C of I Newsletter

2008. 05. 08.

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C of I Presidential Search Committee finalized

The College of Idaho Presidential Search Committee has been finalized and will hold its first meeting Monday, May 12. Sen. John McGee (‘95), a C of I trustee, will chair the committee. Members are:

  • Brian Bava, director of admission
  • Dr. James Bewley, alumnus, Class of 2001
  • Judge Candy Dale, trustee Class of 1979
  • Mary Jo Hayes, assistant controller
  • Don Hendrickson, trustee, Class of 1962
  • John Klockentager, vice president of enrollment management
  • Jasper LiCalzi, political economy professor and department chair
  • Don Mansfield, biology professor and department chair
  • Ray Melville, trustee, Class of 1973
  • Jim Mertz, trustee
  • Mayor Garret Nancolas, city of Caldwell
  • Bobby Powers, ASCI president elect
  • Sue Schaper, associate English professor
  • Jeff Shinn, alumnus, Class of 1973
  • Steve Tobiason, parent of a student
  • Martine Troy, student

Communications director Jennifer Oxley will serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member. The Presidential Selection Committee, which is the College’s Governance Committee, is reviewing proposals from several national search firms. The firm will be announced once a decision has been made.

Fujishin will become major gift officer

Barry Fujishin, who has been The C of I’s alumni director for seven years, will become one of the College’s major gift officers, Pres. Bob Hoover announced.

“Barry’s done a great job of maintaining strong connections between the college and its alumni, but he’s also developed the parent relations part of his office that many people don’t know about, reaching out to and assisting the parents of our current students,” Hoover said. “Having students go off to college is a nerve wracking experience for many parents and Barry has helped many families make that a smooth transition. He’ll bring this knowledge to his new position to help us increase our relationships with those who know us best.”

Fujishin, who graduated from The C of I in 1972, will focus his efforts on the College’s 10-year, $175 million Invest in Excellence comprehensive campaign.

“I have enjoyed my time as alumni director,” Fujishin said. “But I wanted to be involved with the campaign. That is where I can be most helpful to the college at this time.”

Fujishin will remain as alumni director until a replacement has been found.

Michael Vandervelden, executive director of development, said Fujishin will be a key addition to his staff.

“Barry loves the College and has established great relationships with so many of our alumni,” Vandervelden said.

Fujishin also serves on the Boise Presbytery, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in southwest Idaho, and is on the board of the Silver Sage Council of the Girl Scouts. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for the College for six years and was chairman of the development committee.

RSVP now for Baccalaureate and Commencement

The end of the academic year is fast approaching. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium and Commencement is Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m., and is followed by a lunch.

Anyone planning to attend Baccalaureate, Commencement or the lunch must RSVP so the College has an accurate headcount.

The keynote address at Commencement will be given by Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones (‘65), who will also receive an honorary doctorate. The seniors chose Coyote editor Brad Baughman as senior speaker.

The Baccalaureate speaker is Tri Robinson (‘70), founding pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise, who will also receive a President’s Medallion.

Ann Hayman (‘71) and Professor Emeritus Boyd Henry will also receive President’s Medallions.

Trustee Dr. Dick Roberge will be recognized with an honorary degree and will become an honorary member of The College of Idaho Alumni Association.

The College of Idaho Half-Century SocietyLife Achievement Awards will be presented to R.C. Owens, Donald L. Greer, and Roberta “Sandy” Addis Tavares, all members of the Class of 1958.

C of I on YouTube

Three television spots from The College of Idaho’s spring media campaign are now available on YouTube. The spots feature faculty and students, including Jim Angresano, Adjoa Anim-Appiah, Howard Berger, Lynda Danielson, Joe Golden, Sara Heggland, Rochelle Johnson, David Ketchum, Jasper LiCalzi, Diane Raptosh, Chris Walser, Matt Weaver and Hongmey Zhen-Castillo.

Third Student Research Conference a success

Photo courtesy of Angela Marin ‘09
More than 200 people attended The College of Idaho’s third annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, which was held during Parent’s Weekend.

“I want to thank all the staff, faculty, students and parents who attended,” SRC coordinator Deb Yates said. “We appreciate yoursupport ofour amazing C of I student researchprojects and creative activities, and you helped to make the day a huge success.”

The SRC includes student performances, oral presentations and poster displays. This year’s research included a musical performance from student Anna Chapman, who was inspired to create a piece for a string trio after a trip to Australia last summer.

“I hope to make it a part of an Australian suite of pieces inspired by my trip,” Chapman said. “While I was there, I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Australia’s folk music, the country’s history, and its cultural diversity.”

Chapman’s piece began with slides on the cello, which she said is her attempt at recreating the sound of a Didgeridoo, the most well-known aboriginal instrument.

Students Ben Coate, Tyler Gross and Megan Longo presented “The Impending Effects of North Polar Ice Cap Melt on Global Sea Level and Costal Regions of Florida,” for which they recently received the highest honor in an intense four-day international math competition sponsored by COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications

Other presentations included Art as Healing: Drama Therapy in Mental Health Practices; From Coca to Cocaine: The Causes and Effects of Twenty Years of United States’ Counterdrug Policies in Bolivia; and Flora of Peatlands in Stanley Basin, Idaho.

Poster displays included Physical Education: Student Attitudes and Teacher Management and Motivation Strategies; Adult Attachment as it relates to Human/Canine Relationships; and High Risk Behaviors and Consequences in College Students.

Senior Legacy and Boone Fund updates

The Class of 2008 is very close to reaching its goal of 80 percent senior giving for the Senior Legacy campaign, and has exceeded its goal for how much money it hoped to raise.

  • Number of donors: 102
  • Total raised: $1,893 (Goal: $1,280)
  • Total raised including matching gifts: $3,423
  • Percentage of giving: 77.27 percent

Boone Fund: 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 1,556 donors and an alumni giving rate of 23 percent. We need to reach 1,692. Help us get 136 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’syearly operating andscholarship 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.

Faculty and Student News

Claassen receives second ICA fellowship

Photographed by Steve Grant
Art Professor Garth Claassen has been awarded his second Visual Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, which includes a $3,500 grant. He was one of seven winners chosen from 53 entrants statewide. Claassen won the fellowship in 2001 as well. Artists are eligible to win three times.

Claassen entered 10 works, including the one shown, for the competition. The pieces are from a 2007 series of large drawings called “Tunnel – Visionaries and Functionaries.”

Joe Golden, Jordan Drake, Coyote staff recognized at Idaho Press Club

Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden won first place in the First Amendment category at the Idaho Press Club awards for an Idaho Public Television video called “Open Government.” Golden shares the award his Fool Squad partner Tom Willmorth, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Idahoans for Open Governmentand IPTV.

Student Jordan Drake won a third place award for review writing and the Coyote staff won third place for headline writing.

Bird biology class does field studies at Oregon wildlife refuge

Seventeen members of The Life of Birds biology class spent Saturday night (May 3) at Malheur Field Station, south of Burns, Oregon and adjacent to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Students explored the sage desert and marshes near the field station and refuge headquarters to complete class assignments, identify birds, and observe their behavior. The field station is a former Job Corps Center owned and operated by a consortium of Oregon and Washington colleges and universities. A number of workshops and classes are offered to students and the general public at the station throughout the spring, summer and fall each year.

Biologists and students from many northwestern institutions come to the area each year to see the fabulous array of wildlife. Highlights of The C of I trip included seeing large flocks of American white pelicans, and watching an osprey catch a large fish. Numerous kinds of small birds in refuge trees challenged the identification skills of the students.

Springs field trips from The C of I have been a biology department tradition for nearly 50 years. This year’s expedition was headed by biologist Suzanne Oppenheimer and assisted by Alan Stanford, a C of I graduate and recent retiree, who has been working in the chemistry and biology departments for the last two years.

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

German Ambassador to the United States Klaus Scharioth spoke on April 29 at the city of Alexandria, Va’s “Days of Remembrance” for victims of the Holocaust. The news was sent by Barbara Rosen (‘76) who lives in Alexandria. Scharioth attended The C of I on a Rotary Scholarship from 1967-68 and was the keynote speaker at commencement in 2007.

The C of I in the News

A story about student Amy Rhoades is featured prominently on Today’s 6 homepage, and includes an inspirational story about her battle with breast cancer. Students and teammates Stacy Smith and Nicole Becvar are interviewed, along with Coach Al Mendiola.

Arnold Hernandez, director of diversity affairs at The C of I, and Robin Lorentzen, chair of the anthropology and sociology department, were interviewed for a story in a special Cinco de Mayo section of the Idaho Press-Tribune on May 2 about the role and importance of diversity in the Treasure Valley.

The Idaho Statesman endorsed Roberto Olvera (‘04) in his legislative run in Canyon County’s District 12 on May 1.

A story about the College’s third annual Student Research Conference was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on May 2. Student Anna Chapman was quoted, and it mentioned the research of Ben Coate, Tyler Gross and Megan Longo.

Upcoming events

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.

Golden to perform at Greening the Grove concert

Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden and comedy partner Tom Willmorth will host and perform at the “Greening the Grove” concert on Saturday, May 17. The concert is from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Boise Centre on the Grove and is free. Greening the Grove is part of the Idaho Green Expo, an all-day event at the Grove on May 17.

In addition to Golden and Willmorth’s Fool Squad, the concert will feature Curtis Stigers, Jeremiah James, Bill Coffey, Dale Keys, the Frim Fram Four, Amuma Says No, Rebecca Scott and more.

Senior Recitals and Exhibits

  • The 2008 Senior Art Exhibition willbegintoday (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 at 4 p.m.

  • 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 be 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

  • Composition Students Concert is today (Thursday, 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


  • “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.