C of I Newsletter

2008. 08. 28.

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The C of I improves in several categories in U.S. News & World Report annual college ranking

The College of Idaho improved in several categories in the rankings of America’s best colleges, according to results released Friday in U.S. News & World Report.

The C of I improved in the areas of peer assessment, alumni support and freshman retention. It also showed improvements in class size and percentage of full-time faculty.

The college in the third of four tiers, the same as last year. The 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” is on newsstands, and is available online.

C of I President Bob Hoover noted that the improved showing in the peer assessment category is particularly significant because it is given the most weight in the rankings and is considered the most difficult to change.

“Our faculty and programs are receiving national attention in the form of federal and private foundation grants, and our graduates receive national recognition as Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater scholars,” Hoover said. “Our peers are showing that they recognize and respect those honors.”

The peer assessment survey allows the top academics consulted by U.S. News, including presidents, provosts and deans of admissions to account for intangibles such as faculty dedication to teaching.

The C of I made significant gains in several of the magazine’s ranking criteria:

  • Peer assessment: This year’s peer assessment score was 2.2, up from 2.1 in 2008. This is significant because peer assessment accounts for 25 percent of the total ranking.

    “Peer assessment is considered the most difficult score to change in the U.S. News rankings,” Hoover said. “This shows that our peers are hearing about and remembering positive things about The College of Idaho, including the grant support received by our faculty and departments, the early success of our $175 million comprehensive campaign and our name change.”

  • Alumni support: The percentage of C of I alumni who financially support the college has risen dramatically over the past five years and this year is no exception. U.S. News & World Report shows a two-year rolling average (July 2005 – June 2007) of 21 percent alumni giving rate in this year’s ranking, compared to 17 percent in last year’s ranking.

    Five years ago, 14 percent of alumni gave to the college. In 2007, that number improved to 29 percent.

    “Alumni support is crucial to the financial health of the college,” Hoover said. “This category is similar to peer assessment because it relies on the opinions of others. It demonstrates that we are connecting with our alumni and showing them the benefits of giving back to the college.”

  • Freshman retention: The freshman retention rate (averaged over four years) increased to 80 percent in this year’s rankings, up from 78 percent last year.

    “The curriculum at The C of I is rigorous, so improving our freshman retention rate shows that our freshman classes over the last four years have received the academic support they need from the college,” Hoover said.

Other areas where The C of I improved were:

  • Classes with more than 50 students: 1 percent in 2009; 2 percent in 2008
  • Full-time faculty: 88 percent in 2009; 82 percent in 2008

Several organizations have released their annual rankings of colleges and universities recently and have included The C of I.

Forbes.com announced its college ranking system, placing The College of Idaho No. 174 of 569 colleges and universities. 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. This is the first year for the Forbes.com rankings.

The C of I was also named one of the “Best 368 Colleges” by The Princeton Review in July. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and Canada are chosen for the honor.

Presidential search update

The C of I presidential search committee met Monday, Aug. 25 to review resumes and letters of interest from more than 40 candidates from throughout the United States. The search committee is compiling a short list of candidates and will continue to accept and review resumes until Labor Day.

The short list of candidates will undergo reference checks. Depending on the outcome of the reference checks, those candidates may be invited to an interview with the committee at the end of September.

Because of the confidential nature of the presidential search process, the names and occupations of the applicants will not be disclosed.

Museum fundraiser brings in more than $1,000

The Chocolate and Wine Pairing fundraiser held Aug. 9 at Bitner Vineyards was very successful and raised more than $1,000 for museum projects.

The featured speaker was Patrick F. Fields (aka Doc Choc) who is also curator of paleobotany for the museum. Fields traveled from Michigan to make the presentation, assist with the event, conduct some field work and curate specimens in the museum. The evening was based around a lecture about chocolate followed by a tasting and wine pairing session.

“My sincere thanks to Pat and Ron and Mary Bitner for making this event such a success,” said museum director William H. Clark.

Convocation is Saturday; classes begin Thursday

President Bob Hoover and faculty from The C of I will welcome the 118th freshman class to the College on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the annual convocation ceremony in Jewett Auditorium. The ceremony is open to The C of I community, but seating is limited.

Move-in day for new students is Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. Move-in days for returning students are Sept. 2-3. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 4.

Staff News

New addition in the Office of Development

Lindsay Bee Lacey was born to Kelly Lacey, the development office’s gift processor, and her husband Porter on Saturday, Aug. 23. Lindsay weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz.

The C of I in the News

The Idaho Press Tribune’s main editorial on Tuesday, Aug. 24 was about the need for discussion at the state level about the drinking age for young adults. The editorial mentions that President Bob Hoover joined approximately 100 other college and university presidents in signing the Amethyst Initiative, which calls for an informed discussion about the topic.

The Idaho Press Tribune did a story on Monday, Aug. 23 about The C of I’s ranking in this year’s U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” issue and included a quote from President Bob Hoover.

A blog post from idahosportszone.com mentions that alumnus R.C. Owens is being honored by the San Francisco 49ers for his service to the community and his performance on and off the field with the 49ers. Honored guests at the event include Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Jeff Fuller, Dwight Hicks, Coach Denny Green and others. The event is Sept. 27 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Proceeds benefits five charities of Owens’ choice, including The C of I Hall of Fame.

Upcoming Events

Tibetan monks to create sand art beginning Sept. 17; perform in Jewett Sept. 19

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a sand Mandala over four days in Jewett Auditorium in September beginning with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon. Construction will continue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. A closing ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

While the monks create the Mandala, other participants can create a sand painting of their own designed by a local artist and using some of the same techniques.

During the closing ceremony, the monks will distribute sand to audience members. The remainder will be carried in a procession to Indian Creek at 7th and Kimball and ceremonially poured into the water, dispersing the healing energies throughout the world.

The monks will perform music and dance on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The famed singers, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, will perform “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing.”

Tickets for the performance are $22-$28 for adults and $16-$22 for students. They are available online, by phone at 459-3405 or 459-5783 and at the door. Admission to watch the Mandala creation is free.

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.

Coyote Open is Sept. 26

The 25th Annual Coyote Open Golf Tournament is for Friday, Sept. 26 at Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. The Coyote Open has 175 players and over 110 sponsors per year and helps support athletics at The College of Idaho.

To secure a spot in the tournament for yourself or a team, or to support the tournament as a sponsor, contact Dave Hahn by email or phone at 459-5835.

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.

C of I Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are sold out

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

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

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.