A silent summer in Hayman Hall gave way to a flurry of activity on Friday as The College of Idaho welcomed its newest members of the #YoteFam for Move-In Day, the official start of the College’s annual Welcome Week.
It started with an inside joke the set of “The Water Engine,” The College of Idaho’s 2017 spring play. Between intense scenes of mystery and blackmail, four of the play’s actors crafted an ambitious idea for their own show: “Johnny Danger and the Nazis.”
“It’s like a rock musical, but it has a ridiculous budget and we can’t do it right now,” said John Wicks ’17. “But working together after college is something that we knew we wanted to do.”
From Boone Hall’s basement to the biology labs on its top floor, the summertime has not put a stop to student academic pursuits. From cutting-edge biomedical research to the study of galactic formation, summer time at the C of I has served as a season of scientific opportunity for undergraduate researchers.
A mere four days after The College of Idaho’s Commencement ceremony, recent mathematics-computer science graduate Ahmed Arafat ’17 returned to his homeland of Palestine, traveling to the small farming village of Kafa in the West Bank on a mission: to bring water to a place in desperate need of it. Now a month into the project, his mission has expanded toward improving the facilities of Kafa’s primary school, providing necessary basic amenities for the school’s 300 students.
When biology major Maggie Brown was a freshman at The College of Idaho, she was approached by Biology Professor Dr. Sara Heggland with a proposal—the chance to become involved in cutting edge research as an undergraduate on the largely unexplored topic of electronic cigarettes.
“I was shocked I could have a research opportunity like that,” Brown said. “I knew when I was looking at colleges, having the opportunity to do research was a high priority for me. The College of Idaho gave me that opportunity.”
College of Idaho senior elementary education major Hope DeCuir is the latest recipient of the College’s Integrity, Leadership & Service Award. DeCuir is being recognized for her contributions to campus both in the classroom and in the community.
Over their last four years as music students at The College of Idaho, Megan Croft, Emily Peters and Brent Ruddy have traveled the world to learn and perform, including trips to San Francisco, Italy and China – and now each will cap off successful undergraduate careers with senior recitals.
Croft will kick things off at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, inside Langroise Recital Hall, while Peters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Langroise. Ruddy’s recital will be held at 5 p.m. May 19 at the Bird Stop Coffeehouse in Caldwell.
College of Idaho senior and Palestine native Ahmed Arafat grew up in Jerusalem, later moving with his family to the city of Nablus in the West Bank, a landlocked territory which Israel took control of in 1967. Living amid heavy tensions between occupying Israeli settlers and the comparatively larger Palestinian population, he saw firsthand the effects Israeli policies had on the smaller farming villages within Area C of the West Bank—particularly in regards to water rights.
It’s not every day you see men wearing high heels, but The College of Idaho community has a knack for coming together to support community members in need.
On April 4, the Yotes did just that, gathering with members of the local community to walk a mile loop around campus and raise awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence. The event concurred with Sexual Assault Awareness month, Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Crime Victims Awareness week—and many male participants wore women’s shoes in a show of support.
One could never accuse senior McKayla Stevens of coasting toward graduation in her final days at The College of Idaho.
In one, early-April weekend, Stevens drove to Spokane for Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history, to present her research. Then, she hopped a flight to California so she could meet with the California Botanical Society in Santa Barbara to present her honors thesis for biology.
History in Washington, biology in California. In one weekend.