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Idaho's Cultural & Intellectual Pioneers

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Idaho’s Cultural and Intellectual Pioneers – Meeting room displays

The Pioneers program was established in 1990 by the Student Union Board of Governors as the result of a public contest to name conference rooms and public spaces within the Student Union. The winning entry came to be named the Idaho Cultural and Intellectual Pioneers program. The program recognizes native Idahoans, or those individuals who have spent a period of residence in Idaho, who have made a significant cultural, intellectual or economic contribution to the state. The program has since grown to honor a total of twenty people with displays located inside or outside their respective conference room or public space.

Each display contains a short biography, photographs of the featured individual(s), and assorted memorabilia relating to his or her life and field. The displays are intended to give a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers, while preserving their memory and highlighting their contributions to Idaho for later generations to enjoy.

Anyone wishing to view the displays (primarily located on the second floor) is encouraged to do so. Displays located inside their respective rooms can be viewed during the normal operational hours of the Student Union, provided that the rooms are unoccupied. Other displays are located in public corridors outside their rooms, and can be viewed at any time.

About the Rooms

AH FONG – Named for C.K. AH FONG, 1845-1927

ALEXANDER – Named for MOSES ALEXANDER, 1853-1932

BERGQUIST LOUNGE – Named for BRIAN JOEL BERGQUIST, 1958-1998

BISHOP BARNWELL – Named for MIDDLETON STUART & MARGARET THORNE LIGHTHALL BARNWELL

BOYINGTON – Named for GREGORY ‘PAPPY’ BOYINGTON, 1912-1988

BRINK – Named for CAROL RYRIE BRINK, 1895-1981

CATALDO – Named for JOSEPH M. CATALDO, S. J., 1837-1928

CHIEF JOSEPH – Named for CHIEF JOSEPH, 1840-1904

FARNSWORTH – Named for PHILO TAYLOR FARNSWORTH, 1906-1971

FISHER – Named for VARDIS FISHER, 1895 – 1968

FOOTE – Named for MARY HALLOCK FOOTE, 1847-1938

GIPSON – Named for LAWRENCE HENRY GIPSON, 1880-1971 (currently offline)

HATCH – Named for ADA YOST HATCH, 1900-1984

JOHNSON – Named for WALTER PERRY JOHNSON, 1887-1946 (currently offline)

JORDAN BALLROOM – Named for GRACE EDINGTON JORDAN, 1892-1985

SHIPMAN – Named for NELL SHIPMAN, 1892-1970

SIMPLOT BALLROOM – Named for J. R. & ESTHER SIMPLOT

TRUEBLOOD – Named for CECIL WHITAKER (TED) TRUEBLOOD, 1913-1982