Longtime Idaho elementary school teacher Ethel Bales Whittenberger dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for children and young people. Today, the Whittenberger Foundation, established upon Mrs. Whittenberger’s death in 1970, continues to embody that same spirit of giving back.
The College of Idaho, Caldwell Fine Arts and the YMCA are partnering to host a trio of races for the entire family, all during the festive atmosphere of C of I’s Homecoming celebration. The Sept. 19 races follow the “Curtains Up” Homecoming theme, with racers trying to finish the “Beat Beethoven” 5K before the end of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (about 30 minutes). Younger children can participate in the Sonatina Scamper, a half-mile course accompanied by the Beethoven Sonatina.
A dozen kids gathered onto the carpet of the Shannon Lounge and sat in a circle. One by one, in a counterclockwise pattern, they counted in Chinese, “yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù…,” until they reached the number 30. By the end of the week, they’d be counting even higher.
“The fact that this class is offered on the C of I campus really enhances our culture,” said C of I English professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson, whose daughter Wren attended the class.
“I counted to 100 today,” Wren said after the last day of class.
The seventh-grade students waited with anxious anticipation. What would the lab results show for the objects they had swabbed? They definitely didn’t expect the toilet to have less bacteria than their own mouths.
Since 2009, The College of Idaho and the Caldwell School District have worked in conjunction to offer the week-long Math and Science Summer Institute (MASSI) for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students. The institute, which operates this year from June 1-5, promotes taking math and science classes in high school and pursuing a STEM career.
While running the anchor leg toward the finish of the academic year can be a little stressful, The College of Idaho’s Association of Latino Americano Students invites the campus community to take a break from studying and enjoy some Cinco de Mayo fun!
From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, in front of McCain, students will be able to eat free tacos, win prizes, and compete in competitions such as riding the mechanical bull, a jalapeño eating contest, and a piñata breaking contest.
Explore the final frontier at The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium! The New Horizons mission will be the lead topic when the planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. May 8 inside Boone Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The recently renovated Planetarium, which now features new cove lights and handicapped access, will explore the New Horizons spacecraft, which left for Pluto in 2006 and will fly by the planet in July. Learn the current status of the mission as well as the constellations and planet locations in the Idaho night sky this month.
The College of Idaho is set to host National History Day in Idaho, the finale of a year-long enrichment program that provides exciting ways for middle and high school students to study historical issues, ideas, people and events. The annual event, sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on the C of I campus in Caldwell. More than 300 Idaho students from grades 4-12 will compete for awards, scholarships and a slot in this summer’s national competition in Maryland.