C of I Newsletter

2010. 10. 22

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Sustainability stewards host elementary field trip

Sophomore students Alli Parrish and Katy Stewart are the sustainability stewards at The College of Idaho. Most of the time, their efforts have to do with sustaining natural resources, whether it be through organic gardening, worm composting, raising chickens or “green” living in their on-campus, energy-efficient house.

Last week, Parrish and Stewart organized a project to cultivate an even more important resource. The stewards hosted a field trip for 24 first-grade students from Van Buren Elementary School in Caldwell. The children stayed on campus for about 4 hours and participated in a variety of learning activities led by Parrish, Stewart and a group of volunteer students and staff. The children met the chickens, learned about worm composting and made finger paintings depicting the plant growing cycle.

“Educating young kids about sustainability is extremely important,” Stewart said. “Sustainability is a lifestyle choice and the sooner the idea is introduced to someone, the more likely it is to stick throughout their life.”

The trip wasn’t all business, however. The children also got to participate in games, snack on delicious pumpkin cupcakes from Bon Appétit and pick a pumpkin of their very own from the organic pumpkin patch in Parrish and Stewart’s backyard.

“I thought the trip went wonderfully,” Parrish said. “I feel like the kids had fun, but still learned a lot. I would definitely like to see this program continue in the future, and I hope it encourages other people on campus to get involved in the Caldwell community.”

C of I professor establishes local scholarship

College of Idaho math professor Mark Lotspeich and his wife, Pam, recently made a personal addition to the College, committing $10,000 to establish the Mark and Pam Lotspeich Scholarship Fund. Distributions from the endowment will provide annual scholarships to a freshman student with demonstrable financial need who attended Cynthia Mann Elementary School in Boise. If no such student is available, the award will go to a freshman who graduated from Boise High School. The scholarship can be renewed for four years with the maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average.

“It’s important to ensure the future existence of the College,” Lotspeich said. “Normally, I wouldn’t go public with this type of donation, but I want to encourage others, especially our faculty and staff, to donate to the College.”

The Lotspeich family chose Cynthia Mann Elementary because their son attends school there. Most Cynthia Mann students eventually attend Boise High. Lotspeich added that Boise High has sent many special people to C of I, including current student body president Colleen Smith and former teacher Roy Kapicka, who established a $25,000 scholarship fund in 2008 and earlier this year pledged 10 percent of his estate to the College.

During the 2009 fiscal year, 60 percent (43 of 71) of the College’s full-time faculty members made gifts to C of I. So far in 2010, the number is at 41 percent, though the fiscal year is only three months old. Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel says it is essential for the faculty giving percentage to get closer to 100.

“We know we have amazing professors who believe in the mission of the College and in our students,” Wensel said. “And we need to show this to people outside the College. Whether it’s prospective students and their families or large corporations that are considering us for grants, others want to know that they are supporting something that’s being supported from within. By increasing our faculty giving percentage, we are able to prove just that.”

College of Idaho team discovers new asteroid

College of Idaho students Patricia Randazzo, Marissa Rider, Russell Hutchins and Edith Dull – in collaboration with the Astronomical Research Institute – last month discovered a new Main Belt asteroid that has been designated 2010 RV70. The September 4 discovery has been submitted to the Minor Planet Center and will be added to observational surveys in order to better define its orbit over the next five to ten years. At that time, the observers will be able to name the asteroid.

This team of students is part of The College of Idaho asteroid research team working under Dr. James Dull, a professor of physics at C of I, in partnership with the International Asteroid Search Collaboration.

“(The discovery) gives the school international recognition in the area of minor planet research,” Dull said. “It also tells the wider community that we may be small, but we can still make important contributions to many areas of astronomy.”

In addition to discovering the asteroid, the C of I team has also verified the orbits of two near-earth orbit asteroids (NEOs), which the Minor Planet Center uses to determine orbits and assess risk of impact with earth.

Sarah Higgins named Ambassador of the Month

C of I student Sarah Higgins has been named Ambassador of the Month for September. The award goes to a student ambassador that has volunteered above and beyond what is asked to share their experiences at C of I with prospective students and to provide a student face for the College.

Higgins is a junior from small-town southern Idaho pursuing degrees in history and education. She has been a student ambassador for one year and likes to share with C of I visitors that, “Here, you’re not just a number.” Higgins has influenced many visitors by leading tours, hosting prospective students overnight and answering the dozens of questions from visiting parents. Sarah’s visit as a prospective student made up her mind to attend C of I, and she now returns the favor to prospective students.

“The small class sizes, caring and enthusiastic professors and the liberal arts core allowed me to discover subjects I wouldn’t normally venture into,” Higgins said. “Because of the unique community and opportunities C of I provided, I have found a passion for history and teaching, as well as learning and growing as a person.”

Sarah is involved in Gamma Phi Beta, ResLife, the Outdoor Program and the C of I Snowboard Team.

Caldwell celebrates 'Jan Boles Day'

The City of Caldwell bestowed quite on honor on College of Idaho archivist Jan Boles this month, declaring Monday, October 18 to be “Jan Boles Day.” Caldwell mayor Garrett Nancolas announced the celebration through an official proclamation.

Boles, a 1965 graduate of the College, has been part of the C of I community for more than three decades. He was appointed archivist of the Robert E. Smylie Archives at the College in 1997 and has been instrumental in professionalizing and organizing the College’s historical and archival practices.

Boles was the catalyst for the recent renovation and rededication of College Heights Station, the structure off Cleveland Boulevard in front of campus commonly referred to as “The Hat.” Boles’ writing, energy and passion for history have had a profound influence on C of I and the surrounding community.


Fall 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2010

Upcoming Athletic Events

October 22-23, 27-30

'The Krumblin Foundation,' a play by C of I theater professor Joe Golden and Tom Willmorth. Shows at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees, Boise Contemporary Theater.

October 28

Harlem Ambassadors/Advocates Against Family Violence charity basketball game. 7 p.m., Northwest Nazarene University. C of I is a participating sponsor.

November 1

John Rember, C of I writer-at-large, gives a talk entitled 'Kids, Don't Try This at Home.' 7 p.m., KAIC 106

November 3

Sabbatical presentations featuring Ellen Batt, Don Burwell, Denny Clark and Joe Golden. 5:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

November 5

Caldwell Fine Arts Series: Meridian Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

November 6

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History workday and volunteer activities, 9 a.m., Boone Hall


The College of Idaho volleyball and cross country teams have been featured in the Idaho Press Tribune sports section this week.

C of I President Marv Henberg was a guest on BSU President Bob Kustra's public radio program New Horizons on October 15.To hear the interview, click here and scroll down to past programs.

C of I theater professor Joe Golden was featured in Scene, the Idaho Statesman's weekly entertainment magazine. Golden and his comedy partner, Tom Willmorth debuted their first play, The Krumblin Foundation, this month at Boise Contemporary Theater.

C of I grad Luke Howarth, now a law student at the University of Idaho, is Idaho's candidate in Cosmopolitan magazine's 'Bachelor of the Year' contest. Read more in this Spokesman Review column.

C of I graduate and former track athlete JJ Burk was featured by KMTV News in Twin Falls. Burk is considering a career in medicine after overcoming a tragic accident that nearly left him paralyzed.