After a week filled with special student events and the reviving of past collegiate traditions, members of the NNU community enjoyed a day filled with Founders-themed activities on Friday, September 13.
The NNU student body spent the week enjoying giveaways that commemorate our Founders and reviving old traditions, including a family-style dinner in the dining hall and sitting alphabetically during chapel. Sporting their new commenorative buttons, t-shirts and fanny packs, students arrived to a Swayne Auditorium filled with local dignitaries and friends of the University who had gathered to enjoy a special Founders’ Day chapel service on Friday morning.
It was easy to feel the swell of collegial pride as dignitary after dignitary stood to address those in attendance with high praise for the University, including declarations by Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and City of Nampa Mayor Tom Dale that September 13, 2013 was officially “NNU Centennial Founders’ Day.” That emotion came to a head at the conclusion of a powerful performance by the Crusader Choir & Orchestra when a rendition of “How Great Thou Art” brought those in attendance to their feet with cheers and applause.
After chapel, a group costumed in period dress gathered on the Brandt Lawn to reenact a classic photo of a 1915 groundbreaking ceremony for what would be the first building on campus. To see an interactive tool to compare the similarities and differences between the old and new photos, visit the page on our Centennial site.
On Friday evening, NNU faculty, staff and students gathered together with members from the local neighborhood to enjoy a celebration complete with live music, local food trucks, bounce houses and face painting. Though rainclouds were on the horizon, the community enjoyed hours of fun together before weather caused the evening to conclude.
As we look ahead to still more Centennial activities, including the conclusion of the Faculty Value Lecture Series, the Business Enrichment Series, the Centennial Gala and a variety of Centennial-themed events during Homecoming & Family Weekend, we want to say thank you to all those who helped to make Founders’ Week such an amazing time. We are excited to continue to celebrate 100 years through the fall!
To view photo albums and video of the Founders’ Day celebration, please visit our Facebook page.
View the Idaho Statesman article about Founders’ Week here.
View the Idaho Press-Tribune article about Founders’ Week here.