Congratulations to Doug Scoville, Class 6, who was recently presented with the Jim Lyle Award by the U of I Alumni Association. The award is based upon long-term dedicated service to the U of I. Scoville has been involved with the University for over 50 years. He farms in the Potlatch area north of Moscow and has been an active spokesman in the Oilseed Industry of Idaho and across the U.S.
Kyra Povirk, Class 35, is headed to Washington, D.C., from June 22 through July 24 to join the Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Protest Resolution Project Team. The team’s job is to review the protest letters and identify substantive protest points for response. Kyra hopes to gain a thorough understanding of how implementation of the amendment will affect grazing permittees and public land users in Idaho.
Participating in the Governor’s Trade Mission to Peru were Mike Thornton, Class 12, Laura Johnson, Class 11, and Joe Farmer, Class 35. The trip also included a visit to Mexico.
Many LIA alumni from across southern Idaho attended the presentation by author Mark Lynas on GMOs. Travis Jones, Class 28, had the honor of introducing Mr. Lynas since Travis serves as president of Food Producers of Idaho.
Selecting a new Dean for CALS at the U of I involved a number of LIA graduates. Serving on the Search Committee that reviewed applications and interviewed the final selection were: Jim Church, Class 5; Chris McIntosh, Class 17; and Kim O’Neill, Class 27. Involved in the review in Boise of the four finalists were Mark Duffin, Class 22; Kelly Olson, Class 16; Benjamin Kelly, Class 29; Travis Jones, Class 28; Rich Garber, Class 2; Drew Eggers, Class 12; Wayne Thiessen, Lifetime Member; Wyatt Prescott, Affiliate Member; and Rick Waitley, Class 8.
Terry Jones, Class 21, was recently elected to an officer position that will eventually place him as Governor of Rotary International for the State of Idaho. Rick Phillips, Class 1, just completed his year in the same position.
Nate Fowler, Class 33, has left the family dairy operation of TLK Dairy in Mountain Home to join the staff of Rock Harbor Church in the Meridian area. Nate will be serving in the area of music and worship for the rapidly growing congregation. The Fowlers are looking to relocate in the Boise area.
Thanks for your many nice emails, cards and thoughts for Dorita Waitley, wife of Rick Waitley, Executive Director, as she has worked her way through radiation treatments the last few weeks.
LIA will once again join forces with Idaho Ag in the Classroom and the Idaho FFA Foundation in sponsoring the Agrium Seed Survivor Education Trailer in Idaho. The trailer is scheduled to visit Idaho in the fall of 2015, focusing on southwestern Idaho and into the Magic Valley. Last year the tour visited eastern Idaho. Several LIA alumni were instructors and assistants with the trailer during the 2014 tour.
It’s time to update the LIA Directory!
The directory is now posted online HERE to allow you to check your current listing. This service will only be available until July 1.
The directory is password protected, and the password is: lia1516.
Click again, and you will be able to view the directory. Scroll down to your listing and carefully check your information. Please note that some of your information might be on the following page. If you need to make corrections/changes, complete the accompanying form and click on SUBMIT. And you’re done!!! If you do NOT need any changes, please note that in a quick email to Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Congratulations to Shane Robins, Class 35, and his wife, Jaime, on the birth of their son, Hesston Alex, on April 30. Hesston weighed in at 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Congratulations also to Grandpa Richard Durrant, Class 9.
Congratulations to Launa Fowler, Class 32, who participated in the Idaho Youth Ranch “Wine, Women and Shoes” event and was voted “Most Classy Shoe”. Launa said husband Nate Fowler, Class 33, played a role in picking out the winning shoes for her to wear. Nate is an LIA trustee, so we may have to consider him as a speaker for the Dress for Success seminar!
Congratulations to Rich Garber, Class 2, Director of External Affairs and Governmental Relations for the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who recently received the Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit for Outstanding Service to Agriculture in Idaho. Gamma Sigma Delta was founded in 1905 as a professional agricultural fraternity. The group honors individuals who have effectively advanced agricultural efforts and technology worldwide through their professional lives.
Sympathy is extended to Randy Brooks, Class 16, who lost his father, age 75, on May 6.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Sara Schmidt, Class 9, who had additional surgery on May 4, related to her earlier bout with cancer. According to Sara, “It’s all about risk reduction.”
Congratulations to Tereasa Waterman, Class 18, and husband, Lin, on the adoption of Lauren Danielle Waterman, born March 26. Mom is on “baby” leave from Idaho Wheat Commission until June.
Congratulations to Mark Pratt, Class 11, and Wendy Pratt, Class 35, whose son Seth was named Outstanding Senior at the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Seth served as National FFA Western Regional vice president 2011-2012. His degree is in agricultural and extension education.
Jane Waldher, Class 35, sent an email recently, announcing that she and her family would be relocating to Pendleton, Oregon, around Memorial Day. Her husband, Bob, has accepted a position as planner for Umatilla County. This also positions them about one hour from parents. The Waldher’s are expecting their third child in June.
Several LIA alumni participated in the Waitley seminar on Effective Meetings. Those attending included Julie Burkhardt, Class 22, Tiege Ulschmid, Class 32, Kristie Dorsey and Kyra Gibson, both from Class 35. Another seminar is planned for the fall. The group concluded their day’s activities by watching the new LIA recruitment video, and from that showing we received three applications!
Heathe Weston, Class 35, wrote the following “I just thought I would let you know that I have decided to return to the family ranch to work with my dad and brother. My last day at Idaho AgCredit was April 16th.” Heathe’s family ranch is in Woodruff, Utah. While Heathe will be missed at Idaho AgCredit, it is great to have him back in production agriculture.
Executive Director Rick Waitley, Class 8, has been working closely with a steering group out of Oregon which is interested in creating a leadership program in their state. We have supplied the steering committee with the names of LIA graduates from Idaho who now reside in Oregon. Rick has agreed to consult with the group in their efforts to start a program. Through the years, Idaho LIA has included a number of Oregonians in our program.