C of I Newsletter

2009. 06. 25.

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Marty Holly Named CCC Athletic Director of the Year

Marty Holly, Graye Wolfe and President Bob Hoover at the Wolfe Field dedication this spring

The College of Idaho’s Marty Holly, who oversaw an outstanding year for the Coyotes both on and off the field play, has been voted the 2008-09 Cascade Collegiate Conference Athletic Director of the Year, the CCC office announced this week.

“Marty is a great asset to The C of I because he understands the importance of academics and sports to our student athletes,” President Bob Hoover said. “He makes sure our students are winning on the field and in class.”

Under Holly’s leadership, the Yotes led the conference with 75 Academic All-CCC selections (including 46 who also earned national scholar-athlete recognition) and finished second in the CCC’s all-sports ranking. Yote teams winning or sharing conference championships in 2008-09 included women’s cross country, volleyball, women’s basketball and softball.

Nine Coyote teams advanced to NAIA postseason play this past year, including men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field.

The volleyball team captured its third straight CCC title and made its third national tournament appearance in four years; the women’s basketball team posted its best record (29-5) ever and advanced to the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 2001; softball made its second straight appearance in the NAIA World Series; and both cross country teams advanced to the national meet, with the women’s team recording a top 10 finish.

Holly was also instrumental in the securing $250,000 in naming rights and a $300,000 donation from the city of Caldwell for the construction of Wolfe Field, the first artificial surface baseball complex in the state of Idaho. The new ballpark opened in March.

Other Holly-led initiatives included the renovation of five campus tennis courts and securing the naming rights for the Laura Moore Cunningham Center Court; the renovation of the basketball floor in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center; and the introduction of live video streaming of home men’s and women’s basketball games. Holly also oversaw a wide variety of fund-raising efforts that netted more than $500,000 for the department of athletics. The C of I’s athletic teams were also active in a host of volunteer activities to support worthy causes.

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Last week 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 29.7 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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Harris Connect calling, emailing alumni for college directory

The C of I alumni office is working with Harris Connect to develop an alumni directory that will contain listings for thousands of alumni along with their stories, pictures and life experiences.

To ensure that all information posted in our directory is accurate, Harris Connect is calling and emailing alumni to confirm their information.

“In order for this project to be successful, we need the support of our alumni,” said alumni director Frances Nagashima (‘01). “Please provide the requested information. You will have the ability to decide which pieces are available to others viewing the directory.”

Harris Connect is an alumni program that will update the College’s data to improve accuracy and communication. They recently mailed postcards and sent emails to alumni regarding updated contact information.

The C of I will also be able to offer a resume posting website, job networking, internships and other features through Harris Connect.

For more information about this program, email the alumni office or call Nagashima at 459-5770.

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Quest now available

Quest, The C of I alumni magazine, is now available. Features include a profile of new President Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg, alumni working in jobs that help preserve the environment, and the rising success of women’s sports at the College.

If you didn’t receive a copy of Quest, please email communications director Jennifer Oxley and one will be mailed to you.

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Student News

Students interning in Sen. Jim Risch’s office

U.S. Senator Jim Risch has selected students from around the state to serve as summer interns in his Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls and Washington, D.C. offices. The interns will assist with constituent services and legislative research while learning firsthand about the workings of Congress.

“This class of interns is an impressive bunch,” said Risch. “Their variety of experiences and studies will be an asset as we work together to serve the people of Idaho.”

The interns from The C of I are senior Rachel Clason who is working in Risch’s Boise office and Will Ledbetter who is in the Twin Falls office.

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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.

Elizabeth Baker (‘07) married Seth Thomas on June 13. Elizabeth works in the marketing office for Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Mountain Home. The couple lives in Oreana.

Bob Beckwith (‘72) and Shelley Davis-Brunner (‘73) were featured in a front-page story of the Idaho Statesman recently for the Field Inquiry Research Experience (FIRE) Up for Summer program they developed six years ago. FIRE Up is a unique opportunity for students to put their science education into practice. The program operates in southern Idaho and works with Southwest Idaho Bureau of Land Management as its primary source of funds. Beckwith has been a science teacher in the Meridian School District for 33 years and Davis-Brunner is education coordinator for the BLM. To read the story, click here.

Ron Bitner (‘68) was interviewed by KIVI about Idaho’s booming winery business. Bitner and his wife Mary own Bitner Vineyards in Sunnyslope and have produced numerous award-winning wines. To read the story, click here.

Amanda Buchanan (‘99) was in Washington D.C. recently talking to Idaho’s congressional delegation about health care. Buchanan will be featured in the August edition of Consumer Reports magazine, which flew her to Washington as part of the story. Amanda is married to Jason Vlcek (‘96) and they have a 2-year-old and 6-month-old. Both Buchanan and Vlcek were on campus in May for the 10-year class reunion.

Veryl Harrison (‘61) and Harriet Harrison (‘62), their son G. Brent Harrison (‘85) and daughter-in-law Shawn (Hancock) Harrison (‘87) are proud that Brady Harrison will continue The C of I tradition by being a third generation Yote. Veryl and Harriet are retired and living in Ontario, Ore. G. Brent was awarded the 2009 Teacher of the Year for Jefferson Middle School in Caldwell, where he teaches science and coaches football and basketball. Shawn Harrison is an account manager in the ingredients division at Kraft Foods, Inc.

Kahli (Mann) Kendall (’05) married Philip Kendall last September. She works for Weyerhauser in Boise.

Michelle (Thompson) Mills (‘00) is living in Denver and finishing up her chief residency in pediatrics.

Michael G. Owens (‘71) is the procurement manager for Uranium Disposition Services in Lexington, KY.

R.C. Owens (‘58) was recently inducted into the Santa Monica High School Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his excellence in athleticism in basketball, which he played his sophomore, junior and senior years at Santa Monica. Owens is the only athlete in the school’s history to have received Hall of Fame recognition for two sports. This marks Owens’ tenth Hall of Fame induction, including The College of Idaho’s. “It makes me feel blessed and thankful for those who have paved the way,” Owens said.

Trisha M. (Fosberg) Phillips (‘04) married Charles Cody Phillips on June 13. Trisha is currently employed at Intermountain Community Bank in Nampa. The couple lives in Middleton.

Lori Werth (‘98) is working on her doctorate from University of Idaho and needs seven mothers between 19 and 40 year old who attended University of Phoenix, but were unable to complete their program at the Meridian campus, to describe their academic experience. Anyone interested in participating can contact Lori at (208) 989-2902, [email protected], or visit surveymonkey.com.

Ben Verschoor (‘09) had an excerpt from his play “The Tragedy of the Brothers Lafferty,” published in the June 5 Idaho Arts Quarterly. Verschoor got interested in playwriting after attending McCall’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference a few years ago. He developed the play in 2006 and was The Dramatist magazine’s “50 to Watch” in 2007.

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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.

Tonight (Thursday, June 25): GOLDen Happy Hour Portland, OR. Relax and reconnect with your alma mater at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgeport Brewing Company in the Pearl District with featured guest Paul Bennion, dean of student affairs.

This is the first Portland-area GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) event and is for alumni who graduated from the College in the last 10 years (give or take). Come have a drink, relax and re-connect with old and new friends and share some stories and news about our alma mater. Friends and spouses are welcome.

If you are interested in receiving a schedule of athletic functions in the Portland area for fall 2009 please 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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