Alumni & Friends 2003 Achievement Awards
Four years ago the College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni and Friends Association
started a special recognition program to honor the hard work and
dedication of its members. Meet this year’s honorees:
Associate Alumni Award recognizes college friends with distinguished
careers who have provided strong support to the college.
Soulen Hinson, Weiser, has managed her family livestock operation
and helped the agricultural industry. A graduate of Leadership Idaho
Agriculture, this proven leader dedicates significant time and energy
to her community, our college, and Idaho.
first appointed director of Idaho State Department of Agriculture
in 1996, was re-appointed by Gov. Kempthorne in 1999. Still, he
farms over 1,000 irrigated row crop acres of alfalfa seed, onions,
wheat, pea seed, and garden bean seed near Wilder and Homedale.
An Idaho native, Pat is a third generation farmer. During 10 years
in the U.S. Army, he became a captain and served as a Green Beret
A-Team commander in the U.S. Special Forces, 10th Group. Pat and
his wife, Suzanne, have three children, Taylor, Cole, and Paige.
Alumni Award honors alumni with distinguished careers in agriculture,
family and consumer sciences, or a related field, as well as a long
community service record.
’83, ’87, followed in her father’s footsteps,
teaching vocational agriculture for several years before beginning
her farming career. Cathy, also a graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture,
serves her community and was on the first CALS Alumni and Friends
Association board of directors. She and husband, David, farm near
Nezperce with children Katie, Ray, Sarah, and Maria.
’68, ’73, ’91, taught agricultural science
for 35 years, during which 31 student teams qualified for national
competitions and 31 individuals received American FFA degrees. Larry,
twice president of the Idaho Vocational Agriculture Teachers’
Association and twice Outstanding Idaho Ag Teacher, also was the
first program instructor to encourage female participation in FFA.
Larry and his wife, Gail, have four children, three of them UI graduates.
Now retired, he continues to make a difference for youth by volunteering
every morning with the Farm Management Team.
Achievement Award honors alumni with an exceptional career and/or
community service record and a future promising continued outstanding
’87, ’93, Marsing, is one of three agricultural
science teachers and FFA advisors in Kuna, winner of many state
and national competitions. Joe and his wife, Shannon, have three
sons, Travis, Jake, and Brett.
Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their dedication,
service, and significant contributions of leadership, innovation,
and support to college programs.
Newcomb, ‘51, began her career at the UI as resident advisor
of the Home Management House. She worked with the faculty at Eastern
Washington University to develop the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
Later, she directed this program at Idaho. In 1982, Shirley helped
found the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Endowment. Her
untiring dedication to growing the fund resulted in opportunities
for student and community enrichment that would not have occurred
without her leadership.
Spencer ‘43, spent many years teaching home economics,
math, and science, and continues her community involvement today.
A member of the UI Foundation, she says she “tries to do more
for the university than anything else.” Also, through her
untiring dedication, the Bicentennial Historical Museum opened in
Grangeville in 1986 and continues to provide community enrichment
and a sense of pride.
Lyle Award recognizes people who demonstrate long-term dedication
to UI through volunteerism.
and Emma Atchley ‘68, Ashton, own and manage the Flying
A Ranch, a successful seed potato operation that celebrated its
centennial last year. Clen, a founding member of the CALS Alumni
and Friends Association board of directors, served as president
from 1999 to 2001. He has helped stage events and recruit students
in southeastern Idaho.
On the college’s
centennial task force, he helped plan activities on campus and around
the state. Emma helped raise nearly $6 million for CALS Biotechnology
Lab building, and was UI Foundation president when it launched a
successful $100 million fund-raising campaign.
University of Idaho, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.