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.”

This summer, the C of I is extending that mission by offering its first non-credit programs to the Treasure Valley community. A wide variety of programs will be offered for kids, teens, adults and seniors. The programs are three-to-four sessions in length and range in price from $55-160. A discount of 25 percent is available for C of I alumni, faculty and staff, Caldwell School District employees, seniors and veterans.

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“As an institution of higher learning, we have an opportunity—if not an obligation—to invite people beyond degree-seeking students to come in and participate on campus,” said Steve Barnes, director of special and international programs at the C of I.

Classes remaining for summer 2015 include:

Chapbooks: Writing and Binding
Children's Choir
Summer Choral Skills Camp
Intermediate Windmill PP Quilt
Understanding Anna Karenina
Understanding King Lear
Understanding Monsters
Understanding King Arthur

One course example is the “Understanding King Lear” class, taught by C of I vice president of academic affairs Dr. John Ottenhoff and theatre professor Joe Golden, a longtime Idaho Shakespeare Festival performer. Students will spend time in the classroom learning the ins and outs of the story arch in King Lear and then will be taken behind the scenes at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival production of the play.

“We hold terrific resources, and we’re sharing that with the community,” Barnes said. “They’re getting the chance to take courses from world-class professors. And the community is bringing a terrific resource with them—curiosity.”

With other classes ranging from learning about the Constitution and poetry to children’s choir camps and Chinese language for children, there are sure to be programs of interest for every lifelong learner.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s beautiful, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit