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The College of Idaho Day at the Capitol' is Jan. 20

2010. 01. 14.

CALDWELL On Wednesday, January 20, The College of Idaho will be presenting its 'Day at the Capitol' showcase on the 4th floor of the Statehouse Rotunda in Boise. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., will feature students and their faculty mentors displaying undergraduate research, as well as tables representing other aspects of The C of I experience, and a musical interlude over lunch.

"We have modeled it after the national 'Posters on the Hill' event, where students present their research findings to lawmakers," said Deb Yates, The C of I education professor chairing the event. "Our undergraduate students are doing rigorous and high-quality scholarship that rivals that of many graduate schools."

In all, twelve students will be presenting their research findings: In chemistry, Erick Valenzuela, Amanda Smith, and Emir Kobic; in biology, Cody Christensen, Justin Martin, Maximillian Padilla, and Derik Haggard; in music, Anna Chapman; in English, Keats Conley and Adam Nunez; and in education, Stephanie Burke and Molli Lee-Painter. Two recent biology alumni, Spenser Smith and Kate Arbon, who are employed by the INBRE project, are also presenting.

Presenter Derik Haggard, a junior biology major, said, "Having the chance for the public and our legislators to learn about what my fellow students and I have been doing is quite the opportunity. Being allowed to present my work at the state capitol is a great chance to show what separates The College of Idaho from other colleges and universities in the state."

Added junior Keats Conley, another presenter, "I feel privileged to have this opportunity to share my creative work with the larger community. I believe this C of I day will be an immense success, the launching of a new tradition."

Immediately following the day of displays, at 4 p.m., there will be an alumni meet-and-greet in the Statuary Hall, featuring self-guided tours of the newly-remodeled Capitol. Then, alumni will congregate for a no-host happy hour nearby at Bittercreek Ale House on 8th Street.

"We are very excited to celebrate the renovation of our Capitol in the company of our alumni and friends. Many of our alumni who work in state and local government give back in such a meaningful way to our communities, and we are proud of their participation," noted alumni director Frances Nagashima. "It will be fun to re-connect with alumni and friends after a Day at the Capitol with a social hour."

While there have been no shortage of C of I alumni who have served in the Statehouse – including Governor Otter ('67) and former Governor Smylie ('38) – this marks the first time The C of I has attempted such a broad personal engagement with the Legislature.

State Sen. John McGee ('95) observed, "For over one hundred years, The C of I has produced leaders in local, state, and federal government. I am pleased we will be celebrating that legacy at our event, The C of I Day at the Capitol." McGee also plans to introduce, along with State Sen. Chuck Winder ('68) and Rep. Pat Takasugi ('71), a resolution honoring The C of I on Wednesday.