C of I Newsletter

2009. 11. 19.

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[Editor's note: Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the next newsletter will be published on Dec. 3.]

In this newsletter:

Student, Faculty and Staff News

Upcoming Events

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Mauricio Both, Jeff Deininger/Brittany Short, Abbi Engel,
    Chris Hoene, Eric Macy, Mike/Diana Thomas
  • Alumni Events
    Nov. 19 – Alumni Book Club
    Nov. 20 – Yotes lawyers, politicians and justice occupations alumni social hour
    Nov. 21 - Rake Up Boise rescheduled
    Dec. 9 - Ada County alumni luncheon
    Dec. 10 - Family night at the Nutcracker
    Dec. 19 - Family day: North Pole Express
    Dec. 20 – Treasure Valley holiday party
    Dec. 29 - Family day: Rafiki
  • Jobs at The C of I
  • Reminders

Lady Yotes earn opening-round bye in national tournament

The Lady Yotes volleyball team is headed to the NAIA National Championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, for the second year in a row. Seeded seventh going into the tourney, the Lady Yotes earned an opening round bye.

In leading the Lady Yotes to their fourth consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season and tournament titles, head coach Liz Mendiola was named CCC Coach of the Year, sharing the distinction with Southern Oregon University head coach Josh Rohlfing. It marks the fourth year in a row, and fifth time in her career, that Mendiola has received the award.

The tournament runs December 1-5. Pool and bracket announcements are due out Sunday at 5 p.m. Please click here for more details.

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“Season’s Greetings” closes this weekend

The C of I Theatre Department presents “Season’s Greetings,” by Alan Ayckbourn on Nov. 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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Coyote Connections receives great response; alumni still needed

Nearly 35 alumni and 70 students have registered for the third annual Coyote Connections, The C of I networking opportunity for juniors to meet alumni from different career fields and learn about the skills they will need when they leave the College, whether they are entering grad school or the job market.

More alumni are still needed. The day includes workshops and speed networking. Alumni will share information about their career fields and what students can do now to prepare for grad school or a job.

Coyote Connections is Saturday, Jan. 16. Alumni are asked to participate from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a day of engaging activities.

Please call the Center for Experiential Learning at 459-5508 or 459-5688 or email if you are interested in volunteering.

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Student, Faculty and Staff News

Students interviewed on The River

Biology majors Jacob Murgoitio and Melissa Pickett were interviewed about triclosan on 94.9 The River radio station last week. They are students in the senior capstone course with Chris Walser, associate biology professor, and are doing projects to communicate science to the public. Listen to the interview here.

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Clark returns from 18-day expedition into Baja California mountains

William H. Clark (‘67), director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at the College, recently spent 18 days in Baja California. Clark also serves as Investigador Adjunto, Museo de Artrópodos del CICESE, in Ensenada.

The trip included an 11-day expedition into the Sierra Libertad, very remote desert mountains. The only access into the area is by foot or pack animal. The expedition included five scientists and was paid for by a Mexican research grant to explore the biodiversity of remote areas of the Peninsula. 

Results have already yielded a spider genus new to the Peninsula and several ants and beetles of interest are being examined now.

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Angresano speaks at regional conferences

Jim Angresano, political economy professor was the featured speaker at the Pacific Northwest/Intermountain Regional Conference in Boise on Nov. 5. He spoke about the current macroeconomic conditions in the economy and their causes.

On Nov. 17 Angresano presented “The Economic Outlook” at the Intermountain Community Bank seminar in Nampa.

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Refu featured in Boise Weekly and Statesman

Junior Yordanos Refu was featured on Tuesday in a Boise Weekly online story about international education week at Riverstone International School, where she gave the keynote. She was also featured in a brief Idaho Statesman story Wednesday about it as well. Refu, originally from Ethiopia, graduated from Riverstone in 2007.

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Duffy named IPAC secretary

Jan Summers Duffy, the Orma J. Smith Museum archaeologist and curator was nominated to a 3 year term as Secretary of IPAC on October 23, 2009 at its annual meeting in Boise. IPAC is the Idaho Professional Archaeological Council, Inc. IPAC members are from all over Idaho and represent the interests of professional archaeologists in our state-State, Federal and Tribal; professors, students, consultants and other private sector archaeologists, retirees, etc. The purpose is to promote and nmaintain the goals of professional archaeology in Idaho.

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Campus Events

15th annual Vocal Jazz Festival is Nov. 23

The C of I Vocal Jazz Festival, under the direction of Marianne Saunders, is Monday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Featured guest artist will be jazz great Kevin Mahogany. Admission is free to students and public for the concert.

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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?

Mauricio Both (‘08) is helping ETC, a non-profit corporation for student exchange, find host families in the Boise/Nampa/Caldwell area, and would appreciate the help of interested parties, either by hosting a student, or spreading the word and letting him know about people that may be interested. The students come from 20+ different countries, are enrolled in high school in their home countries, have excellent English skills, are well-screened, and bring their own spending money/insurance policy. What ETC asks from the families is a supportive and welcoming environment. It’s an opportunity to learn a different culture, represent your own and make a life-long friendship; there may be tax advantages as well. For more information, please contact Mauricio at [email protected].

Brittany Short (‘08) and Jeff Deininger (‘06) are engaged to be married. They currently reside in the Tacoma area. Jeff is working as a network engineer for a Tacoma-based IT services and consulting company.

Abbi Engel (‘03) recently completed her doctorate in biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology from Georgetown University. She moved to Seattle to take a post-doctoral job at Bastyr University, in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center at University of Washington, to research how a mushroom extract (PSK) influences the immune system to fight cancer.

Dr. Chris Hoene (‘93), research director for the National League of Cities, was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal. To view the article, click here.

Eric Macy (‘02) and his wife Kim welcomed their new baby girl into their family on Nov. 7. Brady Kay Macy was 8 lbs, 4 oz and 21 inches. The Macys live in Caldwell.

Mike (‘65) and Diana (‘66) Thomas are the grand marshals of tonight’s Weiser Holiday Parade. They were featured in Tuesday’ Weiser Signal American.

Keep in touch with The C of I by sharing your news with theAlumni 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. 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.

Nov. 21 - Rake Up Boise rescheduled, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Due to the weather last week we were not able to rake leaves. We have rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday and would love if you could join us; we will also be having breakfast at Capri after raking. Meet in Dutch Bros parking lot at the Victory & Cole intersection (7401 W Victory Rd) and we’ll drive to the house together. Please bring rakes, brooms, gloves, whatever other tools you may find helpful.

Dec. 9 - Ada County Alumni luncheon at Bardenay, noon. Special guests are athletic director Marty Holly, and Bob Madden (‘67), talking about athletics.

Dec. 10 - Family night at the Nutcracker. Caldwell Fine Arts presents their annual performance of the Nutcracker. Discounted tickets are available for alumni and friends: Adults $14-18, children $8-12. RSVPs are required, please contact the alumni office at 459-5770 or [email protected].

Dec. 19 - Family Day:  North Pole Express, 3:00 pm Horseshoe Bend. Alumni and friends’ discounted cost is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 2. Call 331-1184 for reservations or visit Thunder Mountain Line.

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.

Dec. 29 - Save the Date - Family day at Rafiki in Boise.

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 Jobs at The C of I


  • No openings at this time


  • Assistant Librarian
  • Assistant Professor of Business

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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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.

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.

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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