On an auspicious day inside a lab at the University of California Los Angeles, College of Idaho alumnus Robert Hamilton ’08 was working on a project to measure brain blood flow activity. That’s when he loaded something incorrectly into the algorithm of his software program.
As fate would have it, that mistake was the catalyst that led Hamilton to co-found Neural Analytics in 2013, a company that has developed a product to simplify the diagnosis of concussions and other brain injuries.
Under the tutelage of College of Idaho Langroise Trio musicians Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), Dave Johnson (viola), and Sam Smith (cello), many C of I graduates have won auditions for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Some have come and gone, but six former students currently bow notes on violin, viola and cello
Julia Pope ’04 was offered a place at the C of I as a music performance major. She didn’t know a music education minor was also in her future.
Guitars and banjos sang and music notes twanged. Boots tapped the beat and couples moved their feet in a dust devil motion under the low glow of wrought iron lamps. The scene looked circa 1800s on Main Street in downtown Boise as Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers performed under the golden arch at Pengilly’s Saloon.
“That’s allllll, that’s all, baby that’s all,” the band sang as its set came to an end. The crowd chanted “one more song!” but it was time for another one of the 400-plus bands to take the stage at Treefort Music Festival.
On August 12, 1805, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis became the first Americans to cross the continental divide as they entered into present day Idaho through the Lemhi Pass. More than 200 years later, descendants of Lewis are also hoping to become pioneers in the Gem State.
College of Idaho alumnae Kate Leadbetter ’10 and Molly Leadbetter ’11, along with their parents Gig and Ann, are in the process of opening Meriwether Cider Co., which will be one of Idaho’s first hard cideries.
“Greegor Peak is probably witnessing climate change,” jokes Dr. David Greegor, speaking of the Antarctic mountain that is named after him.
Greegor, a visiting Biology professor at The College of Idaho, had the peak named after him in the early 1970s while working on an Antarctic research team. As a research associate and curator of herpetology at the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Greegor, who also has a background in ecology and watershed planning, currently is studying how climate change impacts lizard populations.
Coming from a middle-class family in Montana, Amanda Frickle never believed she would study at one of the world’s most renowned universities; that she would live in the city of dreaming spires; that she would be welcomed to England as a Rhodes Scholar.
It was the encouragement of her College of Idaho professors that enabled Frickle to successfully apply for the scholarship and spend the last year at the University of Oxford as one of 32 Americans to receive academia’s most prestigious award.
When Jack Meek received two weeks of vacation time from work, it didn’t take the 2010 College of Idaho graduate long to decide where he was going. Ever since he left Caldwell, Meek has been itching for an opportunity to return to campus.
“I’ve missed this place. It means more to me than any other I’ve been,” Meek said. “It’s exactly how I remember it—and it’s fantastic.”
Recent College of Idaho graduate Tyler Hatch ’13 had never lived in a big city before he stepped foot in our nation’s capital as a 2012 Truman Scholar. The Supreme Court building, U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial each saluted Hatch and his Truman peers as winners of one of academia’s most prestigious national awards.
“If you would have asked me back in sophomore year what I would be doing after college, I would have never guessed I would be living in D.C. and working with the government,” Hatch said.