C of I Newsletter

2008. 10. 16.

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The C of I announces four candidates for college president

The College of Idaho announced four candidates for its presidency on Monday. All will visit the College in November, and the campus and Caldwell communities will have opportunities to meet them.

The candidates are:

  • Marjorie Hass, provost, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Penn.)

  • Marvin Henberg, department chair and professor of philosophy, Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.)

  • Thomas W. Keefe, vice president for university advancement, Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.)

  • Kent Trachte, dean of the college, Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.)

The candidates will spend two days on campus meeting and interviewing with the college’s board of trustees, faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and representatives from the city of Caldwell.

Dates of the visits are:

  • Trachte – Nov. 5-7
  • Keefe – Nov. 12-14
  • Hass – Nov. 16-18
  • Henberg – Nov. 18-20

There will be an open forum during each visit that is open to the public.

“I am very pleased that these four candidates have accepted our invitations to come to campus to meet with our campus community and the Caldwell community,” said Sen. John McGee (‘95), who was chairman of the presidential search committee. “They all bring strengths to the presidency and have the skills and ability to lead The College of Idaho.”

More than 50 people applied for The C of I presidency. McGee’s committee selected eight candidates for interviews. Following those interviews, these four candidates were invited to campus to continue interviewing.

The C of I hopes to announce its new president by the end of the year. President Bob Hoover will retire in June after six years at the college.

The College worked with national search firm Academic Search, Inc. on its presidential search.

Howlin’ Yotes Claim Historic Victory

The Howlin’ Yotes, The C of I speech and debate team, shocked the debate world as they defeated 32 schools from across the nation to win first place at the Lewis & Clark College Speech and Debate Tournament this weekend, becoming the smallest school to ever to win the tournament. The victory is the first win for the College in the tournament’s 90-year history.

Lewis & Clark College took second, Boise State University took third, Whitman College took fourth and the University of Oregon took fifth.

The Lewis and Clark tournament is one of the three largest tournaments on the west coast. To win, the Howlin’ Yotes defeated schools with multiple national championships, including University of Kentucky, Rice University of Houston, William Jewell College and St. Maries College of California.

Leading the charge for the Howlin’ Yotes were junior Emilie McDonagh and freshman Casey Mattoon. The partners took second place in junior varsity debate. McDonagh also took first place in the senior poetry and drama interpretive reading events. Mattoon took first place in novice impromptu speaking.

Also winning first place speech awards were juniors Adjoa Anim-Appiah and Ali Rabe in senior duet interpretive reading, while freshmen Luke Floyd and Aaron Mondada took first place in novice duet interpretive reading.

Floyd partnered with freshman Kris Cruz to take fifth place in junior debate. Yana Sadouskaya and Ayesha Lissanevitch finished in fifth place in novice debate.

Earning octo-finalist honors in debate were senior Kyleigh Murphy and junior Denyal Landford, freshmen Brooke Thornock and Dorgham Abusalim, sophomore Kat Sillinos and freshman Gerald Kirangama.

Freshman Ben Losinski, Floyd and Cruz were recognized as Top Ten debate speakers in junior varsity debate. Abusalim and Kirangama were Top Ten debate speakers in novice debate, despite the fact that both speak English as their second language.

Also contributing to the victory with various speech awards were junior John Heinemann, freshman Skylar Hall and junior Alex Hawkins.

The Howlin’ Yotes will host the second annual Coyote Classic on Oct. 24-25. Boise State, Lewis & Clark, Brigham Young University, Utah State and others will try to end the Yotes’ winning ways. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to observe, serve as judges or assist with tournament administration.

Kyleigh Murphy
Jesse Holmes
Emilie McDonagh
John Heinemann

Mack Sermon
Ron Price
Richard Zeurcher

Alumni Volunteers
Kent Gneiting
Jenya Yakimova Sermon

Aaron Mondada
Adjoa Anim-Appiah
Alex Hawkins
Ali Rabe
Ayesha Lissanevitch
Ben Losinski
Brooke Thornock
Casey Mattoon
Denyal Landford
Dorgham Abusalim
Feng Wang
Gerald Kirangama
Jillian Cutsforth
Kat Sillonis
Kris Cruz
Luke Floyd
Rachel Trompke
Skylar Hall
Yana Sadouskaya

Deadline for holiday card submissions is Friday

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 News

Biology student researchers present at conference

Four C of I students attended the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT) meeting at Oregon State University in Corvallis in September, and two presented their research.

Senior Kate Arbon presented her research on cadmium induction of oxidative stress in human osteoblastic cells and senior Jackeline Rodriquez-Reyes presented her work on cadmium-induced decrease in RUNX2 mRNA expression and recovery by the antioxidant NAC in human osteoblasic cells. Junior Lauren Delana and sophomore Derik Haggard attended the meeting.

The students conduct research in the laboratory of associate biology professor Sara Heggland. The research is funded by National Institute of Health.

Staff News

Campus Safety Lt. JoAnn Gilpin (‘03) was elected vice president of the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators last week and will be president next year. She is WACLEA’s first woman vice president and will be its first woman president.

WACLEA is a non-profit campus police and security association which operates in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada. It works closely with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and other law enforcement organizations. Currently the organization has more than 100 active members.

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

Rev. Robert Boston (’60) attended Drew University following his graduation from The C of I and obtained his master’s in theology, which led him to his lifelong career as a minister. He retired from his church in 1999 and still remains active among ministers in his home town of Schenectady, NY.

Daniel G. Custer (‘04) and Kristin Lewman (‘02) were married on a rainy September 20, 2008 at Sawtooth Winery.

Dr. Marc Iseri (‘68) and his wife, Becky, recently won a gold medal in their tennis mixed doubles division of the Huntsman’s World Senior Games held in St. George, Utah. Marc and his men’s partner also won a bronze medal in their tennis men’s doubles division. The Huntsman’s World Senior Games features a variety of events from tennis to golf to cowboy shooting. The participants come from all over the world and 49 states. This year, approximately 10,000 people registered for the games.

Ruth Young Obee (‘63) is the author of a literary biography and two volumes of poetry. She was anthologized, along with other Colorado authors, in a collection that won this year’s Colorado Book Award. Ruth lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Kent, a retired senior diplomat. Their postings, over a period of three decades, included countries in South Asia and Africa. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. They play host to a range of summer visitors that include black bears, red foxes, migratory songbirds, and mule deer.

Joe Rule (‘01) is a senior research chemist at 3M in Minnesota. He is married and enjoys canoeing and walleye fishing.

Lori Werth (‘98) will be completing her doctoral classes in May and her husband Eric Werth (‘99) will be done in a few months. They have two girls – Erica who is 3 1/2 and Emily who is 5 months.

Upcoming Alumni Events

For more information about any of these events, call The College of Idaho Alumni Office (208) 459-5770 or email.

  • Oct. 21Coeur d’Alene Alumni and Friends Night at President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover’s home in Coeur d’Alene at 6 p.m.

  • Oct. 22Moscow Alumni and Friends Night at Mikey’s Gyros (527 S. Main, next to Bookpeople) at 5:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 6Seattle Alumni and Friends Happy Hour, 4:30-7 p.m. (on your way home from work!), McMenamins Pub (called the Six Arms locally).

  • Nov. 8 Portland, Ore Alumni and Friends Post-Election party at Journeys in Multnomah Village, 7771 SW Capitol Highway in Portland, at 6:30 p.m. The C of I’s political economy professors Jasper LiCalzi and Kerry Hunter will discuss the post-election fallout, surprises, non-surprises and projections. Light appetizers will be available, and guests will be able to order additional food and wine beverages off the menu.

  • Nov. 14Las Vegas Classic Basketball Tournament post-game reception at the Orleans Hotel at 6 p.m. The ‘Yotes men’s basketball team plays Friday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at noon. The basketball players and coaches will be in attendance to celebrate with guests. Cost is $15 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. To RSVP, call The College of Idaho Alumni Office at (208) 459-5770 or email.

The C of I in the News

Today’s Idaho Press Tribune has a story about the ‘Yotes new baseball facility, Wolfe Field, which will be located off Linden Road and is a partnership with the city of Caldwell. Baseball coach Shawn Humberger was interviewed and quoted along with softball coach Al Mendiola, who played baseball for the ‘Yotes from 1993-94.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a front page story about The C of I presidential search finalists on Oct. 14.

The Idaho Statesman ran a story about the presidential search finalists in its Oct. 15 edition.

The Idaho Statesman ran a brief about visiting Fulbright specialist Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun’s visit to The C of I and her public speaking engagements.

Upcoming Campus Events

Scholarship fundraiser will featuring Patrick Anderson and Sean Rogers is Friday

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 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) 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 master’s of music in voice performance.

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

Final week of Charles Gill exhibit in the Rosenthal Gallery

“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 unitl 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.

First District Congressional Debate Monday

Walt Minnick and Bill Sali, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives from the First District, will debate in Langroise Recital Hall on Monday, October 20, from 4-7 p.m. The debate, sponsored by KBOI and the College, is being broadcast live on KBOI AM 670.

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


  • 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. 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.

  • The fall 2008 Coyote Caller Phonathon 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.

  • 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.