Vandals Kick Off the Year with Service and Welcome Back Events

Monday, August 12 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will welcome students back to campus with events on Saturday, Aug. 24 as part of an effort to encourage incoming and returning students to get involved with the community.

More than 600 incoming freshmen will volunteer their service to the local Moscow community during the annual Serving Your New Community – or SYNC. Students will meet on the Theophilius Tower lawn at 9 a.m. Through participation in SYNC, students will be introduced immediately to the strong tradition of service and community engagement at the University of Idaho.

“We are excited for this opportunity to serve our local community and involve incoming students who will hopefully continue to serve their communities in the future,” said Kelly McKanna, SYNC student coordinator.

SYNC participants will scatter throughout the community working on a variety of service projects, including a citywide canned food drive, a stream clean-up, tree planting, park care, and energy and water conservation efforts. Residents interested in participating in the food drive can leave non-perishable food items on their front steps or give donations to the students during SYNC.

“Establishing the relationship between the community and students is important. Freshmen perform better in classes if they feel connected to the community in which they live. We are thankful for all the community partners that are helping make this event possible,” said McKanna.

Events will continue Saturday evening with Palousafest 2013.

Palousafest is the UI Department of Student Involvement’s annual welcome back event for University of Idaho students and community members. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature activities including a mechanical bull, a concert, street fair, food and novelties.

The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with more than 150 informational booths lining Sixth Street. The informational booths are a combination of student organizations, departments and local businesses. Last year, roughly 5,000 people attended Palousafest.

Known for his 2008 single “Rock & Roll,” Palousafest 2013 will feature musician Eric Hutchinson at 8 p.m. Runaway Symphony will open the concert at 7 p.m.

“It’s exciting to see the department of student involvement work with Vandal Entertainment to bring amazing entertainment to the students and community,” said Sammi Gunning, ASUI Vandal Entertainment board chairman.

The event is sponsored by the University of Idaho Department of Student Involvement, Associated Students University of Idaho, ASUI Vandal Entertainment Board, and the Idaho Commons and Student Union Building.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires 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 Big Sky Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: 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.