C of I Newsletter

2010. 02. 11.

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In this newsletter:

Faculty, Student and Staff News

Upcoming Campus Events

The C of I in the News

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Alumnae honored by Idaho Business Review

The Idaho Business Review has named three alumnae of The College of Idaho to its list of recipients for 2010 Idaho Women of the Year. All 50 honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner in Boise on March 18 and included in a publication supplement to the IBR’s March 22 edition.

National Alumni Board president Erica Sarrazolla (’93), a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Boise, Nampa agriculture luminary and 2009 alumni award recipient Janie Burns (’77), and Twin Falls attorney Lisa Rodriguez (’93) were among the honorees. The full list can be viewed here.

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The C of I Hires Susan Rowe as Marketing and Communications Director

Susan Rowe brings agency experience to the job as well as skills honed in corporate America and state government

The College of Idaho has named Susan Rowe its new director of marketing and communications. Rowe, an Idaho native, brings a broad background in marketing and communications skills to the College, having worked for two Fortune 500 companies, an Idaho governor, and a top brand marketing agency in Boise, Idaho. The College chose Rowe from among a field of 119 applicants for the position; she will begin work on March 1.

In her eighteen-year career, Rowe has held top communications posts for Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard. She led community relations for Micron in Utah and managed executive and employee communications for Hewlett-Packard’s laser and inkjet division. Recently, she has been director of public relations for Oliver Russell in Boise where she helped set marketing strategy for clients as diverse as Hotel 43, the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Cameron Investments, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the City of Boise, and the Modern Hotel. Rowe also served as a senior aide to former Idaho governor Phil Batt and led the governor’s efforts to market a new vision for delivery of workforce development services across the state.

Rowe is no stranger to college campuses. She has been an adjunct instructor in Boise State University’s English department and Department of Public Policy and Administration. A Rhodes Scholar, she has a degree in business finance from the University of Idaho, a master of fine arts in creative writing from Boise State University, and a master of arts from Oxford University in politics, philosophy, and economics.

Michael Vandervelden, Vice-President for College Relations, said of Rowe, “Susan has provided excellent leadership in business and government, and we look forward to her notable talents benefiting and advancing The College of Idaho.”

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The C of I receives Langroise Fund award

The College of Idaho has been awarded $110,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The Langroise Fund has been a generous supporter of the College’s musical programs for many years. In fact, the College’s artists-in-residence ensemble, The Langroise Trio was established with a generous gift from Gladys E. Langroise in 1991. Langroise was a longtime Boise resident who cared deeply about the arts, education and children. Her bequest, which created The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund, has continued to support her interests and has had a profound impact on music and education throughout southwestern Idaho. The Idaho Statesman also reported on the grants here.

Funding for the coming year will support the Trio, the College’s chamber ensemble and vocal jazz ensemble, and music scholarships. The Langroise Trio is comprised of Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin), David Johnson (viola), and Samuel Smith (cello). The Langroise Advised Fund provides partial support for the Trio’s teaching at C of I, as well as, their numerous musical services to the larger Treasure Valley. The Trio has eight scheduled performances in Caldwell and Boise throughout the year, and plays with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho. Their next local performance will be March 12 at the Ester Simplot Performing Arts Center and March 13, here at the C of I in the Langroise Recital Hall. The College’s Chamber and Vocal Jazz Ensembles provide local musical concerts and also tour regionally and throughout Idaho. Their tours often lead to exceptional music students choosing to come to The College of Idaho. This year the two ensembles are planning to tour together to Eastern Idaho and Montana.

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Faculty, Student, and Staff News

Caldwell Fine Arts awarded Business of the Year

During the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Membership Luncheon on February 9th, Caldwell Fine Arts was presented with the 2009 Business of the Year award. Sylvia Hunt (’59), the director and driving force behind Caldwell Fine Arts for 29 years, accepted the award.

Hunt gave thanks to the group. Shortly after the luncheon, she played at the PEO Valentine’s Tea. Sylvia invited the audience of 200 chamber members to attend the February 19 performance of the Boise Philharmonic at The College of Idaho.

To purchase your own event tickets please email Caldwell Fine Arts at cfa@collegeofidaho.edu or call 459-5783.

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Conley receives national recognition

The Feminist Majority Foundation published an interview with junior Keats Conley, founding president of The C of I’s chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, on its Choices Campus Blog on February 4. The full interview can be read here.

In addition, Conley was recently selected as a USGS intern in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, serving as a field research assistant for the summer, as part of a team studying the cooperative breeding behavior of pheasants.

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Nunez published in honors magazine

Adam Nuñez has had three of his works selected for publication in Scribendi, a magazine produced by the Western Regional Honors Council and the University Honors Program at the University of New Mexico that features creative works by undergraduate honors students from 13 western states. His poem “Leatherwork” and short stories “Pedagogy” and “Chalk” have all been chosen for publication.

“I would like to thank both professors Diane Raptosh and Dali Islam for all their guidance and support in my creative work here at the college,” said Nuñez. “They, among other professors, have been instrumental in me continuing on with my literary studies.”

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Golden featured on NEA website

The National Endowment for the Arts’ website features a photo of theatre professor Joe Golden appearing in a Boise Contemporary Theatre production of Waiting for Godot on its page promoting grant opportunities for theater programs.

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Upcoming Campus Events:

Planetarium show Feb. 16

The Whittenberger Planetarium on The College of Idaho campus will focus on the planets this spring. Various missions to the planets have given us unique perspectives of these other worlds. We will explore these worlds through the cameras that have visited them. Each show will also include a tour of the constellations visible that month and a hunt for the planets’ positions among the constellations.

The next show will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for children ages 5-18 and $4 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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Nonfiction writer Gordon to read on Feb. 17

Writer Robert Ellis Gordon will be reading from his book The Funhouse Mirror:Reflections on Prison in KAIC 106 on February 17 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The reading, sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts TumbleWords program, is free and open to the public.

The book is based on Gordon’s nine years teaching writing workshops in Washington state prisons. In praising Gordon, the Boston Globe suggests the book, “...to anyone who wonders about the varied expressions of man’s inhumanity to man.”

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Boise Philharmonic to play Feb. 19

The Boise Philharmonic, under the direction of Robert Franz, will be performing Dvorak’s 9th Symphony “From the New World” and guest composer Jennifer Higdon’ Concerto for Orchestra on Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre Pied Piper Feb. 20

Missoula Children’s Theatre will be performing Pied Piper in Jewett Auditorium on Saturday, February 20 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students and children. For ticket information, visit www.caldwellfinearts.org.

Every child is a star! Their appearance here is a highlight of the company tours. This year they will be celebrating their 25th year in Jewett. Two professional actors guide the auditions, practices, and performance which is presented within a week. The result is delightful for all ages, and the benefits last long past the applause.

Tryouts for the production for grades 1-12 are Monday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. at Wilson School on the corner of Linden and 10th.; students should arrive around 12:30 for registration since the doors will close at 1:00. About 60 children are cast. There is no preparation needed. Students who wish may participate in a pre-show music or dance presentation directed by a local teacher.

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Crazy for You Mar. 4-7

The College of Idaho will be presenting the opera Crazy for You by George and Ira Gerswhin on March 4-7. Performances will be in the Langroise Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on March 4-6, 1:00 p.m. on March 6, and 2:30 p.m. on March 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

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The C of I in the News

President Henberg makes television appearance to promote recycling effort

The College of Idaho president Marv Henberg will appear on the Fox 12 (KTRV) television program “Business at its Best” this Saturday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Henberg was asked to appear on the program to talk about the new recycling effort that was recently launched by the College, the City of Caldwell and Allied Waste. The new no-sort recycling program is the largest such effort in Caldwell and one of the largest in Canyon County.

Fox 12’s weekly half-hour show features some of the most progressive and dynamic businesses in the local community. A link to president Henberg’s appearance will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

For a digest of weekly athletics news from The C of I, subscribe to Yote Notes by emailing Mike Safford at msafford@collegeofidaho.edu. Yote Notes can also be read online here.

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

Buzz (Ed) (’56) and Bobbie Bonaminio will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next week.

Carol Casler, who received her master of education in community counseling at The C of I, was recently honored by The Alumni Association of Trinity University with the 2009 Spirit of Trinity Award. She is currently vice president of training and development at Healthwise in Boise.

Before turning 70, Verlena Orr (’61) spent the year developing a new full-length book of poems, Taking It to the Road, and producing a documentary film, “Sky Settles Everything” about the ranch life of her cousin Wayne. She also has poems appearing in the most recent edition of the Oregon English Journal.

Ben Skaug (’95) recently graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with his doctorate in preaching. He continues to serve as the senior pastor at Central Baptist Church of Aurora, Colorado

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

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Alumni & Friends Events

Reminder: The deadline for alumni board nominations is tomorrow. See below for details.

Mozart’s Requiem call for participants

Alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and community members interested in singing in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with full orchestra are invited to attend rehearsals on Monday evenings beginning April 5th in Langroise 114. The performance is Sunday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., and a minimum of three rehearsals is suggested. For further information, contact Sean Rogers at 459-5607 or 459-5275.

Other alumni & friends events:

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

Feb. 18 - Alumni Book Club 7-8:30 p.m. hosted by Laurie Henberg: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller. Held at the President’s house (1923 Everett in Caldwell). Light appetizers will be provided.

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. Volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to bring small BINGO prizes for the veterans (baked goods, candy, toiletries, etc.)

Feb. 27 - Family Day at the Discovery Center

11:00 a.m. – noon Group discounts on lunch at Boise Fry Company (111 Broadway Avenue in Boise)

noon – 5:00 p.m. Discounted tickets for the Discovery Center can be purchased at the door for $3.50 each (Must mention The C of I Alumni group)

Mar. 2 - Volunteer Corps: Ronald McDonald House from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mar. 6 - Texas Event. Presidential Reception with Dr. Marvin Henberg & his wife, Laurie, at the home of Geraldine Gurley (’69) & Daniel Melott in Houston from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mar. 24 - GOLD Happy Hour at Sports Zone (3rd floor of Qwest Arena), at 6 p.m. followed by C of I Alumni and Friends night at the Steelheads game. Special ticket price $11 (plus $1 ticketing fee). Each ticket purchased will receive a voucher good for one free hot dog, small soft drink & bag of chips! Game time is 7:10 p.m. To order tickets click here and enter this password information: login: COLLEGEOFID; password: ALUM (login and password must be in all caps).

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 Jobs at The C of I


  • Executive Assistant to the President
  • Full-Time Weekend Custodian
  • Vice-President for Finance and Administration
  • Biology Laboratory Technician/Administrative Assistant
  • Chemistry Research 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 alumni@collegeofidaho.edu 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 alumni@collegeofidaho.edu.

Library book sale seeks donations

The Friends of the N. L. Terteling Library will be having a book sale April 12-14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the library, with a special campus/alumni preview day on Friday, April 9, from noon - 5 p.m.

If you have books, DVDs or CDs that you no longer want, consider donating them to the library before this time. We’ll add what we can use to the library’s collection and put the rest in the sale. Funds raised in the book sale will be used to purchase additional materials for the library’s collection. Contact Connie Hain at chain@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5505 in the library with any questions about donating materials.

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 Claassen at gclaassen@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5321.

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.

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