C of I Newsletter

2009. 04. 09.

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C of I team honored at math competition for the second year

C of I students Ben Coate (‘09), Zach Kopplin (‘09) and Nate Landis (‘10) have been awarded an “Outstanding” designation in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) 2009 Mathematical Competition in Modeling, one of just 11 teams to win this award out of more than 2,000 papers submitted. This is the second year in a row The College of Idaho has won this distinction.

“It is an incredible feeling to have won this competition twice in a row,” said Coate, who was on last year’s winning team with Tyler Gross (‘08) and Megan Longo (‘08). “I have been fortunate to have great teammates both years who brought different skill sets to the competition.”

The team spent 55 hours over a four-day period on their paper, which was called “Energy Implications of Cellular Proliferation in the United States” and focused on cell phone rechargers and the energy they waste when plugged into the wall and not charging the battery. It will be presented at the 4th Annual C of I Student Research Conference on May 2.

Some of the other teams who received an “Outstanding” designation were from Harvard University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College and the U.S. Military Academy.

“I can’t emphasize enough how remarkable this achievement is,” said Mike Hitchman, associate professor of math and physical science. “To have won the ‘Outstanding’ award once is remarkable, and to have done it twice in a row is something else.”

Coate credited Hitchman and the other math and physics faculty for the team’s success.

“The math and physical science department has given us every opportunity to excel,” he said. “Not only have they prepared us for competitions like COMAP through their teachings in the classroom, but they have always been there as advisors, friends and avid supporters of all our extracurricular endeavors.”

Other schools competing in the competition include teams from Princeton University (7 teams), MIT (2), Stanford University (2), Columbia University (2), University of Washington (4), Willamette University (2), Carroll College (10), and the University of Puget Sound (2).

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Hoover accepts job at Idaho Community Foundation beginning in July

President Bob Hoover announced this week that he has accepted a job at the Idaho Community Foundation, a statewide nonprofit organization. He will begin the job in mid- July.

Hoover, who intended to retire at the end of the academic year, will remain president of The C of I until June 30.

“Leslee and I hoped to move permanently to our home in Coeur d’Alene where we could spend time together, travel, and visit family and friends,” Hoover said. “However, in the year since I announced my retirement, the national financial crisis has taken a toll on my portfolio.”

Hoover was nominated for the ICF job, which is currently held by interim president and CEO Alice Hennessey, who received an honorary degree from the College in 2007.

He said he believes the ICF job is a good fit for him because it allows him to continue his work improving the lives of Idahoans through education, social services and the arts.

“The College of Idaho has simply been the best professional experience of my life and taking this job in no way reflects on the outstanding faculty, students, alumni, staff, administrators and trustees at the College,” Hoover said. “I hold all of them in the highest esteem and I hope my new position will allow our paths to cross again.”

The ICF is composed of over 400 individual funds, pooled together for efficient management. Total assets at year end 2008 were approximately $55 million. Since its inception in 1988, ICF has made charitable distributions in all 44 counties in Idaho totaling more than $44 million.

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Bill Wallace, former C of I professor and registrar, dies at 79

Former chair of The C of I modern foreign language department and College registrar William E. (Bill) Wallace died peacefully at home in Hailey with his family on April 1. At his request, no public service will be held.

Bill was born in Newberg, Oregon on July 11, 1929, the only child of Charlotte and Silas Wallace. He spent most of his growing up years in the midst of aunts, uncles and cousins. William studied journalism under his aunt Mercedes at Newberg High. His mother Charlotte was also a teacher. These scholarly women had a profound influence on his own academic life.

Bill went on to earn a BA and an MA in Romance Languages at the University of Oregon and spent one very defining year at Princeton graduate school. William met Valeta Hershberger while acting as a visiting professor of foreign languages at the University of Idaho. The couple married in 1959 and raised two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.

William taught foreign languages at The College of Idaho where he served as chair of the modern foreign language department from 1956 – 1974.

In 1974, he became the College’s registrar, a job that allowed him to know personally almost every student on campus. Even in later years, he had a marvelous memory of the students, many of whom he kept in contact with for years. He always had a genuine admiration for college students. He loved the college community, and his career with the College spanned 37 years.

Among his joys of being registrar was the graduation of his two daughters in 1986 and 1990. Being an “on stage” person, he handed them their diploma and gave them each a big, happy, tearful hug.

William loved words and fastidiously edited several publications, including The College of Idaho Catalog. He became known to many as a go-to person for language-usage questions. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects including the history and lore of The College of Idaho. He was known amongst certain students as the “Answer Man.” If he wasn’t able to retrieve information directly from his memory, he had a book on his shelf where the answer could be found.

William had many non-professional interests which he pursued with the same devotion and inquisitive intelligence that he applied to his academic interests. He loved trout fishing, mushroom hunting, butterfly collecting, wood working, astronomy and gardening, and was an accomplished cook.

A few of his numerous honors and affiliations included serving as President of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Language Teachers Association, President of the Idaho Foreign Language Teachers Association, Idaho Foreign Language Distinguished Teacher Award, and company commander and staff officer of the Oregon and Idaho National Guard. At the age of 22 he received the Paris Bimillenary Award (1951) and spent a summer in France as a guest of the French government.

Above all else, William was a devoted, loving husband, father, and grandfather. William is survived by his wife Valeta, daughters, Sarah Wallace (‘86) of Santa Fe, NM, and Elizabeth Wallace (‘90) of Hailey, son in law, Rick Allington of Hailey and two beloved grandchildren Madeleine and Asa Anderson, both of Santa Fe, NM. “Grandpa Bill” will be dearly missed and always remembered.

In lieu of flowers, the Wallace family suggests donations to The College of Idaho’s Friends of Terteling Library. To make a donation, contact Barry Fujishin in The C of I development office at 459-5300 or by email.

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Student Research Grant program announces recipients

The C of I Student Research Grant (SRG) program recently awarded nearly $3,000 to four undergraduate projects. The SRG program is in its second year and was established to promote student scholarship and creativity in all fields of study.

“The goal of the program is to help The C of I build a community of student scholars spanning a variety of disciplines that enhances the academic vitality of the campus community,” said political economy professor Jim Angresano, who is the SRG committee chair.

Money for the grants comes from the student senate, administration and charitable donations. This year 12 students submitted grant requests.

“The Student Research Grant is a competitive process, and recipients conduct their work under the supervision of a faculty mentor,” Angresano said. “The faculty advisor oversees the preparation of the proposal and completion of the project.

The following received funding this year:

  • Cole Bitzenburg (faculty advisor Steve Maughan)

    Project: Development and diffusion of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in Idaho and the consequences upon rural areas, focusing in particular on consolidation of agricultural land holdings. This project developed out of an interest kindled by stories from Bitzenburg’s grandparents who described how whole households were killed by influenza, including the family that owned the house across the street from his in rural Twin Falls County.

  • Matt Johansen and Tamara O’Rourke (faculty advisors Jill Haunold and Jann Adams); in conjunction with Boise State University student Cory Anne Hutchinson and BSU faculty advisor Mary Pritchard

    Project: Attachment Theory as it relates to the human-pet relationship. Does “Mommy Dearest” predict if Fido will sleep in your bed or backyard? This study examines the hypothesis that there is a relationship between adult attachment style toward a parent and the adult child’s typical relationship style with pets.

  • Adam Nunez (faculty advisor Diane Raptosh)

    Project: Travel to San Jose and Santa Barbara, Calif., to research newspaper stories published in the late 1920s through the late 1940s. Nunez’s father and siblings were born in Santa Barbara and lived in labor camps, later finding better work in San Jose. Nunez will review newspaper articles of this time period and conduct interviews with his relatives who live in the area. He will produce a poetry portfolio of his family’s oral history.

  • Amanda Smith and Drew Stritzke (faculty advisor John Thurston)

    Project: Materials for synthesizing and testing transitional metal doped photocatalysts and their effectiveness at degrading organic pollutants. The team is hoping to discover a way to degrade organic pollutants in the atmosphere by using the sun. They will present their research at the American Chemical Society meeting.

Grant recipients said the opportunity to conduct research in undergraduate school was important. Smith said she is planning to attend medical school and research is a major component of preparing for a career in the medical field. Bitzenburg agreed that the SRG program would help him in his future.

“I think that my research at The C of I will help in my further educational aspirations of attending graduate school and getting a master’s degree in history,” he said.

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Student News

The C of I Model UN at national conference in New York

Eleven students from The C of I are competing at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City this week. This year’s delegation is representing Cambodia.

Students will spend more than 50 hours in sessions simulating international deliberation on topics ranging from nuclear non-proliferation and arms trafficking to children’s rights and WTO rules.

The C of I delegation is Jesus Tarifa (head delegate), Dorgham Abusalim, Jessie Barnes, Amy Bennett, Victoria Hess, Brenden Hoffman, Jesse Holmes, Kaite Justice, Kara Myers, Roshan Roghani and Brian Weiss.

Rob Dayley, associate professor political economy and MUN advisor, will travel with the group.

“The students wish to publicly thank the alumni supporters and friends of the college who have donated funds to support MUN,” Dayley said.

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Ortel featured on Portfolio.com

Will Ortel was the subject of Felix Salmon’s Market Movers column on Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com. Ortel contacted Salmon with some questions about financial literacy for a journalism project Ortel is doing. To read the questions and answers, click here.

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Faculty News

Gunderson and Heggland speak at INBRE symposium

Biology faculty Mark Gunderson and Sara Heggland were invited speakers for the Idaho INBRE Faculty Symposium hosted by Boise State University on Saturday, April 4. Gunderson presented his work titled “Endocrine Disruptors: From the Swamp to the Bench.” Heggland presented her work titled “Risk Factors for Osteoporosis: Impact of Cadmium on Bone Health.”

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Claassen’s work on display at the Stewart Gallery, BAM

Art professor Garth Claassen will have shows running concurrently at the Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., in Boise and the Boise Art Museum.

The Stewart Gallery will host an opening reception on April 17 from 6-9 p.m. The display of paintings and drawings, called “Blunderings,” will be open until May 25.

Claassen will be the featured speaker at the Boise Art Museum for Art Talk during First Thursday on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. The BAM exhibition, “Bloated Floaters, Snouted Sappers, and the Defense of Empire” is on display until May 31. To read more about the show click here.

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Museum News

Tutankhamun DVD to be shown at archaeology society chapter meeting tonight

The Idaho Archaeology Society’s Great Basin Chapter will hold its April meeting at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History tonight (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.

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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.

Whittenberger Planetarium show April 20

The International Year of Astronomy is being recognized through the spring at the Whittenberger Planetarium. The next show is April 20 to see the current night sky and deep space objects visible in April.

The show begins 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.

Davis Projects for Peace fundraising dinner is April 20

A fundraising dinner and silent auction for Kaitlyn Justice’s Davis Project for Peace will be held Monday, April 20 in Simplot Dining Hall. The silent auction and social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Entertainment includes African dances and a presentation about Tanzania.

Justice was awarded a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant to “adopt” a rural primary school outside of Arusha, Tanzania. Justice will travel to Tanzania this summer to train local teachers, improve their living quarters, renovate the school and purchase classroom materials.

For more information or to RSVP, email Justice at [email protected] or Jim Angresano at [email protected]

Spring 2009 Foreign Policy Speaker on April 21

The C of I political economy department presents “Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Obama Administration” by Maurice East from George Washington University as part of its Foreign Policy Speakers Series on Tuesday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hendren Board Room in Sterry Hall.

East has served as president of the International Studies Association and was senior fellow at the Strategic Concepts Development Center of the U.S. Department of Defense. At GWU, East teaches courses on international politics theory, comparative foreign policy, and introductory world politics. His publications include “Diplomacy and Developing Nations,” “Why Nations Act,” “The Analysis of International Politics,” and numerous articles on small states’ foreign policy-making. The visit is sponsored by the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations.

Langroise Trio concerts April 24-25

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 concerts 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.

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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.

Bill Clark (‘67), director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History recently retired from Idaho Power Company. His wife Mary also retired recently, and they will spend April in the desert of Baja California, Mexico with their three daughters. The Clarks will camp in the desert, visit friends, spend some time on research and run a support vehicle and trailer for their daughters’ mountain biking expedition. Clark will remain as director of the museum.

Liz (Wonderlich) Oler (‘05) will graduate from the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy on May 9.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

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