C of I Newsletter

2010. 11. 19

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C of I's Rochelle Johnson named Idaho Professor of the Year

College of Idaho professor Rochelle Johnson has been named the 2010 Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Johnson, who teaches English and Environmental Studies at C of I, was chosen by the foundation as the state’s top educator based on scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, community and professional service and recommendations from colleagues, alumni and students.

“The College of Idaho congratulates Dr. Rochelle Johnson on this outstanding achievement,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Dr. Johnson has distinguished herself as an energetic and rigorous teacher, a colleague who willingly performs service of all kinds, and a noted scholar in the environmental humanities.”

Johnson joined The College of Idaho in 1999 and helped develop the Environmental Studies program. She also teaches courses in writing and American literature. Johnson studied English at Bates College and Claremont Graduate University. She and her husband, C of I biology professor Don Mansfield, live with their daughter less than a block from campus in Caldwell.

The Idaho Professor of the Year award now has gone to a College of Idaho professor three times in the past five years. Dr. Kerry Hunter won it in 2008, and Dr. Jim Angresano won in 2006.

“I think the award confirms what we all know to be true: we have a very productive and dedicated faculty doing innovative work pedagogically as well as in community outreach,” Johnson said. “Those are things we do well at The College of Idaho. This award reminds students, alumni and the community that we live what we say we are.”

The College of Idaho produces two on-campus plays

The College of Idaho theater department currently is performing two on-campus plays. Dead Man’s Cell Phone opened November 11 and The Passage opened November 13 at the Langroise Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults or $7 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty, and staff get in free. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call (208) 459-5275.

“The College has never done two plays in rotating rep,” said C of I senior Victoria Hess, who plays the role of The Skeleton in The Passage. “It’s been a challenge sharing the same stage, but it’s created a lot of opportunities for the students. Everybody has worked really hard and we are hoping for a full house.”

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is written by Sarah Ruhl. The C of I version is directed by alumnus Jef Petersen, who performs with the Insert Foot improvisation comedy group at the Heirloom Dance Studio in Boise. The satirical play tells the story of a woman who finds a dead man in a café, answers his ringing cell phone and proceeds to try and fix his broken family relationships over the phone. Dead Man’s Cell Phone shows evenings on November 20 and December 1 and 2. There is one matinee performance on November 21.

The Passage is Robert Lawson’s performance art retelling of Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick. The C of I version is directed by theater professor Michael Hartwell. The Passage is an ensemble piece that focuses less on the plot and more on the morals behind the story. The Passage shows evenings on November 19 and December 3 and 4.

“Obsession, devotion, love, redemption and resurrection all seem to surround this whale,” Hartwell said. “This play is more of a rhythmical poetic adaption that uses a handful of songs, a smattering of puppetry, plenty of skeletons, a silent film, interpretative movement and contemporary satire.”

C of I students put on two cultural events

The College of Idaho is hosting two student-driven cultural events over the next two weeks. The Association for Latino Americano Students (ALAS) hosts its 15th annual cultural dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 19, inside the Simplot Fireside Room. And the International Student Organization will hold its second annual International Cultural Show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, inside Jewett Auditorium.

The ALAS cultural dinner features authentic Mexican food, a Mariachi band, diversity speakers, dancing and a Mexican bingo game called loteria. C of I students get in for free and non-students get in with any donation of cash or food for the Campus Food Bank.

“It’s a really fun evening where we bring students, parents, professors and the community together,” said Arnold Hernandez, advisor of ALAS and Director of Multicultural Affairs at C of I. “It’s a great opportunity for us to show people the rich Latino culture we have at the College.”

The International Cultural Show gives guests the opportunity to “travel the globe in two hours,” said international student Reinaldo Gil, who hails from Venezuela. The show includes music and dance performances from many different countries and usually features students from the country being represented. The event is a showcase for the College’s thriving international student population, which currently includes 92 students from 45 foreign countries. C of I students get in free and non-students can get in for either $5 or five cans of food that will be donated to needy families in the Caldwell community.

College to host Langroise Holiday Arts Fair

For the fifth consecutive year, The College of Idaho will host the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair. The fair features handmade crafts such as jewelry, pottery and paintings created by C of I students, faculty, staff, alumni and guest artists. This year’s fair will be held on Friday, December 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

“The Holiday Arts Fair is important because it highlights the creativity of our students, faculty and staff, and allows both the campus and general community to appreciate the talent present at the College,” said C of I history professor Dori Johnson, the event organizer. “Further, it offers students an opportunity to display their work and to experience the business side of life as an artist.”

The fair also serves as an opportunity for the local community to shop for art and holiday decorations while supporting a good cause. A percentage of the sales go toward the Kenneth Mann Scholarship fund at The College of Idaho.

“The Kenneth Mann Scholarship gives two awards annually, one to an art major and one to a psychology major,” Johnson said. “The scholarship is not currently endowed, so this event will help contribute to the building of the endowment.”

For more information on the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, contact Johnson at 459-5831.

Hayley Talboy is October's Ambassador of the Month

C of I student Hayley Talboy has been named Ambassador of the Month for October. The award goes to a student ambassador who has gone above and beyond to share his or her experiences at C of I with prospective students and to provide a student face for the College.

Talboy is a senior from Boise. She attended Bishop Kelly High. In October, as usual, Hayley exceeded expectations by selflessly giving her time to share The College of Idaho campus with prospective students. She quickly befriends visitors and usually manages to gross out some of the weaker-stomached students with cadaver talk.

Talboy, a biology major, has aspirations to attend medical school after graduation. She is a member of the C of I swim team, two national honor societies and the Gamma Phi sorority. She wants everyone to know that her favorite animal is the charismatic Australian brush turkey. When she isn’t giving a tour or taking prospective students to lunch, Hayley can be found house shopping, hiding in a dark, cold corner of Boone Hall, or hanging out with her sorority sisters. When you hear Hayley across campus, make the effort to track her down and thank her for what she does for the College.


Fall 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2010

Upcoming Athletic Events

November 19

Association for Latino Americano Students Cultural Dinner, 6 p.m., Simplot Fireside Room

November 19, December 3-4

C of I theater department presents 'The Passage,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre

November 20-21, December 1-2

C of I theater department presents 'Dead Man's Cell Phone,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre (2 p.m. matinee November 21)

November 21

Caldwell Fine Arts: Barbara Attebery and Sylvia Hunt Duo Piano Program, 2:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

December 2

International Cultural Show, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

December 3

Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, 4:30 p.m., Langroise

January 15

Coyote Connections (Click to register!)


Senior standout Sarah Harris and the C of I volleyball team were featured in this Idaho Press-Tribune article. The Coyotes host an NAIA National Tournament game on Saturday afternoon.

C of I alumnus Eric Dekker '93 was interviewed by KOMO News in Seattle for a story on a Washington lab that stands accused of faking critical fuel tests.

C of I alumna Kathryn Traughber has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in health care. Read more in this stockmarketsreview.com article.

C of I alumna Courtney Mitchell has joined Associated Insurance Services LLC in Boise. Read more in this Idaho Statesman article.