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Whittenberger Planetarium to host June public show

Explore the final frontier at The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium! The New Horizons mission and the summer solstice will be the lead topics when the planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. June 19 inside Boone Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Learn what makes the first day of summer a unique day on Earth and get an update on the New Horizons mission.  New Horizons, which left Earth in 2006 en route to Pluto, was brought out of hibernation last winter and will fly by Pluto on July 14.

Volleyball player selected for Red Cross program

College of Idaho volleyball player Randi Sturtz is one of 12 student-athletes selected to participate in the NAIA-Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program, taking place the over the next two weeks.

The program is intended to exemplify core values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program; inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders; promote diversity on Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors; foster leadership opportunities; champion a philanthropic cause; and impact local communities. 

Seniors attend national research conference

Six College of Idaho seniors recently took their research and scholarship to the next level as participants in the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Spokane.

Tierra Candelaria, Shelby Elkins, Gary Parkinson, Seth Raver, Derek Tropf and Dannen Wright capped their C of I careers by attending the NCUR, where they presented on everything from eclipsing binary light curves of stars to the correlation of cadmium and bone diseases. The students represented the College on a national level and shared their research with peers from institutions across the U.S.

♫Note♪worthy Alumni: C of I grads bolster Boise Philharmonic

Under the tutelage of College of Idaho Langroise Trio musicians Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), Dave Johnson (viola), and Sam Smith (cello), many C of I graduates have won auditions for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Some have come and gone, but six former students currently bow notes on violin, viola and cello 

Julia Pope ’04 was offered a place at the C of I as a music performance major. She didn’t know a music education minor was also in her future.

C of I remembers President Emeritus Robert Hendren

College of Idaho President Emeritus Robert Lee Hendren, Jr. was born in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 10, 1925. He died of cancer on May 20, 2015. Between those dates, he distinguished himself as a scholar, confirmed the virtues of independent enterprise and guided Idaho’s best college into an era of financial stability.

A memorial service for President Emeritus Hendren will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s in Boise, 518 N. 8th Street.

Music Takes Me Places

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been singing. When I was a little elementary school kid, the classes I looked most forward to weren’t mathematics or PE, but music. Now, 16 years since I sang in my first choir, that mindset hasn’t changed. During my four years at The College of Idaho, I have performed with every choral group the campus has to offer, including Chorale, Chamber Singers, Major Sixth, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and even a student-led African choir. And to this day, my involvement with music has taken me places I’ve never expected to go.

The Magic of Three: C of I’s Langroise Trio enriches Treasure Valley music culture

Greatness often comes in groups of three: Pyramids of Giza; primary colors; musketeers. The “rule of three” states that triads are funnier, more satisfying and more effective than other numerical pairings. Perhaps that is why The College of Idaho has a string trio instead of a quartet.

A Full House: Jewett Auditorium a beacon for performing arts in Idaho

Since its founding 124 years ago, The College of Idaho has pursued excellence in all disciplines. In many ways, the College’s success as an institution stems from the diverse opportunities it offers students in academics, in athletics and in the arts.

Over the years, the C of I campus has become a hub for the local community. The College’s vibrant arts scene, in particular, has led to strong community partnerships, bringing thousands of guests to campus every year to enjoy concerts, art galleries, plays, operas and all manner of performances.

C of I, Caldwell Schools offer math/science camp

The seventh-grade students waited with anxious anticipation. What would the lab results show for the objects they had swabbed? They definitely didn’t expect the toilet to have less bacteria than their own mouths.

Since 2009, The College of Idaho and the Caldwell School District have worked in conjunction to offer the week-long Math and Science Summer Institute (MASSI) for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students. The institute, which operates this year from June 1-5, promotes taking math and science classes in high school and pursuing a STEM career.

The 311th Training Detachment: A saving grace during WWII

As torpedoes ripped into U.S. Navy boats on Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, shockwaves were sent across the United States. When droves of men enlisted or were drafted, colleges across the nation felt the implications that World War II would have on higher education. With declining enrollments, how would schools, such as The College of Idaho, keep from withering away like autumn leaves?