C of I Newsletter

2008. 01. 31.

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Student wins spring tuition at basketball game; another wins Ipod

Organizing pick-up basketball games on campus paid off for C of I student Ben Nass last Saturday night when he made a lay-in, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds to earn his spring tuition.

It was a lucky night for another student as well – sophomore Geoff Williams won an Ipod thanks to Coach Mark Owen sinking a shot from the bench.

Both contests are sponsored by Paul’s Market, which is owned by C of I alumnus Stan Zatica (‘76).

Nass, whose birthday was Saturday, still can’t believe his good luck. “It’s still sinking in,” said the senior physical education major.

“When I went back for the half-court shot, I saw I had 13 seconds left and I figured I could shoot at least twice,” Nass recalled. He was pleased by his first shot because it lined up well and he figured in would bounce off the backboard and come back to him. He was stunned to watch it fall through the basket.

“It seemed like 10 seconds, but it was probably half a second,” said Nass, who remembers a feeling of disbelief before he heard the crowd cheering for him.

Pres. Bob Hoover, who was at the game, said the level of excitement built with each shot Nass made.

“I’ve never heard the crowed as fired up as they were that night,” Hoover said.

This is seventh year that Zatica and Paul’s Market have sponsored Shoot for Tuition, but the first time anyone has won it. The C of I’s spring tuition is $8,500. It is the second year of the Ipod giveaway. Junior Chris Larsen won an Ipod in December.

Shoot for Tuition was Zatica’s idea several years ago. Paul’s Market was a longtime advertiser in the Activities Center, but Zatica wanted to do something that would increase student involvement in the games and benefit them directly.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping the athletic department,” said Zatica, who was a C of I football player. “But I wanted to do something that would get more students to come to games and benefit them.”

In addition to Shoot for Tuition and the Ipod giveaway, Zatica provides meals to student athletes during the summer, he sponsors the basketball halftime radio show and is a sponsor of the Coyote Open golf tournament.

Athletic Director Marty Holly said his department is grateful for Zatica’s support.

“During the financial crisis, there was a core of people who stepped up for the athletic department and Stan and Paul’s Market were at the forefront,” Holly said.

George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship exceeds goal

The College of Idaho is thrilled to announce that it has exceeded its original goal for the endowment of the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship and thanks its many contributors.

Approximately $54,000 was raised from nearly 90 donors – approximately $12,000 more than the original goal – bringing the fair market value of the endowment to $108,000.

“The generosity of our alumni and others who contributed honors the memory of legendary and beloved Professor Wolfe in a remarkable way,” said Michael Vandervelden, executive director of development.

Wolfe taught at The C of I from 1946 to 1970. The George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a C of I sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy or pre-law.

The College would especially like to thank honorary chair Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the Republic of Germany and former student of George Wolfe, who hosted one of the most memorable receptions in the College’s history at his home in Washington, D.C. last year.

Other special thanks go to campaign committee members James Alderman, Kimberly Grane, Mas Kuwana, Alan Neece, John Runft, and Chuck and Diane Winder, who worked tirelessly to assure the campaign’s success.

Howlin’ Yotes win several first place awards; Sermon is educator of the year

The College of Idaho speech and debate team, the Howlin’ Yotes, won three first place awards at the Western Washington University Speech and Debate Tournament last weekend. The Yotes competed in their final Northwest Conference Tournament of the season, earning a second place overall finish for the Division II Northwest Championship.

Mack Sermon, coach of the Howlin’ Yotes and instructor in The C of I Theatre Department, was recognized as the Northwest Conference Educator of the Year.

Kyleigh Murphy was the†first place†speaker in novice debate. She paired with Nick Schossow to take first place in novice debate with a perfect 9-0 record.

Schossow paired with Emilie McDonagh to take their third first place award this season in duo interpretative reading. The victory earns them a†berth to compete at the highly prestigious National Speech Event Championship at the University of Texas in April.

McDonagh teamed up with Colleen Smith to take ninth place in junior debate. Emilie and Colleen have earned awards in debate at all of their tournaments this season.

Sermon earned the Northwest Educator of the Year award for the first time in his 11-year career with the College. He was recognized in 2002 by the National Communication Association as the†nation’s†Most Outstanding Young Educator.

The Howlin’ Yotes will be in action at the Whitman College Tournament in February and at the Western United States Championships in March.

First Idaho Senate bill of 2008 is C of I name change

The first senate bill to pass the Idaho Legislature this year was SB1259, which confirmed the name change of the College from Albertson College of Idaho to The College of Idaho in the state’s record-keeping.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. John McGee (‘95) who is on the College’s Board of Trustees, and was co-sponsored by Rep. Diane Thomas (‘66).

The C of I helps kick off the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign

Students and staff from The College of Idaho are assisting the Caldwell YMCA with the kick-off for the annual Strong Kids fundraising campaign.

The Caldwell Family YMCA strives to make sure that children who otherwise would not be able to afford YMCA programs and services can be included. Donations will help local children participate, and will help those children learn important values that will positively impact their life and community.

Students Ashley Hayes, Amanda Stubbs, Jon Moreno-Ramirez, AJ Holesinsky, Casey McCarthy, Brian Telleria, and Allysa Albertson all work at the Caldwell Y and Special Events director and staff Jill Pilote, Tracylea Balmer (‘02) and Debi Kraft are assisting with the kick off. Jim Everett, executive director of the YMCA, is on the College’s Board of Trustees.

For more information about the Strong Kids Campaign please contact the campaign office at (208)459-2498 x 617.

Advanced drawing class, OJ Smith Museum of Natural History collaborate

The College of Idaho’s advanced drawing class taught by Art Professor Lynn Webster, met at the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History last week.

As in the past, museum curator Jan Summers Duffy brought out artifacts from the ethnographic collections. These items included Hopi textiles and baskets, Third Mesa wicker plaques, Native American moccasins, gloves, a rare turtle shell rattle, catlanite pipes, plus colorful textiles, all part of the museum’s collections. The class returned to the museum this week to draw some of the animals on display.

The museum is located downstairs in Boone Hall and is open to students for research and projects by notifying a museum curator.

Upcoming events:

Museum workday is Saturday

The monthly workday for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is Saturday, Feb. 2, from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum.

The lunch seminar speaker is Alan Stanford and the topic is ≠≠“The Rapid Spread of the Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopalia decaocto, Throughout Southern Idaho and adjacent Oregon and Montana.”

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.

Boise Baroque plays Feb. 8 in Jewett

The Boise Baroque Orchestra is performing Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $12-$15 for adults and $8-$11 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 459-3405 or at www.caldwellfinearts.org.

Boise Baroque musicians are area professionals, many of whom perform with the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Master Chorale and Opera Idaho. The orchestra formed in 2003 and performs traditional Baroque music and more recent music that is Baroque-inspired.

Author Richard Shelton will read at The C of I Feb. 12

Arizona author Richard Shelton, who has spent more than 30 years volunteering in Arizona prisons, will be at The C of I on Feb. 12 to do a reading at 7 p.m. in Langroise Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Shelton’s visit is sponsored by The C of I, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Tumblewords.

Shelton is also a Regents Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. He has conducted creative writing workshops at the Arizona State Prison in Florence since 1974.

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

Kencee (Amyx) Graves (‘04) and Joshua Graves, (‘03) were married in July at Sawtooth Winery. Joshua is currently an assistant prosecuting attorney for Salt Lake City and Kencee is in her second year at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Rebekah Harvey (‘91) recently completed her doctorate in education from Capella University.† She is currently busy dissecting her dissertation “Leadership Development for Front-Line Employees: An Evaluative Case Study” for submission to various academic and trade publications.† Rebekah is the director of training for HP’s Home and Home Office Store and lives in Boise with her partner Suzanne Sermon, and daughter Rylee Harvey-Sermon.

RC Owens (‘58) has been featured in numerous San Francisco Bay Area publications recently, including the San Jose Mercury News and Gameday, the official magazine of the San Francisco 49ers. December marked the 50th anniversary of the 49ers “Million Dollar Backfield,” which included Owens, quarterback Y.A. Tittle, Joe “The Jet” Perry and Hugh “The King” McElhenney.

Thongphanh Phanthavady (‘04) was featured in a recent issue of Mountain States Tumor and Medical Research Institute’s (MSTMRI) Annual Report. He has finished his second year of medical school at the University of Utah, and has performed research through a MSTMRI undergraduate fellowship. In 2006, Thongphanh received MSTMRI’s first Humanitarian Award, which is designated for students who are talented, dedicated and skilled.

The C of I in the News

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi will write a weekly blog for the Idaho Statesman about local, state and national politics beginning Thursday, Jan. 31.

LiCalzi was interviewed for a story in the Jan. 29 Idaho Statesman about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit to Boise on Saturday.

The Lady Yotes basketball victory over Warner Pacific last weekend was covered by the Idaho Press-Tribune. The article included interviews with coach Reagan Rossi and guard Whitney Clark, and a photo of Nicole Bruce.

Last spring’s Eat Me BBQ, which featured a wide variety of authentic Brazilian food, was included in Bravo, the quarterly magazine of Bon Appetit. The article included photos of the barbecue and the diverse menu developed by Bon Appetit.

Jobs at The C of I

Preventative Maintenance Specialist

Performs maintenance and repair on the campus property, including but not limited to: HVAC, sprinkler systems, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and refrigeration.† For a complete job description and application instructions go to www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs.† EEO


  • 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.†

    If you have any questions, please look at the FAQs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.