This fall semester, College of Idaho students in Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre’s marketing and communication class collaborated with local businesses, the City of Caldwell and the C of I to create new marketing and communication strategies.
The opportunity allowed students to take concepts and knowledge learned inside the classroom and apply them directly to real-world settings.
What’s the difference between having a dream and making it your reality? Well, Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” And that is exactly what College of Idaho senior Ana Lete is doing.
Lete recently released her original song, “Aspens,” on iTunes, Bandcamp, and other music platforms as she pursues a career as a singer-songwriter. But what is it about songwriting that attracts the young musician?
“It’s a fun way to kind of capture moments in your life,” Lete said.
There sat the 16th president of the United States, staring down upon the National Mall from his white marble chair. There stood College of Idaho junior Hunter Brodt, looking up at the 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln on his first visit to the nation’s capital.
Brodt’s phone rang. A representative from Deloitte, a professional services company, was on the other end.
After a day of interviews, the kid from the small liberal arts school in Caldwell would learn if he had received an internship with one of the biggest accounting companies in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.