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.
The College of Idaho’s initiatives to support military service members, veterans and spouses as they pursue their educational goals have earned the institution a place on Victory Media’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools list.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The College of Idaho continues to be placed among America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, Sept. 10. The C of I placed No. 167 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.
The College of Idaho has published its summer 2013 issue of Quest magazine, which is in mailboxes now. The issue has a theme of “Nature,” a tribute to the College’s Idaho location and longstanding tradition of giving students opportunities to explore, learn about and enjoy the outdoors.
The College of Idaho has been named one of the nation’s top schools by The Princeton Review in the 2014 edition of its book, "The Best 378 Colleges." The C of I for several years has been an annual inclusion in the book, which includes detailed profiles of colleges with quality ratings in eight categories based upon surveys of students attending the profiled schools.