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C of I set for Homecoming festivities

The College of Idaho celebrates Homecoming 2011 with a full schedule of events this week for students, alumni and friends. This year’s Homecoming features a special focus on science, as the College celebrates its outstanding tradition in the sciences and alumni who studied in Boone Science Hall. Festivities begin with the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday and wrap up with C of I alumni night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, set for 6 p.m. Sunday in Boise. Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Thursday, Sept. 22

C of I Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

Festivities begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and induction of the late James Ralph “Benny” Bennett, Class of 1942, the late Leslie “Buck” Selders, Class of 1941, and the Coyotes 1998 NAIA national championship baseball team into the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame. Tickets cost $25 or $10 for children 12 and younger.

Friday, Sept. 23

Coyote Open Golf Tournament

The 27th annual Coyote Open features a five-player scramble format and will begin at 11 a.m. at scenic Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. The tournament costs $100 per player, with proceeds supporting The College of Idaho Athletic Association.

Night at the Museum

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts its annual Night at the Museum event at 7 p.m. in the basement of Boone Science Hall. The featured speaker is Brad Brooks, Class of 2006, the deputy regional director of The Wilderness Society. This event is free and open to the public, and the museum will be open throughout the week. For more information, email museum director Bill Clark at bclark@collegeofidaho.edu.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Taste of the Harvest

The 11th annual Taste of the Harvest celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. in Morrison Quadrangle. Join us for great local food and wine, live music, art, vendor booths, activities for children and more. Tickets cost $15 and, as always, the proceeds will fund a C of I scholarship awarded each fall to a first generation college student from a family of migrant agricultural workers. Taste of the Harvest is sponsored by Bon Appétit, Bitner Vineyards and Lagunitas Brewing Company. For more information, including a full list of vendor participants and the history of the Taste of the Harvest festival, click here.

Prior to Taste of the Harvest, the Whittenberger Planetarium (inside Boone Hall) will host a public star show at 12:30 p.m., free of charge.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

The College of Idaho’s National Alumni Board honors the winners of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards with a dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Simplot Dining Hall. This year’s winners include Dr. Louie Attebery, Class of 1950 (Distinguished Alumni Award); Rev. Ed Keener and Martha Keener, Class of 1967 (Alumni Service Award); and Mas Kuwana, Class of 2004 (Distinguished Young Alumni). Tickets cost $30.

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 six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten 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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.