The College of Idaho’s Student Philanthropy Council recently awarded its 2012 grants to three organizations in the local community. This year’s grant recipients were the Mentoring Network, Caldwell Senior Citizens, Inc., and the Canyon County Organization on Aging. SPC President Michelle Wooten said the council chose organizations that benefited some of Caldwell’s most vulnerable populations.
The College of Idaho encourages its students to climb higher and do more. This spring, alumnus Samuel Elias (Class of 2004) is climbing to extreme heights as part of a National Geographic expedition that will reach the summit of Mount Everest this week, likely Thursday.
Elias is a professional climber who has scaled some of the world’s most daunting and exhilarating peaks. As a student at The College of Idaho, Elias studied art and biology while pursuing his passion for the mountains as a member of the Coyote ski and snowboard team. Elias is a native of Detroit, Mich.
College of Idaho student David Seppi will spend the bulk of his summer break performing a service project for needy families in Costa Rica. Seppi, a junior from Twin Falls, will live abroad from June 3 to Aug. 15, renovating and building child-care facilities in conjunction with the International Volunteer HQ program, an independent volunteer organization based in New Zealand that sends thousands of individuals to service areas around the world.
College of Idaho juniors Kendra Knighten and Ryan Gibson hope one day to help ease poverty through careers in international development. This summer, the students will get a first-hand look at the challenges and rewards associated with such a career as interns for Partners in Sustainable Development International in the South Asia nation of Bangladesh.
Three professors discuss their summer reading picks in the latest edition of College of Idaho Insights.
History professor Steve Maughan and political economy professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi comment on a variety of books they plan to read this summer including Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," Alasdair MacIntyre's "After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory," Hilary Mantel's historical fiction novel "Bring Up the Bodies" and C of I alumnus Christopher Farnsworth's latest vampire novel "Red, White, and Blood."
College of Idaho alumna Pamela Cathey '04 has dedicated her life and career to preventing violence. As the founder and CEO of A Frog in the Pot at C of I as well as the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence at Buena Vista University in Iowa, Cathey works hard to create awareness of an issue that is prevalent in society, yet often goes overlooked or undetected.
Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell is set to host the inaugural “Bud to Blossom” event, a celebration aimed at raising funds for The College of Idaho’s Taste of the Harvest Scholarship. “Bud to Blossom” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. May 5 at Bitner Vineyards, located at 16645 Plum Road in Caldwell. Adult tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance at http://growlocalusa.com or for $25 at the door.
Idaho will experience a partial eclipse on May 20. Thanks to The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium, Idahoans will have an opportunity to learn about the eclipse in advance when the planetarium hosts a public show at 7 p.m. May 9 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.