C of I Newsletter

2009. 02. 12.

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Professor Emeritus Boyd Henry dies at age 83

Professor Emeritus Boyd Henry, who was involved with The College of Idaho for 50 years, died Feb. 5 at the age of 83. He was buried Tuesday at Canyon Hill Cemetery.

Henry received The College of Idaho President’s Medallion at commencement in 2008, which is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to our community, region or nation that has influenced the well-being of mankind.

“One of the things I will always remember about Boyd was his incredible commitment to his craft of teaching teachers,” said President Bob Hoover. “I can still picture him walking in good weather or bad, virtually every day, to and from his office at college. He made that walk with an ever-advancing case of Parkinson’s. That is commitment to one’s craft.”

Henry was a math professor at The C of I for 34 years. After he retired in 1991, he traveled the state conducting in-service lessons for K-12 public school teachers in 40 school districts. He worked with public school teachers and students until 2007.

“It’s impossible to overestimate the impact of Boyd’s outreach efforts in mathematics education,” said Jeff Almeida (‘92), the College’s web developer. Almeida first learned of Henry through his fourth-grade teacher, who frequently attended his seminars. “I credit her with being the person who really turned me on to math, and I know that her fire for the subject was fueled by his endeavors.”

In addition to being a faculty member at The C of I, Henry helped found the Idaho Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served on its board of directors until 2008. He also served on several committees for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, including the committee to explain and promote the metric system.

Henry and his wife Eileen celebrated their 60th anniversary in August. They have five children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Steady donors continue with their support to The College of Idaho

The College of Idaho recently received grants for scholarship support from two local foundations with a history of generous support to the College.

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation presented The C of I with an award of $320,000 to provide 40 Laura Moore Cunningham Scholarships of $8,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation is one of the College’s most generous supporters and has given more than $5.8 million during the past 22 years. Of that money, more than $4.7 million was for scholarships.

During her lifetime, Laura, who was born in 1869, supported organizations like the Children’s Home, the Red Cross and Boise Junior College. Since then, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation has consistently given back to the community and state of Idaho.

The John F. Nagel Foundation has awarded the College a grant of $50,000 for scholarships for the 2008-2009 year. The Nagel Foundation has been a supporter of The C of I for many years. It was formed in 1989, as a charitable memorial to the memory of John and Jack Nagel, father and son operators of Nagel Beverage Company, Inc.

The Nagel Foundation has given $265,000 to The C of I since 1996, all devoted to scholarships.

“We appreciate the support provided by foundations such as Laura Moore Cunningham and John F. Nagel,” said President Bob Hoover. “Being able to offer such significant scholarships helps The C of I attract students who exhibit academic excellence, strong work ethic and leadership experience.”

11 ‘Yotes named Academic All-CCC, the most in the conference

Bryan Champ and Christon Vander Esch
A total of eleven C of I basketball players were honored Tuesday by the Cascade Conference’s Academic All-Conference awards for the winter season.

Six Lady ‘Yotes and five Coyotes were honored by the CCC, the most of any of the institutions in the conference. Students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and a sophomore academic status.

Earning the distinction for the women were seniors ShaNae Horner, Christon Vander Esch, and Ashley Wolfe, juniors Kayla Brewer and Katee Brewer, and sophomore Brianna Hansen.

For the men, seniors Bryan Champ and Kurt Nielson, and juniors Craig McGee, Tucker Long and Londale Theus were honored.

The Coyotes now have 34 Academic All-CCC honorees for the year.

Simplot Residence Hall rededicated

The remodeled Simplot Residence Hall was rededicated Monday by President Bob Hoover, members of the Simplot family andcurrent and former “Simplotians,” the name given to Simplot Hall residents.

The rededication ceremony took place just a few weeks after what would have been J.R. Simplot’s 100th birthday on Jan. 4. In 1945, Simplot gave $100,000 toward the construction of the original Simplot Residence Hall. In today’s dollars that gift would have been $850,000. Simplot made many major gifts and generous contributions to The C of I over the years.

“If he was able to be here, J.R. would have said the rededication and remodel is ‘awesome,’ a word he used often to describe people and their accomplishments,” said Ted Simplot, J.R. Simplot’s grandson, who graduated from The C of I and attended the ceremony. “Thanks for the memorial to my granddad.”

Michael Simplot, J.R.’s grandson who also graduated from The C of I, said he originally wanted to go to Boise State University and approached his grandfather for a loan. “J.R. said he’d give me the loan, but I had to attend The C of I. He said he wanted me to get a good education.”

J.R. Simplot was not an alumnus of the college, but served on its 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.

The residence hall underwent a major renovation last summer 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.

During construction, work crews discovered items tucked into the crannies of the original building, including photos, driver’s licenses, meal cards and mid-semester warnings dating back to 1948.

Cris Tietsort, a C of I student and hall director of Simplot Residence Hall, said he has met many alumni who have fond memories of the time they lived in the building.

“I’m overwhelmed by how much this dorm used to be a presence on the campus and how many traditions were associated with it,” he said. “I look forward to adding to those traditions.”

One of the alumni who used to live in the building was Justin Waldron, who now works in the College’s Residence Life office.

“When I arrived at the dorm as a freshman, I didn’t just pick up a key to my room,” he said. “I was welcomed into a community.”

Scholarship Gala almost sold out; raffle tickets still available

Anyone planning to attend the 2009 C of I Scholarship Gala should reserve seats ASAP because the event is nearly sold out. Tables and seats can be purchased online or by calling (208) 459-5025. The Gala is Saturday, March 14 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

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), or buy an 8-person table for $800.

You can also win two tickets by selling the most raffle tickets by entering the Raffle Ticket Sales Contest:

  • 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.

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 – Fora 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.

Faculty News

Minear named as new psychology faculty

Meredith Minear has been announced as The C of I’s newest psychology department faculty. Minear has been a visiting assistant professor at the College since the fall.

She has a Ph.D in cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St Louis.

More than 70 applicants applied for the psychology department position.

“She distinguished herself through a number of factors including her publication record, excellent ideas on improving the psychology major, and her interests in serving the College and its communities,” said Tim Shearon, psychology department chair who also chaired the search committee. “It was obvious to the committee that Meredith has a passion for teaching and research that will make our majors better candidates for graduate and professional school and better people as they move beyond their tenure at the College.”

Minear is an avid hiker, is active in the Sierra Club, has taken up snowboarding and is taking flying lessons in pursuit of a pilot’s license.

The search committee was Tim Shearon, and John Thuerer, Eric Spencer, Kristina Mazurak, student Vicky Vail and HR’s Sarah Crenshaw.

Upcoming events

Chair in Jewish Studies presentation Feb. 13 and 14

The College of Idaho is seeking to establish and endow a Chair in Jewish Studies, the first of its kind in the state of Idaho and one of the only such positions in the Intermountain West.

History professor Howard Berger will discuss the establishment of the Chair during services at Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue, 11 N. Latah St. in Boise, on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.

College officials will be available to discuss the Chair and offer details on its structure and related activities after the service.

An endowed chair will create a permanently funded faculty position and would be a partnership with local communities – coordinating courses and undergraduate research at The College, as well as continuing education (conferences, seminars and travel) and service to local Jewish leaders and communities.

For more information, contact Chuck Knox by email or phone at (208) 459-5405.

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.

Langroise Trio’s concert postponed to March 15

Due to illness, the The Langroise Trio’s third concert in the 2008-09 series has been postponed to March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 13-14.

The concert will still 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 fourth set of concerts begin in April.

Boise Baroque Orchestra & Chorus to perform April 11

The Boise Baroque Orchestra & Chorus will perform in the St. John Passion on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $14-$18 for adults and $10-$14 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.

Kelli Bean (‘93) married Claudio Miranda on Feb. 8 at their home in Los Angeles, California. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Sofia and another daughter due in June. They will be living in Vancouver for four months while Claudio shoots the film “Tr2n.”

Alumni News and Events

The C of I hosts Facebook alumni groups

Psychology professor Jann Adams has set up a Facebook group for psychology alumni. To join, click here. Other Yote alumni groups include San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, North Idaho, New York City and GOLD Happy Hour.

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 KE 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. 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: Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 5:30-10 p.m. Come up for a great time skiing, snowboarding or just hanging out at the lodge with friends. Come up to the mountain as late as you want and leave whenever you feel like it. Ski with your friends or use it as a chance to have fun with people you don't normally get to see. Don’t forget to pick up your Bonus Nights voucher from most any Treasure Valley Chevron so you can get a lift ticket for only $10.

  • 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 (3rd floor of Qwest Arena), at 6 p.m. followed by C of I Alumni and Friends night at the Steelheads game. Special ticket price $11. Game time is 7:10 p.m. To order tickets click here and enter this password information: LOGIN: COLLEGEOFID; PASSWORD: ALUM (login and password must be in all caps.

  • 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

Ch. 7 did an extensive story Monday about The C of I ski team volunteering to help with the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Coach Ron Bonneau and student Tammi O’Rourke were interviewed. To watch the story, click here.

The Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story on Tuesday about The C of I swim team’s trip to build homes in Tijuana and Campus Ministries having to cancel its trip. Phil Rogers, director of campus ministries, coach Mary Parsons and student Kayley Pitzele were quoted in the story.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor Mathematics

Staff Openings

  • Accountant
  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Grounds/Maintenance I

For complete job descriptions and application instructions go to http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs.
The College of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


  • “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.