C of I Newsletter

2009. 09. 24.

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

Museum News

Upcoming Events

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9th annual Taste of the Harvest is Saturday

The College of Idaho’s ninth annual celebration of Idaho food, wine and crafts is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-5 p.m. in the Morrison Quadrangle. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Attendees can sample and purchase wines, foods and artwork from 33 vendors. The day includes live music and activities for kids. Proceeds go to a scholarship for children of migrant farm workers who want to attend The College of Idaho.

Wineries in attendance this year include Bitner Vineyards, Carmela Winery, Fujishin Family Cellars, Pend d’Oreille Winery, Sawtooth Winery, St. Regulus Wines, Williamsons Vineyard and Woodriver Cellars.

Taste of the Harvest is sponsored by the Idaho Press-Tribune, Bon Appetit Management Co., and Simplot.

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Presidential Inauguration is Oct. 1; activities begin Monday

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 Henberg at 4:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Langroise Foyer.

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Homecoming and history majors & friends reunion begins today

Homecoming and the history majors reunion begins today and brings many exciting reasons to return to campus. A full calendar of events is below and is available by clicking here.

One event to call attention to is The C of I Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 26. Alumni Janie Burns, Jeff Shinn and David Muller, and the Pippitt family will be honored. The dinner is in Simplot Dining Hall at 6 p.m., and features organic lamb from Burns’ Meadowlark Farms. Cost is $20. RSVP by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Janie Burns (‘77)

Janie Burns’ first encounter with The College of Idaho was at a National Science Foundation summer chemistry course for high school seniors. Following high school graduation, she attended The C of I and graduated with a degree in English. During her college years, Janie participated in field hockey, basketball, as editor of the Trail yearbook and as ASCI treasurer.

Upon graduation, Janie accepted a commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and lived in California, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. After nine years of active duty, Janie returned to Idaho. While working as a dispatcher for the Owyhee County Sheriff, she began raising garden produce to sell. The organically-grown produce was an instant success at the nascent Boise Farmers Market and her career as a farmer began.

Janie is currently the president of the board of Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho, a Boise-based non-profit whose mission is to be a local resource and network that encourages ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just endeavors. Janie is co-chair of one of SCC’s programs, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition which seeks to help create a sustainable, local food system.

Jeff Shinn (‘73)

Jeff Shinn participated in the Idaho Legislative Internship Program with the Office of the Governor as a student at The C of I, and was involved in Voorhees Hall and the Lambda Zeta fraternity, where he was corresponding secretary.

Jeff attended graduate school at the University of Southern California and received a master’s in public administration. He maintained his ties to The C of I by assisting with college student recruitment, scheduling dinner meetings, and gathering invitation cards. Upon completion of his graduate work, Jeff returned to Idaho, where he quickly became active in The College of Idaho alumni programs.

With help from friends, Jeff resurrected the Boise Alumni Chapter on two separate occasions by growing small groups of alumni for lunchtime meetings to discuss College news and updates. Over the last 35 years, Jeff has maintained a steady and reliable presence as the alumni representative in the Ada County area. He has worked with multiple college presidents, governors and administrations to grow and encourage alumni activity.

Jeff recently retired from his position as chairperson of the Ada County Chapter. He lives with his wife, Theresa (Kelly) Shinn (‘74), in Boise. He has two sons, Conner and Brady. Conner Shinn graduated from The C of I in 2006.

David Muller (‘99)

During his time at The C of I, David Muller was a member of Pi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Senate, Philotech, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Student Faculty Affairs Committee, the Voorhees Residence Hall Council, and the American Society for Microbiology. He received many awards, including Boone Honors Scholar, Scarab Society, Whittenberger Scholarship, and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholar award. He graduated magna cum laude from the College with a degree in biology and minor in chemistry.

After graduation, David moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a doctorate in molecular genetics and microbiology at Emory University and later a master’s in business administration with a finance concentration. While completing his MBA, he began work for Mirant Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy company that had spun off from a large electric utility in an IPO.

Missing science and having been exposed to several international players, David then accepted a position with the British Consulate-General in Atlanta to serve as vice-consul for science and technology and later moved on to the Embassy in Washington to become the senior science and technology advisor.

More recently, David has become interested in the development of IT hardware/software. As a result, he started a master’s program in information technology development which he expects to complete this fall.

After spending four years working with the British government, David recently changed positions and now works for the U.S. government in the Department of the Navy as a technology manager.

Pippitt family

Marge and Gene Pippitt came to Idaho from Milwaukee, Wisc., and have a long history with The C of I. They have five children, four of whom attended The C of I: Ron Pippitt (‘61), Dave Pippitt (‘64), Myrna (Pippitt) Strom (‘67), Sandi (Pippitt) Bosch (‘68) and Dale Pippitt,

Ron married Jean Runions (‘63), whose sister Sylvia (Runions) Hunt (‘59), also attended the College and married Jack Hunt (‘58).

Dave married Martha Roeloffs (‘65) whose brother James Roeloffs (‘68) achieved recognition as a Rhodes Scholar. James married Cynthia Bulatti (‘72).

Myrna and Bill Strom (‘67) , graduated together and were married later the same day in the chapel on campus, followed shortly thereafter on that same day by the wedding of Myrna’s sister Sandi and her husband Bill Molthan (‘68).

Several grandchildren have also attended the college: Matt Pippitt (‘97), Karly (Pippitt) Patten (‘02) and Susan (Strom) Barkley (‘99). Matt married Sara Johnson (‘00); they now live in Boise with their daughter. Karly married Rich Patten (‘01).

Other Homecoming and history major and friends events

Tonight (Thursday, Sept. 24)

Prof. Franklin Specht dinner – Bitner Vineyards, 16645 Plum Road, Caldwell, at 6 p.m. Cost is $15. A few seats are still available, but please let the alumni office know you’re coming by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Friday, Sept. 25

Noon Ball with faculty and staff – JAAAC at 11:30 a.m. Free. RSVP by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Coyote Open golf tournament – Begins at 12:30 p.m. at Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. Cost is $100 per player and benefits athletic scholarships. A few slots remain for five-person teams or individuals. Entrants will be accepted until play begins.

Women’s Soccer v. Evergreen State – Simplot Field at 2 p.m. Free.

Campus Tour – Meet at Hendren Hall at 3 p.m. Free.

Men’s Soccer v. Evergreen State – Simplot Field at 4 p.m. Free.

Rosenthal Gallery – Opening reception for “Heart and Cell,” prints and paintings by Angela Katona-Batchelor and Nicole Herden from 4:30-7 p.m.

Hayman Hall Rededication – Hayman Lobby at 5:30 p.m. Free.

Wine & Cheese Reception – In Langroise Foyer at 6 p.m. Cost is $5. RSVP by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Improv show by Alumni & Friends – In Langroise Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Free. RSVP by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Orma J. Smith Museum Awards & Guest Speaker – 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” in Boone 128 at 7 p.m. A live peregrine falcon will accompany Cafferty as he provides a glimpse of current conservation efforts here in Idaho and around the world. Free.

Saturday, September 26

History Brunch – Simplot 9 a.m. Cost is $10. RSVP by clicking here or calling 459-5918.

Campus Tours – Meet at Hendren Hall at 11:30 a.m. Free.

Women’s Soccer v. Northwest – Simplot Field at 2 p.m. Free.

Men’s Soccer v. Northwest – Simplot Field at 4 p.m. Free.

Sunday, September 27

Homecoming Services at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m.

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

The C of I participates in the Indian Creek Festival

Faculty, students and staff from The C of I participated in last Saturday’s 7th annual Indian Creek Festival in downtown Caldwell.

Scott Knickerbocker, assistant professor of English and environmental studies came in first in the 10K run with a time of 42:24, followed by student Kate Leadbetter in second with a time of 43:40.

Faculty Megan Dixon, Jim Angresano and Elizabeth Angresano participated in the 5K. Chris Anton, vice president of finance and administration, participated in the festival as part of the City of Caldwell’s Pathways and Bike Routes Master Planning Committee.

The Indian Creek Festival is a celebration of the economic and aesthetic resurrection of Caldwell City Center including the daylighting and restoration of Indian Creek, and redevelopment of the downtown to create a great place to live, work, play and shop.

This year’s celebration marked the completion of the Indian Creek Project restoration project through the downtown.

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Ski team members assist with Boise River cleaning

Members of The C of I ski team spent a recent Saturday cleaning up the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. Participants included students Katie Kernan and Lara Mann, and Coach Ron Bonneau and his wife Michelle Bonneau.

“The Boise River was found to be almost litter-free, a marked improvement from five years ago,” Ron Bonneau said. “It is our plan next year to pursue a stretch of the river from Star or Middleton to Caldwell, a beautiful but sometimes forgotten waterway.”

To see more news from The C of I faculty, students and staff, click here.

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Museum News

OJ Smith Museum co-sponsors successful Bug Day

More than 1,100 people attended the annual Bug Day event at the Idaho Botanical Garden, co-sponsored by The C of I’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Several museum volunteers participated including Teresa Vail (‘10), Steve Bouffard, Al Gillogly, Mary Clark (‘68), Barbara Alexander, Jim Ryan, Dave Ward (‘78), and Margaret Stallnecht.

Volunteers staffed a museum gift shop selling edible bug candy, bug nets, bug boxes, t-shirts and other items to raise funds for museum operations. Others displayed insects from the museum’s extensive collection and answered questions.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Simplot Dining Hall to participate in Eat Local Challenge Sept. 29

For the 5th year in a row, Bon Appétit Management Co., will participate the Eat Local Challenge on Sept. 29. The Eat Local Challenge asks chefs to prepare several dishes made from locally produced ingredients.

At The C of I, executive chef Jered Couch will highlight southwest Idaho’s best from local purveyors such as Lazy Dog Gardens, Canyon Bounty Farms, Ballard Family Farm and M&M Heath Farms.

Bon Appétit Management Co., runs the food service at The C of I and 400 college restaurants and cafes. Simplot Dining Hall will be open to the public from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and cost is $7 per person plus tax.

Menu items include: carved local whole chicken served with mashed fingerling potatoes and vegetables, eggplant parmesan, pepper roasted Caribbean pork loin with black beans and grilled peaches, Philly cheese steak sandwich, Bon Appétit veggie burger, flat breads in the deli with local accompaniments like black bean falafel, finger steaks with hand cut fries, duck egg quiche, tomato-basil soup and Walla Walla onion soup.

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The C of I, Caldwell Chamber sponsor Caldwell Candidates Forum Oct. 8

The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The College of Idaho, is hosting the Caldwell Candidates Forum on Thursday Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall at the College.

The forum will provide Caldwell businesses and community members with an opportunity to hear the candidates for the contested city council and mayoral races.

Professor Jasper LiCalzi will moderate the forum. Each candidate will be given a few minutes to introduce themselves and outline the reasons for their candidacy.

The questions presented to the candidates will focus on issues of importance to the businesses that make up the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. There will be no questions from the audience.

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Louis Ford & the New Orleans Flairs play Oct. 12

Connect with the jazz heritage of New Orleans when Caldwell Fine Arts presents Louis Ford & the New Orleans Flairs on Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $14-$18 adult and $10-$14 for students at the door, or by calling 459-3405 or online at www.caldwellfinearts.org. C of I students are free.

Louis is a second generation clarinet/saxophone player whose father’s career spanned three decades with legendary entertainers. A graduate of Loyola University, Louis is dedicated to preserving the great jazz of the region.

See below “Life after The C of I: Where are we now?” for an item about CFA Director Sylvia Hunt (‘59).

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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 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.

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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.

Andrew Ellis (‘94) will show his film “The Highly Contested Election For Payette County Sheriff” at the Idaho International Film Festival beginning today (Thursday, Sept. 24) through Sunday, Sept. 27 in Boise. For more information, click here.  Ellis was featured in a front page story in Wednesday’s Idaho Statesman.

Sylvia Hunt (‘59) was featured on the front page of Sunday’s Idaho Statesman in an article about her more than 50 years on the music scene in Caldwell, including playing the organ for Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church, teaching piano to hundreds of area kids and adults, and running Caldwell Fine Arts.

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Alumni & Friends Events

Soccer Reunion October 9-11

The women’s and men’s soccer teams at The College of Idaho are now in their 20th and 25th year in existence and have several events planned to commemorate their anniversaries.

Oct. 9 – Women’s game 1 p.m.; Men’s game 3 p.m. Free.; Leku Ona in downtown Boise at 7 p.m. Participants cover their own meal costs. There will be an alumni group picture.

Oct. 10 – Tailgate at Simplot Stadium at 11 a.m. (soda, water, and snacks provided); campus tours at 12:30 p.m. meet on McCain Patio; women’s game at 2 p.m. Free.; Reunion BBQ at 4:30 p.m.– Hamburgers, garden burgers, buns, condiments, chips, two homemade salads, sliced watermelon, brownies and assorted sodas; kids’ meal of hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. $20/adult, $35/couple, $5/children 12 and under.

Oct. 11 – Men’s game at 1 p.m. Free.

Other upcoming alumni events

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 Pumpkin Train 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 R.C. 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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Sign up for C of I Alumni Connections

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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