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College of Idaho ranked No. 19 in nation for value

The College of Idaho has been ranked the No. 19 best college value in the nation for its combination of strong academic quality and economic value for students by College Factual.

C of I Langroise Trio to teach Sun Valley workshop

The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio will teach at the 2013 Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Workshops, happening Aug. 3-10, at The Community School and the Sun Valley Pavilion. The 16th annual SVSS Music Workshops feature professionals from major orchestras around the world teaching nearly 200 students from eight states ranging from beginners to young professionals. Instrumentalists include strings, winds, voice, percussion and pianists performing in orchestral, chamber music and solo settings.

C of I professor lends Idaho ground squirrels a helping hand

Measuring roughly 10 inches in length and weighing less than a pound, Idaho’s ground squirrels live their lives relatively unnoticed by much of the outside world. Apart from the farmers who consider them pests and the predators that rely upon them for survival, few are aware of the ground squirrels’ quiet existence, and fewer still realize the important role they play in Idaho’s ecosystems.

C of I students develop Android game app

Just about everyone has wanted to be the boss at some point in their lives. Now, thanks to an application created by three College of Idaho students, Android users will have a chance to make that wish a virtual reality through the game Dunegeon Raid.

The card-based game, brought to life by C of I seniors Greg Johnson, Dharmjeet Rattan and Kushil Samarasekera, puts the user in the shoes of a disgruntled employee. By building the right deck of cards, users can fight their way to the top of the corporate ladder by systematically outsmarting the bosses. 

The College of Idaho raises $6.5 million in 2012-2013

Alumni, friends and supporters have answered the call again for The College of Idaho, which marked another record-breaking year of fundraising during the recently concluded 2012-2013 fiscal year. Overall giving increased 22 percent to $6.5 million and a new record was set for the number of alumni making gifts to the College in a given year. 

C of I group uses crayfish to study ecosystem toxicology

Shy, elusive and able to fit into the smallest of underwater cracks, the signal crayfish isn’t the easiest animal to get one’s hands on. But this summer, a group of students at The College of Idaho is diving right into a study of the crayfish and its ability to serve as a key indicator of contaminants in Idaho’s aquatic environments.

College of Idaho launches computer science major

Starting in fall 2013, The College of Idaho will offer a new major in mathematics-computer science that capitalizes on its strong liberal arts curriculum and its proximity to the vibrant high-tech business center of Boise.

John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs, said the C of I offers an ideal environment for studying computer science.

Judaic studies lecture series receives $200,000 gift

The College of Idaho has received a $200,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that will help endow a lecture series exploring contemporary Jewish issues and strengthen an initiative that establishes the College as a center for Jewish studies in the Intermountain West.

The gift will add to the endowment for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies, which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about tolerance, diversity, history and current events.

C of I researchers study the redband trout of Dry Creek

Southwest Idaho’s tiny Dry Creek contains more water than its name suggests, but only a little. Just a few feet across and less than a foot deep in most places, Dry is the kind of stream that makes one think “No way are there fish in there.”

But the fish are there, alright – native redband trout. And this summer, College of Idaho student Shelby Richins is doing her best to make sure the fish will always be there through her honors thesis project “Genetics, Movement, and Distribution of Columbia River Redband Trout in Dry Creek, Idaho.”

Gift supports Athletics & Outdoor Education Center

The College of Idaho has received a $100,000 gift supporting its planned Athletics and Outdoor Education Center, slated to begin construction later this year.

The gift from the Larry and Marianne Williams Foundation will go toward the $3.5 million facility that will provide training and support facilities for the C of I’s student-athletes, including the reinstated football team that will begin competing in fall 2014.

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