C of I Newsletter

2008. 10. 30.

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Presidential candidate Kent Trachte on campus Nov. 6-7

Kent Trachte, dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., and his wife Sharon will be on campus Nov. 6-7.

There will be several opportunities for The C of I community to meet the Trachtes:

Nov. 6

  • All-faculty presentation and Q&A, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Langroise Theater
  • Open forum (open to the public) moderated by Sen. John McGee, 4 – 5 p.m., Langroise Theater
  • Open reception, 5-6 p.m., Langroise Foyer

Nov. 7

  • All-staff presentation and Q&A, 10:30– 11:15 a.m., Langroise Theater

For more information, contact communications director Jennifer Oxley by email or phone at 459-5811.

Gov. Butch Otter, C of I host Day with the Governor scholarship fundraiser

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and President Bob Hoover hosted Day with the Governor, a scholarship fundraiser, on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Day with the Governor provided an opportunity for business owners and others from throughout the state to learn more about Idaho’s energy policy and transportation policy and ask questions related to their business or industry.

Speakers included Admiral John Grossenbacher, director of the Idaho National Laboratory; Marsha Smith, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions; Sen. John McGee (‘95), Senate Transportation chairman; General Darrell Manning, chairman of the Idaho Transportation Board; Pamela Lowe, Idaho Transportation Department director; and Clete Edmunson, Governor’s special assistant on transportation.

Hoover and ASCI President Bobby Powers also spoke to the group and thanked them for supporting the College.

“I appreciate the Governor, his staff and our participants for taking an entire day from their busy schedules to learn about these important topics and for supporting The College of Idaho,” Hoover said. “The money we raised will go toward the next generation of students who will help us continue to solve the energy and transportation issues we face in this state.”

Gov. Otter (‘67) said he was glad for the chance to support his alma mater.

“This was a great opportunity to return to campus and hold this meeting here,” he said. “It gives people a chance to learn more about the timely and key issues for the state and the region, and support the needs of future students.”

Howlin’ Yotes edge-out Broncos on home turf

The College of Idaho speech and debate team the Howlin’ Yotes took a second victory in as many weeks when they narrowly edged the Boise State Talking Broncos at the second annual Coyote Classic Speech and Debate Tournament.

The Howlin’ Yotes are currently in first place for the Northwest Conference Championship in Divisions I and II.

The Talking Broncos scored 73 points to the Yotes 75 points. Boise State won the most points in debate while The C of I earned the most points in speech. The Utah State Aggies scored 26 points in a third-place effort.

The Howlin’ Yotes won first place in both divisions of one-on-one Lincoln/Douglas style debate. John Heinemann won the senior division while Jillian Cutsforth won the novice division.

First place speech event awards went to Emilie McDonagh, Ali Rabe, Adjoa Anim-Appiah, Skylar Hall, Aaron Mondada, Casey Mattoon, and Kyle Letterle.

Winning various other awards were Nick Schossow, Kyleigh Murphy, Brooke Thornock, Kris Cruz, Luke Floyd and Ben Losinski.

Also attending the tournament were teams from Northwest Nazarene University, Lewis-Clark State College, College of Southern Idaho, Lower Columbia College, Spokane Falls Community College and Columbia Basin Community College.

Howlin’ Yotes coach Mack Sermon thanked The C of I community for its assistance in making the tournament a success.

“The Campus Safety Office deserves special praise as Chief Allan Laird and Lt. JoAnn Gilpin judged every round of the tournament,” he said. “John Thuerer judged for the entire tournament as well.”

Also helping out as judges were Paul Bennion, Kirsten Mast, Jessica Jewell, Diana Smith, Karli Bell, Karen Miller, Jackie McGrew and others. Special praise is also due to Rebecca Choo and Bon Appetit, and to Tracylea Balmer and the Special Events office, Sermon said.

The Howlin Yotes next see action at the Linfield College tournament November 13-16.

Hoover’s holiday card chosen

President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover chose a watercolor of Voorhees Hall by Alan Stanford as the image for this year’s holiday card for The College of Idaho. The College mails approximately 1,500 holiday cards each year.

“Alan’s image of Voorhees during the winter was beautiful,” Leslee Hoover said. “I am thrilled to be able to use it on the College’s holiday cards.”

Stanford said the photo was taken by a photography student around the 1950s before the building and portico were remodeled. The photo is monochromatic so he chose to paint it that way.

Stanford graduated from The C of I in 1968 in zoology and has two master’s degree in biology. He worked for the state of Idaho for 30 years and retired from the Department of Environmental Quality three years ago, where he was a water quality analyst.

He has been painting for 25 years and focuses mainly on Idaho landscapes.

“I am more interested in traditional painting of the natural beauty surrounding us rather than abstract representations,” he said.

His formal training in watercolor is through classes and workshops at Boise State, and he said he also studied his father’s watercolor paintings. Stanford is the son of renowned C of I biology professor Lyle Stanford.

Volleyball “Dig for the Cure” is Friday

The C of I volleyball team will be holding its first “Dig For The Cure” night on Friday, Oct. 31 when the Lady Yotes host Northwest University.

The Coyote players will be soliciting donations for each dig the team records during the match. Money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research.

Overall, 200 teams nationwide will participate to try to raise $375,000 this October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Yotes, who will be wearing pink that night, ask that fans also show their pride by wearing pink to the match.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact head coach Liz Mendiola at by email or by phone at 459-5858.

Fifth annual Francophone Film Fest is Saturday and Sunday

The C of I’s fifth annual Francophone Film Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in KAIC 106. Admission is free and the festival is open to the public. Students from the College’s French language department organize the event every year and each day features a different French-language film with English subtitles.

Saturday’s film is “13/Tzameti” (Géla Babluani, 2005), a tense drama that follows a Polish immigrant to France as he attempts to find a shortcut to prosperity. “13/Tzameti” won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Viewer discretion is advised as it contains graphic violence.

Sunday’s film, “Le fils” (“The Son”), (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2002), explores the efforts of a Belgian youth to recover a foothold in society after his release from a juvenile detention center. Olivier Gourmet received the prize for Best Male Actor at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where “Le fils” was also a nominee for the Golden Palm Award.

Viewers are invited to remain after the films to discuss the films informally as they enjoy refreshments and informative posters prepared by the students.

Monthly Museum workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum is Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day.

The lunch seminar will be presented by Dora Gallegos from The C of I Center for Experiential Learning on the topic of “Strategies for Encouraging Student Participation in Museum Research through the Center for Experiential Learning.”

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

Joan (Barnhouse) Walton (‘64) and George Walton (‘61) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 17. They met at The C of I.

Michael Rettig (’72) was one of three winning submissions for the Fall Literary Harvest contest in Redmond, Ore. He was invited to read his winning piece at the Fall Literary Harvest earlier this month.

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.

Student News

Bautista is NAIA Player of the Week

Antonio Bautista was named NAIA Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, making him only the 12th C of I student-athlete ever to earn the award. Bautista’s honor was featured on Channel 2 and 6, The Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune and in the Scott Slant blog on KTIK.com.

The C of I in the News

C of I students Jesus Omende, Tom Berk and Christian Noya were featured in a photo in Thursday’s Idaho Press-Tribune about the effect of the local economy on their shopping habits.

The College has four stories on the NAIA website about men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s cross country and men’s swimming.

Upcoming Campus Events

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.

Poet John Witte will be on campus for reading Nov. 20

Poet John Witte will visit campus and read from his new book, “Second Nature” on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Witte is coming to campus at the invitation of Scott Knickerbocker, visiting assistant professor of English and environmental studies.

Witte’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review and The Norton Introduction to Literature among numerous anthologies. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Witte lives with his family in Eugene, Ore., where he teaches at the University of Oregon and edits Northwest Review. “Second Nature” is his third collection of poems.

Witte’s books will be available for purchase in The C of I bookstore and before and after the reading in Langroise.

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

Staff Openings

  • Maintenance II

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


  • The 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:

    • 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.