C of I Newsletter

2009. 01. 08.

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2nd Annual Coyote Connections this Saturday

Additional Health Science and Environmental Science alumni still needed

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 this 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, especially doctors and others in the health sciences and environmental sciences.”

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 alumni. For more information on how you can contribute to current student success, call CEL at 459-5508 or 459-5688 or contact Gallegos by email.

Campus Ministries Tijuana service trip cancelled due to violence in Mexico

For the first time in 12 years, Campus Ministries has cancelled its annual service project to Tijuana, Mexico, due to a U.S. State Department travel alert about violence in the region. The weeklong trip to build homes was scheduled to begin Feb. 13.

Other colleges and universities are also cancelling service projects in Mexico due to the State Department alert. The violence includes shooting, robberies and kidnappings of Mexican and U.S. citizens.

“I am so disappointed to have to cancel this year’s trip,” said Phil Rogers, director of Campus Ministries. “But the safety of our students is our first priority.”

Since 1997, Campus Ministries has led 20 trips to Tijuana. More than 500 people have participated and more than 50 homes have been built.

“We’ve never had an issue of violence on any previous trips,” Rogers said.

Students who were signed up for the service project can get a refund on their deposit or can plan to attend one of several other Campus Ministries projects or retreats, including:

Monastery 24-hour retreat in Jerome: Friday-Saturday, Jan 16-17. Spend time in reflective prayer in a great space. Lots of free time to hang out with others or take time for yourself. Room for 12 more.

Urban Service in Los Angeles: Three days, two evenings at an after-school program in Pasadena with opportunities to travel in and around LA, including a day at the beach and maybe Disneyland.

Hurricane relief in New Orleans area: Campus Ministries will return to Canal St. Church where they served two years ago and continue to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Urban Service in Seattle: Home base is near the University of Washington. Participants will serve each day in a different part of the city, and also see some sights in and around Seattle.

Hurricane relief in Galveston Texas area: Participants will assist families who were displaced by Hurricane Ike, the third most destructive hurricane ever to hit the United States, but one that got much less attention than Katrina.

Service Plunge Caldwell: Participants will spend a few days of spring break working with local service organizations in Caldwell and Boise.

For more information about any of these trips or to get a refund from the cancelled Tijuana trip, contact Phil Rogers by email or at 459-5282.

Former board chairman Walt Minnick sworn in as Idaho congressman

Rep. Walt Minnick, former chairman of The C of I Board of Trustees, was sworn in as a member of the 111th Congress of the United States on Tuesday. He represents Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Minnick, who replaces one-term Republican Rep. Bill Sali, is only Democrat in the Idaho’s congressional delegation. In Congress, he will sit on the Financial Services Committee, which handles legislation involving banking, investment and mortgage institutions.

Minnick, who announced his candidacy forCongress in November 2007 in front of Sterry Hall, served two terms on the board of trustees from l984-l996 and was chairman from 1989-1993.

Donor Profile: Bob and Mary Nicholes

Bob Nicholes (’42) and Mary Nicholes (’43) were among many College of Idaho alums whose studies at the college were interrupted by World War II. Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps and piloted B25s during the war.

In October 1945, when Bob was discharged from military service, he started Bob Nicholes Oil, a gas and oil distribution company which he ran until l992. Since that time Bob has been an active investor through his business, Bob Nicholes Enterprises.

Bob and Mary have been active in The College of Idaho Half Century Society and have supported the Caldwell Fine Arts Series with their time and fortune. They recently made a gift to the College of their $175,000 life insurance policy and said the decision came naturally to them. “The College has been an important part of our lives and of this community,” said Bob. “We need to support it when we can.”

For more information about planned giving to The C of I, please contact Chuck Knox at (208) 459-5405 or [email protected].

Monthly museum workday is Saturday

The monthly Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History volunteer workday is this Saturday (Jan. 10) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day. Lunch will be served. This month’s noon seminar will be presented by John Keebaugh and Don Zaroban, and is “Introduction to Specify – the Museum’s new database.”

Curators and anyone who will curate specimens and/or will enter data into or retrieve data from the database should plan to attend. A more detailed training will be scheduled at a later date. The museum is located in the basement of Boone Hall.

In a related item, the Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive has posted a page about Glen and Ruth Evans, who donated their 5,000-piece collection of gems and minerals to The College of Idaho in 1970. Pieces from the Evans Gem and Mineral Collection are on display in Boone Hall.

Student News

Circle K International raises more than $2,000 in addition to volunteer service

The C of I’s Circle K International club raised $2,100 this fall for UNICEF, the Valley Crisis Center and the Boise Rescue Mission.

At Halloween the club raised more than $600 doing Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, one of its long-term partners, which goes toward programs to promote children’s health and development in other countries. The club donated about $1,500 worth of food to Boise Rescue Mission programs – the Lighthouse in Caldwell and the River of Life in Boise. The food came from meals donated to CKI via Bon Appetit and was coordinated by Bon Appetit general manager Matt Caldwell.

“Last year during Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF our club raised the most money out of all of the CKI clubs worldwide and we hope to do the same again while raising our total,” said club president Kate Moir.

In addition to raising money, the club has participated in numerous service events including Caldwell Kiwanis’ annual Chuckwagon and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.

The group, which has more than 20 members on campus, has also participated in events with the Idaho Humane Society, made blankets for Project Linus, raked leaves for people in the community, made Christmas cards for the Boise Veterans Home, participated in STARS and Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs, and many other smaller projects.

“We have more amazing events planned for winter and spring,” Moir said.

CKI meets Wednesdays at 12:20 p.m. in the ASCI Senate Chambers during winter and all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events

An Dochas & the Haran Irish Dancers at The C of I on Jan. 23

Caldwell Fine Arts presents An Dochas & the Haran Irish Dancers on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

The local Tiernan Irish Dancers will also participate in the program. Tickets are $12-$16 for adults and $8-12 for students and are available at www.caldwellfinearts.org, by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783, or at the door.

The band presents traditional Irish music and dance fused with the energy of rock and the colorings of folk. Their dancers have made multiple trips to the Irish Step Dancing World Championships. They have performed to sold-out audiences throughout the U.S. and shared the stage with Cherish the Ladies, Solas, and Chris Thile of Nickle Creek.

A recent CD “Dragonfly Redux” has won Best Celtic Instrumental Album from Just Plain Folks Worldwide Music Community.

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?

Frances S. Brock (‘59) celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 2, 2008 and now lives in Assisted Living at La Vida Llena, a retirement community in New Mexico.

Linnae Nelson (‘05) is living in Washington, D.C., and works for Save Our Wild Salmon, a coalition to prevent the extinction of salmon. She was recently featured in a story in the Idaho State Journal (Pocatello.)

Upcoming Alumni Events

First Volunteer Corps event is Jan. 22

On Jan. 22, The C of I alumni office will host the first Alumni Volunteer Corps event. Eight volunteers are needed to help at the Center for New Americans from 6-7:30 p.m., working with refugees and immigrants living in the Boise area. To sign up for this or other Alumni Volunteer Corps programs, please email [email protected]. More Alumni Volunteer Corps events and service opportunities will follow.

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

  • Jan 14: Ada County Lunch at Bardenay in the Boiler Room at noon. Featured Speaker: Dennis Cartwright on Initiatives in Teacher Training at The C of I

  • Jan 20: Half Century Lunch at Simplot Fireplace Room at noon. Featured Speaker: Dennis Cartwright on Initiatives in Teacher Training at C of I

  • Jan 28: GoLD Happy Hour at Mai Thai (Boise) at 5:30 p.m. Featured Speaker: Rob Dayley

  • Mar 14: The C of I Scholarship Gala, 6-11 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center

  • Mar 21: Seattle event with Jasper LiCalzi at Woodinville Winery

  • Apr 11: Frank Specht Spaghetti Feed in Simplot Dining Hall

  • May 29: Golden Jubilee and 50th Reunion Celebration

  • May 30: Graduation and Reunion Gatherings for C of I Israel and Egypt trips and classes of 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969 and 1959

  • SAVE THE DATE – Homecoming 2009 is Sept. 24-27, includes a history majors reunion hosted by Steve Maughan, Howard Berger, Mark Smith, Mee-Ae Kim and Jeff Snyder-Reinke.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
  • 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.

  • 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.