C of I Newsletter

2007. 10. 18.

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NOTE: We are resending The College of Idaho Weekly Newsletter because the pictures were omitted in the previous sending.

The College of Idaho: What we've heard

College of IdahoThanks to all of you who have called, sent emails and visited the website to comment about the $50 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, the 10-year, $175 million comprehensive campaign, and the College's return to The College of Idaho name.

Not all of you are happy with the name change and we understand. Our hope is to unite all our alumni under The College of Idaho name, because it was shared by both The C of I and CofI graduates. We want to continue to provide the same high-quality education and the same personal experience that all of you enjoyed while you were here, and this name change and comprehensive campaign will help us achieve that goal.

Pictured above are Finney Hall residents who took it upon themselves to make their own C of I t-shirts. Shalimar Frost, the first floor RA and student hall director for the building, organized the program and decorating materials. About 15 residents participated. Here are excerpts of some of the comments we've received so far. If you'd like to comment or ask a question, please go to Ask Bob on the new College of Idaho website (collegeofidaho.edu):

  • I know many alumni who are as livid as I am regarding this situation…
  • I'm not the only alum that is so excited about the reversal of the name change that I'd like a new diploma.
  • Congratulations on the gift and the change!
  • I'm excited about the name change – and will be in line for new apparel & donating more to the Boone fund this year because of it.
  • A couple good friends of mine are CofI alum and were very excited about the name changing back.
  • I believe changing the name back to The College's historical roots is one of the smartest things to be done. This "old alum" is proud of the institution, and even more so now.
  • I kindly ask you to remove me from all future mailings, e-mails, and phone lists concerning The College of Idaho.
  • I'm not quite sure who to thank but I'm also sure you had at least a little to do with restoring the name of the College of Idaho.
  • For now I think that I will be stopping my donations past my current commitment. Something just doesn't seem right about this.
  • I have concerns that this name change may cause confusion and potential harm with employers, etc. for alumni such as myself who have a degree from CofI vs. CofI.
  • I just want to say that I am very happy to see the name of our college returned to College of Idaho.
  • Thank you for giving us back our name, the College of Idaho - I feel like I have an old friend back!!!!!
  • I have to say I am absolutely delighted that the school has returned to the "C of I"!
  • I am a proud alumni of Albertson College and am more than a little shocked that the College alumni are hearing about it from a news release and not something more personal, considering how the College prides itself on being such an intimate academic institution.
  • "Way to go CofI!!!" Welcome back!! I am one of those not happy about the first name change – it definitely made me feel alienated, and no longer part of The College of Idaho.
  • I have not donated for years because of the name change. Now that MY college name has been restored you can count on me to donate on a regular basis.
  • I was shocked today to see this email after attending an alumni luncheon yesterday and nothing was mentioned. I think the college should have asked for viewpoints from all the alumni prior to making this decision.
  • I don't think this new name holds as much prestige and (I am) upset.
  • What's with the secrecy and the sudden announcement?
  • As a graduate of THE COLLEGE OF IDAHO, I just wanted to say thank you for whatever role you played in changing the college's name back.

Fall 2007 Choral Concert is today

BuckendorfThe Fall 2007 Choral Concert will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The concert features the C of I Chorale & Chamber Singers, conductor Andrew Percifield, guest director Bill Buckendorf (’74) and the Caldwell High School Madrigals. Buckendorf has taught at Caldwell High for 28 years and is retiring this year.

Cost for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for non-C of I students and seniors. C of I students, faculty and staff are free.

The concert will feature diverse styles of choral music. The C of I Chamber Singers will open the concert with works by 15th century composer Josquin des Prs, famed Italian madrigalist Claudio Monteverdi, and two arrangements sure to delight Billy Joel fans.

The Madrigals will perform a couple of Bill Buckendorf’s favorite pieces, which will be announced. The men and women of The C of I Chorale will each present a humorous number before rejoining to perform contrasting gorgeous works by Felix Mendelssohn and Frank Ticheli, and an inspired performance of Ben Allaway’s Freedom Come.

The finale of the concert will feature The C of I and CHS choirs singing two of Bill’s favorite pieces, under his direction.

The choral concert is supported by the Gladys Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.

Taste of the Harvest raises $6,000 for scholarship

This year’s annual Taste of the Harvest was one of the College’s most successful. Held on Oct. 6, the event raised $6,000 toward scholarships for the children of farmworkers and was attended by more than 600 people. In 2006, Taste of the Harvest raised $5,000.

This is the seventh year of Taste of the Harvest, which brings together Idaho wineries, food producers and entertainers in a celebration of the fall harvest. More than 33 vendors attended this year’s event. Entertainment was provided by The Rockin’ Hippies, The Kawa Taiko drummers, The Traditional Mexican Dancers and Sudha’s Indian Classical Dance Group.

Special thanks to sponsors Canyon County Farm Bureau Federation, Idaho Press-Tribune, Bon Appetit, and Idaho Wine Commission for their generous support, and to The C of I Heritage Scholars who were a tremendous help throughout the entire event.

Museum specimens used to describe new beetle species

Beetles located in the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History insect collection have been used to help describe a new species. Dr. Charles A. Triplehorn (Ohio State University) has recently published a paper, "New species of Eleodes (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 109(3):628-642." One of the new species described is Eleodes mirabilis.

The Museum specimens were collected by College of Idaho alum and museum volunteer, Dr. Paul E. Blom, in San Luis Potosi during the 1977 biology department Mexico Expedition, led by the late Dr. Robert D. Bratz. Examples of this new species may be viewed in the Museum’s insect collection.

Arrangements to view the collection can be made through museum direction William Clark or curator of Coleoptera, Dr. Alan Gillogly, or by visiting the museum during the monthly museum workday.

Life after The C of I: Where are we now?

Sarah Davis (Foster), (’98) teaches preschool at Treasure Valley Even Start. Even Start provides an education for children up to age 8 and also to their parents who need a GED or need to learn English. Sarah recently had a baby boy, Isak, in June. She has another son (7) and a daughter (4).

James W. Smith, M.D., (’64) current member of The C of I Board of Trustees, has been chosen by his peers as one of the best doctors in America for 2007. Dr. Smith, a cardiologist, has practiced in Boise since 1977. An Idaho native and The College of Idaho graduate, he earned his doctorate at George Washington University Medical School and completed post-graduating training in internal medicine and cardiology at UCLA. Smith, a founder of the Boise Heart Clinic, is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, and is a diplomat in both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Sub-Specialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease. He is a past president of the Ada County Medical Society. He was the governor of the Idaho American College of Cardiology and served a six-year term on the State Board of Medicine. He is also a trustee at St. Luke’s Health System.

Kathryn Sweeney (Bischoff), (’72) is the vice president of Environmental Management Systems, Inc. She lives in Lake Oswego, Ore. and enjoys a second home on the Oregon coast with her husband of 33 years Robert F. Sweeney. She has one daughter who is married and living near San Francisco.

Faculty News

Mansfield and Ertter publish manuscript

Don MansfieldBiology Professor Don Mansfield and distinguished alumna Barbara Ertter (’75) had a manuscript published in the most recent edition of Madroo – a journal of western American botany. In the paper, Mansfield and Ertter describe a new variety of herbaceous plant in the rose family that is found in the Owyhee uplands and Steens Mountain (as well as the Ochocos in Oregon). They expect more species and varieties to be described as they study the botanical collections that have been made in this region during in the past couple of decades.

Student News

Ashley McCartney takes third in INBRE poster contest

Ashley McCartney took third place in the faculty choice division in the Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Program Poster Contest.

McCartney is a student of Sara Heggland. Her poster was called "A comparative Effect of Cadmium in Non-Tumor and Tumor Derived Osteoblastic Cells."

Ashley Carvalho wins humanitarian award for saving young girl’s life

Ashley Carvalho was chosen to receive the 2007 John Butler Lung Foundation Humanitarian Gold Medal. The award was presented to Ashley at the annual John Butler Banquet on Oct. 12 in Boise.

The award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution in the lives of others. Ashley received the award because she saved the life of a young girl in a near-drowning last July.

The C of I in the News

Media coverage of last week’s $50 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, the launching of the 10-year, $175 million comprehensive campaign and the College’s name change were covered by local, statewide, regional and national media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Oregonian (Portland), The Associated Press, Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press-Tribune, NewsChannel 7, Today’s 6, Fox 12, KBCI 2 News, Times-News (Twin Falls), Post-Register (Idaho Falls), Spokesman-Review (Spokane), Boise Weekly, Local News 8 (Idaho Falls).

Here is some of the coverage:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Albertson College Gift Presents an Unnaming Opportunity

Idaho Statesman:

Bob Hoover: Name change will benefit college, students, alumni

Our View: Dropping Albertson from its name gives college a fresh start

College cuts 'Albertson' name – The College of Idaho goes back to its original name and gets $50 million from the Albertson Foundation

Idaho Press-Tribune:

The C of I has reasons to celebrate

KTVB News Channel 7:

Albertson College changes name, gets $50 million

KBCI 2 News:

Albertson College of Idaho gets big donation, changes name

Spokesman Review:

Eye on Boise: Albertson College to drop 'Albertson’ name

Boise Weekly:

Grocers' College No More

In other C of I news: Political Science Professor Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed by the Washington Examiner and the Idaho Statesman about Sen. Larry Craig on Friday, Oct. 12.

Jobs at The C of I

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 Coyote Caller Phonathon, one of the College’s most important fundraisers, began Sunday, Oct. 14. The Coyote Callers are current C of I students who act as ambassadors for the College and play an important role in the continuing development of the Phonathon program. They contact alumni, parents, and friends to build relationships, update data and secure financial contributions.

    For more information, contact Courtney Carissimi at [email protected] or (208) 459-5918.

  • The 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 C of I Maintenance and Operations 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.

  • The C of I’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 The C of I to honor the College’s emeritus piano faculty member who taught at the College from 1946 to 1994. For more information about the scholarship, contact Michael Vandervelden at [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to The College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.

  • A video 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 YouTube. You can go online to order a DVD of the video 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 The C of I.

    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 a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy, or pre-law.

    Scharioth and The C of I 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 The College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.