C of I Newsletter

2009. 03. 05.

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Nunez wins national poetry contest

C of I student Adam Nunez won second place and $500 in The Atlantic magazine’s prestigious Student Writing Contest in the poetry category. His winning poem is titled “Alternative Birth,” and is about his father’s experience as a Hispanic migrant worker in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“It feels surreal that my poem won second place,” said Nunez, a Gipson honors program scholar with concentrations in creative writing and sociology. “I’m thrilled!”

Sociology professor Robin Lorentzen is one of Nunez’s Gipson advisors and suggested that he enter the writing contest.

“Adam is by far one of the most talented students we’ve had at the College,” Lorentzen said. “He’s a highly gifted writer and poet, a young work in progress in whose future we can expect great things.”

English professor Diane Raptosh (‘83), another of Nunez’s Gipson advisors and a published poet, said Nunez was deserving of the recognition.

“As a student,Adam is both utterly brilliant andvery low-key about hispoetic accomplishments,” Raptosh said. “This is just the beginning of what will surely be Adam’s extraordinary debut as a poet.”

All winners from each category will be officially announced in the May 2009 issue of The Atlantic, and Nunez’s poem may also be published.

Lady ‘Yotes play Hastings in NAIA tournament Wednesday; lose to Concordia in CCC Tournament

The Lady ‘Yotes will meet Hastings College of Nebraska in the opening round game of the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.Tip-off is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. (MT) Wednesday, March 11 at the Tyson Events Center.

Earlier this week, Concordia University claimed its first ever Cascade Conference Tournament title, defeating The C of I 75-66 in Portland, Ore., on Monday.

After eight lead changes in the first seven minutes of play, CU (28-3) used a 15-5 run to create a double digit lead with six minutes remaining in the half. The ‘Yotes cut the margin to three with a lay-up from Whitney Owen with just over a minute to play, but the Cavs responded with the final two baskets of the period for a 38-31 lead at the half.

Christon Vander Esch, the CCC Player of the Year, posted a game-high 21 points after shooting 8-of-15 from the field. Owen added 11 points and a game-high ten rebounds for the No. 14 ranked Yotes.

Scholarship Gala team gathers auction items

The C of I Scholarship Gala is less than two weeks away and a sneak peak at items that will be available for the live auction and silent auction is now available.

Live auction items include:

  • Dinner for six with Gov. Butch Otter (‘67) and First Lady Lori Otter at the Idaho House in Boise (formerly owned by J.R. Simplot)
  • A “bucket list” of before-you-die activities including sky diving, river rafting, flight lesson, dinner at the top of the Hoff Building and more
  • A guided rafting trip for four and custom fly rod

Silent auction items include a Dallas Cowboys football jersey signed by Troy Aikman, a basketball signed by Magic Johnson and a dinner for eight hosted by the International Student Organization.

Click here to see more items that will be available for auction.

The sold-out Scholarship Gala is Saturday, March 14 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center and includes dinner and dancing. It is the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser.

Tickets are still available to win 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 raffle tickets for Maui trip, click here.

Nominate C of I Young Alumni for recognition

David Hensley ‘98

Thanks to all who have contacted The C of I alumni office with nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Homecoming during the last weekend of September.

Alumni director Frances Nagashima (‘01) said nominations are still needed for the Young Alumni recognition. Last year’s Young Alumni award went to Dave Hensley (‘98), principal legal advisor to Gov. Butch Otter (‘67).

“We have many talented young alumni from the College who meet the criteria of significant achievements in their personal or professional lives,” Nagashima said. “We just need to get some more nominations.”

The National Alumni Board will discuss the nominations at its quarterly meeting on March 14. Nominations must be received by March 6 for consideration.

Awards will be given 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.

Museum workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum is Saturday, March 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 Alan Gillogly, curator of coleoptera at the museum, on the topic of “Introduction to Back-Country Panama.”

Volunteers can assist with museum projects or peruse exhibits. Please note that the museum will be locked during lunch.

Faculty News

Batt awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

Ellen Batt, associate professor of modern foreign languages and education, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción in Concepción, Chile.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Batt will conduct research with foreign language and linguistics colleagues, and teach seminars in applied linguistics for graduates and undergraduates during the first semester of the academic year, March through July 2010.

Claassen’s show opens March 14 at the Boise Art Museum

Art professor Garth Claassen has a show at the Boise Art Museum from March 14 – May 31 entitled “Bloated Floaters, Snouted Sappers, and the Defense of Empire.” The show is a new body of drawings that grew out of Claassen’s series “The Heavy Dancers,” which he began in 2003 during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

Claassen was recently awarded his second Visual Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was one of seven winners chosen from 53 entrants statewide.

To read more about “Bloated Floaters, Snouted Sappers, and the Defense of Empire,” click here.

Snyder-Reinke’s book released by Harvard University Press

“Dry Spells: State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China,” by history assistant professor Jeff Snyder-Reinke was recently released by Harvard University Press and is now available for purchase.

The book is about Chinese officials who put considerable effort into managing the fiscal and legal affairs of their jurisdictions, and who also devoted significant time and energy to performing religious rituals on behalf of the state. It is described by the publisher as a “…groundbreaking study (that) explores this underappreciated aspect of Chinese political life by investigating rainmaking activities organized or conducted by local officials in the Qing dynasty.”

To read a further description or to order a copy, click here.

Minskoff and Hosefros blogging about Idaho wine

Alan Minskoff, English and journalism instructor, and Paul Hosefros, C of I family advisory council co-chair, have a new blog titled “Western Wine Adventures” on NewWest.net. Minskoff is writing “The Year of Drinking Locally,” which chronicles their travels throughout Idaho and Hosefros is detailing their work from the photographer’s angle in “Vantage Point.” They are logging hundreds of miles visiting vineyards and wineries in the Northwest sampling locally produced wines.

In addition to the blog, Minskoff and Hosefros are doing research for a book, “Idaho Wine Country,” which will be available in 2010 from Caxton Press.

“The wines produced in Idaho have improved dramatically in recent years and our job is to tell the story,” Minskoff said. “Besides, in these times a little wine helps soften the hard economic news.”

To read the blog, click here.

Upcoming events

Music faculty recital is Sunday

The C of I music faculty Mari Jo Tynon and Sean Rogers will perform opera and oratorio arias ranging from Baroque through Verdi, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor for cello and piano on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall.They will be assisted by cellist Emily Tynon, Mari Jo’s daughter. The program will include works for soprano, cello and piano.Admission is free.

Mari Jo Tynon is a professor of voice at the College. She joined The C of I faculty in 1990, is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently serves as Idaho District Governor for NATS.

Rogers (‘94) is an alumnus and is serving his first year as director of choral activities.This year,The C of I choirs were chosen to perform with the Boise Philharmonic and Boise Master Chorale in the recent “Voices of Light” concerts.Rogers has also served as music director for several opera productions at The C of I.

Emily Tynon is a 2002 graduate of Caldwell High School. She wasa member of the Idaho Allstate Orchestra, as well asthe All Northwest Orchestra. At 16 she auditionedand was chosen to play in the cello section of the Boise Philharmonic.Emily won the Gonzaga University Young Artist’s competition in 2001 and the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony’s concerto competition in 2002.She graduated in 2006 from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory in Ohio with a degree in cello performance, and started a master’s program in cello performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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.

Joshua Patrick Brown (‘01) and his wife Rebecca welcomed their daughter Alexandra Dublin Brown on Feb. 20. Born at 30 weeks, she is in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital at the University of Utah. Lexi weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 15 ½ inches. Joshua works as an underground surveyor for Barrick Gold Corp. at the Goldstrike Meikle Mine outside of Elko, Nevada. Becky has taken time off from the mining field to care for Madison, the couple’s 2-year-old, and Lexi. They were married in August 2008.

Michelle Hancock (’86) has moved to Pensacola, Florida where she is teaching composition and sociology at Virginia College and has recently taken over the directorship of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. Her novel, “The Lost,” is available on Amazon.

Mike Hultz (‘93), head men’s basketball coach at Minot State University, was recently honored by MSU President David Fuller and Athletic Director Rick Hedberg after he passed legendary coach Herb Parker on the all-time wins list in the MSU program. Hultz was given a game ball signed by the 2008-09 team and coaches commemorating the 176th win. Hultz is in his 11th season had has reached 17 wins six times.

Mary Monroe (‘78), senior vice president at KeyBank, has been named commercial banking team manager to serve commercial banking and corporate clients in the Treasure Valley. Monroe has more than 30 years experience in banking and has served as a commercial lender, relationship manager and branch manager in Boise, Ketchum and Milwaukee, Wis.

Aaron Norman (‘99) and his wife Annie have their first daughter, born Feb. 7 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The family hopes to visit The C of I later this year.

Tim Stock (‘73) and Karen Vertrees Stock (‘74) have been married more than 35 years. They are retired and spend their time in McCall, Eagle and Sun Lakes, Ariz. They fill their retirement schedule with softball, golf, skiing, Rotary and family. Their daughter Keri lives in Tulsa, Okla., and is a stay-at-home mom to their 5-year-old granddaughter and 3-year-old grandson. Son-in-law Jake is an engineer with Kimberly-CL. Their son Capt. Brandon Stock graduated from the U.S. Airforce Academy in 2004 and is stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane with his wife Erin. He is a KC 135 pilot and she is a kindergarten teacher.

Alumni News

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 usedfor both job hunting and recruiting. These profiles include information aboutan individual’s education, career experience, honorsand 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. Interested KΣ alumni should contactcurrent KΣ brother Rich Hatch by email for more information and to help get the word out about the event.

Alumni Events

For more information about the events listed below, call the 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 Tasting Roomin Woodinville at 6:30 p.m.

  • March 22: Portland to introduce The C of I’s 12th college president Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henbergat the Bye and Bye. Join usat 4 p.m. for an afternoon of camaraderie, toasts and food.

  • 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 with Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg at the Bingham McCutchen Building, Three Embarcadero Center, San Francisco at 3:30 p.m.

  • 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, 1959 and 1949

  • 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

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.


  • The Spring 2009 Coyote Caller Phonathon has started. 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 college relations coordinator Courtney Carissimi by email or phone at (208) 459-5918.

  • “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.