C of I Newsletter

2008. 07. 10.

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The changing of the guard: Baur hands board leadership to Grigsby

At The College of Idaho Board of Trustees meeting on May 30, Dr. Jerry Baur (‘66) completed his term as chairman and handed the reins to Jim Grigsby (‘82), who will serve a two-year term. Sen. John McGee (‘95) was named vice chair and will take over as chairman in 2010.

Baur has served on the board for 14 years and has two years left. During his term, the College secured $72 million from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, changed its name and began the $175 million Invest in Excellence fundraising campaign.

However, Baur said he couldn’t take credit for the College’s successes during his chairmanship, saying it must be shared with President Bob Hoover, the trustees and others at the College.

“Credit has to be given to the administration because they are the day-to-day overseers of the College,” he said. “The board helps by supporting that.”

Baur said his primary role as chairman was to be responsible for the fiscal health of the College. He acknowledged that the College is in better financial shape now than five years ago when President Hoover started, but he cautioned that the trustees and the administration should not be complacent.

“There’s no limit to the good you can do with other people’s money, but we have a long way to go before we are financially secure.” Baur said.

One of the changes Baur is pleased to see is the increased number of C of I alumni on the board. Of the 31 trustees, 20 are alumni of the College.

“When I started on the board, you could count on one hand the number of C of I graduates on the board,” Baur said. “Now many more alumni are showing an interest in the governance of the College.”

Baur said he didn’t have any specific advice for new chairman Jim Grigsby, who is Idaho/Washington Division President for U.S. Bank Community Banking.

“I don’t think he needs advice. I don’t think there could be a better board member to lead the board at this time,” he said.

Grigsby has been on the board for six years, and has four years remaining in his term, including two as chairman. He jokes that he is “kind of a broken record” when it comes to his goals for the College.

The College has done all it can to adjust expenses and now needs to focus on increasing revenue from giving, net tuition and other sources, he said.

“Bob Hoover has done a fabulous job of kickstarting the College out of the crisis, but we’ve got to take it to the next level,” Grigsby said.

Grigsby credits the past series of board chairmen, including Pete O’Neill, Ken Howell and Baur with providing strong leadership to the board and the College. He hopes to continue that tradition.

“I won’t fill Jerry’s shoes,” Grigsby said. “We have two different leadership styles, but we both have deep roots at the College and have its best interests at heart.”

Grigsby said his priorities for the next two years include:

  • Finding a new president who’s a great fit and strong leader to take over when President Hoover retires in June 2009
  • Successfully executing the College’s financial plan
  • Reaching 1,000 full-time equivalent students

“We will continue to enhance and define our position and mission as a liberal arts college as we move forward,” Grigsby said.

Get to know our Davis UWC Scholars

The College of Idaho is proud of its participation in the Davis United World College Scholars Program. The College has six Davis Scholars in the Class of 2011 and 12 more joining the Class of 2012.

This international program provides scholarship support for 1,424 current Davis UWC Scholars from the United States and around the world. There are 88 American colleges and universities participating in the program including Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Reed and Colorado College.

The program and these scholars are committed to building cross-cultural understanding across their campuses and around the globe in the 21st century. The Davis United World College Scholars program, generously funded by the Shelby Davis family, entitles graduates from any of the 12 United World Colleges to receive a need-based grant toward the costs of undergraduate study at The College of Idaho.

For more information about the Davis UWC Scholars program at The C of I, contact Brian A. Bava.

Here’s an introduction to one of the College’s Davis UWC Scholars:

Name: Yana Sadouskaya ‘11

Born: Germany

Lived In: Belarus

Intended Major: Business/International Political Economy

UWC Attended: United World College of the Adriatic

  1. Why did you attend the UWC?

    I knew very little about what the UWC was when I applied (of course, I thought that I knew a lot ). This I found out when I joined the UWC of the Adriatic community and experienced all the countless amazing things that it has to offer. This school unites people from so many different places in the world, which is an amazing opportunity to learn about different cultures and about yourself, as well.

    When you need to speak up not only for yourself but as a representative of your country, it is a big responsibility. It really matters where you stand and how well you can argue your opinions. The experience at the UWCAd made me see a lot of things about Belarus and the other countries from a different perspective. It is an invaluable experience. I think right now, after I finished the UWC, I can talk endlessly about the reasons to attend there rather than when I was applying there.

  2. Why did you choose to attend The College of Idaho?

    I found the programs offered at The College of Idaho to be the ones of my interest. I really liked the combination of Business and International Political Economy majors. I actually knew that this was going to be my major even before I came to the U.S. I also was given a very generous scholarship by the College foundation in addition to the UWC Davis Scholarship, which affected my decision to become a C of I student. Above all, Brian Bava got me excited about the wonderful sights of Idaho. I also like to joke that Idaho is a potato place as well as Belarus, so I decided to come here because I just could not live without my potatoes .

  3. What has been the best thing about your college experience thus far?

    One of the most significant ones was my participation in the fall production The Madwoman of Chaillot. It was one of my greatest experiences with theatre shows yet. I joined the Howlin’ Yotes debate team and it has been a great experience so far.

    I really enjoyed participating in the International Student Organization this year. The events that we were able to organize with the help of all the members of the C of I community were very successful. It makes me very excited about putting on new events with ISO next year.

    I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere between students and faculty members at The College of Idaho. I think it is a very valuable asset of this college.

  4. What has been your greatest challenge studying in the United States?

    As an international student it has been hard to get the job to help with the ongoing expenses that every student has to face, such as book costs, etc. It would be really great if we could establish a work study opportunity for the international students, as for most of us it is the only way we can legally work in the U.S. From what I know it has been one of the biggest concerns among the international students in general.

    Transportation in Idaho has been quite an issue as well, as most international students do not have a car.

  5. What are your goals for the coming year?

    I have to say “Napoleonic” plans for the coming year. I am a vice-president of the International Student Organization at The College of Idaho, so that will definitely keep me busy as we are planning a lot of different and exciting events for next year. I am really excited about that, especially as our international student body is growing, so we will be able to organize the events on an even bigger scale.

    I am planning to continue my involvement with theatre and hope to minor in theatre. I will definitely audition for next year’s fall show. I am also going to continue participating in the debate tournaments with the Howlin’ Yotes Debate team. I think I will also try to run for the senate next year.

    So I have a lot planned for my future years at The College of Idaho, which makes me really excited.

C of I hosts transportation meeting Monday

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (‘67) and the Idaho Transportation Department will hold a transportation funding public meeting at The College of Idaho from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14 in Simplot Dining Hall’s Fireplace Room.

This is one of several meetings that will be held throughout the state in July. The purpose of the meeting is to learn more about Idaho’s transportation funding issues and to seek input from the public about how to solve them.

Surfing now available in downtown Caldwell

A free Wi-Fi internet connection is being installed in downtown Caldwell this week.

When people use the Downtown Caldwell Wi-Fi, they will see a legal notice that they will have to accept before going further, then a screen called Caldwell.unwiredcity.com.

This screen has links to restaurants, shopping, services and more in Caldwell. This portal will be adjusted, added to and changed as necessary.

Access to the portal is at www.caldwell.unwiredcity.com. Questions or comments can be sent to [email protected]. Business owners can call 331-1316 x5 to update a listing and ensure that the most accurate information is provided.

Staff News

Safford finishes in top 10 for media guides

The College of Idaho sports information director Mike Safford Jr. was honored recently with four top 10 finishes in the NAIA-Sports Information Directors of America Publications Contest, which were announced at the annual NAIA-SIDA convention in Tampa, Fla.

Safford, who will begin his eighth year at The C of I in September, earned the praise of his peers in four Media Guide categories: combined basketball, volleyball, softball and combined soccer. It is the eighth straight year that he has received at least one top 10 finish.

The Coyote combined basketball media guide finished second overall in the contest, the volleyball media guide was sixth, and the softball and soccer books placed seventh out of the nearly 300 NAIA schools across the nation. Each of the publications was printed by The Caxton Printers, Inc. in Caldwell with the help of Wayne Garrett and Dennis Pattee.

Safford was the only SID of the 22 NAIA schools in the Pacific Northwest to be recognized, and has now accumulated 20 top 10 awards in his career, including two “Best in the Nation” awards.

Museum collection helps scientists learn more about the Snake River

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History director William H. Clark and curator of invertebrates John Keebaugh have recently co-authored a major 15-page paper along with Dr. Peter Hovingh of Salt Lake City called “Leeches of the Snake River in Idaho and Oregon: Paleodrainage implications of Mooreobdella microstoma” which was published in the recent issue of the Western North American Naturalist (Volume 68, Issue 2, 2008).

The authors relied heavily on the collections in the museum and supplemented information from other collections in the U.S. and Canada to complete the research. The paper gives more complete distributional information on eight species of leeches in the Snake River below Shoshone Falls.

The study also helped researchers learn more about the biology and ecology of these species as well as the ancient drainage patterns of the Snake River.

The museum collections as well as examples of these leech specimens are available to those interested by appointment.

In other museum news, Saturday, July 12 is the monthly museum workday. Richard Salisbury will present the noon seminar “Midway Island – Wildlife Paradise” during lunch.

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.

Cary Coglianese (‘85) has been named associate dean for academic affairs at University of Pennsylvania Law School. He will serve for two years. Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law, a professor of political science and founding director of the Penn Program on Regulation. He joined Penn Law in 2006.

Larry Olvera (‘07) was accepted to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Fellowship Program. He has requested placement working with a U.S. senator and then transferring to a standing Senate committee. The other two possible placements include the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic-Americans and the Democratic Steering and Outreach Steering Committee (Senate). Olvera said he won’t know his placement until he arrives in D.C. in August.

Nikolas Spanakoas (‘60) and The C of I are included in the book “Rome 1960: Olympics that changed the World” by David Maraniss. Spanakoas’ roommate was a young U.S. boxer from Louisville who won the light-heavyweight gold medal that year. His name was Cassius Clay, later known as Mohammed Ali.

Kelly (Wilkerson) Onofrei (‘96) and her husband Tim Onofrei (‘99) had a baby girl named Brooke on June 9. She joins their 3-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. The Onofreis live in Nampa.

The C of I in the News

President Bob Hoover and Sen. John McGee (‘95) were featured in news coverage of the opening of the I-84 Franklin Interchange project. Both were speakers at the dedication ceremony on Tuesday. Pres. Hoover was shown shoveling concrete on Idaho’s NewsChannel 7 and McGee’s photo was on the front page of the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Prof. Denny Clark was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story on July 4 about Q2008, a national competition hosted by NNU and presented by Church of the Nazarene in which U.S. and Canadian students show their quiz-style knowledge of Biblical texts.

Mike Safford’s four top 10 finishes in the NAIA-Sports Information Directors of America Publications Contest was covered by the Idaho Press-Tribune on July 2.

Judge Candy Dale (‘79) and Timothy S. Callendar (‘00) are included in the summer 2008 Idaho Business and Law magazine published by the Idaho Business Review. Judge Dale is the first female judge in the 118-year history of Idaho’s federal judicial district. Callendar recently joined the law firm of Foley Freeman.

Tracylea Balmer (‘02) The C of I special events and conference services coordinator is featured in the Caldwell Chamber business newsletter for her work with the Caldwell Chamber’s Ambassador program.

Jobs at The C of I

Staff Openings

  • Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
  • Accountant
  • IT Support Specialist II

Faculty Openings

  • Environmental Studies Instructor

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


  • 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.

  • 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.