C of I Newsletter

2007. 11. 21.

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National Alumni Board recognizes C of I alums

The National Alumni Awards Luncheon was held Saturday, Nov. 17 and recognized several C of I alumni.

Dr. Kwang-sae Lee (‘56) was one of two alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Lee attended the Seoul National University from 1952-1953 and went on to The College of Idaho from 1953-1956, receiving his B.A. in political science. He attended Yale University from 1956-1966 and received his Ph.D. He was an instructor at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) from 1962-1963, and from 1963 to present has been a professor at Kent State University. He has published three books and 62 articles.

Dr. Larry E. Suter (‘65) also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Suter graduated from Wilder High School in 1961 and went on to attend The College of Idaho. He then attended Duke University in 1968, earning his MA in sociology and in 1975 his Ph. D. in sociology. From 1997-1998 he was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In 1999 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and in 2006 was a Science Fellow at the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal through National Science Foundation. He is now Program Director at the National Science Foundation.

The Alumni Service Award was given to John and Jane Post. Jane graduated from the College in 1974 and John graduated in 1975. John began his affiliation with the College as a child of a member of the Admissions staff (his father, Bob), back when the C of I was almost the only four-year college between Salt Lake and Portland. As a “Coyote Brat,” he enjoyed playing under the bleachers at the old Hayman Field, hanging out with his parents at college events and listening to his father voice the praises of dear old C of I to prospective students and their parents.

Jane attended The College of Idaho after graduating from Ontario High School in Ontario, Ore. She taught fourth grade for five yearsat West Canyon Elementary School in the Vallivue School District. Jane left Idaho when John went to Air Force Pilot Training in Arizona. When John left the Air Force in 1985,they moved toApple Valley, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul)for 19 years.John and Janemoved back to Idaho in August of 2004.

The Howell family received The College of Idaho Family Heritage Award, which is given to a family that has multiple members in the National Alumni Association who attended the college and demonstrate a proven loyalty and continuing interest in The College of Idaho over their lifetimes.

The Howell family has had several family members that have attended and graduated from The College of Idaho, including:

Louise (Bick) Howell ‘66

Dorothy A. (Howell) Goodloe ‘63

Elvin Ballou ‘51

Norma (Howell) Dazey

Martha (Howell) Gamble ‘85 & Paul Gamble ‘88

Ken Howell ‘81

Laurea R. (Warren) Howell ‘83

Karen (Howell) Coonts

Mark P. Coonts ‘04

Allyson J. Coonts ‘06

Ellen E. Coonts ‘08

In other National Alumni Board news, Michael Danielson (‘89) was moved to past president, Erica Sarazolla (‘93) to president and Diana Dron (‘75) to president-elect. John Reuter (‘06) is chairman of the alumni services committee.

Former C of I President DeRosier dies

Arthur H. DeRosier, 76, who was president of The College of Idaho from 1980-1987 died of pancreatic cancer last week in Louisville, Ky. He died at his son Brett’s home while surrounded by his family.

“He was a beloved character,” said alumnus Michael Danielson (‘89). “As students, we just loved him. He had a southern lilt and a personality that just warmed a room. As students Lynda (C of I math professor Lynda Danielson ‘89) and I sang in the chamber group for the Board of Trustees on several occasions; when we would finish Arthur would talk about the importance of the mission of our college with a passion that made me want to empty my pockets. He really loved this place.”

After leaving The C of I, De Rosier became president of Rocky Mountain College in Montana. To read the full obituary from the Billings Gazette, click here.

The C of I holiday card selected

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for this year’s holiday card for the C of I. Many beautiful and creative submissions were received. Bob and Leslee Hoover chose two images – one for the holiday card and one for greeting cards to be sent throughout the year.

The holiday card is a watercolor by alumnus Dan Looney (‘68) and shows a snowy scene of the College. Many of Dan’s works are displayed throughout the College. He has a studio in Boise and creates classic and contemporary images using mixed media and torn paper collages. Dan has been painting since 1975 and has had more than 25 one-man shows in the United States and Europe.

The greeting card is calligraphy by C of I staff member June Smith, who has worked at the College since 1997. Since January 2005, she has been the administrative assistant to Pres. Hoover. Her artistic hobbies include custom painting t-shirts, designing pre-school brochures, painting wall murals for friends, making rock animals (or Rockimals as she likes to call them), floral arrangements, and calligraphy. Her inspiration for the greeting card design came from listening to the C of I choir sing the College Hymn.

C of I logo update

Thanks to all who gave input on the five options for the new C of I logo. Nearly 400 people participated in the process and more than 100 people signed up to be on the Logo Selection Committee.

The next step is for the Logo Selection Committee to review the input and decide which logos should receive further consideration. One new logo was submitted, and the committee will decide if that one should be considered.

We will let you know about the next opportunity to give input.

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.

Help The C of I find future ‘Yotes

Remember your great experience as a Coyote? Some things never change. That same spirit you remember still thrives at The College of Idaho – that close-knit community, active interaction with faculty, and rich learning environment packed with great memory-making moments.

You can share this experience with bright young students you know – cousins, family friends, members of your church youth group, high school athletic teams, or the bright student featured in your local newspaper.

Click here to complete the quick form, or send an email to [email protected] with the student’s contact information. The admissions office will send a notification to the student with an added bonus – an Alumni Referral Scholarship of $400!

An admission counselor will be in touch with your referral, invite them to visit campus and help them discover The College of Idaho for themselves.

Thank you for taking this great opportunity. You are not only helping the student, but are continuing to enhance the future of The College of Idaho.

Upcoming events and activities


  • 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.

Faculty News

Hunter receives Idaho Humanities Council grant for work in New Zealand

Political Science Professor Kerry Hunter received $3,500 to research and write about political culture in New Zealand, focusing primarily on the preservation of individual rights and freedoms as they compare to similar rights in the United States.

During five months as a visiting professor at Victoria University of Wellington in 2008, he will interview members of parliament, students, faculty and the general public.

He plans to write articles and develop presentations to use in conferences and in his classroom at The C of I.

The Idaho Humanities Council, the non-profit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded $71,520 in grants to organizations and individuals.

Student News

Kate Stark, The C of I Greek Council President, with the help of Brian Peterson from Delta Tau Delta, has put together volunteer organizations to cover the next three Sundays of bell ringing at Wal-Mart. Each pair of organizations will cover both doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as follows:

Nov. 25 – Delta Tau Delta and Gamma Phi Beta

Dec. 2 – Kappa Sigma and Sigma Epsilon

Dec. 9 – Sigma Chi and Kappa Alpha Theta

The C of I in the News

A story about the death of former college president Arthur H. DeRosier was in Saturday’s Idaho Statesman along with a photo. To read the 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, 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 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.