The College of Idaho’s joint physician assistant program has received a $100,000 grant from The ALSAM Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, to support renovations of a facility for the program as it prepares to enroll its first students in fall 2014.
The College of Idaho and Idaho State University are partnering to expand ISU’s two-year Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, and the grant is an important step forward in establishing a state-of-the-art facility that links The College of Idaho in Caldwell with existing ISU sites in Meridian and Pocatello.
The College of Idaho has published its fall 2013 issue of Quest magazine, which is in mailboxes now. The issue has a theme of “Leadership,” honoring the College’s longstanding tradition of educating leaders in many fields including politics, education, law, service and athletics.
College of Idaho alumnus and art instructor Goran Fazil’s piece “Hegelian Constructs” won second place during the Nov. 16 opening reception for the 2013 Boise Art Museum Idaho Triennial Exhibition. It is a prestigious honor for Fazil, who claimed second prize amongst 40 exhibitors chosen from more than 200 entrants for the annual BAM exhibition in downtown Boise.
For more than 40 years, Mike Shines has helped motivate College of Idaho student-athletes and others to achieve their goals and maximize their performance. Now, the College’s longtime strength and conditioning coach has a new goal: helping the victims of domestic violence and encouraging greater awareness of the problem.
Shines is raising funds through sales of his newly-published book I’ll Never Tell, which features motivational and inspirational quotes from unknown authors and an Idaho celebrity, accompanied by his own photographs of Idaho landscapes and nature.
College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker has written a new work for concert band titled“Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece will debut in concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. The work, dedicated to the Wilkes University Civic Band's celebration of the 150th Anniversary, uses an authentic collection of musical themes written during the time of Lincoln that have a direct connection to his life and death.
The co-chairs of the steering committee raising funds for The College of Idaho’s reinstated football program have given a $250,000 gift to help build the new Marty Holly Athletics Center, now under construction on campus.
The gift from C of I alumni John and Linda Bequette, announced during the Nov. 4 naming of the new $4 million facility, follows the couple’s earlier $150,000 donation to help the College reinstate its football program.
The College of Idaho’s success in helping more first-generation Latino students graduate is featured in a new report by the Council of Independent Colleges titled “Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students.” The C of I also is featured on the recently launched CIC/Wal-Mart College Success Awards website www.cic.edu/CollegeSuccessAwards.
The College of Idaho has 1,122 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year, an increase of just under 6 percent from last year’s enrollment, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department. This year’s enrollment is the highest in the history of the Caldwell liberal arts college, topping the previous high of 1,059 students in 2012-2013.
The awards continue to pile up for College of Idaho professor Diane Raptosh in 2013. Raptosh, a 1983 C of I alumna who teaches English and creative writing, this week was named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry for her latest work, American Amnesiac. The list features ten authors, including many of the country's preeminent writers of contemporary poetry.