C of I Newsletter

2008. 02. 07.

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The C of I debuts GOLDen Happy Hour

The C of I Boone Fund invites Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) to happy hour on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ha’Penny Pub in downtown Boise.

This is the first GOLDen Happy Hour. They will be held the last Wednesday of each month in Boise or in the western Ada County/Canyon County area, and a favorite faculty member will attend each one. This month Professor Howard Berger will be there.

February’s GOLDen Happy Hour will include 2 for 1 well drink specials, $1 off beer, and food specials as well. Live music by James Barret will follow the event at 7:30 p.m.

GOLDen Happy Hour gives graduates from the classes of 1997-2007 the chance to network with other GOLD members, catch up with old friends, visit with favorite professors and learn about the new activities and events happening at the College.

For more information about drink specials and future locations go to The C of I homepage.

C of I students selected as state Democratic convention delegates; Sermon is keynote speaker

Many from The College of Idaho community attended Tuesday’s Canyon County Democratic caucus at the Nampa Civic Center. Caucus organizers said they hoped to have 700 people and more than 1,600 showed up.

Students Morgan Fredericksen and Vince Sanchez were among 29 people chosen at the caucus as delegates for the state convention in June. Jamie Summerfield and Kim Stiens were selected as alternates.

Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team coach Mack Sermon was one of three keynote speakers at the caucus on Tuesday. His speech, which focused on party unity in November, was so well received that he was asked to speak again later in the evening while the ballots were being counted.

Orma J. Smith Museum staff discovers new beetle species

Staff of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, all of whom are volunteers, have made numerous collecting trips to the central desert areas of Baja California and their diligence is continuing to show returns.

The latest monograph published by the Coleopterists Society (an international society for beetle enthusiasts) describes 16 species of tiny, flightless beetles new to science. Two of the species were collected almost exclusively by the museum director Bill Clark (‘67), his wife Mary Clark (‘68) and Paul Blom (‘78).

The specimens were caught in the system of pitfall traps that the museum staff has maintained for the last 25+ years, according to Alan Gillogly, curator of Coleoptera at the museum. Examples of these species will be housed in the museum collection and can be viewed by appointment.

Upcoming events: Boise Baroque, Whittenberger Planetarium

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’s 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.

Planetarium show of the current night sky is Feb. 12

The Whittenberger Planetarium on The College of Idaho campus will host a show of the current night sky on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm. The show will include an overview of the constellations and planets visible this month and will pay special attention to recent and current astronomical activity. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-18.

Reservations are required because space is limited and the shows sell out, so please JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211 to reserve space.

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building.

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?

Richard Bauscher (‘75), Superintendent of the Middleton School District, was named Superintendent of the Year by the Idaho School Superintendent’s Association. The official state ceremony honoring Richard will be held on Feb. 20 at the annual ISSA meeting in Boise. Richard will also be honored at the AASA National Conference on Education in Tampa, Florida during the week of February 13-15, along with other state finalists.

Chris Holcomb (‘07) won one of two Wyss Foundation fellowships, which provide nearly $30,000 in tuition reimbursement and a stipend for summer research, as well as funds for loan repayment for three years after completion of a master’s degree. They are given to individuals that the foundation considers to be the next generation of leaders in conservation issues specific to the intermountain west. Chris’ thesis research is already funded by the Grand Canyon Trust, which is a regional non-profit group based in Flagstaff. His research will be focused on issues pertaining to management of fire, grazing and logging along the boundary between Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National forest in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests along the North Rim.

David Malsom (‘73) received the Retail Grocery 2007 Broker of the Year award from Ruiz Foods, which markets Malsom’s Food Brokerage’s products under the “El Monterey” brand. Malsom’s Food Brokerage covers all of Northern California selling to retail grocery stores specializing in perishable products primarily in the meat, deli and frozen food departments.

George Venn (‘67) is receiving positive reviews of his monograph “Soldier to Advocate: C.E.S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy” (La Grande: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, 2006). The second printing is nearly sold out and Venn is scheduled for several presentations this spring. A PBS/Oregon Public Broadcasting special on C.E.S. Wood, which features footage from interviews with Venn, will be broadcast on “Oregon Experience” on Feb. 11. The 30-minute special is also scheduled to air sometime this year on PBS stations in Idaho, Montana and Washington.

Robert M. Wurster (’01) has joined Merrill Lynch in Boise as a financial advisor.

Student News

Sanchez appointed as P&Z alternate

C of I senior Vince Sanchez was appointed as an alternate to the Caldwell Planning & Zoning Commission for a three-year term. Sanchez was chosen at the Caldwell City Council’s meeting on Feb. 4. Vince was also recently selected as the secretary of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee and has been a board member of the Caldwell Senior Citizen Center since December.

Faculty News

Raptosh chosen as Canadian Studies Institute Fellow

English Professor Diane Raptosh (‘83) is one of 12 people chosen as a 2008 International Canadian Studies Institute Fellow. She will participate in the institute July 15-27 in British Columbia and the Yukon. There will also be visits to Seattle, the U.S./Canadian border, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler and Whitehorse.

The International Canadian Studies Institute is a collaboration between the Canadian Consulate General Seattle and the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium.

Other fellows include faculty members Deirdre Sommerland-Rogers from University of Idaho and Jocelyn Parkhurst from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, and faculty from the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University and Willamette University.

Howlin’ Yotes coach Mack Sermon engaged

Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team coach Mack Sermon announced his engagement to assistant coach Jenya Yakimova (‘07). They have set a wedding date of March 21 and will host a reception on campus March 22. Sermon was recently awarded Northwest Conference Educator of the Year, and the Howlin’ Yotes earned a second place overall finish for Division II of the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship.

The C of I in the News

A story about senior Ben Nass winning his spring tuition by successfully shooting a lay-up, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds was in the Feb. 6 Idaho Statesman. The story included a photo of Ben. Shoot for Tuition is sponsored by C of I alumnus Stan Zatica (‘76), who is also quoted in the story.

Anthropology and Sociology Dept. Chair Robin Lorentzen was interviewed for a story in this week’s issue of the Boise Weekly for their “Unda’ the Rotunda” legislative story about privately operated prisons and state-run prisons.

Philosophy and Religion Professor Denny Clark was interviewed for a story in the Feb. 6 Idaho Statesman about Ash Wednesday.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed by The New York Times for an article about Idaho’s participation in the Super Tuesday caucuses and primaries. He was also included in an Idaho Statesman story on Feb. 3 about Super Tuesday in Idaho, and in an Idaho Press-Tribune story on Feb. 6 about Democrats in Idaho showing support for presidential candidate Barack Obama.


  • 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 cbrown@collegeofidaho.edu withthe 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 mvandervelden@collegeofidaho.edu. Contributions can be mailed to The College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.