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C of I student vies for Boise’s Funniest Person

On a Wednesday night in downtown Boise, College of Idaho senior Eli Nary took the stage for open mic night at Liquid Laughs. It was his first attempt at stand-up comedy. The result, terrible. The experience, thrilling.

Now, four months later, Nary finds himself as one of five finalists for the title of Boise’s Funniest Person  and $1,000, which he’ll compete for on Aug. 1 —but don’t try and get tickets, they’re sold out.

Cultures Collide: C of I student teaching in China

College of Idaho senior Roxanna Alma-Taya landed in Beijing at midnight. After traveling halfway across the world, she got off the plane alone and unable to speak any Chinese. Trying to find her hotel, contact her university the next day and get around were all challenges to say the least. But in the midst of feeling like a small fish in a large pond, Alma-Taya decided to just keep swimming. 

C of I honors Spring 2015 Dean’s List students

The College of Idaho congratulates the 224 students who made the Spring 2015 Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Nearly 20 percent of the College’s total enrollment made the spring semester Dean’s List. Students honored are listed below by hometown:

TREASURE VALLEY

Aura of the Flora: C of I enjoys rich botany tradition

It has been 85 years since The College of Idaho’s founding president, Dr. William Judson Boone, taught botany. Eighty-five years since the sun beat down upon his fedora-shaded face as he stood in the dusty Owyhee desert and slinked over to inspect and show his students the “ruts” of a plant. But Boone’s spirit—and the botanical prowess of the College—lives on. 

On a warm June morning, several C of I students hopped into a van and headed toward the Boise Mountains. Their first stop was 55.6 miles away from Caldwell at Grimes Creek on Highway 21, near Idaho City.

C of I prof, students research star formation

When College of Idaho physics professor Dr. Katie Devine gets up at 2 a.m., the only other beings awake are of the celestial variety—the man in the moon watching overhead, stars shining and winking from their cosmic homestead. But that is exactly who she’s come to see.

Dressed in her pajamas, Devine logs into the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia remotely from her computer in Idaho. Using computer codes to control the position of the telescope across the night’s sky, Devine points it at galactic gas bubbles in the Milky Way, some 10-15 thousand light-years away.

Volleyball player selected for Red Cross program

College of Idaho volleyball player Randi Sturtz is one of 12 student-athletes selected to participate in the NAIA-Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program, taking place the over the next two weeks.

The program is intended to exemplify core values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program; inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders; promote diversity on Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors; foster leadership opportunities; champion a philanthropic cause; and impact local communities. 

Seniors attend national research conference

Six College of Idaho seniors recently took their research and scholarship to the next level as participants in the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Spokane.

Tierra Candelaria, Shelby Elkins, Gary Parkinson, Seth Raver, Derek Tropf and Dannen Wright capped their C of I careers by attending the NCUR, where they presented on everything from eclipsing binary light curves of stars to the correlation of cadmium and bone diseases. The students represented the College on a national level and shared their research with peers from institutions across the U.S.

Enactus Club: “A Byte of Peace” for South Africa

When senior Shaun Mandiwana landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, he had high spirits, but a lot of concerns. Mandiwana and The College of Idaho Enactus Business Club had planned for months to implement their “A Byte of Peace” project.

With help from Hewlett-Packard and the J.M. Smucker Company, the C of I Enactus club was able to raise $11,000 for installing an internet café at the Vhutshilo Mountain School to give students a better chance at educational success and life.

But that all hinged on one thing.

C of I Student Research Conference: 10 years and still going strong

Ten years ago, College of Idaho students were given the opportunity to showcase their scholarly and creative work to peers, professors and the community during the inaugural Student Research Conference.

A decade later, the SRC continues to provide a professional platform for students to share their work. On April 25, the SRC celebrated 10 years of student accomplishments with 15 oral presentations, 32 posters, and the grand opening of the Senior Art Exhibit.          

C of I readies for 2015 commencement ceremony

The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2015 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell. For full details, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.

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