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This Idaho college just received $1 million to give its campus a new, welcoming look

The College of Idaho has received a $1 million gift to build three welcoming archways at various corners of its Caldwell campus, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
The College of Idaho has received a $1 million gift to build three welcoming archways at various corners of its Caldwell campus, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.

The College of Idaho has received a $1 million gift to build three welcoming archways at various corners of its Caldwell campus, the school announced Wednesday.

College of Idaho trustee Mary Smith and her husband, Dr. James Smith (class of 1964), made the donation for the construction, which was inspired by the archways at Mary Smith’s alma mater, the University of California-Berkeley. The Smiths also gave $1 million to complete renovations at Boone Science in Hall in 2012.

Construction of the arches will likely begin in late August and be finished before next winter, the school said.

“Jim and Mary Smith have been extraordinary in their generosity to The College of Idaho,” C of I co-president Jim Everett said in a statement. “From Filer and of very modest means, Jim came to the college and went on to become one of the pioneers of cardiology in Idaho (at St. Luke’s Boise Heart Clinic). He has never forgotten the role the college played in the life he has had. Mary herself is a very engaged trustee and this project could not have been imagined without her.

The arches will be located at 21st Street, at 20th Street and Cleveland Boulevard, and at Indiana Avenue and Cleveland Boulevard, the school said. They will be designed and built by Boise-based firms Erstad Architects and Kreizenbeck Constructors, respectively.

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