Alumni News

Curtain Call: CFA director Sylvia Hunt set to retire

If you happen to catch the answering machine on College of Idaho alumna Sylvia Hunt’s home phone, you might think you’ve misdialed.

“This is the Caldwell Fine Arts…,” the recorded message starts out.

But it’s really no surprise. Hunt works tirelessly to promote the fine arts. Starting in 1981, when Hunt took over as executive director from her mentor and celebrated College of Idaho music professor Richard Skyrm, CFA has continued a historic legacy of offering world-class fine arts performances and providing remarkable educational outreach in the local community.

C of I set for Homecoming 2015: Curtains Up!

The College of Idaho is set to celebrate Homecoming weekend, happening Sept. 17-20 on the C of I campus in Caldwell. This year’s festivities will spotlight the fine arts, and a full slate of events is scheduled for alumni and families of all ages to enjoy.

Click here to view a full schedule of events or here to register for Homecoming online.

Alum Chris Farnsworth ’93 releases new book

Drink or bathe in its azure waters, and the fount turns back the hands of time. At least, that’s how the legend of the Fountain of Youth goes. And it is this mystical fountain and the fight to escape the clutches of death that serve as the basis for College of Idaho alumnus Chris Farnsworth’s new novel: The Eternal World. 

“I’ve always been fascinated with immortality,” Farnsworth said. “But the story itself came from a couple of movie producers.”

Alumnus develops product to measure brain blood flow

On an auspicious day inside a lab at the University of California Los Angeles, College of Idaho alumnus Robert Hamilton ’08 was working on a project to measure brain blood flow activity. That’s when he loaded something incorrectly into the algorithm of his software program.

As fate would have it, that mistake was the catalyst that led Hamilton to co-found Neural Analytics in 2013, a company that has developed a product to simplify the diagnosis of concussions and other brain injuries.

♫Note♪worthy Alumni: C of I grads bolster Boise Philharmonic

Under the tutelage of College of Idaho Langroise Trio musicians Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), Dave Johnson (viola), and Sam Smith (cello), many C of I graduates have won auditions for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Some have come and gone, but six former students currently bow notes on violin, viola and cello 

Julia Pope ’04 was offered a place at the C of I as a music performance major. She didn’t know a music education minor was also in her future.

YoteFort: C of I bands take Treefort stage

Guitars and banjos sang and music notes twanged. Boots tapped the beat and couples moved their feet in a dust devil motion under the low glow of wrought iron lamps. The scene looked circa 1800s on Main Street in downtown Boise as Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers performed under the golden arch at Pengilly’s Saloon. 

“That’s allllll, that’s all, baby that’s all,” the band sang as its set came to an end. The crowd chanted “one more song!” but it was time for another one of the 400-plus bands to take the stage at Treefort Music Festival.

How ‘bout them apples? C of I alums open cidery

On August 12, 1805, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis became the first Americans to cross the continental divide as they entered into present day Idaho through the Lemhi Pass. More than 200 years later, descendants of Lewis are also hoping to become pioneers in the Gem State.

College of Idaho alumnae Kate Leadbetter ’10 and Molly Leadbetter ’11, along with their parents Gig and Ann, are in the process of opening Leadbetter Cider Co., which will be one of Idaho’s first hard cideries.

Four C of I alumnae honored as 'Women of the Year'

Click here to read the Idaho Business Review’s coverage of the “Women of the Year” event.

The Indian scholar, jurist and revolutionist B.R. Ambedkar once said, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”

C of I researchers study wide-reaching effects of climate change

“Greegor Peak is probably witnessing climate change,” jokes Dr. David Greegor, speaking of the Antarctic mountain that is named after him.

Greegor, a visiting Biology professor at The College of Idaho, had the peak named after him in the early 1970s while working on an Antarctic research team. As a research associate and curator of herpetology at the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Greegor, who also has a background in ecology and watershed planning, currently is studying how climate change impacts lizard populations.

C of I Mock Supreme Court class is one of a kind

In black robes, flowing with authority, the nine justices walked into the room—Sotomayor, Breyer, Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito and Kagan.

Before the justices: the case of Love v. Beshear.

“I urge the court that now is the time for finality on this issue,” attorney Jim Dale said.

On Monday, the highest court on The College of Idaho campus—the Mock Supreme Court—heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage.


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