November 2, 2012
Many groups have gathered on the Moscow campus this week to focus on what we all value – our students – and the education and opportunities we provide.
I’d like to tell you about the members of these groups and about the effects they have on your university.
You already know about what we do for our students. I’ve often shared with you my thoughts about these opportunities, but I’d like you to hear from a student who recently wrote me.
“This scholarship has afforded me numerous wonderful opportunities for which I am very grateful…The department and faculty are great, and there are some amazing opportunities for undergraduate research that I wouldn’t find anywhere else.
“I consider myself truly indebted to the university for being in an environment which I am free to pursue differing academic interests, and have consequently developed a genuine love of learning during my stay.
“Because of your leadership and advocacy, I have been able to realize my life-long ambition of earning a degree – a degree that will catalyze my career, and a degree I’ll proudly display as a testament to the knowledge and experience I’ve gained both in and out of the classroom. I can’t wait to be able to share my success with this university in the future. Thanks again, and GO VANDALS!!”
I’m humbled by these comments and by the many people who contribute to our students’ educational and social growth. Our faculty and staff are on the front lines, but many others are actively working every day for our students and for the University of Idaho. These leaders include many alumni and friends who are generous with their time and resources.
Some serve on the University of Idaho Foundation Board, which has registered remarkable gains and is increasing our endowment and keeping it sound through wise investment strategies. Many others serve on advisory boards to help guide academic programs and colleges and thereby the university at large.
This week the University of Idaho Foundation Board held its quarterly meeting here concurrent with meetings of other university and college boards that met individually and also joined together for the Second Annual Combined Advisory Board Meeting. I’m honored to be working with the remarkable individuals in these volunteer groups who contribute to our university’s success.
Tonight we’ll recognize many of these dedicated friends and alumni at the annual University Gala – a celebration honoring financial legacy and leadership at the University of Idaho.
This includes the induction of several new members into the prestigious 1889 Society – a society recognizing alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations whose cumulative contributions total $1 million or more. The 2012 inductees include: B. Jean Adams ’50; Howard R. ’69, ’71 and Tere Lynn Foley; Myron E., Jr. ’52 and Laverda B. Johnson; and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC. Also, 31 new members will be welcomed into the Silver and Gold Society, which recognizes alumni, friends, and organizations whose cumulative giving to the university totals $100,000 to $999,999.
In addition to highlighting the annual and lifetime contributions of these and other donors and friends, we’ll recognize the progress of our Inspiring Futures capital campaign, publicly launched in April to ensure the university remains academically and financially competitive in the 21st century. The campaign focuses on securing funding four essential cornerstones: students, facilities, programs and faculty.
We are fortunate to have such a great group of individuals supporting our university---The University of Idaho.
M. Duane Nellis
P.S. Please join me in remembering the hundreds of our alumni now working to recover from this week’s Superstorm Sandy.
Grupp Recognized As An Idaho Treasure By Retirees. The University of Idaho Retirees’ Association will honor Carol Grupp Thursday with its 2012 Idaho Treasure Award. Grupp retired from the university in 2000, after 25 years of service, but she did not stop working. Rather, she moved right on to become an instrumental leader of the UIRA. “Prior to Carol’s retirement, university employees were very fortunate to have Carol championing their rights with regards to insurance contracts and other benefits. We knew we could be confident that our best interests were being represented because Carol was speaking on our behalf,” Carolyn Riggs, a U-Idaho staff retiree, wrote in a nominating letter. Created in 1995, the Treasure Award recognizes living, retired U-Idaho faculty, staff and/or family members who in their retirement years have made significant achievements in leadership to the university.
U-Idaho Welcomes New Faculty -- Library. The university welcomed 47 new faculty members this year. Two were appointed to positions at the University of Idaho library. Alex Kyrios (B.A., 2009, College of William and Mary; M.S., 2011, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) joined the University of Idaho as an assistant professor and a metadata/catalog librarian after interning at the Library of Congress. He is interested in improving library catalogs to match the way people search for information. In addition, Kathleen Monks (B.A., 2006, M.L.I.S., 2010, University of Washington) was appointed as an assistant professor and a reference and instruction librarian. She came from Texas A&M where she served as a faculty instructor of education and as a reference librarian.
Visit The Inspiring Futures Site. For more information on donor recognition or giving to Idaho during the Inspiring Futures campaign, we encourage you to visit here.