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‘The Virtuoso of Ukulele Players’ to play in Caldwell

Jake Shimabukuro has a lot in common with the humble ukulele he plays; both are mixtures of island and outside influences, and combinations of modern and historical traditions. Jake combines the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that’s uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

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.

This day in C of I history: The Hair Cutting Fracas

On the day of October 3, 1929, a story appeared in The College of Idaho’s Coyote that can only be described as “barberous.” The story described the last hair-cutting fracas, an underclassmen battle for supremacy betwixt C of I freshmen and sophomores, to take place on the C of I campus. The fracas had been replaced by the “Ball Rush” that year and for good reason. A harrowing first-hand account of the last fracas follows: 

Whittenberger Planetarium hosts October public show

Where have all the planets gone? All planets visible to the unaided eye are up in the morning.  Find out why at the Whittenberger Planetarium public show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, on The College of Idaho campus. In addition to learning how to find and recognize them in the morning sky, participants will take a brief, but close look at Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Tickets are $2.50 for children ages 4-17 and $5 for adults.

C of I takes part in Caldwell Youth Forum

On a brisk September day, students from Vallivue, Caldwell, COSSA and Canyon Springs high schools descended upon The College of Idaho campus for the Caldwell Youth Forum, a one-day event aimed to provide training on how to make positive changes in their personal lives and high schools.

“We are getting these students to recognize their element of self-worth, who they are, and that they have a voice,” said C of I ski coach Ron Bonneau, chairman of the Caldwell Youth Forum.

C of I theatre professor receives Boise City grant

For nearly 20 years, Professor Joe Golden has helped grow and strengthen The College of Idaho theatre department, using his stage experience and collaborating with Professor Mike Hartwell to help students create professional productions while earning respect and acclaim in the Treasure Valley and beyond.

Curtain Call: CFA director Sylvia Hunt set to retire

If you happen to catch the answering machine on College of Idaho alumna Sylvia Hunt’s home phone, you might think you’ve misdialed.

“This is the Caldwell Fine Arts…,” the recorded message starts out.

But it’s really no surprise. Hunt works tirelessly to promote the fine arts. Starting in 1981, when Hunt took over as executive director from her mentor and celebrated College of Idaho music professor Richard Skyrm, CFA has continued a historic legacy of offering world-class fine arts performances and providing remarkable educational outreach in the local community.

Campus Safety officer earns national scholarship

One spring day, College of Idaho sophomore Bridget Kernan walked into the Campus Safety office to do homework. Then a freshmen, Officer Kernan heard her fellow officers saying, “I want to tell her.” 

Her mind started to race. Was she in trouble? What were they talking about?

They asked her if she’d checked her email. She knew nothing was in there, but checked again anyway. Still nothing. That’s when they told Kernan she was one of three students across the nation to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

C of I set for Inauguration of President Charlotte Borst

The College of Idaho will inaugurate its 13th president, Dr. Charlotte G. Borst, during a 1 p.m. ceremony Oct. 8 in Jewett Auditorium on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

Inauguration is open to all C of I faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends as well as working media and invited guests. The ceremony will be followed immediately by a reception in the Langroise Foyer, and all are welcome to attend.

C of I student has life-changing experience in South Africa

On a July day in Johannesburg, South Africa, College of Idaho senior Pragna Naidoo watched as a deathly ill woman walked through the doors of the family practice of Dr. Edmund Foster. The woman could hardly walk. As she sat down, her arms shook trying to hold herself up. She was clinging to life with every ounce of strength she had.

Dr. Foster went over and started feeling specific parts of her body while asking questions. He blatantly told the woman that she had HIV and would die in two months if she didn’t go to a clinic to get help.