Over 7,000 miles away from The College of Idaho lies the small community of Te Atatu, a suburb just outside of Auckland, New Zealand. Maori for “The Dawn,” Te Atatu is home to less than 20,000 people, described by Leroy and Fa’a Sisnett as a place where everyone knows everyone else. Traveling from Te Atatu to America means a long flight into San Francisco, a journey taking more than 12 hours across the Pacific Ocean.
When he was in the fourth grade, College of Idaho senior Aanish Shamim remembered reading in his Idaho history class about NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan, who spent much of her career outside of NASA teaching in Idaho. He recalled being fascinated by her story, yet never expected to meet her.
At The College of Idaho, students strive for excellence and growth each and every day. For over 125 years, the College itself has served as an institution to help students reach their potential, no matter their goals — and it is always looking for new students to join the #YoteFam.
A silent summer in Hayman Hall gave way to a flurry of activity on Friday as The College of Idaho welcomed its newest members of the #YoteFam for Move-In Day, the official start of the College’s annual Welcome Week.
It started with an inside joke the set of “The Water Engine,” The College of Idaho’s 2017 spring play. Between intense scenes of mystery and blackmail, four of the play’s actors crafted an ambitious idea for their own show: “Johnny Danger and the Nazis.”
“It’s like a rock musical, but it has a ridiculous budget and we can’t do it right now,” said John Wicks ’17. “But working together after college is something that we knew we wanted to do.”
From Boone Hall’s basement to the biology labs on its top floor, the summertime has not put a stop to student academic pursuits. From cutting-edge biomedical research to the study of galactic formation, summer time at the C of I has served as a season of scientific opportunity for undergraduate researchers.
A mere four days after The College of Idaho’s Commencement ceremony, recent mathematics-computer science graduate Ahmed Arafat ’17 returned to his homeland of Palestine, traveling to the small farming village of Kafa in the West Bank on a mission: to bring water to a place in desperate need of it. Now a month into the project, his mission has expanded toward improving the facilities of Kafa’s primary school, providing necessary basic amenities for the school’s 300 students.
When biology major Maggie Brown was a freshman at The College of Idaho, she was approached by Biology Professor Dr. Sara Heggland with a proposal—the chance to become involved in cutting edge research as an undergraduate on the largely unexplored topic of electronic cigarettes.
“I was shocked I could have a research opportunity like that,” Brown said. “I knew when I was looking at colleges, having the opportunity to do research was a high priority for me. The College of Idaho gave me that opportunity.”
College of Idaho senior elementary education major Hope DeCuir is the latest recipient of the College’s Integrity, Leadership & Service Award. DeCuir is being recognized for her contributions to campus both in the classroom and in the community.
Over their last four years as music students at The College of Idaho, Megan Croft, Emily Peters and Brent Ruddy have traveled the world to learn and perform, including trips to San Francisco, Italy and China – and now each will cap off successful undergraduate careers with senior recitals.
Croft will kick things off at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, inside Langroise Recital Hall, while Peters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Langroise. Ruddy’s recital will be held at 5 p.m. May 19 at the Bird Stop Coffeehouse in Caldwell.