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University of Idaho Celebrates Homecoming with “Viva Los Vandals: Long Live the Vandals” Theme

Joe Vandal in Homecoming Parade

Bearing silver and gold, members of the Vandal tribe will celebrate what it means to be a Vandal decked out “Viva Los Vandals: Long Live the Vandals” style. Once a Vandal, always a Vandal – and they’re coming home to celebrate the 102 anniversary of the transformation from student to faithful alumni Oct. 2-8.

This year’s theme embraces the true meaning of being a Vandal, and all the traditions and pride that come along with it. Homecoming is a time to reminisce about past college days and celebrate the thousands of current students who have joined the Vandal tribe.

“This year’s theme allows Vandals to celebrate the many stages of being a Vandal – from future Vandals at birth to our Golden grads – and all the fun that comes along in between,” says Tim Helmke, associate director for alumni relations.

The weeklong event culminates with the Idaho Vandal football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Prior to the game, the Homecoming Parade will take place downtown Moscow.

The 2011 Homecoming Parade will kick off on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. with Grand Marshalls Roy and Frances Ellsworth. The Ellsworths have served on numerous boards, including the University of Idaho Foundation, the College of Science Advisory Board and the university’s capital campaign cabinet.

For more than 17 years, the Ellsworths have opened their hearts and their own home to aid homeless animals in the community through the Law Party for the Idaho Humane Society. They also co-chaired “Building Friends for Life,” a capital campaign for the Idaho Humane Society that raised more than $4 million and resulted in the building of a new, modern shelter for homeless animals in 1997.

Frances is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. During her time at the university, she also lived on Hays Hall, and was crowned the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Violet Queen and Holly Queen.

“The Ellsworths are amazing representatives of what it means to be a Vandal,” says Helmke. “They have been committed to the university through their years of service to many campus committees and university initiatives.”

For more information about homecoming festivities, including a full list of activities, visit www.uidaho.edu/Homecoming.