Hiking down to the base of Victoria Falls in Zambia, College of Idaho political economy professor Erin Hern and students Cameron Arnzen and Ruth Nakalyowa came upon a baboon casually sitting on a park bench. As the group passed by this strange and amusing sight, the baboon rose from his seat and sauntered over to the group.
But he wasn’t monkeying around.
The baboon pulled on Nakalyowa’s backpack, yanking her down in the process. After much screaming and fighting to keep her bag, the baboon eventually was scared off.
High-achieving students. Personable, accessible professors. A close-knit campus community. It’s no wonder The College of Idaho is receiving national recognition once again. Today, U.S. News & World Report has named the C of I one of America’s top academic institutions.
The 2017 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings put the Caldwell private college at No. 168. The annual rankings are based upon graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other key indicators of academic quality.
The excitement pulsed through the air like drumbeats as the incoming C of I freshmen filed off buses, fresh faced and ready to be on their own, ready to begin the chapter titled ‘college,’ ready to…go camping in beautiful McCall, Idaho?
Dun dunna nun dunna nun, Go Yotes! Dun dunna nun dunna nun, Go Yotes!
A mighty roar from the 5,000-plus fans inside Simplot Stadium echoed over the field as The College of Idaho marching band concluded playing the fight song. Each band member proudly wore a purple t-shirt which read “C of I Marching Band - Year One Founding Member.”
Alumni News & Notes: C of I alumna Anne Marie Emery ’04 is the executive director of the Bighorn River Alliance, a group devoted to protecting the Montana river and its access. Emery recently organized a day of fly-fishing on the Bighorn River for a group of seven Crow Indian students, who learned how to fish with a Tenkara fly rod alongside Yvon Chouinard, a fishing expert and co-founder of Patagonia Outerwear.
From the perspective of a female sign twirler, College of Idaho English professor Diane Raptosh celebrates body and beauty, justice and possibility, difference and community in her latest poetry book, Human Directional, which will be released Sept. 19.
Raptosh, Idaho’s most recent Writer-In-Residence (2013-2016) and Boise’s first poet laureate, will read from Human Directional at an upcoming book signing, happening at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise.
Idaho. More than 40 percent of the state is covered in forest. There are 107,500 miles of river. The terrain ranges from the sharp Sawtooth Mountains in the east to America’s deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon, in the west, the vast waters of Lake Pend Oreille in the north and the lava flows of Craters of the Moon National Park in the south.
And with the hiring of Genny Gerke—the first full-time director of the Outdoor Program—C of I students, staff, faculty, and community members will be able to take full advantage of Idaho and all its natural wonders.
The smell of grilled meats filling the air. A cacophony of sound as the new C of I band marches to Simplot Stadium. A mighty roar of celebration rising from the purple-clad YoteFam.
The sights and sounds of football will become a reality next weekend as the Yotes take the field for their season opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, hosting No. 25 Montana Western.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting back on the field since last Nov. 14,” said NAIA All-American defensive back Nate Moore. “We’ve been working all offseason to go out there and leave it all out on the field.”
The College of Idaho has been named one of America’s best institutions in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges. In recent years, the C of I has been an annual inclusion in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.