2011. 05. 13
Artist Matthew Barney to address graduating Class of 2011
The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating Class of 2011 during its annual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of campus. Internationally acclaimed artist Matthew Barney will deliver the commencement address, capping a week of celebration at Idaho’s oldest liberal arts college.
“This year's graduating class has witnessed a lot of change,” said senior and student president Colleen Smith. “We are the last class to know Albertson College of Idaho, and the first to graduate under the new PEAK curriculum. We've seen a change in President and a huge increase in enrollment. Through it all, our class has produced some amazingly talented students. I'm very proud to be a part of The College of Idaho's 2011 graduating class.”
Commencement speaker Barney, who lived in Boise for more than a decade, is renowned for his thought-provoking and imaginative artwork in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. He is best-known for “The Cremaster Cycle” – a project exploring processes of creation that consists of five feature length films and related sculptures, photographs and drawings. Barney’s numerous awards and recognitions include the 1993 “Europa 2000” Prize from the Venice Biennale, the inaugural 1996 Hugo Boss Prize from New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the 2007 Kaiser Ring Award and the 2011 Persistence of Vision Award, presented by the San Francisco Film Festival. During commencement, C of I President Marv Henberg will confer upon Barney an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Retired C of I history professor Franklin Specht also will receive an honorary doctorate, while alumni Dr. Cheryl Haugo ’82, Mark John Haugo ’84 and Caldwell School District Superintendant Roger Quarles will be awarded the C of I President’s Medallion.
“We are proud to celebrate this year’s graduates, who have earned their degrees by rising to the level of excellence demanded by our outstanding faculty,” Henberg said. “And we are proud to feature Matthew Barney, who is arguably the most prominent American artist alive today. Barney’s pioneering work and boyhood roots in Idaho make him an ideal person to address the Class of 2011 as it graduates into the world beyond campus.”
Smith and her classmates look forward to the challenges that await them as they move on to graduate school or the workforce and begin the next chapter of their lives.
“I think most of us are terrified of what comes next, yet confident that the education and experiences we've received over the past four years have amply prepared us for our next challenge,” Smith said.
Commencement will be preceded by a baccalaureate service at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, inside Jewett Auditorium. Decade class reunions, meetings for the Board of Trustees and other College events are scheduled throughout the week. For a full schedule of events, visit the C of I online calendar. Commencement also will be streamed live online at http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.
C of I student undertakes Davis Project for Peace in Ecuador
For most college students, summer is a time to relax, enjoy the outdoors, barbecue with friends and work to save money for the upcoming school year.
For Sophie Dresser, this summer promises to be a bit more memorable. The College of Idaho junior will spend a month fighting poverty in Ecuador through her Davis Project for Peace, “The Working Boys Center: Providing Literacy Opportunity for Greater Peace.” Dresser’s project was one of 100 selected for a $10,000 grant from the worldwide Davis United World College Scholars Program, funded by philanthropist Kathryn Davis.
“I feel really lucky that I was chosen and that our College participates in the Davis program,” said Dresser, a Boise native and 2008 Borah High School graduate. “From everything I’ve seen and read, the Working Boys Center does a great job bringing people out of poverty, and I am looking forward to helping with that and seeing the process first-hand.”
Dresser, who is studying international political economy at C of I, arrives in Ecuador on May 23 and will stay through June 24. She chose the Working Boys Center after hearing the experiences of a family friend who worked there as a volunteer. She also was inspired by the experiences of C of I classmates Keats Conley and Casey Mattoon, who undertook a similar Davis Project for Peace last summer in Egypt.
“I think students who have the opportunity to do these projects learn a lot about themselves and the world,” Dresser said. “The experiences that Casey and Keats shared were so relatable to what we learn in the classroom, I think it really brought a lot back to the College and the students here.”
The Working Boys Center serves the families of more than 400 young boys who work as shoe shiners in the city of Quito. In many cases, the boys earn 70-85 percent of their total household income. The WBC provides these impoverished families with schooling, health care, food and social services. Thanks to the education and training the boys receive at the WBC, roughly 75 percent of graduates achieve higher-wage, full-time employment in the Quito workforce.
Dresser’s project will focus on resupplying the WBC with adequate books, cataloguing and preserving those books, supplying teachers with software programs and educational materials, building new chairs for the libraries and implementing an incentive-based reading program that will reward the children with the life-long gift of literacy. Dresser has partnered with The Shoeshine Fund for additional financial support, and she is looking for donations from local booksellers and businesses in an effort to provide the WBC with as many books as possible. To hear more about the project or to donate to the cause, contact Dresser at email@example.com.
The College of Idaho now has had a Davis Project for Peace funded in each of the last four years. C of I students previously completed projects in Malawi, Tanzania and Egypt. To learn more about Davis Projects for Peace, visit www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.
“We are excited to have a project funded in Latin America this year,” said Dr. Rob Dayley, a professor of political economy and chair of the Davis Campus Committee at C of I. “Sophie’s project will make a big difference in the lives of young children in need of educational support.”
Parents engaged in new initiative supporting C of I
The College of Idaho has many important groups of stakeholders. From students and alumni to faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees, thousands of people invest their time, money and talents to ensure the success of the College both today and in the future.
Students’ parents are one such group. While parents spend less time on campus than other constituencies, they remain essential to the advancement of the College. With that in mind, the Office of College Relations has launched an initiative to engage more parents. The effort began with the February announcement that new director Lisa DeDapper would lead a restructured office to support alumni and parent relations. It continues this spring as the College launches its Parent Council, a small committee aimed at increasing participation, advocacy and fundraising among the C of I parent community.
“Parents were kind of an uncharted territory we hadn’t fully utilized,” said DeDapper, a 1978 C of I graduate. “The Parent Council is going to be a great tool for getting the word out so people know how special the College is.”
The Parent Council is overseen by DeDapper and Boone Fund Coordinator Tara Wensel ’09. The inaugural council includes six Treasure Valley couples – Roger and Vicki Cantlon, Ray and Marybeth Flachbart, Zil and Annemarie Hasnain, Kevin and Sue Hughes, Paul and Karen Montgomery and Michael and Susan Smith. Each couple is responsible to attend quarterly meetings, donate $1,000 to the College each fiscal year and host one annual event at their home to talk about C of I with friends and community members. President Marv Henberg and his wife, Laurie, will attend each of the hosted events.
“Parents are different from alumni or faculty or staff, but they can be instrumental in the success of the College,” said Wensel, whose parents hosted a Parent Council kickoff event in April. “When parents talk about C of I within their circle of influence, they become great ambassadors for the school.”
DeDapper and Wensel are eager to get the Parent Council up and running. To learn more about the program or to offer suggestions, email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara at email@example.com.
Alumnus Christopher Farnsworth to sign books tonight in Boise
The College of Idaho welcomes one of its most accomplished alumni back to the Treasure Valley this weekend as author Christopher Farnsworth ’93 makes his spring book tour stop in Boise. Farnsworth will sign copies of his new book, The President’s Vampire, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Book Store off Milwaukee Street. The signing will be preceded by a special Alumni Book Club reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Café Ole in the Boise Towne Square plaza.
Farnsworth was born and raised in Idaho and is a published reporter, screenwriter and novelist. His first novel, Blood Oath, received positive reviews from fans and critics and is in the process of being adapted for film. The President’s Vampire, which hit shelves on April 28, is the second installment in the page-turning series, which follows the adventures of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire sworn to protect the president and the United States from supernatural threats. Read more about Farnsworth’s work at his official website, http://chrisfarnsworth.com.
Copies of The President’s Vampire will be available at the Barnes & Noble book signing. The Café Ole reception is a hosted event, so RSVPs are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (208) 459-5770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
C of I alumna Pamela Dunlap '82 has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Philips Corporation. Dunlap, who is headquartered in the Netherlands, serves as global head for internal audit and is the international company's highest-ranking female executive.
C of I political economy professors Rob Dayley and Jasper LiCalzi were interviewed by the Idaho Press-Tribune for a story about the ramifications of Osama bin Laden's death.
Mitch Dame, a standout pitcher for the C of I baseball team, was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune. Dame was the top pitcher in the NAIA-West this season with a 9-0 record and a 1.78 earned run average.
C of I student Dorgham Abusalim has received an Outstanding Civic Engagement award through his internship with The Washington Center. Abusalim, who is from Palestine, met Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and discussed a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
C of I alumnus and trustee Ron Bitner '68 has been selected to receive the 2011 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology by Purdue University, the school at which he earned his master's degree.
C of I theatre professor Joe Golden and his comedy partner Tom Willmorth were guests at the City Club of Boise on May 6. Listen to their performance here.
C of I senior Sam Finch had an article featured by Northwest Food News as part of the 2011 Year of Idaho Food initiative.
C of I alumnus Klaus Scharioth '71 was featured by the Pennsylvania Morning Call. Scharioth, the German Ambassador to the United States, traveled to Pennsylvania to study the area's rich German history.