C of I Newsletter

2008. 10. 23.

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Taste of the Harvest attendance good despite weather

The C of I thanks everyone who braved less-than-ideal weather conditions to attend this year’s eighth annual Taste of the Harvest. There were more than 500 participants who sampled wine from 13 different Idaho vineyards, tasted Idaho-grown foods and purchased Idaho-made products.

Entertainment was provided by Anna Sali, the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers, Taiko Drummers and Department of Bluegrass, a band featuring faculty Robin Cruz, Stephen Fisher, Rochelle Johnson, Don Mansfield, Scott Knickerbocker and Scott’s wife Megan Dixon.

Taste of the Harvest is a scholarship fundraiser that benefits children of migrant farmworkers who attend The College of Idaho.

Evans Gem and Mineral Collection displayed at regional conference

Photo courtesy of Allan Young
Nineteen mineral samples from the Evans Gem and Mineral Collection were displayed during the Pacific Northwest Region Friends of Mineralogy Symposium in Kelso, Wash., last week by Evans collection volunteer Allan Young.

Young is also producing a digital photographic record of some of the more important and valuable pieces contained in the Evans collection of minerals, which can be used in promotional materials for the College, and will aid in the appraisal and insurance of the collection. Young is doing the work at no charge.

Student News

Zuercher wins college law enforcement scholarship

Richard Zuercher was awarded the Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship by the Western Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (WACLEA). This is the sixth year in a row a C of I student has been awarded the $500 scholarship.

Zuercher is currently in the MA teaching program at the College, and is a student-teacher at Columbia High School teaching sophomore history, AP Government and AP History.

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.

Jessica Austin and Amber Murrey apply for Fulbright scholarships

Jessica Austin
English literature majors Jessica Austin and English literature minor Amber Murrey have applied for Fulbright scholarships.

Murrey applied for a research grant to explore the production of contemporary visual art in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire within the context of recent ethnic violence, specifically analyzing its potential to promote tolerance, reconciliation and cross-ethnic understanding.

Austin applied for a teaching assistantship in Vietnam to learn Vietnamese, teach English, and study how Vietnamese women use memoirs to heal postcolonial and post-war emotional wounds.

Austin said she became interested in studying how literature can help nations devastated by colonization and war after taking “Narratives Against Oppression,” a course taught by English associate professor Maimuna Dali Islam. Murrey said the course emphasized an important connection between academics and social action, helping to transform the context through which she understands her own place in the postcolonial world.

Both Murrey and Austin said they became interested in studying how literature can help nations devastated by colonization or war after taking “Narratives Against Oppression,” a course on postcolonial literature taught by English associate professor course Maimuna Dali Islam.

“Amber and Jessica are both such exceptional women, with tremendous desire to know and understand the world, and, through service to our global communities, to heal it,” Islam said. “I am proud to know them."

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

Chris Hoene (‘93) is director of policy and research at the National League of Cities in Washington D.C., an advocacy group for municipal governments across the country. He has been interviewed twice in recent weeks by the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer discussing the federal government’s $700 billion bailout and the global credit crunch. Links are here and here.

Jef Petersen (‘04) is premiering two new plays in November at the University of Oregon. On Nov. 6-8, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall” written and directed by Petersen, will be playing in the University of Oregon Pocket Playhouse. Petersen is also presenting “Brief Encounter,” which explores mature themes when two Americans meet on a nude beach in France. Petersen can be contacted through The C of I alumni office.

Kristi Poser (’03) and Dan Burton were married Oct. 20 in Meridian. Poser is an intensive behavioral interventionist and is employed by Vallivue School District.

Upcoming Alumni Events

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

  • 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.

Upcoming Campus Events

Repertory Dance Theatre on campus Oct. 29

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Repertory Dance Theatre’s “Time Capsule: A Century of Dance,” on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium at the College.

“Time Capsule” explores the 100-year legacy of dance including the founders of modern dance, through the post-modern and contemporary choreographers of today. Works from Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner, Laura Dean and others will be featured along with a multimedia projection.

Tickets are available online, by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783, or at the door. Cost is $12-$16 for adults; $8-12 for students.

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.

Music Hall of Fame honors Professors Beale, Smith, Davidson and Cerveny on Nov. 16

The College of Idaho will induct F. F. Beale, J. J. Smith, Walter Cerveny and Fern Nolte Davidson to the Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 with a ceremony and performance followed by a memorial for Davidson.

These four distinguished musicians and music teachers helped dignify the College’s music program and illuminated the Boise Valley’s musical scene for many years.

Photographs and plaques will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. in the Langroise Hall foyer. At 3 p.m., there will be music and spoken tributes in Jewett Auditorium, followed by the memorial to Davidson.

All events are free and open to the public. The Music Hall of Fame currently honors Richard Skyrm and James Gabbard.

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 four candidates for The College of Idaho presidency will be on campus in November. 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. There will be an open forum during each candidates visit that is open to the public. Dates of the visits are:

    • Kent Trachte, dean of the college, Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.) Nov. 5-7

    • Thomas W. Keefe, vice president for university advancement, Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.) Nov. 12-14

    • Marjorie Hass, provost, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Penn.) Nov. 16-18

    • Marvin Henberg, department chair and professor of philosophy, Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) Nov. 18-20

  • 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.