C of I Newsletter

2008. 08. 21.

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The C of I highly ranked in Forbes.com college survey

The College of Idaho was named No. 174 of 569 colleges and universities by Forbes.com in a new college ranking guide called “America’s Best Colleges.” Only two other Idaho colleges were included in the rankings, BYU-Idaho (No. 245) and the University of Idaho (No. 275). Boise State University, Idaho State University and Northwest Nazarene University were not included.

The top three schools in the nation according to the rankings were Princeton University, California Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

President Bob Hoover said he was pleased by The C of I’s inclusion and placement.

“The College of Idaho is known locally and regionally as a high quality liberal arts college and we are pleased to receive national recognition,” Hoover said. “These rankings indicate that we are comparable to better-known and more expensive liberal arts colleges in our region and certainly much higher ranked than the big regional institutions.”

Other liberal arts colleges in the northwest and intermountain regions were ranked as follows:

  • Whitman – 28
  • Reed – 64
  • Colorado College – 74
  • Whitworth – 165
  • Lewis and Clark – 170
  • University of Puget Sound – 176
  • Willamette – 210
  • Linfield – 246
  • Rocky Mountain – 285
  • Carroll – 373

Universities in the west and northwest were ranked as follows:

  • University of Washington – 178
  • Pacific University – 184
  • Brigham Young University – 217
  • Utah State University – 247
  • University of Utah – 255
  • University of Oregon – 287
  • Montana State University – 291
  • Utah Valley University – 323
  • Washington State University – 371
  • University of Montana – 407
  • Gonzaga University – 427
  • Seattle Pacific – 435
  • Oregon State University – 522
  • University of Portland – 532

Forbes.com worked with Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity on “America’s Best Colleges.” It intends to release the list annually, saying “for too many years, information about the quality of American higher education has been monopolized by one publication, U.S. News & World Report.”

The following criteria were used to evaluate the colleges and universities in the ranking:

  • Listing of alumni in the 2008 Who’s Who in America (25%)
  • Student evaluations of professors from ratemyprofessors.com (25%)
  • Four-year graduation rates (16 2/3%)
  • Enrollment-adjusted numbers of students and faculty receiving nationally competitive awards (16 2/3%)
  • Average four-year accumulated student debt of those borrowing money (16 2/3%)

Hoover pointed out that the Forbes.com ranking differed from some other college ranking systems by looking at students in college and following graduation rather than those entering college.

“The emphasis in this ranking system is on the college experience and post college experience – including recognition in Who’s Who, faculty-student interaction, four-year graduation rates, national recognition such as Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships, and debt at graduation,” Hoover said. “It does not include what students bring to their college or university experience such as ACT or SAT scores.”

The annual college ranking system published by U.S. News & World Report will be released on Friday, Aug. 22.

Hoover joins more than 100 other college leaders in the Amethyst Initiative

C of I President Bob Hoover joined more than 100 college and university presidents and signed the Amethyst Initiative, which supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21-year-old drinking age.

Hoover said his signature doesn’t necessarily indicate a willingness to lower the drinking age, but that he thinks binge drinking among underage students is a problem on college campuses.

“I think a discussion and debate about the drinking age in the United States is important and worthwhile given the near failure of the current approach to underage drinking in this country, and especially on college and university campuses where binge drinking has become such a serious issue,” Hoover said. “While I do not know what the answer is, I believe it is time for the country to have an open discussion of this issue.”

Presidents from Duke, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Lewis & Clark and Willamette have also signed the Amethyst Initiative.

Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden is Saturday

The Idaho Botanical Garden and Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History present Bug Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the botanical garden.

Participants can play Insect Bingo, go on an Insect Safari, participate in the Insect Olympics, make a buggy craft, get an insect tattoo, and receive a “Certificate of Bugology.” Finish with a drink of “bug juice.”

There will be 12 different insect-related booths staffed by entomologists and others who know about the insects we see crawling along the ground and flying through the air. Sip some Bug Juice to top off the day.

Cost is $4 for children and IBG members, and $6 for adults. For more information visit the IBG website or call 343-8649.

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: Salim Hussinyar ‘11

Born: Afghanistan

Lived In: Italy, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Afghanistan

Intended Major: International Political Economy

UWC Attended: United World College of the Adriatic

  1. Why did you attend the UWC?

    To get an education that could help and assist me with understanding the world. It was only possible at the United World College.

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

    To receive a liberal arts education which I feel is more helpful in dealing with and understanding today’s world.

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

    I’ve met some exceptional teachers and students here. I like the small, diverse student body and the care and love people have shown me.

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

    I did not face any particular challenges but sometimes because of the amount of work, I have to study longer hours to complete my assignments.

  5. What are your goals for the coming year?

    To finish college and work for some non-governmental organization or possibly work for the Afghan government.

Faculty and Student News

Boone Hall bustled with research activities as eight C of I students spent their summer doing research in chemistry and/or biology in collaboration with assistant biology professor Mark Gunderson, associate biology professor Sara Heggland, assistant chemistry professor Carolyn Dadabay and assistant chemistry professor John Thurston.

Research topics included the impact of environmental toxins in bone and boron neutron capture therapy.

Students Rand Kline, Lauren Delana, Derik Haggard, Paula Barrientos and Jeremy West were awarded NIH-INBRE summer research fellowships that involved 10 weeks of research. They presented their findings at the 7th Annual NIH Idaho INBRE Conference in Boise on August 4-6. Heggland was an invited speaker and gave a talk on “Risk Factors of Osteoporosis: Cadmium’s Impact on Bone Health.”

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.

Joshua Patrick Brown (‘01) married Rebecca Anne Vorwaller Aug. 2 in Elko, Nev. A small contingent of College of Idaho alumni made the trip south to share in their union. Josh works as a mine surveyor for Barrick Gold at the Bald Mountain Mine and as an adjunct professor of theater at Great Basin College. The couple lives in Elko, with their 17-month old daughter, Madison.

Matt Ellsworth (‘99) has been hired by Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim Risch to be Risch’s campaign manager during his run for the U.S. Senate.

Burke Hays (‘06) is a masters of public health student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. He had a recent article published in the Idaho Statesman about the public health need for public transportation in the Treasure Valley.

Brenda Johnson (‘03) is the shelter manager for Simply Cats, Idaho’s cageless, no kill cat shelter. She took the job in April.

C. David Ketchum (‘08) was chosen to travel to Cleveland with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Macbeth to premiere it at the new theatre that the Great Lakes Theatre Festival has built. “He has made quite an impression with the directors at ISF,” said Joe Golden, C of I theatre department chair, who also performs with ISF.

Caitlin E. Lanier (‘07) is currently teaching English at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Culturo in Santiago, Chile

The C of I in the News

President Bob Hoover signing the Amethyst Initiative to support informed and unimpeded debate on the 21-year-old drinking age was covered by Today’s 6, Idaho 2 News, NewsChannel 7, Idaho Press-Tribune and Idaho Statesman. Students Kate Arbon, Mauricio Both, Rand Kline, Sara Packebush, Alex Penrod and Brian Peterson and acting vice president for student affairs Paul Bennion were interviewed.

Nick Spanakos (‘60) and twin brother Pete Spanakos (‘60) were featured in a New York Times story on Sunday, Aug. 17 about their sporting accomplishments as boxers, including their years at The C of I.

A story and photo of Kenyan student Kip Langat was featured in the Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 15.

Academic vice president Mark Smith was interviewed for a front-page story in Monday’s Idaho Press-Tribune about the 10-year anniversary of the death of his friend Pastor Mike Turner. Turner’s family and Smith’s family were planning to meet for camping in Wyoming, but Turner never arrived. Turner’s body was found several weeks later. He had slipped while hiking in a boulder field and become trapped.

Political economy department chair Jasper LiCalzi was included in two Idaho Statesman stories. The first story was about Idaho Democrats not running candidates for some legislative seats. The second story was about the effect of Canyon County bloggers on the political process.

The summer 2008 newsletter from the Council of Independent Colleges includes an article about the colleges that receive $100,000 Wal-Mart College Success Awards. The C of I was one of 20 colleges that received the grant out of 220 applicants and was the only one in the west.

Upcoming Events

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.

Alumni event: Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Greater Tuna

The C of I alumni office invites alumni, spouses and friends to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Greater Tuna starring theatre department chair Joe Golden on Sept. 21.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. at the ISF Interpretive Center with a talk by Hannah Read, ISF marketing director. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $23 plus tax. Call the box office at (208) 336-9221 to reserve tickets. Spouses and friends welcome at discounted rate.

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

  • 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.

  • Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho name and logo are for $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.