C of I Newsletter

2007. 08. 02.

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ACI interns finish successful summer at INL

Megan Longo and Another InternThis summer, 101 students from 19 different states and Korea were awarded internships in Idaho National Laboratory's Nuclear Science and Technology Directorate, including 11 from Albertson College of Idaho. The students represented 31 colleges, universities and high schools.

CofI chemistry and physics major Megan Longo received a Department of Energy Office of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) with INL this summer and is prominently featured in a story and photos on the INL website.

Longo used an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP-AES) to analyze actinides, the radioactive components of spent nuclear fuel. Longo isolated higher wavelengths of the material using the spectrometer and entered the wavelengths into a computer system.

To read the story and see the rest of the photos, click here.

ACI receives $25,000 grant to help low-income Latino students with tuition

The College has received a $25,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to provide tuition assistance for low-income Hispanic students in Southwest Idaho.

CofI will award 25 $1,000 scholarships to students by June 30, 2008.

Canyon County currently has a Hispanic population of 20.3 percent, compared to 7.6 percent statewide and 14.4 percent nationwide.

'This award is an important component of Albertson College of Idaho's ongoing efforts to serve Hispanic students in our area,' President Bob Hoover said. 'Canyon County has one of the fastest growing population of Hispanic students in Idaho. It's important that we find ways to support them and encourage their growth and success.'

Hosts needed for CofI sports team dinners

Soccer Player

Several CofI fall sports teams begin their pre-season training this month and are asking the CofI community to host dinners. Having hosted dinners helps the teams save money and is a great opportunity for our players to meet boosters and members of the community.

Men's soccer
Dinners for 23 people are needed Aug. 13-18 and Aug. 20, 22, 24-27. Please contact Head Men's Soccer Coach Brian Smith at 459-5857.

Dinners for 19 people are needed Aug. 10-29. Call or email Liz Mendiola at 459-5858 or [email protected].

Cross Country
Dinners for about 40 people are needed August 28-31. If you are interested, please email Pat McCurry at [email protected].

Quest alumni magazine available online

Cover of Quest

Albertson College of Idaho's alumni magazine, Quest, is available online for the first time. This issue features an interview with CofI alumnus Gov. Butch Otter by Coyote editor Brad Baughman, a story about the George L. Crookham, Jr., Papers, which are housed in the Robert E. Smylie Archives, and the retirements of professors Terry Stone and Bill Sype.

To read Quest online, click here.

Help CofI update its alumni records

Thanks to everyone who has completed ACI's one-page alumni survey. We've heard from more than 60 of you in the last week and we'd love to hear from more.

Let us know what you're up to these days, whom you married, and any awards or recognitions you've received.

Click here to fill out the survey, or call Barry Fujishin at (208) 459-5770 and he will mail one.

ACI DVD now available

DVD cover

A DVD that features a historical look at the College of Idaho's early days and the traditions that have been built over the years is now available. The DVD includes interviews with Pres. Bob Hoover as well as CofI Trustees, professors, and current and former students.

To order a free copy of the DVD, click here, or send an email to Jennifer Oxley, [email protected], or call her at (208) 459-5811.

Museum Director honored as Idaho Power VIP

Bill Clark

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History director William H. Clark received an individual VIP award from Idaho Power, where he works as a Macroinvertebrate Biologist for Environmental Affairs. He studies the threatened and endangered species of snails that are found in the Middle Snake River.

Clark's honor was published earlier this month in the 2006 Contributions Report from IdaCorp, Idaho Power's parent company.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Patrick Anderson ('03) is currently pursuing a Master's of Music at Ohio State University and recently returned from a five-week program in Italy where he studied the language and singing operas around the northern parts of Italy, near Pesaro and Rimini.

Bert Martin ('07) will be attending Boise State University next year in pursuit of a Master's of Science in Mathematics. He has been awarded a teaching assistantship as well as a tuition waiver.

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams ('72) will be the featured artist at The Art Source Gallery in downtown Boise, for September's First Thursday celebration. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The show is entitled 'Expressions in Fibres and Threads,' and includes Melissa's handwoven pieces as well as a wide variety of her art quilts. Melissa lives in Boise and is a Life & Relationship Coach and a Personal Moving Consultant.

ACI in the News

  • The Idaho Statesman had a story in the July 31 sports section about ACI men's basketball playing Stanford University on Dec. 16 at Stanford. To read the story, click here. The men's basketball schedule was also covered by television channels 2, 6 and 7. To see Ch. 7's coverage, click here. Radio station KTIK ran it during their updates all day Tuesday and KBOI had it in their sports report.
  • The Hat is pictured on the front page of the July 30 Idaho Press-Tribune for a story about the electric rail system that used to serve the Treasure Valley more than 100 years ago.
  • ACI Archivist Jan Boles ('65) was interviewed for a story in the July 28 edition of The Idaho Statesman about whether Harry Orchard was paid to murder Gov. Frank Steunenberg as retribution from the Western Mining Federation for long and inhumane detention of miners during violent clashes in 1899. To read the story, click here.
  • The men's basketball game against Stanford and cross-country/track student athlete Megan Longo's INL internship are front page news on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) homepage. To read the stories, click here.

ACI Job Openings

Part Time Receptionist - Answer telephones, greet the general public, prospective students and/or parents when arriving on campus.


  • Excellent organizational, telephone, computer and customer service skills.
  • Must be detail oriented, self motivated and work well independently.
  • Ability to work with campus community.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Understanding of database software.
  • Ability and willingness to drive college car if needed.
  • Willingness to work additional hours as needed.

For a complete job description and application instructions go to: www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO


  • The CofI Young Alumni Group invites alums, students, faculty and staff to come to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production of Measure for Measure on Wednesday, Aug. 8. No-host bar and appetizers start at 6 p.m. in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Interpretive Center. The Greenshow, led by CofI Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden, starts at 7:30 p.m. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m.

    Reserve tickets through the ISF box office by Aug. 3 to sit with the CofI group. Get a discount on tickets by using promo number 1570. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 336-9221. Tickets purchased after Aug. 3 will receive the discount but may not be with the CofI group.
  • The latest issue of ACI Online is now available. Stories include profiles of math Professor Lynda Danielson, associate athletic director Mike Safford and the ACI Half Century Society. Click here to read ACI Online.
  • Klaus Scharioth, current German ambassador to the United States who attended the College of Idaho as a Rotary Scholar, is raising money for the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship at ACI.

    Scharioth and Wolfe met when Scharioth was a student at the C of I. They stayed in close contact until Wolfe's death in 1990. The scholarship is awarded annually to an CofI sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy, or pre-law.

    Scharioth and CofI hope to raise $42,000 for the scholarship by the end of the year. Scharioth will be the keynote speaker at commencement.

    For more information about the scholarship, contact Michael Vandervelden at [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.