C of I Newsletter

2008. 08. 14.

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Kenyan student can stay at The C of I after receiving generous donations

Kenyan student Kiprotich Langat and The College of Idaho have received several generous donations that will allow him to finish his schooling at the College.

Langat, a freshman biology major who goes by Kip, came to The C of I just five months ago, but was worried he may have to leave because his Kenyan sponsor was unable to pay his tuition and expenses due to the unrest in Kenya.

Langat said he was surprised and grateful to those who contributed to assist him.

“Not many people are willing to extend a helping hand to someone they’ve never met,” he said. “I feel like The College of Idaho community has reached out to me in an effort to truly help me reach my goals in education.”

Several people contributed money toward Kip’s tuition and living expenses, including one generous donor who offered to cover the rest of Kip’s education at The C of I.

“The generosity of our College community often overwhelms me,” President Bob Hoover said. “I appreciate the willingness of people to help Kip, who is a wonderful asset to our College, even though they have never met him.”

Langat, who earned at 3.68 grade point average last semester despite being out of school for a few years, also participated in track and is a member of the International Student Organization.

This summer he has been living in the residence halls and working for the College’s maintenance and operations department. In his short time here, he has experienced the high-quality education and close knit community that characterizes the College.

“The quality of the education is the first thing I love about the College,” said Langat. “But the community is so amazing. Whether or not you know people, they say hello.”

Kip left Kenya amid the political unrest that was sparked in January after President Mwai Kibaki was re-elected. Those who supported his opponent Raila Odinga became the targets of attack. Estimates at the time said more than 850 Kenyans were killed and approximately 250,000 fled their homes to escape the violence.

For Langat, it meant he was not able to visit his parents in the Kenyan countryside before he came to the United States because it wasn’t safe to travel. Even more devastating, his Kenyan sponsor, who had paid his educational costs since high school, had his business burned in the riots and is unable to pay Langat’s college expenses as he had promised.

Now that he knows he will be able to complete his education at The C of I, Langat is looking toward the future.

“My plans now and after college include achieving honors both in academics and athletics,” he said. “I am guaranteed a quality education which will be beneficial not only to me and my family but to the entire community. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and plan to use it to guide my path.”

Langat said he plans to return to Kenya following graduation and work towards improving living standards.

Donations to support Kip’s education should be made out to The College of Idaho and directed toward The African Student Scholarship Fund. Anyone who would like to donate to the fund to assist future C of I students like Kip can contact Rance Pugmire, major gifts officer by email or phone at 459-5917.

The C of I Campus Community Service Day is Thursday, Aug. 21

The annual C of I Campus Community Service Day to clean and beautify the campus before the school year begins is Thursday, Aug. 21 from 9-11:45 a.m. Faculty, staff, students, trustees and administrators are invited and encouraged to participate.

Campus Community Service Day began five years ago during a time of financial strain when The C of I community had to clean the grounds and offices of the campus themselves.

“Times are certainly better at the College now,” said President Bob Hoover. “But this is a way to connect with the College and feel a sense of pride and ownership about our beautiful campus.”

Campus Community Service Day is followed by a barbecue hosted by the College in the Finney Forest.

Please RSVP for Campus Community Service Day by Monday, Aug. 18. Please bring your own work gloves. Family and friends are welcome to participate and eat lunch.

When you RSVP, you may request the area of campus in which you’d like to work. The work areas are:

  • Langroise – 10 volunteers
  • Sterry Hall – 6
  • Hayman Hall – 5
  • Jewett – 5
  • Dining Hall – 4
  • Simplot Dorm – 4
  • Hendren Hall – 4
  • The Village – 4
  • Boone – 4

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: Feng Wang ‘11

Born: China

Lived In: China, United Kingdom, United States

Intended Major: Biology

UWC Attended: United World College of the Atlantic

  1. Why did you attend the UWC?
    The UWC is a place that can increase your international understanding, and the idea of the UWC is to make you become a more global citizen. It prepared me to go everywhere.

  2. Why did you choose to attend The College of Idaho?
    The C of I was the college closest to my style. The small college environment allows you to feel well taken care of by the college, not just through studies, but helps you develop strong friendships as well.

  3. What has been the best thing about your college experience thus far?
    The best thing has been our campus study support program. It has been offered often, and has helped me adjust to the academic rigor of the College.

  4. What are your goals for the coming year?
    To participate in a study abroad program.

Geomorphologist uses museum collection in research

Waite R. Osterkamp, research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tucson, Ariz., recently visited the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History to use the mollusk collection for studies of the geomorphic history of the Snake River Basin.

The Museum supplied some of the mussel shells used in the research and Osterkamp collected specimens from the river, both modern and fossil, for radiocarbon dating and to learn more about
the two principal species that have lived there.

“The Museum proved to be a wonderful resource,” Osterkamp said. “I was amazed at the huge collections that the Museum has, not just invertebrates, but many other plants and animals. In addition, the collection of minerals, lapidary, and related geologic specimens is world class.”

Museum director William H. Clark (‘67) said museum collections are available to qualified researchers and the public by appointment.

Student News

Junior lands first internship with Healthwise

Adam Nunez, a C of I junior, will be an intern at Healthwise from Aug. 25-Dec. 8. Nunez is a first for Healthwise – first from The C of I, first undergraduate, first male and first Hispanic/Latino intern.

“He’s a pioneer, and we are very, very excited about having Adam join us,” said Roya Camp, director of content development for Healthwise.

Staff News

Safford featured in CCC profile

Sports information director Mike Safford’s work for The College of Idaho and as the “voice” of Boise Hawks baseball is featured in a profile on the Cascade Collegiate Conference website.

In 2002, Safford joined the Hawks staff working as the official scorer and public address announcer. One year later, he took over as the director of broadcasting/media relations. Following the 2005 season, Safford stepped down from his broadcasting duties to focus on enhancing The C of I’s athletic department, and starting a family with wife Liza, who also works at the College. Their son Parker James was born in September 2007.

Safford has called more than 200 minor league games in his career.

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.

Rich Bauscher (’75) and Larry Haddock (’69) were honored at the 2008 Idaho High Schools Activities Associations (IHSAA) Hall of Fame inductions on August 6. Bauscher, who is superintendent of the Middleton School District, was recognized as one of five retiring members of the IHSAA board. Haddock, who retired from teaching in 2003 after 34 years in the Parma area, received the District Distinguished Service Award for District III. Haddock continues to teach an “early bird” calculus course at Parma High School and coaches eighth-grade boys and girls basketball.

Candice Cascio (‘00) is now entering her ninth year in education. She has completed two master’s degrees in education – one in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003, and the second in educational administration from Grand Canyon University in 2006. She is working for a non-profit called People Involved in Education (P.I.E.) which operates two public charter schools, is a principal at Sand Ridge Charter School in Lebanon, Ore., and is the curriculum director for both Sand Ridge Charter School and Sweet Home Charter School in Sweet Home, Ore.

Douglas Eier (‘60) and his wife Marian will celebrate 50 years of marriage and partnership August 27. Marian was an elementary teacher for 34 years in Idaho, Alaska, and Washington. Doug taught secondary education in Idaho and Washington for several years and was an assistant professor at Lewis-Clark State College for six years. In 1976, Doug started Blue Mountain Recreation and Cyclery in Pullman. Marian retired from teaching in Pullman in 1994 and Doug sold his recreation business in 1996. Friends and acquaintances are invited to discover Baja California Sur (the southern half of the Baja penninsula) with them. The Eiers can be reached at [email protected].

Jeremy Rynearson (‘04) and Rebekah Barnard (‘06), who met at The C of I, were married Aug. 2. Bekah graduated from The C of I in June with her master’s degree in education. The couple lives in Boise.

Ines Tucakovic (’07) is currently working in the Clinical Immunology Lab for the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle as a research associate. She is working on Tuburculosis vaccine development and adjuvant work for Leishmanisis disease.

Matt Weaver (‘08) has accepted a position as director of development with Coeur d’Alene non-profit TESH, Inc., a nationally accredited rehabilitation organization that assists people who are disabled and/or disadvantaged to achieve their highest level of independence. Since 1976, this community-based non-profit has provided essential services to over 7,000 individuals.

The C of I in the News

Student Amanda Richey was featured on the front page of the Life section of the Idaho Statesman in an interview about her job as a campaign worker for Lt. Gov. Jim Risch who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Political Economy Chair Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed by The Associated Press last week for a story about the congressional race between Walt Minnick and Rep. Bill Sali. The story appeared in several newspapers.

Upcoming Events

Rhonda Vincent bluegrass concert tonight at 7 p.m.

Rhonda Vincent’s bluegrass concert is tonight (Thursday, Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Vincent is a seven-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has been nominated for a Grammy.

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
  • Business Office Assistant
  • Maintenance Craftsman

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.

  • 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, 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.