C of I Newsletter

2008. 03. 13.

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Liberal Arts Lecture featuring Diane Raptosh is today

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 lecture will be available through The C of I website early next week.

The Liberal Arts Lecture is the premier 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.

Abstracts for third Student Research Conference are due April 15

The College of Idaho’s third annual Student Research Conference will take place May 3 and proposals are due April 15.

Proposals will take the form of an abstract and will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of C of I faculty. The abstract should be limited to one paragraph of no more than 200 words in length and should include a clear explanation of the project, presentation or performance.

For more information, visit the SRC webpage.

Faculty emeritus Fern Nolte Davidson dies at 100

Fern Nolte Davidson, an emeritus piano faculty member of The College of Idaho, died Sunday, March 9 at the age of 100. Davidson taught at The C of I from 1946 to 1994, was a recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts and was an influential mentor to hundreds of students.

In September 2007, The C of I, Caldwell Fine Arts and one of Davidson’s former students hosted a 100th birthday party for her. Events included a 16-player piano recital in Jewett Auditorium and an open house at Davidson’s home.

A DVD of the piano recital and Fern’s birthday luncheon is available for $15. A cd of the piano concert is $10. Both are available from Caldwell Fine Arts Director Sylvia Hunt.

The Dr. Fern Nolte Davidson Music Scholarship has been established at The C of I. For more information about the scholarship email Michael Vandervelden or call him at (208) 459-5851. Contributions can be mailed to The College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.

Potter’s Clay completes 11th annual trip to Tijuana

During winter break, 51 students and seven staff (including two professors) traveled to the poorest areas of Tijuana, Mexico, for The C of I’s 11th annual Potter’s Clay service project.

From Feb. 16-21, students built four simple homes, assisted a local orphanage in their work, and reflected upon the power of simple, intentional, coordinated action in the midst of significant challenges of poverty and injustice.

Families receiving the homes provide documentation of land ownership and 100 hours of volunteer labor at the local orphanage.

The four homes built on this recent trip brings the total of homes built by C of I students and friends to 57. Students, staff, friends and alumni donate funds for the costs for the trip, which is about $34,000, more than half of which is for building supplies and orphanage support.

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

Aaron Nikki (Waller) Wade (‘04) welcomed a son, Carter Andrew Wade, in December. He is her third child and his big sisters, Angelyn and Kaylee, adore him.

Student News

Rachel Odio selected for international internship

Rachel Odio, international political economy and religion double major, was awarded an internship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. “These are internationally competitive internships and it’s a honor to be selected,” said Rob Dayley, associate professor of political economy.

C of I Ski Team earns medals at USCSA National Championships in Maine

Photo courtesy of John W. Post ‘75
The C of I Ski Team completed a successful trip to the USCSA National Championships in Sunday River, Maine, as the snowboarders completed their competition, and the combined awards were announced in the alpine events.

Snowboarder Evan Williams became the second Coyote to ever win four national championships, as the senior took home the crown in the conclusion of the SlopeStyle event. Williams won the championship in 2005 and 2007, and he also has a national title in the snowboard halfpipe in 2006.

The women’s snowboard team had a solid finish in the week’s final event, the giant slalom, placing sixth overall. Kaylie Aaker took home All-America honors in the event with a fifth-place finish.

The women’s alpine team finished 11th overall in the alpine combined, while the men’s team finished 12th. Both Lara Mann and Dewey Moss earned All-America honors for their combined efforts.

Also, five athletes were named to the All-Academic Team – Camrin Braun on the men’s side, and Aaker, Katie Kernan, Jessica Wise and Alli Straubhar on the women’s.

Below are those from ski and snowboard teams recognized for All American (AA) and Academic All American honors:

Kaylie Aaker – 1st team AA - Snowboard Giant Slalom; 2nd team AA - Academic

Camrin Braun – 1st team AA - Academic

Katie Kernan – 2nd team AA - Academic

Lara Mann – 2nd team AA Combined

Dewey Moss – 2nd team AA Slalom; 2nd team AA Giant Slalom; 2nd team AA Combined

Alli Straubhar – Honorable Mention AA - Academic

Evan Williams – 1st team AA - Slopestyle (National Champion)

Jessica Wise – Honorable Mention AA - Academic

Winter term trip to Mexico featured in Maya Exploration Center newsletter

A story and photo about The C of I winter term trip to Mexico to study geology, culture, mathematics, and astronomy among the ancient Maya was featured in the Winter 2008 edition of the Maya Exploration Center newsletter. The trip included 12 students and was led by physics associate professor Jim Dull, math and physical science associate professor Mike Hitchman, and geology and geography instructor Dora Gallegos.

Faculty News

Knickerbocker article published in The Kenyon Review

Scott Knickerbocker, visiting assistant professor of English and environmental studies, has an article called “Organic Formalism in John Witte’s The Hurtling,” which has been accepted for publication by The Kenyon Review. It will appear on their new companion electronic journal, KR-Online, in the next couple of months.

Raptosh publishes poems in Fraglit and Best Poem

English Professor Diane Raptosh, who is giving tonight’s Liberal Arts Lecture, has new poems due to appear this month in Fraglit: An Online Magazine of Fragmentary Writing. The titles are “At the Symposium on the Necessity of Beauty,” “Husband,” “World Affairs,” “Story Problem,” “Fight Choreography,” “Affliction,” and “Betrayal.” Raptosh’s poem “Elations” will been featured soon in Best Poem.

The C of I in the News

KBCI 2 News did a story on March 12 about new Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho logo. More details about the ordering The C of I plates will be in next week’s newsletter

An article and photo about the life of emeritus professor Fern Nolte Davidson was in the Local section of the Idaho Press-Tribune on March 12. Fern’s obituary ran on March 11.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran an article on March 10 inviting the public to the Liberal Arts Lecture, featuring Diane Raptosh.

An article about C of I Trustee and alumnus John McGee running for re-election to the Idaho Senate was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on March 9.

The Idaho Statesman ran a story in the sports section on March 9 about Stephanie Helm finishing second in the 3,000 meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and Tyler Hopper finishing fifth in the 1,000 meters.

Upcoming events

Pi Day is Friday

The C of I Math Club presents its annual celebration of irrationality, Pi Day, on Friday, March 14 at 1:59 p.m. (i.e. 3/14 1:59) in Boone Hall. The event features pi-themed contests for a variety of prizes, as well as coffee and $1 slices of pi. For more information, email Lynda Danielson or call her at 459-5231.

C of I faculty play Local Legends concert Saturday

Department of Bluegrass featuring faculty from The C of I 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. Cost is $10 and benefits the Idaho Youth Games. The event is for people 21 and over.

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.)

Foreign Policy Speakers Series begins Tuesday

The Department of Political Economy presents the spring 2008 Foreign Policy Speakers Series beginning Tuesday, March 18, in the Hendren Board Room in Sterry Hall from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Salam Talib, an Iraqi journalist, and Mark Turner, a human rights activist from Palestine.

Talib and Turner will offer eyewitness accounts of recent events in Iraq and Palestine. This event is part of the “Wheels of Justice Tour,” a nationally known campaign that promotes education, non-violent resistance and community building through alternative journalism.

The Wheels of Justice Tour, recognized by its colorful biodiesel bus, has included The C of I on its tour of 1,500 schools, colleges, and universities across North America. This event is co-sponsored by the Idaho Peace Coalition and The C of I Model United Nations Program.

The Foreign Policy Speakers Series continues Wednesday, April 2 with Fredrick Z. Brown, Southeast Asia Program, SAIS speaking about Vietnam and the United States; and Tuesday, May 6 with Thomas Bagger talking about “Turkey and Europe: The Challenge of Integrating Civilizations.”

All series events are open to the C of I community and the general public. Please contact Professor Rob Dayley for further information.

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.

Franklin Specht Pasta Feed is April 12

The Franklin Specht Pasta Feed featuring The C of I History Department is Saturday, April 12. Cost is $12 per person. Email Mary Bitner or call her at 459-5300 for more information.

Jim Angresano at Bitner Vineyards on April 19

Lecture Series II @ Bitner Vineyards with guest speaker political economy professor Jim Angresano is Saturday, April 19. Cost is $15 per person. Email Mary Bitner or call her at 459-5300 for more information.

Jobs at The C of I

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 will continue until the position is filled.


  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.