C of I Newsletter

2009. 04. 23.

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Education students present findings to Middleton School Board

After three years of piloting all-boy and all-girl classrooms at Middleton Heights Elementary, the school asked C of I students Stephanie Burke and Molli Lee-Painter to evaluate the program and present their findings to the Middleton School Board.

Burke, a senior, and Lee-Painter, a junior, designed a survey for school faculty and parents, conducted interviews with teachers, parents, students and administrators, and observed the classes. They also developed informational materials, which they distributed to the school board. Recent graduate Brooke Pehrson also worked on the project.

The surveys asked faculty and parents to rate the effectiveness of single gender classrooms. The work has to follow federally mandated guidelines because single gender classrooms are part of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly called No Child Left Behind.)

Among their findings:

  • Girls learn better in paired activities or cooperative groups; boys learn better in individual activities in a more competitive setting

  • Girls learn better in a 72 degree classroom; boys learn better in a 69 degree classroom

  • Over the past three years, girls have increased their standardized test scores for math and science and boys have increase theirs in reading.

Most people who completed surveys agreed that boys and girls need different teaching strategies, but they also thought there should be a limit to the number of years that students are in a single gender classroom.

Burke, who will begin The C of I master’s program in education this summer and will be a student teacher in an all-boy classroom in the fall, said the project helped open her eyes to different instructional strategies for boys and girls, even for the same curriculum.

“I always knew that boys and girls learn differently, but this helps me know what strategies to use with them,” she said.

Lee-Painter said that even though their project has shown the benefits of same gender classrooms, it’s important to offer mixed classes as well.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all type of thing,” she said. “You need to accommodate different styles.”

Burke and Lee-Painter have had their research accepted at a national conference in Atlanta in the fall and will also present at The C of I Student Research Conference on May 2.

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The C of I hosts events and activities for Earth Day & Arbor Day

The College of Idaho hosted several events and activities this week to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, and it’s not too late to participate.

Tomorrow (Friday, April 24), the campus community will be planting trees donated by Kevin Glenn (‘87) of IdaGold Nursery. Glenn will donate more than 300 trees over the next few years.

About 40-50 elm, box elder, maple, honeylocust, flowering crab apple, lindens and flowering plums trees will be planted on Friday, and more will be planted this fall.

Glenn is trying to bring back tree varieties that were originally planted on campus to compliment the landscape and architecture, and is also taking into consideration the type of soil the College has and how easy they are to care for.

Glenn and his wife Monette have owned IdaGold Nursery for about 15 years and he describes it as a small, mom-and-pop operation with three full-time employees in addition to themselves. IdaGold provides trees for commercial landscaping and community projects like parks.

As a student, Glenn had a four-year, full-ride scholarship to The C of I. He stayed a fifth year and ran the College’s Outdoor Program. He wanted to donate trees to the college for several reasons, including his memories of what a beautiful, leafy campus it was when he was a student.

“I was there when the place had really great trees,” he recalled. “And I feel like I really owe the College a lot because it has done a lot for me.”

Tree planting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and there will be a dedication at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Kathryn Albertson International Center.

Volunteers are needed to help with tree planting. To volunteer, contact Kelsie Van Komen in Maintenance & Operations at 459-5551 or send her an email. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves. Volunteers are also needed to plant the College’s organic garden from 4-7 p.m.

Other activities:

Today (Thursday, April 23): a Folf Tournament from 4-6 p.m. at Langroise (no experience required), and a pub open house and BBQ from 5-8 p.m.

Earlier this week, there were several activities celebrating Earth Day and the environment:

  • Tuesday, April 21 – Students, faculty and staff built recycling bins from trays formerly used in Simplot Dining Hall. Bon Appétit, which runs the college’s food service and catering, stopped providing trays this year to reduce water consumption. Student Morgan Frederickson, Matt Malek and Kyle Letterle came up with an innovative design that uses several trays to form a bin and spent many hours getting materials ready for assembly.

    “This project is just a start to a more sustainable campus and I hope that the energy seen during this entire week will continue throughout the campus after I have graduated,” Frederickson said.

  • Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day and Low Carbon Diet Day. Bon Appétit developed meals that slow climate change and reduce the College’s carbon footprint. The college has been serving low carbon foods for the past year in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. There were also speakers and vendors in the Quad.

The week’s activities are a collaboration between ASCI, Bon Appétit, Executive Council, Ida-Gold Nursery, Maintenance & Operations, Outdoor Program, Panhellenic, Residence Life, RHA, Sustainability Council and TERRA.

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Last chance to see Immigrant Shadows exhibit in Rosenthal Gallery

On Friday, April 24 Boise artists Amy Nack and Earl Swope will be taking down “Immigrant Shadows: Tracing the Basque Herders’ Legacy,” which has been on display in the Rosenthal Gallery at The C of I.

The Rosenthal Gallery was the first to exhibit this popular installation. Since then several other museums have agreed to host it including the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, the Idaho Historical Museum in Boise and The Herrett Museum at the College of Southern Idaho. Idaho State University is considering showing it as is the New Americans Museum in San Diego.

“This is very exciting for the artists and reflects well on us,” said art professor Garth Claassen, who manages the gallery. “Good things begin at The C of I.”

The gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (Thursday, April 23) and for much of Friday morning.

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Student News

Davis Project for Peace dinner raises more than $5,000

About 70 people attended the Davis Project for Peace dinner hosted by student Kaitlin Justice and political economy professor Jim Angresano, and more than $5,000 was raised from dinner ticket sales, silent auction purchases and donations.

Justice, a C of I junior majoring in international political economy and minoring in Asian studies, was awarded a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant to “adopt” a rural primary school outside of Arusha, Tanzania. Justice will be training local teachers, improving their living quarters, renovating the school and purchasing classroom materials.

Additional donations are being accepted. To donate contact Angresano by email or phone 459-5207.

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Appiah selected as essay winner

Student Fiffi Appiah won third place and $500 for his essay “An in-depth look at The Bet: a Paradigm shift for world energy” from the 2009 Avar Press Literary Essay Scholarship Competition for College Students. To read Appiah’s essay, click here.

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ASCI Election Results

Following ASCI elections last Friday, and a runoff yesterday (April 22) for the Treasurer position, the following students were elected officers for the upcoming year:

  • President: Ali Rabe

  • Vice-President: Nikki Watson

  • Secretary: Matthew Malek

  • Treasurer: Ben Losinski

  • Outdoor Program: Cameron Anderson, Camrin Braun,
    Dove Rainbow
    and Trish Randazzo

  • Intramurals: Andrew Carpenter, Will Gordon,
    Jack Lewis
    and Dylan Reed

  • Program Council: Christian Low, Dewey Moss,
    Candy Neher
    and Kayla Williams

Said President-elect Rabe, “We're all extremely excited for next year, and will certainly work hard for the students and the College.”

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Faculty News

Johnson’s book now available

English department chair Rochelle Johnson has a new book titled “Passions for Nature: Nineteenth-Century America’s Aesthetics of Alienation,” published by University of Georgia Press.

In “Passions for Nature,” Johnson discusses how nineteenth-century Americans celebrated nature through many artistic forms, including natural-history writing, landscape painting, landscape design theory, and transcendental philosophy. Although these movements are often associated with the nation’s dawning environmental consciousness, Johnson demonstrates that they instead alienated Americans from the physical environment even as they seemed to draw people to it.

Rather than see these expressions of passion for nature as initiating environmental awareness, “Passions for Nature” reveals how they contributed to a culture that remains startlingly ignorant of the details of the material world.

The book is available for advance purchase now through the UGA Press website by clicking here.

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Staff News

McCurry wins Race to Robie Creek

Track and cross-country coach Pat McCurry was the top finisher of the men’s race in last Saturday’s Race to Robie Creek half marathon with a time of 1:18:31.9. He was featured on the front pages of the Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune.

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Upcoming campus events

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.

International Student Organization food festival is April 30

The International Student Organization will host its food festival on Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Quad.

Entrance is free for C of I students and $5 for others. Food is additional. Dinner combo boxes are available for pre-order by email for $10.

Delicious food from Italy, Sweden, Norway, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Nepal and Iran will be available. There will also be World Fair Workshops that including dancing, tea ceremonies and other traditions from Japan, China, Fiji, Palestine, Rwanda, Nepal and India

Senior Recitals

  • Rand Kline: Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Refreshments will follow the performance. Free.

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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.

Kelly Barbour (‘96) is part of Leadership Boise and is working on a service project to renovate the Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise. Barbour was interviewed by Ch. 7 and Ch. 6 about the project. Jadd Oliver (‘96) has also been working on this project.

Chris Rifer (‘07), former student body president, was 216th out of 22,849 finishers in the Boston Marathon this week with a time of 2:42:19.

Richard Zuercher (‘05) is running for Caldwell School Board. The election is May 19.

Alumni News

Alumna makes her playwriting debut with A History of Freaks tonight

Courtesy Dan Lea/Idaho Press-Tribune

A History of Freaks, written by Katie May (‘04), opens tonight (Thursday, April 23) in the Langroise Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. There will be a talkback with the cast, crew and May immediately following.

Dates are April 23-25 and 29 and May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; May 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-C of I students, and free to C of I students, faculty and staff.

The play is directed by Joe Golden, with scenic design by Lindsay Beacham, costume design by Rachel Reisenauer, lighting design by Deborah Penrod, technical direction by Michael Hartwell and stage management by Nena Curley, Chelsea Stagg and Jessie Davis.

The cast includes: Mauricio Both, Shea Hall, Hannah Buckendorf, Amaya Ingram, Tom Newby, Miranda Drake, Jeff Young, Victoria Hess, Chelsea Watson, Yana Sadouskaya, Lani Boykin, Andrew Lloyd, Gage Egurrola, Oogii Ganbaatar and Russell Hutchins.

The play is about Eve, a tightrope walking circus performer, who struggles to keep her father’s traveling circus alive in an era of skyrocketing gas prices and point-and-click entertainment.

When Joey, Eve’s childhood companion and son of her father’s deceased business partner, returns from university to run the show, they are forced to confront the dark secrets of their past, and the uncertainty of the circus’s future, in a play that explores tradition vs. innovation and what it means to live and perform on the outside of an increasingly digital world.

For more information call 459-5836 and for tickets call 459-5426.

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Alumni Events

The alumni office reminds the classes of ‘69,‘79,‘89 & ‘99 that reunion registrations are due for the May 29-30 reunions. To register, click here.

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 24-25: Kappa Sigma Founder’s Day: Help celebrate the brothers’ 30th anniversary. For more information on events, please contact Rich Hatch by email.

  • April 25: Coeur d’Alene event at Bardenay in CDA

  • April 29: GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. at Parilla Grill in Boise’s Hyde Park featuring history department faculty.

  • May 2: Celebrate Astronomy Day with a Family Night at the Whittenberger Planetarium beginning at 8 p.m. Events include an outdoor field activity, brief planetarium shows and, weather permitting, an opportunity to view the moon, planets, and deep space objects through telescopes.

  • 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.”

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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