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Take the NIC technical education facility survey

North Idaho College is considering building a technical education facility to help meet demand in technical education programs. On June 23, the NIC Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision on the location of the building. This survey is intended to gauge awareness of the need for this facility and support from our students, employees, and community members. Your input is appreciated. Please take a few moments to respond to this short surveyTom Greene, Communications Coordinator

Do you support the building of a technical education facility?

A rare spring day blooms around here

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Let's be clear here. Today is going to be a great day. And it has nothing to do with sports. OK, it has a little to do with sports. Read on.

New NIC mascot unveiled

Cecil the Cardinal celebrated his 80th birthday last night with a makeover during the North Idaho College halftime show at the men's basketball game (a 96 - 60 victory over Colorado Northwestern Community College) Thursday, Jan. 17. He electrified the crowd with some high-flying dunks in his new wings after the old mascot was carted off the court in an ambulance. Video of the halftime show can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/NorthIdahoCollege/.

I didn't know the NIC Cardinal was named Cecil. Did you?

New NIC team has blast at clay target shoot

SHOOTING — The new North Idaho College Breaking Clays Club shot their way to $11,250 in cash prizes at the  Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11 – 13 in Spokane.

“This was our first time shooting together as a team,” said club president Larkin Henkel, one of three team members who won first-place awards. “I’m proud of everyone.” 

The competition is coordinated by the Association of College Unions International and hosted at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays and the Spokane Gun Club.

The NIC club earned $11,250 in prize money during the three-day event and will forward the money to the club’s endowment fund, said club advisor Jacob Rothrock.

NIC students who earned awards at the competition include:

Jon Thurman, Coeur d’Alene:  Overall high score, male division

Larkin Henkel, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, female division

Tony Palin, Corvallis, Mont.: High score for the weekend; took first-place in Trap (hit 98 out of 100 targets).

Grant Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: First-place Skeet, male division

Nick Higgs, Coeur d’Alene: Third place Skeet, male division

“Starting the Breaking Clays club has improved my college experience by putting me in contact with people who I would not normally meet,” Henkel said. “It’s helped me get involved on campus and learn about other student groups and organizations.” 

Wilderness first aid course offered at NIC

OUTDOORS — A two-day Wilderness First Aid course is being offered this weekend, Oct. 5-6, by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits.

The course is intended for the outdoor enthusiast who wants more than an urban first aid course provides.

The emphasis of the class is on recognizing and treating life-threatening traumatic and medical emergencies, common wilderness injuries, bandaging and splinting, and environmental injuries. American Heart Association CPR is included in the curriculum.

Register online for the clinics at www.nic.edu/wft.

Information: (208) 769-7809.

Washington Friends Win NIC Raffle

Ken Kiehn and Wayne Kenny are on a lucky winning streak. The friends from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., won the grand prize in North Idaho College's Really BIG Raffle - a $255,000 house. Ken and his wife, Cheryl, both 63, received the news via phone call after the raffle Wednesday evening. At first, Ken thought it was a joke because friends called him a few years ago pranking him with a similar tale. But once NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson explained that they were in fact winners, the shrieking ensued. “Are you kidding me? We never win anything!” Cheryl exclaimed. The Kiehns were not alone in their victory. Ken and his friend Wayne Kenny invested in two of the $100 raffle tickets together. They won money in a football pool, followed by a $250 Super Bowl win earlier this year. They decided to take that money and try their luck in the Really BIG Raffle, using Kenny's “lucky” name on the entries in each contest. Kenny's name proved, once again, to be charmed/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Len Newton waits in anticipation with his wife Dawn, left, and daughter Jessica, in the minutes before raffle tickets are drawn)

Question: Have you ever bought a ticket for the Really BIG Raffle at North Idaho College?

NIC, Walsh to offer online degrees

North Idaho College students will be able to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in business from Walsh College in Michigan, the two schools announced Tuesday.

The Idaho students will be able to transfer up to 82 credits toward a bachelor’s degree offered online by Walsh, which has 4,600 students on two Michigan campuses, three Detroit university centers and on the Web.

A Walsh spokesman said the college has several such agreements with other junior colleges, most in Michigan, but NIC is the first school in the West where students will be able to enroll. Bert Caldwell, SR

What do you think about online degrees?

NIC president diagnosed with breast cancer

Priscilla Bell

COEUR d’ALENE — North Idaho College’s president says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be taking medical leave for at least two weeks.

Priscilla Bell told the Coeur d’Alene Press that she will take leave beginning today to undergo surgery. She says her date of return has not been set because doctors have not yet determined the stage of the disease.

Bell says she hopes for the best and will be grateful if she can avoid chemotherapy. Read more.

Have you are any of your family members battled breast cancer?

Nic: 10 Best Things Re: ‘10 Legislature

1. The capital building is still standing.
2. No one was caught toe-tapping in the men’s room.
3. They did not leak uranium into the state’s water supply.
4. No fist fights during the legislative session.
5. Members of the State Legislature did not form a Built to Spill cover band.
6. The Mountain Bluebird is still our state bird. Unfortunately the peregrine falcon is still on our state quarter.
7. Not a single member of legislature was arrested for homicide.
8. The BSU/UI rivalry is still intact.
9. No one proposed plans for Idaho to secede from the Union.
10. There’s always next year!

Question: Did Nic miss anything?

How does your garden grow?

Volunteer J.D. Barker, left, and Max Mendez, communications, fine arts and humanities division chairman  at North Idaho College, work to build a community garden in a vacant lot near the college in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday.

About a dozen people gathered on a Coeur d’Alene street corner Wednesday afternoon to build a raised bed that will become North Idaho College’s first community garden.

The garden project was one of several hands-on projects included in a weeklong college symposium that explores sustainability from a variety of angles, including food, waste, water and power. Other events included speeches, movies, panel discussions and displays of recycling, water conservation and electric vehicles. Read more. Alison Boggs, Spokesman Review

I love the idea of a community garden. But my idea is to have someone else do all the work while I eat the results. So far my idea hasn’t caught on around here. What are your gardening plans this spring?

 

Broome Community College Looks at former NIC president

Former NIC president Michael Burke is in the running for a new job. You can read about it here: www.pressconnects.com, the story is on the bottom right: “Three presidential finalists to visit BCC this month.”

Yes. I know I need to learn how to hyperlink. Sigh.

NIC Purchase Of Mill Site Nears End

Item: NIC mill acquisition nears end: Land cleanup one of major hurdles to closing the deal/Maureen Dolan, CdA Press

More Info: North Idaho College is moving closer to gaining possession of the DeArmond Mill site. The college, its foundation and lending sources are ironing out the final details of a complex land transaction expected to be completed sometime this summer, more than a year after Stimson Lumber Company, current owner of the 17-acre site, processed its last log at the mill that once stood adjacent to the college. They’re getting ready to clear one of the major hurdles to closing the deal — making sure the land has a clean bill of health.

Question: What will the Education Corridor mean to Coeur d’Alene 25 years from now?

EOB: NIC 0-for-2 @ Idaho Legislature

North Idaho College, which had its budget hearing before JFAC this morning, had been hoping for $605,100 next year to start up a much-needed dental hygienist program in partnership with a local free clinic, and $334,500 for the first year of a two-year campus technology upgrade to get its classrooms up to minimum technology standards. But Gov. Butch Otter didn’t recommend funding for either item in his proposed budget for next year/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Brand X: Reappraise Ed Corridor Land

Item: Ed corridor considerations: The world looked a whole lot different six months ago/CDA Press editorial board

More Info: Property values have fallen, leading reasonable people to suggest that a new appraisal of the site is warranted — particularly because most, if not all of the purchase price will be coming from Kootenai County taxpayers via tax increases.

Question: Should North Idaho College seek another appraisal of the old DeArmond Mill site that is proposed to serve as a future education corridor along the Spokane River? Or should trustees move ahead with the purchase b/c waterfront property is still prime land, even in a downturn?

No Tony Stewart, No Popcorn Forum

Item: NIC cancels popcorn forum: Funding, format cited as reasons for cut/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: It’s the first time since 1970 that the annual lecture series and symposium will not be held on the college campus. Open to the public each spring, the forum featured a week-long string of lectures, panel discussions and workshops focused on critical political and cultural issues. “The Popcorn Forum has been a valued program at North Idaho College for more than 30 years,” said NIC Vice President for Instruction Jay Lee. “And while it will certainly be missed this year, it has not been forgotten.”

Question: Should North Idaho College make a stronger effort to continue the Popcorn Forum? Or should the college simply let it retire as guiding light Tony Stewart did?

NIC Preps Annual Wild Game Feast

Appetizers

  • Northwest cheese and fruit display
  • Rabbit and duck sausage in a horseradish and dill cream sauce
  • Elk bratwurst in a sweet Black Butte Porter sauce
  • Buffalo chorizo in a zesty green pepper and tomato sauce
  • Smoked pheasant breast salad canapés
  • Duck breast mousse canapés
  • Smoked salmon mousse canapés
  • Duck foie gras pate
  • Rabbit pate en croute
  • Bacon wrapped pheasant pate

Rest of menu here

Question: Which appetizer would you choose to eat first?

RTR: NIC Opens In 1933

At Remember The Roxy, OrangeTV reminds us of the men and women with vision in the depths of the Great Depression who knew the importance of higher education for the Coeur d’Alene area. I wonder if there were misguided individuals who opposed the creation of a community college then as we have now who are fighting tooth and nail against the expansion of that great dream of long ago into an Education Corridor?

Question: Did you attend a community college?

Nic: Pimp Your Blogs In HBO Profiles

Nic: While awaiting the return of the blog rolls… I’m dismayed at how few have links to their blogs in their profiles. (kudos to Bob, Jen, InEmpGirl, etc. for the links in your profiles).But there’s a few that I’m surprised haven’t taken that step yet - i.e. Sam & KT. (and Sam, I know you’re computer savvy enough to do it.)

DFO: Nic makes a great point. You Hucksters should use the profile section — and the comments thread while we’re waiting for the blog rolls to move from the old site — to pimp your blogs. Seriously, you should put your URL in your profile and also drop a portion of your new posts into the comments section here, with a link at the end, so other Hucksters can keep up with your comments and thoughts while I’m on vacation.