C of I Newsletter

2007. 11. 08.

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The College of Idaho Homecoming is Nov. 16-18 – reunions for classes of ‘52, ‘62, ‘72, ‘82, ‘92, ‘97, ‘02

The College of Idaho will celebrate homecoming Nov. 16-18 with a variety of activities. Homecoming will include reunions for the classes of ‘52, ‘62, ‘72, ‘82, ‘92, ‘97 and ‘02, but events and activities are for all attendees.

Events and activities include:

Friday, Nov. 16

  • BBQ-Morrison Quadrangle
  • The Madwoman of Chaillott, presented by The C of I Theatre and Speech Arts department at 7:30 p.m.
  • Golden Rule Shoot-Out Basketball Game – The C of I vs. Willamette

Saturday, Nov. 17

  • Breakfast in Simplot Dining Hall at 8:30 a.m.
  • Alumni Symposium from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Dr. Denny Clark (Islam and Christianity) and Dr. Orville Cope (American Foreign Policy in the New Century)
  • National Alumni Luncheon
  • Wine tour at 2:30 p.m., meeting in the JAAC parking lot
  • Lecture with Dr. Howard Berger at 2:30 p.m.
  • Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum and Robert E. Smylie Archives open from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Run/Walk at 5:30 p.m., meeting in the JAAC parking lot
  • Homecoming pep rally, barbecue and beerfest in the Morrison Quad at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Madwoman of Chaillott, presented by The C of I Theatre and Speech Arts department at 7:30 p.m.
  • Basketball game vs. Westminster at 8 p.m. C of I pompons will be handed out on at the entrance of the Gym. Also, the alumni office will have College of Idaho Homecoming Buttons on sale for $1 eachduring the BBQs on Friday and Saturday.Winners will receive half the sales proceeds of the buttons and will be announced at the Saturday’s game. Participants must be present to win.
  • Post-game gathering at The C of I pub

Sunday, Nov. 18

  • C of I day at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church, 406 S. 14th Ave., at 10 a.m.Pres. Bob Hoover will speak and Dr. Phil Rogers will give the sermon.

For a complete list of homecoming activities, costs and registration information, go to www.collegeofidaho.edu.

Help The College of Idaho select its new logo

The College of Idaho wants your opinion on what our new logo should look like. Visit www.collegeofidaho.edu, review the options and provide comments. The comment period will be open until Nov. 19.

The logos will be on display in The Langroise Center on Nov. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and comment forms will be available.

The College will also accept additional logos for consideration. Submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • Two-color – Pantone 518 (purple), Pantone 871 (metallic gold)
  • Times New Roman (regular or italic) for text; Gill Sans may be used for secondary text
  • Accents may be hand drawn
  • “The College of Idaho” and “Idaho’s Liberal Arts College” must be included
  • Logos must be submitted as a vector file (.eps, .ai, .psd). Accents must be included as part of the vector file.
  • Only school logos are being considered, not athletic logos

After the comment period, a Logo Advisory Committee consisting of students, faculty, staff and alumni will review the comments and any new logos that are submitted. The committee will decide which logos should move forward for further review by the campus community.

The final decision about The College of Idaho logo will be made by Pres. Bob Hoover and the President’s Staff.

Student Research Grant Program deadline is approaching

The deadline for the Student Research Grant Program is Nov. 15. The program will provide five to six grants of up to $1,000 each. The grant program promotes student scholarship and creativity in all fields and funding can be used in a variety of ways. For more information about criteria, materials, or to download an application, click here.

Alumni needed for The C of I’s first Coyote Connections

ACI and C of I alumni are encouraged to help the next generation of ‘Yotes have a successful start after college by participating in Coyote Connections on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Coyote Connections is an important opportunity for juniors and seniors to network and learn about the skills they will need when they leave The College of Idaho, whether they are entering grad school or the job market. The day includes workshops, panel discussions, and humorous skits.

Alumni will participate in panel discussions about their job fields and what students can do now to prepare for grad school or a job. Following the panel discussions, an informal luncheon will seat alumni with students who are interested in their job field.

Job fields include arts, business, communication, education, environment and science, healthcare, government and public policy, law, nonprofit and public service. Alumni are asked to participate in Coyote Connections from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but are welcome to arrive earlier and stay later.

Your experiences both in college, in grad school and in your career will help our current students be successful. Please plan to participate. To RSVP, click here. For more information, call CEL at 459-5508 or 459-5688.

Upcoming events and activities


  • The College of Idaho Foreign Policy Guest Speakers Series presents Kambiz Tavana on Monday, Nov. 12 from 11:30-12:30 p.m., on the third floor of Sterry Hall in the Hendren Board Room. Tavana’s lecture is “Iran: Iranians and Ahmadinejad.”

    Tavana is the deputy news director of Radio Farda(Radio Free Iran), based in Prague, Czech Republic. His background includes years at Hashahri, Iran’s most widely distributed newspaper, other reformist newspapers,the Iran National Library, and the Associated Press. He has also held positions in the UNHCR conducting missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Tavana has a BA and MA degree in English literature from Azad University. He has also studied Islamic philosophy inIran’sholy city of Qom.

Tailgate Party

  • Tailgate at the Idaho Center for The C of I vs. NNU game – the party will be on the arena floor under the hoops on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person and RSVPs are required. Call 459-5300 to RSVP.

C of I Fun Bus to La Grande

  • The C of I alumni office is organizing a rooter bus for the Nov. 10 men’s basketball game in La Grande, Ore. against Montana Tech. The cost for the round-trip charter is $15 and will leave the Activities Center parking lot at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Mary Bitner at 459-5300 or [email protected].

Musical performance

  • Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 8), the College of Idaho Department of Music invites you to a special concert featuring pianist Jonathan Mann, at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.Jonathan is a piano professor of at University of Idaho.

  • The Robert Hendren Beethoven Cycle concerts performed by the Langroise Trio begin Nov. 9 in Boise at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

    A second performance will held Nov. 10 in Langroise Recital Hall and admission is free. Both Langroise Trio concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

    The Langroise Trio are The College of Idaho’s artists-in-residence. Members are Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello.

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

Chris Brooks (‘06) has accepted a promotion with The Hershey Company and is now the district sales supervisor of the Detroit district. Chris has worked for the company since graduation and has become one of most successful sales reps in the western United States. He will soon be living in Troy, MI.

Chris is also currently working towards his Master’s of Strategic Leadership Degree with Mountain State University’s executive program. He will complete that degree in spring

Brenda Forrest (‘06) and Kevin Griffiths (‘05) were successful participants in this year’s University of Idaho McNichols Moot Court Competition. Forrest received an award recognizing overall excellence in written and oral advocacy and Griffiths was a semifinalist for best oralist and a runner-up for best brief. More than 43 people participated in this year’s competition, a record number.

Sami Schmitt (‘04) was recently engaged to Robin Vos, a Wisconsin state legislator. Schmitt lives in Racine, Wisconsin and owns Link Political Advising which links grassroots campaigning and fundraising for state legislators.

Faculty News

Heggland presents research statewide

Associate professor of biology Sara Heggland has accepted several invitations to present her laboratory’s research on “Cadmium-induced ostetoxicity: Cadmium’s impact on bone health.” Heggland gave a research seminar at Boise State University in October. She is traveling to Idaho State University to give a research seminar this month and then to University of Idaho in December.

Yates travels to Portland conference for book research

Education professor Deb Yates is attending the annual conference for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth next week in Portland, Ore. as part of the research for her next book.

The working title of the book is “Seeds of Hope: Transformative Education for Students in Poverty,”and will be co-authored with Dr. Robert Barr, a nationally known researcher and consultant who works with at-risk youth.

Student News

C of I students share their research at conference

Six students from The C of I presented research at the 16th Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by Willamette University on Nov. 2 and 3. The students were Ashley McCartney, Kate Arbon, Lauren Delana, Bengt Phung, Jackeline Rodriguez Reyes, and Spenser Smith.

Drs. Mark Gunderson, Sara Heggland, and Don Mansfieldfrom the biology department also attended the conference. The research was funded by an NIH-INBRE grant under the direction of Heggland.

Staff News

Major gifts officer joins Office of Development

Rance Pugmire joins The College of Idaho as a major gift officer, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit world of university fund raising, administration and communications.

A native of Hagerman, Idaho near Twin Falls, Pugmire is a 1987 graduate of the University of Idaho where he worked from 1985-87 and again from 1990-95. He also served in different fundraising and public relations positions at St. John’s University in New York, Utah State University and Idaho State University.He most recently helped lead the external operations areas of marketing, fund raising, corporate sales and communications for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Kris Hooker elected to college and university mail service board

Kris Hooker was elected to the Board of Directors for the Regional Association of Rocky Mountain College and University Mail Services, atthe annual meetingin LasVegas last month.

The C of I in the News

Trustee and alumnus Ron Bitner (‘68) was interviewed for the Edible Idaho radio program about the Idaho wine country and the Polo Cove project. The show will air Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:20 a.m., 9:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.on NPR News 91 (91.5 FM)

Trustee and alumnus Sen. John McGee (’95) was featured on NewsChannel 7 and in the Idaho Press-Tribune for his recent visit to the White House for a half-day summit to discuss national transportation issues. McGee chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and the Treasure Valley Transportation Task Force. To read the Ch. 7 story, click here.

Jobs at The C of I

Biology adjunct faculty

This position will teach a spring 2008 (start date Feb. 25) upper division laboratory course in any specialty of cell or molecular biology.


  • Masters degree required, doctorate degree (or ABD) preferred
  • Fluent in English

Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

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


  • The Coyote Caller Phonathon, one of the College’s most important fundraisers, beganSunday, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.