C of I Newsletter

2010. 10. 08

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College of Idaho breaks enrollment record

The College of Idaho has set an enrollment record for the third consecutive year according to official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department. The College has 1,055 students enrolled for the 2010 school year, up from 1,013 students in 2009 and 944 in 2008.

“I am very proud of our enrollment management team,” said Brian Bava, interim Dean of Enrollment at C of I. “To have the success we have had in these difficult economic times makes me believe our message is being heard – The College of Idaho prepares students better than any small college in the West. Parents and students realize the value of a C of I education and want to be a part of this special community.”

About 70 percent of C of I’s current students are from Idaho, but the College is home to students from 32 states overall. C of I also has a strong international population with 92 students from 45 foreign countries. Perhaps most encouraging is how many students are staying enrolled. C of I retained 88.5 percent of its first-time, full-time freshmen from 2009. The College also showed marked improvement in the quality of incoming freshmen in 2010.

“We are of course gratified to have set a record in enrollment, but the even better news is that the academic quality of this year's entering students surpassed last year's by a significant margin,” said C of I President Marv Henberg.

Incoming freshman showed improvement across the board in average high school GPA (3.62), ACT scores (25.2) and SAT scores (1,126.7).

C of I, CWI partner through articulation agreement

The College of Idaho and College of Western Idaho joined forces last week to formalize an articulation agreement that will provide students with a clear path toward earning a bachelor’s degree. The agreement allows CWI students to easily transfer to The College of Idaho and take advantage of C of I’s distinctive new PEAK curriculum, which launched this fall.

“In its short history, the College of Western Idaho has improved access to higher education for thousands of students,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “We share and appreciate CWI’s commitment to access, and we are proud to be partners.”

CWI has opened the door for thousands of Idaho students to attend college, while C of I has a strong tradition of educating first-generation students. The focus on access is a common bond for two Canyon County institutions with vastly different backgrounds: C of I, founded in 1891, is the oldest private four-year school in the state, while three-year-old CWI is Idaho’s newest community college. But what the schools lack in shared history is made up for by their common values and visions for the future.

“This agreement signifies a natural partnership,” said CWI President Bert Glandon. “Beyond the location and curriculum reasons for partnering, CWI and The College of Idaho both share a passion for lifelong learning and community support that is instilled in our students.”

The articulation agreement was authored by C of I Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Smith and CWI Vice President for Instruction Rick Aman. It states that students who earn an associate’s degree from CWI will be granted junior standing at C of I, including up to 70 transfer credits. These students will be required to complete one PEAK major and one minor to earn a bachelor’s degree at C of I. Also, students who earn 28-59 credits at CWI will be granted sophomore standing and will be required to complete one PEAK major and two minors at C of I.

C of I alumna receives prestigious Javits Fellowship

Cassandra Painter, a 2010 graduate of The College of Idaho, has received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a prestigious award for students of superior academic ability. The fellowship allows students selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need and exceptional promise to undertake study at the doctoral or master of fine arts level, mostly in fields of arts, humanities and social sciences. The award can be worth up to $43,000 per year.

“My advisor at C of I, Dr. Steve Maughan, strongly encouraged me to apply for fellowships to support my graduate study,” Painter said. “With his advice, I selected the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program as one best suited to my own particular academic plans and interests.”

Painter, who is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in history at the University of Rochester in New York, graduated from C of I with a bachelor’s degree in arts in history. She was a member of the Heritage Scholarship program. During her junior year, she applied for and received an award to study in Germany from the German Academic Exchange Service. Painter attributes her achievements to The College of Idaho’s close-knit community and the fact that her professors and advisors were able to understand her interests and strengths.

“I had an incredibly positive experience at the C of I. Because of its small size, I was able to develop a close relationship with my professors and academic advisors, which allowed me to have opportunities I doubt I would have had at a larger institution,” Painter said. “My professors consistently challenged me and pushed me to achieve what they knew I was capable of.”

C of I alumni plan trip to France

The College of Idaho alumni department is planning a special trip to Paris, France next spring. Group leaders Jim Angresano, Elizabeth Angresano and Paul Hosefros will lead a group of 12 alumni on a 10-day trip themed “New Experiences through Photography and Exploring French Culture.” The trip is scheduled to begin on May 28.

Participants will have the opportunity to dine, visit museums and shops, explore the architecture of medieval Paris, attend concerts and plays, take photographs and visit the Burgundy wine country. Exact details and itineraries will be worked out once the group forms.

“This will surely be a new and stimulating experience, even if you’ve seen Paris before,” said Jim Angresano, a professor of political economy at the College. “We will see Paris through our cameras in a way we might never have thought of before. And we will meet Parisians in their workplaces and have discussions with real people.”

The estimated cost of the trip is $3,800-$4,000. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Alumni can RSVP by paying a $1,600 deposit to C of I alumni director Frances Nagashima prior to November 15. Final payment will be due March 1. Questions about the trip should be directed to Jim Angresano: [email protected] or (208) 459-5207.

Development department kicks off Fall Phonathon

The Fall 2010 Coyote Caller Phonathon has begun! During the months of October and November, current students known as Coyote Callers will be contacting alumni, parents and friends of the College in order to build and strengthen the relationship between The College of Idaho and our supportive community. The Phonathon is a chance for those who are contacted to ask questions about C of I, offer suggestions, update their contact information, get information about college news and events and make an annual pledge of support. For more information, contact Tara Wensel by email or phone at (208) 459-5016.


Fall 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2010

Upcoming Athletic Events

October 11

Local filmmaker Michael Hoffman discusses his film 'The Last Station," 2:10-3:10 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

October 12

Caldwell Fine Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorim. Featuring Big Bang Jazz Band

October 14

National Depression Screening Day. Free screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McCain Student Center

October 14

2010 First-Year Film Series, 'Moving Midway,' 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub

October 15-17

Kappa Alpha Theta Reunion. Sisters cocktail, 7 p.m., Friday, Copper Canyon, Nampa; Family pumpkin carving, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, McCain Pub

October 21

2010 First-Year Film Series, 'Papers: The Movie,' 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub


C of I students Keats Conley and Casey Mattoon, who spent part of their summer in Egypt as part of a Davis Project for Peace, were featured by Tim Woodward of the Idaho Statesman in this article.

C of I professor Alan Minskoff talked about his new book, Idaho Wine Country, with Boise State President Bob Kustra on New Horizons, Kustra's weekly public radio program. Click here and scroll down to past programs to hear the interview.

The College of Idaho's record-breaking enrollment numbers were the subject of articles in both the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press-Tribune.

C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi has been a guest with the Idaho Press Tribune and KIVI Channel 6 news weighing in on the resignation of Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak.