The College of Idaho’s effort to create the Intermountain West’s first endowed chair in Judaic studies took another major step toward its realization with a combined $350,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and alumnus Ray Neilsen (’88) on Jan. 23. The gifts were announced during the grand opening celebration of the exhibition From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, which is showing inside the Langroise Center at C of I through March 19.
College of Idaho sophomore Matt Fultz is a rock climbing star. Fultz has been competing across the country since his early teens, and he became the first person from Idaho to win the USA Climbing Junior Nationals in 2004. Fultz put climbing on the back burner for a couple of years while he starred in football and track at Columbia High School (Nampa), but his dedication to the sport has reached new heights at C of I. He remains undefeated in Idaho competition and qualified for his first World Cup event last year.
A documentary film created by College of Idaho freshman Julia Levy recently was named one of 15 preliminary winners in the nationwide filmmaking contest, Project VoiceScape. Levy’s film, The Fifth Star, examines women’s suffrage in her native Washington state as well as modern female involvement in politics. Levy was awarded a $2,000 grant to complete her project, and she was honored along with her fellow winners during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“I was shocked I won the grant,” Levy said. “There were around 250 applications, so I felt thrilled to be selected.”
College of Idaho professor Robert Dayley is the winner of the 2011 Idaho Professor of the Year award, announced Nov. 17 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dayley, who teaches political economy and specializes in Asian studies, is the fourth C of I professor in six years to receive the award, which recognizes the state’s top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service, and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.
The College of Idaho has received $250,000 from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in support of the College’s effort to create an endowed chair in Judaic Studies. The gift continues the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s long-standing support of the College’s mission of preparing students who thrive and also boosts the school’s effort to create the first endowed Judaic Studies chair in the Intermountain West.
A new library serving as an intellectual commons for The College of Idaho will be built with an estate gift that is one of the most significant in the history of Idaho’s oldest private college. The gift was made by Deborah Cruzen Murray, a former trustee of the College, and her husband Glenn Richard Murray, Jr. C of I President Marv Henberg said planning has begun for the future library, to be named the Cruzen-Murray Library, with the goal of creating a modern facility that promotes learning in all respects.
The College of Idaho has been named one of the top 200 Best Values in Private Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The annual report, released Oct. 25, features schools that combine outstanding academics and great economic value. The College of Idaho placed in the top 200 because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, excellent student-to-faculty ratio, abundant on-campus resources and overall great value. The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
The College of Idaho is one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in America, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, Sept. 13. C of I moved up three spots from last year to No. 171 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other important factors.
President Marv Henberg says the ranking is a strong indication that The College of Idaho is living up to its promise of preparing its students better than any other small college in the West.
The College of Idaho will celebrate the grand re-opening of Simplot Dining Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 inside the newly remodeled building on the College’s campus in Caldwell. Hummel Architects, Kreizenbeck Construction and the College recently completed a $1.5 million summer renovation to Simplot, which will be fully operational when students arrive on campus next week.
For several years, the Coyote has been missing from The College of Idaho’s athletics logo. That will change on Sept. 2 as C of I unveils a brand-new Coyote logo and mascot. The new Coyote will be introduced to the campus community and the public during “The C of I Coyote Celebration,” set for 4:30 p.m. on the J.A. Albertson Activities Center lawn. The tailgate-style event will include BBQ food, apparel featuring the new logo, activities for children, visits from other Treasure Valley mascots and more. It precedes the C of I volleyball home opener at 7 p.m.