Dads’ Weekend 2008 Wins National Award

Thursday, September 17 2009

Written by Becca Johnson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho shines the light on fathers of students Oct. 2-4, during its annual Dads’ Weekend. Last year’s weekend for dads recently earned the university national recognition.

The Counsel for the Advancement and Support for Education’s (CASE) Affiliated Student Advance Programs gave the university’s 2008 Dads’ Weekend program the Outstanding External Program Award.

"Every year, the Student Alumni Relations Board chooses a program to nominate for the national convention," said Katie Dahlinger, assistant director of student and young alumni programs. "They felt last year’s Dads’ Weekend was the most memorable."

Student alumni program chairs Wes Gadwa, Kelly Kincella and Kim Martin also wanted to give the university community something to anticipate.

"I knew that lots of the dads and their families had a great time with the new events that we put on last year, but to win a national award for doing it – that’s a pretty sweet deal," said Gadwa, a senior in mechanical engineering from Moscow.

Highlights from the successful 2008 Weekend included a block party, beer tasting, catered dinner, a golf tournament and the Dad of the Year Award.

Gadwa will head the SArb 40th anniversary this year. Dads’ Weekend will carry on this year with the return of the Dads’ Expo with the local vendors and beer tasting with the Ale House restaurant, 226 W. Sixth St. in Moscow.

"I hope I started a new Dads’ Weekend tradition that someday I can attend if I have kids," Gadwa said.

Gadwa, Kincella and Martin focused on connecting students with alumni, Dahlinger said.

SARB’s mission strives to enhance the special relationship between students, alumni and others so that the heritage of the university will always be part of their lives.
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