C of I Newsletter

2007. 12. 13.

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C of I celebrates holiday with trustees, faculty and staff

The College of Idaho hosted its annual holiday party on Tuesday, Dec. 11. More than 180 people attended, including trustees, faculty and staff. It was the most well attended holiday party in recent memory.

Bon Appetit catered the event, which included dried cranberry and sage turkey roulades on a crispy stuffing canapé, roasted root vegetable kabobs with roasted garlic crème fraiche, pepper crusted beef tenderloin canapé with pomegranate molasses and ricotta salata, rice noodle wrapped shrimp with plum sauce, black bean and goat cheese empanadas, green bean and sundried tomato salad with red grape vinaigrette, roasted winter squash salad with honey herb dressing, clementine mousse inside chocolate cups, white chocolate candy cane cheesecakes and chocolate dipped macaroons.

The party featured a “nice list” for the first time – the names of people who RSVP’d were drawn to receive party favors, which included C of I hats, mugs and home décor boards.

Pres. Bob Hoover and the Board of Trustees wish everyone in the College of Idaho community a happy and peaceful holiday season and a joyous New Year.

C of I students give back to the community

Many College of Idaho students have used their time and skills to make a brighter holiday for people in our community. If you know of students who are making a contribution, either during the holidays or year-round, please send an email to communications director Jennifer Oxley at [email protected]

Criminology students donate to Syringa House

Senior Meredith Howlett and sophomore Jessi Barnes from Robin Lorentzen’s criminology course delivered large bags of clothing and shoes, and box after box of books and toiletries to girls living at Nampa’s Syringa House last week.

Syringa House, a 24-bed residential treatment home for girls who are runaways or minor offenders who might otherwise be in juvenile detention, was chosen by the students after they took field trips there and to two other juvenile detention facilities in Nampa and Caldwell.

Syringa House Program manager Linda Smith said having a college class gather items and make a donation like this will mean a lot to the 15 girls living there. She was especially pleased to see so many books donated, because the house is trying to increase its library.

“They will learn lots of different things from this experience,” Smith said. “It’s good for them to know that there are people out there who care about them and are thinking about them.”

Lorentzen said her 29 students will learn from the experience as well.

“Visiting Syringa House helped us to go beyond understanding human problems in the abstract,” Lorentzen said. “We learned about the needs of a group of young women living in our community, and worked together to help make their lives a bit better. This provides a powerful lesson about the connections between ourselves and others and the importance of serving our communities. Hopefully this simple gesture will inspire many others.”

Art Club helps with Idaho Food Bank fundraiser

The Art Club was able to donate 40 bowls to the “Empty Bowl” Idaho Food Bank fundraiser. Although the Art Club has done this annually, this year was a banner year due to the leadership of Cameron Galindo, said Professor Lynn Webster.

Galindo threw more than 30 bowls for club members to decorate. Webster, who attended the Empty Bowl event, said one of Galindo’s bowls was included in the higher priced professional category for sale.

C of I Greeks raise money for Salvation Army

Kate Stark, The C of I Greek Council President, and Brian Peterson from Delta Tau Delta, organized volunteer organizations to cover four Sundays of bell ringing at Wal-Mart for The Salvation Army. Almost $1,900 was raised.

Fraternities and sororities that participated were Delta Tau Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Epsilon. Volunteers staffed the doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Angresano raises $4,000 for Chinese road

Political Economy Professor Jim Angresano hosted a Chinese dinner for more than 100 people last week as a fundraiser to build a road in a Chinese village. About $4,000 has been raised for the project. These funds came from ticket sales to the Dec. 6 dinner-auction, the sale of donated auction items, and many generous donations from faculty, staff, current and former students, members of the greater College community and from Hewlett-Packard.

Students Ben Jarvis, Megan Haenszel, C.J. Sower and Ashley Hynes assisted with the cooking and planning, and international students Alesandra Liu and Wang Jue assisted with the cooking. The evening included an auction and lecture about the road and reason for the project.

“What we wanted everyone to do was connect to the village,” Angresano said.

Angresano came up with the idea for the project in September when he was at Hainan University in China as a senior specialist on a Fulbright fellowship. This was Angresano’s fourth Fulbright fellowship and his third as a senior specialist. He previously traveled to China in 2001, 2002 and 2005.

One of the students he met on this recent trip lived in the village and talked to Angresano about how a road that was passable year-round would assist the residents by linking them to the larger province.

Construction on the road has already begun and Angresano plans to travel back to China in May. He is working on a grant that would allow C of I students to study there.

Angresano also thanked his wife (and C of I modern foreign language instructor) Elizabeth, associate political economy professor Rob Dayley and assistant history professor Jeff Snyder for their assistance with the dinner and fundraising project.

Coyote Connections receives great response; alumni still needed

About 47 alumni and 145 students have registered for Coyote Connections, The C of I’s first networking opportunity for juniors and seniors to meet alumni from different job fields 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.

More alumni are still needed. 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.

Coyote Connections is Saturday, Jan. 12. Alumni are asked to participate from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a day of engaging activities. Job fields include arts, business, communication, education, environment and science, healthcare, government and public policy, law, nonprofit and public service.

Please call the Center for Experiential Learning at 459-5508 or 459-5688 or e-mail [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

More C of I on You Tube

C of I alumnus Ron Torres (‘03) created two “webisodes” starring Ruben Torres and Megan Haenszel. The webisodes interview Ruben and Megan about why they chose The C of I and what their experience at the College has been. To see the webisodes, click here.

Help select The C of I’s new logo

Logo A: 

Logo C: 

After receiving almost 400 comments about the five logos designed for The C of I, the Logo Advisory Committee has narrowed it down to two – A and C.

Now the College would like to hear from you again – let us know which logo you’d like to represent The C of I. Visit the website at www.collegeofidaho.edu/administration/communications/logoselection2 and provide your input. The comment period will be open until Dec. 16.

The Logo Advisory Committee, which includes more than 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni, will review the input and make a recommendation to Pres. Bob Hoover and the President’s Staff. Pres. Hoover and his staff will make a final decision.

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

Joshua Brown (‘01) started his Masters in Education, Adult Education and Training with the University of Phoenix.

Tim Garza (‘07) is an agent at New York Life Insurance Company in Boise currently specializing in life insurance, long term care insurance, and snnuities. He is also pursuing licensing for Series 6 and 63 securities, as well as an LUTCF designation/degree from the American College.

Joe Mertz (‘93) was married to Kimberley Morrison on Nov. 2 in Seattle. Joe is the son of C of I Trustee Jim Mertz and his wife Kathy, and grandson of Doyle and Myrtle Symms (both C of I Class of ‘31).

Student News

The C of I boasts 18 CCC student-athletes

The Cascade Collegiate Conference named 18 students from The College of Idaho student-athletes in the fall sports of volleyball, cross country and soccer. The students are included in the league’s Academic All-Conference team. The CCC named a total of 75 athletes from 11 schools.

To earn Academic All-Conference recognition, student-athletes must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, reached sophomore standing, and competed in a minimum of 50 percent of their team’s contests this fall.

The following C of I students were recognized:

Katie Ball, women’s soccer

Kat Becker, women’s soccer

Jesse Chlebeck, men’s cross country

Derek Erstad, men’s soccer

Catherine Everist, volleyball

Laura Fink, women’s soccer

Genny Gerke, women’s cross country

Megan Haenszel, women’s cross country

Sam Hardy, men’s cross country

Rich Hatch, men’s cross country

Cameron Johnson, men’s soccer

Ryann Lagomarsino, women’s soccer

Molli Lee-Painter, women’s cross country

Megan Longo, women’s cross country

Courtney Mitchell, women’s soccer

Elizabeth Peters, women’s cross country

Stephen Reinschmidt, men’s soccer

Chantel Varland, women’s cross country

Student Research Grant program announces recipients

The Student Research Grant program was established this year to provide research grants to students who demonstrate a solid research project that merits funding. This year the selection process was quite competitive. The following students have been awarded a Student Research Grant for the 2007-2008 academic year. Congratulations!

Kim Carlson, biology

Stephanie Carlson, psychology

Ben Coate, math/physics

Quinton Dowling, biology

Sam Hardy, music

Matt Johanson, psychology

Megan Longo, math/physics

Kimberly Miller, psychology

Brittany Milliron, psychology

Hanna Thomas, psychology

Faculty News

Ellen Batt is published by German teachers association

Two digital volumes of instructional materials created by associate professor of modern foreign languages Ellen Batt were recently published by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Batt’s work, entitled “Ungehörte Helden des Holocausts” (Unheard Heroes of the Holocaust) is a result of her sabbatical research on the Resistance Movement in German-speaking Europe during the Third Reich.

Batt’s materials are available to German professors and teachers at all levels of instruction. C of I students in Batt’s German course will receive direct academic benefits of the publication during the upcoming winter session.

The C of I in the News

  • Athletic Director Marty Holly was quoted in an Idaho Press-Tribune story on Monday, Dec. 10 talking about the success of the first Wendy’s Classic Men’s Basketball tournament, hosted by The C of I and NNU. All proceeds from ticket sales went to Boise’s Wednesday’s Child program. More than $10,200 was raised, including a matching gift from the Family Foundation.

  • Vice President for Enrollment Management John Klockentager and student Brad Baughman were interviewed on Monday, Dec. 10 by KBCI CBS 2 News for a story about whether college applications should ask students to provide information about misdemeanor and felony convictions.

  • Idaho Press-Tribune columnist Jana Kemp wrote about Caldwell Fine ArtsSunday, Dec. 9 edition, saying, “One of my favorite performing arts experiences is the Caldwell Fine Arts series at Jewett Auditorium on the College of Idaho campus.”

  • Philosophy and Religion Professor Denny Clark was quoted in a story in the Idaho Statesman on Friday, Dec. 7 about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech about his faith and religion. To read the story, click here.

Jobs at The C of I

Social Psychology tenure-track

Responsibilities include teaching research methods, general and specialized courses based on expertise, support for the Liberal Arts Core, and student-centered research. Ph.D. in Psychology preferred; ABD will be considered. Review of completed applications will begin December 17, 2007.

For a complete job description and application requirements go to www.collegeofidaho/jobs. EEO.


  • Sports information director Mike Safford writes Yote Notes, a weekly electronic newsletter that provides comprehensive updates on the 18 intercollegiate athletic teams at The C of I, including game recaps, statistics, and what’s coming up for the Coyotes.

    To subscribe, send Mike an email at [email protected].

  • Remember your great experience as a Coyote? Some things never change. That same spirit you remember still thrives at The College of Idaho. 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!

  • 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.