The College of Idaho for years has strived to increase awareness and interest in Jewish culture and history throughout Idaho and the West. Those efforts continue this winter as the College hosts From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, a traveling exhibition made possible by the American Jewish Historical Society and Jewish American History Month. The exhibition will run from Jan. 9 through March 19 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
Days after leading The College of Idaho volleyball team to the best finish in program history at the NAIA National Championships (fifth place), senior libero Whitney Brigham capped an amazing career by becoming the Coyotes’ first-ever NAIA First-Team All-American, announced Dec. 5 by the NAIA national office in Kansas City, Mo.
College of Idaho senior Kevin Xu is a double major in finance and mathematics. Xu will graduate in May, but he already is using his financial training from the C of I to help another of his passions: the environment.
Every year, The College of Idaho’s Campus Ministries program participates in service both locally and around the world. C of I students continued that tradition and helped brighten Thanksgiving for Caldwell families by participating in the annual “Rake up Caldwell” event on Nov. 19. Campus minister Phil Rogers and assistants Cindi Duft and Phil Antilla were joined by nearly 50 students for the Saturday afternoon event, making “Rake up Caldwell” one of the best-attended Campus Ministries service projects of 2011.
The Feast of Carols is a longstanding College of Idaho tradition that rings in the holiday season with a musical celebration. This year, new choral director Dr. Brent Wells hopes to take the tradition to new heights. The Feast of Carols has been moved to Jewett Auditorium to accommodate a larger crowd, and Wells hopes to fill the building with guests both from campus and the Treasure Valley community for this year’s concert, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission is free.
Questions about the value of higher education aren’t new. In the middle of the 20th century, young people could regularly step into a well-paying factory job as soon as they graduated from high school. “What will I gain financially from a college education?” that generation often asked.
A documentary film created by College of Idaho freshman Julia Levy recently was named one of 15 preliminary winners in the nationwide filmmaking contest, Project VoiceScape. Levy’s film, The Fifth Star, examines women’s suffrage in her native Washington state as well as modern female involvement in politics. Levy was awarded a $2,000 grant to complete her project, and she was honored along with her fellow winners during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“I was shocked I won the grant,” Levy said. “There were around 250 applications, so I felt thrilled to be selected.”
College of Idaho professor Robert Dayley is the winner of the 2011 Idaho Professor of the Year award, announced Nov. 17 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dayley, who teaches political economy and specializes in Asian studies, is the fourth C of I professor in six years to receive the award, which recognizes the state’s top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service, and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.
The College of Idaho has received $250,000 from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in support of the College’s effort to create an endowed chair in Judaic Studies. The gift continues the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s long-standing support of the College’s mission of preparing students who thrive and also boosts the school’s effort to create the first endowed Judaic Studies chair in the Intermountain West.
College of Idaho senior Justus Jenkins recently was sworn in and signed a five-year contract with the United States Navy after being accepted as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) in Washington, D.C. Jenkins, a mathematics and physics major from Hawaii, currently is on active duty, and he plans to begin his officer training after graduation next December.