University of Idaho Alumni Association Honors Jack and Helen Yuditsky

Friday, March 26 2010

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Jack and Helen Yuditsky of Coeur d'Alene will be presented with the University of Idaho Alumni Association's Jim Lyle Award on Thursday, April 15, as part of the Kootenai County Silver and Gold Celebration.

The event takes place at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 South Second Street in Coeur d'Alene, from 6-8 p.m., with an awards presentation at 6:45 p.m.

The Jim Lyle Award recognizes an individual or couple who has shown long-term dedication and service to the University and/or the Alumni Association through volunteerism.

One of the Yuditskys' strongest supporters is Director of Athletics Rob Spear.

"Their passion for the University of Idaho is unparalleled," said Spear in his nomination of the Yuditskys. "Time is one of life's most valued commodities, and we are fortunate that Jack and Helen have dedicated a major portion of their time to the university."

The couple has a 50-plus year history of attending Vandal athletic events and a more than 30-year association with the Kootenai County Vandal Boosters. During that time, they've assisted with an untold number of alumni and athletic booster events. Jack is a past member of the Vandal Scholarship Fund board of directors and was named National Vandal Booster of the Year in 1991-92.

Jack and Helen also have a long history of financially supporting the university. They created an endowment for the university library and contributed to the building of the J.A. Albertson Building. Helen has been a 50-year supporter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Jack found a creative way to support the Vandal Scholarship Fund by producing 2,000 silver coins that were used as "flipping coins" at football games and sold to the public.

Cost of attending the Kootenai County alumni chapter's Silver and Gold Celebration is $25 per person for hors d' oeuvres and no-host beverages. The public is invited to attend. RSVP online at or call (208) 885-5366 with any questions. Suggested dress attire is business.

Featured university officials include University President M. Duane Nellis, Alumni Director Steve Johnson and Athletic Director Rob Spear.

The alumni chapter also will recognize Kootenai County scholarship recipients Maura Franz and Sasha Kopriva of Coeur d’ Alene at the event.
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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. For information, visit