This summer, ten musicians and composers descended upon The College of Idaho campus to take part in Music from the Fringe 2. Set up by Langroise Trio cellist Sam Smith and his wife Nancy, Music from the Fringe combined a remote-viewing experience to produce a brand-new musical work that will premiere when the Boise Cello Collective takes the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Jewett Auditorium.
“We’re probably the only people on the planet that use remote viewing for music,” Nancy Smith said.
Enjoy the puff, without the harmful stuff. That’s how electronic cigarettes have been marketed. But with little research on how e-cigarettes and vaping can affect the human body, questions remain as to how safe this rapidly growing “safer alternative” to smoking really is.
After hearing that traces of heavy metals have been found in the vapor of e-cigarettes, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and her INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) lab decided to investigate.
For nearly 20 years, Professor Joe Golden has helped grow and strengthen The College of Idaho theatre department, using his stage experience and collaborating with Professor Mike Hartwell to help students create professional productions while earning respect and acclaim in the Treasure Valley and beyond.
The professors who are more than talking heads at the front of the classroom—those who take time to work individually with their students—are the ones that make a personal impact on an education. For College of Idaho political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley, that professor was Dr. Clark Neher, his mentor at Northern Illinois University.
While earning his Ph.D., Dayley helped Neher research the first edition of the textbook Southeast Asia in the New International Era. Today, Dayley continues the tradition with his own students at the C of I.
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.”