As torpedoes ripped into U.S. Navy boats on Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, shockwaves were sent across the United States. When droves of men enlisted or were drafted, colleges across the nation felt the implications that World War II would have on higher education. With declining enrollments, how would schools, such as The College of Idaho, keep from withering away like autumn leaves?
Merl Leroy Schroeder first stepped foot on The College of Idaho campus at age 17 in 1938. Born in Nebraska, Merl and his family moved to Caldwell before his junior year of high school. He spent two years at the College before the world and its chaos beckoned, leaving after his sophomore year to become a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot.
On Dec. 16, 1943, Merl and his crew were flying back from a mission over Germany. Not far from the coast of the Netherlands, a plane flying near Merl’s was hit by anti-aircraft flak. The debris tore through Merl’s aircraft.
When senior Shaun Mandiwana landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, he had high spirits, but a lot of concerns. Mandiwana and The College of Idaho Enactus Business Club had planned for months to implement their “A Byte of Peace” project.
With help from Hewlett-Packard and the J.M. Smucker Company, the C of I Enactus club was able to raise $11,000 for installing an internet café at the Vhutshilo Mountain School to give students a better chance at educational success and life.
The College of Idaho is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Advance the Legacy campaign, a comprehensive, $175 million effort that began in 2007. The target date was 2016 in collaboration with the school’s 125th anniversary, but the C of I officially passed the $175 million mark this spring, allowing President Marv Henberg to celebrate the achievement before his June retirement.
When The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio members audition a student to pursue a music performance major, they are very selective. Getting paid to play an instrument is tough. Earning enough to live off is tougher. Students who have the talent and can’t fathom a career outside of music are ideal. Then the hard work begins.
Nichole DeGrange swept the sprint events and helped The College of Idaho set a new meet record with a dominating performance in the 4x400-meter relay as the Yotes won their third-straight Cascade Conference Championships title May 9 at Raider Stadium in Ashland, Ore.
The Yotes finished the 21-event meet with 180 points, well ahead of second-place Concordia (153) and third-place Eastern Oregon (106). For his efforts, C of I head coach Pat McCurry was named CCC Coach of the Year.
“Every evening he went out upon the sea, and one evening the net was so heavy that hardly could he draw it into the boat…But no fish at all was in it, nor any monster or thing of horror, but only a little Mermaid lying fast asleep.”
Ten years ago, College of Idaho students were given the opportunity to showcase their scholarly and creative work to peers, professors and the community during the inaugural Student Research Conference.
A decade later, the SRC continues to provide a professional platform for students to share their work. On April 25, the SRC celebrated 10 years of student accomplishments with 15 oral presentations, 32 posters, and the grand opening of the Senior Art Exhibit.
The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2015 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell. For full details, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.
While running the anchor leg toward the finish of the academic year can be a little stressful, The College of Idaho’s Association of Latino Americano Students invites the campus community to take a break from studying and enjoy some Cinco de Mayo fun!
From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, in front of McCain, students will be able to eat free tacos, win prizes, and compete in competitions such as riding the mechanical bull, a jalapeño eating contest, and a piñata breaking contest.