[Vision2020] The UI Friday Letter

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri Aug 20 05:45:00 PDT 2004

The Friday Letter

A Newsletter for University of Idaho

Alumni and Friends

August 20, 2004


Here's the latest news at the University of Idaho:


~ A new era begins at UI this month under the direction of its 16th
president, Tim White. White kicks off the school year Sunday, Aug. 22, with
the traditional Vandal Walk and President's Barbecue on the North Kibbie
Field. As university administrators serve the new students dinner, everyone
will learn the Vandal fight song - including White. Fall semester classes
begin Monday, Aug. 23, with an estimated enrollment of nearly 13,000
students expected to take classes at UI sites throughout the state,
according to UI's enrollment management office.


~ Shubhangi Prabhudesai, a UI graduate student, won the outstanding graduate
student presentation award, and Julia Williams, a UI junior, won the
outstanding undergraduate poster competition during the Idaho biomedical
research conference at Idaho State University in Pocatello last week. The
conference was sponsored by the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network,
which includes UI, ISU and Boise State University. In announcing the award
winners, Idaho BRIN Director Mike Laskowski said he was impressed by the
quality of the students' efforts. "The quality of these students' efforts is
comparable to or better than what I've seen at national scientific meetings.
And that includes work by faculty members," he said. Sixty-nine student
researchers from throughout Idaho attended the conference. 

Nearly 90 scientists also attended the program, which highlighted biomedical
research in Idaho. 


Prabhudesai, who works in the lab of UI zoology Professor Deb Stenkamp,
received a $1,000 award. Undergraduate winner Williams of Moscow, a UI
microbiology and molecular biology major, spent the summer working in the
laboratory of Jill Johnson, assistant professor of microbiology, molecular
biology and biochemistry. More information about the program and
participating students is available at www.sci.uidaho.edu/brin.


~ Essie Fallahi, professor of pomology in the Department of Plant, Soil and
Entomological Sciences, has received the Golden Apple Award from the
American Pomological Society (APS) for his outstanding service as president
of that society. 

The award was presented to Fallahi at the 156th APS Annual Conference in
Austin, Texas.


~ Michael, '73, '75 and Carol Hunter recently made a $20,000 gift to UI as
part of their $100,000 commitment to the J.A. Albertson Building Campaign.
The Michael T. 

Hunter Conference Room is designated in the building to honor their gift.
Hunter was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was elected to the ASUI Senate,
was a member of Blue Key and Silver Lance, served as an assistant to
Professor Bob Clark, and worked as a bartender at Mort's while he was a
student. Hunter has spent most of his career holding positions of leadership
with energy and natural gas corporations. 

More recently, he was president of Lone Star Pipeline Company and vice
chairman of ENSERCH Processing, Inc. In 2003, Hunter and three partners
formed Estrella Energy, LP in Dallas, Texas.  The partnership is committed
to the acquisition, construction and management of natural gas industry



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