C of I Newsletter

2008. 03. 27.

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Yensen named Distinguished Scientist by Idaho Academy of Sciences

Biology Professor Eric Yensen will receive the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Idaho Academy of Sciences (IAS) at its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 28. The banquet is at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Nampa and is open to the public. The cost is $20. To purchase tickets, contact Gary Mercer at Boise State.

Yensen, who has taught at The C of I for 26 years, said he was honored to be chosen for this award and noted that it was often given to scientists whose primary responsibility is research rather than professors with teaching as their primary responsibility.

Over the years he has written, edited, or contributed to 11 books, monographs and field guides, and published 55 scientific articles and over 50 unpublished reports mostly on the conservation biology of ground squirrels.

“I am still somewhat speechless, I definitely didn't expect this,” said Yensen, who didn’t know he’d been nominated. “I appreciate the honor.”

The IAS chooses one scientist every year to receive this award, which is given to an individual with outstanding achievements in science or engineering. Winners are chosen based on their scientific contributions that have a specific value or interest to Idahoans. The Distinguished Scientist Award was first given in 2000.

C of I Biology Department Chair Don Mansfield, who nominated Yensen, said Yensen is deserving of the award because of his extensive and important research about ground squirrels and their vital role in ecosystems.

“His work has been instrumental in, thus far, preventing the demise of this species,” Mansfield said.

Yensen graduated from The College of Idaho in 1966. He has a master’s degree in systematic entomology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. degree in zoology from University of Arizona. He was a faculty member at Millsaps College in Mississippi for five years and at Boise State University for three years before returning to The College of Idaho in 1981.

At The C of I, Yensen has taught hundreds of undergraduate students in ecology, mammalogy, conservation biology, and Idaho natural history. He led many off-campus field expeditions to Australia and Mexico and has inspired many of his students to go on to productive careers in these fields.

Over the years, Yensen has received over 30 grants or contracts in support of his research on Idaho ground squirrels and Bolivian ecology and mammalogy from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Scott Neotropical Fund, and other granting agencies. Yensen’s work has been recognized both in the US and South America.

Godspell closes this weekend

The College of Idaho departments of theatre and music present the final performances of Godspell on March 26-29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m. in Langroise 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.

The C of I’s 5th annual Canada Week begins March 31

The College of Idaho’s 5th annual Canada Week is from March 31-April 2. The campus community and general public are invited to all events, including:

Monday March 31

Michael Virr: US/Canadian Trade, KAIC 104, 9:10 - 11:20

Canadian Studies Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, Fireside Lounge, 11:30-1 p.m., by RSVP only rprudhomme@collegeofidaho.edu

Kevin Cook & Kim Blanchette, Seattle Canadian Consulate, Funding opportunities for research, teaching, travel, and study abroad

Cindy Anderson, C of I alumna, First Nations Issues

Tuesday April 1

Professor Thierry Giasson, Laval University (Quebec City, Quebec), Nationalism and the Politics of Quebec, Sterry 403 9:40-11:10

Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum Teleconference (Alberta), Langroise Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Wednesday April 2

Cindy Anderson, C of I Alumna, First Nation Issues & Poetry Reading, KAIC 100, 11:30-12:30

Professor Diane Raptosh, First Nations Poetry Reading

First Nations Film Festival, McCain Theater, 1-4 p.m.

RCMP/CG (Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Coast Guard) Border Security Presentation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Shannon Library

For more information, contact Jason Schweizer at 459-5219 or Robin Lorentzen at 459-5221.

Foreign Policy Speakers Series continues Wednesday

Fredrick Z. Brown, Southeast Asia Program at the School of Advanced International Studies will present “Vietnam and the United States,” on Wednesday, April 2, in the Hendren Board Room in Sterry Hall from 11:30-12:30 p.m. as part of The C of I’s Foreign Policy Speakers Series.

Brown served as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State from 1958 to 1984. His assignments included Vietnam (twice), Thailand, The Soviet Union, France, and Cyprus.

He served as consul general in Danang and Hue during the Vietnam War and as country director for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia affairs after the war. Following his retirement he joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a professional staff member.

In 1991 he founded the Southeast Asia Studies Program of The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Brown’s government service and work as a scholar has contributed significantly to the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations in the 1990s. He has authored multiple books and articles on Southeast Asia.

This event is co-sponsored by the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations.

Museum presents more than 50 years of Mexico Field Trips

Presenters from the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History will provide an overview of the College’s legacy of biological field expeditions to Mexico at the 50th Annual Idaho Academy of Science Meeting held at the College of Western Idaho campus (formerly BSU West) on Thursday-Saturday, March 27-29.

These field trips began in the early 1950s with Lyle M. Stanford and Robert D. Bratz of the biology department. More recently, museum director William H. Clark and museum research associates and curators Paul E. Blom and David M. Ward, Jr. have developed and led over 50 expeditions to Baja California, Mexico

The poster presentation will include a brief history of the progress of the field trips from the early years, through the “Earthwatch” years, CICESE collaboration, and a look at the future.

Campus Ministries receives $48,000 grant for internships

The C of I’s Campus Ministries program received a $48,000 Ministry Internship Program grant from The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant is to be used for two Campus Ministries internships each of the next two years.

Student News

The C of I participates in math competition

Ten C of I students joined more than 3,700 other students from 516 colleges in the United States and Canada at the 68th Annual Putnam Mathematical Competition.

Tyler Gross scored an 8, Sara Goltry scored a 2 and Ben Coate scored a 1. Tyler’s score earned him a rank of 1412, placing him in the top 38 percent of all contestants.

Congratulations to all 10 participants: Ben Coate, Alexandra Gertman, Sara Goltry, Tyler Gross, Brittany Ireland, Brooke Judy, Megan Longo, Clara Madsen, Ruben Torres and Seth Watson. Go Yotes!

Rand Kline receives prestigious internship

Biology major and chemistry minor Rand Kline was awarded the INBRE fellowship for this summer. He will be working on cancerous cell research.

Heggland and students attend annual toxicology meeting

Associate biology professor Sara Heggland and students Spenser Smith, Ashley McCartney, and Kate Arbon attended the 47th Annual Society of Toxicology meeting in Seattle from March 16-20.

The international meeting showcases cutting edge and premier research in the field of toxicology. The Heggland research lab presented their work titled “A comparative effect of cadmium on non-tumor and tumor derived osteoblastic cells,” at the meeting. The research is funded by an NIH-INBRE grant.

ACT delivers almost $900 in food to local food bank

The C of I’s Alliance for Community Transformation student group delivered $897.52 worth of food to the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership’s food bank last week.

A big thank you to Bon Appetit for allowing the group to donate unused meals, and to the students who donated: Paula Barrientos, Kayla Brewer, Joel Fernandez, Kylie Grimes, Janelle Jensen, Megan Kemper, Tavia Lopez, Meredith Mattson, Hannah Phillips, Jackeline Rodriguez, Madison Skogsberg, Stephanie Sparks, Ruben Torres, Vicky Vail and Brett Ward.

Lindsay Kline’s Senior Recital is April 26

Senior music major Lindsay Kline will be presenting her senior recital on April 26 at 3 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. This recital will include works by Mozart, Schumann, Barber and others. Senior violinist Seth Mattison will be accompanying her on a Mozart piece. She will be accompanied by Margie Koenig.

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

  • Laura Dilley (‘06) will be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University of Southern California on May 14, the same day as USC commencement. Laura, who is in USC’s International Public Policy Management graduate program will participate in commencement, but won’t officially graduate until August.

    Phi Kappa Phi candidates are selected from a competitive field of students representing USC’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students academically.

  • Members of The C of I Class of ‘72 gathered for a recent reunion of classmates prompted by a visit by Sandi Sheppeard who lives in Pennsylvania and Margaret (Pharris) Barry who lives in Oregon. Jan Meeks hosted the group, which toured The College of Idaho. The friends have gotten together over the years for birthday dinners, weekend getaways and have even taken vacations together.

    “The College of Idaho afforded us the best education, enhanced our personal growth and gave us an opportunity to forge lifelong friendships that continue to enhance our lives,” said Sharon (Malone) Buckle.

    In the photo (front row):

    Jan Meeks is a teacher in Boise, Sandi Sheppeard is an assistant director for the Pennsylvania state system of higher education, Bernadette (Barton) Hoover is presently teaching biology at Vallivue High School and this is her 30th year of teaching, Sharon (Malone) Buckle owns her own business which offers landscape design, horticulture consulting and landscape project management.

    (back row)

    Margaret (Pharris) Barry is an elementary reading specialist in Newberg, Oregon, Ann (Wiseman) Day has been teaching in Caldwell for 35 years, Kristin (Stanwood) Christensen is a physician assistant and clinic manager in Middleton and has worked for the hospital in Caldwell for over 30 years, Paula (Remaley) VonLindern is a teacher in Boise.

  • Jaycee Winn (‘00) is chief of staff for the $60 million ED in 08 campaign, a nationwide nonpartisan public awareness campaign aimed at elevating education to the top of the list of our nation’s priorities during this year’s Presidential campaign. ED in 08 is funded by the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and the Broad Education Foundation.

The C of I in the News

A story and photo of softball player Amy Rhoades who is sitting out this season while she battles breast cancer was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on March 20. The story is posted on the NAIA website.

Prof. Jasper LiCalzi’s blog in the Idaho Statesman discusses the College’s political economy department.

Student Mikelle Oliver was included in an Idaho Statesman story about the Caldwell YMCA on March 22.

Religion and Philosophy Professor Denny Clark was interviewed by the Idaho Statesman for a story in the March 19 edition about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s speech about race and religion.

Upcoming events

Piano duo performs Thursday

Caldwell Fine Arts presents duo-pianists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door or online. Concerts are free to C of I students. Adults are $10-$13 and non C of I students are $6-$9.

The exceptional musicianship of the husband and wife team has brought them consistent praise from critics and audiences alike and international recognition as one of today’s leading duo-piano teams. They have performed in the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic States, Russia, and Scandinavia, and have appeared with The Detroit Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Symphony of the Americas, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida and The Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra.

Hosefros photo exhibit at the Rosenthal Gallery

“When the President Comes to Town: Images and Thoughts on the American Experience,” a photo exhibit by retired New York Times photographer Paul Hosefros (father of C of I student Brian Hosefros) is in the Rosenthal Gallery at The C of I until May 3.

The 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.

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.

  • Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho name and logo on them are now available. 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.

    Personalized and sample license plates can be ordered online. Non-personalized plates are available at any county auto licensing office in Idaho.

  • 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.