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Fighting Poverty, ONE Step at a Time

Posted Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:58:00 -0800

University of Idaho Martin Institute Director Bill Smith has been with the university for 17 years, but his student Abby Rowe is the first he has seen to triple-major in international studies, crop management and Spanish. Rowe, 19, comes from a rural farming town in southeast Idaho. Were she to keep with tradition, she would continue a fifth-generation legacy of family farmers. Someday, Rowe said, she may go that route, but right now, she's focusing her knowledge and skills on an international cause: fighting poverty in Africa. Read more

U of I Group Helps Students Find Their Way

Posted Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0800

Aidan Neelon's grades rose from straight Cs to As and Bs last semester when the University of Idaho sophomore found the place he belonged on campus. Neelon, who grew up in Moscow, said he made the academic leap by joining the Raven Scholars, a university transition program for students on the autism spectrum. Since the program's inception in 2011, the retention rate among students who participate has been higher than the university's undergraduate retention average. Read more

What's it Like Being Joe Vandal? 'There Are Very Few People Who Know'

Posted Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0800

There are fans and then there are super fans. University of Idaho mascot Joe Vandal is the most super of the super fans. Joe seems to be at all the games and events in Moscow. But just who is this Vandal beef cake? Read more

U of I Taking the Right Steps to Address Mental Health

Posted Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:30:00 -0800

It is the time of year when higher education leaders present their budget requests to the state that reveal what positions, goals and departments are a high priority. Last week, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben went to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee at the statehouse in Boise to ask for money to hire two student-support case managers. Their jobs would be to provide crisis intervention and short-term counseling as well as referral support for students, the Daily News reported. Read more

Idaho Students Making Use of Local Woods

Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:30:00 -0800

Future inhabitants of the University of Idaho’s president’s house will walk on locally sourced, student-harvested wooden floors for years to come thanks to the work of seven students over winter break. A class of U of I forestry students kicked off the year felling between 20 to 30 trees to be used in construction of the new president’s house on Nez Perce Drive in Moscow. Read more

Track to Ice: Pacific Northwest Bobsledder on Verge of Making 2018 Olympic Team

Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0800

The U.S. Olympic bobsled team will be named on Monday—and there is a good chance there will be a Pacific Northwest athlete on the team. That’s unusual because the only World Cup-class bobsled track in the Western U.S. is in Utah. Olympic hopeful Sam Michener of Gresham, Oregon, came to bobsled in adulthood. The life-changing tip came while Michener was wrapping up his undergraduate years at the University of Idaho. He was running track—he was a standout sprinter—and thinking about where to go for medical school. Read more

U of I Students Come to Aid of Asylum Seeker

Posted Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:30:00 -0800

Mumin Abass reached the U.S.-Mexico border with nothing but the clothes on his back and a plea for asylum, according to his lawyers, a team of pro bono University of Idaho College of Law students. He's described on a fundraising page as a queer man from Ghana, a country in West Africa known for its suppression of LGBTQ rights. Read more

Graduation Improvements and Successes

Posted Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:46:00 -0800

Many of us in higher education and across Idaho’s education system have spent a lot of time in recent years working to get more of Idaho’s students to go to college. In today’s economy, we all know how important postsecondary education is for individual success, and for our society. But that goal of getting more students into the higher education system means nothing if we do not also have a goal of getting those students out of the system, graduated and on their way to a better life.

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UI Student Interviews as Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Posted Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800

University of Idaho undergraduate student Zachary Lien identifies in several unique ways — as a queer man, an ex-Mormon, an apostate, a student and now, as a finalist for the class of 2018 Rhodes Scholars. The 21-year-old senior and Boise native was one of two students on the Palouse to interview as a finalist for the prestigious award this November. Though Lien did not receive the scholarship in the end, he said it felt good to know the opportunity went to "phenomenal" people. The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded to just 32 students across the U.S. each year, earning them a full ride to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. For many students around the world, it is the ultimate academic goal and honor. Read more

A Fire for Volunteering

Posted Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Cheyenne Griffith says she loves to keep busy and her jam-packed schedule leaves no time for her to get bored. On top of double majoring in marketing and organizational sciences at the University of Idaho, Griffith is also a competitive baton twirler in the marching band and is training to get her private pilot's license. One of the 21-year-old's largest time commitments, however, is to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department. Griffith has been a student resident volunteer for the fire department for the past four years and received the yearly resident's award at the department's annual dinner earlier this month. The award was voted by her peers in the program. Although she is also a full-time student, Griffith said she volunteers because it has become something she is truly passionate about it. Read more

U of I Researcher Honored for Clean Water Innovations

Posted Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0800

University of Idaho researcher Greg Moller has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his innovative work to clean wastewater. An environmental chemist and toxicologist, Moller works to lessen the environmental footprint of communities and businesses by developing filters to remove pollutants, including phosphorus and nitrogen, from wastewater. He holds six patents, which are licensed to industry, and has three patents pending final approval. His filter systems now treat billions of gallons of wastewater a year across the U.S. and in Great Britain and South Korea. Moller said he is humbled to be included with such a distinguished group of individuals. Read more

Moscow Woman's Sci-Fi Collection Becomes U of I's Treasure

Posted Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Longtime Moscow resident and science fiction enthusiast Victoria Mitchell had spent decades collecting sci-fi-themed books, art, costumes and documents over the course of her career. A member of the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Association and a founding member of Moscow's annual science fiction convention, MosCon, Mitchell spent a large portion of her life absorbed in the world of sci-fi culture before she died in April at the age of 62. Now, her memory will live on in the University of Idaho Library's Special Collections and Archives, as staff and students spend the next few months sorting through at least 325 boxes and a collection of approximately 5,000 sci-fi books to be displayed in the years to come. Read more

Researchers Collaborating on Potentially Important Project

Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Local researchers are designing a product that could change the nuclear industry. Like many good ideas, it started on a napkin. Executives from Tokyo-based Sakae Casting visited Idaho Falls in 2016 to determine where to open their first U.S. office. They brought a sample of their proprietary product: a thin aluminum plate embedded with a U-shaped cooling tube. In a meeting with local economic development representatives and researchers, Sakae CEO Takashi Suzuki posed a simple question: can this be used in the nuclear industry? University of Idaho Nuclear Engineering Director Richard Christensen sketched a design that incorporated the plates. On the napkin: a new nuclear fuel storage cask. Read more

Keeping Her Focus On and Off the Court

Posted Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Torrin Crawford was a redshirt with a full-ride scholarship, a love for sports and a goal to become an elementary school teacher when she first enrolled at the University of Idaho in 2013. Now, after changing her major, facing an injury and proving her skill as a middle blocker on the U of I volleyball team, the 23-year-old will graduate from the university with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health and a new goal to go on to nursing school. Growing up in Walla Walla, Wash., Crawford had always shown an interest in sports. She played high school basketball with the dream to eventually play in the Women's National Basketball Association. Read more

U of I-Led Research Working to Treat Brain Disease Injuries

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more

The Art of Picking a Speaker

Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Big names don't always mean big impact. And lesser-known names don't always mean they're easy to secure. Bill Smith, director of the University of Idaho's Martin Institute, a center dedicated to analyzing causes of war and conditions of peace internationally, spends a lot of time thinking about impact. In fact, it's his favorite thing about securing speakers – well-known or not. Read more

After Three Months, University of Idaho's I-GO Program Proving Successful

Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800

The University of Idaho is partnering with local high schools in an effort to increase the state's college go-on rate, which is one of the lowest in the country. The pilot program, called Idaho Go-On (I-GO), is being implemented at Nampa, Caldwell and Skyview High Schools, and so far, is proving to be a success. "At first, I didn't really know where to start," said Nayely Flores, a senior at Nampa High School. Flores' experience preparing for life after high school is shared with thousands of other students in Idaho. Read more

Going Where Life Takes Him

Posted Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0800

Retired Staff Sgt. Lanny McAden has never stayed in one place for too long. But he has found a home in Moscow. Raised in the relatively small city of Del Rio, Texas, the military veteran has spent 22 years traveling the world, serving in several occupations across multiple branches of the military. Now, McAden is making the Pacific Northwest his home as he completes what he has never been able to do before - earn a master's degree in geography from the University of Idaho as a full-time, nontraditional student. Read more

New Consumer Science Educator Joins Twin Falls Extension

Posted Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Siew Guan Lee likes to eat. She really likes to eat. Sensory cues such as flavors of food ingredients and how a food feels in her mouth are an important part of her eating experience. While some may have turned those loves into a career as a chef, Lee found herself more interested in dietetics and nutrition. That led her from her home in Malaysia to the University of Idaho and eventually to Twin Falls as the new Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator. Read more

Innovation Den: Old Building Brought to Life

Posted Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:00 -0700

Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Elks Building was vacant until last year when new owners decided to bring it back to life. The building’s new owner, Nick Smoot, told KREM 2 he wanted to turn the 100-year-old building into a space for tech companies to create the future. The building is now called "The Innovation Den" and it serves as a hub for bringing robots to life. The Innovation Den has 52 offices, six large suites, a barbershop, a lair for members, and a coffee shop. Read more

A Window to the Outside World

Posted Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Hexian Xue, a professor of Chinese at the University of Idaho, believes learning Chinese really isn't as hard as Americans might think. "When students attend the first few classes, to be honest, they do not have the confidence to learn the Chinese language well," Xue said. "But step by step, day by day, for at least some of the students, they become comfortable to say, 'Chinese is not as hard as I assumed.' " Xue, who teaches multiple levels of Chinese as well as a cultural course on Chinese cinema, is a co-director of the UI's Confucius Institute. Read more

Vandal Overnight Games Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Posted Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0700

The University of Idaho's seventh Vandal Overnight Games event Saturday showed that the typical video game enthusiast is far from the hunched over, unkempt, basement-dwelling troll probably imagined by folks from the older generation. "You can see that this is a really social event," co-founder Darren Kearney said as hundreds of fresh-faced students and other gamers filtered into the Idaho Commons. Read more

University of Idaho Students Get New Lounge

Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700

The Associated Students University of Idaho unveiled a new student lounge Thursday in the Idaho Commons, complete with a small stage, TVs, charging stations and plenty of seating. But perhaps the biggest hit of the evening was the new $200 core-engaging Turnstone-brand buoy chairs, featuring rounded bottoms similar to an exercise ball that gave visiting students plenty of room to swivel. "It feels really fresh and open," student Erin Wheless, 21, said. "I really like the spinny chairs." Read more

Let the Demolition Begin

Posted Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Work commenced this week on a $1.95 million project to demolish and rebuild the 1960s-era home on the University of Idaho campus that traditionally has housed the school's president and family. Golis Construction, of Moscow, is set to complete demolition within the next week, then will construct the new home on the existing foundation, according to UI Vice President for Infrastructure Dan Ewart. The new, contemporary-style residence is scheduled to be ready next fall. Read more

Not Just Dusty Shelves Anymore

Posted Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700

The modern day library is a vast turnaround from those of the past. They have evolved from hushed, dusty shelves to vibrant, community and education-focused centers for the public. For Ben Hunter, bringing that vibrancy to the University of Idaho library is just his job. Read more

Paving the Road with Gold

Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong may have made her way around the world, but she has not forgotten her Idaho roots. And neither has the University of Idaho. Saturday afternoon, Armstrong's legacy was sealed in Moscow as UI president Chuck Staben announced a portion of Paradise Path that runs through the university campus would be named the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway on Paradise Path. Read more

University of Idaho Research May Slow Antibiotic Resistance to Drugs

Posted Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0700

New research from the University of Idaho has identified two genetic mutations in bacteria that help explain how some bacteria evolve and retain resistance to multiple antibiotics. The results, published Aug. 7 in Nature, could play a role in helping scientists slow or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to multiple drugs, something responsible for 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Painting the Palouse One Home at a Time

Posted Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0700

Small mobs of University of Idaho students roamed North Almon Street in Moscow Saturday morning, dressed in white T-shirts and prepared to face the task ahead of them: learning how to paint a house in the late August sun.

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Vandals’ Ed Hall Finds Success On and Off the Field

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0700

From walk-on to scholarship athlete. Check. Budding entrepreneur with a potentially successful business already on the way. Check. A great outlook on life. Check again. There’s hardly a box Ed Hall hasn’t checked off in getting the most out of his college experience. Read more

For Juniper Pro, Age Has Nothing To Do With It

Posted Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0700

Let’s get this part out of the way, because other than its fun-fact component, his age will not matter for the remainder of this story. James Billings is 28 years old, one of the youngest head golf professionals in Central Oregon, if not in the entire state.

Yet his professionalism belies his age. He is poised and confident in his abilities. He has been around golf his entire life, he says, and has worked within golf operations since he was 16. Growing up in Vancouver, Washington, Billings would clean golf carts at a local club and then inquire around the clubhouse: “How does this course operate? Why does it work? Teach me.” Read more

Research Shows Astronauts' Vision Can Get Worse in Space

Posted Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:00:00 -0700

University of Idaho research shows astronauts' vision can get worse in space.
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University of Idaho Project Aims to Help Jerome's Latino Students

Posted Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700

A new University of Idaho project will help 40 Jerome middle schoolers stay on track academically and prepare for college. The university announced Friday its new Latino Pre-College Outreach Project that will provide a full-time program coordinator on site at Jerome Middle School next school year. Read more

A Career of Spreading Appreciation, Not Just Music

Posted Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0700

After 30 years leading the University of Idaho's Auditorium Chamber Music Series, Mary DuPree is ready to venture into something new — retirement. But retirement doesn't mean DuPree is going to step away from community outreach. She now leads the Palouse chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby. The 72-year-old first moved to Moscow in 1971 when she was offered a job to teach music at the UI. As a musicologist, she focuses on music through the lens of history, theory and aesthetics, she said. Read more

Billion-Dollar Bypass: Kalispell Reaping the Fruits of New Route Around Town

Posted Sat, 17 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0700

For every federal and state dollar spent to build the U.S. Highway 93 bypass around Kalispell, nine were produced by the time it was fully opened. That’s a billion-dollar harvest from 2001 to 2016, according to a first-of-its-kind study Ed Toavs produced when he went back to school at the University of Idaho. Read more

University of Idaho Teams With Timber Industry For New Basketball Arena

Posted Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700

In the unending desire of higher education institutions to differentiate themselves as unique, the University of Idaho is aligning itself with the state’s widely recognized timber industry. Idaho will build its new basketball arena with wood. “It ties in with our land grant mission. It ties in with the timber industry. It ties in with our need for a facility. This is really resonating with people,” UI Athletic Director Rob Spear said. Read more

Battling the Norm Without a Niche

Posted Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Jonathan Matteson's niche is that he doesn't have one. And that's the way he likes it. Currently in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, Matteson is fully embracing the interdisciplinary aspect of the program, along with his roles as an instructor and artist. How he got to this place in life though, he said, is "an odd, odd tale." Read more

Beloved Idaho Folksinger Rosalie Sorrels Dies

Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:00 -0700

Rosalie Sorrels — an Idaho singer, songwriter, storyteller and folk music legend with a career that spanned more than 50 years — died late Sunday night at her daughter Holly Marizu’s home in Reno, where Sorrels lived for the past two and a half years.

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A Future Written in the Past

Posted Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho officials discovered they were fulfilling a nearly 110-year-old plan as they set out to expand the school's medical education program recently. Site planning from the early 1900s called for a hospital-medical school district near the site of two of the university's newest additions: the WWAMI Medical Education Building and dedicated space inside Gritman Medical Center that will house the school's anatomy lab. Read more

Dean Says Magic Valley Ag Research Facility Could Be World's Best

Posted Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Planners for a new agricultural research center in the Magic Valley are milking every opportunity to create one of the world’s premiere research facilities. “This is the largest and best research dairy facility in the United States,” Michael Parrella, dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said. “Could be in the world. ... It’s something we can hang our hat on, that we’re going to do better than anybody else.” Read more

UI Icon Getting a Facelift

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

The gently curving Gothic Revival archways and stairs, elaborate light fixtures and historic wood and metalwork that set the University of Idaho's historic Administration Building apart from other, younger buildings on campus are about to receive a facelift. The university will take another step this summer toward its goal of complete restoration of the historic structure. Read more

Mel Schmidt: Teacher, Coach and Vandal Forever

Posted Wed, 31 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700

They go way back. Way, way back. Mel Schmidt from Coeur d’Alene High School and Jerry Kramer from Sandpoint High School butted heads on the football field, then played as teammates for three years at the University of Idaho. Read more

More Idaho Students Need to Go to College

Posted Fri, 19 May 2017 16:39:00 -0700

College is not for everyone, but certainly college should be for a lot more Idaho students than we are currently sending to college. That’s the basic message from University of Idaho President Chuck Staben, who visited the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board last week. He was in the Treasure Valley for a variety of reasons, including for a meeting of the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force. Read more

Vandals Welcome Next Generation

Posted Sun, 14 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Steve and Vicki Sell smiled photographing their daughter as she walked across the stage Saturday and accepted her degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho. It's a scene that has repeated itself in the family almost 20 times in a tradition that extends back to the 1940s. Courtney Sell of Boise is the 19th member of her family to attend UI. Her maternal grandparents met on campus and her grandma, Ethel Renfrow, of Kendrick, now 89, was on hand for the milestone. Read more

After Life of Traveling, Grad Finds Home in Moscow

Posted Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 -0700

For University of Idaho graduate Jonathan Moon, the life he lived before starting his education made all the difference. Like a great number of Generation Xers, Moon, now 38, wasn't anxious to tie himself back to a desk after high school, and he chose to venture the Northwest in the most unconventional ways. "I bounced around a lot, slept on a lot of couches," he said. "My life has taken some interesting turns." Read more

World of possibilities

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

It's April 29 in Phoenix and the Idaho men's tennis team has just polished off Montana, 4-0, to win its second Big Sky Conference championship in three years. Teammates of Guilherme Scarpelli bull-rush the No. 6 singles court, where the freshman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has retired his opponent in consecutive sets, 6-4, 6-3, to punch the program's third NCAA ticket in four years. And that's reason to celebrate. But only two people at the Phoenix Tennis Center realize the dilemma it's caused Idaho men's coach Abid Akbar. Read more

UI Honors Late Dean With Memorial Tree

Posted Tue, 09 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700

A red-leaf Japanese maple blushed in the Monday afternoon sun as a crowd gathered in the courtyard where it was being planted behind Brink Hall on the University of Idaho campus. The tree was placed there in honor of and dedicated to former College of Science Dean Paul J. Joyce, who died last year in an automobile accident in Clearwater County. Read more

Proposed UI Livestock Research Center Passes Feasibility Review

Posted Mon, 08 May 2017 16:00:00 -0700

A long-awaited livestock research facility got the go-ahead in a new feasibility study commissioned by the University of Idaho. A large focus of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will be sustainable milk production. It would include a 2,000-cow dairy with robotic milking machines and 1,000 acres of associate cropland and employ wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery systems. Read more

Meet the Neighbors: Mother to 35 (Fraternity) Boys

Posted Sat, 06 May 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Laurie Vallem may only have three children, all of whom are grown, but she is also a mother figure to the 35 young men who live in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Idaho. The 55-year-old Deary resident has been the cook at SAE for the past three years, but she does more than prepare food for the young men - she also cares about their grades, holds them accountable for their chores and provides an ear to talk to when they are going through difficult times. Just like Mom. Read more

We All Benefit from Dirk Kempthorne’s Example, Passion for People

Posted Fri, 05 May 2017 19:00:00 -0700

Commencement is a special time for a university president. I enjoy welcoming graduates to the stage as they take their next step toward exciting careers and new opportunities. This spring, we celebrate with the help of a distinguished UI alumnus, former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, recognizing his long career of exemplary public service with an honorary doctorate of administrative science. Read more

‘She’s going to go far’: Work, Parenthood and a Language Barrier Won’t Stop University of Idaho Student from Graduating

Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

When Vetamunisa Lupfer started classes at the University of Idaho a little over four years ago, her written English was lacking. So she wrote essays in Otjiherero or Afrikaans, languages she learned growing up in Namibia, and then translated them, a few words at a time, onto a new document. “It’s not easy at all,” she said of perfecting her English. “Up to this day I can’t even order some meals. I just point at pictures.” Read more

Introducing Americans to Arabic Cultures

Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:00:00 -0700

Thursday evenings for University of Idaho doctoral students may include any number of activities.There is studying to be done, research to delve into, or just maybe a film to see or a cool, refreshing beverage to enjoy. Not so for student Husam Samkari, who can be found - as during the day - in a classroom at the Janssen Engineering Building on the UI campus. Read more

Star Athlete Engineers Off-Field Success

Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:00 -0700

Perhaps the best athlete in Eagle River High School history also happens to be a bona fide nerd. “I’ve got two tests tomorrow,” said Ed Hall, a junior mechanical engineering major at the University of Idaho, during a Monday interview from the school’s Moscow campus. “It’s pretty rigorous.” Read more

Vandal Pride Personified

Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:00:00 -0700

When Brittnay and Danica Davis put pen to paper for the essay that would make their mother, Mirinda - Mindy - Davis the University of Idaho's Vandal Mom of the Year, they had a lot to say.

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UI Plans to Fund Athletics Appropriately

Posted Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0700

At Thursday's Idaho State Board of Education meeting, we will ask the board to waive for one year the funding cap that limits what our university can spend on athletics. This $950,000 waiver allows the University of Idaho to spend its own funds to relieve a projected year-end deficit in the athletics program. I understand this request raises questions, so I want to explain it within the context of our vision and direction for UI athletics going forward.

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What Stands in the Way of Going to College? Costs and Confusion

Posted Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:16:00 -0700

In March I visited with a group of students at Sandpoint High School. Having read coverage of a student presentation about go-on rates, I wanted to learn about student choices for life after high school firsthand. The visit enhanced my perspective on the progress we’re making and the challenges we still face in changing Idaho’s college-going culture.

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Turning Passion into Action

Posted Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0700

While most college students spend their spring breaks relaxing and taking a breather from day-to-day tasks, Payton McGriff was working to improve girls’ education in Togo, Africa.

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Staben Talks Higher Ed With Sandpoint High School Seniors

Posted Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:30:00 -0700

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben returned to Sandpoint Friday to discuss college and Idaho go on rates with about 20 Sandpoint High School students. Read more

Alternative Spring Break: UI Students Volunteer for Refugee Center

Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:48:00 -0700

University of Idaho student Alaina Heuring is majoring in international studies, but meeting refugees in Twin Falls is giving her a new perspective. Read more

UI Students Spend Spring Break in the Lockup

Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:39:00 -0700

There's an adage about learning about another person by getting into his or her shoes and walking around awhile. That's what's happening this week at North Idaho Correctional Institution, where a group of eight students from various disciplines at the University of Idaho are spending their spring break tutoring and assisting inmates at the medium-security prison in everything from writing, math, video technology to quilting. Read more

Letter, Love of Bugs Brings Notus Student and College Dean Together

Posted Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:48:00 -0700

When second-grade student Wil Hansen wrote to the University of Idaho saying he wanted to be a scientist and a farmer, all he hoped for was a letter back and, maybe, a pencil. Read more

UI Video Game Studio Sees Success With First PC Product

Posted Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Video games are a billion dollar industry, but to a group of University of Idaho students that industry is also their preferred classroom.
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It’s Not Easy Going Green

Posted Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Madeleine Phelan, of Idaho Falls, is saving the environment one “swag bag” at a time. Phelan, a sophomore studying accounting at the University of Idaho, recently was awarded a $1,986.50 grant by the university’s Sustainability Center to fund her student-led project, “Sustain-a-Swag-Bag.” Read more

If You Love NCAA Tourney Action in Spokane, Thank the University of Idaho

Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, March Madness is becoming a staple of the Spokane sports calendar. And for that, Spokanites can thank the area’s only out-of-state Division 1 university. Read more

First-Year UI Law School in Boise Broadens Accessibility for Students

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Excellence in public legal education has been a University of Idaho strength for many years. A survey of Idaho law, industry and public service leaders would find no shortage of talented professionals who chose the school’s College of Law for an affordable, high-quality education that prepared them for success. This month U of I took another step toward making that outstanding career training more accessible for students from Idaho and beyond as the State Board of Education approved a first-year curriculum in Boise. Read more

Unbreakable Bond: Prison Time Didn’t Shatter Sanderses’ Strong Relationship

Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:00 -0800

Victor Sanders has listened to other basketball players tell stories of growing up poverty-stricken or in the same house as a parent addicted to crack, and he knows his upbringing wasn’t as rough. Read more

UI Law School Student Works to Educate Immigrants About Their Rights

Posted Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Maria Vega still remembers sitting as a young girl in the office of an immigration lawyer and thinking to herself that her mother, who had emigrated from Mexico, was not being treated fairly.

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UI Associate Dean of Students Followed His Gift to Become a Leader and Guide for Vandal Nation

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:30:00 -0800

Hassel Morrison was excelling in his media studies classes at Radford University, filling the airwaves as a radio DJ and interning with the Black Entertainment Television network, but something didn't seem quite right. Read more

New UI lab is all things to all people

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Researchers at the University of Idaho's new Integrated Research and Innovation Center are developing video games that evolve in response to a player's decisions. Read more

MLK breakfast speaker urges crowd not to 'walk alone'

Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

The Standing Rock Sioux put a halt to construction of a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline late last year - but they didn't do it alone. Read more

UI Team Potato, Clearwater Russet, wins McDonald's French Fry Status

Posted Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:35:00 -0800

BOISE, Idaho — A University of Idaho team has won a coveted spot among the Russet Burbanks in those familiar red french fry holders emblazoned by golden arches. Their Clearwater Russet - developed by developed by a team of hundreds of people over 13 years, was selected by McDonalds for use as a french fry. Read more

Idaho President Staben on football move: ‘We’re not moving down, we’re moving forward’

Posted Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0800

The University of Idaho football team arrives in Boise on Sunday to begin preparations to play Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl next Thursday. Idaho is 8-4 and going to a bowl game for the first time since 2009 — yet some fans are bitter, disappointed and even angry. Read more

Humbled Veteran to Graduate from UI

Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:54:00 -0800

It will be a busy weekend for Gunnery Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Brown, a 32-year-old University of Idaho student. Before the Marine, who is a student in the UI Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, graduates from the UI on Saturday, he will be commissioned today as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and will relinquish his duties as battalion commander for the UI Navy ROTC. That will be just one day after he celebrated his 32nd birthday. Read more

Moscow Drivers Can Plug in and Turn on

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

Tucked in an alleyway on the University of Idaho campus is a new means for Moscow to plug in to more sustainability. The university has installed the city's first electric vehicle charging station, which became fully operational last week. The two spaces at the charging station are open for use by the public. Read more

University of Idaho Launches ‘Nap Map' for Sleepy Students

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:06:00 -0800

The University of Idaho is encouraging students to get more shut-eye. They have compiled what they call a "nap map." It lists eight spots around campus they say are good for a quick nap. Read more

All I Want for Christmas is Syd Duncombe’s Novels

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:58:00 -0800

Unless one attended the University of Idaho during the late 1960’s or the ‘70s and ‘80s, chances are good they have never heard of Syd Duncombe. Not one to toot his own horn, he was one of the most beloved instructors on campus. Several generations of future Idaho political leadership started to learn the craft in Duncombe’s political science courses.
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Thanksgiving Comes a Day Early

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:04:00 -0800

Joshua McQueen, executive chef of Vandals Dining, and a few members of his staff spent Tuesday peeling about 300 pounds of potatoes, preparing 150 pounds of green beans, 30 turkeys, 14 hams and an array of sides for those unable to make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more

‘I wasn’t certain I was college material.’ State of Idaho acceptance letter changed his mind

Posted Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:00:00 -0800

Wyatt Wurtenberger, who graduated from Emmett High School last spring, was always iffy about college. “For most of high school I didn’t think I was going to go,” said Wurtenberger, 18. “I am not the most academically inclined. I am not worried about grades. I do what I can to pass.” One day in November 2015, a letter showed up at his house from the Idaho State Board of Education saying he’d already been accepted to several Idaho public colleges, including the University of Idaho and Boise State. Read more

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Copple Trout, Justice, Idaho Supreme Court in Boise

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:54:00 -0800

Linda Copple Trout began her journey to the Idaho Supreme Court in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, who, by the way, was the personal doctor to World War II’s General Ridgway at the time, was stationed at Tokyo Army Hospital, when a baby girl arrived. “’Do you know anyone interested in adopting a baby girl?’ He convinced my mother,’” says Trout. Read more

University of Idaho student's artwork featured on Starbucks holiday cups

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0800

A University of Idaho student was one of the 13 people that had their artwork selected for Starbucks holiday red cup campaign. According to Starbucks' website, Bronwyn Schumaker's "Evergreen Forest" design was inspired by a hike along her favorite mountain trail back in December. Read more

Meet the Artist Behind the Starbucks Green Cup Design

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:57:00 -0700

In the space under the stairs, walls of paper sketches close in around the artist at the drafting table. Shogo Ota stood over his new design, his hair a long, twisty black knot at the nape of his neck, his red plaid shirt a surrender to Pacific Northwest persuasion. As Seattle drizzled on the window behind him, he turned up the music and examined his sketchpad and the idea he calls simple: using one line to connect people. Read more

Where Art Meets Business, and the Two Get Along

Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -0700

When his two children both decided to major in the arts in college, Marc Chopin did what any father who is an economist would do: He nudged them toward a minor in business, reasoning that this would help them face the harsh realities of making a living as an artist. Read more

Engineering an Egg Drop

Posted Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0700

Eighty-five women from high schools throughout Idaho and Washington traveled to the University of Idaho to take a crack at dropping eggs from the second story of the UI Commons without breaking them. It was all part of the UI's 24th annual Women in Engineering Day - an event that pulls high school seniors and juniors interested in engineering to the UI and tasks them with an engineering project. Read more

Geography Twister

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Fourth-grade teacher Wes Bascom gathered his students in McDonald Elementary School’s multipurpose room Thursday for an expedition. “Today, you get to walk all over Idaho,” Bascom said. Without leaving the room, Bascom led two fourth-grade classes — about 30 kids — across the mountains and over the rivers of their home state.
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Meet the Giant Palouse Earthworm, a Rare American Original

Posted Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Found only in a critically endangered ecosystem known as the Palouse prairie, a storied giant was long thought to be extinct. Only a handful of sightings have been reported since the 1970s. Today, there are only 10 of these animals in captivity in the world. Seeing a rare species is one of the highlights of a naturalist’s life — and earlier this month, in Moscow, Idaho, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see one.
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Our View: It's Time to Update the Book Cover to Match the Real Story

Posted Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700

The state's perception of the University of Idaho has long needed an overhaul. When it comes time to select a university, students and parents are fretting over things such as graduation rates, academic strengths, class size, research opportunities, extracurricular activities and location. But that process is made more difficult when the perception of a school is skewed from the truth. Read more

A Season of Opportunity for Idaho Students

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0700

This fall on campus I met a Vandal freshman hailing from the Boise area. A good student in high school, and clearly a thoughtful young man, he’d applied for the University of Idaho last spring during a period when we’d temporarily waived our application fee. He told me he would not have applied if that $60 had been required – that cash just wasn’t on hand. There is a very good chance he would be at home right now instead of at college.

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Skyline grad leads UI student body

Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700

It took a string of phone calls, voicemails, emails and letters for Cruz Botello to attend the University of Idaho, but the third-year student has big plans now that he’s there. Botello, a 2014 Skyline High School graduate, became UI’s student body president in the fall. The position has become a demanding addition to Botello’s full-time academic schedule.
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The Best Kept Secret in Idaho

Posted Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Jeff Seegmiller, director of the University of Idaho's WWAMI Medical Education Program, said many people don't know about the UI's role in training future physicians under WWAMI, but that doesn't mean the regional program is not flourishing at the university.
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Play, Teach, Learn - in the Sandbox. Video Game Technology Teaches Students About Watersheds

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Marie Pengilly can make it rain 40 days and 40 nights or cause a 100-year drought. She can conjure up a blizzard or make a volcano erupt — just using her hands.
Her godlike powers come from a new technology called the Augmented Reality Sandbox, a powerful teaching tool for local students studying environmental science. Read more

A Global Career, With Family by His Side

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0700

David Pimentel never expected his decision to enroll in law school would lead him to a life trekking the globe with his wife and six children. Pimentel, 53, arrived in Moscow only last year after he accepted a position with the University of Idaho College of Law as an associate professor.

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University of Idaho Library Named the Most Beautiful in the State of Idaho

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Today may be National Reading Day, but one local library is celebrating their title as the Most Beautiful Library in the State of Idaho. KLEW Palouse Bureau Chief, Alex Crescenti shows us what makes this one so special. Read more

Computer Science Comes to North Idaho

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700

After four years of planning, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will now offer a baccalaureate program in computer science.
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'Biochar' could help fix land, air and water

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 -0700

Greg Moller and and Dan Strawn might have produced the world's first carbon negative advanced water treatment process, because it uses biochar - charcoal made from wood - that can be later used by farmers as fertilizer. Read more

What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:00:00 -0700

The exploration of our outer solar system is about to hit a real slump. NASA is celebrating Juno's arrival at Jupiter, but in less than two years, Juno will be gone — it's slated to plunge into the gas giant and burn up. The Cassini spacecraft, now orbiting Saturn, will meet the same fate next year.
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Land-Grant Blueprint Offers Bright Future

Posted Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700

On Saturday, Idaho enjoys a special honor as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is selected from the Payette National Forest near McCall. You don’t have to be a University of Idaho forestry graduate to know that Idaho provides abundant options for selecting what is known as “The People’s Tree.” What many may not realize is that July 2 is also the 154th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act, the landmark legislation that created our land-grant-university system. What does that history mean for Idaho’s future? Read more

UI Enters Agreement to Manage 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch

Posted Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -0700

HAILEY, Idaho — A three-way partnership between University of Idaho, USDA and environmental groups will allow UI researchers to perform extensive range and grazing-related research on the 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch in southcentral Idaho.
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Memorials Matter: The Impressions History Leaves Behind

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Let’s travel back to a day that will always be part of our national memory - May 10, 1869. It was a dream come true: a railroad connecting the East and West coasts. The horns and bells of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives bellowed as they chugged along the rickety tracks and came face-to-face at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The crowd waited in anticipation for the last spike to be driven into the railroad tie, symbolizing completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Cheers filled the air as the maul hit the golden spike.
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Native American Tribes Learn to Fight Climate Change

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Climate change has affected communities across the United States, but for Native Americans the effects hit closer to home. Donald Simpson, the climate project director, has seen climate change in the Northwest create challenges for Native American tribes. He says it is especially evident for tribes when it comes to their tribal culture - a culture centered on a relationship with their native lands. Read more

Careers in Mining: More than Meets the Eye

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700

Imagine this is your work commute: You arrive at your office, don safety gear (including a respirator to protect you from poisonous gases), and enter an elevator crammed with 16 other people. Then, instead of heading up to your climate-controlled office, you are sent over a mile underground. There, you take an all-terrain vehicle that snakes through dark and dusty corridors while dropping another thousand feet deeper into the earth. Read more

Our View: Strategic Plan a Lofty, But Worthy One for UI

Posted Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0700

The University of Idaho's recently released list of long-term goals are certainly lofty, but also worthwhile. Since September 2015, the university has been formulating a nine-year strategic plan that it unveiled at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting. Read more


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