C of I Newsletter

2009. 01. 29.

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Lady Yotes up to No. 8 in NAIA coaches poll

ShaNae Horner. Photo by Jon Nishioka.
The College of Idaho climbed one spot to No. 8 in the latest NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Top 25 Coaches Poll released Monday.

Currently riding a school-record 21-game winning streak, the Lady Yotes (21-1, 12-0 CCC) notched their highest national ranking since the 2000-01 season, when they were ranked No. 4 and lost in the national title game. Concordia climbed two spots to No. 15, while Southern Oregon re-entered the poll this week at No. 25.

The two unbeaten teams remaining in the NAIA Division II sit atop the poll – Morningside (Iowa) and Shawnee State (Ohio), followed by Northwestern (Iowa), Davenport (Mich.), and Sterling (Kan.). Only four teams – Morningside, Shawnee State, Davenport, and the Lady Yotes have one loss or fewer.

The poll will be released each Monday for the remainder of the season.

The Lady Yotes return home this weekend for a pair of key games – Friday, Jan. 30 vs. No. 25 Southern Oregon and Saturday, Jan. 31 vs. Oregon Tech. Both games tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and will be available online via Penn Atlantic’s pay-per-view service at www.pennatlantic.com.

Yotes ski teams place first in season opener

Gabrielle Gould at Willamette Pass, OR.
Photo by Holden Sapp.
The Yote ski teams both scored strong wins last weekend in Willamette Pass, Ore. Kelley Fitzpatrick led the women’s effort while men’s captain Dewey Moss led for the men.

All the women finishers were in the top 15 on Sunday and the men managed to finish all starters, a key element for their success in future competition.

Results were mixed on Saturday in the slalom event. The women had another impressive finish, but the men finished only three of seven athletes to take second behind the University of Idaho. Fitzpatrick won the women’s event and Eric Ostrand took second for the men.

Simplot Residence Hall rededication is Feb. 9

President Bob Hoover and Leslee Hoover, along with members of the Simplot Family and the College’s Board of Trustees, will rededicate Simplot Residence Hall on Monday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the lobby of Simplot Residence Hall.

Simplot Residence Hall underwent a major renovation and reopened in the fall. Improvements included air conditioning, new floors and windows, disabled accessibility, and a new interior featuring modern electrical and plumbing fixtures.

The rededication ceremony will take place just a few weeks after what would have been the 100th birthday of J.R. Simplot.

Simplot served on the College’s Board of Trustees for more than 60 years, spoke at commencement for more than 50 years, and helped keep the College financially stable during hard times.

Simplot was not an alumnus of The C of I, but several of his children and grandchildren graduated from the College. His daughter Gay graduated in 1968 and serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. His son Don is a 1958 alumnus, and grandchildren Anne, Cindy, Laurie, Michael and Ted are alumni.

Michael and Ted are expected to attend and speak at the rededication ceremony.

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.

Last chance to comment on the presidential search

The College of Idaho has announced that former Linfield college interim president Marvin Henberg will become The C of I’s 12th president in July.

More than 50 people applied for The C of I presidency. A presidential search committee including students, faculty, alumni, trustees, staff, administrators and a parent of a student pared the list to eight candidates and interviewed them. Three candidates were brought to campus for more in-depth interviews. The board of trustees made the final decision to select Henberg.

To complete a survey about the presidential search process, click here. The survey will be up until Monday, Feb. 2.

Faculty News

New assistant professor in biology and physical education departments

Serge von Duvillard has been chosen by the exercise physiology search committee as The C of I’s new assistant professor of biology and PE/exercise science. Von Duvillard will begin in the fall.

The C of I received a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support the hire of von Duvillard by providing research start-up funds. The grant, written by biology department chair Don Mansfield, is worth up to $40,000. Von Dullivard will receive $25,000 for research when he arrives at the College. Another $15,000 is available for additional research if the he is awarded a multi-year research grant from a major public or private national foundation within 30 months of coming to the College.

Von Duvillard comes to the College with a Ph.D. in applied exercise physiology and higher education administration from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of North Texas. His postdoctoral work in physiology was at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

He has held prior professorships at Texas A&M University, California State Polytechnic Institute, where he was chair of the kinesiology and health promotion department, and University of North Dakota, in addition to other positions.

He will be teaching human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, and additional elective courses in exercise science and conducting collaborative student research in exercise physiology.

The search committee members were Mark Gunderson, Ann Koga, Jim Fennell, Angie Ivie, Mike Dilley, Carolyn Dadabay, Deb Yates, Kate Arbon and Don Mansfield. The College’s human resources office also participated in the search.

Webster and Summers Duffy partner to display museum artifact to class

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosted Art 128 Understanding Spirit in Art & Culture taught by art professor Lynn Webster. Webster and museum curator Jan Summers Duffy gathered artifacts from the vast collection cabinets and displayed them for students to view while hearing the lecture.

The course examines a variety of cultural groups where artistic, spiritual and cultural experience are integrated into the fabric of life. It focuses on Native American and other cultures. Some of the artifacts on display included Hopi basketry, Apache baskets, Hopi Cradleboard, Tlinget basketry, blankets, Pueblo ceramics and a Hopi Kachina Doll.

These items can be viewed by request or when the museum is open. The museum holds workdays the first Saturday of every month that include lunch seminars. All are invited. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the museum.

Upcoming events

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.

Music department presents “Dido & Aeneas” and “Trouble in Tahiti”

The College of Idaho music department presents Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera “Dido & Aeneas,” along with Leonard Bernstein’s all-American one-act opera, “Trouble in Tahiti” Feb. 5-8 in the Langroise Recital Hall on The C of I campus.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5-7, and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. Ticket prices are $7.50 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students. The box office opens one hour prior to each performance. For more information or ticket reservations call 459-5249 or email Mari Jo Tynon.

Both operas feature two rotating student casts including Jourdan Alley, Brianne Boesiger, Lani Boykin, Hannah Buckendorf, Anna Chapman, Danielle Danker, Jamie Derry, Katie Fendrick, Jesse Holmes, Quinn Johnson, Lindsay Kline, Matt Malek, Emily Matlock, Dawn Mikelonis, Sara Packebush, Stephen Puterbaugh, Devin Rand, Kaylyn Ruddy, Steven Slupe, Russell Smith, Brynna Soth, Nyasha Sumbureru, and Piper Symington.

Sean Rogers (‘94) is the music director and conductor and David Ketchum (‘08) is the stage director. Lighting, scene and costume design are also by Ketchum.

“Dido and Aeneas” was composed for a girls’ school in Chelsea (London) in 1689. The plot is loosely based on the 4th book of Virgil’s epic poem, “The Aeneid.” This lively and colorful opera was one of the first written in the English language. This work will be accompanied by a string orchestra.

Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” was composed in 1952. The story focuses on scenes from a suburban couple’s less than perfect marriage, frequently interrupted by a jazz trio making satirical comments about the couple and suburban life. This one-act opera will be accompanied by piano.

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.

International Piano Competition winner performs March 3

Alexander Ghindin, the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition Winner, will perform on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $11-$15 for adults and $7-$11 for students. C of I students are free. Tickets available at caldwellfinearts.org, by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783, or at the door.

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

Keep in touch with The C of I by sharing your news with the Alumni Office.

Jeff Almeida (‘92) has a brief on-camera appearance in tonight’s (Thursday, Jan. 29) episode of Wheel of Fortune in which his mother, Chris Roberts, competes as a contestant. The show airs in Boise at 6:30 p.m. on KBCI Ch. 2.

Kelli Bean (‘93) is working on a memoir about her father, Floyd. She and her partner, Claudio Miranda, live in Los Angeles, where he works as a cinematographer. He recently received an Academy Award nomination for his work on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” They have one daughter, Sofia, 4, and are expecting another child.

Daniel Johnson DeLeo (‘93) is a trial attorney with Abel Band Chartered in Sarasota, Fla. He and his wife Laura have two girls, Gabrielle and Isabella, ages 1 and 5.

Bryon Farnsworth (‘95) is a partner at Sherman and Howard LLC in Denver. He is married to fellow Harvard Law graduate Amanda Rocque, who is an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. They have one son, Benjamin Adams Farnsworth, 2, and are expecting another child in April.

Chad Hickox (‘93) was named associate dean of academic affairs at South Seattle Community College. Hickox was a tenured professor of philosophy at Macomb Community College in Michigan, where he was also interim associate dean of humanities. He and his wife Chessa have one son, Silas.

Jess Russell Hunt (‘00) is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training marathon on May 31 in San Diego. Hunt’s mother died in November and she hopes to raise $5,000 to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Donations can be made by clicking here. Donations are tax deductible and 75 cents of every dollar goes directly to research.

Melinda Smyser (‘85) was appointed by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (‘67) to the District 11 Idaho Senate seat left vacant by Otter’s appointment of Brad Little as lieutenant governor.

Erin Swanson (‘93) is senior director of marketing for Cenzic, a software firm that secures Web sites against hacker attacks. Swanson received a degree in microbiology from Columbia and was a visiting fellow for the Center for Disease Control. She divides her time between Santa Clara and San Diego, where she lives with her husband, Drew Hendricks.

David C. Ward (‘93) taught engineering geology at Seattle University last semester in addition to his job as senior principal engineer at Shannon & Wilson Inc. in Seattle. He is married to Jennifer Hoene (‘94), who is the English division chair at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. They have a one-year-old daughter, Clara Sofia.

Brandon Nielsen (‘07) was recently accepted into Southern California College of Optometry as part of the Class of 2013.

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.

Alumni office seeks award nominations

The C of I alumni office is looking for nominations from alumni for Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Homecoming the last weekend of September.

We will recognize alumni in the following areas:

  • Distinguished Alumni – For achievements in personal and professional growth

  • Family Heritage – For family participation, attendance, and/or involvement with the College

  • Service to the College – For time, treasures and talent given to the College by an alumnus

  • Young Alumni – For a graduate of the last 10 years who has significant achievements in his/her personal and/or professional areas.

To submit nominations, please email the alumni office.

Upcoming Alumni Events

For more information about the events listed below, call The College of Idaho Alumni Office (208) 459-5770 or email. The C of I Alumni calendar is also available online.

  • Feb. 11: Ada County luncheon with athletic director Marty Holly discussing C of I athletics, noon at Bardenay in Boise. Participants pay for their own lunch.

  • Feb. 17: Half Century luncheon with athletic director Marty Holly discussing C of I athletics, noon, Simplot Dining Hall, reservations are suggested – 459-5770 or email.

  • Feb. 25: Yotes night skiing and Jack Daniels ski racing with alumni and ski team members at Bogus Basin. Details to come.

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

  • March 21: Seattle with Jasper LiCalzi at J. Bookwalter Winery in Woodinville

  • March 22: Portland, 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 Steelheads game with discounted tickets

  • April 4: San Francisco, details to be announced

  • 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, and 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

Political economy department chair Jasper LiCalzi is blogging for the Idaho Statesman. He will write once a week. His first blog is here.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of Physics

Staff Openings

  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Custodian

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.