News Blog: February 2017

2017 Scholarship Gala raises record amount

Laissez les bons temps roulez! The good times were definitely rolling at the 2017 College of Idaho Scholarship Gala, which was a Mardi Gras night to remember on Feb. 18 in downtown Boise. Alumni, friends and supporters came out dressed to the nines to participate in live and silent auctions, a fabulous prize raffle, an Adopt-a-Yote paddle-up, and more.

Alumni couple growing the Boise hip-hop scene

She had a passion for dancing. He had a desire to pursue a career in hip-hop. Together, College of Idaho alumni Miranda Palacio ’13 and Andrew Heikkila ’12 formed the artist collective Earthlings Entertainment in 2013.

With the goal to “constantly challenge the status quo through artistic expression and creative inspiration,” Earthlings Entertainment is growing the underground hip-hop scene in Boise. But the collective of artists—which includes poets, writers, dancers and more—also aims to give back to the community.

Yotes basketball celebrates Senior Night victories

Heavy rain didn’t stop the crowd from flowing into the J.A. Albertson Athletic Center on Saturday night to celebrate the 12 seniors playing for The College of Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams. The seniors were appearing in their final regular-season games of their careers as the Yotes took on the visiting Walla Walla Wolves.

Senior Night is always meaningful as the graduating players are honored before the game. And the Yotes made sure this year’s festivities were particularly memorable, as the women cruised to a 96-42 victory and the men rolled to a 101-63 triumph. 

Yotes lacrosse team seeks redemption in 2017

In the first round of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship, The College of Idaho lacrosse team trailed Western Washington 9-6 in the fourth quarter. Never quitting, the team fought back. With 35 seconds left in the game, freshman Jason Leach zipped one past the goalie to score the equalizing goal and force overtime.

But a minute into extra time, Western Washington scored the golden goal to eliminate the Yotes from the postseason. In fact, all four of the team’s losses occurred by one goal last year—which has left a sour taste in the Yotes’ mouth.

Campus Safety director graduates after 17 years

“Allan Laird.”

A standing ovation erupted from College of Idaho students, staff and faculty as the well-known, mustachioed face of Campus Safety walked across the commencement stage. Laird’s 88-year-old mother looked on, finally realizing the dream of seeing her son earn a college degree.

“It was the accumulation of a whole lot of years of hard work,” Laird said. “It meant a lot to me because my mom and dad always told me to go to college. I’m glad that I walked when I did, so that my mom could watch it.”

C of I recognizes Fall Dean’s List honorees

The College of Idaho congratulates the more than 180 students who made the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Students honored are listed below by hometown:


Judaic Studies Program hosts Dr. Natalia Aleksiun

The College of Idaho’s distinctive Craig Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies is excited to host Dr. Natalia Aleksiun on campus Feb. 20-21, including a public lecture on “Jewish Hiding Networks and Survival Strategies in Eastern Galicia” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Kathryn Albertson International Center, room 106. 

Hansel and Gretel: The C of I Operatic Experience

When I think of Hansel and Gretel, I think of the original fairy tale about two young children getting lost in the woods and finding a house made of candy, only to find an evil witch, have a spell cast on them, and eventually trick her into being pushed into her own oven. When I decided to go to The College of Idaho’s version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Opera, Hansel and Gretel, directed by Jordan Bowman, I was hoping for those same emotions of childlike entertainment and joy— I was given the desired feeling, in just over an hour.

C of I ‘tops off’ new Cruzen-Murray Library

Rising up like a concrete and steel coliseum along Cleveland Boulevard, The College of Idaho’s new Cruzen-Murray Library is starting to resemble the sleek, 60,000-square-foot building that will be completed in late 2017.

And almost a year to the day after breaking ground on the three-story building, the College will hold a “topping off” ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, as the Kreizenbeck Constructors crew lifts the final steel beam into place. The event is open to the public.