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Going viral: C of I students attend HHMI symposium

Jetblade. The name might sound like the newest Marvel superhero to hit the big screen, but it’s actually the newest bacterial virus analyzed by College of Idaho students. 

This summer, freshman Claire Otero, junior Tran Tran and C of I biology professor of Dr. Ann Koga traveled to the Howard Hughes Medical Center research campus in Virginia for the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) symposium. Try saying that ten times fast.

Alum Chris Farnsworth ’93 releases new book

Drink or bathe in its azure waters, and the fount turns back the hands of time. At least, that’s how the legend of the Fountain of Youth goes. And it is this mystical fountain and the fight to escape the clutches of death that serve as the basis for College of Idaho alumnus Chris Farnsworth’s new novel: The Eternal World. 

“I’ve always been fascinated with immortality,” Farnsworth said. “But the story itself came from a couple of movie producers.”

C of I student vies for Boise’s Funniest Person

On a Wednesday night in downtown Boise, College of Idaho senior Eli Nary took the stage for open mic night at Liquid Laughs. It was his first attempt at stand-up comedy. The result, terrible. The experience, thrilling.

Now, four months later, Nary finds himself as one of five finalists for the title of Boise’s Funniest Person  and $1,000, which he’ll compete for on Aug. 1 —but don’t try and get tickets, they’re sold out.

C of I cracks ‘Forbes’ top 200 American colleges

Forbes magazine has released its list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranks the top 650 schools in the nation based upon post-graduate success, student satisfaction, student debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

And this year, The College of Idaho has cracked the top 200 colleges in the nation, landing at No. 195.

Coach Garson blogs about Maccabi Games experience

College of Idaho men's basketball coach Scott Garson served as an assistant coach for the Under-18 United States team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games, held in Berlin, Germany.

The Maccabi Games are an international Jewish sporting event, similar to the Olympics. The 2015 games held special significance as the first Jewish event of this magnitude held on German soil since the Holocaust ended 70 years ago.

Shining a light: C of I coach battles domestic violence

It was a night not unlike most as College of Idaho strength and conditioning coach Mike Shines walked out of a dinner lounge in downtown Boise. He noticed a group of people had gathered outside. Shines walked over to see the subject of the gathering—a man physically abusing a woman.

Shines stood among the group, just like the others, until the woman was shoved onto his car. That is when he spoke up and said something.

“I asked myself, ‘Had he not thrown her on my car, would I have stood there like everybody else, or would I have done something?’” Shines said.

C of I professor studies the impact of Scottish music

“We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, frae morning sun till dine; but seas between us briad hae roar'd, sin' auld lang syne." 

So goes a verse in perhaps the most famous Scottish song there is, Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne.” With its traditional, olde tyme feel and bagpipe accompaniment, Scottish—and, more broadly, Celtic—music has spread from the British Isles across the globe.

C of I named to MONEY magazine’s Best Colleges

The College of Idaho provides a great education at an affordable rate, but don’t take our word for it.

Whittenberger Planetarium set for July public show

Explore the final frontier at The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium! The New Horizons mission will be the lead topic when the planetarium hosts its next public show at 7 p.m. July 23 inside Boone Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Learn about the New Horizons mission, which left Earth in 2006 en route to Pluto, and just flew by the planet on July 14. New Horizons is the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

Community enjoying C of I Summer Programs

A dozen kids gathered onto the carpet of the Shannon Lounge and sat in a circle. One by one, in a counterclockwise pattern, they counted in Chinese, “yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù…,” until they reached the number 30. By the end of the week, they’d be counting even higher. 

“The fact that this class is offered on the C of I campus really enhances our culture,” said C of I English professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson, whose daughter Wren attended the class.

“I counted to 100 today,” Wren said after the last day of class.