C of I Newsletter

2009. 10. 29.

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In this newsletter:

Student, Faculty and Staff News

Upcoming Events

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Ken Chapman, Kristi Fessenden, Grove Koger, Luke Malek,
    Rachel Odio, Matt Ramsey, Amanda Richey
  • Alumni Events
    Oct. 31 – Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train
    Nov. 7 – Seattle area alumni and friends brunch event
    Nov. 8 – Bay Area family and friends event.
    Nov. 10 –The C of I vs NNU men’s basketball game
    Nov. 11 – Politics in the Pub
    Nov. 14 – Corps: Rake Up Boise
    Nov. 14 – Las Vegas area alumni and friends reception
    Nov. 17 – Half Century
    Nov. 19 – Alumni Book Club
    Dec. 20 –Treasure Valley holiday party
  • Jobs at The C of I
  • Reminders

Zoo Boise awards The C of I $25,000 grant

Biology Professor Eric Yensen (‘66) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Zoo Boise to develop protocols for reintroducing captive ground squirrels back into the wild. The grant is for one year and could be renewed.

The project will begin in spring 2010 and Yensen said students from The C of I would be involved, along with zoo volunteers. He expects he will hire a field assistant as well.

Ground squirrels are listed as a “species of concern” by the federal government and currently populations are low. Yensen said ground squirrels are often considered pests by farmers, but provide a valuable service to Idaho’s rangelands.

“Think of ground squirrels as great big, furry earthworms,” he said. “They dig burrows, which aerates, mixes and loosens soil and they fertilize. They increase the productivity of plants.”

Yensen said that the population of ground squirrels is dwindling due to invasion of rangelands by exotic weeds and degraded habitat in the rangelands where they live.

“The quality of forage needs to improve,” he said. “They need a high-quality diet in order to store enough fat for their eight months of hibernation.”

Money for the grant comes from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund. Three years ago, Zoo Boise became the first in the country to charge visitors a “conservation fee” on top of the daily admission or annual pass. Since then, the Zoo has funded 14 projects around the world totaling more than $300,000.

“We are a little zoo with big ideas,” said Steve Burns, Zoo Boise director. “Now, when you come to the zoo, you not only see your favorite animals, you help ensure that future
generations will also be able to see them.”

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All aboard the Pumpkin Train

Treasure Valley alumni, friends and families are invited on a Halloween ride on the Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train on Saturday, Oct. 31 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.

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Student research grant applications due Nov. 11

Funds are available to help support scholarship, research and creative activities for students at The College of Idaho. The student research grant (SRG) program is designed to provide students the opportunity to conduct exceptional work under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

This year there are two grant cycles with a proposal deadline on Nov. 11 and March 3. For more information, click here. For an application, click here and go to “SRG Application.”

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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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Student, Faculty and Staff News

Slaughter selected for fellowship to national conference

Senior Colin Slaughter was one of 35 students chosen for the Generation Liberty Fellowship to attend the State Policy Network Conference in Asheville, North Carolina on Nov. 1-4. The fellowship pays for Slaughter’s expenses including air travel, accommodations and meals.

The conference includes professional development, leadership training, policy updates and advocacy mobilization workshops. Slaughter is a business/finance major.

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Campus Events

Boise Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is Nov. 7

Boise Philharmonic maestro Robert Franz is in his second season and offers an international program including German, American and French composers Beethoven “Septet,” Copland “Appalachian Spring” and Ibert “Divertissment” on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $14 - $18 for adults and $10 - $14 for students. Purchase tickets at the door, by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783, or emailing [email protected].

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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?

Ken Chapman (‘04) and his wife, Alyssa, recently moved to Kiev, Russia to teach.

Kristi Fessenden (‘01) and Jay Hoover were engaged on May 29. The wedding will take place Sept. 25, 2010 at the Bishop’s House in Boise.

Grove Koger (‘70) recently published poetry in “Deus Loci,” and fiction in “Lonesome Fowl” and “Bewildering Stories.”

Luke Malek (‘04) had a column published in the Coeur d’Alene Press called “In defense of my generation.” To read the column click here.

Rachel Odio (‘08) was recently selected as one of 20 recipients of Omicron Delta Kappa’s 2009 Foundation Scholarships. She will be attending University of Sussex and she hopes to become a human rights researcher, human rights monitor or grassroots community organizer.

Matt Ramsey (‘95) has been a performer in the Blue Man Group for 10 years and was recently interview in The Depaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University. To read the story, click here.

Amanda Richey(‘09) was crowned Miss Boise on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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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Upcoming alumni and friends events

Oct. 31Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Train. See above for details.

Nov. 7 – Seattle area alumni and friends brunch event at Taste Restaurant, 1300 First Avenue, in downtown Seattle at 11 a.m. Cost for the brunch is $20 per person, and RSVPs are required. Brunch includes rosemary fingerling potatoes, local chevre frittata, farmers’ market fruit, and Taste petite scones and muffins, as well as fresh coffee, juices and teas. 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. 8 – Bay Area family and friends event. 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. Registration for this event is closed.

Nov. 10 –The C of I vs NNU men’s basketball game in the JA Albertson Athletics Center on campus. Tailgate for alumni and friends in Blatchley Parlour from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost for general admission ticket and tailgate is $20; reserved seating ticket and tailgate is $25; family pack – four general admission tickets and tailgate is $50; season ticketholders is $10 (for the tailgate). Click here to RSVP. Tailgate includes deli sandwiches, house potato chips, dessert, and a beverage of your choice. There will be a no-host bar for those who would like additional beverages.

Nov 11 – Politics in the Pub from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Beside Bardenay in downtown Boise. This event replaces the monthly Ada County Luncheon. 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. Please RSVP by clicking here.

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

Nov. 14 – Las Vegas area alumni and friends reception for The College of Idaho’s 12th president, Dr. Marvin Henberg and his wife Laurie Henberg. Join us for camaraderie, toasts and celebration at Japonais in the Mirage Hotel (3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) at 6 p.m., hosted by David Callsen (‘04). The alumni office will provide light appetizers and guests are asked to purchase their own beverages and dinners.

Nov. 17 – Half Century Luncheon at noon in the Simplot Fireside Room. Guest Corey Surber (‘91), advocacy and community relations coordinator at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, will speak on proposed health care policy reform and changes, and how they may affect Idahoans. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Nov. 19Alumni Book Club (ABC) discussion of “The God of Small Things,” by Arundhati Roy at 7 p.m. at Thomas Hammer Coffee, on the corner of 8th and Bannock in Boise. This politically-charged novel by Indian-born Roy explores the complicated strands of caste, culture and family in Indian society. The discussion will be led by Steve Maughan, history department chair, and Dali Islam, associate professor of English. All alumni are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they have read the book already, are reading it or intend to read it.

The ABC is available in cyberspace at Goodreads. Sign up today for a no-obligation book club and receive guided questions from current and retired professors, lively debate and exchange with alumni peers, and book suggestions.

Dec. 20 – Save the Date – Treasure Valley holiday party. Come celebrate the holidays and friendships with fellow alumni and friends at Beside Bardenay in Boise from 2-4 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks, games and prizes. Plan to attend whether you live in the area or are back in town visiting.

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Jobs at The C of I


  • Assistant Librarian


  • 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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