C of I Newsletter

2007. 08. 30.

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ACI New Student Convocation is Sunday

ConvocationAlbertson College of Idaho will present honorary degrees to Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Gerald M. Baur and former Trustee Jack K. Lemley at its annual convocation on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

Baur, who graduated from CofI in 1966, is a retired vascular surgeon. He is in his second term on the CofI Board of Trustees.

Lemley is director and president of Lemley International, an infrastructure engineering and construction company. During his 45-year career, which includes being the chief executive officer of the company that built the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel), Lemley has traveled and supervised work in 65 countries and all 50 states.

'Jerry and Jack have been important members of the Albertson College of Idaho family for many years and we want to recognize their contributions,' CofI President Bob Hoover said.

Convocation is ACI's traditional way of welcoming new students and their parents to the College.

June Hunt, wife of former CofI Professor Gib Hunt, dies

June HuntEvelyn 'June' Hunt, wife of former CofI Professor Gilbert J. 'Gib' Hunt, died Aug. 25, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Thursday at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church in Caldwell.

June was born in 1923 in Portland, Ore., and spent her childhood in Tillamook, Ore., and graduated from Nehalem High School where she played basketball. She attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore, where she met Gib.

June and Gib were married Dec. 19, 1945 after Gib returned from service in the Navy during WWII. Gib and June settled in Caldwell where Gib taught chemistry at the College of Idaho (now ACII). June was the college nurse for several years.

June and Gib spent their retirement traveling; they took several cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. They particularly enjoyed the Oregon Coast.

In 2006, June established the Gilbert Hunt Memorial Scholarship at CofI which is open to any CofI chemistry major. The Hunt family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Gilbert Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund at ACI.

Skyview High students to attend CofI on new scholarship

June HuntSkyview High graduates Nancy Cortes and Daisy Correa will attend CofI this fall on a new scholarship for Latino students.

The scholarship, donated by an anonymous benefactor, provides Nancy and Daisy with $20,000 for four years. The purpose of the new scholarship is to promote the educational development of Latino students in the state of Idaho who attend ACI. This year, there were 25 applicants.

The women learned about the scholarship when they attended a youth conference for Latino students at ACI. They credit Arnold Hernandez, CofI director of diversity affairs, with encouraging them to consider ACI.

ACI President Bob Hoover said the College is looking at several ways to provide opportunities for Latino students to attend ACI. In addition to this new scholarship, CofI received a $25,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The money will provide 25 $1,000 scholarships to low-income Hispanic students in Southwest Idaho.

In addition, CofI will host its annual Taste of Harvest festival in October, which is a scholarship fundraiser for the children of migrant workers.

'This college has been an important part of the Canyon County community for more than 100 years,' Hoover said. 'Canyon County has one of the fastest growing populations of Hispanic students in Idaho. It's important that we find ways to support them and encourage their growth and success.'

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

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Brittany Bishop ('06) recently completedan internship at MASS MoCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts), a major art museum. Her internship was so successful that she was asked to stay on as the marketing coordinator.

ACI in the News

  • Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was in demand by the national and local media this week to provide commentary about Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct earlier this month. LiCalzi spoke to MSNBC, ABC News Radio in New York, The New YorkDaily NewsWashington Bureau, KIVI Channel 6, The Idaho Statesman, The Idaho Press-Tribune, The Argus Observer (Ontario, Ore.), and The Sandpoint Reader.
  • Associate Athletic Director Mike Safford is calling the play-by-play for the Spokane Indians, the Texas Rangers Class A affiliate, this week on 790-KJRB 'The Fan' in Spokane. The online link is http://www.790thefan.com.
  • The men's soccer team and Coach Brian Smith were featured in a front-page sports story in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Aug. 29.
  • Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden and his comedy partner Tom Wilmorth, who write, direct and perform the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Greenshows, were the subject of a front-page story in the Life section of the Aug. 25 edition of The Idaho Statesman. To read the story, click here.
  • Soccer player Leah Roach and the team's victory over the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Mont, was included in the sports section of The Idaho Statesman on Aug. 28. Click here to read the story. Junior Allie Dufault and her goal against Rocky Mountain was in the Statesman's Aug. 26 sports story. Click here to read it.
  • The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History was mentioned in The Idaho Statesman entertainment preview of Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden in the Aug. 24 edition. To read the story, click here.
  • The men's cross country team No. 14 ranking in the NAIA poll was included in a sports story in The Idaho Statesman on Aug. 23. Click here to read the story.


  • The public is invited to attend a 100th birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 1, honoring Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson, an emeritus piano faculty member of ACI, recipient of the Governor's Award in the Arts and an influential mentor to hundreds of students. Dr. Davidson taught at CofI from 1946 to 1994.

    Events include a 16-player piano recital on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. On Sunday, Sept 2 there will be open house from 2 – 5 p.m. in Fern's yard at 223 19th Ave. South in Nampa.

    All events are open to the public and invitations have been sent to all music majors who studied at CofI between 1946 and 1994. For more information, contact Avonne Higgins at (208) 362-1975, [email protected], or Kristin Sample, (208) 466-4560, [email protected].
  • 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).

    A dialogue reception for potential class agents that was scheduled for Sept. 5 at the President's House has been changed to Sept. 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the President's House. Please call Jessica Jewell (459-5086) or Barry Fujishin (459-5770) if you have any questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.