C of I Newsletter

2010. 01. 21.

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The C of I kicks off comprehensive recycling program

The College of Idaho along with the City of Caldwell today launched a recycling effort that is the largest in the city of Caldwell to date. Both entities officially kicked off their parallel comprehensive no-sort recycling programs. Allied Waste, which provides complimentary recycling dumpsters on the C of I campus, will act as the service provider for both programs. As a result of changes in service type and level, both the city and the College expect a modest reduction in their monthly waste disposal costs; those savings will only grow as participation increases.    A conservative estimate suggests the recycling program will reduce waste from the College by roughly one-third.

At the College, recycling is but one factor in a broader effort toward sustainability and environmental stewardship.  Other programs already in place on campus include an organic garden, a shift toward hybrid vehicles in the College fleet, the inclusion of a chapter, “Greening of the Campus,” in the Campus Master Plan, and a recently-completed energy audit.

As environmental studies and English professor Rochelle Johnson pointed out, “Many members of C of I’s community have long hoped for a more sustainable campus, and we have acted toward this goal through several projects.  Now under the leadership of President Henberg, whose commitment to environmental leadership is so welcome and so apparent, we are delighted to be undertaking a comprehensive recycling program. This program began with the College’s students’ hope for a greener world; they see that we can change our impact on this planet only by making real adjustments in our own lives.”

Sophomore Kyle Letterle, president of TERRA (The Environmental Resource and Recreation Association) on campus, underscored that point by stating, “The recycling roll-out should not be seen as a finish, but rather as a beginning. In order for it to be a success it will need a comprehensive shift in mindset throughout the campus. I hope that everyone can realize that recycling is just a small part of acting responsibly. We should all learn to be cautious consumers and intelligent disposers. The phrase goes ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ for a reason: they're all beneficial.”

Added freshman Katy Stewart, “I feel very fortunate to be given the chance to not only see the new program take off, but also to be able to have a part in implementing it. The single stream system, I'm hoping, makes it easy and convenient enough for students to take part in recycling and help reduce the amount of waste the College sends to the landfill. I am eager to see how the program develops throughout the next three and a half years.”

In at least one critical area, the College’s sustainable commitments are already starting to bear fruit: Admissions.  Stewart cited the efforts as a key part of her decision-making process:

“I stayed in contact with a friend who was on the Sustainability Council and when I heard about it I knew I wanted to be involved. A big part of what I wanted in a school was their commitment to sustainability and social justice and I didn't really expect there to be a whole lot of that at a school in Caldwell, let alone it being a big part of the campus. I ultimately decided on attending C of I because the size of the school made it easy for me to get involved in all the things I wanted to in regards to sustainability and feel like I was making a difference and not merely being lost in a crowd.”

Of course, the direct benefits of the program are still to come, as Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas emphasized, “Recycling improves our air quality, decreases production and disposal costs, increases our quality of life, and uses just a fraction of the available energy and resources than a traditional waste disposal program.”

“As an educational institution we bear a special obligation to be mindful in setting an example of good stewardship today and in the future,” acknowledged The C of I president Marv Henberg.  “Partnering with the city in a commingled recycling program is a significant step, building on existing efforts at the College to eat and garden locally, focus on energy conservation, and educate students about our responsibilities toward nature.”

“We are proud of the City of Caldwell and The College of Idaho for launching recycling in the new year and look forward to expanding it in the future and capturing more material from the residents in this part of Canyon County,” observed Allied Waste General Manager Dave Fisher.

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Day at the Capitol honors The C of I

On Wednesday, The C of I Day at the Capitol gave the campus community – particularly student researchers – an opportunity to showcase the College to the Legislature in the very heart of state government: The recently-renovated Capitol in Boise.

Shortly after 4 p.m., State Senator John McGee (’95) read excerpts from the recently-passed SR 102, “commending The College of Idaho... and declaring The College of Idaho Day.” The full text of SR 102 is available online here.

That was followed by a brief address by Gov. Butch Otter (’67), who emphasized the impact the College made in his life as a first-generation student. Otter highlighted the strong value of recommendations from the College’s faculty in graduate and professional school admissions, singling out the late political science professor George Wolfe as a major factor in his success.

The evening was capped with a joyful reception at Bittercreek Ale House, two blocks south of the Capitol on 8th St., where alumni, friends, faculty, staff, administration, spouses, and retirees all converged to celebrate the day’s successes.

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The Den now open

On Monday, The Den, a small convenience store operated by Bon Appétit, opened in the McCain Student Center. The c-store concept was explored by Bon Appétit, Student Affairs, and the ASCI Executive Council during a series of meetings in the fall, and brought to fruition through a remodel of the space behind the main floor stairwell.

The Den features a number of items of particular interest to students – Packaged foods, fresh produce, personal care products, beverages, and desserts – and accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and perhaps most importantly, the Coyote Cash that is a component of every meal plan at the College. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon - 10 p.m.

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Coyote Connections a success

On Saturday, 83 alumni returned to The C of I campus to network and share career insights with upperclassmen at the third Coyote Connections event. Coyote Connections, sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and the Alumni Relations office, is designed to help students with their transition to careers and graduate education.

Novelist Chris Farnsworth (’93) gave the day’s keynote address, albeit with the disclaimer, “I was really honored to be asked to come back to C of I and talk about what it’s like to work in the real world. It only occurred to me after I agreed that I might not be the best authority on reality: I make up stories for a living. About vampires.”

He went on, however, to reassure the crowd he had plenty of experience within the real world, in particular seizing upon the value of failure:

“There are no guarantees. There are no promises. The world changes, and we change with it. I think we’re so afraid of failure that we don’t realize how normal it is. Failure is how we begin to learn. The trick is to pick yourself up from the wreckage, gather whatever you can salvage, then start over and fail better the next time.”

Subsequent breakout sessions and a networking lunch allowed students to ask in-depth questions of alumni within their career fields of interest. The day concluded with a panel discussion about graduate admissions and career paths, featuring panelists Taylor St. John (’07), Luke Malek (’04), Jeff Almeida (’92), and Nicole Henson (’00).

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RA reunion brings together recent and distant pasts

The Office of Residence Life hosted a reunion dinner for former Resident Assistant staff members on Saturday. RAs representing student leadership at the College spanning seven decades attended an evening full of reminiscing, storytelling, and shared experiences.

Although RAs were not introduced to residence halls until the completion of Hayman Hall in 1968, Residence Life director Jen Nelson was delighted to have business professor Wally Lonergan (’50) attend the reunion. Lonergan served residents as the Finney Hall head boy in the years following World War II.

Nelson added, “It was gratifying to witness RA alums from different decades reconnect with Wally. His presence and unique experience as a member of the residential community added to the richness of the evening.”

In addition to dinner, RA alumni attending had the opportunity to tour the campus residences including the recently renovated Simplot and Hayman Halls led by student hall directors Orrie Rodriguez (’10) and Amber Steele (’10). In recent years the Residence Life program has transformed, adding first year communities, Honor Code communities, and first-year and international student mentors into the residential experience.

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Faculty, Student, and Staff News

Berger guest scholar at WRJC weekend

History professor Howard Berger is the guest scholar this weekend at the Wood River Jewish Community. Friday night at 6 p.m., he will conduct the shabbat service, held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, which will be followed by oneg. Then on Saturday, Dr. Berger will lecture at the home of Dora Levin, 120 S. Bigwood Dr. in Ketchum (ph. 726-7441), at 4:30 p.m. on “Moments of Jewish Dis-Union.”

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Boles featured in art show at OSU

The C of I archivist Jan Boles (’65), along with 9 other artists, has work featured in an exhibition of collages from the “Art About Agriculture” permanent collection of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The exhibit, in the OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen Hall in Corvallis, runs through March.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Fight night is tonight

C-Town Fight Night, a joint fundraiser for C of I baseball and Caldwell High football, is tonight at 7 p.m. in the O’Connor Field House on Blaine St. across from The C of I campus. The event, which features 19 three-round boxing matches, was featured in an article in Monday’s Idaho Press-Tribune.

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Sabeti to speak Tuesday

Heerad Sabeti, co-founder and convening trustee of the Fourth Sector Network, will be on campus Tuesday, January 26. Sabeti is committed to pursuing systemic solutions to social and environmental challenges and has led the development of “The Emerging Fourth Sector,” which introduced a strategy for designing a new sector of organizations (dubbed “For-Benefit” enterprises) that harness entrepreneurial energy to shape a more just, equitable and sustainable future. Sabeti is the CEO of TRANSFORMS, FB, a social enterprise created as a laboratory for implementation of the For-Benefit organizational model, with irrevocable commitments to social purpose, inclusive ownership and governance, social and environmental responsibility, fair compensation, accountability, transparency and allocation of all profits to public purposes. He has organized numerous national and international convenings devoted to the Fourth Sector movement, and is co-founder and convening trustee of the Fourth Sector Network, a neutral connector of individuals and organizations whose work advances the emerging Sector.

The entire campus is invited to hear Sabeti lecture at noon Tuesday on the introduction of The Fourth Sector, in the Sterry Hall boardroom. He will explore the blurring boundaries between the public (government), private (business) and social (non-profit) sectors and how many innovative organizations are blending social and environmental aims with business approaches. As this activity matures, it is shaping a new, “Fourth Sector” of the economy that holds significant promise for solving major social and environmental problems while contributing to economic prosperity. His lecture should appeal to business, environmental, sociology, and history students and anyone who has thought about how the world can be structured into a different type of organizational structure.

Sabeti’s visit to campus is funded by a grant which has enabled The College of Idaho to hold a winter session course on philanthropy. He will also be speaking on a panel devoted to The Fourth Sector and philanthropy during that class later Tuesday afternoon. For additional information about Sebati’s presentation, please contact Share Maack, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at 459-5306 or [email protected].

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Boise Baroque Orchestra Feb. 4

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Boise Baroque Orchestra with Conductor Dan Stern on Thursday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are available on the web: www.caldwellfinearts.org, by calling 459-3405/459-5783, or at the door. Please note the new public pricing (designed to encourage family participation): Adults are $14-18; students are free with an adult admission or $5 for singles; The C of I students are still free. Boise Baroque season tickets will also be honored.

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

Fred Grant (’58) has had his book, Justice My Ass, published by Trafford Publishers. It is a collection of stories and observations from his years in criminal justice in the Baltimore area. Further details are available on Fred’s blog, www.justicemyass.com.

Leslie Hammond (’01) and Sonya Ruyts (’01) welcomed their daughter, Georgia Clover Hammond-Ruyts, to the world on January 11. Leslie’s next stop after submitting this class note was to be the online bookstore to order Georgia’s first Yotes onesie.

Charlie Sattgast (’80) has lived in Portland for the past thirty years, where he and his wife Linda co-own Scrapper’s Guide; as Adobe’s endorsed scrapbooking experts, they help scrapbookers master the art of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Their two adult children, Caleb and Allison, are also partners in the family business. Charlie received his M.A. in pastoral studies from Multnomah University in 2008, is currently working on completing his M.Div., serves on the pastoral staff at Eastside Foursquare Church, and is assisting in the development of a new church in Northeast Portland.

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

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Alumni & Friends Events

Jan. 21 (tonight) - 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 (tonight) - Dr. Mark Smith speaking at the Community School in Sun Valley.

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 - GOLDen Happy Hour in McCall during the Winter Carnival, Salmon River Brewery (300 Colorado St.), 5-7 p.m.

Feb. 10 - Ada County Luncheon at Bardenay at noon. Guest speaker: Lisa Dedapper (’78), Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Feb. 11 - Volunteer Corps: BINGO at the Veteran’s Home from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 - Half Century Society Luncheon in Simplot Fireplace room at noon. Guest speaker: Lisa Dedapper (’78), Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Feb. 18 - Alumni Book Club hosted by Laurie Henberg: Don't Let’s Go to the Dog’s Tonight by Alexandra Fuller.

Feb. 27 - Family Day at the Discovery Center

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 Jobs at The C of I


  • Admission Counselor
  • 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
  • Visiting Instructor of Physics

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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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].

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!

Wide Open Spaces at the Rosenthal Gallery

“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. 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.

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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