C of I Newsletter

2009. 08. 06.

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The C of I newsletter is sent on alternating weeks. The next edition will be sent Aug. 20.

In this newsletter:

Faculty News

Student News

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Amanda Buchanan/Jason Vlcek, Jan (Colter) Byers-Kirsch, Barbara Chester, Tom Riddell, Vince Sanchez, Lora Volkert
  • Alumni Events:
    Aug. 7 – Sun Valley area alumni and friends event
    Aug. 11 – Canyon County Happy Hour
    Aug. 14 – Ada County Happy Hour
    Aug. 18 – McCall area alumni event
  • Reminders

The C of I named one of the best colleges by the Princeton Review

The College of Idaho has been named one of the top colleges in the country by the Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges,” and was rated high by students for its quality of life, academics and being “green,” a new category for the nationally recognized ranking.

The C of I was ranked No. 8 in the “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” category, which it also received last year, and was named a Best Western College.

“I am very pleased that the college has been recognized once again by the Princeton Review,” said President Marv Henberg. “These rankings are important to The C of I because the results come from our students – the people who know us best.”

Henberg said he appreciated the book’s new green rating because the college has taken several steps over the past few years to be more environmentally friendly, including:

  • Planting an organic garden and harvesting the vegetables for Simplot Dining Hall

  • Upgrading several buildings with LED lights, new windows and temperature controls

  • Using green cleaning supplies and energy efficient equipment

The Princeton Review annually surveys more than 122,000 students – approximately 325 per campus. The 80-question survey asks students about their school’s academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves.

Comments about The C of I from students who took the survey include:

  • The college’s biology and pre-med programs are “great preparation for both graduate school and the professional world.” Biology and biological sciences are among the most popular majors on campus.

  • The college has an active Program Council and dozens of clubs and organizations, “Any major campus-sponsored activities bring us all together as one giant, friendly social club.”

  • “My school is way more than a place for me to learn. My teachers have become more like guardians for my education, and my peers … my second family.”

The University of Idaho was the only other college or university in Idaho named one of the best 371.

The Princeton Review is a Framingham, MA-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. Colleges and universities do not pay a fee to be included in the book

To see the rankings, go to www.princetonreview.com.

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Coyotes set new NAIA record for Scholar Teams

A record-setting 2008-09 season got even better for The College of Idaho, as all 19 Coyote teams competing in the NAIA were honored as NAIA Scholar Teams, a new national record. Each of the 19 Yote teams maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Six different teams from The C of I placed in the NAIA’s Top 5. Volleyball, women’s swimming, women’s indoor track and men’s swimming all placed second. Men’s golf was third, and women’s outdoor track was fourth.

Coyote teams that placed in the Top 10 were women’s cross country (7th), men’s indoor track (8th) and baseball (10th).

This year, the Coyotes boasted a record 46 national scholar-athletes and a league-record 75 Academic All-CCC award winners.

C of I Team GPAs: volleyball 3.65, women’s indoor track 3.61, women’s outdoor track 3.61, women’s cross country 3.61, men’s golf 3.53, women’s golf 3.41, women’s swimming 3.34, women’s soccer 3.30, women’s basketball 3.29, women’s tennis 3.29, men’s tennis 3.24, men’s cross country 3.22, men’s indoor track 3.22, men’s outdoor track 3.18, men’s swimming 3.18, men’s soccer 3.15, softball 3.14, men’s basketball 3.10, baseball 3.06.

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Faculty News

Diane Raptosh featured on Boise State Radio’s Art and Soul series

English professor Diane Raptosh (‘83) was the first artist featured on this season of “Art and Soul,” a public radio series which celebrates selected Idaho artists, writers and performers. Her interview ran on Aug 5. “Art and Soul” is sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through its American Masterpieces program. To hear a podcast of Raptosh’s interview, click here.

Art professor Garth Claassen was featured on “Art and Soul” last year. To hear Raptosh's interview, click here.

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Angresano invited to give seminar in Paris; publishes article in IBR

Political Economy professor Jim Angresano has been invited to give a seminar in Paris about his book “French Welfare State Reform,” at l'Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences).

In addition, Angresano’s photo and a story were on the front page of this week’s Idaho Business Review. His article is called “Comparing the Current Recession to Previous Recessions” and is part of a package of “Voices of Recovery” articles about the economy.

Angresano has also been invited to join the Idaho Council on Economics in Education.

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Student News

C of I junior John Heinemann will be an intern this fall in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Walt Minnick, former chairman of The C of I Board of Trustees.

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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.

Amanda Buchanan (‘99) and Jason Vlcek (‘96) are featured in the August 2009 issue of Consumer Reports. They have spoken publicly several times about their struggle to find affordable health care. Morgan Jindrich (‘99) also wrote about Buchanan and Vlcek in a July 27 column in the Huffington Post.

Jan (Colter) Byers-Kirsch (‘80) is an assistant professor and director of field services in teacher education at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. She taught in the public schools for 15 years, was an adjunct instructor at Boise State University in teacher education and a Title I coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education for several years. She also worked for the Idaho Statesman, Southwest Idaho School to Work and the Idaho Department of Correction.

Barbara Chester (‘74) is the president-elect of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Chester is principal of principal of Cherry Park Elementary School in Portland, Ore.

Tom Riddell (‘99) has accepted a new position within the Kent School District. He is a teacher on special assignment in the School Technology Services department focusing on innovation and community outreach.

Vince Sanchez (‘08) has announced his candidacy for Seat 1 in Caldwell’s November city council election. Seat 1 is currently occupied by ex-mayor and longtime Councilman Jim Dakan, who said he intends to seek reelection. Sanchez is director of the 21st Century after-school programs for Caldwell School District. He previously ran for city council in 2007 and came in second in a three-way race.

Lora Volkert (‘00) is a full-time student at Boise State University pursuing a degree in computer science. She was just hired as a page in the youth services division of the Boise Public Library.

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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.

Aug. 7 – Sun Valley area alumni and friends event at 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and 8 p.m. at The Ketchum Grill. Join us for an afternoon of camaraderie and music as the Langroise Trio performs with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. This free concert will be followed with toasts and celebration at The Ketchum Grill to introduce the 12th president of The College of Idaho, Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg.

The Admission Office will host a cupcake and sparkling cider reception for prospective students and their families before the concert. Please come early and join us for a mixer. You may bring a picnic or blankets if you prefer to sit in the lawn. The celebration follows at The Ketchum Grill after the show.

Aug. 11 – Canyon County Happy Hour for alumni at the Bent Fork in Caldwell at 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 14 – Ada County Happy Hour for alumni at Bardenay in Eagle at 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 18 – McCall area alumni event at 6 p.m. at the home of Diane Conrad (‘58), 1190 Shady Lane Loop in McCall. Join us as we introduce the 12th president of The College of Idaho, Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg. Light appetizer fare and beverages will be provided by the Alumni Office.

Aug. 21 – Idaho Falls area alumni event at Vino Rosso, 439 A St., at 6 p.m. in Idaho Falls.

Aug. 22 – Salt Lake City area alumni event at The Utah Brewers Cooperative, 1763 S. 300 W, Salt Lake City, at 4:30 p.m. to introduce the 12th president of The College of Idaho, Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg.

Aug. 27 – College of Idaho Alumni Night at PGE Park, Portland Beavers vs. Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.). The Portland Beavers welcome The College of Idaho Alumni to a fun-filled night at PGE Park. C of I alumni can purchase discounted tickets for the game, saving up to $3.50 per ticket. Click here to order tickets online – special offer code: IDAHO.You can also order your tickets by calling Katie Hoffner at (503) 553-5404 or khoffner@pgepark.com.Offer not valid at the PGE Park Box Office. Deadline to order tickets is Wednesday, August 26 at 5 p.m.

Sept. 24-27 – Homecoming 2009, which includes a history majors reunion. For more information and to register, click here.

Nov. 8 – San Francisco Bay Area alumni event. Special tailgate hosted by San Francisco 49er Hall of Famer RC Owens, followed by game against the Tennessee Titans. More info to come.

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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.

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 marketing@roaringsprings.com.

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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