C of I Newsletter

2011. 02. 18

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C of I set for big week in Boise

Next week promises to be one of the busiest and most exciting in recent memory at The College of Idaho as students, faculty, alumni and staff prepare for two huge off-campus events. The College will celebrate “College of Idaho Day” all day Tuesday at the state Capitol building, and the annual Scholarship Gala – this year combined with the “Advance The Legacy” campaign kickoff – is set for Friday evening at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

“College of Idaho Day” is a daylong celebration of the College’s many contributions to the state. Groups from C of I will set up booths from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Capitol rotunda with displays highlighting student organizations, faculty research, staff departments and Coyote athletics.

One of the main focuses of “C of I Day” is the collaborative student-faculty research on a variety of issues that affect Idaho’s citizens and businesses. An example is the work of student Camrin Braun and environmental studies professor Dr. Chris Walser, who investigated the distribution, diet and behavior of non-native largemouth bass in the lower Boise River. Braun and Walser discovered that the bass, first introduced into the river in 1887, have sustained their own population for decades, have spread up and down the river as far as dams allow and may be impacting the native trout population.

“I am very excited to share our work with the public and our state legislators,” said Braun, who has decided to pursue a career in biological research thanks to the project. “Not only does this project demonstrate the exemplary work that goes on at C of I, but it also shows the unique environment our students have as a result of dedicated faculty conducting research on the cutting edge of their fields. I hope by sharing this work we can initiate some interest in this topic that may uncover many of the questions that remain about largemouth bass in the lower Boise River.”

“College of Idaho Day” also includes a 10 a.m. proclamation signing by Governor Butch Otter ’67. Festivities conclude with a 4 p.m. alumni happy hour at Bittercreek Ale House in Downtown Boise.

Three days after “C of I Day” at the Capitol, the College will hold its annual Scholarship Gala, set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Boise Centre on the Grove. This year’s Gala also serves as the launch of the comprehensive “Advance The Legacy” fundraising campaign, an effort aimed at raising $175 million for the College.

The Gala is a black-tie event featuring dinner, live music and dancing, a raffle drawing, an “Adopt a ‘Yote” reverse auction, a silent auction and a live auction. The event is sold out, but more information is available online or by calling (208) 459-5017.

The College of Idaho would like to thank Gala sponsors The Caxton Printers, Hoffman Construction Company, U.S. Bank, Lyle Pearson, Fisher’s Document Systems, Hawley Troxell and Jackson’s Food Stores. Special thanks also go out to Governor Otter, honorary chairman of the “Advance The Legacy Campaign,” and to the many friends and supporters of the Gala and the College.

C of I group wins grant to study economic development in Thailand

College of Idaho professor Rob Dayley and four C of I students have earned a $25,000 Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant from the Freeman Foundation and ASIANetwork, a national consortium of Asian studies programs. The grant will support Dayley and his students on a month-long trip this summer in Thailand, where they will conduct research on the consequences of economic development and trade liberalization and produce a video documentary.

Dayley, a professor of political economy and Asian studies, will join C of I seniors Morgan Bow, Alex Grande, Chris Kober and Nikki Watson on the research trip to Thailand. The C of I group’s grant proposal, “Tangerine Dreams: The Local Effects of Liberalizing Thai-China Trade,” was one of only 13 to receive funding from the ASIANetwork this year.

“This grant shows we have a strong Asian studies program for a liberal arts college,” Dayley said. “We joined ASIANetwork about five years ago and we definitely are excited that they accepted our proposal. Hopefully, this is the first of many grant-funded research trips to come.”

Dayley and his students will spend four weeks in the “Golden Triangle” region of northern Thailand, where they will research the effects of the country’s rapidly expanding tangerine industry. The team will consider how tangerine production and Thai-China trade benefits and harms local communities economically, socially and environmentally. As part of their project, the C of I group will interview local farmers, public officials and community leaders—including a Buddhist abbot famous for ceremonially ordaining old-growth teak trees as monks to ward off tangerine developers who encroach on forest land. The students also will document the transformation of Thailand’s northern border area from a dangerous zone where opium traffickers and warlords held much power to an agricultural hotspot for tropical fruit production and global trade. After collecting data in Thailand, the students will return to Caldwell to compile their findings. The team will present a research paper, poster and video documentary at ASIANetwork’s 2012 national conference in Willamette, Ore.

“This is unique because it’s an even smaller group than I usually take,” said Dayley, who has led multiple student trips to Asian countries. “The students did a lot of preliminary research for this study, including language preparation. The grant funding allows them to get beyond the classroom to develop their international research skills. The project reinforces the student-oriented mission of the College by emphasizing close faculty-student mentorship.”

C of I, CSI announce articulation agreement

The College of Idaho and the College of Southern Idaho have formalized an articulation agreement that will enable students to transfer seamlessly to the Caldwell liberal arts college from the two-year community college based in Twin Falls. The agreement allows more students from CSI to take advantage of The College of Idaho’s distinctive PEAK curriculum, which launched last fall.

“The College of Idaho has a tradition of fostering access to higher education,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “More than 27 percent of our students are the first from their families to attend college, and we believe that number will be greatly bolstered by this agreement with the College of Southern Idaho.”

Students who earn an associate’s degree from CSI will be granted junior standing at C of I, including up to 70 transfer credits. These students will be required to complete one PEAK major and one minor to earn a bachelor’s degree at C of I. Also, students who earn 28-to-59 credits at CSI will be granted sophomore standing and will be required to complete one PEAK major and two minors at C of I.

CSI President Jerry Beck welcomes the agreement.

“CSI’s articulation agreement with The College of Idaho will provide yet more options, which is exactly what we want to provide our higher education transfer students,” Beck said. “We value this relationship with The College of Idaho and see it as another way we can serve our students.”

College of Southern Idaho is the second community college to enter an articulation agreement with The College of Idaho since the PEAK program launched. The College of Western Idaho in Nampa entered into a similar agreement in September.

Lisa DeDapper named director of alumni relations

Lisa DeDapper, a College of Idaho alumna with extensive leadership experience in non-profit organizations, has been named the College’s director of alumni relations. DeDapper, who joined the College in 2010 as a major gifts officer after five years as chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, will succeed Frances Nagashima in the position and assumes her new duties effective immediately.

Nagashima has served in the position since 2008 and helped strengthen the C of I’s relationships with alumni throughout the country. Her accomplishments include expanding participation of young graduates in alumni activities, establishing a popular Alumni Book Club, starting a program that brings alumni together for community service activities, and planning more events that foster alumni networking.

“We are extremely grateful for the work that Frances has done in building connections between our alumni and the College,” said Michael Vandervelden, vice president for college relations. “Our graduates deeply value their College of Idaho experiences, the strong sense of community and personal interaction with outstanding professors that help prepare them for successful and fulfilling lives. We see that reflected in our steadily increasing alumni giving rate.”

DeDapper said she is eager to continue building the College’s strong alumni engagement efforts.

“Attending The College of Idaho is a life changing experience, and the close relationships that are built with your classmates, professors and staff members last for a lifetime,” DeDapper said. “I’m looking forward to helping alumni continue to play an active role in the life of the College and to build relationships with our current students who will soon be joining them.”

DeDapper’s previous experience includes service as executive branch director for the Downtown YMCA in Boise from 2002 to 2005 and holding various leadership positions at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA from 1995 to 2002. She earned a bachelor’s degree from C of I in 1978 and a master’s degree from the University of Utah.

“The College is excited that Lisa will be stepping into this role and fully anticipates that she will continue to strengthen the lifelong relationships C of I alumni enjoy with one another and their alma mater,” Vandervelden said. “Lisa brings valuable leadership skills, experience working with volunteers and numerous connections throughout the Treasure Valley to this position. As a C of I graduate, she also understands how to build upon the special experience that our alumni gained here.”


Winter 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

February 18-19

C of I opera production 'Til Death Do Us Part,' Langroise Auditorium. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

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)

April 2

Franklin Specht Scholarship Pasta Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall Fireside Room. All proceeds go to the Frank Specht Scholarship Fund.

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


C of I professor Rochelle Johnson was featured by her alma mater, Calremont Graduate University, for her many accomplishments, including her 2010 Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year award.

C of I alumnus Duane Elgin '66 recently produced a series of shows exploring the themes of evolution, sustainability and spirituality. The shows are available for free viewing and download online.

The new C of I viewbook was named the west region winner of Neenah Paper 2010 Paperworks Contest for creative design.

Read about Egypt's effort to preserve its antiquities amid political unrest in this online article compiled by Jan Summers Duffy, an Archaeologist and curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.