Robert E. Smylie was born Oct. 31, 1914 in Marcus, Iowa, as the Great War changed the world as we know it. And as this year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth, The College of Idaho looks back at a great man, a great governor and a great Yote who made significant contributions to the State of Idaho.
Have you ever wanted to watch artists create fresh brushstrokes on canvas in the art market of Montmartre? To see the Tour de Eiffel sparkle as if arrayed with diamonds? To sip a Burgundy wine at a Parisian café?
If you want to experience Paris first-hand, The College of Idaho alumni relations office has a “study abroad” trip for you.
During September 2015, retired C of I professors Jim Angresano and Elizabeth Angresano will lead a group of alumni on a 12-day trip to Paris.
While playing soccer at The College of Idaho, recent graduate and former goalkeeper Colin Benham-Marin ’14 didn’t win any all-conference awards. He wasn’t a big name.
But after five years of donning purple and gold, Benham-Marin is working to make his dream of playing professionally a reality. Benham-Marin burst onto the scene this summer after joining Wenatchee FC, a team in the newly formed Evergreen Premier League in Washington (EPLWA). He immediately made his presence felt, earning back-to-back shutouts on his way to the West Coast Goalkeeping Safe Hands award.
The College of Idaho honored three outstanding alumni during the recent Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, which took place Oct. 16 in the Langroise Center as part of Homecoming week. Read more about the winners below. Congratulations to these outstanding alumni!
Distinguished Young Alumni Award: David Papiez ’05
After graduating cum laude from The College, Papiez took a job as a ski instructor at Tamarack Resort and soon climbed the ladder to asset manager and controller.
Homecoming festivities promise to be bigger and better than ever this year at The College of Idaho as the first Homecoming football game in 37 years joins a long list of exciting events for alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and the entire C of I community.
College of Idaho graduate Maribel Serrano ’02 has always had a passion for the medical field. At 16, she began working as a nursing assistant at Mercy Hospital in Nampa. After graduating high school, Serrano chose the C of I for her undergraduate work prior to heading off to medical school. Now, she has come full circle as an established OB/GYN doctor who has returned home to serve the patients of her hometown.
College of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists.
“To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?”
One of Derek Brown’s personal goals for 2014 was simple: receive a passport and travel outside the United States for the first time. Not long after securing his passport, the 2006 College of Idaho graduate accepted an offer to teach abroad for two years at Cairo American College in Egypt.
“I never knew that my first time leaving the country would also be my first time moving out of it,” Brown said. “But I actually feel pretty comfortable living here. It’s been one heck of a blessing.”