Homecoming festivities promise to be bigger and better than ever this year at The College of Idaho as the first Homecoming football game in 37 years joins a long list of exciting events for alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and the entire C of I community.
The recently renovated Whittenberger Planetarium reopens Friday, Oct. 3 with its first public show of the school year inside Boone Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The Planetarium, which now has new cove lights and handicapped access, will feature comets and comet landing for the 7 p.m. show in anticipation of the Rosetta mission’s plan to land on a comet in November. The show, which costs $5 for adults or $2.50 for children ages 4-17, also includes an overview of the current constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.
The College of Idaho has set an enrollment record for the third consecutive year, with 1,144 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year according to official tenth-day figured released by the C of I institutional research department. This year’s enrollment is the highest in the history of the Caldwell liberal arts college, topping the previous high of 1,122 set last year.
The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art is set for its first exhibition of the 2014-15 academic year. “12 now reset: Artist’s Books and Installation Work,” featuring the work of newly hired C of I professor Alice Vinson, will be on display Sept. 25-Oct. 17 at the Rosenthal Gallery, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
College of Idaho graduate Maribel Serrano ’02 has always had a passion for the medical field. At 16, she began working as a nursing assistant at Mercy Hospital in Nampa. After graduating high school, Serrano chose the C of I for her undergraduate work prior to heading off to medical school. Now, she has come full circle as an established OB/GYN doctor who has returned home to serve the patients of her hometown.
College of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists.
“To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?”
The College of Idaho has appointed 16 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. This unusually high number of new hires reflects the College’s response to growing enrollment as well as the normal cycle of replacements for sabbatical leaves, retirements, and other departures. The new instructors, listed below in alphabetical order, bring exciting cultural diversity and expertise to the College in addition to a passion for excellent teaching that C of I students have come to expect.
The College of Idaho’s PEAK Center/Center for Experiential Learning has launched a new online student employment and internship site, Coyote Connections Live. The easy-to-use site has features for C of I students as well as employers, providing a quick and easy way for students to connect with C of I staff, alumni and local professionals for information on employment and internship opportunities.
The College of Idaho will host a Community Business Forum breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, inside Simplot Dining Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets to the event, sponsored by the C of I Business Advisory Council (BAC), are $20. A portion of the proceeds will support the Enactus student team at C of I. All those who are interested in community business issues and the C of I’s continuing partnership for economic development are welcome to attend.