C of I Newsletter

2010. 12. 03

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Coyote Callers enjoy record-breaking Fall Phonathon

The Fall 2010 Coyote Caller Phonathon set out with a goal of raising $35,000 from at least 372 donors for Boone Fund. But by the time all was said and done, the Coyote Callers nearly doubled those goals, raising $66,612 from 715 donors.

“I am really pleased with this phonathon,” said Boone Fund Coordinator Tara Wensel, who trains and organizes the Coyote Callers. “Not only because of the record-setting numbers, but also because we were able to reach so many alumni and keep them up to date on what’s going on at the College. It’s not just about raising money – we also want to listen to and build great friendships with our alumni.”

The Boone Fund is an unrestricted giving program which supports The College of Idaho’s operating needs. Every year, the Coyote Callers work to strengthen the relationships between C of I parents, friends and current students while generating financial support for the College. The phonathon employs skilled, trained C of I students who offer alumni, parents and friends an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions, learn about College news and events, connect with current students and make an annual pledge of support.

“The No. 1 thing I learned as a Coyote Caller was the importance of the Boone Fund to the College,” said Hayden Jared. “I received scholarships in addition to my Trustee Scholarship, but I never knew where this money came from or how it was generated. Being a Coyote Caller helped me to see how important alumni support is to the College.”

Many callers express that interacting with alumni is what makes being a Coyote Caller enjoyable.

“After speaking directly to alumni, we can share their entertaining and memorable stories with the rest of the campus,” said Coyote Caller Melissa Gutowski. “Their experiences truly express and help remind others of the historic value of the College.”

For the past five years, the Coyote Callers have consistently raised over $25,000 for the Boone Fund. This year, however, was the most successful in C of I history, thanks to the hard work of the Coyote Callers and the generosity of the many alumni and friends of the College. Wensel will organize the next phonathon in March.

CEL prepares for Coyote Connections

The Center for Experiential Learning and College of Idaho alumni are preparing for the annual Coyote Connections program, which allows current C of I students to network and build relationships with alumni working in a wide variety of professional fields. This year’s Coyote Connections will be held Saturday, January 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

“It’s hard for students to know what life is like after college,” said Dora Gallegos, Director of the CEL. “Coyote Connections gives students a chance to talk to alumni about what they’ve done with their degrees since college. A lot of people end up doing totally different things than they expected to be doing with their majors and talking about those options opens a whole new world for our students.”

This year, Coyote Connections is opening its doors to all C of I students, including freshmen. That change was made because of the importance of professional training in the new PEAK curriculum, which launched this fall. Gallegos hopes to have between 50 and 75 alumni and 100 to 150 students at the event. All students must register here, while alumni register here.

“We are really hoping for a great turnout this year,” Gallegos said. “We want to have a good mix of juniors, seniors and underclassmen, as well as alumni from all walks of life, from fine arts to management, health care, science, education, communications and not-for-profit.”

Coyote Connections will include a continental breakfast and alumni social, keynote speakers, professional networking and networking based on campus involvement. For more information, contact Dora Gallegos at (208) 459-5688 or [email protected].

College of Idaho student publishes fantasy novel

College of Idaho senior April Patton recently released her first book, a young adult fantasy novel entitled A Way to Wish. Patton, a 21-year-old majoring in creative writing and art, published the book through Xlibris, a self-publishing company in Indiana. The book is the first of three Patton plans to release for a series called “The Nightlight Ascension.”

“It started out as a short story that I couldn’t finish,” Patton said. “The next thing I knew, I had 300 pages. It’s kind of a startup project. I am hoping a big publisher buys it but for me, the important thing was getting it on the shelves.”

Patton, a graduate of nearby Ontario High, is excited to see A Way to Wish in print. She also designed the cover art for the book.

“It was crazy to actually hold it in my hand,” Patton said. “I’ve sold some copies already, which is really exciting to me. It’s weird to see people buying and reading your book. Hopefully they enjoy it.”

Patton describes the book as “teen to young adult fantasy, but definitely not a vampire book.” The story follows a young woman’s journey from a small, quiet town to a strange, magical land called Wish. Patton said she already has the sequel outlined and is looking forward to finishing the series. A Way to Wish can be purchased on the Xlibris website as a hardback ($29.99), paperback ($19.99) or eBook ($9.99). It also is available on Amazon.com in paperback.

Rochelle Johnson secures grant from Idaho Humanities Council

College of Idaho professor Rochelle Johnson has been awarded a $3,500 grant by the Idaho Humanities Council, a non-profit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Johnson’s grant will be used to conduct research toward a biography of 19th-century environmental writer Susan Fenimore Cooper.

“I am honored to have been granted this IHC award in support of my biography,” said Johnson, who earlier this month was named the Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Johnson, who teaches American Literature and Environmental Studies at C of I, will explore Cooper's legacy as an advocate of both the natural world and Native American cultures, noting that these were not typical values of the dominant culture in 19th-century America. Johnson believes Cooper's biography will contribute to scholarship in literary domesticity, literary history, environmental thought and American literary romanticism.

“Cooper’s life challenges many prevalent notions about how a single woman in 19th-century America could contribute to shaping her culture,” Johnson said. “For this reason alone – to say nothing of her assorted and remarkable accomplishments or of her family connection – the story of her life is worth sharing with general readers and scholars alike.”

The Idaho Humanities Council awarded $70,443 in grants to organizations and individuals at its recent board meeting in Boise, including grants for public humanities programs, research fellowships, teacher incentive grants and planning grants. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and IHC's Endowment for Humanities Education.


Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

December 3

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

December 3

Sinfonia Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

December 3-4

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

December 5

Feast of Carols, 4 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

December 6

Student Chamber Music Performance, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

December 7

Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

December 19

Alumni and Friends Casino Holiday Party, 2 p.m., Beside Bardenay (Downtown Boise)

January 15

Coyote Connections (Click to register!)


College of Idaho alumna Julie Zicaro '06 was featured on the front page of the Idaho Statesman in this story about her work as executive director of the Good Samaritan Home in Boise.

College of Idaho basketball star Nicole Gall was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune. Gall, a two-time NAIA All-American, is on pace to become the Coyotes' all-time leading scorer.

College of Idaho professor Rochelle Johnson will appear on the Edible Idaho radio show on Monday, December 6. Johnson's interview will air at approximately 6:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. on KBSX 91.5 FM.

The C of I volleyball team upset No. 10 Taylor (Indiana) at the NAIA National Tournament, giving the Coyotes a chance to advance to the championship bracket. Read more about the victory in this Idaho Press-Tribune article.