Alumni, friends and supporters have answered the call again for The College of Idaho, which marked another record-breaking year of fundraising during the recently concluded 2012-2013 fiscal year. Overall giving increased 22 percent to $6.5 million and a new record was set for the number of alumni making gifts to the College in a given year.
Shy, elusive and able to fit into the smallest of underwater cracks, the signal crayfish isn’t the easiest animal to get one’s hands on. But this summer, a group of students at The College of Idaho is diving right into a study of the crayfish and its ability to serve as a key indicator of contaminants in Idaho’s aquatic environments.
Starting in fall 2013, The College of Idaho will offer a new major in mathematics-computer science that capitalizes on its strong liberal arts curriculum and its proximity to the vibrant high-tech business center of Boise.
John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs, said the C of I offers an ideal environment for studying computer science.
The College of Idaho has received a $200,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that will help endow a lecture series exploring contemporary Jewish issues and strengthen an initiative that establishes the College as a center for Jewish studies in the Intermountain West.
The gift will add to the endowment for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies, which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about tolerance, diversity, history and current events.
Southwest Idaho’s tiny Dry Creek contains more water than its name suggests, but only a little. Just a few feet across and less than a foot deep in most places, Dry is the kind of stream that makes one think “No way are there fish in there.”
But the fish are there, alright – native redband trout. And this summer, College of Idaho student Shelby Richins is doing her best to make sure the fish will always be there through her honors thesis project “Genetics, Movement, and Distribution of Columbia River Redband Trout in Dry Creek, Idaho.”
The College of Idaho has received a $100,000 gift supporting its planned Athletics and Outdoor Education Center, slated to begin construction later this year.
The gift from the Larry and Marianne Williams Foundation will go toward the $3.5 million facility that will provide training and support facilities for the C of I’s student-athletes, including the reinstated football team that will begin competing in fall 2014.
A $100,000 gift supporting construction of The College of Idaho’s Athletics and Outdoor Education Center will honor former Coyote football coach and player Ed “Buzz” Bonaminio.
The head football coach’s office in the new facility will be named in honor of Bonaminio, who served as head coach of the College’s football team from 1965 through 1971. Bonaminio also played halfback for the Coyotes and graduated from the C of I in 1956. He received the College’s Alumni Service Award in 2002.
The College of Idaho has announced the addition of five members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees will serve four-year terms beginning July 1 as members of the board, which forms the executive arm of the College’s administration along with President Marv Henberg. The new trustees are:
The College of Idaho will offer classes on Chinese language and culture this coming academic year, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about the world’s most populous nation. Lin Yueh-Chih林嶽峙, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Taiwan, has been assigned to the College and will teach Chinese language and culture courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as Chinese grammar and phonetics during the winter 2014 session.
Having Lin come to the C of I is a great opportunity for students, political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley said.
The Summer Solstice is nearly upon us and the Whittenberger Planetarium is celebrating with its June public show, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 inside Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. Planetarium director Amy Truksa will teach audiences what causes solstices and equinoxes and give an overview of the June constellations, planets and moon cycles to watch for in the Idaho sky.