Five kilometers northeast of the city center of Chengdu in the heart of China’s Sichuan province lies the Zhaojue Monastery, a temple dating back to the days of the early Tang Dynasty. This remote temple, home to about 200 Buddhist monks, became the project focus for seven students from The College of Idaho, who set out to China to document the temple grounds for the whole world to see.
From beekeeping and Italian cuisine to Shakespeare and mad scientists, The College of Idaho is prepared to offer its widest range of Community Learning courses yet, with 136 camps and classes for all ages set to begin this summer.
“You’re never too young or too old to learn, whether you’re six-years-old or 106,” said Rebecca Wilhite, C of I’s Director of Special Programs. “Lifelong learning is critical, and you can discover a passion that can follow you for the rest of your life.”
Before the sun rises on the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will feature the annual event during its public show June 16.
Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will host this month’s event, examining the coming solstice in context with the night sky and using the planetarium’s technology to lead visitors through visual explanations of what is really happening whenever there’s a solstice or an equinox.
Jenette Noe ’13 and Tim Bourner ’08 are more than just teachers at New Plymouth High School. In the eyes of the student body, these two College of Idaho alumni are friends, mentors, examples and, at times, coaches. In the eyes of their fellow staff—some of whom are C of I graduates as well—they are two of the best, most dynamic educators their school has to offer.
When biology major Maggie Brown was a freshman at The College of Idaho, she was approached by Biology Professor Dr. Sara Heggland with a proposal—the chance to become involved in cutting edge research as an undergraduate on the largely unexplored topic of electronic cigarettes.
“I was shocked I could have a research opportunity like that,” Brown said. “I knew when I was looking at colleges, having the opportunity to do research was a high priority for me. The College of Idaho gave me that opportunity.”
The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating Class of 2017 during its annual Commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
Nearly 300 students will participate in Commencement, which will feature an address by The Honorable Candy Wagahoff Dale, a 1979 C of I graduate. Judge Dale, who served as a trial lawyer for more than 25 years prior to her appointment to the federal bench, also will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony.
Sixteen years ago, Dr. Richard Roberge recalled seeing a beautiful rose garden on The College of Idaho campus, one that was tended by Leslie Hoover, the wife of former C of I President Robert Hoover. As a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Roberge enjoyed the garden’s positive impact on the campus landscape, but was saddened when the flowers eventually withered and faded.
College of Idaho senior elementary education major Hope DeCuir is the latest recipient of the College’s Integrity, Leadership & Service Award. DeCuir is being recognized for her contributions to campus both in the classroom and in the community.