C of I Newsletter

2008. 12. 04.

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Wolfe Field construction underway; synthetic grass, sprinkler system and sod being installed

The College of Idaho, the city of Caldwell and the Caldwell American Legion baseball program hosted a media day last week to show the progress that’s being made on the Coyote’s new baseball facility, Wolfe Field.

Wolfe Field is named in honor of the Wolfe family, who are longtime supporters of The C of I and Caldwell. The media day was attended by Graye Wolfe and several members of the family.

Wolfe said he gave the lead gift to the College as a way to honor his father Duane Wolfe, who was a C of I trustee for many years and who started the Golden Rule Shoot-Out, one of the premier men’s small college basketball tournaments in West.

Graye Wolfe said he spent a lot of time on The C of I campus as a child and that his father always spoke highly of the College.

“He always spoke about this school and what it meant to him,” Wolfe said. “And one of the things he instilled in me is that it’s important to work hard and give back to your community.”

Wolfe Field, located at the corner of Griffiths Parkway and Linden Street, will also be home of the Caldwell Bobcats and Caldwell Silver Streaks American Legion teams. The infield, including the basepaths, will consist of FieldTurf – the first artificial playing surface on an Idaho baseball field. The outfield will be grass.

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas said Wolfe Field is a great example of a public-private partnership between the city and the College.

“If you think you can accomplish something, you’re right and if you think you can’t accomplish something, you’re right,” Nancolas said. “I am grateful for the relationship between the citizens of this community and The College of Idaho.”

President Bob Hoover and athletic director Marty Holly said building the field will be an asset to the College as well as the community because Caldwell will be able to host state tournaments, which will bring hundreds of people to town.

“This is going to be the best field in the state and possibly in the northwest,” Holly said. “It is going to be something special.”

Hoover agreed. “Wolfe Field has greater implications than just the College’s baseball program. This is a community baseball field and it will keep alive the grand tradition of America’s pastime, which has been so important in this community over the years.”

Garrett Schultz, who plays catcher for the College, said the team is looking forward to playing on the new field.

“We’re all totally excited,” he said. “To see it finally get started and get going full scale is even better than we thought.”

Pitcher Taylor Bateman agreed. “Everybody’s upbeat about this. Coach will be able to recruit better players and we’ll get even more talent. It’s going to be awesome.”

Funding for phase 1 of Wolfe Field is nearly complete and the field will open in the spring for baseball season. Funding for phases 2 and 3 of the project is in the early stages and will pay for seating, a press box and lighting.

Student Philanthropy Council hosts Tuition Free Day

The C of I’s Student Philanthropy Council hosted its first Tuition Free Day on Dec. 2 and 3 to celebrate philanthropy on campus and remind students, faculty and staff that tuition only covers 30 percent of the College’s operating budget and has “run out.” In order to keep running, the College relies on its generous supporters.

Activities included hanging price tag-shaped posters and banners around campus on Tuesday that included prices of buildings, classes, books, computers, maintenance and other expenses. Professors and staff also wore name tags supporting Tuition Free Day.

Professors Jasper LiCalzi and Steve Maughan hosted a “Price is Right”-style gameshow and asked people to guess what it costs to run different parts of the campus. Megan Ronk (‘01), executive director of the Idaho Meth Project and National Alumni Board member, was the guest speaker and discussed the importance of philanthropy to the College and the community.

“We want to raise awareness and appreciation for the funds given to the College while raising awareness about philanthropy throughout the greater community,” said Cris Tietsort, Student Philanthropy Council chair.

Simplot Hall Move-In a success

C of I faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers assisted Hayman Hall residents with their move to new rooms in Simplot Residence Hall on Saturday, Nov. 22. The renovation work in Hayman began Dec. 1.

Volunteers from the faculty and staff included Jann Adams, Chris Anton and son C.J., Rebecca Choo and husband Kean-San, Patti Copple, Sarah Crenshaw and 8 members of Girl Scout Troop #319, Jim Fennell, Dora Gallegos, Arnold Hernandez (father of new Simplot resident Joel Hernandez), Jessica Jewell, Ann Koga (mother of new Simplot resident Duncan Koga), Debi Kraft, Ann Kuck, Allan Laird, Sue Schaper, Savala Smith, Tim Shearon, Eric Spencer and John Thuerer.

Other volunteers included Jen Carrier and Kirk Houston, parents, students, resident assistants, first year mentors, members of Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Chi who helped their fellow classmates.

“Residence Life thanks all who participated and helped make the move go smoothly, including a huge thanks to the entire Maintenance and Operations staff who organized the moving of furniture,” said Justin Waldron, residence life area coordinator. “It was a wonderful day for the campus community as College landmark Simplot Hall was reopened with energy and pride.”

Caldwell Fine Arts presents “Nutcracker” this weekend

The Eugene Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will be performed Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Reserved seats are $14-18 for adults and $8-12 for students/youth, and free for C of I students. C of I faculty and staff can purchase tickets at a discount. Tickets are available on the web site www.caldwellfinearts.org, or by calling 459-3405/459-5783, or at the door.

The performance includes young dancers from the community who join the 26 company dancers in the story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Toni Pimble, Eugene Ballet’s choreographer and artistic director, has been involved in the CFA performance of the Nutcracker since 1984 when she danced the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence both in Oregon and Idaho.

Student input needed for The C of I ranking in the Princeton Review

The C of I has been listed as a “best college” by the Princeton Review for the past several years. What makes the Princeton Review’s rankings unique is that it surveys students every few years asking for their opinions about their college. The PR would like to hear from our students again this year.

This is a great opportunity for students to tell a national audience about their experiences at The C of I and what makes this college so special.

“I encourage all students to participate and share their thoughts about our faculty, the campus community and the opportunities you’ve had during your time here,” President Bob Hoover said. Comments may be used in the “Students Say” profiles that appear on PrincetonReview.com and in its books.

Students answer questions about their school’s academics and administration, campus life, student body and themselves. The purpose is to offer readers a personal view of what life at a school is like, which will help potential students match themselves with the school most suited to their educational and personal needs.

The survey is at http://survey.review.com/. All undergraduates completing and validating a survey will be entered into the “$5,000 for Your Thoughts” Sweepstakes, with a grand prize of $5,000.

Monthly museum workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum is Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day. Jobs for volunteers include working in the collection and moving items in order to make space for the new invertebrate cabinets. Volunteers should bring work gloves.

The lunch seminar will be presented by Chris Walser, chair of the environmental studies department and associate professor of biology and is about the ecology of redband trout.

Faculty News

Rochelle Johnson and Don Mansfield welcome their new daughter from China

Rochelle Johnson, chair of the English department, and Don Mansfield, chair of the biology department, recently returned from China with their new daughter, Wren Na-Xiao Johnson Mansfield.

Wren was born on Oct. 15, 2007 in Jiangxi Province. Johnson and Mansfield traveled to Nanchang, also in Jiangxi Province, and welcomed her into their family on Nov. 2. They returned to the U.S. on Nov. 15.

Mansfield said the family is doing well. “But if you’re up for a challenge,” Mansfield said, “Try helping a one-year-old realize that 3 a.m. in Idaho is not dinner time, even though her body clock says it is!”

Yensen and Tarifa publish article about Bolivian expedition

Biology professor Eric Yensen (‘66) is the co-author with his wife Teresa Tarifa of an article titled “A preliminary inventory of mammals at a site in the Cordillera Mosetenes, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia” published in “Revista Boliviana de Ecología y Conservación Ambiental,” (24:73-86).

The article is a technical report on a National Geographic Society-sponsored expedition to an unexplored, uninhabited, pristine mountain range in Bolivia on the edge of the Amazon basin. Yensen and Tarifa joined a team of 11 scientists from Germany, Spain and Bolivia, and visited the site in 2003. The team traveled by helicopter because there was no other practical way to get there.

“The field work confirmed that the site has high conservation value and should be set aside as a national park in the Bolivia protected areas system,” Yensen said. “While there, we discovered two species of mammals new to science and a new genus, and we are still working on them.”

Diane Raptosh’s new book now available

English professor Diane Raptosh (‘83) has a new book of prose poems, “Parents from a Different Alphabet,” which was published by Guernica Editions (Toronto) last week. It is available for purchase in The C of I bookstore, at Amazon.com and other online bookstores, and from Raptosh.

Student News

Bautista named Face in the Crowd by Sports Illustrated

Junior Antonio Bautista was one of six athletes in the nation named a Face in the Crowd in the Dec. 1 issue of Sports Illustrated and its online magazine, SI.com. Bautista, a C of I soccer player, was named the Cascade Conference Player of the Year after leading the CC in goals (21) and the NAIA in game-winners (10). He was an NAIA offensive player of the week in October and is a candidate for All-America honors.

Sociology students donate nearly 100 pounds of food to Idaho Food Bank

C of I sociology students collected 93 pounds of food for the Idaho Food Bank this semester and delivered it just before Thanksgiving. The students were from Intro Soc 100 and Socialization and the Life Course 323.

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

Josh Ritchie (‘93) will have an opening reception and display of his framed wire sculptures at Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Boise, during First Thursday on Dec. 4 from 5-9 p.m. There will be wine tasting by Indian Creek Winery and holiday music by the Four Schillings.

Heather Yee (’06) gave birth to Josephine Arlene Yee on Oct. 7. She weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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 participate to help the next generation of ‘Yotes succeed after college. 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.

  • Wed., Dec. 10 – Ada County luncheon at Bardenay in Boise at noon. Attendees purchase their own lunch. Guest speaker is President Bob Hoover, with a State of the College address.

  • Thurs., Dec 11 – Half-Century Society Luncheon at noon in Simplot Dining Hall in the Fireplace Room. Cost is $8 per person.

  • Sun., Dec 14 – Ada County Holiday Casino Party from 2 - 4 p.m., at Beside Bardenay in Boise. Come play blackjack, poker, craps, and more. There will be food, drinks and prizes. A great time to celebrate being “home” for the holidays. Cost is $15 per person, with discounts if you bring another alum. Please call the Alumni Office if you have questions – (208) 459-5770.

  • Sat., Dec 20 – Holiday Train to the North Pole Alumni and Friends Day with the Thunder Mountain Express. Leave Horseshoe Bend at noon for a two-hour ride, including 45 minutes at the North Pole. Prices are discounted for alumni and friends if you mention the College. Cost is $11 for children, $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Children under 2 ride free. This will be a great family event. Call (208) 331-1184 to make your reservations.

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.

  • 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.