C of I Newsletter

2011. 03. 04

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Scholarship Gala in Boise a big success

The College of Idaho launched the public phase of its Advance The Legacy campaign on Feb. 25 as part of the 2011 Scholarship Gala at the downtown Boise Centre on the Grove. A full house of more than 650 guests turned out for the event, which raised more than $168,000 toward student scholarships.

“In re-launching the Advance The Legacy campaign, we are reminded of the many proud legacies we have inherited,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “It is fitting that 100 percent of dollars raised at the Gala will go to scholarships. Direct financial support for deserving students is the best way imaginable to advance The College of Idaho.”

The formal Gala included dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, raffles and an “Adopt a Yote” reverse auction. Guests heard from President Henberg, Idaho Governor Butch Otter ’67, Board of Trustees Chairman John McGee ’95 and student president Colleen Smith.

“The best legacy we can advance for the parents and businesses of today and of the future – and for the survival of this great republic – is to Advance The Legacy at The College of Idaho,” said Otter, the honorary chairman of the campaign.

Portions of Otter's speech and interviews with C of I students and alumni are available in this video on the C of I YouTube Channel.

The Advance The Legacy campaign, originally launched in 2007, aims to raise $175 million by 2016. Approximately $110 million has been raised thus far. To learn more about the campaign, or to make a gift, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign.

C of I also celebrated “College of Idaho Day” last week at the state Capitol Building in Boise. The day included a proclamation by Governor Otter and displays by C of I students, faculty and staff highlighting research projects, student organizations, faculty publications and other noteworthy accomplishments. Videos of the governor’s speech and the displays can be seen by clicking on the links in the text above.

C of I ski team set for USCSA National Championships

The College of Idaho ski team will be in the national spotlight next week as the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships take place at nearby Sun Valley Resort. The tournament runs Tuesday through Saturday (March 8-12) and includes competition in Nordic, alpine, snowboard and freestyle events.

“This is a unique chance for us to showcase both the sport of skiing and the College,” Bonneau said. “Having nationals right in our own backyard is a great opportunity for us to bring people from around the country to Idaho and show them what we are all about.”

The C of I women qualified for nationals thanks to a second-place showing at last week’s USCSA Western Regional Championships, which the Coyotes hosted at Bogus Basin in Boise. Nina Hirner, Gabrielle Gould and Kelly Fitzpatrick earned top-20 finishes for the Coyotes, who have made 13 consecutive national championship appearances under Bonneau.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to cap off my career,” said senior captain Katie Kernan. “To compete at nationals my senior year, especially having it so close to the College, it’s a dream come true.”

Kernan, Fitzpatrick and Caitlin Skufca also were named academic All-Americans for the Coyotes.

The C of I men didn’t make it to nationals this year, but the ski and snowboard program remains one of the most successful on campus. Since Bonneau took over the program in 1991, the Coyote men and women have combined to qualify for 29 USCSA National Championships, win 14 Northwest Conference championships, capture three Western Regional titles and produce seven individual national champions and 56 All-Americans.

“We have a great team,” said Bonneau, who coaches one of the most diverse teams on campus with athletes from 16 states and two foreign countries. “We have a wide variety of people from many different backgrounds who are able to work together toward a common goal, and that’s why this program is where it is today.”

In conjunction with nationals, The College of Idaho is hosting a special alumni and admissions event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sun Valley Lodge dining room. Members of the ski team will be on hand and refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

Student wildlife films to debut on C of I YouTube channel

A series of stunning wildlife documentary films written, produced and directed by College of Idaho students is set to debut on the C of I YouTube channel next week. The six-part series, created by students who explored the tropical ecosystems of Australia during a coral reef ecology course in Winter 2010, begins Monday, March 7. One video will be posted each day through Saturday, March 12, at www.youtube.com/goyotes. Subscribe to the channel and receive notice when a new video is posted.

C of I majors in biology and environmental studies examine some of Australia’s most common inhabitants in the series, which they filmed during a month on location in Queensland. Learn the eerie tale of the parasitic strangler fig tree. Trek along with the students as they search for Australia’s largest skink. And find out what makes the red-necked pademelon (a smaller cousin of the kangaroo) a successful member of the rainforest community.

Participants in the Australia trip included students Camrin Braun, Ashlee Byrnes, Rebekah Chace, Claire Deters, Tracy Diaz, Sam Finch, Emma George, Brenden Hoffmann, Janelle Jensen, Lauren Kline, Kate Leadbetter, Kara McCutchen, Jenna Raino, Paul Sartin, Stella Selden, Hayley Talboy and Elizabeth Valdes. Environmental studies professor Chris Walser, biology professor Mark Gunderson and geology instructor Dora Gallegos supervised the trip.

The faculty and students who participated in the Australia expedition and put forth the effort to produce these outstanding videos are a fine example of the unique and exciting opportunities available at The College of Idaho. 

C of I group attends Academy Awards in Hollywood

A group of College of Idaho students and staff had a front-row view of the red carpet Sunday, Feb. 27, at the 83rd Academy Awards outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The group obtained the seats by winning a contest sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year.

“It was a lot of fun,” said junior Megan Taylor. “We were right on the front row of the bleachers and movie stars were walking by all day. Plus, we were sitting really close to the ABC stage, so every time Robin Roberts interviewed someone, you could see us on TV.”

The trip originated more than a year ago as a suggestion by residence life coordinator Justin Waldron. AMPAS was sponsoring a college Oscar watch party contest, with the winner receiving tickets to the red carpet in 2011. The Residence Hall Association had an Oscar party planned, so they decided to enter the contest.

“We never thought we were going to win,” said Taylor, who was secretary of the RHA at the time. “We threw our party and about 150 people came. We dressed up, had popcorn-themed food and had a great time. We submitted pictures, a video and a write-up to AMPAS, and a couple weeks later we found out we had won the grand prize.”

C of I beat out many larger schools, including the University of Southern California, which finished second. Taylor, Courtney Swantek and Molly Dovner – three students who organized the Oscar viewing party and contest submission – attended the event, along with one guest of their choice. Taylor brought her mother, Coleen Taylor, Dovner brought Waldron and Swantek brought fellow student Michelle Edie. Hope Collins also helped in the effort, but was unable to attend.

The C of I group had an eventful day on the red carpet. Swantek had some homework autographed by Entertainment Tonight host Mark Steines and the group got an up-close view of dozens of movie stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Hilary Swank and Kevin Spacey. Once the awards show started, the C of I group enjoyed a private Oscars viewing party at El Capitan Theatre.

“It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Waldron, who also attended Oprah Winfrey’s After-Oscar party in the Kodak Theatre on Monday. “I haven’t missed watching the Academy Awards since I was a child, so attending was a dream come true for me.”

Development office launches Spring Phonathon

The Spring 2011 Coyote Caller Phonathon kicked off Wednesday, March 1. Throughout the month of March, current C of I students known as Coyote Callers will be contacting alumni, parents and friends of the College in order to build and strengthen the relationship between The College of Idaho and its supportive community. The Phonathon is a chance for those who are contacted to ask questions about C of I, offer suggestions, update their contact information, get information about college news and events, and make an annual pledge of support.

“I’m really looking forward to this Phonathon because our callers are so excited about helping out the College,” said Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel. “They are so grateful and eager to give back, and it just shows what great students we have here at C of I.”

Wensel trains, hires and organizes the Coyote Callers twice each year – once in the fall and once in the spring. The Fall 2010 Phonathon was the most successful in C of I history, raising more than $66,000 from more than 700 donors.

“We kind of overhauled the Phonathon in the fall, and it was really successful,” Wensel said. “We have some positive momentum now, and we are going to take that and try to do even better this spring.”

The money raised by the Coyote Callers goes to the Boone Fund, an unrestricted giving program that supports the College’s operating needs. For more information, contact Wensel by email or phone at 459-5016.


Spring 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Spring 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

March 8

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

March 9

Ski and snowboard alumni and admissions special event, 6:30 p.m., Sun Valley Lodge dining room

March 17

Gideon Lustig, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest, presents the lecture 'Dilemmas in a Shifting Middle East: Threats and Opportunities,' 11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room

March 22

Author Ann Vileisis presents a Year of Idaho Food lecture, 'Kitchen Literacy,' 5 p.m., Langroise 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 Franklin 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


The College of Idaho's public launch of the Advance The Legacy campaign at the Feb. 25 Scholarship Gala got front-page coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Gary Mays, a one-armed athlete who played baseball and basketball at C of I in the 1950s, was featured by ESPN.com as part of Black History Month.

Dr. Shauna Williams, a member of the C of I Board of Trustees, was featured in a Treasure Magazine article about her "Casting for Recovery" fly fishing program.

C of I basketball player Nicole Gall has been honored as the Cascade Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Read more in this Idaho Statesman article.

Education professor Debra Yates has been selected as one of 99 national experts in her field to present at the AuthorSpeak conference this November in Indianapolis.