News Blog: Student News

Councilman Fernandez: C of I freshman wins Wilder City Council seat

In the 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the wholesome Jefferson Smith gets picked as the replacement for a recently deceased senator. Smith, who has no background in politics, says “I can’t but help feeling that there’s been a big mistake somehow.”

College of Idaho freshman Ismael Fernandez had the same feeling when, upon the closing of election booths on the first Tuesday of November, results showed he had won a seat on the Wilder City Council.

“I thought, ‘there has to be a mistake,’” Fernandez said.

Hawgood recognized with student leadership award

Resident assistant. Cross-country runner. Swimmer. International Student Organization member. College of Idaho junior Emily Hawgood wears many hats across campus. And this month, Hawgood’s reputation as a community member who will go the extra mile (or extra 140.6 miles when completing an Ironman triathlon race) earned her C of I Student Affairs Leadership, Integrity and Service Award winner.

C of I inaugurates unique Arabic-Hebrew Club

The College of Idaho is known both for its diversity and active student involvement, with more than 40 organized clubs on campus. New clubs are formed every year, and this fall, the C of I welcomed its newest—and possibly most unique—organization, the Arabic-Hebrew Club.

Veterans transfer skills to C of I classroom

They walk among us, blending into the daily parade of people through Morrison Quadrangle. At first glance, they look like any other student. But their military service is what allows The College of Idaho community—and our entire nation—to enjoy our daily freedoms.

For Army veterans Matthew McCauley, Wes Dockstader and Pamela Dockstader, joining the military helped shape and provide guidance for their lives. It also opened the door to higher education and the chance to study at Idaho’s best college.

C of I students, staff volunteer at Huntington’s Disease walk

At The College of Idaho, students aren’t only mentored to be well-rounded individuals. They’re also prepared to become valued members of society and the local community. And sometimes that includes helping out beyond the campus community.

This fall, several C of I students and staff helped out at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Team Hope Walk at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise, helping the society put on a successful event that raised more than $15,000.

The College of Idaho adopts test-optional admissions

Since the days of founding President William Judson Boone, The College of Idaho has welcomed all students to challenge themselves and discover their full academic potential.

This fall, the C of I is continuing its 125-year tradition of providing access to excellence in education by adopting a standardized test-optional admission policy. It is a move that will allow more students than ever to apply to the College based on the strengths of their entire academic portfolios.  

C of I student preps for ‘One Young World’ Summit

College of Idaho student Aminata Mbodj’s dad calls her a nationalist. Growing up in Senegal, she was exposed to the day-to-day realities of a developing country and learned the mentality of the people as she tried to put herself in their shoes. That experience fostered a passion within her to transform the land she calls home.

C of I musicians perform at Idaho Horror Film Festival

A talented quartet of College of Idaho musicians will perform Friday inside Boise’s historic Egyptian Theatre as part of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival.

Composer Sean Dahlman, a 2104 C of I graduate, has written an original score to the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. His eerie composition will be performed live during a screening of the film at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, as one of the festival’s signature events. Dahlman and fellow alumnus Kyle True ’14 will perform along with current C of I students Ashton Jenicek and Tasha Sitz.

C of I lab studies vaping effects on bone health

Enjoy the puff, without the harmful stuff. That’s how electronic cigarettes have been marketed. But with little research on how e-cigarettes and vaping can affect the human body, questions remain as to how safe this rapidly growing “safer alternative” to smoking really is.

After hearing that traces of heavy metals have been found in the vapor of e-cigarettes, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and her INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) lab decided to investigate.

C of I research lab studies crayfish, aquatic systems

Crayfish, crawdad, crawfish, or if in Australia, Yabbie. College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Mark Gunderson doesn’t care what you call the lobster-like, freshwater crustacean. For him and his team of INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) lab students, crayfish could be a key model organism used to look at the impacts of environmental contaminants in aquatic systems.