C of I Newsletter

2008. 01. 24.

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Online Quest now available

The Winter 2008 issue of Quest, The College of Idaho alumni magazine, is now available online. Quest includes a story about C of I alumni Kate (Hogge) Fowler (‘02) and Will Fowler (‘01), Laura Soldati (‘00), and Akshay Kulkarni (‘05) and their successes in New York City, an article about the C of I’s oldest alumna, Helen Turner Lowell (‘26), and a wrap-up of campus events since last summer.

If you didn’t receive a copy of Quest and would like one, send an email to communications director Jennifer Oxley.

New major gifts officer at The C of I

Myfanwy (ma-von-wee) DeVoe has joined The College of Idaho as a major gifts officer in the Development office. DeVoe will be responsible for growing and strengthening the College’s relationship with alumni and major donors, and will focus on the College’s comprehensive campaign.

DeVoe brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications, public relations and fundraising to the job. She holds a BA in political science from American University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Her corporate experience includes positions with Hewlett-Packard and Dell Computer.  In the non-profit arena, DeVoe has served as development director for several non-profit organizations, and she led the successful completion of a $4.1 million capital campaign for the Mental Health Association of Santa Barbara County. 

DeVoe lived in Boise while working for Hewlett-Packard in the late 90s and she is thrilled to be back in Idaho working at The College of Idaho. 

New alumni email addresses ready for use

New email addresses for alumni and current students are ready for use. Anyone who has a @yotes.collegeofidaho.edu address needs to change to @yotes.collegeofidaho.edu. Existing yotes.collegeofidaho.edu account will be maintained until Feb. 29

Below are instructions to activate your account. If you have any questions, please look at the FAQs.  

To activate your email account, you will need to point your browser to www.hotmail.com.

At the log-in screen, enter your complete email address, which will be your first name plus your last name with a period separating the two names followed by @yotes.collegeofidaho.edu. If your name has a hyphen or an apostrophe or any spaces, please omit them from your email address, ex: Katie Jo O’Dell is: [email protected]

For students, the default password is the student’s first name and last name initials (capitalized), plus their College of Idaho student ID number. The ID number is on the school ID card. The ID number is a set of six numbers before the last number; the last number is the card number (Ex: Jane Covell’s password would be JC123456).

Alumni who don’t know their student ID number should contact The C of I Alumni Office at 459-5300 or send an email to Mary Bitner.

Upcoming Events

BBQ and reunion for Classes of 1980-95 is Saturday; basketball vs. Concordia follows

A barbecue and class reunion for the Classes of 1980-1995 will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 in Simplot Dining Hall from 4-5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes food and a ticket to the basketball games against Concordia. The games begin at 5:30 p.m.

Current C of I students are welcomed and encouraged to attend (and can come to both the BBQ and the game for free.).

German Film Festival begins Monday

The C of I’s German Film Festival 2008 opens Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:45 p.m. in McCain Theater with a showing of Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose), the first in a series of three German films. The movie is in German with English subtitles.

The 1983 drama tells the tragic yet heroic tale of the “White Rose,” a group of Munich students who distributed anti-Hitler literature in an attempt to inspire an uprising against the fascist leadership.

The film festival is free and Associate Professor Ellen Batt will host a post-film German dessert, coffee and discussion. Please RSVP to Ellen by email or by calling 459-5814.

The C of I hosts Caldwell city leaders Jan. 29 in KAIC

The College of Idaho will host a reception for the campus community and the public to meet Caldwell city leaders on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kathryn Albertson International Center in the Shannon Library.

Pres. Bob Hoover will welcome Mayor Garret Nancolas, and members of the city council, Caldwell Economic Development Council, and Chamber of Commerce.

Ex-Inmate Theatre performs Jan. 31 in McCain Pub

The Ex-Inmate Theatre troupe will perform “Between Heaven and Hell” by Peter Kreeft, adapted by ex-inmate Jon Ravenholt on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the McCain Pub from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ex-Inmate Theatre was founded by Ravenholt, a recovering methamphetamine addict and former prison inmate. He runs the group through New Hope Community Health, a recovery center founded by Dennis Mansfield, a former politician and conservative activist.

The troupe was recently featured in an article in the Idaho Statesman.

Author Jimmy Santiago Baca to read Feb. 5

New Mexico author Jimmy Santiago Baca will conduct a reading on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. The reading is open to the public

Baca has an interesting story. He is of Indio-Mexican descent and spent his early years in New Mexico being raised by his grandmother, but was later sent to an orphanage. He became a runaway at age 13 and as an adult spent five years in a maximum security prison.

In prison, he discovered poetry and began writing. Some of his early poems were published in Mother Jones magazine and were included in “Immigrants in Our Own Land,” a book of poems that was published in 1979, the year he was released from prison.

Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.

In 2005 he created Cedar Tree Inc., a nonprofit foundation that works to give people the opportunity to become educated and improve their lives. Cedar Tree provides free instruction, books, writing material and scholarships.

Baca has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries, and universities throughout the country. In addition to his reading at The C of I, he will conduct a writing workshop at the Idaho Correctional Center medium security facility in Kuna.

Baca has published several books of poetry, a memoir and a book of short stories.

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

Ron Bitner (‘68) and his wife Mary are included in a new cookbook, “Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining,” by Braiden Rex-Johnson. The cookbook includes an article about Ron and Mary’s work on the College’s annual Taste of the Harvest celebration, photos of Bitner Vineyards and a recipe that calls for Bitner Chardonnay. The recipe is for cedar planked Idaho trout with Chardonnay-lemon beurre blanc and apple-pecan rice. It was devised by former C of I college executive chef Maury Bennett.

Mark W. Dykes (‘83) has been named a shareholder of the Salt Lake City law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Dykes is a member of the litigation and environmental, energy and natural resources departments. His practice focuses on civil litigation, complex insurance coverage disputes and advising and representing the electric utility industry. He graduated with a J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Kent A. Marmon (‘78) has developed more than two dozen complete training programs and provided for nearly 9,000 hours of training for workers as the leader of the training department of MotivePower, a Boise-based locomotive builder, where he has worked for two years. Kent is currently running for the U.S. Senate and will face a primary in May 2008.

Amber Murrey (‘08) completed a semester in France last spring and a fall semester at a university in Cameroon where she studied development issues. She stayed in Cameroon and is now setting up her own non-governmental organization (NGO). She sends periodic emails of her experience in Cameroon. Send Amber an email if you’d like to be added to her distribution list. Below is an excerpt of her most recent:

… I am currently creating an application form for high school students to be involved in a three-month out-of-school youth training course…there are many themes to cover and the idea is that all of them will work together to create one cohesive goal which is to instill confidence in the students while helping them to become capable of using these important life skills after the program is finished. The idea is to have 15 students participate for periods of 3 months.

This brings me to the important statement which must be acknowledged: I really lack the experience and expertise necessary to run my own NGO like this (and I am running it because the academic director will be out of Yaounde traveling with the American students coming in at the end of the month). My only consolation is that perhaps what I lack in expertise I can make up with enthusiasm and passion. Ha.

…Other news: I still haven’t gotten my visa renewed because when I went I was asked to pay a bunch of fees I know aren’t necessary. The corruption here MAKES ME SO FURIOUS. So, a friend of a friend knows someone who works there so I am going on Saturday to buy said person dinner and make arrangements for a meeting on Monday. I just don’t want to get deported and hey, buying dinner won’t cost me 10,000 Fcfa (the “processing fee” the guy at the counter insisted I pay – this aside from the $185 American dollars it costs to have a visa for six months in Cameroon).

My toilet flushes and my sink no longer leaks. However, there is no water pressure in the bathroom so I have to stoop down and splash myself to take a “shower” or I just fill a bucket up with water and take a bucket bath in the bath. At least the water is room temperature.

Hope that everyone is well. Sorry this was so long but wanted to fill everyone in at once on the GREAT NEWS.

The C of I in the News

Students Nicki Maxwell, Lara Mann, Katie Kernan, Aaron Flynn and Jake Riesterer were all mentioned in an Idaho Press-Tribune story on Jan. 21 about the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference championships opening qualifier. The Lady Yotes defeated rival British Columbia by just more than a second in the combined giant slalom runs.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi and his keynote address to Nonprofit Day at the Legislature were included in Diane Ronayne’s column in the Idaho Statesman on Jan. 20.

Associate Physics Professor Jim Dull and Idaho State University Physics Professor Steve Shropshire were guests on Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue for Kids program on Jan. 15.

Clarification on The Hat restoration

In last week’s newsletter, the companies that donated labor and materials to the restoration of The Hat were misidentified. Roman Roof and the Garland Company donated labor and materials to the project.


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