C of I Newsletter

2009. 12. 17.

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[Editor’s note: Because of the holiday season, this is the last edition of the newsletter for 2009. The next newsletter will be published on January 7, 2010.]

In this newsletter:

Faculty, Student and Staff News

Upcoming Campus Events

In Every Issue

Abusalim receives scholarship to attend prestigious seminar

Sophomore Dorgham Abusalim, a Davis Scholar from the Gaza Strip, has been invited by the Washington Center to participate in a two-week seminar in January titled “Camp David III.” Held in Washington, D.C., the seminar brings 45 students together from Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. to engage in a delegation simulation of diplomacy, modeled from the Camp David accords of 1979.

“This is a great honor and responsibility. On the one hand, I’m to represent The College of Idaho; and on the other, I’m to represent the Palestinian delegation,” stated Abusalim. “I’m thankful that The College of Idaho has prepared me well to do so.”

The Washington Center offered the International Political Economy major a $1,500 scholarship to help defray the cost of his participation.

“Dorgham is an example of a student whose own initiative is paying off. He doesn’t wait for opportunities to come to him. He had contacted the Washington Center with Jasper LiCalzi’s help about another program and then next thing he knows, they are inviting him to a unique seminar and offering to pay his way. Dorgham’s own initiative and curiosity made this invitation possible. He will represent The C of I well at this unique seminar in the nation’s capital,” said political economy professor Rob Dayley.

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Nagel Foundation gives The C of I $50,000 for scholarships

The College of Idaho has again received $50,000 from the John F. Nagel Foundation for its general scholarship fund. The scholarship funding will allow Idahoan students with the greatest financial need to attend the C of I.

The Nagel Foundation was founded in 1991 to honor three generations of the Nagel family. Since 1895, Nagel family members have built and expanded a beverage and distribution company in Idaho. That year, founder John Henry Nagel came from Baker City, Oregon to purchase the Soda Water Company of Ada County. His business consisted of soda water supplied to ten area saloons - delivered by horse-drawn wagon. In the next generation, son John F. Nagel, for whom the Foundation is named, bottled his own flavored water and also purchased the exclusive franchise rights to Pepsi-Cola in Boise and SW Idaho. John’s son, Jack, expanded the business by building a new bottle and distribution facility in Boise in the 1970s.

Earlier this year, the Nagel Beverage Company was purchased by Pepsi Bottling Ventures in Raleigh, but the legacy of the Nagels’ efforts remains in the good works of their private family foundation. The Foundation continues to give back to the community that enabled the Nagel family to grow and prosper.

In presenting the check to the College, Curt Goldgrabe, Director of the John F. Nagel Foundation, said, “The Foundation has chosen to fund Idahoan students at The College of Idaho, so that they, too, may one day give back to their community.”

The John F. Nagel Foundation is the fifth-largest private foundation in Idaho and has given over $9.3 million to the community since its inception in 1991.

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Alumni holiday party this weekend

Come celebrate the holidays and friendships with fellow alumni and friends on Sunday, Dec. 20, 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. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. If tickets are purchased before noon tomorrow (Friday), the Alumni office has a special offer: Purchase two tickets for $35 rather than one for $25. Reserve your spot today by calling 208-459-5918, emailing [email protected], or RSVPing via facebook.

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Students step up charitable efforts for holiday season

In addition to the International Cultural Show detailed last week, a number of other student-driven philanthropic efforts have helped to brighten the holiday season within the community. Shortly before Thanksgiving, Robin Lorentzen’s Social Stratification class collected and delivered 97 pounds of food to the Idaho Food Bank.

The annual Winter Charity Ball, sponsored by Delta Tau Delta and the Swing Dance Club, raised over $550 and 6 large bags of toys. Student Philanthropy Council voted to match the cash portion, resulting in a check of over $1,100 to the local Salvation Army.

In addition, fraternities and sororities from The C of I are bell-ringing for the Salvation Army on Sundays this month. The first weekend alone, the efforts of Delta Tau Delta and Gamma Phi Beta raised over $600.

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Coyote Connections receives great response, identifies needs

The Center for Experiential Learning and the Office of Alumni Relations recognize that the local economic outlook is worrying to seniors on the verge of transition to life after college. In response, we invite seniors to join juniors in networking with alumni, parents, and community members at Coyote Connections. Seniors can register online here.

About 60 alumni and 95 students have registered for Coyote Connections. This is the third networking opportunity for students 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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RA reunion registration deadline extended

On Saturday, January 16th, Resident Assistant staff from the last five decades will gather at the Simplot Dining Hall to tour the residence halls, share memories and dinner and celebrate the contributions residence life leadership makes to the campus community. This is the first Residence Life reunion and, if the event goes well, it may become an annual tradition.

The Residence Life office has been gathering names and addresses of former RAs over the last three months and in the process has been contacted by RA alums from the early ’70s, mid-’80s and late ’90s, as well as more recent alums. This is a unique event in that it will bring together student leaders from very different eras of residential life on the C of I campus.

“The residential experience at colleges across the nation has changed in many significant ways in the last 30 years,” says Director of Residence Life Jen Nelson, “What hasn't changed, however, is the integral role RAs play in creating a strong and positive residential community. I am looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the contribution these alumni have made to the college through their work in the residence halls.”

The reunion date is set to correspond with Coyote Connections. Some RA alums will volunteer at Coyote Connections earlier in the day, and will stay for the reunion that evening. Residence hall tours begin at 4:30 and dinner starts at 5:30. If you are a former RA and have not received an invitation but are interested in attending, please call Debbie Swanson at 208-459-5150 for more information. RSVPs are due December 30th to 208-459-5150. (Note the date extension for RSVPs.) Partners and spouses are welcome and childcare will be provided, if requested.

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Faculty, Student and Staff News

Business Office demonstrates tasteful versatility

As a team-building exercise, the Business Office held a department-wide gingerbread house decorating contest on Wednesday afternoon. Four judges from throughout the campus deliberated carefully, unaware which house was built by whom. In a narrow decision, the effort of Deanna Ross, Sheila Cumpton, and Jenniffer Card proved to be the winning entry.

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Johnson radio program rescheduled

English/environmental studies associate professor Rochelle Johnson will be discussing her new book Passions for Nature on Boise State Radio’s program “Off the Trail” (hosted by Jyl Hoyt) this weekend. The program, which had originally been scheduled for December 4, airs on 91.5 FM Friday at 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m., and 4:44 p.m., and then on 90.3 FM Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Readers outside KBSU’s broadcast footprint can listen online here.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Planetarium Show January 12

The Whittenberger Planetarium on the College of Idaho campus is starting off the new year by looking at the moon. We will look at images spanning the last 50 years – from the first photograph ever taken of the back side of the moon through the October impacts on the moon’s south pole. We will also look at the phases of the moon, find the planets in January’s night sky, and navigate the winter constellations.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12. The cost is $2.00 for children ages 5-18 and $4.00 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 on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

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

Krys Miller (’75) was presented in September with the Wallace Stevens Award for Excellence in Service in Teaching by a Part-Time Instructor for the Academic Year 2008-2009 at Oxnard College. She had the privilege to represent Oxnard College at the 2009 Great Teacher of Year Conference held in August in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

John Reuter (’06) had a piece on Sarah Palin’s book tour visiting her old hometown of Sandpoint appear in “Short Stack,” the Washington Post’s online section about the book industry. The article can be read online here.

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 basis. For more information, or to reserve your tickets, call 208-459-5770 or email [email protected].

Other Alumni & Friends Events

Dec. 17 (Tonight) - (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 tickets are $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. See above.

Dec. 29 - Family day at Rafiki in Boise, 4-7 p.m. Discounted tickets are available; contact the alumni office for details.

Jan. 20 - Save the date: The C of I day at the Capitol

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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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Online edition of Quest available

The Winter 2010 issue of Quest, which went out in the mail earlier this month, is now available online. Click here to download the .pdf file (7 MB).

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 (0.5 MB).

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 are posted! 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 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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