C of I Newsletter

2011. 04. 29

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C of I hosts annual Student Research Conference

The College of Idaho will host its sixth annual Student Research Conference on Saturday at the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts and the Kathryn Albertson International Center. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., students from all disciplines will share their scholarly and creative accomplishments with the campus and the community through performances, exhibitions and presentations that showcase a variety of undergraduate research and creative projects.

“The conference is very interdisciplinary, which makes it a great opportunity for students to see the type of work that goes on here at the College,” said Dayne Filer, a junior from Boise and a member of the SRC planning committee. “For students not involved in research, it’s a chance to discover all the excellent research opportunities they have at The College of Idaho. And for those who are involved, it’s a great way to gain experience presenting and defending their work in a conference setting.”

This year’s conference includes research presentations on the effects of feral horse grazing on southwest Idaho’s small mammals, the racial attitudes of today’s college students, the characteristics of internet addiction, and the effects of environmental contamination on trout in southwest Idaho. Creative presentations include readings by student writers who participated in the National Undergraduate Literature Conference and a student-composed piano, violin, viola and cello piece entitled “Meditation.” A full schedule of events and presentations is available online.

“The Student Research Conference provides a venue for our students to showcase all the scholarly and creative work that happens on this campus,” said biology professor Sara Heggland, chair of the SRC planning committee. “There aren’t too many places you can go and see a musical performance followed by a poetry reading and then a research project on sage brush. It’s very reflective of the liberal arts, and it’s a nice way for us our students to celebrate scholarship as a community.”

'Humans vs. Zombies' game sweeps C of I campus

Over the past two weeks, a fierce battle has been raging on The College of Idaho campus. Brightly-colored bandanas, high-speed footraces, paranoia and fierce Nerf gun battles have become common sights since a group of students started a game of “Humans vs. Zombies” at C of I.

“When I heard about this game, I thought it sounded like so much fun,” said Andrew Moore, the C of I sophomore who started the game. “Our campus seemed built for this type of game, so I really wanted to make it happen.”

Working with fellow sophomore Joseph Lehmann and the C of I chapter of Delta Tau Delta, Moore got the game off the ground. With the help of the official “Humans vs. Zombies” website, Moore set up the online component of the game, which lists the rules and keeps track of players’ status. Moore and Lehmann also held a meeting to teach players the rules and secured funding from the Student Senate to purchase fabric for orange bandanas and prizes for the “Hungriest Zombie” and “Last Human Standing.”

The game, which originated in 2005 at Maryland’s Goucher College, has gained popularity at campuses across the country. Play begins with all but one player as “humans,” marked by a bandana worn around the arm or leg. One randomly selected player is the original “zombie,” marked by a bandana worn around the head. Once the game starts, the zombie begins “eating” humans by tagging them. Tagged humans become zombies, and must “feed” on a human once every 48 hours – if not, they “starve” and are out of the game. As the zombie infestation intensifies, the dwindling human population fights to stay alive by hiding in safe zones such as academic buildings and dorm rooms. Humans also can defend themselves by “stunning” a zombie for 15 minutes with a Nerf dart gun or balled-up sock.

The game was an instant success at C of I. More than 150 students participated in the first game, and interest was so high that Moore started a second game the following week.

“I have loved playing ‘Humans vs. Zombies,’ ” said C of I freshman Amy Weakland. “During the last few weeks of school, what could be a better stress reliever than running around shooting Nerf guns? I’ve seen so much positive interaction on campus. Students who have never met before are working together, which is great, even if it is to ‘hunt’ humans.”

Most players echo Weakland’s enthusiasm and many non-players are interested in joining. To satisfy the growing interest, Moore hopes to establish an annual “Humans vs. Zombies” tradition at C of I.

“It took a lot of time and effort to organize it,” Moore said. “But it’s been so rewarding to see how many people are playing and how much fun everyone is having. Going forward, I would like to have a couple of games every year because we’ve had such a great response.”

To learn more about “Humans vs. Zombies, contact Moore at [email protected] or visit http://humansvszombies.org.

Staff shows support for College through giving

Every year, The College of Idaho staff works behind the scenes to support the College’s daily operating needs. From fundraising and event planning to residence life and campus maintenance, the staff strives to improve the C of I student experience.

This year, the staff has taken its support a step further. So far, 110 staff members have made gifts to the College, a giving percentage of more than 70 percent. According to Boone Fund Coordinator Tara Wensel, the number of these gifts is the highest in school history and a big improvement over previous years. C of I had 88 staff donors in 2010 and averaged 48 donors annually from 2006 to 2009.

“Our staff members want to help the College,” Wensel said. “People want to see their money put to good use, and here they see that every day when they come to work. It’s really encouraging to see the numbers go up, and hopefully we can continue to make the staff aware of the importance of giving.”

The recent uptick in staff giving has taken place in spite of tough economic conditions. But staff veteran Tracylea Balmer, assistant director of special events and conference services, said she isn’t surprised to see more staff giving back to the College.

“People who are involved with The College of Idaho tend to develop a fierce loyalty to it,” said Balmer, a 2002 C of I graduate. “It’s a family-like atmosphere and it becomes your home. When you know there is such a simple way to sustain the College, it’s hard not to do it.”

Justin Waldron, a residence life coordinator and 2004 C of I graduate, is encouraged by the staff giving numbers and sees room for even further improvement.

“I think it’s really telling that the staff feels so strongly about giving,” said Waldron, president of the Staff Association. “It says a lot about the College and the desire people have to invest in the campus community… 100 percent would be a huge accomplishment, but I think it’s an attainable goal.”

A perfect giving percentage is difficult to achieve, but it can be done. The College of Idaho faculty reached 100 percent for the first time this fiscal year and the Class of 2011 senior legacy campaign is close to 100 percent participation as well.

“We are so happy with where we are right now, but we want everybody to get on board,” Wensel said. “It’s the act of giving that speaks the loudest, and gifts of every size make a real difference. What we really want is to have everyone at the College sharing the same vision and working toward the same goal.”

Gifts to the College can be made online or by contacting Wensel at 459-5016 or [email protected]. Learn more about the College’s $175 million Advance The Legacy campaign at www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign.

C of I honored at National Model United Nations Conference

For the fourth consecutive year, The College of Idaho earned an award for excellence at the National Model United Nations Conference, held April 19-23 in New York City. The C of I team stood out among 2,500 students from more than 200 schools, earning a distinguished delegation award and applause from their peers on the floor of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

“We have a really good group of students,” said Dr. Rob Dayley, a professor of political economy who leads the C of I Model UN program. “For a school our size to have this kind of consistent success is pretty remarkable. To get noticed at the conference, you really have to be assertive and confident leading others. Our students are well-prepared because they are used to doing that in class.”

Model UN is a co-curricular program at The College of Idaho. Dayley has taught the class and accompanied students to the National Model United Nations Conference for the past 10 years. At the conference, each delegation is assigned a country and a topic and asked to write resolutions that serve their country’s best interests. This year, C of I represented Bosnia and Herzegovina, the homeland of six of the delegation’s 15 members.

“It was especially meaningful for our Bosnian students,” Dayley said. “But to earn an award, your delegation has to be strong across the board, and all of our members really stepped up and contributed.”

Delegation awards are given to teams who exemplify diplomatic cooperation in committee, lead in resolution writing, and accurately represent their country’s positions. Members of the C of I team include Jessi Barnes, Victoria Hess, Azra Cickusic, Tyler Hatch, Azra Basaric, Zach Theiller, Anel Cokoja, Amelia Bennett, Aldina Okanovic, Jasmina Hasic, Nancy Cortez, Michelle Wooten, Jessica Perez, Ariel Lawson and Iris Cvijanovic.

The 2011 performance adds to C of I’s growing reputation as a perennial award winner at the conference. The College of Idaho has earned a delegation performance award in each of the last four years, earning an outstanding delegation award in 2009 and honorable mention in 2008 and 2010. NMUN is the largest Model UN conference in the world, attracting more than 200 colleges and universities from 55 countries.

The C of I delegation wishes to publicly thank the Associated Students of The College of Idaho and the Student Senate for bolstering their financial support this year. For more information about Model UN at C of I, contact Dr. Dayley at [email protected].

Alumni trip to France rescheduled for summer 2012

The College of Idaho alumni department is planning a special trip to Paris next summer. Group leaders Jim Angresano, Elizabeth Angresano and Paul Hosefros will lead a group of 12 alumni on a 10-day trip themed “New Experiences through Photography and Exploring French Culture.” The trip, originally planned for this summer, has been rescheduled to begin the last week of May 2012.

“This will surely be a new and stimulating experience, even if you’ve seen Paris before,” said Jim Angresano, a professor of political economy at the College. “We will see Paris through our cameras in a way we might never have thought of before. And we will meet Parisians in their workplaces and have discussions with real people.”

Jim Angresano has visited Paris on roughly 25 occasions as a lecturer, researcher, tourist and leader of student groups. He wrote a book about the French economy, French Welfare State Reform. Elizabeth Angresano has visited France countless times since her one-year stay in Paris as an undergraduate. While a graduate student, she spent another year in nearby Amiens, making frequent trips to Paris for her doctoral research in French literature. She has since visited France as co-leader of a student group, to visit friends, to conduct research and to indulge her interest in medieval architecture.

Paul Hosefros first saw Paris when he was 14 in the company of British Eagle Scouts. He later spent 36 years as a photographer for the New York Times, including a three-week stay as the newspaper’s wine columnist in Bordeaux. Hosefros recently teamed with C of I professor Alan Minskoff to publish the book Idaho Wine Country.

Participants in the alumni trip will have the opportunity to dine, visit museums and shops, explore the architecture of medieval Paris, attend concerts and plays, take photographs and visit the Burgundy wine country. The group will focus on a new experience (e.g., preparation of food in a restaurant, life in a typical French café) for part of each day. Group members are otherwise free to enjoy Paris as they wish, though the group leaders are willing to guide and/or accompany travelers to any particular points of interest. Exact details and itineraries will be worked out once the group forms.

The cost of the trip is estimated to be $4,000 per person, including air travel. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Alumni can RSVP by sending a $1,600 deposit payable to The College of Idaho to Jim Angresano prior to November 15, 2011. Final payment will be due March 1, 2012. Questions about the trip should be directed to Jim Angresano at [email protected] or (208) 459-5207.


Spring 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

April 29

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Boise Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

April 30

Sixth Annual C of I Student Research Conference, 12:30 p.m., Langroise Center and KAIC

April 30-May 1

Organic garden work day and May Day planting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Gaia house (1902 Oak Street)

May 1

ALAS Cinco De Mayo Pachanga, Noon, J.A. Albertson Activities Center (outside)

May 4

Henberg Happy Hour, 3 p.m., President's Home

May 4

Opening reception for 'EQUIPOISE' senior art exhibition, 4:30 p.m., Blatchley Hall

May 6

Theatre professor Joe Golden speaks at the City Club Forum of Boise, 11:45 a.m., Grove Hotel (Boise)

May 11

Environmental Studies senior capstone presentation 'Water in the West,' 4:30 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle

May 13

Book signing for Chris Farnsworth '93, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Boise

May 14-15

Annual C of I volleyball tournament fundraiser, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Symm's Field. Open to the public.

May 19-21

Class Reunions for Class of 1941, 1951, 1961 (Golden Jubilee), 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. Email [email protected] for more information

May 21

Commencement, 10 a.m., Morrison Quadrangle

June 2-3

Staff Association Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Terteling Library Lawn


C of I student Anita Keeler was featured by KBOI Channel 2 News in a segment called "Ready to work." Keeler, one of the College's few non-traditional students, will graduate next month with a degree in business administration.

The C of I baseball team wraps up the regular season this weekend with four games against in-state rival Lewis-Clark State. KTVB Channel 7 News had the story.

Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery '73, a professor of English and director of the folklore program at Idaho State University, has been awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.

The College of Idaho was featured in an Idaho Press-Tribune story on increasing enrollment in Canyon County colleges.

Check out video footage of the International Fair, the International Food Festival and the C of I Passover Seder on the College's YouTube channel.

Gary Hollie ’83 was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune for his role as executive producer of the film Soda Springs, which debuted this spring at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

The College of Idaho business and music departments have been awarded $2,000 grants for scholarships by the John William Jackson Fund, as chronicled by the Idaho Statesman.