C of I Newsletter

2009. 04. 02.

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Editor’s note: Beginning this week, The C of I Weekly Newsletter will feature a clickable table of contents, so you can see what’s in the newsletter at a glance and read the stories that most interest you. All the same features are here, and we hope the new format will make the newsletter easier to read.

In this week’s newsletter:

Top Stories

The Howlin’ Yotes claim six national championships; third best overall

Scholarship Gala raises more than $157,000

Raptosh honored by Women’s & Children’s Alliance

Faculty promotions, new trustees announced at March board meeting

Student News

Four students to present at national literature conference

Graduate school acceptances for Roybal and Nash

Faculty News

Joe Golden to present at First Thursday tonight

Staff News

Hoover chairing reaccreditation team for University of Great Falls

Stanford illustrates Owyhee County Historical Society journal

Museum News

Tutankhamun DVD to be shown at archaeology society chaptermeeting April 9

Museum workday is Saturday

In every issue

Upcoming Campus Events

Life after The C of I: Where are we now?

Alumni Events

Jobs at The C of I


The Howlin’Yotes claim six national championships; third best overall

The College of Idaho’s speech and debate team, The Howlin’ Yotes, recently finished its most successful season ever, claiming six national championships and finishing third overall at the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech & Debate Championship Tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The four-day tournament was attended by nearly 70 schools from across the country and was the largest collegiate speech and debate tournament in the United States this year. Ohio University took first place overall with a score of 244, followed by Boise State University (226), and the Yotes (206). Defending national champions Southwest Baptist University came in fourth with 192.

BSU and The C of I have a long history of competition and are archrivals when it comes to speech and debate, said Yotes speech & debate director Mack Sermon.

“The Treasure Valley has had two of the top speech and debate teams in the country for a decade,” Sermon said. “We can’t compete with their athletic teams, but we are fierce competitors in this arena. It’s a wonderful David and Goliath story.”

Senior captain Jesse Holmes and freshman Rachel Trompke had a double win as they tied for the national championship in junior parliamentary debate. They entered elimination rounds and defeated Hillsdale College in the final debate to claim first place.

The Howlin’ Yotes proudly dedicate their 2008-2009 championship season to outgoing President Bob Hoover, who will retire in June.

“Bob Hoover has been extremely supportive of our team and our students, which has helped us achieve this success,” Sermon said.

1st Place and National Champions in Junior Parliamentary Debate

  • Jesse Holmes
  • Rachel Trompke

5th Place and National Champions in Junior Parliamentary Debate

  • Kristopher Cruz
  • Luke Floyd

5th Place and National Champions in Senior Parliamentary Debate

  • Emilie McDonagh
  • Casey Mattoon

5th Place and National Champion in Junior IPDA Debate

  • Casey Mattoon

National Champions in Duo Interpretive Reading

  • Skylar Hall
  • Kristopher Cruz

National Champion in Poetry Interpretive Reading

  • Emilie McDonagh

Other winning students: Adjoa Anim-Appiah, Amanda Frickle, John Heinemann, Denyal Landford, Benjamin Losinski, Aaron Mondada, Kyleigh Murphy, Ali Rabe, and Nick Schossow.

Coaching staff: Mack Sermon; assistant coaches Chester Anglin, Ron Price and Richard Zuercher.

Scholarship Gala raises more than $155,000

The recent Scholarship Gala, the College’s largest and most popular scholarship fundraiser, raised more than $155,000 from ticket sales, the raffle, and the silent and live auctions. Nearly 550 people attended the sold-out event on March 14.

Congratulations to Justin Smith (‘94), who won the raffle drawing – a weeklong trip to Maui, including airfare for six, and accommodations in a 2,400-square foot condominium on the Sands of Kahana with ocean views of Lanai and Molokai. The trip was generously donated by Michael Hummel and Suzi Boyle.

Raptosh honored by Women’s & Children’s Alliance

English professor Diane Raptosh (‘83) was one of 33 women honored with a Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) award on Tuesday from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Raptosh is the College’s Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English and a poet.

TWIN awards recognize executive, managerial and professional women in a wide range of careers and are presented by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, which provides shelter, clothing and social services to abused women and children.

Former C of I controller Andrea Dubois was an honoree in 2008 and English department chair Rochelle Johnson was an honoree in 2007.

“I am honored to be chosen for this recognition,” Raptosh said. “I support the work of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and I am proud to be associated with an organization that gives hope to women and children in abusive relationships.”

Raptosh has taught literature and creative writing at the college for 18 years and her daughter Keats Conley is a student here.

Raptosh also learned recently that she will have an essay called “O Canada: A Brief Study of Talk, Trade, and the Eavesdroppable,” published this spring in The American Review of Canadian Studies.

Faculty promotions, new trustees announced at March board meeting

The C of I Board of Trustees met recently and promoted Joe Golden, Robin Cruz and Ellen Batt to full professors.

Two trustees will begin their terms in July:

  • Michael Graves (‘70) a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP who has worked closely with the business community in California’s Silicon Valley. Graves has a bachelor’s degree from The C of I in economics and business administration, and an MBA from Wharton. His wife Suzanne Graves attended the College for two years and is a member of the Class of 1971, and he has several family members who graduated from the College, including brother Ron Graves (‘65), sister Donna Kahrs (‘73), and cousin Peggy Graves (‘66).

  • Beverly Mills (‘66) an artist who managed corporate marketing and PR section for Bechtel and consulted with small business groups. She has served on civic boards and is a past president of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association; vice president of the San Francisco Planning Commission; a founding member and board president of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Market. Mills has a bachelor’s degree in political science from The C of I. She also completed six years of work/study in Paris and London.

A new trustee who will begin his term in FY 2011:

  • Greg Kreizenbeck (‘69) is the CEO of Pacific Land & Investments, a real estate development firm specializing in self-storage in Hawaii and Arizona. Kreizenbeck has held senior positions with various real estate development firms, including a publicly traded (AMEX) real estate company and Terteling Corporation. His work includes master planned communities, world-class destination resorts and shopping centers. He has served as chairman of the planning, zoning and design review commissions in several places, most recently in Phoenix. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from The C of I and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

The trustees also appointed Jack Lemley as Trustee Emeritus. Lemley previously served on the Board from 1997 to 2007 and is only the third person to receive the Trustee Emeritus distinction. The other two are J.R. Simplot and former C of I President Bob Hendren.

Lemley is an Idaho native, who was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in architecture. During his career, which includes being the chief executive officer of the company that built the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel), he has traveled and supervised work in 65 countries and all 50 states.

Student News

Four students to present at national literature conference

Students Adam Nunez, Katrin Tschirgi, Daniel Thrasher and Keats Conley have been invited to present their original work at the 24th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) which begins today at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. They are accompanied by English professor Diane Raptosh (‘83) and associate professor of English Maimuna Dali Islam.

Nunez and Conley will present poetry at the conference, Tschirgi will present nonfiction and Thrasher will present fiction.

NULC was organized by two Weber State University professors in 1985 to give undergraduates an opportunity to present critical and creative papers to an audience of peers from campuses across the country. NULC attracts undergraduate students from every state to present their papers and to hear from contemporary literature writers.

In addition to presenting their work, the students and faculty will attend breakout sessions, presentations, and question-and-answer sessions with nationally known writers.

Graduate school acceptances for Roybal and Nash

Ellen Roybal has been accepted to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York for the four-year doctoral program in ecological economics starting this fall. Roybal also has been awarded a position with RPI called a teaching and learning assistant, and will be a program director for a special-interest floor in a freshman dorm. The special interest is “green living” and sustainability, and she will organize events, hikes, talks, and other activities, as well as help mentor these students. In return, she has all of her expenses paid while she attends RPI.

Senior Sarah Nash, an anthropology/sociology major with triple minors in religion, Crime in Society, and history, has been accepted in the masters of applied historical research graduate program at Boise State University for fall 2009.

Faculty News

Joe Golden to present at First Thursday tonight

Joe Golden, chair of the theatre department, and his comedy partner Tom Willmorth (aka The Fool Squad) will present at the Fettuccine Forum for First Thursday tonight (Thursday, April 2) at the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St. in downtown Boise. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Free appetizers will be served and
fettuccine will be available for $5. The title of their presentation is “Fooling with the Arts.”

Staff News

Hoover chairing reaccreditation team for University of Great Falls

President Bob Hoover is in Great Falls, Mont., this week chairing a nine-member evaluation team for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for the reaccreditation of the University of Great Falls. UGF is a Catholic university founded in 1932.

Stanford illustrates Owyhee County Historical Society journal

Alan Stanford (‘68), chemistry stockroom manager, has completed pen-and-ink drawings for the 49th edition of the Owyhee Outpost, the Owyhee County Historical Society journal. The annual publication contains articles about the rouged desert county forming Idaho’s southwest corner.

A major theme of this year’s Outpost is the development of utilities in the county (telephone, electricity, etc.) in the early 1900s. Alan’s illustration shown here features the first street lamp in Silver City. Another major article chronicles the Boise, Nampa and Owyhee railroad which once ran from Nampa to Murphy.

The editorial board for the journal includes descendants of pioneer families of Owyhee County. Patricia Packard, retired College of Idaho botanist, is on the board and is a contributing author.

Museum News

Tutankhamun DVD to be shown at archaeology society chapter meeting April 9

The Idaho Archaeology Society’s Great Basin Chapter will hold its April meeting at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History on April 9 at 7 p.m. A DVD of the currently traveling exhibit “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,” will be shown. Museum curator Jan Summers Duffy, who has worked in Egypt and near this tomb discovery, will give a brief introduction on the artifacts from the tomb and also about her article “Pillows for His Head – The Headrests from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, KV62,” which will appear in Ancient Egypt magazine this summer.

Museum workday is Saturday

The monthly volunteer workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History Museum is Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers may come for all or part of the day.

The lunch seminar will be presented by Howard Emry on the topic of “Geology and vertebrate paleontology of Pleistocene deposits at American Falls Reservoir, Idaho.”

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

Upcoming campus events

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.

Mr. CASAnova is April 15

Kappa Alpha Theta’s signature philanthropy event, Mr. CASAnova, is April 15 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Mr. CASAnova is a male beauty pageant and all proceeds go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides advocates for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the legal and social service system or remain in an inappropriate group or foster home.

Mr. CASAnova is open to The C of I community and the public. Tickets are $3 and raffle tickets will be available for $1.

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.

Ron Bitner (‘68) a C of I trustee, and his wife Mary Bitner were recently honored with Idaho Winery of the Year for 2009 by Wine Press Northwest for their Bitner Vineyards in Sunnyslope. The Bitners have received several awards recently including a gold medal and two silvers at the 2008 Idaho Wine Festival, two silvers and two bronzes at the 2008 Northwest Wine Summit, a silver and gold at the VinoChallenge in Atlanta, and double gold and best dessert wine at the Florida State Competition. To read the Wine Press Northwest article, click here.

Chris Farnsworth (‘93) has signed a three-book deal for his “Blood Oath” series of books about a vampire “sworn to protect the U.S. president against supernatural threats.” He was interviewed for the Celebritology column in the Washington Post saying, among other things, that he hopes Clive Owen will be chosen to play his vampire if the books get made into movies. To read the interview, click here.

Desiree FitzGerald (‘05) will graduate May 10 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and will practice in New Mexico next year.

Tiffany Hipwell (‘02) gave birth to Emeline Grace Hipwell on March 17. Emeline was 8 lbs., 4 ounces and 22 inches long.

Joan Houston Hall (‘68) appeared in several national newspapers last week in a story about the near completion of The Dictionary of American Regional English, of which she is the editor. Hall has worked at the dictionary since 1975 and has been its editor since 2000. When complete, the dictionary will comprise five volumes with about 75,000 entries.

Laura Mundy (‘04) was featured in a recent article in the Idaho Statesman about volunteer work she does with children from immigrant families at William Howard Taft Elementary in Boise.

Verlena Orr (‘61) has produced a documentary called “Sky Settles Everything” about the disappearing way of life of the family-size cattle ranch, which features her cousin Wayne James, a Camas Prairie rancher. The documentary will premier in Grangeville on April 9-11. Verlena is in the documentary reading poems written by her set in the Camas Prairie. The poems are from her full-length collection “Break in the Cloud Cover.”

R.C. Owens (‘58) was featured in a column in The Record (Stockton, Calif.) titled “Local heroes remind me sports has its redeeming side,” about his induction into the 2009 Manteca Hall of Distinction Sports Heroes, his life in sports and his philanthropic work. To read the column, click here.

Aaron VanTuyl (‘04) was promoted to sports editor of The Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Centralia, Wash.

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.

  • 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 at 6 p.m. Cost is $15/person and includes pasta (red marinara or white clam sauce), bread, salad, and wine. It benefits the Frank Specht Scholarship fund, which is distributed annually. Frank will be helping cook, serve, and socialize. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 459-5770

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Biology Instructor

Staff Openings

  • 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.


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.

Donations to honor Boyd Henry go to mathematics scholarship

Those who would like to honor professor emeritus Boyd Henry, who died in February can make gifts to the College’s Mathematics Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student who has financial need and is majoring in math. Contributions to the scholarship can be made online and should be designated for the Mathematics Scholarship.

  • 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.”

  • “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.