C of I Newsletter

2006. 11. 17.

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ACI Continues March to the Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges with Renewed Support

Albertson College of Idaho has received a vote of confidence from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in the form of a new $5 million per year Evergreen Grant and funding to launch a campaign to upgrade the college’s science facilities. In February 2005, the college received a $17 million challenge grant over three years from the philanthropy with the goal of supporting the college in its endeavor to look more like a U.S. News Top 100 National Liberal Arts College. This week the Foundation ended the challenge grant one year early and extended a new $5 million per year rolling grant for three years beginning in January 2007. This Evergreen Grant will be continually funded on a rolling three year cycle. If at any time the grant is terminated, the college will receive $5 million per year for three more years from the date of termination. In addition the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation provided the college an additional $5 million to launch a $17 million fundraising campaign to remodel the college’s Boone Science Hall. 'The renewal of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Challenge grant gives the college the financial stability to focus on long term priorities that will ultimately allow us to reach our goal of providing our students with the very best education in the country,' CofI President Bob Hoover said.

ACI Economics Professor Named Idaho Professor of the Year

Professor of Political Economy Jim Angresano has been named the 2006 Idaho Professor of the Year. 'Dr. Angresano epitomizes our claim that CofI faculty are among the best anywhere,' Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Smith said. 'His contributions to his academic field, combined with his devotion to his students make Dr. Angresano eminently worthy of this prestigious award.' Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students. The U.S. Professors of the Year program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Harvard Says Yes to Dr. Snyder

Assistant Professor of History Jeff Snyder recently received word that Harvard University has accepted his book manuscript. The work, entitled Dry Spells: Rainmaking, Power, and the State in Late Imperial China, will be included in the Harvard East Asian Monograph Series scheduled for publication in 2008. In the manuscript Snyder explores the relationship between state ritual and local governance in nineteenth century China. Snyder received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2006 and joined the CofI faculty this fall.

Museum Producing Published Research

Work at the Orma J. Smith Museum is resulting in published articles. The following is a summary of the most recent work:

Museum Curator Janet L. Summers Duffy recently published an article entitled The Warm Springs Site - Significant discovery in the Boise foothills in the Idaho Archaeological Society journal, Artifacts. The paper discusses the new site and interesting finds including a cache of large biface obsidian blades. The work of museum volunteers Wade H. Peterson and Dr. Charles W. Baker recently appeared in the Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science. The article entitled First record of wormlions (Diptera: Vermileonidae) in Idaho records behaviors of these interesting insects for the first time and also provided new biological information relating to the immature stages and ecology of the species. 'These two publications are great examples of research being done by the Museum and its volunteers and staff,' said Museum Director William H. Clark. Specimens of these two projects may be seen in the Museum.