C of I Newsletter

2008. 05. 15.

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Editor’s Note

The College of Idaho Weekly Newsletter will not be published next week (May 22). You will receive the next issue on May 29.

Lady Yotes on their way to the Women’s Softball World Series

The Lady Yotes clinched their first-ever berth in the NAIA Women’s Softball World Series with a 6-3 victory over Oregon Tech in the title game of the 2008 NAIA Region I Tournament on Friday.

With the victory, the Coyotes (27-17) advance to this week’s event at Wilson-Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala., beginning Friday. It marks the first time that a Cascade Conference team has advanced to the World Series since Concordia made the trip in 2001.

“This is really an extraordinary accomplishment,” said President Bob Hoover. “The team is fairly new, but they have several outstanding players and they had to beat a rival they’d never defeated in order to make it to the World Series.”

Hoover noted that the Mendiola family is creating a coaching dynasty at the College. Al Mendiola is the softball coach and his wife Liz Mendiola is the volleyball coach. “Al can hold up the family tradition with Liz now that both have taken their respective teams to the national tournament,” Hoover said.

OIT (36-14) took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame on a Katie King sacrifice fly, but the Yotes would come back, as Dani Villyard hit a solo home run in the second to tie the score. Tech took a 2-1 lead in the third, and the Coyotes used the longball again in the bottom of the inning, as Katie Zillner hit a two-run bomb, followed by Villyard’s second homer of the day to make it 4-2. Donnae Carrell added a two-run shot in the fourth to make it 6-2, as the Coyotes set a school record with four homers on the day.

Tech would not go quietly, getting a Brittany Warren RBI single in the fifth to make it 6-3, but ran themselves out of the inning as Katie King was thrown out by right fielder Stacy Smith trying to go from first-to-third on the hit. OIT would bring the tying run to the plate both the sixth and seventh, but Zillner worked out of the trouble – getting Sunny Titus to pop out to end the threat in the sixth and Bess Fagan hit a screaming line drive to Stephanie Stover to end the game.

Villyard went 3-for-3 for the Yotes, with Titus and Fagan each recording two hits for OIT. Zillner picked up her 17th win of the season, striking out eight in her 20th-complete game of the season.

The whirlwind continued for the Coyotes who participated in as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday morning in support of teammate Amy Rhoades, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

For more about the coverage of the women’s softball team and Amy Rhoades, see The C of I in the News.

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 degree. 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 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 Society Life Achievement Awards will be presented to R.C. Owens, Donald L. Greer, and Roberta “Sandy” Addis Tavares, all members of the Class of 1958.

Presidential Search Update

The Presidential Search Committee met May 12. Below is a brief summary of the meeting.

Three national search firms have been contacted to assist the College with its presidential search. All of them will be on campus before the end of the month to meet with the Governance Committee, which is also the Presidential Selection Committee. The GC would like to have the search firm identified by May 30.

The Presidential Search Committee discussed a list of the qualities that are important to have in the next president.

Senior Legacy and Boone Fund updates

The Class of 2008 is one senior away from meeting 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: 105
  • Total raised: $1,913 (Goal: $1,280)
  • Total raised including matching gifts: $3,488
  • Percentage of giving: 79.54%

Boone Fund: The C of I still needs more alumni donors to help meet this year’s goal of 25 percent alumni giving.

  • Number of donors: 1,578
  • Number still needed: 114
  • Percentage of giving: 23.3 percent

Below is a selected class comparison of giving during this fiscal year:

195225.40% 1982 9.92% 200312.68%
1958 25.25% 1988 11.43% 2004 16.75%
1962 26.57% 1992 9.68% 2005 17.99%
1968 20.90% 199719.86% 2006 23.70%
1972 28.10% 1998 11.11% 2007 25.16%
1978 16.49% 2002 23.45% 2003 79.54%

Make 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.

Faculty News

Fossil fish workshop and field trip raises nearly $2,000 for museum

The fossil fish workshop and field trip coordinated by associate professor of biology and environmental studies Chris Walser raised nearly $2,000 to help the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History with projects.

The workshop and field trip was held April 25-26, and included a silent auction. More than 30 people from as far north as Saskatchewan attended the field trip, which resulted in several finds, including sculpin and salmonid bones. The fossils can be viewed in the museum by appointment.

Agosta article is published

Dennis Agosta, assistant professor of math and physical science, has an article in the current issue of Philosophical Magazine. The article is called “Elastic moduli and internal friction of nanocrystalline Pd and PdSi as a function of temperature,” and Agosta authored it along with four other people.

Raptosh to be published in LA Review

English Professor Diane Raptosh will have new poetry published in the next issue of the Los Angeles Review.

Student News

Baughman to be published in the Harvard Advocate

Brad Baughman will have a story published in an upcoming edition of the Harvard Advocate. He was approached by the Advocate after its fiction editor read Baughman’s story at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in April. The Harvard Advocate is the oldest continuously published college literary magazine in the country.

Kyla Davidson to attend weeklong Julliard seminar

Kyla Davidson has been picked by chamber music coach Dave Johnson and the Langroise Trio to attend the Julliard String Quartet’s weeklong seminar in New York City from May 18-24.

While there, she will attend master class, receive coaching from members of the Julliard String Quartet, and hear performances by string quartets.

Fulcher accepted into Baylor University music program

Jacob Fulcher has been accepted into the Master of Music program in vocal performance at Baylor University. He will start in the fall.

Slupe chosen for South Dakota arts institute

Steven Slupe has been chosen to perform in the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts in Spearfish, South Dakota. Steven will be spending two weeks in June as a participant in the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute.

Participants were chosen by recorded auditions. Slupe will be performing in scenes from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Massenet’s Manon, and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.

Slupe, a baritone, is a voice performance major and studies voice with Mari Jo Tynon. He performed in the recent C of I Godspell production and he will be featured with Michaella Pape in a student voice recital on Thursday May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall.

Staff News

Bon Appetit receives honor

Bon Appetit, which provides dining hall and catering services for The College of Idaho, was recognized as the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. Bon Appetit is led by general manager Matt Caldwell, executive chef Maury Bennett and catering manager Rebecca Choo.

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

Patrick Anderson (‘03) recently completed his master of music degree in vocal performance at Ohio State University.

Peggy Anderson (‘62) was recently honored by Eastern Oregon University, which dedicated its new softball field to her. Anderson is EOU’s former athletics director and is a professor emeritus. Anderson received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The C of I in 2002 and her father, John Anderson, taught religion here in the l940’s and early l950’s.

Steve Hammond (’70), pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Alpena, Mich., has helped start a free medical clinic that is housed in his church. Hammond and the clinic were featured in a story in the Alpena News.

Amy Jackson (‘04) is marrying Tyler Woodcook of Boise in October. Both Amy and Tyler live and work in Boise.

Lynn Maxfield (‘05) recently completed his master of arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Iowa. Maxfield has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in vocal pedagogy at the University of Iowa and awarded a voice teaching assistantship, which he will begin in August.

Matthew S. Sonnichsen (‘04) passed the Montana State Bar in February, and was admitted to practice law on May 6. Matt was also admitted to the Idaho State Bar in September 2007. He is currently the in-house counsel for Envirocon, an environmental remediation firm located in Missoula, Mont. As the staff attorney, he practices in a variety of different fields, including employment, environmental, and contract law.

The C of I in the News – Amy Rhoades, C of I softball edition

On May 14, the Idaho Statesman had a front-page feature story about softball player Amy Rhoades and her battle with breast cancer. The story was on the Statesman’s homepage as a Today’s Highlight. The story included a photo of Rhoades and Rachel Mason, and interviews with Haley Butcher, Stacy Smith and coach Al Mendiola.

On May 9, NewsChannel 7, Today’s 6 and Idaho 2 News all carried stories about The C of I softball team advancing to NAIA Women’s World Series. The Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune had the news on the front pages of their sports sections on May 10, and there were features on both Idahosportszone.com and KTIK.com.

The softball team was interviewed as part of Today’s 6 coverage of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Amy Rhoades was also part of the Idaho Statesman photo story about the race. The lengthy feature story Today’s 6 aired last week about Rhoades has now run on affiliate stations in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Medford, Spokane, Pasco, and Salt Lake City. Her story has run in the Klamath Falls Herald and News and the Decatur (Ala.) Daily News is going to run a story on Rhoades during the tournament.

Alumnus Curt James (‘99), who chairs the Ada County Historic Preservation Council, was interviewed for a story in the Idaho Statesman on May 11 about the six structures chosen for the 2008-09 County Treasure awards

Upcoming events

Lecture Series at Bitner Vineyards with Terry Mazurak is May 17

Philosophy and religion professor Terry Mazurakis the guest speaker at Lecture Series IV on Saturday, May 17 at Bitner Vineyards, 16645 Plum Road in Caldwell.

Mazurak’s lecture is called “So what do you do with a degree in philosophy, anyway?”

The evening runs from 7-9 p.m., and includes wine tasting, and cheese and cracker appetizers. Cost is $15 per person and RSVP’s are required because seating is limited. Attendees must be 21 or older. RSVP by emailing Mary Bitner or by calling 459-5300.

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.

Upcoming C of I concerts

  • Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Sandon Mayhew, is tonight (Thursday, 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 Jewett Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • The College of Idaho String Quartet of Seth Mattison, Michaella Pape, Say Jay Hynes and Kyla Davidson will perform May 17 at 1 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Pieces by Mozart, Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber and Franz Schubert will be performed.

  • Jacob Fulcher’s senior recital is May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall. Margie Koenig will be his accompanist, and he will perform songs from Mozart, Henri DuParc, Franz Schubert, and Roger Quilter.

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

Jobs at The C of I


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


  • Director Alumni and Parent Relations
  • DATATEL 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.

  • 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.