The Winter Solstice will be the topic of exploration when The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its final public show of 2013 at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Guests will learn all about equinoxes and solstices and receive an overview of the constellations and planets visible in Idaho’s December night sky.
The College of Idaho music department is ringing in the holiday season with a series of concerts highlighted by the Feast of Carols. This annual holiday showcase is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, inside Jewett Auditorium and will include performances by the College’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Sinfonia, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Major Sixth a cappella sextet and the Middleton High School Chamber Singers. The free concert is open to the public and will be followed by holiday refreshments in the foyer of the adjacent Langroise Center.
College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker has written a new work for concert band titled“Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece will debut in concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. The work, dedicated to the Wilkes University Civic Band's celebration of the 150th Anniversary, uses an authentic collection of musical themes written during the time of Lincoln that have a direct connection to his life and death.
The College of Idaho is pleased to welcome Dr. Samantha C. Harvey to campus Nov. 20 for the special guest lecture “The Transatlantic Sublime, Romanticism and the Hudson River School of Landscape Painting.” Harvey will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Boone Hall room 103 on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The lecture, sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council, is free and open to the public.
The College of Idaho brought home two awards from the National Model United Nations Conference held Oct. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The C of I team, representing the West African nation of Togo, was named an “Honorable Mention Delegation,” an award that placed the C of I in the top 25 percent of all participating delegations and continued a string of five consecutive award-winning national conferences for the team. Model UN delegations are awarded for successfully advocating their country’s positions, leading other delegations in negotiations, and properly using the rules of procedure.
The co-chairs of the steering committee raising funds for The College of Idaho’s reinstated football program have given a $250,000 gift to help build the new Marty Holly Athletics Center, now under construction on campus.
The gift from C of I alumni John and Linda Bequette, announced during the Nov. 4 naming of the new $4 million facility, follows the couple’s earlier $150,000 donation to help the College reinstate its football program.
The College of Idaho’s success in helping more first-generation Latino students graduate is featured in a new report by the Council of Independent Colleges titled “Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students.” The C of I also is featured on the recently launched CIC/Wal-Mart College Success Awards website www.cic.edu/CollegeSuccessAwards.
The College of Idaho is pleased to announce that baritone vocalist Curtis Crafton, a 2007 C of I graduate, will return to campus for a 7 p.m. recital Nov. 10 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Crafton will be accompanied by pianist Michal McQuay for a German “Liederabend” recital featuring two major song cycles by Robert Schumann, Liederkreis and Dichterliebe. The recital is open to the public and admission is free.
A new $4 million facility supporting The College of Idaho’s athletic program will be named in honor of long-time Athletic Director Marty Holly.
The Marty Holly Athletics Center, now under construction on the C of I campus, is slated to open late next summer and will be the first new building on campus since the Village Apartments were completed in 2002.
Dwarf planets and exoplanets will be the topics of conversation when The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Guests will find out what happened to Pluto and learn about other planets outside of our Solar System in addition to receiving an overview of the constellations and planets visible in the November night sky.