C of I Newsletter

2006. 12. 08.

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Student Named Marshall Scholar

For the first time in more than three decades, an Albertson College of Idaho student has been named a Marshall Scholar. Taylor St. John will graduate in May with a degree in International Political Economy. She plans to use the nearly $60,000 scholarship to pursue a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University in Development Studies. 'My graduate supervisor is an expert in Indian rural development, and I look forward to doing field work with her there, specifically regarding women and microfinance,' St. John said. In addition to intellectual distinction, Marshall selectors look for individuals who are likely to become leaders in their field and make a contribution to society. The exceptional academic achievements of this year's scholars are matched by their commitment to public service, artistic talent, and triumph over adversity. Marshall Scholars study in a range of fields, from nanotechnology and stem cell theory to development studies and linguistics. St. John is the third CofI student in College history to be awarded the Marshall. Congratulations!

Student Research Accepted for Presentation

Research conducted over the summer by CofI Biology students April Reimers, Derek Erstad and Bengt Phung, was accepted for presentation at the 2006 meeting of the Society for Glycobiology in Los Angeles, November 15-17. This is a meeting of internationally renowned biomedical researchers and an abstract of the students' work was also published in the November, 2006 issue of Glycobiology. Professor Art Ayers directed their research and presented a poster on their work, Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycan Modulation by Inflammation, at the meeting. This work provides some of the first evidence for transcriptional control of proteoglycans by inflammation and explains many of the symptoms associated with diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis, atherosclerosis and many others that have significant inflammatory components. The research was supported by the INBRE program of the National Center for Research Resources and the presentation was supported by Faculty Growth and Development.

Students Get into the Spirit of the Season with Service

ACI students are giving the Salvation Army a boost by volunteering. The CofI Greeks rang in the holidays and helped gather funds for the charity. Chapters of Gamma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Epsilon, and Kappa Kappa Gamma participated in the annual bell ringing for the past several weeks. So far they have raised more than $1100 for the charitable organization. A group of CofI students also volunteered to assist with the Salvation Army’s Dress-A-Child program. The students sacrificed sleep on a Saturday morning to assist with the project that helps needy children purchase clothing with funds donated by corporations. Students who volunteered include: Jeremy Feucht, Kendal Burt, Amanda Stubbs, Kira Walker, Megan Spackman, Amber Steele, Coreyanne Hutchinson, Seanne Smith, Gabriel Matsumoto, Lourdes Matsumoto, and Katie Jo Saurey.

Caldwell Fine Arts Presents A Holiday Favorite

American's favorite family holiday event, The Nutcracker, will be presented in Jewett Auditorium on the CofI campus Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online, by calling 459-3405 or 454-1376, or at the door. Reserved tickets are $15-19 for adults; $9-13 for students/children. CofI students are free. Artistic director Toni Pimble of Ballet Idaho along with 36 local dancers and a professional company of 25, will bring this magical story to life.