Fifty-one years ago, Bill and Mary Clark were both students at The College of Idaho. It was that year the N.L. Terteling Library first opened and students formed a human chain cutting across campus to move books from the Strahorn Library to their new home.
As it turned out, neither student had been able to attend the first Book Brigade, which moved 70,000 books across campus. But on Feb. 15, 2018, the married couple were on campus to participate in the second Book Brigade, joining over one hundred students, staff, faculty and alumni from the C of I to form yet another chain, this time delivering the final 1,000 books to the Cruzen-Murray Library that opened on Jan. 31.
After College of Idaho history professor Dr. Mark Smith transitioned from his ten-year role as the College’s vice president of academic affairs back to his position as a full-time faculty member, he knew he wanted to jump into a new research program combining his expertise in ancient Roman history and archaeology. His choice in research at that time has ultimately led to the publication of his new book, “The Final Days of Jesus: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial, and Execution,” which examines the trial and death of Jesus Christ in the historical context and culture of the Roman Empire.
The College of Idaho will once again offer the campus community a night at the opera at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16-17 in the Langroise Recital Hall with “An American Opera Showcase,” an event produced by the C of I music department which will feature scenes from seven iconic American operas performed by a cast of 11 talented student musicians.
In 1967, a group of students gathered to form a line across The College of Idaho campus, stretching from what is now Strahorn Hall all the way to the N.L. Terteling Library, passing books one by one to what was then the College’s newest library.
Fifty-one years after that historic event, the College will once again gather to recreate that historic scene. At 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, the College’s Alumni Relations team will hold a new “Book Brigade” event to officially complete the transfer of library books from the Terteling Library to the recently opened Cruzen-Murray Library, which opened its doors on Jan. 31 after almost two years of construction.
Today, as the lacrosse program enters its first season as a varsity sport —one of only four varsity level men’s lacrosse programs for small colleges west of the Rockies — the Yotes are underdogs no more. Since Gier took over as head coach in 2010, the Yotes have made four postseason appearances in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, three of which have come in the last three seasons. Last year, the Yotes posted a program record 12-1 season, and this year’s squad has been nationally ranked at No. 15 in the MCLA and tabbed to win the 2018 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship.
Alcoser will add playwright to his list of accomplishments at this February’s Region VII conference of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival between Feb. 19-23. Alcoser’s ten-minute play, “h/ECHO/kes” (pronounced as “he chokes”), has been named a regional semifinalist for the KCACTF National Playwriting Program — the first C of I student in the program’s history to have their play performed at the regional conference.
As part of The College of Idaho’s continued commitment to the safety of its students, staff and faculty, Campus Safety will hold two kinds of classes designed to improve personal safety during various lunch hours throughout the month of February.
The College of Idaho’s Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues will host prominent sociologist and interfaith leader, Dr. Eboo Patel, for a Feb. 21st campus visit and public lecture. Patel’s stay will include class visits, conversations with faculty and Student Life, and the free public lecture “Acts of Faith: Bridging Interfaith Barriers,” which is set for 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
College of Idaho senior psychology major Sage Vincent once practiced rugby in the field next to Hayman Hall as a freshman. That same field is now home to the Cruzen-Murray Library, the College’s newest 58,620 square-foot addition to the campus.
Vincent was among the first students to enter the library after its official opening on Jan. 31, the first day of the College’s 2018 Spring Term. He walked up the stairs to the top floor of the new building, taking a seat at one of the many tables around the bookshelves and gazing beyond his laptop to the view of campus through the wide, all-encompassing windows surrounding the library itself.