C of I Newsletter

2007. 08. 16.

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ACI presents family with full-tuition scholarships for children

Stockdale FamilyACI Chairman of the Board Jerry Baur and President Bob Hoover surprised the Stockdale family of Middleton on Tuesday by presenting them with full-tuition scholarships for their four children.

Previously, CofI had offered half-tuition scholarships to Baylee, Jetty, Kayden and McKinnon Stockdale, whose family was chosen by the popular ABC show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' to receive a specially designed and constructed home.

'Albertson College of Idaho is part of the Treasure Valley community which gave so generously to the Stockdale family, and we wanted to do our part,' Hoover said. 'We felt very strongly that this was the right thing to do.'

Hoover estimated that by the time the Stockdale children are old enough to enroll at ACI, the scholarships could be worth a total of $500,000 or more. Tuition to CofI for the 2007-08 school year is $17,000.

Parents Ryan and Karia Stockdale were surprised and thrilled by the scholarships.

'They love knowledge so much,' Ryan said of his kids. 'Now that I'm in school, they want to do what I'm doing.'

ACI invited to apply for grant for innovative science programs

ACI is one of 226 colleges and universities invited to compete for $60 million in science education funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Institute expects to award approximately 50 grants ranging from $800,000 to $1.6 million to support innovative programs that strengthen undergraduate research, mentoring, interdisciplinary research, and the computational skills of students and faculty. Awards will be given in 2008.

Mark Smith, ACI's vice president of academic affairs, has appointed a faculty committee consisting of Robin Cruz, Carolyn Dadabay, Lynda Danielson, Sara Heggland, Ann Koga, Don Mansfield and Scott Truksa to work with Pamela Lassiter and Lara Vander Woude in Grants and Foundations to prepare the College's application.

'Being invited to apply for this grant is a huge honor for the College,' Smith said. 'During the past five years, our science division has cultivated an impressive culture of research that facilitates innovative undergraduate research projects. Our students and faculty have done some extraordinary work that should help us be competitive for this grant.'

Other colleges and universities invited to apply for the grant include Amherst College (Mass.), Vassar College (NY), Carroll College (Mont.), Colorado College, Pomona College (Calif.); Reed College (Ore.), Whitman College (Wash.) and Willamette University (Ore.).

Former Professor Robert Bratz died Aug. 9

Dr. Robert Davis BratzACI Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Davis Bratz died Thursday, August 9 in Caldwell. He was 86.

Bratz attended Oregon State University where he earned his master's and Ph.D. in biology. On September 5, 1947 he married Dorothy Arleen Davis. They both worked as park rangers at Yosemite National Park in 1948 and during summers they worked as forest lookouts for the USFS, Deschutes National Forest at Lava Butte, then Cache Mountain. After Robert finished his doctorate, they lived on Drake Butte lookout for the summer of 1953.

Bratz taught biology and many related classes at the College of Idaho (now ACI) from 1954 to 1984. He took expeditions of college students to Mexico during the summer or winter sessions every year from 1954 through the early 1980s.

He was one of America's foremost authorities on the natural history of Mexico. He was a founding member of the Idaho Academy of Science (in 1958) and of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at ACI.

His experience as a teacher, being able to work with Harold Tucker, Dr. Lyle Stanford and many interesting students was the most joyful period of his life. He loved teaching and had a passion for Mexico.

He is survived by his daughters Lee Trevor and Cynthia Lin Bratz, and his son Kenneth Gordon Bratz. His children and students are so thankful for the experiences he gave them.

A memorial gathering will be held at the home of Cyndy Bratz and John Price, 360 E. Crestline Dr., Boise, on August 25 at 2 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be given to the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at ACI.

Educator Donna Parsons died Aug. 12

Donna Parsons

Donna Parsons passed away on Sunday, August 12, at the age of 81.

Donna was a lifelong educator who taught science in the Caldwell schools. She was the director of the Snake River Regional Studies Center based on the College of Idaho campus from its initial funding by the Hill Family Foundation in 1970 until her retirement in 1988.

The Snake River Regional Studies Center was one of the first, if not the first, regional studies centers in the country.

CCC coaches' poll results: Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country


ACI Volleyball PlayersThe ACI volleyball team was unanimously picked to defend their Cascade Conference championship, according to the 2007 coaches' poll Monday. The team was also ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Top-25 Preseason Poll released Wednesday.

The ranking for the Lady Yotes (35-4 in 2006) was the highest in program history, eclipsing the No. 8 national ranking at the conclusion of 2006. It was also the third time that CofI had been ranked in the NAIA poll to start a season - joining the 2001 and 2006 teams.

The Lady Yotes (35-4 in 2006) are coming off their first CCC title since 1982, a season in which they had a perfect 18-0 mark within the league. Returning six starters from the squad that placed ninth at the NAIA Championshps, CofI grabbed all 11 first-place votes in the balloting.

Southern Oregon was second in the voting, followed by Concordia, Oregon Tech, Eastern Oregon, and Northwest.

Also Monday, the Lady Yotes were ranked No. 1 in the first NAIA Region I Top 10 rankings, the 12th-consecutive week that CofI has been in the regional top spot.They are followed by Great Falls, Westminster, Southern Oregon, and Montana Tech.ACI will meet both Great Falls and Westminster to open the season on Aug. 24, and open CCC play at home against Southern Oregon on Sept. 7.

Complete CCC Coaches Poll – CofI (11) 121, Southern Oregon 107, Concordia 93, Oregon Tech 91, Eastern Oregon 67, Northwest 67, Corban 57, Warner Pacific 52, Evergreen State 28, Northwest Christian 26, Cascade 17.

Men's soccer

The ACI men's soccer team, coming off their first Cascade Conference title in five seasons, was picked to finish second in 2007in the CCC coaches' poll.

The Coyotes (11-7-1 in 2006) earned two of the eight first-place votes in the balloting, finishing just five points behind Concordia, the team they shared the CCC title with a year ago.

Complete CCC Coaches Poll – Concordia (6) 62, CofI (2) 57, Corban 42, Warner Pacific 38, Northwest 31, Cascade 24, Evergreen State 21, Northwest Christian 11.

Cross country

The cross country teams were both picked to finish in the upper echelon of the Cascade Conference in 2007.

On the men's side, the Coyotes received one of the 11 first-place votes and was second in the balloting, just behind defending CCC champion, Concordia.

The women's coaches picked the Lady Yotes to finish third in the loop, which would be the higher than their fourth-place finish from a year ago.

The Coyotes will debut their 2007 team on September 1, hosting their second-annual Purple & White Intrasquad/Alumni Race on the CofI campus.

Complete CCC Coaches Polls Men - Concordia (8) 117, CofI (1) 101, Southern Oregon (1) 100, Eastern Oregon (1) 92, Corban 72, Oregon Tech 65, Northwest 54, Evergreen State 48, Warner Pacific 44, Northwest Christian 17, Cascade 16. Women - Corban (8) 116, Eastern Oregon (3), 109, CofI 92, Northwest 83, Southern Oregon 69, Oregon Tech 66, Concordia 63, Evergreen State 47, Warner Pacific 42, Cascade 20, Northwest Christian 19.

Women's soccer

The women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth this season.

The Lady Yotes (6-10-2 in 2006) were in a logjam between third and sixth place, as 16 voting points separated four teams.

Seven-time defending CCC champion Concordia was the unanimous pick to win the title, followed by Evergreen State and Eastern Oregon.

ACI will host a pair of non-counting scrimmages in the next week, facing Walla Walla CC on Sunday (2 p.m.) and North Idaho CC next Tuesday (11 a.m.).

Complete Poll - Concordia (11) 121, Evergreen State 100, Eastern Oregon 87, Corban 81, Southern Oregon 78, CofI 71, Oregon Tech 58, Northwest 38, Warner Pacific 38, Cascade 35, Northwest Christian 19.

ACI hosts Buckaroo Breakfast during Caldwell Night Rodeo

Singers at Buckaroo Breakfast

ACI is hosting the Buckaroo Breakfast this week during the Caldwell Night Rodeo. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored in part by ACI.

It runs until Friday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. between Finney and Simplot halls. Cost is $5 and includes pancakes, eggs, sausages, hash browns, juice, coffee and milk.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

  • Donald L. Greer ('58) writes the following: 'Hurricane Katrina took its toll, but did not break my spirit. My home received over 4 feet of water, destroying all its contents. After staying with colleagues for five months and in a FEMA trailer for seven months, the house was repaired. Construction continued for another five months. A total of 19 months had elapsed. I was one of the lucky ones. Enjoying retirement as Profosser Emeritus with the donation of my time as consultant and lecturer to hospitals and LSU Medical School.'
  • Allen Mann ('00) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, Independence-Friendly Cylindric Set Algebras, in May, and will receive his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder on August 11. He has accepted a one-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

ACI in the News

  • KTRV Fox 12 interviewed President Bob Hoover at the Stockdale home on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and ran the story during its newscasts. To read the story or to watch the video, click here. KIVI Today's 6 also covered the story.
  • The Idaho Statesman ran a story on Wednesday, Aug. 15 about ACI's scholarship gift to the Stockdale family of Middleton. To see the story, click here. The story also appeared in the Aug. 15 edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune.
  • A story about the volleyball team being chosen to win the Cascade Conference title was in The Idaho Statesman on Wednesday, Aug. 15. To see the story, click here.


  • 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.

    More class agents are needed. If you would be interested in helping as a Class Agent for your class, please contact Jessica Jewell [email protected] (208-459-5086) or Barry Fujishin [email protected] (208-459-5770).
  • 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.
  • 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 on You Tube. To see it, click here. To order a DVD of the video, click here or send an email to Jennifer Oxley, [email protected].
  • 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. 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 from now until Aug. 27. Please contact Head Men's Soccer Coach Brian Smith at 459-5857.

    Volleyball – Dinners for 19 people are needed until Aug. 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 [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.