2010. 08. 13
Princeton Review recognizes The College of Idaho for racial diversity
The College of Idaho has been named one of America’s best colleges and ranked No. 10 in the nation in the category “Race/Class Interaction” by the Princeton Review in its annual publication “The Best 373 Colleges.” C of I has been a regular on both lists in recent years, a nod to the school’s academic reputation and thriving international student population.
“I have been telling people since my arrival last July that they should come to The College of Idaho for a multicultural experience,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “It is heartening to see those words ratified in the Princeton Review ranking.”
During the 2009-2010 school year, The College of Idaho had students from 43 foreign countries – comprising 8.4 percent of the student population – and an additional 11.2 percent of minority American students. With nearly 1-in-5 students coming from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the C of I campus has become a beacon of international and racial diversity in the Intermountain West.
“The fact that we’re a small institution with so much diversity speaks for itself,” said Arnold Hernandez, Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs for the College. “We have many minority students, especially Latinos, who are first-generation students. But they are coming here for an education and graduating at a high rate, and people want to be a part of that.”
The Princeton Review is a Massachusetts-based educational services company. It publishes its yearly review based on feedback from college students who complete an 80-question survey rating their own schools on the quality of campus life, safety, green practices, academics, professors, admissions and financial aid. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges make the list. The 373 colleges and universities chosen are not ranked, but the Review compiles top-20 lists for 62 different categories. “Race/Class Interaction” is one of those categories.
“It’s a big honor, and it speaks to what we are trying to do,” said Sage Mwiinga, International Student Program Coordinator at C of I. “Our Student Affairs mission includes promoting the values of community, integrity, leadership and service. Diversity helps create a community that prepares students for the future, and having so many diverse students on campus shows that we are living those values.”
C of I Bookstore introduces textbook rental program
The College of Idaho is joining a small but growing group of schools to offer a textbook rental program. Thanks to a partnership between the College and the Barnes & Noble-managed Bookstore, students will have the money-saving option of renting many textbooks this fall.
“We are thrilled to offer this program to our students,” said C of I Bookstore manager Susan Hunsperger. “We expect it will have a big impact on The College of Idaho students, not only because of the wonderful savings, but because it is so convenient and easy to use.”
The rental program allows students to rent their books either in-store or online. Rental fees, which provide a savings of more than 50 percent compared to buying new books, can be paid for using any form of tender accepted by the Bookstore (a valid credit card is required for security). Not every textbook is included in the rental program, but more than 100 titles are available this fall.
The rental period will cover the entire semester and students will be allowed to utilize moderate highlighting and note taking in the rental books. Returns – due 10 days after the last day of final exams – can be made in person or by mail. Renters are responsible for unreturned or damaged books, but proper use of the program could help students save hundreds of dollars on textbooks each year.
“We have always been focused on giving our students as many low-cost options as possible,” Hunsperger said. “We already offer a large supply of used books, and now with rentals, students can get all the options they want, right here.”
Barnes & Noble’s rental program was piloted earlier this year at 25 schools. More than 90% of students said they liked the program, which should continue to grow going forward. More information about the textbook rental program is available at the C of I Bookstore or on its website: collegeofidaho.bncollege.com
C of I gears up for Caldwell Night Rodeo
The College of Idaho is ready to welcome the Caldwell Night Rodeo next week. The CNR, arguably Caldwell’s biggest event of the year, runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Caldwell Rodeo Grounds.
C of I isn’t officially affiliated with the CNR, but the rodeo’s across-the-street vicinity and impact on the community create a natural, unofficial partnership. This year, the College decorated two plywood bulls for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s “Tour of the Bulls” fundraiser program. The C of I bulls – one painted purple and gold and the other done up with a furry 3D look – have been displayed on campus for the past two weeks. The College also offers its grounds for the Kiwanis BBQ and as a preparation area for the Buckaroo Breakfast, at which C of I faculty and staff will serve as volunteer cooks from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.
“The College is a longtime supporter of the Caldwell Night Rodeo,” said Jill Pilote, Director of Special Events at the College and a board member for the Chamber of Commerce. “As a C of I employee and Chamber board member, I am proud to be a part of this fantastic week of events. I encourage anyone who hasn’t been to the CNR to grab the bull by the horns and hang on for a wild ride!”
The College also hosts a GOLD Alumni event Wednesday night. Festivities begin with the Kiwanis BBQ at 6:30 p.m. on campus, followed by a short walk to the rodeo grounds before the CNR gets under way at 7:55 p.m. The C of I Alumni department is offering combination tickets to both events for $20. |
Archivist Jan Boles recently uncovered another connection between the College and the rodeo – a photo by Earl F. Brockman entitled “The Cowboy.” Brockman, a 1952 graduate of the College and lifelong photographer, passed away in 2009. His iconic shot pictures cowboy Tom Carter, who still lives in Caldwell. The photo was used as the poster and program art for the Caldwell Night Rodeo in 1970. It appeared that no copies of the poster had been saved, but a copy was discovered this month and donated to the Smylie Archives by Bob and Elaine Carpenter of Caldwell.
The Caldwell Night Rodeo, considered one of the top 20 rodeos in the nation, typically attracts about 40,000 fans. Junior rodeo begins at 6:45 p.m. and the CNR performances kick off at 7:55 p.m. every night. Tuesday and Wednesday are family nights, Thursday is “Tough Enough for Pink” breast cancer awareness night, Friday is patriot night and Saturday is the championship round. Tickets cost $8 to $20 and can be purchased at www.caldwellnightrodeo.com.
Science department keeps summer research alive
Anyone who set foot on The College of Idaho campus this summer surely noticed the commotion of the multimillion dollar Boone Hall remodel. But while dozens of construction workers tackled the renovation project, work quietly went on for the C of I science department. Relegated to the TEACH Center and various trailers around campus while their home building was under construction, the C of I science faculty and students worked tirelessly to keep up on their research.
“It took a lot of people doing a lot of work to make this happen,” said Sara Heggland Chair of the Biology Department. “But it’s been a great summer. We’ve gotten a lot done and the students have really enjoyed their work.”
The sheer volume of the science department made moving out of Boone Hall a massive undertaking. Thousands of items – including lab materials, chemicals, microscopes, biology samples and computer equipment – had to be broken down, boxed, moved, unpacked and set back up before research could resume. Botany professor Don Mansfield moved more than 40,000 plant samples from the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium – for which he is the curator – to a trailer behind Boone Hall. But the department enjoyed a successful summer despite all the turmoil, completing the Idaho INBRE project (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), securing multiple grants and discovering several new plant species.
“This summer has just been a testament to the fact that as long as you have a roof over your head, you can do the science,” Mansfield said. “It will be wonderful to have a new space, but it’s really about the people of this department, especially these students who are such eager, enthusiastic, smart, capable young scientists.”
The science department is set to move back into Boone Hall in a few short weeks, just in time for the beginning of Fall Semester. Classes begin on September 9 and Boone Hall will be officially rededicated at 11:30 a.m. on September 25 as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.
“It’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks,” Heggland said. “But in the end, it will be worth it when we move back into our new home.”
Akiva Tor lecture a success in Sun Valley
The second installment of the Howard Berger Lecture Series was a big success as Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest region, spoke to 150 people August 10 at the Community School Theater in Sun Valley. Tor lectured on the history of the Middle East peace process and the current effects of the economic sanctions against Iran. He then answered questions from the audience, which expressed great appreciation for Tor’s visit from San Francisco.
Tor's lecture was made possible by the collaborative efforts of The College of Idaho, the Wood River Jewish Community and the Community School. The Howard Berger Lecture Series is part of the College's effort to create an endowed chair in Judaic studies, which would be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. The next lecture will feature Rob Eshman, who serves as editor of the largest Jewish newspaper in the country, The Jewish Journal.
The Idaho Press Tribune ran a feature story about the unique diversity of The College of Idaho campus on the front page of its Sunday edition on August 8. Check out the article here: www.idahopress.com/news/article_17ba67ae-a2b2-11df-804b-001cc4c002e0.html
History professor Howard Berger and The College of Idaho's efforts to create an endowed chair in Jewish Studies were featured on JewishJournal.com this month. Check out the article here: www.jewishjournal.com/articles/item/an_endowed_judaic_studies_chair_where_20100804/
The College of Idaho softball team, which has added two local high school stars to its pitching staff, was featured August 4 in the Idaho Press Tribune. Read the article here: www.idahopress.com/sports/article_53bf7706-9f8f-11df-acff-001cc4c002e0.html
Political Economy professor Jasper LiCalzi gave his take on Canyon County's $46 million proposal for building a new jail in the August 5 edition of the Idaho Press Tribune. Check out the article here: www.idahopress.com/news/article_7470b59e-a059-11df-996a-001cc4c03286.html