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Here We Have

Fall 2018

Innovation from Within

Big Ideas Start With Vandals

“One of my U of I professors took a special interest in me and said, ‘You would be great in advertising’ after reading a paper I wrote. That moment in time led me to explore changing my major and persistently work toward my goals, laying the foundation of building a successful career.” — Michelle Aragon, class of ’97, SVP business solutions, Magna Global


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University of Idaho magazine | Fall 2018

Here We Have

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The Catfish drone floats in the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The drone is being programmed with artificial intelligence to survey the lake autonomously.

Above: The Catfish drone is lowered into Lake Coeur d'Alene during a test mission in July. Computer science students at University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene are in the process of programming the submersible device. Find out more on Page 16. Photos by Melissa Hartley

IN EVERY ISSUE 3 From the President 4 News Gems 30 Class Notes 37 Vandal Snapshot

FEATURES 6 Life's a Pitch 9 Idaho Entrepreneurs Program 11 Student Vignette: Kenny Sheffler

12 Voices of Idaho: Payton 14 16 18 21 23 24 26 28

McGriff Empowering Latina Entrepreneurs A Hub for Shared Breakthroughs Invention Pipeline Feeding Idaho Success in the Fifth Quarter Job Centric Design-Build Program Connects Architecture Students with Real Clients The Path to Pay It Forward


HERE WE HAVE IDAHO The University of Idaho Magazine Fall 2018 • Volume 35, Number 1 President Chuck Staben Vice President for Advancement Mary Kay McFadden ’80 Executive Director Communications and Marketing Stefany Bales ’96 Executive Director Office of Alumni Relations Kathy Barnard ’81 Alumni Association President John Rosch ’98 University of Idaho Foundation Chair Andrew Emerson ’97 Managing Editor Jodi Walker Creative Director Emily Mowrer Copy Editor Brad Gary Writers and Contributors Rosemary Anderson ’17 Emily Bailes Amy Calabretta ’03 Leigh Cooper Tess Fox ’18 Brad Gary Brian Keenan Kate Keenan Payton McGriff ’17 Joshua Nishimoto ’09 Erin Rishling ’99 Savannah Tranchell ’08 Jamie Wagner ’94 Jodi Walker Photography U of I Photo Services Melissa Hartley Joe Pallen ’96 Sam Mayfield Mark Vander Sys For detailed information about federal funding for programs mentioned in this magazine, see the online version of the relevant story at The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educational institution. © 2018, University of Idaho Here We Have Idaho magazine is published twice per year. The magazine is free to alumni and friends of the university. The University of Idaho has a policy of sending one magazine per address. To update your address, visit or email alumni@ Contact the editor at



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PRESIDENT his issue of Here We Have Idaho magazine focuses on how the University of Idaho supports innovation, industry and the economy. I spell that out right upfront because I’m excited about a theme that connects the interrelated components of our land-grant mission. U of I boasts teaching and learning that changes lives, research and scholarship that make an impact, and a statewide outreach and engagement presence. To make progress on the critical challenges of today and tomorrow, U of I is exercising its leadership to help our state and world grow and prosper. A close look at our university’s programs, our people and our initiatives — the kind of view you’ll get in this issue of Here We Have Idaho magazine — finds U of I seizing those opportunities in dynamic, exciting ways. Students are at the center of that success story for helping our world prosper. At our Administration Building, you'll find a plaque mounted in the entryway. For more than four years it has been an honor to walk by this inscription and be reminded of our forward-looking mission: “Erected by the Commonwealth of Idaho for the training of her future citizens to their highest usefulness in private life and public service.” Those are lofty ideals, but they also emphasize practicality and hard work. You’ll find no ivory towers in Moscow or any of our statewide locations. We hold our doors wide

open to students and community members from all walks of life, and we’re proud of the hands-on, practical education students experience and help shape. You’ll see what I mean as you read about students taking on a design-build project at a Caldwell winery. You can also see it in the work of alumna Payton McGriff, whose entrepreneurship provides school uniforms, health care and scholarships to students in Togo. And it’s prevalent in the efforts of a group of fraternity brothers who took skills and money gleaned from student business competitions to create Safeguard Equipment, a business that's working to save lives in the utility industry. In fact, if you’re measuring economic impact, as we have done, you’ll find that the primary contribution U of I makes to our economy is an educated and engaged workforce — Vandal graduates leave U of I ready to lead and succeed. Our research enterprise and our Extension efforts also come together to make a difference for economic vitality. In my presidency, this direct engagement has been a special point of emphasis. We’ve carved out a new Office of Economic Development and an Office of Technology Transfer to more effectively connect our research expertise with the strong demand for innovation and development. As just one example here, Idaho’s abundant agricultural sector — whether it’s the wheat fields of the Palouse or the farm fields of the Magic Valley — offers proof positive of U of I success in crop development and industry partnership. Spurring economic development and prosperity presents a tall order for any institution. But anchored by our land-grant mission, we’re finding new ways to help students, industries and communities succeed. We’ll continue to confidently build on that tradition of excellence.

Chuck Staben, President



Limagrain Cereal Seeds presented U of I with a $1.1 million check in June from sales of wheat varieties developed by College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers.

Landscape architecture students

BLAZE A TRAIL FOR CYCLISTS in the Hagerman Valley through collaborative design of recreation trails.

Classes resembled camp this summer as 11 CNR students explored the McCall Field Campus in the pilot session of


A Titan-bound drone designed by Associate Professor Jason Barnes is one of two finalists for funding from


U of I helps Idaho residents with big ideas: The Patent and Trademark Resource Center provides information on patent and trademark licensing.


connects Idaho inventors with volunteer patent attorneys.

Alumna Luz Stegner uses languages to bring new bilingual teaching practices to Idaho’s schools.

U of I Extension weaves education into fashion through development and marketing of




News and feature stories from around the state. Read more articles at or follow the University of Idaho on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


a new speaker series in Boise, brings U of I’s big ideas to the Treasure Valley in a bi-monthly event.

Two Vandal alumni are providing clean energy to Central and South America through a SOLAR ENERGY ENDEAVOR in Idaho.

Miranda Wilson, associate professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, re-created a five-string cello to perform Bach’s “Six Suites for Solo Cello” as it was originally intended during the seventh annual Idaho Bach Festival.

TED Talk popularity hit center stage for Jared Sorenson, who designed the set for TEDxBoise as an extension of his graduate school experience in theatre arts.

The Chobani Foundation is investing in Idaho’s future through scholarships in dairy education.

U of I built a NEW


growing demand for fish-based protein.

U of I was named one of Princeton Review’s

384 OUTSTANDING COLLEGES and universities for 2019, based on factors including academic excellence.

Vandals are leaders on campus, using their own interests to create more than 200 clubs and activities in which to engage.

Improving highway materials paves a path for seven international engineering students and the roads of their home countries.





each April, innovation and big ideas dominate the University of Idaho as students showcase their real-world solutions during a series of competitions that also transform the Moscow campus into a hub of ingenuity for hundreds of visiting high school students. Vandals learn how to grow ideas The Engineering Design EXPO and into successful ventures the Idaho Pitch and Business Plan Competition — part of Innovation By Savannah Tranchell Month each April at U of I — tackle Photos by Melissa Hartley and Joe Pallen global problems and have launched dozens of new Vandal-led businesses around the world. The Bruce M. Pitman Center is home to EXPO — now 25 years strong. Students pack elbow to elbow into what is dubbed EXPO Hall to explore shared ideas and spark curiosity in the younger attendees. EXPO drives teams of students to engineer a better elbow or solve water quality and dam issues, prevent cyberattacks and explore the future of robotics and alternative energy. The capstone projects are the culminating experience for undergraduates to showcase their skills as engineers. For Matthew Harned, whose senior capstone project was part of EXPO 2018, such projects are exciting and provide opportunities to create novel solutions to industrywide problems. His team was tasked with providing solutions for industrial forklifts for industry partner Hyster-Yale Materials Handling. The functional prototypes are now with the company. “Being able to work on real-world problems and provide solutions that can make a difference for the company, its bottom line and for its employees is so incredible. I didn’t realize I would get to do real work like this when I started at U of I,” Harned said. While EXPO teams showcase their displays to the throngs pouring through EXPO Hall, other groups of students prepare to share their big ideas in a more intimate setting on the opposite side of campus.



Top: A team of young engineers demonstrates the group's capstone project during Engineering Design EXPO 2018 at the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Bottom: U of I students pitch their ideas to investors with prize and startup money on the line during Idaho Pitch.


gives students a direct venue to sell their ideas to real-world investors. Student teams meet with dozens of judges including CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to share their pitches, demonstrate prototypes and compete for startup funding. Students compete for significant startup funding at U of I’s event in addition to bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars through participation in the College of Business and Economics’ Idaho Entrepreneurs program and engaging in competitions around the region and nation. Over the years, that prize money has supported dozens of startups and inventions, including the MotoTrax snow-bike company, the nonprofit S H E | Style Her Empowered, The Forever Shower and Safeguard Equipment. Safeguard started as an idea between fraternity brothers Tim Ledford, Brandon Bledsoe and John Thompson in fall 2015. “Two of us were business students, the other was an electrical engineer. We had a desire to start a meaningful company,” said Ledford, who now serves as CEO at Safeguard. “At the time, we weren’t sure what kind of business, but knew it had to be something that we were attracted to and passionate about.” That’s when the three seniors realized they each had friends and family working as utility linemen or around high-voltage power. Growing up, they knew the danger of the job and had been affected by family and friends who had been injured. “As we started doing more research, we found out the true dangers that utility workers face. There’s a 1 in 50 chance of death in their lifetime career,” Ledford said. “In developing countries, the chance of death as a utility lineman is closer to

1 in 4, which is ridiculously high.” Their idea was simple: Create a wearable device that could alert utility workers of the presence of a live power source and reduce the risk from shock. To make that idea a reality, the Safeguard team turned to the Idaho Entrepreneurs program (see related story). By spring semester, they had won $32,000 at regional pitch and business plan competitions. After graduating in May 2016, the trio took other jobs while hoping to build up Safeguard. But, after about six months, they knew they needed to run the company full time. In November 2016, they pitched to a group of angel investors in Spokane and received their first major investment. Eighteen months later, Safeguard launched its product — Compass — with five employees and an office in Post Falls. Along the way, Ledford, Bledsoe and Thompson have received support from U of I, regional investors and Avista Utilities — which Ledford said has been their biggest cheerleader.


like Safeguard’s are what U of I’s innovation programs are all about: Students finding solutions to actual industry problems. That concept is the foundation of the College of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which hosts an annual pitch event. Now entering its third year, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program recruits 20-30 engineering students each year to tackle the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering. The challenges — selected by the National Academy of Engineering — revolve around sustainability, security, health and joy of living. “The Grand Challenge Scholars Programs is a way for students to transcend traditional academics, get their hands dirty solving a real-world


Tavara Freeman is putting her Grand Challenges prize money to work inspiring young students to pursue engineering.

problem that has real implications for real people,” said Daniel Robertson, program director and faculty in the College of Engineering. “It’s about actually having an impact and making a difference in the world.” Students in the program include Kenny Sheffler, who examined ways to increase sustainability at U of I by creating an anaerobic digester (see story on Page 11). They focus on five skillsets: learning how to do research; working on an interdisciplinary team; having an entrepreneurial mindset; building social consciousness; and having a global perspective and crosscultural understanding. During the pitch event, the students work to sell their ideas to members of U of I’s Academy of Engineers — eminent engineers who are alumni or deeply connected to Idaho’s strong legacy of global engineering impact — including SpaceX co-founder Tom Mueller and former Micron CEO Mark Durcan. Private donations fund the winners, and last year the program awarded about $30,000, Robertson said. The first graduates of the program will cross the stage during the spring 2019 commencement ceremony. Robertson is excited to see the future of ideas that have been developed by that first class. “It’s not enough to generate a technological solution — you have to be able



to propagate that around the world somehow,” Robertson said. “It’s not enough to just solve the problem and not be aware of the business side of things.”


of developing a company — from business to marketing to engineering and everything in between — is an important aspect of the entrepreneurship programs. It’s a lesson the Safeguard team has learned, too. “We initially thought that when we created an innovative product that could disrupt safety practices, people would just come,” Ledford said. “They’d intrinsically want to buy a device that could save lives as well as money for corporations. That’s not the case. You must convince people, regardless of the invention, of its worth.” The Idaho Entrepreneurs program helped him develop the skills to lead and sell his product, Ledford said. Students were constantly practicing their pitches with each other, sharing constructive criticism and pushing each other to be better. “The judges at these pitch competitions were influencers and CEOs of large companies in Idaho. We were getting advice from some of the brightest minds in the state,” he said. “When they talked, we’d listen.” Now they’re joining the ranks of successful startups from U of I, with another generation of event winners and big ideas right behind them. And like those who came before, Ledford said, they’re looking forward to building a company that gives back. “Our vision is to save lives, give back, and encourage others to innovate in their community,” he said. “We wouldn’t be here today without all the people who poured into us from the University of Idaho and surrounding communities.”




is an ideas man. Just not his own ideas. “I don’t have good ideas,” said Tanner, director of the Idaho Entrepreneurs program in the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics (CBE). “But the truth is, in entrepreneurship, it’s not so much the idea as it is the execution.” That’s why his role as coach and mentor of the dozens of ideas percolating through the program is so important. “I’m really careful to not say, ‘That’s a dumb idea.’ I’m older, I’m in a different place. Things pop up and go that I would never think would be successful,” Tanner said. “It’s less about the idea, and more about the business model — have they thought through the idea? Do they have a target market?” Those are the lessons Tanner tries to impart as he pushes his students to think beyond the idea to the practical application of running a business — and guides them to success.


The Idaho Entrepreneurs program began in the early 2000s as Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works, or VIEW. When Tanner joined the program in 2012, the college gave it a new name and a renewed focus. The program’s goal is to offer interdisciplinary, university-wide training to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Participants include students from nearly every college at U of I.

“The best startups are always collaborative; they involve multiple colleges,” Tanner said. “Every winner I’ve had has been more than one college involved. It’s an engineer, a scientist, a food scientist, a business student, an accountant.” The signature events of the program are Idaho Pitch every April and the twice-a-year Business Plan Competition. That’s where teams of students in the program get the opportunity to sell their idea to realworld investors, CEOs and business leaders from across Idaho. While there is real money on the line — the teams can win thousands of dollars in startup funds for their ideas — the bigger benefit comes from honing and practicing their pitching skills. “You can pitch 20, 25 times and work that room. You get feedback every time you pitch someone,” Tanner said. “By the time the night’s over, you’ve got a new skill that will translate to a career.” For his part, Tanner considers himself less of a teacher and more of a coach. “We teach classes, and then we do lots of development. This is a very experiential program,” Tanner said. “We’re trying to take all those things students have learned and cap that off with a startup experience — teach you how to go through ideating a new business, planning and modeling, learning how to pitch it, actually get students ready for real investor pitches.”

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Students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship don’t have to commit to majoring in business. CBE offers an entrepreneurship academic certificate. At just 12 credits — or about a semester’s worth of study — students from any discipline can take courses in entrepreneurship, new venture creation and accounting. There are also entrepreneurial emphasis areas for those studying human resources, management and marketing, and Tanner is working on a minor in entrepreneurship. Learning how to sell an idea and the logistics of starting a business can benefit any degree, he said. And the payout is real. Since coming to U of I, Tanner estimates businesses started in Idaho Entrepreneurs have received around $5 million in investments, with $750,000 given away during the pitch and business plan events. The entire program — including the funds awarded at each event — is privately funded and more than 100 different organizations have participated as judges for the contests. And while the students are limited in how they choose to spend their prize money, most use it to invest in their ideas. “They leave us with a bunch of checks — with money and some skills. But man, that next year or two, if they’re really doing this, it’s like getting a graduate degree in entrepreneurship. It’s fun to see that happen,” Tanner said. “I feel fortunate not to have a real job. I get to play with the startups and work with young students. It’s the best.”


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n summer 2017, Kenny Sheffler filled a water bottle with excrement from his brother’s dog and left the contraption in the sun. Within a day, the bottle had inflated and the waste had decomposed — turning into biogas and fertilizer. “It was really disgusting,” said Sheffler, a senior at the University of Idaho. But the gross combo was the beginning stages of a clean energy system, aided by anaerobic digestion, which can produce fuel suitable for cooking and even heating homes. An electrical engineering major in the College of Engineering, Sheffler was inspired to build his own backyard digester after studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, in spring 2017. At USP, Sheffler took a course on renewable energy sources. Until then, he’d never heard of anaerobic digestion, a process that involves the breaking down of organic material — like food scraps or animal waste — to create a biogas. Nearly everyone living in the island’s rural communities has a digester of some sort, Sheffler said. When he returned to the Palouse, Sheffler was committed to introducing a biogas harvester to Moscow. In October 2017, he won a grant from U of I’s Sustainability Center to conduct a feasibility study on whether biogas from an anaerobic digester could offset the natural gas used at U of I’s power plant. Wood chips are the primary fuel source at the U of I Steam Plant, but non-renewable natural gas, which releases significant carbon emissions, is reserved as a standby. Sheffler also won a gold prize in the College of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Pitch Event. With his prize money, he went to Michigan State University last spring to tour its anaerobic digestion plant. Sheffler is incorporating the findings into his feasibility study for U of I. A Potlatch native, Sheffler has aspirations of working for a renewable energy firm on global projects — especially in developing nations. “It’s a dual benefit,” Sheffler said. “Everybody has waste and it has to be dealt with in some way. You might as well benefit from your own waste.”



STITCHING A NEW FUTURE By Payton McGriff Payton McGriff is a 2017 U of I graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is founder and executive director of S H E | Style Her Empowered. Learn more at www.


s a senior at the University of Idaho in 2016-17, I enrolled in my first entrepreneurship course. I did not consider myself the "entrepreneurial type" and saw this class as an opportunity to explore ideas I might pursue later in my marketing career. Little did I know, I would soon be traveling to Togo, Africa, winning the “triple crown” of entrepreneurship competitions in the Northwest and turning down what had been my dream job — all within three months. My business concept for the entrepreneurship course was to help girls in developing countries get an education by providing school uniforms. I talked to Lori Wahl in U of I’s Apparel, Textiles and Design Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and was quickly hit with some jarring feedback: simply giving girls school uniforms was not empowering them at all but leaving them more reliant on foreign aid. Determined to create a positive impact with a thoughtful business approach, I created a model where girls learn to sew their uniforms, giving them short-term relief from the financial barrier of uniforms while providing the long-term skills to empower them. Then I met Romuald Afatchao with U of I’s Martin Institute. Originally from Togo, Afatchao has led service-learning trips to the West African nation for several years. He offered me the opportunity to do in-country research on a spring break trip. I spent every day in Togo learning firsthand the needs of these young girls. I knew Togo was the perfect location to


pilot my idea. I spent spring 2017 attending business pitch competitions around the Northwest. I won the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge in Boise, the Northwest Entrepreneur Challenge in Spokane and the Idaho Pitch Competition in Moscow, raising nearly $35,000 to launch my company in July 2017. Two weeks before graduating I was offered my dream job in marketing analytics. What happened next still surprises me: I turned down the job to pursue my company: S H E | Style Her Empowered. Within two months, three more alumni of the College of Business and Economics joined S H E. Allison Mattson, Dylan Raymond and Christine Gillaspie helped me open our office in Togo and raise enough money to welcome 65 girls into the program. Today, when a donor gives $150, a girl in Togo receives a new school uniform, a full-tuition scholarship for a year, free health care, a library card and year-round mentoring, skills training and personal development programs at S H E – Togo. We now have our sights set on opening a girls’ school in the town of Notse. We’ve launched a fundraising campaign in the U.S. and are gaining partnerships with businesses as far away as New Zealand to raise the necessary capital. My experience is a wonderful example of the collaborative potential available at the University of Idaho. The U of I community continues to support us along this journey, and we could not be more proud to be Vandals.


rom the perspective of Dietmar Kluth ’66, College of Business and Economics (CBE) alumnus and retired business executive, an entrepreneur identifies a need, implements an idea and uses products or services to fill that need. But what shapes a successful entrepreneur is harder to define, and creating an effective platform for students to develop the necessary skills and entrepreneurial spirit is trickier still. Kluth believes a strong academic foundation goes a long way toward building a successful entrepreneur, along with goal setting, hard work, good timing and more than a little luck. He found the slam-dunk he was looking for — the intersection of textbook academics, hands-on practice and real-world mentorship — in the Idaho Pitch and Business Plan Competition, part of the Idaho Entrepreneurs program. These competitions require student teams to present a formal business proposal to a panel of business professionals and venture capitalists. As a University of Idaho Loyal Donor for over 29 years and lead sponsor of the Business Plan Competition, Kluth judged the first year of the competition (2004) and every year after through 2013. Kluth is pleased with the “evolution and enthusiasm” of the program as a valuable hands-on learning experience. The competitions also offer a safe, supportive space for students

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to network and develop globally competitive ideas. As a testament to the success of the Idaho Entrepreneurs program, some of its student participants went on to launch the business they presented. In 2017, four CBE alumni founded S H E | Style Her Empowered, a Boisebased company that improves access to education and year-round skills training for young women in Togo, Africa (see story on opposite page). In 2015, a CBE alumna, her husband and two friends opened Four Friends Kitchen, a restaurant ranked as one of Denver’s best breakfast spots in 2018. Given the student successes so far, Kluth is enthusiastic about future possibilities. He believes CBE will continue to build a reputation for excellence and evaluate the current model to identify ways to “flesh out” more opportunity. Kluth envisions CBE creating an entrepreneurship major that could provide an even deeper foundation for budding professionals. Kluth’s commitment to authentic learning opportunities with veteran guides is evident in the vibrancy of the Idaho Entrepreneurs program. “Find a mentor,” he said. “They see your potential and can push you in the right direction.”


U of I Extension creates programs to support aspiring Latina businesses By Amy Calabretta | Photo by Sam Mayfield

Kathy Casillas and husband Daniel Zarco at the grand opening of their restaurant, Patagonia Grill, in Twin Falls.



ulie Kulm of Boise had been considering starting her own business for several years, but it seemed daunting. A new entrepreneurship program from University of Idaho Extension finally gave her the tools she needs to make that business a reality. “It’s been in the back of my mind for several years now, and I just hadn’t taken the steps to get it going,” Kulm said. “I’ve taken some other small business planning classes and you’re in a room and you get all of the information in a couple of hours, but to come home and get it on paper was the hard part. In this one, I was quietly in my own home having to think through all of these steps, and so I feel much more confident that I have the business plan and have it written down.” The free U of I Extension program, DreamBuilder, was launched in February 2018 to help people like Kulm. Participants complete 15 online modules on topics like marketing, bookkeeping and sales, and business laws and regulations. At the end of the program participants have a draft business plan to help them succeed. The program was written by the University of Arizona’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and is offered in English and Spanish. “I thought the step-by-step module was very straightforward. The business plan isn’t done or perfect, but at least it gave me blanks to fill in and think about, and I really appreciate that," Kulm said. DreamBuilder is one of several U of I Extension programs recently implemented in response to the growing trend nationwide — and in Idaho — of new businesses being opened by women, particularly women of color. “Women are opening more businesses than men, but they tend to be less successful in the long run,” said Paul Lewin, U of I Extension specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. “So, combining what we are hearing from citizens plus what we learn from the secondary data, we decided to explore this idea to support Hispanic women.” All the icons, language and cartoons in the online program are women. For Kulm, the focus on women was another positive aspect of the program. “I think it did make me a little more comfortable just because I think that us women internalize a lot and maybe don’t have the courage to plunge in and just do it,” Kulm said. “I did like that all of the examples were women that I could definitely relate to.” Stacy Springer, U of I Extension instructional designer, helps to facilitate the program by encouraging the students and ensuring they have the learning objectives needed for each course. “The first 12-13 modules are talking about ideas for businesses,” Springer said. “When they get to module 13, it walks them through creating their business plan. At the end of the course they have that information to take and

My dream was to open my own bakery and own my own business. Now we’re living the dream. Kathy Casillas

try to get financing.” While Kulm’s business idea is in the early stages, other DreamBuilder participants are taking the next steps. Kathy Casillas opened a restaurant in Twin Falls in April 2018 and is participating in the program because she knows she has much to learn about running her own business. “The course I’m taking helps me a lot because it shows me what other people are doing to be successful,” Casillas said. “My dream was to open my own bakery and own my own business. Now we’re living the dream.” Lewin is conducting research comparing the business success of Hispanic and non-Hispanic women in Idaho. The goal is to better understand the difference in their approach to customize future U of I Extension programs to meet their needs. U of I Extension also teamed up with the College of Law to produce printed and online educational materials focused on several legal aspects related to starting a new business. Workshops in Boise, Burley and Caldwell in summer 2018 used these materials as well as the DreamBuilder curriculum. The six-week workshops and two-day trainings focused on networking and confidence building and were designed by U of I Extension educators Jacqueline Amende, Surine Greenway and Liliana Vega. “Face to face they are meeting others like them and networking, which may help their confidence,” Greenway said. “They are able to get feedback from people in the field they are in.” Additional research is also being conducted on the role of children in Latina businesses. “U of I Extension has a statewide system, and that puts us in a unique position to serve communities,” Vega said. “We’re going to give unbiased information, and our true goal and mission is to make sure that our communities are educated to make the best decisions for themselves.” 15


BREAKTHROUGHS U of I Department of Computer Science takes up shop alongside tech startups in Coeur d’Alene’s Innovation Den By Brad Gary | Photos by Joe Pallen

hen an Inland Northwest medical packaging company was looking for help in further automating its production lines, it didn’t have to go far. University of Idaho computer science students happened to be studying the practice in downtown Coeur d’Alene and jumped at the chance to help eastern Washington firm Unicep with its automation lines for filling and packaging medical liquids. One Vandal student spent the summer of 2018 working with the company on the project. Amid the hoopla of aspiring technology companies and fast-paced telecommuting, the department that is part of U of I’s College of Engineering has set up shop downtown to better connect its students to the action. The department is one of about 60 tenants in the Innovation Den, the



former Coeur d’Alene Elks building at 418 Lakeside Ave. that has been renovated into an incubator of sorts — complete with a coffee shop and barber on the ground floor and multiple conference rooms and public co-work spaces. In between the steel frames, exposed brick and pop art peppering the walls are offices where tech firms are trying to make a go of it and looking to each other for solutions to their logistical questions. “Entrepreneurs, startups, we’re part of that and that’s really exciting,” said Robert Rinker, associate chair of the Department of Computer Science at U of I. “We’re among them and that’s exciting because they come in and ask. We literally have drop-ins and they say, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’” Rinker is one of four faculty members and a handful of staff who moved to the basement of the Innovation Den in September 2017 to

better connect students with entrepreneurial companies like Unicep — and potential job opportunities down the road. The Coeur d’Alene computer science program is itself a pipeline of sorts. Students complete their first two years at North Idaho College and the second two years with U of I in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The relatively new partnership is geared to house as many as 50 students in each of the two cohorts who take some classes both in the basement of the downtown location and via video conference from faculty members in Moscow. Adrian Beehner is one of those students. Beehner graduated in May 2018, receiving the first bachelor’s in computer science from the program at the Innovation Den. With tech employees stopping by to ask questions about his projects and brainstorm their own, Beehner said he

feels a “whole vibe” in the den that’s different than a typical classroom. He started graduate school this fall in the department’s computer science robotics lab. “It’s kind of surreal in a way,” Beehner said. “Everyone is so close to you in terms of networking. It’s just really cool to have that.” Beehner’s not the only ambassador. Computer science staff members appoint themselves as tour guides about five times each day as visitors interested in the building and its academics pop inside. The startup atmosphere is familiar for John Shovic, a computer science faculty member at U of I Coeur d’Alene. Before his time in the classroom, Shovic spent 25 years in the tech industry and was involved in a few ground-up companies. “People wander in and say ‘Hey, I hear you've got robotics,’” he said.

“A number of those people have interest in education, a bachelor’s or a master’s.” The focus in Coeur d’Alene has been on robotics, including Baxter, a 300-pound red, black and humansized robot students taught to make coffee last year using a Keurig coffee maker. The cohort’s current venture is Catfish, a small, computer-assisted watercraft that will eventually map and sample the waters beneath North Idaho’s lakes and rivers autonomously. Like a self-driving car, the yellow, push lawnmower-sized submarine will soon take samples and perform research at the bottom of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The machine itself was built by Coeur d’Alene maker space Gizmo, though U of I students continue to develop the artificial intelligence programming that makes it operate. Computer science students partnered with the Idaho Water Resources

Research Institute at U of I and the Idaho Water Lab in Boise so the drone will be able to assist with a deep-water quality assessment of the lake. Beehner and senior Samantha Freitas worked on the device over the summer with the goal of setting up a navigation system. Catfish was connected to its researchers by a 2,000-foot-long fiber-optic tether during its maiden voyage. The team hopes to soon cut that tether and let the device maneuver on its own. Such expertise is essentially why the student experience can be so valuable, Rinker said. A company might be looking for some sort of automation and will look to the students to help with the computer coding to help with that process. “It’s kind of like everyone’s benefiting from it, having the robotics lab there,” Beehner said. “It’s just so cool to have all that downtown.” 17


PIPELINE Tech Transfer Spurs Discovery: University researchers support Idaho economy with inventions and discoveries By Leigh Cooper ven fish get sick. And the diseases that result in fish death are a plague on hatcheries and other aquaculture-related industries. One illness, called bacterial coldwater disease, can literally kill up to a third of the commercial supply. At the University of Idaho, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences researcher Kenneth Cain

THE PIPELINE Developing Fish Vaccines

In 1999, Kenneth Cain, professor and associate director of the Aquaculture Research Institute, joined the U of I Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences as an expert in fish health and aquaculture. Follow him and his colleagues through the development of a fish vaccine.



is working with a pharmaceutical partner to develop and commercialize a fish vaccine to prevent the illness and save large chunks of inventory at salmon and trout farms. “Once commercialized, the vaccine will help Idaho because there are so many aquaculture facilities here. Aquaculture is also expanding worldwide as the need to feed the world continues to increase,� said Cain,


The Problem

Bacterial coldwater disease afflicts fish in the salmon family around the world. The disease can kill more than 30 percent of hatchery fish and treatments are costly.


The Fix

Cain and his graduate students invented a vaccine for coldwater disease. If 2- to 3-inch fish are immersed in the treatment, the vaccine saves more than 60 percent of fish that would have otherwise died.

associate director of the university’s Aquaculture Research Institute. Like Cain, countless U of I researchers produce inventions and discoveries over the course of their careers — including 20 who disclosed inventions last year. The process of sharing this new technology with industrial partners and creating marketable products and services is called technology transfer. But most researchers don’t have the background in intellectual property law and marketing necessary to bring a product to market. At U of I, the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) helps researchers make that shift from ideas to store shelves. “Researchers come to us and say, ‘I think I’ve changed the world,’” said Jeremy Tamsen, director of OTT. “We’re here to help disseminate that knowledge and technology and advance society, which is squarely in our land-grant mission.”



Cain disclosed the invention to U of I’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), which evaluated the vaccine’s marketability and whether there were other competitive solutions to the disease.

After testing whether the vaccine could be produced economically and sold on a sizable scale, a large pharmaceutical company licensed the patent for the vaccine from U of I.

The Patent

The Company



Cain and OTT are supporting their pharmaceutical partners while they earn U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for the vaccine.

After USDA approval, Cain’s pharmaceutical partners will sell the vaccine to commercial aquaculture companies and state hatcheries. Once on the market, it could help salmon producers recover millions of dollars in losses each year.

The Approval

The Product

Patent Pending

U of I can protect intellectual property created by faculty and staff by registering a patent, trademark or copyright on the inventor’s product. Then, only companies that license the invention from U of I can legally produce the same product. U of I sees

revenue by charging royalties for the rights to use or produce its products. After U of I recovers patenting costs, the inventor receives 40 percent of licensing royalties. The college or (Continued on next page)


Researchers come to us and say, ‘I think I’ve changed the world.’ We’re here to help disseminate that knowledge and technology and advance society, which is squarely in our land-grant mission. Jeremy Tamsen

Jana Jones and Jeremy Tamsen of U of I's Office of Research and Economic Development

program that was the source of the invention collects 20 percent, and the remaining 40 percent funds OTT and future patent applications. OTT is happy to work with faculty at the proposal phase and help plan for an invention’s development. That process starts when a researcher informs Tamsen and OTT about a discovery. OTT analyzes whether the invention is patentable, the product’s marketability and whether a university patent application is warranted. The process of applying for a patent can take years and cost between $20,000 and $220,000 — mostly the result of attorney fees. Consequently, OTT generally only invests in products likely to be impactful. For example, Cain’s vaccine could save more than 60 percent of fish that would have otherwise died. At times, OTT will opt to protect the intellectual property of a nonroyalty-bearing invention that benefits Idaho. One such product is Blaze: Secure the Shelter, a computer simulation created by a U of I team with an eXtension Innovation grant that illustrates how people can lessen the risk of wildfire to their homes, ultimately reducing the burden of firefighting on governments and other institutional resources. “For us to patent an invention, it needs to be either better than existing products or economically cheaper to produce,” said OTT Licensing



Associate Lokesh Mohan, who conducts patent searches on inventions to discover similar products. OTT also negotiates with potential partners to bring patented ideas into reality. Tamsen suggests researchers visit with OTT early in the process of an invention to allow time for market research. “We can tell researchers what the market needs and what the companies are looking for,” Mohan said. Once the invention is patented, OTT will negotiate licensing fees with interested companies. Sometimes, Tamsen said, businesses offer suggestions that can turn a B idea into an A+ product.

Growing Together

Faculty members disclose and patent their inventions to protect both their rights and the university's, Tamsen said — and to stimulate commercial research and development. Otherwise, the research may advance science but not the economy or society. Sakae Casting is one company partnering with U of I on product development. The Japanese firm is working on a new way of cooling used nuclear rods with the College of Engineering’s Richard Christensen and R.A. Borrelli, Boise State University and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. In 2017, the group received a $237,898 grant through the Idaho

Department of Commerce’s Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission program, which helps organizations transition inventions into products. Sakae Casting even opened a branch in Idaho Falls to facilitate its work. “I would like to contribute to the economies of both countries by advancing development projects in the United States and re-importing them to Japan,” said Takashi Suzuki, CEO of Sakae Casting USA. “There are a lot of Japanese companies that want to develop something new and innovative in the U.S.” That the university is actively engaged in helping businesses grow is a huge selling point for entrepreneurs thinking about coming to Idaho, said Jana Jones, U of I’s executive director of economic development. In addition to bringing in outside business, technology transfer can support startups with the background to commercialize U of I inventions. Tamsen said the university can provide breaks in licensing fees, access to facilities and product testing. When these relationships work well, the money that launched the original research — often federal funds — has much greater reach. “One dollar of federal funds can suddenly turn into $25 in the economy,” Tamsen said. “That is the tremendous impact of translating university intellectual property into a startup company.”


IDAHO By Leigh Cooper

cross the properties that make up the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, U of I researchers work to provide solutions to agricultural problems across the state and tackle questions about everything from food processing and workforce development to human dietary needs and water resources. One subset of researchers focuses on breeding plants that will enhance crop quality, reliability, productivity and disease resistance. These researchers often develop plant varieties that U of I or regional organizations license to seed companies. Individual businesses will even sometimes sponsor U of I researchers to breed plant varieties for their exclusive use. Some of U of I’s successes and current projects throughout the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station include:

1. Wheat Soft Asian noodles and bread are both made of wheat, but the genetic differences in the crop help create starkly different textures. And U of I breeders continually tweak the grain using current genomics technologies. Jianli Chen, associate professor at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center and D. Blaine Jacobson Endowed Wheat Breeding Professor, is currently creating wheat meant to solve emerging or re-emerging problems stemming from warming growing seasons. She wants her wheat lines to be resistant to the wheat-eating Hessian fly, a fungal disease called fusarium head blight and a genetic protein defect. Although numerous companies license U of I wheat seed, the university works closely with Limagrain Cereal Seeds. “They use their established sales staff to promote our owned and jointly owned wheat varieties, which are excellent for production throughout the Western United States and specifically the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark McGuire, associate dean of research and director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station. (Continued on next page) 21

2. Mustard Mustard is much more than a hot dog topping. Matthew Morra, a professor in the Department of Soil and Water Systems, and LouiseMarie Dandurand, a research associate professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology, are testing whether the chemical responsible for mustard’s spicy taste can be repurposed for biopesticides and food preservation. Dandurand is testing the efficiency of a mustard-meal — the seed minus the oil — biopesticide on potato cyst nematodes, which are agricultural pests of potatoes. Applied prior to planting, the biopesticide kills the nematode eggs, and the animals cannot hatch to feed on potato plants.

3. Canola Canola, a relative of rapeseed, can be used for culinary oil and animal food stock, but finding new or niche markets can be important for the success of a breeding program, said Jack Brown, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. Brown and other U of I canola breeders have pounced on a number of these smaller markets. In response to some countries — and some Americans — not wanting to purchase genetically modified canola, U of I developed the only non-genetically modified canola on the market. U of I was also the first to produce a canola low in polyunsaturated fats. Beyond opening new markets, U of I’s breeding program has improved canola productivity: Farmers planting winter canola earned $142 per acre in 1992 and now earn $456 per acre, while spring canola profits have risen from $227 per acre in 1992 to $848 per acre.

4. Potatoes Because each new potato variety takes 10-15 years to develop, test and license, breeding potatoes is a marathon, not a sprint. A good potato variety needs to produce high yields, have the classic potato taste and texture, and store well. Potatoes can easily build up sugars in storage, which results in darker-colored fries — a no-no in potato processing. U of I researchers work with their counterparts at the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program, or the Tri-State Program, which includes Oregon State University, Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. Together, they develop and evaluate the potato selections emerging from regional breeding programs. Only potato varieties that meet the potato industry’s high standards are subsequently released for commercial production.




Business, Law, Vandal Football alumnus ADAM JURATOVAC finds his way motivating today’s athletes for the future

By Rosemary Anderson dam Juratovac ’09, ’10, ’12 is a multi-tasker. He can balance a high-profile social media presence, manage his own law firm, write for the NCAA and appear in a Netflix documentary — all while making the time to stop at In-N-Out Burger before a friend’s wedding. Just like the popular California burger chain, Juratovac has a secret ingredient of his own. Surrounded by Ivy League tech moguls and innovators in Silicon Valley, he has three University of Idaho degrees: a bachelor’s and master’s in accountancy from the College of Business and Economics and a business law degree from the College of Law. “Being a Vandal is part of my brand and history,” Juratovac said. “I found success not by adapting to the old way, but by building a new network.” While the Palo Alto native was earning his degrees, he also played as a lineman on the U of I football team and helped the Vandals to victory in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. He managed the full schedule maintained by studentathletes as a Vandal and later competed for an Arena Bowl championship in the Arena Football League before a rotator cuff injury ended his dreams of being an NFL player. Fortunately, his U of I education enabled him to switch careers after his playing days came to an end. “I’m glad I had a fallback plan,” Juratovac said. “My law professors gave me real-world tools for a small campus. Now I take that education and apply it to the bigger community.” Realizing other young athletes might not have benefited from a

college education, Juratovac founded AthletesLTD, a multimedia educational platform that enables athletes to share their stories, develop life skills and use marketing tools to build successful post-sport careers. Juratovac hosts social media workshops throughout the U.S. and gives advice to studentathletes on the NCAA webpage, sharing the lessons he learned as a Vandal player as well as strategies he developed while working with more than 100 professional athletes. He even plays a part in “Last Chance U,” a Netflix documentary series focusing on the football program at East

Mississippi Community College. “Having marketable skills after graduation is extremely important for young athletes,” he said. “Being an Idaho athlete and graduate taught me how to be a leader, and I’m lucky to share those skills with the next generation.” Shortly after completing his law degree, he founded Juratovac Law to help other entrepreneurs start successful businesses like his own.

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You really will get a ton of great experience. Jackson Taylor

JOB CENTRIC Partnership gives Vandals IT experience, job prospects

By Emily Bailes | Photo by Melissa Hartley



Left: Jackson Taylor, U of I senior, is learning full-stack software development thanks to the university's partnership with Fenway Group.

yle Tolliver is a skilled computer programmer. He’s an even better career coach. He learned the latter as a technical lead for Fenway Group, a firm that hires students as associate consultants to develop immediate information technology (IT) solutions for their clients and mentors them to get hired full time after they graduate. Tolliver, who now coaches at the University of Idaho, was part of the first group of Fenway student consultants at Louisiana Tech in 2012. He originally wanted to be a computer programmer. Then he found the Fenway program. “When I left the program, I wanted to give back,” Tolliver said. “I had this opportunity to accelerate my career, and a lot of that was thanks to my coach. My goal shifted from being a programmer to helping people be what they want to be in their career.” Fenway opened a center at U of I in February 2018. The center already employs 18 students, with plans to more than double in size. Fenway’s clients include businesses like Starbucks, CenturyLink, Southwest, Verizon and Kraft. Fenway specializes in serving immediate business needs while giving students the skills and experience they need to get hired by those companies. The process creates a pipeline for the next generation of IT talent. Fenway looks for students who love technology and want to learn more. They’ve hired math and political science students without any programming experience, as well as students who work with computers as a hobby who didn’t realize they could make it their career. Tolliver isn’t the only one whose goals changed after going through

the program. U of I seniors Jackson Taylor and John Ipsen were looking for internships when they ran into Tolliver at a job fair. The ease of working during school and getting industry experience and knowledge spurred them to apply. Ipsen, originally from Bear Lake, is working on a management information systems degree. His aftergraduation plans have changed since he started with Fenway. “Before I started here, I would answer differently. But now that I’m here, I want to continue down this path,” Ipsen said. “As a management information systems student, there’s the business side, but this has exposed me to the development side, and that’s where I want to go in my career.” Taylor is a computer science major and Lewiston native who already has one undergraduate degree in biochemistry from U of I. He's interested in doing full-stack software development — working on databases and accounts on the back end through data routes and appearance on the front. U of I doesn’t offer full-stack development courses, but Fenway does. One of Ipsen and Taylor’s first projects was creating a scheduling app for Fenway Group to get familiar with the software before doing a similar project for another client. “Someone once told me you learn 90 percent of the job in your first month, and I’ve had a similar experience here,” Ipsen said. “I had a base knowledge, but I’ve really excelled my skills and knowledge working here.” In addition to technical skills, the Fenway program helps students develop general professional skills and collaborate as a team. “We’re doing live demos, we’re working with the clients, we’re pitching ideas, which I’m normally shy about,” Ipsen said. Students typically commit to 18-24 months with Fenway, although they’re

welcome to stay longer — especially if they start working as freshmen. They gain experience working on businesscritical IT applications, building them with assistance from their mentors and communicating directly with industry professionals. Leaders from both U of I and Fenway Group agreed the university would be a good fit for a new Fenway center when College of Business and Economics Dean Marc Chopin first heard about the firm’s unique business model. “They recognize that the most valuable asset they have is their people, and they demonstrate that by their willingness to invest in their continuing development,” Chopin said. After completing the program, students are hired by the company for which they've worked as consultants, hired by Fenway as coaches for future teams of students or go on to whatever job inspires them. No matter what, students know they’re going to get a job in their chosen career. “At the end of the day, the students are being employed in their area of expertise or training while they're pursuing their degrees, making an income that is higher than they may otherwise expect, and pursuing a direct path to employment following graduation,” Chopin said. “What's not to love?” Because the center is on the Moscow campus, consultants can come in between classes or schedule classes around their Fenway work schedule. “You really will get a ton of great experience,” Taylor said. Fenway would eventually like to have 200 students at the Moscow center. As the program grows, Fenway Vandal alumni will come in to train the next teams. “At the end of the day, our goal is helping people get jobs and giving back to the community,” Tolliver said. 25


pon walking into the tasting room of Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell, visitors find a wall made of deconstructed wine barrels. U of I architecture major Catherine Flerchinger designed and constructed the wall as part of a larger project by the College of Art and Architecture’s (CAA) design-build studio: a tasting room and outdoor pavilion for the winery. “The insides of the wine barrel sections retain the deep purple color of the wine, and the pieces lay over each other like fish scales to form



a textured wall that covers the plumbing panels,” the 22-year-old senior from Lewiston said. “It’s been fun seeing Instagram pictures of visitors in front of it. Some parts of the wall even pop out to serve as a coat rack.” Design-build is a six-credit upperdivision and graduate-level studio course in CAA’s architecture program that gives students an opportunity to construct a real project over the course of a semester. Students and their instructor work with clients in the community to create the design,

develop construction drawings, order materials and build the final product. “In architectural design studios, student projects typically culminate in drawings and models,” said Randall Teal, associate professor and head of the architecture program. “The design-build studio is a nice complement to this model because it allows the studio design process to progress through the challenges of budgets, construction and architectural detailing. It is a fantastic way to extend a student’s architectural knowledge.”

Left: College of Art and Architecture students spent the summer redesigning and building the tasting room at the Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell.

Working on Professional Projects U of I started working with Hat Ranch Winery after reaching out to the Idaho Wine Commission for project ideas. During the spring and summer of 2018, students redesigned the winery’s old tasting room, doubled the indoor space and connected it to the outdoors. Students enrolled in the fall 2018 design-build class are finishing the exterior pavilion and developing future projects. Flerchinger said her time on the project helped her pinpoint the amount of detail she needs to incorporate in designs. In addition, by leaving the classroom, she interacted with everyone from winery owners to inspectors to tourists to neighbors. “The project helped me understand how design can change the way people live and work,” Flerchinger said. “It can provide a comfort to people.” Prior to the tasting room, designbuild students built a warming hut in 2016 on the Lightning Creek drainage on Moose Creek Road near Sandpoint. Two dozen students designed the Moose Creek Warming Hut, which includes a wood-burning stove and an area for snowmobilers to socialize while taking shelter from the cold. The hut also provides a gathering place for friends, a safe place for the public during snowstorms, and a base camp for search and rescue parties in the remote North Idaho wilderness. The project was a collaboration with the Sandpoint Ranger District, National Forest Foundation, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and Winter Riders Snowmobile Club. “The Moose Creek hut is a nice example of what our program aspires to be, both in terms of public benefit and showing off the wild and beautiful character of Idaho,” Teal said. “We love it when we can do projects that highlight this aspect of the state and demonstrate architecture’s ability to enhance it.”

Finding the Right Clients

One of the challenges of designbuild is finding the right clients with the right-sized projects. Time is a constraint, because projects have to be completed within a semester, or a semester and the summer after. The client must also have a way to fund the project. But, because of U of I’s location, students have opportunities to work on projects in both urban and rural settings, with a variety of community partners. “A big part of what I want to do is help the community, whether that’s the Palouse or the state of Idaho,” said Scott Lawrence, an assistant professor of architecture and the primary faculty member directing design-build initiatives. “We have these students who are willing and able to work on these projects, and we want to work with individuals and groups who are trying to make an impact in their community.”

Building Student Portfolios

Because design-build takes place in the real world, students are accountable to both their professors and their clients. “They learn a lot about interacting with clients,” Lawrence said. “Not only do the clients shape the project with the students, but they will drop in throughout construction, interacting and asking questions about the process, materials and next steps.” Lawrence said design-build gives students an opportunity to experience all aspects of a building project, acquiring skills and portfolio pieces that will make them stand out among their peers as they enter the job market. “It gives them a unique experience as they’ve seen a project all the way through,” he said. “They can go into their first job and quickly have an impact as part of the team.” 27


FORWARD Robert C. Greeley ’70 and his wife Celeste established a scholarship that helps business students on the path to success beyond U of I

By Joshua Nishimoto

deep respect for David Kendrick, dean of the thenCollege of Business, along with fond memories of the University of Idaho, motivated Robert C. Greeley ’70 and his wife Celeste to establish a scholarship that helps other business students on the path to success beyond U of I. "This scholarship began as a payback in May 1967 while I walked back to campus from a College of Business awards luncheon with Dean Kendrick,” Greeley said, remembering how he secured his own scholarship from U of I, “a check in my pocket that assured me I would return to Moscow that fall." Greeley received that check thanks to the C.W. Moore Scholarship, which he received his sophomore through



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senior years at U of I. The scholarship, paired with Kendrick’s encouragement, inspired Greeley to maintain the award’s required 3.0 GPA in order to graduate in the fall of 1970. That hard work paid off. Only one day after graduation, Greeley had two job offers: work in Spokane as an insurance agent or move to California and work for Wells Fargo Bank. After staring at the several inches of fresh snow covering U of I’s Moscow campus that December, the promise of warmer weather led Greeley to San Francisco to begin a 13-year stint with the banking giant. It was there he met Celeste, who worked as an auditor. They married in 1980. Greeley found himself at another crossroads upon

I would not be able to do the work I do had I not had the support and education I received at U of I. Robert C. Greeley ’70

completing his Master of Business Administration from nearby Golden Gate University. “At that point, I decided that I would never run Wells Fargo,” Greeley said. “I made the decision to go into business for myself.” In 1983, Greeley founded and became the principal consultant of Greeley, Lindsay Consultant Group, a corporate management and consulting firm in Sacramento that serves a specialized niche. “I work for both state and federal judges as a courtappointed receiver … mainly taking control of failing businesses with the goal of making those businesses successful,” he said. “I would not be able to do the work I do had I not had the support and education I received at U of I.” In 2007, the Greeleys established a scholarship as a way to pay U of I back for all the support Robert received. They

established the scholarship with an initial amount and then added to it each year so that it now provides over $2,500 annually to one or more full-time undergraduate students pursuing a College of Business and Economics degree. “We recently included the university in our will to ensure the scholarship we set up will continue to grow for the benefit of future students,” he said. Even for those who can’t contribute financially now, the Greeleys encourage their fellow alumni to get involved to continue their U of I experience and help students. “Alumni have an opportunity to take initiative,” he said. And that’s exactly what the Greeleys continue to do. It’s born out of the support from a caring mentor and the scholarships Greeley received as a U of I student, which led to his first job offers and the path that enables him to help future generations of Vandals pursue their own passions.

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ALUMNI 1950s Clayton Harmsworth ’53 was recently elected executive vice president of the Air Force Materials and Manufacturing Alumni Association. Among other activities, this organization establishes merit scholarships for sons, daughters and grandchildren of current Air Force Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory (or Directorate) employees.

1960s C. Eugene Brock ’61 retired after 32 years with the U.S. Forest Service and 20 years as a career ranger. Since retiring, he has written several books and co-authored others. He has also written for The Idaho Magazine. He has recently written and published a history book of the Forest Service in Valley County, “Another Time – Another Way, U.S. Forest Service History, Valley County, Idaho, 1920-1970s.” Bette (Lynch) Husted ’67 has published a novel, “All Coyote's Children,” with Oregon State University Press (2018). Her memoir, “Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land” (OSU Press 2004), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and WILLA Award. Joseph Colwell ’69 retired from the U.S. Forest Service and has published a novel, “Sands of Time.” He has also published two books of nature essays, “Canyon Breezes” and “Zephyr of Time.” All are on Amazon.

1970s Albert Reynaud ’75 retired from Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, after more than 30 years as a dermatologist. He also is a retired Army National Guard colonel. He and his wife split time between Billings and Coeur d’Alene.

1980s Capt. Bob Urso ’80 retired as president and chief operating officer of KMS Solutions LLC. He remains an active U of I alumnus as a


CLASS NOTES member of the College of Business and Economics Board of Advisors and as a co-benefactor of the Gail and Capt. Robert Urso Scholarship Endowment. Virginia Valentine ’80 was appointed to the Nevada State Transportation Board by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Tom C. Farley ’82 was inducted into the Wilder School District’s Scholastic Wall of Fame on May 17, 2018. Tom is a retired State Department of Education bureau chief and continues to work with schools as an educational consultant. Sheila (Mitchell) Borchert ’82 was recently promoted to customer relations and services operations manager at BMW of North America, which also includes the MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. She has worked for BMWNA for 18 years.

(NAMM), the global association of music instruments and pro audio products. The store was also recognized with the Best Store Turnaround award for reinventing its business by adding key offerings such as lesson programs, repairs and online sales to strengthen and revitalize their business model. Geoff also recently visited Washington, D.C., where he lobbied Congress for music education.


Dan Neuenfeldt ’08 joined the Waddell and Reed Feuerstein Group of Pullman as a financial advisor.

Sheila Gates-Ping ’01 has been hired by Bernardo Wills Architects. She has 16 years of experience in the architectural profession and is currently working on The Northern, a new apartment complex at Coeur d'Alene Place.

Chelsea Schoenfelder ’09 was recognized by the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Idaho's Young Dietitian of the Year.

Nancy Chaney ’02 was elected to the Idaho Smart Growth board of directors to help guide the statewide nonprofit that works with Idahoans to build stronger and healthier communities.

Dan Laird ’87 is medical director of Flamingo Pain Specialists in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also practices law in Las Vegas, specializing in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

Jennifer Eccles ’02 is the new vice president for development at the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation in Pasadena, California. The Giant Magellan Telescope will be located in the Chilean Andes.

Bradley DePew ’92 has joined Suplari as senior vice president of sales, field operations and account management. DePew is responsible for initiating Suplari’s go-to-market strategy and scaling Suplari’s growth. Christine M. (Lang) Pharr ’96 was inaugurated as the 12th president of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 20, 2018. Geoff Metts ’99 is a co-owner of Beaverton, Oregon-based Five Star Guitars, which was named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants


Brad Rice ’06 was named the 2018 recipient of the Bragg Lewis Knutson Community Service Award. Given in recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts, the award is the highest honor bestowed upon a D.A. Davidson Companies associate.

Annie Averitt ’00 was named director for advancement and external relations at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

Mark Trail ’86 joined Accuray as director of Linac Systems Research and Engineering with teams in Sunnyvale, California, and Madison, Wisconsin. Previously, Mark was with Varian Medical Systems for 33 years.


Scott James Bradford ’05 joined the Mutual of Omaha Financial Advisors team in the Upper Midwest District Office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a series 65 financial advisor.

Heidi Martin ’03, ’08 joined Dairy West as vice president of health and wellness, replacing fellow Vandal Crystal Wilson ’97, ’04, ’09, who was recently named vice president of employee development and engagement. Carolynne Merrell ’05 was awarded a 2017 National Volunteer Award by the Bureau of Land Management. She is one of six people nationally to win this award, and the first for the state of Idaho. William White ’05 graduated with a doctorate from the University of Arizona and is now working as an assistant professor of archaeology at University of California, Berkeley.

2010s Heather Boni ’11 earned her Master of Fine Arts in dance from Florida State University with specialized studies in arts and community engagement. She accepted a position as the arts integration specialist for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida Charter Schools in Orlando, Florida, where she will incorporate arts into K-5 integrated classrooms and work with children with disabilities. Julie (Crumley) Capper ’13 achieved the National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Literacy: ReadingLanguage Arts. She currently teaches at Kulshan Middle School. Tyler Tennison ’14, ’16 joined ENGIE-Insight, a leading sustainability and energy management company, as a project team manager. He is responsible for leading and developing teams and managing operations within expense data management.

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George T. Turner ’36, Fort Collins, CO, May 17, 2018 Lona Ann Rash ’37, Boise, March 21, 2018 Helen (Turinsky) Callaway ’39, La Verne, CA, March 6, 2018 Royce Stauffer ’39, Carpinteria, CA, March 2, 2018


Walter A. Mallory ’40, Lewiston, March 23, 2018 Loraine V. (Hansen) Moats ’40, Boise, Dec. 5, 2017 Francis McNall ’40, Sandpoint, June 7, 2018 Stewart L. Johnson ’40, Fruitland, Sept. 19, 2017 Patricia (Anderson) Brecha ’41, Altadena, CA, Jan. 25, 2018 Eileen A. (Roakey) Davidson ’41, Moscow, Dec. 23, 2017 Eileen Songstad ’41, Laguna Niguel, CA, July 5, 2017 Lulu Mae Chae ’41, Greenville, SC, June 23, 2017 Jake Harshbarger ’41, ’49, San Diego, CA, Feb. 23, 2018 Violet (Smithwick) Juran ’42, Lewiston, April 6, 2018 Juanita Pauline Senften Parke ’42, King Hill, June 20, 2018 Winifred E. Beito ’43, Walla Walla, WA, Jan. 24, 2018 Alex J. Buechler ’43, Bakersfield, CA, Dec. 11, 2017 Margaret (Ward) Thornton ’43, Moscow, Dec. 18, 2017 Marjorie C. Stearns ’44, Whittier, CA, Aug. 18, 2017 Lois L. Stillinger ’44, Boise, April 30, 2018 Winifred M. (Sersain) Robinson ’45, Moscow, Jan. 23, 2018 Virginia L. Stewart ’46, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 24, 2018 Winifred E. Alldaffer ’46, Pocatello, March 10, 2018 Donna E. Bolingbroke ’46, Fort Morgan, CO, Feb. 17, 2018 Dorothy A. McDonald ’46, Palm Desert, CA, July 9, 2018 Gloria June Biegert ’46, ’48, Lewiston, July 15, 2018 Phyllis C. Skiles ’46, Springfield, MO, June 2, 2018 Jeanne M. McCombs ’46, Twin Falls, June 9, 2018

Mary E. (Ring) Conover ’47, Walla Walla, WA, Jan. 2, 2018 Kathryn (Kenagu) Hoggatt ’47, Bainbridge Island, WA, Feb. 19, 2018 Rosa R. Kadel ’47, Boise, March 7, 2018 Kathleen (Hammond) Day ’47, Madison, WI, Feb. 2, 2018 James E. Clovis ’48, Clarkston, WA, April 11, 2018 Robert N. Irving ’48, Coeur d’Alene, Feb. 7, 2018 Betty (Brookbush) Lash ’48, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 1, 2018 Kenneth J. Newman ’48, Twin Falls, Jan. 18, 2018 Keith A. Ralstin ’48, Lewiston, Dec. 15, 2017 Barbara Renard ’48, Beaverton, OR, March 27, 2018 Charles J. Rogers ’48, Davis, CA, March 1, 2018 John A. Runberg ’48, Amarillo, TX, Jan. 5, 2018 Bobbie J. Sherwood ’48, Twin Falls, Dec. 14, 2017 Margaret M. Hopkins ’48, Salem, OR, June 30, 2018 Leigh N. Shadel ’48, Hayden, June 19, 2017 Neil S. Dammarell ’49, Lewiston, Jan. 11, 2018 Patrick P. Dewilliam ’49, Spokane, WA, March 19, 2018 Helen (Rice) Herzinger ’49, Bountiful, UT, Jan. 10, 2018 Charles W. Thomas ’49, Kennewick, WA, Dec. 15, 2017 Keith J. Hadley ’49, Walla Walla, WA, June 30, 2018 Donald Horace Witcher ’49, Ridgecrest, CA, March 20, 2018 Mary M. Meserve ’49, ’50, Buckley, WA, June 11, 2018


John F. Bales Jr. ’50, Good Hope, GA, Jan. 8, 2018 Frances E. Burgess ’50, Baker City, OR, Feb. 9, 2018 Anita (McInnis) Burkhart ’50, Billings, MT, March 15, 2018 William T. Diehl ’50, Jerome, Feb. 20, 2018 James E. Farmer Jr. ’50, Midland, TX, Jan. 17, 2018 Robert M. Finlayson ’50, Midvale, UT, March 2, 2018 Roy Gikiu ’50, Twin Falls, Dec. 22, 2017 John B. Holmes ’50, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 23, 2018

The University of Idaho extends its condolences to the family and friends of our departed Vandals. Obituary information can be submitted to or at Rudolph Iglesias ’50, San Diego, CA, Dec. 25, 2017 Robert J. Jackson ’50, ’82, Boise, Jan. 7, 2018 Richard Ohms ’50, ’52, Lewiston, Dec. 17, 2017 John W. Wagner ’50, Grangeville, Dec. 23, 2017 Stewart Brandborg ’50, Hamilton, MT, April 14, 2018 Julia A. Seibert ’50, Boise, April 23, 2018 Sue Atwood ’50, Boise, Jan. 21, 2018 Robert M. Henderlider ’50, Boise, May 5, 2018 Lyle G. Tapper Jr. ’50, Boise, April 2018 James M. Paxton ’50, Hollister, CA, June 14, 2018 Sue Atwood ’50, Boise, Jan. 21, 2018 Karl W. Snyder ’50, Salmon, May 9, 2018 Lois M. Bellis ’50, St. Louis, MO, July 1, 2018 Wilson F. Churchman ’50, Gooding, July 3, 2018 Reed Clements ’50, Sedona, AZ, May 30, 2018 Russell O. Baum ’51, Mesa, AZ, March 30, 2018 Beverly Lee Boyd ’51, Genesee, March 26, 2018 Preston B. Brimhall ’51, Idaho Falls, Jan. 8, 2018 Joan G. Dedrick ’51, Huntsville, AL, Dec. 11, 2017 Philip Kinnison ’51, ’54, Twin Falls, March, 7, 2018 Richard McFadden ’51, St. Maries, Feb. 21, 2018 Robert W. Stephens ’51, ’55, Elma, WA, Aug. 23, 2017 Harry Isaman ’51, Thousand Oaks, CA, Aug. 2, 2017 Donald S. Wills ’51, Worcester, MA, April 27, 2018 James Alden Ford ’51, Roanoke, VA, May 5, 2018 Harry H. Hendron ’51, Spokane, WA, June 3, 2018 Joseph N. Emmons ’51, Colorado Springs, CO, June 12, 2018 Walter J. Burns Jr. ’52, Hayden, Dec. 22, 2017 Meade W. Kohl ’52, Boise, Jan. 6, 2018 Margaret (Mehl) Moss ’52, Henderson, NV, Jan. 17, 2018 Devoe C. Rickert ’52, Minidoka, Feb. 4, 2018 Lees J. Burrows ’52, Spokane, WA, April 22, 2018

E. Stanley Sullins ’52, Medford, OR, Nov. 2, 2017 Wayne Bush ’52, Logan, UT, May 23, 2018 Herbert A. Schroeder ’52, ’55, Fort Collins, CO, July 2, 2018 Dwight Call ’52, Seattle, WA, July 11, 2018 Wanda Cole McKinney ’52, Jerome, July 15, 2018 Adrian E. Albrethsen ’52, ’58, Bridgewater, NJ, June 8, 2018 Harry Boyd ’52, ’65, Boise, June 7, 2018 David W. Beckstead ’52, Preston, June 10, 2018 Ramon G. Blume ’52, Emmett, June 14, 2018 Arthur W. DeWitt ’53, Moscow, Dec. 26, 2017 Vern E. Gasser ’53, Wickenburg, AZ, Dec. 15, 2017 Kenneth C. Grieser ’53, Juneau, AK, Feb. 1, 2018 Wayne A. Jepson ’53, Abilene, TX, Feb. 8, 2018 Arlene (Talbott) Jonas ’53, ’71, Moscow, Jan. 1, 2018 Donald S. Larson ’53, Spokane, WA, March 1, 2018 Catherine (Church) Luscher ’53, Montrose, CO, Dec. 31, 2017 Larry R. Moyer ’53, Portland, OR, Feb. 22, 2018 Earl ‘Duane’ Ness ’53, Kirkland, WA, Feb. 18, 2018 Donna May (Burch) Quane ’53, Coeur d’Alene, Jan. 24, 2018 Benjamin P. Shuey ’53, Seattle, WA, Feb. 26, 2018 Dale D. Skinner ’53, Severna Park, MD, Jan. 24, 2018 Arvel C. Smith ’53, ’54, Coeur d’Alene, Jan. 27, 2018 H. Roger Swanstrom ’53, ’56, Boise, July 1, 2017 Roland K. Tiedemann ’53, Wenatchee, WA, Jan. 22, 2018 Jean Marion Duffy ’53, Boise, June 1, 2018 Bert Ross Stanford ’53, St. Anthony, Feb. 27, 2017 Brent Ballif ’54, Rexburg, March 22, 2018 Richard S. Gregory ’54, Walla Walla, WA, Dec. 14, 2017 Ida (Collett) Hill ’54, ’56, Pullman, WA, April 4, 2018 Joseph E. Koman ’54, ’58, Bullhead City, AZ, Jan. 8, 2018 31

ALUMNI Barbara (Greene) Mosman ’54, Pullman, WA, Feb. 16, 2018 Duane Robert Serpa ’54, Maricopa, AZ, March 3, 2018 Mandius C. Lundal ’54, Spokane, WA, May 28, 2018 George Hollett ’54, Anchorage, AK, May 6, 2018 Vernon D. Sutherland ’54, Ritzville, WA, May 7, 2018 James Richard “Dick” Rogers ’54, ’66, Coeur d’Alene, June 13, 2018 Louis Pechenino ’54, Christopher, IL, Dec. 1, 2017 Joyce S. Hooker ’55, Provo, UT, March 25, 2018 Millard D. Blackburn ’55, Alberta, CN, March 29, 2018 Dale A. Dammarell ’55, Meridian, April 7, 2018 Donna (Brammer) Ockert ’55, Aloha, OR, Jan. 11, 2018 Norman A. Radford ’55, Spokane, WA Dec. 13, 2017 Hubert J. Stein ’55, Post Falls, Jan. 24, 2018 Charles L. White Jr. ’55, Hollywood, CA, Nov. 2018 Kenneth E. Daw ’55, Bellevue, WA, May 8, 2018 Hugh W. Keith ’55, Peoria, AZ, June 24, 2018 Judith J. Hearn ’55, Portland, OR, Sept. 14, 2017 Buddy R. Clemenhagen ’55, Portland, OR, April 13, 2018 David T. Cripe ’56, Campbell, CA, Dec. 25, 2017 John W. Gardner ’56, Lancaster, CA, March 5, 2018 Kay (Alexander) Horn ’56, Coeur d’Alene, Dec. 25, 2017 David Johnson ’56, Denver, CO, Nov. 21, 2017 Leon E. Johnson ’56, ’61, Lincoln, NE, June 1, 2017 Kent Gerhard Kohring ’56, ’57, Boise, Dec. 15, 2017 Donald L. Smith ’56, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 24, 2018 William M. Weiss ’56, New London, NH, March 30, 2018 Joseph N. Yragui ’56, Stockton, CA, Jan. 30, 2018 Rev. Dr. Paul Stanley Kennedy, ’56, Winston-Salem, NC, Jan. 4, 2018 Donald B. Dimick ’56, Bellville, TX, July 10, 2018 George Bloomsburg ’57, ’59, Worley, Jan. 27, 2018 Charles L. Chehey ’57, Boise, Jan. 14, 2018 Janice M. Cowan ’57, Scottsdale, AZ, March 8, 2018 Albert B. Curtis Jr. ’57, Lake Oswego, OR, Feb. 14, 2018 Rosa L. (Harper) Curtis ’57, Lake Oswego, OR, May 19, 2017


IN MEMORIAM Ernest N. McCollum ’57, Twin Falls, Dec. 14, 2017 Duane S. Perron ’57, Hood River, OR, Feb. 6, 2018 Bob Platz ’57, Lewiston, Nov. 20, 2017 Philips Resa ’57, Spokane, WA, Dec. 2017 Herbert W. Rettig ’57, Parma, Jan. 1, 2018 R. Michael Southcombe ’57, ’62, Boise, April 4, 2018 David J. Anderson ’58, Boise, Jan. 5, 2018 Ray G. Beasley ’58, Helena, MT, Feb. 1, 2018 Robert M. Ellingen ’58, Laguna Woods, CA, Jan. 25, 2018 Kay R. Bergmann ’58, Bonners Ferry, Feb. 14, 2018 Richard Wilde ’58, Elizabeth, CO, Feb. 19, 2018 Merlyn (Churchill) Hendren ’58, Boise, March 25, 2018 Jack L. Simmons ’58, Missoula, MT, April 3, 2018 Philip D. Nelson ’58, Spokane, WA, April 26, 2018 Jeremiah A. Quane ’58, Boise, May 12, 2018 G. Clark Anderson ’58, Logan, UT, June 28, 2018 Laralle R. Smith ’59, Pasco, WA, Jan. 11, 2018 Paul F. Muhonen ’59, Pocatello, Jan. 27, 2018 Thomas M. Ikehara ’59, Hilo, HI, Feb. 23, 2018 Joseph W. Bloomsburg ’59, ’65, Lewiston, Feb. 24, 2018 Noreta (Smith) Goodwin ’59, Kellogg, March 1, 2018 Frances E. Symms ’59, Boise, March 28, 2018 Gerald Jorgensen ’59, Fruitland, March 31, 2018 Harold J. Crowson ’59, Eagle, April 2, 2018 Joseph A. Kubiak Jr. ’59, Monroe, NJ, May 3, 2018 Gerald W. Johnson ’59, Boise, ID, May 7, 2018 John M. Misetich ’59, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, June 20, 2018 Edward Theodore Knecht ’59, Corvallis, OR, June 8, 2018 William D. Albertson ’59, Sandpoint, June 15, 2018


William Agee ’60, Napa Valley, CA, Dec. 20, 2017 Margaret S. Anderson ’60, Moscow, Nov. 22, 2017 Robert DeBord ’60, Boise, Dec. 26, 2017 Susan (Snow) Flack ’60, Moscow, March 21, 2018


James F. Lyons Sr. ’60, Boise, Feb. 1, 2018

Bette V. Harder ’63, Spokane, WA, May 30, 2018

Bill Maeck ’60, Idaho Falls, Feb. 13, 2018

Robert Gray ’64, Minden, NV, Feb. 8, 2018

Marga (Wilken) Blair ’61, Lewiston, March 4, 2018

John G. Penney ’64, Greenacres, WA, April, 7, 2018

Daniel E. Howarth ’61, Odenton, MD, Dec. 16, 2017

Irvin G. Porter ’64, Palm Springs, CA, May 1, 2018

George D. Orkney ’61, McMinnville, OR, March 7, 2018

Edward D. Hansen ’64, Mattawa, WA, May 15, 2018

James Child ’61, Lansing, MI, Oct. 16, 2017

Jim M. Acuff ’64, Coeur d’Alene, July 13, 2018

Randy Witters ’61, Bishop, CA, May 1, 2018

Elmo Benson ’65, ’76, Boise, Feb. 12, 2018

Phillip F. Pease ’61, Melba, July 2, 2018

Hilda G. Strong ’65, ’68, Lewiston, Dec. 6, 2017

Shirley A. Pugh ’61, Port Orchard, WA, June 25, 2018 Edward C. Sayre ’61, Los Alamos, NM, April 17, 2018 George R. Crowe ’62, Nampa, Jan. 3, 2018 Angelo Incerpi ’62, St. Johnsbury, VT, Dec. 30, 2017 John R. Lilley Sr. ’62, Espanola, NM, Jan. 24, 2018 Dean H. Lundblad Sr ’62, Coeur d’Alene, April 3, 2018 Donald Schlueter ’62, Genesee, Dec. 24, 2017 Kenneth E. Thompson ’62, Vancouver, WA, March 14, 2018 Joan E. Torres ’62, Los Angeles, CA, March 11, 2018 Robert F. Schumaker ’62, Hamilton, MT, April 19, 2018 James F. Lemp ’62, Reading, PA, May 5, 2018 Katherine M. Horn Wood ’62, Sullivan, IL, May 12, 2018 Theresa L. Dennis ’62, Boise, May 25, 2018 Lynn Hughes ’62, Challis, July 16, 2018 Elbert M. Barton ’63, Spokane, WA, Feb. 1, 2018 Gary L. Burton ’63, Dallas, OR, Feb. 13, 2018 William A. Payne ’63, McCall, Nov. 19, 2017 Fred W. Schultz ’63, Lewiston, Jan. 29, 2018 Kirk E. Lewis ’63, Twin Falls, April 24, 2018 Richard E. Urko ’63, Carroll, PA, April 22, 2018 Horst O. Kehl ’63, Kansas City, MO, 2018 Joe L. Robertson ’63, Fruitland, Aug. 28, 2008 Katherine M. Wood ’63, Sullivan, IL, May 12, 2018 David Durette Powers ’63, Ritzville, WA, July 9, 2018 Newman Fisher ’63, San Francisco, CA, May 5, 2018

Artylee (Parkins) Turnbull ’65, Caldwell, Jan. 1, 2018 Douglas Willard Duff ’65, Missoula, MT, May 14, 2018 Penny L. Culpepper ’66, Ocala, FL, March 24, 2018 Leonard H. Hart ’66, Mobile, AL, March 21, 2018 Robert E. Hartz ’66, Coeur d’Alene, Jan. 9, 2018 Linda C. Knutson ’66, Yakima, WA, March 6, 2018 Joan (Hubbard) Pene ’66, Frisco, TX, July, 24, 2017 Victor W. Sands ’66, Kennewick, WA, Dec. 27, 2017 William J. Tway ’66, Island Park, Dec. 17, 2017 Larry L. Burke ’66, Mesa, AZ, May 24, 2018 Haven B. Hendricks ’66, Logan, UT, June 2, 2018 Neal Parsell, ’66, Lewiston, June 24, 2018 Judy (Weisenfluh) Bistline ’67, Eagle, Jan. 12, 2018 Samuel A. Cummings ’67, ’73, St. Maries, April 1, 2018 Philips I. Griner ’67, Kellogg, Jan. 12, 2018 Marcia L. Johann ’67, Orofino, Feb. 9, 2017 James O.E. Norell ’67, Chincoteague, VA, Sept. 25, 2017 Jean A. Ryan ’67, Haymarket, VA, Dec. 7, 2017 Bill Schmidt ’67, Moxee, WA, Feb. 17, 2018 Robert Villarreal ’67, Idaho Falls, March 8, 2018 Richard D. Spencer ’67, Bridgeport, WA, April 24, 2018 Wayne Cecil Hill ’67, Lewiston, July 16, 2018 Wayne L. Clayton ’67, Mount Vernon, WA, June 5, 2018 Dorothy D. Johns ’68, Kansas City, MO, Dec. 10, 2017 Barbara M. Lilja ’68, Enumclaw, WA, March, 12, 2018

The University of Idaho extends its condolences to the family and friends of our departed Vandals. Obituary information can be submitted to or at

Dolores M. (Mclean) Long ’68, Portland, OR, Jan. 31, 2018 Andy D. Pollard ’68, Boise, Jan. 30, 2018 Dolores Maria Long ’68, Portland, OR, Jan. 31, 2018 John “Mike” Parke ’68, Kennewick, WA, July 4, 2018 John Bolm ’69, Tucson, AZ, Feb. 8, 2018 Lynn D Hyslop Sr. ’69, Emmett, April 3, 2018 John E. Powers Sr. ’69, Kennewick, WA, Feb. 4, 2018


Michael F. Arnzen ’70, Tillamook, OR, Jan. 17, 2018 Jerry Hendren ’70, Spokane, WA, Feb. 26, 2018 Robert Hursey ’70, Alberta, Canada, Jan. 7, 2018 Lynn G. McKinlay ’70, Iona, Dec. 19, 2017 Raymond B. Littlefield ’70, Boise, Oct. 21, 2017 Carolyn Lyon ’70, Firth, April 15, 2018 Kelly Rubrecht ’70, Jackson Hole, WY, June, 17, 2017 Rodger E. Sutton ’70, Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 17, 2018 Neal “Grizzly Bear” Barigar ’70, Buhl, June 25, 2018 Raymond Berryhill ’70, Baker City, OR, June 15, 2018 Michael S. Coffman ’71, Bangor, ME, June 1, 2017 Harry A. Hartung ‘71, Palmer, AK, Nov. 14, 2017 Michael C. Lind ’71, Spokane, WA, March 2, 2018 Michael Niebauer ’71, Weeki Wachee, FL, Jan. 10, 2018 Sheldon J. Pratt ’71, Salem, OR, Nov. 14, 2017 Dick O. Sanchez ’71, Moscow, Feb. 20, 2018 Cary L. Smith ’71, Coeur d’Alene, Jan. 11, 2018 Barbara K. Closson ’71, Southlake, TX, May 19, 2018 Larry Isenberg ’72, Coeur d’Alene, Feb. 13, 2018 Roger Allen Lyons ’72, Coeur d’Alene, Feb. 27, 2018 James K McAdoo ’72, Elko, NV, Jan. 10, 2018 Randy Stoker ’72, ’75, Twin Falls, Jan. 8, 2018 Michael R. Rinard Sr. ’72, Lewiston, April 7, 2018 James L. Wallace ’72, Eckert, CO, July 6, 2018 Tamrat Mereba ’72, High Point, NC, Jan. 3, 2017

Ruth Vosberg ’72, Kingston, May 31, 2018 Jerry Jean Bayley ’73, Coeur d’Alene, Dec. 6, 2017 Carl E. Brood ’73, Lewiston, Jan. 2, 2018 John Durham ’73, Yakima, WA, Feb. 24, 2018 Kenneth Hill ’73, Boise, Jan. 19, 2018 Thomas S. Jarman ’73, Moses Lake, WA, March 13, 2018 Robert F. Cunningham ’73, Pahrump, NV, Sept. 23, 2009 Lavon D. Loynd ’73, Rigby, May 4, 2018 Steven L. McCoy ’73, Boise, May 31, 2018 Nancy Sterling ’73, Boise, June 2, 2018 Roland N. Smith ’73, Idaho Falls, July 16, 2018 Donald G. Eisele ’74, Lewiston, March 21, 2018 Bette A. Cagen ’74, Seattle, WA, April 27, 2018 Patricia Venosdel Brown ’74, Nampa, May 6, 2018 John A. Magee ’75, McCall, Jan. 8, 2018 Byron J. Blackburn ’75, Parma, Dec. 14, 2017 Samuel G. Wadsworth ’75, ’78, Pocatello, Jan. 13, 2018 David R. Neilson ’75, Woodland, CA, April 23, 2018 Marilyn A. Winegardner ’75, Weiser, April 23, 2017 Willam L. Whipple ’75, Idaho Falls June 18, 2018 Alan L. Bibby ’75, Wenatchee, WA, June 14, 2018 John H. Beckstrom ’76, Whitefish, MT, March 5, 2018 Wendell Hercules ’76, Rochester, NY, Feb. 5, 2017 Gordon Law ’76, Coeur d’Alene, Jan. 12, 2018 Thomas E. Parkins ’76, Sandpoint, Dec. 31, 2017 Michael R. Thompson ’76, Boise, Jan. 31, 2018 Dr. Eldon G. Schulz ’76, Little Rock, AR, June 2, 2018 Karen R. Wisdom ’76, Boise, July 5, 2018 Karl Marc Faler ’77, Olympia, WA, July 6, 2017 John W. Steffen ’77, Rapid City, SD, June 26, 2018 Alice J. Lynch ’77, Chugiak, AK, May 19, 2018 Harold Anthony Moye ’77, Agawam, MA, March 4, 2018 Robert L. Artechevarria ’78, Spokane, WA, Jan. 5, 2017 Eugene Hobbs Jr. ’78, Lewiston, Dec. 26, 2017 Claire Jenson ’78, Coeur d’Alene, Dec. 9, 2017

Robert L. Pierson ’78, Moscow, Dec. 23, 2017 Blossom M. Turk ’78, Portland, OR, Dec. 28, 2017 Merlin J. Hepler Jr. ’78, Troy, April 12, 2018 Jack E. Douglas ’78, Mullan, June 12, 2018 Judith J. Anderson ’78, July 13, 2018 Dianne K. Schlott ’79, Pullman, WA, March 1, 2018


Thomas F. Rich ’80, Blackfoot, Jan. 28, 2018 James Borden ’80, Greensburg, PA, May 14, 2018 Eva T. Thompson ’81, Belfast, ME, Dec. 29, 2017 R. Dee Rich ’81, Cedar City, UT, May 2, 2018 William J. Borofka ’82, Salinas, CA, Jan. 14, 2018 Gary W. Jones ’82, Boise, Nov. 19, 2017 Thomas R. Mathews ’82, Twin Falls, Dec. 28, 2017 Paul R. Niemeier ’82, Idaho Falls, Jan. 12, 2018 David L. Wenny ’82, Spokane, WA, Jan. 8, 2018 Joyce M. Leonard ’83, Seattle, WA, March 31, 2018 Thomas Martin ’83, Boise, Dec. 17, 2017 Michael A. Pfeiffer ’83, Russellville, AR, Jan. 20, 2017 Donald Angell ’84, Meridian, Dec. 12, 2017 Bart R. Butterfield ’84, Portland, OR, Nov. 15, 2017 Dr. Linda Louise Pall ’85, Moscow, April 30, 2018 Sarah L. Martinez ’85, Moscow, Jan. 1, 2018 Dan E. Berrett ’87, Rigby, March 29, 2018 Dr. Deidre S. Busacca ’87, Brookings, SD, April 19, 2018 Gary A. Ropp ’87, Medford, OR, July 13, 2018 Randy R. Steiner ’88, Orofino, Feb. 15, 2018 Jeffery R. Morf ’88, Meridian, July 6, 2018


Scott Hawke ’90, ’04, Newton, IA, April 6, 2018 Jerry L. Pruett ’90, Blackfoot, Feb. 5, 2018 Stephen H. Good Jr. ’90, Everett, WA, June 24, 2018 John T. Zimbelman ’90, Gooding, June 1, 2018 Robert Bursik ’91, Amery, WI, Feb. 27, 2018

Richard Folk ’92, Lewiston, Jan. 23, 2018 Casey Hanson ’92, Moscow, July 2, 2018 Linda Rae King ’92, Boise, June 27, 2018 Jonathan L. McCrone ’93, Eureka, CA, April 26, 2018 Kent B. Arnold ’94, Richland, WA, Dec. 12, 2017 Anthony Lamont “Tony” Brower ’94, Boise, March 24, 2018 Rodney W. Grant ’94, Lewiston, June 6, 2018 Rod J. Ralphs ’95, Meridian, May 31, 2018 Douglas A. Rudell ’96, Bothell, WA, April 15, 2018 Andrew M. Rice ’97, Willoughby, OH, Dec. 5, 2017 Tami Marie Lyons, ’97, Nampa, May 7, 2018 Gregory R. Hurn ’98, ’11, Moscow, May 4, 2018 Elijah M. Nistal ’98, Boise, May 1, 2018 Raymond Knox ’99, Stuart, FL, June 3, 2017 Sharla Michelle (Jungert) Kuhlmann ’99, Clarkston, WA, April 10, 2017 John Ray Kohntopp ’99, Buhl, April 29, 2018


Lori Ambrose ’00, Martinsburg, WV, March 24, 2018 Bryce C. Lloyd ’03, Blackfoot, Dec. 6, 2017 Troy Schueller ’03, Coeur d’Alene, March 21, 2018 Janis D. Clark ’04, Rexburg, July 21, 2017 Katie (Warren) Nield ’04, Rathdrum, Dec. 14, 2017 Lisa M. Huff ’04, Helena, MT, May 25, 2018 Jonathan H. Inui ’07, Seattle, WA, June 30, 2018


Sam Phillips ’13, San Diego, CA, April 3, 2018 Kevin Townsley ’16, Boise, March 24, 2018 Cassidee E. Kippes ’17, Buhl, April 8, 2018 Andrew G. Price ’16, Salt Lake City, UT, June 24, 2018 Herbert J. Macdonald ’17, Coeur d’Alene, March 3, 2018


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Submit a photo of your new baby and the Office of Alumni Relations will send you a signed certificate and a free pair of baby booties. Submit your announcement at or email Please include the graduation year of the alumni parent.

1. Claire Turnbull, daughter of Jake Turnbull ’11 and Pamela (Holman) Turnbull ’14

15. Aria Rose Smith, daughter of Michael ’09 and Kimberly Jean Smith ’09

2. Nerea Arana, daughter; Aitor Arana, son; Oihana Arana, daughter of Mark Arana ’97 and Miren (Lejardi) Arana ’07

16. Hanna Mable Watanabe, daughter of Blake ’09 and Stacy (Cammann) Watanabe ’10

3. Benjamin DeHaas, son of Renne and Steve DeHaas ’00 23


4. Miracle Joy and Harvest Joy McIntyre, daughters to Lesa (Stutz) McIntyre ’00 5. Taylor Max Ekman, son of Kent ’04 and Makenzie Ekman



6. Lochlan Dean Roach, son of Kevin ’04, ’07, ’11 and Kealan NelsonRoach, nephew of Craig Roach ’08, Mark Roach ’78, Mike Roach ’80, Bryan Wilkins ’95, Tabitha Roach ’12, Robin Cruz ’79, Patty Carscallen ’96 and Kristina Wilkins ’98, grandson of Dean Roach ’76 and Shirley Roach ’75, great-grandson of Emmett Wilkins ’57 and Helen Wilkins ’51 7. Hazel Jean Rozell, daughter to Clay ’04 and Emily (Habern) Rozell ’04 8. Penelope Clare Hart, daughter of Carmen (Zamzow) ’05 and Bret Hart ’05



MARRIAGES Steve DeHaas ’00 to Renee DeHaas Brooklynn Watts ’14 to Nolan Harris ’14 Deidrie Briggs ’16 to Nick Colter ’14

9. Ivy Rose, daughter of Stevie Heath ’06 and Jack Hompland ’06, granddaughter of Betty (Langdon) Heath ’76, Mark Heath ’75 and Gary Hompland ’78, ’81, great-niece of Mary Jo (Langdon) Latham ’74 and Barbara Langdon ’83, niece of Jeff Heath ’13

17. Olivia Tyler Brady, daughter of Rachel Brady ’09 and Matt Brady ’08, granddaughter of Diane Brady ’80, ’84 and Dave Brady ’79, niece of Jared Stohner ’03 and Andrew Stohner ’07 18. Josephine Rose Dane, daughter of Sam and Kristin (Schmidt) Dane ’10 19. Kennedy Jane Johnson, daughter of Kyle ’11 and Amanda (Franklin) Johnson ’10 20. Raegan McMillen, daughter of Travis ’12 and Tyfini McMillen ’11, niece of Ryan McMillen ’14, granddaughter of Brent McMillen ’86, greatgranddaughter of Lee Clausen ’58 and Mary Gilderoy Clausen ’58 21. Aria Nadine Olson, daughter of Hailey (Woodruff) ’12 and Nicholai Olson ’12 22. Reagan Joan Parrott, daughter of Samantha ’12 and Stephen Parrott ’12 23. Kyran Olson, son of Mark ’13 and Jazmine Olson ’14 24. Isla Rain Davis, daughter of Cleve ’15 and Dawn D. Davis 25. Ryan Nicole Honas, daughter of Lisa ’17 and Kreighton Honas ’10, granddaughter of Karole Honas ’77

10. Parker Brandon Hoxie, son of Brandon ’06 and Aubrey (Woodcock) Hoxie ’08

26. Tenley Lynn McNeil, daughter of Emily McNeil (Davis) ’04 and John McNeil

11. Violet Louise Cruickshank, daughter of Chad Cruickshank ’06 and Tiffany Cruickshank

27. Nico James Todeschi, son of Lindsay and Rob Todeschi ’10, ’13, grandson of Jim ’81 and Cindy Todeschi ’82, nephew of Megan Todeschi Koehler ’07

12. Harrison Nelson Duncan, son of Shane ’07 and Marie Duncan ’09 13. Oliver Douglas Popa, son of Whitney (Strong) Popa ’08 and grandson of Doug Strong ’71 14. Harper Nell South, daughter of Greg ’08 and Carly (Wood) South ’07

28. Everett Jack Sasken, son of Kellan ’09 and Katelyn (Foiles) Sasken ’09, grandson of Les ’81 and Vickie Foiles ’76, great-grandson of Wayne ’53 and Ellie Anderson ’55, great-greatgrandson of Emmons Coleman ’31 35

The Office of Alumni Relations is proud to offer

VANDALOPOLY Take a lap around the board as you pass the VandalStore, Hartung Theater, Hello Walk and more. Order your game at or by calling 208-885-6154. Cost is $50, plus tax and shipping.

Join U of I’s official wine club and get award-winning varietals from regional wineries with a Vandal connection — delivered right to your door in time for holiday celebrating!









Vandal Snapshot Photo by Melissa Hartley Jennifer Hinds, Drone Pilot

HIGHER EDUCATION The vantage of a drone offers a new perspective of the University of Idaho. Captured via an evening flight, the Library, Memorial Gym and the water tower encapsulate a Moscow campus Vandals know well.


Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Architect's rendering - schematic design phase

Getting a new arena will have a huge positive impact on our program. It will level the playing field for our recruiting efforts, and will give our fan base an amazing game day experience.

This arena will be a teaching facility for our coaches and a lab for our basketball student-athletes. Any student who wants to improve their craft needs a place to practice, research and develop. With the ICCU Arena, we will have one of our own.

Jon Newlee, Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Don Verlin, Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Here We Have Idaho - Fall 2018  

The spring 2018 issue of Here We Have Idaho, the alumni magazine of the University of Idaho.

Here We Have Idaho - Fall 2018  

The spring 2018 issue of Here We Have Idaho, the alumni magazine of the University of Idaho.

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