Every summer since she was 12 years old, College of Idaho senior Morgan Thornberry has visited her grandmother in Washington D.C., falling in love with the city in the process.
Thornberry is back in the nation’s capital this summer, but for different reasons. She’s still staying with her grandmother, but instead of a vacation, the political economy major from Idaho Falls is hard at work as a summer intern for the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Country and Regional Affairs (OCRA).
While many College of Idaho students began settling into summer routines after commencement, senior biology major Kelsey Nelson was frantically packing in preparation for one of the nation’s most prestigious internships in the field of marine biology. Just two weeks earlier, Nelson was notified that she would be serving as a Mammal-Interpretation Intern for a 12-week program at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska. She was one of only 24 interns nationwide selected for the opportunity.
The College of Idaho congratulates the 176 students who made the Spring 2014 Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. More than 15 percent of the College’s total enrollment made the Dean’s List this spring. Students honored are listed below by hometown:
When she was a student at nearby Idaho Arts Charter School, College of Idaho senior-to-be Katy Lootens discovered the Disney College Program. She immediately knew it was something she wanted to do, and, after applying a second time, her persistence paid off this spring with an internship at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The College of Idaho is a vibrant and diverse community, with students, faculty and staff who hail from more than 50 countries. The C of I also has a strong track record of sending students overseas to gain valuable experience – a tradition that continues this summer as Maryam Karim and Nisshanth Kumar fulfill internships in India.
“Try this miner’s lettuce,” says College of Idaho botany professor Don Mansfield, tearing off a couple leaves of a small plant growing along the edge of Currant Creek Trail in the Boise Foothills.
As student research assistants McKayla Stevens and Lauren Polito nibble on the leaves, Mansfield notes “you can make a great salad with them” before pointing out the hemlock growing right next to it, one of the most poisonous plants in North America.
On May 30, College of Idaho junior Seth Raver will fly to Virginia to begin his summer internship with NASA. Yes, that NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – the agency responsible for the United States’ civilian space program and aerospace research.
“It seemed so outlandish,” Raver said of working at NASA. “I almost didn’t even apply.”
The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2014 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell. For full details, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.
College of Idaho student Ha Dang has received the Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship, a prestigious Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators honor awarded annually to students from WACLEA-certified colleges who demonstrate an interest in their campus safety offices as well as overall law enforcement.
The outgoing Dang – known affectionately as “Ha Ha” by her C of I peers thanks to her friendly demeanor – received the scholarship this month. She was one of two WACLEA honorees for 2014.