C of I Newsletter

2008. 11. 06.

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Presidential candidate Kent Trachte on campus today and Friday

Kent Trachte, dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.), and his wife Sharon will be on campus today and Friday (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.

Presidential candidate Marjorie Hass, the provost at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., has withdrawn her name from The C of I presidential search.

“We are disappointed that The College of Idaho community did not get an opportunity to host the Hass family and demonstrate for them what makes our community special, but we respect her decision,” said presidential search committee chairman McGee.

Trachte’s visit will be followed by visits from Thomas W. Keefe, vice president for university advancement at Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.) and his wife Suzie Keefe on Nov. 12-14, and Marvin Henberg, department chair and professor of philosophy at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) and his wife Laurie Henberg on Nov. 18-20.

The C of I redesigns webpage

The College of Idaho has extensively redesigned its webpage to make it more attractive and user friendly. New features include more profiles of students, faculty and staff, more intuitive navigation, and a more consistent look between pages.

“Our new website is more attractive than our previous one and it better represents who we are as an institution,” said President Bob Hoover. “I think those of us who use the website regularly will see significant improvements.”

Hoover thanked web developer Jeff Almeida (‘92) and web page analyst John Britschgi for their work implementing the new page. The College worked with Brandie Holly, daughter of athletic director Marty Holly, of Drake Cooper on the new design.

Quest magazine available

Quest, The C of I’s semi-annual alumni magazine is now available. Cover stories include President Bob Hoover announcing his retirement, Leslee Hoover reflecting on her time at the College, and articles about the passing of longtime trustees and supporters Dr. Gerald M. Baur, J.R. Simplot and Warren McCain. Alan Minskoff, who teaches journalism and writing at the College wrote about the revitalization of downtown Caldwell.

Quest clarifications

  • In Minskoff’s article it should be clarified that Esther Oppenheimer is the wife of trustee Skip Oppenheimer, and mother of Josh Oppenheimer. That is unclear due to a copyediting error.

  • The Liberal Arts Lecturer is biology professor Eric Yensen.

The C of I receives grant to assist upperclassman with college costs

The College of Idaho was recently awarded a $20,000 grant to provide financial support to C of I juniors and seniors who are having difficulty paying for their education and may drop out.

The grant is from Student Loan Fund of the Idaho Education Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation and is for the 2008-2009 academic year.

To be eligible for the program, juniors and seniors must be encountering a change in their financial status (loss of employment, death in family, major medical expenses) or be facing a heavy debt load of student loans.

The program will provides grant assistance to qualified recipients and does not have to be paid back. The Student Loan Fund Program will be managed through the College’s financial aid office. Students must complete a Special Conditions Application, which is available in the financial aid office, to determine eligibility. The program runs from now until June 30, 2009, but students should notify Juanitta Pearson in the financial aid office as soon as possible if they intend to apply.

Langroise Trio Concert Series continues this month

The 2008 Langroise Trio Concert Series continues this weekend 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.

Rosenthal Gallery opens “Seven from The C of I” show Friday

The Rosenthal Gallery in Blatchley Hall on The C of I campus is opening its new show “Seven from The C of I,” with a reception on Friday, Nov. 7 from 4-7 p.m.

The seven artists are Anna Marie Boles, Jan Boles, Garth Claassen, Stephen Fisher, Steve Grant, Dori Johnson and Lynn Webster.

The exhibition runs until Friday, Dec. 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays or by appointment. For more information or for an appointment, call Claassen at (208) 459-5321 or send him an email.

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

Brian Bates (’03) and Megan Curtis were married on Nov. 1 in Boise in the company of a huge contingency of C of I friends.

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. 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. 11 – C of I vs NNU Tailgate Party at the Idaho Center. 5:30 p.m., $5/person

  • Nov. 12 – Ada County luncheon at Bardenay in Boise at noon. Guest speaker Brian Bava from the admission office about the Davis Scholars Program

  • 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.

  • Nov. 18 – Half Century Society (anyone who graduated from the College in 1959 or earlier) monthly lunch at Simplot Dining Hall

  • Nov. 19 – Washington D.C. reception at 6:30 p.m. at alumni David Miller’s home with guest Kerry Hunter

  • Nov. 20 – Buhl/Magic Valley reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Buhl Arts Center, featuring President Bob Hoover and the Langroise Trio

  • Nov. 21 – Wood River reception at 6:30 p.m. at Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue, featuring President Bob Hoover and the Langroise Trio

  • Dec. 10 – Ada County luncheon at Bardenay in Boise at noon. Guest speaker President Bob Hoover, with a State of the College address.

Faculty News

Dayley presents paper at Northern Illinois University

Associate political economy professor Rob Dayley presented a paper titled “The Sufficiency Ethic and Thailand’s Agrarian Myth” at the Council on Thai Studies annual meeting on October 24-25 at Northern Illinois University.

Knickerbocker publishes article about Emily Dickinson

Scott Knickerbocker, visiting assistant professor of English and environmental studies recently published “Emily Dickinson’s Ethical Artifice” in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.2 (Summer 2008).

The C of I in the News

Jerry Snodgrass (‘72) was featured in the Nov. 4 edition of the Idaho Statesman for creating a life size bronze statue of paralympian Cara Dunne-Yates and her seeing eye dog. The project took him two-and-a-half years to create and includes Braille messages as part of the statue so it can be enjoyed by seeing impaired people.

Leil David Cardoza (‘01) was featured in the Wine Advice column in the Idaho Statesman talking about Malbec wines from Argentina. Cardoza is the inventory manager of the Boise Co-op Wine Shop.

Upcoming Campus Events

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 in Langroise before and after the reading.

2nd Annual Coyote Connections is Jan. 10

For the second year, the College’s Center for Experiential Learning presents Coyote Connections, a fun-filled day of presentations, workshops, and networking on Saturday, Jan. 10.

C of I alumni are encouraged to help the next generation of ‘Yotes succeed after college by participating. Last year’s Coyote Connections connected 67 alumni and 94 students.

This year alumni can participate in speed networking, workshops, and other opportunities that help build meaningful ties between current students and alumni to better prepare students for graduate school or employment. The day will also include an opportunity for alumni to connect with each other in a separate social setting.

The success of this event depends on participation by our alumni. For more information on how you can contribute to current student success, call CEL at 459-5508 or 459-5688. To RSVP, click here.

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


  • 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 (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 $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.