C of I Newsletter

2010. 12. 17

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Former C of I student presidents elected as state senate leaders

Two College of Idaho alumni who began their political careers at C of I are achieving continued success as elected state officials. Chuck Winder ’68 and John McGee ’95 have been elected to the No. 3 and No. 4 leadership positions, respectively, in the Idaho State Senate. Winder, serving his second term, is the Assistant Majority Leader and McGee, serving his fourth term, is the Majority Caucus Chair. Both men were re-elected by the public in November and elected to their positions by the caucus this month.

“There is no doubt student government prepares you for public service,” said McGee, who served as student president during his junior year. “Learning how to negotiate and work together are skills you learn in student government that you definitely use in state government, as well as in life in general.”

Winder, who previously served as Ada County Highway District Commissioner and Chairman of the Idaho State Transportation Board, said his experience in student government provided a solid foundation for his career. He served as a class senator at C of I and was student president as a senior.

“My whole experience at The College of Idaho was a positive one,” Winder said. “I received great instruction and had opportunities to participate in a lot of different things. The College encourages you to be engaged and participate in public service, and I think that helped prepare me for a career in business and government.”

Both McGee and Winder have remained active leaders at the College over the years. Winder served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years, while McGee is currently serving as Chairman of the Board.

“The College of Idaho had such a positive effect on my life, I just feel a great sense of wanting to give back however I can,” McGee said. “When you look around the state government and see Governor Otter (’67) and state representative Pat Takasugi (’71) and the success Chuck and I are having in the senate, I think it says a lot about the College and the ethos for public service it instills in its students.”

College of Idaho prepares for February Gala

The College of Idaho is preparing for its annual Scholarship Gala, which is set for February 25 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The Gala, the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser, includes dinner, dancing and a live, silent and reverse auction. This year’s Gala will be combined with a kickoff of the “Advance The Legacy” fundraising campaign. Complete information on tickets, sponsors and hotel accommodations is available online or by calling (208) 459-5017.

In preparation for this special event, the College invites its faculty, staff, students and alumni to sell raffle tickets for the Gala. This year’s raffle item is a seven-night stay in a 1,700 sq. foot chalet cabin in Oregon’s popular Sunriver resort community. Raffle ticket buyers do not have to be present at the Gala to win. Participants can pick up tickets from June Smith on the third floor of Sterry Hall (459-5301). Then, sell as many tickets as you can to family and friends. Tickets, which cost $25 or $100 for five, also are available online. On February 18, the faculty member, staff member, student and alum who has sold the most tickets (minimum of 10) will receive a $75 Barnes and Noble gift card.

The College of Idaho would like to thank the Gala’s title sponsors The Caxton Printers and Hoffman Construction Company, presenting sponsors U.S. Bank and Lyle Pearson and supporting sponsors Fisher’s Document Systems and Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors along with Idaho Governor Butch Otter ’67, the honorary chairman of the “Advance The Legacy” campaign. Special thanks also go out to the campus community for participating in the raffle sales and to the many supporters of the Gala and the College.

C of I student raises money for children through 'Kaps for Kids'

College of Idaho student Krista Hafez is doing her part to ensure happy holidays for the patients at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise. Hafez, a junior from Parma, created “Kaps for Kids,” a program for which she knits and sells beanies for $10 apiece on the C of I campus. Hafez is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to St. Luke’s, which will spend the money on gift cards to give patients to celebrate birthdays, successful surgeries and other special occasions.

“I just wanted to focus on the specific needs of the hospital and support it in ways that large charities maybe couldn’t help with,” Hafez said. “The kids are seeing the direct benefit of the money, and that’s what was most important to me.”

Hafez is majoring in music education at C of I. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and this past spring was named the Sweetheart female representative of the Sigma Chi fraternity on campus. Her chief goal for the year was to help Sigma Chi in its philanthropic efforts, so she started by creating “Kaps for Kids.”

“Originally, I was going to donate the beanies to the hospital,” Hafez said. “But after speaking with Kim White, the Child Life Specialist at St. Luke’s, I decided to sell them instead. Kim said the hospital really had a need for the gift cards. The patients don’t really get to make many choices, but giving them gift cards allows them to choose a gift that they really want.”

Hafez knitted about 40 beanies over the summer. She said she spent about two hours on each hat and kept no overhead costs for supplies. So far, she has sold about 25 hats, raising more than $250 for St. Luke’s. Hafez does take special requests for hats and already has had several for the purple and gold “Yotes” hat she sold to C of I President Marv Henberg.

“I think it’s a great thing that Krista is doing,” Henberg said. “And with the weather we’ve had this winter, the hat certainly has come in handy.”

C of I receives $50,000 grant from Whittenberger Foundation

The College of Idaho this month received $50,000 from the Whittenberger Foundation, part of more than $270,000 the foundation distributed in 2010 grant money. C of I has received money from the foundation every year since grants were first awarded in 1973. The grants fund the Whittenberger Scholars Program, which to date has supported more than 740 students at C of I.

“Over the years, the Whittenberger Foundation has gifted more than $1.4 million to the College,” said Barry Fujishin, Director of Development at C of I. “We are very grateful to the Whittenberger family for their belief in education and their continuing support of the College through their foundation.”

The Whittenberger Foundation was founded in 1970 as the last will and testament of Ethel Bales Whittenberger. She was predeceased by her husband, Claude Whittenberger, who was an osteopathic physician in Caldwell. Ethel was an elementary school teacher and was deeply interested in the welfare and education of children. She set the guidelines for distribution from the foundation to benefit children in Caldwell and surrounding communities. Funds from the foundation – which has distributed more than $7 million since 1970 – helped build the Caldwell Public Library and the Caldwell YMCA.

The College of Idaho was designated in the will to receive a percentage of the foundation earnings to fund the Whittenberger Scholars Program. Students receiving scholarships must have financial need, be high academic achievers and demonstrate good citizenship. In recognition of the foundation’s support, the College named its on-campus planetarium after the Whittenberger family. The Whittenberger Planetarium, which is set to reopen soon after undergoing a summer remodel, hosts field trips, public shows and a free “Astronomy Day” every year.

Hank Kvamme, Kelsey Nuttall named November's Ambassadors of the Month

As the snow begins to pile up, The College of Idaho Admissions Office shifts into overdrive for the Kathryn Albertson Scholarship Competition. It is a busy time for student ambassadors, who see more than 200 visiting students in a 15-day span. In recognition of all their extra work, C of I students Hank Kvamme and Kelsey Nuttall have been named Ambassadors of the Month for November.

Kvamme, a graduate of Bonneville High (Idaho Falls), is a junior majoring in environmental studies with a political economy focus, minors in psychology and history and a full plate of extracurricular activities. He plays for the baseball team and is a Residential Assistant in Hayman Hall. Hank is a hard-working guy who loves to make others laugh. If you see him riding his blue bike across campus, congratulate him on all the great work he does for the College.

Nuttall is a sophomore from Seattle majoring in psychology with a handful of PEAK minors. She is an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a huge C of I soccer fan and a proud member of the AmBASHadors intramural softball team. She spends most of her time in the Admissions Office giving student tours, where she eagerly shares her experiences with prospective Yotes. If you see Kelsey on campus, make sure and thank her for all her hard work.

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Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

December 19

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

January 15

Coyote Connections (Click to register!)

February 25

The College of Idaho Scholarship Gala and 'Advance The Legacy' Campaign Kickoff, 6 p.m., Boise Centre on the Grove (click for more details)


C of I alumnus and former NFL star R.C. Owens was featured in the Los Angeles Times in this story, which recalls his famed "Alley-Oop" catches with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s. 

Brian Bava, Interim Dean of Enrollment and Director of Admission at C of I, was quoted by U.S. News & World Report in this story about accepting early college applicants.

College of Idaho alumna Cynthia Hand '00 is getting positive reviews on her forthcoming novel, Unearthly, which hits shelves in January. Check out book reviews and updates from Cynthia on her blog "Writing Angels."

C of I professor Rochelle Johnson was a guest on the Edible Idaho Radio show "Year of Idaho Food." Listen or read a transcript of the story here.

College of Idaho alumnus Mike Homik has signed on to play for the Manawatu Jets of the New Zealand National Basketball League. Read more in this article from the Manawatu Standard.