Keeping the Tradition Alive: 100 Years of Homecoming at Idaho

Tuesday, September 29 2009


MOSCOW, Idaho – When the University of Idaho celebrates homecoming Oct. 25-31, the week takes on a special meaning.

"We're celebrating 100 years of homecoming with the theme 'Keeping the Tradition: Centennial Edition,'" said Anna Marie Limbaugh, 2009 Homecoming chair.

A great deal has changed at the University of Idaho in the last 100 years: the former farmland has been developed into a tree-covered paradise; the campus is more developed; and the top degree options pursued by students have kept pace with a changing society. However, one thing is as strong as ever: the passion and excitement of alumni bring them back year after year to laud their alma mater during homecoming.

"Tradition doesn't start and stop with a single generation," said Limbaugh, a senior in political science from Fruitland. "It's important to remember where this university started, see the growth and support its future endeavors. Showcasing the university's legacy to students will help them see the big picture. While we enjoy a bonfire, parade and exciting football, there's so much more to Idaho!"

The Alumni Association published an "I Book" earlier this year, which includes the history of the university, summaries of more than 50 traditions, photos and an incentive program. Traditions listed in the book will be incorporated into activities throughout the week. Alumni are encouraged to participate and work toward being a "Tradition Keeper."

University of Idaho traditions are important to Limbaugh, and she has had great examples to follow in preserving those customs. Her parents are University of Idaho alumni. Her father, Tom Limbaugh, served as 2008-09 president of the Alumni Association, and is a member of the association's executive committee.

Beyond the gatherings and well-established traditions, the university has been developing new customs that are passed on from year to year. Of particular note, Limbaugh references the university's tradition of volunteerism and service, which has received national recognition for several years.

Building on this tradition of service, a community canned food drive has been incorporated into homecoming week's festivities and will benefit the St. Mary's Food Bank, the Sojourners Alliance and the Hope Center.

"The University of Idaho is a core element of this community," said Limbaugh. "People in the community work or are related to people who work for the university. They attend many events sponsored by university departments. They partner on community projects with the university. And they may send their kids to attend the university. Now is our turn to give back and help people learn how to be involved in helping those less fortunate."

Students will be distributing food drive collection bags on Monday, Oct. 26. Donations will be collected throughout the week, with final drop off on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Homecoming events open to the community include:

Sunday, Oct. 25
• 3 p.m.: Vandaleers concert, University Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

Monday, Oct. 26
• 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Community blood drive, Teaching and Learning Center Second Floor, 875 S. Line St. in Moscow.

• Noon: Vandal Scholarship Fund luncheon, University Inn Best Western, 1516 W. Pullman Rd. in Moscow. Join the Latah County Vandal Boosters at their weekly luncheon; tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds help support the Vandal Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, Oct. 27
• 7 p.m.: The Idaho Vandals take on Gonzaga University in volleyball at Memorial Gym, 1001 University Ave. in Moscow. For additional information, visit www.govandals.com. For tickets to this event, call (208) 885-6466.

Thursday, Oct. 29
• 5-7 p.m.: Food drive donation drop off, Alumni Office, 1212 Blake Ave. in Moscow.

• 6-10 p.m.: Clearwater Corn Maze, near 11th Street and Warner Avenue in Lewiston. The maze was created in partnership by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Kaufman Farms (three of the Kaufman's sons are University of Idaho alumni); and the City of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. Cost is $5 for general admission, and free for children 3 and under. For more information, contact the Lewiston Parks and Recreation office at (208) 746-2313 or visit www.uidaho.edu/cals/cornmaze.aspx.  

• 7 p.m.: The Idaho Vandals take on New Mexico State in volleyball at Memorial Gym, 1001 University Ave. in Moscow. For additional information, visit www.govandals.com. For tickets to this event, call (208) 885-6466.

Friday, Oct. 30
• 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Community blood drive, Student Union Building Appaloosa Lounge, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow.

• 6-10 p.m.: Clearwater Corn Maze, near 11th Street and Warner Avenue in Lewiston. The maze was created in partnership by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Kaufman Farms (three of the Kaufman's sons are University of Idaho alumni); and the City of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. Cost is $5 for general admission, and free for children 3 and under. For more information, contact the Lewiston Parks and Recreation office at (208) 746-2313 or visit www.uidaho.edu/cals/cornmaze.aspx.  

• 6-8 p.m.: Alumni Vandalfest in the Alumni Office Lounge and Courtyard, 1212 Blake Ave. in Moscow. Join other alumni in gearing up for the weekend's festivities and celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Student Alumni Relations Board. The event includes appetizers, a no-host bar and Halloween carnival games for kids to play. Official homecoming buttons will be handed out.

• 6 p.m.: Get a preview of the Idaho Vandals men's basketball team in a special exhibition game – the first of the 2009-10 season – at Memorial Gym, 1001 University Ave. in Moscow. For additional information, visit www.govandals.com. For tickets to this event, call (208) 885-6466.

• 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Screening of "Orphan" in the Student Union Building Borah Theater, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow. This dramatic thriller follows a husband and wife, who recently lost their baby, and their adoption of a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. Tickets are $2 for University of Idaho undergrad students with ID, and $3 for general admission; tickets may be purchased day of show at the SUB Info Desk.

• 8 p.m.: The traditional serpentine parade, led by President Duane Nellis and the University of Idaho marching band snakes its way past the Alumni Center, Greek residences, the Teaching and Learning Center, Wallace Residence Center and Memorial Gym, ending at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center west parking lot. The celebratory bonfire will begin at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31
• 8 a.m.: The traditional community pancake feed will take place at the fire station, corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Moscow. All proceeds for to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department.

10 a.m.: The homecoming parade, with President Duane Nellis and Ruthie Nellis serving as marshals, travels down Main Street in downtown Moscow. Community members may sit in a special section to view the parade by wearing a costume and donating a food item.

• 11 a.m.: Vandal game day tailgate in the Kibbie Dome parking lot, 1000 Stadium Dr. in Moscow. Alumni are encouraged to wear vintage Vandal gear.

Noon – 10 p.m.: Clearwater Corn Maze, near 11th Street and Warner Avenue in Lewiston. The maze was created in partnership by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Kaufman Farms (three of the Kaufman's sons are University of Idaho alumni); and the City of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. Cost is $5 for general admission, and free for children 3 and under. For more information, contact the Lewiston Parks and Recreation office at (208) 746-2313 or visit www.uidaho.edu/cals/cornmaze.aspx.  

2 p.m.: The Idaho Vandals take on Louisiana Tech for the homecoming game in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Dr. in Moscow. For additional information, visit www.govandals.com. For tickets to this event, call (208) 885-6466.

Post Game: Homecoming celebration, hosted by Athletics, at the University Inn Best Western, 1516 Pullman Rd. in Moscow. Join the Vandal family at this free reception; no-host drinks provided.

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Screening of "Orphan" in the Student Union Building Borah Theater, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow. This dramatic thriller follows a husband and wife, who recently lost their baby, and their adoption of a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. Tickets are $2 for University of Idaho undergrad students with ID, and $3 for general admission; tickets may be purchased day of show at the SUB Info Desk.

7:30 p.m.: Tubaween, the annual Halloween concert featuring the university's famed tuba players, will take place in the University Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow. Student musicians create a family friendly atmosphere full of costumes and music. Attendees are welcome to wear a costume to the performance. For more information, e-mail music@uidaho.edu.  

Sunday, Nov. 1
1 p.m.: The Idaho Vandals women's soccer team takes on the University of Hawaii at Guy Wicks Field, 1300 W. Sixth St. in Moscow. For more information, visit www.govandals.com.  

In addition to the special events, the University of Idaho Bookstore will have special hours of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. The Bookstore will offer a sliding discount to alumni based on graduation year.

For more information about homecoming festivities, including a full list of activities, visit www.uidaho.edu/Homecoming.aspx. For information about the Tradition Keepers program, visit www.uidaho.edu/idahovandals/traditionkeepers.aspx.  
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.  






About the University of Idaho
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, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.