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C of I music standouts establish opera production company

College of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists.

“To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?”

Alumnus embarks on overseas teaching adventure

One of Derek Brown’s personal goals for 2014 was simple: receive a passport and travel outside the United States for the first time. Not long after securing his passport, the 2006 College of Idaho graduate accepted an offer to teach abroad for two years at Cairo American College in Egypt.

“I never knew that my first time leaving the country would also be my first time moving out of it,” Brown said. “But I actually feel pretty comfortable living here. It’s been one heck of a blessing.”

C of I’s first computer science alumni find success

The College of Idaho’s mathematics-computer science program is in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped its first two alumni—Greg Johnson and Dharmjeet Rattan—from thriving in the professional world.

The two 2014 graduates, who were beginning their senior year when the program was launched, both have found work in the Atlanta, Ga., offices of the human resource software company EPI-USE.

C of I alumna Smith finds purpose helping others

College of Idaho alumna Hailey Smith ’08 had very little idea of what her future would when she arrived at the C of I.

“As I neared graduation from high school, I had an interest in archeology, probably stemming from books and movies that gave me a romanticized idea of what an archeologist is,” Smith recalls. “Since the College didn’t have an archeology program, I signed up for the closest thing: Cultural Anthropology 101.”

C of I alumna a rising wheelchair tennis star

Less than 10 years ago, College of Idaho alumna Makenzie Ellsworth ’13 learned she would never walk again. But that hasn’t stopped her from spinning circles around the competition as a rising wheelchair tennis player at both the local and national levels.

“For me, it’s just great to get that competitive feeling again,” Ellsworth says.

C of I history major to attend grad school in China

Graduate school is a popular destination for many College of Idaho alumni, but 2014 graduate Brady Harrison is taking a road less traveled to continue his education.

Harrison, a history major from Caldwell, will spend the next two academic years in China earning a master’s degree in Chinese politics and economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His studies will be supported by a Chinese Government Scholarship as he pursues a career in international trade.

C of I publishes spring 2014 issue of ‘Quest’ magazine

The College of Idaho has published its spring 2014 issue of Quest magazine, which hits mailboxes this week. The issue has a theme of “Success,” honoring the many C of I students, alumni, faculty and staff who have enjoyed tremendous achievements in the classroom, on the athletic field, in their careers and in life during the 123-year history of the College.

C of I alumnus to study African wildlife with NSF Fellowship

Travis Guy first fell in love with ecological research as an undergraduate biology major at The College of Idaho. Today, Guy is continuing to pursue his passion thanks to a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will support his research for the next three years.

Novelist Chris Farnsworth to speak at commencement

Novelist and College of Idaho alumnus Christopher Farnsworth will return to his alma mater as keynote speaker for the College’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies May 17.

Rosenthal Gallery hosts exhibition by Goran Fazil

The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art is pleased to announce its spring exhibition, “Balkanization,” featuring the work of C of I alumnus Goran Fazil. The show is open March 7 through April 18, with an opening reception set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Both the reception and the exhibition – open weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – are free and open to the public.

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