College of Idaho graduate Maribel Serrano ’02 has always had a passion for the medical field. At 16, she began working as a nursing assistant at Mercy Hospital in Nampa. After graduating high school, Serrano chose the C of I for her undergraduate work prior to heading off to medical school. Now, she has come full circle as an established OB/GYN doctor who has returned home to serve the patients of her hometown.
College of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists.
“To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?”
The College of Idaho has appointed 16 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. This unusually high number of new hires reflects the College’s response to growing enrollment as well as the normal cycle of replacements for sabbatical leaves, retirements, and other departures. The new instructors, listed below in alphabetical order, bring exciting cultural diversity and expertise to the College in addition to a passion for excellent teaching that C of I students have come to expect.
The College of Idaho’s PEAK Center/Center for Experiential Learning has launched a new online student employment and internship site, Coyote Connections Live. The easy-to-use site has features for C of I students as well as employers, providing a quick and easy way for students to connect with C of I staff, alumni and local professionals for information on employment and internship opportunities.
The College of Idaho will host a Community Business Forum breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, inside Simplot Dining Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets to the event, sponsored by the C of I Business Advisory Council (BAC), are $20. A portion of the proceeds will support the Enactus student team at C of I. All those who are interested in community business issues and the C of I’s continuing partnership for economic development are welcome to attend.
At noon Friday, more than 50 bright, lime-green shirts flooded The College of Idaho’s outdoor Centennial Amphitheater as high school students gathered for the 2014 Caldwell Youth Forum. Coming together from four local schools, the diverse group was handpicked by teachers and counselors to attend the event based on strong leadership qualities. The young leaders spent their day on campus learning about the danger of The Bystander Effect—and how to fight against it.
One of Derek Brown’s personal goals for 2014 was simple: receive a passport and travel outside the United States for the first time. Not long after securing his passport, the 2006 College of Idaho graduate accepted an offer to teach abroad for two years at Cairo American College in Egypt.
“I never knew that my first time leaving the country would also be my first time moving out of it,” Brown said. “But I actually feel pretty comfortable living here. It’s been one heck of a blessing.”
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg gave his final State of the College address on Sept. 10, discussing the College’s recent successes and exciting future as the Caldwell liberal arts college prepares to appoint a new president in 2015.
Henberg, who became the College’s 12th president in 2009, will retire in June of next year. His address follows, in its entirety:
At The College of Idaho, campus excitement and total enrollment are growing rapidly thanks to a newly launched football team and master’s program in physician assistant studies. Even so, the C of I continues to be ranked among America’s top academic institutions by U.S. News & World Report.