Just before noon on August 21, 2017, the sky began to darken. A drop in temperature accompanied the suddenly dimmed natural light. As the shadows turned closer to darkness, the lamps on The College of Idaho’s campus began to turn on automatically, shining as bright as they would on any summer evening, despite it being the middle of the day.
On August 19th, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History will team up with the Idaho Botanical Garden to give the public a chance to renew their “Certificate in Bugology” with Bug Day, their annual “entomological extravaganza” for the whole family.
“Seeing the people who attend Bug Day every year and watching them learn something new about insects is always something I enjoy the most year after year,” said Museum Director Bill Clark. “It is a great way to expose the public to the Museum as well as to insects.”
It started with an inside joke the set of “The Water Engine,” The College of Idaho’s 2017 spring play. Between intense scenes of mystery and blackmail, four of the play’s actors crafted an ambitious idea for their own show: “Johnny Danger and the Nazis.”
“It’s like a rock musical, but it has a ridiculous budget and we can’t do it right now,” said John Wicks ’17. “But working together after college is something that we knew we wanted to do.”
On August 21, 2017, Idaho will be in the path of a total solar eclipse — and The College of Idaho is ready to get people excited about this rare event this August at the Whittenberger Planetarium.
The Planetarium will host several shows this August, including two on Aug. 10, one on Aug. 11 and two on Aug. 15. Each show is designed to help educate and prepare the public for the coming eclipse, offering an in-depth look at the science behind the eclipse, the status of the night sky during the eclipse and safe ways to view it.
With a full solar eclipse scheduled to pass over Idaho on Aug. 21, The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will hold a public show on July 14 to help provide important scientific context for the rare event.
The July 14 show will be the first in a series of public shows set to occur throughout July and August leading up to the eclipse. The show will give viewers the opportunity to receive an overview of the constellations, planets and moon that can be seen in the July skies, as well as an explanation of eclipses and how to safely and properly observe them.
The College of Idaho’s Community Learning program will expand this year with the Executive Management Series, a new selection of courses and workshops dedicated toward developing leadership skills within local businesses, from rising young supervisors to experienced business leaders.
“Who wants to play a game?” Tyler Clary asked the young swimmers assembled at the edge of the pool inside The College of Idaho’s Albertson Aquatic Center. He smiled at the excited chorus of yeses – a great way to start a clinic to improve their swimming techniques.
Clary, a renowned swimmer best known for winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London games in the 200-meter backstroke, visited the C of I on Thursday to host a pair of clinics for both youth and experienced swimmers through the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour.
From beekeeping and Italian cuisine to Shakespeare and mad scientists, The College of Idaho is prepared to offer its widest range of Community Learning courses yet, with 136 camps and classes for all ages set to begin this summer.
“You’re never too young or too old to learn, whether you’re six-years-old or 106,” said Rebecca Wilhite, C of I’s Director of Special Programs. “Lifelong learning is critical, and you can discover a passion that can follow you for the rest of your life.”
Before the sun rises on the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will feature the annual event during its public show June 16.
Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will host this month’s event, examining the coming solstice in context with the night sky and using the planetarium’s technology to lead visitors through visual explanations of what is really happening whenever there’s a solstice or an equinox.
The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating Class of 2017 during its annual Commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
Nearly 300 students will participate in Commencement, which will feature an address by The Honorable Candy Wagahoff Dale, a 1979 C of I graduate. Judge Dale, who served as a trial lawyer for more than 25 years prior to her appointment to the federal bench, also will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony.