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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mumps Outbreak at the University of Idaho has Health Officials Concerned

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Idaho health officials are worried over a mumps outbreak at the University of Idaho campus, according to KTVB-TV. The Boise station reported that while there have been only six cases of mumps in Idaho over the past five years, now there are 10 confirmed cases at the university and another 20 cases under investigation.

The first two cases cropped up in early October, according to the North Central Public Health District.

Health officials are especially concerned with the coming Thanksgiving break, when it will be possible for infected students to take the highly contagious virus home to their families. It spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or talking—when droplets of saliva and mucus go airborne. 

Symptoms appear up to 25 days after being exposed and include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands under the ears. Rare complications can include deafness and meningitis.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging students from the university to use the break to check their vaccination records to make sure they are current on their measles, mumps and rubella shot before returning to classes. 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ebola Guidelines Different For Students vs. Faculty at University of Idaho

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The University of Idaho has unveiled a series of guidelines regarding Ebola, but the requirements/suggestions/guidelines are quite different for students than they are for faculty or staff.

The U of I announced Thursday that it had issued the following rules:

1. All university-related travel by students, faculty or staff to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone must have prior approval from the university provost and executive vice president. 
2. All students who have traveled from the affected countries are asked to contact Student Health Services. However, faculty and staff are allowed to contact their own health care providers.
3. Any faculty and staff traveling abroad (destinations aren't specified) are strongly encouraged to register with U of I's International Programs Office.
4. All students are required to register any plans to travel internationally (again, destinations aren't specified) with the Study Abroad program.

"The threat of Ebola spreading to our university community remains low at this time," read the official statement. "Timely identification of persons traveling from affected areas coupled with close monitoring and reporting of symptoms is a cautious and prudent approach to containing this risk."
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Governor's Cup Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

This year's Governor's Cup award winners. - GOVERNOR'S CUP/SARAH FURIMAN
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  • This year's Governor's Cup award winners.

With the cost of attending college at an all-time high, "college tuition" might as well be a four-letter word. But for 23 high-school students from across Idaho, the burden of attendance just got a little lighter.

On June 17, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the 23 recipients of the Governor's Cup Scholarships. Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the winners, all future attendees of Idaho colleges and universities, will receive $3,000 per year for demonstrated commitments to public service, academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

Here are the winners:

Academic scholarships for four-year programs: 

Margarita Alcaraz – Caldwell High School – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Matthew Brink – Orofino High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Sydney Cornell – Genesee High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Raven Crossley – Mountain Home High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Natasha Dacic – Boise High School – Attending the College of Idaho

Lydia Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Rexburg – Attending BYU-Idaho

Sadie Heindel – Middleton High School – Attending Boise State University

Sarah Hibbert – Century High School, Pocatello – Attending Idaho State or BYU-Idaho

Sam Jacobson – Borah High School, Boise – Attending Boise State University

Mikaela Jenson – Firth High School, Basalt – Attending BYU-Idaho

Cameron Kirk – Lewiston High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Ryleigh Moore – Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian – Attending Boise State University

Abbey Olsen – Preston High School – Attending Idaho State University

Shaleeni Prasad – Nampa High School – Attending Boise State University

Jaycee Rade – Coeur d’Alene High School, Hayden – Attending the University of Idaho

Clayton Schoessler – Bliss High School – Attending Boise State University

Leslie Thompson – Parma High School, Greenleaf – Attending the University of Idaho

Jade Tyler – Parma High School, Parma – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Caleb Williams – North Gem High School, Bancroft – Attending Idaho State University

Allysha Yasuda – Fruitland High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Professional Technical two- and three-year programs:

Skyler Badertscher – Timberlake High School, Athol – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Nathan Haight – Highland School, Craigmont – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Jordan Peterson – Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian – Attending the College of Western Idaho
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New U of I President Convenes Working Group to Make Guns on Campus Recommendations

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

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New University of Idaho President Chuck Staben may be the head honcho at the state's first land grant university, but he may never escape that perennial student terror, the due date. In his case, that date's Tuesday, July 1, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports

That's when the so-called Guns on Campus law, which was passed by the Idaho Legislature and signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter earlier this year, goes into effect. Staben has already convened a working group led by public safety and communications faculty to implement the law. He said he expects to see the group's recommendations in a few weeks.

"We want ... faculty, staff, students, parents and our prospective students to understand what this law means and what it doesn't mean," he said.

But the task ahead for Staben and the UI working group is daunting: The university has facilities in 42 of 44 Idaho counties, as well as prominent campus extensions in Boise, Twin Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. Add to that Staben's goal of boosting its student population by 50 percent in the next few years, from 10,000 students to 15,000.

The Guns on Campus law became a source of friction between Second Amendment advocates and the legislature on the one hand, and Idaho university students, faculty and staff, on the other. The law allows enhanced concealed carry permit holders and retired law enforcement officials to carry weapons in certain areas of Idaho's public college and university campuses. 

The law's advocates said current proscriptions against guns on campuses were a source of discontinuity of Second Amendment rights and would make campuses safer, while the law's detractors said it would decrease campus safety, lead to expensive expansions of campus security measures and contribute to a hostile learning environment. 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

U of I Secures Journalism School Accreditation

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

The University of Idaho's school of journalism has secured accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, joining the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Montana and 112 other nationally accredited programs.

The Associated Press reports that the ACEJMC is the first accreditation of its kind for Idaho.

The AP reports that a team of four educators and media professionals visited the Moscow campus in October 2013 to perform their due diligence, interviewing students and faculty, before voting unanimously to award the accreditation.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

NCAA: U of I Football Doesn't Make the Grade, Hit With Penalties

Posted By on Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The University of Idaho Vandals haven't been to too many postseason bowl games lately, but one thing's for sure: they won't be going next season, either.

The NCAA has slapped the U of I with a number of penalties, including ineligibility for any bowl game appearance during the 2014 season, after failing to meet the governing association's rules on academic standards. According to a statement from the NCAA, the U of I football team came in below the thresholds of the Academic Progress Rate standards for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. In fact, the APR scores showed a steady decline during the four seasons. In response, the university said it had already made modifications to its football program in order to address the APR decline.

“It’s unfortunate that the players who are here now and are working hard, going to class and doing things right, are paying the penalty for the past,” head football coach Paul Petrino told KREM-TV.

APR scores are compiled based on retention of student athletes for each semester, with each student eligible to receive a total of four points. The maximum score that any school can receive is 1,000, but a rating of 930 or less over a four-year period opens the way to penalties.

The University of Idaho's four-year average for 2009-2012 was 903.

The U of I was also told that it will lose four hours of practice per week that must be devoted to studying.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

U of I Names New Law School Dean

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The University of Idaho's game of musical department chairs continues with today's announcement of a new dean for the U of I law school.

In March 2013, when University of Idaho Law School Dean Don Burnett agreed to serve as interim president while the university searched for a new leader, Burnett said he would not return to his position when his tenure as interim president was over.

Since then, Chuck Staben has been named as the U of I's new president, taking the helm of the university this month.

And now this morning's Moscow-Pullman Daily News is reporting that the Mark Adams, vice dean at Valparaiso University Law School, has been chosen to become the University of Idaho's new law school dean. He'll begin work June 22.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Star-News: $40 Million Expansion for U of I's McCall Campus

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The University of Idaho has a $40 million plan to completely renovate its McCall campus.

The McCall Star-News reports that the rebuild and expansion could take 10-15 years, beginning with the tear-down of all but one of the current buildings on the field campus, located next to Ponderosa State Park. Ultimately, nearly two dozen new buildings would be constructed in their place, serving as classrooms and housing for U of I students.

The U of I McCall Field Campus is nearly 75 years old but the university only acquired the 4-acre site in 2012 through a purchase from the Idaho Department of Lands.

Meanwhile, a group of fine-arts proponents want the U of I to consider building a performing arts center as part of the McCall Field Campus expansion. The Star-News reports that the arts groups would like to see the university expand its existing plan for a 225-seat auditorium to include facilities for concerts and plays.

A spokesman for the McCall Music Society told the Star-News that they have already met twice with U of I officials to make their pitch. The music society says it has already pledged the money to draft conceptual plans for review by the university, but the actual expansion cost could run into the millions.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Newspaper Rips University of Idaho a New One For Boise Shindig

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

In a blistering editorial in Sunday's edition of the Lewiston Tribune, the University of Idaho is ripped for kicking off its 125th anniversary in Boise instead of its Moscow home.

"UI leaders remain fixated on what Boise State enjoys—and (UI leaders) lack—urban-fed enrollment, access to the state's political and financial power centers and a winning football team," wrote the Tribune's editorial board. "So like a kid with an inferiority complex the UI comes to the capital city pointing out its seniority and taunting its junior rival as if BSU is some kind of comparative truck-driving school."

The Tribune instead suggested the UI officials hold a "low-key" Boise reception this week, but save the big celebration for Moscow.

"Too bad the UI fumbled that opportunity for its 125th year," wrote the paper. "Here's hoping someone in charge learns a thing or two for the 2039 observance."

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Friday, December 13, 2013

It Will Be 1,000 Degrees (Inside) at U of I's Winter Commencement

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Nearly 1,000 students at the University of Idaho are getting an early Christmas present Saturday, Dec. 14—even though they paid dearly for it: a college diploma.

The undergrads will walk into the U of I's Kibbie Dome at the noon hour and walk out as grads at the university's annual winter commencement.

College of Education Dean Corinne Mantle-Bromley is set to be the commencement speaker. She has been recognized for her work with the Institute for Educational Inquiry, a nonprofit that works to advance education on all levels.

Also being honored at the ceremony is 1971 U of I alumnus Michael Kirk, who went to help create the PBS documentary series Frontline.

When the U of I holds its spring commencement in 2014, it will have a new president at the helm. The Idaho State Board of Education announced in November that it had chosen Chuck Staben to become the university's next president, effective March 2014.

Staben will relieve Don Burnett, who has been acting as interim president sine former president Duane Nellis left to take the top job at Texas Tech University.

The board’s 16-member search committee received 70 applicants for the position and in September Staben was named one of five finalists. He visited UI campus locations and met with stakeholders around the state in October.

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