C of I Newsletter

2007. 09. 06.

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Welcome to the 2007-08 academic year at ACI

StudentsToday is the first day of classes of the 2007-08 school year at Albertson College of Idaho. We welcome faculty and students back to campus and extend a warm greeting to the Class of 2011.

President Bob Hoover gave his State of the College address last week. He introduced new faculty and staff members, and provided an update about the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. To read the address, click here.

On Sunday, CofI hosted new student convocation and officially welcomed the freshman class and their parents to the College. There are 301 students in the freshman class today (an official count will be taken after the 10th day of classes), which is one of the largest classes the College has ever had.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Baur ('66) and former Trustee Jack Lemley were presented with honorary degrees at convocation in recognition for their years of volunteer service to the college and the significant contributions each has made to the CofI community and Idaho.

For those who are new to campus, this electronic newsletter is sent every week and students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College are encouraged to send in news items and photos. Send them to communications director Jennifer Oxley at [email protected].

Write on Bob's wall – visit CofI on Facebook

Dr. Bob Hoover

ACI President Bob Hoover and other CofI staff have established profiles on Facebook, and have started a number of groups, including Albertson College of Idaho Official, ACI Development Office Official and ACI Alumni and Parent Relations Official.

The College will use Facebook to post upcoming events, news items, photos and anything else that's interesting to the CofI community. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

To be part of any of the CofI groups, join the Albertson network on www.facebook.com.

Fern Davidson's 100th birthday party a success


ACI hosted two events this weekend to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson, an emeritus piano faculty member of ACI. More than 800 people attended the 16-player piano recital on Saturday, Sept. 1, nearly filling every seat in Jewett Auditorium. A luncheon earlier in the day in Langroise had nearly 150 attendees, some from as far away as Virginia, California, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

Dr. Davidson taught at CofI from 1946 to 1994. She was a recipient of the Governor's Award in the Arts and an influential mentor to hundreds of students. Her birthday celebration included raising money for the new Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson Music Scholarship at ACI.

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.

Campus Safety and Residence Life host training session in Washington

Allan Laird, director of campus safety, and Jen Nelson, director of residence life, were invited to host a day of training for residence life and campus safety staff at St. Martin's College in Lacey, Wash., last month.

Laird and Nelson presented 'Shared Community Solutions,' a workshop about forming strong relationships between the twodepartments.The benefits of this relationshipare a safer campus community and, as Laird and Nelson are quick to point out, a fun work environment.

The CofI model has received recent attentionfrom the Western Area Campus Law Enforcement Association, of which Laird serves on the board as past president.

Museum co-sponsors successful Bug Day at Idaho Botanical Gardens

Dr. Bob HooverThe Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History co-sponsored Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) in Boise last month.

Museum volunteer and IBG educational director Elizabeth Dickey organized the event. Several museum volunteers including Dave Ward, Mary Clark, Barb Alexander, Jim Ryan, Al Gillogly, Paul Castrovillo and Lori Gibbs worked at the museum's insect exhibit at Bug Day.

More than 1,300 people attended Bug Day and the museum sold $542 worth of buggy items.

'This event is a great way to get information out about the museum and the College,' William H. Clark, director of the museum, said.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Ben Akana ('77) and his wife are scheduled to be featured on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' on Sunday, Sept. 16. Ben's wife founded an agency to assist young, single mothers in Honolulu. The Extreme Makeover team built a home for the women.

Jenni Alice (Baur) Carrier ('99) is now the business manager of jac's home staging, a growing design and home staging firm in the Boise area. The firm is featured each year in the Parade of Homes, working with builders to furnish model homes. Along with assisting the designers, she will be managing the employees and the business. She is looking forward to this exciting opportunity.

Brie Stoianoff ('00) and her husband Kevin moved back to the Pacific Northwest this summer and are now getting settled in Portland, where Brie is an engineer for a medical instrument company and Kevin is the global supply chain manager for an environmentally-responsible wood products company. They are trying to raise $10,000 this year to support those with multiple sclerosis, a disease with which Kevin was diagnosed at age 28. In a month, they will be participating in their fourth Bike to the Bay – a 150-mile bike ride in Delaware.

Brie is seeking donations, which can be made at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brie or you can email her at [email protected].

Diana (Smith) Thomas ('66) was recently appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to replace District 9 Rep. Clete Edmunson. Edmunson has become one of Gov. Otter's field reps.

ACI in the News

  • Political Economy Prof. Jasper LiCalzi continued to be a media 'get' this week as local and national media outlets sought his comments about Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's political future. LiCalzi was featured locally in the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press-Tribune, Idaho Spokesman-Review and on Today's 6 News, and nationally in Roll Call (which originally broke the Sen. Craig story) and the New York Daily News.
  • The Idaho Statesman ran a story in its Aug. 31 edition about convocation, including the honorary degrees presented to Board Chairman Jerry Baur and former Trustee Jack Lemley. To read the story, click here.

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  • A story about Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson's 100th birthday was featured on the front page of the Idaho Press Tribune on Sept. 3 and in the Our Towns section of the Idaho Statesman on Aug. 30. To read the Statesman story, click here.

Jobs at ACI

Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer develops and manages a portfolio of the major gift prospects ($10,000 +) as well as promotes the college's planned giving programs. The Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward through a moves management system, an ongoing portfolio of approximately 150-200 qualified donor prospects.


  1. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in related field required
  2. Minimum of three to five years experience in fundraising, corporate sales or equivalent experience is required
  3. Campaign experience preferred
  4. Basic knowledge of planned giving instruments
  5. Aptitude and skill to work effectively, developing and sustaining working relationships with affluent individuals often in leadership positions
  6. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  7. Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  8. Ability to travel extensively and work evenings and weekends

For a complete job description and requirements go to www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO

Business Office Assistant

Assists in multiple areas of the Business Office, including performing receptionist duties, cash transactions, Perkins, accounts payable, and student accounts.


  • Cash handling experience
  • Reconciliation capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask with frequent interruptions
  • 10-key by touch
  • Multi-line phone system

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


  • 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.
  • 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.