C of I Newsletter

2009. 09. 17.

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In this newsletter:

Faculty News

Upcoming Events

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Ray Lopes, Michael Rettig, Tri Robinson
  • Alumni and Friends Events:
    Sept. 20 – “A Tuna Christmas”
    Sept. 24-27 – Homecoming 2009, which includes a history majors reunion.
    Oct. 17 – Family Day: Pumpkin Picking & Launching at Wissel Farm
    Oct. 23 – Save the Date - North Idaho Event
    Oct. 28 – GOLDen Happy Hour at the Dutch Goose in Boise
    Oct. 31 – The Thunder Mountain Line Pumpkin Liner
    Nov. 8 – San Francisco Bay Area alumni event
  • Reminders

Presidential Inauguration is Oct. 1; activities Sept. 28-30

The College of Idaho will inaugurate Dr. Marvin Henberg as its 12th president on Thursday, Oct. 1, and will host several events in the days leading up to the inauguration to celebrate. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, Sept. 28 – Honorary Degree presentation ceremony for Kristine M. Tompkins (‘72) and choral performance at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tompkins is head of Conservacion Patagonica. She was a co-founder of Patagonia, Inc., and is a member of its board. For the past 14 years she has lived in Chile and Argentina working with her husband Doug Tompkins to save and restore wildlands in Patagonian Chile and Argentina.

Tuesday, Sept. 29Professor Cary Coglianese (‘85) guest lecture “Law in Action: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. Coglianese is deputy dean and Edward B. Shils professor of law and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Penn Program on Regulation.

Wednesday, Sept. 30Professor John J. McDermott guest lecture “Starting Over: The Humanities as Personally Implosive,” at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. McDermott is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M University, and has been teaching for more than 50 years. McDermott and Henberg have known each other for more than 30 years.

Thursday, Oct. 1 – Inauguration ceremony for President Marv Henberg at 4:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Langroise Foyer.

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H1N1 Update at The C of I

Like many colleges in the region, The C of I has been touched by the H1N1 virus and has taken several steps to prevent its spread.

President Marv Henberg, and the offices of Student Affairs, including Residence Life and Campus Safety, and Maintenance & Operations have worked together to inform the campus about the virus, including preventive measures to take and how to recognize signs and symptoms. Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus, and frequently touched surfaces in buildings and residence halls have been cleaned and sanitized.

Anyone who has symptoms of H1N1 is asked to stay home and keep a distance from others for at least 24 hours until after their fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication. Students who have flu-like symptoms but are unable to go home are being self-isolated in residence halls.

For more information or updates, please click on the H1N1 link at www.collegeofidaho.edu

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Endowment completed for Terry Mazurak Scholarship

A scholarship endowment has been completed to recognize Professor Terry Mazurak and his more than 25-year career at The C of I.

The Mazurak Scholarship, which is based on need, will be awarded annually to a junior or senior humanities student, with a preference for those majoring in philosophy or religion.

The scholarship, which will be endowed in perpetuity at the College, has 15 donors who combined their efforts to reach the required $25,000 endowment minimum.

One of the donors, Mark Dykes (‘83), recalls his time with Mazurak very fondly, particularly the Wednesday night seminar classes.

“Professor Mazurak was a wonderful teacher and I am happy that I could participate in this effort to recognize him,” Dykes said.

Mazurak, who holds the Bernie McCain Chair in the Humanities, came to The College of Idaho in 1982 and remembers it as “much smaller, with fewer buildings, fewer students and faculty – and a very good atmosphere. I was impressed from the day I arrived by the academic seriousness of the students and faculty.” Mazurak was mentored by much beloved professor of philosophy and religion Bill Chalker.

“My deepest appreciations to all the donors,” Mazurak said. “I can think of no greater privilege and no higher honor than this.”

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Homecoming and history majors & friends reunion begins Sept. 24

The College of Idaho is hosting several events for Homecoming, including a history majors and friends reunion, on Sept. 24-27.

“I'm very much looking forward to seeing old students and talking old times,” Professor Steve Maughan (‘85) said. “I hope to see one and all at our history majors reunion to reminisce and talk about the past.”

Events include:

Sept. 24 – Professor Franklin Specht BBQ

Sept. 25 –Coyote Open Golf Tournament, Hayman Hall rededication ceremony

Sept. 26 – History department brunch, Taste of the Harvest annual Idaho wine and food festival, Alumni Awards Dinner to honor Janie Burns (‘77), Jeff Shinn (’73), David Muller (‘99) and the Pippitt family.

For a full list of activities, click here.

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C of I trustees, alumni enter agreement to reopen Crescent Silver Mine

Kurt Hoffman (‘88), a C of I trustee and president and CEO of Syringa Exploration Inc., announced the signing of a letter of intent to enter into a joint venture agreement to reopen SNS Silver’s wholly-owned Crescent Silver Mine in Idaho’s Silver Valley for development, exploration and production.

Under terms of the agreement, Syringa will expend $2 million in each of the first two years, and $4.16 million in the third year toward continued exploration and development of the Crescent Mine, earning Syringa a 50 percent interest in the Crescent Silver Mine at the end of the third year.

Additionally, Syringa will issue 900,000 shares of its stock to SNS. Syringa also will have the right to purchase an additional 1 percent of the joint venture by making an additional payment of $200,000 to SNS.

“This was a carefully thought out agreement with SNS and we both look forward to a long and productive relationship,” Hoffman said. “This is a win-win for our companies as well as for the Silver Valley. As a native of the Silver Valley, it is personally very rewarding to be involved in putting Silver Valley miners back to work as we restart work at the Crescent.”

Other Syringa Exploration, Inc., officers are Erik Panke (‘86), chief financial officer and director, and Sen. John McGee (‘95), vice chairman of The C of I Board of Trustees and Syringa director. McGee is also a state senator and marketing and public relations director for West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

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A recent newsletter included an obituary for Lisa Jill Setterfield (‘84) and should have indicated that she graduated from the College summa cum laude.

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Faculty News

Knickerbocker to perform at benefit concert

Scott Knickerbocker, assistant professor of English and environmental studies, will perform at a concert on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m, on the lawn at the Sandbar Restaurant in Marsing to benefit Idaho Wildlife Federation and the Boise River Volunteers for Project TRASH (Teach Responsibility And Save our Heritage), a campaign to reduce littering in wild areas.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Food, drink, wine and beer will be available. Other performers include Frozen Dogs Road Trio and Bitter Brush Blues Band.

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Mack Sermon featured in Idaho Press Tribune

Mack Sermon, director of speech & debate, was featured in a front page photo of the Idaho Press-Tribune on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Canyon County Democrats Labor Day Picnic.

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Upcoming Events:

Rember lecture Sept. 21 in KAIC

John Rember, The C of I writer-at-large, will be on campus giving a lecture titled “The Writer As Material Witness: Seeing and Surviving the Violence of the Mundane,” on Monday, Sept. 21 in KAIC 106 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Whittenberger Planetarium fall shows

The Whittenberger Planetarium on The College of Idaho campus is recognizing the autumnal equinox and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing this fall as part of the ongoing International Year of Astronomy series. Shows will be held on Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for children ages 5-18 and $4 for adults. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please make them by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211. The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

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Cello Day at The C of I is Sept. 24

The C of I will host Cello Day on Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall featuring cello maker Christopher Dungey and cello soloist Zuill Bailey.

Dungey will be presenting in the morning from 10a.m. to noon; Bailey will be conducting a master class in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All festivities are free and open to all. For more information, contact Sam Smith, cellist for the Langroise Trio at 459-5428.

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Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History Supporter Appreciation Night

Jack Cafferty (‘97), Interpretive Center director for The Peregrine Fund at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise will present “The World of Raptor Conservation: Efforts in Idaho and Around the World” on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Boone 128 as part of museum supporter appreciation night. A live peregrine falcon will accompany Cafferty as he provides a glimpse of current conservation efforts here in Idaho and around the world.

Museum tours will be offered from 6-7 p.m., and after the presentation. Supporter Appreciation Night is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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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.

Rev. Tri Robinson (‘70), of Boise’s Vineyard Christian Fellowship, will be the guest chaplain Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. Robinson, who was invited by former Chairman of The C of I Board of Trustees Rep. Walt Minnick, will lead the House in its opening prayer.

Michael Rettig (‘72) was recently published in the Central Oregon Writer’s Guild chapbook “Literary Harvest Volume 1,” for his short story “Last Run,” which was one of 10 winning entries in the 2008 Literary Harvest Writing Contest.

Ray Lopes (‘87) has been promoted by the University of Idaho to associate head men’s basketball coach. Lopes, who spent two years as associate head coach of the Idaho Stampede, joined Vandal head men’s basketball coach Don Verlin’s staff as an assistant in 2008.

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Alumni & Friends Events

Sept. 20 – The Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “A Tuna Christmas,” starring Professor Joe Golden at 7 p.m. Discounted tickets are $23 plus tax. To reserve seats, or switch your season tickets to this date, call the box office at 336-9221 and tell them you’re with The C of I.

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

Oct. 17 – Family Day: Pumpkin Picking & Launching at Wissel Farm (11085 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa), 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Oct. 23 – Save the Date - North Idaho Event

Oct. 28 – GOLDen Happy Hour at the Dutch Goose in Boise (3515 W. State St.), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 – The Thunder Mountain Line Pumpkin Liner for alumni and friends at 1:30 p.m. Ride the train to a pumpkin patch in Banks, pick a pumpkin and ride back. Cost is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 2. Call 331-1184 for reservations.

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. Tailgate begins at 10:15 a.m. and costs $60, which includes all-you-can-eat buffet, beer, wine and soda, and meet-and-greet with Owens. The game starts at 1:15 p.m. Game tickets are purchased separately and cost $35-$91. Guests must pre-pay for the tailgate and game tickets by calling the alumni office at 459-5770.

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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.

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.

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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