C of I Newsletter

2010. 09. 21

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College of Idaho set for homecoming week

The College of Idaho celebrates Homecoming 2010 this week. Festivities begin with the Franklin Specht Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday and wrap up with Alumni Shakespeare Night at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Click here to register and view a full schedule of events. Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Thursday, September 23
EcoAlumni Series: The End of the Line
Professor Chris Walser of the environmental studies department and EcoAlumni present The End of the Line, a documentary on overfishing, followed by a discussion and Q & A with an expert panel. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Flicks theater in Boise. Tickets cost $10 ($5 with a student ID).

Friday, September 24
Coyote Open Golf Tournament

The 26th annual Coyote Open features a five-player scramble format and will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. The tournament costs $100 per player.

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History presents Night at the Museum
This free event starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Boone Hall. Festivities include recognition awards and guest speaker Dr. Rick Williams, who will deliver a lecture entitled Is Salmon Recovery Real? Guests can also tour the museum inside the newly renovated Boone Hall, enjoy free refreshments and check out the new Carl Cannon Memorial Butterfly Exhibit.

Volleyball Reunion

Reunion for all C of I volleyball players as the Coyotes host Eastern Oregon at 7 p.m. Friday inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Tickets to the game cost $5 for the general public (students get in free).

Saturday, September 25
Boone Hall rededication ceremony

Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the College are invited to attend a rededication and tour of the newly renovated William Judson Boone Hall Science Center. The event is free and begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of Boone Hall. Free refreshments will follow the ceremony.

'The Hat' rededication ceremony
Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the College are invited to attend a rededication of College Heights Station – commonly known as ‘The Hat’ – at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. This unique structure, which was built in 1912 and has become the entryway to the C of I campus, is one of the few reminders of the Interurban, an electric train system that once connected Treasure Valley communities. The rededication will be carried out by the Caldwell Historical Preservation Commission. The event is free to the public.

10th annual Taste of the Harvest
The annual festival includes great food and wine, live music, vendor booths, children activities and more. Taste of the Harvest runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $10 and all of the proceeds go toward scholarships.

Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner
The College of Idaho honors the winners of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards with a dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Simplot Dining Hall. The event is hosted by the National Alumni Board. Tickets cost $30.

College of Idaho to recognize outstanding alumni

The College of Idaho will recognize its 2010 alumni award winners at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Simplot Dining Hall. The awards will be presented as part of the College’s Homecoming celebration. Here is a rundown of this year’s award recipients:

Distinguished Alumni Award: David Dawson Weaver, ’61. Dr. David Weaver is a longtime professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Weaver specializes in molecular genetics and has established and directed multiple programs in that field. Dr. Weaver has described 17 new birth defect syndromes, including four which have been named after him. He also has published a book, 29 book chapters and over 250 articles.

Alumni Service Award: Rebecca Constantino, ’85. Rebecca Constantino is the executive director of Access Books, a non-profit organization which provides books to inner city libraries. She coordinates about 25 book drives each year and has distributed more than one million books to school and community libraries. Constantino also has worked as a teacher, education consultant and editor. She has published two books and dozens of book chapters, journals and articles. Constantino has appeared on National Public Radio and Oprah. She is a recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Use Your Life Award.

Family Heritage Award: Iseri-Simpson Family. The Iseri-Simpson family has made many contributions to The College of Idaho community, including the Iseri Family Scholarship, established in 2008. Among those included in this award are the following members of the family: Dr. Oscar Iseri ’45; Dr. Marc M. Iseri ’68; Margie Iseri Anderson ’69; Patty Sakahara Iseri '70; Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Iseri Simpson ’72; Janet Iseri Homestead ’75; Dr. Timothy Iseri ’90; Marlene Bivins-Iseri ’90; Dr. Aimee Betts ’96; Alexander J. Pierce ’96; Kelly S. Anderson ’99; Patrick Anderson ’03; and Thomas J. Simpson ’05.

Young Alumni Awards:
JW Robinson, ’00.
JW Robinson is a forensic scientist with the Montana State Department of Justice. He has also worked as a forensic science intern for the state police in Oregon and Idaho and as a forensic chemist in the West Regional Laboratory of the Drug Enforcement Administration in California.
Andrew Young, 00’. Andrew Young is a professional serials and reference librarian for researchers of the United States Treasury’s Departmental Office. Young also worked as a librarian and assistant for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and at Terteling Library during his time at The College of Idaho.

The College of Idaho would also like to recognize two special award recipients:
Jesus DeLeon, ‘75 has been recognized by the education department for outstanding achievement in education. Mr. DeLeon is a longtime educator who spent the last 11 years of his career as the Title I coordinator for the Caldwell School District, a position that secures federal funding and support for Caldwell's most needy children and families. DeLeon’s wife, Yolanda, ’76, will also be honored. She taught in the Caldwell area for more than 25 years.
Rob Dayley has been recognized by the National Alumni Board for his commitment to the liberal arts. Dayley, a professor of political economy at The College of Idaho, is the primary architect of the College’s distinctive PEAK curriculum, which was launched this fall.

Lastly, The College of Idaho would like to welcome two new members to the National Alumni Board:
Kyle Sales ‘03. Kyle is a Certified Public Accountant with several years of experience in the audit and tax departments of a large accounting firm. He is currently working for an interactive agency, where he is transitioning into the role of Director of Finance.
Jennifer (Vroman) Sampson ’96. Jennifer gives the Board an East Coast representative. She spent 13 years working in public relations for Albertson’s Inc. She also provided public relations consulting in Dallas before moving east in January.

Taste of the Harvest celebrates a decade of food, wine and fun

The College of Idaho celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Taste of the Harvest event this Saturday as part of Homecoming weekend. Taste of the Harvest runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the Caldwell campus. Tickets cost $10 and include access to great food and wine, live music, children’s activities and dozens of local vendor booths. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for children of the migrant agricultural workers who make the harvest possible.

“There is something for everyone,” said Jill Pilote, director of special events at C of I. “That’s what makes Taste of the Harvest such a wonderful event. It’s an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to celebrate the fall harvest and enjoy the beautiful College of Idaho campus.”

Taste of the Harvest, presented by the Idaho Press Tribune, began 10 years ago as a way to highlight the bounty of the agricultural harvest in Canyon County. The celebration is the brainchild of C of I alumnus Ron Bitner '68, a local grape grower and winemaker who saw an opportunity to bring the community together on campus to enjoy Idaho’s fine homegrown wines.

“We owe a very special thank you to the Bitner family,” Pilote said. “They have created an event that has made a significant impact on the College, the community and the wine industry over the past 10 years. And with the proceeds going to fund scholarships, it’s all for a good cause.”

This year’s vendors include Bitner Vineyards, Bon Appétit, Cold Springs Winery, Sawtooth Estate Winery, Scentsy, KaBloom, Caxton Press, Vale Wine Company, Winchester Beef, The Happy Gardener, Surly Mermaid, crzylady’s shop and D’arcys Catering & Bakeshoppe. Click here for a full list of sponsors and vendors.

C of I hosts Bon Appetit Eat Local Challenge

Bon Appétit Management Company – the on-campus food service provider for The College of Idaho – will hold its annual Eat Local Challenge on September 28. Chefs on the C of I campus in Caldwell and at more than 400 Bon Appétit restaurants nationwide will prepare a special meal made entirely with ingredients sourced from within 150 miles of their kitchens.

For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, executive chef Kelly Dickson will highlight the Treasure Valley’s best with dishes like grilled leg of lamb with white cheddar gratin, roasted baby summer squash, roasted chicken and arugula-stuffed whole wheat raviolis with a garlic alfredo sauce. Even though the challenge is only one meal, Bon Appétit hopes eating local will create a ripple effect that strengthens communities, keeps small family farms in business and connects eaters to the land that sustains them.

“Over the past 5 years of the Eat Local Challenge, I’ve seen firsthand how Bon Appétit uses the kitchen to nourish not only people, but also local economies and the planet,” said Matt Caldwell, general manager of Bon Appétit at C of I. “As a chef and manager, I love supporting the farmers and artisans who grow our food.”

In conjunction with the Eat Local Challenge, C of I sustainability stewards Katy Stewart and Ali Parrish are putting on a Cook Local Challenge at 7:30 p.m. inside Simplot Dining Hall. The contest will feature five teams of three students each preparing two dishes using all local ingredients. The teams will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity, and the winning team will win a basket of prizes worth more than $200. Stewart came up with the idea and modeled the contest after the popular Food Network Show Iron Chef. She has invited a panel of ‘celebrity’ judges that includes Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas, Student Body President Colleen Smith and C of I President Marv Henberg.

“We wanted a fun way to start out the year and introduce students to what the sustainability stewards are doing,” Stewart said. “Bon Appétit does a great job of teaching people about sustainable eating habits, and hopefully the Cook Local Challenge will do the same. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For more information or to sign up for the challenge, email the stewards at [email protected]


September 21

Oasis grand opening, 6 p.m. Food, lawn games and live music by the band Rootdown.

September 22

Idaho Community Cinema: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. Preview screening, speaker and discussion. 7 p.m., Kathryn Albertson International Center, Room 106

September 23-26

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

September 23

EcoAlumni Series 'The End of the Line' film showing and panel discussion, 7 p.m., The Flicks (Boise)

September 23

2010 First-Year Film Series, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub

September 25

Boone Hall rededication ceremony, 11:30 a.m., Boone Hall steps

September 25

Taste of the Harvest, 1 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle

September 30

2010 First-Year Film Series, '4 Little Girls,' 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub

October 2

Caldwell Fine Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorim. Featuring Brad Richter, guitar, and Victor Uzur, cello

October 7

2010 First-Year Film Series, 'When the Levees Broke,' 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub


Jan Summers Duffy, an Archaeologist and Curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at C of I, recently returned from work on a project in Egypt. Read about the tomb Duffy helped discover in this article. Jan will be at the museum this school year for anyone interested in discussing Egyptology and Archaeology.

College of Idaho political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi was quoted in this Idaho Press-Tribune article about the upcoming 2010 election.

C of I graduate Alexis Contos, '02, has been recognized as the Sacajawea Elementary School teacher of the year by the Caldwell School District.

The 10th annual Taste of the Harvest celebration was previewed in this September 15 article by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Bon Appétit Management Company, The College of Idaho's on-campus food service provider, was honored by the Department of Environmental Quality last week for its pollution prevention efforts. The Idaho Statesman ran this article about the honor.