C of I Newsletter

2007. 08. 09.

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Video message from CofI available on YouTube

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A video 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 on YouTube. The video includes interviews with Pres. Bob Hoover as well as CofI Trustees, professors, and current and former students.

To see it, click here. To order a DVD of the video, click here.

Hoover joins other college presidents in NY Times ad denouncing Israeli college boycott

Robert HooverACI President Bob Hoover joined 300 college presidents from across the country in denouncing a decision by the United Kingdom's University and College Union to boycott Israeli educational institutions.

In a New York Times ad titled 'Boycott Israeli Universities? Boycott Ours, Too!' Hoover and the other college presidents support a statement from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, which reads:

'As a citizen, I am profoundly disturbed by the recent vote by Britain's new University and College Union to advance a boycott against Israeli academic institutions. As a university professor and president, I find this idea utterly antithetical to the fundamental values of the academy, where we will not hold intellectual exchange hostage to the political disagreements of the moment. In seeking to quarantine Israeli universities and scholars this vote threatens every university committed to fostering scholarly and cultural exchanges that lead to enlightenment, empathy, and a much-needed international marketplace of ideas.

'At Columbia I am proud to say that we embrace Israeli scholars and universities that the UCU is now all too eager to isolate – as we embrace scholars from many countries regardless of divergent views on their government's policies. Therefore, if the British UCU is intent on pursuing its deeply misguided policy, then it should add Columbia to its boycott list, for we do not intend to draw distinctions between our mission and that of the universities you are seeking to punish. Boycott us, then, for we gladly stand together with our many colleagues in British, American and Israeli universities against such intellectually shoddy and politically biased attempts to hijack the central mission of higher education.'

Hoover is the only Idaho college or university president included in the ad, which ran on Aug. 8. The United Kingdom's University and College Union, which represents British academics, passed the resolution to boycott Israeli educational institutions at its conference in May.

To see the ad, click here.

ACI Class Agent Program is rebuilding

Class Agents

The offices of Alumni/Parent Relations and Development are working together to rebuild ACI's Class Agent Program. Right now, the program is looking for 10 to 20 class agents fromeach ofthe classes of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 1997 and 2002 to contact classmates about the reunions that will be held during Homecoming in November.

Class agent duties include:

  • Assisting with planning class reunions and encouraging classmates to attend
  • Providing information from the College to class members about news, updates, major events and college priorities
  • Gathering information from classmates about career or life changes, and changes of address or contact information.
  • Encouraging classmates to support the Boone Fund, the unrestricted giving program which supports the College's ongoing operating needs. Class agents must make an annual gift or pledge to the Boone Fund.

Each Class Agent will communicate by email, phone or letter with approximately 10 to 20 members of their class. They are asked to make a three-year commitment(15 to 20 hours per year), and will have periodic conference calls withtheir correspondingdirector. Any costs for phone calls or postage are the responsibility of the Class Agent.

CofI will support Class Agents by providing classmate contact information, Class Agent Handbook, sample emails and letters, and a quarterly e-newsletter. CofI staff will be availableto assist Class Agents, especially during reunion years.

More class agents are needed. If you would be interested in being a Class Agent for your class, please contact Jessica Jewell [email protected] (208-459-5086) or Barry Fujishin [email protected] (208-459-5770).

Museum director publishes paper on fire ants

Fire AntWilliam H. Clark, director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, along with co-authors Dr. Arnold Van Pelt (Greensboro, NC) and Raymond Skiles (Big Bend National Park, TX) recently published a scientific paper 'The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas' in Volume 32, issue number one of the Southwestern Entomologist (pages 67-68).

Clark is working on a biodiversity survey of the desert ants of Big Bend. The museum is helping track the spread of this invasive species in western Texas and may help determine potential impacts on the native ant fauna.

The ants were originally collected in January 2005 while on a field trip with CofI alumna and museum volunteer Dr. Julia T. Sankey. One of the most interesting aspects of the collection in the park is that it sets a new elevational record for the species in the U.S. The ant is mostly a lowland species being known from 980 meters in elevation. The Big Bend nest collections are at 1,565m.

Specimens of the fire ant and other ants may be seen in the Museum collection. Contact Clark at [email protected] for more information.

Commanders Jazz Ensemble plays in Jewett Auditorium Aug. 19

Commanders Jazz Ensemble

The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, an 18-piece big band of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will play Sunday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Admission is free.

The band will present music ranging from the Big Band sound of the 1940s through the hard pounding jazz styles of today.

An historic ensemble, the Commanders was established in 1959 as a component of the North American Air Defense (NORAD) Command Band which merged with the Air Force Band of the Golden Gate in 1979. In 1994, this unit was inactivated and personnel were reassigned to the 'Air Mobility Command Band of the Golden West,' Travis AFB, CA.

The group has extensively toured the western United States and appeared on numerous radio and television shows.

The show is sponsored by Caldwell Fine Arts, CofI and the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Caldwell Fine Arts sets 2007-08 season


Caldwell Fine Arts has published the schedule for its 46th season. The season begins Tuesday, Sept. 25 with the San Jose Taiko, a nine-member company that is a fusion of traditional Japanese, Latin, Brazilian and African rhythms choreographed with innovative lighting and staging.

For more information about Caldwell Fine Arts or to purchase tickets, click here.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

ScottK. Estergard ('91) married Joan Gable in Carefree, Ariz., on June 16. Joan has her own environmental consulting firm and the two live in Cave Creek, Ariz. Scott has been in graduate school while working and received a Master of Engineering in Water Resources from the University of Arizona in May. He is a Senior Planner working for the Corps of Engineers on projects in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

Faculty News

Angresano to publish a book review and two papers


Political Economy Professor Jim Angresano will have several works published in the coming months, including:

  • A book review of Vincenzo Galasso, The Political Future of Social Security in Aging Societies (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006) which has been accepted for publication by Comparative Economic Studies. It will be publishedlater this year or early next year.
  • A paper, 'Can France, Germany and Italy Continue to Afford Generous Welfare States?' which has been accepted for publication in the Global Business and Economics Review. It will be publishedlater this year or early next year.
  • A paper, 'Orthodox Economic Education, Ideology and Commercial Interests: Relationships that Inhibit Poverty Alleviation,'whichhas been accepted for publication in the Post-Autistic Economics Review.Itwill be published later this year or early next year. The same paper will be published next year in a collection of papers (selected from previously published papers) in a book titled Economic ReformAfter Neolibralism, edited by the editor of the Post-Autistic Economics Review.

Staff News

Venn, Boles co-edit piece for Oregon Historical Quarterly

Dave JohnsonThe summer 2007 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly includes an article co-edited by George Venn ('67) and CofI Archivist Jan Boles ('65).

Entitled 'They Also Served: A Soldier's Pacific Theater Album, World War II,' the article is a narrative by Frederick H. Hill of his service in the South Pacific as an aerial photo reconnaissance lab chief.

The article is excerpted from 'Darkroom Soldier,' a book-length manuscript of Hill's letters to his wife and photographs he made as a sergeant in the 5th U.S. Air Force between 1943 and 1945, Hill's album includes glimpses of a behind-the-lines soldier's life in jungle camps, both the drama and tedium of war, and contacts with indigenous natives.

Venn edited Hill's letters and has coordinated publication of Hill's manuscript since 2004. Boles edited Hill's photos and other photos he collected as a serviceman. Production of 'Darkroom Soldier' is in progress. Hill, born in Elgin, Oregon, in 1920, lives in La Grande, not far from his birthplace.

The article will soon be online at www.historycooperative.org/ohqindex.html.

ACI in the News

  • Associate Professor Chris Walser was included in a front-page story in the Aug. 4 edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune about a red bellied pacu that was caught by a teen fishing at Lake Lowell in Nampa. He was also included in the Aug. 5 edition of the Idaho Statesman for the same story. The red bellied pacu is related to the piranha and is native to South America. To read the Statesman story, click here.
  • A story about CofI receiving 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 was featured in the Aug. 3 issue of the Idaho Press-Tribune.


  • 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. 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.
  • Albertson College of Idaho's alumni magazine, Quest, is available online. This issue features an interview by Coyote editor Brad Baughman with CofI alumnus Gov. Butch Otter, 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.

  • Thanks to everyone who has completed ACI's one-page alumni survey. We've heard from more than 100 we'd love to hear from more. Click here to fill out the survey, or call Barry Fujishin at (208) 459-5770 and he will mail one.

  • 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.

    Volleyball – 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].
  • Melissa Williams ('72) will be the featured artist at The Art Source Gallery in downtown Boise, for September's First Thursday celebration.The public isinvited to attend the opening reception onThursday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is entitled 'Expressions in Fibres and Threads,' andincludes Melissa's handwoven pieces as well as a wide variety of her art quilts.
  • 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 m[email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.