C of I honors distinguished alumni award winners

The College of Idaho honored three outstanding alumni during the recent Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, which took place Oct. 16 in the Langroise Center as part of Homecoming week. Read more about the winners below. Congratulations to these outstanding alumni!

Distinguished Young Alumni Award: David Papiez ’05

After graduating cum laude from The College, Papiez took a job as a ski instructor at Tamarack Resort and soon climbed the ladder to asset manager and controller.

Papiez is at the forefront of Tamarack’s lengthy foreclosure process with lien holder Credit Suisse, helping to keep the resort open. He was recently offered a one-year position with Credit Suisse to be their man-on-the ground while restructuring the resort’s $400 million debt for eventual sale.

He also co-founded the nonprofit, Valley County Economic Development Council, serving as president. The council aims for a sustainable Valley County economy that doesn’t rely on tourism and the timber industry to provide jobs for locals.

The C of I honors Papiez for his accomplishments and wishes him success as he plans to enroll in law school next year.

Alumni Service Award: Jan Boles ’65

There isn’t much Jan Boles hasn’t done since graduating from The College of Idaho in 1965. He’s lived and worked in southwest Idaho as a commercial photographer, publicist, graphic designer, photojournalist, teacher, writer, welder and artist. Boles also admirably filled several staff positions at his alma mater, including archivist—a post he has held since 1997.

Under Boles’ direction, the Robert E. Smylie Archives in Sterry Hall has become an invaluable resource for faculty, staff, students, historians and the news media.

He also is active in historical preservation, earning an Orchid Award from Preservation Idaho, serving on the Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, and spearheading the restoration of College Heights Station, also known as “The Hat,” on the C of I campus.

We thank and honor Boles for using his talents in love and service to The College of Idaho.

Distinguished Alumni Award: William “Bill” Kundrat Jr. ’56

William “Bill” Kundrat Jr. has a history of winning, being part of both the Hall of Fame basketball team of 1953-54 and the Hall of Fame, Refrigerator Bowl football team of 1953.

After graduating from the C of I, Kundrat started his career as a high school coach, teacher, counselor and principal in Idaho and then Florida. From 1980-1995, he served as president of the Florida Retail Federation, founded the federation’s monthly magazine, the Florida Retailer, and served as chairman of RetailFirst.

In 2012, he was honored with the Florida Retail Federation’s Lifetime Service Award during its 75th anniversary celebration.

It is with great pride that the College honors Kundrat—fittingly at a time when the Coyote football and men’s basketball teams are once again bringing many victories and great notoriety to the College.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit