C of I Newsletter

2008. 11. 20.

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Editor's note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The College of Idaho newsletter will not be published next week.

Kerry Hunter is Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year

Kerry HunterPolitical economy professor Kerry Hunter was announced today as the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Idaho Professor of the Year, and is the second professor from The C of I in three years to win the honor. Professor Jim Angresano won in 2006.

Hunter, who is in his 21st year teaching at The C of I, said he was pleased to win the award, but added that working with students and helping them means more to him than national recognition. "Students know what kind of a teacher I am more than the Carnegie Foundation," he said. "I'm not into that ceremonial stuff."

Hunter, whose undergraduate degree, master's and doctorate are in political science, and whose specialty is political philosophy and constitutional law, is completely dedicated to teaching.

"Teaching at this place is such a rewarding experience," he said. "I enjoy seeing the growth of students and seeing them learn to appreciate their own growth."

President Bob Hoover said the College is fortunate to have two professors recognized by the Carnegie Foundation.

"The College has long said that our faculty is among the very best in the state and we have always known that, but it is wonderful to have them recognized by a prestigious organization like the Carnegie Foundation," Hoover said.

Final presidential candidate Marvin Henberg on campus today

Marvin HenbergMarvin Henberg, department chair and professor of philosophy at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), and his wife Laurie Henberg arrived on campus yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 19) and are here today.

Henberg and the other presidential candidates met with faculty, students, staff, administrators, trustees and alumni during their visit. Each candidate also participated in an hour-long Q&A that was open to the entire campus community and the public.

The first two candidates to visit The C of I were Thomas W. Keefe, vice president for university advancement at Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.), and his wife Suzie Keefe, who were on campus Nov. 13-14, and Kent Trachte, dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.), and his wife Sharon Trachte, who were on campus Nov. 6-7.

The C of I community can provide input about the candidates using the form on the homepage. The form will be available through Sunday, Nov. 23.

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

Student Derek Erstad is Rhodes scholarships finalist

Senior Derek Erstad, who was accepted to The C of I as a Heritage Scholar and earned a two-year Goldwater Scholarship during his sophomore year,†is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship.

Derek ErstadErstad, a chemistry major who plans to attend medical school, traveled to San Francisco earlier this week for interviews with the British consulate for the Marshall Scholarship. He will spend this weekend in Seattle with the 14 Rhodes Scholarship finalists. He learned Wednesday that he did not receive the Marshall Scholarship.

"Being a finalist for either of these scholarships is a remarkable achievement," President Bob Hoover said. "Being a finalist for both is incredible."

Erstad describes himself as an unconventional candidate for these scholarships and said he didn't intend to apply for them until he was encouraged by C of I faculty and President Hoover.†

Hoover said he encouraged Erstad to apply for the scholarships because even being a finalist for these prestigious awards can help Erstad's future educational opportunities.

"He is a remarkable student and I want to encourage him to take advantage of the opportunities in front of him," Hoover said. "The College is fortunate to have students like Derek and faculty who recognize his potential."

History professor Steve Maughan, who was a Rhodes finalist in 1985, said it helped his acceptance into first-rate graduate programs and gave him the encouragement to apply for the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, which he won.

"I met so many impressive and engaged people in the process, and it became a real demonstration to me – a kid from Idaho – that my education and prospects stacked up so well against everyone else in the competition," Maughan said. "Given how much the whole process meant to me, it gives me great pleasure to help talented current students like Derek to†pursue goals that will help them so much as they go on to brilliant and successful lives after graduation."

Erstad said winning one of the scholarships would be amazing and he is happy to have gotten this far. He said he is grateful to the faculty at The C of I†and to Hoover for their support.

"Our education here is not entirely in the classrooms, but it's sitting one-on-one and interacting with professors. It's very unique compared to larger institutions," Erstad said. "I have the utmost respect for Dr. Hoover and the faculty here at the C of I and I thank them for what they've done for me. These were huge achievements for me, and they would not have been possible without the unique and caring environment provided by The C of I."

Simplot Hall Re-Move-In Day is Saturday

Former residents of Simplot Hall are invited to campus this weekend to celebrate the opening of the new wing and assist new students with move-in.

Moving will begin at 9 a.m. in Hayman Hall. Volunteers will receive lunch, a Simplot Hall t-shirt, and admission to a special Tailgate Event prior to the Golden Rule Shoot-Out basketball game. Volunteers can come for the morning or the afternoon and stay for the game.

For more information, or to register, email jwaldron@collegeofidaho.edu or call 459-5528.

Howlin' Yotes maintain lead in Northwest

The College of Idaho Howlin' Yotes speech and debate team took second place and maintained a sizable lead over all Northwest Conference schools at the Linfield College Speech and Debate Tournament last weekend.

The Yotes were edged out by the Aggies of Utah State University 198 to 192. Boise State took third. The Yotes still hold a 60 point lead against all schools in the conference.

C of I students earned the top two honors at the tournament – Amanda Frickle was presented with the John Singletary Award as the top debater of the tournament. The only other Yote to win this award was Elizabeth McDonagh-Strader in 2004. Kris Cruz received the Roy Mahaffey Award as the top speech competitor of the tournament. Cruz won two first places and one second place awards to earn the honor – the first Yote to win the award since it was created in 1965.

Other Yotes winning debate awards were Aaron Mondada, Ben Losinski, Skylar Hall, Gerald "Big Jay" Kirangama, Jesse Holmes, Kat Sillinos, Luke Floyd, Rachel Trompke and Yordanos Refu.

Other speech award winners were Emilie McDonagh, Kyleigh Murphy, Aaron Mondada, Amanda Frickle, Casey Mattoon, Brooke Thornock, John "Sarge" Heinemann, Luke Floyd and Russell Hutchins.

Students write nearly 1,400 thank you letters for scholarships

Thank youMore than 600 students participated in the College's annual thank you letter writing campaign, a weeklong opportunity for scholarship recipients to thank the people who have generously contributed to their education.

This year, more than 1,360 thank you letters were written to scholarship donors, alumni, parents, foundations, corporations and friends of the College, which is the most ever completed.

The thank you letter writing campaign was sponsored by the Student Philanthropy Council. The SPC is responsible for raising funds for a Student Philanthropy Council Endowment and allocating these funds to non-profit organizations within our community.†

"SPC felt the campaign was a tangible way to get students involved in the process of giving back. We want to give our time to thank those who contributed to the college. It was a great turnout and we got a lot more letters this week than we expected," ASCI President and SPC member Bobby Powers said.

Poet John Witte on campus for reading today

John WittePoet John Witte will visit campus and read from his new book, "Second Nature" today (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.

14th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival is Nov. 24; Tuck and Patti to perform

The College of Idaho's 14th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival will be held Nov. 24 and will culminate with an evening performance given by the internationally acclaimed jazz duo, Tuck and Patti.

The evening concert will begin at 6 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Due to a generous grant from the Idaho Community Foundation, admission is free. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

The jazz festival itself is an educational event to help students learn about jazz music and performance techniques and includes high school and junior high students in vocal jazz ensembles from throughout the Treasure Valley.

Participating schools include: Capital High School, Centennial High School, East Junior High, Fairmont Junior High, Hillside Junior High, Kuna High School, Les Bois Junior High, Meridian High School, Mountain View High School, North Star Charter School, Timberline High School and Vallivue Middle School.

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

Alex Oertel ('00 and '04) is working for a new school in Germany, the Freie-Schule-Anne-Sophie in KŁnzelsau, central Germany, which is experimenting with a new educational concept. He is in charge of starting a study abroad program, and would like to contact American schools to discuss opportunities and also invite schools to Germany. Currently the program will start with 8th and 9th grade students, but will expand in the future to the high school grades. Alex can be reached by email at Alex.Oertel@freie-schule-anne-sophie.de or alexander.oertel@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu or via phone at 0049 (0)171- 69 23 672.

Bryan Slinker ('76), current executive associate dean and chair of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology at Washington State University, has accepted the position of interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU.

Alumni needed for 2nd Annual Coyote Connections

For the second year, the College's Center for Experiential Learning presents Coyote Connections, a fun-filled day of workshops, panel discussions, networking and humorous skits 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 for current students to better prepare them 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.

Upcoming Alumni Events

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

  • 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.

Parent News

Family relations office hosting reception on Friday

The C of I family relations office is sponsoring a reception on Friday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Blatchley Parlor before the Golden Rule Shootout games that night. There's a $5 cover charge for food and a no-host bar. All proceeds go toward programs for parents and families.

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
  • Macro Economics Adjunct

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


  • Quest, The C of I's semi-annual alumni magazine is now available online or by mail. To order a copy, send an email to Jennifer Oxley.

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.

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 program will provide 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.

  • The Rosenthal Gallery in Blatchley Hall on The C of I campus is showing "Seven from The C of I," with works from 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 email him. †

  • The C of I 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 sold 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.