C of I Newsletter

2008. 03. 19.

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C of I President Bob Hoover announces his retirement

After five years at The College of Idaho, President Bob Hoover announced Monday that he will retire in June 2009, or sooner if the College’s Board of Trustees finds a replacement earlier. The trustees will begin a national search immediately.

“My five years at The College of Idaho are among the most rewarding I have had in my 37 years in higher education,” Hoover said. “The trustees are wonderful to me. I enjoy the faculty and staff immensely. The students are the best with whom I have ever worked.”

Hoover said the decision to retire was difficult, but that he wants to be able to spend more time with his family.

“As much as I have loved being president of this college, my focus has changed,” Hoover said. “I love my wife, children and grandchildren and I want to be with them and enjoy them more often.”

Hoover came to The College of Idaho in 2003, during a time when the college was struggling financially. Since he became president, the College has secured more than $80 million in grants and gifts, which allowed the College to increase its endowment and award more scholarships.

“I believe The College of Idaho is a stronger institution than when I joined the community five years ago,” Hoover said. “The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson gift provides the foundation for a successful college in the years ahead. Further, with Foundation’s support, the college has maintained the important core of its faculty and staff strength during those difficult crisis years.“

Board Chairman Gerald Baur said The College of Idaho has been extremely fortunate to have had Hoover as its president.

“Under President Hoover’s leadership, we’ve increased fundraising, scholarships and enrollment. Our new president will help lead our $175 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will bring even more improvements to campus.”

Hoover, 66, said his time at The College of Idaho has been enormously satisfying, but that he and his wife Leslee are looking forward to a more relaxed pace in retirement.

“We’ll travel, spend time with our children and grandchildren, and enjoy the beauty and recreation that Idaho and the West have to offer,” Hoover said.

C of I license plates now available

Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho name and logo on them are now available to purchase at any county auto licensing office in Idaho.

The plates cost $35 the first year they are purchased, which is in addition to the annual vehicle registration fee. They are $25 plus annual fees for each subsequent renewal. The College of Idaho receives $25 from the sale of new plates and $15 from each renewal, which goes to its scholarship and academic programs.

Standard issue (non-personalized) The College of Idaho plates are only available at your local county assessor’s office. The College of Idaho special plates can be personalized with up to five letters and/ or numbers. The cost to personalize these plates is $25 in addition to both the special program fees and all other required annual registration and plate fees. The renewal fee for a personalized plate is an additional $15 per year.

Individuals can also purchase sample versions of The College of Idaho plates from the transportation department for $30, however these plates cannot be displayed on motor vehicles. Sample plates can be personalized at no additional cost, and $20 from each sale goes to the College of Idaho’s scholarship and academic programs.

Personalized and sample The College of Idaho plates are only available by mail. They can be requested online at www.accessidaho.org/secure/itd/personalized/plates.html, or by fax to (208) 334-8542.

C of I Vocal Jazz Ensemble to perform in European Jazz Festival

The College of Idaho’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by associate professor Marianne Saunders, will be in Europe March 19-28 for a European Jazz Festival hosted by the mayors of Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.

Ten students from The C of I and ten chaperones will make the trip, which includes Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic. This is the first year the mayors, who are big fans of American jazz, have hosted the festival.

The festival is by invitation only, and The C of I Vocal Jazz Ensemble was recommended by organizations who have heard the group perform, including during the prestigious Annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, where the ensemble performed in 2002 and 2004.

The trip is largely funded through a generous grant from the Langroise Fund, managed by the Idaho Community Foundation.

C of I students Ryan Dean, Brian Dearing, Katie Fendrick, Jessica Hansen, Noah Jensen, Scott Lake, Jessica Price, Byron Richins, Roshan Roghani and C. J. Watson are going on the trip.

“It is an honor to be invited to participate in this festival and I am proud to represent Idaho and The College of Idaho with this talented group,” Saunders said.

The C of I Celebrates Pi Day

Photo courtesy of Angela Marin ‘09
Pi Day, an awareness event and fundraiser sponsored by the Math Club, took place on Friday, March 14. The club sold 81 slices of pi(e) and had 222 votes for the pi-a-prof contest.

Highlights of the day included the down-to-the-wire voting in pi-a-prof, which triggered an overwhelming display of good sportsmanship when all four contestants (Scott Truksa, Mike Hitchman, Lynda Danielson, and Jim Dull) agreed to be pied regardless of the final outcome. Everyone was also impressed when Olivia DeMordaunt, a 5th-grader from North Star Charter School in Eagle, accurately recited pi to 212 digits, winning a poster of the first 100,000 digits of pi.

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

Brian Attebery (‘74) will be the invited guest and keynote speaker at an international conference in Wroclaw, Poland in May. The conference, titled “Relevant Across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness and World Citizenship in Modern Fantasy for Young Readers,” will be hosted by the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Fiction at the University of Wroclaw.

Attebery will speak on “Stories Linked to Stories: Fantasy as a Route to Myth.” Attebery is an English professor at Idaho State University and editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. His most recent book is Decoding Gender in Science Fiction, published by Routledge.

Sade (Aiyeku) Turner (‘02) is an attorney at a Salt Lake City law firm. She has been married for about a year and a half and gave birth to a son, Campbell Jared Aiyeku Turner in January.

Student News

Samantha Fundingsland and Jacob Fulcher were awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant for a project on malaria prevention in Malawi. The top 100 proposals were selected by campus-based committees.

Davis Projects for Peace invited students from schools participating in the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program to submit plans for grassroots projects for peace to be implemented during the summer of 2008. Several high-caliber schools participate in the Davis UWC Scholars Program including Colorado College, Dartmouth, John Hopkins, Reed, Stanford and Vassar. The program is in its second year and honors philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who launched the initiative on her 100th birthday in 2007. It is designed to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century.

Howlin’ Yotes finish fourth overall in Portland tournament

The College of Idaho Howlin’ Yotes Speech and Debate team claimed three first place victories and finished fourth overall at the Pi Kappa Delta Western Championship Tournament this weekend at Mount Hood Community College near Portland, Ore.

Emilie McDonagh and Nick Schossow took first place in duo interpretive reading for the fifth time this season.

Kyleigh Murphy took first place and went undefeated in the one-on-one International Public Debate Association event. Murphy also took first place in programmed interpretive reading and earned her final leg to the National Speech Event Tournament. Schossow and McDonagh had already qualified for this elite tournament. Schossow also took second place in the poetry reading event.

Senior Captain Kim Stiens was recognized for her outstanding achievements in impromptu speaking and in debate with her partner Jesse Holmes. Colleen Smith was awarded for her outstanding efforts in prose interpretive reading and persuasive speaking. Alex Hawkins was given an award of excellence for his prose interpretive reading.

Murphy, Schossow and McDonagh will compete at the National Speech Event Championships at the University of Texas, April 11-15. They will be coached by graduate assistants Tabitha Miller and Richard Zuercher.

Staff News

Clark a guest at recent Trout Unlimited meeting

Orma J. Smith Museum director William H. Clark was a guest at the March 12 meeting of the local Trout Unlimited chapter. A new DVD called “Bugs of the Underworld,” was shown that described the life histories of the major aquatic insect groups that trout feed on and that are important for the fly fisher to understand and recognized. Clark, an insect specialist, was available to answer questions.

The C of I in the News

News about President Bob Hoover’s retirement was carried by newspapers and television stations statewide, including the Idaho Press-Tribune, Idaho Statesman, NewsChannel 7 and 2 News. It was picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in the Lewiston Tribune, Idaho Falls Post Register and Twin Falls Times-News.

College of Idaho Trustee Pete O’Neill, who is Chairman of the Treasure Air Quality Council, was interviewed March 17 on Boise State Radio talking about the EPA’s new pollution standards.

Upcoming events

Godspell begins Thursday

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.

Hosefros photo exhibit opens Saturday

A photo exhibit by retired New York Times photographer Paul Hosefros opens Saturday, March 22 in the Rosenthal Gallery at The C of I. A reception will be held from 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“When the President Comes to Town: Images and Thoughts on the American Experience,” will run until May 3. The Rosenthal Gallery is adjacent to Blatchley Hall, and the exhibit hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by appointment.

Hosefros is teaching a photojournalism course on campus this semester and his son, Brian, is a student here. Brian Hosefros is a member of the Sax Quartet that will be playing at the opening.

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 III @ 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.