News Blog: May 2015

♫Note♪worthy Alumni: C of I grads bolster Boise Philharmonic

Under the tutelage of College of Idaho Langroise Trio musicians Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), Dave Johnson (viola), and Sam Smith (cello), many C of I graduates have won auditions for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Some have come and gone, but six former students currently bow notes on violin, viola and cello 

Julia Pope ’04 was offered a place at the C of I as a music performance major. She didn’t know a music education minor was also in her future.

C of I remembers President Emeritus Robert Hendren

College of Idaho President Emeritus Robert Lee Hendren, Jr. was born in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 10, 1925. He died of cancer on May 20, 2015. Between those dates, he distinguished himself as a scholar, confirmed the virtues of independent enterprise and guided Idaho’s best college into an era of financial stability.

A memorial service for President Emeritus Hendren will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s in Boise, 518 N. 8th Street.

Music Takes Me Places

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been singing. When I was a little elementary school kid, the classes I looked most forward to weren’t mathematics or PE, but music. Now, 16 years since I sang in my first choir, that mindset hasn’t changed. During my four years at The College of Idaho, I have performed with every choral group the campus has to offer, including Chorale, Chamber Singers, Major Sixth, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and even a student-led African choir. And to this day, my involvement with music has taken me places I’ve never expected to go.

The Magic of Three: C of I’s Langroise Trio enriches Treasure Valley music culture

Greatness often comes in groups of three: Pyramids of Giza; primary colors; musketeers. The “rule of three” states that triads are funnier, more satisfying and more effective than other numerical pairings. Perhaps that is why The College of Idaho has a string trio instead of a quartet.

A Full House: Jewett Auditorium a beacon for performing arts in Idaho

Since its founding 124 years ago, The College of Idaho has pursued excellence in all disciplines. In many ways, the College’s success as an institution stems from the diverse opportunities it offers students in academics, in athletics and in the arts.

Over the years, the C of I campus has become a hub for the local community. The College’s vibrant arts scene, in particular, has led to strong community partnerships, bringing thousands of guests to campus every year to enjoy concerts, art galleries, plays, operas and all manner of performances.

C of I, Caldwell Schools offer math/science camp

The seventh-grade students waited with anxious anticipation. What would the lab results show for the objects they had swabbed? They definitely didn’t expect the toilet to have less bacteria than their own mouths.

Since 2009, The College of Idaho and the Caldwell School District have worked in conjunction to offer the week-long Math and Science Summer Institute (MASSI) for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students. The institute, which operates this year from June 1-5, promotes taking math and science classes in high school and pursuing a STEM career.

The 311th Training Detachment: A saving grace during WWII

As torpedoes ripped into U.S. Navy boats on Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, shockwaves were sent across the United States. When droves of men enlisted or were drafted, colleges across the nation felt the implications that World War II would have on higher education. With declining enrollments, how would schools, such as The College of Idaho, keep from withering away like autumn leaves?

Dutch woman preserves memory of a fallen Yote

Merl Leroy Schroeder first stepped foot on The College of Idaho campus at age 17 in 1938. Born in Nebraska, Merl and his family moved to Caldwell before his junior year of high school. He spent two years at the College before the world and its chaos beckoned, leaving after his sophomore year to become a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot.

On Dec. 16, 1943, Merl and his crew were flying back from a mission over Germany. Not far from the coast of the Netherlands, a plane flying near Merl’s was hit by anti-aircraft flak. The debris tore through Merl’s aircraft.

Enactus Club: “A Byte of Peace” for South Africa

When senior Shaun Mandiwana landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, he had high spirits, but a lot of concerns. Mandiwana and The College of Idaho Enactus Business Club had planned for months to implement their “A Byte of Peace” project.

With help from Hewlett-Packard and the J.M. Smucker Company, the C of I Enactus club was able to raise $11,000 for installing an internet café at the Vhutshilo Mountain School to give students a better chance at educational success and life.

But that all hinged on one thing.

C of I caps $175M Advance the Legacy campaign

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Advance the Legacy campaign, a comprehensive, $175 million effort that began in 2007. The target date was 2016 in collaboration with the school’s 125th anniversary, but the C of I officially passed the $175 million mark this spring, allowing President Marv Henberg to celebrate the achievement before his June retirement.