C of I Newsletter

2009. 05. 28.

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Editor’s Note: The C of I newsletter will be sent on alternating weeks beginning with this edition.

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Commencement Weekend activities, reunions begin tomorrow

Commencement Weekend at The C of I begins tomorrow (Friday, May 29) and includes a baccalaureate service, the College’s 118th Commencement and reunions for the classes of 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (‘67) will give the commencement address to the nearly 200-member Class of 2009. A President’s Medallion will be given to Velma V. Morrison, chairman of the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, Inc. in Boise, and a longtime supporter of the College. 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.

For those unable to attend commencement, the ceremony will be streamed live on the web. Click here beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. to watch the ceremony live.

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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Student-athletes set new school record

Coyote student-athletes have set a new school record with a combined 46 national scholar-athletes – surpassing the total of 42 set last year. A total of 19 spring student-athletes from The C of I were named to their respective Daktronics/NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete teams this week.

Earlier this spring, the Yotes set a new Cascade Conference record with 75 Academic All-Conference awards. Of the 19 sports sponsored by The C of I, 17 of them had at least one honoree.

Leading the way this spring was the track team with eight recipients Sam Hardy, Rand Kline, Jude Penaflor, Molli Lee-Painter, Emily McCutchan, Courtney Mitchell, Jayne Saunders and Chantel Varland.

Other students recognized were:

  • Golf: Erica Sheppard, Colin Slaugher, Ben Coate, Cris Tietsort
  • Baseball: Jake Bottari, Matthew Conner, Perry Hamilton and Dane McGrady
  • Softball: Haley Butcher and Brooke Judy
  • Women’s tennis: Kate Leadbetter

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior in academic status and maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average.

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Development office hires Joe Hughes as major gift officer

The C of I Office of Development has hired former KIVI anchor/reporter Joe Hughes as a major gift officer. He will start in June.

Hughes is an Idaho native who graduated from the University of Idaho with honors with a bachelor of science in journalism and a minor in art.

After graduating, Hughes worked for a television station in Bend, Ore., for five years before coming back to the Treasure Valley. He has been with KIVI for 13 years and has earned multiple awards as the best in the state for his reporting and anchoring.

Hughes has been involved in the fundraising success of the Children’s Miracle Network broadcasts through KIVI as well as multiple fundraising events through his church.

“I’m extremely excited about working at The C of I,” Hughes said. “I have been professionally involved with the College for many years through KIVI and I look forward to working with those who care about the College and the important role it plays in our community and the rest of the state.”

Michael Vandervelden, vice president for advancement, said Hughes would be an asset to the development office.

“Joe is a familiar face and a well respected journalist in the Treasure Valley,” Vandervelden said. “With his charisma and enthusiasm he will do great work for the College.”

Hughes and his wife Leslie have three children. Leslie is the head volleyball coach at Nampa Christian high school.

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Help The C of I set another Boone Fund record – donate by June 30

The C of I still needs more alumni donors to break last year’s record-setting achievement of 30 percent alumni giving.

So far this year, 1608 alumni (24.2%) have made a gift to the Boone Fund. You can check your class’s participation by clicking here to visit the Annual Report page on the College’s web site.

Every gift helps us reach – and break – the record, and the Boone Fund provides crucial support to the College. Please click here to make your gift and take your place in the Boone Fund by June 30. Go Yotes!

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Bon Appétit wins NRDC Growing Green award

Bon Appétit Management Co., which runs Simplot Dining Hall and catering operations for The C of I and more than 400 other colleges, universities, corporations and specialty venues received the first Growing Green award from the National Resources Defense Council. The award was presented by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

One of the programs Bon Appétit was recognized for was its annual Low Carbon Day, in which the College has participated for two years. Low Carbon Day features meals made from locally produced ingredients and is intended to slow climate change and reduce the College’s carbon footprint.

At The C of I, Bon Appétit maintains an organic garden and purchases meat, produce and other items from Idaho growers.

“Bon Appétit is an industry leader in eco-friendly food production and the corporate office deserves this award for encouraging us to develop menus that take advantage of locally produced ingredients,” said Matt Caldwell, general manager of Bon Appetit at The C of I.

To watch a video about the Growing Green awards, click here.

Faculty News

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Heggland named biology department chair

Beginning July 1, associate biology professor Sara Heggland will be chair of the College’s biology department. Current chair Don Mansfield will be on sabbatical for the 2009-10 academic year.

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Raptosh poem published

Diane Raptosh has a new poem, “World Headlines Western Bastard Ghazal,” in New Verse News, which presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues. To read the poem, click here.

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Upcoming campus events

Senior Art Exhibition closes Saturday

The 2009 Senior Art Exhibition will conclude in the Rosenthal Gallery on Saturday, May 30 following commencement.

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.

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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.

Derek Brown (‘06) has been named as the new boys basketball coach at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. Derek was a four-year player for The C of I from 2002-03 through 2005-06.

Jeffrey Thomas Diteman (‘02) says his liberal arts education is serving him well as a freelance translator whose clients including major pharmaceutical companies and agencies of the French government. Also, the band in which he plays cello, Ah Holly Fam'ly, was recently honored as one of Portland’s top ten best new bands by the Willamette Week.

Kelsi Murdock (‘08) joined the sales team at Fisher’s Document Systems as an account manager.

Chris Urquiaga (’94) and Erinn Erickson (’95) were married in June 2008. They celebrated the birth of their daughter Mia Urquiaga on November 20, 2008. The couple lives in Boise, and Chris has been teaching English literature and composition at Capital High School in Boise since 1998. Erinn has worked as an elementary, junior high, and high school counselor for the Meridian and Twin Falls school districts, being recognized as the Junior High Counselor of the Year in 2004. After opting for a career change in 2006, she has since been employed by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a territory manager.

Matt Weaver (‘08) recently appeared on Post Falls Today discussing the nonprofit organization for which he works. Post Falls Today is a cable access show hosted by Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin. To see the interview, click here.

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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

No job openings

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 the bookstore at 459-5407. The license plate frames and house flags pictured must be ordered directly from the bookstore by phone 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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