C of I Newsletter

2010. 05. 07.

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An Unforgettable Spring Break in Haiti

There is a Haitian proverb that states, “When you visit Haiti your heart breaks, and you don’t return with all the pieces.” A group of College of Idaho students, alumni, and staff experienced this proverb first hand when they visited Haiti on a spring break service trip offered through the Department of Campus Ministries in April.

The trip was planned long before the January 12th earthquake, but after the disaster the students felt even more compelled to help serve, according to Laura Mundy, assistant campus ministries director. The group of fourteen people partnered with Heartline Ministries, an organization in Haiti that facilitates adoptions, runs a women’s center, and, since the quake, has opened up a field hospital which offers refuge to numerous earthquake victims.

The connection between Heartline and the College of Idaho is Chelsey Tlucek – a sophomore whose parents have been missionaries in Haiti for the past four years. The C of I group stayed in the Tlucek home during their visit and witnessed the city where Chelsey spent her high school years.

In a week’s time, the group built a home for a family of nine. It was a basic 14’x16’ box on a concrete slab with a tin roof. Considered a shed by U.S. standards, it was greatly appreciated by the family for whom it was built and who had been sleeping in tents since January. The C of I group also facilitated a kids' camp for 60 children a day who lived in tent-cities surrounding the Tlucek home. Many of the children’s schools had collapsed during the quake and were not yet rebuilt. At camp, kids were given a meal, some water, and a chance to be kids! The week in Haiti was described by the students as “unforgettable” and “life-changing.”

Students and staff will give a presentation on their spring break in Haiti on Wednesday, May 12th at 7pm in the McCain Pub. To learn more about the trip and to see pictures, visit 'The College of Idaho Haiti Service Trip 2010' group on facebook.

Fifth Annual Student Research Conference on May 15

The Fifth Annual College of Idaho Student Research Conference (SRC) will take place on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 12:30 pm in the Langroise Recital Hall. Students from all disciplines will share their scholarly and creative accomplishments with the C of I community and general public.

The  Student Research Conference has grown in student participation each year. This year, there were 64 abstract submissions. The conference includes four performances, 18 oral paper presentations, 39 posters and a collaborative film project. A total of 87 student authors with submissions from 13 departments will participate in the conference, and student abstracts were sponsored by 33 faculty mentors. What started as a grassroots effort to celebrate student scholarship, research, and creative activities is now a thriving and sustainable annual event on our campus.

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg will open the conference in the Langroise Recital Hall. Following student creative performances in Langroise, student paper presentations will take place in the Kathryn Albertson International Center. Poster presentations and a reception will follow in the Langroise Foyer.

To learn more details about the event, go to:


Notable Lectures in May

The College will host a series of lectures in the month of May, including the annual Liberal Arts Lecture by President Marv Henberg and the first installment of the Howard Berger Lecture Series by visiting scholar Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund. C of I Professor Kerry Hunter will speak on how we select our judiciary and international author and alumnus Duane Elgin will speak on a sustainable lifestyle.

Also on May 11, C of I Professor of Political Economy, Kerry Hunter, will address area alumni and members of the public on how we select our judiciary in Idaho. His lecture will take place in the Sterry Hall Boardroom at 6:00 pm, with a reception beginning at 5:00 pm.

On May 13, President Henberg will give the College's annual liberal arts lecture at the invitation of the Faculty Growth and Development Committee in the Langroise Recital Hall at 6:30 pm. The title of his lecture will be "The 'History' of Natural History." Dr. Henberg will argue for the unity of knowledge throughout the sciences, social sciences, and humanities with specific reference to the concept of history as applied to nature. His lecture will suggest that natural history is best understood as an amalgam of science, social science, and the humanities. Following the lecture, there will be a reception at the President's House.

Finally, on May 19, internationally known author Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity and The Living Universe, will be on campus to discuss sustainability issues. Mr Elgin will conduct a book signing at 7:00 pm in the Hendren Boardroom, followed by a public forum from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes C of I's Accomplished Students

The College of Idaho Student Awards Ceremony on April 29 recognized the outstanding academic efforts as well as service contributions of the College's many talented students. Over one hundred awards were announced in a number of categories. To read the full list of awards and recipients, click here.

Catch a Concert

May is the month for music at the College of Idaho. A number of performances, including senior recitals, are planned throughout the month. For a full listing of student concerts and performances, please click here.

Alumni Office Seeks Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations

The College of Idaho Alumni Office is asking for nominations for the following awards by June 15: Distinguished Alumni Award, Service Award, Half Century Life Achievement Award, New Alumni Award, and Family Heritage Award. For a complete description of the awards and details on how to nominate, please visit the C of I Alumni Awards page.


May 11

Richard Freund Lecture, Langroise, 7:30 pm

May 11

Selecting Our Judiciary, Hendren Board Room, Sterry Hall, 6:00 pm

May 11

Tour of the Solar System, Whittenberger Planetarium, 7:30 pm

May 13

President Marvin Henberg Liberal Arts Lecture, Langroise, 6:30 pm

May 15

Fifth Annual Student Research Conference, Langroise, 12:30 pm

May 19

Author Duane Elgin, Hendren Board Room, Sterry Hall, 7:00 pm

May 22

EcoAlumni Series, Red Feather Lounge in Boise, 9:00 am

Spring and Summer 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events


College of Idaho alum, staff member and coach Matt Gier was voted 2010 Pacific Northwest D2 Collegiate Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Congrats, Matt!

College of Idaho Professor Jasper LiCalzi quoted in article on Idaho judicial race.