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C of I celebrates first class of PA graduates

Twenty years after earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education, Katrina Merrell decided to go back to school and start a new career—a decision that led her to a master’s program in physician assistant studies. Balancing a strenuous school workload with being a mother and a wife, Merrell has conquered every obstacle over the past two years.

And last weekend, she joined her 11 classmates as the first-ever graduating class from the joint PA program created by The College of Idaho and Idaho State University.

Student undertakes Davis Project for Peace in India

It was the same routine for everyone in school. If you have to go to the bathroom, you raise your hand, you take the hall pass and you go. But in the village of Badur, India, you don’t need to raise your hand and you don’t need a hall pass because there are no toilets—a harsh reality that prevents many girls from attending school during menstruation.

In the news…

  • Alumni News & Notes: Brian Heron ’86 wrote and published his first book, Alone: A 4,000 Mile Search for Belonging. In 2011, propelled by a growing sense of dread, Heron embarked on an epic 4,000 mile bicycle adventure through some of America’s most challenging terrain to search for a feeling of belonging.

C of I named Idaho’s ‘Hidden Gem’ college

College Raptor, a free college matching platform, has named The College of Idaho the best “Hidden Gem” institution in Idaho and one of the best small-enrollment colleges in the nation.

This marks the second year of this recognition, which aims to highlight colleges and universities around the country that may be overlooked by students weighing their college options.

Student Ben Sutton’s journey of self-discovery and overcoming in Mongolia

College of Idaho student Ben Sutton looked out the window as the car drove past sprawling Mongolian countryside—an endless ocean of rolling green waves stretched to meet the azure blue horizon. In the distance, a nomad and his horse slowly rose from the grassy sea. Sutton commented to his companions that he’d never ridden a Mongolian horse. Expressions of shock were uttered as the car pulled over and stopped.

Senior class readies for Commencement 2016

The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2016 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell. For full details, visit

For the nearly 300 Yotes who will walk across the stage—one of the largest classes in C of I history—it will be a bittersweet day as students leave the place they’ve called home for the last four years to start a new chapter in their lives.

Caldwell Fine Arts presents ‘New Hot Club of America’

Gypsy jazz rose from 1930s France as legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli formed one of the most original bands in jazz history—the Quintette du Hot Club de France (Hot Club of France).

With a nod to the past, Caldwell Fine Arts presents the New Hot Club of America, an ensemble that highlights the unique gypsy jazz style, at 7 p.m. May 7 in Jewett Auditorium. Adult tickets are $20 - $10 and Child tickets are $10 - $5. Tickets are free to C of I faculty, staff, and students. Click here for more ticket information.

Family Ties: Sibling profs find a home at C of I

If you ask for Dr. Daniels on The College of Idaho campus, you could get one of two names. While Professors Jennie Daniels (Spanish language and literature) and Luke Daniels (biology) are not married, they do share a connection.

“After my first class I taught at the C of I, a girl came up to me and whispered, ‘I heard a rumor that Prof. Daniels is your brother,’” Jennie said.

In the News

  • Alumni News & Notes: Chris Farnsworth ‘93, a successful sci-fi/ fantasy author, was interviewed for a story on In the story, Farnsworth talks about his creative process and what inspires the ideas behind his novels...Kyle Sales ’03 and his new business was featured on KIVI Channel 6.

C of I set for 11th Student Research Conference

Since the days of founding President William Judson Boone—who would put on science demonstrations before bright-eyed children in the rural schoolhouses of southwest Idaho—The College of Idaho has enjoyed a 125-year history of students exploring, engaging and examining the world around us.

On May 7, the College will celebrate undergraduate research with a day full of presentations, speakers, posters and more at the 11th annual C of I Student Research Conference.