C of I Newsletter

2008. 04. 10.

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C of I Trustees forming Presidential Search Committee

The Board of Trustees of The College of Idaho is in the process of forming a search committee to find a new College president to replace President Bob Hoover who is retiring in June 2009.

Trustee John McGee (‘95) has been named the chairman of the search committee. Membership on the committee will include representatives from The C of I faculty (3), students (2), staff (2), alumni (2), parent (1), administration (1) and trustees (4). There will also be one representative from the Caldwell community.

Letters have been mailed to the leadership of these constituent groups asking them to select representatives for the committee.

The College will hire a national search firm to assist with the review of candidates. The Board of Trustees Governance Committee will meet next week to decide which firms should be invited to participate.

The search committee has been asked by the Board of Trustees to bring three finalists forward for review by a selection committee. The trustees hope to have a new president identified at the end of 2008.

The College of Idaho is committed to keeping the community informed about the search for a president. Updates will be posted in the newsletter and a link is on the homepage.

From the Boone Fund…

2008 Senior Legacy Campaign begins

The Senior Legacy Campaign for the Class of 2008 is underway. This is an opportunity for students to thank The College of Idaho, the faculty and anyone else who offered them support during their time here.

For every $10 a student gives by May 1, he or she may honor someone in the commencement program. Last spring, the Class of 2007 reached almost 65 percent participation, the highest in the College’s history. The Class of 2008 hopes to reach 80 percent participation.

If you have any questions regarding the Senior Legacy Campaign, please email or talk to one of the committee members. We look forward to working with you during this exciting time at The C of I. Make your gift today!

Coyote Callers Phonathon nears end – make your pledge today

As The Coyote Callers Phonathon winds down, The C of I still needs more alumni donors to help meet this year’s goal of 25 percent alumni giving.

Currently, the C of I has 1,425 donors and an alumni giving rate of 21 percent. We need to reach 1,692. Help us get 267 more donors by making your pledge to the Boone Fund by June 30. The Boone Fund is crucial to the College because it supports the College’s yearly operating and scholarship needs.

Last year, the College’s alumni giving rate reached an all-time high of nearly 24.5 percent. Your participation matters because every gift helps the C of I reach its goal.

Franklin Specht Pasta Feed is Saturday

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.

Fundraising Dinner April 24 for student project in Malawi

C of I seniors Jacob Fulcher and Samantha Fundingsland are hosting a fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall South. Proceeds will benefit their trip to Malawi in July, where they will work with local doctors and villagers to combat malaria.

The dinner is open to the public and will include spaghetti with Professor Jim Angresano’s homemade sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert. C of I Trustee Ron Bitner and his wife Mary are donating wine from Bitner Vineyards.

Cost is $5 for students and $10 for all others. Tickets will be sold at the door, but please let Fulcher or Fundingsland know if you plan to attend, so they have an accurate headcount.

There will also be a silent auction at the dinner that includes wood carvings and paintings from Malawi, Roaring Springs passes, tickets to the Boise Philharmonic and dinners from local restaurants.

Fundingsland and Fulcher were awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant in March. Davis Projects for Peace invites 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.

With this fundraiser and a few others they have planned, Fulcher and Fundingsland hope to double the amount of their grant and cover the cost of their travel to Malawi, so they have more to spend on malaria-fighting medications and mosquito netting for villagers.

Fundingsland, who has been to Malawi during the last two summers as part of Children of the Nations through The C of I Campus Ministries program, said the biggest health problems the country faces are AIDS and malaria.

“Malaria is such an easily solvable problem,” Fulcher added. “Putting mosquito netting over beds is one of best preventions, because mosquitoes are most active at night.”

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.

History Day at The C of I is Friday

The Idaho National History Day 2008 competition is Friday, April 11 at The C of I. Jan Summers Duffy, The OJ Smith Museum of Natural History’s curator and archaeologist, is a lead judge for the competition.

This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students are asked to view history through several perspectives. In some events, compromise exists without conflict, in others compromise is reached before major conflicts. Judging categories include historical papers, documentaries, exhibits, web sites and performance.

National History Day helps teachers meet educational standards, encourages high quality curriculum material, and sponsors challenging contests that teach students critical skills they need to be effective citizens in the 21st century. Professionals from all areas volunteer their time to assess, listen and speak to students, and judge the projects.

Deadline for Student Research Conference abstracts is Tuesday

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.

Staff News

A new ‘Yote for admission director Brian Bava

Emerson Mays Bava, son of C of I admission director Brian Bava and his wife Amy, was born April 2. He is 9 pounds, 11 ounces and 22.5 inches long. The whole family is doing great.

Brian was promoted to admission director in March and will continue to work with international students in addition to working with the admission counselors directly. Brian has more than eight years of experience working with admissions at The College of Idaho and at Kimball Union Academy, a private boarding school on the East Coast.

Museum volunteer gives geology/paleontology presentation

A talk about the rock cycle was recently given to science students and staff members of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., by Howard Emry, volunteer paleontology and geology curator for the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

On a related note, a special exhibit on volcanology in southern Idaho was displayed by the museum at the annual Gem and Mineral Show sponsored by the Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society. The exhibit displayed various forms of lava that were created by fissure volcanic eruptions in ancient Idaho.

These collections can be viewed in the museum by appointment or by attending one of the monthly volunteer museum workdays.

The C of I in the News

Frederic Fleming Beale, whose F. F. Beale School of Music offerings became the curriculum of The College of Idaho music department in 1936, was included in historian Arthur Hart’s column about Boise’s first Music Week in Monday’s Idaho Statesman.

Political Economy Professor Jasper LiCalzi was included in the Associated Press legislative wrap-up story on April 3. LiCalzi was also quoted in the Ridenbaugh Press, which provided a link to his blog on Wednesday.

Caldwell’s first Business Expo, held in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center and hosted by The College of Idaho Business Department, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Caldwell/Canyon Economic Development Council and Idaho Press-Tribune was featured in the Press-Tribune business section on April 9.

Upcoming events

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.

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 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


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Adjunct Instructor
  • Asian History Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor
  • Social Psychology Assistant Professor


  • Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst
  • Accountant

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


  • The College of Idaho web address www.albertson.edu and the email addresses that end in @albertson.edu no longer work. The homepage is available at www.collegeofidaho.edu and faculty and staff email addresses end with @collegeofidaho.edu.

  • Those who missed English Professor Diane Raptosh’s Liberal Arts Lecture in March, or who would like to hear it again, can click here.

  • 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.