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.”
The College of Idaho congratulates the more than 180 students who made the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Students honored are listed below by hometown:
The College of Idaho’s distinctive Craig Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies is excited to host Dr. Natalia Aleksiun on campus Feb. 20-21, including a public lecture on “Jewish Hiding Networks and Survival Strategies in Eastern Galicia” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Kathryn Albertson International Center, room 106.
When I think of Hansel and Gretel, I think of the original fairy tale about two young children getting lost in the woods and finding a house made of candy, only to find an evil witch, have a spell cast on them, and eventually trick her into being pushed into her own oven. When I decided to go to The College of Idaho’s version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Opera, Hansel and Gretel, directed by Jordan Bowman, I was hoping for those same emotions of childlike entertainment and joy— I was given the desired feeling, in just over an hour.
Rising up like a concrete and steel coliseum along Cleveland Boulevard, The College of Idaho’s new Cruzen-Murray Library is starting to resemble the sleek, 60,000-square-foot building that will be completed in late 2017.
And almost a year to the day after breaking ground on the three-story building, the College will hold a “topping off” ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, as the Kreizenbeck Constructors crew lifts the final steel beam into place. The event is open to the public.
Henry David Thoreau's Walden is one of the most-read and most-taught classics of American literature, yet it remains one of the most challenging books. Why did Thoreau go to the woods? What did he learn there? And why didn't he stay?
Explore these questions and more as Dr. Laura Walls visits The College of Idaho as part of the 2017 Idea of Nature Lecture Series to speak on "Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Langroise Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Alumni News & Notes:Jodi Reynolds has joined the board of directors for Opera Idaho. Over the years, Reynolds has been involved in the Boise Art Museum, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Boise Committee on Foreign Relations, Idaho Historical Museum and the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, among other organizations.