Spring Commencement Includes 46 Degrees from Idaho Falls Campus

Thursday, April 14 2011


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 46 degrees this spring at the University of Idaho's Idaho Falls campus.

The candidates applied for 14 baccalaureate degrees, eight doctoral degrees, two specialist degrees and 22 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees.

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,556 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate, earning a combined 1,638 degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 102,703 graduates and 110,394 degrees.

The Idaho Falls commencement ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Willard Arts Center Colonial Theatre, 450 A St. in Idaho Falls. The commencement speaker will be AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC, President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Shakir.

Shakir oversees the development of the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility in Idaho Falls. This multi-billion, state-of-the-art facility will enrich uranium for use as fuel in commercial nuclear power plants. The project will break ground this year, and begin first-phase commercial operation in 2014. In this role, Shakir will lead the team of industrial and business experts to license, design, build and ultimately operate AREVA's new flagship enrichment facility in Idaho.

Prior to his current appointment, Shakir held various positions at AREVA, including vice president of sales and strategy for spent fuel management, where he helped AREVA become the leading U.S. supplier in spent fuel storage solutions. He also was the director of strategy for the U.S. backend sector, with focus on developing strategies and working with industry stakeholders on how best to implement recycling of light water reactor fuel in the U.S. using AREVA's global expertise in this area.

Previously, Shakir worked with ABB in the nuclear power sector, and spent three years at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland operated by Baltimore Gas and Electric, where he supported plant operations and led critical outage-related projects. He also has worked for Canadian engineering consulting and construction firms.

Lineup for commencement begins at 6:30 p.m. Students or guests with disability-related needs are invited to contact Carol Baldwin at the Idaho Falls Center at (208) 282-7900. Please contact her as early as possible to allow time to arrange needed services and access. Requests are very difficult to arrange on the day of commencement.

Tickets are not required; however, seating is limited. Students are asked to RSVP with the number of guests they are bringing by calling Carol Baldwin at (208) 282-7900.

The President's Office will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. Friends, family and faculty are invited to join in congratulating the new graduates. Light refreshments will be served.

More information about the Idaho Falls commencement is available online: www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx.

President's Medallion
The President’s Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.

The University of Idaho proudly presents the President’s Medallion to Harold W. and Enid Lee Davis of Idaho Falls.

• Harold W. Davis has a full slate of community service, including many years with the Boy Scouts of America in a variety of leadership roles. He served locally on the boards of Idaho Falls Symphony, Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Child Development Workshop and Board of American Indian Services.

He served on the advisory boards of Idaho Falls LDS Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, LDS Social Services and Idaho Falls Park View Hospital. Harold also served as chairman of Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium Organ Fund and United Way, and co-chairman of the Miracle Network Telethon.

At the state level, Harold served as president of the State Board of Education, board member for the State Building Authority, member of the Workforce Development Council, chairman of the Idaho Statewide Engineering Education Advisory Council and on the legislative advisory committee for Families Supporting Adoption.

For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Harold has held several roles, including: Idaho Falls Temple president, patriarch, bishop, stake president and teacher. He also has served on humanitarian assignments to the Philippines and Romania.

Harold currently is the chief financial officer of Electrical Wholesale Supply Co. Inc. Prior to his current role, he served as past board chairman and president/CEO for the company. Previously, he was superintendent of the City of Idaho Falls Electric Light Division, and was an electrical engineer with Philips and for Sandia Corp. In his professional role, he has served on the national advisory boards of GTE-Sylvania, Square D and the National Association of Electrical Distributors.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M.

• Enid Lee Davis also has served her community with distinction. She was president of the Bonneville County Republican Women's Club. She served as conference coordinator for the Idaho Falls District Conference for the American Mothers Inc., and served as district coordinator for the same organization. She also served on the nurturing committee for Habitat for Humanity.

She has served on the boards of American Indian Services; Idaho Falls Symphony; Idahoans' Concerned about Adolescent Pregnancy; the YMCA; and the Bonneville County United Way. With her husband, Harold, she co-chaired the Medical Miracle Network Telethon.

At the state level, Enid served as legislative committee co-chair for Families Supporting Adoption – Idaho; Counseling Licensure Board member; president of the American Association of Women; and a member of the Governors' Task Force on Children.

For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Enid has served in many roles, including: teacher; relief society president; primary president; young women president; Cub Scout den mother; and drama director. She also served on a humanitarian mission to the Philippines with her husband; on a humanitarian mission to Romania; and as a missionary to the LDS Texas-Louisiana Mission.

In her professional career, Enid served on the Counseling Department Advisory Board at Idaho State University, was a film producer for "Temple by the River," served as director of the ISU Family Education Counseling Center, and served as chairperson of the Licensure Committee for the Idaho American Personnel & Guidance Association. An advocate for adoption, she was a member of the Steering Committee Region X Adoption Center-Child Welfare-Seattle. Enid also worked a clinical practitioner for LDS Social Services, and a teacher in home economics, science and English.

She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Alberta (Canada); a master's degree in counseling from Idaho State University; and a doctorate in counseling/counselor education, with an emphasis in mental health counseling, from Idaho State University.
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About the University of Idaho
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