Three long-time supporters of The College of Idaho have made gifts totaling $250,000 to support the reinstatement of the College’s football program.
John and Linda Bequette, co-chairs of the steering committee that is raising funds for football, have contributed $150,000 toward the effort, while Bernie McCain, who with her late husband Warren McCain provided many generous gifts including the College’s McCain Scholarships, has made a $100,000 gift.
Former College of Idaho baseball player Izaac Garsez has been called up to play for the Boise Hawks. The Hawks, in conjunction with their parent club, the Chicago Cubs, announced the move prior to their July 17 home game versus the Yakima Bears. Garsez, an outfielder, was promoted to replace Bijan Rademacher, who was promoted to the Peoria Chiefs. Garsez is expected to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.
Alumni and friends of The College of Idaho have once again shown powerful support for the school and its commitment to providing an outstanding liberal arts education that prepares students to thrive. For the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the College raised more than $5.3 million, enjoyed a sizable increase in alumni fundraising and matched the 36 percent alumni giving record established in 2011.
By June 30, The College of Idaho looks to set another alumni giving record and achieve the highest giving percentage of any college in the Pacific Northwest. Alumni and friends of the College have until June 30 to make a tax-deductible gift that will count toward the 2011-2012 fiscal year. To make a quick and easy online gift, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/makeagift.
The College of Idaho lost one of its most beloved alumni when R.C. Owens passed away June 17. Owens was a pioneering star athlete at the College who went on to NFL fame with the San Francisco 49ers. He was 78 years old.
Working in outer space is a dream shared by many and realized by a very hard working and fortunate few. This summer, recent College of Idaho graduate Trisha Randazzo '12 is taking a big step toward achieving her ultimate goal.
The College of Idaho encourages its students to climb higher and do more. This spring, alumnus Samuel Elias (Class of 2004) is climbing to extreme heights as part of a National Geographic expedition that will reach the summit of Mount Everest this week, likely Thursday.
Elias is a professional climber who has scaled some of the world’s most daunting and exhilarating peaks. As a student at The College of Idaho, Elias studied art and biology while pursuing his passion for the mountains as a member of the Coyote ski and snowboard team. Elias is a native of Detroit, Mich.
College of Idaho alumna Pamela Cathey '04 has dedicated her life and career to preventing violence. As the founder and CEO of A Frog in the Pot at C of I as well as the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence at Buena Vista University in Iowa, Cathey works hard to create awareness of an issue that is prevalent in society, yet often goes overlooked or undetected.
Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell is set to host the inaugural “Bud to Blossom” event, a celebration aimed at raising funds for The College of Idaho’s Taste of the Harvest Scholarship. “Bud to Blossom” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. May 5 at Bitner Vineyards, located at 16645 Plum Road in Caldwell. Adult tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance at http://growlocalusa.com or for $25 at the door.