C of I Newsletter

2007. 09. 13.

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ACI launches giving Honor Roll

ACI's Office of Development is pleased to announce the development of an online Honor Roll for donors.

The Honor Roll allows donors to monitor their own giving and that of their class. It also acknowledges continuous years of giving and will be archived through the year. The Honor Roll will be updated daily.

To see the Honor Roll, click here. To give a gift to ACI, click here.

John Wagers Recognition Garden to be dedicated Friday

Recognition Garden

ACI and the family of alumnus John Wagers ('57) will dedicate a recognition garden on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The Wagers Recognition Garden is located behind Strahorn Hall on the CofI campus.

John's wife Mary, who is also a College of Idaho (as CofI was formerly known) graduate, was involved in the design and planning of the garden and said the garden is something John would have enjoyed.

John Wagers, who died in 2006, was the longtime owner of The Idaho Candy Company, which he and Mary purchased in 1984. In 1991, Wagers was named Idaho Small Business Person of the Year by Pres. George H.W. Bush at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

His son, Dave, joined the company that same year. Under John and Dave's leadership, the sales volume at the company tripled and its product line increased from 3,500 to more than 6,000, including the popular Idaho Spud Bars.

John Wagers was president of the CofI Alumni Board, was a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years, and was active on the Building and Grounds Committee.

The idyllic garden includes granite slabs engraved with the names of alumni and others over the past several decades. Formerly, these alumni had stone plaques placed at the base of trees along the Margaret Sinclair Walkway on campus.

Recently, the roots of the trees began to press against the plaques, and the plaques needed to be removed. Family members who wish to pick up the plaques can contact the CofI physical plant at 459-5551.

Grant money available to student researchers

A new program has been established to provide student researchers with grant money that can be used to travel, purchase equipment and publish materials.

The ACI Student Research Grant Program has been established to promote student scholarship and creativity in all fields. Five to six grants of up to $1,000 each will be given.

Eligibility requirements are:

  • Must be a full-time CofI student to apply
  • The student applicant must work under the supervision of an CofI faculty mentor on the proposed work. A letter of recommendation must accompany the grant proposal application.
  • If funded, the proposed work must be completed before the student graduates or be presented to the 2008 Student Research Conference at ACI.

Deadline for applications is Nov. 15. For more information about criteria or materials click here. To download an application, click here.

Weaver leads first Student Development Day

Student LeadersASACI Student Body President Matt Weaver, andmembers of the student affairs divisionheld the inaugural Student Leader Development Day recently.

Approximately 40 student leaders gathered for a day of professional development thatfocused on resourceful, reflective andresponsible leadership.

Following an address by Weaver, the group planted nearly 60 trees behind Willow Creek. They alsodiscussed student life core values andfinished with an exerciseillustrating the importance of understanding the responsibilitythat comes with leadership.

Representatives from ASACI Executive Council, Program Council, Greek Council, Resident Assistants, First Year Mentors, Honor Council, Outdoor Program, Intramurals, Panhellenic, individualGreekorganizations, andStudent Activity Assistants attended.

Exhibit of drawings, reception in Rosenthal Gallery today

Ironing the Hair Shirt, an exhibition of drawings by College of Southern Idaho Professor Mike Youngman is opening today in the Rosenthal Gallery. A reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The Rosenthal Gallery is located in Blatchley Hall.

Youngman makes large charcoal drawings that range from straightforward studies of the figure to more elaborate compositions, some of which allude to famous artworks. He has also experimented with cut-out figures that are mounted so as to stick out a few inches from the wall. His works are finely crafted and gently humorous.

The artist will attend the opening.He is very approachable, and would be happy to answer questions about his work.

Free piano recital Sept. 15 features Irena Ravitskaya

The CofI music department is sponsoring a piano recital featuring guest artist Irena Ravitskaya, an adjunct instructor at BSU.

The recital is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall.She will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Admission is free.

Born in Kishinev, Moldova (former Soviet Union), Ravitskaya began playing the piano at age six, and at age 10 won the National Competition of Moldova. At age 16, Irena won the Young Artists State Competition, followed by an invitation to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.

She immigrated to the United States in 1995 and was accepted to the graduate program in piano performance at Boise State University. Irena graduated from the doctoral program at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2006.

She has worked at Boise Opera and at Indiana University Opera, coaching vocalists.

Michigan scientist assists museum with fossil plant collection

Museum ItemPaleobotanist Patrick F. Fields traveled from Michigan to spend two weeks of his summer vacation volunteering in the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and conducting field trips to collect Idaho and Oregon plant fossils.

An expert in the Miocene Succor Creek plant fossils (from the Owyhee Mountains), Fields is the curator of paleobotany and a research associate in the museum where many of his fossil plant collections now reside.

When he's not studying fossils or teaching science classes, Fields becomes 'Doc Choc,' and teaches classes about the mystery, history and allure of chocolate. He has taught his class twice in Caldwell, each time donating the proceeds to the museum.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Carol Falen Moore ('99) graduated from the University Oklahoma in December 2006 with a Ph.D. in psychology. She returned to the Pacific Northwest where she isin private practice in Spokane. Carolmarried Rod Christensonin 2006.

Kristy Wilson ('04), who is now a law student at the University of Idaho, recently returned from Cambodia where she was working for a German judge who is the senior legal advisor the Ministry of Women's Affairs. Kristy wrote a 150-page introduction to the 2005 Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims, and spent time working with the draft law on human trafficking, meeting with various non-governmental organizations and U.N. agencies that were involved with it, and proposing changes. To read more, visit her blog at summerincambodia.blogspot.com.

Kristy was also just offered a job working for Justice Roger S. Burdick on the Idaho Supreme Court after graduation.

Andrew Young ('00) recently completed a masters of liberal arts studies at Johns Hopkins University and will complete his masters in library science in December at the University of Maryland. He recently underwent a rigorous interview process and has been named the Johns Hopkins University Distance Education Librarian for the D.C. Metropolitan Area Centers.

Staff News

Archivist Jan Boles in BAM's Idaho Triennial

Museum Item

ACI archivist Jan Boles was one of 25 artists accepted to the Idaho Triennial, a juried exhibition held every three years at the Boise Art Museum. The show opened Sept. 1 and runs until Nov. 25. The panorama shown here is called 'Arthur Street Pentimento, April, 2007.'

Boles is one of 71 artists who applied for the exhibit. An opening party will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. and will feature an awards presentation by Idaho First Lady Lori Otter.

ACI in the News

  • The Idaho Statesman ran an article about the John Wagers Recognition Garden dedication in its Sept. 13 edition in the Community section. To read the article, click here.
  • The Idaho Press-Tribune ran an article about the John Wagers Recognition Garden dedication in its Sept. 13 edition on page 2 and in the Community section.
  • ACI Trustee Ron Bitner ('68) was included in a New York Times article on Sept. 7 about Idahoan's reactions to Sen. Larry Craig's resignation and subsequent decision to seek a court hearing.
  • Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was included in an Associated Press story that ran in the Idaho Statesman on Sept. 6 about Sen. Larry Craig. To read the story, click here.
  • The Idaho Press-Tribune sports section ran an article Sept. 6 about ACI's cross country meet and included quotes from cross-country coach Pat McCurry and a photo of Molli-Lee Painter.

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


  • The Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson Music Scholarship has been established at CofI to honor the College's emeritus piano faculty member who taught at CofI from 1946 to 1994. 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.
  • 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. To be part of any of the CofI groups, join the Albertson network on www.facebook.com.
  • 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].
  • 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.