Alumni Association Honors Two Individuals with Treasure Award

Monday, October 18 2010

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association will present its Idaho Treasure Award to two individuals in recognition of their service and leadership to the university. Jeanne Stout and Professor Emeritus S. M. “Ghazi” Ghazanfar, both of Moscow, will be honored at a luncheon on Nov. 4 in Moscow.

The Idaho Treasure Award is presented to living, retired University of Idaho faculty, staff and their family members for their significant achievements in their retirement years.

“Jeanne and Ghazi are wonderful, dedicated members of the University of Idaho family,” said Steve Johnson, director of Alumni Relations. “We are pleased to honor their passionate contributions in service and leadership to the university.”

Jeanne and her late husband, Elmer, a 1951 graduate of the university, shared a connection with the institution that reaches back to the 1960s. Elmer had a 22-year career as director of family housing and director of purchasing.

The Stouts were strong supporters of Vandal Athletics, and had football and basketball season tickets for more than 40 years. Jeanne also was a legendary supporter of “Stride for Gold,” an annual fundraising effort to benefit women’s athletics. During the 14 years in which she participated in the event, she solicited more the $70,000 in contributions.

Jeanne continues annual scholarship gifts in her and her late husband’s names and honors their families through the Cobb-Stout grove of trees in the new University Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Ghazanfar served as professor of economics at the university for more than 40 years and retired in 2002. During that time, he was honored with a remarkable 19 Alumni Association Awards for Faculty Excellence in addition to other student organization, department and university honors. He also was a leader on campus and the community as a champion of human rights.

In retirement, he continued to teach part time until 2008. He also counsels students on research projects and presents guest lectures and invited seminars. In 2007, he founded the annual Moscow CommUNITY Walk. He serves on the Moscow Human Rights Commission and is involved in the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. Ghazanfar also currently serves on the board of directors for the University of Idaho Retirees Association.

The public is invited to attend the award luncheon on Nov. 4 at the University Inn-Best Western in Moscow. A social begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The cost is $15 and payable at the door. Those attending also can RSVP by Nov. 1 to Amber Crowley in the Office of Alumni Relations, (208) 885-6101,
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit