C of I Newsletter

2008. 06. 12.

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Boone Fund Update: Alumni Giving Breaks Record

Thanks to all of you who donated to the Boone Fund this year – the goal of 25 percent alumni giving has been met and the College sincerely thanks all who contributed.

“This is our highest alumni giving ratein thehistory of the College,” said Jessica Jewell (‘02), Boone Fund director, who noted that other colleges are struggling to increase or even maintain their alumni giving rates. “We are proud of this accomplishment and our alumni who have generously supported this institution.”

Jewell encourages those who haven’t given to do so before June 30 (the end of the fiscal year). Alumni giving is an important measure of a college’s ranking in guides like the annual “America’s Best Colleges” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Here are the latest Boone Fund numbers:

  • Number of donors: 1,716
  • Percentage of giving: 25.37 percent

The Boone Fund is crucial to the College because it supports the College’syearly operating andscholarship needs. Your participation matters because every gift helps The C of I.

Board of Trustees: Grigsby takes chairmanship; McGee named vice chair

The following is a summary of The College of Idaho Board of Trustees meeting held on May 30:

  • Jim Grigsby (‘82), who’s son Tyler just graduated from the College, assumed the Chair of The College of Idaho Board of Trustees for a two-year term.

  • John McGee (‘95) was approved as the vice chair of The College of Idaho Board of Trustees and will follow Jim Grigsby as chairman in 2010.

  • The trustees welcomed two new members to the board:
    Fred Oliver
    • CEO and owner of privately held Anderson & Wood Construction Co. in Meridian, an electrical construction and maintenance-needs company serving the intermountain region and the Northwest
    • Parent of freshman (07-08) student Mikelle Oliver
    • Member of the College’s Parent Association
    Dr. Eugene “Gene” Sullivan (‘59)
    • Retired Boise physician
    • Long-time supporter of the College of Idaho, member of Invest in Excellence Steering Committee and in 1985 established a C of I medical doctor alumni group.
    • Two of his five children are C of I alumni – Erin (‘81) and Kevin (‘86). Erin’s son, Geoffrey Williams is currently attending the College.
  • Two new trustees were approved for fall 2008:
    Michael Woodhouse (‘87)
    • Rhodes Scholar and Masters at Oxford
    • Entrepreneur in Poland
    • JD at Stanford
    • Attorney with Austin Brown and Wood in Los Angeles
    David Dean
    • Attended The C of I 1974-76
    • BSBA from BSU
    • Owner Western Recycling
    • Brother John Dean (‘74)
    • Daughter Kendra Sue Dean (‘03)
    • Daughter Kylie applying for admission fall 2008
  • Approved promotion of Michael Vandervelden from Executive Director of Development Office to Vice Presidentfor Advancement effective July 1, 2008.

  • Approved promotion of Paul Bennion from Dean of Students to Acting Vice Presidentfor Student Services and Dean of Students (to Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students upon completion of his Ph.D. in higher education).

  • Approved Academic Search, Inc. as the firm to assist with the College’s presidential search.

  • Approved expenditures for upgrade of living space in president’s house to make it less of an obstacle in the recruitment of the next president.

  • Approved motion to congratulate the 43 NAIA or USCSA Academic All-American scholar-athletes of The College of Idaho’s Athletic Department. This is an NAIA record.
    • The College’s and the NAIA’s previous record was 29 NAIA scholar-athletes.
    • The Athletic Department also set a Cascade Collegiate Conference record with 46 student athletes receiving the All-Conference Academic Award.
    • To achieve All-American scholar athlete status a student athlete must participate in 50 percent of games and maintain a 3.5 GPA or better.

  • Resolutions were passed honoring the contributions of J.R. Simplot, a longtime C of I Trustee, benefactor and commencement speaker, and Melvin G. Lewis, who served on the College’s Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees and created the present soccer pitch, softball field, and jogging track.

Photos from Commencement weekend now available for viewing, purchase

Professional photographs from commencement (including all-senior and department photos), baccalaureate and commencement eve dinner are all available for review and purchase from Schmidt Productions. Prints of various sizes can be ordered, in addition to notecards, mugs, mousepads and more.

Terteling Library hosts book sale

The N.L. Terteling Library at The C of I is hosting a book sale June 16-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most of the items for sale will be books (most for $1-$2), but there are also vinyl records, a Velobinder machine and a dot matrix printer.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library, which helps augment the library's collection, both in support of the curriculum and to purchase more general interest materials such as movies, fiction and graphic novels.

Museum Hosts Eminent Researcher

John B. Burch, curator of mollusks at the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was a recent guest of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Burch is the foremost expert on the North American freshwater Gastropoda (snails).

During his recent visit to Boise, Burch worked in the museum’s collection, gave a couple of presentations, and did some snail collecting in the area. He was impressed by the museum’s alcohol-based collection, which he said was larger than the one at the Museum of Zoology.

Burch and the OJ Smith museum’s mollusk curator John Keebaugh spent three days collecting snails in different locations, including along the Snake River from Marsing to Hammett. They also spent time on the Snake River below Minidoka Dam with Bureau of Reclamation personnel and a dive team, continuing research on threatened and endangered snails. Keebaugh and Burch accompanied museum director William H. Clark on a jet boat trip up the Middle Snake River for more collecting in areas where Idaho Power Company is conducting research on threatened and endangered snails. Among the crew was C of I alum Barry Bean.

“Jack said that our museum collection was the best in the nation for size, variety, curation of the collection, and its availability to students and the public,” Clark said.

Staff News

Safford named CCC SID of the Year

For the second time in seven years, assistant athletic director Mike Safford was named Sports Information Director of the Year by the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The award is voted on by other SID’s in the CCC. Safford was also chosen as SID of the Year in 2003.

The CCC is the athletic conference to which The College of Idaho belongs. Other CCC schools are Cascade College, Concordia College, Corban College, Eastern Oregon University, Evergreen, Northwest University, Northwest Christian College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Warner Pacific College.

Hoover is keynote speaker for area ceremonies

President Bob Hoover gave the commencement address for the Idaho Arts Charter School ceremony at the Nampa Masonic Events Center on May 27, and was the keynote speaker for Idaho Gem Boys State 2008 at the Northwest Nazarene University Science Lecture Hall onJune 6.

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.

Mark Amaral (‘90) lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and recently finished his first year at Colorado State University as an assistant basketball coach.Prior to being at Colorado State, he was an assistant basketball coach at U.C. Santa Barbara. Mark is married with two great little boys, Tanner, 10, and Landon, 7.

Derek Brown (‘06) will be amiddle school special education teacher for Johnson Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is working towards his master’s of education in special education at UNLV.

Laura E. Dilley (‘06) and John R. Hautzinger (‘04) were married in 2006.Laura has been attending the University of Southern California pursuing her master’s degree in international public policy and management since June of 2007.She was recently awarded the USC Dean’s Merit Scholar Award which honors the top 5 percent of each masters program at the University. Laura was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, which only extends invitations to master’s students with a GPA of 3.97 or higher.Laura will be completing her master’s studies in July of this year. John has been working in Los Angeles at a major chemical manufacturer since July 2007. He has recently been accepted to pursue his master’s of computer science at California State University: Los Angeles beginning fall semester 2008.

Jennifer Pirtle (‘99) and Megan Ronk (‘01) were recently named as 2008 Accomplished Under 40 honorees by the Idaho Business Review. They will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 20. More than 100 people were nominated and 40 were selected by a panel of past honorees. The award recognizes professional accomplishments, leadership, community involvement and long-term goals of 40 people under the age of 40.

Kristi Wilson (‘04) graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, along with fellow ‘Yotes Autumn Renshaw (‘05), Erick Thomson (‘05), and Alex McLaughlin (‘04). Kristi will be moving to Boise and clerking for Justice Roger Burdick on the Idaho Supreme Court.

David A.Yates (‘70) and Susan B. Yates Coffey announced that their son Timothy Yates received his Ph.D. in history from U.C. Davis.Tim has his BA from U.C Santa Cruz, an MA from Cal State Fullerton in American Studies, and an MA in history from U.C. Davis.Tim is currently doing historical research for the firm of Jones and Stokes in Sacramento. Tim attended his father’s graduation in Jewett Auditorium in 1970 when he was about two years old.

The C of I in the News

ASCI Vice President Alison Rabe had a guest editorial published in the June 6 Idaho Statesman titled “Ignore politicians’ personal foibles and raise your voice for change.”

The Idaho Statesman had an article in its June 7 edition about Eusebio Arriaga, who graduated from the civilian pilot school located at the College during World War II.

The Idaho Press-Tribune had a story on June 6 announcing the Department of Labor Employer Association of Canyon County Scholarship recipients. Two of the four students are coming to The C of I – Nathaniel Mitchell from Nampa High School and Shravan Sriganesh from Homedale High School.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story on June 5 about The C of I’s 42 Academic All-American awards and 46 Academic All-Conference honorees. The story includes interviews with athletic director Marty Holly, Catherine Everist and J.R. Maggard.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story about Mike Safford being honored as Sports Information Director of the Year for the Cascade Collegiate Conference in its June 5 edition. For more information, see above, “Safford named CCC SID of the Year.”

Caldwell Fine Arts, its director Sylvia Hunt (‘59) and C of I student Jamie Derry were included in a story about the 47th Caldwell Fine Arts season opener “Up with People” Reunion Tour: The Colwell Brothers, in an Idaho Press-Tribune story on June 4.

Jobs at The C of I

Staff Openings

  • Grants and Foundations Officer
  • Director of Alumniand Parent Relations
  • Part Time Accounts Payable

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.