C of I Newsletter

2011. 03. 18

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C of I skier Fitzpatrick captures national championship

College of Idaho junior Kelley Fitzpatrick won an individual national championship during last week’s USCSA National Championships, eluding an early crash to take the women’s Skier-X title at Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley. The victory was part of a record-setting week for the Coyotes, who also captured five freestyle national championships as a team.

C of I won team titles in men’s slopestyle, men’s halfpipe, men’s combined, women’s halfpipe and women’s combined. The five team national titles are the most the program has ever won in a single season.

“The kids really stepped up,” said coach Ron Bonneau. “They skied well, but they also pulled together and supported each other as a team, and I think that’s the reason we were able to surpass expectations and bring home the championships.”

Fitzpatrick was victorious in Skier-X, a four-person race down a winding course. She grabbed the lead when her competitors crashed in the second turn and went on to win the first individual title by a C of I woman since 1995.

“It was really intense,” said Fitzpatrick, the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference Women’s Skier of the Year. “I was in the back of the pack and took the inside line going into a curve, while the other three ladies took the outside – when they all crashed into the net, I got really excited. The final rollers, with all of the Coyote fans there, made it so much fun.”

Fitzpatrick’s was one of 21 All-America performances for the Coyotes. Stephanie Dunn, Sara Silva, Nina Hirner, Cliff Mailloux, Skylar Herbert, Zach Tomlinson and Jack Lewis also earned All-America honors, while Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Skufca and senior captain Katie Kernan were named academic All-Americans.

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

Israeli diplomat discusses Middle East upheaval at C of I

The College of Idaho community was treated to a special visit by an international diplomat as Gideon Lustig, Deputy Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, visited campus Thursday to deliver the lecture “Dilemmas in a Shifting Middle East: Threats and Opportunities.” C of I students, faculty and staff packed the Sterry Hall Board Room to listen to Lustig, who spoke and fielded questions from the audience for about an hour.

Lustig’s lecture touched on a wide range of topics, including Israeli contributions to modern technology, the tenuous and ever-changing political climate in the Middle East and the complex cultural, ideological and political relationships between Israel, Palestine and other Middle-Eastern nations.

“It can be very difficult,” Lustig said of the tension in his homeland. “We are talking about an area of land that is very small, but it is the most sacred place in the world for Jewish people and also a very sacred place for Islam and Christianity.

“Our neighbors in the Middle East obviously have very different cultures and very different beliefs, but hopefully we can work together and build toward a common future.”

Lustig lives in San Francisco, but travels frequently to speak at college campuses and other venues in the west. He was pleased to learn that The College of Idaho, led by history professor Howard Berger, is working to establish the first endowed chair in Judaic studies in the Intermountain West.

“Being from Israel, I am very happy about the Judaic studies program at The College of Idaho,” Lustig said. “I think it’s really special because that is the way for people to be exposed to Jewish values and American Jewish history.”

Lustig holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a focus on Muslim extremism and terrorism. Prior to his current position, Lustig worked in the Division of Economic Affairs at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he helped bolster Israel's economic relations with Eastern European nations. He also served 10 years in the Israeli Defense Forces.

“It is an honor to host Mr. Lustig,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “As a campus dedicated to examining the many facets of international relations, we are delighted to have a representative of another nation visit our campus and speak to our students.”

The College of Idaho, TVCC enter articulation agreement

The College of Idaho and Treasure Valley Community College on Wednesday formalized an articulation agreement that enables students to transfer easily to the Caldwell liberal arts college from the two-year community college on the Idaho-Oregon border. The agreement allows students from TVCC to take advantage of The College of Idaho’s distinctive PEAK curriculum, which launched last fall and combines a broad liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields to help graduates succeed in a constantly changing professional world.

“We are proud to join with TVCC in easing the path for students to earn a bachelor's degree,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Our PEAK curriculum provides a renewed appeal to transfer students, and we welcome this opportunity to help them come to The College of Idaho.”

Students who earn an associate’s degree from TVCC 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. Students who earn 28-to-59 credits at TVCC will be granted sophomore standing and will be required to complete one PEAK major and two minors at C of I.

Acknowledging that a number of TVCC students already transfer to C of I each year, TVCC President Dana M. Young said this new agreement will help improve the transfer process for more students.

"We are thrilled to partner with an institution that is student-centered and dedicated to academic success,” Young said. “This agreement provides TVCC students with an easy-to-follow plan for moving from TVCC to The College of Idaho and also helps us promote that option for our students.”

Treasure Valley Community College is the third school to enter an articulation agreement with The College of Idaho since the PEAK curriculum launched, joining College of Western Idaho and College of Southern Idaho.

C of I fraternity awarded Court of Honor

The Theta Psi fraternity chapter of Delta Tau Delta at The College of Idaho last month was awarded a Court of Honor by the national Delta Tau Delta organization. The award, granted to the top 20 chapters in the nation, recognizes excellence in categories such as academics, effective recruitment, philanthropy, involvement and organization within the chapter's school and the national fraternity.

Theta Psi received the Court of Honor and seven additional awards in various categories – including its academic success as a leader amongst male Greeks at C of I and its progress in recruitment and philanthropy efforts – in a February ceremony in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

“This is only the third time our chapter has received this award,” said Aaron Mondada, president of Theta Psi at C of I. “The award not only lets us see the progress we have made as a chapter, but also reaffirms our dedication to being involved with the fraternity and the community at large.”

The Theta Psi chapter at C of I currently has 29 members and was founded May 1, 1999. Theta Psi members strive to represent their national organization, their brothers and The College of Idaho by being exemplary in academics, philanthropy and campus leadership.

Delta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 at Bethany College in West Virginia. The fraternity’s founding principles of truth, courage, faith and power have provided a guide for its membership. Today, Delta Tau Delta is active on more than 200 college campuses with 125 active chapters and colonies comprised of more than 7,000 undergraduate members.


Spring 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Spring 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

March 21

Caldwell Fine Arts presents pianist Martina Filjak, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

March 22

Author Ann Vileisis presents a Year of Idaho Food lecture, 'Kitchen Literacy,' 7 p.m., Langroise Auditorium

March 23

Landscape photographer Tim Palmer lectures from his book,'Rivers of America,' 7 p.m., Langroise Auditorium. Supported by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council

March 31

'The Good, the Bad and the Controversial' environmental expert panel discussion, 7 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Sponsored by Idaho Academy of Science

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

April 4

Dan Zirker lecture, 4:30 p.m., Sterry Hall third-floor board room

April 16

Idaho History Day at C of I, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

Through April 29

CALENDARS art exhibition, featuring the work of Pete Grady and Dave Thomas. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Rosenthal Art Gallery (Blatchley Hall)

April 30

Sixth Annual C of I Student Research Conference, Langroise Center (abstract deadline is April 5)


View and purchase more than 300 photos from the 2011 C of I Scholarship Gala here, courtesy of Schmidt Productions photography.

The College of Idaho was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune in an article about class sizes at local colleges.

The C of I women's basketball team was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune. The Coyotes were in Sioux City, Iowa, for the NAIA Division II National Championships last week.

College of Idaho geologist Dora Gallegos was interviewed by KIVI Channel 6 News for a story about potential earthquakes in Idaho.

Charles Buck '83, a molecular biologist, has been selected to head up the University of Idaho's operations in North Idaho, as reported in the Coeur d'Alene Press.