Connections Project

Student smiling in front of their poster
Students with props in photo booth
4 students standing in front of display
Student smiling in front of a screen with their video displayed
Band playing music outside

2023 Connections Project

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time: 2 – 6 p.m.
Location: Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB)


2023 Connections Project

Connections Project is an annual event that showcases student work that inspires, educates, and makes connections​.

Connections Excellence Awards:

  • Logo Contest
  • Juried Art Exhibition Contest 
  • Posters
  • Mini-Talks   
  • Clubs

About Connections Project

CWI's Connections Project celebrates culture, collaboration, education, innovation, and achievement. CWI students, faculty, and staff, as well as students and community members from across the Treasure Valley are invited to showcase their work and accomplishments at this annual event. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: class projects, art, research, service learning, and community projects or collaborations.

Get involved by attending the event or submit your project! 

  • Make connections
  • Educate others
  • Inspire innovation and creativity

Mission Statement

The Connections Project at College of Western Idaho highlights the interconnectedness of our complex world by forging community through education and innovation.

2022 Connections Project Winners

Logo Contest

  • First Place: Brianna Daniels

Juried Art

  • Tie for First Place: Ashley Dale, Growing Up Artist
  • Tie for First Place: Christy Runion, I Couldn't Save Me From Myself


Connect Category

  • First Place: Mercades Nelson, Is Social Media Addiction Compromising Our Self-Regulating Behaviors?
  • Runner Up: Kaw Paw, Karen People of Burma
  • Runner Up: Angie Apreotes, MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus
  • Runner Up: Anna Miles, Development of Early Detection Technology of Botulism

Inspire Category

  • First Place: Lia Montes & Natalie D’Agostino, PTK Latinx Postcards
  • Runner Up: Alana Stewart, Resistance of Mycoplasma pneumonia to Macrolide antibiotics
  • Runner Up: Kennedy Cole, COBS Community Outreach Behavioral Services Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking and Providing Resources to Its Victims
  • Runner Up: Brittany Jamison, Greater Than, Less Than and Equal to for 1st Grade

Recorded Mini-Talks

Connect Category

  • First Place: Bryce Thompson, Extroversion & Shyness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Runner Up: Zane Cooper, Redlining in America
  • Runner Up: Hallee Barney, Group Dynamics

Inspire Category

  • Tie for First Place: Logan Adams, The Struggles of Life at the Minidoka War Relocation Center
  • Tie for First Place: Zane Cooper, Plato’s Virtues & the Tripartite Soul
  • Runner Up: Andison Fluckiger, The Republic of Plato Poetry and Imitation

Live Mini-Talks

  • Tie for First Place: Craig Petersen, Speak Up Ink Up Charity Event
  • Tie for First Place: Sawyer Ellis, Google Vision AIY
  • Runner Up: Kennedy Cole, Growth and Fixed Mindset: A Survey About Mindsets and Their Relationship to Symptoms of Mental Illness, the Internalization of Problems, and Emotion Regulation Strategies
  • Runner Up: Mercades Nelson, Is Social Media Compromising Our Self-Regulating Behaviors?

Connections Project News and Blogs

2022 Juried Art Exhibition winner, Christy Runion, right, alongside the model for her photography submission on display at the N

Congratulations to Christy Runion and Ashley Dale, winners of College of Western Idaho’s 2022 Juried Art Exhibition.

Connections Excellence Award winners with Professor Heather Schoenherr

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Connections Excellence Awards!

Connections Project 2022 logo

Plan to join College of Western Idaho for the seventh-annual Connections Project, April 28, in celebration of the hard work and accomplishments of our students.

2022 Connections Project logo

Plan to join CWI for its seventh-annual Connections Project. Take part in this year's event by submitting your work or signing up to volunteer. 

"The Waiting Game" by Madeline Mae Gentry, winner of the 2021 Juried Art Exhibition

The College’s sixth-annual exhibition will be juried by Boise-based artist, Randy Van Dyck. Current students are encouraged to submit their work through Apr. 1.

Brianna Daniels, winner of College of Western Idaho's 2022 Connections Project Logo Contest

Congratulations to Business major, Brianna Daniels, winner of College of Western Idaho’s 2022 Connections Project Logo Contest.