C of I Newsletter

2006. 05. 04.

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Planetarium Celebrates National Astronomy Day

Try your hand at spotting planets and comets during National Astronomy Day at Albertson College of Idaho on Saturday, May 6. The evening will begin at 8 p.m. in Symms Athletic Field with an activity to help participants better understand the solar system. The activity will be followed by a series of brief planetarium shows and stargazing through telescopes. Mars, Saturn and the moon will also be visible if the sky is clear. The comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will also be streaking across the sky later in the evening. No reservations are required. People of all ages are welcome. Donations can be made to the planetarium in support of the event; however there is no cost for admission.

Omaha Alumni Gather for Annual Dinner

The 2006 Omaha Alumni Dinner has been declared a success. A total of 15 alumni and friends of the college gathered at the home of Dr. Kenneth Knowles with emeritus professor of chemistry, Dr. Terry Nagel. The annual event gives alumni from the area a chance to reminisce about old times and catch up on news from campus.

New Look at Faith Takes

A new course offered by three Albertson College of Idaho professors is aimed at giving Treasure Valley adults a deeper look at faith. The Faith & Life Institute for Theological Education, or FLITE, offers students an opportunity to actively engage in an ecumenical and academic exploration of faith. The professors will offer a series of three different one night mini-courses. Each course will be offered once in Boise at the Cathedral of the Rockies and once in Simplot Dining Hall on the Albertson College of Idaho campus.

The Jewish Joy of Law taught by CofI History Professor Dr. Howard Berger is the first in the series. The course will be offered on May 10 at the Cathedral of the Rockies and again on May 11 on the college campus. Dr. Denny Clark, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion invites students to attend a course entitled Mary Magdalene: Jesus’ Beloved Disciple? The course will be held on May 17 at the Cathedral of the Rockies and on May 18 at ACI. The final course in the series, Digging the Hebrew Bible: Using Archeology to Understand the Bible and its History, will be taught by history professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Smith. The course is being offered in Boise on May 24 and in Caldwell on May 25. The courses will run from 7-9:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 per course. High school and college students are welcome and encouraged to attend free of charge. More information is available by contacting Dr. Clark.

Hosting History

A group of historians from across the state will be on campus to discuss preservation on Friday. The meeting is the annual gathering of local historical societies and is hosted by the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office. About 30 people are expected to attend and explore historic buildings on campus and in the Steunenberg Historic District adjacent to campus.

Upcoming Events:

May 5 – Wine Sensory Class, 4 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall

May 6 – Gipson Scholar Presentations, 1:30 p.m., room 106 of the Kathryn Albertson International Center

May 9 – Campus Roundtable “Islam and the West” hosted by CofI Model U.N., 11:15 a.m., Sterry Board Room

May 12 – Spring Chorale Concert, 7:30 p.m., Jewett

- Boise Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. Langroise

– Fish Fossil Workshop, Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum

May 17 – Mr. CASAnova, 7 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

May 18 – Spring Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall