U-Idaho Alumni Association Hosts Latah County Silver and Gold Celebration

Thursday, March 21 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho — In April, the University of Idaho Alumni Association will bestow special awards to some of its most accomplished members at Silver and Gold Day ceremonies across the state.

The Latah County Silver and Gold celebration will honor three chapter members at a reception from 6 - 8 p.m. April 4 at the Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road in Moscow. Cost is $20 per person for hors d'oeuvres and no-host beverages. Idaho Gold members pay only $10. Register through April by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (208) 885-6154 or visiting www.uirsvp.com.

The region’s 2013 honorees are:

Joy Irving ’64, who will receive the Jim Lyle Award, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in what then was dubbed home economics. Beginning in 2008, she became a board member on the university’s Leila Old Historic Costume Collection. The educational apparel collection includes pieces dating back to the Civil War and is owned by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

In addition, Irving is a generous donor to her alma mater. She created the Dwight and Melva Hoffman Engineering Excellence Endowment, has made significant gifts to the Niccolls Building renovation project and contributed to George Irving Chemical Engineering Scholarship Endowment honoring her husband.

“Joy is the epitome of a ‘glass half-full’ person who sees and acts upon a myriad of opportunities to enrich the lives of others,” said Edward McBride, who works in the university’s development office.

Created in 1982, the Jim Lyle Award recognizes the contributions of any living individual or couple whose shown long-term dedication and service through volunteerism. The award is named in honor of Jim Lyle, who served as U-Idaho alumni director from 1946-1969.

Richard and Barbara Bull will be recognized as honorary alumni. The couple has served the university, community and state during their more than 40 years in Moscow. In 1967, Richard joined the university’s faculty as an assistant professor specializing in cattle nutrition for the department of animal and veterinary science.

For decades, Richard and Barbara have been active volunteers with Vandal Athletics, operating the scoreboard for basketball games and serving as football statisticians during home games.

Richard Bull has served as director and president of the U-Idaho Parents’ Association and has devoted more than three decades of service with the local Lions Club. He also served on the board of directors of the U-Idaho Retirees Association and has served as its social chairman. Barbara Bull is an active adviser for Delta Delta Delta and is a member of the local alumni and sorority chapter in Moscow.

Honorary Alumni Recognition is given to individuals selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Awards and Recognition Committee. Individuals selected must show distinction while providing faithful service to U-Idaho.
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