Alumni, friends and supporters have answered the call again for The College of Idaho, which marked another record-breaking year of fundraising during the recently concluded 2012-2013 fiscal year. Overall giving increased 22 percent to $6.5 million and a new record was set for the number of alumni making gifts to the College in a given year.
The College of Idaho has received a $200,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that will help endow a lecture series exploring contemporary Jewish issues and strengthen an initiative that establishes the College as a center for Jewish studies in the Intermountain West.
The gift will add to the endowment for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies, which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about tolerance, diversity, history and current events.
The College of Idaho has announced the addition of five members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees will serve four-year terms beginning July 1 as members of the board, which forms the executive arm of the College’s administration along with President Marv Henberg. The new trustees are:
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.
The College of Idaho will fill a new, fully endowed chair in Judaic studies – the first of its kind in the Intermountain West – thanks to the successful completion of a $2.2 million fundraising initiative.
The fall 2012 issue of The College of Idaho’s official magazine, Quest, is in mailboxes this week. The issue has a theme of “Entrepreneurship,” celebrating many of the C of I alumni who have gone on to interesting and successful careers in a wide variety of businesses.
A gift from a Treasure Valley physician will enrich The College of Idaho’s science programs by supporting renovations that will modernize teaching facilities in Boone Science Hall.
Dr. James W. Smith, a 1964 graduate of the C of I, and his wife Mary Barbara are giving $1 million to the second phase of the Boone Science Hall renovation project. Phase II of the project will improve teaching laboratories and infrastructure in the building, supporting the College’s long-standing legacy of outstanding teaching, learning and research in the sciences.
The College of Idaho will create a new chair that further enhances its long-standing strength in developing students’ clarity of thought and writing thanks to a bequest from an anonymous donor.
The Berringer Chair in Writing and Rhetoric will honor legendary C of I English professor Ralph Berringer, who taught at the C of I in the 1950s and 1960s and helped invigorate the intellectual life of the College following World War II.
C of I President Marv Henberg noted that Berringer’s dedication to his students remains an inspiration today.
The College of Idaho has been named one of America’s Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges by "Kiplinger’s Personal Finance." The annual report, released Oct. 24, features 200 schools that combine outstanding academics and great economic value. The C of I was included because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, excellent student-to-faculty ratio, on-campus resources and overall value. The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com.