C of I Newsletter

2008. 04. 03.

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Important: albertson.edu no longer works after Sunday

The College of Idaho web address www.albertson.edu and the email addresses that end in @albertson.edu will no longer be active after Sunday, April 6.

The homepage will be available at www.collegeofidaho.edu and faculty and staff email addresses will end with @collegeofidaho.edu.

Take a Yote to Lunch – The C of I’s Student-Professional network

The College of Idaho National Alumni Board introduces “Take a Yote to Lunch,” a program that matches current C of I students with professionals in the student’s chosen career field. Students can register here. Professionals, please email Mary Bitner if you are interested in taking a Yote to lunch (or dinner, coffee, or whatever best fits your schedule).

The purpose of Take a Yote to Lunch is for working professionals to share information about their career, offer tips and answer questions. The meeting will take place over a meal that will be hosted and paid for by the professional.

To qualify, students must have a declared major and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The alumni office will match students and professionals.

C of I partners with local business groups for Business Expo on April 8

The College of Idaho Business Department, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell/Canyon Economic Development Council and Idaho Press-Tribune are sponsoring the first Business Expo on Tuesday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

The Business Expo includes the Chamber’s monthly Noonbreak Luncheon and Business Afterhours events, in addition to booths promoting local businesses and an internationally known speaker.

The Noonbreak Luncheon is in Simplot Dining Hall. The fee is $20 and attendees should RSVP to the Caldwell Chamber at 459-7493.There is no charge for the Business Afterhours, which will be held in the Shannon Library.

The featured guest speaker for lunch is Gary Hoover, who will present “Eight Keys to Building a Lasting Enterprise.” created book superstore BOOKSTOP, which was sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million when it was seven years old.

For more information about the Business Expo, email Jason Schweizer or call him at 459-5219.

Former C of I athletic director teaching course in Abu Dhabi

Former College of Idaho athletic director and alumnus Dick Carrow (‘54) is in Abu Dhabi until April 3 teaching a course in sports facilities and event management as part of the Unlimited Sport Academy and the General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare for the United Arab Emirates.

The course is the second in a six-part series to be hosted in Abu Dhabi for the sports academy’s international certification in sports management program.

Carrow has over eight years of experience with the United States Sports Academy, both domestically and internationally. He has directed sports education projects at five Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force Bases in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has conducted sports management and sports coaching symposia in Saudi Arabia, Chad (Africa), Mexico, Indonesia, Oman and Hong Kong.

Carrow held many jobs at The C of I over the years, including athletic director and men’s basketball coach. He now works at the College part-time as director of game management. He has 27 years of coaching experience, primarily in collegiate basketball. In addition, he has coached track and field, American football, tennis and golf.

Former faculty member Karen Thornberry died March 24

Former chemistry faculty member Karen Thornberry, 53, passed away at home on March 24 after a valiant struggle with breast cancer. A memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Boise Funeral Home Aclesa Chapel.

Her obituary noted “Karen was a person of many talents…She was also a wonderful homemaker and a loving mother to son Tyler and daughter Lindsey. She also leaves behind husband Dr. Bob Gentry, sister Randa Garst, brothers Paul and Carl Thornberry, soul-sister Sheela Buckley, and many other friends and relatives. A special thank-you to the other posse moms, Carlene and Mary Kay, for their support of Karen through a difficult time.”

Liberal Arts lecture audio now available

Those who missed English Professor Diane Raptosh’s Liberal Arts Lecture in March, or who would like to hear it again, can click here. (With introduction by Rochelle Johnson. 65.8 MB MP3.)

Jennifer Graham chosen for Student Congress

C of I junior Jennifer Graham has been selected as the Idaho student representative to the first Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Student Congress in Lexington, Kentucky.

Only one college junior from each state was selected and students had to be nominated by their state’s senior senator. Graham was selected by Sen. Larry Craig.

The one-week course will take place at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce beginning July 19. The student congress will explore debate, communications and compromise.

It is named for Sen. Henry Clay, who was known as the “Great Compromiser,” and is regarded as one of America’s greatest statesmen. He is best known for crafting the Missouri Compromise in 1820 and several other treaties that helped the nation avoid civil war for over 40 years.

Deadline for Student Research Conference Abstracts is April 15

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

Submissions 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.

Monthly Museum workday is Saturday

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History monthly workday is Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

There will be several out-of-the-area guests this time, so museum director William Clark invites people to stop by and say hello.

Projects include work in the entomology area dealing with the curation of pitfall trap samples from Baja California, curation of Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Lepidoptera, and some general Idaho collections. There is also major clean up and organization, along with preparation of exhibits for archaeology week in May. Several projects in the gift shop are planned. Other projects with the aquatics (both fish and invertebrates) are planned.

Howard Emry will give a lunch seminar presentation on “Succor Creek Fossil Plants” and give an update on the paleobotany collection.

Student News

Biology students shine at regional Idaho Academy of Science meeting

C of I biology students Kate Arbon, Bengt Phung, Spencer Smith, Brenden Hoffman, and Kim Carlson all presented their biology research at the regional Idaho Academy of Science conference hosted by Boise State University last week.

Smith earned first place for his oral presentation on cadmium-induced decrease in RUNX2 mRNA expression and recovery by the antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) in the human osteoblast-like cell line Saos-2. Arbon earned second place for her oral presentation on cadmium-induced oxidative stress in the human osteoblast-like cell line Saos-2.

The students’ work was funded by an NIH-INBRE grant and a Sigma Xi Research grant. Their faculty mentors are Sara Heggland and Don Mansfield.

Trustee News

The March issue of Horizon/Air Alaska Air Magazine includes Bitner Vineyards, owned by College trustee and alumnus Ron Bitner and his wife Mary, who works in the College’s alumni office. The article is called “Gourmet Getaway: Idaho offers first rate culinary experiences,” and begins, “The early summer sun drapes my bistro table on the deck of Bitner Vineyards’ new tasting room, creating the perfect ambiance for savoring my 2003 Northwest Wine Summit bronze medal-winning chardonnay…”

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

Dorothy “Dink” (Hootman) Minor (‘80) and her husband Cash Minor (‘80) are living in Elko, Nev. Cash is chief financial officer and assistant county manager for Elko County. Dorothy is a geriatric social worker at the Division for Aging Services. They have lived in Elko for 27 years. They have two children Adam, 21, a junior in college and Brynn, 16, and a junior in high school.

Ed Sniffen (‘85) Alaska’s senior assistant attorney general recently settled a $15 million lawsuit with drug maker Eli Lilly. Alaska had sued to recoup medical bills it said were generated by Medicaid patients who developed diabetes while taking the schizophrenia drug Zyprexa.

The C of I in the News

Softball pitcher Katie Zillner threw a perfect game on Friday, March 28 and was named KTVB NewsChannel 7’s Play of the Week on Sunday Sports Extra. Ch. 6 named her their Carl’s Junior Athlete of the Week. The story was also in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

A story about Biology Professor Eric Yensen receiving the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Idaho Academy of Sciences was in the main section of the Idaho Press-Tribune on March 28.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was included in an Idaho Statesman story on April 1 about Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Legislature.

LiCalzi’s blog about the Larry Grant-Walt Minnick race for Congress was also included in the opinion page of the Idaho Statesman on March 27.

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.

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.

Betty Simpson and other members of the Class of ‘72 are holding an informal get together that night and will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the south entrance to Simplot Dining Hall.

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.

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.

The College of Idaho Celebrates Earth Day April 22

The College of Idaho will have several events to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22 including a Sustainability Fair, vendor booths and speakers. In addition, Bon Appetit will introduce its Low Carbon Diet menu option, which will offer eco-friendly foods, reduce the amount of food wasted, and reduce the College’s carbon footprint.

Sustainability Fair and Vendor Booths: 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • Plant booth
  • Light bulb exchange/recycling
  • Making green cleaning products
  • Spudware: sustainable containers
  • Tom Scott – Hybrid car
  • The Nature Company – Drought tolerant landscaping
  • Local organic and sustainable farmers

Speakers in South Dining Room in Simplot Dining Hall

  • Matt Caldwell – General Manager, Bon Appetit Food Service – 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Rachell Klein – BFI Recycling Specialist – 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Dave Logan – Director of Operations, Ada County – noon -12:30 p.m.
  • Peter Dill – Sustainable Dairy Farmer - 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • John Bernardo – Founder of Sustain Innovations – 1-1:30 p.m.

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.

Jobs at The C of I


  • Asian History Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor


  • Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst
  • Accountant

For complete job descriptions and application instructions go to http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO


  • 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.