Pirates! Passion! Treasure! Duels!
Adventure on the high seas brings together Theatre alumni.
Lepper Named Outstanding Educator at RCTC
Jeff Lepper ’08 (MFA creative writing) received the 2019 Outstanding Educator Award from Rochester Community and Technical College. Lepper has been an English faculty member at RCTC since 2010 and currently serves as the division chair. Read more.
Kucera Starts as Membership and Events Director for Downtown Missoula
Chelsee Kucera ’17 (Master of Public Administration) has joined the Downtown Missoula Partnership staff as the membership and events director. Kucera will be responsible for all the membership initiatives, events and programs for the Missoula Downtown Association. Read more.
CLASS Alumna Named Coeur d’Alene Teacher of the Year
Lakes Middle School teacher Rebekah Comstock ‘04 (education and sociology) has been named Educator of the Year for Coeur d’Alene Public School. Comstock teaches art, leadership and yearbook. Read more.
Nomee Balances Work with Family Business
Shaina Nomee ’17 (organizational sciences) – who currently serves as the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Reservation extension educator – offers advice in the Coeur d’Alene Press on how to operate a family business. Read more.
Hawes Joins Riverstone International School
Gretchen Hawes has joined. Riverstone International School as business office assistant. She has experience working in the tech industry, HR, payroll and accounting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology ’94 with a minor in sociology from the University of Idaho. (From Idaho Business Review)
Fecteau Named Head Coach
Phil Fecteau, a seasoned golf instructor and player, is St. Andrews University’s new men’s and women’s golf coach. Fecteau earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Idaho in 1987. Read more.
Cary Jones, Political Science Alum, Honored by Trade Group
Cary Jones (political science, 1974) has been honored for his leadership and dedication to Douglas Timber Operators (DTO). Jones, who served as Executive Director of the Oregon-based forest products trade association, left his position in June 1999 after more than six years leading the group. Read more.
Casper Bendixsen Named Director of the National Farm Medicine Center
Casper "Cap" Bendixsen, who earned bachelor's degrees in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Idaho, has been named director of the National Farm Medicine Center, part of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. Read more.
Christina Lords Becomes Top Editor
Christina Lords, who holds a journalism degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Media, has been named editor for the Idaho Statesman. Lords has been interim local editor since December. Read more.
Adie Bartron Named Senior Account Manager
Adie Bartron, who holds a degree in advertising from the School of Journalism and Mass Media, has joined Stoltz Marketing Group as a senior account manager. Previously, she worked at Oliver Russell for eight years, managing projects for Smithsonian, Nature Valley and The National Recreation and Parks Association. Read article.
Ashley Dowell Appointed by Governor of Idaho
Ashley Dowell, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from U of I, was appointed executive director of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole by Governor Brad Little. Read More.
Alumn Publishes Children's Book
Lisa Bell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, has published her first children's book, "Norman the Watchful Gnome." In this bedtime story, Norman takes readers on a journey through Norman’s colorful vegetable garden while carrots, zucchini and more settle in for the night. Read more about Lisa Bell's book.
Alumn Named Chief Operations Officer at Northwestern Mutual
Chelsea Wallace has been promoted to chief operations officer at Northwestern Mutual in Colorado Springs. Wallace has held several roles during her 10 years at Northwestern Mutual, including recruiter, director of operations and assisting with veteran hiring initiatives. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in advertising and communication studies from the U of I School of Journalism and Mass Media. https://www.businessbreakingnews.net/2018/12/movers-shakers-chelsea-wallace/
Alumn joins Idaho Humanities Council board
Shelley McEuen-Howard, who earned a bachelor of science in English Education and a master of arts in English from the University of Idaho, has joined the Idaho Humanities Council, the nonprofit state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. McEuen-Howard is currently a professor of English and general education at the College of Southern Idaho. Read more about McEuen-Howard.
CLASS Graduate Named Idaho’s First Female U.S. Attorney
Lewiston native and University of Idaho political science graduate says it was a strong sense of self that helped on her path to becoming Idaho’s first female U.S. attorney. Read more.
Scott Brown Hired as CLASS’s Director of Development
A warm welcome Scott Brown ‘05, a Moscow native and University of Idaho graduate, to the role of director of development for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences! Brown returns to the Palouse after 13 years of living in Portland, Oregon. He utilized his anthropology degree to work for a small history museum in Portland before spending the last decade working for Nike, Under Armour and Adidas in multiple marketing and product creation roles. Prior to accepting his development role at the University of Idaho, Scott was a director of footwear at Adidas. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-7885.
Music Alumnus Featured in American Theatre Magazine
Since graduating from the University of Idaho and Lionel Hampton School of Music in 2012, Jesse Sanchez has not slowed down. After working on the “Hamilton” tour and “In the Heights,” Sanchez was profiled in American Theatre magazine for his work raising up voices of color. Read more.
Marching to the Beat of Philanthropy
Like many U of I alumni, Doug ’75 and Judith ’75 Gross loved listening to the University of Idaho Vandal Marching Band on their visits to campus. When Judith passed in 2012, Doug honored her by establishing the band’s first-ever endowed scholarship in her name.
“Between rehearsals, performances and extra events, Vandal Marching Band members — all full-time students — dedicate hundreds of hours throughout the fall,” said Spencer Martin, director of athletic bands. “The Judith A. Gross Marching Band Memorial Scholarship allows us to reward a student each year who goes above and beyond the call and who represents the best of the University of Idaho. It is a truly special gift.”
Over the past six years, Doug and his wife Mary Hasenoehrl have continued to support the Vandal Marching Band in Judith’s memory, including their recent spring Vandal Giving Day matching gift that went toward the band’s new uniforms.
To support band scholarships or help the band replace their 16-year-old uniforms, please contact the U of I Foundation at 208-885-4000 or email@example.com.
Sloan Security Group Named Innovative Company of the Year
Sloan Security Group – based in Boise, Idaho – was selected the 2018 Innovative Company of the Year as part of the Idaho Innovation Awards. The program, organized by Stoel Rives LLP, Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council (ITC), is designed to recognize the innovations and entrepreneurs that are helping to drive Idaho’s economy. Sloan Security Group is led by CEO and Founder Brice Sloan, a 1993 history graduate from the University of Idaho. Congratulations to Brice and the team at Sloan Security Group!
Steven Bowman Joins Borton-Lakey in Meridian
Steven C. Bowman has joined Borton-Lakey law offices in Meridian as part of the firm’s litigation team. Bowman has 25 years of experience and began his career in law with a clerkship with the Honorable Harold L. Ryan, chief federal judge for the district of Idaho. In 1993, he joined Holland and Hart, becoming a partner. Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from the University of Idaho and is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.