C of I Newsletter

2008. 06. 05.

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C of I biology associate professor receives prestigious grant

College of Idaho associate professor of biology Sara Heggland has received a $195,000 National Institute of Health (NIH) grant over the next three years to continue researching the effects of environmental toxins on bone health.

Only 10-15 percent of submitted grant applications are funded by the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program. Heggland will use the grant money for herself and approximately 10 of her students to continue their research, travel to regional and national conferences to present papers, and publish their work.

“I believe the best way to teach biology is through research,” said Heggland, who has been at The C of I for seven years. “Our students are very capable of doing research at a level that’s publishable.”

Heggland said the amount of the award is important because it allows her to hire several students to work with her year-round.

“The type of science we do is expensive, and I need to be able to provide support for students during the summer so they can stay and work,” she said.

NIH AREA grants are given to colleges and universities that provide undergraduate education and training for future scientists, but have not received major awards from NIH in the past.

The award provides funding for small-scale, new or ongoing health-related research projects, including pilot research projects and feasibility studies; development, testing, and refinement of research techniques; secondary analysis of available data sets; and similar research projects that demonstrate research capability.

Heggland and her students have been researching the effects of the heavy metal cadmium in bone for seven years. Cadmium is an environmental contaminant that accumulates in the body and is linked to bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

Heggland also receives funding from a statewide Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Program grant, also provided by NIH, which expires in April 2009.

She said the experience she’s gotten working through INBRE helped her prepare a competitive research grant application. Receiving the AREA grant is significant because it shows The C of I is becoming known as an undergraduate liberal arts college that provides students with opportunities to conduct research as part of their educational experience.

“This grant is an indicator that we’re moving in that direction,” Heggland said. “This will allow us to continue to foster a culture of research on campus that supports the mission of the college by allowing students to expand their academic experience outside of the classroom and become engaged in their discipline.”

Biology professor Tim Otter retires

Buchanan Professor of Biology Tim Otter retired from The C of I this week after 15 years on the faculty. He has been awarded Professor Emeritus status.

Otter came to the College in 1993 as an assistant biology professor. Early in his career, he helped design the biology curriculum and taught animal physiology and Frontiers in Biology.

“Over the past 15 years, Dr. Otter has become a highly valued colleague, friend, mentor, and beloved teacher,” said Mark Smith, vice president of academic affairs. “His contributions in the areas of research, teaching, and service have been exemplary.”

Otter also helped develop the College’s First Year Experience program, which helps new students adjust to college life and learning. Student retention at the College has improved greatly since the implementation of this program, Smith said.

Otter and writer-at-large John Rember launched the College’s Stanley Winter Experience as well.

Biology department chair Don Mansfield said Otter was an inspirational teacher. “He always helped his students see the influence of the scientific and environmental ideas discussed in class in a broader context.”

President Bob Hoover said Otter will be missed. “The career of Dr. Otter has left The College of Idaho a richer place.”

Fundraising Update

Invest in Excellence

President Bob Hoover announced at a news conference last Friday that the Invest in Excellence Campaign has raised $90 million, including the $72 million lead gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, since it was kicked off in October.

Hoover also announced the names of the honorary co-chairs, the lead gifts, the co-chairs, steering committee and national committee. They are:

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Governor Butch Otter (‘67), Idaho governor
  • Bob Hendren (‘86), former C of I president

Lead Gifts – $100,000+

  • J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
  • Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • Anonymous Gifts

Co-Chairs – $500,000+

  • Ray Melville (‘73) and Nancy Melville (‘74), Ray is a C of I Trustee
  • David Miller, (‘64)

Steering Committee – $200,000+

  • Harry Bettis
  • Don Hendrickson (‘62) and Iris Hendrickson, Don is a C of I Trustee
  • George and Sondra Juetten, George is a C of I Trustee
  • Dave McAnaney (‘77) and Anne McAnaney
  • Pete and Barrie O’Neill, Pete is a C of I Trustee
  • Becky Parkinson (‘82), Becky is a C of I Trustee
  • Dr. Richard and Rowena Roberge, Richard is a C of I Trustee and honorary alumnus
  • Dr. Jim Smith (‘64) and Mary Smith, Jim is a C of I Trustee
  • Dr. Eugene Sullivan (‘59) and Joni Sullivan, Eugene is a C of I Trustee
  • Chet Wood (‘81) and Debbie Wood (‘81), Chet is a C of I Trustee
  • Anonymous Gifts

National Committee – $100,000+

  • Eloise Anderson, (‘42)
  • Crookham Family
  • President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover
  • Idaho Community Foundation
  • Dr. Donald L. Greer (‘58)
  • Jim Grigsby (‘82) and Tami Grigsby, Jim is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Frank B. Jolley, (‘51)
  • Larry and Ilene Leasure
  • John F. Nagel Foundation
  • Ray Neilsen (‘88) and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
  • Rick Ogle (‘66) and Lisa Ogle, Rick is a C of I Trustee

To learn more about the Invest in Excellence campaign or to make a gift, check out the new website.

Maughan joins The C of I Hair Club for Men

After much ribbing from President Bob Hoover and some quick fundraising by Trustee John McGee (‘95), history department chair Steve Maughan (‘85) agreed to have his hair cut short last Friday.

Hoover said Maughan fled the room last Wednesday during the Senior Banquet after Hoover offered to donate $100 to the Invest in Excellence campaign if Maughan would allow himself to be barbered.

When McGee heard that tale of cowardice, he quickly raised $3,160, including $2,000 from Hoover, to persuade Maughan to participate. Maughan finally consented and requested that $1,000 of the money go to the Howard Berger Endowed Chair, $1,000 to the Terry Mazurak Endowed Scholarship, and the rest to Invest in Excellence.

Maughan said Berger and Mazurak were two of his most respected professors when he was a student at The C of I.

“Splitting it this way honors 25 years of service from both Howard and Terry, and helps kick off the Invest in Excellence campaign,” Maughan said. “Not all faculty and alums have a lot of dough, but we can give a pound of flesh – okay, hair, which is very close to skin.”

Boone Fund Update

The C of I is very close to meeting this year’s goal of 25 percent alumni giving.

  • Number of donors: 1,668
  • Number still needed: 24
  • Percentage of giving: 24.66 percent

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.

Athletes capture league record for All-Academic awards

The College has 21 spring athletes on the Cascade Conference All-Academic team, making a total of 46 athletes to earn the honor this 2007-08 school year, which is a league record.

Spring awards went to women’s track athletes Katie Ball, Genny Gerke, Megan Haenszel, Alex Hughes, Molli Lee-Painter, Megan Longo, Emily McCutchan, Courtney Mitchell, Tegan Troutner and Chantel Varland; men’s golfers Ben Coate, Colin Slaughter and Cris Tietsort; women’s softball players Haley Butcher and Brooke Judy; women’s golfers Catherine Everist and Erica Sheppard, men’s track athletes Jesse Chlebeck and Sam Hardy; and baseball players Dane McGrady and Joey Zubizarreta.

C of I celebrates its 117th Commencement

The 117th commencement for The College of Idaho, and the first since returning to The C of I name, was held Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. There were 127 people in the Class of 2008. Graduate Kimberly Miller received the Dean’s Award and Rachel Odio received the Alumni Distinguished Senior Award.

The keynote address at Commencement was given by Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones (‘65), who also received an honorary degree. Trustee Dr. Richard Roberge was recognized with an honorary degree, and was made an honorary member of The College of Idaho Alumni Association. Coyote editor Brad Baughman was the senior speaker.

At commencement eve dinner on Friday evening, President Bob Hoover presented President’s Medallions to Ann Hayman (‘71), Professor Emeritus Boyd Henry, and Tri Robinson (‘70), who was the baccalaureate speaker.

The College of Idaho Half-Century Society Life Achievement Awards were presented to R.C. Owens, Donald L. Greer, and Roberta “Sandy” Addis Tavares.

Student remains hospitalized from injuries sustained in fall

C of I freshman Cole Richelieu, who was seriously injured Wednesday night when he fell from a balcony in The Village student apartments, is continuing to recover in the intensive care unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

His family was thrilled to learn that he will not need neck surgery, because doctors expect that injury to heal on its own. He will wear a neck brace for a few months.

Cole and his family are using a hospital-sponsored website to provide updates about Cole. Cards may be sent to: Cole Richelieu, c/o Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 83706.

Cole is also welcoming visitors. Please don’t bring or send live plants, including cut flowers, because they are not allowed in the intensive care unit.

NYC’s Leo Baeck Institute has online collection of Wolfe papers

College of Idaho archivist Jan Boles recently learned that the Leo Baeck Institute Center for Jewish Studies in New York City has published an online finding aid to their collection of the papers of both George V. Wolfe and Alice Wolfe.

George was a professor of political science at The College of Idaho from 1946 to 1970 and Alice was a noted art historian.

The collection includes scholarly writings, correspondence, creative writing, photographs, and personal memorabilia. This site will augment the College’s own special collection of George V. Wolfe Papers housed in the Robert E. Smylie Archives in Sterry Hall.

Wolfe was tremendously popular during his time at The C of I and many former students, including Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren Jones, who was the keynote speaker at 2008 Commencement, and German Ambassador to the United States Klaus Scharioth, who was the keynote speaker at 2007 Commencement, credit Wolfe with helping them launch their successful careers.

Museum volunteer workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is Saturday, June 7 and lasts all day. Volunteers can spend as much or as little time as they want.

Lunch is served at noon and this month’s lunch seminar is a presentation by Dr. Paul Castrovillo on “Idaho’s Most Distinctive Butterflies” and “Training for the Fourth of July Butterfly Count.” This year’s butterfly count will take place on Sunday, July 13.

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

Faculty, grads, proud parents and others – send news to Jennifer Oxley of where our students and alumni are this summer so we can keep everyone updated.

Molly Bullard (‘07), recently finished her MA in teaching from Willamette University, and will teach 5th grade in Salt Lake City next year. She will live with alumna Katie Anderson (‘07) who received her teaching certificate from The C of I this year. Anderson will teach 7th and 8th grade language arts in Salt Lake City.

Heidi Clayville (‘07) won the 2008 James D. Cooper Undergraduate Student Award from the International Bridge Conference sponsored by the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania. Heidi, who is at Washington University in St. Louis, co-authored a paper entitled “The New Daniel Boone Bridge Project: US Route 40/I-64 Across the Missouri River.”

Kim Miller (‘08) has accepted a research assistant position in a developmental psychology lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Greg Paulson (’94), completed the Ironman 70.3 Boise triathlon in 5:15:09 on Sunday and was included in an Idaho Statesman article.

The C of I in the News

The Idaho Press-Tribune included a story in its Wednesday, June 4 edition about biology associate professor Sara Heggland and her NIH AREA grant (see above “C of I biology associate professor receives prestigious grant” for more). The article included a photo of Heggland and student Derik Haggard.

Historian Arthur Hart wrote his column in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman about The C of I’s graduation 100 years ago in 1908. That year there were 13 graduates, but the ceremony took nearly four hours, and College founder William Judson Boone couldn’t attend because he was on a fundraising trip back east.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story on Sunday, June 1 about The C of I commencement, which included quotes from board chairman Jerry Baur, President Bob Hoover, senior speaker Brad Baughman and keynote speaker Justice Warren Jones. Graduate Evan Williams is featured in the front-page photo.

Fox 12 and Today’s 6 attended the news conference on Friday, May 30 where President Bob Hoover made several announcements about the College’s Invest in Excellence campaign. A story about the campaign was posted on the Idaho Statesman homepage on Thursday, May 29.

A story about the College’s league record of 46 All-Academic awards for the 2007-08 school year was in the Idaho Statesman on Friday, May 30.

The C of I and its long relationship with J.R. Simplot was mentioned in an editorial on Thursday, May 29 in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Jobs at The C of I

Staff Openings

  • Grants and Foundations Officer
  • Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
  • DATATEL Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst

Faculty Openings

  • Asian History Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor
  • Physics Instructor
  • Molecular Biology Instructor

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


  • Don’t forget that The C of I is on Facebook – join The College of Idaho Official group and get in touch with classmates and see what current and former students are doing.

  • Check out Mike and Linda Danielson’s “before and after” Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho name and logo. 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.