C of I Newsletter

2009. 02. 19.

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Scholarship Gala sold out; raffle tickets still available

For the first time in recent memory, The C of I Scholarship Gala has sold out and more than 500 people will attend. This special night, the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser is Saturday, March 14 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center and includes dinner, dancing and a live auction.

“I am thankful to the many people who support The College of Idaho and the scholarships we offer our students,” President Bob Hoover said. “It is a difficult economic time and I am appreciative that a record number of people chose The C of I as a place worthy of their continued support.”

The only way to attend now is by winning the Raffle Ticket Sales Contest. To enter:

  • 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.

Donor Profile: R.C. Owens

R.C. Owens (‘58) was recently honored by the National Football League Retired Players Association Northern California and The Providence Foundation of San Francisco with a “This is Your Life” dinner, which included donations being made to Owens’ favorite charities. The College of Idaho received $2,000 for its Athletic Hall of Fame, of which Owens is a member.

“It was a night that I will cherish and remember forever,” Owens said.

Owens was the first black American to graduate from the College. His degree was in physical education.

While at The College of Idaho, Owens excelled in football and basketball, and was named all-conference in both sports numerous times. Owens’ athletic career outside The C of I was outstanding as well – he was drafted by both the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

In 1956, Owens was drafted by the NBA Minneapolis Lakers, but never played an NBA game. Nonetheless, he was selected for the NBA All-Star team to play eight games in the Pacific Northwest in 1958, making him the only player ever to play in the NBA All-Star game without ever playing on an NBA team.

From 1957-1964, Owens was in the National Football League playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts and New York Giants.

Owens has received many awards and recognitions such as NAIA Hall of Fame, The College of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, African Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, the College of Idaho Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Service Award for the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, and keys to the cities of Columbia, S.C. and Caldwell.

Lady ‘Yotes in CCC championship race

The C of I women’s basketball team will play Northwest Christian on Friday, Feb. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The game will air on 1490 KCID-AM with Mike Safford calling the action.

The Lady ‘Yotes are trailing Concordia by a half game with one game remaining, and will need some help if they are to win their second CCC championship in program history.

“First off, it is imperative that The C of I defeats Northwest Christian on Friday night,” Safford said. “A Concordia loss would secure a co-championship, two CU losses would give the ‘Yotes the outright title. However, tiebreakers are quirky – if CU loses Friday to Oregon Tech but defeats Southern Oregon, the Cavaliers would earn the No. 1 spot due to the second tiebreaker.”

With their win at Corban on Feb. 6, the Lady ‘Yotes secured a home game in the Cascade Conference Tournament, set to begin Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The C of I has now advanced to the postseason in 13 of the 14 seasons since women’s basketball was reinstated at the College in 1995, but have never won a CCC Tournament title.

‘Yote skiers claim victory at Bogus; move on to regional championships

Mats Boehnke, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Dewey Moss and Katie Sawaya led the ‘Yotes to another victory on home turf at Bogus Basin last weekend in the final qualifying series for the year. The ‘Yote ski teams will be competing this week at the USCSA regional championship in Steamboat, Colo.

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.

Student News

Malek assists Idaho Legislature with budget research

Student Matthew Malek, an intern for state Sen. Dean Cameron (R-Rupert), completed a report for Cameron’s office showing how different states have been handling budget shortfalls for K-12 education. The report was sent to the National Conference of State Legislatures which is using it to provide information to other state legislatures about the nationwide trend for K-12 education funding.

Faculty News

“Performance Today” a show on Minnesota Public Radio has chosen an excerpt from “Volante,” the latest cd from the Langroise Trio, to be broadcast today (Thursday Feb. 19). “Performance Today” is a prestigious classical music program that is broadcast nationwide.

The program’s host, Fred Child, contacted Trio violinist and music faculty Geoffrey Trabichoff to check the pronunciation of the Trio’s name, and to let him know that a portion of Idaho composer Jim Cockey’s 2nd String Trio would be featured.It can be heard here.

Upcoming events

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

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.

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 March 15

The Langroise Trio’s third concert in the 2008-09 series is March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall.

The concert 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 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.

Lynne Kiefer (‘68) has an art exhibit at First Presbyterian Church in the Chapel Hall Gallery at SW 12th and Alder in Portland, Ore. (enter at the SW 13th entrance). The exhibit is called “God with Us: A Spiritual Journey,” and is open every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment. It runs until April 12 and appointments can be made by calling (503) 228-7331.

Alumni News and Events

Three C of I alumni named in Oregon 150 Booklist

To help commemorate Oregon’s sesquicentennial, the Oregon state librarian announced the Oregon 150 Booklist on Feb. 11. The list of 150 books for children, teens and adults describes the Oregon experience and includes fiction, non-fiction, history, and poetry.

Three C of I alumni were involved in the production of a number of titles on the list:

Jan Boles (‘65), contributed photographs to “Nosotros: The Hispanic People of Oregon, Essays and Recollections” (1995) by Erasmo Bamboa and Carolyn M. Buan, which is a collection of essays and oral histories describing the Hispanic experience in Oregon.

Suzi Jones (‘68), co-edited “The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature” (1994), which is traditional stories, songs, tales, and sayings that reveal the richness of Oregon’s oral traditions.

George A. Venn (‘66), is the author of “West of Paradise” (1999), a collection of poems exploring themes and characters of Eastern Oregon. Venn, a distinguished poet, educator, and editor of the Oregon Literature Series, also edited seven other titles on the list.

To see the entire list, click here.

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’s 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. 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 when 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.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor Mathematics

Staff Openings

  • Accountant
  • Major Gifts Officer

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.