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Vandal Parent Newsletter: March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

Bruce-Pitman-Dean-of-Students-University-of-IdahoThe 2012 Vandal Football schedule was just released with associated dates for Dads' Weekend and Homecoming. It will be an exciting and challenging season as we play last season’s number one nationally ranked Louisiana State Tigers and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels….yikes! We will also have some exciting home game opponents including the University of Wyoming and San Jose State University. It should be great fun. 

Many of you like to plan your fall weekend travels to coincide with Homecoming and Dads' Weekend. Dad’s Weekend will be November 3rd and Homecoming festivities will take place on October 6th.  Please come and join the fun on several Vandal football weekends. Consider making lodging reservations in Lewiston or Clarkston if you find the local motels already booked. It is only a short 30-minute drive to campus from the LC Valley.

This past weekend, the Vandal men’s basketball team finished the regular season ranked third in the WAC conference and competed in conference play in Las Vegas. The men won seven out of their last eight regular-season games. The women had a slow start this season but also finished strong by winning six of their last nine regular season games, and advanced to the second round in conference play and will take on top-seeded Fresno State this afternoon.

On Monday, presidential candidate Ron Paul made a campaign stop on the UI campus. He spoke to several thousand supporters and interested citizens in the Kibbie Dome. He must like the weather....this was his second visit to Moscow in three weeks! Regardless of your preferences, these events are thought-provoking and energizing activities that engage students in a crucial obligation of citizenship.  

Mid-term exams are leaving their mark on students. The lines at the coffee shops seem to be longer, and more students are taking naps in the soft furniture outside my office.

After spring break, urge your Vandal to check their mid-term grades on VandalWeb. If they are deeply concerned about a particular course, they can still make changes to their schedule. The last day to drop a class is March 28th. It is far better to drop a class that they have little chance of passing than to carry it to the end of the semester. They will devote too much physical and emotional energy to that class when they would probably be more productive in their other remaining classes.     

Did you know that the University of Idaho enrolled more freshmen National Merit Scholars than any other public university in the Pacific Northwest, including much larger universities in Washington and Oregon?

Last week, we unveiled renovations to a first-floor Wallace Residence Center project. We will renovate the Wallace Residence Center over a six-year time frame. Changes include new furniture, cabinetry, vanities, drapes, carpeting, higher security doors, and renovated lounges. The Wallace Residence Center has been a heavily used residence community for fifty years. Our housing staff are doing a great job to improve this important center of campus life.   

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is making plans to return to campus this fall. They closed five years ago due to declining membership. They retained ownership of their house on Idaho Avenue and leased it to Steel House which is a women’s cooperative. Phi Tau is eager to return and resume activities once again.

The parking lots will rapidly empty on Thursday and Friday.  A few students have obviously been getting ready for spring break and are already wearing “fake suntans”. They will return to campus with stories of adventure from their road trips and service projects.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Bruce M. Pitman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students