College of Idaho student’s in Dr. Bastian Thomsen’s Enactus class saw two problems. First, students have no food options on campus after Simplot Dining Hall and McCain Café close each night. Second, Idaho has 1,966 homeless men, women and children, with about half that number residing in the Treasure Valley (according to the Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition). The solution? Food for Thought, a nonprofit food truck that could supply hungry Yotes with food in the evening hours and also give half of its profits to homeless shelters.
Alumni News & Notes: Allan Laird ’16 was profiled in the Idaho Press-Tribune for earning his degree 43 years after his first college class. We’re so excited to count the well-known campus safety director among the C of I alumni. Way to go, Allan!...Dr. Rick Williams '74 recently was honored by a fly-fishing and conservation NGO, the Federation of Fly Fishers based in Livingston, Mont.
The backyards in the village of Mayhill, N.M., all have a certain feature in common—an observatory. Sitting at an elevation of 7,300 feet with special ordinances in place to protect the dark skies, it was the perfect place for former College of Idaho professor Joe Daglen to construct a house with two observatories a mere 100 feet from his back porch.
As construction crews put the finishing touches on the $4 million renovation of Voorhees Hall, students in Finney Hall packed up their rooms to prepare for the move—but not before giving The College of Idaho’s oldest dormitory a proper sendoff.
With hands raised high and holding plastic champagne glasses filled with sparkling apple cider, students celebrated the Finney Farewell with a toast.
“Let’s raise our glasses to the Finney Hall of the last century and the Finney Hall of the next century,” said Jen Nelson, director of residence life.
Laissez les bons temps roulez! The good times were definitely rolling at the 2017 College of Idaho Scholarship Gala, which was a Mardi Gras night to remember on Feb. 18 in downtown Boise. Alumni, friends and supporters came out dressed to the nines to participate in live and silent auctions, a fabulous prize raffle, an Adopt-a-Yote paddle-up, and more.
She had a passion for dancing. He had a desire to pursue a career in hip-hop. Together, College of Idaho alumni Miranda Palacio ’13 and Andrew Heikkila ’12 formed the artist collective Earthlings Entertainment in 2013.
With the goal to “constantly challenge the status quo through artistic expression and creative inspiration,” Earthlings Entertainment is growing the underground hip-hop scene in Boise. But the collective of artists—which includes poets, writers, dancers and more—also aims to give back to the community.
Heavy rain didn’t stop the crowd from flowing into the J.A. Albertson Athletic Center on Saturday night to celebrate the 12 seniors playing for The College of Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams. The seniors were appearing in their final regular-season games of their careers as the Yotes took on the visiting Walla Walla Wolves.
Senior Night is always meaningful as the graduating players are honored before the game. And the Yotes made sure this year’s festivities were particularly memorable, as the women cruised to a 96-42 victory and the men rolled to a 101-63 triumph.
In the first round of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship, The College of Idaho lacrosse team trailed Western Washington 9-6 in the fourth quarter. Never quitting, the team fought back. With 35 seconds left in the game, freshman Jason Leach zipped one past the goalie to score the equalizing goal and force overtime.
But a minute into extra time, Western Washington scored the golden goal to eliminate the Yotes from the postseason. In fact, all four of the team’s losses occurred by one goal last year—which has left a sour taste in the Yotes’ mouth.
A standing ovation erupted from College of Idaho students, staff and faculty as the well-known, mustachioed face of Campus Safety walked across the commencement stage. Laird’s 88-year-old mother looked on, finally realizing the dream of seeing her son earn a college degree.
“It was the accumulation of a whole lot of years of hard work,” Laird said. “It meant a lot to me because my mom and dad always told me to go to college. I’m glad that I walked when I did, so that my mom could watch it.”