Matt Fouts

Student President sets tone for close-knit c of i campus

Student involvement is an integral part of any successful college atmosphere. This year at The College of Idaho, student President Matt Fouts and his fellow Associated Students of The College of Idaho officers are leading the charge, increasing involvement by creating unique events, bolstering school spirit and supporting C of I athletics and other student groups both on- and off-campus.

It’s all part of Fouts’ vision of creating a close-knit bond for students and the entire C of I campus. 

“We really want students to feel a great affinity for and attachment to our school,” Fouts said.

Fouts is passionate about serving his fellow students. He was student body president at Borah High School in Boise and has served two terms as an ASCI student senator and a year as ASCI executive treasurer. As ASCI president this year, Fouts has an opportunity to set a new standard for school spirit and pride, and he’s taking full advantage.

“I’m very impressed with the job Matt and the students are doing this year,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Attendance and excitement at athletics and campus events are at an all-time high, and it has created a fun, contagious atmosphere that everyone wants to be a part of.” 

One of ASCI’s new vehicles for encouraging involvement is the “Yote Fam” spirit group. Yote Fam has grown exponentially through social media activity, t-shirt giveaways and pep rallies, making big crowds a regular occurrence at Coyote athletics events and other on-campus activities. 

Fouts is one of Yote Fam’s most active members, appearing at every event he can cram into his schedule. His Facebook page is filled with messages encouraging students to attend the next Bowling Night, or to cheer on the Yotes at the next big game.

“The Yote Fam concept has really taken off,” Fouts said. “And we are working on creating more unique events such as traveling together to away games and group attendance of [school] plays.”

Matt’s vision of the ASCI as a central part of a connected campus community also has come to fruition this year thanks to increasing interest in student government.

“I really like the involvement that the student senators have brought this year,” ASCI secretary Oscar Mariscal said. “Two-thirds of the senate is new and it's great to see our six freshman senators really taking action to do great things.”

Fouts encourages students to join Yote Fam and share their own ideas for increasing campus involvement and excitement. He welcomes all ideas via email at matthew.fouts@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu.