Silver and Gold Reception in Boise Jan. 22

Friday, January 9 2009

Jan. 9, 2009 Written by Jeff Olson MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association will honor recipients of the Silver and Gold Award and the Jim Lyle Award at a reception in Boise on Thursday, Jan. 22. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Linen Building, 1402 Grove St. The awards presentation is at 6:45 p.m. Honored guests are Dr. Larry and Kaye Knight of Boise, who will receive the Silver and Gold Award. The award was established in 1982 by the University of Idaho Alumni Association to recognize living alumni who have a distinguished record of achievement and service, thus bringing honor and recognition to the university. Kaye Knight has been a dedicated volunteer to many community organizations and helped pass the first child restraint law in Idaho during her service as president of the Idaho Medical Association Alliance. Dr. Knight began his medical practice in Boise in 1964 and focused on pathology and nuclear medicine in a broad range of community hospital, academic, governmental and independent laboratory settings. He was a founding partner in Treasure Valley Laboratory in Boise, and brought the first nuclear medicine imaging facility to Idaho. The Knights also have remained dedicated to the University of Idaho. Dr. Knight is past president of the Alumni Association and currently serves as a member of the College of Science Advisory Board. Mrs. Knight is a member of the College of Education Advisory Board. The couple received the Alumni Association’s Jim Lyle Award for their volunteerism in 2003. In recognition of the vital role science education has played in their lives, the Knights also have established a scholarship endowment at the university to support undergraduate students majoring in science education. The Jim Lyle Award, established in 1991 by Alumni Association to recognize long-term dedication and service to the University of Idaho, will be presented to three alumni. William G. Gilbert Jr. of Boise is a founding partner of The Caprock Group and volunteer leader with the University of Idaho Foundation. John Simko is a Boise attorney who has served in a number of leadership roles, including president and chief executive officer with Sunshine Mining Company, now known as Sunshine Mining and Refining Company. He has been active in leadership roles with the Idaho Research Foundation. Pat Sullivan of Weiser is an Energy Department customer relations representative for Idaho Power and past national president of the Vandal Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the University of Idaho Alumni Association’s Boise office at (208) 364-4030. Those wishing to attend should register in advance with the Boise office by Jan. 14. Tickets to the event are $25 per person to. Reservations can be made online with a credit card at # # # 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 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,

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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