C of I Newsletter

2008. 10. 09.

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The C of I community mourns the death of Dr. Gerald M. Baur; memorial service Friday

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) M. Baur, 64, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on October 3. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and close friends. He was a dedicated surgeon with the highest integrity, and a loving husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Jerry was born March 7, 1944 in Washington, DC. He spent most of his childhood in Missouri with his older brother James Baur of California, younger brother John Baur of Memphis and sister Jade Towe of Missouri.

After graduating from high school in Fulton, Mo., Jerry attended The College of Idaho. He was a senior class officer, a part of the Intercollegiate Knights and a valued member of the ‘Yotes baseball team. Jerry graduated in 1966 with a degree in zoology. He earned a medical degree from Tulane University in 1970.

In 1972, after his internship in Portland, Ore., Jerry joined the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Ogden in the Vietnam War until 1974. Jerry was later honorably discharged from service as a Lieutenant Commander in 1980.

Jerry completed his surgical residency in 1975 at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore. He served six years as associate professor of vascular surgery at OHSU until 1984 when he decided to go into private practice and moved to Boise with his family.

He joined Cardiovascular and Chest Surgical Associates and was the first board-certified vascular surgeon in Idaho. He was on staff of Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the VA Medical Center as a vascular surgeon until his retirement from private practice in 2005.

During those years, he was on the Board of Directors of SLRMC, SLRMC Foundation and served as chief of staff from 1995 to 1997. He also served at SARMC on the credential committee and as chair, and as chairman of the department of surgery at both SLRMC and SARMC.

In May of 2006 Jerry became director of surgical services at SARMC until his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in June 2007.

Jerry loved backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains, scuba diving, gardening and traveling the world. He was dedicated to his family and to The College of Idaho. He always said that who he became was because of the firm foundation he received from his education at The College of Idaho. In the early 1990s, Jerry made a full commitment back to The College of Idaho as an integral part of the Alumni Board, and was an avid supporter of The C of I Athletics and various organizations on campus.

From 1993 until 2005, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and was named chairman in 2006. In 2005 he received the Alumni Service Award. In the fall of 2007, Jerry enjoyed the honor of a lifetime from the College; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Jerry is survived by his wife Tricia Baur, daughter Dani Akulschin of Gig Harbor, Wash., daughter Jenni Carrier of Meridian, Idaho and his four grandchildren; Trent, Christopher, Robert and Madelyn. He is preceded in death by his parents Al and Alice Baur.

C of I President Bob Hoover worked closely with Baur as a trustee and recalled Jerry’s service to the campus, which included many weekends spent with Tricia landscaping the President’s House and the College. He also recalled Baur’s wonderful, dry sense of humor.

“The College of Idaho community lost a most beloved members and supporter,” Hoover said. “I lost a very dear friend.”

Memorial services for Jerry will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 10 in Jewett Auditorium on the campus of The College of Idaho. People traveling from Boise on Interstate 84 should allow 45 minutes to an hour due to road construction. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, also on the campus.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry would like donations to be made to The College of Idaho’s Boone Fund or the Langroise Trio Fund. To contribute, please call Leslee Hoover at 459-5017 or email.

The C of I dedicates new tennis courts

The College of Idaho dedicated its three new and two refurbished tennis courts at a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The courts have a distinctive purple playing surface to match the ‘Yotes purple and gold colors.

The three new courts were donated by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and are named in honor of the Foundation. The refurbished courts were donated by former C of I trustee Dr. Dick Roberge, his wife Rowena, his daughter Mary Parsons and her husband Lee Parsons. Mary is a swim coach at The C of I.

At the ceremony, the women’s tennis team served to the men’s tennis team to officially “open” the courts and welcome back men’s tennis. Having the new courts allowed The C of I to bring back men’s tennis for the first time in five years.

“Tennis has long been a popular sport on our campus,” said President Bob Hoover, who noted that the original courts were donated by J.R. Simplot and were dedicated in December 1943. “The College of Idaho would not be able to offer these athletic facilities and recreational opportunities to our students without the generosity of our supporters.”

Visiting Fulbright Specialist at The C of I until Oct. 17

Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun, a Visiting Fulbright Specialist from Islamic State University Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will be teaching and speaking at The C of I until Oct. 17. Her visit is made possible through a grant from the Direct Access to the Muslim World Program, under the auspices of Center of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and the U.S. State Department.

Syamsiyatun has been on the faculty at Islamic State University, which has 12,000 students and 500 faculty, for 10 years and is also the associate director for a consortium of three universities – Islamic State, Gadjah Mada and Duta Wacana Christian University.

After her three weeks at The C of I, Syamsiyatun will travel to New York for a week for a conference and then to Chicago for another conference. She will visit several campuses in New York and Chicago.

She has traveled in the United States on vacation in Washington, D.C. and New York City, but said she is enjoying experiencing daily life in America, especially in a less urban area. Syamsiyatun said Idaho’s open spaces are very different than Indonesia’s terrain of mountains, volcanoes and water.

“The horizon is so wide, there aren’t as many tall trees,” she said. “The sky feels very close here.”

There are several opportunities to hear Syamsiyatun speak during her final week on campus. She said she has been glad for the opportunity to share her culture and her views with The C of I community and others in the Treasure Valley.

“The Fulbright program has allowed me to introduce a different picture of Islam,” she said. “Mainstream views focus on Middle East Muslims. I want to give a new picture of how Islam is practiced in different cultures.”

Below are classes and events open to the public during Syamsiyatun’s visit:

  • Class: Islamic Civilization class every Monday and Wednesday through Oct. 15, 2:10-3:10 p.m., KAIC 106.

  • Speech: Boise Committee on Foreign Relations “Mixed images and feelings: America in the eyes of Indonesian Muslims,” Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6-10 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, Boise (By invitation only. Contact Rob Dayley by email or phone at 459-5333)

  • Discussion: First Year Program book discussion “Persepolis,” Monday, Oct. 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall (campus-wide event)

  • Speech: Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Boise State University in the student union. Co-sponsored by BSU College of Arts and Humanities and Muslim Students Association.

  • Speech: The C of I Farewell Address Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Co-sponsored by FLITE.

Counseling Center offers free screenings

The College of Idaho Counseling Center is offering screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder on Friday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in McCain. An anonymous mental health self-assessment is available by clicking here (keyword: Coyote).

Counseling Center director Marilyn Simmonds said Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the United States and that 45 percent of students report feeling so depressed they could no longer function.

“Untreated depression and anxiety can have serious consequences,” Simmonds said. “Help is available and treatment does work.”

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.

Student research grants available

C of I students are eligible to apply for research grants to assist them with research projects they are doing under the supervision of a C of I faculty member. Interested students should confer with a faculty member who will agree to supervise their project and endorse their research grant proposal. All students who are awarded a grant are expected to participate in the spring 2009 Student Research Conference.

Application forms can be found here. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2008. Submit all applications in BOTH hard copy and electronic copy form to Jim Angresano. If you have questions, email Angresano or call him at 459-5207.

Parent and Family News

The Family Relations office hosted training for the Family Advisory Council on Saturday, Oct. 4 before Taste of the Harvest. Council members had a chance to interact with each other, meet college administrators and work on goals for the year. A raffle drawing was held during Taste of the Harvest. The prize, donated by Robison Orchards, went to Theresa Shinn. The council raised $150 for the Student Emergency Fund.

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

Jack Link (‘48) was recently announced as the recipient of the Dr. L.C. Foss Award for Aging with Excellence for 2008. The award is given to those who exhibit “profound Christian faith, inspirational leadership and a long lifetime of service.” Jack has served in leadership positions with the Seattle Rotary, Washington Athletic Club, Junior Achievement, the Salvation Army and the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. Jack has served as served as emcee for 43 years of the National Old Time Fiddler Contest held in Weiser. He has been married to Ella for 58 years and has two sons, Tim and Ted. At age 83, he is still working as president of Tri-Land Corporation and said he plans to work as long as he can.

Trustee Ron Bitner (‘68) and his wife Mary are featured in the August/September 2008 Boise Metropolitan magazine in an article about Idaho wines. The Bitners own Bitner Vineyards in the Sunnyslope area of Canyon County.

The C of I in the News

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story and two photos from Taste of the Harvest in the main section of its Oct. 5 edition. One photo was of Trustee Ron Bitner (‘68) and one was of Kawa Taiko, a Japanese-inspired drum ensemble that performed at the event.

The Idaho Statesman ran a brief story about Taste of the Harvest in its Oct. 4 edition.

The Idaho Statesman ran a brief story about the tennis court dedication in its Oct. 8 edition.

Upcoming Events

Scholarship fundraiser will feature two alumni

The Iseri Family Scholarship Committee and The C of I development office will host a recital featuring tenor Patrick Anderson (‘03) and pianist Sean Rogers (‘94) to raise funds for the Iseri Family Scholarship at the College on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in Langroise, followed by a reception. There is a $10 suggested donation for the general public and $5 for The C of I faculty, staff and students.

Anderson and Rogers will perform works from Bach to Broadway. It is the same program Anderson presented at The Ohio State University in the spring of 2008, as the culmination of his studies towards a masters of music in voice performance.

Both musicians have been longtime friends in music and this concert marks the 13th anniversary of their first collaboration.

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 continues in November

The 2008 Langroise Trio Concert Series continues in November with works by Martinu/Johnson, Boccherini, Bartok, Kodaly/Johnson, and featuring guest artists Seth Mattison, violin and Kyla Davidson, cello. The Langroise Trio, The C of I’s artists-in-residence, are Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello.

Dates are:

  • 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.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology
  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Macroeconomics Adjunct

For complete job descriptions and application instructions go to http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO


  • The fall 2008 Coyote Caller Phonathon began Sunday, Oct. 5 and runs through Nov. 25. About 20 current C of I students will spend two nights a week making calls to alumni, parents and friends. Those who receive phone calls are encouraged to ask questions about and offer suggestions to the College. They will be asked to update their contact information and make an annual pledge of support. For more information, contact Courtney Carissimi by email or phone at or (208) 459-5918.

  • 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.