Letter From the President
University of Idaho students, alumni and employees provide a constant source of amazement and inspiration. Their innovation, creativity and determination to solve tough challenges in a wide variety of fields fills me with pride on a daily basis.
This edition of Here We Have Idaho highlights just a few examples of how Vandals are shaping the future workforce, innovating curriculum and teaching, and devising business solutions that improve efficiency and profit.
Idaho’s future relies heavily on the availability of water and energy, and U of I researchers play a key role through computer modeling, which can help regulators form a strategy for the most effective use of resources going forward.
Vandal alumni Nick Stoppello 13’ and Pat Churchman ’15, ’16 threw the blueprint out the window with their invention. Their business, Flashpoint Building Systems, laser-etches building plans onto the subflooring at scale, improving efficiency and quality in wood-frame construction.
Online education expands access and opportunity for students of all ages wherever they might live. U of I professor Mya Groza creates engaging online courses that allow students to learn at the pace of their lives. The new Bachelor of Business Administration program prepares students to work in a business environment where more can be done online than ever before.
Over the last several years, the college athletics landscape changed dramatically. Vandal athletes and staff are continuing to adapt to the transfer portal rules and the Name, Image and Likeness policy. Along with the challenges, the new rules provide excellent opportunities for student-athletes and the university.
U of I textile and design students teamed up with Native American students to create ribbon skirts for cultural events, teaching tangible skills while learning about Native culture.
And plans to affiliate with the University of Phoenix continue to move forward. Learn more about this valuable partnership and its importance to the U of I, our state and our alumni.
As you’ll read throughout the following pages, Vandals boldly take on the challenges of a changing world.
Published in the Fall 2023 issue of Here We Have Idaho.