2017 10:21:00 -0700

University of Idaho students, employees and alumni were well-represented at the 2016 Idaho Press Club awards in Boise on Saturday, May 6.
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Michael Placke, ResNet Operations Supervisor - Auxiliary Services

Posted Sat, 06 May 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Software specific to my position was running overly slow on my computer. ResNet offered to have me over in their office to work off one of their speedier computers on a faster network. When I got there we realized my software wasn't installed on their computer. Before Michael could even set his coffee down for the day, he came over and starting helping me. Read more

UI Faculty and Staff selected for USAC programs

Posted Fri, 05 May 2017 15:47:00 -0700

Congratulations to all University of Idaho faculty and staff who have been selected to participate on University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs. Read more

Doug Schumacher, Maintenance Craftsperson - Housing and Residence Life

Posted Thu, 04 May 2017 11:30:00 -0700

Doug is our go-to handy man at the University Apartments. He has been extremely helpful with small repairs, installing new shelves and appliances and making sure we are living comfortably since we moved in last June. He takes great pride in his work and is always quick to respond to maintenance requests. He considers the residents of the University Apartment community to be his guests and works efficiently and with care to make sure his guests are safe and happy. Read more

Bonnie Whismore, Administrative Assistant - Independent Study in Idaho

Posted Wed, 03 May 2017 09:00:00 -0700

Bonnie has done a fantastic job implementing our Marketplace/UStore and updating our process documentation. Read more

Karla Scharbach, Graphic Design Specialist - Creative Services & Print Management

Posted Wed, 03 May 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Shout out to Karla for designing and illustrating the super fun lunch boxes that were given away at the Staff Awards Ceremony! Your talent never ceases to amaze. They turned out fantastic! Read more

Zachary Lien Selected as 2017 Rangel Scholar

Posted Mon, 01 May 2017 08:49:00 -0700

Zachary Lien, a junior Honors student in international studies and political science in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was one of 15 students selected from institutions throughout the U.S. to participate in the Rangel Undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program. The program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy during a six-week summer program at Howard University.

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Christine Moffitt Retirement Celebration May 5

Posted Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:27:00 -0700

Please join the College of Natural Resources from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, on the second floor landing of the College of Natural Resources to celebrate Christine Moffitt's 37 years of service at the University of Idaho. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more

CLASS Advisor Named "Best in Region"

Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:34:00 -0700

"Interactive Discovery: The Art of Uncovering True Potential" a presentation by Shawna Bertlin, advising specialist in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, was voted "Best of Region" at the NACADA Region 8 Conference. As the top session, Bertlin will present at NACADA's annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri in October and will host a more intensive preconference session at the 2018 regional event. Read more

College of Law's LL.M. Program Recognized in National Jurist

Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:22:00 -0700

The University of Idaho College of Law's LL.M. program received an A+ as a Best Value, the highest grade awarded by National Jurist magazine. National Jurist also awarded the program an A as a Best Law School Experience for international students.

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Announcing the Leo Ames Art Scholarship Endowment

Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:06:00 -0700

The Leo Ames Art Scholarship Endowment was established by Julia Ames in dedication to her father, longtime University of Idaho employee Leo Ames, in memory of his work and passion for the arts. It supports students in the College of Art and Architecture, specifically those in the Master of Fine Arts Studio Art program.
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Jan Johnson Receives Beatrice Medicine Award

Posted Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:32:00 -0700

Jan Johnson, clinical assistant professor in the Department of English, has been named the recipient of this year's Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Academic Essay for her article titled "'We Were All at Wounded Knee': The Engaged Resistance of Folk and Rock in the Red Power Era." The piece appeared in her 2016 co-edited book "Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop." The Beatrice Medicine Award is awarded annually and decided by the Studies in American Indian Literature editors. It will be presented to Johnson at the Native American Literature Symposium. Read more

Blot Magazine Wins Society of Professional Journalism Award

Posted Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:13:00 -0700

Blot, UI's student-run magazine, was awarded a first-place distinction from Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards.
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CLASS Congratulates Faculty for Promotion & Tenure

Posted Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:54:00 -0700

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences would like to congratulate Leonard Garrison (Music) and Carol Padgham-Albrecht (Music), who were promoted to the rank of professor beginning in FY18, Juliet Carlisle (Politics & Philosophy), Lori Celaya (Modern Languages & Cultures), Joseph De Angelis (Sociology & Anthropology), Roger McVey (Music) and Russell Meeuf (Journalism & Mass Media) were all promoted to associate professor with tenure. Kudos to all of you. Read more

Jo Ellen Force Retirement Reception May 3

Posted Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:21:00 -0700

Jo Ellen Force is retiring after starting her career at UI in 1979 as one of three women working in the Forest Resources Department. She has led the way for women in forestry education, serving as Department Head for more than 15 years.
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Andy Hardway, Equipment Repair/Supply Assist Department - University Facilities

Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:00 -0700

Andy met me and Mary Ellen Brewick to unlock buildings for a recruiting event walk through on Easter Sunday evening. Big thanks to him for driving in from Juliaetta! Read more

Ryan Watson, Asst. Campus Events Manager - University Support Services

Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:00 -0700

Ryan did an amazing job coordinating set up for events for a tour this week for international agents visiting campus. Read more

Jill Donnelly Joins CLASS in Coeur d'Alene

Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:10:00 -0700

Jill Donnelly has been hired as the new advising and recruitment specialist for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the Harbor Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in child, family and consumer sciences and is thrilled to be working for her alma mater. Donnelly is passionate about education and has spent most of her career as an educator and family advocate.

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Professor Stephen R. Drown Retirement Reception

Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:06:00 -0700

Stephen R. Drown, professor and program head of Landscape Architecture with the College of Art and Architecture, is retiring after 23 years of service to University of Idaho. Drown practiced extensively prior to coming to Idaho, winning national and international awards for his landscape architecture work. To celebrate his retirement and thank him for his contribution to UI, a farewell reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. May 5, 2017, at the Prichard Art Gallery in Moscow. Please RSVP online by April 21.
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Moscow Businesswoman, Alum Named UI 'Mom of the Year'

Posted Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:13:00 -0700

The University of Idaho's Student Alumni Relations Board (SArb) is pleased to announce that Mirinda Davis has been named the Mom of the Year for 2017. A 1993 graduate of the College of Business and Economics (CBE), Davis is the mother of UI senior Brittnay and junior Danica, who are both studying accounting in CBE. Read more

College of Law Congratulates Faculty for Awards, Tenure

Posted Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:11:00 -0700

The College of Law would like to congratulate a few of its faculty. Congratulations to Professor Wendy Couture on her promotion to professor of law, and to Associate Professors David Pimental and Sarah Haan on being granted tenure. We would like to also congratulate Professor Annemarie Bridy on her selection to receive the University Mid-Career Faculty Award. This award was established in 2012 to acknowledge faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding scholarship, teaching and engagement.

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Tara Roberts, Science Writer - Office of Research & Economic Development

Posted Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Tara Roberts oversees the Vandals in Focus project, now in its second year. She took the lead on this new publication focusing on undergraduate student research, including hiring and managing the student staff, seeking story ideas, editing the stories and seeing it through production and printing. Read more

Sleight Smith Receives Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship

Posted Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:18:00 -0700

Sleight Smith, a junior in chemistry in the College of Science, was one of 307 students nationwide named as Honorable Mention for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program. The program recognizes outstanding students in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

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Debbie Moos Retirement Reception May 11

Posted Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:22:00 -0700

Debbie Moos is retiring after over 30 years of service to the University of Idaho. Debbie has won the College of Business and Economics Outstanding Staff award, The College of Business and Economics Advisor of the Year award, the University of Idaho Staff Advising Excellence Award and the National Academic Advising Association Advisor of the Year award. Please join us in celebrating her hard work and dedication to the University of Idaho and the College of Business and Economics as we wish her well on her new adventures. Debbie's retirement reception will be 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the J. A. Albertson building first floor foyer.

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Mark Brooker, Electric Shop Supervisor and the UI Building Trades Electric Shop

Posted Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Congratulations to Mark Brooker and the UI Building Trades Electrical Shop for the professional work they performed to prepare the new Microscopy Center in the IRIC Building to receive the new, high value imaging equipment. Read more

Dale Goble Retirement Reception April 18

Posted Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:43:00 -0700

Dale Goble, University Distinguished Professor and the Margaret Wilson Schimke Distinguished Professor of Law, is retiring at the end of this semester after 35 years at UI College of Law. Read more

Bakhtian Named CAES Director

Posted Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:42:00 -0700

Mark Peters, Idaho National Laboratory director, announced Tuesday, April 4, the appointment of Noël Bakhtian as director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) effective May 15, 2017. Bakhtian has most recently served as senior policy advisor for environment and energy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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Retirement Celebration for Jon Miller, Professor of Economics

Posted Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:55:00 -0700

Jon Miller, professor of economics with the College of Business & Economics, is retiring after 28 years of faculty service for UI. Miller joined UI from the University of Utah in 1989, serving as chair of the Department of Economics during his first four years here. To celebrate his retirement and thank him for his contribution to the CBE, a farewell reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. May 5, 2017, at Rants & Raves Brewery in Moscow.

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Karla Blanco Joins Faculty in UI Counseling and Testing Center

Posted Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:53:00 -0700

The UI Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) is pleased to announce that Karla Blanco will be joining the faculty at the CTC during the 2017-2018 academic year as a psychologist with the rank of assistant professor. Blanco is currently completing her doctorate in counseling psychology at Washington State University. Her dissertation title is “¡Sí Se Puede! Examining Resilience Factors Among Mexican Farmworkers.” Blanco has previously taught as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, Southwestern College and San Diego Mesa College. Blanco is a doctoral intern at the University of Idaho’s Counseling and Testing Center. She is the recipient of more than a dozen awards during her career, including the Washington State University’s President’s Award. In addition, she was a McNair Scholar while she was enrolled at San Diego State University. Read more

Amy Calabretta, Marketing and Communications Manager - College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Posted Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0700

She has been my go to person in CALS and always is able to help solve my problems. Read more

Adrian Norris, Enterprise Developer 1 - ITS - Enterprise Applications

Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Adrian has just finished working with Independent Study in Idaho on a large improvement to our database. Adrian has put in countless hours and a lot of effort to create a database that has been very useful to our office. When we have had problems, he has always been able to fix them in a timely fashion and has done an excellent job with communication throughout the process. Read more

Ling Zhao, Program Technician - Independent Study in Idaho

Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Ling has done a wonderful job updating our Blackboard learn courses. In addition, she has taken on additional duties in the workplace such as review/creation of the upcoming catalog. Read more

UI Promotion and Tenure Awards Released

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:27:00 -0700

The University of Idaho extends warm congratulations to the faculty members who have recently been awarded promotion and/or tenure effective with their appointment in fiscal year 2018. The UI will be recognizing these individuals at the University Awards for Excellence Dinner on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. For a complete list of awardees and to RSVP to the event, please visit the Excellence Awards webpage.
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College of Science Announces Staff and Faculty Awards March 30

Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:05:00 -0700

The College of Science will honor faculty and staff award winners and retirees during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, in the Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom. Read more


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