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Dean's Award: Lanny McAden

Awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.

Lanny Dean McAden, Jr.
Hometown: Del Rio, Texas
Graduation: Fall 2015

Why did you choose the University of Idaho?
I began looking at Universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho when my family was looking to relocate to the Pacific Northwest from Texas. Since I was going to be using my GI Bill to attend school, the support a university provided veterans was a major consideration for me. The University of Idaho by far is the most veterans-friendly university I found, making the decision to move here a very easy one.

Lanny McAden in Afghanistan with fellow soldiers.
Me (in the middle) on the back of my ambulance outside of Mazari-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. This is from one of my many all-expense paid government vacations which helped me pay my way through school on the GI Bill.



Dr. Steven Radil

GEOG 385 Geographic Information System (GIS) Primer

Research Project?
Militarization of American Law Enforcement


What is your favorite study tip?
My favorite study tip would be to use hand-written flash cards whenever possible. While electronic flash cards are definitely handy, having to write out a flash card helps more with retention especially if you make a mistake and have to write out a new card.

What is your go-to study snack?
A Coke and junk food.

Lanny McAden in front of a door with his two children.
My younger kids and I heading off to our first day of school in Idaho.

Campus Life

What UI memory makes you laugh the most?
There have been a lot of good times, picking just one would be too difficult.

Dorm or Greek?
Neither, I lived off campus with my wife and children.

Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
While at the University I coached the Men’s Rugby Team and served as the Vice President of the Veteran’s Club.

Lanny McAden as coach of the rugby team.
In my “spare” time I have been coaching the Vandal Men’s Rugby Team. It has been a really great experience with the added bonus of getting to coach my oldest son, who is also a student at the University of Idaho. This picture is following our victory against the Whitman College Rugby Team. I am the lone guy on the end in jeans.

Tell us

What are your plans for after graduation?
I will be continuing at the University of Idaho as a master’s student in the Geography Department.

What should incoming first-year students know?
Don’t hesitate to talk with your professors. I have never met one who didn’t what to help a student succeed at the university.

What advice to you have for other students in your major?
The best advice I can give to a geography major is to take as many statistics classes as possible. A solid understanding of statistics is essential in understanding the different aspects that make up geography.


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


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