C of I Newsletter

2009. 10. 22.

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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?
    Tori Beauclaire, Amanda Buchanan, Jennifer King, Tyler Robinson,
    Laura Soldati, Benjamin Thomas
  • Alumni News
    Alumni Book Club begins next month
    Oct. 22 – Phoenix area alumni and friends event
    Oct. 23 – Moscow alumni and friends event
    Oct 24 – Coeur d’Alene alumni and friends event
    Oct. 24-31 – Volunteer Corps: Trick-or-Eat
    Oct. 28 – GOLD happy hour
    Oct. 31 – The Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train
    Nov 7 – Seattle area alumni and friends
    Nov. 10 –The C of I vs NNU men’s basketball game.
    Nov 11 – Politics in the Pub
    Nov. 14 – Volunteer Corps: Rake Up Boise
  • Jobs at The C of I
  • Reminders

LAST CHANCE: Sign-up for 49ers game ends Friday;
make reservations for Pumpkin Train

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 23) is the last day to reserve tickets for the San Francisco Bay Area alumni event on Nov. 8. You cannot attend unless you purchase tickets by Friday.

The event includes a special tailgate hosted by San Francisco 49er Hall of Famer R.C. Owens (‘58), followed by game against the Tennessee Titans.

The 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 must be purchased separately and cost $35, $64, $71, $84 and $91. Most alumni and friends are purchasing tickets in the $91 and $35 sections.

Guests must pre-pay for the tailgate and game tickets by calling the alumni office at (208) 459-5770.

Hotel discounts are available for alumni and friends at the Crowne Plaza for $89 per night on Nov 5-10, and a game day bus will provide transportation. Hotel reservations need to be made through the hotel by calling (800) 411-7275.

Time is also running out for Treasure Valley alumni, friends and families who would like a Halloween ride on the Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train from Horseshoe Bend to a pumpkin patch in Banks can reserve seats by calling 331-1184. Discounted tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 2.

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Alumni needed for Coyote Connections

C of I alumni are encouraged to help the next generation of ‘Yotes have a successful start after college by participating in Coyote Connections on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Coyote Connections provides an important opportunity for juniors to network and learn about the skills they will need when they leave The College of Idaho, whether they are entering grad school or the job market. The day includes workshops and professional networking.

Alumni will share information about their career fields and what students can do now to prepare for grad school or a job.

Your experiences both in college, in grad school and in your career will help our current students be successful. Please plan to participate. To RSVP, click here. For more information, call the Center for Experiential Learning at 459-5508 or 459-5688.

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

Yates and Burke present research at national conference

Debra Yates, assistant professor of education, and Stephanie Burke (‘09), a master’s of education student, presented their research findings “Evaluating Single-sex Classrooms: Community Collaboration & Campus Connections,” at the 5th Annual National Association of Single-Sex Public Educators (NASSPE) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month.

Their collaborative research study was conducted last school year with undergraduates Brooke Pehrson (‘09) and senior Molli Lee-Painter, and consisted of teacher and parent survey data from a local elementary school in rural southwest Idaho, which began single-sex classrooms three years ago.

Burke lead the team of undergraduates in this study, which looked at why the school decided to change to single-sex classrooms at the first, third and fifth grade levels, how to determine if single-sex classrooms make a difference, the appropriate curriculum and the various teaching strategies, how they differ for boys and for girls, what drives instruction and whether single-sex classes are effective.

NASSPE organizer and noted author Leonard Sax said Idaho educators are leading the way with their single-sex classroom offerings, said Yates, who has been invited to submit an article to “Advances in Gender and Education ,” a newly created, peer reviewed journal.

“He was impressed with our work with the Middleton Heights Elementary School and their team of educators,” Yates said. “He is hoping we can establish a ‘northwestern hub’ of educators who can be available to answer questions for other schools who may be interested in offering single-sex options.”

Next year’s conference is scheduled for Las Vegas, which organizers hope will attract western educators.

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Johnson to give two lectures in New England during fall break

Rochelle Johnson, chair of the English department, will be giving two presentations during the fall break. On Oct. 24, she will be a featured speaker in the “Window on Walden” series at Walden Pond, in Concord, Mass.

On Oct. 27, she will give a lecture titled “Making a Picture through Words: Landscape Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century America” at Unity College in Unity, Maine.

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Campus Events

Alumni present musical program this weekend

Three alumni from The C of I will present a musical program at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Duo pianists, Barbara Attebery (‘47)and Sylvia Runions Hunt (‘59), will present piano and organ duets by Faure, Schubert, and Dvorak and a two-piano selection by F.F. Beale, who was an early teacher at the College. Nancy B. Wilson, a well known area cellist, and Mary Hunt Macey of Lewiston will add variety to the program.

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Whittenberger Planetarium fall show

The Whittenberger Planetarium on The C of I 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 with a show on Nov. 10 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?

Tori Beauclaire (‘94) and Coco Chanel, a retired racing greyhound, recently joined Riverside Rehab, Counseling, Clinic, and Community Services, Inc. Beauclaire uses traditional, insight-oriented therapy, expressive art, Sandtray, and animal assisted therapies. Coco is Beauclaire’s trained animal assistant therapist and is employed with children and adults.

Amanda Buchanan (‘99) was featured in a story in the Idaho Statesman about health care reform. Buchanan and her husband Jason Vlcek (‘96) have been interviewed by several national media outlets about this issue.

Jennifer King (‘04) was interviewed recently by National Public Radio as part of a story about Jelly, a social networking group that brings together small independent business owners.

Tyler Robinson (‘06) was on Today’s 6 recently. The company for which he works, ATS Inland NW, was featured as a “Boise Green Living” example for its work creating a company headquarters in a remodeled home.

Laura Soldati (‘00) is the publicist in the marketing and concert promotions department for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She recently hosted an alumni event at the RiRa Irish Pub in the Peachtree area of Atlanta.

Benjamin Thomas (‘07) took a job as communication director for the International Conservation Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Keep in touch with The C of I by sharing your news with the Alumni Office. Having trouble finding your college friends? Can your friends find you? Sign up for The C of I online directory today at www.alumniconnections.com/yotes.

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Alumni News

Alumni Book Club begins next month

In November, The C of I alumni department kicks off the Alumni Book Club (ABC). The ABC will expose the alumni community to noteworthy fiction and non-fiction books and will provide a place for alumni to challenge and discuss ideas presented in these books. Each month, guest alumni and professors will lead book selections and discussions.

ABC November 2009 book is “The God of Small Things,” by Arundhati Roy. This politically-charged novel by Indian-born Roy explores the complicated strands of caste, culture and family in Indian society. It won the Booker Prize in 1997.

The Treasure Valley discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Thomas Hammer Coffee in Boise, on the corner of 8th and Bannock. The discussion will be led by Stephen Maughan, history department chair, and all alumni are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they have read the book already, are reading it or intend to read it.

Upcoming alumni and friends events

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. To RSVP, please email [email protected].

Oct. 23 – Moscow alumni and friends event hosted by Aline Gale (‘04), at Nectar in the back room at 7 p.m. Appetizers will provided by Gale and attendees are asked to cover the costs of their beverages. Click here to RSVP.

Oct 24 – Coeur d’Alene alumni and friends event at Bardenay at 4 p.m. Guests are asked to cover the cost of their food and beverage. Click here to RSVP.

Oct. 24-31 – Volunteer Corps Trick-or-Eat. Gather canned foods from your neighbors and help us support the Idaho Foodbank. Please drop off donations directly to the Foodbank Distribution Center, 3562 South T.K. Ave., Boise 83705.

Oct. 28 – GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) events are beginning once again. Join us for happy hour at the Dutch Goose in Boise from 5:30-7:30 p.m. GOLD events are a great way to catch up with old friends in addition to making new ones. Guests are asked to cover the cost of their food and beverage. Click here to RSVP.

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. Discount price for alumni and friends is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 2. Call 331-1184 for reservations.

Nov. 7 – Seattle area alumni and friends brunch event at Taste Restaurant, 1300 First Avenue, in downtown Seattle. Discount passes to the Seattle Art Museum will be available for alumni and friends following the brunch. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Nov. 10 –The C of I vs NNU men’s basketball game in the JA Albertson Athletics Center on campus. Tailgate in Blatchley from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Nov 11 – Politics in the Pub 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Beside Bardenay in downtown Boise. Corey Surber (‘91), advocacy and community relations coordinator at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Professor Jasper LiCalzi will speak on proposed health care policy reform and changes, and how they may affect Idahoans.

Nov. 14 - Volunteer Corps: Rake Up Boise. Not from Boise? Send suggestions for Volunteer Corps events in your area to [email protected].

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Jobs at The C of I


  • Custodian part-time weekend


  • 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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RA Reunion in January

The Office of Residence Life is hosting a Residence Life staff dinner reunion on Saturday, Jan. 16, following Coyote Connections. All former RAs are invited for a campus and residence hall tour, dinner and reception, where they can reconnect with former RA colleagues, share stories and hear what residence life is up to now. Child care will be provided upon request. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Dec. 14 to 459-5150.

Fall phonathon underway

The Fall 2009 Coyote Caller Phonathon has started. The Coyote Caller’s mission is to build and strengthen the relationship between The College of Idaho alumni, parents and friends, and seek monetary support for the College. The Phonathon is a chance for those who are contacted to ask questions about The C of I, offer suggestions, update their contact information, get information about college news and events, and make an annual pledge of support. For more information, contact Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel by email or phone at (208) 459-5016.

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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