C of I Newsletter

2008. 02. 14.

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Faculty to participate in workshop to set goals for student research

Associate Biology Professor Sara Heggland, Biology Professor Don Mansfield, Associate Education Professor Deb Yates and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Smith have been accepted at a regional workshop by The Council on Undergraduate Research.

The workshop is Feb. 29-March 2 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. It is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program. The workshop will help participating institutions set goals and develop strategies for undergraduate research.

The C of I was accepted into the prestigious workshop after submitting a 10-page proposal that detailed student research on campus. The College has put an increasing emphasis on student research in recent years, including hosting the annual Student Research Conference. The number of students at The C of I participating in student research has more than doubled during the past five years.

Research at the college has also been supported grants from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation ($17.5 million in 2006-07), the National Institute of Health ($1.9 million from 2002-04) and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Grant ($50,000 in 2007). The College has also hired science faculty dedicated to undergraduate research in biochemistry (Heggland), physics, chemistry and physiology.

Smith said he hopes the workshop will help provide a vision and strategic plan for continuing to enhance student research at The C of I.

The third annual C of I Student Research Conference will be held May 3 during Parents Weekend.

Student Alex Jaeger receives grant from the John William Jackson Fund

C of I freshman Alex Jaeger received a grant from the John William Jackson Fund on Tuesday, as part of $33,000 the fund awarded to help young Idahoans grow and succeed in academics, performing arts and outdoor sporting.

Jaeger was one of three young Idahoans who were honored for exhibiting “the highest level of courage and determination,” according to Fund president Ben Blaine.

Jaeger, of Boise, was seriously injured in a car crash in June 2005 and sustained severe brain and lung injury. At the time of the accident, Alex was a member of the Timberline High School lacrosse team and led them to their third consecutive state championship as a goalie. He spent over five months in a coma and embarked upon a 228-day journey of surgery, therapy and recovery.

The Fund, which donated $30,000 last year, was established in memory of John William Jackson, who died in 2000 at age 24 in a climbing accident in Central Asia. The Fund, which is part of the Idaho Community Foundation, is supported by Pacific Steel & Recycling and many other contributors, including scrap-metal recycling from its co-founder, Bill “Action” Jackson, who is John’s father.

A story about the grants was in the Idaho Statesman on Feb. 10.

@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu addresses no longer work after Feb. 29

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.

Students with @collegeofidaho.edu email addresses can now receive mail at @collegeofidaho.edu. Any login and password information remains the same for these accounts. The @collegeofidaho.edu accounts will be maintained until April.

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

C of I student, staff selected as state Democratic convention delegates

At last week’s Ada County Democratic caucus, C of I staff Jeff Almeida (‘92) was chosen as a District 1 delegate to the state Democratic convention, and staff Kris Hooker was chosen as an alternate. Nearly 90 people requested a spot as a delegate, and 56 delegates and alternates were chosen. Student Jesse Holmes was one of 65 delegates chosen from District 2, out of more than 100 requests.

Upcoming events: Rwandan leader, Little Mermaid

Former Rwandan leader speaks at The C of I Feb. 27

Former head of the Rwandan Parliament Joseph Sebarenzi, who is now living in Virginia with his family and teaching conflict resolution at the School for International Training, will speak at The C of I on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. His visit is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.

Joseph is a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, during which he lost his parents, seven siblings, and numerous other relatives. He will be speaking on his experiences in Rwanda and will discuss the importance of peace and forgiveness.

“We chose Joseph because of the message he will present,” said Brian Peterson, student activities assistant. “College of Idaho students are not only concerned with issues facing their campus and community but with the world. All of these ideas touch on our foundation of a liberal arts education and his experiences will present a unique understanding of them.”

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Little Mermaid

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is bringing its original musical Little Mermaid to The C of I on Feb. 22 and 23. The production will include more than 60 students, many from the Caldwell area. Tryouts for the production will be held Monday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Wilson Elementary School and are open to all first- through 12th-graders.

Friday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s is at 3 p.m. Both are in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students and children.

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

Robin Lind (‘74), Westminster College associate professor of music and director of choral activities, served as guest conductor at the District II Choral Festival held Feb. 7-9 in St. Mary’s in New Wilmington, PA. The choir included 205 students in grades 10 to 12 from 43 schools.

Lind, who has been with Westminster since 2000, earned a master’s from the University of Oregon, and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

The C of I in the News

Junior Nicki Maxwell was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune about her success on The C of I ski team. The story included a photo of Nicki and comments from ski coach Ron Bonneau.

Ron Bonneau, Rebecca Anderson, Aaron Flynn and Jessica Wise were all included in a story in the Idaho Statesman on Friday, Feb. 8 about a seven-car accident on Bogus Basin Road. Bonneau and the ski team were leaving Bogus Basin Ski Area when they saw the pile-up and they assisted crews with shoveling.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was included in an Associated Press story about lobbyists in the Idaho Statehouse on Friday, Feb. 8.

Arizona poet Richard Shelton, who did a reading at The C of I on Tuesday, was covered by the Idaho Press-Tribune in a story and photo in Wednesday's paper. The story included interviews with student Katie Hogue and English Professor Diane Raptosh.

Jobs at The C of I

Math Instructor

One-year position beginning September 2008. Teaching load is eight courses per year, including College Algebra, Applied Mathematics for Business, and Introductory Statistics. A masters or Ph.D. degree in mathematics is strongly preferred. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in teaching introductory college-level mathematics courses.

Send cover letter, CV, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and at least three letters of recommendation to Human Resources, Mathematics Search, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605, or to [email protected].EEO.

Screening begins Feb. 15, and will continue until the position is filled.


  • 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.