C of I Newsletter

2010. 01. 14.

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The C of I Day at the Capitol is Jan. 20

On Wednesday, January 20, The College of Idaho will be presenting its ‘Day at the Capitol’ showcase on the 4th floor of the Statehouse Rotunda in Boise. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., will feature students and their faculty mentors displaying undergraduate research, as well as tables representing other aspects of The C of I experience, and a musical interlude over lunch.

“We have modeled it after the national ‘Posters on the Hill’ event, where students present their research findings to lawmakers,” said Deb Yates, The C of I education professor chairing the event. “Our undergraduate students are doing rigorous and high-quality scholarship that rivals that of many graduate schools.”

In all, twelve students will be presenting their research findings: In chemistry, Erick Valenzuela, Amanda Smith, and Emir Kobic; in biology, Cody Christensen, Justin Martin, Maximillian Padilla, and Derik Haggard; in music, Anna Chapman; in English, Keats Conley and Adam Nunez; and in education, Stephanie Burke and Molli Lee-Painter. Two recent biology alumni, Spenser Smith and Kate Arbon, who are employed by the INBRE project, are also presenting.

Presenter Derik Haggard, a junior biology major, said, “Having the chance for the public and our legislators to learn about what my fellow students and I have been doing is quite the opportunity. Being allowed to present my work at the state capitol is a great chance to show what separates The College of Idaho from other colleges and universities in the state.”

Added junior Keats Conley, another presenter, “I feel privileged to have this opportunity to share my creative work with the larger community. I believe this C of I day will be an immense success, the launching of a new tradition.”

Immediately following the day of displays, at 4 p.m., there will be an alumni meet-and-greet in the Statuary Hall, featuring self-guided tours of the newly-remodeled Capitol. Then, alumni will congregate for a no-host happy hour nearby at Bittercreek Ale House on 8th Street.

“We are very excited to celebrate the renovation of our Capitol in the company of our alumni and friends. Many of our alumni who work in state and local government give back in such a meaningful way to our communities, and we are proud of their participation,” noted alumni director Frances Nagashima (’01). “It will be fun to re-connect with alumni and friends after a Day at the Capitol with a social hour.”

While there have been no shortage of C of I alumni who have served in the Statehouse – including Governor Otter (’67) and former Governor Smylie (’38) – this marks the first time The C of I has attempted such a broad personal engagement with the Legislature.

State Sen. John McGee (’95) observed, “For over one hundred years, The C of I has produced leaders in local, state, and federal government. I am pleased we will be celebrating that legacy at our event, The C of I Day at the Capitol.” McGee also plans to introduce, along with State Sen. Chuck Winder (’68) and Rep. Pat Takasugi (’71), a resolution honoring The C of I on Wednesday.

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Recycling announcement Jan. 21

The College of Idaho is resolving to be greener in 2010. This month the College is beginning a comprehensive recycling program together with the City of Caldwell. This effort has been spearheaded by the College’s Sustainability Council. Information about recycling on campus will be distributed in the coming weeks. The official kick-off to the program is a press conference and reception on Thursday, January 21st at 2:30 p.m. in the Sterry Boardroom. All community members, students, faculty, and staff are invited to this event.

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Howlin’ Yotes score big at GSL

Luke Floyd and Matt Miller claimed a 3rd Place and a 5th Place at the Great Salt Lake Tournament held at the University of Utah last weekend. The event included two full tournaments with Luke and Matt finishing 3rd in the first part. In the second tournament, the duo lost a close 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals to a team from University of Nevada, the defending national champions in parliamentary debate. Floyd, a sophomore, and Miller, a freshman, paid for the trip out of their own pockets as debate team funds are running low.

The College of Idaho Debate Team is ranked 19th by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, out of 300 schools; arch-rival BSU is currently 53rd. The Howlin’ Yotes are in first place for the Northwest Conference Division II debate championship and in second place for the speech championship.

The Howlin’ Yotes will kick off their annual fundraising efforts this week. They return to competition January 28-31 at Pacific University where they hope to claim their 11th Northwest championship in 13 seasons.

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Alumni Board call for nominations

The College of Idaho National Alumni Board, the Alumni Association’s elected governing body, solicits nominations for new members of the board. This year the board’s nominations committee is seeking members to serve a term from 2010-2012. Our goal is to recruit a diverse group of nominees who represent all of the College’s majors, national and international regions, and all graduation years. We are asking for your help in our recruitment efforts.

We are looking for two individuals who are committed to serving the College, are active alumni, and are willing to make a commitment to the board for a two-year term. The two board positions that are currently open, and need to be filled, are representatives for the Eastern Seaboard (East Coast) and the Northwest region (excluding Idaho). If you know of someone who would be an outstanding board member and would like to nominate him/her, please email [email protected] or call us at 208-459-5770. The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, February 12, at 5:00 p.m. (MST).

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important task of recruiting new members to the board. Your support and commitment are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected].

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Nominations sought for first year book and theme

The First Year Experience committee is now accepting nominations for the 2010-11 First Year Book Theme and accompanying First Year Book. Please review the selection criteria found here and use the nomination form to submit your ideas.

The committee will be choosing some finalists fairly quickly and getting input from the campus on the final choice in the next few weeks. So submit your ideas ASAP!

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Coyote Connections is January 16

The Center for Experiential Learning and the Office of Alumni Relations are proud to present Coyote Connections, an event where upperclassmen join in networking with alumni and friends of the College. This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Farnsworth (’93), whose first novel, Blood Oath, will be published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in May.

Coyote Connections is Saturday, Jan. 16 in Langroise Auditorium. Alumni are asked to participate from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 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

Smith to speak at Community School

Academic vice-president Dr. Mark Smith will be presenting a talk on “Historical Roots of the Middle-East Crisis” at the Community School in Sun Valley on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.

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Maughan presents at Joint AHA/ASCH conference

History professor Dr. Steven S. Maughan (’85) presented a paper at the 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, in conjunction with the American Society of Church History, held in San Diego on Jan. 7th-10th. Dr. Maughan’s paper, entitled “The Missionary Imagination: Redefining Debates over Mission and Its Relationship to Empire” was part of a session on religion and empire in the modern world.

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Johnson on radio in upstate New York

English professor Rochelle Johnson’s series of radio interviews to discuss her recent book Passions for Nature: Nineteenth-Century America's Aesthetics of Alienation continued with a stop on WJFF’s program “Making Waves’ an environmentally-oriented program on the upstate New York station that calls itself “Radio Catskill.” The station has made a podcast of the program available for download here.

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Haitian earthquake hits home for Chelsey Tlucek

College of Idaho sophomore Chelsey Tlucek’s personal connection to the tragic earthquake in Haiti was featured in several media outlets this week. Tlucek’s family moved from Melba to Haiti three years ago to run a children’s home through Heartline Ministries. The mission of the home is to care for impoverished children and adopt them out to loving families. Tlucek has five younger siblings who were in the earthquake, but escaped harm. Tlucek herself was in Haiti just last week before going to Florida to run in a fund-raising marathon for the Haitian ministry, and then returning to The College of Idaho campus for the winter term.

Tlucek’s parents are currently still stuck in Florida and are scheduled to fly back to Haiti to be reunited with their five children on Saturday. In all, 17 children were in the Tlucek’s care at the orphanage and none were injured in the massive earthquake. Photos of the damage to the Tluceks’ children’s home can be seen here. The link to the KTRV (Ch. 12) story can be found here, and the link to the Idaho Press-Tribune article can be found here.

Tlucek was already scheduled to lead a team of 15 College of Idaho students and staff on a service trip to Haiti during spring break (Apr. 9-18) where the team planned to work at the Tluceks’ children’s home. With the recent tragedy in Haiti, the mission’s scope will likely change to one of humanitarian aid and rebuilding. The group would like to encourage any and all College of Idaho alumni and friends to give to their relief effort. They’ll be collecting food, clothing and medical supplies to take with them to Haiti, as well as financial contributions. Please contact Laura Mundy at 208-459-5037 or [email protected] for more information about how and what to give.

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Owen in Press-Tribune

Senior basketball and volleyball player Whitney Owen was featured in today’s Idaho Press-Tribune. To read the article online, click here.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Rosenthal Gallery opening today

“Wide Open Spaces: Panoramic Photographs of Idaho from 1900 to 1940” will be on display in the Rosenthal Gallery from January 14 through March 6. The show, curated by Catherine Allen, includes photos taken by The C of I founder Dr. William Judson Boone.

An opening reception will be held today, Thursday, January 14, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday noon – 5 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, contact Garth Claasen at [email protected] or 459-5321.

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Langroise Trio performances January 15-16

The next performances in the 2009-10 series for the Langroise Trio will be held Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16. The concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Bartholomew, and a David Johnson arrangement of a piece by Dvorak.

The Friday show at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise begins at 7:30 p.m., with admission $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

The Saturday show in Langroise Recital Hall also begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Garbage Dreams screening Jan. 20

Independent Television Service (ITVS), The College of Idaho, Idaho Public Television, Working Films, and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives present the movie “Garbage Dreams” by Mai Iskander on Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in KAIC 106. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Garbage Dreams” deals with the lives of Egypt’ Zaballeen (Arabic for “garbage people”), who have used recycling as a way out of poverty, creating in the process one of the world’s most efficient waste-disposal systems.

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

Chris Farnsworth (’93) is the keynote speaker for this weekend’s Coyote Connections event (see above). His novel Blood Oath was recently previewed in Boise Weekly; the article is available online here.

Katie May (’04) recently learned that her play “A History of Freaks,” which had its world premiere at The C of I last spring, was nominated as a David Mark Cohen award finalist in the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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

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Alumni & Friends Events

Jan. 16 - Coyote Connections in Langroise from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; see above.

Jan. 18 - Volunteer corps: Making valentines for the troops from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Moxie Java in Caldwell (2904 N. Cleveland Blvd.) and The Fixx in Boise (224 N. 10th St.). Supplies will be provided, but please bring additional items you may like to use.

Jan. 19 - Half-Century Society Luncheon in Simplot at noon; guest speaker Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones (’65).

Jan. 20 - The C of I day at the Capitol, followed by a no-host alumni happy hour at Bittercreek Ale House. See above.

Jan. 21 - Alumni Book Club at Louie’s Italian Restaurant in Meridian from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This month’s session is hosted by Barry Fujishin (’72) covering the book The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Click here to view discussion questions.

Jan. 21 - Dr. Mark Smith speaking at the Community School in Sun Valley. See above.

Jan. 23 - Sundance Film Festival in Ogden, Utah.

Jan. 31 - Southern California Alumni and Friends Presidential Reception with President Henberg and his wife Laurie from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m at Monte Vista Grove Homes Community Center (2889 San Pasqual St. in Pasadena - enter at Entrance C and proceed on C Street to the end - map), hosted by Ray Heer (’50) and Diana Dron (’75).

Feb. 3 - Business professionals happy hour from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Brick 29, hosted by Sal Villegas (’03).

Feb. 6 - Save the date: GOLDen Happy Hour in McCall during the Winter Carnival

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Jobs at The C of I


  • Part-time Mail Center Clerk
  • IT Support Specialist II
  • Vice-President for Finance and Administration
  • Biology Laboratory Technician/Administrative Assistant
  • Director of Marketing and Communications


  • Instructor of Art and Design Coordinator
  • 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 in mid-December, 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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