Homecoming at The College of Idaho has always served as a way to celebrate the College’s successful alumni, and this year is no exception. But while the 2017 winners of the Distinguished Alumni Awards each returned to Caldwell to graciously accept their respective honors on Sept. 14, they also took the time to share some of what they’ve learned and accomplished since their graduation in a series of special “TED”-style lectures.
Restorative justice advocate and College of Idaho alumna Molly Rowan Leach ’96 will return to campus this week to present a special Brain Food lecture on the importance of rehabilitation in criminal justice.
Leach’s lecture, “From Punishment to Restoration: How Justice & Mercy Merge and Prove a Viable Path Forward,” will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31 in Jewett Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided.
Just before noon on August 21, 2017, the sky began to darken. A drop in temperature accompanied the suddenly dimmed natural light. As the shadows turned closer to darkness, the lamps on The College of Idaho’s campus began to turn on automatically, shining as bright as they would on any summer evening, despite it being the middle of the day.
Service in the Boy Scouts of America is in the blood of Rick Williams ’74. Rick’s grandfather, former C of I acting president L.A. Williams, was a scoutmaster in Caldwell and a recipient of the prestigious Silver Beaver award for his positive impact on Idaho youth. Rick’s father, a fellow graduate of The College of Idaho, served as the president of the C of I National Alumni Board and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, just as many other men in the Williams family have done.
Among the many festivities that will take place during The College of Idaho’s 2017 Homecoming events will be an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of several deserving alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration on September 14, 2017.
It started with an inside joke the set of “The Water Engine,” The College of Idaho’s 2017 spring play. Between intense scenes of mystery and blackmail, four of the play’s actors crafted an ambitious idea for their own show: “Johnny Danger and the Nazis.”
“It’s like a rock musical, but it has a ridiculous budget and we can’t do it right now,” said John Wicks ’17. “But working together after college is something that we knew we wanted to do.”
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.
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.
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.
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.