C of I Newsletter

2009. 07. 09.

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The C of I newsletter is sent on alternating weeks. The next edition will be sent July 23.

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President Marv Henberg takes office

The C of I’s 12th president, Dr. Marvin Henberg, took office this week. Henberg replaced President Emeritus Bob Hoover who retired June 26 after six years at the College.

Henberg was most recently a professor and chair of the philosophy department at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) and was its interim president in 2007. The C of I will host an inaugural ceremony and celebration for Henberg on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Other celebratory events will take place in the days leading up to the inauguration.

“My wife Laurie and I are thrilled to be back in Idaho and I am looking forward to leading The College of Idaho for many years,” said Henberg, a Rhodes Scholar. “This is a vibrant college with an outstanding faculty, talented students, a supportive alumni base, engaged trustees and a hardworking staff.”

Henberg was a faculty member at the University of Idaho for 18 years, and served as chairman of the philosophy department at the UI from 1988-1994. He also launched and directed the University Honors Program at the UI.

Henberg’s goals as president of The C of I include:

  • Successfully completing the $175 million, 10-year Invest in Excellence campaign that was launched last year
  • Updating existing facilities and possibly building new ones
  • Maintaining academic rigor
  • Maintaining and enhancing athletic programs

More than 50 people applied for The C of I presidency. A presidential search committee that included students, faculty, alumni, trustees, staff, administrators and a parent of a student pared the list to eight candidates and interviewed them. Three candidates were brought to campus for more in-depth interviews. The board of trustees made the final decision to select Henberg.

A profile of Henberg, written by Brittany Nelson (‘09) is in the most recent issue of Quest, The C of I alumni magazine. 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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Bon Appetit hires executive chef Jered Couch

Bon Appétit Management Co. has hired chef Jered Couch for Simplot Dining Hall and its catering services.

Couch has owned two critically acclaimed restaurants in the Boise area, The Dish and Restaurant SixOneSix, and is the three-time winner of the Iron Chef Boise competition. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Couch said he is looking forward to working at the College and he appreciates Bon Appétit’s focus on freshly grown, locally produced ingredients.

“Having the garden right outside is great. Today I needed some green onions and I picked them,” he said. “There is no other restaurant around here where you can do that.”

Couch said he is looking forward to providing a variety of options for students and encouraging them to make healthy choices.

“There will be lots of fun, bold flavors and different ethnicities,” he said. “We’ll be creative, and the food will be geared toward college life.”

Bon Appétit general manager Matt Caldwell said Couch is an asset to the College and to Bon Appétit.

“We are very excited to have him as a member of our team,” Caldwell said.

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Idaho Humanities Council offers weeklong lecture series

The Idaho Humanities Council is holding its annual week-long summer teacher institute at The College of Idaho July 12-17. This year’s institute is titled “Storm Center: The History of the Supreme Court,” and will include an historical overview of the development of the Court, its inner-workings, its relations with Congress and the Presidency, and the landmark decisions that have defined its role in American history.

These lectures are free and open to the public and are supported in part by the IHC Endowment for Humanities Education, State Farm Insurance, The Whittenberger Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” program.

July 12, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Theater – Keynote address by author David M. O’Brien “Storm Center: Changes and Trends in the Supreme Court.” O’Brien will address life in the marble temple; the deliberative process; how decisions are made regarding the merits of cases and opinion writing; and the Court’s role and impact in American politics. O’Brien is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the University of Virginia and is the author of “Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics.” His lecture will be followed by a book signing.

July 13, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Kathryn Albertson International Center Auditorium – Lecture by Kerry Hunter, professor of political economy, The C of I. Many Americans believe the U.S. Supreme Court plays a vital role in preserving our constitution by keeping a check on Congress. Yet to date, the New Zealanders have refused to grant their courts this power. As Americans we can learn much about the role of judicial review in our society by better understanding the perspectives of our friends Down Under.

July 14, 7 p.m., Langroise Theater – Lecture by Marc Johnson, president of Gallatin Public Affairs. As the nation struggled with the Great Depression in the early 1930’s, President Franklin Roosevelt struggled with a U.S. Supreme Court that he was convinced was made up of “nine old men” out of touch with a modern economy. He proposed adding six new justices, precipitating a massive political fight.

July 17, 1-2:30 p.m., Kathryn Albertson International Center Auditorium – Lecture by Don Crowley, chair of the political science department, University of Idaho. In periods of realigning elections the Supreme Court frequently finds itself at odds with the emerging dominant coalitions. Although it is too early to tell whether 2008 was really a “realigning election” Crowley contends we can begin to analyze the possible sources of tension between the conservative majority on the Roberts Court and the new priorities of the Obama administration. This presentation will explore the major points of tension.

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Roaring Springs & Wahooz ticket discounts available

The C of I faculty, staff, alumni, students and their families and friends can get discounted tickets to Roaring Springs and Wahooz (formerly Boondocks).

A Roaring Springs full day ticket or Wahooz adult unlimited fun pass is $22.25 per person ($6 savings). Wahooz junior unlimited fun pass (under 60”) is $16.42 per ticket ($3.50 savings). A Twice the Fun Combo Ticket is $38.15 per ticket ($4 savings). Children 3 years old and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.roaringsprings.com or www.wahoozfunzone.com.

  1. Click Online Store, then Discount Club
  2. Enter User Name: COFI
  3. Enter Password: wahooz
  4. Print out confirmation sheet & take it to the Roaring Springs turnstile or the Wahooz Family Fun Zone ticket counter

For more information, please contact Nancy Svoboda (208) 884-8842 ext. 3010 or [email protected].

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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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Student News

Jones and Cramer interning with Bon Appétit

Students Kalee Jones and Sara Cramer are interns with Bon Appétit Management Co., the campus food service provider, and are maintaining the College’s organic garden, selling produce at the Caldwell Farmer’s Market, improving sustainable food practices by starting a campus-wide composting program, creating an instructional manual for future interns and raising campus awareness and action on sustainability.

Jones is a junior and Cramer is a senior. As part of the project, they are writing a blog intended to be helpful to organic gardeners, be a resource for future C of I sustainability interns and provide updates about the garden.

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Faculty News

The C of I/Community School Summer Lecture Series

The Community School in Sun Valley and The C of I are hosting a Summer Lecture Series beginning this month.

This unique partnership between The Community School and the College is a new initiative intended to enrich the intellectual life of the Wood River Valley through a series of lectures and discussions.

All lectures will be held at The Community School Theater, 181 Dollar Road in Sun Valley, at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A. They are free and open to the public. Dates are:

  • July 20Kerry Hunter, professor of political economy, “Questioning Judicial Activism by looking at New Zealand Judicial Review”
  • Aug. 10John Rember, writer-at-large, “Reconstructing a Landscape of Hope”
  • Aug. 24Howard Berger, professor of history, “The Individual and the Community; Comparing Israeli and American attitudes and customs”

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Rochelle Johnson to present at Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series

English department chair Rochelle Johnson will present at the Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series on July 17 at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum on Idaho 75. Admission is free.

Her lecture is “Developing a Sense of Place,” and will focus on what it means to have a sense of place, the benefits that come with knowing a landscape well, and the role that knowledge of natural history plays in developing a sense of place.

The theme of the lecture series is the western landscape and the rich human and natural history of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It is sponsored by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association. Other presenters include authors Ron Watters, Cort Conley, and Mike Barenti.

For more information, click here.

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Staff News

Staff Association Yard Sale raises $2,000

This year’s Staff Association Yard Sale, held June 18 and 19, brought in $2,000, nearly double the $1,100 all-time high two years ago. The money raised goes toward the Staff Association Scholarship. Donations for the yard sale come from staff, students, alumni and trustees. The Staff Association would especially like to thank Maintenance & Operations for their efforts in collecting, storing and moving items for the event.

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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.

Jessica Evett (‘98) gave birth to Henry Evett Roberts on June 6. Henry was 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 21 ¼ inches long.

Terra Feast (‘02) and Drew Williams (‘06) are both working at the Boise Art Museum. Feast has been promoted to curator of education, and Williams has been named Feast’s successor as associate curator of education. Feast has been a member of the BAM staff for four years and is finishing her master’s in art education at Boise State University. Williams has been involved with BAM’s education department in several different capacities since 2006 and is working on her master’s in art education at Boise State University.

Ellen (Coonts) Green (‘08) married Ryan Green in June. She works for the Bureau of Land Management at The National Interagency Fire Center.

Dr. Chris Hoene (‘93), director of research for the National League of Cities, has appeared recently on CNN and NPR discussing the impact of the economic crisis on state and local governments. To read the interviews click here and here.

Marsha Lambregts (‘88) has taken a new position within the Idaho National Laboratory as the relationship/program manager for the Department of Energy’s new national Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Information on the program can be found at www.caesenergy.org.

Helen (Turner) Lowell (‘26) is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards for a lifetime of preserving the history of the Lower Boise Valley. The Parma School District nominated Lowell, calling her “a local treasure.” Lowell is the co-author of “Our First Hundred Years,” a lively narrative for scholars, history buffs, travelers and families who have lived in the area for many years, as well as newcomers. Letters of support for Lowell were written by the Parma Lions Club, Parma Mayor Margie Watson, the Old Fort Boise Historical Society, Parma Schools’ Panther Library, professor emeritus Louie Attebery and Idaho State Historical Society director emeritus Arthur Hart. Lowell will celebrate her 104th birthday this summer.

Angela (Demark) Muniz (‘04) was named the Idaho Insurance Agent of the Year by American Family Insurance for the 2008 business year. She lives and works in Caldwell. She is married to Matt Muniz and they have two daughters and one more due in August.

Amber Murrey (‘09) has been granted a full two-year scholarship in the African American Studies graduate program at Syracuse University beginning this fall. She’ll be the graduate assistant for a course called “Blacks in Art and Film.” Amber recently finished working for AmeriCorps*Vista in rural Montana.

Mike Wolfe (‘04) is featured in the June issue of Trail Runner magazine about balancing ultramarathon running and law school at the University of Montana. Wolfe won the 2006 and 2007 USATF 50-mile trail championships, and shared the championship title for the USATF 100-mile Tahoe Rim Trail Race in 2008.

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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.

July 25 – Come cool off with fellow GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) members by floating the Boise River. We’ll start from Barber Park at around 2 p.m. and get out at Ann Morrison Park (expect to be done no later than 5 p.m.).

Take the shuttle ($3/person) from Ann Morrison Park to Barber Park or just meet us at Barber Park (parking is $5). Shuttles from Ann Morrison start at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and leave every 20 minutes.

You may bring your own tubes or rafts if you have them or rent at Barber Park (tube rentals start at $12/person). Barber Park offers air stations to blow up tubes and rafts for no charge.

We are currently in the process of looking for tubes/rafts to borrow in order to keep costs down and allow more people to enjoy this event. More information to come later.

For more information, contact Courtney Carissimi at (208) 459.5918 or email [email protected], or Jacob McClean at (208) 230.2123 or email [email protected].

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


  • Director of Health Services
  • Boone Fund (Annual Giving) Coordinator


  • No openings at this time

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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