An autographed basketball, signed by the members of the winning Cougar basketball team, sold for $2,700 at a live auction held as part of the Evening of Excellence on March 30, 2007

The upscale dinner to honor President’s Associates donors, scholarship donors and to showcase College excellence, drew 128 for dinner to the Red Lion Templin’s in Post Falls, Idaho.

The live auction, silent auction and wine raffle raised a total of $6,049 for student groups.

In addition to the two awards for Outstanding Alumni, the College recognized two people who have established endowments – faculty member Danial Baker, who established the endowment in the name of his parents, Arby and Cathaline Baker, and the late Irvin D. Johnson of Hood River, Ore., whose daughter Janice Johnson of Portland accepted the award. A third endowment was established by Bob Higgins, in honor of his late wife Barbara, for student international travel. Bob was unable to be present to receive his award.

Also as part of the Evening’s recognition of College friends, three women were inducted into the University’s Adopted Cougars club — Viola Ewell and Lucille Jones, both widows of pharmacy graduates, and Edith White, widow of longtime faculty member and former dean, Allen I. White.

The College also honored a list of donors who have given back for 25 years or more, including Scott Williams, Everett and Dolores Gibbons, William M. Bethmann, Gerald and Susan Briggs, Sam and Vicki Deliganis, Herbert H. Nagata, the WSPA, and the Walter and Hazel Hinman Foundation.