C of I Newsletter

2008. 09. 11.

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Six C of I students complete research fellowships from INBRE

Six students from The C of I completed 10-week, $5,000 research fellowships from the Idaho Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) this summer – Paula Barrientos, Lauren Delana, Derik Haggard, Rand Kline and Jeremy West. Another student, Britni Arlian, won this fellowship for a second summer and continued her research in a Boise State University lab.

Only 30 students are selected for the program. They design their own research projects along with a professor who acts as a mentor.

Students selected for fellowships can participate in INBRE-funded research teams at their school or another INBRE-funded school. Other participating schools are Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College and North Idaho College.

Arlian’s research focused on vaccine development related to Staphylococcus aureus, the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection, which is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

“Experience with pathogenic microbes, infection and immunity is essential for a successful future career as an infectious and inflammatory disease research biologist,” she said.

Kline’s work was examining the effect of triclosan, an antimicrobial compound, on human osteoblastic cells. Little is known about how triclosan affects humans, though it is a very popular compound and can be found be in pharmaceutical and personal care products.

Kline said the fellowship will help him as he prepares for medical school because nearly all medical schools strongly recommend research experience for incoming students. He said before his fellowship he didn’t know why it was recommended, but now he does.

“Research is a very frustrating and very rewarding experience because it forces you to critically evaluate each component of your work,” he said. “Often an experiment does not go as planned and you are the one who has to figure out why and how to fix it.”

Haggard’s research investigated the effects of cadmium, which is associated with the development of bone disease, and whether a local sagebrush extract had the potential to protect against cadmium-induced loss in bone mineralization.

“INBRE was a great opportunity for me to experience personal research independently and begin to learn the experimental side of science,” he said. “It was a good look at what the future holds for me.”

The C of I requesting holiday card submissions

President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover are requesting submissions for the College’s 2008 holiday cards.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College are encouraged to submit artwork for consideration – sketches, photos, paintings, etc. Submissions don’t have to be holiday themed. Shown is the image selected last year from artist and alumnus Dan Looney (‘69).

Please email submissions to Jennifer Oxley or Aimee Czarniecki by Oct. 17. Email images should be at least 300 dpi resolution. If you can’t email your submission, bring it to Aimee in Sterry 405 to be scanned or photographed.

More than 15,000 cards will be printed and a brief biography of the artist will be included.

Museum assists Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge with BioBlitz 2008

Volunteers from the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History co-sponsored BioBlitz 2008, an attempt to inventory all living things in an area over a short period of time.

More than 80 people spent Aug. 16-17 at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (at Lake Lowell) assisting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with documenting the species of plants and animals in the area.

More than 300 species were recorded in a 24-hour time frame.

Museum volunteer Paul Castrovillo discovered a new butterfly for the area and museum director William H. Clark and his wife Mary Clark made observations and collections of ants which included an invasive species not previously known from here.

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 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 1p.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.

The C of I in the News

Students Elizabeth Sonnichsen and Amber Steele were interviewed and photographed for a story in Tuesday’s Idaho Press-Tribune about the reopening of Simplot Residence Hall and the other construction and remodeling projects on campus. President Bob Hoover and communications director Jennifer Oxley were also interviewed. There was a photo of IT director Zane Howe installing new computers in the library.

Students Ali Rabe and CJ Sower were featured in a front-page photo of Sunday’s Idaho Press-Tribune during The C of I’s annual student leadership service project. Student leaders worked along the banks of Indian Creek.

Mark Smith, C of I academic vice president, was included in a story in Saturday’s Idaho Statesman about the 10-year anniversary of his friend’s death. Caldwell pastor Mike Turner died when his legs became trapped by two boulders during a hike. The Smith and Turner families were planning to meet each other for camping when Turner went missing.

The Idaho Press-Tribune editorial on Sept. 5 welcomed The C of I and NNU students to Canyon County, saying the county is “fortunate because both private institutions are well-respected and nationally ranked for the solid educational programs they offer.”

The September issue of Idaho Magazine has an article by math professor emeritus Les Tanner about math professor emeritus Boyd Henry called “Boyd and the Meter Stick; Adventures with a Mathematics Professor.”

Upcoming Events

Clarinet and piano concert tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Guest clarinetist Alicia Bennett will join adjunct faculty pianist Robyn Wells in a concert tonight (Thursday, Sept. 11) at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall.

Alicia lives in New York, where she performs and teaches. Her program displays an array of music, and includes a new work for solo clarinet that was written for her in her Idaho debut. The concert is free; donations will be accepted.

Charles Gill exhibit in Rosenthal Gallery Sept. 13-Oct. 17

“Inherited Furniture” an exhibition of paintings, drawings and an altered book by Charles Gill will be on display in The C of I Rosenthal Gallery from Sept. 13-Oct. 17.

An opening reception will be held Sept. 13 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Gill will speak at 6 p.m.

The Rosenthal Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or by appointment by calling 459-5321.

The Gill exhibit is curated by C of I alumna Cassandra Schiffler (‘07) who works at the Stewart Gallery in Boise. She compiled a catalogue for the show, which includes an essay by Cort Conley and an interview between Conley and Gill. The catalogue was partly funded by a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

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.

Whittenberger Planetarium show Sept. 22

The College of Idaho Whittenberger Planetarium will provide a show about the autumnal equinox on Monday, Sept. 22. Learn the meaning of the equinoxes and solstices, the events that bring them about, and view the constellations, planets and the moon in the September sky.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for children ages 5-18, and $4 for adults. Reservations are required and can be made by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211.

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building.

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.

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, R.C. 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 Jill Pilote at 459-5054 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, sponsored in part by the Idaho Press-Tribune, 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
  • Maintenance & Operations Custodian

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.

  • 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.