C of I Newsletter

2009. 12. 10.

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In this newsletter:

Faculty, Student and Staff News

Upcoming Campus Events

In Every Issue

  • Life after The C of I: Where are we now?
    Kelly Barbour/Samuel Blaine/Warren Jones/Jeff Shinn,
    Paula Dorney, Scott Killen, Richard Stover
  • Alumni and Friends Events:
    Dec. 10 - Family night at the Nutcracker
    Dec. 15 - Half Century Luncheon
    Dec. 16 - Volunteer Corps: Caroling in Caldwell
    Dec. 17 - An Evening with Auntie Mame (Seattle)
    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

International students help offset elementary school budget cuts

The College of Idaho International Student Organization produced an International Cultural Show Friday night to help fund student field trips at Lincoln Elementary in Caldwell that were axed as part of the state legislature’s budget reductions earlier this year. Among the trips slated for restoration include Zoo Boise, the World Center for Birds of Prey, and the Idaho State Historical Museum.

“Students learn from classroom work, certainly, but also from experiences in the broader world,” said Lincoln principal Tricia Stone. “In our community, we have wonderful places for our students to visit that increase their experience and knowledge in many ways.”

The College currently enrolls 80 international students from 40 other countries, many of whom came to the The C of I through the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Among the show’s participants was ISO president Yana Sadouskaya, a junior Davis Scholar from Belarus, who personally found the production ‘incredibly rewarding.’

Said Sadouskaya, “ISO strives to unite people of different backgrounds and nationalities in their effort to spread cultural awareness and serve to benefit local and global communities.”

Helping students develop a keen sense of the value of philanthropy is a significant objective of The C of I. As a private college, The C of I receives no direct state support and instead thrives thanks to the efforts of benefactors. Other campus organizations, including The College’s heralded Student Philanthropy Council, have raised and funded tens of thousands of dollars for local charities over the last three years.

“The ethic of community involvement and service is a central tenet of a C of I education,” said Michael Vandervelden, The C of I’s VP for College Relations. “For a group of our students from all over the world to be giving back right here in Caldwell is a particularly heartwarming example of the value The College brings to the community.”

The show, the first of its kind at The C of I, raised over $425. The ISO hopes to make the International Cultural Show an annual event.

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Whittenberger Foundation gives The C of I $45,000 for scholarships

The Whittenberger Foundation presented The College of Idaho with a $45,000 grant last Friday to help fund the Whittenberger Scholarship program at The College. At its annual luncheon held on The C of I campus, the Whittenberger Foundation awarded a total of over $250,000 to a broad assortment of local philanthropies. More details are available here from the Idaho Press-Tribune.

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Idaho Community Foundation helps planetarium accessibility

The Idaho Community Foundation has presented, through its Southwestern Region Greatest Need Fund, The College of Idaho with $2,500 towards the $5,890 required for the construction of a stairlift to provide accessibility to the Whittenberger Planetarium in the basement of Boone Hall. The objective of the stairlift is provide planetarium access for all wheelchair-bound visitors.

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Advisory: Interstate 84 closure Friday night

As part of the Ten Mile interchange construction project, Interstate 84 will be closed between the Garrity Blvd. and Meridian Rd. interchanges starting Friday night at 10 p.m. and ending Saturday morning at 7 a.m. The closure is to facilitate demolition of the existing Ten Mile Rd. overpass.

Traffic will be diverted onto Franklin Rd. during the closure. Motorists are encouraged to use another route between Caldwell and Boise Friday night.

Also, Ten Mile Rd. will be closed as a result of the demolition until the new bridge over the freeway opens, currently projected in summer 2011.

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Coyote Connections receives great response; alumni still needed

About 45 alumni and 95 students have registered for Coyote Connections. This is the third networking opportunity for juniors to meet alumni from different career fields and learn about the skills they will need when they leave The College of Idaho, whether they are entering graduate school or the job market.

More alumni are still needed, especially in the areas of media, publishing and writing; science and healthcare; and fine arts.

Coyote Connections is Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Alumni are asked to participate from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a day of engaging activities; to register online, click here.

If you have questions, please call the Center for Experiential Learning at 459-5508 or 459-5688 or e-mail [email protected].

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

Student research grant recipients announced

This year’s student research grant recipients are biology major Lauren Kline and psychology major Dove Rainbow. This summer, Kline completed a fellowship at the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo on “Equal opportunity enrichment: Investigating three marsupial species’ interaction with enrichment.” Kline wrote and received a SRG grant to present her research at a national scientific conference.

Rainbow received funds to support her work on “Media Effects on Body Image Dissatisfaction in Ecuadorian Women” which includes traveling to Ecuador to conduct her research. Both recipients will present their research at the annual C of I Student Research Conference. The C of I SRG program was established in 2007 to promote student scholarship and creativity in all fields of study.

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Abusalim to speak at Unitarian forum

Dorgham Abusalim, a sophomore from the Gaza Strip majoring in International Political Economy, is one of four panelists sharing first-hand experiences from Palestine at a forum Saturday, December 12, at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (6200 N. Garrett in Garden City), beginning at 4 p.m.

The forum, sponsored by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East and Voices for Palestine, is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

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Reimer and Owen receive NAIA volleyball awards

Naomi Reimer was named to the All-America Team as a Second-Team selection and the Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team; Reimer, a junior from Killarney, Manitoba, was the Cascade Conference Co-Player of the Year, ranking among the league leaders in kills, hitting percentage, assists, and aces. She recorded her third triple-double of the season against Doane at the NAIA Championships.

Whitney Owen, a junior from Caldwell, was the lone libero named to the All-Tournament Team. She became the 11th player in C of I history to go over the 1,000-dig mark for her career and set a new school record with 41 digs in a victory over Lewis-Clark State at the NAIA Tournament, the highest dig total this year at the event.

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Yates publishes guidebook for underperforming schools

Along with Robert Barr, education professor Deb Yates has co-authored Turning Your School Around: A Self-Guided Audit for School Improvement, a step-by-step guide to performing a school improvement audit as part of a turnaround plan. The book follows upon Barr’s earlier work, The Kids Left Behind. Published by Solution Tree, it (ISBN 978-1-934009-72-7) is available from their website or most major book retailers.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Nutcracker tonight

Back by popular demand, Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker tonight, Thursday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Advance tickets are available on the web at www.caldwellfinearts.org, or call 459-3405/459-5783. All seating will be reserved, with ticket prices ranging from $14-$18 for adults, and $8-$12 for youth/students. Admission is free for The C of I students, and special rates for alumni are available through the alumni office. Artistic director Toni Pimble will give a brief talk before the show at 7 in the Langroise Recital Hall.

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

Kelly T. Barbour (‘96) and Samuel Blaine (‘96) have been selected to co-chair the Ada County Alumni Chapter, the Alumni Relations Office is excited to announce. Barbour is Of Counsel for Holland and Hart in Boise and is vice-president of Leadership Boise for 2008-2010. Blaine is the Client Services Manager for OAKLEAF Global Holdings, managing national retail services and is vice-president, strategic planning for the John William Fund, an Idaho philanthropic foundation. Jeff Shinn (‘74) retired as Ada County chair in September after holding the position for more than a decade. The next Ada County luncheon is January 13 at noon in the boiler room at Bardenay Restaurant in Downtown Boise . The lunchtime presentation will feature Warren Jones (‘65) who will speak on his experiences as a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice. For more information or to RSVP, please email the alumni office.

Paula Dorney (‘74) is maintaining a blog about her experiences serving in the Peace Corps in Kenya. Interested readers can find the blog here.

Scott Killen (‘01) just completed his third year as varsity boys soccer coach at Cleveland High in Portland. His team won the Class 5A Portland Interscholastic League title for the third straight year and Scott was named the league’s coach of the year. His team compiled an 8-0 league record and a 13-3 overall record and made the OSAA playoffs for the third straight year, only to be eliminated in the second round by Bend, 2-1. In three varsity seasons, his teams have been 24-0 in league play, and 41-7-2 overall. Scott was a forward/midfielder for the Yotes from 1997 through 2000.

Richard Stover (‘97) is extremely proud to announce the arrival of John Michael Stover, born on December 2, 2009, coincidentally the third anniversary of his marriage to his wife Sara. Sara and the baby are doing very well and are now bonding at home, while Richard has returned to work.

Keep in touch with The C of I by sharing your news with the Alumni Office.

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Alumni & Friends Events

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].

Other Alumni & Friends Events

Dec. 10 - Family night at the Nutcracker TONIGHT. 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. 15 - Half Century luncheon in Simplot Dining Hall, noon. Special guests are athletic director Marty Holly, and Bob Madden (‘67), talking about athletics.

Dec. 16 - Volunteer Corps: Christmas caroling in Caldwell; meet in Blatchley at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 - (Seattle) Celebrate the season with fellow College of Idaho Alums, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and the classic film Auntie Mame. Let’s meet up for Central Cinema’s “An Evening With Auntie Mame” event. Along with the movie there will be holiday festivities provided by Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Central Cinema’s full bar/food menu available throughout the evening. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and more details are available here.

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 – 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 - Family day at Rafiki in Boise, 4-7 p.m. Discounted tickets are expected to be available; contact the alumni office for details.

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Jobs at The C of I


  • Director of Marketing and Communications


  • 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.

Finney 100th anniversary reunion planned for June

Plans are underway for Finney Hall’s 100th anniversary reunion to be held June 18-20, 2010. Please save this date, and plan to join us as we celebrate this special occasion! We are continuing our search for those who lived in Finney Hall. If you were a Finneyite and can also supply names and/or contact info for other Finneyites we may have not identified or lost touch with, please contact the alumni office.

If you are interested in participating in a talent showcase as part of the reunion, scheduled for Friday, June 18, in Jewett, please email Sylvia Hunt, whether you have something to share as a soloist or would like to be part of a “pick-up” group. Family members are also welcome to participate.

Join The College of Idaho Alumni group on facebook

Want the quickest notifications for upcoming alumni events? Join the facebook group “The College of Idaho Alumni” and get event requests as soon as they go up! Click here to go to the group (requires facebook login).

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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