Vandal Parent Newsletter: December 1, 2011
December 1, 2011
Dear Vandal Parents,
I hope that you had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving with your Vandal. Students have returned to a beautifully decorated campus and the most academically challenging weeks of fall semester.
The Idaho Commons and living groups have holiday lights that create a festive backdrop to the work of final projects, presentations, and then final exams.
Several big events will mark the end of fall semester. If you are in the Moscow area on Friday evening, December 9th, you may want to attend our spectacular
Winter Holiday Concert. Hundreds of local musicians and University students will fill the Kibbie Dome with wonderful music. On the following day, Saturday, December 10th, Winter Commencement will take place at 12:30pm in the Kibbie Dome.
Winter Commencement gives our December graduates and their families the opportunity to celebrate this important milestone when many would not otherwise be able to return for a ceremony in May.
Final examinations begin on Monday, December 12th and will end on Friday, December 16th.
Did you know that law students have two weeks of final exams?
You may want to do some Christmas shopping for Vandal gear at the Vandal Store in Moscow, Boise, or online. If you are in the Boise area you can visit the Vandal Store that is located at 821 W Idaho Street for some last minute shopping.
Spring break may seem distant but the deadline for our spring break Alternative Service Break trips is December 2nd. Encourage your Vandal to participate in this incredible opportunity to devote that week to a service project somewhere in the United States.
Teams of UI students will travel to sites to do Habitat for Humanity and urban poverty projects. The site locations will soon be announced and then students will be assigned to service teams so that they will have time to prepare. Applications can be obtained at the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action which is located on the 3rd floor of the Idaho Commons. Service and volunteerism is a hallmark of the University of Idaho. These service trips change lives.
Seats are still available for the Winter Break Bus. The holiday buses will leave campus on Saturday, December 17th, and the buses will return to campus on Monday, January 9th.
Spring semester classes begin on Wednesday, January 11th…not Monday. These holiday buses provide safe and reliable transportation when the weather and road conditions are unpredictable. You can secure reservations by calling the Dean of Students Office at 208-885-6757 or online.
Did you know that UI students are the backbone of the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department? Since 1948, UI students have lived at the Firehouse on Main Street and are the first responders who drive the fire engines and ambulances.
Many of these students are also certified EMTs and are crucial first responders when emergencies take place anywhere in Moscow. They respond to countless false alarms, actual fires, and health emergencies. Approximately 20 students live at the firehouse and carry radios to class. They are a community of scholars and first responders……and they are local heroes.
Tuition and fee charges for spring semester will be sent to your Vandal’s online account during the first week of December. You will not receive a paper statement in the mail so ask your Vandal to forward this bill to you.
The Vandal family has suffered several losses in the last three weeks as three UI freshmen have died in two car accidents. On November 12th, Wyatt Smith from St. Anthony, Idaho, and Benson Sternberg from New Plymouth, Idaho, died in an accident near Moscow. Four other students received minor injuries in this accident. They lived in our residence halls.
On November 20th, Sarah Asmus from Blackfoot, Idaho, died from injuries that she sustained in a car accident near Cascade, Idaho, as she was traveling home for Thanksgiving. Another student was seriously injured in this same accident.
As you can understand, these accidents have caused much emotional pain for families, friends, roommates, and students who were in close proximity to the tragedies. We are offering counseling and support services to members of these living groups for as long as they are needed. We are saddened by these tragedies and have great sympathy for their families and friends.
You will receive one more newsletter in a couple of weeks, and it will focus on university operations during the winter break and spring semester start-up. Let me know if we can be of assistance to your family.
Bruce M. Pitman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students