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We’re still stunned that at Bell’s urging, the trustees put their seal of approval on the tax increase at the very first reading of the college’s budget. Ron Vieselmeyer and Mic Armon, to their credit, opposed the tax hike. However, trustees did not offer so much as a respectful pause for public comment between reading the budget for the first time and adopting it with the full tax increase included. But that is what we have come to expect of the current regime. We live in an era when college presidents are rented, stay long enough to collect retirement benefits and then move on to the next campus that is eager to give them too much authority and too little accountability. We can’t comprehend why NIC’s trustees would reward their president with more money and a contract extension at a time like this. Unfortunately for Kootenai County taxpayers, it is what it is/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.
Question: Should North Idaho College trustees have raised President Priscilla Bell’s pay at a time when education budgets are being cut throughout the state?
A North Idaho College employee sports one of the new NIC temporary tattoos, which will be given away at various events and promotions throughout the year. The tattoos will debut with the NIC cheerleaders at the Fourth of July parade this weekend. Or school supporters can stop by the NIC booth at the North Idaho Fair in August to get one. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Tuesday’s Scanner Traffic/DFO, Huckleberries Online
- Cooler today, showers coming by Thursday night/Mike Prager, SR
- Coeur d’Alene police seek men posting Aryan flyers/Coeur d’Alene Press
- Coeur d’Alene fireworks drive nearing goal/Coeur d’Alene Press
- Cupich named new bishop of Spokane/Spokesman-Review
- Hayden Lake girl begins reign as USA’s Junior Miss/Tom Hasslinger, Press
- Kootenai County Fire will float $2M bond in August/Brian Walker, Press
- Search continues for 2 Montana reporters, CdA man in missing plane/Jim Mann & Lynnette Hintze, Daily Inter Lake
North Idaho College Athletics Director Al Williams and NIC wrestler Keri Stanley read to first-graders from Winton Elementary. NIC representatives distributed the 7,000th book to Winton Elementary today through the Shirley Parker Reading Program. The program is the namesake of Shirley Parker who was a proponent of literacy and an NIC wrestling fan. Another photo here. (Photo: Stacy Hudson, Press Room)
Question: Did someone read to you — or encourage you to read — when you were young?
Autumn and Caleb Kristovich, both North Idaho College outdoor leadership students, are traveling across the country to raise money for families facing terminal illness. The two are making the ride in memory of Autumn’s late father, Adam Dunn, who lived life to the fullest despite fighting an inoperable brain tumor for six years. Press Room story by Stacy Hudson here. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)
Question: Have you ever raised money for a worthy cause? Tell us about it.
Several specially designed bike racks were recently installed on North Idaho College’s campus in honor of national bike month. The racks were designed and built by NIC students through the WeCycle program on campus. Pictured are NIC Resort/Recreation management Instructor Paul Chivvis and students Sara Plummer, Frank Cordova, Robert Peluso and Jamie Neptune. Story here. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)
- Tips sought on man last seen at Rathdrum bar/Spokesman-Review
- CdA police arrest 2 suspects in 3 attempted armed robberies w/photos/KREM2
- Haiti prosecutor wants missionary Silsby jailed for 6 months/AP, KBOI
- Jobless rate in Shoshone County declines a bit/Shoshone News-Press
- NIC Really Big Raffle house goes green/Stacy Hudson, NIC Press Room
- Kerry-Lieberman energy bill w/North Idaho loophole/Terry Harris, KEA Blog
Marc Stewart, spokesman for Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe: My advice for any aspiring public relations person about how to write a press release is to talk to Stacy Hudson at North Idaho College. She’s the best.
Question: Anyone else want to give a shout out to someone in the region who is very good at public relations?
The funds are part of a $6.2 million grant awarded to eight community colleges in a 10-state region. The colleges will be responsible for training 2,400 students over a two-year period, a news release from NIC said.
This is “an unprecedented multistate effort to train students in an emerging high-growth employment sector,” said Jack Purdie, NIC grants coordinator.
North Idaho College lost one of its dearest friends and supporters April 6. Longtime teacher, administrator, trustee, friend, and supporter Betty McLain was loved by all and a true champion for education and North Idaho College. A memorial service for McLain will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9 at the Coeur d’Alene First Presbyterian Church at 6th and Lakeside Ave. McLain’s impact on North Idaho College is profound and long lasting. She began working at North Idaho College in 1961 as a part-time instructor. She accepted a full-time position the following year in the College Business Department and served as dean of women from 1968 to 1978. She was also chair of the Business Department from 1974 to 1985, the year she retired/North Idaho College Press Room. More here.
Christie Wood (chairwoman of NIC trustee board): The mission of the college is education. We are not real estate developers. After decades of wishing we could acquire land continguous to the college and now it is finally happening, why on earth would we ever wish to sell it??? The rumors started by a small group were irresponsible. As we move forward with the long term vision of building a modern campus we will work with the community to determine what buildings and programs best fit the footprint of the land. I am grateful to the City Council for understanding the future needs of higher ed and voting for the annexation and zoning. Full comment below.
DFO: I wonder if Gookin would now deny that he ever called Christie “Sgt. Cupcake” in print?
Question: Are you concerned that North Idaho College would sell of pieces of the Education Corridor to commercial developers?
The North Idaho College men’s and women’s basketball teams play host to the Region 18 tournaments, beginning Thursday. Here’s a preview.
The North Idaho College men’s basketball team is in a position to capture the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and host the Region 18 tournament.
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The decision to discontinue Bryan’s employment came a semester after one of her students went public concerning some political dialogue in her English class. An anti-Republican remark upset the student enough to request a refund from the college. What’s more, the AAUP report also recognizes that her relationship with the school weakened after a dispute between administrators and her husband, Keith Hunter, a tenured English instructor and former director of The Writing Center/Jack Donahue, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here. And Original story here.
The woman who reported a rape at North Idaho College last week has been ticketed by the city police department for filing a false report. She was charged with the misdemeanor offense after detectives re-interviewed her Tuesday. “We discovered that her report did not match the facts that we uncovered,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. “At this point we’ll let the court process take place.” Police received a report Thursday alleging that a male dressed in women’s clothing waited for her in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building and raped her there on the morning of Jan. 30/CDA Press. More here.
Question: What affect does a fake report like this have on the community?
Item: NIC combatting stubborn virus: Ninety percent of faculty, staff computers infected/Alison Boggs, SR
More Info: Teams of computer technology specialists are cleaning North Idaho College’s 1,200 faculty and staff computers – one by one – to eradicate a pervasive and destructive virus that hit campus a week ago. On Friday, information technology staff realized the virus wasn’t responding to the most recent anti-virus software. That’s when the college ordered faculty and staff computers shut down until they could be confirmed safe.
Question: Has your workplace but shut down by a computer virus?
A rapist who disguised himself as a woman and waited for his victim in a North Idaho College restroom is being sought by police. The sexual attack reportedly happened last Friday but was just reported to campus security this morning, according to a notice on the Coeur d’Alene college’s Web site. The rape is reported to have occurred in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building at 4 p.m. Jan. 30. The victim told officials that she knows the assailant, but his name hasn’t been released/SR story here. NICollege news alert here.
Item: Naples grandfather takes us NIC dorm life: Student didn’t want to make long driver every day/Gwen Albers, Hagadone News Network
More Info: Roger Kramer occasionally has to ask his neighbors to turn down the rock music. These aren’t his neighbors in Naples, but at North Idaho College, where the 58-year-old former long-haul trucker lives in the dorm. “I just yell over to them,” Kramer said when his fellow students crank up the likes of AC/DC or Metallica. An accident that left Kramer with crushed vertebrae and fractured discs in his back made it impossible to continue trucking, so he gave up his career of 32 years.
Question: Are you with it enough at your age to survive life in a dorm?