You may be able to spot Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre’s car in the parking lot. It’s the one usually overflowing with glass bottles that will soon become repurposed.
When Melchiorre, a College of Idaho professor of business, isn’t in the classroom, she often can be seen helping out as a board member of local nonprofit Ūsful Glassworks. The organization, which recycles empty glass bottles into drinking glasses, wind chimes and more, also helps people get on their feet and back into the workforce by providing them a job and vocational training.
“We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, frae morning sun till dine; but seas between us briad hae roar'd, sin' auld lang syne."
So goes a verse in perhaps the most famous Scottish song there is, Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne.” With its traditional, olde tyme feel and bagpipe accompaniment, Scottish—and, more broadly, Celtic—music has spread from the British Isles across the globe.
When College of Idaho physics professor Dr. Katie Devine gets up at 2 a.m., the only other beings awake are of the celestial variety—the man in the moon watching overhead, stars shining and winking from their cosmic homestead. But that is exactly who she’s come to see.
Dressed in her pajamas, Devine logs into the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia remotely from her computer in Idaho. Using computer codes to control the position of the telescope across the night’s sky, Devine points it at galactic gas bubbles in the Milky Way, some 10-15 thousand light-years away.
When The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio members audition a student to pursue a music performance major, they are very selective. Getting paid to play an instrument is tough. Earning enough to live off is tougher. Students who have the talent and can’t fathom a career outside of music are ideal. Then the hard work begins.
“Every evening he went out upon the sea, and one evening the net was so heavy that hardly could he draw it into the boat…But no fish at all was in it, nor any monster or thing of horror, but only a little Mermaid lying fast asleep.”
Caldwell Fine Arts is pleased to present “Redefining Poetry,” a free poetry reading featuring Idaho Writer-in-Residence and C of I Professor Diane Raptosh. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
C of I alumnus and psychology professor Dr. Isaac Hunter ’04 danced all over the competition during the recent Dancing with the Caldwell Stars contest, put on March 7 by Caldwell Fine Arts. With a dynamic disco routine, Hunter left the audience begging for more with moves Chazz Michael Michaels would be jealous of. We sat down with the mirror ball trophy winner to get an inside look at greatness. (Note: this interview was executed with sarcasm and humor in mind).
One of the two most important influences in Langroise Trio violinist Geoffrey Trabichoff’s life was violinist Sascha Lasserson, a renowned Russian pedagogue. The other — a London taxi driver named Alf.
“He was a kind of freak because he knew more about violin, singing, and ballet, than most professionals do,” Trabichoff said. “It was because he had a terrific interest in those things, so he made a point of going to whatever he could.”
“Greegor Peak is probably witnessing climate change,” jokes Dr. David Greegor, speaking of the Antarctic mountain that is named after him.
Greegor, a visiting Biology professor at The College of Idaho, had the peak named after him in the early 1970s while working on an Antarctic research team. As a research associate and curator of herpetology at the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Greegor, who also has a background in ecology and watershed planning, currently is studying how climate change impacts lizard populations.