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U-Idaho announces winners of 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship

U-Idaho announces winners of 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship

The University of Idaho Environmental Science & Water Resources Program is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship.

Doctoral student Becky Rittenburg will receive $3,000, and Patrick Johnson, a concurrent master’s and JD student, will be awarded $2,000. Avista awards the scholarships in recognition of Rittenburg and Johnson’s accomplishments and in support of their studies in the Waters of the West – Water Resources Program. Avista contributes $5,000 each academic year to fund a scholarship for one or more graduate students in the program whose research project is in one of the watersheds in Avista’s service territory.

“We are a hydro-based utility, so we rely on water for about half of our power generation,” said Paul Kimmell, Palouse-area regional business manager for Avista. “Because of that reliance, Avista’s legacy of environmental stewardship, commitment to social responsibility and sound management of our watersheds are essential parts of our role as a community partner.”

WSU Football wide receiver Vince Mayle named All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated

WSU Football wide receiver Vince Mayle named All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated

Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle received All-America honorable mention from Sports Illustrated Tuesday.

 

Mayle, an All-Pac-12 Conference second-team selection, tied for the national lead with 106 receptions and posted a Pac-12-best 1,483 yards, both WSU single-season records. The Natomas, Calif. native caught nine touchdowns, led the Pac-12 with six 100-yard games and was the only player in the country with two 250-yard games (263-Cal, 252-Arizona State), the only player in conference history to own two such games.

 

Mayle, a redshirt-senior and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, also led the Pac-12 with 123.6 yards-per-game and was third in the league in all-purpose yards-per-game (138.3). He finishes his career tied for seventh in school history with 148 receptions for 2,022 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Cougar Soccer freshman selected for U-20 Camp

Cougar Soccer freshman selected for U-20 Camp

Washington State soccer’s Chelsea Harkins is currently participating in Canada’s Women’s National EXCEL camp.

 

Harkins is part of a group that arrived in Vaughan, Sunday with training beginning, Monday. A variety of sessions will take place through, Friday, December 19.

 

A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Harkins will be eligible for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016. A site for that event has yet to be determined. There are 20 players at the camp and Harkins is one of five forwards.

 

“Chelsea is a very talented young player in the Pac-12,” Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “She earned significant minutes for us this season and made an immediate impact, especially offensively. I am excited for her, not only for this opportunity, but for her future at Washington State.”

 

Harkins played in each of the Cougars’ 19 matches in 2014 as Washington State reached the postseason for the fourth-straight year. She recorded two goals as a freshman, including the game-winner in a 1-0 victory at then-No. 9 California.

Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Don Barbieri, a lifelong community development advocate in the Pacific Northwest, is the newest member of the Washington State University Board of Regents. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment today.

 

“Don Barbieri has spent the majority of his professional and personal career working to improve the quality of life for Washingtonians and other residents of the Pacific Northwest,” Inslee said. “He will be a great addition to the board of regents of our state’s land-grant research university.”

 

Barbieri’s five-year term begins immediately. He succeeds Regent Connie Niva of Everett, who completed her second five-year term in September.

 

“Regent Niva served Washington State University and the state of Washington with great distinction during her time on the board, and I thank her for that,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “I welcome Mr. Barbieri to the WSU family and look forward to working with him.”

 

UI Dean’s book earns top award from Librarians’ Association

UI Dean’s book earns top award from Librarians’ Association

A book written by Jie Chen, dean of the University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies, is gaining international recognition. Chen’s book, “A Middle Class without Democracy: Economic Growth and the Prospects for Democratization in China,” was named the 2014 Best Academic Book by the Chinese American Librarians Association.

The book takes an in-depth look at what kind of role the middle class plays in potential democratization in China. Chen explores of the attitudes and behaviors toward democracy of China’s new and emerging middle class.

“This award to some extent shows that the fast growing middle class in this most populous country has drawn increasing attention from almost all walks of people in the world,” explained Chen. 

“A Middle Class without Democracy: Economic Growth and the Prospects for Democratization in China” was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 and can be ordered here. An edition translated into Chinese is planned for release.

White House recognizes University of Idaho as national leader in community service

White House recognizes University of Idaho as national leader in community service

University of Idaho’s outreach and engagement efforts were recognized this week by the White House.  The UI was listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive year. UI has been on the list since it began in 2006.

A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 honor roll, which recognized recipients for one or more of four areas of service: general community service, interfaith community service, economic community service and education community service. UI earned this distinction in the education category.   

“UI creates incredible opportunities to serve in our local community, regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Bruce Pitman, UI dean of students and vice provost of student affairs. “For our students, these are important learning and service experiences that can change lives.”  

Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert warms up the season

Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert warms up the season

The temperature outside has plunged past comfortable, but holiday cheer will warm thousands of concertgoers Friday, December 12, inside the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center during the University of Idaho’s annual Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free, though donations of cash will be accepted at the door to benefit the Lionel Hampton School of Music.

With musical selections from around the world encompassing seasonal holidays and traditions, the evening features the UI Jazz Choirs, who invited 700 local and regional elementary, junior high school and high school choir members to perform, along with the Alpine Carillons, the Holiday String Orchestra and Jazz Band IV.

“This concert has been a part of Moscow’s holiday tradition for so many years,” said Dan Bukvich, professor of music and concert director. “It continues to offer local students the opportunity to work with university musicians in an exciting and high-pressure environment.”