C of I Newsletter

2011. 09. 20

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C of I set for Homecoming festivities

The College of Idaho celebrates Homecoming 2011 with a full schedule of events this week for students, alumni and friends. This year’s Homecoming has a science theme, as the College celebrates Boone Hall alumni and its outstanding tradition in the sciences. Festivities begin with the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday and wrap up with C of I alumni night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, set for 6 p.m. Sunday in Boise. Click here to register for Homecoming and click here to view a full schedule of events. Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Thursday, Sept. 22
C of I Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

Festivities begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner and the induction of two individuals and one Coyote team into the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. More information about the ceremony and the inductees is available in this special Homecoming edition of the C of I Newsletter.

Friday, Sept. 23
Coyote Open Golf Tournament

The 27th annual Coyote Open features a five-player scramble format and will begin at 11 a.m. at scenic Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. The tournament costs $100 per player. Come enjoy a beautiful day on the greens while supporting The College of Idaho Athletic Association and your Coyote student athletes! To register, click here or contact Dave Hahn at (208) 459-5835 or [email protected].

Noon Ball Reunion and Campus Tour
Join your favorite C of I professors, staff and current students for a game of pickup basketball in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, starting at 11:30 a.m. There are sure to be plenty of thrills, spills and good-natured trash talk! Afterward, grab some lunch in the newly remodeled Simplot Dining Hall before heading to Hendren Hall to begin a campus tour at 3 p.m. Both events are free of charge.

Night at the Museum
Start your evening at the National Alumni Board Wine & Cheese Reception, beginning at 6 p.m. on the Boone Hall steps ($5 charge). Then, head inside for the annual Night at the Museum event at 7 p.m. inside the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. This year’s featured speaker is 2006 alumnus Brad Brooks, the Deputy Regional Director of the Wilderness Society. This event is free and open to the public, and the museum will be open throughout the week. For more information, email museum director Bill Clark at [email protected].

Saturday, Sept. 24
Alumni Tennis Tournament

Test your skills against other C of I alumni in this free tournament at 10 a.m. on the Coyotes’ top-notch tennis courts. Afterward, meet on the front steps of Boone Hall for a campus tour and an up-close look at the remodeled Boone Hall at 11:30 a.m. The tour will end at the Whittenberger Planetarium, which will host the “Coyotes, Constellations and the Cosmos” star show at 12:30 p.m., free of charge.

Taste of the Harvest
The 11th annual Taste of the Harvest celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. in Morrison Quadrangle. Join us for great local food and wine, live music, art, vendor booths, activities for children and more. Tickets cost $15 and, as always, the proceeds will fund a C of I scholarship awarded each fall to a first generation college student from a family of migrant agricultural workers. Taste of the Harvest is sponsored by Bon Appétit, Bitner Vineyards and Lagunitas Brewing Company. For more information, including a full list of vendor participants and the history of the Taste of the Harvest festival, click here.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
The College of Idaho’s National Alumni Board honors the winners of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards with a dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Simplot Dining Hall. Tickets cost $30. More information on the award nominees is available in this special Homecoming edition of the C of I Newsletter.

Sunday, Sept. 25
Alumni Shakespeare Night

Join us as we put an exclamation point on Homecoming week with the annual C of I alumni night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, starting at 6 p.m. in Boise. The featured show is The 39 Steps, a hilarious and fast-paced whodunit packed with more than 150 characters played by a cast of four. The C of I alumni office has a limited number of $12 tickets available. To reserve your seat, call (208) 336-9221 with source code No. 3269.

College presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

The College of Idaho and its National Alumni Board will honor the winners of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards with a semiformal dinner ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, inside Simplot Dining Hall. Tickets cost $30 and include dinner, a glass of wine and an etched C of I wine glass made from a recycled wine bottle. Seating is limited and will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot, contact the C of I alumni office at (208) 459-5770 or [email protected].

Here is a look at the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winners:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Louie Attebery ’50
Dr. Louie Attebery is a retired College of Idaho English professor with deep ties to western Idaho and the College. Born in Monroe Creek, Idaho, Attebery graduated from Weiser High and served in the Navy before coming to C of I, where he graduated cum laude in 1950 and married alumna Barbara Olson. Louie went on to receive a master's degree from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Attebery returned to C of I as an English professor in 1961 and stayed until his retirement in 1999. His tenure included 11 years as the Eyck-Berringer Chair of English. A lover of literature, folklore and history, Attebery has published countless articles and six books, including Idaho Folklife: Homesteads to Headstones, The College of Idaho 1891-1991: A Centennial History, Albertson College of Idaho: The Second Hundred Years and J.R. Simplot: A Billion the Hard Way.

Attebery is one of the College’s most decorated alumni. He is an emeritus member of the C of I Board of Trustees and has been honored with numerous awards at the College, including an Outstanding Teacher award (1967), an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (1991) and The College of Idaho President’s Medallion (2010). He has also won an Outstanding Achievement in Humanities Award from the Idaho Humanities Council and was recently inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame.

Louie and Barbara have a daughter, Bobby, and a son, Brian. Dr. Attebery and his wife still live in Caldwell, a pleasant 10-minute walk from the C of I campus.

Alumni Service Award: Rev. Ed Keener ’67 and Martha Keener ’67

Ed and Martha Keener both earned master’s degrees in education from C of I in 1967. They married the first Saturday following graduation. Ed went on to attend Spokane's Whitworth College for religious studies and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1980.

After a successful career in ministry, Ed in 2000 retired to Boise to care for his father Keith ’30, steward the family property and devote more time to volunteer service. The Keeners have founded or been involved in dozens of service-related organizations, including the Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter, Boise First Congregational U.C.C., the Idaho Peace Coalition, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, the Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, the Idaho Community Action Network, Idaho Smart Growth, Boise Peace Village, the annual 39th Street summer picnic, Friends in Action for the Frail and Elderly, the Idaho Commission for the Blind, the Boise School District and the Garden City Library Bookmobile. They also helped create Kessler-Keener Lectures, a non-profit, non-denominational organization to honor the legacy of human rights work of Ed's mother, Margaret Keener ’29, and grandfather, Harry Kessler.

Ed and Martha live on a beautiful three-acre plot in Boise, where they raise honey, chickens, fruits and vegetables. The Keeners, who have graciously hosted several C of I alumni events, welcome anyone who wishes to walk their garden paths or use the property’s meditative labyrinth. The College of Idaho thanks this amazing couple for their devoted service to the College and the Treasure Valley community.

Distinguished Young Alumni: Mas Kuwana ’04
Not yet 30 years old, Mas Kuwana has already become a senior consultant in tax accounting services for Deloitte Tax LLP in New York City. Kuwana earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of Idaho in 2004, triple-majoring in finance, accounting and politics and economics. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Idaho, focusing in tax and commercial law.

Kuwana earned two summer internship opportunities in Washington, D.C., during his time at the College. He served as a White House intern in the Office of Cabinet Affairs in 2002 and then as an intern in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2004. He joined Deloitte – the largest private professional services organization in the world – in 2006. His work for the company includes publishing a whitepaper and several other articles on cost basis reporting.

C of I Hall of Fame set to induct new members

Two standout athletes from the early years of The College of Idaho’s athletics program and the 1998 national championship Coyote baseball team will be inducted into the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame this week. The ceremony is set for Thursday, Sept. 22, inside Simplot Dining Hall, with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner and inductions at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. To reserve your seat, contact the C of I athletic marketing office at (208) 459-5835 or email Dave Hahn.

James Ralph “Benny” Bennett ’42 and Leslie “Buck” Selders ’41 will be the 33rd and 34th individual athletes inducted since the C of I Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1987. Both are being inducted posthumously. The 1998 baseball team will be the fifth Coyotes team to be included in the Hall of Fame.

Bennett was a five-sport standout from 1938-1942 and participated in football, baseball, basketball, boxing and track and field during his four-year career at the College. He has been recognized as one of the truly great multisport athletes of his era. An outstanding halfback and defensive back on the Coyote football team, Bennett also handled the team’s passing and punting duties. In baseball, he was a stellar left-handed pitcher and hitter. Bennett went on to play semiprofessional football for the Hawaiian Polar Bears in 1941. During World War II, he served as a commander of an Army Air Corps air squadron.

Selders was a four-year starter at C of I in both football and baseball from 1937-1941. He was a three-time member of the All-Northwest Conference Football team and helped lead the Coyote baseball team to the 1940 Northwest Conference Eastern Division Championship. Selders also served in World War II and earned the Silver Star Medal as a U.S. Marine during the Iwo Jima invasion.

The 1998 baseball team won the College’s first-ever NAIA National Championship in baseball, defeating Indiana Tech 6-3 in the title game. The Coyotes finished the season with a 55-8 overall record and claimed Cascade Conference and NAIA Far West Sectional championships before winning the national title. The 55 wins are the most in school history and the overall record is also the best winning percentage in school history. The team was coached by Tim Mooney and assistants Shawn Humberger and Gary White.

The College of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame is located inside J.A. Albertson Activities Center. To learn more about enshrined athletes or to suggest a nomination, email sports information director Mike Safford or visit the Hall of Fame online.

C of I earns 'Best National Liberal Arts College' ranking

The College of Idaho is one of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in America, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released on Sept. 13. C of I moved up three spots from last year to No. 171 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other important factors. The College also led all Idaho schools in several quality measures.

President Marv Henberg says the ranking is a strong indication that The College of Idaho is living up to its promise of preparing its students better than any other small college in the West.

“Our continued ascension in the U.S. News & World Report rankings stems from our focus first and foremost on student welfare,” Henberg said. “Our caring community and unique PEAK curriculum allow for maximum student choice and self-discovery, and those traits are reflected by our strong numbers in retention rate, graduation rate and alumni support.”

C of I led all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 graduation rate (58 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (34 percent) and smallest average class size, with 56 percent of its classes containing fewer than 20 students and only 2 percent containing more than 50. The College also made the publication’s list of “A-plus schools for B Students” among liberal arts colleges, which notes outstanding schools where students whose test scores and class standing put them outside straight “A” territory thrive academically.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several earned by C of I in the past month. The College is the No. 1 school in Idaho (No. 33 in the West and No. 183 overall) in Forbes magazine's 2012 rankings of “America’s Top Colleges” and also is listed in the Princeton Review’s annual publication, The Best 376 Colleges, and Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012.


Fall 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

September 21

Autumnal Equinox Show, 7 p.m., Whittenberger Planetarium (inside Boone Hall)

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 28

Faculty sabbatical reports featuring Dr. Lisa Derry (Music), Dr. Stephen Fisher (Art), Dr. Tim Shearon (Psychology) and Dr. Scott Truksa (Chemistry), 6 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

September 29

Faculty sabbatical report featuring Dr. Jim Dull (physics), 11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall 3rd floor board room

September 29

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

October 1

'Farm to Table,' celebration of Idaho Food, 5 p.m., C of I campus (bus from Boise leaves at 4 p.m)

October 8-9

C of I theatre professor Joe Golden and the Fool Squad perfrom at the Idaho Renaissance Faire, 6 p.m., Gem Island Sports Complex (Emmett)

Through October 29

C of I art professor Stpehen Fisher's sabbatical exhibition, 'A Potter's Perspective,' Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall)


We’ll Be Calling! The Fall 2011 Coyote Caller Phonathon is about to begin! During the months of October and November, current students known as Coyote Callers will be contacting alumni and friends of the College. The Phonathon is a chance for those who are contacted to ask questions about C of I, offer suggestions, update their contact information, get information about C of I news and events and make an annual pledge of support to the Boone Fund. For more information, contact Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel by email or phone at (208) 459-5016.

Check out footage from Convocation 2011 and video interviews with four of The College of Idaho's international students as well as Sage Mwiinga, international student program coordinator, on the C of I YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goyotes.

College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland and her team of student researchers were featured by the Idaho Statesman for their work regarding the effects of cadmium on human bone health.The story also made The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.), the Montreal Gazette and the Sacramento Bee.

The College of Idaho has reached its $450,000 fundraising goal for the endowed chair in Judaic Studies, earning this year's portion of the $500,000 matching grant awarded to C of I by the National Endowment for the Humanities last year.

The College of Idaho is looking for creative entries for the inaugural C of I Campus Video Challenge! We’re looking for individuals or teams to produce videos that capture the spirit of the C of I community in a fun and lighthearted manner. Winning videos will be posted on the College’s YouTube channel. All videos produced as part of the Campus Video Challenge, including those not selected as finalists, will debut at a Film Festival at the end of the fall semester. For more information, email [email protected].

The College of Idaho's Whittenberger Planetarium and director Amy Truksa were recently featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

C of I golfers Austen Giesie and Trish Gibbens got some press in the Idaho Statesman for their accomplishments last week. Giesie won a tournament and Gibbens broke her own school record with a 2-under-par round of 70.

Check out photos from a recent student raft trip on the Payette River organized by Outdoor Programs on the College’s Flickr page.

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.