C of I Newsletter

2008. 04. 24.

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ASCI Election Results

Officers for the Associated Students of The College of Idaho were elected last week. Approximately 48 percent of students cast a ballot. Results are:

  • President: Bobby Powers
  • Vice President: Ali Rabe
  • Secretary: Nikki Watson
  • Treasurer: Rich Hatch
  • Intramurals: RJ Farrens, Katie Murphy, Cole Richelieu, Mike Ridley
  • Program Council: Jenny Graham, Courtney Mitchell, Hanna Prange, CJ Sower
  • Outdoor Program: Cameron Anderson, BK Koomler, Jayne Saunders, Lael Uberuaga-Rodgers

President-elect Powers said he was looking forward to the upcoming school year and everyone with whom he gets to work.

“It should be a great year for our school, and I’m looking forward to all that we will accomplish,” Powers said. “My main goals this year are to improve campus involvement with the Senate and the decisions made in that body, to strengthen the bond between Greeks and the rest of campus, and to work on ways to cancel student apathy by getting everyone involved and active.”

Outgoing President Matt Weaver said he enjoyed his time as president this year.

“Having the opportunity to serves as the ASCI president during this exciting year was truly an honor,” Weaver said. “The amount of attention the school administration gave to the ‘student voice’ was greatly appreciated and is often rare at other institutions.”

Fundraising dinner tonight for student project in Malawi

C of I seniors Jacob Fulcher and Samantha Fundingsland are hosting a fundraising dinner tonight (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.”

Final week for seniors to honor someone in commencement program

May 1 is the deadline for seniors to contribute at least $10 to the Senior Legacy Campaign for the Class of 2008 and publicly thank The College of Idaho, the faculty and anyone else who offered them support during their time here.

For every $10 received by May 1, a senior can 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 is at 26.25 percent participation and hopes to reach 80 percent.

Donations will be taken after May 1, but additions to the commencement program will not be taken.

Several challenges have been issued to the Class of 2008 that can turn a $10 donation into $19. For every senior who gives $10:

  • The Board of Trustees will give $5
  • Mark Smith will give $1
  • Paul Bennion will give $1
  • Bitner Vineyards will give $2

In addition, Bennion and Smith have made a special “Dean’s Challenge” – if seniors reach their goal of 80 percent, Paul will shave his head for commencement and Mark will shave his beard.

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

Boone Fund Update

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 1,489 donors and an alumni giving rate of 22.01 percent. We need to reach 1,692. Help us get 203 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.

C of I television ads posted on YouTube

Three new television spots advertising The College of Idaho are now available on YouTube. The ads are running as part of a six-week media campaign in the Treasure Valley, Sun Valley and Twin Falls markets.

C of I program awarded grant to host Fulbright Scholar

The Asian Studies Program of The C of I was recently awarded a grant to host a Fulbright Scholar through a new Department of State/CIEE program called “Direct Access to the Muslim World.”

“The program is in its inaugural year and it is an honor for The College of Idaho to have been selected as a host institution,” said political economy professor Rob Dayley, who applied for the grant.

Dr. Siti Sitisyamsatun, a lecturer at Islamic State University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will spend three weeks at The C of I teaching a course and conducting events for the local community. Dr. Siti’s area of expertise is the role of women in Islamic societies.

She has a Ph.D. in politics from Monash University (Australia) and a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from McGill University (Canada).

This will be her first extended stay in the United States. In addition to three full weeks of lectures by Dr. Siti, C of I religion professor Denny Clark, English professor Dali Islam and Dayley will offer lectures as part of the six-week course.

Student News

Conley earns her first U.S. Patent

C of I freshman Keats Conley has been notified that she will receive a U.S. patent for her convertible birdhouse, which she created in 2005 for the Discovery Center of Idaho’s annual “Invent Idaho” contest. The birdhouse is a bird feeder in the winter and a home in spring and summer.

Conley, daughter of C of I English professor Diane Raptosh, was featured in a front-page story in Monday’s Idaho Statesman about her invention and the inventions of others in her family.

Zillner named NAIA Pitcher of the Week; first ever for The C of I

Katie Zillner was named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week, the first time in program history that The College of Idaho softball team has had a player recognized by the NAIA.

Zillner, a senior, helped the Coyotes (19-16) to a 4-0 record by picking up a pair of shutout wins in the circle. She tossed a six-hitter against Great Falls in a 4-0 win, striking out 15 batters, followed by a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 3-0 win at Northwest Christian. It was the 24th and 25th times in her career that she had recorded at least ten strikeouts in a game.

Zillner, the most accomplished pitcher in The C of I history, became the first Lady Yote to record 500 strikeouts in a career last week, while improving her season mark to 11-7 with a 1.49 ERA with 174 strikeouts. She is a two-time All-Cascade Conference and All-NAIA Region I selection, earning 2007 CCC and Region I Player of the Year honors. A two-sport athlete, she also was an All-CCC and All-Region volleyball player for the Lady Yotes.

Faculty and Staff News

Anton, Gunderson, Heggland, Knickerbocker and Koga take on Robie Creek

Several people from The C of I participated in Saturday’s Race to Robie Creek, which calls itself the most difficult half marathon in the Northwest.

Chris Anton, The C of I’s chief financial officer, finished 19th with a time of 1:29:16. Assistant biology professor Mark Gunderson finished at 1:37:25. Scott Knickerbocker, visiting assistant English professor, finished at 1:48:29. Associate biology professor Sara Heggland and biology instructor Ann Koga finished at 2:25:58.

Hoover chairs Trinity Lutheran reaccreditation

President Bob Hoover was chairman of a team of faculty and staff for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 10-year reaccreditation review of Trinity Lutheran College in Issaquah, Wash. this week.

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History assists with international research

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has made another international research collaboration, this time with researchers Florian M. Steiner and Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner of Vienna.

Museum director William H. Clark has done research on pavement ants in the Pacific Northwest and the museum contained the resulting voucher specimens, which Clark sent to the researchers. The resulting article is called “Combined modeling of distribution and niche in invasion biology: a case study of two invasive Tetramorium ant species” and will be published in Diversity and Distributions (2008)

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

Chris Farnsworth ('93) and his wife Jean welcomed a daughter, Caroline, their first, on April 19. They currently reside in Los Angeles and all are doing well.

Lauren Fein (‘06) has been accepted to Oregon State University’s Masters of Public Health Program for fall 2008, and has been awarded an Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship to cover all expenses her first year.

Kent Holsinger (‘78) was featured in the University of Connecticut magazine for winning the UConn Alumni Association’s 2007 Award for Excellence in Science Research for his work with the evolution of plants and plant population genetics.

Jan Meeks and Chuck Knox (both ‘72) announce their engagement. A noted educator, Jan has taught mostly in Idaho for 30 years. Chuck has had a 30-year career as a fundraiser with West Coast nonprofits. They hope soon to reside in Idaho.

Eric Werth (‘99) and his wife Lori Werth (‘98) and their 3-year old daughter Erica, celebrated the arrival of their second baby, Emily, on April 19. Eric is the curriculum director at Idaho State Police and will be completing his doctorate this summer. Lori is the marketing advisor for the nursing department at Boise State and is also in the process of completing her doctorate at the University of Idaho.

The C of I in the News

A story about the dinner and silent auction to raise money for Jacob Fulcher and Samantha Fundingsland’s trip to Malawi was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Tuesday. For more information, see above, “Fundraising dinner tonight for student project in Malawi.”

Keats Conley, daughter of C of I English professor Diane Raptosh, was featured in a front-page story in Monday’s Idaho Statesman about her invention and the inventions of others in her family. For more details, see “Student News” above.

A story about The Eta Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta hosts the annual Mr. CASAnova Pageant was in Monday’s Idaho Press-Tribune.

Jason Schweizer, The C of I director of business and accounting, was interviewed for a story in Sunday’s Idaho Statesman about Gov. Butch Otter’s trip to Cuba last year.

A story about Bon Appétit’s Low Carbon Diet was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Sunday.

Upcoming events

Hosefros photo exhibit closes Sunday

“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 Sunday, April 27.

The gallery is adjacent to Blatchley Hall, and the exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including on Saturday. On Sunday, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 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.

C of I hosts Soccer Jamboree May 1

The C of I men’s and women’s soccer teams, Vallivue Youth Soccer and the Caldwell Optimist Youth Soccer are sponsoring a Soccer Jamboree on Thursday, May 1 at Symms Athletic Fields from 6-7:30 p.m.

Activities include a parade for U-6, U-8 and U-10 teams escorted by The C of I players, face painting, tug-o-war, soccer skills challenges, scrimmages and a cleat swap (bring outgrown cleats in good condition). Pizza and drinks will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and families are welcome.

Megan Williams’ voice recital is May 7

Gipson Scholar Megan Williams will have her voice recital on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. The recital will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Poulenc and Bernstein. She will also be accompanied by Margie Koenig. On the Brahms pieces, David Johnson, violist for the Langroise Trio, will be accompany her.

Jobs at The C of I


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


  • Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst

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


  • “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 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.