C of I Newsletter

2007. 11. 15.

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Coyotes rally from 17-down to stop NW Nazarene, 60-54

Despite not converting a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the game, The College of Idaho rallied from a 17-point first half deficit to defeat Canyon County rival Northwest Nazarene, 60-54 in the Sixth Annual United Heritage TipOff, before 3,892 fans in the Idaho Center.

The exhibition win for the Coyotes was their third-straight against their neighbors from Nampa and improved The C of I to 5-1 in the series.

Josh Owen had 13 points and three assists in the win, with Craig McGee adding 12 points and Phillip Matcham 10.  Bryan Champ had seven points, six rebounds, and three steals, with Donnel Garner recording five steals.

NNU got 15 points from Brian Parnell and 11 points from Joel Ryman, but were playing without standout forward, Scott Helpenstell, who missed the game with an ankle injury.

The Coyotes return to action this weekend, hosting the 21st Annual Duane Wolfe Memorial Golden Rule Shoot-Out, meeting Willamette on Friday and Westminster on Saturday. 

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 each during 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.

Howlin’ Yotes Continue Quest for Championships

The Howlin’ Yotes, the College of Idaho’s speech and debate team, attended the 78th Annual Linfield College Speech and Debate Tournament recently. The Howlin’ Yotes only brought about a quarter of the team following a busy fall tournament schedule, but still managed a third place finish against Northwest Conference rivals Utah State and Pacific University.

There were also several outstanding individual performances. Sophomore Emilie McDonagh led the team, earning a fifth place finish in debate with frosh partner Colleen Smith, and a first place finish in duo interpretive reading with junior partner Nick Schossow. Junior Steve Snell took third place in dramatic interpretive reading. Frosh Kat Sillonis took sixth place in impromptu speaking.

The College of Idaho attended the First Linfield College Tournament in 1929. Linfield is the second of three Northwest Conference Tournaments.

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 Madwoman of Chaillot runs tonight (Thursday, Nov. 15), Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Langroise Studio Theatre. Tickets for C of I students, staff, and faculty are free (you still need to pick up a ticket before the show). Other prices are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and non C of I students.

    The Madwoman of Chaillot is a delightful, funny, and timely fable about a community of vagabonds, madwomen, and ordinary citizens at the Café Chez Francis in Paris, struggling to restore beauty and love to a world which seems to be taken over by greed and exploitation.

    The College of Idaho production is directed by guest artist, Dan Peterson and features scenic design by Michael Hartwell, costume design by Rachel Reisenauer, lighting design by Deborah Penrod and sound by Seth Asa Sengel and Brian Hosefros. Makeup design by AIka Shima. The cast includes: Alyssa Martin, David Ketchum, Andrew Lloyd, Hongmey Zhen, Jessica Austin, Chelsy Watson, Amanda Richey, Shea Hall, Brian Hosefros, Miranda Drake, Charles Exner, Thomas Newby, Amber Steele, Kimm Johnson, Hannah Buckendorf, Aika Shima, Mauricio Both, Lani Boykin, Danielle Gordon, Alex Hawkins, Daniel Henson, Victoria Hess, Ayesha Lissanevitch, Justin Martin, Yana Sadouskaya, Nyasha Sumbureru, Ben Verschoor, Jamie Derry, Jennifer Lawrence, Sharon Magnuson, Emily Manny, Seanne Smith.  Stage management is by Ali Rabe, Amber Steele, and Nena Curley.


  • The 13th Annual C of I Jazz Festival with guest artist Louise Rose is Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in Admission is free.

    Louise is a talented pianist, vocalist and actress. She was formally trained in piano, organ, voice, conducting and arranging.  Some of her studies were with Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.

    She writes original vocal and instrumental music. She arranges for large and small choral ensembles and uses many styles. She writes small ensemble, big band, military, marching band and orchestral music. She loves to write children’s music, for both children and adults:  “The ones who need children's music more than children.”


  • Celebrate and support our C of I artists at the Holiday Arts Fair on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Langroise from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The arts fair features original artwork and other handmade items for sale by students, faculty, staff and alumni. The art inlcludes pottery, paintings, handmade purses and jewelry.  A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Art Club.

    The fair will be followed by the College Jazz Band & Ensemble. 

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

Matthew S. Sonnichsen (‘04) and his wife Jennifer (Kroll) Sonnichsen (‘04, ‘05), moved to Missoula, Mont., in August 2007 after Matt was offered a job as staff counsel with Envirocon, Inc., an environmental remediation firm. Matt recently passed the Idaho bar, and is preparing to take the Montana bar in February.

Verlena Orr (’61) has just released a new book of poems entitled One More Time From the Beginning. The book was published by Stone City Press in Portland, Ore. All 25 poems in the book were published in small literary journals and poetry magazines throughout the country. Verlena continues to live in inner city Portland.

Faculty News

Associate professor Robin Cruz was in Arlington, VA earlier this month to serve on a panel to evaluate proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP).

Staff News

Boles’ film debut airs tonight and Dec. 2

Archivist Jan Boles’ film debut airs tonight (Thursday, Nov. 15) at 8 p.m. on Idaho public television in “Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century,” in which Boles plays a juror. The film is the story of the aftermath of the Gov. Frank Steunenberg murder in Caldwell 100 years ago. The film used newspaper clippings and other items from The College of Idaho’s collection.

The film will air again on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on IPTV.

The C of I in the News

  • KTVB Newschannel Ch 7 recently aired a piece about one of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History exhibits called “Fighting Bob,” an ostrich specimen that was once on exhibit in White City, an amusement park in Boise in the early 1930s. The piece included an with museum director William H. Clark. The story has been picked up by sister stations in Seattle and Portland.

  • Former chairman of the Board of Trustees Walt Minnick announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives from the steps of Sterry Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The announcement was covered by the Idaho Press-Tribune, NewsChannel 7, Fox 12 and Today’s 6.

  • The accidental injury of a campus safety officer who is a C of I student by four NNU students on campus to pull a prank was covered by the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune, Fox 12 News and Ch. 8 on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

  • The Idaho Press-Tribune covered Pres. Bob Hoover’s speech to the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

  • The Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune covered the annual rivalry game between The C of I and NNU in their Nov. 14 editions. To read the Statesman’s story, click here.

  • Archivist Jan Boles was interviewed by the Idaho Press-Tribune on Nov. 8 for “Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century,” the story of the aftermath of the Gov. Frank Steunenberg murder in Caldwell 100 years ago. Boles appears in the film.

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 C of I 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 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.

  • Ironing the Hair Shirt, an exhibition of drawings by College of Southern Idaho Professor Mike Youngman is in the Rosenthal Galleryuntil 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.