C of I Newsletter

2011. 05. 27

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The College of Idaho celebrates graduating Class of 2011

Renowned artist Matthew Barney, whose work is rooted in his experiences growing up in the Treasure Valley, noted the importance of each person’s roots in addressing The College of Idaho’s Class of 2011 during commencement ceremonies May 21.

“You absorb the environment where you were raised and your experiences and observations there become your primary instincts,” Barney told more than 200 C of I graduates and hundreds of family members, faculty, staff and classmates.

Barney recalled going to a New York exhibition in which German photographer Joseph Beuys spent a week in a cage with a coyote, allowing Beuys and the coyote to share their meals and learn from one another.

“Beuys felt like the coyote well represented the American spirit, and I would agree,” Barney said. “I respect the independence of the coyote and its adaptability.”

Senior class speaker Alexandra Grande, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political economy, echoed Barney’s comments, noting how the College’s liberal arts education challenged her and her classmates to push their boundaries and explore new things.

Grande also recalled the changes she and her classmates have experienced together, including the inauguration of a new president and renovation of Hayman Hall, yet noted that the Class of 2011 will forever be connected to past and future graduates.

“As much as some things may have changed, for a college to endure, its students, past, present and future, must feel like there is something at the core of all of their experiences which remains the same,” Grande said. “Whether you graduated 50 years ago, or five, or will walk across the Boone steps today…I think all of us can recognize what it is that makes The College of Idaho what it is. And that is the community we have here.”

Photographs of graduating students, department groups and the commencement ceremonies taken by a professional photographer are available for purchase online at www.collegeofidaho2011.info.

Indonesian student to help street children in her homeland

As a child growing up in the Republic of Indonesia, College of Idaho sophomore Ana Azwan remembers a culture where most people seemed too busy to lend a helping hand.

“In Indonesia, most people aren’t really aware of helping each other,” Azwan said. “Everyone is trying to survive and take care of themselves and their own families.”

This summer, Azwan has a unique opportunity to provide service in her homeland. Thanks to the Freeman Foundation and the Institute of International Education, the C of I Davis Scholar will spend two months helping the children of Yogyakarta through the Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program. Azwan was one of only 20 college students chosen for the program, which seeks to get young children who have dropped out of school to leave the streets and return to the classroom.

“I’m really looking forward to learning about and helping these street kids,” Azwan said. “Hopefully we can get them back into school, because that is the only way to change their futures.”

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program will cover Azwan’s expenses. She leaves for Indonesia on May 29 and returns to Idaho on September 4. During the internship, Azwan will perform research for a project she plans to share with the C of I campus in the fall.

“Ana is a great example of what the Davis Scholars bring to campus,” said Dr. Rob Dayley, who teaches political economy and oversees the Davis Campus Committee at C of I. “We have 44 Davis Scholars on campus from around the world, and they are here because of their potential to contribute to the world. This is a great opportunity for Ana to take what she’s learned here and use it in her home country.”

Azwan, a psychology major, attended high school in Italy on a scholarship before coming to C of I. She hopes to become a children’s psychologist.

“I really appreciate what I have here in the United States,” Azwan said. “Dr. Dayley and my psychology advisors at the College have been very supportive. I just want to take advantage of my opportunity to make a difference in Indonesia.”

To learn more about Azwan’s project, email [email protected] or visit http://www.ylpshumana.or.id (you will have to switch the page’s language to English).

C of I wins grants for Math and Science Summer Institute

A group of College of Idaho professors has teamed up to bring a math and science camp to campus for local middle school students. Dr. Robin Cruz (math), Dr. Jim Dull (physics), Dr. Katie Devine (physics) and Dr. Luke Daniels (biology) have secured funding through three grants to support the Math and Science Summer Institute, a camp for students of Caldwell’s Syringa Middle School set for June 6-10.

C of I was awarded $6,000 by the Mathematical Association of America’s Tensor-SUMMA Grant Program. The College also received $5,000 in matching funds from NASA’s Idaho Space Consortium and $2,000 from Micron, Inc.

“In researching for these grants, we found that the dropout rate was pretty high at schools here in Caldwell,” Cruz said. “The goal of this program is to provide some incentive for kids to stay in school by showing them the interesting things they can do in the sciences if they stick with it.”

The Math and Science institute is now in its third year. Cruz and Dr. Ann Koga (biology) started the program in 2009, collaborating with Syringa Middle School principal and C of I alumna Louise Daniels ’72. Daniels has since retired, but the institute lives on. This year’s seventh graders will study epidemiology, the study of health-event patterns in society, while the eighth graders will study the probability of a large asteroid or meteor hitting Earth and the ramifications of such an event. The students will present their findings at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Boone Hall room 101. C of I students Daisy Ambriz, Dayne Filer and Erick Valenzuela are helping Cruz, Daniels, Devine and Dull run the camp.

“We are committed to helping local, disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented students succeed in math and science and eventually attend college,” Dull said. “I thank NASA and the Idaho Space Grant Consortium for awarding the MSSI a Special Projects grant to continue giving Caldwell students the opportunity to explore math and science.”

Staff Association set for annual yard sale

The College of Idaho’s annual Staff Association Yard Sale is around the corner, and expectations are high after last year’s event raised a record $3,000 for the Staff Association Scholarship Fund. Members of the C of I community have donated hundreds of items to the sale, which is a popular spring tradition in Caldwell. This year’s sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 2-3 on the Terteling Library lawn.

Yard sale organizer Russell Shoemaker, a maintenance staffer who serves on the C of I Buildings and Grounds Committee, is hoping for another successful scholarship fundraiser.

“We’ve got some good stuff,” Shoemaker said. “Last year is going to be tough to beat because we got so much stuff from the Boone Hall remodel. We are hoping to beat the record, but we could definitely use some more donations.”

Donations can be dropped off at the C of I maintenance shop between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays until the day of the sale. Pickup and delivery for large items can also be arranged. Contact Shoemaker or Kelsie Van Komen at (208) 459-5551 for more information.

Items donated to the sale so far include bookshelves, desks, exercise equipment, couches, mini fridges, books and household appliances. The College also donated tables from McCain Student Center and a load of kitchen equipment from Simplot Dining Hall, including wine glasses and an industrial meat slicer.

“Any donation is much appreciated,” Shoemaker said. “One person’s junk is another’s treasure. We just want to raise as much money as we can for a good cause.”

C of I staff and students will run the yard sale, which traditionally attracts hundreds of visitors from the Treasure Valley community. Any items that aren’t sold will be donated to local schools, charitable organizations and thrift stores such as Idaho Youth Ranch.

Idaho nonprofit leader hired as C of I development director

A former state legislator and nonprofit leader with a track record of successful coalition-building and fundraising has been named director of development at The College of Idaho, adding his leadership to the school’s ongoing $175 million Advance The Legacy campaign.

James D. Hansen, who founded United Vision for Idaho in 1995 and served as executive director for 13 years, began his duties directing the College’s development efforts this week.

Michael Vandervelden, vice president for college relations, said Hanson’s expertise in building donor support and winning grants, combined with his commitment to the College’s dedication to preparing students to thrive, will boost its advancement efforts.

“Jim brings a tremendous passion for the close-knit community we enjoy at The College of Idaho, where our students develop the knowledge and wisdom this world needs,” Vandervelden said. “His experience will help us reach our campaign goals and sustain the C of I’s legacy of great teaching that prepares successful graduates.”

Hansen most recently served as executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party and previously served for six years in the Idaho State Legislature. In creating United Vision for Idaho, he built a statewide coalition of nonprofit organizations with a combined membership of more than 100,000. In 2005, Hansen received the Leadership for a Changing World award from the Ford Foundation.

"I am thrilled to be joining a team of extraordinary people working to support the vision and mission of one of the finest small liberal arts colleges in the nation,” Hansen said. “I have long admired the exceptional talent of the students and faculty at The College of Idaho and am eager to help more people learn about and support the College."

Hansen earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from the University of Idaho. He is an active civic leader who has served as president and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Boise-Sunrise, as president and a board member of Opening Doors, and on boards of directors of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Idaho Mediation Association.


Spring 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

June 2-3

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

June 4

EcoAlumni series featuring Chris Hansen '06, 9 a.m., Red Feather Lounge (Boise)

June 6-10

Math and Science Summer Institute, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, C of I Campus

June 22

Alumni and friends Boise Hawks baseball game, 7 p.m., Memorial Stadium (Boise)

July 9

EcoAlumni series featuring Ben Jarvis '09, 9 a.m., Red Feather Lounge (Boise)

July 16

Alumni Family Day: Blueberry Picking at Suyehira Farms, 8:30 a.m.

Save the Date! July 31

Willamette Valley Wine Tour, Portland, Ore. Email [email protected] for more information

Save the Date! September 20-25

2011 Homecoming celebrating Boone Hall math and science alumni. Email [email protected] for more information


C of I student Caitlin Skufca will spend most of her summer on a cross-country bike ride from New Hampshire to British Columbia for the nonprofit organization Bike and Build. Her efforts were featured by the Press Republican in Skufca's native New York.

Professor Howard Berger and The College of Idaho's initiative to establish a Chair in Judaic Studies were featured by the Washington-based JTNews.

The College of Idaho's 2011 commencement ceremony received some nice coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

The College of Idaho recently launched a roundtable discussion of issues of public interest, “C of I Insights,” on its YouTube channel. Videos of Kaylyn Ruddy’s ’11 reflections at Baccalaureate, the senior art show and Camrin Braun's '11 Student Research Conference presentation on the movements of juvenile whale sharks also are available on YouTube.

C of I alumnus Christopher Farnsworth '93 was featured in the Idaho Statesman during his recent visit and book signing in Boise.

Hall of Fame baseball player Harmon Killebrew, who grew up in Payette and briefly attended C of I, recently passed away at the age of 74. Read more about Killebrew's life and career in this Idaho Statesman article.

C of I history professor Jeff Snyder-Reinke recently delivered an invited paper at Germany's prestigious Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Dr. Snyder-Reinke's paper, entitled Style and Efficacy in Qing Rainmaking, was part of the "Ritual as Technology in East Asia" workshop.

C of I softball player Nickayla Skinner was featured by her hometown Mountain Home News. Skinner, a freshman, earned All-Cascade Conference honors this season.