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.
For several years, the Coyote has been missing from The College of Idaho’s athletics logo. That will change on Sept. 2 as C of I unveils a brand-new Coyote logo and mascot. The new Coyote will be introduced to the campus community and the public during “The C of I Coyote Celebration,” set for 4:30 p.m. on the J.A. Albertson Activities Center lawn. The tailgate-style event will include BBQ food, apparel featuring the new logo, activities for children, visits from other Treasure Valley mascots and more. It precedes the C of I volleyball home opener at 7 p.m.
The Caldwell community is in for a delicious night of education when the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts “All about Chocolate” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in room 103 of Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho Campus. Participants will learn about and sample more than a dozen varieties of chocolate with Dr. Patrick Fields, a visiting botanist and chocolate expert. Admission is $15 per person, with all proceeds going to the museum.
In 2009, The College of Idaho and the City of Caldwell opened Wolfe Field, giving Idaho its first baseball facility with an artificial turf infield. On Monday, Aug. 8, the College and the city announced plans to complete Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, a state-of-the-art baseball complex that will rival any in the Intermountain West.
Students eating at The College of Idaho will return to a more pleasing dining experience this fall, following completion of a $1.5 million project upgrading Simplot Dining Hall.
Matt Caldwell, general manager of C of I’s food service provider Bon Appétit, said the renovations significantly enhance the kitchen and serving areas of Simplot Dining Hall. Images of the renovated Simplot Dining Hall can be viewed on the College Flickr site.
The College of Idaho is one of America’s top colleges and earns especially high marks for its theatre program and campus convenience according to the Princeton Review’s annual publication “The Best 376 Colleges.” C of I, cited regularly in the Princeton Review for its outstanding learning environment, was ranked No. 15 in the nation for “Easiest Campus to Get Around” and No. 20 for “Best College Theatre” in the 2012 publication released Tuesday, Aug. 2. C of I also was recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the West.
Latino schoolchildren in the Caldwell area will have the opportunity to meet a NASA astronaut and learn about the benefits of continued education on Aug. 7 as The College of Idaho hosts “Reach for the Stars,” a space-themed celebration featuring guest speaker Jose Hernandez. The free public event, set for 1 p.m. in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the College’s Caldwell campus, includes a free BBQ lunch for the first 200 guests, guided tours of campus— including the Orma J.
The College of Idaho has hired Rachel Blood as a counselor in the Office of Admission. Blood comes to the College from the Boise School District, where she worked with the Title I program at Grace Jordan Elementary School. She graduated from C of I in 2009, majoring in English and earning a minor in psychology.
Blood, who grew up in Boise and attended Capital High School, is excited to be back at her alma mater.
A College of Idaho psychology professor and her students will use a newly awarded National Science Foundation grant to examine the effectiveness of the growing number of programs that claim to improve memory and attention. The NSF awarded Dr. Meredith Minear a $216,454 grant – paid out over 36 months – to fund her project “Training and Transfer of Executive Processes,” which examines the human brain’s ability to train.