C of I Newsletter

2010. 05. 21

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College of Idaho student Colleen Smith wins prestigious NAIA award

College of Idaho two-sport athlete Colleen Smith has been selected as one of two recipients nationally of the prestigious A.O. Duer award, announced by the NAIA on May 20. The award, named after former NAIA executive director Al Duer who sought to promote both education and sport in the NAIA, recognizes one junior male and female student-athlete who has excelled in character, playing ability, and scholarship.

“Colleen is a true scholar athlete as well as an exemplary student leader,” said Marv Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. “As a math major, she challenges herself with some of our most rigorous courses in the classroom in the same way she challenges herself and her teammates to excel on the field. Most revealing, she is liked and respected by the entire campus community.”

Smith, a Boise High graduate, is a two-time All-Cascade Conference selection in soccer and was named a second-team All-American in 2009. In track, she twice has competed in the NAIA national championships. She also maintains a high grade point average, recently served as the editor of the student newspaper, The Coyote, and just won election as the College’s next student body president.

Smith receives the award along with Timothy Kahn of Fresno Pacific University as a 2010 honoree as selected by the NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives. Candidates must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. The C of I and Fresno Pacific will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award from Daktronics in the name of the winner.

College of Idaho grads to wear recycled caps and gowns

The College of Idaho’s Class of 2010 will graduate clad head to toe in recycled plastic. Participants in the June 5 commencement ceremony will wear the GreenWeaver, a cap and gown set made entirely of recycled plastic bottles.

The College of Idaho is the first college or university in Idaho to use these recycled caps and gowns in its commencement ceremony.

“I think it’s very good,” said Dr. Marvin Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. “An educational institution has a duty to the educational future of the country, and that future can’t be complete unless we’re responsible about taking care of the environment.”

The GreenWeaver was introduced in May of 2009 by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a Virginia-based academic apparel company. It takes about 23 recycled bottles to make each outfit and the gowns themselves also are recyclable. According to Oak Hill, about 120 colleges and universities nationwide are wearing GreenWeaver outfits in place of traditional polyester regalia this spring.

The decision to go green with the caps and gowns – initiated by The College of Idaho Bookstore – was made for several reasons. In addition to the environmental benefits of recycled regalia, the gowns are cheaper than the polyester rental gowns C of I has ordered in the past. Students also get to keep their caps and gowns rather than having to turn them back in after commencement.

The College of Idaho commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 5 and will be held in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of campus.

Ravic Huso, Ambassador to the Lao People's Democratic Republic, will be 2010 commencement speaker

C of I alumnus Ambassador Ravic Huso of the class of 1973 will be the commencement speaker for The College of Idaho’s 2010 Commencement on June 5. In addition to giving the commencement address, Ambassador Huso will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College in recognition of his distinguished career with the U.S. State Department.

Ambassador Ruso received his undergraduate degree from The College of Idaho in 1973 and earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia in 1976. He joined the Foreign Service in 1980, and his assignments have included posts at the U.S. Embassies in Burkina Faso; Burundi; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Niamey, Niger; and Bankok, Thailand. He served as the State Department’s Deputy Director and then Director for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam Affairs and later as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

Ambassador Huso also has been Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Pacific command in Honolulu. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1980, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Senegal where he worked in rural development. In 2007, Ambassador Huso received the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The College is honored to have Ambassador Huso return to campus for our 2010 commencement festivities.

Boone Hall set for summer renovation

William Judson Boone Hall will have a new look when students return to The College of Idaho this fall. Renovation is set to begin June 7 on the 42-year old building, which houses the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the Whittenberger Planetarium and the bulk of the C of I science department.

The goal of the renovation is to upgrade Boone Hall to a platform for supporting modern scientific research and education. C of I staff and the design team spent two years planning the renovations, which will focus on replacing the building’s major systems, updating research laboratories, improving public spaces and classrooms, and bringing the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Sciences are a landmark program here,” said Dr. Marvin Henberg, president of The College of Idaho. “We have not had a facility that is worthy of our science faculty or students for some years now. We will thanks to the remodel, and it’s exciting.”

Some of the major undertakings of the renovation include replacing the bulk of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and lighting systems; installing a new elevator, emergency power generator and fire sprinkler system; replacing the roof, windows, ceilings and floor tile; remodeling the restrooms; moving the rooftop greenhouse to ground level; adding a new access ramp to the southwest entry; and installing new communications systems throughout the building.

Staff and construction workers currently are moving boxes out of Boone Hall. Ongoing summer research projects will be housed on and around campus during construction. A groundbreaking ceremony featuring C of I administration and local officials is scheduled for June 7, and renovation is expected to be completed for the start of the 2010-2011 school year.


May 22

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

May 23

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg discusses his vision for C of I on KIVI (Channel 6) Newsmakers program. C of I student Dorgham Abusalim also takes part in the interview, 8 a.m.

May 23

CI Piano Studio recital, Langroise Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

May 24

Environmental Studies students' senior capstone presentation. Environmental Education and Sustainable Practices: Asserting The College of Idaho's Role as a Regional Leader, Sterry Hall, 4:30 p.m.

May 25

Dr. Jasper LiCalzi provides election commentary for KNIN (Channel 9) at 9 p.m. and KIVI (Channel 6) at 10 p.m.

May 30

Dr. Jasper LiCalzi discusses election night on KIVI (Channel 6) Newsmakers program, 8 a.m.

June 11

Professor Scott Knickerbocker's old-time string band the Hokum Hi-Flyers perform at the Linen Building in downtown Boise, 6 p.m.


Author and C of I graduate Chris Farnsworth ('93) was featured in the Orange County (California) Register last week, talking about his vampire thriller "Blood Oath." Read the story at: www.ocregister.com/entertainment/farnsworth-248950-says-blood.html

C of I graduate Glenda Martin ('57) is a founding member of the Minnesota Women's Press, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this spring. She spoke with the Star-Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul) for an article you can read here: www.startribune.com/lifestyle/93805244.html

Dr. Ellen Batt recently had an article published in the Fulbright Newsletter. Dr. Batt, a professor of modern foreign languages and education at C of I, discusses her first-hand experiences of the aftermath of an earthquake that shook Chile in February. Scroll down to pages 7 and 8 of the link to read Dr. Batt's article. web.fulbright.cl/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/newsletter-abril-2010.pdf