C of I Newsletter

2008. 02. 28.

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Spring Phonathon begins March 2

The College of Idaho’s Spring Phonathon for the Boone Fund begins March 2 and will run until April 30. C of I alumni may receive a phone call from one of the Phonathon’s Coyote Callers during this time asking for support for the Boone Fund, updating alumni contact information and answering questions about college life.

Coyote Callers are current students involved in a wide spectrum of activities from basketball to Greek life to Spanish club. They act as ambassadors for The College of Idaho and play an important role in the continuing development of the Phonathon Program. The callers contact C of I alumni and friends with the specific goal of building relationships, updating data and securing financial contributions.

Contributions to the Phonathon go to the Boone Fund, which is the unrestricted giving program that supports the College’s ongoing operating needs, including scholarships.

For more information, email Courtney Carissimi or call her at (208)459-5918.

Shakespearience on campus Friday

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival education tour “Shakespearience” will be on campus Friday, Feb. 29 presenting a 50-minute version of Hamlet at 11:30 a.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall.

If time permits, the cast will have a brief talkback with the audience immediately after the show. The show is free to C of I students, staff, faculty or guests and all are invited.

C of I alumna Jenny Newbry Waters (‘04) is in the Shakespearience cast, and theatre professor Mike Hartwell designed and built the set. The play was directed by Dan Peterson, the guest director of The C of I fall show, The Madwoman of Chaillot.

For more information email Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden or call him at 459-5836.

Touch base with old friends – be a Class Agent

Life after The C of I: Where are we now? is one of the weekly newsletter’s most popular features and you can help out with it by becoming a C of I Class Agent. Class Agents serve as a liaison between their College of Idaho classmates and the College.

The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of alumni giving, participation and involvement.

Right now, the program is working with Class Agents from 1952, 1958, 1962, 1968, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Each Class Agent communicates by email, phone or letter with approximately 10 to 20 members of their class. The C of I will support Class Agents by providing classmate contact information, a Class Agent handbook and training, sample emails and letters, an online module of resources, and e-newsletters.

Brie Stoianoff (‘00) said becoming a Class Agent has been a great way for her to reconnect with the College.

“I was back on campus for the first time in years for January’s Coyote Connections and realized just how much the College contributed to who I am today and how many of my memories from my late-teens and early-20s were connected to the college,” she said. “I suspected that many of my classmates felt the same way and decided that I had a great opportunity to help build that bond between them and the College.”

For more information about becoming a Class Agent, please email Jessica Jewell or call her at (208) 459-5086, or email Barry Fujishin or call him at (208) 459-5770.

See below in Life after The C of I: Where are we now? to see what Brie’s classmates are up to.

Smylie Archives one of five Idaho recipients of Bookshelf

The Smylie Archives will receive Connecting to Collections Bookshelf from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a core set of conservation books, DVDs, and online resources. IMLS is the primary source of federal funding of the nation’s museums and libraries.

IMLS will award a total of 2,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf by the end of 2008. Five of the recipients are in Idaho. Archivist Jan Boles was awarded the Bookshelf after completing a lengthy application describing the needs of the Archives and his plan to care for its collections.

“The IMLS Bookshelf, which is described as a set of power tools for those responsible for conserving special collections, will be a welcome addition to the Smylie Archives,” Boles said.

Museum workday is Saturday

The next volunteer workday for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is Saturday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers can spend as much time as their schedules permit. There are a variety of projects that need attention including cleaning and curation and there may be some one-of-a-kind projects that could use a volunteer.

Lunch will be provided and Gene Gray is scheduled to give a presentation “Vegetation and Sage Grouse in West Central Idaho” during lunch. This is a follow-up to Gene’s last sage grouse talk.

@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.  

Upcoming events

Anti-hazing presentation March 5

Sigma Epsilon sorority member April Reimers will give an anti-hazing presentation to campus on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in KAIC 107. The presentation is open to all.

“Hazing is present and prevalent within our society, most often associated with Greek and group organizations, but the definition of this term is not entirely understood,” Reimers said. “This presentation will help others fully comprehend hazing and ways to eliminate it, as well as discover positive and productive group dynamics to apply to any organization.”

Langroise Trio Concert Series

The Langroise Trio, Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), David Johnson (viola) and Samuel Smith (cello) will perform with guests, Robyn Wells (piano) and Jack Koncel (string bass) on Friday, March 7 and Sunday, March 9.

The March 7 performance is at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The March 9 performance is in Langroise Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. and is free.

Faculty News

Johnson publishes essay about Indian Creek book

An essay by Rochelle Johnson, associate professor of English and environmental studies, has been included in an anthology about bioregional (place-based) teaching in Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land (ed. Laird Christensen and Hal Crimmel.  University of Nevada Press, 2008: 170-185. Refereed volume.)

Johnson wrote about her experience making a book about Indian Creek called “Rediscovering Indian Creek: Imagining Community on the Snake River Plain” with 36 of her C of I students.

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

C of I Trustee Ron Bitner (‘68), whose wife Mary works in The C of I Alumni & Parent Relations office, recently won Best of Show in the dessert wine category at the 2008 Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition for the 2006 Bitner Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling. More than 1,600 wines were entered in the competition.

Fred Dinsmore (’72) is at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. He’s the local Program Manager of the Education Center, which offers college classes to U.S. troops, mostly online but a few at the center. The center seeks to help the troops realize their educational goals so they can lead successful careers when they leave the military.

Dinsmore will be there until July, before returning to England, where he works at Lakenheath, an American air base.

Ann L. Hayman (‘71) is one of three recipients of the 2008 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Women of Faith Awards. Hayman is founder and current director of development of the Mary Magdalene Project, which is a long-term residential program that provides alternatives to women involved in street prostitution in southern California.

Aicha Hull (‘00) will graduate from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in May and is going to Tacoma (Madigan Army Hospital) to do a residency in emergency medicine with the U.S. Army. She earned her MS in biology from the University of Nevada Reno in 2004, and was a smokejumper for the Forest Service during the summers.

Jessica (Russell) Hunt (‘00) and her family live in Notus. She has started her master’s degree in special education and is working from home as a service coordinator for children with disabilities. Her children are Abbie, 4 ½, Josh 2 ½, and Tyson, 1. The family spends a lot of time hunting with their hounds.

Susie (Bell) Kemp (‘00) is living in New York working as a pharmacist for Stop & Shop pharmacy, a grocery chain in the Northeast, while her husband T.J. completes his orthopedic surgery residency. They are expecting their first child in July and hope to move West in the summer of 2009 when T.J.’s residency is complete. 

Kimber Kugler (‘00) went to Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a high honors doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2005.  In July 2006 she married to Ray Ley whom she met in vet school. Kimber and Ray moved to south Florida earlier this month and are currently practicing outside of Fort Lauderdale.

Verlena Orr (‘61) will release her latest chapbook of poems from Stone City Press, Portland, Ore., titled “One More Time From The Beginning” in April 2008.

Doug Vashro (‘99) graduated with an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University and works at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash as a senior solutions manager. He and his wife Amanda have three daughters Mackenzie, 8, Alaina, 3, and Elizabeth, 9 months.

The C of I in the News

Senior Ben Nass received his $8,500 scholarship on Friday from Paul’s Market during halftime at the Yotes basketball game. Nass won Shoot for Tuition last month by sinking a lay up, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in less than 25 seconds. Today’s 6 attended the game and interviewed Nass. The Associated Press also picked up the story.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed for an article in the Boise Weekly written by alumnus Zach Hagadone (‘03) about Democrats in Idaho.

Alumnus Frank Thomason (‘70), who is the publisher, editor, reporter, photographer, advertising sales manager and carrier of the Valley Times weekly community newspaper in Meridian and Eagle was the subject of a Courage and Commitment story in Monday’s Idaho Statesman.

Historian Arthur Hart’s column in the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday was about 1908 being a big year for Idaho sports fans, including those who followed The College of Idaho football team, which went undefeated against the high school teams it played.

Jobs at The C of I

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant

Consulting position available for a psychiatric nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant specializing in mental health issues to diagnose and prescribe medications for students with mental health issues who are referred by The College of Idaho Counseling Center. Other duties include consulting with referring counselors, and preparing written psychiatric evaluations and medication updates. Qualifications include psychiatric nurse practitioner license of specialization in the State of Idaho. May work on-site or off-site within the Caldwell area. Must have liability insurance coverage.

For application instructions go to www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs.

Education Department Administrative Assistant

This is a part-time, 20-hour per week position that will provide administrative support to the education department, as well as department faculty and manage all routine administrative activities.


  • Excellent office and computer skills. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and internet applications.
  • Experience using database software preferred
  • Ability to multi-task, organize, adhere to deadlines, and be detail oriented
  • Ability to establish processes and procedures
  • Proofreading and formatting skills to move draft material to final form
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

For a complete job description and application instructions go to www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs.

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