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Aura of the Flora: C of I enjoys rich botany tradition

It has been 85 years since The College of Idaho’s founding president, Dr. William Judson Boone, taught botany. Eighty-five years since the sun beat down upon his fedora-shaded face as he stood in the dusty Owyhee desert and slinked over to inspect and show his students the “ruts” of a plant. But Boone’s spirit—and the botanical prowess of the College—lives on. 

On a warm June morning, several C of I students hopped into a van and headed toward the Boise Mountains. Their first stop was 55.6 miles away from Caldwell at Grimes Creek on Highway 21, near Idaho City.

Dr. Charlotte Borst takes office as President

It is a historic day at The College of Idaho, where Dr. Charlotte Borst has taken office as the 13th president of the Gem State’s oldest private college. Borst is the first woman to hold the presidency in the College’s 124-year history. She comes to the C of I from Whittier College in California, where she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. She succeeds President Emeritus Marv Henberg, who recently retired after a successful six-year tenure. 

C of I’s Raptosh to release new poetry book

Straddling street corners from state to state, “sign twirlers” can be found dancing, gyrating and spinning signs to steal the attention of vehicle passersby. 

And it is from the perspective of a female sign twirler that many of the poems in College of Idaho professor Diane Raptosh’s new book, Human Directional, are delivered.

C of I earns national awards at NAIA convention

The College of Idaho enjoyed a stellar showing at the recent College Sports Information Directors of America national convention at Marriott Orlando World Center, racking up nine Top-10 finishes in the 2014-15 NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association Publications and Media Contest.  

The C of I Athletics Communications team of Mike Safford and Tyler Thurston along with Marketing and Communications staffers Jordan Rodriguez and Randall Post and student writer Clayton Gefre combined to earn awards in writing, video, website and social media categories.

Alumnus develops product to measure brain blood flow

On an auspicious day inside a lab at the University of California Los Angeles, College of Idaho alumnus Robert Hamilton ’08 was working on a project to measure brain blood flow activity. That’s when he loaded something incorrectly into the algorithm of his software program.

As fate would have it, that mistake was the catalyst that led Hamilton to co-found Neural Analytics in 2013, a company that has developed a product to simplify the diagnosis of concussions and other brain injuries.

C of I offers community summer programming

The College of Idaho lives by the mantra of its founding president, Dr. William Judson Boone, who famously said “Let them come, let them all come and we will see what they can do.”

C of I prof, students research star formation

When College of Idaho physics professor Dr. Katie Devine gets up at 2 a.m., the only other beings awake are of the celestial variety—the man in the moon watching overhead, stars shining and winking from their cosmic homestead. But that is exactly who she’s come to see.

Dressed in her pajamas, Devine logs into the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia remotely from her computer in Idaho. Using computer codes to control the position of the telescope across the night’s sky, Devine points it at galactic gas bubbles in the Milky Way, some 10-15 thousand light-years away.

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.

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