C of I Newsletter

2009. 06. 11.

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Three weeks left to help The C of I set another record

The College of Idaho’s alumni giving percentage has doubled from 15 percent to 30 percent over the past five years. This remarkable growth is one indication of our profound pride in this institution. If you have yet to give this year, we hope you will consider a gift that will help propel us to new heights.

Please make your gift to The C of I before June 30 by clicking here, or mailing it to
The C of I Development Office, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605.

Last year’s 30 percent alumni giving rate was a record. We are currently at 27 percent.

Your gift to The College of Idaho:

  • Provides essential support for the scholarships, programs and opportunities that make a C of I education unique

  • Is an important factor in national college rankings, including U.S. News & World Report

  • Allows The C of I to compete for national and regional grants, which take alumni giving rates into consideration when evaluating grant requests from the College

Here’s how our record-setting alumni giving year compares to other colleges and universities in the Northwest as listed in the 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report:

Whitman College44%
Colorado College31%
The College of Idaho30%
Reed College28%
Willamette University26%
Linfield College24%
Whitworth College20%
University of Puget Sound19%
Lewis & Clark College18%
Northwest Nazarene University 17%
University of Idaho15%
Boise State University9%

Thank you for supporting The College of Idaho. Alumni like you and your classmates continue to strengthen the College’s tradition of giving back. In addition, you ensure that current and future students enjoy the same high quality liberal arts education that makes a degree from The C of I so desirable.

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Hoovers honored at Commencement; photos of ceremony now available

President Bob Hoover and his wife Leslee Hoover received surprise honors at The C of I’s 118th Commencement on Saturday, May 30. The Hoovers received honorary doctorates and a tribute from The C of I faculty, and President Hoover received the Trustees’ Medallion and President Emeritus status.

“I thank the Class of 2009 and the larger community at The College of Idaho for supporting my watch at the college these last six years,” Hoover said. “I wish Dr. Marvin Henberg, the soon-to-be 12th president of The College of Idaho, the same rewarding experience I have had here.”

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (‘67) gave the commencement address. A President’s Medallion was given to Velma V. Morrison, chairman of the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, Inc., and a longtime supporter of the college. Three members of the Class of 1959 were honored with the Half-Century Society Life Achievement Award – Bruce Downing, Sylvia (Runions) Hunt and J. Morris Johnson.

Photos of commencement and the events leading up to the ceremony, including baccalaureate, commencement eve dinner, the all-senior portrait and academic department photos are available by clicking here.

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Cruz, Koga host math and science camp for middle schoolers

Math department co-chair Robin Cruz and biology instructor Ann Koga are hosting students from Syringa Middle School for a math and science camp this week at the College.

Students will perform various experiments throughout the week, including working to diagnose a simulated outbreak of foodborne illness at a wedding reception. Staff at the College will act as food poisoning victims.

“In addition to learning some math and science skills, we hope these students will understand the interconnectedness of science and math and see how both can be used to solve everyday problems,” Koga said. “We hope they will see math and science as approachable, useful and even fun.”

The camp is a pilot project designed by Cruz, Koga and Louise Daniels (‘72), principal of Syringa Middle School. Students were selected by Daniels.

“These students have the potential to succeed in school, but could use a little inspiration to stick with it,” Cruz said.

Cruz and Koga hope to use their experience this week to design a camp that would be funded by a grant.

“We want to encourage the students to continue in school and take science and math courses,” Cruz said. “We want them to interact with college faculty, students and staff to make them comfortable with the idea of coming to college.”

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Student News

Richey to represent Meridian in Miss Idaho pageant Friday and Saturday

Student Amanda Richey will compete with 21 other women in the 60th Annual Miss Idaho Scholarship Pageant on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Morrison Center in Boise. Richey is Miss Meridian.

The new Miss Idaho will be selected by five panelists, who will judge the contestants on personal interview, talent, evening wear, swimsuit, on-stage question and an overall composite score. Miss Idaho 2009 will represent Idaho at the Miss America pageant in January 2010

Tickets can be purchased through Select-A-Seat and all proceeds help raise scholarship funds. For more information about the schedule of events and the pageant, click here.

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Slupe to perform in Indiana, South Dakota and Colorado; Fendrick to perform in Colorado

Steven Slupe, a voice performance major, has been chosen to perform in the “Teaching Men To Sing” vocal performance workshop at Indiana University this week (June 8-12) in Bloomington, Ind..

While at IU he will be singing in master classes for some of the nation’s best vocal teachers and coaches. After his week at Indiana University, Slupe will travel to the Black Hills Summer Opera Festival in Spearfish, S.D., June 14 -27. This will be Slupe’s second summer performing in South Dakota.

Katie Fendrick, also a voice performance major, and Slupe were both chosen to perform in the Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium in Colorado Springs, from July 19-Aug. 9. Slupe was chosen to participate in the symposium’s opera training program and Fendrick was chosen to participate in the symposium’s musical theatre training program.

Selection for these summer vocal programs is very competitive and students are chosen nationally.

Both Slupe and Fendrick are voice students of Mari Jo Tynon and they are also coached by Sean Rogers.

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Upcoming campus events

Staff association yard sale June 19

The C of I Staff Association yard sale will be held Friday, June 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. near Terteling Library on Cleveland Boulevard. Hundreds of items, including furniture, clothing, outdoor equipment and appliance will be available. Proceeds benefit the Staff Association Scholarship Fund.

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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.

Mark Amaral (‘90) joined Cal-Poly as associate head basketball coach. Amaral had been on the men’s basketball staff at Colorado State.

James Knox (‘96) graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School. James begins a one-year clerkship with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department, in Albany, NY in August.

Nathan Leigh (‘81) retired from public school counseling after 32 years in the profession and is now making his home in Parma, Idaho.

Seth Mattison (‘09) was named assistant concertmaster with the Boise Philharmonic and will begin his new position at the beginning of the 2009/2010 season. He graduated from The C of I on May 30, and got a job later that afternoon.

Tabitha Miller (‘03) and Richard Zuercher (‘05) celebrated the birth of Charlotte Amalie Zuercher on May 15. She weighed 7 pounds.

Bobby Porter (‘86) is marketing the ShavWet™ Shower Mirror, a fog-free, hand-held mirror he invented. Porter lives in Boise and the mirror is manufactured in Sun Valley. For more information, click here.

Rob Studebaker (‘98) and Barb (Brazier) Studebaker (‘00) celebrated the birth of their second child on May 29. William Studebaker weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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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.

June 20 – Alumni & Family Night at the Boise Hawks. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15 p.m. This is opening night of the 2009 season and to celebrate there will be fireworks, giveaways and games, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the game with fellow C of I alumni. Memorial Stadium is family friendly and has a play area for kids.

Tickets must be purchased through the Alumni Office by June 16. Cost is $9/person for Grandstand Seats (3rd base line), $12/person Hawks Nest Bar & Grill Seating (sit at tables with waiter/waitress service)

To reserve seats, please call the Alumni Office at 459-5918 or send an email.

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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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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