C of I Newsletter

2008. 01. 17.

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New logo for The C of I

The College of Idaho has a new logo, which was chosen by Pres. Bob Hoover and the President’s Staff after students, faculty, staff, alumni and others had opportunities to give input on it.

The new logo was designed by Aimee Czarniecki, the College’s senior designer, who created five original logos. The logos were posted for review and comment on the College’s website. More than 700 comments were received.

The new logo features hand-drawn calligraphy and the College seal in gold.

“I’m pleased by our new logo for The College of Idaho because it includes both historic and modern elements, much like the College itself,” Hoover said.

Because the new logo was produced in-house and the opportunities to review it were primarily online, cost for the new logo was $14.

First Coyote Connections is successful

The C of I’s first Coyote Connections was very successful with nearly 150 students and 75 alumni attending.

Pres. Bob Hoover congratulated organizers Dora Gallegos and Vivian Foster from the Center for Experiential Learning.

“I can’t imagine a first time event that could be more successful than Coyote Connections was on Saturday,” Hoover said. “The turnout was wonderful and the excitement among both the alumni and current students was easy to see.”

Coyote Connections was an opportunity for C of I juniors and seniors to meet alumni from different job fields and learn about the skills they will need when they leave college, whether they are entering grad school or the job market.

Several career fields were represented including arts, business, communication, education, environment and science, healthcare, government and public policy, law, nonprofit and public service. The day included workshops, panel discussions, and humorous skits.

Winter Session Abroad takes students to China, Mexico

Two international trips are occurring during Winter Session at The C of I this year – one to China and one to Mexico.

Political Economy Associate Professor Rob Dayley and History Assistant Professor Jeff Snyder took 14 students to China on Jan. 12 to study several of China’s ethnic minority groups.

Physics Associate Professor Jim Dull, Math and Physical Science Associate Professor Mike Hitchman, and geology and geography instructor Dora Gallegos, who is also director of the Center for Experiential Learning, left for Mexico Jan. 16 to study geology, culture, mathematics, and astronomy among the ancient Maya.

The China group will spend the first six days in Beijing before traveling to southern China’s Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, staying in some remote villages. Students and faculty will often stay with local families during the trip, said Snyder, who speaks fluent Chinese and lived in China for five years. The group will have guides in each area they visit.

The minority groups that will be visited and studied include the Naxi, Yi, Lisu, Dai, Aini, Ake, Miao and Buyi. One of the goals is to see how minorities are affected by China’s growth, economic development and increasing tourism.

“This is really a pretty remarkable opportunity,” Snyder said. “There are people who have studied China for years who haven’t had these opportunities.”

Junior Amanda Richey is one of the students on the trip. She said she looks forward to gaining a broader cultural understanding of China. Richey is an international political economy and theatre major who is interested in Asian politics and economies. She expects this trip to help her decide on her future career. “It’s kind of a testing ground,” she said.

Junior CJ Sower said after reading and learning so much about China he looks forward to experiencing it. “It’s such an important country in the global economy, it will be interesting to keep in touch over time and see how it changes,” he said.

Upcoming Events: Langroise Trio performance, Idaho Human Rights Task force vigil and march

Langroise Trio presents second performances in concert series

College of Idaho artists-in-residence the Langroise Trio (Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello) present the second concert of the Robert Hendren Beethoven Cycle concerts.

Dates are Friday, Jan. 18 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 19 in Langroise Recital Hall at The College of Idaho at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the Boise performance is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission to The C of I performance is free.

Canyon Area Human Rights Task force honors Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday

The Canyon Area Human Rights Task Force will celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual Candlelight Vigil and March on Monday, Jan. 21.

In addition to the traditional vigil, march and program, Living Voices from Seattle will present “A Journey through America’s Civil Rights Movement” in Jewett Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The candlelight vigil begins at 6 p.m. at Serenity Park near the corner of Dearborn and 11th. The march begins at 6:30 at Dearborn and 11th, turns right onto Cleveland Boulevard, right on 20th, and left into The College of Idaho parking lot.

Phase 1 of The Hat restoration is nearly complete

The Hat, which was built as a trolley stop called the College Heights Station in 1912, is nearly through the first phase of its renovation thanks to many partnerships.

Money for phase one of the project, which rebuilt and reshingled the roof of The Hat, was obtained by the Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission from the Idaho Heritage Trust, C of I alumni and local support groups. Arrow Roofing and the Garland Group donated material and labor for the project. The contractor is Joe Mack Construction of Boise.

Maintenance and Operations Director Derrick Morris and archivist Jan Boles, a member of the CHPC, oversaw the project and coordinated the partners.

Remaining phases of the project include restoring the brick pillars and foundation, plus signage. The CHPC is seeking additional funding for the remainder of the project.

Clark publishes article on museum snail specimens

William H. Clark, Director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Steven J. Lysne of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Leslie Riley of Washington State University recently published an article in Journal of Freshwater Ecology. The article is “The life history, ecology, and distribution of the Jackson Lake springsnail (Pyrgulopsis robusta Walker 1908)”

The snail is common in the Snake River of Idaho as well as other locations in the Pacific Northwest. Until recently, the species was on the Federal Endangered Species List. A name change allowed the snail to be removed from the list.

Anyone wishing to view specimens of this species can contact Clark or John Keebaugh, curator of mollusks at the museum.

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

Barry Miller (‘94) is the Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE) coordinator and the talent search student specialist at Reedsport (Ore.) High School. ASPIRE is a program that helps students overcome the obstacles of continuing their education after high school graduation. Barry also is the activities coordinator for ninth and 10th graders at Marshfield and North Bend high schools.

Ted Obenchain, who left The C of I in 1958 after completing the pre-medicine program, is ready to try something new. Obenchain, 71, was a neurosurgeon in San Diego for 30 years and is now trying to decide whether to seek a law degree or a master’s in business administration. He has applied to law school at Willamette University and Lewis & Clark in Oregon. “I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Obenchain, who lives in Portland. “I’m doing it more for the journey than the destination.”

After leaving The C of I, Obenchain obtained his medical degree at the University of Utah, interned in New York City’s Cornell Bellevue Hospital and completed his neurosurgical training at UCLA. His C of I degree was awarded to him in fall 2007, due to a technicality with the degree completion requirements for the pre-medicine program in the 1950s.

Faculty News

Claassen’s essay published about artist John Taye

Art Professor Garth Claassen will have an essay published in John Taye: The Quiet Art of Drawing (Boise: Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, 2008), a catalogue that will accompany a retrospective exhibition of Professor Taye’s drawings at Boise State University. The Taye exhibition opens Feb. 9 at BSU’s Visual Arts center. Claassen’s essay is “The Idea of Order In John Taye’s Drawings.”

Taye has taught at BSU for 33 years, and is a highly skilled draughtsman, painter andsculptor. His work has been shown nationally, is represented in many private, universityand corporate collections and is very well known in the northwest.

He had an exhibition at The C of I Rosenthal Gallery in 1999 and one of his large drawings (shown) isin the College’s collection.

LiCalzi will address Idaho non-profit organizations, legislators

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi will be the keynote speaker at the Idaho Non-Profit Development Center’s “Non-Profit Day at the Legislature” lunch at the Rose Room in Boise on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The luncheon brings together state legislators and leaders from Idaho non-profit organizations.This is the second year in a row where Jasper has given the keynote address.

The C of I in the News

The ‘Yote women’s basketball win over Northwest was on the front page of the sports section in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Jan. 12. The story featured an interview with coach Reagan Rossi and included photos of Breanna Hansen, Katee Brewer and Whitney Clark.


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