2010. 06. 04
College of Idaho celebrates commencement weekend
The College of Idaho celebrates graduating classes of the present and past this weekend, June 4-5, with its 2010 commencement ceremony and the reunions of six graduating classes, including the golden 50-year anniversary for the class of 1960.
Commencement for the graduating class of 2010 begins at 10 a.m. June 5 in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the C of I campus. Graduates will wear GreenWeaver caps and gowns made entirely of recycled plastic bottles, marking the first time an Idaho college or university graduating class wears recycled regalia during commencement. The commencement speaker will be alumnus Ravic Huso, Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The ceremony is open to the general public.
Commencement will be preceded by a baccalaureate service at 8 p.m. June 4 in the Jewett Auditorium on campus. The service will include music, student slides, an inspirational message and a dessert reception.
Past C of I graduates also will be on campus this weekend to celebrate reunions for the classes of 1950, ’60, ’70, ’80, ’90 and ’00. Class reunions include a full schedule of events June 4 and 5, highlighted by the Golden Jubilee Awards Luncheon at noon Friday for the class of 1960.
Student Philanthropy Council continues giving tradition
The College of Idaho Student Philanthropy Council celebrated another year of giving this past week, gifting $3,000 to four local organizations. The SPC gave $1,000 grants to the Idaho Botanical Garden and Baby Haven, a program run by the Salvation Army. The council also gifted $500 to The Mentoring Network and Habitat for Humanity.
“We are really happy with this year’s gifts,” said sophomore Michelle Wooten, chairman of the SPC. “We looked for sustainability and how many people the money would impact, and we also looked for organizations that were here in Caldwell.”
Baby Haven is a program that supplies resources for infants and also offers classes for parents on topics ranging from raising newborns to budgeting finances. The program operates out of the Caldwell Salvation Army building, just blocks from The College of Idaho campus. The SPC grant will purchase much-needed new carpet in the downstairs area where children play while their parents participate in classes.
The $1,000 gifted to Idaho Botanical Garden will go toward subsidizing bus trips for elementary students in Caldwell to take field trips to see the garden in Boise. Recent cuts in school district budgets have made it tough for many schools to take field trips.
The SPC’s $500 gift to The Mentoring Network will help support a summer camp. The Mentoring Network, which offers school-based, adult mentoring to rural, school-referred, and at-risk students, will use the money for art supplies. Students will make paintings, quilts and other art projects at the camp for their own families and for families in need.
The final $500 grant to Habitat for Humanity will help five selected Caldwell families make vital repairs to their homes, including wheelchair access ramps. The program provides free labor, but is sustainable as families pay back money spent on materials at a rate that meets their financial needs.
The Student Philanthropy Council was formed in 2006 when The College of Idaho received a $30,000 grant from the Seagraves Family Foundation in Twin Falls. The grant was matched with another $30,000 from C of I donors, primarily parents, for a total endowed fund of $60,000. The SPC spends the annual interest – about $3,000 – on grants to local organizations each year.
College of Idaho Archaeologist headed back to Egypt
Jan Summers Duffy, an Archaeologist and Curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History on The College of Idaho Campus, will spend her summer in Luxor, Egypt, working on a project near the famed Valley of the Kings.
Summers Duffy, who has worked in Egypt in the past, is part of a project sanctioned by the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The expedition will aim to uncover and excavate recently discovered tombs and temples beneath a village on the west bank of the Nile River in an area known as the South Asasif. Three of the tombs date to the 25th and 26th dynasties, which span from approximately 760 BC to 525 BC.
“This was basically a forgotten site until recently,” Summers Duffy said. “I’m very excited about it. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew this is what I wanted to do.
“It is a privilege to be invited by the Supreme Council of Antiquities to work on a project like this.”
Summers Duffy has a degree in Archaeology with minor studies Egyptology and is a longstanding member of the International Association of Egyptologists. In addition to her duties as The College of Idaho Curator, she supervises interns and students in the museum and relishes any opportunity to talk about Archaeology – especially Egyptology – with C of I students and staff. Summers Duffy plans to return to the College this fall, just in time for the reopening of renovated Boone Hall, where the Orma J. Smith Museum is housed.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the museum being in a totally new and upgraded environment,” Summers Duffy said.
The itinerary for Summers Duffy’s trip to Egypt is lengthy, including stops in New York, Germany and Paris. She plans to return to Idaho in September, but says she will stay in Luxor longer if the opportunity or need arises. She encourages any interested students, colleagues or alumni to contact her at email@example.com while she is in Luxor.
Giving for 2010 Boone Fund enters final month
With the fiscal year ending on June 30, The College of Idaho is making a final push to request donations to the Boone Fund in 2010. The unrestricted giving program that supports the needs of the College and its students has already raised over $500,000, but the Office of Development is focusing on another number as the year draws to a close.
“We want to reach our goal of 34 percent alumni participation,” Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel said. “We always stress that it’s not the number of dollars, it’s the number of donors that really matters.”
The College of Idaho has dramatically increased its alumni participation rate over the last five years, including an all-time high of 33 percent in 2009. To reach the goal of 34 percent this year, the College would need approximately 2,246 alumni to make a gift. Wensel said the fund needs about 700 more donors to reach that goal, roughly the same number of alumni who donated in the final month of 2009.
The increase in Boone Fund contributions comes in the face of the economic downturn. Even though 2009 was a tough financial year nationwide, C of I had its highest number of Boone Fund donors, most dollars donated and highest alumni participation percentage in history.
“With the economy down these past couple years, it’s surprising how people pulling together and making small donations really adds up in the end,” Wensel said.
Money donated to the Boone Fund helps support the many operating needs of The College of Idaho and its students. To learn more about the Boone Fund, or to make a gift, contact the C of I Office of Development at (208) 459-5301 or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/administration/development/
College of Idaho student Dorgham Abusalim was interviewed by KIVI Channel 6 news about the recent turmoil in Gaza. Abusalim is Palestinian and has family in Gaza City, where he was raised. Check out the story and video at: www.kivitv.com/Global/story.asp
The Idaho Business Review recently profiled the summer renovation of William Judson Boone Hall in an article you can read at: idahobusinessreview.com/blog/2010/06/03/college-of-idaho-buildings-getting-facelift/
College of Idaho senior track and field star Emily McCutchan recently was featured on the front page of the Idaho Press Tribune sports section. Read the article at: www.idahopress.com/sports/article_e18e7942-6957-11df-989a-001cc4c03286.html
The College of Idaho was recognized both in the Idaho Statesman and on KBOI Channel 2's website for its use of recyclable caps and gowns at the upcoming commencement ceremony. Check out the Statesman story at www.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/25/1206018/college-of-idahos-2010-graduates.html and the KBOI feature at caldwell.kboi2.com/content/college-idaho-goes-green-graduation and caldwell.kboi2.com/content/cap-and-gown-photo