C of I Newsletter

2009. 02. 26.

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Student starts The C of I Foodbank for local families

What started as a way to help local families has nearly turned into a full-time job for sophomore Israel Vidales, who started The C of I Foodbank with $150 and has logged hundreds of hours on the project since it began in the fall.

Vidales noticed there was lots of food left in Simplot Dining Hall at the end of the day. He also knew there were families at his Nampa church who were struggling to buy food.

“My parents struggled financially when I was little and it makes me want to help other people get on their feet,” said Vidales, an international business major.

Vidales asked Bon Appetit general manager Matt Caldwell if he could take unused food and distribute it. Bon Appetit provides food service and catering for the College.

“When Israel approached us with his idea, we thought it was a great opportunity,” Caldwell said. “We are always looking for ways to partner with the College and be more active in the community. This helps us minimize our food waste and helps low-income families get nutritious meals.”

Vidales used $600 given to him by the ALAS and ISO student groups to purchase food containers and other items, and has permission to use a C of I vehicle for deliveries. He selected a few families with help from his church pastors and has since learned of others.

He now makes deliveries to six families on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the help of volunteers from the campus’ TERRA, ISO and ALAS student groups. Vidales said he would like to expand the program into a campus club next year.

“I’d like to be able to add more families and make deliveries every day, but I need more volunteers to do that,” he said. To pack and deliver food takes about three hours on the delivery days.

However, Vidales said it’s worth the time he spends because he knows that the families who receive the food are getting healthy, delicious meals.

“Many of these families have someone with a disability or they have job troubles,” he said. “One family has seven children. I want to help the children and let them know the college cares about them.”

President Bob Hoover said he is proud of Vidales and The C of I Foodbank.

“Israel Vidales identified a need in the community and he found the resources to help,” Hoover said. “He sets a wonderful example for all of us.”

Vidales is modest about his role with the foodbank.

“I have to give credit to pastors David Whaley and Jason Chaulk at Harvest Life Church,” he said. “I’ve also built a great relationship with Bon Appetit and Maintenance & Operations and I thank all of them for their help.”

Lady ‘Yotes beat OIT in quarterfinals; men lose to Evergreen

The Lady ‘Yotes won their Cascade Conference Tournament quarterfinal match-up against Oregon Tech by a score of 63-41 on Tuesday at home. With the victory, the No. 14 ranked Lady Yotes (28-3) will move into Friday’s semifinals, hosting Southern Oregon at 7:30 p.m.

Nicole Gall had a double-double in the win, scoring a game-high 14 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, to go with six assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. Whitney Owen added 10 points, with Christon Vander Esch scoring seven points, but grabbing 10 rebounds.

The men’s team (16-15), had its third match-up against Evergreen State, but lost 70-57.

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.

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.

Coyote Caller Phonathon begins next month

The Spring 2009 Coyote Caller Phonathon begins in March. The Coyote Caller’s mission is to build and strengthen the relationship between The College of Idaho alumni, parents and friends, and seek monetary support for the College.

The Phonathon is a chance for those who are contacted to ask questions about The C of I, offer suggestions, update their contact information, get information about college news and events, and make an annual pledge of support.

For more information, contact Boone Fund coordinator Courtney Carissimi by email or phone at (208) 459-5918.

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.

Upcoming events

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.

Meridian Symphony performs May 12

The Meridian Symphony, conducted by Tom Phelps, will have its Young Artists Competition Concert on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Seating is open, but tickets are required. Tickets are $8 each or $18 for a family. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783. Proceeds will benefit the School Outreach Programs.

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.

Dimitri Silva (’06), and Anna Harris (’06) are living in the New York City area. Anna is currently in her second year at Rutgers Law School in Newark. Dimitri has a position with Alliance-Bernstein in Manhattan as a hedge fund analyst and adviser. Anna and Dimitri were married in August ‘06.

Alumni News and Events

The C of I on Facebook and LinkedIn

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

The C of I also has a LinkedIn group. LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site that is used for both job hunting and recruiting. These profiles include information about an individual’s education, career experience, honors and awards. To create a profile, click here.

Those already on the site can join The College of Idaho group to connect with fellow alumni.

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.

  • 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
  • PT Weekend Custodian

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.