C of I Newsletter

2008. 12. 11.

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Sterry Hall steps, Blatchley Hall pillars under construction

The entrances to Sterry Hall and Blatchley Hall are currently under construction. The stairs into the Smylie Archives are being rebuilt, and the Blatchley Hall pillars are being refurbished.

Work began in mid-November on the Sterry steps and is expected to be complete by mid-December. The stairs were beginning to deteriorate and the College was concerned about their safety. The contractor on this project is Vista Construction, Inc.

The Blatchley pillars were also deteriorating and posed a safety concern. They will be complete by the end of January. The contractor is Vista Construction, Inc.

Alumni Casino Party is Sunday

The C of I Ada County Alumni Holiday Casino Party is Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Beside Bardenay in Boise. Cost is $15 per person and includes a glass of wine, appetizers and 3,000 chips for gambling at the blackjack, poker and craps tables.

Casino “dealers” are from the Lions Club in Boise and proceeds from the event will provide eyeglasses or other vision correction to those in need.

Chips will be cashed at the end of the night for raffle tickets. Raffle items include two nights at bed & breakfast in Hailey, two lift tickets to Bogus Basin, a $100 gift certificate to a vintage clothing boutique in Nampa and more.

“This event is going to be a lot of fun and we have many people signed up,” said alumni director Frances Nagashima. “Even those who don’t want to gamble will have an opportunity to catch up with friends and professors.”

For more information, call the alumni office at (208) 459-5770 or email. The event is also on Facebook.

Alumni needed for 2nd Annual Coyote Connections

For the second year, the College’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) 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. More than 160 students have signed up this year. Alumni with expertise in the fields of fine arts, science/environment, public relations/marketing and not-for-profit companies are especially needed.

“The response from our students has been terrific,” said Dora Gallegos, director of the CEL. “What we really need now is to hear from our alumni.”

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.

“Seven from The C of I” exhibit closes Friday

“Seven from The C of I,” an exhibit in the Rosenthal Gallery in Blatchley Hall is closing 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 Garth Claassen at (208) 459-5321 or email him.

The exhibit features work from Anna Marie Boles, Jan Boles, Garth Claassen, Stephen Fisher, Steve Grant, Dori Johnson and Lynn Webster.

The C of I Planetarium examines Winter Solstice

The Whittenberger Planetarium will be recognizing the Winter Solstice on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Come learn the meaning of the solstices and equinoxes, the events that bring them about, and an overview of the constellations, planets and moon that can be seen in the winter sky.

The cost is $2 for children ages 5-18 and $4 for adults. Reservations are required. Please make them by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211.

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.

Faculty News

Hitchman’s textbook published

Geometry with an Introduction to Cosmic Topology,” by associate math professor Mike Hitchman has been published by Jones and Bartlett.

Hitchman has spent several years writing the textbook, which is based on the non-Euclidean geometry course he teaches at the College during winter term. The book is intended for college juniors and seniors who are math and/or physics majors.

“The course and the text are both motivated by one question: How might we detect the shape of the universe?” Hitchman said. “I think the transformation from course notes to text occurred because I couldn’t find a single book that contained the mathematics used to investigate this question at a level appropriate for our junior level math majors.”

Hitchman said many people helped him on this project, including seniors Sara Goltry and Clara Madsen who read the final version of the manuscript before it was sent to the publishers.

“I’m grateful to my colleagues in the department who shouldered the load during my recent sabbatical, and to the many students who have taken my geometry course and offered feedback and words of encouragement,” Hitchman said.

LiCalzi, McGee interviewed by The Hill

Political Economy chair Jasper LiCalzi and Sen. John McGee (‘95), vice-chair of The C of I Board of Trustees were interviewed for an article in The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

The article discusses whether Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) who lost his re-election bid to Walt Minnick, former chairman of The C of I Board of Trustees, will run again. It has been speculated that McGee may run for the seat in 2010.

Parent News

Family Relations tailgate receptions Jan. 30

The Family Relations office is hosting a family tailgate reception on Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the McCain Pub before the women’s basketball game and again at 6:30 p.m. before the men’s basketball game. Light snacks will be provided with a no-host bar. Cover charge is $5. All proceeds go to programming for parents and families.

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

Charles Ray Berrier Jr. (‘97) has been working for Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville, Ore., for the past 11 years. He was promoted last February to Roll Shop/Roll Design Manager. Berrier has been married for 11 years to his high school sweetheart Kristie and they have two boys Tyler, 9, and Travis, 6.

Upcoming Alumni Events

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

  • 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.

  • Sat., Dec. 29 – New York City Alumni and Friends Night, no-host happy hour at Puck Fair Bar in NYC. More information to come.

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

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 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.