UI MOSS Video Wins on Own Merit

Wednesday, October 23 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – It’s a great story to tell and the public agrees.

A video telling the story of the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), a program of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, won the People’s Choice award at the 14th Annual Conference for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium in Lubbock, Texas. Almost 500 people from across the U.S. and many other countries attended the conference.

“The video tells the story of our nationally-recognized, STEM-based science school,” said Greg Fizzell, of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources and program director for MOSS. “The connection between our graduate students, who are the teachers, and K-12 students from around the Northwest, is the compelling part in this growing program.”

The video was shown at the conference in a continual loop with 25 other university video entries, including videos from Penn State, Oklahoma State, the University of Alberta and the University of Nigeria. All the videos focused on engagement and outreach. Attendees voted for their favorite, with MOSS receiving the most votes.

“People come to this conference to be inspired by universities that engage with partners beyond the academy,” said Priscilla Salant, director of the University of Idaho Office of Community Partnerships. “In the MOSS video, they saw a wonderful university program that partners with schools to produce strong scholarship, student learning outcomes and community benefits.”

Representatives from MOSS attended the conference to compete for the C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award. MOSS is one of four programs named a Kellogg Community Engagement Award winner this summer. The four regional Kellogg winners are eligible for the Magrath award. The winner will be announced in November at the annual conference of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in Washington D.C.

“We are proud of the outreach MOSS provides to students across the region,” said Kurt Pregitzer, dean of the College of Natural Resources. “To be recognized at a national level for these efforts reinforces our commitment.”

MOSS is Idaho’s only publicly operated K-12 outdoor science school and is located on the College of Natural Resources’ McCall Field Campus in McCall, Idaho. MOSS hosts more than 2,500 K-12 students annually at the residential campus where students spend up to a week engaged in STEM learning and scientific discovery in this unique setting.

View the video at www.uidaho.edu/moss.
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Media Contact: Jodi Walker, College of Natural Resources, (208) 885-2737, jwalker@uidaho.edu