C of I Newsletter

2011. 10. 07

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C of I posts strong numbers in enrollment, international students

The College of Idaho has 1,041 students enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department on Sept. 26. The enrollment is the second-highest in the history of the College, bested only by last year’s total of 1,055 students.

C of I, which enrolled 1,013 students in fall 2009 and 944 in fall 2008, continues to post strong numbers in ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA for incoming students. President Marv Henberg says that trend, together with the College’s innovative PEAK curriculum, outstanding faculty and small class sizes, make C of I the No. 1 school in Idaho in terms of academic quality.

“I am happy to see that our enrollment figures remain high while retaining the academic quality of incoming students,” Henberg said. “I firmly believe the education that students receive at The College of Idaho prepares graduates to write well, think critically, reason analytically and solve problems – all skills essential for a productive life beyond the College.”

The College of Idaho’s international enrollment also has reached a new peak this fall, with 97 students representing 46 different countries.

“We are proud of the progress we have made in establishing The College of Idaho as a beacon for international understanding in Idaho,” said Brian Bava, dean of enrollment management. “Having a diverse campus community adds to the quality of the overall learning experience. C of I students can learn first-hand about other cultures, peoples and perspectives, which is valuable knowledge in a global economy.”

With more than 9 percent of the C of I’s student body hailing from other countries, the College enjoys one of the largest percentages of international students in the Northwest.

Approximately 70 percent of the College’s student body are Idaho residents, but students from 27 other states also are represented on campus.

Alumni return to campus for Homecoming festivities

College of Idaho alumni returned to campus from near and far during Homecoming festivities Sept. 23 to 25, enjoying traditional events such as Taste of the Harvest along with special activities celebrating the College’s legacy of excellence in the sciences.

Lisa DeDapper, director of alumni and parent relations, said more than 1,000 people participated in Homecoming events.

“It was great to see so many of our alumni coming back to campus to see how campus has changed but also know that we still enjoy a strong sense of community that connects every class of Yotes,” DeDapper said. “We had a lot of graduates in the sciences who came back and were able to see the remodel of Boone Hall and how that’s benefiting current and future C of I students. At the same time, it was wonderful to see our alumni reunite with some of their professors.”

As part of the science theme of this year’s Homecoming, 2006 graduate Brad Brooks, deputy regional director of The Wilderness Society, discussed protecting the environment and the national debt picture during the Orma J Smith Museum’s “Night at the Museum.”

“When we see an alumnus who comes back to campus after a few years and is getting significant recognition for their work, I think that says a lot about the value of a College of Idaho education,” DeDapper said. “It means so much to celebrate those accomplishments during Homecoming.”

View photos of the Homecoming activities on the C of I Flickr page and watch alumni Angela Marin ’10, Marilyn Roundtree ’75 and Ron Bitner ’68 share their alumni memories on the College’s YouTube channel.

C of I to host 'Why Hope?' domestic violence awareness event

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Canyon County Domestic Violence Task Force and The College of Idaho have collaborated to create “Why Hope?” a public awareness event that focuses on the journey victims of violence take as they move toward hope and happiness. The event is set for Oct. 14 and 15 inside the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

The program for Friday, Oct. 14 begins at 2 p.m. and includes “Like Father Like Son,” a music video tribute depicting crime scene photos of Canyon County domestic violence victims in contrast with current photos of those same women that depict their hope and healing. Guests will also see “Voices of Hope,” a reader’s theater performance based on the forthcoming anthology Voices of Hope: Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence, co-authored by College of Idaho alumna and current Women’s and Men’s Center director Pamela Cathay.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 15 begin at 11 a.m. with the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march through the streets of Caldwell to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. A barbecue lunch is scheduled for noon, followed by the “In Her Shoes” workshop, which simulates the obstacles victims of domestic violence encounter while trying to end the cycle of violence. Repeat performances of “Like Father Like Son” and “Voices of Hope” will conclude the afternoon.

Through this public event, the task force and C of I hope to promote greater public awareness and education about the impact domestic violence has on families and our community. For more information, please contact Denise Himes, victim witness unit chief for the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, at (208) 880-3690 or [email protected].

Howlin' Yotes usher in new season of speech and debate

The College of Idaho Howlin’ Yotes kicked off their 2011-12 season with a solid showing, racking up four top-five finishes at the College of Southern Idaho Invitational on Sept. 23-24 in Twin Falls.

C of I junior Dan Mallory led the way for the Howlin’ Yotes, picking up a second-place finish in novice solo debate. Sophomore Caia McCurdy also notched a runner-up finish in prose interpretive reading, while senior Skylar Hall and sophomore Scott Culpepper teamed up for a fourth-place finish in senior parliamentary debate. Sophomore Alixx Arons added a fourth-place finish in impromptu speaking for the Yotes.

The C of I speech and debate team is the defending Northwest Conference Division II Champion and is seeking its 15th Northwest Conference Championship this season under longtime coach Mack Sermon. The Howlin' Yotes start their Northwest Conference schedule Oct. 8-9 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Coach Sermon and his team also would like to invite all C of I alumni, faculty, staff and community members to participate in the Trickster and Unicorn Tournament of Legends, scheduled for Oct. 22-23 on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The Howlin’ Yotes are looking for engaged and enthusiastic alumni and community members to judge both speech and debate at the tournament, which will be held inside Kathryn Albertson International Center and Simplot Dining Hall. If you are interested in judging, please contact Sermon at [email protected] or (208) 459-5368.

C of I hires new staff members

The College of Idaho has hired four new staff members for the 2011-2012 academic year. Michael Capell joins C of I as a graphic designer and art instructor, while Bruce Smith, Michael Burdine and Lourdes Matsumoto have joined the admission team.

Michael Capell has been hired as a graphic design instructor in the Department of Art and a graphic designer for the Office of Marketing and Communications. Capell comes to C of I from Utah State University, where he taught classes after earning a Master of Fine Arts with emphasis in animation and interactive design in 2007. He also taught classes for the Alliance for the Varied Arts and has done freelance design work for a variety of clients, including the Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers, SGI, and iFrogz.

Bruce Smith has been hired as director of admission. Smith comes to C of I from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in writing and a master’s degree in administration from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He has more than 17 years of experience in higher education administration, including more than a decade in enrollment management.

Michael Burdine has been hired as an admission counselor. A Treasure Valley native, Burdine graduated from Notus High. He went on to attend and play baseball at Treasure Valley Community College and Midland University (Nebraska), where he earned a degree in physical education with a minor in coaching in the fall of 2010.

Lourdes Matsumoto has been hired as an admission counselor. Matsumoto is familiar with the College and the Treasure Valley – she graduated from Middleton High in 2004 and earned a bachelor’s degree from C of I in 2007, double majoring in history and political economy. Her last job was as an executive assistant to Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas.


Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

October 8

Softball Alumni Game, 11 a.m., Symms Field (Current team vs. Lady Yote alumni, open to all alumni with BBQ to follow)

October 8

'Soda Springs' (produced by Gary Hollie '83) showing at Louisville's International Festival of Film, 4 p.m. (Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Ky.)

October 8

Portland Area Alumni and Friends Event, 5:30 p.m., Henry's 12th Street Tavern (Portland, Ore.)

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)

October 12

Guest lecturer Dr. David G. Myers presents 'The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness,' 1 p.m., Langroise Auditorium

October 13

The College of Idaho Health Science Night, 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall room 101

October 13

Chorale and Chamber Singers fall concert directed by Dr. Brent Wells, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

October 14

Opening reception for art exhibit featuring Jan Boles '65 and Anna Marie Boles '66, 5 p.m., Prichard Art Gallery (University of Idaho, Moscow)

October 14

Seattle Area Alumni and Friends Event, 6 p.m., Renaissance Seattle Hotel Lobby

October 18

Half Century Luncheon featuring Bill Crookham, noon, Simplot Dining Hall

October 27

October Alumni Book Club hosted by Dr. Scott Knickerbocker, 7 p.m., Flatbread Community Oven (Meridian)

October 28

Meridian Symphony Spooktacular benefit for Caldwell Fine Arts, 7 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Halloween costumes encouraged!

October 29

Pumpkin Liner Train Ride family event, 1 p.m., Thunder Mountain Lines (Horseshoe Bend)

October 30

Robyn Wells piano recital, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

Through October 29

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


The "Farm to Table: Celebrating Idaho's Food" event hosted by C of I received some nice pre-event and post-event coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune. Thanks to all who attended and made the event a success! If you missed it, check out this video of the public portion of the program:

The College of Idaho's annual Taste of the Harvest festival and the special scholarships it funds received some nice coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Check out the new College of Idaho virtual tour, including photo galleries, videos, links to the Office of Admission and C of I social media and a 360-degree photo view from three campus locations.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus J. LaMont Keen '74, who has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Cascade Bancorp and Bank of the Cascades as reported by Market Watch.

C of I student athletes Kelsey Soos, Whitney Brigham, Trish Gibbens, Hillary Holt and Andrew Hugill were recently honored as Cascade Conference Red Lion Player of the Week award winners. Go Yotes!

C of I alumna Heather Olsen '03 and her husband, McQ, were featured by KTVB Channel 7 News for their involvement in the mentoring program for parents of NICU babies at St. Luke's Hospital. The Olsens themselves spent 56 days in the NICU with their second daughter, Tessa.

NAIA All-American Trish Gibbens led the C of I women's golf team to a victory at the Warner Pacific Invite, as chronicled by the Salem News.

C of I alumna Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery '73 has been invited to deliver the 2011 Ander Immigration History Lecture at Augustana College (Illinois) on Oct. 15. Dr. Attebery is a professor of English at Idaho State University.

Mike Safford, C of I sports information director and radio voice of the Boise Hawks, was featured in a BBC News video about the growing number of minor league baseball players from the Far East.

Bayless A. Manning, a former College of Idaho trustee and one of America’s foremost authorities on corporate law, has passed away. The College bids Manning a fond farewell and offers its condolences to his family and friends.

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