The new year is here, we have all have our festivities planned out, and many are coming up fast. One of the most exciting is a birthday around the corner. On Jan. 22, the University of Idaho will kickoff its 125th anniversary with celebrations in Boise. Check out events in the area and those leading up to the main event.
With the 2014 legislative session open, many of our students, faculty and staff will be visiting the state capitol the same week to gain insight into what's happening at university locations around the state. As part of this Legislative Breakfast , students are invited to talk about their positive experiences as Idaho students and how financial aid has helped in their academic career and future plans. This event allows students to talk directly with legislators and stress the importance of higher education in the state of Idaho. In 2013, students met with 63 legislators!
Get ready to celebrate with us. It's going to be an exciting and busy month!
Steven C. Johnson ’71
Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Jan. 16 - Thirsty Thursday in Denver |
Jan. 16 - Thirsty Thursday in Twin Falls |
Jan. 21 - Legislative Breakfast in Boise |
Jan. 21 - Meet the Vandals in Boise |
Jan. 22 - UI celebrates 125th Anniversary in Boise |
Jan. 23 - Meet the Vandals in Idaho Falls |
Jan. 24 - VSF Winterfest Banquet in the Magic Valley |
Jan. 30 - UI celebrates 125th Anniversary in Moscow
View more 125th Anniversary events on the alumni calendar.
125 Years in Photos
The University of Idaho Library has been scouring its wealth of resources to put together these stunning photos of 125 years on the university campus. Go ahead and click. Just try not to get lost in the fun. If you're really feeling nostalgic, check out the campus building photo collection of architecture past and present.
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Genesee Educators Earn Presidential Honor
A big congrats to Genesee, Idaho, educators Tauna Johnson '93 and Donna Wommack '87 - recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They were selected from 102 nominations nationwide.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to teach in a supportive school and community that strives for excellence." - Wommack
"Teaching science to children opens doors to real-world experiences, and I am grateful that I am able to instill my passion for science in my students." - Johnson
Read what the Genesee superintendent had to say
Surprises in the SUB
There are a few orange construction cones still up, but the renovation of the Student Union Building's second-floor foyer, study area and brand new Vandal Ballroom is nearing a close. Construction on the 15,000-square-foot space started last fall, and is scheduled for completion within the next 30 days. A team of about 40-50 local craftsmen had a hand in the project, including TML Construction of Hayden, Idaho, and Castellaw Kom Architects of Lewiston (owned by two Vandals).
The lobby boasts new carpet and a new speaker and lighting system throughout. New furnishings and a massive tech upgrade will make it easier for students to stay plugged in and comfortable while they study.
The new 4,400 square-foot Vandal Ballroom was constructed in the previous locations of the Silver and Chiefs meeting rooms to provide a mid-sized event space on campus. It can seat around 250 guests while the International Ballroom across the way seats 450. Dividing panels will allow the room to be split into three spaces.
A small meeting room off the study area has been renamed the Chiefs Room, and there are new men's and women's restrooms on the same floor.
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Pro Bowl Bound
Mike Iupati named to 49ers' High Eight
Just before joining us Vandal grads in 2010, Mike Iupati was chosen 17th in the 2010 National Football League draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Even though he didn't play football until he was 14, Iupati became Idaho's highest draft choice since Ray McDonald was the 13th selection in the 1967 draft. He leaves Idaho as the most decorated player in school history as a consensus All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist. He also was part of a revitalized Vandal football team that won the 2009 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl behind one of the highest rated offenses in the country.
Joe Knows ... What to do With All Those Pennies
The University of Idaho Found Money Fund
of Idaho was established in 1981 with three cents
by professor emeritus Terry Armstrong. It now consists of $333,621.15. All found money is invested in the University of Idaho Trust and will be available for use at the university's bicentennial in 2089. It is expected the fund will be worth several billion dollars at that time. Only the interest will be used in perpetuity to enhance the image of the university.
Find a penny or nickel on the ground? Pick it up for the University of Idaho!
Donations can be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Relations, 1106 Blake Ave. in Moscow or mailed to U-Idaho Gift Administration, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3147, Moscow, Idaho 83844-3147.
Read the complete history