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Sandra Clapp

Sandra Clapp
Sandra Clapp

History alumna and CLASS Advisory Council member shares her love for U of I and establishes a new family tradition

Bring high school students to the University of Idaho campus and they will fall in love with it. That has always been the way…

CLASS Advisory Council member Sandra Clapp ’88 History is an example of that familiar adage. The southern Idaho native didn't have a lot of exposure to U of I until she visited the university as part of the 4-H annual summer conferences.

“I fell in love with the campus and the great feel it had,” she said recently from her law practice in Eagle. “I knew I wanted to attend.”

When she talks about the university and CLASS Clapp emphasizes the top-notch education at U of I , the teacher-student rapport and the true college spirit that emanates on campus.

“I received a fantastic education and remain connected with some of my professors to this day,” said the advisory council member who also received her law degree from Idaho and now operates her own legal practice emphasizing estate planning.

Clapp said U of I is a bit of a hidden gem.

“I want the university to continue the tradition of challenging students to ask questions and be the best they can be,” she said.

Clapp, the first in her family to finish college, sees the U of I as a family tradition. Husband Roch is a graduate in Political Science. Oldest daughter Auriana recently graduated with a law degree as did son-in-law Jeremy. Daughter Mackenzie is a sophomore.

Studying at U of I was a time to learn to love the process of learning, to think outside the box and striving to take a path that may not be expected, she said.

“The professors and staff were excellent role models of leadership, moral strength and intelligence,” Clapp said. “I hope today’s students will strive to gain the same from their liberal arts education.

“There is a sense of deep community spirit that is part of the university campus that I always feel when I visit – and miss when I’m not there,” Clapp said.

Article by Sue Hinz, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


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