There will be no dog days of summer this year for College of Idaho student Tierra Candelaria. The senior math-physics major from Twin Falls recently spent a week on the plains of New Mexico at the Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory that consists of 27, 82-foot wide antennas. There, Candelaria and a dozen fellow undergraduates went on an exclusive tour of the facility and used its famous y-configuration to search the sky for the existence of a dwarf galaxy.
“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Frank Sinatra famously crooned about New York City. This summer, that lyric has become a mantra for two College of Idaho business majors who are working and thriving in NYC. Recent graduate Charles Griffen ’14 is interning for the multi-media marketing firm Allied Integrated Marketing (AIM), while senior Ali Dang-Ngoc is interning as a summer analyst with J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
The College of Idaho’s first new campus building in more than a decade will officially open July 29 as the C of I dedicates the Marty Holly Athletics Center. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m. inside the building, followed immediately by guided tours of the 22,000-square-foot facility.
The College of Idaho has hired Richard Erne as its new vice president for finance and administration. Erne comes to the C of I from URS/Washington Group International Inc. in Boise, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the Civil Construction & Mining Group as well as assistant and acting corporate controller over the past 16 years.
College of Idaho senior Aleah Lowber has dreamed of studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country since her first exposure to the language as a junior high student visiting Acapulco, Mexico. Lowber’s years of devoted study and academic excellence have earned her recognition from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society—which recently awarded her its prestigious Study Abroad Grant to help fulfill her ambition.
What began as a simple way for a son to assist his mother for college credit has grown into a valuable pipeline for College of Idaho medical interns. During the past 35 years, the Salmon River Clinic in rural Stanley has hosted more than 100 C of I students with aspirations of entering medical school—and the program shows no signs of slowing down.
The College of Idaho is set to host “Batter Up: Baseball in American Culture,” a week of free public programming happening July 13-17 as part of the Idaho Humanities Council’s Summer Institute for Idaho Teachers. The institute includes four public events, each set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
The College of Idaho has been featured on FlipKey.com’s 50 State Series “Top Campuses Worth Traveling For.” FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor, compiled the 50-school list based upon the best attractions, architecture, history and scenic beauty available at campuses in each state. The C of I was recognized specifically for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, our region’s premier resource for environmental and natural history education.
Every summer since she was 12 years old, College of Idaho senior Morgan Thornberry has visited her grandmother in Washington D.C., falling in love with the city in the process.
Thornberry is back in the nation’s capital this summer, but for different reasons. She’s still staying with her grandmother, but instead of a vacation, the political economy major from Idaho Falls is hard at work as a summer intern for the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Country and Regional Affairs (OCRA).
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.