UI Celebrates Mom’s Weekend Gala, Niccolls Building Renovation Open House April 4

Tuesday, March 25


MOSCOW, Idaho – March 20, 2014 – Newly renovated child development and foods laboratories will welcome visitors to the University of Idaho’s Niccolls Building Celebration and Open House April 4 during Mom’s Weekend.

The 1952 building serves as home to the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the largest academic unit of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 4, with UI President Chuck Staben, college dean John Foltz and school director Sonya Meyer.

The renovation improved the design of the Child Development Laboratory, which enrolls preschool–age children from the community. The lab offers college students a place to learn about children’s developmental stages, eating habits, learning and other topics.

The Carmelita Spencer Foods Laboratory provides a setting for food and nutrition students to learn about the nutritional aspects of foods and their preparation. The new lab is arranged theatre-style, with work stations to accommodate small groups of students, who can also watch the instructor teaching in a commercial-scale and quality kitchen.

Food and nutrition students can earn degrees in nutrition or through the coordinated dietetics program, which prepares graduates to qualify for the registered dietitian exam and licensing.

A generous supporter of the renovation project, Joyce Munson will be honored the evening before as a distinguished alumna. A 1942 graduate, she went on to a 30-year career in dietetics. The Silver and Gold Celebration in her honor is planned Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Inn Best Western in Moscow. Tickets are $10 per person, and those attending are asked to RSVP online at www.uirsvp.com and select Niccolls-Joyce Munson.

The Mom’s Weekend Gala sponsored by the college will follow the Niccolls Building event on Friday. The gala is an enhanced version of the wine and cheese tasting event originated by CALS Ambassadors and the UI Dairy Club. The gala will offer the chance to sample local cheeses, wine and sausage, the latter produced by Vandal Brand Meats on campus.

The gala is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Tickets are $20 apiece or $35 for two and can be purchased at the door or online at www.sites.uidaho.edu/uirsvp.