C of I Newsletter

2011. 04. 15

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C of I spring theatre production opens at Langroise

The College of Idaho theatre department proudly presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a philosophical tragicomedy told through the eyes of two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play opened Thursday night and will show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as on April 20-23. The final show is a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 24. All shows take place in the Langroise Studio Theatre at C of I.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is written by renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard and directed by C of I theatre professor Joe Golden. The play follows the thoughts and exploits of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who appear on-stage in the play whenever they are off-stage in Hamlet. The two plays occasionally intersect, resulting in familiar characters and scenes from Hamlet.

“The show, while funny, really communicates some big ideas,” Golden said. “It looks at themes of life and death, fate versus free will, our place in the world and what we are meant to do. These characters feel very much part of a machine that is chugging along with or without them, and they ask themselves whether they are just cogs in a machine or if they have some greater purpose.”

The play stars C of I students Jeff Young as Rosencrantz, Hannah Buckendorf as Guildenstern, Thomas Newby as “The Player” and Taylor Hawker as Hamlet. Megan Richardson is the costume designer, student Sarah Harris is the set designer, Deborah Penrod is the lighting designer, and student Nena Curley is the stage manager.

“We’re definitely excited for the show,” said Buckendorf, a senior majoring in theatre and music. “It’s a huge, three-act show, but we’ve taken it very seriously and I think it’s very professionally done.”

Buckendorf has starred in several local plays at both C of I and Caldwell High School, but she says the role of Guildenstern has been the toughest of her acting career.

“This role has had more memorizing than I’ve ever done,” Buckendorf said. “My character is more of the head and Rosencrantz is the heart, so a lot of times I am trying to explain things to him. I also go off on a lot of tangents about life and death and our purpose on earth. We share a very strange, platonic relationship.

“Guildenstern has been a very difficult character for me, but it’s also the role of a lifetime.”

Tickets to the show cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Admission is free for C of I students, faculty and staff. The Langroise Box Office can be reached at (208) 459-5426.

Wild Horse Foster Program comes full-circle

It has been a busy month for The College of Idaho equestrian club, which is wrapping up the first year of its Wild Horse Foster Program. Two C of I students and their foster horses won awards over spring break, and the club will have a chance to showcase the mustangs to potential adopters at the Idaho Horse Expo this weekend in Nampa.

C of I senior Kaylie Shaver, in association with the Idaho Bureau of Land Management, created the Wild Horse Foster Program this school year. The program, advised by psychology professor Dr. Jill Haunold, gives students the unique opportunity to work with and train wild mustangs. Haunold and the seven C of I students and alumni involved in WHFP – Shaver, Kyra Peterson, Jennifer Lawrence, Tori Burnett, Alicia Latta, Daviana Watkins and Elizabeth Hulse ’10 – have fed, exercised, trained and cleaned stalls of their six foster horses since January.

“The experience of seeing both the horses and the club members grow through this program has been extremely rewarding,” said Shaver, a biology major from Benton City, Wash. “It’s pretty uncommon for novice horse trainers to try something like this. It was a tremendous amount of work, but I think our group really rose to the challenge.”

Over spring break, members of the club and their horses participated in the BLM Foster Mustang Weanling Trail Challenge. Shaver won the competition with her horse, Frankie, while Peterson, a sophomore from Caldwell, placed third with her horse Kelso and fifth with her horse George.

The equestrian club held public meet and greets with the horses last week. Potential owners will get another chance to see the animals this weekend at the Idaho Horse Expo, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Idaho Horse Park outside the Idaho Center in Nampa. All six horses will be showcased and auctioned at the Expo, but Shaver said three of the animals have already been spoken for.

“I’m really happy to see the horses move on,” said Shaver, an aspiring veterinarian who has accepted an apprenticeship with a horse trainer in Washington this summer. “It’s going to be really hard to see them go, but helping them get adopted into good homes is what makes this whole process worthwhile.”

With Shaver set to graduate next month, the future of the Wild Horse Foster Program is uncertain. Shaver hopes the College, its students and the community continue to support the program, which offers a rare opportunity for students who have never had the chance to interact with horses. To learn more about WHFP, the animals or this weekend’s Idaho Horse Expo, contact Shaver at kaylie.shaver@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu or Dr. Haunold at jhaunold@collegeofidaho.edu.

Howard Berger Lecture Series brings prominent couple to Idaho

The next installment of The College of Idaho’s Howard Berger Lecture Series will bring prominent Jewish couple Rob Eshman and Naomi Levy to Idaho on April 28-29. Eshman is the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal, while Levy is a respected rabbi and bestselling author. The couple will speak at 7 p.m. on April 28 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts and again at 7 p.m. on April 29 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley. Both lectures are open to the public.

In their lecture, “The Rabbi and the Skeptic: Personal and Professional Journeys in Faith,” Eshman and Levy will discuss what happens when a believer marries a non-believer and how they integrate different approaches to faith in their professional, communal and personal lives. The lecture will look at the current state of the Jewish world through the particular, and peculiar, lens of their marriage and the broad lens of their professions.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Eshman has written for the Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post. Eshman joined the Jewish Journal in 1993 and was promoted to his current position in 2000. In 2009, he founded TRIBE Media Corp. and oversaw the growth of the small community newspaper into a multi-platform media company that includes the largest independent American Jewish weekly and jewishjournal.com, the largest Jewish news website outside of Israel.

Levy is the author of national bestsellers To Begin Again and Talking to God as well as the recently released Hope Will Find You. She also is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement. A graduate of Cornell University, Levy was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary and has been named one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and National Public Radio.

The Howard Berger Lecture Series – named after C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger, a 28-year veteran of the College – is the public face of the Judaic studies program at C of I. The lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture, and philosophy in Idaho and the West. It is also the College’s first step toward establishing an endowed chair in Judaic studies, which would be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. Previous installments of the lecture series include renowned historian Richard Freund and the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, Akiva Tor.

To learn more about the chair of Judaic studies, watch this video on the C of I YouTube channel.

C of I campus celebrates Earth Day, sustainability

The College of Idaho community put on an early Earth Day celebration this week as students, staff, faculty and vendors from the Treasure Valley community filled Simplot Dining Hall on Thursday for a low-carbon lunch. The campus will also hold a “low power hour” Friday afternoon, turning off the lights and celebrating energy conservation in the McCain Pub.

College of Idaho students and sustainability stewards Alli Parrish and Katy Stewart said they are pleased with the campus’ increasing efforts to preserve the environment.

“I think sustainability is definitely on people’s minds,” said Parrish, a sophomore. “I look around campus, and I see a lot more recycling going on than we had even a year ago. Events like the Earth Day celebration are a great opportunity for us to get the word out.”

Earth Day included a fair featuring booths set up by students, faculty and local vendors. Parrish and Stewart showed off the sustainability council’s new baby chickens and showed students how to make their own tie-dye t-shirts, while representatives from Idaho Power, Intermountain Gas, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, Idaho’s Bounty, the University of Idaho and other local organizations shared food samples, handouts, garden seeds and information about sustainable living.

C of I also celebrated Low-Carbon Diet Day thanks to its food service provider, Bon Appetit. The menu at Simplot Dining Hall was full of foods specifically aimed at reducing the College’s carbon “foodprint” through Bon Appetit’s “Top 5 Low Carbon Diet Tips.”

1. You bought it, you eat it – don’t waste food.
2. Make “seasonal and regional” your food mantra.
3. “Mooove” away from beef and cheese.
4. Stop flying fish and fruit – don’t buy air-freighted food.
5. If it’s processed and packaged, skip it

“The students really seemed to like the menu, and it’s a good way to get people thinking about eating low-carbon foods,” said Kelly Dickson, executive chef at Bon Appetit. “I think most of the time, we tend to not think about sustainable food habits – we just grab a bag of chips or whatever because it’s easy. Hopefully, events like this will increase awareness.”

Earth Day festivities continue Friday with “low power hour,” which will include food, live music and no electricity. The event runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in McCain Pub, and the entire campus community is invited to attend.

The campus community also is invited to learn more about the sustainability stewards' efforts to build new organic garden on campus. To read about the garden or donate to the cause, visit the stewards' blog.

Youth converge on C of I for National History Day event

The College of Idaho is set to host National History Day in Idaho, the finale of a year-long enrichment program that provides exciting ways for the state’s middle and high school students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The annual event, sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on the C of I campus. More than 300 Idaho students from grades 4-12 will compete for awards, scholarships and a slot in this summer’s national competition.

“Idaho History Day encourages students to think like historians, going beyond mere discovery and rote learning to engage with historical topics and answer important questions about the past,” said Steve Maughan, a C of I history professor who will present awards to the History Day winners. “In the process, history comes alive as students make it relevant to their own interests. There couldn’t be a better preparation for the kinds of thinking students will be asked to do in college and in their lives.”

Students qualified for National History Day by placing in one of six regional events earlier this school year. They now will compete for dozens of awards, including College of Idaho scholarships worth $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000; the $2,000 Idaho Centennial Scholarship; and the Idaho State Historical Society Trustees' and Director's Award $500 grand prize. First- and second-place winners also qualify for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, taking place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

The theme of this year’s National History Day event is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students have created exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and historical papers to showcase their findings. The projects will be judged throughout the morning and early afternoon, when the exhibits and documentaries will be open for public viewing at Jewett Auditorium, the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts and other venues on the C of I campus. An awards ceremony, including a short keynote address by C of I history professor Jeff Snyder-Reinke is set for 4 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

C of I hires new Director of Corporate Relations

The College of Idaho has hired Tim Otter as its Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. Otter, a former professor at C of I, joins the Office of Development, where he will write grants and help the College secure funding through foundations, corporations and other sources.

Otter comes to C of I from Crowley Davis Research, Inc. in Eagle, where he served as vice president of the life sciences department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from Brown University and a PhD in cell biology from the University of North Carolina. Prior to his work at Crowley Davis, Otter spent 15 years as a professor of biology at The College of Idaho.

“It’s unusual to have a person in this position with extensive faculty experience,” Otter said. “But I want to use that to my advantage. I know the faculty and the history here at The College of Idaho, and I hope to put my years of teaching experience to use on the fundraising side so we can secure funding for important research and other programs our faculty and students are involved in.”


Spring 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

April 15-16, 20-24

C of I theatre department presents 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre (2 p.m. matinee April 24)

April 16

National History Day in Idaho, 9 a.m., Jewett Auditorium, Langroise Center and Orma J. Smith Museum

April 16

College of Idaho Outreach Day, 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet at McCain Student Center

April 17-22

International Week, culminating with the International Food Fest at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Morrison Quadrangle

April 18

Idaho Theater for Youth's 'Hansel and Gretel's Grimm Tale,' 6 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Free admission!

April 28

Boise Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet master class for C of I students, 4 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

April 28

Howard Berger Lecture Series featuring Rob Eshman and Naomi Levy, 7 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

April 29

Senior vocal recital for Steven Slupe, 5 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Slupe has been accepted into the Fletcher Opera Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts.

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, 12:30 p.m., Langroise Center and KAIC

May 19-21

Class Reunions for Class of 1941, 1951, 1961 (Golden Jubilee), 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. Email alumni@collegeofidaho.edu for more information


College of Idaho President Marv Henberg had an op-ed piece on access to higher education published in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

The College of Idaho's student-driven Wild Horse Adoption Program was featured by KIVI Channel 6 News.

C of I sophomore Annie Morrison had her story, A Summer at Dixie Creek Ranch, featured by Northwest Food News as part of the 2011: The Year of Idaho Food initiative.

C of I alumnus Christopher Lay '02 recently received a $10,000 Public Impact Fellowship and was featured on the website of the University of California-Irvine, where he is set to receive his PhD this summer.

Ann Nichols '73 has been named director of Idaho’s East Bonner County Library, which has branches in Sandpoint and Clark Fork. Read more in this Bonner County Daily Bee article.