C of I Newsletter

2010. 06. 18

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College of Idaho celebrates a century of Finney Hall

The College of Idaho celebrates the 100th anniversary of its Finney Hall dormitory with a reunion for all former Finney residents this weekend on the C of I campus. Events include a presentation on Finney Hall’s history by C of I archivist Jan Boles, a presentation on the College’s history by former professor Louie Attebery, a concert by Finney alumni and other social events.

“Many collegiate women called (Finney Hall) home during their time on campus,” said Betty Simpson, a 1972 graduate and chairperson of the 2010 Finney Hall reunion committee. “I am proud to be a Finneyite!”

Finney Hall was the second dorm built on the C of I campus in 1910 and once housed the dining hall and chemistry department. The hall is named after Julia Finney, who started to work at The College of Idaho in 1899 and designed, planned and furnished the hall. Finney is believed to have taught English, German, and history before retiring in 1921.

Historically, Finney Hall was an all women’s dorm, but it became co-ed by floor in 2003. Each year, Finney is home to a close-knit community of approximately 60 students. The hall is rich in traditions, including engagement firesides during which the engaged Finney resident is carried to the showers and thrown in, fully clothed.

“Memories such as these are what connect all of us Finneyites, regardless of gender or years spent at the college,” said Simpson, who served as Finney Hall president during her junior year.

The 100-year reunion begins with check-in and registration at 1 p.m. Friday and concludes with a breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday.



Alumna sets a gold standard of giving

As the clock winds toward the end of another fiscal year, The College of Idaho has received nearly 1,700 donations to the Boone Fund.

While every gift helps the College maintain its tradition of excellence, few donors have been more dedicated than Geraldine Gurley Lamonica. A Twin Falls native, Gurley Lamonica has donated to the College every year since graduating with her history degree in 1969.

“Charity belongs at home, and home is The College of Idaho,” Gurley Lamonica said. “I believe in the school very strongly.”

At the urging of Gene Odle – C of I’s Dean of Students at the time – Gurley Lamonica went on to earn a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management and Foreign Trade. Today, she enjoys a successful career as an international banker at BBVA Compass, one of the largest banks in the United States.

“Forty years ago, there were very few women working in this business,” said Gurley Lamonica, who also donates annually to her graduate school. “I believe in the quality of the education I received, and I know my degrees have been instrumental in my career.”

With less than two weeks left until the June 30 deadline, the College needs about 550 donors to reach its goal of 34 percent alumni participation, according to Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel. The College achieved an all-time best 33 percent participation rate in 2009, thanks to donors like Gurley Lamonica.

“It’s important to create a legacy of giving,” Wensel said. “Someone like Geraldine who gives every year, it doesn’t even matter how much she gives. We know she believes in our mission here at the College.”

The Boone Fund helps support the operating needs of The College of Idaho and its students. To learn more about the Boone Fund, or to make a gift, contact the Office of Development at (208) 459-5301 or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/administration/development/

C of I student Colleen Smith named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

College of Idaho two-sport standout Colleen Smith is the Cascade Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The annual award, decided by a vote among the league’s ten athletic directors, is presented to one male and one female who distinguish themselves on the field and in the classroom.

“I am proud to represent The College of Idaho because we have so many accomplished student-athletes here,” Smith said. “Academics come first here, and I think that’s what makes the College special.”

Smith, a Boise High graduate, plays soccer and runs track and field for the Coyotes. She was a second-team All-American in soccer in 2010, leading C of I to its first-ever Cascade Conference regular-season championship and a national top-25 ranking. Smith also competed in both the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in track.

Smith’s athletic prowess is matched by her work in the classroom. The junior carries an outstanding GPA and is a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete, a four-time Cascade Conference All-Academic selection and the recipient of the prestigious A.O. Duer Award as the top NAIA junior scholar-athlete in the nation. She also has served as editor of the award-winning student newspaper, the Coyote, and recently won election as C of I’s next student body president.

“Colleen exemplifies what all student athletes should strive for,” said Marty Holly, athletic director for The College of Idaho. “She’s the best multitasker I’ve seen, she’s a perfectionist and she’s learned to balance everything and be great at whatever she does.”

Northwest Christian University senior basketball player Erik Quick-Warner was named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

C of I students Casey Mattoon and Keats Conley prepare for summer trip to Egypt

College of Idaho students Casey Mattoon and Keats Conley arrive July 13 in Cairo, Egypt, to help renovate Cairo Recycling School and educate its students. Mattoon and Conley received the prestigious Davis Projects for Peace grant in April, and will use it to help the slum community school for children of impoverished garbage collectors.

“At its most basic level, the project is a grassroots effort to improve global educational and environmental affairs,” Conley said.

Mattoon and Conley will spend six weeks renovating the school and leading educational sessions with the Cairo children. Both students are excited to work on a project with such far-reaching influence.

“The mission is to lift the most disadvantaged people in Cairo out of poverty by providing access to a formal and career-oriented education that would otherwise be inaccessible,” Mattoon said. “The nature of the school also allows for greater environmental protection and advocacy through its lessons in recycling and sustainability.”

The College of Idaho became a participating institution in the Davis United World College Scholars Program in 2007. Philanthropist Shelby Davis funds scholarships for many international students, and C of I students have the opportunity to apply for Davis Projects for Peace grants funded by Shelby’s mother, Kathryn Davis, who challenges students to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of war.

This is the third consecutive year that C of I students have been awarded the grant. Kaitlin Justice traveled to Tanzania to improve rural education in 2009, while Jacob Fulcher and Samantha Fundingsland went to Malawi to fight malaria in 2008.

This year's Davis Projects for Peace participants are looking for donations to bring more education supplies to Cairo Recycling School. Donations are tax deductable and should be made via checks payable to The College of Idaho, subject line “Davis Peace Project.”


Summer 2010

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Summer 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

Summer 2010

Upcoming Athletic Events

June 18-20

Finney Hall 100-year anniversary reunion. Various events across The College of Idaho Campus, starting Friday afternoon and ending Sunday morning

June 18

College of Idaho Sports Information Director Mike Safford begins his sixth season as radio broadcaster for the Boise Hawks. Safford will call all 76 Hawks baseball games this summer on KTIK (1350 AM).

June 24-25

Staff Association Yard Sale, Terteling Library lawn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 26

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

July 5

Deadline to nominate annual outstanding alumni award winners. Click on this link for a complete description of the awards and details on how to nominate.


Jan Summers Duffy, The College of Idaho's resident Egyptologist and curator of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, was featured by Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward in last Sunday's paper. Read the article at: www.idahostatesman.com/2010/06/13/1228783/egyptologist-passionate-about.html

College of Idaho alumnus Ron Bitner, owner of Caldwell-based Bitner Vineyards, was featured in this TreasuredValley.com story: treasuredvalley.com/2010/06/bitner-vineyards/

College of Idaho alumnus Chris Farnsworth continues to receive favorable reviews on his vampire thriller novel Blood Oath. The latest praise comes from the Chicago Sun-Times: www.suntimes.com/entertainment/books/2379914,blood-oath-061310.article

The Idaho Press Tribune featured The College of Idaho's 2010 commencement ceremony in an article you can read at: www.idahopress.com/news/article_87dcec82-712f-11df-8059-001cc4c03286.html

Savala Smith, Director of Student Involvement and Family Relations for The College of Idaho, recently had an article published at NASPA.org, a website for student affairs administrators in higher education. Read it at: www.naspa.org/pubs/mags/nr/default.cfm