Idaho Treasure Award Presentation is Nov. 5

Tuesday, October 20 2009

Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Retirees Association will honor three individuals with the 2009 Idaho Treasure Award on Thursday, Nov. 5. Richard J. Naskali and Matt and Karen Telin will be presented with the Idaho Treasure Award that recognizes retired University faculty and staff, and their family members, for their contributions of leadership and service to the University.

The award presentation takes place during a noon luncheon, open to the public, at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow.

Naskali retired from the University in 2003 after 36 years as a faculty and staff member. For 16 years, he was director of the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. He remains active as a volunteer with the Arboretum Associates, and is a frequent, popular presenter of UIRA-sponsored travel slide shows to residents of Good Samaritan Village in Moscow.

The Telins are both alumni of the University of Idaho. Matt served as associate registrar from 1968 to 1970 and university registrar from 1970 to 1995. During that time, he steered student registration through many advances in technology – from manual registration to computer card registration and finally, to online electronic registration. Karen was a longtime Moscow public school teacher, and together the Telins are engaged in many efforts to make the community a better place to live.

In retirement, Matt served as president of the National Vandal Booster board of directors in 2008, and was active in the reactivation of the Latah County Vandal Boosters chapter.

Cost of the Idaho Treasure Luncheon is $15, and the deadline to R.S.V.P. is Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Guests and family members are welcome to participate. Please contact Amber Crowley in the Alumni Office at (208) 885-6160 or e-mail to confirm your attendance at the luncheon. Payment for the luncheon is available at the door.

Earlier in the day, the University of Idaho Retirees Association will hold its annual meeting to celebrate 30 years of service to the University. UIRA was created in 1979, and the group has now grown to include nearly 500 members nationwide.
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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit