C of I Newsletter

2007. 09. 20.

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ACI enrolls one of the largest incoming classes in college history

students and counselors in Hendren HallACI's incoming fall class of new freshman, transfer students and readmitted students is one of the largest in the history of the College.

There are 302 new students at CofI this semester. The freshman class includes top-quality students. The average high school GPA is 3.64, average ACT is 25 and the average SAT is 1140.

Here's a closer look at the incoming students:

  • Gender: 179 female (59%); 123 male (41%)
  • Residency: In-state 208 (69%); out-of-state 94 (31%), representing 19 different states
  • Heritage Scholars – 15
  • International Students – 19 students from 15 different countries
    • 6 Davis Scholars
    • 10 International Baccalaureate students 
    • Countries represented are – Ethiopia, Japan, China, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Swaziland, Nepal, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mongolia, and Canada

'I am very pleased by the number of new students on campus this fall,' said President Bob Hoover, who hosted the incoming class at a barbecue at his house after they returned from the orientation retreat in McCall. 'They are a smart, diverse group and they will be wonderful contributors to our campus.'

ACI café will 'Eat Local' Sept. 25

As part of a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating locally, CofI will participate in the third annual 'Eat Local Challenge' on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The College's Executive Chef Matt Caldwell is working with local food producers and vendors to offer at least one local selection for lunch and dinner in Simplot Dining Hall that day. Everything used in the meal preparation (except salt) will be from within a 150-mile radius of the College.

The Eat Local Challenge is sponsored by Bon Appetit Management Co., a Palo Alto, Calif. company that runs ACI's food service. More than 400 Bon Appetit-run cafes will participate.

'As a chef, the Eat Local Challenge not only spurs me to new levels of creativity, but because local food comes from local people with local stories, the search for ingredients becomes a treasure hunt with an amazing reward – great food with a great back story,' Caldwell said.

Simplot Dining Hall is open to the public, so anyone wishing to participate in the Eat Local Challenge can come to the dining hall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch, and 4:30 to 7 p.m. for dinner. Cost for all-you-can-eat lunch is $6.35, plus tax. Cost for all-you-can-eat dinner is $7.15, plus tax.

Langroise Trio opens its season this weekend

Langroise Trio

The Langroise Trio is opening its 2007-08 season this weekend by performing Herzogenberg Trio #2, and Brahm's Piano Quartet Op 60 with special guest pianist Robyn Wells.

The concert Friday, Sept. 21 is at Esther Simplot Academy at 9th and Myrtle in Boise. The concert Saturday, Sept. 22 is in Langroise Recital Hall. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for the Boise performance for $10 ($5 for students). The CofI show is free.

Joy Passanante presentation is Thursday

ACI's First Year Experience Program welcomes author Joy Passanante to campus on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall

Passanante will present her essay 'Annabel Before the War: Only What I See,' along with accompanying photographs and artwork.

The presentation is free and open to students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

John Wagers Recognition Garden dedicated last week

Wagers Family by Plaque in Recognition GardenACI and the family of alumnus John Wagers ('57) dedicated the Wagers Recognition Garden on Friday, Sept. 14. The garden is located behind Strahorn Hall on the CofI campus.

The ceremony was attended by John's wife Mary, and children and grandchildren Ken, David, Robert, Leonard, Tara, Kade, Savannah and Delaney.

John Wagers, who died in 2006, was the longtime owner of The Idaho Candy Company. He was president of the CofI Alumni Board, a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years, and was active on the Building and Grounds Committee.

Volunteer Fair a success

The Department of Student Involvement and the Student Activities Assistants hosted ACI's first Volunteer Fair last week. Representatives from Indian Creek, the YMCA, Hope House, Idaho Food Bank and Big Brothers/Big Sisters attended.  Special thanks to Kate Arbon (Student Activities Assistant) for all her hard work on getting these agencies on campus.

Donations accepted by the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is hoping to develop its local and worldwide collections to ensure they continue to reflect past cultures as well as present resources for research and projects for students and the community. The museum wants to collect items from diverse communities in Idaho and the Northwest, plus ethnographic items from all over the world.  

Located downstairs in Boone Hall on the CofI campus, it is the only natural history museum in southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northern Nevada. The museum supports the education programs of the College, houses valuable collections for research and provides a vital community resource. 

There are several ways to help the museum. If you have an item or artifact of interest, contact the curator Jan Summers Duffy at [email protected]. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend museum workdays on the first Saturday of each month. 

Staff News

Faculty/staff win against ACI's softball team

Natalie Hatch

ACI's faculty/staff softball team won against the CofI softball team with a score of 5-1 in seven innings of slow-pitch on Saturday. 

Staff Association funds scholarship

The Staff Association scholarship has reached more than $10,000 in three years and will be ready for distribution in fall 2008. Money for the scholarship was raised through the annual Yard Sale sponsored every year by the Staff Association.

ACI in the News

  • History Professor Steve Maughan was interviewed by the Idaho Press-Tribune for the Sept. 11 edition about the removal of rail tracks on Cleveland Boulevard.
  • A story about the men's soccer team's 5-1 win against Northwest Christian was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Sept. 16 and included an interview with coach Brian Smith and a photo of player Jesus Lopez.
  • A story about the women's soccer team's 1-1 tie with EvergreenState was in the Sept. 15 and 16 edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune. The stories and included interviews with coach Niki Taylor, player Colleen Smith and a photo of Jennifer Phillips.

Jobs at ACI

Visitation and Events CoordinatorAdmissions Office

Organize group and individual campus visits for prospective high school and/or college transfer students and/or their parents. Organize on-campus events, work closely with the CofI community to showcase the college. Effectively maintain a positive relationship between the campus community and the Admissions Office.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • Possess an understanding and appreciation of the mission of a liberal arts institution
  • Proven supervisory skills
  • Must be high-energy and goal-oriented
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite, email and internet applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a variety of people (high school/college students, parents, faculty, etc.).multi-task, organize, adhere to strict deadlines, be detail-oriented and work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment while maintaining flexibility, a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Maintain a high level of customer service
  • Current and valid drivers license

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. 


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

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


  • 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. Deadline for applications is Nov. 15. For more information about criteria, materials, or to download an application, click here.
  • The stone plaques along the Margaret Sinclair Walkway on campus have been removed and the names have been added to the Wagers Recognition Garden. Family members who wish to pick up the plaques can contact the CofI physical plant at 459-5551.

  • Ironing the Hair Shirt, an exhibition of drawings by College of Southern Idaho Professor Mike Youngman is in the Rosenthal Gallery until Nov. 17.
  • ACI's Office of Development has launched 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.
  • 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 was 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.