C of I Newsletter

2009. 05. 07.

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INBRE grant renewed for $16.5 million;
more than $1.75 million for The C of I

INBRE administrator Carolyn Dadabay, alumnus Chris Horras, chemistry assistant professor John Thurston, and students Jeremy West and Paula Spaulding attended Tuesday’s announcement

Ten Idaho higher education and research institutions will share a $16.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue efforts to enhance the state’s biomedical research. The C of I will receive $1.77 million over the next five years.

Presidents and administrators from The College of Idaho, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, Northwest Nazarene University, College of Southern Idaho and Brigham Young University – Idaho attended the announcement of the award at the Boise VA Medical Center Tuesday. All of the institutions participate in the network.

The renewal grant to the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) supports undergraduate, graduate and faculty research and other statewide efforts. The grant is the third major award for the network since it was founded in 2001 and brings the total federal investment to $40 million.

At The C of I, chemistry assistant professor Carolyn Dadabay is the INBRE administrator. Participating faculty are Dadabay, biology assistant professor Mark Gunderson, biology associate professor Sara Heggland and chemistry assistant professor John Thurston.

More than 70 students from The C of I have participated in INBRE-funded research over the past five years.

Senior chemistry major Paula Spaulding worked with Dadabay on INBRE research last year and said it helped her prepare for her future. She is entering the physician’s assistant program at Idaho State University in the fall.

“Even though I’m not pursuing scientific research as a career, this has been a huge benefit to me,” Spaulding said. “Doing research makes you think critically and figure out how to solve problems.”

Chris Horras graduated from the College in 2002 and is now working on INBRE-funded research at Boise State University.

“The INBRE program wasn’t there when I was at the College,” Horras said. “I’m jealous of the great undergraduate experience the current students are getting.”

In addition to 562 undergraduate college students, the network includes 123 graduate students, eight post-doctoral researchers and 283 faculty members statewide.

“INBRE would not exist without the cooperation of scientists and administrators throughout Idaho higher education,” said Carolyn Hovde Bohach, the network’s director and a University of Idaho microbiology professor.

One key element of INBRE is the summer research fellows program, which gives students $5,000 to work for 10 weeks in the labs of scientist mentors and participate in a research conference at ISU.

Nearly 50 undergraduates from eight Idaho colleges and universities will conduct independent research and study this summer in laboratories across the state through INBRE.

The College of Idaho students who will study this summer as INBRE fellows are: Cody Christensen, Dayne Filer, Codi Fitzgerald, Emir Kobic, Christian Low, Justin Martin, Amanda Smith, Kimberly Stucker and Jeremy West. Fitzgerald will study at the Boise VA Medical Center; the others will study at The C of I.

West is a junior chemistry and biology double major who is pre-med. He’s been working with Thurston on a potential cancer treatment and said it’s a valuable experience for him as a future physician.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the science behind the medicine,” he said.

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41 C of I student-athletes named to CCC All-Academic Team

The College of Idaho had 41 of its student-athletes recognized with the Cascade Conference All-Academic Team selection, more than any other college in the conference.

The Yotes set a new league record during the 2008-09 academic year with 75 recipients. The award is given to student-athletes who are sophomores or higher in academic status and maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.

The following students were recognized:

Baseball – Jason Barry, Jake Bottari, Bryan Champ, Matthew Conner, Perry Hamilton, Luke Howarth, Jordan Lanman, Dane McGrady and Alex O’Brien

Golf – Ben Coate, Kurt Nielson, Erica Sheppard, Colin Slaughter, James Taylor and Cris Tietsort

Softball – Haley Butcher, Brooke Judy, Katy Luetke and Ashley Wolff

Track – Sam Hardy, Rich Hatch, Stephanie Helm, Alex Hughes, Rand Kline, Molli Lee-Painter, Emily McCutchan, Maggie Miller, Courtney Mitchell, Jude Penaflor, Tricia Randazzo, Oliver Rosales, Paul Sartin, Jayne Saunders, Jena Sherrick, Colleen Smith, Kristine Smith, Stephanie Sparks, Tegan Troutner, Chantel Varland, Nikki Watson and Geoff Williams.

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Student News

Painter wins prestigious German study grant

Junior Cassandra Painter, a C of I Heritage Scholar, has been awarded a prestigious DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) University Summer Course Grant. The grant will allow her to study advanced-level German and explore possibilities for research on a senior honors project in history on the Catholic Church and the rise of the Nazis in interwar Germany.

Painter was chosen from among thousands of applicants and will attend courses at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. She said she was thankful to C of I faculty members and alumnus Klaus Scharioth (‘71), German ambassador to the United States.

“With the tremendous help of my professors and the German ambassador, I knew I had put together as strong an application as possible but I never expected to win,” she said. “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to study abroad and to acquire the language skills I will need for my studies.”

History professor Steve Maughan said he is not surprised at the award.

“Cassandra is one of the most naturally gifted students we have ever had at the College,” he said. “This award will provide just one more step on her path to a successful career as a professional historian.”

After graduation from The C of I, Painter plans to enter a doctoral program in history.

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Fendrick to sing lead role in Boise Music Week’s “Brigadoon”; Rogers to perform

Katie Fendrick, C of I vocal performance major, is singing the lead role of Fiona in the Boise Music Week’s production of the musical “Brigadoon.”

Performances are at the Morrison Center, today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Also as part of Boise Music Week, Sean Rogers, C of I director of choral activities, is giving a theatre organ recital tomorrow (Friday, May 8) at noon at the Egyptian Theatre. This event is free.

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Amy Rhoades featured on Ch. 7 and Ch. 6

Softball player Amy Rhoades, whose fight against breast cancer made her an inspiration to her teammates and others in the community, was featured in recent stories on KTVB NewsChannel 7 and 6 on Your Side about her treatment and recovery. To watch the Ch. 7 story, click here.

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Faculty News

Mazurak to attend NEH summer institute on Buddhist traditions

Terry Mazurak, professor of philosophy and religion who holds the Bernie McCain Chair in the Humanities, was selected to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute “Buddhist Traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas,” at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., from June 21-July 11.

The institute will bring together 24 professors from undergraduate institutions across the United States for three weeks of intensive study with some of the world’s leading scholars in Buddhist studies.

Special emphasis will be placed upon the most recent work in Tibetan and Himalyan Buddhism and employing it in the classroom. The directors of the institute are Todd Lewis of Holy Cross and Leonard van der Kujip of Harvard University.

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Moulton presents at Oxford University

Paul Moulton, assistant professor of music, recently made a presentation at a conference held at New College, Oxford University.

The Royal Musical Association hosted the conference “Purcell, Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn: Anniversary Reflections.” Moulton’s paper was titled “Tourists in the Drawing Room and the Concert Hall: Haydn’s and Mendelssohn’s Musical Representations of Scotland,” and focused on the way music can facilitate a musical tourist experience.

He received financial support for the conference from The C of I’s Faculty Growth and Development fund.

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Upcoming campus events

Final Foreign Policy Speakers Series postponed

The C of I political economy department's final talk in this season’s Foreign Policy Speakers Series has been postponed. The topic was “Realists, Idealists and Me: Reflections of an Old International Relations Professor” by President Bob Hoover. For more information, contact Rob Dayley by email or at 459-5333.

Museum hosts Archaeology Month

May 2009 is Archaeology Month in Idaho and the Orma J. Smith Museum at The C of I will have an open house in the main museum with some rarely seen artifacts on display on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A bulletin of listed events throughout the state of Idaho put out by the Idaho State Historical Society entitled “The New Deal, A Legacy in Public Works in Idaho,” is in the McCain Student Union or upon request. For further information, email Jan Summers Duffy.

Senior Art Exhibition opens May 15

The 2009 Senior Art Exhibition opening will be held in the Rosenthal Gallery on Friday, May 15 from 4-7 p.m. The artists will attend the opening event and will be available for questions and comments. Free refreshments will be served.

The show runs until after commencement on Saturday, May 30. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call Garth Claassen at 459-5321 for weekend times and appointments.

Students Zach Cooley, Megan Kniep, Shanae Meacham, Rory Newell, Brenna Rose, Jayne Saunders and Nick Schossow are featured.

The Senior Art Exhibition is a chance for graduating art majors to show their work to the community. Generally, the work exhibited showcases skills the students have learned in classes and internships/independent studies.

This year featured art work includes paintings, fashion, animation and advertisements.

Student Recitals

May 7 C of I Composition Student Recital, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 8 Senior Cello Recital – Kyla Davidson, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 10 Senior Voice Recital – Sara Packebush, 2 p.m., Recital Hall

May 12 Senior Violin Recital – Seth Mattison, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 15 C of I Choral & Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 17 Senior Voice Recital – Brianne Boesiger, 2 p.m., Recital Hall

May 19 Caldwell Fine Arts – BYU Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Aud.

May 21 C of I Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 22 C of I Vocal Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub

May 22 C of I Piano Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 23 Senior Violin Recital – Sarah Hynes, 4 p.m., Recital Hall

May 24 Junior Voice Recital – Katie Fendrick, 2 p.m., Recital Hall

May 24 C of I Clarinet Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 25 Sophomore Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 26 Sophomore Voice Recital – Steven Slupe, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

May 28 Senior Voice Recital – Amanda Richey, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

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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.

Sam Blaine (‘96) and his wife Tiffany celebrated the birth of their daughter Charlotte on May 3. She is healthy at 10 lbs. 5 oz, 22 1/2 inches.

Katie Heckendorn (‘04) will begin a masters program at the University of Nevada at Reno in the fall and will be doing a project on population modeling in the Tahoe area.

Neil Stutzman (‘06) married Fran (Hartman) Stutzman (‘06) in October. He teaches at Weiser Middle School and she teaches at Centennial High School.

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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.

  • 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.

C of I license plates available

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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