News Blog: Student News

Ed students get hands-on classroom experience

It’s 8 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Middleton Heights Elementary school. About 20 first-graders sit at their desks. Their eyes intently watch College of Idaho sophomore Shanna Madsen. It’s the end of her six-week stay in first grade, as part of the C of I’s Intro to Teaching class. And now, it’s Madsen’s turn to take the reins and give a lesson.

Thomas saves best for last with NAIA national title

Tiana Thomas stepped into her blocks for the 400-meter hurdles, the final race of her collegiate career. She knew this race was going to hurt at the end, it always did. And even though she had the top-seeded time, Thomas knew her competitors weren’t too far behind.

On your marks.

As she sat in lane four, nerves crept up, compounded by the NAIA Nationals stage

Get set.

Thomas rose into the air.


C of I names Spring 2016 Dean’s List honorees

The College of Idaho congratulates the more than 200 students who made the 2016 Spring Semester 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. Students honored are listed below by hometown:


C of I celebrates first class of PA graduates

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.

Student undertakes Davis Project for Peace in India

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.

Student Ben Sutton’s journey of self-discovery and overcoming in Mongolia

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.

C of I set for 11th Student Research Conference

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.

C of I STEM students receive national recognition

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.

C of I teaches Wilderness First Responder class

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.

Student Blake Franklin recognized for leadership

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.