Thanksgiving. It’s a time to share a smorgasbord of food with our closest friends and family. But the reality is, not every family gets to enjoy the feast many of us take for granted.
So as most students finished up classes and headed home for the holidays last Wednesday, about 20 College of Idaho student-athletes selflessly volunteered their time to serve Thanksgiving dinners at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, helping the Boise Rescue Mission serve 4,000 meals across the Treasure Valley.
Alumni News & Notes:Kirk Houston ‘06 joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office. Houston handles bankruptcy and commercial litigation. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from The College of Idaho, Houston went on to earn his law degree from the University of Idaho...T.J. Gordon ’16 signed to play football with the Dodge City Law of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
Art has always been an influential part of College of Idaho alumna Megan Mizuta’s life. It was in the third grade that she announced her intention of becoming a museum docent after visiting the Boise Art Museum. A few years later, it was an image of Diego Rivera’s The Flower Carrier that made a lasting impression.
“We drew it in oil pastels on black construction paper,” Mizuta said. “Mine turned out particularly well and my parents hung it up in our living room, where it stayed for several years.”
It’s always better to give than to receive. And this December, when you give in support of student scholarships, new buildings, athletics and more, The College of Idaho’s Board of Trustees will double your gift. That’s right, every gift up to $250 will be matched, with the total match good for $135,000.
The College of Idaho campus has been bustling this fall—not only with students shuttling back and forth between classes, but also with the booming sounds of machinery restoring Voorhees Hall and constructing the new Cruzen-Murray Library.
To date, construction is right on schedule. Voorhees has been emptied to its brick shell in preparation for a major overhaul inside. And each day, the Cruzen-Murray Library comes together like a jigsaw puzzle. It currently resembles the Roman Colosseum, as its concrete walls reach skyward.
Experience the magic and wonder of the world’s most beloved ballet as The College of Idaho and Caldwell Fine Arts present Eugene Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker in Jewett Auditorium December 6 & 7. Join Clara as she encounters wondrous characters in her Christmas Eve dreams. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier as guides, Clara flies away to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets, but not before battling the Mouse King and his pirate henchmice!
While a senior in high school, College of Idaho graduate Aliza Auces ’16 juggled the usual schoolwork and a job. But in her free time, she spent every minute beside her beloved grandfather in the hospital—especially during his final two weeks. The man, who emigrated from Mexico to Caldwell, Idaho, was a source of support, inspiration, and wisdom in her life.
When Auces told him she wanted to be a doctor, at the age of seven, he kindly gave advice to guide that goal.
Alumni News & Notes:Erick Thomson ’05 was elected the new prosecuting attorney for Gem County. A native of Emmett (the Gem County seat), Thomson has worked as deputy prosecuting attorney since 2013 and will step into his new position in January. As the top county attorney, Thomson will represent all criminal cases in the county.
Those are just a couple of phrases C of I biology Professor Luke Daniels is practicing as he prepares to travel to Indonesia next month. Daniels, who was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching Award, will spend a semester teaching cell biology and computational biology at Gadjah Mada University in the city of Yogyakarta.
“I’ve always enjoyed traveling to see different places and different cultures,” Daniels said. “But, I’ve never lived abroad for this long.”