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Faculty Take Their Cause to Boise
On the day Governor Dirk Kempthorne delivered his budget for fiscal year 2003 to a
joint session of Idaho's Legislature, approximately 30 faculty members from Lewis-Clark
State College (LCSC), the University of Idaho and five other colleges and universities
from around the state were at the capitol to advocate for higher education and their
The trips were funded by the Idaho Council of Higher Education Faculty (ICHEF), a group
comprised of the sitting faculty senate presidents of their respective institutions.
ICHEF's purpose is to keep issues that are important to higher education faculty before
the State Board of Education and the legislature. Because lowered state revenues and a
flat economy continue to threaten higher education budgets, faculty traveled to Boise from
far-flung parts of Idaho on the first day of the legislature's 2002 session.
Brief meetings in hallways and legislators' offices and a luncheon attended by faculty
members and approximately 50 legislators were the settings for discussing faculty members'
needs, goals and accomplishments. The reality of the tough economic times was reflected in
the words of Senator Cecil Ingram (R) Boise. "Hang in there," he said to a group
of faculty from LCSC.
A bright moment for LCSC occurred when Representative Frank Bruneel (R) of Lewiston
announced to the entire assemblage of his fellow congressional members that Professor of
Business Gerald Ramey, one of the LCSC faculty members present in the gallery, is a 2001
Fulbright Scholarship winner. Of the 700 scholarships awarded annually, less than 10% go
to faculty at small schools and he is one of the two 2001 winners from Idaho. The
prestigious award will allow Ramey to teach in the city of Isai, Romania, for about 5
months starting January 29 of this year.