C of I Newsletter

2009. 01. 22.

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Yotes ski teams place first in season opener

The College of Idaho Yotes ski teams opened the 2009 season with strong performances in Mt. Hood, Ore., last weekend. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed first, beating the University of Idaho, University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of British Columbia, Washington State, University of Puget Sound and Oregon State University.

Gabrielle Gould, Dewey Moss and Mats Boehnke all had strong performances. The Yotes compete this weekend in Willamette Pass, Ore.

C of I swim team builds home in Tijuana

C of I swim team coach Mary Parsons and her husband Lee Parsons led a swim team trip to Tijuana last month to build a home.

The trip was optional for the athletes. Participants were Ash Byrnes, Auri Clapp, John Green, Ellen Judd, Kayley Pitzele, Forrest Shoemaker and Amanda Smith.

“The trip was for athletes who wanted to participate in an activity that would help them bond closer to their teammates and grow personally,” Parsons said.

The trip took place at the end of December as violence in Tijuana and elsewhere in Mexico was beginning to escalate. The C of I’s Campus Ministries office recently canceled its annual home-building trip to Tijuana because of the violence. That trip was scheduled for February.

The original plan for the swim team had been to cross the border back into the U.S. each day to work out, but due to the tension in the region, Parsons decided it was best to focus solely on building the house.

“We worked really hard, mixed concrete by hand, hammered for two days, and felt as though the switch from swimming to hard labor was a good one,” she said.

The team took three days to build a home for a family that was living in a camper shell. Parsons said the experience was rewarding for all of them and she is already planning next year’s training trip, which will be outside of Palm Springs.

“I am very proud to say that these athletes are special,” said Parsons, who hopes to nominate the participants as Champions of Character through the NAIA. “It was great to work with them and complete a goal together.”

Win two free tickets to the Scholarship Gala

The special events department is getting ready for The C of I’s signature event – the Scholarship Gala. This special night, the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser, includes dinner, dancing and a live auction. Tickets are $125 each ($75 for students, faculty and staff), but you have an opportunity to win two tickets by selling the most raffle tickets.

Entering the Raffle Ticket Sales Contest is easy:

  • Contact Debi Kraft in Blatchley Hall to pick up tickets
  • Encourage family and friends to buy a ticket online. Remind them to complete the “referred by” section on the web page so that you will get credit for the sale.
  • You must sell a minimum of 10 raffle tickets by March 6 to be eligible to win

Two tickets to the Scholarship Gala will be awarded to the faculty, staff, student and alumnus who sell the most tickets. The Gala is Saturday, March 14 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

This year’s raffle item is an extraordinary vacation to Maui. The trip includes airfare for six people and a weeklong stay in a three-bedroom, 2,400-square foot condominium on the Sands of Kahana with ocean views of Lanai and Molokai. Raffle ticket purchasers do not need to attend the Gala to win, so this is a great way for friends and family who don’t live in the area to support The C of I.

For more information about the Gala or to purchase tickets or tables, click here.

Donor Profiles

Geraldine Gurley (‘69)

College of Idaho alumna Geraldine Gurley (‘69) has been a consistent donor to her alma mater for 36 years. Gurley said her commitment to The C of I reflects what she believes the college gave her.

“Without my degree, I wouldn’t have made it to graduate school,” said Gurley, who is head of the international trade service department at Compass Bank. Compass Bank is the 20th largest bank in the country.

Gurley said The C of I gave her the knowledge to be successful in her career, and also provided her with excellent ethical and moral guidelines by which she was able to live.

“Giving to the college is my way of reciprocating,” she said. “I think that’s my responsibility to The College of Idaho.”

The College also benefits because Gurley’s employer offers a corporate matching gift program. Many corporations offer a matching gift program. For more information about matching gift programs, contact Kelly Lacey by email or call (208) 459-5017, or contact the human resources office of your employer.

Jim and Thelma Wolcott (‘49, ‘48)

Jim Wolcott (‘49) and Thelma Wolcott (‘48) of Nampa underwrote the costs entailed in constructing a display case for the Smylie Archives. The case houses three facsimile bible leaves from the archives: a leaf from a 1455 Gutenberg bible; a leaf from a King James bible (c. 1614); and a leaf from a 1720 Martin Luther bible.

Professor emeritus Ralph Applebee of Caldwell built the hexagonal pedestal. The display may be viewed in the archives Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Faculty News

Trabichoff invited to Germany for Mendelssohn celebration

Langroise Trio performer and music faculty Geoffrey Trabichoff will travel to Regensburg, Germany next month to play two Mendelssohn violin concertos to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

The concert will take place on Feb. 3, Mendelssohn’s actual birthday, in the University of Regensburg’s “Audimax.” Trabichoff will be playing with the Regensburg Chamber Orchestra conducted by Graham Buckland.

The University of Regensburg is one of the oldest in Germany, although now housed in entirely contemporary buildings, and Trabichoff’s connection with the chamber orchestra began 14 years ago when, as the Regensburg University Orchestra, they invited him as their first ever soloist.

Now known as the Regensburg Chamber Orchestra, the group tours and records, and Trabichoff has returned as soloist several times, including on the group’s 10th anniversary, and to perform the complete works of Mozart for violin and orchestra with them during Mozart’s 250th anniversary.

Heggland’s research published in international journal

Research conducted in the laboratory of associate professor of biology Sara Heggland was published in Toxicology in Vitro (Toxicology in Vitro 23 (2009) 60-66) which is an internationally recognized journal that publishes original research papers and reviews on the application and use of in vitro systems for assessing or predicting the toxic effects of chemicals and elucidating their mechanisms of action.

The paper titled “Cadmium-induced decrease in RUNX2 mRNA expression and recovery by the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in the human osteoblast-like cell line, Saos-2,” includes the following student coauthors: Spenser Smith, Jackeline Rodriguez-Reyes, Kate Arbon and Lindsey Hunt. Wendy Harvey (‘03) who is an alumna of the College and is currently Heggland’s research technician is also a coauthor. The research was funded by an NIH-INBRE grant and an NIH AREA R15 grant awarded to Heggland this year.

New assistant professor in music department

Following a national search, Paul Moulton has accepted the tenure track assistant professor position in music history and music education at The C of I.

Moulton successfully completed the defense of his dissertation at Florida State University in the fall and has been award a Ph.D. in musicology. This is Moulton’s second year with the College in a visiting instructor position. His tenure track assistant professor position begins in the fall.

“Paul has proven himself to be an effective and successful teacher, a published and acknowledged scholar, and is a great asset to the education curriculum at the College,” said music department chair Lisa Derry.

The search was guided by the HR office and the search committee included Derry, MariJo Tynon, Sam Smith, Don Burwell, Stephen Fisher and student Kaylyn Ruddy.

Presidential News

Presidential pups for the Hoovers

President Bob Hoover and his spouse Leslee Hoover have recently welcomed Molly and Bismark into their family – two 8-week-old English Labrador puppies.

The Hoovers adopted Molly and Bismark from Jim Smithers (‘76) and Denise Smithers (’77), who own Idaho Retrievers in Caldwell.

“They are great dogs and we are enjoying them immensely,” Bob said. “But it’s easy to forget how much work puppies are until you have them in your house. I can’t wait until they start sleeping through the night.”

Upcoming events

The C of I Chorale will perform at The Passion of Joan of Arc Friday and Saturday

The College of Idaho Chorale and a select ensemble of women’s voices from the Chorale will join the Boise Master Chorale and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend for the area premier of “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” a 1928 silent film by French director Carl Dreyer with a new film score by composer Richard Einhorn entitled “Voices of Light.” At the special invitation of Maestro Robert Franz, the new director of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra,

Performances will be Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. at Swayne Auditorium at NNU and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8:15 p.m. at the Morrison Center in Boise.

Joan of Arc was guided by voices, so composer Einhorn included chorus and soloists to provide these sounds. Choosing texts drawn from the writing of female medieval mystics, he decided that they would provide an emotional and psychological underpinning to the film’s action.

Several of Joan’s own quotes are included, provided by an ensemble of women’s voices as a mystical halo of sound. Women from The C of I Chorale were chosen to this mystical halo of sound. The singers are Sara Packebush, Kaylyn Ruddy, Lindsay Kline, Emily Matlock, Jamie Derry, Katie Fendrick and Brianne Boesiger.

An Dochas & the Haran Irish Dancers at The C of I tomorrow

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. Admission is free for The C of I students, but they must pick up advance tickets in McCain.

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.

Whittenberger Planetarium show Monday

The Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho will host a show of the current night sky on Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The show will include an overview of the constellations and planets visible in January and pay special attention to deep space objects visible this season.

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

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

The next planetarium show is Monday, Feb. 23.

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.

Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Pinocchio is Feb. 20-21; tryouts Feb. 16

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Pinocchio in Jewett Auditorium on Feb. 20-21. Tickets for adults are $8, students/children are $4 at the door, online or by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783. The Feb. 20 show is at 7:30 p.m., the Feb. 21 is a 3 p.m. matinee.

Children of the community are invited to perform in Pinocchio. Auditions for first- through 12th-grade are Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Wilson School, corner of Linden & 10th Street. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and costs $3 per child. Each child receives a coupon good for a free admission to the performance. Doors close from 1-3 p.m.

Students who are not selected for the 50-60 parts are invited to participate in a choir which will perform before each show. Got to www.caldwellfinearts.org for more information.

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

Amanda Buchanan (‘99) and Jason Vlcek (‘96) are pleased to announce the birth of a second son, Merin Situ. He arrived on Dec. 30, and joins his brother Kwei at home.

C of I diplomas available at no cost through Jan. 31

As part of the change back to The College of Idaho name, the College has provided ACI graduates with C of I diplomas at no cost. Due to the set-up and printing costs of the diplomas, the College will charge $49 for diplomas ordered after Jan. 31. To order a diploma, please email the alumni relations office.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Tonight (Thursday, 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 28: GOLD Happy Hour at Mai Thai (Boise) at 5:30 p.m. Featured Speaker: Rob Dayley

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

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

  • March 22: Portland event, details to be announced

  • March 25: GOLD Happy Hour at Sports Zone (above the Grove/Qwest Arena), followed by C of I Alumni and Friends night at the with discounted tickets

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

  • April 25: Coeur d’Alene event at Bardenay in CDA

  • 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.

The C of I in the News

The College received statewide media coverage after last week’s announcement that Marvin Henberg, former interim president at Linfield College who is professor and chair of Linfield’s philosophy department, would become The C of I’s 12th president. The news was covered by Ch. 7, Ch. 8, the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press-Tribune, McMinnville News-Register, The Associated Press, and Boise State Radio (NPR). Below is the coverage that was available online:

The C of I vs. Concordia women’s basketball game was covered by Ch. 2 on Friday. For story and video, click here. The station also did a feature about C of I baseball pitcher Chris Larsen and his participation in the C-Town Fight Night fundraiser for the baseball team. For story and video, click here.

Idaho Press-Tribune sports reporter Mike Stetson discussed C of I and NNU athletics on his blog.

Jasper LiCalzi, chair of the political economy department was interviewed for a Boise Weekly story about Pres. Barack Obama’s wish list.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Physics

Staff Openings

  • Custodian
  • Administrative Assistant Maintenance and Operations

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


  • “Immigrant Shadows: Tracing the Herders’ Legacy,” featuring the work of Boise artists Amy Nack and Earle Swope is at the Rosenthal Gallery on The C of I campus until March 20. The show is an installation that reflects their research into, and interpretation of, Basque tree carvings, also known as arborglyphs. The Rosenthal Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. To make an appointment, email Garth Claassen or call him at 459-5321. The show is funded by the Boise City Arts Council.

  • 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.