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Moscow, ID 83844-2431

Vandal Parent Newsletter: February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012

Dear Vandal Parents, 
Happy Leap Year Day!

Bruce-Pitman-Dean-of-Students-University-of-IdahoThis past weekend, the 45th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival filled the UI campus and Moscow with jazz fans. Bus loads of high school students performed, attended workshops, and enjoyed outstanding concerts.

This annual event transforms Moscow for a few fun days into a center of talent, energy, and great performances. UI students are also generally shocked to see this invasion of activity into their normal study spaces and coffee shops but take the giggling high school crowds in stride.

The men's track team won the WAC Indoor Championships this weekend. The UI will host the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this spring.

On Saturday afternoon, Delta Zeta Sorority was also installed as the newest sorority on our campus. The group formed last spring after several months of recruiting activities. Members of this sorority live together in the Wallace Residence Center and look forward to moving into a new house, which will be built on Elm Street behind the Student Union Building. This sorority has also demonstrated great commitment to academic excellence and service. Congratulations to the new members of Delta Zeta!

The first tests of the semester are over and mid-term exams are on the near horizon. Please ask your Vandal about their academic progress and urge them to use tutoring or other academic support services. We are aggressively contacting students who may be struggling in some classes. Some will respond to us and others will not. Please contact me if you feel that your Vandal needs a nudge.

If you have visited the University's Website in the past few weeks you may have noticed a few changes. The renovated website is part of an ongoing process to make access easier for users. New features include the ability to select favorite or commonly used parts of the web and bookmark them (look for the "Shortcuts" tab in the upper right corner). For a fun look at past University of Idaho websites, scroll to the bottom of the University of Idaho website and click on the Administration Building tower clock that rotates backwards.

Spring break begins in less than two weeks. We will have a “safe spring break” campaign that will focus on making good choices related to travel activities. We are still accepting reservations for the holiday bus service to southern Idaho and the Portland, Oregon, areas. You can make reservations online.

Approximately 140 UI students will be spending their spring break doing service activity. UI students will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia; Americus, Georgia; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Cosby, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hammond, Louisiana; Webster Parish, Louisiana, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Three groups will be doing service in the Idaho communities of Boise, Jerome, and Salmon. These spring break projects will focus on poverty issues at food banks, homeless shelters, and housing projects. These are some of the most powerful educational experiences possible.

Many of you may be planning to come to campus for Mom’s Weekend on April 20-22, 2012. You will want to reserve tickets for the Saturday morning Mom’s Weekend brunch that will feature the outstanding Jazz Choir and several other activities.

The fall 2012 Vandal football schedule will be announced in the next few weeks. Once the home football schedule is available, we will be able to announce dates for major event weekends such as Dad’s Weekend and Homecoming.

We will soon announce our proposed fees for the 2012-13 academic year. The proposal will then be decided by the State Board of Education at the April board meeting that will be held in Moscow. This year’s proposed increases will be smaller than the one that was approved by the Board last year.

Thus far, spring semester has been very busy and quiet. During the first week, a large snow storm closed campus for almost two days. The weather has been remarkably mild and has featured some unusually sunny days. We are not used to so much sunshine in February… has made us a little whacky. I saw a neighbor using his snow blower and wearing shorts.

Earlier in this newsletter, I made several references to spring break. Students frequently take “road trips” to sunny places or extended trips to the ski slopes rather than coming home. We promote service activities during this week and safe travels. Our mantra is “Make Good Choices”. Please encourage (nagging is also a reasonable strategy) our Vandals to make conservative travel decisions….we are also trying to deliver those messages.


Bruce Pitman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students