News Blog: August 2011

C of I researchers examine bone health

Talking on a cell phone or listening to a personal music player while exercising seem as natural to most people as walking or breathing. Yet most of the dozens of electronic devices we use contain the heavy metal cadmium, the culprit in a variety of maladies if ingested. For the past decade, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and more than 40 of her students have studied how cadmium affects bone health and the onset of osteoporosis.

President Henberg delivers State of the College Address

College of Idaho President Dr. Marv Henberg applauded his faculty and staff for a successful 2010-2011 school year and challenged them to continue generating bold ideas that will ensure continued academic and fiscal success in the years to come during his annual State of the College Address on Aug. 25 inside Langroise Recital Hall.

C of I reopens renovated Simplot Dining Hall

The College of Idaho will celebrate the grand re-opening of Simplot Dining Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 inside the newly remodeled building on the College’s campus in Caldwell. Hummel Architects, Kreizenbeck Construction and the College recently completed a $1.5 million summer renovation to Simplot, which will be fully operational when students arrive on campus next week.

Orma J. Smith Museum set for annual Bug Day event

The bugs will be out in Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the Idaho Botanical Garden and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History put on their annual celebration of insect life, Bug Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden in Boise’s north end.  Bug Day includes fun and educational activities for the entire family. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $4 for children 4-12 and adult IBG members.

C of I to unveil new Coyote mascot

For several years, the Coyote has been missing from The College of Idaho’s athletics logo. That will change on Sept. 2 as C of I unveils a brand-new Coyote logo and mascot. The new Coyote will be introduced to the campus community and the public during “The C of I Coyote Celebration,” set for 4:30 p.m. on the J.A. Albertson Activities Center lawn. The tailgate-style event will include BBQ food, apparel featuring the new logo, activities for children, visits from other Treasure Valley mascots and more. It precedes the C of I volleyball home opener at 7 p.m.

Orma J. Smith Museum to host ‘All about Chocolate’ event

The Caldwell community is in for a delicious night of education when the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts “All about Chocolate” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in room 103 of Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho Campus. Participants will learn about and sample more than a dozen varieties of chocolate with Dr. Patrick Fields, a visiting botanist and chocolate expert. Admission is $15 per person, with all proceeds going to the museum.

C of I, Caldwell move forward with Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium

In 2009, The College of Idaho and the City of Caldwell opened Wolfe Field, giving Idaho its first baseball facility with an artificial turf infield. On Monday, Aug. 8, the College and the city announced plans to complete Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, a state-of-the-art baseball complex that will rival any in the Intermountain West. 

C of I dining hall gets $1.5 million upgrade

Students eating at The College of Idaho will return to a more pleasing dining experience this fall, following completion of a $1.5 million project upgrading Simplot Dining Hall.

Matt Caldwell, general manager of C of I’s food service provider Bon Appétit, said the renovations significantly enhance the kitchen and serving areas of Simplot Dining Hall. Images of the renovated Simplot Dining Hall can be viewed on the College Flickr site.

C of I again recognized as one of America’s 'Best Colleges'

The College of Idaho is one of America’s top colleges and earns especially high marks for its theatre program and campus convenience according to the Princeton Review’s annual publication “The Best 376 Colleges.” C of I, cited regularly in the Princeton Review for its outstanding learning environment, was ranked No. 15 in the nation for “Easiest Campus to Get Around” and No. 20 for “Best College Theatre” in the 2012 publication released Tuesday, Aug. 2. C of I also was recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the West.