The College of Idaho has hired John Ottenhoff as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Ottenhoff comes to C of I from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, where he has served as Vice President for the consortium of 14 liberal arts colleges since 2007. Prior to ACM, Ottenhoff worked at Michigan’s Alma College for nearly 20 years, serving as a professor of English, an English department chair and an associate provost.
For two decades, The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio has provided outstanding string instruction for students and melodic performances for the public as the artists in residence on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The College and the Treasure Valley community will celebrate those 20 years as Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Langroise Trio’s 20th Anniversary Celebration with guest pianist Martina Filjak, set for 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Jewett Auditorium.
The effectiveness to two different political systems - America's democratic model versus China's authoritarian model - is discussed in the newest edition of College of Idaho Insights by history professor Steve Maughan and political economy professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi.
College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker will appear as a guest artist and composer during a Feb. 8 concert at the Fredonia High School auditorium in Fredonia, New York. Walker will spend several days working with various ensembles at the school, culminating in a free all-band concert during which five of his new compositions will debut.
“I am deeply honored to have been invited to compose for these quality ensembles and will enjoy working with the band students of the district,” Walker said.
The College of Idaho’s effort to create the Intermountain West’s first endowed chair in Judaic studies took another major step toward its realization with a combined $350,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and alumnus Ray Neilsen (’88) on Jan. 23. The gifts were announced during the grand opening celebration of the exhibition From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, which is showing inside the Langroise Center at C of I through March 19.
Questions about the value of higher education aren’t new. In the middle of the 20th century, young people could regularly step into a well-paying factory job as soon as they graduated from high school. “What will I gain financially from a college education?” that generation often asked.
College of Idaho professor Robert Dayley is the winner of the 2011 Idaho Professor of the Year award, announced Nov. 17 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dayley, who teaches political economy and specializes in Asian studies, is the fourth C of I professor in six years to receive the award, which recognizes the state’s top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service, and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.
The College of Idaho has received $250,000 from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in support of the College’s effort to create an endowed chair in Judaic Studies. The gift continues the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s long-standing support of the College’s mission of preparing students who thrive and also boosts the school’s effort to create the first endowed Judaic Studies chair in the Intermountain West.