Catching Up with CALS — June 3, 2020
Dean's Message — New Scholars
We are excited to announce our new class of Chobani Scholars this week. The four new scholars from Twin Falls, Jerome and Kimberly will join last year’s four from Jerome, Rupert and Wilder who are benefiting from the company’s investment in the dairy industry’s future and in Idaho.
The first four Chobani Scholars, Raquel Dimond and Kaitlin Mirkin of Jerome, Avelardo Vargas of Rupert and Alejandro Jimenez of Wilder distinguished themselves during the past academic year.
We are confident Alicia Easterday and Narcisse Mubibya of Twin Falls, Shaylyn Young of Jerome and Katlyn Scarrow of Kimberly will do the same.
In addition to supporting the dairy industry, the Chobani LLC initiative helps us expand the diversity of students in CALS by offering support for those who might have found a U of I education out of reach.
Several of the scholars noted the generous $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year each) allowed them to pursue a higher education.
The Chobani program put the American Dream within their reach, and these young people submitted thoughtful, heartfelt applications about their willingness to work hard to achieve it. Part of their application process was to produce a video outlining their career aspirations.
Last year’s scholars’ achievements included earning high grade point averages. They were also leaders. Several were named outstanding students.
With their achievements, they demonstrated both their own commitment and the Chobani program’s value.
The new cohort of Chobani Scholars promises a similar return on investment if we want to take a business-like look at the benefits.
There’s something remarkable, too, about this year’s selection in what it says about Idaho and the U.S.
Narcisse Mubibya’s family moved to Twin Falls from Africa. Now, both of his parents work for Chobani.
Kaitlyn Scarrow’s great-great-grandfather started the dairy farm in the 1940s that she wants to return to as the fifth generation after she completes her college education.
Throughout CALS we work hard to serve Idaho’s agricultural community and the state. We are thankful to have Chobani as a partner in that mission.
Michael P. Parrella
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
By the Numbers
5.18 inches of rain in May put 2020 at twice the normal for the month, according to weather records maintained by CALS Farm Operations Supervisor Roy Patten at Parker Farm east of Moscow. A deluge early the morning of May 31 dumped an inch in a matter of minutes. Normal is 2.58. The record rainfall for May is 6.97 inches in 1948.
Our Stories — 4 New Chobani Scholars Picked
The University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will welcome the next four Chobani Scholars in classes next fall. They are the second group of high school graduates chosen to receive $20,000 each from the company to support their pursuit of a four-year degree.
Chobani LLC, which operates the world’s largest yogurt plant in Twin Falls, will give each student a scholarship for four years to help them become dairy industry professionals.
“The success of the next generation of dairy farmers is incredibly important to us, and through this program we can help invest in some of the most talented and passionate young people out there,” said Jason Rahlan, director of social impact and philanthropy at Chobani. “Through this partnership with the University of Idaho, these students will learn the valuable skills needed to one day become the dairy leaders of tomorrow."
This year’s Chobani Scholars include:
Alicia Easterday of Twin Falls is graduating from Lighthouse Christian School. She intends to study animal and veterinary science at U of I in the pre-veterinary program. “I would like a career in dairy farming because of my sheer love for cows. I also feel there is a need for young people to go back to the family farm and bring new knowledge to the table to bridge the generation gap,” she said.
Narcisse Mubibya of Twin Falls is graduating from Canyon Ridge High School. The son of two Chobani employees, he intends to study animal and veterinary science at U of I in the business option program. “Growing up in Africa, agriculture was very important. My parents taught me how to raise animals. I know getting a degree from the University of Idaho will be a great opportunity, a great way to help me pursue my career,” he said.
Katlyn Scarrow of Kimberly is graduating from Kimberly High School. She intends to study animal and veterinary science at U of I in the business option program. “I am the fifth generation in a dairy farm family. My family has been milking cows on the same dairy farm in Wendell, Idaho, since my great-great grandfather started in the early 1940s. I want a job in the dairy industry because I’ve grown up in it, and I love it,” she said.
Shaylyn Young of Jerome is graduating from Jerome High School. She intends to study animal and veterinary science at U of I in the pre-veterinary program. “From the on-campus farms to the passionate instructors, I will leave not only with a degree but also with the important experiences that will help me as I go on to vet school,” she said.
“We are excited to welcome the next group of four outstanding young people to the Chobani Scholars program and to the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,” CALS Dean Michael Parrella said.
The Chobani Scholars program was established at U of I in 2018. The scholarships are for Idaho students with family connections to dairy farming and who intend to pursue a career in the dairy farming industry. The first four students enrolled last fall and completed their first year in outstanding fashion, said Matt Doumit, the college’s associate dean and director of academic programs.
Chobani has committed to fund annual scholarships at two universities — U of I and the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in New York. The commitment by Chobani is significant as a pipeline of well-educated graduates, armed with future-forward skills and modern farm management capabilities, is necessary for protecting the dairy industry’s important agricultural legacy and ensuring its future success.
Faces and Places
A new edition of Potato Production Systems was published recently by Springer Publishing. The comprehensive book includes contributions by 39 authors, 22 of whom are current or emeritus U of I faculty. The book, originally published by UI Extension in 2003, functions as a textbook for CALS Potato Science course and as a reference for potato industry professionals.
- June 3-4 — Vandal Giving Day focusing on supporting students and providing scholarships.
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