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University of Idaho

The University of Idaho is a public university in Moscow, Idaho. It is the state's primary research university, it is the lead university in the Idaho Space Grant Consortium. The University of Idaho was the state's sole university for 71 years, until 1963, its College of Law, established in 1909, was first accredited by the American Bar Association in 1925. Formed by the territorial legislature on January 30, 1889, the university opened its doors in 1892 on October 3, with an initial class of 40 students; the first graduating class in 1896 contained two women. It has an enrollment exceeding 12,000, with over 11,000 on the Moscow campus; the university offers 142 degree programs, from accountancy to wildlife resources, including bachelor's, master's, specialists' degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 30 areas of study. At 25% and 53%, its 4 and 6 year graduation rates are the highest of any public university in Idaho, it generates 74 percent of all research money in the state, with research expenditures of $100 million in 2010 alone.

As a land-grant university and the primary research university in the state, UI has the largest campus in the state at 1,585 acres, in the rolling hills of the Palouse region at an elevation of 2,600 feet above sea level. The school is home to the Idaho Vandals. In addition to the main campus in Moscow, the UI has branch campuses in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls, it operates a research park in Post Falls and dozens of extension offices statewide. According to the UI Facts Books, the Moscow campus is an 1,585 acres including 253 buildings with a replacement value of $812 million, 10 miles, 49 acres of parking lots, 1.22 miles of bike paths, 22 computer labs, an 18-hole golf course on 150 acres, 80 acres of arboreta, 860 acres of farms. The east-facing Administration Building, with its 80-foot clock tower and Collegiate Gothic-style structure, was built from 1907–09 and has become an icon of the university; the building holds classrooms, an auditorium, administrative offices, including the offices of the President and Provost.

Multiple expansions were made, with the north wing added in 1912, the south wing in 1916, the functional annex in 1950, incorporated into the Albertson addition of 2002. The UI library was housed in the Administration building until 1957, when the Library building was completed; the original Administration building, with a single tall spire reaching to 163 feet, was constructed through the decade of the 1890s and finished in 1899. It was reduced to embers on March 30, 1906; the cause of the fire, which began in the basement, was never determined, but was accidental. After the fire, there was debate whether to start from scratch; the original building's steps were saved and climb the small hill southeast of the south wing. In the meantime, classes were held at sites in Moscow. Insurance policies paid $135,000. To appease the state legislature, the UI Regents decided to build Morrill Hall first, use it for classrooms, finance the new Administration building over three years; the new Administration building was designed by prominent Boise architect John E. Tourtellotte.

He designed the state's Roman Revival capitol building in Boise and other buildings, both public and private. Tourtellotte modeled the new UI structure after the venerable Hampton Court Palace in England, construction began in 1907; the 1909 Administration building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, at age 69. Two years out of office, former U. S. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke outside the main east entrance of the new building on April 9, 1911, on a platform built of Palouse wheat. "Hello Walk" traveled pathways on the Idaho campus. But more than being surrounded by trees and grass, it navigates through a rich history of statues and traditions, it includes monuments such as Presidential Grove, where historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt and his wife, planted trees. Hello Walk is still used, but the hellos that used to be mandatory are now not vocalized to strangers; the Idaho Student Union Building, completed in 2000, is the heart of campus and contains a food court, copy center and coffee shop, Credit Union, convenience store.

Additionally, there is study space, wireless internet, laptop checkout, many student services such as the offices of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, Academics Assistance, the University of Idaho Writing Center, Student Support. With the completion of the Teaching and Learning Center at the beginning of the fall semester of 2005, the second phase, the Idaho Student Union Building gained classrooms and completed the vision of a common area where students could learn, study and get university services all in one place; the Bruce M. Pitman Center known as the Student Union Building, houses Financial Aid, New Student Services, the Registrar's Office, the office of the Graduate & Professional Student Association and student meeting rooms. There is wireless access

Jessy Dixon

Jessy Dixon was an American gospel music singer and pianist, with success among audiences across racial lines. He garnered seven Grammy award nominations during his career. Musicians with whom he worked include Paul Simon, Andrae Crouch, DeGarmo & Key and most Bill Gaither in the Homecoming series of concerts, he wrote songs for Amy Grant, Natalie Cole and Diana Ross. Dixon was an ordained minister with Calvary Ministries International of Indiana. Born in San Antonio, Dixon sang and played his first song at the age of five; as a youngster he moved to Chicago, where he was discovered by James Cleveland, one of the first artists to sing and record Jessy Dixon's compositions, "God Can Do Anything But Fail," and "My God Can Make A Way." The organizers of the Newport Jazz Festival invited him to perform his new song, "The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troubling," at New York's Radio City Music Hall in 1972. After the performance and The Jessy Dixon Singers were requested to do four encores. Paul Simon, was in the audience and invited Dixon to share the stage with him as lead vocalist on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live.

Dixon found himself touring with Simon across the U. S. France, Scandinavia and Japan. Dixon's affiliation with Simon lasted eight years, during which time he recorded two albums, Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin' and Still Crazy After All These Years, both of which sold a million copies. Bill and Gloria Gaither invited him to sing at a Homecoming video taping. Dixon was a favorite on the series, has traveled all over the United States and abroad surprising gospel audiences with his stirring performances of "It's A Highway To Heaven," "Operator", "Leaving On My Mind", "Blood Bought Church", "The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troubling", "Lord Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary", "I Am Redeemed". Dixon performed in Black Nativity with The Jessy Dixon Theater Group. Spring House Recordings.. The Best of Jessy Dixon. Bill Gaither. Dixon was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, waged a hard battle against the disease. Dixon died on September 26, 2011 at his home in Chicago, aged 73. Natalie Cole: "Jessy's music is just like him, beautiful."

Bill Gaither: "I have traveled with Jessy Dixon for the past several years and never have I been with an artist with more heart. He is the real thing." Bette Midler: "I've heard Jessy Dixon sing many times and in all of gospel music, Jessy Dixon is my favorite. Jessy Dixon has the gospel soul." Diana Ross: "There's an element in Jessy's music that can't be mistaken. That element is love, wow do I feel it." Allmusic

David William Rowsen Morgan

David William Rowsen Morgan was an American mechanical engineer and business executive at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, known as 74th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the year 1955-56. Morgan was born in 1892 in Martins Ferry, son of William E. Morgan and Sarah Morgan. In 1913, at the age of 21, he obtained his MSc in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University. After his graduation in 1913 Morgan started his lifelong career at the Westinghouse Electrical Corporation in Philadelphia. By 1917 he was engineer at the condenser department, where he was promoted to Engineer in Charge of the Condenser Department. In 1926 he got appointed manager condenser and internal combustion engineering in the internal combustion engine department of the Westinghouse Electric. In the 1930s Morgan had become assistant manager of engineering of the South Philadelphia plant of Westinghouse Electric. In 1941 he got appointed vice president of the South Philadelphia plant.

From 1948 to 1953 Morgan was general manager of Westinghouse Steam Division, from 1953 until his retirement late 1955 he was vice president of Westinghouse Electric Co. After his retirement he was Professorship of Engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology, now the Drexel University. Morgan was awarded the Westinghouse Order of Merit in 1942. In 1950 he was awarded the honorary doctorate in engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology. Morgan was elected president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the year 1955-56, he had been elected Fellow of the ASME, was member of the Hoover Medal Board of Award. Articles, a selectionMorgan, D. W. R. "Central Station Steam-Power Generation." Westinghouse Engineer 10: 7-17. Patents, a selectionMorgan, David WR. "Large jet condenser." U. S. Patent No. 1,457,788. 5 Jun. 1923. Morgan, David WR. "Surface condenser." U. S. Patent No. 1,578,057. 23 Mar. 1926. Morgan, David WR. "House electric." U. S. Patent No. 1,684,406. 18 Sep. 1928. Morgan, David WR. "Ejector apparatus."

U. S. Patent No 2,033,843, 10 March 1936. Tuley, Charles B. and David WR Morgan. "Condenser apparatus." U. S. Patent No. 2,180,840. 21 Nov. 1939. D. W. R. Morgan, engineer in the Condenser Department, Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs. Group photograph of Westinghouse employees, Hagley Digital Archives