C of I Newsletter

2009. 03. 12.

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C of I swimmers named NAIA Champions of Character

The C of I men’s and women’s swim teams have been named NAIA Champions of Character – the first team from the College to receive the recognition.

The Champions of Character program started in 2000 to promote character development in youth and change the culture of sport. The NAIA developed the program in response to the growing problem of deteriorating standards of integrity in sports and society. Athletes must demonstrate several qualities to earn a Champion of Character designation including respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and serving others.

Coach Mary Parsons wanted to nominate the team for the award, but thought they might be lacking in the area of serving others.

“After reviewing this with our team leaders, I was amazed by their excitement to work on this,” Parsons said. “We drew up plans to make community service more prevalent in our everyday team activities.”

The team completed several projects including planting trees and flowers outside the aquatics center, collecting soap and shampoo from the hotels where they stayed during road trips and giving them to a local homeless shelter, and building a home for a family in Tijuana, Mexico in December.

The team originally planned to cross the U.S./Mexico border every day and train, but escalating violence in the area led them to focus solely on building the home.

Parsons said she is proud of her team for the recognition they earned. In addition to earning the Champions of Character honor, the men’s and women’s teams were named Academic All Americans this week by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for maintaining an average GPA of 3.0 for fall 2008.

“The team has purposefully grown to develop their character together,” she said. “The family in Mexico that now lives in a new house could not believe that these students would give up their slumber and relaxation time to build them a home. That family considers these students to be champions of character, and so do I.”

Lady Yotes fall to Hastings at NAIA Tournament

The Lady Yotes women’s basketball team lost 76-64 to Hastings College (Hastings, Neb.) in a first-round NAIA Division II National Tournament at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday.

The Broncos (24-7), the three-time national champions, opened the second half on a 20-4 run, holding the Lady Yotes without a field goal for a 7-minute stretch. The C of I forced six straight Hastings turnovers and the score was 68-61 after a Christon Vander Esch three-point basket with 2:17 left in the game.

Unfortunately for the Lady Yotes (29-5), the Broncos proved to be too much, using 22 offensive rebounds to create multiple second-chance opportunities, while forcing 25 C of I turnovers.

Vander Esch led the Lady Yotes with 18 points and 11 rebounds in her final collegiate game, with Nicole Gall adding 16 points, and Whitney Owen adding 13. Hastings moves on to face Shawnee State in the second-round on Friday.

Fujishin wins sold-out Gala tickets; raffle tickets still available

Congratulations to Barry Fujishin in the development office for winning two tickets to the sold-out C of I Scholarship Gala. Fujishin won his tickets by selling the most raffle tickets.

The 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 tickets are still available and purchasers do not need to attend the Gala to win. To purchase raffle tickets for Maui trip, click here.

The Scholarship Gala is Saturday, March 14 and includes dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. It is the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser.

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, a flight lesson, dinner at the top of the Hoff Building and more
  • A horseback riding party for eight kids, including grooming, feeding and horse handling followed by fun games, activities with prizes and a clown. The day includes a kid-friendly menu coupled with homemade ice cream and cake.

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.

Orma J. Smith Museum director receives award from IDACORP

William H. Clark (‘67), director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, will receive a $100 award on behalf of the museum from IDACORP as part of the company’s Volunteer Involvement Program, which gives awards to non-profit organizations in the names of employees who have volunteered during the year.

Clark works for Idaho Power Company as a macroinvertebrate biologist conducting research on threatened and endangered snails in the Middle Snake River. Clark was commended for his efforts including volunteer coordination, collections curation and management, fundraising and research. The money will be used to help defray museum expenses.

Student News

Ski and snowboard team members make All-American Roster

The following C of I ski and snowboard team members were named to the All-American Roster for 2009:

Mats Boehnke – a NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Camrin Braun – 1st Team Academic All American

Sam Finch – 1st Team All American, Skier-cross

Kelley Fitzpatrick – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Gabrielle Gould – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Katie Kernan – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Mark Klug – Honorable Mention Academic All American

Lara Mann – Honorable Mention Academic All American

Bill Marcial – 1st Team All American, Half-pipe, 2nd Team All American, Combined Free-style

Nicki Maxwell – Honorable Mention Academic All American, NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Travis Morris – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Dewey Moss – 2nd Team Academic All American, NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Eric Ostrand – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Patricia Randazzo – Honorable Mention Academic All American, 1st Team All American, Skier-cross, 2nd Team All American, Half-pipe, 2nd Team All American, Slope-style, 2nd Team All American, Combined Free-style

Katie Sawaya – NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Stella Selden – 1st Team Academic All American, 1st Team All American, Half-pipe, 1st Team All American, Slope-style, 1st Team All American, Skier-cross, 1st Team All American, Combined Free-style

Alli Straubhar – Honorable Mention Academic All American

Jessica Wise – Honorable Mention Academic All American, 1st Team All American, Skier-cross, 2nd Team All American, Half-pipe, 2nd Team All American, Slope-style, 2nd Team All American, Combined Free-style, NWCSC All-Conference Ski Team

Nunez presents at Western Regional Honors Conference

Gipson scholar Adam Nunez recently returned from the Western Regional Honors Conference in Spokane where he read some of his poetry along with his relatives’ oral histories, in which they share stories of their farm worker pasts.

The C of I has had Gipson scholars present their work at the conference in the past three years. The conference is hosted by the Washington State University Honors College.

Upcoming events

Langroise Trio’s March 15 concert rescheduled for April 24-25

The Langroise Trio concert scheduled for March 15 has been cancelled due to illness. The next concerts will be:

  • April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise. Admission is $10 adults and $5 for students and seniors.

  • April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free.

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, Corey McKnight, counter tenor, and Jim Cockey, composer.

Whittenberger Planetarium shows March 25 and April 20

The International Year of Astronomy is being recognized through the spring at the Whittenberger Planetarium. Shows will be March 25 to see the current night sky and the vernal equinox, and April 20 to see the current night sky and deep space objects visible in April.

Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 5-18. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please make them by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211.

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building.

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.

Roger Aguilar (‘04) an MBA student at George Fox University won a national contest sponsored by the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Va. Aguilar and his team presented the results of their research and a recommendation about Micron’s stock to a panel of chartered financial analysts in Boise.

Burke Hays (‘06), was recently awarded the 2009 Hopkins-Guttmacher Summer Fellowship. The fellowship is a joint venture between the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, the world’s preeminent non-governmental organization dealing with reproductive health issues. As part of the fellowship, Burke will spend time lobbying for affordable access to contraceptives for underserved men and women. Burke will also work to increase funding for comprehensive sexual health education in schools.

Eric Rohde (‘95) is currently the senior production specialist in the web services department at Coffey Communications, Inc., a healthcare publication and web company. Eric started working for Coffey after completing his masters in theatre arts, directing at Portland State University in 2000. His wife, Angela Ferguson-Rohde is an optometrist and partner with Valley Vision Clinic. They live in Walla Walla, Wash., with their 2-year-old daughter Lauren and are involved with the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

Michael van Kampien (‘01) who pitched for the Yotes is now a member of the Netherlands team competing in the World Baseball Classic this month. He was shown in a photo in the Kansas City Star online newspaper after the Netherlands upset the favored Dominican Republic Tuesday night. To see the photo and read the story, click here. Van Kampien is the player not wearing a hat.

Alumni News

Alumni Volunteer Corps will be at Ronald McDonald house April 1

The Alumni Volunteer Corps is back in action and is requesting time, treasures and talents from The C of I alumni. The volunteer corps facilitates a variety of community service activities around the Treasure Valley for alumni. The next event will be Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House. Six volunteers are needed. Email the alumni office to sign up.

Alumni merchandise available from C of I online bookstore

Alumni merchandise including sweatshirts, license plate frames and school spirit house flags can now be ordered online. Alumni receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the store, online or over the phone. To receive the discount when ordering online or by phone, please contact bookstore manager Mary Brown by email. The license plate frames and house flags pictured must be ordered directly from Mary by phone at 459-5407 or email.

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 Room in 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 Henberg at the Bye and Bye . Join us at 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 16: Resume Polishing: How to Write a Winning Resume in Today’s Economy, Beside Bardenay in Boise at 5:30 p.m. Dora Gallegos, Director of the Center for Experiential Learning, will be hosting an evening session for alumni who are employed and those who are looking to review and revamp their resumes. Using a method she calls STAR, Dora will teach you how to apply behavioral interviewing strategy to improve the effectiveness of your resume. Guests are invited to bring a laptop (wifi provided).

  • April 17: Family Date Night at Rafiki in Boise on State Street. Discounts will be given to all alumni and family from 4-7 p.m. Rafiki is a family-friendly coffee shop and juice bar that is equipped with padded floors, couches, and play areas for various age groups.

  • 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

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.


  • 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. To read more about the show click here.

  • Political economy chair Jasper LiCalzi, English and journalism instructor Alan Minskoff, and C of I family advisory council co-chair Paul Hosefros have blogs available. LiCalzi’s is about Idaho politics and available through the Idaho Statesman. Minskoff and Hosefros are writing and photographing “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.”

  • 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.

  • Psychology professor Jann Adams has also 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.

  • It’s the Kappa Sigma fraternity’s 30th anniversary this year. Interested KE alumni should contact current KE brother Rich Hatch by email for more information and to help get the word out about the event.

  • “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 April 25. 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.