C of I Newsletter

2008. 06. 19.

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Invest in Excellence Profile: Ray and Nancy Melville

Ray and Nancy Melville (Class of ‘73 and ‘74), Campaign co-chairs

Ray and Nancy Melville met at The College of Idaho and have always felt a deep connection to it. They live near Sacramento, Calif., but come to the Treasure Valley frequently to visit family and friends. Ray has been on the College’s Board of Trustees since Sept. 2007.

Ray started his college career at a community college with 27,000 students and said he didn’t like feeling lost in the crowd.

“I wasn’t a name to them and I probably wasn’t even a number,” Ray recalls. “It was refreshing to come to The College of Idaho – into an atmosphere where people cared for each other. It was a breath of fresh air and very positive.”

Ray said he and Nancy felt very strongly about participating in the Invest in Excellence campaign and they are making a $500,000 contribution.

“Everyone who contributes and invests in the C of I makes a positive difference in the lives of students and helps continue the college’s educational excellence,” Ray said. “Nancy and I don’t see the contribution as one of giving, but we see it as one of returning.”

The College of Idaho’s Invest in Excellence fundraising campaign will raise $175 million over the next 10 years. The campaign will fund more four-year scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, and updated facilities. Click to learn more about the campaign or make a gift.

Men’s tennis returns to The C of I
in spring ‘09

College of Idaho athletic director Marty Holly announced Wednesday that men’s tennis will return as an intercollegiate sport beginning in the spring of 2009.

With the addition of men’s tennis, The College of Idaho now sponsors 19 intercollegiate sports – the most of any four-year school in Idaho.

“We’re excited to bring back men’s tennis as an intercollegiate sport,” said Holly. “With the academic profile of most men’s tennis players, it is a natural fit for The C of I.”

It marks the third time that the Coyotes will compete in the sport. The C of I sponsored men’s tennis from the World War II era until 1978, when all sports except men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s skiing were eliminated. The highlight during that period was the play of Jan Christensen, who became the first C of I player to advance to the NAIA Championships during the mid 1970s.

The men’s program returned from 1996-2002, but was eliminated once again due to the poor quality of the College’s courts, which were not able to handle two teams.

The current women’s tennis program has run since 1984. Women’s head coach Cisco Limbago will coach the men’s program. Three state-of-the-art courts will be constructed between the J.A. Albertson Aquatic Center and Covell Hall. In addition, the two existing courts have been resurfaced (and now feature a purple playing surface).

“With our new courts, there is no reason why we can’t attract some of the better student-athletes in the Treasure Valley,” said Holly.

Five players will join the Yotes next year – Eric Schuler of Mountain View High, James Collet of Pocatello High, Gage Egurrola and Shravan Sriganesh of Homedale High, and Joel Hernandez of Caldwell High – adding to a group of five current C of I students who competed at the club level this spring: Gabriel Caserta, Michael Ellis, Scott Hatton, Joshua Myers and Jaron Tietsort.

Boone Fund Update:
Less than two weeks left

Thanks to all of you who donated to the Boone Fund this year – the goal of 25 percent alumni giving has been exceeded and the College sincerely thanks all who contributed. The College now boasts the highest alumni giving rate in its 117-year history.

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.

Alumni have until June 30 (the end of the fiscal year) to make a gift that will count for this year.

Here are the latest Boone Fund numbers:

  • Number of donors: 1,759
  • Percentage of giving: 26 percent

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

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.

Staff News

Fujishin selected for Girl Scouts board of directors

Alumni Director Barry Fujishin (‘72) has been selected to serve on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council. The council serves nearly 6,000 girls and more than 2,000 adults in Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada.

“I look forward to working with this organization which does so much by providing opportunities and life skills training for young women,” Fujishin said.

Museum director co-hosts and presents at national meeting

Photo courtesy of John Keebaugh
Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History director William H. Clark (‘67) recently co-hosted a symposium on “Quantitative Methods for Evaluating the Status of Threatened Species” at the North American Benthological Society (NABS) annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Clark organized and moderated the meeting with Leska Fore of Seattle. The symposium brought together researchers from around the country involved in sampling rare, threatened and endangered species

Clark presented a paper “Methods for evaluating threatened and endangered snails in the Middle Snake River, Idaho.” Examples of the snails are in the Museum’s collections in the basement of Boone Hall. They may be viewed on appointment.

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.

Alex Zamora (‘06) is completing a graduate certificate at George Washington University in PAC and political management in Washington, DC. While enrolled at GWU, Alex is also working on a master’s in social work at Northwest Nazarene University. In D.C., Alex served as a youth outreach counselor for a low-income community, managed a catering department for a private country club, and taught water aerobics to the elderly in a gated community.

In July, Alex will be representing NNU at ATHGO International’s “Miracles of Development: Good Governance and Capacity Building,” a highly selective forum attended by only 200 students and young professionals from all around the world. Alex will return to Idaho to complete his MSW this fall.

The C of I in the News

  • Assistant basketball coach Matt Muniz was part of a story in the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune on Wednesday, June 18 because of his connection to Boston Celtics guard Eddie House, the role-playing NBA journeyman who wound up playing a major part in turning the NBA championship series against the Lakers during the pivotal Game 4 comeback victory. House played at Hayward High, where he shared the backcourt with Muniz.

  • Assistant athletic director Mike Safford was interviewed by Today’s 6, NewsChannel 7, and Fox 12 about the Boise Hawks on Friday, June 13. He also was interviewed by radio stations KBOI, KTIK, and KTMB.

    Safford’s Hawk Talk radio show on 1350 KTIK-AM will feature political economy professor and baseball fan Jasper LiCalzi on Mondays and Fridays. Hawk Talk, sponsored by Pepsi, starts at 6:05 p.m. before every weeknight Hawks game.

    The show (and games) are also available online, with live video of all home games. Safford promises that when Jasper is being interviewed the site will include a photo of Jasper in a C of I shirt.

  • The Idaho Statesman had a story on Monday, June 16 about retired chemistry professor Terry Nagel and his wife Louise who left Boise for Madison, Wis., where they will be working as American Red Cross volunteers helping flood victims in the Midwest. Nagel was a popular professor at The C of I and was affectionately referred to as a “mad scientist” for his experiments. He retired in 2004 after almost 25 years at the College.

Jobs at The C of I

Staff Openings

  • Grants and Foundations Officer
  • Director of Alumni and 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.