2011. 08. 12
C of I, Caldwell move forward with Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium
The College of Idaho and the City of Caldwell created quite a buzz among Treasure Valley baseball enthusiasts this week by unveiling plans to complete Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility that will rival any in the Intermountain West. C of I President Marv Henberg, Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas and lead donor Graye Wolfe announced their plan and released renderings of what the completed project will look like during an Aug. 8 press conference at Wolfe Field.
“This is going to be a pretty special place to play,” said Graye Wolfe, the lead donor on the project that is named in honor of his father, Duane. “It’s going to draw teams to play in Caldwell, not only for the College but also for high school state tournaments and American Legion baseball in the summer.”
The completed Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium will feature individual chair-backed seating for more than 1,000 fans, first-class lighting, two covered batting cages, an indoor hitting facility, a press box, concession stands and restrooms, a landscaped courtyard and banners honoring the five Caldwell, American Legion and C of I players who have played Major League Baseball. The total coast of the project – including the already-completed artificial infield, sod outfield and dugouts – is $2.4 million.
Coach Shawn Humberger and the C of I baseball team already have enjoyed the benefits of playing on a fast-draining, artificial surface. The Coyotes season runs from February through May and often conflicts with inclement weather.
President Henberg is eager to complete the project and improve the fan experience, much as the first phase of upgrades improved the experience for the players. He and Wolfe hope to raise the remaining $1.6 million by the end of the year, with plans to finish construction in time for the 2013 baseball season.
“Wolfe Field has been a wonderful addition to our athletics program,” Henberg said. “Certainly the American Legion and high school students along with the Yotes team that use this facility have enjoyed it very much. I’m not sure our spectators have enjoyed it as much.
“The completed stadium is going to be great for the College, and we are proud to partner with the City of Caldwell and the generous Wolfe family to make this project a reality.”
In addition to hosting local teams, Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium figures to be an attractive option for state and regional tournaments at the college, high school and youth levels. With more than 1,000 seats, it will be eligible to host an NAIA tournament, which would attract thousands of visiting fans.
Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas said the stadium will contribute to the city’s reputation, economic development, family entertainment options and overall quality of life.
“Caldwell has developed a reputation as a first-rate baseball community,” Nancolas said. “Completing this first-class baseball stadium will have a significant impact upon our entire community. This facility means so much to the City of Caldwell.”
For more information on Wolfe Field Baseball stadium, or to make a gift, visit the project's official web page.
Simplot Dining Hall gets $1.5 million upgrade
Students eating at The College of Idaho will return to a more pleasing dining experience this fall, following completion of a $1.5 million project upgrading Simplot Dining Hall.
Matt Caldwell, general manager of C of I’s food service provider Bon Appétit, said the renovations significantly enhance the kitchen and serving areas of Simplot Dining Hall. Images of the renovated Simplot Dining Hall can be viewed on the College's Flickr site.
“We take pride in creating made-from-scratch meals for the students here at The College of Idaho,” Caldwell said. “This renovation will help us take the quality of our meals to an even higher level and provide a more modern kitchen and servery for our culinary staff to work in. We look forward to giving C of I students more options for seeing their food made right in front of them.”
C of I President Marv Henberg said the project will add to an already strong campus community.
“We build relationships by sharing meals together with our fellow classmates, faculty and staff members as well as campus guests,” Henberg said. “With the healthful and environmentally sustainable meals that Bon Appétit prepares, this project promotes a sound body, a sound mind and a sound planet.”
The renovation project that started at the end of the spring semester includes a number of improvements that will benefit both C of I students and a variety of community organizations that hold events in Simplot Dining Hall:
• Remodeling of the servery area with new equipment, including a brick oven for making pizzas, calzones and other dishes, as well as a modified layout for improved flow through and servery and more attractive decorative accents.
• New, energy efficient lighting in both the kitchen and the servery that will provide those areas with a brighter, more inviting ambiance.
• New kitchen equipment.
• Heating and cooling upgrades will provide for significant energy savings, a more comfortable work environment for Bon Appétit staff, and lower maintenance time, freeing the College’s facilities staff to devote more time to other campus projects.
• Replacement of the kitchen and servery floor and upgrades to the plumbing systems.
• Installation of washable ceiling tiles and walls to increase the efficiency of the cleaning process.
• Repainting of Simplot’s north dining hall, the main seating area for C of I students.
• Remodeling of the hall’s Hendren Room, including a new floor, ceiling, paint and fixtures.
Simplot Dining Hall was built in 1948 with the support of long-time College of Idaho trustee and honorary alumnus J.R. Simplot. Since then the College’s main cafeteria has been added onto and remodeled, most recently in the mid-1990s.
Kyle Abrahamson, director of maintenance and operations, is pleased that the project incorporates a number of energy efficient components while also ensuring students have an attractive place to gather for food and conversation.
The renovation work will be completed in early August in time for the start of the new academic year at the end of the month. The project architect is Hummel and Kreizenbeck Construction has served as the general contractor.
C of I again recognized as one of America's 'Best Colleges'
The College of Idaho is one of America’s top colleges and earns especially high marks for its theatre program and campus convenience according to the Princeton Review’s annual publication “The Best 376 Colleges.” C of I, cited regularly in the Princeton Review for its outstanding learning environment, was ranked No. 15 in the nation for “Easiest Campus to Get Around” and No. 20 for “Best College Theatre” in the 2012 publication released Tuesday, Aug. 2. C of I also was recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the West.
“In addition to our tradition of academic excellence, we strive to create an enjoyable campus experience that our students will remember for the rest of their lives,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “It is an honor to receive this recognition, and I am heartened by how fondly our students speak of the College in the Princeton Review.”
The College’s small, residential campus has long been a favorite among students, who are never more than a five-minute walk from class, Simplot Dining Hall or any of the numerous athletic and extracurricular activities that take place every day. The C of I theatre department, directed by Mike Hartwell and Idaho Shakespeare Festival funnyman Joe Golden, and the student theatre club, Scarlet Masque, produce several full-length shows every school year. In February, Waiting Games, a play written by C of I senior Thomas Newby, was selected as a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
The Princeton Review publishes its yearly review based on feedback from college students who complete an 80-question survey rating their own schools on the quality of campus life, safety, green practices, academics, professors, admissions and financial aid. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges make the list.
C of I also this week was named one of America’s best colleges in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, an annual college guide book written by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske.
The College of Idaho has launched a new Student Experience Blog, where five students share their thoughts and accounts of everyday life at C of I. Check out the site to meet the bloggers, post comments and gain a unique insight to campus life.
The College of Idaho is the No. 1 school in the state according to Forbes' annual "America's Top Colleges" rankings. C of I ranked No. 33 in the West and No. 183 overall.
The College of Idaho's "Reach for the Stars" event featuring Mexican-American astronaut Jose Hernandez received front-page coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
C of I graduate Keats Conley '11 had an online article published by Northwest Food News as part of the "2011: The Year of Idaho Food" project.
C of I alumnus Gary Hollie '83 and his new film, Soda Springs, were featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune. The film had a successful Idaho premiere July 30 at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.
C of I student Diego Cordova was interviewed by KTRV Fox 12 News for a story about local college students making ends meet and competing for jobs during the current recession.
C of I alumna Amanda Buchanan '99 was featured in an Oregon Public Broadcasting piece on natural gas drilling in Idaho.
The C of I sustainability stewards are selling fresh eggs, zucchini, onions, cucumbers and more. To make an order or to sign up for the stewards' weekly newsletter, email the stewards or join their group on Facebook!