C of I Newsletter

2009. 11. 12.

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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?
    Jeff Almeida, Brian Harrison, Tim Saunders, Megan Williams,
    Robert Wurster/ Mindi (Gatfield) Wurster
  • Alumni Events
    Nov. 14 – Volunteer Corps: Rake Up Boise
    Nov. 14 – Las Vegas area alumni and friends reception
    Nov. 17 – Half Century
    Nov. 19 – Alumni Book Club
    Nov. 20 – Yotes lawyers, politicians and justice occupations alumni social hour
    Dec. 20 –Treasure Valley holiday party
  • Jobs at The C of I
  • Reminders

Nurse Libby Burtner joins College staff just as H1N1 begins

When Health Center director Libby Burtner joined The College of Idaho staff in late summer, the College had been making preparations for an H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak, but it was impossible to tell when it might hit or how long it would last.

Fortunately for The C of I, Burtner has 30 years of experience as a nurse and has worked extensively with students in her professional career.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with young people and community health is my passion,” said Burtner who had previously worked with preschoolers through high school seniors. “This has been a way to bring all of that experience together in one job.”

Still, she said her job would have been more difficult without the extensive support she received from the offices of support she received from the Student Affairs Division, in particular campus safety, residence life, and Bon Appetit.

“This has been a group effort,” Burtner noted. “I have felt a lot of support. I knew I could get what I wanted. I just needed to ask.”

Paul Bennion, vice president of student affairs, said he was impressed with Burtner’s ability to get acquainted with the health center and prepare for the arrival of students.

“Even more extraordinary has been her tireless, professional, and positive handling of the exponentially greater number of students with flu-like symptoms we have had this year compared to past years,” Bennion said. “She hit the ground running and thanks to her our students have received the high quality care and support they need.”

While some college campuses and schools were hit hard by H1N1, the virus spread relatively slowly at The C of I until the week before Halloween and fall break, when more than 100 student sought treatment. So far 178 students have reported flu-like symptoms.

“It’s been hard to predict,” Burtner said. “It seemed to surge before break, but this week is slower. We’re seeing 2-3 students per day instead of 10-20.”

The C of I handled the H1N1 outbreak like most college campuses. Ill students who were from the Treasure Valley area were asked to go home until their fevers broke. Others were isolated in dorm rooms. Burtner, campus safety officers and residence life staff frequently checked on those who remained on campus and distributed food boxes with three days worth of food, water, tea and juice.

Even though the virus appears to have slowed, Burtner said it’s important for people to take preventive measures. She said she avoided illness by getting the H1N1 vaccine and by washing her hands frequently.

“I can’t say enough about the benefits of hand washing,” she said. “It’s easy to do and it prevents so much. H1N1 isn’t the only germ out there – there’s still seasonal flu, strep throat, rhinovirus and others.”

Steps for preventing the spread of illness this season:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Using hand sanitizer, which has been placed throughout campus

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Class of 2009 graduate killed

Laura Jessica Zavala (‘09), 22, died Saturday night in a car accident near Buhl due to injuries sustained in a car accident. No other vehicles were involved.

Laura was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. She was an outgoing, kind and loving person. Laura loved to read, cook and spend time with her family. She will be remembered for her devotion and thoughtful heart. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will always be in her families hearts and prayers.

A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Nov. 11at at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buhl.

To sign the online guestbook for Laura, click here.

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“Season’s Greetings” opens tonight; runs through Nov. 22

The C of I Theatre Department presents “Season’s Greetings,” by Alan Ayckbourn on Nov. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in Langroise Studio Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-C of I students, and free to C of I students, faculty and staff.

The story begins on Christmas Eve at the Bunker residence, where the tree still needs trimming, the children won’t go to sleep, a drunk is in charge of the oven, and familiar family animosities are mounting. Into this tense holiday scene, a newcomer arrives, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air and a big bag of surprises under the tree.

Alan Ayckbourn is England's most popular contemporary playwright and “Season’s Greetings” is among his most successful comedies.

The cast of students includes Shea Hall, Jeff Young, Andrew Lloyd, Amber Steele, Lani Boykin, Kirk Kerr, Miranda Drake, Tom Newby and Taylor Hawker. Assistant stage managers are Jessica McCormick and Kaitlin Ellithorpe.

The show is directed by Lynn Allison-Hofflund, set design by Michael Hartwell, costume design by Hannah Read, lighting design by Deborah Penrod, sound design by Seth Asa Sengel and stage management by Chelsea Stagg.

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49ers event a success

Hosted by R.C. “Alley-oop” Owens (‘58) in San Francisco, more than thirty alumni and friends from the College came together to celebrate and cheer on the 49ers as they played the Tennessee Titans. During a fabulous private party in the FedEx Tailgate Zone, the group was introduced to legendary football alumni from the 49ers, including Len Rhode, Guy McIntyre, Steve Bono, Jessie Sapulo and 49ers owner John York.

Following the game, the group enjoyed a small birthday celebration with R.C., President Henberg and his wife, and fellow alumni at the Burlingame Grill. We look forward to hosting the event again in the future.

The next destination Alumni and Friends event will be at the Sundance Film Festival January 23-24, where we will be screening two Sundance Film Festival films and have a personal “Meet with the Director” chat. Discounted hotel rooms are available and tickets for the screening are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve. For more information, or to reserve your tickets, email [email protected].

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Rake Up Boise is Saturday – volunteers needed

The C of I Volunteer Corps is assisting with Rake Up Boise in Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m., and alumni, families and friends are encouraged to help rake two large yards. More than 700 seniors and disabled residents have signed up to have their yards raked this year.

The group will meet at the Dutch Bros. parking lot at 7401 W. Victory (corner of Victory and Cole) and will drive to the homes together. Please bring rakes, brooms, gloves and anything else that might be needed.

Please RSVP to the alumni office at 459-5918 or by email.

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Biology newsletter now available

The biology department announces that the latest Biology Alumni Newsletter is available. The newsletter includes highlights in student-faculty collaborative research, off-campus field expeditions and more. Click here to go to the newsletter, which will open as a .pdf file.

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The C of I, NNU game results

Kelvin Potts scored 23 points as The College of Idaho men’s basketball team knocked off NCAA Division II Northwest Nazarene, 79-72, in the United Heritage Tip-Off before a standing-room only crowd of 2,422 in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

The win for the NAIA No. 8 ranked Coyotes (1-0) was their sixth win in eight tries against their Canyon County rivals - and their 112th victory in 184 all-time meetings in the longest collegiate basketball rivalry in the State of Idaho. A return game is scheduled for Dec. 8 at NNU.

In the women’s exhibition opener on Nov. 6, Northwest Nazarene forced 31 turnovers as the Crusaders defeated The College of Idaho, 95-58.

In related athletics news, basketball season tickets are on sale. Season ticket prices have remained the same this season – $110 for reserved seats, $80 for general admission seats – which includes all home games, both men’s basketball tournaments and the 2009 Lady Yote Classic. For more information, contact Dave Hahn at 459-5835.

In addition, the Coyote baseball team will begin its annual Orange Drive, a popular fundraiser that supports their endeavors during the 2010 season. The Yotes will sell boxes of oranges, apples, and grapefruits. For more information, contact head coach Shawn Humberger at 459-5861 or by email.

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Alumni still 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

Education research featured on CBS 2 story

KBCI CBS 2 ran a story on Monday about Class of 2009 graduate and current master’s student Stephanie Burke, who has conducted research about same-sex classrooms in elementary school with fellow Yotes Brooke Pehrson and Molli Lee-Painter and faculty advisor Deb Yates. Burke is currently a student teacher at a Middleton elementary school in a same-sex classroom.

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Salvation Army needs bell ringers

The Salvation Army is again asking student groups at The College of Idaho to help out with bell ringing, one of its most important fund raising activities of the year. Volunteers are needed Nov. 22 and Nov. 29. Groups participate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call Professor Erickson at 459-5803 or contact him by email.

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Meet the new faculty: Luke Daniels

Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology

Educational Background: B.S., Biology (Seattle Pacific University); Ph.D., Neuroscience (University of Southern California)

I went to college planning to major in electrical engineering. I had always dabbled in computers and electronics, and engineering seemed like a natural fit. I very much enjoyed the engineering coursework, but when I took a biology course as an elective, I was fascinated with the molecular machinery that exists inside each cell of a living organism. After graduating with a biology degree and working for a few years at a Seattle-area biotechnology firm, I entered graduate school to study Neuroscience. The nervous system is incredible – an electrical system composed of biological parts! During my graduate career I enjoyed working with undergraduate engineering and biology students, and was fortunate to teach classes at both the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) and Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA).

Area(s) of specialization: I study sensory biology. Though my research is primarily focused on how humans and other animals detect temperature, I find it extremely interesting how organisms sense all sorts of physical stimuli: light, sound and even magnetic fields. Understanding sensory biology at a very basic level has important applications in human health and disease. For example, by understanding how painful signals are generated in sensory nerves, we can design drugs that treat pain at its source.

What attracted you to The C of I? Many things! Small class sizes, an emphasis on teaching and student learning, opportunities to involve undergraduates in research projects, and its location here in the Northwest.

Best thing about teaching at The C of I: The best thing by far has been meeting and getting to know the students. I'm glad for the chance to tell students why it’s a really exciting time to be studying biology, and to hear from them about their hopes and plans for the future.

Hobbies or interests outside of teaching: I like to get outside as much as possible. I enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, surfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and ultimate Frisbee. I play the guitar when I can. I really like ice cream. I read biology and technology blogs. Most of all, I spend as much time as possible with my family and try to keep up with my 1-year-old.

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Campus Events

The Langroise Trio 2009-2010 Series begins Nov. 13

The Langroise Trio, The C of I’s artists-in-residence and music faculty, begin their 2009-10 series on Friday, Nov. 13 in Boise. The program is Drobnosti, Kleine Stücke Op. 75a – Antonin Dvorak; Seven Miniatures for Violin, Viola and Cello – Steven Paulus; ’s Deandl is harb auf mi – Richard Strauss; Rockwell Miniatures – David Alan Earnest

Performances are:

  • Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise. Admission: $10 adults / $5 students and seniors
  • Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Langroise Recital Hall at The C of I. Admission: free.

The Langroise Trio is Geoffrey Trabichoff, Dave Johnson and Samuel Smith.

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“Heart and Cell” exhibit in Rosenthal Gallery through Dec. 15

The Rosenthal Gallery at The C of I is hosting the work of artists Angela Katona-Batchelor and Nicole Herden, who create images drawn from scientific illustrations of human anatomy, which they use as metaphors for the relationship between the body and the forces, emotions and beliefs that animate it.

Katona-Batchelor’s prints use the tradition of flap-anatomy books to create three-dimensional images that imaginatively interpret human organs, particularly the heart. The overlapping printed surfaces invite the viewer to explore the physical structure of her works. Katona-Batchelor holds a master’s in fine art from Boise State University and teaches at Portland Community College.

Herden’s paintings interpret the cellular functions of the body, and she seeks to express in her pictures “the rhythm that resides within biological life.” She employs layers of color, and delicate, expressive drawing to explore a world accessible only to the microscope. Herden is currently completing her master’s in fine art at Boise State University.

The Rosenthal Gallery is located in Blatchley Hall and is open Mondays-Fridays, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, contact Garth Claassen at 459-5321 or by email.

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Life after The C of I: Where are we now?

Jeff Almeida (‘92) and Brian Harrison (‘97) are presenting talks tonight at Ignite Boise 3, at the Egyptian Theater at 7 p.m. Almeida’s talk is entitled “Draining the Swamp,” and Harrison’s is called “Weasel Words.” For more information, visit igniteboise.com.

Tim Saunders (‘05), current adjunct theater instructor, is directing “Three Tall Women,” by Edward Albee, which won Albee his third Pulitzer, at the Alley Repertory Theater, 3638 Osage St. in Garden City on Nov. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. The theater is open to those 21 and older.

Megan Williams (‘08) has two poems forthcoming in the winter issue of ducts: the webzine of personal stories.

Robert Wurster (‘01) and Mindi (Gatfield) Wurster (‘01) welcomed Clayton Henry Wurster on Oct. 19. He was 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

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

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, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., in the Mirage Hotel 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. Please RSVP by clicking here.

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.

Nov. 20 – Yotes lawyers, politicians and justice occupations alumni social hour at 5:30 p.m. in the McCain Center Pub (formerly Kirkpatrick Gym). This event is for alumni and friends from political fields, justice fields, advocacy and law fields, as well as those who pursued law degrees but chosen not to work in the field.

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


  • No openings at this time


  • Assistant Librarian

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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