C of I Newsletter

2009. 05. 14.

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Commencement Weekend activities, reunions begin May 29

Commencement Weekend at The C of I begins Friday, May 30 and includes a baccalaureate service, the College’s 118th Commencement and reunions for the classes of 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999. Three members of the Class of 1959 will be honored with the Half-Century Society Life Achievement Award – Bruce Downing, Sylvia (Runions) Hunt and J. Morris Johnson.

RSVP’s are required for Commencement Weekend activities. To RSVP for baccalaureate and/or commencement click here. To register for the reunion activities, click here.

The schedule is:

Friday, May 29 – Baccalaureate at 8 p.m. in the Jewett Auditorium. Appropriate business attire is required. This is a contemporary version of the traditional year-end chapel service for graduates, families and friends, and is coordinated by the Office of Campus Ministries. The service will include music, student slides and an inspirational message. Dessert reception to follow.

Reunion activities on May 29: Campus Tours 2:30 – 3:30; wine & cheese reception 4:30-6 p.m. Langroise Foyer; baccalaureate (see above); individual class gatherings. RSVPs required. To RSVP, click here.

Saturday, May 30 – The College of Idaho commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in Morrison Quadrangle followed by a lunch for graduates, family and friends in Finney Forest. RSVPs required. Click here to RSVP.

Reunion activities on May 30: Continental Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Simplot Hendren Room; Commencement (see above); lunch (see above). RSVPs required. To RSVP, click here.

The following 1959 graduates will be honored with the Half-Century Society Life Achievement Award:

  • Bruce Downing, an Emeritus Professor of linguistics and academic director of the Program in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota.

  • Sylvia (Runions) Hunt, director of Caldwell Fine Arts, who has been called the Treasure Valley’s First Lady of the Arts because of her work as a musician, teacher, mentor and booster of the fine and performing arts.

  • J. Morris Johnson, an Emeritus Professor of biology of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Western Oregon University.

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College receives “Teaching of the Bible” grant

The C of I recently received a $10,000 “Teaching of the Bible” grant from the Presbyterian Church (USA). The grant will be used to support teaching the Bible through academic and co-curricular programs including small group Bible studies, Christian formation retreats and Christian leadership training.

Phil Rogers, campus minister and associate dean of students, said he looks forward to initiating these programs.

“This grant will allow us to advance and support our current programming, and explore additional ways to engage and equip students to better understand the Bible as a powerful and positive resource for their life,” he said.

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Student News

Softball team in the news as it travels to Women’s World Series

The C of I softball team is traveling to the NAIA Women’s World Series in Decatur, Ala., this week and will open the 32-team tournament Thursday against Martin Methodist of Tennessee.

The Idaho Statesman credited the powerful hitting of Cascade Conference Player of the Year Heather Dixon and the dominant pitching of Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year Jody Zillner as two reasons for the team’s successful 32-17 season in story on the cover of its sport section on Tuesday. To read the article, click here.

An article in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Wednesday highlights Nicole Becvar, Haley Butcher, Dixon, Brooke Judy, Katy Luetke, Amy Rhoades, Stacy Smith, Zillner and coach Al Mendiola. To read the article, click here.

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Upcoming campus events

Yotepalooza Rock Festival is Friday

The 2nd annual Yotepalooza Rock Festival is Friday, May 15 in the Morrison Quad. Yotepalooza features local, regional and student bands, including Controlled by the Devil, Semi*Famous, Wetsock, The Useless, and Cero. It’s hosted by Chris Bengtson and Roderick Murphy.

Senior Art Exhibition opens Friday

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.

Concert to benefit Skyrm and Davidson scholarships is May 17

Barbara Attebery and Sylvia Hunt (‘59) will present a piano/organ duo concert to benefit the Richard D. Skyrm and Fern Davidson Scholarships in The C of I music department on May 17 at 3 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations to the scholarship funds are encouraged.

Special guests include the Attebery and Hunt’s children, soprano Mary Hunt Macey from Lewiston and cellist Brian Attebery(‘74) from Pocatello, who both will perform music by British composers.

Student Recitals

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.

Rex Blackburn (‘77) was recently appointed senior vice president and general counsel for IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power Company.

Thomas Elias (‘07) has spent the past year working towards a master’s in basic medical science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in hopes of bolstering his application for dental school. After two semesters of graduate courses, he was accepted to the University of Detroit-Mercy Dental School and will start in the fall. He was also selected by the U.S. Army for the Health Professions Scholarship Program and was commissioned as an officer recently. This program covers all tuition and school expenses and offers training and post-graduate education.

Leslie Hammond (‘01) has accepted a job as the technical director for the Undergraduate Theater Studies program at Yale University and thanks Mike Hartwell and Joe Golden in The C of I theatre department for giving her the experience she’ll need in her new job.

Donald G. Mathews (‘54), professor of history emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published “Lynching Religion: Why the Old Man Shouted ‘Glory!’” in “Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Religion and Culture.” The book was dedicated to him and Samuel S. Hill as “two gurus of southern religion.” Mathews’ article on “The Southern Rite of Human Sacrifice” is also re-published in a special edition on lynching in the “Mississippi Quarterly.” He is currently writing a book about lynching and religion, which will be a sequel to his “Religion in the Old South.”

Brittany Short (‘08) will have two poems published in “In Tahoma’s Shadow,” an anthology. Short is the executive administrator of Sound Youth Counseling, which is a non-profit counseling office that offers masters-level counseling to at-risk youth in the Tacoma area. She also teaches a poetry workshop class as part of group therapy that helps youth ages 12-23 deal with violence, abuse, anger, grief, etc. in a positive, creative, non-destructive way.

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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

  • Biology Instructor

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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