C of I Newsletter

2008. 05. 01.

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Final day for seniors to honor someone in commencement program

Today 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 51.88 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 $25. For every senior who gives $10:

  • The Board of Trustees will give $5
  • President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover will give $3
  • Bitner Vineyards will give $2
  • Mark Smith will give $1
  • Paul Bennion will give $1
  • The Biology Department will give giving $1
  • Marty Holly will give $1
  • John Klockentager will give $1

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!

Student Awards Assembly held today

The C of I’s annual Awards Assembly was held today in Jewett Auditorium. Video from the assembly will be available here as soon as it is processed.. Click here to see the list of award winners.

C of I research conference is Saturday

The third annual College of Idaho Student Research Conference will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 1-5 pm in Langroise Auditorium.

Nearly 100 students from all disciplines will share their scholarly and creative accomplishments at the conference. There will be presentations, performances and exhibitions to showcase the variety of undergraduate research and creative projects.

Click here to see a complete list of performances, presentations and poster displays.

Students raise more than $1,400 for Malawi project

Last week’s dinner to raise money for Samantha Fundingsland’s and Jacob Fulcher’s trip to Malawi raised $1,454. Fundingsland and Fulcher especially thanked CKI, Jim Angresano, and Ron and Mary Bitner for their assistance and contributions.

Fundingsland and Fulcher were awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant in March to travel to Malawi in July, where they will work with local doctors and villagers to combat malaria.

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, so they have more to spend on malaria-fighting medications and mosquito netting for villagers.

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 1,529 donors and an alumni giving rate of 22.6 percent. We need to reach 1,692. Help us get 163 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.

Indian Creek dedicated Saturday

The C of I choir performed at Saturday’s dedication of Indian Creek through downtown Caldwell, a five-year project that C of I President Bob Hoover said could have lasting benefits for the College.

“We have heard from potential students and their families who were concerned about attending the College because of Caldwell’s reputation,” Hoover said. “Uncovering Indian Creek is the first step toward a vibrant downtown Caldwell that will dispel misconceptions about the city.”

Several students, faculty, staff and alumni from the College attended Saturday’s ceremony, including trustee Skip Oppenheimer, whose firm Oppenheimer Development Corporation is leading the downtown redevelopment efforts. Trustee and alumnus Sen. John McGee (‘95) spoke at the dedication.

Student News

Model UN team receives honorable mention for Most Outstanding Delegation

The C of I Model UN team, representing Bhutan, retuned home from New York City with Honorable Mention honors for Most Outstanding Delegation at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference last week.

The C of I delegates were asked to stand for recognition of their award on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly during closing ceremonies on Saturday. The conference includes over 200 delegations and 2,000 students from colleges and universities from all over the world.

Only 10 percent of delegates are nominated for awards in each committee by NMUN directors. This is the first C of I delegation to win an award since the College began attending the conference in 2001.

Kaite Justice, the C of I’s head delegate served on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and was a major contributor to her committee’s report on family planning. Kaite was invited by the directors of UNFPA to deliver a summary of the report to the plenary meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations on the final day of the conference.

Jesse Holmes was the primary sponsor of a resolution promoting public-private cooperation on water resource management in developing countries. It was the only resolution (among 18) that passed by acclamation in ECOSOC. Only one other C of I student has ever achieved such a rare result.

C.J. Sower served on the G.A. 3rd Committee covering topics related to literacy. C.J. made multiple speeches during formal debate and was able to speak on behalf of a Bhutan-sponsored resolution at the U.N. on Saturday prior to its adoption.

Jesus Tarifa successfully sponsored resolutions on alternative energy in the General Assembly Plenary and offered speeches during formal debate.

Jenny Graham and Taylor Wos represented Bhutan in the G.A. 1st and 2nd committees covering illicit weapons trade and foreign direct investment, respectively. Their efforts included editing working papers and draft resolutions.

The delegates celebrated the C of I’s first-ever NMUN award Saturday evening compliments of Konrad Wos, Taylor’s father, who kindly hosted dinner at Cibo, an upscale Tuscan restaurant in New York City only blocks away from the UN.

Kappa Alpha Theta raises more than $1,700 for CASA

The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority hosted the annual Mr. CASAnova pageant last week and raised $1,757 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.

Christian Low, representing Kappa Sigma, was crowned Mr. CASAnova 2008-2009. Nick Schossow, representing Gamma Phi Beta, was the runner up.

The money will be donated to the new Caldwell CASA chapter, and the women of Kappa Alpha Theta made a quilt to be donated to the Boise CASA chapter. CASA provides trained advocates who speak on behalf of abused and neglected foster children in court.

The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation assists college women and alumnae by providing scholarships, leadership training, educational material and presentations, financial assistance for dire circumstances and more.

Faculty News

Yensen chosen as 2009 Liberal Arts Lecturer

Biology Professor Eric Yensen has been chosen by the Faculty Growth and Development committee as the 2009 Liberal Arts Lecturer. Yensen is also this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Idaho Academy of Sciences.

Staff News

Andrea DuBois recognized as TWIN recipient

Andrea DuBois, controller for The College of Idaho, was one of 42 Treasure Valley women honored as a Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) recipient at a luncheon on April 29.

The TWIN awards honor women who have excelled in their fields and who have made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles.

The awards are given by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise, which provides comprehensive supportive services to women and their children victimized by domestic and sexual violence.

In 2007, Rochelle Johnson, chair of the English department and associate professor of environmental studies, was recognized as a TWIN recipient.

Archeology Month begins Saturday at OJ Smith Museum

May 2008 is Archaeology Month throughout Idaho. The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History will be exhibiting some rarely seen artifacts on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. - 3p.m. The public is invited to view, discuss the artifacts with museum curator and archaeologist Jan Summers Duffy, and join in the monthly museum workday.

In support of Archaeology Month, the museum will show the archaeological and ethnographic items, including basketry, pottery and lithics, many from Idaho sources. Some of the items will be from the collections of The Olga Gonzalez Pre-Columbian Collection, the Meldrum New Guinea Collection, (rare items shown in old issues of National Geographic), the Gates-Lewis Anthropological Collection, Hopi basketry and pottery and much more.

The museum is always looking for student volunteers to help out in many areas, including archaeology. Interested students can contact Jan via email.

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

Sandy T. Danh (‘06) will be attending Brandeis University for an MS in neuroscience. She especially thanks John Thuerer, Jann Adams, and Tim Shearon, whom she calls her biggest cheerleaders.

Tessa Price (‘07) has been admitted to the Gonzaga University psychology/counseling program.

John Reuter (‘06), publisher of the Sandpoint Reader was recently named 20 Under 30 by the Pacific Inlander Northwest Online – a compilation of young people doing excellent work in the Inland Northwest. Reuter is also running for Bonner County Commissioner.

The C of I in the News

KTVB Channel 7 ran a package about Bryan Champ, Dane McGrady and Devin Weaver, three C of I student-athletes who are members of the Coyote baseball team. They also won a state title in 2005 at Borah High, and were all a part of the Boise South Central Little League team that went to the Little League World Series

Today’s 6 was on campus last week working on a feature story about Amy Rhoades, The C of I student athlete who is battling breast cancer. They plan to run the piece on May 7 as part of their coverage of the Race For The Cure and noted they hope it is a piece they can enter in this year’s Emmy competition.

The Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune ran stories about presidential candidate Ron Paul’s appearance at The College of Idaho. Approximately 900 people attended the event.

A story about assistant athletic director Mike Safford returning as the voice of the Boise Hawks baseball team was in the Idaho Statesman on Thursday, April 24.

A story about students Ben Coate, Tyler Gross and Megan Longo receiving the highest honor in an intense four-day international math competition was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on April 29.

Upcoming events

4th Annual Wine Education Class is Friday

The C of I Alumni Office’s 4th annual wine education class will be held Friday, May 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Bitner Vineyards, 16645 Plum Road in Caldwell.

The class will focus on pinot noir wine tasting and will include a great selection of pinots from Oregon, California, Burgundy and New Zealand. It will be conducted by C of I alumnus Scott Sprague.

For the past 7 years, Sprague has worked in almost every aspect of the wine industry including wholesaling, production, and as a co-wine steward. He is a second level graduate of the International Sommelier Guild in Portland, Ore., and works for Idaho Wine Merchant in Boise

Cost is $30 per person and participants must be 21 or older. Seating is limited. RSVPs are required and can be made by emailing Mary Bitner or calling her at 459-5300.

C of I hosts Soccer Jamboree today

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 today (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.

ALAS presents Mother’s Day Car and Bicycle show

The Association of Latino Americano Students (ALAS) and KWEI Spanish Radio present a Mother’s Day Car and Bicycle show on May 11 from noon-6 p.m. in The C of I visitor parking lot on Oak Street.

The celebration will include live music, dance groups, a DJ, food booths, face painting and roses for Mom. For more information, call 301-0720 or 240-4669.

Senior Recitals and Exhibits

  • The 2008 Senior Art Exhibition will begin on Thursday May 8 in the Rosenthal Gallery on campus.

    The opening reception is from 4-7:30 p.m. Senior art majors participating this year are Patrick Dougherty, Allison Barber, Sara DeMoss and Jennifer Nichols.

    The show will run until May 31. A closing reception will follow commencement.

  • 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.

  • Soprano Kylie Erickson will perform music by Henri Duparc, Gabriel Faure, Mozart, and Henry Purcell, among others on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. She will be accompanied by Margie Koenig.

Upcoming C of I concerts

  • Sinfonia Spring Concert, directed by Samuel Smith, is May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

  • Composition Students Concert is May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

  • Barbara Attebery and Sylvia Hunt will perform a Mother’s Day piano duo Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

    The performance will feature Attebery’s and Hunt’s favorite pieces, including Mozart “Sonata in D,” Infante “Danses Andalouses,” and the Braggiotti “Yankee Doodle Variations.”

    Hunt’s daughter, soprano Mary Hunt Macey from Lewiston, and a voice teacher from the University of Idaho, baritone Chris Thompson, will select from Italian art songs, Mozart arias, Vaughan-Williams, Hoagy Carmichael, and two duets: “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” and “They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun.

    In addition, Thompson will present a vocal workshop on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in Langroise.

    The public is welcome and donations will be accepted for The College of Idaho Skyrm and Davidson Music Scholarships.

  • Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Sandon Mayhew, is May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

  • Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert, conducted by Andrew Percifield, is May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

  • Vocal Jazz and Friends Spring Concert,directed by Marianne Saunders, is May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Jobs at The C of I


  • Physics Instructor
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Adjunct Instructor
  • Molecular Biologist Instructor
  • Psychology Visiting Assistant Professor


  • Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst

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


  • Three new television spots advertising The College of Idaho are now available on YouTube.

  • “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.