C of I Newsletter

2008. 04. 17.

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C of I math students receive highest honor in international competition

College of Idaho students Ben Coate, Tyler Gross and Megan Longo received the highest honor in an intense four-day international math competition sponsored by COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

Coate, a junior math major, Gross, a senior math/physics major and Longo, a senior math/physics and chemistry major, competed against 1,162 other teams in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). The C of I and eight others were awarded Outstanding designations.

Only 1 percent of teams who enter the MCM are awarded Outstanding designations. The C of I team won the additional distinction of being one of two INFORMS prize recipients. In the past three years, winners of this award have included teams from Harvard, Princeton, Duke and MIT.

“We knew we had a good paper and we were hoping that we would get Meritorious (the category below Outstanding),” Gross said. “This was beyond our expectations.”

The other Outstanding teams were from Duke University, Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, University Alaska Fairbanks, University of Buffalo, University of Delaware and Youngstown State University.

The competition started Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and it meant several late nights for The C of I team.

“Ben did not get much sleep during the competition,” Longo said. “He needed about a case of Mountain Dew.”

The students have worked together on several projects at the College and often study and do homework together. For this competition, the team had to model how the melting of the north polar ice cap due to the predicted increase in global temperatures will affect the coast of Florida over the next 50 years.

“This was a very good team with a diverse mathematics, chemistry and physics background,” Coate said.

Associate professor Mike Hitchman, who served as the advisor for this project said he was thrilled with the result.

“Judging from the covered chalkboards in the math lounge and all the soda cans strewn about when I went in to collect their paper, they worked tremendously hard on this and carried on The C of I’s tradition of enthusiastic participation in this competition,” Hitchman said. “That they won such distinction for their paper against such stiff competition is a remarkable achievement.”

Two previous C of I team have won Meritorious in this competition, but no team has ever won Outstanding.

Coate said The C of I math and physical science department deserves recognition for this award as well as the team.

“They have been extremely supportive of all of our mathematical endeavors, acting as mentors and advisors for competitions like COMAP,” Coate said. “We appreciate their help and encouragement.”

Simplot Residence Hall remodel begins; Hayman Hall to follow

Interior demolition has begun for the remodeling of Simplot Residence Hall at The C of I, part of a two-phase project that will add more than 100 beds to campus when it’s complete.

The Simplot project will remodel 75 rooms, adding 120 beds to the campus. It will be followed by a renovation of Hayman Hall, which will update and improve another 192 beds.

The College has been growing in recent years and enrolled nearly 300 freshmen and transfer students in the fall, the largest new class in several years.

“This project is needed because we filled nearly every bed in every available residence hall on campus this year,” President Bob Hoover said. “The College of Idaho is attracting larger numbers of the best and brightest students every year and we need to improve our residence halls to accommodate them.”

The remodeling projects will be done in phases so that students will not have to move off campus during construction.

The first phase of Simplot Hall will open with approximately 30 rooms in fall 2008. The rest of Simplot will be finished at the end of 2008. Hayman Hall renovation will begin after Simplot is complete.

Simplot Hall was built in 1948. It was closed in 2004 due to declining numbers of students living on campus. Hayman was built in 1965.

Renovation work will give both buildings an all-new interior, including plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, flooring, windows and a new roof. The buildings will also be made disabled accessible and will receive technology upgrades to provide updated phone, Internet and cable TV ports in each room.

The project will cost approximately $8.5 million.

Boone Fund Update

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 1,451 donors and an alumni giving rate of 21.45 percent. We need to reach 1,692. Help us get 241 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. Help us make 25 percent this year. Your participation matters because every gift helps the C of I reach its goal.

Franklin Specht Pasta Feed most successful ever

This year’s Franklin Specht Pasta Feed was the most successful ever. More than 80 people attended and $840 was raised. All proceeds benefit the Franklin Specht Scholarship.

Betty Simpson and other members of the Class of ‘72 held an informal get together at the dinner and said they had a lot of fun.

Volunteers Needed for International Economic Summit Wednesday

The International Economic Summit is looking for volunteers for this year’s event, which will be held Wednesday, April 23 at The C of I.

The summit is a global trading simulation that is full of excitement, creativity and competition as high school teams from across the valley work as “economic advisors” to countries and aggressively work to better the economic situation of their country.

At the same time, teams are striving to improve the world through proposals addressing anything from pollution and deforestation to AIDS and human trafficking.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Justin Larson at Boise State University or call him at 426-1640. For more information visit www.econsummit.org.

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.”

Museum collaborates on leech research

Dr. Peter Hovingh of Salt Lake City recently used the facilities and collections of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, for a study on the freshwater aquatic leech, Haemopis lateromaculata.

Hovingh has been studying the identification and geography of this species in North America. He used the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Smithsonian Institution and the C of I museum for his work.

The OJ Smith museum and the assistance of John Keebaugh, invertebrate curator, are acknowledged in the paper which was published in The Canadian Field-Naturalist in 2006.

The museum has a significant collection of aquatic leeches which are available for viewing or research by appointment.

Student News

English students present original work at national conference

Seven C of I students presented their original work at The National Undergraduate Literature Conference earlier this month.

The annual conference provides students with an opportunity to present papers both critical and creative to an audience of peers from across the country. The conference has featured student work from over 150 colleges and universities in the United States, and all submissions are juried.

Presenters included creative writing students Brad Baughman, Jordan Drake, Adam Nuñez, Brittany Short, and Megan Williams, and English students Jessica Austin and Sarah Rose.

Professors Rochelle Johnson and Diane Raptosh accompanied the students to the conference, which has been held annually since 1985 on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Highlights of the conference included:

  • Jessica Austin presented both a short story titled “Behind Our Eyes: Where Love Lies Bleeding” and a literary research paper about Emily Dickinson’s poetry, “The Problem of a Poetic Experience and the (Im)Possible.”
  • Brad Baughman presented his short story, “Things are Not as They Seem.”
  • Jordan Drake read his work of creative non-fiction, “Memories of My Father.”
  • Adam Nuñez read a compilation of poems titled “Clenched,” with individual poems titled “Two White Boys,” “Reaping Santa Barbara,” “Uzbek Samsa,” “Cri Du Chat,” and “Clench.”
  • Sarah Rose shared her literary research paper, titled “The Success of National Identity in Relation to Imagination and its Success in Washington Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle.’”
  • Brittany Short also read five poems: “West Bound Bus,” “The Art of Leaving,” “Diagnosed,” “The Anatomy of Restlessness,” and “How to Grow a Woman from the Ground.”
  • Megan Williams presented her five poems: “Sham Marriage,” “Mourning Sex,” “Circuitous,” “Spatial Relations,” and “Marriage.”

Students simulate UN diplomats in New York

For the eighth time in as many years, The College of Idaho has been invited to participate in the country’s premier Model UN conference.

Six students will represent The C of I at the upcoming National Model United Nations Conference on April 21-26 in New York City.

Kaite Justice (Head Delegate), Jenny Graham, Jesse Holmes, C.J. Sower, Jesus Tarifa and Taylor Wos will join students from 24 countries and over 250 colleges at the conference.

The students have already submitted pre-conference position papers and will spend more than 50 hours in parliamentary debate drafting mock resolutions and writing reports at the five-day conference. Multiple conference events are held at the United Nations itself.

This year’s country assignment for the C of I team is The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Associate political economy professor Rob Dayley, who is the team’s advisor, said the students have been preparing for months on topics ranging from disarmament and foreign direct investment to alternative energy and malaria prevention.

“Model UN forces students to consider the views of other governments and is a wonderful tool to teach students about the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations, Dayley said.”

Faculty News

Knickerbocker to be published in College Literature

An article by visiting assistant English professor Scott Knickerbocker has been accepted for publication. The article is entitled “Bodied Forth in Words: Sylvia Plath’s Ecopoetics” and will appear in the journal College Literature.

History department, museum contribute to success of Idaho National History Day

The College of Idaho played a big role in last week’s Idaho National History Day 2008 competition. The College hosted the April 11 event and Mee-Ae Kim, associate history professor, gave the keynote address at the awards assembly. History department chair Steve Maughan presented a total of $35,000 worth of scholarships to the top three History Day winners. Jan Summers Duffy, The OJ Smith Museum’s curator and archaeologist, was a lead judge for the competition.

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

Rebecca Foster (‘07) just took a full time position as an administrator at not-for-profit Tacoma College Ministry in Tacoma, Wash. Her main job will be to support people who are in a full time college ministry position and provide administrative support. Foster thanks C of I campus ministry director Phil Rogers for helping her get this job.

Former Coyote editor Stephen Lowman (‘07) is currently working as a Washington Post staff writer and has just had his first story published.

Julia T. Sankey (’87) co-edited a new book which was just published. The book is called “Vertebrate Microfossil Assemblages,” and is available from Indiana University Press.

The C of I in the News

A story about the Simplot Hall remodel was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Wednesday, April 16.

A story about the College’s search for a new president was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Friday, April 11.

A story in Sunday’s Idaho Statesman was about Idaho Dance Theatre’s finale, which includes “The Journey Home,” a collaboration between choreographer Carl Rowe, Idaho composer Jim Cockey and the Langroise Trio, artists-in-residence at The C of I. The Trio is violinist Geoffrey Trabichoff, violist David Johnson and cellist Samuel Smith.

Alumna Amanda Peacher (‘05), who is in charge of salmon policy for Idaho Rivers United, was the subject of a Q&A in the Idaho Statesman on April 11.

The Idaho Statesman included a story on April 10 about C of I students Bryan Champ, Dane McGrady and Devin Weaver, who played in the 1999 Little League World Series and on Borah High’s 2005 5A state championship team.

Laurie Balmer, one of Professor Howard Berger’s former students quoted him in a letter to the editor in the Idaho Press Tribune on April 12.

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 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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.

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

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


  • 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 that 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.

    For more information, regarding the Senior Legacy Campaign, please email or talk to one of the committee members. Make your gift today!

  • “Take a Yote to Lunch,” pairs 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.