C of I Newsletter

2011. 01. 07

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C of I receives $500,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities

The College of Idaho has been offered $500,000 in matching grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds, which will be paid out over four years and matched by $1.5 million raised by C of I, will be used to establish an endowed chair in Judaic studies at The College of Idaho.

“We are very grateful to the NEH for helping us in our public humanities programming efforts,” said Marv Henberg, President of The College of Idaho. “The strength of our Judaic studies chair lies in its ability to reach beyond Caldwell and educate the entire state about the Jewish experience.”

The endowed chair in Judaic studies, which will be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West, is the dream of C of I history professor Howard Berger, a 28-year veteran of the College. The first phase of the chair launched last spring with the Howard Berger Lecture Series, a lectureship designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.

“This very generous grant from the NEH shows immense support for the College’s efforts,” Berger said. “We want to bring the history, religion, philosophy and literature of the Jewish people to generations of students across the entire Intermountain West.”

The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NEH distributes millions of dollars in grants and matching funds every year.

CEL to host Coyote Connections next week

The Center for Experiential Learning is set for its annual Coyote Connections program, which allows College of Idaho students to network and build relationships with alumni from the professional world. This year’s Coyote Connections will be held Saturday, January 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

About 50 alumni and 110 students have signed up for Coyote Connections. There is still time for both students (click here) and alumni (click here) to register for the event.

“I am really excited about this year’s event,” said Dora Gallegos, Director of the CEL. “Networking is extremely important in today’s economy, and I am excited to further develop professional networking opportunities for our students here on campus.”

While Coyote Connections’ primary function is to help students find internships and jobs, it also has grown into an opportunity for alumni. Entomologist and vintner Ron Bitner, a 1968 C of I graduate and regular Coyote Connections participant, plans to hire a student he met at last year’s event for an upcoming project.

“Coyote Connections is a great way for students to learn about the job market, but it’s a two-way street,” said Bitner, a partner in International Pollination Systems who also runs Bitner Vineyards and Coyotes Wine Bar in Caldwell. “It’s a way for alumni to give back, but we also get to meet and recruit potential employees.”

Tara Wensel, Boone Fund Coordinator for The College of Idaho, has attended Coyote Connections both as a student and as a professional. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with a new group of students this year.

“I don’t think many students realize what life after college is going be like,” Wensel said. “I think the more information students have, the better off they will be. I know for me, it was wonderful to have people there to give me advice.”

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 launches 'Year of Idaho Food' series

The College of Idaho is set to celebrate “2011: The Year of Idaho Food” through an on-campus speaker and film series designed to build awareness about buying and using locally-grown produce. The series kicks off on Tuesday and will feature five guest speakers, three film nights and presentations by C of I students.

“The local food movement has a deep history in Idaho, one that involves economics, politics, identity, cultural traditions and rich stories of immigration,” said Rochelle Johnson, a professor of Environmental Studies at C of I. “This series gives us an opportunity to learn more about the impacts of Idaho’s foods.”

The “Year of Idaho Food” series was put together by C of I professors Johnson, Don Mansfield and Jim Angresano in conjunction with the Environmental Studies winter term class “Nature and Culture.” The series is part of a collaborative project put together by Northwest Food News. All events except for the concluding guest speaker are part of the class, but the entire community is invited to attend. The series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 11
Guest speaker Janie Burns from Meadowlark Farm presents An Introduction to “2011: The Year of Idaho Food” (12:15 p.m., KAIC 106)

Wednesday, January 12
Guest speaker Esmaeil Fallahi from the University of Idaho presents Ambassador of Fruit: On Food, Geography and Identity (12:15 p.m., KAIC 106)

Thursday, January 13

Guest speaker Dr. Susan H. Swetnam from Idaho State University presents Food and Identity in Early Idaho (12:15 p.m., KAIC 106). Made possible by funding from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tuesday, January 18
Guest speaker Mary Rohlfing from Morning Owl Farm presents Managing an Organic Farm (12:15 p.m., KAIC 106)

Thursday, February 3
Group presentations by College of Idaho students (11 a.m., KAIC 106)

Tuesday, March 22

Author and guest speaker Ann Vileisis presents Kitchen Literacy: How We’ve Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get it Back (5 p.m., Langroise Auditorium). Followed by a reception in Langroise Foyer featuring local farmers and food, supported by Bon Appétit.

College hires new Director of Marketing and Communications

The College of Idaho has named Dustin Wunderlich its new Director of Marketing and Communications. Wunderlich comes to C of I from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he served as senior director of public relations. He earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Valparaiso as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science.

“I’m excited to join a college with a rich history of excellence and a close-knit community,” Wunderlich said. “The College of Idaho has a great story to tell, and I look forward to helping raise awareness of how its distinctive educational experience prepares professional, ethical, articulate and knowledgeable graduates.”

As senior director of public relations at Valparaiso, Wunderlich led planning and execution of the school’s media relations, internal communications and special events efforts, with a focus on strengthening the university’s reputation and public awareness. Wunderlich also served as director of media relations at Valparaiso for six years and worked as a journalist at the Post-Tribune and the Kokomo Tribune in Indiana.

Michael Vandervelden, Vice president for College Relations at C of I, said Wunderlich’s experience and track record of success made him an excellent person to fill the post.

“Dustin’s passion for The College of Idaho and our commitment to preparing students for success in a rapidly changing, diverse and technologically-informed world was evident during the interview process,” Vandervelden said. “We look forward to his talents and energy advancing The College of Idaho.”


Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2010-2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

January 15

Coyote Connections (Click to register!)

January 19

Free Community Cinema Screening of 'For Once in My Life,' 7 p.m., KAIC 106

January 21-22

Alumni & Friends Sundance Film Festival event, Ogden, Utah

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)

Save the Date! May 19-21

Class Reunions for Class of 1941, 1951, 1961 (Golden Jubilee), 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. Email [email protected] for more information


Congratulations to C of I alumnae Neva Geisler '94 and Jacquelyn Hopper '84, who have been nominated among the "Women of the Year 2011" by the Idaho Business Review. Click here for the full list of nominees and stay tuned for further updates in the weeks ahead.

C of I alumna Dr. Brandi Limbago '94 was quoted in this Scientific American article about antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed for a recent KIVI Channel 6 News story on the state budget crisis. LiCalzi also will provide commentary on KIVI at noon Friday for Governor Butch Otter's inauguration and at 1 p.m. Monday for Otter's State of the State Address.