C of I Newsletter

2008. 03. 06.

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Liberal Arts Lecture featuring Diane Raptosh is March 13

The College of Idaho’s annual Liberal Arts Lecture is Thursday, March 13 and features English Professor Diane Raptosh. The working title of Raptosh’s lecture is “The Liberal Arts, Poetics, and a Pedagogy of Inconvenient Knowledge.”

A dessert reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Jewett Auditorium Foyer and the lecture begins in Jewett at 7 p.m.

The Liberal Arts Lecture is the premiere academic event on The College of Idaho campus. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

Raptosh said she was honored to be chosen as this year’s Liberal Arts lecturer.

“It has been deeply gratifying to have had the chance to think, read, and write about some of my pet topics,” she said. Raptosh said her talk will address the role of poetry in the development of conscience as well as the poet’s role as shaper of the world.

“I promise some pleasurable moments,” she said. “And maybe some uncomfortable ones.”

Prior to the reception, Pres. Bob Hoover and the Board of Trustees will host a Faculty Appreciation Dinner for The C of I faculty and their guests.

C of I faculty will be Local Legends March 15

Several members of The C of I faculty have formed a band called Department of Bluegrass and will play at the Local Legends fundraiser on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at O’Connor Field House in Caldwell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Associate math professor Robin Cruz plays bass guitar, biology department chair Don Mansfield is on fiddle, visiting assistant professor Scott Knickerbocker plays banjo, art department chair Stephen Fisher is on guitar and mandolin, and English department chair Rochelle Johnson sings vocals along with Megan Dixon (Scott Knickerbocker’s wife.)

Cost of the Local Legends Concert is $10 and benefits the Idaho Youth Games. The event is for people 21 and over.

“We’re doing this for fun, in support of a good cause, and not as any serious display of talent,” said Rochelle, adding, “Although Scott is really talented!”

First Young Alumni GOLDen Happy Hour very successful

More than 75 people attended The C of I’s first GOLDen Happy Hour for young alumni on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Ha’Penny Pub in Boise. Thanks so much to Steve Waters (’04) and his friends who played jazz and funk music at the event – it was terrific.

GOLDen Happy Hour gives graduates from the classes of 1997-2007 who are members of the President’s Trust GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), 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.

GOLDen Happy Hour is held on the last Wednesday of each month. Each happy hour will be in a different location either in Boise or in the western Ada County/Canyon County area, and will include drink and food specials. A favorite C of I faculty member will attend each happy hour.

For March, it will be held March 26 at Tom Grainey’s, 109 South Sixth Street in Boise from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Drink specials are $1 off beer and well drinks and pitchers for $5 and $8. Featured professors will be Jasper LiCalzi and Steve Maughan. We’d love to feature more alumni music at these events, so let us know if you have suggestions.

For more information visit the Boone Fund, call 459-5918, send an email or join us on Facebook.

C of I Museum receives grant to continue work on arthropod collection

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has received a $7,000 grant from the Schlinger Foundation for a project studying arthropod biodiversity of Baja California. The grant is the third received in three years for the work, which is divided between the O.J. Smith Museum and the Museo de Artrópodos del CICESE, Departamento de Biología de la Conservación, Centro de Investigación Cíentifica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico, where museum director Bill Clark (‘67) serves as a visiting investigator/investigador adjunto.

C of I alumni and museum volunteers, David M. Ward, Jr., and Paul E. Blom are also assisting with the project. A portion of the funds will be spent on improvements to the collection in Mexico and will also fund a Mexican student to work on the collection in Caldwell.

For more information or to offer assistance, contact Bill Clark.

Spring Phonathon underway

The College of Idaho’s Spring Phonathon for the Boone Fund began 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.

Touch base with old friends – be a Class Agent

The College of Idaho offices of development and alumni are looking for Class Agents to 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.

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.

Alumni Profile: Julia Sankey

Julia Sankey (‘87) is an Associate Professor of Geology at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. Julia is a vertebrate paleontologist with a background in both biology and geology. Her current research is on Late Cretaceous dinosaurs and the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction 65 million years ago.

Every January, Julia and her students do field work in Big Bend National Park, Texas. She also recently participated in a dinosaur expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia led by one of her research advisors, Dr. Philip Currie, from the University of Alberta.

Julia says coming to The C of I was one of the most important and best decisions of her life. She met Bill Clark (‘67), director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, on an ecology expedition he led to the Central Desert of Baja California when she was 17.

When she got home, Bill mailed her an application and she started at the College in spring 1983.

Biology Professor Eric Yensen was Julia’s advisor and gave her a work-study job in the O.J. Smith Museum of Natural History, where she worked in the collections, made exhibits and gave school tours. One of her projects was building a fiberglass cast of an extinct giant bison skull, which is now on exhibit in the museum.

“Working in the Museum of Natural History made a huge impact on my career and helped guide my decisions about what to pursue after college,” Julia said.

Botany Professor Patricia Packard (retired) and Geology Professor Mary Higdem (retired) were other important influences in Julia’s decision to follow paleontology and university teaching as a career.

“Both these professors encouraged my interests in paleontology and geology, and served as important role models for me,” she said. “I visit them whenever I return to Idaho, and their intellectual curiosity about my research and other topics in science is shockingly keen. I was so lucky to have them as professors at The C of I.”

Upcoming events

Masquerade Ball is Saturday

The Swing Dance Club, Scarlet Masque, Campus Ministries and RHA are sponsoring a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 8 from 9 p.m. to midnight in Langroise.

The ball is formal and will feature live music by The C of I Sax Quartet, including contemporary and traditional waltz, jazz and hip-hop music. Members of the Swing Dance Club will perform a choreographed waltz.

Masks will be provided and mask-making programs will be held in the dorms and McCain this week.

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.

These are the final concerts of the Bob and Merlyn Hendren Beethoven Trio Cycle and final concerts in the 2007-08 Chamber Music Series.

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.

Godspell begins March 20

The College of Idaho departments of theatre and music present Godspell March 20-22 & 26-29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. in Langrose Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and non-C of I students. C of I students, faculty, and staff each receive one free ticket to the show.

This popular stage musical is based on the gospel according to St. Matthew and tells the stories through wonderful songs, dancing and delightful stage antics. Godspell has been a favorite for decades and contains the songs, Day By Day, Prepare Ye, Light of the World, and By My Side. The show is great for families, however it is not recommended for children younger than 5.

The C of I production is directed by Joe Golden and choreographed by Leah Clark. Musical direction is by Sean Rogers, costume design by Heidi Golden, lighting design by Deborah Penrod and stage management by Nena Curley with Andrew Lloyd.

The cast includes David Ketchum, Mauricio Both, Shea Hall, Hannah Buckendorf, Jacob Fulcher, Amber Steele, Ali Rabe, Lani Boykin, Sara Packebush, Victoria Hess, Miranda Drake, Steven Slupe, Jamie Derry, Kaylyn Ruddy and Anna Wilson.

Staff News

Jan Summer Duffy is History Day judge

Jan Summers Duffy, archaeologist and curator of ethnology at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, is lead judge for two competitions for the Idaho National History Day 2008 Competition.

The first competition was the Treasure Valley regional competition held Saturday, March 1. The second is the statewide competition and will be held at The College of Idaho in April. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.

The C of I in the News

A story and photo about the possibility of The Hat being included on the National Register of Historic Places was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on March 3.

The Idaho Statesman had a story in today’s paper about six C of I students going to NAIA nationals for track and some results from the ski team’s trip to USCSA Championships. The story includes Tyler Hopper, Stephanie Helm, Katie Ball, Jayne Saunders, Maggie Miller and Molli Lee-Painter for track and Evan Williams, Camrin Braun, Alli Straubhar and Kaylie Aaker for skiing/snowboarding.

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 [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.