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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.

C of I welcomes nine new faculty members

Nine new educators will instruct and advise students at The College of Idaho this school year. The College’s newly hired faculty members are:

Kevin Talbert, assistant professor of education. Talbert received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami University in Ohio. Before graduate school and doctoral studies, Talbert was a high school teacher in Lima, Ohio.

C of I professor’s new book explores state of America

College of Idaho English professor Diane Raptosh is set for the release of her new book, American Amnesiac, which hits shelves Aug. 22. The book, published by Etruscan Press, is available in paperback for $16 at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise (www.rdbooks.org), where Raptosh will sign copies during a 6 p.m. release event Aug. 22. The book also will be carried in Terteling Library on the C of I campus.

C of I Langroise Trio to teach Sun Valley workshop

The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio will teach at the 2013 Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Workshops, happening Aug. 3-10, at The Community School and the Sun Valley Pavilion. The 16th annual SVSS Music Workshops feature professionals from major orchestras around the world teaching nearly 200 students from eight states ranging from beginners to young professionals. Instrumentalists include strings, winds, voice, percussion and pianists performing in orchestral, chamber music and solo settings.

C of I professor lends Idaho ground squirrels a helping hand

Measuring roughly 10 inches in length and weighing less than a pound, Idaho’s ground squirrels live their lives relatively unnoticed by much of the outside world. Apart from the farmers who consider them pests and the predators that rely upon them for survival, few are aware of the ground squirrels’ quiet existence, and fewer still realize the important role they play in Idaho’s ecosystems.

College of Idaho launches computer science major

Starting in fall 2013, The College of Idaho will offer a new major in mathematics-computer science that capitalizes on its strong liberal arts curriculum and its proximity to the vibrant high-tech business center of Boise.

John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs, said the C of I offers an ideal environment for studying computer science.

C of I welcomes Fulbright instructor in Chinese

The College of Idaho will offer classes on Chinese language and culture this coming academic year, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about the world’s most populous nation. Lin Yueh-Chih 林嶽峙, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Taiwan, has been assigned to the College and will teach Chinese language and culture courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as Chinese grammar and phonetics during the winter 2014 session.

Having Lin come to the C of I is a great opportunity for students, political economy professor Dr.  Robert Dayley said.

C of I professor receives Idaho’s top literary award

College of Idaho professor and alumna Diane Raptosh has won her second major literary award of the year with the announcement by the Idaho Commission on the Arts that she will serve as the state’s Writer in Residence.


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