C of I Newsletter

2011. 10. 21

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Theatre department presents 'The Hot L Baltimore'

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre and Speech Arts is proud to present its fall theatre production The Hot L Baltimore, a dramatic comedy by the late American playwright Lanford Wilson. The play will show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 9-12 inside the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There is a 2 p.m. matinee show on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call the C of I box office at (208) 459-5426.

The Hot L Baltimore takes place in 1973, set in the once-stately Hotel Baltimore, which now is missing the “e” on its neon sign. This sad, yet often funny play tells the story of the lonely, destitute characters who call the hotel home and their fellow tenants family. When the news hits that the hotel will be torn down in 30 days, desperation inside the lobby escalates to a breaking point. This portrait of the end of the Vietnam War paints a picture in which America’s values are crumbling along with its cities, and where survival at any cost is the name of the game.

“It’s a wonderful, deep, sad, funny play,” said guest director Hollis Welsh, co-founder of the Empty Boat Theatre Company in Boise. “The audience meets these characters they wouldn’t normally like or relate with, but as you get to know them, they really get under your skin. It’s a really fun play to direct, and I’m very excited about it.”

The production features an ensemble cast of College of Idaho students, including lead actors Freddie Loucks, Edie Dull, Jordan Bowman, Chelsea Stagg, Courtney Goldy and Shanee Knerr. Scene design is done by C of I theatre professor Mike Hartwell, with costume design by Megan Richardson, lighting by Deborah Penrod, sound by Alan Price and stage management by Shealene Zitney, Shalena Putnam and Kathy Medina.

“We have a lot of new, young faces in the show, but I’ve been very impressed with everyone,” said Loucks, a senior who plays hotel night desk manager Bill Lewis. “This play is funny, tragic, inspiring – there are so many nuances and such real characters, it’s really an amazing body of work by the playwright. As actors, we are hoping to make this show our best work.”

The College of Idaho theatre program was ranked No. 20 in the nation this year by the Princeton Review. Welsh, a friend and associate of C of I theatre professor Joe Golden, says she has been encouraged by the rapid maturation of her young cast. With opening night less than two weeks away, the director is confident that The Hot L Baltimore will be another C of I success.

“The College of Idaho theatre department runs a tight ship,” Welsh said. “It’s been a pleasure coming in as a guest director because the actors really take it seriously. Watching these young students become more courageous and really bring their own authenticity to these roles is neat to see.”

Coyotes keeper scores goal, makes ESPN

The College of Idaho men's soccer team rallied for a dramatic 1-1 draw vs. 12th-ranked Concordia on Oct. 19. Check out this video of C of I goalkeeper Aaron Reynolds scoring the game-tying goal with 5 seconds remaining at Simplot Stadium. The Idaho Press-Tribune also covered the game, and the video made an appearance on ESPN's popular afternoon television show, SportsNation. Go Yotes!

National Alumni Board adds two new members

The College of Idaho’s National Alumni Board recently welcomed two new members as Jeff Shinn ’73 and Ken Wagers ’84 were elected by their peers. Shinn will represent Region 1, which includes all Idaho alumni, while Wagers will represent Region 3, which includes all alumni in the Western U.S. apart from Idaho, Washington, California and Oregon.

Board President Diana Dron ’75 is excited about the new additions to the board, which recently was reorganized to become a more streamlined and active body.

“I feel Jeff and Ken both will be excellent additions to the board and I look forward to working with them,” Dron said. “Erica Sarrazolla, the immediate past president of the board, did an exceptional job with the reorganization and leadership of the board. We are moving forward with some exciting new ideas, and we hope our alumni will contact their representatives to share their thoughts and insights.”

Shinn recently retired from 35 years of working for the Idaho state government and is now the budget director at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa. He has been actively involved in alumni activities ever since he graduated, and he previously served on the National Alumni Board in the 1980s. Shinn’s wife Theresa ’74 and son Conner ’06 also are C of I graduates.

“I really enjoy the intimacy of the College,” Shinn said. “When you know practically everybody, it becomes very personal to get involved with your alma mater. I would like to see regular functions and active alumni chapters throughout Idaho, so I look forward to working with the board to expand those horizons.”

Wagers lives in Boulder, Colo., where he is the senior vice president of ACS Unclaimed Property Clearinghouse, a Xerox company. He looks forward to using his position on the board to boost knowledge and recognition of the College throughout Colorado and the West.

“It’s important to stay involved and help the College continue to grow,” Wagers said. “Alumni can help make the school a stronger place, and I hope to do that by showing high school kids here in Colorado that C of I is a great place to go get an education.”

The National Alumni board currently consists of 10 members: Dron, Shinn, Wagers, Sarrazolla ’93, President-elect Tom Keene ’80, secretary Jenni Carrier ’99, young alumni representative Hayley Talboy ’11, director of alumni and parent relations Lisa DeDapper ’78, Region 2 (Oregon, Washington, California) representative Kyle Sales ’03 and Region 4 (Eastern U.S. and International) representative Jennifer Sampson. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for February 2012 in conjunction with the Scholarship Gala. For more information about how you can join or participate with C of I’s National Alumni Board, please contact the Alumni Office at (208) 459-5300 or email [email protected]

C of I senior accepted into Navy SEAL training

Since childhood, College of Idaho senior Kyle Davis has wanted to become a United States Navy SEAL.

Davis will get a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream after he passed a battery of written, medical, physical and psychological tests this fall. Davis, a political economy major from Newark, Del., has received his SEAL operator contract, the first step in the long, difficult process of joining the elite group of warriors responsible for the toughest of missions – including the recent elimination of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“I’ve always dreamed of fighting for my country,” Davis said. “I love this country, and I want to be a SEAL because they are the best of the best, the very best this country has to offer.”

Davis is the first person from his family to join the military. He qualified for SEAL training by passing the SEAL Physical Screening Test with flying colors. He also excelled on his written exam, scoring 20 percent higher than the average recruit.

“I thank God – he is the one who is going to help me get through this.” said Davis, a devout Christian with a minor in religion at C of I. “I feel fortunate that I was able to pass on my first try.”

Davis ships out in June for basic training at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School in San Diego before embarking on the six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUDS) program, widely considered the toughest military training course in the world.

“BUDS has an 80-percent drop-out rate,” Davis said. “The guys who want it most are the ones who are going to make it.”

Recruits who graduate from BUDS go on to SEAL Qualification Testing, another arduous six-month program. Successful graduates officially earn the SEAL title and move on to SEAL Troop Training, a specialist program that typically takes 12-18 months to complete.

When all is said and done, Davis hopes to become a SEAL sniper. He feels his faith and the education he has received at C of I will serve him well in his efforts.

“I’ve had great professors in the political economy program,” Davis said. “In particular, I think my classes in international political economy have given me an understanding of what’s going on around the world in developing countries and the areas I’m going to be operating in. Having an understanding of different cultures and ways of life around the globe is good information to have.”

C of I works with Caldwell foundation to ease path to higher education

For 20 years, graduates of Caldwell High School such as Kristen VanSchoiack have received a head start in pursuing their aspirations at The College of Idaho with the support of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity.

VanSchoiack, a freshman art major, and 20 other currently enrolled C of I students are recipients of CFEO scholarships, beneficiaries of a partnership that helps many of Caldwell’s most outstanding young people continue their education in the community where they were raised.

“I think people should support an organization like CFEO because it gives students opportunities they probably wouldn't have been given if they didn't get the extra help,” said VanSchoiack, who plans to pursue a career as an art teacher. “The CFEO's purpose is to help students and I think everyone should support that.”

Community members will have an opportunity to do that on Oct. 22, when the College hosts CFEO’s “Night at the Museum” fundraising event, with a dinner followed by silent and live auctions that will raise additional dollars for scholarships.

Since 1999, more than 40 College of Idaho students have received CFEO scholarships and over the past few years, those scholarships have meant nearly $10,000 in financial assistance for Caldwell students pursuing their education at the C of I.

That financial assistance extends even further for some students including VanSchoiack, who received the CFEO’s Barbara L. Gigray Scholarship, presented to a Caldwell High School graduate who attends the C of I to pursue a high school teaching career. The $1,000 scholarship is matched by The College of Idaho, doubling its impact.

CFEO board member Chuck Randolph said helping Caldwell students continue their education at The College of Idaho benefits the entire community.

“The community and all of society benefits when our students obtain the highest education they can get, especially right here close to home,” Randolph said. “It makes those students more employable and enables them to enjoy a more fulfilling life.”

Throughout the College’s history, President Marv Henberg said the school has helped Caldwell retain young professionals and leaders.

“We take a great deal of pride in the students who come to The College of Idaho from this community, achieve a tremendous amount during their studies, and frequently choose to live and work here,” Henberg said. “Strengthening our community through education is a responsibility that is very important to the College.”

Attendees of the Oct. 22 fundraiser are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite historical character for the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall. The evening’s activities will include remarks by CFEO scholarship recipients and a performance by the Caldwell High School Madrigals. Tickets are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door, $35 per couple in advance or $40 at the door.


Fall 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

October 22

Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity 'Night at the Museum' dinner and fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall

October 24

Bon Appetit and the C of I sustainability stewards present 'National Food Day,' 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 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 29-30

C of I theatre professor Joe Golden and the Fool Squad perform at the Idaho Penitentiary Fundraiser, 8 p.m., Old Penitentiary (Boise)

Through October 29

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

November 3-5 and 9-12

C of I fall theatre production 'The Hot L Baltimore,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre

November 11

Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, 4 p.m., Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts (Proceeds go to the Kenneth Mann Scholarship)

November 13

C of I fall theatre production 'The Hot L Baltimore,' 2 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre


C of I alumna Tabitha Miller '03 was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune after being named the Idaho Debate Teacher of the Year by the Idaho Speech Arts Teacher’s Association. Miller, an avid debater during her time at the College, coaches debate at nearby Nampa and Skyview high schools. The award recognizes Miller's students' success in state and national competition, their participation in community service and her commitment to growing debate at her schools.

College of Idaho political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi recently was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about recent Boise ordinances that raise questions about the rights of individuals versus the wishes of the majority. The story stirred quite a debate, generating more than 300 reader comments at idahostatesman.com.

C of I alumnus Dr. Kurt Burnham '97 was featured by the Orion (Ill.) Gazette for his work researching birds in the Arctic. Burnham, who has been studying Arctic birds in Greenland for 21 years, is President and CEO of the High Arctic Institute, also based in Orion, Ill.

The College of Idaho's 2010 renovations to Boone Science Hall - and the impact they had on the College's energy usage - were featured in a recent Idaho Press-Tribune article about energy efficiency.

The education department is sad to announce the passing of Kay Evans, who served as an adjunct supervisor of interns from 2003-2010. Kay was passionate about teacher preparation and schools. Those wishing to join the department faculty in contributing to a memorial fund in Kay’s honor should contact Barry Fujishin by phone at (208) 459-5300, email or mail (College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605). Funds collected will be added to an existing scholarship fund.

Keep up with Coyote Athletics! Get updated scores and news on the C of I website, become a fan of the Coyote Athletics Facebook page, or email sports information director Mike Safford to subscribe to Yote Notes.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Gary Hollie '83, producer of the film Soda Springs. The film, shot almost exclusively in Idaho, recently won "Best Feature" at Louisville's International Film Festival. Read more about Hollie and Soda Springs on pages 10-11 of the Summer 2011 issue of Quest.

The "Why Hope?" domestic violence awareness event held last weekend on The College of Idaho campus received some nice coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Congratulations to C of I alumna Corey White Surber ’91, who has been awarded the Idaho Public Health Association President's Award for advocacy in community health issues. Surber received the award, which recognizes outstanding work in children's coverage, immunizations and other community health efforts, on Sept. 29.

The City of Caldwell achieved national recognition last week as one of the America’s Promise Alliance’s "100 Best Communities for Young People," as reported by the Idaho Press-Tribune. The College of Idaho is proud to join city officials and community members in making Caldwell a great place to live.