Students create digital exhibits for C of I museum

College of Idaho students are encouraged to think holistically about the world around them. And during the 2016 Fall Semester, students in Professor Rochelle Johnson’s First-Year Seminar course “On Noticing” immersed themselves in artifacts found inside the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.

Over the course of the semester, each student worked closely with a specimen from the museum, which is located on the C of I campus inside Boone Science Hall. The students researched deeply the various ways in which the specimen has meaning—to humans through time and in various cultures, to commerce or economics, to religious or spiritual thought, to architecture or household use, to ecology or chemistry, to industry or aesthetics. Their research was interdisciplinary, thorough, and creative, uncovering the multiple meanings of things and the rich stories behind objects.

To see more, visit the Orma J. Smith Museum in the Boone Hall basement, or click here to check out digital versions of the projects.

The student digital projects were made possible in part by a Mellon Foundation grant to support digital liberal arts education at The College of Idaho.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit