2011. 01. 21
Political Economy class holds mock Supreme Court hearings
Court was in session this week at The College of Idaho as students, faculty and alumni teamed up to create Supreme Court hearings Monday and Tuesday inside the Sterry Hall Board Room. The hearings, which were part of Dr. Kerry Hunter’s Mock Supreme Court class, consisted of nine students, each of whom portrayed a specific Supreme Court Justice. The Court heard three current Supreme Court cases argued by six practicing attorneys, including five C of I alumni.
“I think that by conducting the course as a simulation, students develop a deeper understanding of how the Court works,” Hunter said. “It becomes personal. Emotions get involved and when emotions are involved, memory is enhanced significantly.”
The students chosen for the class were Morgan Bow, Dylan Evans, Sara Miyasaki, Yana Sadouskaya, Katie Meier, Ben Losinski, Amanda Frickle, Kristyn Neville and Matt Malek. Participating attorneys included Brenda Bauges ’06, Matthew Johnson ’00, Bill Punkoney ’05, Greg Ferney ’99, Josh Sears ’99 and Ian Thomson. Students selected three cases from the current Supreme Court docket – Harrington, Warden v. Richter, NASA v. Nelson and Snyder v. Phelps – and prepared by studying hundreds of pages of actual briefs from the cases.
“This class has been a fascinating experience,” said Bow, who played the role of Chief Justice John Roberts. “This course requires extreme personal motivation, but it is very much worth the effort. Being able to learn in this hands-on setting is much more beneficial than merely using a textbook approach. As the Chief Justice of our mock Court, I felt extremely proud and honored to be a part of it all.”
Alumni participation also was a key component of the class. The student justices heard arguments from both sides and had the opportunity to question the attorneys, who prepared for and argued the cases much like they would in an actual courtroom setting.
“This class requires you to be proactive,” said Ferney, who took Hunter’s class and played the role of Justice Antonin Scalia when he was a student at C of I. “Not only are you digesting the reading, but you also have to able to apply it. Quite frankly, I think it’s one of the best classes I ever took.”
Hunter, who has shared his mock court methods at teaching conferences, said getting real attorneys to participate takes the class to another level. Many similar classes use professors or students as the attorneys.
“I think it is great for our alumni to come back and engage with current students,” Hunter said. “I’ve heard professors from other colleges and universities question having students go toe-to-toe with practicing attorneys, but our students clearly are up to the task.”
C of I student's play selected for regional festival
A play written by College of Idaho senior Thomas Newby has been chosen as a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Newby’s play, Waiting Games, will be performed alongside five other finalists from the Pacific Northwest on February 16-17 at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Newby, a Gibson Honors student emphasizing in music, theatre and creative writing, is the first C of I student to submit an original play to the KCACTF.
“I attended this festival last year, and I figured Waiting Games had a chance to do well,” Newby said. “This is a great opportunity. There definitely is a sense of validation that comes with having your work selected for a festival.”
Waiting Games involves two characters stuck in a wasteland, with no foreseeable end to their time there. The play explores issues of how to live in an environment without a higher authority dictating one’s actions; issues that Newby feels mirror many aspects of modern society. Waiting Games is directed by Hannah Buckendorf and stars Danny Henson and Taylor Hawker. The play was performed on campus last fall and will be shown again at 7:30 p.m. January 26 in the Langroise Studio Theater.
C of I theatre professors Joe Golden and Mike Hartwell will accompany Newby and the cast and crew of Waiting Games to the regional festival, which also includes individual competitions and workshops. If Newby’s play does well, it may qualify for the national festival this spring in Washington, D.C.
“This is a pretty big accomplishment,” Golden said. “Tom being chosen really speaks to his ambition and hard work. His play is done in a non-realistic style, which is difficult for a young writer. For him to create this complex webbing of stories and themes and absurdism taking place in a surreal world, it’s pretty cool to see.”
Newby, a graduate of nearby Columbia High School in Nampa, is looking forward representing the College and sharing his work on the broad stage KCACTF provides.
“I’m really excited about it,” Newby said. “There will be people there who could potentially put me in a position where I could continue to make theater, which is a nice thought. And it’s a chance for us to show that the size or budget of a department doesn’t dictate whether it can create quality material.”
Students glean knowledge from alumni at Coyote Connections
Dozens of College of Idaho students learned about the many opportunities that lie ahead for them during the annual Coyote Connections professional networking program on January 15. Organized by the Center for Experiential Learning, Coyote Connections featured more than 50 alumni discussing their careers in business, education, health care, science, arts, communication, government, law and other fields. The alumni also helped students find internships and jobs.
David Papiez, controller and asset manager for Tamarack Resort, said he enjoyed the opportunity to share how his C of I experience prepared him for life.
“The liberal arts education I received at The College of Idaho provided me with a great foundation of knowledge as well as confidence,” Papiez said. “I hope my experiences can help students thinking about and planning their careers.”
Dora Gallegos, Director of the CEL, said Coyote Connections plays an important role in helping the College achieve its mission of preparing students.
“We’ve always believed an important part of our responsibility is supporting students’ professional development and helping them transition to the world of work or graduate school,” Gallegos said. “Interacting with alumni, building networking skills and knowing how to prepare an appropriate and compelling resume are just a few of the things that we do during Coyote Connections.”
In welcoming remarks, C of I senior Colleen Smith told her fellow students how she met alumnus John Reuter, publisher of the Sandpoint Reader, during last year’s Coyote Connections. That meeting laid the groundwork for her current internship covering Idaho politics for the Reader.
“That was my first step in the networking process but it didn’t end there,” Smith said. “I’ve had so many opportunities during my internship to meet interesting people who will help me out in the future.”
To hear from more Coyote Connections participants, check out this video on the College of Idaho’s YouTube channel.
Alumni department plans trip to Sundance Film Festival
The College of Idaho alumni department is planning a trip to the annual Sundance Film Festival in Ogden, Utah, this weekend. The C of I group will have the chance to see three films and attend several dining and social events hosted by Tom Keene ’81.
The weekend begins Friday with a 7:30 p.m. dinner at the Union Train Station Grill in Ogden. Dinner will be followed by an optional showing of The Guard at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be obtained by emailing Tom Keene in advance.
Saturday’s events begin with a noon admissions lunch for prospective students at Bistro 258 in Ogden, hosted by admissions counselor Will Fowler ’01. RSVPs are required for the lunch, which is a great opportunity for alumni to share their experiences with future students and their families.
On Saturday evening, the C of I group will meet at Rooster’s Brewing Company for dinner and drinks at 5 p.m. The first movie, Project Nim, begins at 6:30 p.m. The College has private box seats, and tickets will be distributed before the movie in the administrative board room on the second floor of the conference center. An intermission social will be held in the side board room after Project Nim. The second film of the night, In a Better World, begins at 9:30 p.m.
So far, 30 alumni and friends are headed to Sundance. To join in, contact the alumni department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 459-5770. For more information about the Sundance films, visit www.sundance.org/festival.
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C of I alumna Dorothy Olsen '03 recently won Better Homes and Gardens' $25,000 recipe challenge. Read a Q & A with Olsen at betterhomesandgardens.com.
C of I student Krista Hafez appeared in the Idaho Press-Tribune this week. Hafez was featured for her charitable program "Kaps for Kids."
Longtime piano teacher and College of Idaho alumna Mary Lou Koto '73 was featured in this article by the Argus Observer.
College of Idaho women's basketball star Nicole Gall needs one basket tonight to break the Coyotes' all-time scoring record. Read more about Gall's pursuit of the record in this Idaho Press-Tribune article.