QUEST MAGAZINE | CLASS NOTES
DULCE SANCHEZ ’15 was selected to receive the 2018-2019 Jennifer King Memorial Law School Application Scholarship from the Idaho State Bar. Sanchez excelled academically and had an active role on campus, serving as president of the Association of Latin American Students, a member of the Pre-Law Club, and a founding member of the statewide Mexican-American Escaramuza Drill Team (Mexican Cowgirls Team). Sanchez's career goal is to become an immigration attorney and become part of the legislative branch in Idaho.
BEN SAXEY was named the 2018 Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants Newcomer of the Year. Ben was a member of C of I’s first graduating class of the PA program and is currently practicing in Twin Falls. Congratulations, Ben! MEGAN MIZUTA ’15 will be pursuing her JD on a fulltuition presidential scholarship at Willamette University College of Law beginning in August 2018. SIDRAH KHAN ’10 recently gave a talk entitled “Navigating Distress through Self-Compassion” at J.U.M.P. in Boise. Graduating summa cum laude from NYU, Sidrah worked in NYC as a trauma-focused psychotherapist for six years and has now returned to Boise where she is in private practice. DANIELLE DANKER ’12 has joined the art team of Vigilant Addiction Studios as a concept artist. Formed in 2011, Vigilant Addiction Studios has produced two games currently available, Gobbo for mobile devices and Adventure Manager for the PC.
KASEY ALLEN ’15 has celebrated one year in business with his
Boise ice cream shop The STIL (Sweetest Things in Life) alongside his business partner, Dan Sell. The STIL was recently featured on a list of “The Best Ice Cream Shops in Every State” on MSN.com, where it was praised for its innovative ice cream and craft beer pairings.
MELANIE MILLER ’18 received the College’s Integrity, Leadership and Service Award, an award from the Student Affairs Division that is given to students nominated by staff and faculty as someone who best embodies the values of the C of I community. Miller has spent four years as a member of the Associated Students of the College of Idaho, including serving as the chair of its election board. She has also served as a tutor for the Academic Support Center and a Residence Assistant for the last two years. The history major was also recognized by her ASCI peers for her positive impact on the student senate, naming an award after her to recognize senior senators who have served on the body for all four of their undergraduate years. QUIN MCLAUGHLIN ’18 was named the 1st Place winner for poster presentation in the Marine and Aquatic Biology category at the 43rd Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. McLaughlin’s research focused on the inhibition of the protein Glutathione S-transferase (GST) in signal crayfish, a detoxification enzyme that acts as the crayfish’s immune system when coming across toxifying chemicals like those found in pesticides and mining waste. McLaughlin presented at the conference alongside fellow members of DR. MARK GUNDERSON’S lab, COURTNEY KELLY and ISABELA LETE. Seven C of I senior art students — CASEY ALCOSER, MELANIE MILLER, PAULA SCHNEIDER, BARBARA DOWNS, QUIN MCLAUGHLIN, JORDAN SCOGIN and EMILY HANSEN
— presented the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition on April 20, 2018, “As Above, So Below.” Each of the artists presented their unique work, naming the exhibition after determining the unifying themes that began to unveil themselves as they planned the exhibition, primarily the duality between light and darkness. Freshman BELLA TORRES received significant press coverage in the Treasure Valley thanks to an article published in the Idaho Press detailing her battle against an eating disorder. Previously a champion high school track runner, Torres was forced to quit running after falling to a dangerous body weight. Torres is now at a healthy weight and is a member of C of I’s cross country and track teams.
The C OF I STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL distributed $13,000 in funding across 13 different local charitable and non-profit organizations around the Treasure Valley after receiving a record 27 grant applications overall. The 14-member council, which features representatives from all classes and a variety of majors, went on numerous site visits to several of the organizations during the consideration process, allowing the council to see the positive impact the organizations were making — and the needs each organization had — with their own eyes.
A group of six business students in The College of Idaho’s ENACTUS club — HANNAH DALSOGLIO, RYAN ELSBERRY, KENNEDY ALVARO, MATT MCLAUGHLIN, SHAWN ZHANG and MONIQUE LOPEZ — earned $13,000 in seed funding for their social entrepreneurial project Green Mind at the 2018 Idaho Entrepreneurial
Challenge last March. Green Mind, which aims to draw greater attention toward mental health challenges through the sale of potted plants, earned first prize in the challenge’s Social and Cultural Impact category. HADLEY REEVES and SARA SHOCKLEY were among the nearly two dozen female undergraduates who attended the NEW Leadership Idaho conference, a week long political "boot camp" designed to encourage young women to step up as political leaders within their communities.
FACULTY AND STAFF FOOTNOTES
Several members of C of I’s faculty and staff were honored for their years of service to the College at the 2018 Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner. Leading the honorees were PROFESSOR KERRY HUNTER, who celebrated his 30th year at the College, and PROFESSOR JASPER LICALZI and executive assistant to the athletic director BEV ROBINSON, who each celebrated their 25th year. PROFESSOR MARK SMITH’s book The Final Days of Jesus: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial and Execution was put forward by its publisher The Lutterworth Press in Cambridge, England as a nominee for the 2018 Cundill History Prize, an international prize recognizing the world’s best history writing in the English language. The shortlist of final nominees for the award will be announced on Sept. 25.
PROFESSOR ROCHELLE JOHNSON recently concluded
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