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Student Blake Franklin recognized for leadership

One could say College of Idaho senior Blake Franklin is heavily involved on campus. The exercise science and business double major is an active member of Campus Ministries, ENACTUS, ResLife, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, the Business Mentoring Program and the Academic Support Center.

For his exemplary efforts to give back to the C of I community, Franklin this month has been awarded the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award.

“Blake does not hold a prominent leadership role on campus, yet this does not hold him back from influencing others in a positive fashion,” said Simplot Hall Director Michelle Cain, who nominated Franklin for the award. “Even though he is a Student Hall Director (an amazing one at that), Blake’s more nontraditional efforts to involve educate, and serve those around him are what truly make a difference.”

One of those nontraditional ways is leading a weekly group for young men. What began as one student reaching out to Franklin for a positive influence and friendship has grown into a small group of students who learn from and support each other as they navigate through academics, faith and relationships. This group has made a push for involving even more individuals in its activities, and its members are identifying meaningful ways for the group to give back to the community.

“Everyone I have ever spoken to has had only warm things to say on his behalf,” Cain said. “Blake is an incredible role model for others, always compassionate toward his fellow students, and never one to let you down. I feel extremely blessed to know this young man and so lucky to have him on my team.”

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit