The College of Idaho celebrates Homecoming 2011 with a full schedule of events this week for students, alumni and friends. This year’s Homecoming features a special focus on science, as the College celebrates its outstanding tradition in the sciences and alumni who studied in Boone Science Hall. Festivities begin with the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday and wrap up with C of I alumni night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, set for 6 p.m. Sunday in Boise. Here are some of the week’s highlights:
The Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho will recognize the autumnal equinox with a program that explains the reasons for the seasons in addition to a tour of September’s constellations. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the planetarium, located inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus.
College of Idaho political economy professor Dr. Rob Dayley and a team of four undergraduate student researchers recently returned from a summer trip to Thailand, where they studied the political, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the country’s troubled tangerine industry.
The College of Idaho is one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in America, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, Sept. 13. C of I moved up three spots from last year to No. 171 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other important factors.
President Marv Henberg says the ranking is a strong indication that The College of Idaho is living up to its promise of preparing its students better than any other small college in the West.
The College of Idaho campus is set to celebrate Idaho farmers and food with an on-campus event Saturday, Oct. 1. “Farm to Table: Celebrating Idaho’s Food” will feature a variety of activities including a bus tour from Boise to the College’s campus in Caldwell with samples of local wine and beer, a dinner highlighting local food prepared by C of I food service provider Bon Appétit, presentations on local and sustainable food habits and a free public symposium that includes a lecture by visiting Idaho State University professor Dr. Susan Swetnam and a performance by the Fool Squad.
Caldwell Fine Arts will launch its 51st season in Jewett Auditorium with The College of Idaho Faculty Showcase of Music and Art, set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The opening performance will kick off a season featuring the music of Ireland and Scotland, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, the family-favorite play King Arthur’s Quest, the acclaimed Boston Brass Quintet, flamenco dance and more.
Talking on a cell phone or listening to a personal music player while exercising seem as natural to most people as walking or breathing. Yet most of the dozens of electronic devices we use contain the heavy metal cadmium, the culprit in a variety of maladies if ingested. For the past decade, College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and more than 40 of her students have studied how cadmium affects bone health and the onset of osteoporosis.
College of Idaho President Dr. Marv Henberg applauded his faculty and staff for a successful 2010-2011 school year and challenged them to continue generating bold ideas that will ensure continued academic and fiscal success in the years to come during his annual State of the College Address on Aug. 25 inside Langroise Recital Hall.
The College of Idaho will celebrate the grand re-opening of Simplot Dining Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 inside the newly remodeled building on the College’s campus in Caldwell. Hummel Architects, Kreizenbeck Construction and the College recently completed a $1.5 million summer renovation to Simplot, which will be fully operational when students arrive on campus next week.
The bugs will be out in Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, as the Idaho Botanical Garden and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History put on their annual celebration of insect life, Bug Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden in Boise’s north end. Bug Day includes fun and educational activities for the entire family. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $4 for children 4-12 and adult IBG members.