C of I Newsletter

2008. 08. 07.

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The C of I announces Frances Nagashima as the new alumni director

Former student body president Frances Nagashima (‘01) is the new alumni director at The College of Idaho. Nagashima replaces Barry Fujishin (‘72), who is working as a major gift officer in the College’s Office of Development.

“I always wanted to come back to the College to work, though I didn’t expect it to be so soon,” Nagashima said. “It’s a great environment to put myself in and I’m looking forward to some new professional challenges.”

Nagashima has most recently worked as the youth development coordinator for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center’s Youth Adult Konnections (YAK!) in Hailey. YAK! encourages young people to be involved in community activities and leadership.

“As an alumna of the College, Frances brings to this position a sense of direction for the alumni and a dedication to the College,” said Erica Sarazolla (‘93), alumni association president. “Her drive and commitment to this undertaking will create a new level of excitement for all that can be done to involve alumni with the college.”

Sarazolla added that the board will miss working closely with Fujishin and wished him the best in his new position at the College.

“He has left big shoes for Frances to fill, but I have no doubt she’s got the enthusiasm to do it,” she said.

Nagashima triple majored in politics, philosophy and history at the College, and was student body president in her senior year. She was student body vice president her junior year and also worked as a student ambassador in the admission office. She participated in the annual Potter’s Clay home building trips in Mexico through Campus Ministries.

Following graduation she worked for the College’s high school youth program in Stanley and helped develop the conference service program.

She earned a master’s degree in development management and public policy through Georgetown University, completing all three years of her studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nearly all of her courses were taught in Spanish.

Nagashima is looking forward to developing some new programs through the alumni office, including encouraging alumni to participate in community service projects and similar activities. She said she wants alumni to have contact with the College without feeling like they always have to give a gift.

“I want to connect with our alumni and show them that we value them without them feeling like we’re always asking for money,” she said.

Nagashima has had several family members attend the College, including her sister Emma Nagashima, who will be a senior this year, her cousin Levi McGonigal (‘06) and her aunt Mabel (Nagashima) Itano (‘65).

Nagashima is eager to hear ideas from alumni about ways the College can involve them. She encourages alumni to contact her by email or phone at 459-5770 and to drop by her office on the third floor of Sterry Hall if they are in the area.

The College of Idaho community mourns the loss of Warren McCain

Warren and Bernie McCain present Professor Terry Mazurak and Kristina Mazurak with the Bernie McCain Chair of Philosophy

The College of Idaho President Bob Hoover and the rest of The C of I community mourn the loss of Warren McCain, a generous benefactor and former member of the College’s Board of Trustees for whom the McCain Student Center is named. McCain died Saturday at the age of 82.

“The State of Idaho and The College of Idaho have lost an extraordinary friend and supporter,” Hoover said. “Warren McCain was one of Idaho’s business giants and major philanthropists. It was one of the grand pleasures of my life to have known him.”

In addition to helping build the McCain Student Center in 1998, which was an extensive remodel of the World War II-era Kirkpatrick Gymnasium, McCain and his wife Bernice established the Bernie McCain Chair of Philosophy which supports Professor Terry Mazurak.

Mazurak and his wife Kristina, an associate business professor at the College, had lunch with McCains after he was appointed to the Bernie McCain Chair.

“I have a vivid recollection of the character of the McCains. They were gracious, completely without pretense and genuinely interested in us,” Mazurak said. “He was direct and straightforward, but just the opposite of overbearing. Even though at that point he was one of the most powerful men in Idaho, he never once mentioned anything about his accomplishments or position. Instead, he spoke only of what he and his family wished to do for others – especially the young people of Idaho.”

C of I Trustee Ray Melville (‘73) worked for McCain during winter term in the early 1970s and said he learned a lot about the business world.

“We found out the first day that effort wasn’t enough, it was results that counted with Mr. McCain,” Melville recalled. “I remember he threatened to send me from corporate down to the produce department a few times.”

Despite a rocky start, Melville said McCain was tough but fair. “He took special pains to grade my internship in as constructive a manner as possible, but I believe I still graded out as a C minus,” he said.

The McCains contributed generously to the college’s scholarship drive several years ago and established a four-year scholarship that is awarded to outstanding Payette High School graduates. McCain graduated from Payette High in 1943.

Hoover knew McCain for many years and spoke at the dedication of McCain Middle School in Payette in 2004.

“Warren McCain was a direct, no nonsense, blunt, can-do person who helped change Idaho for the better in the second half of the 20th century,” Hoover said. “He knew how to get things done. He had an enormous passion and commitment for giving back to Idaho and its people.”

McCain served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1982 -1994, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1985. His daughter Linda Bequette (‘80) is a former member of The C of I Board of Trustees, and her husband John Bequette graduated from The C of I in 1978. Their son Ty Bequette graduated from the college in 2006.

“Mr. McCain shared an ethic with Joe Albertson, J.R. Simplot and numerous other successful Idaho businessmen that sees in personal success a responsibility to one’s community,” Mazurak said. “That is an ethic that is all too often overlooked because of the excesses of very different kinds of leaders. Let us hope we have no shortage of leaders like Warren McCain in the future.”

OJ Smith Museum chocolate and wine pairing fundraiser is Saturday

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.

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: Ayesha Lissanevitch ‘11

Born: Kathmandu, Nepal

Lived In: Norway, Argentina and the United States

Intended Major: Psychology, International Political Economy

UWC Attended: Red Cross Nordic United World College

  1. Why did you attend the UWC?
    Initially, I decided to apply because I thought it would be a good foreign experience for me; it would help me understand more on an international level and I felt that going to another country would also help me get an insight into how life could be like in my future. Also, I really wanted to make new friends and learn about new cultures and experience something which I hadn’t before.

  2. Why did you choose to attend The College of Idaho?
    There are many reasons for it. First, I figured that it would be good for me to go to college with few other UWC students as this would help me get the real college experience that everyone talks about. The financial reason definitely plays a huge role in it, but otherwise The C of I offers the small, close-knit, warm and comfortable college experience that I have always wanted. Also, the departments of my majors are really good and well represented.

  3. What has been the best thing about your college experience thus far?
    Definitely making new friends and experiencing the typical “American” factor of college that I had only seen in movies. In general, I really enjoy all the classes, especially the histories, and I am very happy with the fact that students get one-on-one time with the faculty, and the community is so close-knit and that everyone knows one another.

  4. What has been your greatest challenge studying in the United States?
    I don’t feel that anything has been particularly challenging, but it is definitely hard to adjust in the beginning to the stereotypical American culture.

  5. What are your goals for the coming year?
    To make new and better friends and to really get a grip on my classes for my majors. Also, I am looking forward to working on an honors project and helping all the new international students that come in next year.

Faculty News

Claassen chosen for Art and Soul radio series

Art Professor Garth Claassen is one of 20 artists, writers and performers from throughout Idaho chosen for Art and Soul American Masterpieces radio stories.

Claassen’s interview with Boise State Radio will air Sept. 10 at 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. during Morning Edition, and at 4:50 p.m. during All Things Considered.

“I’m happy and honored to be in such illustrious company,” Claassen said.

Staff News

Almeida files for Boise School District seat

C of I web developer Jeff Almeida (‘92) has filed to run for one of two Boise School District Board of Trustees seats. The seats are currently held by Janet Orndorff and Nancy Gregory and serve six-year terms. Almeida, who is a strong proponent of the district’s gifted program, said he hopes to unseat Orndorff.

“I got into this race because of my passionate support for the District’s elementary gifted programs,” Almeida said. “I'll help bring the flexibility needed to respond quickly to new opportunities, to protect the expressive freedoms of our students and to craft policies that put students first.”

The school board election is Sept. 2.

Sengel performs in ISF’s MacBeth

Seth Asa Sengel, who works as an audio visual technician in the College’s Special Events and Conference Services department, is currently performing in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of MacBeth. Sengel is a drummer. This production of MacBeth will open the season for Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s sister company in Cleveland.

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.

Capt. Granger Amthor (‘97) and Capt. Thomas Aaron Ricks (‘96) recently flew their first training mission together. Ricks joined the Idaho Army National Guard from the United States Marine Corps and now works at Gowen Field full time as the Base Operations Officer. Amthor is full time at Gowen as the State Aviation Training Officer. Amthor and Ricks are founding members of the Kappa Lambda chapter of Sigma Chi at The C of I and had not seen each other until Ricks joined the Idaho Army National Guard this year.

C. David Ketchum (‘08) is currently performing the role of Lenox in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of MacBeth. Ketchum took over the role after actor Dougfred Miller, who had been scheduled to play Lenox, was asked to play the role of Macbeth for Andrew May, who injured his back.

Alex McLaughlin (‘04) has accepted a job at the Boise law firm of Davison, Copple, Copple, and Cox. McLaughlin graduated cum laude from University of Idaho College of Law in May.

Betty (Iseri) Simpson (‘72) received the Lion of the Year award for the Weiser Lions Club. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. They are known for working to end preventable blindness and participate in a variety of project important in their communities.

Jeff Youtz (‘73) and Tina (Jones) Youtz (‘74) have been together since they started dating at The College of Idaho. Jeff has worked for the Idaho Legislature for 30 years and is currently the Director of the Idaho Legislative Services agency and a member of the Idaho Capitol Commission, which is overseeing the restoration and expansion of the Idaho Capitol Building. Tina is a legal assistant at a law firm in Boise and also worked for several years for the Idaho Supreme Court. They are enjoying the empty nest life after getting three kids through college and into their own successful careers (daughter Lindsey and twins Bryan and Becky). They enjoy quiet weekends at their cabin at Cascade Lake.

The C of I in the News

Political Economy chair Jasper LiCalzi is quoted in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman talking about the importance of former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne releasing his official documents to the Idaho State Historical Society.

A review of MacBeth in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman mentions both C. David Ketchum (‘08) and audio visual technician Seth Asa Sengel.

A story and photo about web developer Jeff Almeida running for Boise School District’s Board of Trustees was in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman.

President Bob Hoover is quoted in Tuesday’s Idaho Press-Tribune talking about Warren McCain’s influence on The C of I and around the state.

Upcoming Events

Balance Dance Company performs Friday and Saturday

Balance Dance Company is concluding its professional training intensive workshops with a faculty performance on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall and a student showcase Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall.

Workshop classes for dancers ages 12 and up have been held at the College for the past two weeks and these performances will showcase the faculty and what students have learned.

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.

C of I Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies Oct. 2-3

The College of Idaho Athletic Department will hold induction ceremonies for the 1953 football team; football, basketball and baseball coach Sam Vokes; and women’s field hockey coach Shirley Kroeger.

A welcome reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the McCain Student Union. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is on Friday, Oct. 3 in Simplot Dining Hall. The ceremony begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m.

Coach Vokes’ wife Ina and daughter Sandy are planning to attend as is Coach Kroeger. Several members of the 1953 football team or their families are expected to attend including: Ed Bonaminio, Pete Douroux, Bill Kundrat, RC Owens, Chuck Ruby, Ted Shannon, George Shull, Rano Sullivan, Harlan Geach, John Park, Donna Shannon (Bill), Barbara Rich (Don), Bernie Kahahawai (Joe), Joe Jakubowski (Walt), Jerry Cole (Coach Eddie Cole).

For more information, please contact Dick Carrow at 871-8863 or by email.

Taste of the Harvest scholarship fundraiser is Oct. 4

The C of I’s annual Taste of the Harvest scholarship fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Morrison Quadrangle. Taste of the Harvest brings together Idaho’s wineries, food producers and craftspeople and provides opportunities for attendees to sample and buy locally produced wines, foods and crafts. The event raises money for scholarships for the children of migrant farmworkers.

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 Adjunct Instructor Fall ‘08

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


  • 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.

  • 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.