C of I Newsletter

2008. 09. 18.

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The C of I announces near-record enrollment

The College of Idaho has enrolled one of the largest freshman classes in the college’s 117-year history, and will be turning more students away in the coming years if the growth continues.

The C of I has 339 new students, compared to 299 in fall 2007 and 245 in fall 2006 – an increase in new student enrollment of more than 38 percent in the last two years.

The total number of students on campus is also on the rise, from 870 in fall 2007 to 930 this fall, an increase of almost 7 percent.

The college is noticing the difference on campus. Half of Simplot Residence Hall was remodeled over the summer to accommodate the anticipated increase in new students. The other half is being remodeled now and will be complete this winter, giving the college 75 new rooms.

“We were counting beds up until the day students arrived on campus,” said President Bob Hoover. “We have exactly two left. It’s a wonderful problem to have compared to where we were a few years ago.”

One of the areas the college has increased enrollment is in the number of international students. The C of I is one of only 88 colleges the United States accepted into the prestigious Davis United World College Scholars Program. Other colleges include Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Reed and Colorado College.

The Davis UWC Scholars Program is committed to building cross-cultural understanding across college campuses and around the globe in the 21st century. The program is generously funded by the Shelby Davis family and provides graduates from any of the 12 United World Colleges need-based grants toward the cost of undergraduate study at The College of Idaho or one of the other colleges in the program.

The C of I has 60 international students this year, including 18 Davis Scholars. Hoover said the college’s goal is to have 10 percent international students on campus within a few years.

“In today’s global economy, it’s crucial for American students and those from other nations to be able to communicate and conduct business with each other,” Hoover said. “We want our students to have every advantage when they leave The College of Idaho and we believe providing an ethnically and culturally diverse campus is important.”

The college has also focused on increasing the academic quality of its incoming classes.

Of this year’s freshman class, nearly 40 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Their average high school GPA is 3.61. The top 25 percent of them have an ACT score of 29.6 or above, which represents the top 4 percent of test takers nationally.

“This is by far the most competitive freshman class in the state,” Hoover said.

Hoover said if the enrollment growth continues the college will likely become even more selective in the coming years.

“Our campus can only accommodate about 1,000 students,” he said. “If our growth continues, we will reach that number in the next couple of years and we will be turning more and more students away.”

C of I welcomes 14 new Heritage Scholars

The C of I has 14 Heritage Scholars in this year’s freshman class. There are now 58 Heritage Scholars on campus.

The Heritage Scholarship is a full-tuition academic scholarship for top students. Students can renew the scholarship for up to four years if they maintain a minimum C of I GPA of 3.25 and participate in at least 20 hours of community service each month.

To be eligible to apply for the Heritage Scholar program, a high school student must have a 3.85 GPA or higher at the end of their sixth semester in high school, a minimum of a 31 ACT composite or a minimum of a 1380 on the SAT.

The newest Heritage Scholars are: James Collet, Michelle Eide, Dayne Filer, Krista Hafez, Frederick Loucks, Matthew Malek, Kristyn Neville, Rose Ocker, Ricardo Osuna, Aaron Reynolds, Eric Schuler, Courtney Swantek, Jonathan Weese and Jessica Whalen.

Alumni and faculty night at Greater Tuna on Sept. 21

The C of I alumni office and assistant education professor Deb Yates invite alumni, faculty, spouses and friends to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Greater Tuna on Sept.21, starring theatre department chair JoeGolden.

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 7p.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 also pay the discounted rate.

Holiday card submissions requested

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.

Tibetan monks creating sand art through Sept. 20; perform in Jewett Sept. 19

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery are creating a sand Mandala in Jewett Auditorium. 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.

Construction is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (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.

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.

Staff News

Smith publishes campus leadership article

McCain Student Center director Savala Smith has an article titled “The Colors of Leadership: Integrating Different Styles in Your Organization,” published in the September 2008 issue of Campus Activities Programming magazine. Campus Activities Programming is published by the National Association for Campus Activities.

Life after The C of I: Where are we now?

Audie Black (‘05) is the first author on a poster submitted to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies titled “Temperament stability in children exposed to domestic violence.” He and his coauthors will present their findings at a conference in November.

The C of I in the News

A story about The C of I presidential search was in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman. Presidential search chairman Sen. John McGee (‘95) was quoted in the story.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story in Tuesday’s paper about Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery creating a sand Mandala in Jewett Auditorium and their upcoming performance on Friday.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a front-page story and photo in Sunday’s paper about The C of I’s organic garden, which provides produce for Simplot Dining Hall. Student Claire Deters, who was hired to work in the garden, and Matt Caldwell, general manager of food service provider Bon Appetit, and were quoted in the story and featured in the photos.

An article about student Amy Rhoades and her battle with breast cancer is in the current issue of Fitness Magazine. The article includes a photo of Amy.

Joe Golden, theatre department chair, was featured in the cover photo of the Idaho Statesman’s Scene magazine for the Idaho Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Greater Tuna,” in which Golden stars with his comedy partner Tom Wilmorth. Golden and Wilmorth portray several characters living in Tuna, Texas in the play, which received excellent reviews from the Statesman.

Audie Black (‘05)was interviewed for a Sept. 2008 article in gradPSYCH magazine focusing on how to stay motivated in graduate school. The magazine is published quarterly by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Paul Hosefros, chair of The C of I Family Advisory Council and father of student Brian Hosefros, attended both the Democratic and Republican conventions and published an article and photos in the Boise Weekly.

Upcoming Events

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. 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 Friday

The 2008 Langroise Trio Concert Series begins Friday (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, sponsored by the Idaho Press-Tribune, 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

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology

Staff Openings

  • Maintenance & Operations Custodian
  • International Student Program Coordinator

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.