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CSI professor retiring after 41 years on campus
Twin Falls, Idaho - Doctor Jim Gentry began teaching at the College of Southern Idaho in August 1969 when he was just 23 years old, and had been married barely nine months.
He says the CSI campus was just a year old, and things have changed just a little bit in the last 41 years.
According to Gentry, “All the trees were very, very small, more like plants than trees. There were very few buildings on campus; the only buildings at that time were the maintenance building, the Shields Building, and then the Fine Arts Center.”
In 2003 Gentry wrote the book ‘In the Middle and on the Edge,’ a history of the Twin Falls area, in preparation for the city's 100th birthday in 2004; he says there are still plenty of copies available if you'd like to get a hold of one.
“I hope to start a dialog in the community about what that means about Twin Falls. What does it mean to be in the middle between Pocatello and Boise? What does it mean to be on the edge, feeling like that you do not have the influence that you would like to have in decision making?”
Gentry says he'll be a historian as long as his brain keeps on functioning.
He says next year will be the 200th anniversary of the Wilson-Hunt-Price Party; perhaps best known for its local encounter with Cauldron Linn.
Gentry says until 1811, people in washington d.c. had no idea at all, exactly what was in the region that became magic valley.
“Also I'm wanting to work on a history of CSI, and more on local history. With Twin Falls I've just scratched the surface there. So I want to do that, but I want to do it at a more leisurely pace.”
As part of Doctor Gentry's farewell to the College of Southern Idaho, he will be the keynote speaker for the 44th graduating class at CSI.
The ceremony will begin next Friday, may 14th, at 7pm in the CSI Gym; Doctor Gentry will share his lessons from history.