C of I Newsletter

2008. 07. 31.

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The C of I named a Best College in America by Princeton Review

The College of Idaho has been named one of the “Best 368 Colleges” by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and Canada are chosen for the honor, which was announced Monday.

In addition to being named one of the best colleges in the nation, The C of I was also ranked 20th for the category “Lots of Race/Class Interaction,” meaning that students from different ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds have frequent contact with each other.

“We are thrilled to once again be named a Best College by The Princeton Review,” President Bob Hoover said. “Schools are chosen for their outstanding academics, and also based on feedback about the college from current students. Our students and alumni know this is a special place and this recognition confirms it. Moreover, we have been in the Best Colleges publication since the inception of The Review.

The University of Idaho was the only other college or university in Idaho named one of the Best 368. “Interestingly, they were rated 11th in the ‘Dorms like Dungeons’ category,” Hoover said.

The Princeton Review survey is unique because it asks students for opinions about their schools. Students answer 80 questions about their school’s academics/administration, campus life, student body and themselves. This year, 120,000 students at 368 schools in the book responded to the survey.

Comments about The C of I from students who took the survey include:

  • “A close, personal, friendly learning environment” to students seeking a “balanced liberal arts education.”

  • “… Parties are a big part of campus life, but all activities have some place on the campus.”

  • “How you orient yourself politically isn’t really of any consequence on campus. For example, the debate team is extremely cohesive despite a wide array of varying political views. We all seem to get along.”

Hoover said he was also pleased that The Princeton Review named The C of I one of the best schools for race/class interaction, because it’s something on which the college has focused in recent years and it is beginning to receive recognition.

The C of I recently received a $100,000 Wal-Mart College Success Award to help expand current programs that encourage enrollment from Hispanic/Latino students who are the first in their families to attend college.

In addition, of the 840 students at the college last year, 24 were international students. There are 21 international students enrolled for fall 2008. The college hopes to have 10 percent international students by fall 2010.

“In today’s global economy, we believe it’s crucial for our student body to be diverse,” Hoover said. “When our students graduate, they will likely be working with people of varying ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. Academic and social relationships built here can give them an advantage.”

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

Click here to see the rankings.

Development office hires director for foundations and grants

The C of I development office welcomes Share Maack who started this week as the new director of foundation and corporate relations working on relationships, research and grant writing with foundations, corporations and government offices.

Maack has extensive grant writing experience, and was most recently an independent grant consultant. She has also worked as a social worker, an international development specialist and an environmental policymaker, all of which required her to write and administer grants.

“I’m one of those people that has done what most workers in the future will experience, in that I have had a number of different careers,” Maack said.

At The C of I, her first development priorities will focus on the College’s music activities, science equipment for Boone Hall and the Howard Berger Endowed Chair.

Maack has lived in Boise for four years. She moved here from Washington, D.C. and has lived in Africa twice, in Mozambique and Madagascar, where she worked for the United States Agency for International Development.

“I think one of the things I’m most excited about is this sense of momentum right now at the College,” Maack said. “I’m excited to be a part of that, and to be a part of a very professional development office.”

Maack attended Heidelberg College, a small liberal arts school in Tiffin, Ohio, and has her undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota and an M.S. in environmental science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Outside of work, Maack enjoys baroque music and her border collie, Chester Bay.

“He upholds the border collie image of being intensely cerebral but also has an unbelievable silly side,” she said. “He always makes me laugh.”

Terteling Library upgrade underway

Remodeling of the Terteling Library has begun and students and faculty will see improvements when they return to campus at the beginning of the school year.

Improvements include new furniture in common areas and computer labs, new computers, high-speed wireless internet, new carpet, new countertops, a new card catalog workstation, and subscriptions to arts and science databases.

Money for the remodel, which will cost approximately $287,000, is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, a congressional appropriation secured by Idaho’s congressional delegation.

C of I alumni directory now available online

The C of I alumni directory is now online and available to anyone with a college email address. Alumni and other users can look for classmates by name, by civic interests, careers, locations, and more as long the person has authorized the release of that information. It also allows alumni to update and modify their own information.

To link to the alumni directory, click here. To sign up for an alumni email address, click here.

Museum workday is Saturday, Aug. 2

The monthly museum workday at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day.

The lunch seminar “Adventures with the Idaho Archaeological Society,” will be given by Kathy Hamlett. In addition, Elizabeth Dickey will provide information about the upcoming Bug Day.

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: Adishree Datta ‘11

Born: Surat, India

Lived In: Bahrain and India

Intended Major: Psychology

UWC Attended: Mahindra United World College of India

  1. Why did you attend the UWC?
    My close friend was studying there and encouraged me to apply. I went through the application process and was accepted at the end. Throughout the application process, while familiarizing myself with what UWC was all about, I started to realize that it was a perfect match for me. I felt the ideals the UWC movement promoted in all the schools are not typical from that of a normal everyday high school and thus was more appealing to me. UWC had a global approach to facing situations and I felt this was a useful and practical method of carrying out tasks. I felt the alternative education being taught at UWC would be valuable to me in college and life afterwards. Apart from this, the prospect of being surrounded by peers from all the corners of the world excited me. I am interested in languages and culture, and the UWC provided the perfect opportunity to further cultivate my curiosity in these areas.

  2. Why did you choose to attend The College of Idaho?
    I was going down the Davis Colleges list and Albertson, as it was formerly known, was at the top of the list, and so it was one of the first colleges I researched. I found the mission statement similar to that of UWC and so I thought it would be an experience I would be comfortable with, but at the same time an adventure since it is in a different place – not your typical college destination. I also wanted to study under a liberal arts curriculum; I feel a well-rounded education is beneficial for life after college and I thought The College of Idaho could provide such an education. The generous financial package offered was one of the perks as well.

  3. What has been the best experience thus far?
    Since I have been at the college, there is not one experience I can single out. I have been impressed by the caliber of teaching and the classes offered. I do like hanging out in Boise with friends and working in the coffee shops and adapting to the Idaho surroundings.

  4. What has been your greatest challenge studying in the United States?
    My greatest challenge while studying here has been dealing with difference of opinion and the lack of knowledge about international affairs. As an international student you come to the college with expectations of the place and the people and in some instances it is a struggle but in the end it is a learning experience.

  5. What are your goals for the coming year?
    My goals for the coming year are to study hard and to take advantage of every opportunity which comes my way.

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.

Tim Garza ('07) and Nadine (Hirner) Garza ('08) were married on July 12 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Ketchum, in the presence of close family and friends. Tim and Nadine were high school sweethearts.

The C of I in the News

The C of I being named one of The Princeton Review’s “Best 368 Colleges” was covered by KTVB NewsChannel 7, KBCI Idaho 2 News and the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Upcoming Events

Chocolate and wine pairing fundraiser for the OJ Smith museum Aug. 9

The Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum will hold a Chocolate and Wine Pairing Fundraiser on Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Bitner Vineyards, featuring “Doc Choc” Pat Fields and C of I Trustee Ron Bitner (‘68). Cost is $20 per person.

Bitner will give a brief presentation about pairing wine and chocolate and will introduce Fields, who will give a more extensive presentation. The evening includes a silent auction, heavy hors d’ouvres, a complimentary glass of wine, no-host bar and a variety of chocolates and wines to sample.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Bitner by email or phone at (208) 899-7648.

Langroise Trio Concert Series begins Sept. 19

The 2008 Langroise Trio Concert Series begins Sept. 19 with works by Schubert, Mozart/Bach and an original piece by Jim Cockey that was written for the Trio. The Langroise Trio, The C of I’s artists-in-residence, are Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello.

Dates and programs are:

Schubert, Mozart/Bach and Jim Cockey original piece

  • Friday, Sept. 19 – Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

  • Saturday, Sept. 20 – Langroise Recital Hall, The College of Idaho, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Martinu/Johnson, Boccherini, Bartok, Kodaly/Johnson, and featuring guest artists Seth Mattison, violin and Kyla Davidson, cello

  • Friday, Nov. 7 – Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

  • Saturday, Nov. 8 – Langroise Recital Hall, The College of Idaho at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Jobs at The C of I

Staff Openings

  • IT Support Specialist II
  • Maintenance & Operations Administrative Assistant
  • Maintenance Craftsman
  • Biology Department Paraprofessional

Faculty Openings

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Adjunct Instructor Fall 08

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


  • Thanks to all of you who have contacted the College regarding Kenyan student Kiprotich Langat. Kip came to The C of I five months ago, but may have to leave in the fall because his sponsor, who was paying Kip’s tuition and living expenses, lost his business during the violence in Kenya over the winter. Anyone who would like to offer assistance to Kip can contact Rance Pugmire, C of I major gifts officer by email or phone at 459-5917.

  • 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 Lynda 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.