Shore Lodge Gets New Leadership

In September, Tom E. Garcia took the position as the president and general manager of McCall’s Shore Lodge resort and Whitetail Club. He most recently served as the vice president and general manager at High Hampton in North Carolina, with Benchmark Hospitality International.

Tom brings his extensive golf club, resort spa and luxury real estate experience to the position. He’ll oversee all aspects of the 1,300-acre Whitetail Club community and the 77-room Shore Lodge.

Zoo Boise Welcomes Twins

Twin red panda cubs arrived June 19 at Zoo Boise. The twins, a female and a male, were born to parents Dolly and Spud.

According to Zoo Boise, Dolly has been doing a fantastic job of caring for her cubs. Dolly and Spud’s match came as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Program (SSP), one of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s conservation programs.

The cubs were set to be named by the winner of an auction at Zoobilee, Zoo Boise’s annual gala.

Boise Airport Goes Virtual

Kids with autism have a new tool in their belt to help when traveling through Boise Airport.

Boise State University students collaborated with airport employees to create a real-life airport experience. The students, through BSU’s Games, Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) Lab Work-Study program, were responsible for scripting, filming and editing the VR program. Users can simulate everything from checking luggage and passing through the security checkpoint to boarding an aircraft.

“We understand the airport has a lot of moving parts and can be a daunting experience for some children on the autism spectrum,” says Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. “We want to take the surprise element out of the equation for families traveling with children for the first time.”

The experience is available for download at GimmWorks.itch.io/VR-Airport-Tour and during VR hours at the Boise Main Library.

New Executive Director for Morrison Center

In October, Laura Kendall took over as executive director of the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts.

“I am thrilled to join the Morrison Center,” Laura says in a release. “I’m looking forward to working with the exceptional volunteers, staff, university leadership and the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation to continue the legacy of bringing world-class arts experiences to the Boise community—including a stellar Broadway season.”

Laura brings nearly two decades of experience to the job, with venue management, season planning, marketing, education and outreach skills.