Reporter Joins The Challis Messenger Staff
Hunter Diehl '19 joined the staff of The Challis Messenger in September as a reporter. Diehl graduated in May from the University of Idaho with degrees in history and journalism and a minor in sociology. He graduated with honors from Highland High School in Pocatello. Read more.
CLASS Grad Joel Thomas Begins as New Orleans Saints Assistant Coach
When Joel Thomas left the University of Idaho in 1998, he left with his degree in public communications and as the Vandal Football team's leader in all-time rushing yards. After several coaching gigs, Thomas starts the 2019 NFL season with a new role as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints. Read more.
Century Construction Group welcomes Gary Roberson
Century Construction Group welcomes Gary Roberson as the new director of safety and quality control. Roberson has more than 30 years of experience in safety and management roles including heavy construction, equipment and vessel management positions. Roberson is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and environmental science, graduating magna cum laude in both degrees. In addition to Roberson’s impressive work history, he has also been active in the military working as a Combat Field Medic, Tactical Munitions Specialist and Army Reserve National Guard Intelligence Reconnaissance Specialist.
Uribe Starts as Vice Principal at McLoughlin High School
Mario Uribe (2006, criminology) began the next step of his career on Sept. 3 as vice principal of McLoughlin High School in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District. According to the superintendent, Uribe is the district's first Latino administrator in anyone's recent memory. Read more.
Amaia Stecker Named Event Planner of the Year
Amaia Pilar Stecker (2004, political science and Spanish) was named a 2019 Planner of the Year from Smart Meetings Magazine. Stecker started in politics and shifted to coordinating transportation for a three-course, plated dinner for 800 people from Washington state to Washington, D.C., overnight via Alaska Airlines. The following year, she planned the entire event, from fundraising to finish. That set her course in the industry. Read more.
Russ Gee Enters Final Year as Special Education Teacher
Russ Gee (1985, Journalism and Political Science) sat down with the Lewiston Tribune to discuss his career and successes as he enters his final of 32 years as a special education teacher. Read the interview.
Healthwise Announces Christy Calhoun as Chief Content Solutions Officer
Healthwise, a leader in evidence-based health education, technology, and services, announced today that Christy Calhoun ('92 international studies and Spanish), has been named chief content solutions officer of Healthwise, a new executive role within the company. Calhoun had previously served as senior vice president of consumer health experience. Read more.
Creative Writing Graduate Joe Wilkins Showcases Debut Novel
Joe Wilkins, a 2007 MFA creative writing alumnus, speaks with Montana Public Radio about his debut novel titled "Fall Back Down When I Die." Read or listen to the interview.
U of I Alumnus Takes Helm at Sandpoint High School
David Miles II ('00 public communication) was named principal at Sandpoint HIgh School in Sandpoint, Idaho. Previously, Miles taught social studies and served as principal at Boundary County Middle School in Bonners Ferry. Read more.
Jason Risch Joins AVANA BIDCO Board of Directors
Jason Risch, partner in the law firm of Risch PIsca, PLLC, was appointed to the board of directors of AVANA BIDCO Inc., which specializes in small business financing and management. Risch earned his B.S. in political science in 1999 and received his J.D. from the University of Idaho in 2002. Read more.
Heidy Caruso Joins Oliver Russell
Heidy Caruso has joined Oliver Russell as an account manager. She began her career in TV at KTVB before transitioning to the agency side at Drake Cooper where she was a content producer and project manager. Most recently, she was the client services manager at MarkMonitor where she helped clients safeguard their intellectual property and reputation from online risk. Caruso holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Idaho.
Katherine Johnson Promoted at Stoltz Marketing Group
Public relations alumna Katherine Johnson '06 was promoted to director of brand strategy at Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise. Johnson joined Stoltz in August 2017. She has experience in marketing and communication across a variety of industries including hospitality, entertainment and health care. She previously led marketing departments at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
CLASS Alumnus to Join Idaho State Department of Education
Eric J. Studebaker ('02, philosophy) will join the State of Idaho's Department of Education in mid-July as the director of Student Engagement and Safety Coordination. Studebaker’s responsibilities will include advanced opportunities, GEAR-UP, student safety, student health and well being, youth suicide prevention, driver’s education and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Read more.
Alumna Participates in Seven Devils Playwrights Festival
U of I Department of Theatre Arts alumna Vinecia Coleman, (2016), is a participating playwright in the Seven Devils Playwrights Festival in McCall, Idaho, this month. Vinecia's play "Two Minutes After Dawn" receives a staged reading on Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpine Playhouse. All events, workshops, classes, etc., are FREE to the public, so if you enjoy theater and want to learn more about playwriting, get thee to McCall!
Jacey Arnzen Joins Rizen
Jacey Arnzen (2018, Advertising) has joined Rizen as a graphic designer. She has experience in contemporary design and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a minor in art from the University of Idaho.
Moscow Native Rises from Tragedy to Share Music
After graduating from the University of Idaho in 2006, Michal Angela Wilson moved to Portland to embed herself as a musician in the city’s lively jazz scene. Performing under the name Michalangela with her own jazz combo and in multiple other bands and projects, her confidence grew. Then, while driving home from a gig in August 2017, she was the victim of a high-speed freeway hit-and-run accident. While she didn’t suffer any major physical injuries, it soon became clear the collision had affected her voice. In her new new-soul album “As I See It,” Wilson sings about her recovery in a song titled “Un-Mute Me.” The album is a collection of original music by her and her band. Read more.
Nishant Mohan ’18 Named to Hearst Foundation’s Top 20 List
Congratulations to Nishant Mohan, a 2018 journalism graduate, for making the Top 20 in the Hearst Foundation's breaking news writing contest. Nishant's story about the ASUI Senate's call for former Athletic Director Rob Spear to resign placed 15th in this prestigious national competition. Nishant is now an editor at Yahoo Finance.
Political Science Alumna/Law Student Interns with Prosecutor’s Office
CLASS alumna Paola Aguilar '18 (political science) is spending her summer break from the University of Idaho College of Law interning with the Payette County Prosecutor's Office. Read about how this opportunity his helping Aguilar reach her goals.
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.