C of I Newsletter

2011. 08. 26

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Celebrate the new C of I Coyote Sept. 2

The Coyote has returned to The College of Idaho's athletics logo, and the campus community is ready to celebrate! Join us at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2 on the J.A. Albertson Activities Center lawn as we unveil the new logo and Coyote mascot with a tailgate party prior to the volleyball team's home opener at 7 p.m. Activities will include:

• BBQ dinner
• Apparel featuring the new logo (T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and more!)
• Activities for children
• Visits from other Treasure Valley mascots
• Music and more!

Food provided by Bon Appétit will be served at 4:30 p.m. and guests will have a chance to eat, check out the new Coyote gear and meet other local mascots. C of I President Marv Henberg and athletic director Marty Holly will introduce the new Coyote at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Admission to the BBQ dinner and volleyball game costs $5, or $3 for C of I faculty and staff. C of I students and children 5 and younger eat for free. This is a party you don't want to miss. We hope to see you there!

For tickets, call Dave Hahn at (208) 459-5835 or email [email protected]

President Henberg delivers State of the College Address

College of Idaho President Dr. Marv Henberg applauded his faculty and staff for a successful 2010-2011 school year and challenged them to continue generating bold ideas that will ensure continued academic and fiscal success in the years to come during his annual State of the College Address on Aug. 25 inside Langroise Recital Hall.

“The year just concluded was remarkable by virtually every measure,” Henberg said. “The College enjoyed a record fall enrollment of 1,055 students. Dr. Rochelle Johnson became the third College faculty member in five years to be named Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our transition to the distinctive new PEAK Curriculum went smoothly.”

Henberg went on to outline goals for the 2011-2012 school year, including refining PEAK and bolstering its visibility through national publicity and grants. He also thanked the hundreds of donors who helped the College to a record alumni giving rate of 36 percent, the second-highest in the Northwest. C of I also received gifts from 100 percent of its faculty, 100 percent of its trustees, 97 percent of its graduating seniors and 75 percent of its staff.

“When those who study at or work on behalf of the College believe sufficiently in its value to make a philanthropic commitment, we are indeed rich in the way that matters most—rich in heart,” Henberg said.

At the same time, the President said the campus community must continue efforts to strengthen the College’s long-term financial sustainability in the coming school year and beyond. He urged the College’s employees and friends to find ways to enhance enrollment, philanthropy and academic quality through bold new ideas such as PEAK. With the national economy continuing to struggle and government funding of education in rapid decline, Henberg made it clear that no college is immune to the present and future economic challenges facing higher education.

“We must find bold new initiatives that will capture new revenues and keep old sources of revenue from deteriorating,” Henberg said. “We must spread far and wide the story of excellence at The College of Idaho, distinguishing ourselves from our competition as we do so.

“I issue such a general call for ideas and initiatives precisely because I believe so strongly in the sound State of the College at its heartfelt best.”

Bug Day a big success for Orma J. Smith Museum

With hundreds of live insects and nearly 1,200 inquisitive guests on hand, the entomology experts from The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History felt right at home during Bug Day on Aug. 20 at Boise’s Idaho Botanical Garden.

As dozens of curious youngsters gathered around, museum director Bill Clark and his fellow insect curators shared their expertise and made sure attendees left the garden with a newfound wealth of insect knowledge.

“Insects are the dominant life form on earth and they impact our daily lives in many ways,” Clark said. “Hence, it is wise to know something about them. At Bug Day, kids – and all of us – have an opportunity to catch a bug and learn about it. Where does it live? What does it eat? Is it considered a pest? These are questions all of us can benefit from knowing the answers to.”

Activities at Bug Day ranged from Clark’s “Ask the Experts” station to recreational activities such as bug bingo, bug races, face painting and insect tattoos. There also were booths with information about insects that have major economical and environmental effects on southwest Idaho, including honeybees, Mormon crickets and household pests. Orma J. Smith Museum curators ran a large booth displaying part of their vast insect collection, selling bug-related gifts and distributing information about the museum and upcoming programs. Check out an online gallery with more than 100 Bug Day photos on The College of Idaho Facebook page.

“The outdoor classroom provided at Bug Day by the museum and the Idaho Botanical Garden is an easy way for people to learn about insects and other arthropods,” Clark said. “We encourage anyone wishing to learn more to visit or volunteer with us at the museum.”

The Orma J. Smith Museum, which runs on a volunteer basis, raised more than $800 through Bug Day. To learn more about the museum, sign up for a volunteer workday or schedule a group tour, visit the museum website, email Clark or call (208) 459-5507.

C of I reopens renovated Simplot Dining Hall

The College of Idaho and its food service provider, Bon Appétit, will celebrate the grand re-opening of Simplot Dining Hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, the night before fall classes begin. All C of I students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event and enjoy live music, prize drawings and a full dinner menu of local, sustainable foods in Simplot’s newly remodeled café space.

“We are all very pleased with the newly remodeled Simplot Dining Hall,” said Matt Caldwell, general manager of Bon Appétit at C of I. “It not only looks new and improved, but it feels great. We are truly excited to have the entire campus community experience the new café and to showcase great food in this beautiful new space.”

Simplot Dining Hall officially reopened Aug. 23 with a reception hosted by Bon Appétit. C of I President Marv Henberg was on hand to recognize Hummel Architects, Kreizenbeck Construction and the C of I trustees who made the $1.5 million project a reality in time for Simplot to be fully operational for the 2011-2012 school year.

“Congratulations on a job well done,” Henberg said. “Thanks to the top-notch work of the trustees, architects, builders, project managers and Bon Appétit, the College now has a dining facility that is worthy of the excellent students and campus community it serves.”

Renovations to Simplot Dining Hall include a remodeled café and servery area, new kitchen equipment, a brick oven for pizzas, a modified layout, energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling upgrades, new and improved flooring and tiling, new fixtures and a fresh coat of paint. A photo gallery from the reopening reception is available on the C of I Facebook page.

Simplot Dining Hall was built in 1948 with the support of long-time College of Idaho trustee and honorary alumnus J.R. Simplot. The new upgrades are the latest in a series of add-ons and remodels and the first since the mid-1990s.


Summer 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Summer 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

September 2

'C of I Coyote Celebration' mascot unveiling and tailgate party, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center lawn (precedes volleyball home opener). For tickets, contact Dave Hahn at 459-5835

September 4

The Sawtooth Cello Choir's Mack Winsauer Memorial Concert, 2:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Proceeds to establish a scholarship honoring Mack Winsauer.

September 10

Volunteer workday at Orma J. Smith Museum (Boone Hall basement), 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch seminar: 'Wrapped for Eternity' Egypt presentation by Jan Summers Duffy including rare falcon mummy

September 10

Caldwell Fine Arts Beat Beethoven 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Click to register

September 10

Caldwell Fine Arts presents The College of Idaho Faculty Showcase of Music and Art, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

September 20-25

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

September 23

Coyote Open, 11 a.m., Falcon Crest Golf Club (Kuna). To sign up, call (208) 459-5835 or email [email protected]

September 23

Night at the Museum featuring Brad Brooks '06, Deputy Regional Director of the Wilderness Society, 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall

September 24

Taste of the Harvest, 1 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle

September 29

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Craicmore, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium


Alumna Sarah Nash ('09) recently completed a master’s degree at Boise State University and is publishing her thesis, a history of the first 100 years of Boise’s Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The book premieres at  the WCA’s Sept. 9 Centennial Celebration at the Boise Centre. Nash was an anthropology/sociology major with minors in religion, crime in society and history at C of I.

C of I student Levi Smith has been awarded the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association STEM Teacher’s Scholarship. Smith receives $5,000 toward tuition and a $1,000 classroom grant for his first three years as a teacher. Read more about the scholarship here.

The College of Idaho got some really nice press in Lynn O’Shaughnessy's blog, "The College Solution."

The College of Idaho has launched a new Student Experience Blog, where five students will share their thoughts and accounts of everyday life at C of I throughout the year. Check out the site to meet the bloggers, post comments, subscribe via an RSS feed and gain a unique insight to campus life.

The College of Idaho's new Coyote logo was released to the media last week and received coverage from KBOI Channel 2 and KTRV Fox 12.

C of I alumnus Mike Wolfe ('04) recently was featured in the Helena Independent Record. Wolfe is competing in a 100-mile race, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, this weekend in Europe.

Alumna Phyllis Hendrickson (GD '95) is a co-author of Hey, Back Off! Tips for Stopping Teen Harassment, which hits shelves Sept. 1. Hendrickson, who earned her master's degree from C of I, taught in the Blaine County School District and was a counselor at Burley High School before retiring in Twin Falls. She and Jennie Withers wrote the book.

The C of I sustainability stewards are selling fresh eggs and produce. Get yours before summer is over! To make an order or to sign up for the stewards' weekly newsletter, email the stewards or join their group on Facebook!