C of I Newsletter

2009. 02. 05.

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Diane Raptosh chosen as TWIN honoree for 2009

C of I English professor and alumna Diane Raptosh (‘83) has been chosen as an honoree for the Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) award from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Raptosh is the college’s Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English and a poet.

The TWIN recognition is for women who have made an outstanding professional contribution to their chosen career path or to a particular company or institution. Only 40 women in the Treasure Valley are recognized each year. Former controller Andrea Dubois was an honoree in 2008 and English department chair Rochelle Johnson was an honoree in 2007.

“I am honored to be chosen for this recognition,” Raptosh said. “I support the work of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and I am proud to be associated with an organization that gives hope to women and children in abusive relationships.”

Raptosh has taught literature and creative writing at the college for 18 years and her daughter Keats Conley is a student here.

Raptosh has three published collections of poems, Just West of Now (Guernica Editions, 1992), Labor Songs (Guernica, 1999), and Parents from a Different Alphabet: Prose Poems (Guernica, 2008). She has been published widely in journals including The Los Angeles Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in numerous anthologies in the United States and Canada. Raptosh recently won her third fellowship in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

In addition to her work at The C of I, Raptosh has taught a variety of writing workshops at The Cabin in Boise, including the Summer Writing Camp for kids and drop-in writing workshops designed for working adults. Her longtime interest in prison studies led her to teach writing workshops at juvenile detention centers and prisons, and she has trained creative writing interns at the College to facilitate those workshops as well. Raptosh is thrilled about the success of the Poetry Out Loud programs in high schools across the country and has served as a judge for this event at area high schools for several years.

“Poetry Out Loud offers high school poets an opportunity to hone their craft at a young age,” she said.

For fun, Raptosh likes to spend time with her family, ski, travel, run and salsa dance.

Simplot Residence Hall rededication is Monday

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 served 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.

Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate win conference championship

The C of I speech and debate team, the Howlin’ Yotes, won the Northwest Conference Debate Championship and Speech Championship last weekend at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

These are the eighth and ninth northwest championships won by the team in 11 years. In previous years, the championship was combined, but this year the conference recognized separate champions in speech and debate events. The Utah State Aggies finished second to the Yotes in both categories. Schools defeated by the Yotes include Whitman, Lewis & Clark, Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, Boise State, Willamette, Linfield, Nevada, Montana, and Reed.

Freshmen Kris Cruz was honored with the Orv Iverson Award for the Most Outstanding Frosh/Sophomore in the Northwest. Junior Emilie McDonagh placed fifth among all junior/senior competitors.

Leading the team were captains Khai Murphy, McDonagh, Nick Schossow, John Heinemann, Jesse Holmes, and Denyal Landford. Team members included Aaron Mondada, Adjoa Anim-Appiah, Aladino Valdiviezo, Ali Rabe, Amanda Frickle, Amy Bennett, Ben Losinski, Brooke Thornock, Casey Mattoon, Danielle Gordon, Dorgham Abusalim, Jillian Cutsforth, Kat Sillonis, Kyle Letterle, Luke Floyd, Rachel Trompke and Skylar Hall.

The Yotes are scheduled next to attend the national championship tournament in Shreveport, La., on March 18-22. Donations are needed to send 16 students. Please contact Mack Sermon by email if you can help.

Yote skiers continue winning

The College of Idaho Ski Teams scored another pair of victories last weekend in a tight race at Silver Mountain (Idaho). The women’s team won Sunday’s giant slalom and the men managed a second place finish after dropping two of its first run leaders to the difficulties of the second run course.

The C of I women’s alpine squad has nearly clinched their sixth-straight league crown and had three competitors in the Top 6, as they defeated the University of Washington by seven seconds on Saturday and 11 seconds on Sunday. Kelley Fitzpatrick took third on Saturday and fourth on Sunday, Katie Sawaya took fourth on Saturday and sixth on Sunday, Gabrielle Gould finished second on Sunday and Nicki Maxwell was sixth on Saturday.

The C of I men won Saturday over British Columbia by .6 of a second and fell to second place on Sunday, five seconds behind Washington. Dewey Moss finished fourth on Saturday, Mats Boehnke finished fifth on Saturday and second on Sunday, and Travis Morris finished 11th on Saturday and sixth on Sunday.

The Coyotes will take a week off from competition to join hundreds of volunteers for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise.

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.

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 during 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.

Museum workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum is Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day.

The lunch seminar will be presented by Margaret Stallknecht from the Stallknecht Museum in Vale, Ore., on the topic of “Wonderful World of Rocks and Gems” with a hands-on demonstration.

Volunteers can assist with Museum projects or peruse exhibits.

Faculty News

Knickerbocker hired as English and environmental studies faculty

Scott Knickerbocker has been hired as a tenure-track professor of English and environmental studies at The C of I following the College’s national search. Knickerbocker has been a visiting faculty member at the College since 2007.

Student News

Thomas receives Freedom Alliance Scholarship for fourth time

Senior biology student Paul Thomas has received the Freedom Alliance Scholarship for the fourth time. The scholarship is for children of U.S. service members who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. The purpose of the award is to alleviate the financial burdens of college tuition and honor the service of military personnel through the achievements of their sons and daughters.

Thomas’ father served in the United States Air Force and was killed in combat during Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded numerous medals and commendations including the Purple Heart, a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Force Commendation Medal.

Education department participates in dropout summit

More than 400 people from across the state attended Idaho’s first summit on dropout prevention “Keeping America’s Promise,” including several students and faculty from The C of I’s education department.

Other attendees included First Lady Lori Otter, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, and Nampa Mayor Tom Dale, who gave the keynote address.

The conference was organized and sponsored by community leaders, media, and coalition members including education assistant professor Deb Yates and Jennifer Phillips (’08) a current master’s student, who presented her research on Caldwell School District dropout rates and truancy rates, and discussed raising the state’s dropout age from 16 to 18.

Education department faculty and student attendees included Stephanie Burke, Dennis Cartwright, Patti Copple, Nicole Eckert, Mandie Reeves and Mayra Vasquez.

Campus Ministry retreat participants experience Benedictine monks’ lifestyle

Nearly 30 students spent Jan. 16-17 at The Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome on a 24-hour retreat. The retreat, sponsored for the second year by Campus Ministry, gave students a chance to experience and participate in the unique lifestyle of the Benedictine monks who reside in the monastery.

“It allowed students to find a quiet space away from their busy lives at campus for spiritual and personal reflection,” said Laura Mundy, assistant director of Campus Ministry.

Upcoming events

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.

Evolution and Christianity lecture is Monday

Karl Giberson, professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Mass.), and director of the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College, will present a lecture titled, “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution,” in Jewett Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Giberson has a book by the same title, which received critical acclaim from leading figures in science and religion circles, including Francis Collins, an evangelical Christian and director of the Human Genome Project, who also wrote the foreword to Giberson’s book.

Langroise Trio’s third set of concerts begin Feb. 13

The Langroise Trio’s third concert in the 2008-09 series begins Feb. 13 and performances will include works by Tovey (cello and piano), Gliere (suite for violin and double bass), Clarke (sonata for viola and piano, 1st movement) and Vaughn Williams (piano quintet).

The Trio are The College of Idaho’s artists-in-residence and are Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; and Samuel Smith, cello. Featured guest artists will be Robyn Wells, piano, and Jack Koncel, double bass.

The first performance is Friday, Feb. 13 at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults / $5 students and seniors. The second performance is Saturday, Feb. 14 at Langroise Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The fourth set of concerts begin in April.

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. Go 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.

Amanda (Mandy) Klitch Ellestad (‘08) is currently working as an RN at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. She received her bachelor’s in biology from the College and participated in the cooperative nursing program the College has with Idaho State University to receive her bachelor’s in nursing.

John Engels (‘67) joined the Los Angeles Police Department Reserves and works Hollywood vice patrolling in a black and white police vehicle. He retired a few years ago but says he got bored.

Nicole Lamontagne Henson (‘00) and Nate Henson (‘00) welcomed Adrienne Grey Henson on Saturday. She was 7 pounds 2 ounces and is 20 inches long. C of I mail center director Kris Hooker is Adrienne’s grandmother.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Help plan the Kappa Sig’s 30th anniversary

It is the Kappa Sigma fraternity’s 30th anniversary this year, and The C of I alumni office needs some help planning a celebration for them. Interested KΣ alumni should contact the office by email or call (208) 459-5770 to help get the word out about the event.

For more information about the events listed below, call 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. For more info, email [email protected].

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

  • March 21: Seattle with Jasper LiCalzi, professor and chair of the political economy department, and President-select Marvin Henberg 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 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.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of Physics

Staff Openings

  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Grounds/Maintenance I

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.