C of I Newsletter

2009. 07. 23.

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C of I alumni show their support and break another giving record

Alumni from The College of Idaho rallied around the college this year and set an all-time record of nearly 33 percent giving. This includes the Class of 2009, which had an unprecedented giving rate of nearly 90 percent.

Additionally, The C of I alumni were more generous than they have been in past years. Contributions to the annual fund, which helps offset the college’s scholarship and operating expenses, were up almost 13 percent to more than $530,000. Overall giving increased 32 percent from $3.5 million to $4.6 million between fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Nationally, alumni giving is on the decrease, falling from nearly 14 percent in 2001 to 11 percent in 2008, according the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“This is an amazing accomplishment and we appreciate the support shown by nearly one-third of our alumni,” President Marv Henberg said. “We all know what a difficult time this is for fund raising.”

The College had 2,215 alumni donors by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, up from 1,973, which was last year’s record number. The College of Idaho’s alumni giving percentage has more than doubled over the past five years.

“My degree from The C of I gave me the foundation to pursue a graduate degree and have a rewarding career that allows me to give back,” said Diana Dron (‘75). “I have been privileged to meet many of the current faculty and find them to be as gifted and giving as the faculty that were on campus in the early 70s.”

This is the third year in a row that the number of alumni making gifts has broken a school record. The alumni giving rate is important to colleges and universities because it is used in national rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report annual college issue, and is often a criterion used by foundations that award grants.

Becky Anderson (‘09) worked hard on this year’s Senior Legacy campaign to make sure her classmates made a gift before they graduated.

“Recent graduates have such a close relationship with the College,” she said. “Our class loved the school so much and we want it to continue to succeed – it’s a new kind of school spirit.”

Dron said she learned only a few years ago how important the number of alumni donors is to The C of I. “Even if someone is only able to give $10, they are still very important to the college,” she said.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, which gave The C of I $50 million in 2007, told the college in 2004 it needed to increase its alumni giving percentage to more closely resemble other liberal arts colleges in the Northwest. The Albertson gift is the largest ever received by an Idaho college or university, and at the time was the sixth largest cash donation given to a college or university in the United States.

“Alumni giving is one measure of how loyal and dedicated a college’s graduates are,” said Michael Vandervelden, vice president of advancement at The C of I. “When graduates support a school, it sends a message that they received a high-quality education and want to thank the faculty and the institution that provided it.”

Anderson agreed. “It’s not just about the amount of money, it’s what you feel behind the money.”

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MASTER Center closing soon; math and science resources available

The C of I Math and Science Teacher Education Resource (MASTER) Center is closing and is hosting an open house on Monday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. in the basement of Boone Hall for teachers who would like to take math and science materials. This the third open house.

Materials are free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds are being divided between the Mathematics Scholarship to honor emeritus professor Boyd Henry, who died in February, and the Whittenberger Planetarium on campus.

Available materials include textbooks and resource books, teacher resource magazines (especially The Arithmetic Teacher and The Mathematics Teacher), Scientific American magazines dating back to the 1950s, and other materials.

Boyd Henry opened the MASTERCenter in 1991 with grant funds from the Murdock Charitable Trust. It ran for 17 years until Henry’s death.

“To keep it open would require a very dedicated volunteer plus funds to restock lab supplies or additional funds to pay someone to run it,” said Amy Truksa (‘89), Whittenberger Planetarium director. “It’s hard to see the collection dispersed, but we are confident it will be put to good use.”

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Faculty News

Dayley publishes new edition of Asian Studies text

Rob Dayley, professor of political economy and Asian studies, has published the fifth edition of “Southeast Asia in the New International Era,” with co-author Clark D. Neher, professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. The new edition was released this month by Westview Press.

The text is an introductory survey of Southeast Asia covering political and economic developments in the region with special attention to events since the end of the Cold War. Previous editions have been among the most widely used introductory texts in college courses on the subject.

Dayley was responsible for all revisions to the new edition, including two new chapters and significant updates to each of the 11 country chapters.

The book received endorsements including:

“There is no better basic book to introduce the region.” – The Journal of Asian Business

“Robert Dayley and Clark Neher have written a superb survey…a must-read for students and professionals who aspire to better understand Southeast Asia’s significance.” – Asia Foundation

“I know of better introduction to the region as a whole.” – R.B. Albritton, University of Mississippi

Dayley lived in Southeast Asia for several years, including twice as a Fulbright Scholar. He will take his 12th trip to Asia this winter when he leads C of I students on a study tour of Thailand and Cambodia.

Copies of “Southeast Asia in the New International Era” are available in The C of I bookstore.

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Golden to receive Mayor’s Trust award

Boise Mayor David Bieter named theatre department chair Joe Golden and Golden’s Fool Squad comedy partner Tom Willmorth as recipients of the Excellence in Art Education category of the 2009 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Art & History.

The awards are presented every two years to celebrate people, organizations and businesses that have contributed to Boise’s cultural scene.

Award recipients must have demonstrated distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation or research that enhances the artistic, historic, and broader cultural life of Boise. The awards began in 1986 to honor the arts, and over 70 people and organizations have been recognized.

The event honoring the award recipients will be Friday, Sept. 25, but Golden and Willmorth will be performing “A Tuna Christmas” at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival that evening and are unable to attend.

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Alumni News

New Facebook application for Yotes: Add it today!

The College of Idaho Alumni Association introduces C of I Alumni Connections, a Facebook application. Alumni Connections allows you to:

  • Update your alumni profile info when you move, get a new job, get married, etc.
  • Search for classmates
  • View and post class notes

Alumni must have a College of Idaho Alumni Association Online Community account to participate. To get an account, click here. Facebook accounts can be linked to The College of Idaho Alumni Association Online Community account by clicking here.

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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.

Dustin Firestine (‘02) moved to Anchorage, Alaska and joined the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration in November.

Karen Hay (‘75) and 16 members of the Summerwind Skippers won team show at the 2009 National Jumprope Competition last month for the first time in their 14-year history. They came in second overall in speed events and third overall in the entire competition. The Summerwind Skippers are a performance and competitive jump rope sports team founded in 1995. The BBC will film the Summerwind Skippers at their camp at Boise State next month and six of the Skippers will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

Joe Mertz (‘93) and his wife Kimberley welcomed baby girl Sean Elizabeth Mertz on July 3. She weighed 7 lbs, 10 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

Lyndsay (Tiller) Palmer (‘04) and Michael Palmer (‘03) were married in June 2006 on The C of I campus. Michael is a teacher for Nampa School District and Lyndsay is a licensed banker at Wells Fargo. They are expecting their first baby in February.

Kimberly (Kraft) Palmer (‘07) and Matthew Palmer (‘06) were married in June 2008 at Ste. Chappelle Winery in Caldwell. Matthew works at Lionbridge in Boise as a deployment program manager and Kimberly works at Wells Fargo Bank in Nampa as a personal banker.

Bryan K. Slinker (‘76), acting interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University since November 2008, has accepted the deanship on a permanent basis. He formerly served as executive associate dean and chair of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology.

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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 Frances Nagashima at 459-5770 or email [email protected], or Jacob McClean at 230-2123 or email [email protected].

July 29 – Payette/Weiser/Fruitland/New Plymouth area alumni and admissions event to welcome the Class of 2013 ice cream social at 6 p.m. at Weiser Candy Co., 449 State St. RSVP to Karli Bell by email or by calling 459-5317.

Aug. 1 – Family and Friends Wiffle Ball Game and picnic from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on The C of I campus. Bring your own picnics and blankets.

Aug. 5 – Lawyers and Politicians: Mentoring Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. at Angell’s in Boise.

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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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].

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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