C of I Newsletter

2008. 12. 18.

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The C of I on winter break; classes resume Jan. 5

Most offices at The College of Idaho will be closed next week (Dec. 22-26), and many will be only partially staffed Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Classes resume Jan. 5. The weekly newsletter will publish its next issue on Jan. 8. To submit a news item, email communications director Jennifer Oxley.

“Leslee and I wish our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends of the College joyful holidays and a happy new year in 2009,” said President Bob Hoover.

The C of I receives Science Research Start-Up Grant

The College of Idaho has received a Science Research Start-Up Grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, which was written and submitted by Don Mansfield, biology department chair.

The grant, which is worth up to $40,000, will be used to attract an exercise physiology faculty member to the College, a new position in the biology and physical education departments. The new faculty member will receive $25,000 for research when he or she arrives at the College. Another $15,000 is available for additional research if the new faculty person is awarded a multi-year research grant from a major public or private national foundation within 30 months of coming to the College.

“This grant enables us to attract high quality applicants for the exercise physiology position next fall,” Mansfield said. “This is an exciting addition to the growing culture of student-faculty collaborative research on our campus.”

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. of Beaverton, Ore. The trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The major funding interests are education and scientific research, but grants are given to a wide variety of organizations.

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.

“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.

Museum archaeologist presents to Riverstone International School

Jan Summers Duffy, archaeologist and curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at The C of I, gave a presentation on ancient Egypt to students at Riverstone International School in Boise recently.

The students are studying ancient cultures, including Egypt. The classes made pyramids, canopic jars and other items to fit into the presentation. Canopic jars were used to hold the internal organs of the deceased who was going to be mummified.

Summers Duffy presented slides and gave a talk highlighting her excavations and work in Egypt, including an Old Kingdom burial site and new discoveries in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings.

Discussions included maps of Egypt from Alexandria to Luxor and other topics such as scarabs, mummies, canopic jars, pyramids and other interesting topics relating to ancient Egypt civilization.

“The children provided a great participating audience,” Summers Duffy said.

Student and Faculty News

Science students present research at conference in Tacoma

Assistant chemistry professor Carolyn Dadabay and assistant biology professor Mark Gunderson took students to the Murdock Charitable Trust Undergraduate Research Conference in Tacoma, Wash., last month. The C of I students who attended were Kim Carlson, Rand Kline, Paula Spaulding and Jeremy West.

The conference is for students and faculty from colleges in the Pacific Northwest and included Lewis and Clark College, Whitman College, Willamette University, Northwest Nazarene University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, University of Portland, Linfield College and Gonzaga University.

“The conference gives students the opportunity to see the larger scientific community and the value of their work within that community,” said Don Mansfield, chair of the biology department. “The conference acquaints students to the process and academic rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner.”

The College was invited to attend the conference and expenses were covered by the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Poster presentations from The C of I were:

  • Kim Carlson (advised by Don Mansfield) – “Morphologic and genetic analyses support realignment of of Lomatium ravenii and L. foeniculaceum (Apiaceae)”

  • Rand Kline (advised by Mark Gunderson) – “Examining the effects of the anti-microbial agent triclosan on SaOS-2 human osteoblastic cell activity”

  • Paula Spaulding (advised by Carolyn Dadabay) – “In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activity of flavonoid compounds extracted from sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)”

  • Jeremy West (advised by John Thurston) – “Synthesis of high boron density resorcinarenes as potential neutron capture therapy agents”

Two recent lectures and paper by Angresano

Political economy professor Jim Angresano has given two recent lectures and had a paper published.

On Oct. 22, Angresano was at the University of Denver at the Korbel School of International Studies delivering a lecture titled “Is the Chinese Economy Destined to Collapse?” On Dec. 5 he was the featured speaker at the Idaho Health Care Financial Management Association. His lecture was titled, “Causes and Effects of the Financial and Housing Crises.”

This month’s issue of The Real World Economics Review published Angresano’s article called “The State of China’s Economy 2009.” To read the article, click here.

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?

Marilyn Tausend (‘54) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa which read in part, “Your energy and commitment have been so strong that they have led to an increased acceptance and consumption of truly Latin food across the vast nation, and have helped to preserve our heritage in the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities bringing everyone closer together.” In other news, Tausend has also been awarded a new book contract from University Press of California to write “Cocina Mexicana: Two Cultures, One Cuisine.”

Grove Koger (‘70) attended On Miracle Ground XV, the conference of the International Lawrence Durrell Society, in Paris in July. His article about the formative experiences of Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway in the same city, “Some Idahoans in Paris,” will appear in the Spring 2009 issue of Boise Journal.

From Frances

Greetings from Caldwell! With the holidays upon us and a new year just a few weeks away, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes for the coming year. These weeks are often the time that many begin thinking of the New Year and the opportunities it holds. In that spirit, I wanted to let you know about ways in which the College may provide new or continuing opportunities for you to stay connected, get involved, and even assist you with gift ideas for the holidays.

C of I Holiday Shopping Ideas
  • The College bookstore has a great selection of caps, sweatshirts, and other ‘Yotes gift options.
Stay Connected
  • Update your contact information to ensure that you receive information from the College.

  • Create/update your career profile and find peers to discuss professional challenges, investigate new career paths, or serve as a resource for current C of I students or other alumni by participating in our second annual Coyote Connections program on Jan. 10. See above (“Alumni needed for 2nd Annual Coyote Connections”) for more information/
Get Involved
  • Visit The College of Idaho website for news and information about events and programs that the Alumni Office is planning for 2009 or to find information about how to become an alumni volunteer for your alumni constituency.

  • Be on the lookout for e-mail communications containing information about new alumni events and programs, including the Alumni Volunteer Corps that will offer opportunities to volunteer and share your skills with our communities.

Best wishes for the coming year,

Frances Nagashima ‘01

Frances is The C of I alumni director

Upcoming Alumni Events

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

  • 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

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.