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Hunters become C of I’s first father-son teaching duo

Dr. Isaac Hunter ’04 has nostalgic memories of playing games with his father. Chess, foosball, darts, ping pong.

These days, around lunchtime, you can usually find Isaac on The College of Idaho’s tennis courts, competing against his dad— and C of I faculty colleague—Dr. Kerry Hunter.

Kerry, a professor of political economy, has taught at the C of I since 1988. With Isaac’s return to campus this fall, the College has its first ever full-time father-son teaching ensemble.

New C of I art instructor exhibits work on campus

The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art is set for its first exhibition of the 2014-15 academic year. “12 now reset: Artist’s Books and Installation Work,” featuring the work of newly hired C of I professor Alice Vinson, will be on display Sept. 25-Oct. 17 at the Rosenthal Gallery, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

C of I welcomes 16 new faculty members

The College of Idaho has appointed 16 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. This unusually high number of new hires reflects the College’s response to growing enrollment as well as the normal cycle of replacements for sabbatical leaves, retirements, and other departures. The new instructors, listed below in alphabetical order, bring exciting cultural diversity and expertise to the College in addition to a passion for excellent teaching that C of I students have come to expect.

Idaho Statesman honors the Fool Squad

After more than 20 years amusing audiences with their one-of-a-kind Greenshows, the Fool Squad is taking a break from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The Fools—Tom Willmorth and C of I theatre professor Joe Golden—recently were featured in an Idaho Statesman article by arts and entertainment reporter Dana Oland. Click here to read the article at www.idahostatesman.com. 

College hires first scholar for Judaic studies chair

A widely-published scholar of Jewish history and culture and Jewish-Christian relations will be the first to hold The College of Idaho’s newly established Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies.

Professor awarded NEH Fellowship for biography

College of Idaho faculty member Rochelle Johnson is one of 72 scholars in the United States to receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship during its most recent award cycle. The fellowship will support Johnson’s work on a biography of Susan Fenimore Cooper, one of America’s first environmental writers.

Art instructor honored at Idaho Triennial Exhibition

College of Idaho alumnus and art instructor Goran Fazil’s piece “Hegelian Constructs” won second place during the Nov. 16 opening reception for the 2013 Boise Art Museum Idaho Triennial Exhibition. It is a prestigious honor for Fazil, who claimed second prize amongst 40 exhibitors chosen from more than 200 entrants for the annual BAM exhibition in downtown Boise.

Walker's Sounds of Lincoln to debut at Gettysburg

College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker has written a new work for concert band titled “Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece will debut in concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. The work, dedicated to the Wilkes University Civic Band's celebration of the 150th Anniversary, uses an authentic collection of musical themes written during the time of Lincoln that have a direct connection to his life and death.  

C of I museum curator attends Egyptology conference

Jan Summers Duffy, an Archaeologist and curator at The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, recently attended an Egyptology conference in Santa Ana, Calif. The conference focused on the work of Professor Barry Kemp, one of the world’s top Egyptologists. Jan shares her experience below:

Raptosh makes National Book Award Longlist

The awards continue to pile up for College of Idaho professor Diane Raptosh in 2013. Raptosh, a 1983 C of I alumna who teaches English and creative writing, this week was named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry for her latest work, American Amnesiac. The list features ten authors, including many of the country's preeminent writers of contemporary poetry.

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