C of I Newsletter

2006. 06. 08.

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Senior English Students Make Impact

ACI senior English students are making an impact by turning their words into action. Two students had their work performed in a Reader's Theatre earlier in the year and the class as a whole decided to donate the proceeds from the event to UNICEF. In addition to helping others, this year's Senior Creative Writing Capstone Seminar consisted of some truly powerful and dedicated writers, and all the students' works will be available in the library at the end of this summer in a bound anthology called Making Words Live: Senior Creative Writing Capstone Seminar 2006 . The World Literature as well as the fiction branch of the English department plan to raise money for UNICEF every year from now on. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact this year's capstone professor, Dali Islam.

Six Coyotes Name Scholar-Athletes

Six Albertson College of Idaho student-athletes earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors during the spring sports’ season. Leading the group was a trio of baseball players - seniors Greg Stalling and Jake McGrady and junior Jason Enewold. All three players were named to the All-Cascade Conference team for their endeavors on the field. Also earning scholar-athlete honors were softball player Kerri Russell and golfer Sarah Gallant. Rounding out the group was men's track standout Jesse Chlebeck of Eagan, Minn. - the first-ever scholar-athlete from the track program. A total of 20 student-athletes earned scholar-athlete awards for the 2005-06 school year.

ACI Alumnae Earns Honors for Musical Accomplishments

Dr. Susanne Skyrm '71, professor of music at the University of South Dakota, has received the university's first biennial College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professor Award. The award is given to a faculty member who has taught for at least 12 years in the USD College of Fine Arts and achieved excellence in professional research and creative activity. Skyrm was selected from a group of four finalists. Over the next two years she will make two presentations of her research and creative activity and receive a $2000 honorarium.

Recent Grad Makes Entrepreneurial Move

J. Glerum knows the meaning of the phrase when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The 2001 CofI graduate turned a bad experience with a local business into his own entrepreneurial enterprise. 'I happened to have an awful experience with a local car dealership while they were fixing my car under warranty,' Glerum said. 'Armed with a bad taste in my mouth about this experience and numerous articles and books on the explosive growth of online reputation systems, I approached a web developer about making a site that would allow people to share the experiences they've with businesses in their area.' Check a Biz was born. The site gives users the opportunity to rate and review businesses in the area. So far, over 500 local businesses have been rated. 'Practically any business you can think of has been or can be rated,' Glerum said. 'There is a wealth of information displayed about a business and its reputation, including the business' contact and location information, the business' overall rating, its average ratings for price, service and quality, and a link to each individual review written by Check a Biz members.'