News Blog: Alumni News

VA research becomes infectious for C of I grad

At 19 years of age, Alabama native Pamela Dockstader ’16 signed up for the United States Army. Over the course of six years repairing armament on M1 Abrams and M2 Bradley tanks and serving two tours in Afghanistan, Dockstader fell in love with the military. And while transitioning to civilian life and attending The College of Idaho, she discovered a love of microbiology.

Today, she’s found a way to combine her two passions.

Alumni chef Kris Komori dazzles diners in Boise

If there has been one constant in the life of Kris Komori, it’s change. He wanted to study audio engineering in college; instead, biology caught his eye at The College of Idaho. He interned at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Boise and took the MCATs in preparation for medical school.

But then another passion started to boil over.

While working a college job at the Mona Lisa fondue restaurant, Kris developed an interest in cooking. And after graduating in 2005, Komori decided culinary school, not med school, would be his choice.

C of I alumna to study cinema on Fulbright grant

Filmmaker Ly Bun Yim lives in Ta Khmao, a suburb of Cambodia's crowded and energetic capital, Phnom Penh. When College of Idaho alumna Jessica Austin ’09 first visited him in June of 2013, Ly gave her an electrifying tour of his self-designed studio, which doubled as his home. He bought the property upon returning to Cambodia, decades after he fled from the genocidal class-warfare waged by the Khmer Rouge soldiers in the late 1970s.

Keys to success: Music alum furthering his career

College of Idaho alumnus Sean Dahlman ’14 sits behind the piano, his fingers water-falling over the keys. Penciled music notes adorn the notebook before him, a cup of coffee to the right of that. On a table across from the piano, books sprawl open, such as “The Study of Orchestration.” A melodica lays on top of some papers, to diddy and mess around with.

IHC honors C of I archivist, photographer Jan Boles

Walk onto the second floor of Sterry Hall, and you’ll find a man with pure-white hair, and a matching beard, tucked into an office. Dressed in his signature purple suspenders and peering over spectacles, Jan Boles has archived the 125-year history of The College of Idaho since 1997. But his business card reads “Photographing Idaho and the American West since 1963.”

Alums offer C of I students glimpse to Capitol Hill life

Two dozen College of Idaho students sat inside Strahorn Hall, talking face-to-face with two C of I alumni who serve as staff members for United States legislators. Well, electronically face-to-face.

C of I alumnus discovers MLB’s postseason star

Tied 2-2 in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series, New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy dug in 60 feet away from one of baseball’s best pitchers. With a full count, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Zach Greinke let loose a fastball destined for the inside corner of the plate.             

It never got there.

C of I alum brings play to Langroise stage

Jef Petersen ’04 is bringing his new play, An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys, to the Langroise Center Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. for one performance. The show is free but a small donation, if you’re able, to help cover some of the travel expenses for the troupe, is appreciated.

C of I musicians perform at Idaho Horror Film Festival

A talented quartet of College of Idaho musicians will perform Friday inside Boise’s historic Egyptian Theatre as part of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival.

Composer Sean Dahlman, a 2104 C of I graduate, has written an original score to the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. His eerie composition will be performed live during a screening of the film at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, as one of the festival’s signature events. Dahlman and fellow alumnus Kyle True ’14 will perform along with current C of I students Ashton Jenicek and Tasha Sitz.

Curtain Call: CFA director Sylvia Hunt set to retire

If you happen to catch the answering machine on College of Idaho alumna Sylvia Hunt’s home phone, you might think you’ve misdialed.

“This is the Caldwell Fine Arts…,” the recorded message starts out.

But it’s really no surprise. Hunt works tirelessly to promote the fine arts. Starting in 1981, when Hunt took over as executive director from her mentor and celebrated College of Idaho music professor Richard Skyrm, CFA has continued a historic legacy of offering world-class fine arts performances and providing remarkable educational outreach in the local community.

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