C of I Newsletter

2009. 10. 01.

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In this newsletter:

Faculty, Student and Staff News

Upcoming Events

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Jed C. Fitch, Michelle Hancock, Noah G. Hillen, Jolene Hui, Verlena Orr, Allison Rupert/Jon Evans
  • Alumni and Friends Events:
    Oct. 9-11 – Soccer Reunion
    Oct. 14 – Ada County alumni lunch
    Oct. 17 – Family Day: Pumpkin Picking & Launching at Wissel Farm
    Oct. 20 – Half Century Luncheon
    Oct. 22 – Phoenix area alumni and friends
    Oct. 23 – Save the Date - North Idaho Event
    Oct. 28 – GOLDen Happy Hour in Boise
    Oct. 31 –Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train
    Nov. 8 – San Francisco Bay Area event
  • Reminders

The C of I enrollment breaks record for second year

The College of Idaho has enrolled one of its largest freshman classes and the college is the largest it’s ever been, according to enrollment figures released Wednesday.

The college has 356 new students, including freshman and transfers, an increase of 8.9 percent over last year. There are 1,013 total students this year, an increase of 7.3 percent.

Last year, The C of I enrolled 327 new students, including freshman and transfers, and had 944 total students. Before fall 2008, the largest the school had ever been was 940 students in 1971.

Freshman Heritage Scholar Kyle Quinney from Eagle was accepted at Gonzaga and Arizona State University, but said he knew The C of I was the right choice.

“C of I just had everything I wanted, plus it was close to home,” he said. “It’s by far the best education you can receive in Idaho, and it allows you to explore all of your talents first before carefully choosing a major.”

President Marv Henberg said there were several reasons for the increased enrollment, including the College’s reputation.

“The College of Idaho has always provided a high quality, personalized education to its students,” said Henberg. “We have the highest graduation rate in Idaho and are nationally recognized as one of the best colleges of our kind in the West.”

The personalized education is what helped alumna Kristine Tompkins (‘72) when she was a student at The C of I.

“I would not have made it through college unless I was at a small school,” said Tompkins, renowned conservationist and co-founder of Patagonia, Inc., who was on campus Monday to receive an honorary degree. “If I can talk one-on-one or one-on-two, I can learn anything. In larger classrooms, I check out and can’t learn anything.”

International students are one area where the College has grown over the past four years. In 2005 there were approximately 13 international students on campus. Now there are approximately 80 international students from 40 countries. Of those, 38 are Davis Scholars. The Davis Scholars Program is an external scholarship program for United World College graduates.

“Students need to learn about other cultures and nations to better understand how the world is shaped on a day-to-day basis,” said Brian Bava, admission director at the College. “An international population of this size has a tremendous impact at a small college like The C of I. Small classes that include 6, 8, or even 10 nations represented have a totally different focus than many of the homogenous classrooms found in other institutions within the state.”

Misha Datta, a junior from India and Bahrain, has attended The C of I as a Davis Scholar since her freshman year and said the college’s size is welcoming for international students.

“The accessibility to teachers and other people is good, you don’t have to be apprehensive about approaching people,” she said. “That’s especially important to international students to have that comfort.”

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The C of I inaugurates President Marvin Henberg today

President Marvin Henberg will be inaugurated today (Thursday, Oct. 1) at 4:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Several dignitaries are expected to attend including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (‘67) and his wife Lori Otter, college presidents from the University of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University and the College of Western Idaho, in addition to delegates from more than 100 colleges and universities worldwide, including Oxford University, Harvard University, and Washington and Lee University. Click to read a Q&A with Henberg in today’s Idaho Statesman.

The ceremony is the culmination of several days of celebrations that included a choral concert on Monday featuring The College of Idaho Chorale, The College of Idaho Chamber Singers, The College of Idaho Opera Workshop and Caldwell High School Madrigals. Patagonia Inc., cofounder and renowned conservationist Kristine Tompkins returned to campus to receive an honorary doctorate. Tompkins’ visit was covered in the Boise Weekly, Idaho Press-Tribune and the Idaho Statesman, and is expected to appear in Monday’s Idaho Business Review.

On Tuesday, Cary Coglianese (‘85) delivered a guest lecture “Law in Action: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” 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.

On Wednesday, Professor John J. McDermott delivered a guest lecture “Starting Over: The Humanities as Personally Implosive.” McDermott, a longtime friend of Henberg’s, is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M University, and has been teaching for more than 50 years.

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Hayman Hall rededicated following successful remodel

Pres. Marv Henberg with Eleanor Hayman (‘43)
Hayman Residence Hall was rededicated Friday after a nine-month remodeling project to the 44-year-old building. The remodeled building has 192 beds and features new dorm furniture, modern bathrooms and lounges, an enhanced data and telecommunications network, new windows and floors, disabled accessibility and sprinkler system for fire safety.

Hayman Hall is named for Herbert Harry Hayman, who taught at the College for 40 years. His daughter-in-law, Eleanor Hayman (‘43) attended the ceremony. Eleanor Hayman had H.H. Hayman as a professor and worked as his secretary while Hayman was writing “That Man Boone,” a biography of College founder William Judson Boone.

“He was a very powerful and very gentle, kind person,” Eleanor Hayman recalled. “He never boasted of himself and he was a great multitasker.”

Eleanor Hayman said she was pleased to see the remodeled residence hall. “This is wonderful. I’m so happy to see the building restored.”

President Marv Henberg spoke at the rededication ceremony and said he lived in Hayman Hall for two months in the early 1990s when he participated in the Whittenberger Institute.

“I just had a tour and believe me, it’s much nicer now,” he said with a smile.

The team on the $4 million project was managed by Hoffman Construction, Design West and Armstrong Planning and Design, the same contractors on last year’s Simplot Residence Hall remodel.

Chris Anton, vice president of finance and administration, said several people deserve recognition for the project, including: John Beck, Joe Borelli and Dan Drinkward from Hoffman Construction; Terry Poyzer and Ned Warnick from Design West; Nicole Cecil from Armstrong Planning and Design; and Jen Nelson, Zane Howe, Derrick Morris, DC Cutler, Kelsey VanKomen, Lori Tollman, JoAnn Gilpin and Allan Laird from the College staff.

Senior Lauren Delana has lived in Hayman Hall every year at The C of I and said she feels a connection to it. “I have a lot of memories here,” she said. “It’s an integral part of my college experience that I won’t forget.”

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More than 400 people participate in Homecoming activities last weekend

Hundreds of Yotes returned to The C of I Sept. 24-27 and participated in several Homecoming activities and other campus events.

“We had tremendous turnout by alumni from across the country and locally, which vividly demonstrated the strong connection they maintain with their alma mater, regardless of how long they have been away,” said alumni director Frances Nagashima (‘01).

Below is a recap of some of the activities:

Professor Franklin Specht dinner: Dozens of history graduates and friends attended a dinner for retired Professor Franklin Specht at Bitner Vineyards on Sept. 24.

“Frank was in fine form, clever, witty and a little wicked, urging the diners to boo him if he was called upon for a speech to the assembled,” said Steve Maughan (‘85), history department chair. “This was just like Frank and the department he led for so many years where a warm conversation, humor and the personal touch characterize our community and form the hallmarks of our College.”

Coyote Open: While not a formal Homecoming event, the 26th annual Coyote Open is a popular fundraiser for the athletic endowment. This year’s tournament at Falcon Crest Golf Course had 163 golfers, including, Gov. Butch Otter (‘67), former Oakland Raider quarterback Daryle Lamonica and former Green Bay Packer guard Jerry Kramer.

The team of Scott Pasley (‘73), Doug Pasley (‘73), Mike Tunison (‘70), Paul Lodge and Joe Lodge won the “open” division while the fivesome of Dave Gipson, Ron Gipson, Scott Gipson, Darin Alvaro and Jerry Hayenga won the “regular” division. The winning scores for both teams were an 18-under par 54.

This year’s tournament brought in over $31,000 through player entry fees, sponsorship donations, a silent auction and other on-course events. After expenses, the tournament is expected to contribute nearly $22,000 into athletic scholarships at The C of I. There were 96 sponsors supporting this year’s tournament.

Museum awards and guest lecture – The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History recognized four of its outstanding supporters for their many contributions to the museum at a special ceremony. David Ward (‘78), Phil Eldridge, John Keebaugh (‘72) and Don Zaroban were all recognized with awards. The featured speaker was alumnus Jack Cafferty (‘97) Interpretive Center director for The Peregrine Fund at the World Center for Birds of Prey, who gave a presentation about raptor conservation.

The O.J. Smith Museum, located downstairs in Boone Hall, is the only natural history museum in the southwest Idaho region and supports educational programs and activities of The College of Idaho and the community.

The museum, which is open to the public when The C of I classes are in session, is a repository for some major regional collections, including entomology, anthropology, paleontology, fossil fishes, lepidoptera, mammology and mollusca and includes a reference library.

These collections are used for study and research by national and international experts, students, staff and the community.

Taste of the Harvest: This was the ninth year for Taste of the Harvest, and the first time it was held during Homecoming. Hundreds of people attended and more than $5,000 was raised for a scholarship fund to benefit children of migrant farm workers who attend The C of I. Taste of the Harvest includes tastings of local foods and wines, entertainment and local vendors.

This year, entertainment was provided by Douglas Cameron, the Summerwind Skippers, the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers, and assistant professor Scott Knickerbocker and Gary Eller. A special thanks to the Idaho Press-Tribune and Bon Appétit for sponsoring this event.

Alumni Awards: Dozens of people attended the annual Alumni Awards Dinner and dined on organic lamb from Meadowlark Farms, which is owned by honoree Janie Burns (‘77). Other honorees were Jeff Shinn (’73), David Muller (‘99) and the Pippitt family.

“This was a marvelous dinner with excellent presentations and recipients,” said Ron Pippitt (‘61). “Our family was honored to be associated with the event.”

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Henry T. Hopkins passed away Sept. 27

Photo courtesy LA Times
Henry T. Hopkins (‘50) a distinguished museum director and educator who played a leading role in establishing Los Angeles’ art scene died Sunday, Sept. 27. He was 81.

Hopkins achieved national prominence as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1974 to 1986, but he got his professional start at UCLA and returned there in later years. He chaired the art department from 1991 to 1994 and ran the Wight Art Gallery, and later became the first director of the Hammer Museum.

In what was probably his last public appearance – the recent 85th birthday party of fine-art publisher Sidney Felsen – Hopkins stood in the courtyard of a West Hollywood restaurant, his walker off to the side, greeting friends as if in perfect health. To those who told him how well he looked, he cheerfully responded that the trouble inside his body didn’t show on the outside.

Born Aug. 14, 1928, in Idaho Falls, he was the son of agronomist Talcott Thompson Hopkins and his wife, Zoe. Henry frequently accompanied his father on business trips throughout the country but didn’t drift far from home until he had completed three years of study at The College of Idaho, where he majored in psychology.

On the advice of the college’s art department chairman, Hopkins transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1949. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1952 and was soon drafted into military service.

He returned to the Art Institute in 1954, receiving a master’s degree the following year. He married Joanne Bybee in 1954, a union that lasted 14 years and produced three children.

His museum career began in 1961, when he became an assistant curator and educator at the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art in Exposition Park. He remained on staff for seven years, as the art branch of the institution evolved into the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Hopkins moved into administration in 1968, heading the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for six years before stepping up to an eight-year tenure as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Enticed back to Los Angeles in 1986 by Frederick R. Weisman, Hopkins led the collector’s art foundation for five years before moving on to UCLA. In his final years, he introduced himself as a painter in exhibitions at Los Angeles galleries, including Louis Stern Fine Arts.

In addition to his daughter, who lives in San Francisco, Hopkins is survived by sons John Thomas Hopkins of Oceanside and Christopher Tyler Hopkins of Miles City, Mont.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his brother Timothy of Idaho Falls.

A memorial service is being planned.

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times. To read the full obituary, click here.

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

Dayley to teach in Thailand next summer

Robert Dayley, associate professor of political economy, recently accepted an invitation by a Thai university to teach next summer as guest lecturer.

Dayley will teach a 40-hour course titled, “Globalization and Social Change in Southeast Asia,” as part of the Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

During his 2006 sabbatical year, Dayley affiliated with Payap University for six months and said he feels honored by the university’s return invitation.

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Conley to be published in 826 Quarterly

Sophomore Keats Conley learned recently that she’s had at least one, and possibly two, poems accepted for publication in the literary journal 826 Quarterly, a nationally syndicated student-authored publication.

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

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Upcoming Campus Events:

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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The Langroise Trio 2009-2010 series begins Oct. 9-10

The 2009-10 series for the Langroise Trio, The C of I’s artists-in-residence, begins Oct. 9-10.

The program is: “Three Short Pieces for string trio” – Ralph Vaughan-Williams; “Three Fantasias” – Henry Purcell; “Contain for violin and piano” – Sir Lennox Berkeley; “Sonata for viola and piano” – Rebecca Clarke; “Variations for cello and piano” – Sir Donald Tovey; “String Trio” – Sir Lennox Berkeley.

The Langroise Trio is Geoffrey Trabichoff, viola; David Johnson, violin; Samuel Smith, cello. They will joined by guest artists Jill Rowley, violin, and Robyn Wells, piano.

Performances are:

Friday, Oct. 9 – Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Saturday, Oct. 10 – Langroise Recital Hall at The C of I at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Sixth annual Francophone Film Festival is Oct. 11

French students at The C of I are presenting the 6th annual Francophone Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in KAIC 106. The film is “Le Scaphandre et le Papillon” (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), nominated for four Academy Awards in 2008 and winner of numerous awards internationally. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The film is in French with English subtitles.

The movie is based on the best-selling memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of Elle magazine. Twenty days after suffering a stroke, Bauby awoke mentally aware but physically paralyzed with the exception of one eye. Bauby composed the entire book by blinking his left eyelid.

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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.

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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.

Allison Rupert (‘07) and Jon Evans (‘01) were married on Sept. 12. Allison currently works as a medical assistant at Idaho Foot and Ankle and Jon works at Social Security as a programs expert.

Michelle Hancock (‘86) recently won a local acting award for her portrayal of Dr. Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit,” a role for which she shaved her head. She currently serves as the director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company in Pensacola, Fla. SetsCo is the only teen Shakespeare company in the Southeastern United States.

Jed C. Fitch (’96) and Amanda Flamm are the proud parents of their newborn boy Phineas Baker Fitch. Finn was born Sept. 21, weighting 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 21 3/4 inches long. The family is home and healthy in Dillon, Mont.

Verlena Orr (‘61) has a new full-length collection of poetry, “Taking It To The Limit,” coming out in October from Dancing Moon Press, Newport, Ore. She will be reading at Wordstock, a large literary festival held yearly in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 10. Her documentary “Sky Settles Everything,” will be shown at The Performing Arts Center, Oct. 24 in Newport. She celebrates her 70th birthday today (Oct. 1).

Jolene Hui (‘01) is currently a student at UCLA pursuing her master’s in social welfare to become a therapist. For her first-year internship she is interning at Lamp Community Center in LA’s Skid Row, where she works as a mental health professional for the mentally ill homeless population.

Noah G. Hillen (’04) has become an associate of the law firm of Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton P.A. Hillen received his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2007. He spent two years clerking for Joel D. Horton at the Idaho Supreme Court.

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Alumni & Friends Events

49ers game for alumni and friends, including tailgate with R.C. Owens is Nov. 8

Reserve tickets now for the San Francisco Bay Area alumni event. A special tailgate hosted by San Francisco 49er Hall of Famer R.C. Owens (‘58), 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.

Soccer reunions begin Oct. 9

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. 14 – Ada County alumni lunch with President Marv Henberg at noon at Beside Bardenay

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

Oct. 20- Half Century Luncheon with President Marv Henberg, at noon in Simplot Dining Hall.

Oct. 22 – Phoenix area alumni and friends event at the home of Greg Kreizenbeck (‘69) and Dede Kreizenbeck (‘70), 217 E. Glenn Dr., Phoenix, Ariz. Join us for an evening of camaraderie, toasts and celebration, as we introduce President Marv Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg.

Oct. 23 – Save the Date – North Idaho Moscow event

Oct 24 – Save the Date – N. Idaho Coeur d’Alene 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.

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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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