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.
Theatre Alum Joins Chicago’s Blue Man Group
After graduating from the University of Idaho in 2015, Micheal Smith (BFA Theatre Arts) moved to Chicago and auditioned for the Blue Man Group. After a yearlong training program, Smith is now playing the "left" role. Read more.
Ken Walston Publishes Fourth Book in Weiser History Series
Ken Walston ‘57, a CLASS alumnus and Weiser, Idaho history buff, recently published the “Golden Age of Weiser, Idaho. Book 4.” The “Golden Age” books are a series chronicling the history of Weiser and are available at the Weiser, Payette and Ontario public libraries, as well as bookstores in Weiser and Ontario. Book four covers from 1892 to the end of 1895.
Roy Eiguren Named Board Chairman of American Red Cross of Greater Idaho
Roy Eiguren (’74 political science, ’78 law) has been appointed the new chairman of the board of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho. Eiguren is the managing partner of Eiguren Ellis Public Policy. Previously, he was an attorney at Givens Pursley and special assistant to the administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also served as chief of the legislative and administrative affairs division of the attorney general of the State of Idaho, as a deputy secretary of state and as an Ada County deputy prosecuting attorney. Read more.
Amy Agenbroad Promoted to Staff Assistant for Senator Mike Crapo
Amy Agenbroad ’18, a native of Nampa, will assume responsibilities for arranging tours for Idahoans visiting Washington and will greet office visitors and be the first voice many Idahoans hear when calling the Washington office. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Idaho and previously served as an intern in Senator Crapo's Washington, D.C., office.
Paige Conrad Joins James Madison Swimming & Diving As Assistant Coach
2014 psychology graduate Paige Conrad joined the James Madison University Swimming and Diving team as an assistant coach. Conrad previously worked at Illinois State University, where 14 of her athletes were named to the all-conference team and held an average 3.5 GPA. While at the University of Idaho, Conrad was a four-year swimmer, competing in the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke. Read more.
Music Alum Celebrates 62-Year Marriage That Started with a Saxophone
Though they knew each other at St. Maries High School, it took a saxophone solo during a church Christmas program over a college break for Nelson and Marilyn (’61, music education) DePartee’s love story to begin. Read more.
Buck Knives Hires International Sales Manager
Lindsey Phelps, a 2004 international studies alumna, has joined Buck Knives as the company’s international sales manager. her new role, Phelps will be responsible for working with Buck’s industry leading network of overseas distributors to support their efforts and identify new growth opportunities. Read more.
Alum Opens Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena
On July 1, Chelsia Rice (2011, MFA Creative Writing) took ownership of the Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena, Montana. Read more about the store.