C of I Newsletter

2010. 01. 28.

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In this newsletter:

Faculty, Student and Staff News

Upcoming Campus Events

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Alumni Sundance event a hit

Over 30 alumni and friends attended last weekend’s Sundance event, hosted by National Alumni Board member Tom Keene (’80) in Ogden, UT. From private box seats, alumni enjoyed the screening of two Sundance films, Hesher and Homewrecker, as well as an opportunity for questions & answers with the directors of Homewrecker.

Hesher, directed by Spencer Susser, stars Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman. Further details are available here.

Homewrecker, directed by brothers Todd and Brad Barnes, stars Ana Reeder and Anselm Richardson. More information is available here.

The College of Idaho is looking forward to offering this program again next year. The C of I’s proximity to Sundance bodes well for this becoming a new tradition.

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Southeast Asia tour update

As part of their one month study tour of Southeast Asia, C of I students recently toured the Khmer Rouge Tribunal where five leaders of the murderous regime of Demokratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) stand accused of genocide and other crimes. The group was briefed for an hour by the court’s public affairs director and met one of its prosecutors.

Over the past three weeks, C of I students have been studying politics, religion, and development in the region. The tour’s many highlights have included an invitation to observe a Buddhist monk ordination ceremony in Chiang Mai, briefings with urban and rural NGOs that battle poverty in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, and a visit to the remote ancient temple site of Wat Phu Champusak on the Mekong River in Laos. The students have experienced village home stays with Burmese refugees, a Thai Buddhist sect that practices communal economics, and Cambodian farmers who live a on a Mekong River island without electricity, cars, or television.

The group, led by political economy professor Rob Dayley, will spend their final week with a home stay at a Cham Muslim village, visits to NGOs in western Cambodia, and by exploring the stunning temple complex of Angkor Wat, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

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Chamber singers perform at Nielsen CD release

Photo courtesy Diane Ronayne Photography
The College of Idaho Chamber Singers, under the direction of Sean Rogers (’94), C of I’s director of choral activities, performed at the Record Exchange Tuesday night as part of a CD Release for Aage Nielsen’s, Doucaine among Friends. Performing on Tuesday were sopranos Larissa Beck, Danielle Danker, and Katie Fendrick, altos Lani Boykin, Jamie Derry, Emily Matlock, and Cassandra Painter, and tenors Russell Smith and Kevin Writer.

The CD, recorded live at Saint John’s Cathedral in Boise, features a repertory of early music spanning from the 1100’s to the 1600’s. The piece performed by the College’s Chamber Singers, Supremum est motalibus, one of two choral pieces on the CD, was composed by Guillaume Dufay in the 1400’s. It is currently available at The Record Exchange in Boise. The C of I students who sang on the track were sopranos Larissa Beck, Danielle Danker, Katie Fendrick, Mira Madorsky, and Kaylyn Ruddy, altos Lani Boykin, Anna Chapman, Jamie Derry, and Cassandra Painter, and tenors Reggie Howard, Scott Johnson, Thomas Newby, Russell Smith, and Kevin Writer.

Aage Nielsen is an adjunct professor of woodwinds at The College of Idaho. He has been the bass clarinetist with the Boise Philharmonic since 1988 and Darkwood Consort since 1992. Nielsen is one of a very limited number of performers on the Doucaine. According to Nielsen, there are only about 40 replicas in existence. The Doucaine is a rediscovered double-reed instrument from the 1200’s that was discovered in 1980 in the excavated wreck of the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII. The excavation yielded the only known extant model of the instrument.

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Correction: RA Reunion

An item in the January 14th newsletter covering the RA Reunion listed 1968 as the first year Resident Assistants, or RAs, were on campus. This information came from an archived address by the Dean of Students at the dedication of New Dorm (Hayman) in the Fall of 1966. The Dean stated that the hall would offer a new feature - Resident Assistants – to the campus culture. Since this item ran in the newsletter the Alumni Office has been contacted by a number of individuals who were RAs before 1968. The Office of Residence Life and the Alumni Office thank these alumni for their corrections.

Campus records pre-dating our current database are scarce. The current Residence Life staff spent many hours going through yearbooks to glean the names of any former Residence Life staff. Many yearbooks did not list RAs and some, though showing a picture of the staff at the time, listed only first names. After going through decades of yearbooks, the Residence Life staff came up with 230 names. We know that this is only a fraction of the number of individuals who were involved in residence life over the years. If you are reading this article and you are a former RA, please contact the alumni office so that we can update your information and include you in future Residence Life reunions and activities. Former residence life staff are an important part of the heritage of the College, and we don't want to leave anyone out!

Take a few minutes to visit your profile in the Harris online alumni directory. There, you are able to update your contact information as well as add old club listings, dorm housing, athletic affiliations, leadership roles, Greek affiliations, school trips and more. You can also find and catch up with classmates, share what's going on in your life through Class Notes, join discussion groups and learn about C of I alumni events.

It’s as easy as

  1. Go to www.alumniconnections.com/yotes
  2. Click on “Register Now”
  3. Log in with your name and class year. *Assistance is available online if you do not remember your unique ID number.

Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or (208) 459-5770

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Faculty, Student, and Staff News

von Duvillard joins journal advisory boards

Physical education professor Serge von Duvillard has been named to the editorial advisory board of the European Journal of Applied Physiology, published by Springer-Verlag, for a four-year term. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, published by Asist Group.

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Press-Tribune cheers volleyball team MLK participation

The C of I volleyball team was cited with a “cheer” in Monday’s Idaho Press-Tribune “Cheers and Jeers” column for their participation in the Caldwell Martin Luther King event. The column is available online here.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

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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Younggren to speak at Museum workday Feb. 6

The next Orma J. Smith Museum workday will be Saturday, February 6, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. As usual, the doors will be locked during lunch, roughly noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be served at noon and February’s speaker will be Jeremy Younggren (’09), who completed an intern program with museum archaeologist Jan Summers Duffy. Jeremy will present a program on The College of Idaho’s field school in Israel with photos and information. For questions and further information please contact Jan Summers Duffy at 484-4395 or [email protected].

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

Kelli Bell (’03) serves as volunteer coordinator for the Sundance Film Festival; as such, she was unable to make it to the Ogden venue for the alumni event.

Jamie (Larkin) Schoonveld (’02) and her husband Richard Schoonveld (’01) would like to announce the birth of their son, Paul Johnannes, on January 13. They also have two-year-old daughter, Jillian.

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

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Alumni & Friends Events

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. - 7:30 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. 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. 25 - Volunteer Corps: BINGO at the Veteran’s Home from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Please note the date change: This had originally been scheduled for Feb. 11.

Feb. 27 - Family Day at the Discovery Center

Mar. 24 - Save the date: Alumni hockey night at the Idaho Steelheads game. More information and instructions for purchasing tickets will be published in the Feb. 11 newsletter.

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Jobs at The C of I


  • Executive Assistant to the President
  • Full-Time Weekend Custodian
  • Admission Counselor
  • IT Support Specialist II
  • Vice-President for Finance and Administration
  • Biology Laboratory Technician/Administrative Assistant


  • 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 California and 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].

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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