C of I Newsletter

2011. 02. 04

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'College of Idaho Day' at the Capitol set for February 22

The many contributions of College of Idaho students, faculty and alumni to the state will be celebrated across Idaho and inside the State Capitol in Boise on Feb. 22, which will be officially recognized as “College of Idaho Day.” The daylong celebration at the Capitol will feature a variety of exhibits, including the C of I student food bank’s work feeding needy families and student research on the impact of largemouth bass on native fishes in the lower Boise River and other issues affecting Idaho’s citizens and businesses.

“The College of Idaho has a proud history of producing political and civic leaders,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Our day at the Capitol allows us to celebrate this spirit of service along with the many exciting accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni.”

Groups from C of I will set up tables and booths from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the rotunda with displays highlighting student and faculty research, student organizations, admissions, alumni, athletics, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the C of I historical archives and 2010 Idaho Professor of the Year Rochelle Johnson. One of the highlights of the day is scheduled for 10 a.m., when Governor Butch Otter, Class of ’67, will sign and issue a proclamation declaring Feb. 22, 2011 to be “College of Idaho Day” in Idaho. The festivities will conclude with a 4 p.m. alumni happy hour celebration at Bittercreek Ale House in Downtown Boise.

“I’m really excited to see the synergy that has developed over the past year, and how many student clubs and organizations are represented at this second annual C of I Day at the Capitol,” said Deb Yates, a professor of education at the College. “We began this tradition to celebrate our students’ research, and the C of I pride has spread to the entire campus and beyond.”

For more information on C of I Day, contact Maggie Colwell in Special Events and Conference Services, Jordan Rodriguez in Marketing and Communications or Yates, who is leading the faculty and student research displays.

Upcoming Gala will launch 'Advance The Legacy' campaign

The College of Idaho’s annual Scholarship Gala is just around the corner. This year’s Gala, set for Feb. 25 at the Boise Centre on the Grove, is of particular importance as the College launches its comprehensive “Advance The Legacy” fundraising campaign, an effort aimed at raising $175 million.

“The Gala encourages us to be festive as we celebrate excellence at The College of Idaho,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “And the campaign reminds us of the imperative need to nourish what William Judson Boone established as our legacy: educating head, heart and hand.”

The Gala is a black-tie event featuring dinner, live music and dancing, a raffle drawing, an “Adopt a ‘Yote” donation auction, a silent auction and a live auction. Items available in the auction include a Sun Valley ski getaway, a scenic airplane tour, hunting and fly fishing expeditions, a catered dinner party, a lease on a new car and a weeklong stay in an Arizona vacation home. The event is sold out, but more information is available online or by calling (208) 459-5017.

In preparation for the Gala, the College invites its faculty, staff, students and alumni to sell raffle tickets for a seven-night stay in President and Mrs. Henberg’s chalet cabin in Oregon’s Sunriver resort community. Participants may pick up tickets from June Smith on the third floor of Sterry Hall (459-5301) or online. Tickets cost $25 apiece or $100 for five. On February 18, the faculty member, staff member, student and alumus 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 sponsor Fisher’s Document Systems. Special thanks also go out to those who donated auction items; to Idaho Governor Butch Otter ’67, the honorary chairman of the “Advance The Legacy” campaign; to Jackson’s Food Stores, whose pre-auction donation of gasoline raised $6,000 toward scholarships; and to the many supporters of the Gala and the College.

Howlin' Yotes successfully defend speech and debate titles

The College of Idaho Howlin’ Yotes captured the Northwest Conference Division II championship in both speech and debate Jan. 29-30 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. The conference titles are the 12th and 13th won by C of I in the last 15 years.

“The victory was especially sweet this year,” said Mack Sermon, Director of Speech and Debate at C of I. “Since we enhanced the rigor of our curriculum through the PEAK program, many of our upperclassmen have not been able to compete at all the tournaments this year. But we’ve had a wonderful crop of new students step up for the team.”

Twenty-two schools competed in Bellingham and more than 40 schools competed in Northwest Conference events this season. Utah State University, the Howlin’ Yotes’ traditional conference rival, finished second in speech and third in debate. Other top teams in the conference include Oregon State University, University of Utah, University of Washington, Seattle University, Reed College and Linfield College.

College of Idaho students Danica Barnack and Niki Ward took first place in their respective speech events at Bellingham. Senior captain John Heinemann, Courtney Goldy, Daisy Ambris and Caia McCurdy also took home individual awards for C of I.

The Howlin' Yotes next compete at the National Speech Championship qualifying tournament at Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Feb. 24-27. The team finishes its season at the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Championships at Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., on March 23-27.

“We are expecting the upperclassmen to rejoin us for the National Championships,” said Sermon, whose team has finished in the top ten nationally on five occasions. “I believe we have a strong enough team to make a run at the top five.”

College of Idaho receives $40,000 grant supporting student service

The College of Idaho has received a $40,000 grant from the Twin Falls-based Seagraves Family Foundation that will aid C of I students who give back to their communities. Service learning scholarships funded by the grant will be specifically targeted at students from the old Highway 93 corridor, which runs from the Idaho-Nevada border through Twin Falls and north to Galena.

“We have many alumni who play an active role in the Magic Valley community,” said Barry Fujishin, Director of Development at C of I. “The Seagraves Foundation sees the impact of these alumni and is hoping to produce more C of I graduates who will return to settle in the area.”

The College of Idaho currently has more than 200 alumni living and working in the Magic Valley. This school year, 17 new students from the region enrolled at C of I. The Seagraves Foundation hopes to further increase those numbers by supporting students who will be actively mentored in civic leadership and who will perform service activities in Caldwell during the school year or in their hometowns during the summer.

“The College of Idaho has a very good reputation for teaching its students a skill set that benefits the area in which they live,” a spokesman for the Seagraves Foundation said in a statement. “These service learning scholarships will allow more students to receive a quality education while at the same time allowing the recipients to give something back to society.”

The Seagraves Family Foundation has a history of generosity and service at The College of Idaho. In 2006, the foundation gave C of I a $30,000 grant to help found the Student Philanthropy Council. In the years since, the Student Philanthropy Council has donated thousands of dollars to local charities. This past fall, the SPC received the 2010 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Idaho Chapter.

College of Idaho set to hold on-campus health fair

The College of Idaho will host a health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 inside McCain Student Center. The fair, which is aimed at improving physical, mental and fiscal health, will include free health screenings and information, vendor booths, food, prize drawings, massages and more.

“Many of the choices made in college become habits we carry with us for years,” said Libby Burtner, Director of Health Services at C of I. “The health fair is designed to help our students make healthy lifestyle choices that will allow them to achieve their best performance both now and in the future.”

Free services available at the health fair include blood pressure screenings by Primary Health, HIV screenings by APLHA, mental health screenings by the C of I counseling center and body composition screenings by Northwest Health and Osteo, which also will offer bone density screenings for $40. In addition, West Valley Hospital will offer free information on work/study ergonomics and St. Luke’s Hospital will supply a DermaScan device that shows the skin damage UV sunlight can cause.

Vendors that will be on hand to provide free information and prizes include the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Commuteride, Costco, Idaho Central Credit Union, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Planned Parenthood, RADAR, Weight Watchers, the YMCA and the Idaho Dairy Association, which will give away milk and string cheese. Ten-minute chair massages – at a cost of $5 for students and $10 for staff – and a $12 lab draw for glucose and lipids also will be available. The lab draw will take place between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

“The vendors we are bringing to the College will provide our students, faculty and staff with the resources needed to make their best personal health choices,” Burtner said.

For more information about the health fair, or to sign up for a massage, lab draw or bone density screening, contact Libby Burtner at 459-5200 or [email protected].


Winter 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

February 15

Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'The Perfect Gentlemen,' a quartet that highlights the vocal styles of the 20th Century, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

February 16

The College of Idaho Health Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., McCain Student Center

February 16

Free Community Cinema Screening of 'Welcome to Shelbyville,' 7 p.m., KAIC 106

February 16-18

C of I opera production 'Til Death Do Us Part,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Auditorium

February 19

C of I opera production 'Til Death Do Us Part,' 2 p.m., Langroise Auditorium

February 22

College of Idaho Day at the Capitol, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Idaho State Capitol Building (Boise)

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)

February 25-26

Caldwell Fine Arts sponsors Missoula Children's Theater's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 25), 3 p.m. (Feb. 26), Jewett Auditorium

March 31-April 2

53rd Annual Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science, C of I campus (click for more information)


Jan Summers Duffy, an Archaeologist and curator of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at C of I, was quoted in this CNN article about Egyptology. She also appeared in this KIVI Channel 6 News story

College of Idaho student Krista Hafez and her "Kaps for Kidz" philanthropy program were featured by Idaho Statesman columnist Anna Webb last week.

C of I senior Kelly McCarty was named the NAIA Division II men's basketball National Player of the Week after scoring 45 points in two C of I victories Jan. 21 and 22. Read more in this KBOI Channel 2 News story.

C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi provided commentary on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address for KIVI Channel 6 News. LiCalzi also appeared in a story about the controversial Nullification book.

College of Idaho alumna Brandi Limbago '94 was quoted by Infectious Disease News in an article concerning dangerous "supercharged" bacteria.

College of Idaho alumnus James K. Brewington '67 has been appointed as a strategic board advisor for Hypres, Inc. Read more in this BusinessWire online article.