Twenty years after earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education, Katrina Merrell decided to go back to school and start a new career—a decision that led her to a master’s program in physician assistant studies. Balancing a strenuous school workload with being a mother and a wife, Merrell has conquered every obstacle over the past two years.
And last weekend, she joined her 11 classmates as the first-ever graduating class from the joint PA program created by The College of Idaho and Idaho State University.
It was the same routine for everyone in school. If you have to go to the bathroom, you raise your hand, you take the hall pass and you go. But in the village of Badur, India, you don’t need to raise your hand and you don’t need a hall pass because there are no toilets—a harsh reality that prevents many girls from attending school during menstruation.
College of Idaho student Ben Sutton looked out the window as the car drove past sprawling Mongolian countryside—an endless ocean of rolling green waves stretched to meet the azure blue horizon. In the distance, a nomad and his horse slowly rose from the grassy sea. Sutton commented to his companions that he’d never ridden a Mongolian horse. Expressions of shock were uttered as the car pulled over and stopped.
Since the days of founding President William Judson Boone—who would put on science demonstrations before bright-eyed children in the rural schoolhouses of southwest Idaho—The College of Idaho has enjoyed a 125-year history of students exploring, engaging and examining the world around us.
On May 7, the College will celebrate undergraduate research with a day full of presentations, speakers, posters and more at the 11th annual C of I Student Research Conference.
Every year, 500 Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mentions nationwide are recognized for academic merit in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And this year, in a field of 1,150 top STEM students from 415 colleges across the country, College of Idaho students McKayla Stevens and Johanna Mori have earned the honor of being named Barry Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mentions.
It was an ordinary day for seven College of Idaho students, as they hiked among the hills. Enjoying each other’s company, they were blissfully ignorant of the dark clouds rolling in. Then, in a flash, it happened. They all fell to the ground like a bolt of lightning after being struck by, well…a bolt of lightning.
Luckily, a group of fellow C of I hikers came by several minutes later. The scene they encountered was shocking. But equipped with wilderness first responder tools, they quickly sprang into action assessing the needs of their fallen comrades.
One could say College of Idaho senior Blake Franklin is heavily involved on campus. The exercise science and business double major is an active member of Campus Ministries, ENACTUS, ResLife, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, the Business Mentoring Program and the Academic Support Center.
For his exemplary efforts to give back to the C of I community, Franklin this month has been awarded the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award.
Growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Caldwell, Samantha Guerrero saw that not everybody graduated from high school. And college? That was for the more privileged students with financial backing.
“It was not something that I was thinking of doing…I thought it was out of my options,” she said.
Want to be part of The College of Idaho legacy? Want to have your name etched in the stone annals? Or at least in bricks and mortar? Purchase a brick for the Marty Holly Athletics Center walkway this month!
Parents, grandparents and loved ones of graduating seniors at The College of Idaho have a unique opportunity to honor their student’s achievement—a commemorative brick with a personalized inscription to permanently honor your graduate! The 4 x 8 bricks will be placed in the walkway outside the Marty Holly Athletics Center on campus.
Erika Scheibe, a sophomore biology major at The College of Idaho, gives a firsthand account of a recent C of I study abroad experience in Belize, where students accompanied Professors Chris Walser and Don Mansfield to learn about the subtropical ecosystems and culture of the vibrant Central American nation.
Click here to check out photos from Belize on the C of I Flickr page!