C of I Newsletter

2010. 08. 27

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C of I receives high marks in national college rankings

The College of Idaho received high praise from three national publications this month as it was named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine, one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report and one of “The Best 373 Colleges” by the Princeton Review.

“It has been great to see the College receive so much external recognition,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “But what really matters is the internal dynamic of the college. The high energy level and activity of our students and faculty confirm that we are a college on the move.”

Forbes magazine ranked The College of Idaho No. 182 on its third annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.” Forbes ranked more than 600 colleges and universities based on factors such as the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of students and how much graduates achieve. The College of Idaho was the No. 1 Idaho school. C of I also ranked No. 8 among more than 150 schools on Forbes’ list with yearly tuition of $30,000 or less (not counting the five U.S. military academies).

U.S. News and World Report ranked The College of Idaho No. 174 on its list of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges,” which was based on criteria such as graduation rate, class size and acceptance rate. C of I, the only Idaho college in the liberal arts category, led all Idaho schools – regardless of category – in graduation rate (61 percent), classes with 20 or fewer students (61 percent), freshman retention rate (79 percent) and alumni giving rate (31 percent).

“If you read the U.S. News data carefully, the connections become clear,” said Mark Smith, vice president for academic affairs at C of I. “If you have small classes that facilitate close relationships between faculty and students, more students graduate in fewer years with the knowledge and skills not only to land jobs, but also with the kind of character that seeks to give back to the community.”

The Forbes and U.S. News rankings came on the heels of the College’s appearance in the Princeton Review publication “The Best 373 Colleges.” C of I was one of two Idaho schools on the list and also was ranked No. 10 in the nation in the category “Race/Class Interaction.”

Retired teachers leave a legacy of education at The College of Idaho

College of Idaho alumnus Roy Kapicka and his wife, Chris, have dedicated most of their lives to education. Roy, a 1966 C of I graduate with a master’s degree from Florida State, taught math for 35 years at Boise High School and five more at C of I. Chris earned degrees from Boise State (bachelor’s), Washington State (master’s) and Nevada-Reno (doctorate) and then taught science and nursing in the Treasure Valley for nearly 30 years at West Junior High, Boise High and Northwest Nazarene University.

This year, the couple continued their lifelong support of learning with a generous donation that will benefit C of I students for years to come. The Kapickas, who gave $25,000 to establish the “Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund” in 2008, now have pledged 10 percent of their estate to the College.

“I just have a love for this school,” Roy Kapicka said. “I owe something back. Somebody built this school so I could go here. Somebody helped me, so now it’s my turn to pay it forward and help the future generations.”

The Kapickas’ scholarship is awarded to junior and senior students studying math education, mathematics, computer science or physics. The Kapickas’ future pledge – which today is worth approximately $800,000 – will be added to the endowed “Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund.”

“Roy and Chris Kapicka are living out their strong commitment to education,” said Barry Fujishin, director of development at C of I. “Although they are no longer in the classroom themselves, the Kapickas have ensured a lasting educational legacy through this gift.”

The Kapickas also fund the “Roy and Chris Kapicka Health and Science Scholarship” at NNU, where Chris still teaches some courses. That scholarship is awarded to single-parent science and nursing students.

Wells Fargo funds C of I scholarship to help Hispanic students

The College of Idaho has received $20,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation for a scholarship that will benefit first-generation Hispanic students. Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students based on the combination of high need and high achievement.

Located in Caldwell, The College of Idaho is uniquely positioned to meet the educational needs of Idaho’s growing Hispanic population. The College, which recently received national recognition from the Princeton Review for ethnic and class diversity, has built a responsive program for recruiting and retaining first-generation students.

“Given the Hispanic population of Caldwell, it is highly likely that these funds will assist local students,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “I am grateful that Wells Fargo has become a partner in The College of Idaho’s efforts to increase the number of college graduates for Idaho’s workforce of the future.”

Thanks to the donation by the Wells Fargo Foundation, The College of Idaho can increase its efforts to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to first-generation students for whom college might otherwise be out of reach. Those efforts have already achieved success – the graduation rate for Hispanic students at C of I nearly doubles the national average.

Wells Fargo, Idaho’s largest bank in deposits, serves 255,000 households across the state. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, consumer and commercial finance across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked #19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations.

Former College of Idaho President Warren Barr Knox passes away

Warren Barr Knox, who served as The College of Idaho’s sixth president from 1964 to 1973, passed away Saturday, Aug. 14 at the age of 84. Knox had been living in Boise.

During his tenure, Knox helped establish several landmarks that distinguish The College of Idaho campus today, including Boone Hall science center, Hayman Hall dormitory, Terteling Library and the President’s Home. He also authored Eye of the Hurricane: Observations on Creative Educational Administration and presided over the College’s 75th anniversary.

“We deeply lament the loss of Warren Barr Knox,” said current C of I President Marv Henberg. “His legacy, though, remains with us today whenever we enter Hayman Hall, Terteling Library, or Boone Hall. My wife Laurie and I share a special connection to his presidency, because the Knox family was the first to occupy the lovely house we enjoy at 1923 Everett Street. On behalf of everyone at the College, we extend sincere sympathy to all his surviving family members and friends.”

The son of LaVerne and Bertha Knox, Warren Knox was born in Whittier, California, in 1925. He graduated from Whittier High and had a track scholarship to the University of Southern California, but instead enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II. After the war, Knox returned to Whittier and married Nancy Chambers, his high school sweetheart. He graduated from Whittier College, earned a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate School and began his academic career. Knox and his wife retired in 1990 and moved to Ashland, Oregon, where Nancy passed away in 2003.

Knox is survived by his sons Charles and John, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Summer 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

Summer 2010

Upcoming Athletic Events

August 28

Bug Day, presented by the Idaho Botanical Garden and Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise

August 31

Health Care Summit: Understanding your health care changes, 9 a.m., Langroise Recital Hall

September 2

State of the College address, 4 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

September 23-26

Homecoming 2010, click on this link to register and see a full schedule of events


The College of Idaho received some nice press on the Idaho Statesman's website after being named one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes magazine. Check out the article here: www.idahostatesman.com/2010/08/16/1305063/college-of-idaho-makes-top-200.html

Former College of Idaho student body president Ali Rabe is featured in a story on the William & Mary Law School website. Read the article here: law.wm.edu/news/stories/2010/law-school-welcomes-new-students.php

College of Idaho English professor Diane Raptosh had several poems published in the Fall 2010 edition of The Prose-Poem Project. To read the poems, click here and "flip" to page 8: www.prose-poems.com/pagetwoX.html

C of I graduate and San Diego State biology professor Forest Rowher recently published Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas. Rowher and his book were the subject of this Q & A with the San Diego Union-Tribunewww.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/16/disaster-making-coral-environment/