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UI Celebrates Opening of New McCall Field Campus Building

June 06, 2017

The new shower facility at the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus is the next step in a large community focused facilities expansion and will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting at noon Mountain time Thursday, June 8, with UI President Chuck Staben and the UI Foundation Board of Directors in attendance.

This event marks the completion of an ADA-compliant facility adding an additional 12 showers, sinks and toilets. The shower house will be used by the more than 3,000 students who participate in the educational programs offered at the campus each year. The new building is the first milestone in the University’s campus master plan to grow its award-winning College of Natural Resources McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) programs. MOSS has served over 30,000 Idaho K-12 students, over 250 UI graduate students, and thousands more Idaho citizens since its founding in 2001. 

“The McCall Field Campus has a long history of educating students and is the perfect setting for the hands-on STEM education offered to Idaho’s youth through MOSS. Providing quality infrastructure to accomplish the fundamental mission of UI — education of Idaho’s citizens — is necessary and this shower facility is the exciting first step of what is to come at the field campus,” said President Chuck Staben.

UI is launching a fundraising effort to support the campus master plan, developed in collaboration with the community of McCall, Epikos Land Planning and Architecture and CRSA Architects. The master plan will touch all areas of the current campus creating additional educational capacity, as well as providing opportunities for community use. 

“As useful and important as this new building is, it is also a beginning of more to come,” said Lee Vierling, MOSS executive director. “Our campus master plan is designed for us to naturally extend our reach to continue to impact the lives of students and families in communities across Idaho. Our goal is that realizing the plan will increase the accessibility of MOSS and other UI programs to people across the state and region. It’s an inspiring place for students to learn science, and to learn about themselves.” 

Media Contacts:
Lee Vierling
Executive Director, MOSS
208-669-1794
leev@uidaho.edu  

Kim Jackson
Marketing and Communications Manager, College of Natural Resources
208-885-2737
kjackson@uidaho.edu

Development Contact:
Jennifer Farnum
Director of Development, College of Natural Resources
208-885-5145
jfarnum@uidaho.edu

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is one of only 72 land-grant research universities in the United States. From its residential campus in Moscow, UI serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, and Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to more than 11,000 students statewide, UI is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. UI competes in the Big Sky Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu