C of I honored as top accounting bachelor’s program in Idaho

The College of Idaho recognized as the top Accounting bachelor program in the state.

 

The College of Idaho can add another accolade to its list of top honors with an endorsement from AccountingEdu.org listing the College’s Accounting-150 Hours program as the top accounting bachelor’s program in the state for the 2018-2019 school year.

AccountingEdu.org, a resource for aspiring CPAs and other accounting professionals to explore options for education and career options, rated bachelor accounting programs based on data from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), ranking schools primarily on graduating students’ first-time pass rate of the CPA exam.

“At its core, accounting is about the concrete…the quantifiable,” stated AccountingEdu’s lead-in to the list of top schools. “But all too often even accounting students give too much attention to subjective noise when trying to get a feel for the quality of one degree program versus another. We all know better than to give weight to anything that can’t be represented in numbers.”

The C of I’s CPA exam first-time pass rate stands at 63.6 percent, the highest rate of success within Idaho. 2016 data provided by NASBA revealed only 54 percent of candidates nationally pass all four sections of the exam on their first attempt, placing C of I’s students far above the national average.

Although AccountingEdu chiefly used this statistic in its endorsement of the C of I, the website also praised the College’s accounting program for its unique, five-year program providing all the necessary credits for students to qualify for CPA designation, as well as the amount of opportunity for internship and experiential learning, including individually arranged capstone projects.

“There are plenty of reasons why The College of Idaho stands out for its Accounting 150 Hours Major program,” stated AccountingEdu. “It provides students with opportunities to work on projects that connect them with the community, build strong connections with accomplished alumni and local leaders, and partner with professional mentors.”

Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre, C of I’s chair of the business and accounting department, credited fellow faculty members John Danielson, Kris Erne and Rick Goodwin for their work over the last five years to continue pushing C of I’s accounting curriculum to higher levels of rigor, helping to better prepare students for post-graduation success.

“This is exciting news for our department,” Melchiorre said. “What sets the C of I accounting degree apart from others is the unique curriculum of fundamental and advanced accounting courses containing hands-on learning with faculty mentors who have extensive work experience in both public and private accounting sectors.”

For more information about C of I’s accounting program, visit https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/departments/business-accounting.

For AccountingEdu’s full list of top accounting schools, click here.

College of Idaho Planetarium hosts November public show

Planetarium_4The recently renovated Whittenberger Planetarium reopens Friday, November 7, 2014 with its second public show of the school year inside Boone Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The Planetarium, which now has new cove lights and handicapped access, will feature comets and comet landing for the 7 p.m. show in anticipation of the Rosetta mission’s plan to land on a comet in November. The show, which costs $5 for adults or $2.50 for children ages 4-17, also includes an overview of the current constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.
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Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.  For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.

 

College of Idaho News and Events

News Items
–          Learn the new C of I fight song! It’s been an incredible basketball season at the C of I! Join us this weekend as the Coyotes wrap up the regular season with home doubleheaders Friday and Saturday. Both nights start with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m., followed by your No. 5-ranked and Cascade Conference champion men! As a special bonus on Saturday, the new C of I fight song will be unveiled prior to tipoff of the men’s game. Come join the Yote Fam in cheering on the purple and gold!
 
–          Career Week kicks off Today: Get a jump start on life after college by participating in the C of I’s Career Week. Events start this Friday with Pre-Law Day, featuring Q&A sessions with area law schools and a panel discussion featuring C of I alumni attorneys and judges. Learn more about Career Week events taking place through Feb. 27 below.
 
–          Be part of the C of I football program! The Coyote football team is seeking students to participate in a work study program.  Duties will include assisting the football coaches and support staff with various tasks, including field and equipment maintenance, videography and clerical work. For more info, please contact coach Chris Petrilli at cpetrilli@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5135.
Events                                                                                                  
–          Feb. 21   C of I Career Week presents Pre-Law Day. Events include two law school Q & A sessions (10 a.m. and 1 p.m., McCain Student Center) and a panel discussion (11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall third-floor boardroom). For more info, email careerservices@collegeofidaho.edu.
–          Feb. 21  Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement.
–          Feb. 21   C of I baseball hosts Whitworth, 2 p.m., Wolfe Field.
–          Feb. 21   C of I softball hosts doubleheader vs. Great Falls, 3 p.m., Symms Field. 
Feb. 21
   C of I women’s basketball hosts Evergreen, 5:30 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
–          Feb. 21   C of I men’s basketball hosts Evergreen, 7:30 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
–          Feb. 22   C of I baseball hosts doubleheader vs. Whitworth, noon, Wolfe Field.
–          Feb. 22   C of I softball hosts doubleheader vs. British Columbia, 1 p.m., Symms Field.
–          Feb. 22   C of I women’s basketball hosts Northwest, 5:30 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
–          Feb. 22   C of I men’s basketball hosts Northwest, 7:30 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
–          Feb. 23   C of I baseball hosts Whitworth, 11 a.m., Wolfe Field.
–          Feb. 24   C of I Career Week presents Coyote Connections LIVE networking Event, 7 p.m., Langroise Foyer.  For more info, emailcareerservices@collegeofidaho.edu.
–          Feb. 25   C of I Career Week presents Career Fair Success Workshop (11:30 a.m., KAIC Shannon Lounge) and Recruiter Resume Review (1 p.m., CEL Lounge). For more info, email careerservices@collegeofidaho.edu.
–          Feb. 25   Special guest David Gluck presents “The Rhythms of the Game: The Link between Musical and Athletic Performance,” 1 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.
–          Feb. 25-28   Mask decorating for The Scarlet Masque Masquerade Ball, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McCain Student Center. For more info, emailhaley.ganatos@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu.
–          Feb. 26   C of I Career Week presents Working on Your Image Workshop, 4 p.m., McCain Lounge. For more info, email careerservices@collegeofidaho.edu.
–          Feb. 28  Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement.
–          Feb. 28   C of I baseball hosts Antelope Valley, 2 p.m., Wolfe Field.
–          Feb. 28   C of I softball hosts doubleheader vs. NNU, 3 p.m., Symms Field.
–          Feb. 28   Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. This show will focus on dwarf planets and exoplanets. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.
–          April 2   Abstract deadline for the ninth annual C of I Student Research Conference. Click here to submit an abstract, or contact Dr. Sara Heggland atsheggland@collegeofidaho.edu for more info.

C of I to host guest music lecture and demonstration

The College of Idaho is set to welcome alumnus Lynn Maxfield back to campus for a special guest lecture and demonstration on the human voice.  Maxfield, associate director for the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, will speak about the acoustics of singing classical and musical theatre styles during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, inside Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The event is free and open to the public.

Maxfield’s presentation will explore the incredibly versatile instrumental qualities of the human voice. He will explore how two small folds of tissue, coupled with a resonant airway, can produce sounds capable of both lulling an infant to sleep and being heard over a 60-piece orchestra. Maxfield, with the help of C of I voice students, also will demonstrate the properties that give various performance genres their distinctive sounds.

Maxfield, a 2005 C of I graduate, holds a master’s in voice performance and a Ph.D. in voice pedagogy from the University of Iowa. In his current position at NCVS, he contributes to a multi-site research consortium committed to research and education about voice and speech. Prior to joining the NCVS, Maxfield taught at Eastern Connecticut State University, Knox College, Monmouth College and Carl Sandburg College in western Illinois. Maxfield is the primary instructor for the vocal studio at NCVS and also maintains an active performance presence. His opera credits include Monastotos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sam Polk in Floyd’s Susannah, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Guglielmo in Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma. He also sings with the Utah Opera chorus.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

Spring 2014

February 10, Monday Spring Semester Instruction begins
14, Friday Last day to Add Semester & First 6-week courses withoutinstructor permission
21, Friday Last day to Drop Semester & First 6-week courses
21, Friday Last day to Add Semester & First 6-week courses with Instructor permission
21, Friday Census Date
March 10, Monday Last day to withdraw from First 6-week courses
10, Monday Last day to elect Pass/Fail for first 6-week courses
21, Friday Friday Last day of First 6-week courses
24 – 28, Monday – Friday Spring Break -No Classes
26, Wednesday Mid-Term grades due – 12:00 pm
31, Monday Instruction resumes
31, Monday 2014 Fall Priority Registration – Seniors
April 03, Thursday 2014 Fall Priority Registration -Juniors
04, Friday Last day to Add/Drop Second 6-week courses
14, Monday 2014 Fall Priority Registration – Sophomores
17, Thursday 2014 Fall Priority Registration – Freshman
21, Monday Last day to withdraw from Semester & Second 6-week courses
21, Monday Last day to elect Pass/Fail for Semester & Second 6-week courses
May 09, Friday Last day of classes
12 – 16, Monday – Friday Final Examinations
16, Friday Residence Halls close
16, Friday Graduation Applications due for Spring 2015
16, Friday Baccalaureate Services
17, Saturday Commencement Ceremony
21, Wednesday Final grades due – 12:00 pm
23, Friday Grades official and viewable on WebAdvisor- 5:00 pm

Summer 2014

May 27, Tuesday Summer Term Instruction begins
July 07, Monday Last day of MAT courses
August 15, Friday Last day of Summer Term
20, Wednesday Final grades due – 12:00 pm
22, Friday Grades official and viewable on WebAdvisor- 5:00 pm

C of I produces musical comedy ‘Spelling Bee’

The College of Idaho theatre and music departments invite Treasure Valley patrons to enjoy a night of interactive musical comedy as they present their spring production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The play opens March 8 and features nightly 7:30 p.m. showings March 8-10 and 15-17, with 2 p.m. matinees on March 11 and March 17. All showings take place inside the Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, and tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call (208) 459-5426 or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/theatre.

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Spelling Bee is an award-winning one-act musical comedy written by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Fin. The show takes place as six school-aged characters compete in a spelling bee at fictional Putnam Valley Middle School. Four audience members will join the actors on stage during each show to interact with the characters and participate in the bee.

“I’m really excited about the interactive elements of this show, from the pre-show lobby to the audience participation to the Caldwell and C of I references we’ve added to the script,” said guest director Julia Bennett, of Studio Jul in Boise. “The audience members are going to be part of the environment of the bee as well as co-creators of the entire production.”

C of I sophomore Jordan Bowman stars as Olive Ostrovsky, one of the nerdy, quirky kids competing in the bee. She and her cast-mates look forward to giving audiences energetic, diverse performances – no two of which will be exactly the same.

“I think what I enjoy most about this show is being so active on stage,” said Bowman, a musical performance major from American Falls. “The singing and dancing, character interaction and audience participation make it a very lively show, and it’s going to be a different show every night.”

Spelling Bee stars an ensemble cast of C of I students with musical direction by Scott King, choreography by Leah Clark, scenic design by C of I theatre professor Michael Hartwell, costume design by Megan Richardson and lighting design by Deborah Penrod.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

C of I enjoys strong enrollment, international student record

The College of Idaho has 1,041 students enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department today, Sept. 26. The enrollment is the second-highest in the history of the Caldwell liberal arts college, bested only by last year’s total of 1,055 students.

C of I, which enrolled 1,013 students in fall 2009 and 944 in fall 2008, continues to post strong numbers in ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA for incoming students. President Marv Henberg says that trend, together with the College’s innovative PEAK curriculum, outstanding faculty and small class sizes, make C of I the No. 1 school in Idaho in terms of academic quality.

“I am happy to see that our enrollment figures remain high while retaining the academic quality of incoming students,” Henberg said. “I firmly believe the education that students receive at The College of Idaho prepares graduates to write well, think critically, reason analytically and solve problems – all skills essential for a productive life beyond the College.”

The College of Idaho’s international enrollment also has reached a new peak this fall, with 97 students representing 46 different countries.

“We are proud of the progress we have made in establishing The College of Idaho as a beacon for international understanding in Idaho,” said Brian Bava, dean of enrollment management. “Having a diverse campus community adds to the quality of the overall learning experience. C of I students can learn first-hand about other cultures, peoples and perspectives, which is valuable knowledge in a global economy.”

With more than 9 percent of the C of I’s student body hailing from other countries, the College enjoys one of the largest percentages of international students in the Northwest.

Approximately 70 percent of the College’s student body are Idaho residents, but students from 27 other states also are represented on campus.

Whittenberger Planetarium to host autumnal equinox show

The Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho will recognize the autumnal equinox with a program that explains the reasons for the seasons in addition to a tour of September’s constellations. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the planetarium, located inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus.

“The planetarium is a tool that can help us gain a better understanding for what is really causing the days to get shorter and cooler,” said planetarium director Amy Truksa. “The planetarium is a great place to rediscover the night sky and to remind us what is right outside our doorstep every night. We are really fortunate to have one of the few planetariums in Idaho right here in our community.”

The September program is geared toward adults and children middle school level and above. Tickets cost $2 for children ages 4-17 and $4 for adults. Reservations are required as space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211.

The Whittenberger Planetarium is named in memory of Caldwell philanthropists Dr. Claude and Ethel Whittenberger. The facility includes a 24-foot dome with seating for 50 people and a projector which shows northern and limited southern constellations, all planets visible to the unaided eye, the sun, the moon and the respective nightly and annual motions of each. The planetarium serves as a community outreach tool with public shows, private shows and school fieldtrips making up the bulk of the annual shows. Church groups, scouts and various C of I classes and organizations also use the planetarium, which hosts an annual National Astronomy Day and other special events. For more information, visit the planetarium online.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit http://www.collegeofidaho.edu.