Lunches with Leaders discussion with Rob Spear

Lunches with Leaders

Lunches with Leaders | Meet, Eat, Listen & Engage

This monthly lunch series provides an opportunity for students to meet with campus and community leaders in a small conversational setting.  Learn from our speakers’ stories and the journey they have taken to get where they are.

Join us one Wednesday a month at 12:30 pm in the Clearwater Room on the first floor of the Idaho Commons. Free lunch is provided.

Wednesday, October 15th featuring:
 Mike Beiser; Coordinator for Outdoor Programs
"A time to lead and a time to follow, and what ethics has to do with it"

Mike has worked with the U of I Outdoor Program since 1983, first as Asst. Coordinator, under Jim Rennie, the past 20 years as Coordinator. He served as interim Asst. Director of Student Activities and Leadership 2000-2001.  As a member of the design team for the Student Recreation Center, his greatest dream became a reality, designing a $1.5 million climbing facility.  He also teaches as adjunct faculty for the Division of Movement science and the College of Natural Resource, Recreation and Tourism. Prior to employment at the University of Idaho he worked as a Climbing Ranger for six years at Grand Teton National Park and as a Mountaineering Ranger at Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska for another year.

As a practitioner he has climbed throughout the World, kayaked and rafted many western rivers and in 91/92 took a yearlong 6000-mile sailing trip with his wife Teresa and 1year old daughter Genoa. Still though, he feels his greatest accomplishments have been in organizing student trips and expeditions from the volcanoes of Mexico and Sea of Cortez, to the summit of Denali (Mt. McKinley, Alaska), and of course down the many rivers of Idaho. 


Leotina HormelWednesday, November 19th (Aurora Room, Fourth Floor of the Idaho Commons)
Leontina Hormel; Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology 

I grew up in Ephrata, Washington. Many of Ephrata's residents are economically tied to farming and the Grand Coulee Dam. Growing up here, I became keenly aware of how rural people can oftentimes feel invisible politically and how their livelihoods can be integrally tied to government development projects, like the Grand Coulee Dam. The research I have pursued since becoming a sociologist has in one way or another always been influenced by my experiences growing up with folks in Ephrata. My research expertise includes the areas of political economy, international development, social and environmental inequalities. Being fluent in Russian language (obtained at Eastern Washington University), I have studied and researched in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Armenia and Karabagh. My current research brings me closer home to the state of Idaho. I am involved in interdisciplinary research that examines the socio-cultural impacts of local communities in Idaho youth's pursuits in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

Wednesday, February 18th


Wednesday, April 1st

Wednesday, April 29th