News Blog: Alumni News

C of I alum celebrates the sweet life with new ice cream shop

Fresh powder. Grandma’s kitchen. Campfires. For Kasey Allen ’15, these aren’t just some of life’s best experiences — they’re also some of the sweetest ice cream flavors he’ll bring to downtown Boise, Idaho starting this summer.

C of I alum releases newest novel, Flashmob

What is it like to enter the mind of a mind-reader? How do you challenge someone who can have the whole world’s thoughts at their fingertips? This is the reality for College of Idaho alum Chris Farnsworth ’93 as he prepares to release his newest novel, Flashmob, which will be available on June 27, 2017.

C of I alumna earns Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins ’72 has led a life full of accomplishments, from co-founding and leading outdoor clothing company Patagonia to preserving millions of acres of parklands in Argentina and Chile. This year, she will add another accomplishment as a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, one of the most prestigious prizes any philanthropist can receive.

C of I alumni sweep NPHS Teacher of the Year awards

Jenette Noe ’13 and Tim Bourner ’08 are more than just teachers at New Plymouth High School. In the eyes of the student body, these two College of Idaho alumni are friends, mentors, examples and, at times, coaches. In the eyes of their fellow staff—some of whom are C of I graduates as well—they are two of the best, most dynamic educators their school has to offer.

Alumni & Friends Choir to perform Vivaldi at spring concert

What started as a small part of a Homecoming event two years ago has grown into an exciting opportunity for College of Idaho alumni to come together for a shared passion: making music.

The C of I Alumni & Friends Choir will hold its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 in Langroise Recital Hall, performing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” under the direction of Bill Buckendorf ‘74. The concert is free and open to the public.

‘YoteFort’ takes over Boise music festival

C of I alumna Ana Lete ’16 gives a first-hand account of her experience performing at Boise's Treefort Music Fest--and she wasn't the only artist with ties to The College of Idaho.

Now in its sixth year, Treefort Music Fest turns the normally quiet Boise music scene into a hopping hipster city. As the festival grows, more people are flocking to Boise to soak in new sounds, and, as Mac Demarco’s guitarist said, “visit the Basque Museum.” This year, Treefort hosted 419 bands to play during the five-day festival March 22-27.

Alumna Nami Yamamoto is steeped in family tradition

Every morning, Nami Yamamoto ’09 walks into her office and drinks a hot cup of green tea. Her 90-year-old grandfather has done the same throughout his life, and so has her father. The tradition is done to make sure the quality of family-owned Yamamotoyama tea is consistent. After all, it’s a consistent, reliable product that has helped the company survive for 326 years.

Founded in 1690, Yamamotoyama specializes in producing the finest green tea and nori seaweed. And with the eleventh generation, the historic tea empire will one day have its first female president in Nami.

Alumni couple growing the Boise hip-hop scene

She had a passion for dancing. He had a desire to pursue a career in hip-hop. Together, College of Idaho alumni Miranda Palacio ’13 and Andrew Heikkila ’12 formed the artist collective Earthlings Entertainment in 2013.

With the goal to “constantly challenge the status quo through artistic expression and creative inspiration,” Earthlings Entertainment is growing the underground hip-hop scene in Boise. But the collective of artists—which includes poets, writers, dancers and more—also aims to give back to the community.

Alums changing lives through tutoring business

Nia Stevens ’11 grew up a few miles away from The College of Idaho. When she was a little girl, her parents told her “That’s a great college. It’s a diamond in our backyard. People come from all around the world to go to that college.” 

And at the age of 14, Nia herself stepped foot on campus as a college freshman. After finishing high school early, she double majored in music and English. But upon graduating, like most 18-year-olds, she still didn’t know what she wanted to do in life.

C of I alumna named Marshall Scholar finalist

Art has always been an influential part of College of Idaho alumna Megan Mizuta’s life. It was in the third grade that she announced her intention of becoming a museum docent after visiting the Boise Art Museum. A few years later, it was an image of Diego Rivera’s The Flower Carrier that made a lasting impression.

“We drew it in oil pastels on black construction paper,” Mizuta said. “Mine turned out particularly well and my parents hung it up in our living room, where it stayed for several years.”

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