C of I Newsletter

2011. 11. 04

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Magazine names C of I one of America's Best Values

The College of Idaho has been named one of the top 200 Best Values in Private Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The annual report, released Oct. 25, features schools that combine outstanding academics and great economic value. The College of Idaho placed in the top 200 because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, excellent student-to-faculty ratio, abundant on-campus resources and overall great value. The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

The College of Idaho ranked No. 99 on Kiplinger’s list of liberal arts colleges, and only four schools in the top 100 had a lower annual cost of attendance. C of I President Marv Henberg said the College is committed to making an outstanding education affordable for students and their families.

“We believe students should have access to an education that will prepare them for success throughout their lives,” Henberg said. “The College of Idaho has delivered that value to our students for 120 years and we will continue to prepare students who thrive.”

C of I provides financial assistance to 99 percent of its first-year students, with 75 percent receiving at least $13,000 in need-based awards. C of I also has the best four-year graduation rate in Idaho, enabling more students to graduate on time. Thanks to the innovative PEAK curriculum launched by the College in 2010, students earn a major and three academic minors within those four years, decreasing their need for loans and providing versatility and adaptability for their professional futures.

C of I student accepted as U.S. Navy officer candidate

In many ways, College of Idaho senior Justus Jenkins is an ideal fit for the United States Navy. He has an affinity for water as a longtime Hawaii resident and current member of the C of I swim team. He has the brains as a mathematics and physics major who tutors classmates and maintains an impressive GPA. He even has the look of a sailor, with an athletic 6-foot-1 frame seemingly made to wear an officer’s uniform.

Jenkins has a lot of work to do before he earns his stripes, but his journey has begun. He recently was sworn in and signed a five-year contract with the Navy after being accepted as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) in Washington D.C. He currently is on active duty, and he plans to begin his officer training after graduation next December.

“I’ve wanted to be in the military since I was about 8 years old,” Jenkins said. “My grandfather and older brother served in the Army, and I have another brother in the Navy as well. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The process began when Jenkins was interviewed by a “secret investigator” earlier this year. The investigator did a rigorous background check on Jenkins, including interviews with acquaintances in his home town of Kaneohe. Once the screening was completed, Jenkins was given a phone interview and then flown to the nation’s capitol for further testing.

“I was interviewed by two Navy engineers,” Jenkins said. “They asked me to solve some calculus and physics equations and had me derive some theorems. It was pretty fun, but also really hard. After that, I stepped into the admiral’s office for more questioning. It was definitely one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life.”

But Jenkins passed, and he will attend Officer Candidate School after he finishes his degree at C of I. Once commissioned, Jenkins faces the academic rigors of Nuclear Training School (six months) and Nuclear Prototype School (six months), where he will work inside nuclear reactors and learn how they operate. When all is said and done, Jenkins hopes to be a Nuclear Engineer Officer on board a Navy surface warfare ship.

“I was a little too tall for the submarines,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins credits his family military ties, his C of I education, his swim team coaches and his membership and leadership role in the Kappa Sigma fraternity for preparing him for NUPOC. He has particularly enjoyed the instruction of physics professor Dr. Jim Dull, who wrote Jenkins a letter of recommendation.

“I really enjoy the one-on-one instruction I receive at The College of Idaho,” Jenkins said. “Getting that extra help from my professors – and also helping other students as a tutor – has helped me gain a much better understanding of math and physics problems and why they are important.”

College set for annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair

The College of Idaho will host the sixth annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair on Friday, Nov. 11. This year’s fair is set to run from 4 to 7 p.m. in the foyer of the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The event, which is free and open to the public, presents an opportunity to view and purchase art created by College of Idaho students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the artistic talent of our campus community,” said event organizer Dori Johnson, a professor of history and art at C of I. “And it’s a chance for our art students to create pieces for sale and experience the professional side of being an artist.”

Items on display will include paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, hand-carved pendants and more, offered in a variety of styles and prices. Several popular artists from the Caldwell community will be in attendance, including watercolor painter Alan Stanford, Johnson – who sells “Accessories by Dori” at the Nampa Farmer’s Market – and Tracylea Balmer, creator and owner of crzylady’s felt owlies and ornaments. The fair also provides an opportunity for Treasure Valley art lovers to shop for holiday art and decorations while supporting a good cause. A percentage of all sales go toward the Kenneth Mann Scholarship fund to supports art students at The College of Idaho.

Johnson noted that the fair has been moved up a couple of weeks this year to avoid inclement weather. She said several hundred community members attend the event each year. The fair will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. showing of the C of I fall theatre production, The Hot L Baltimore, inside the Langroise Studio Theatre.

For more information about the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, contact Johnson at (208) 459-5831 or email [email protected].

College play 'The Hot L Baltimore' in full swing

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre and Speech Arts' fall theatre production, The Hot L Baltimore, is playing now at the Langroise Studio Theatre. Remaining show dates are Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 9-12 at 7:30 p.m., with a special 2 p.m. matinee closing show on Nov. 13. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. All College of Idaho students get in free! For tickets and information, call the C of I box office at (208) 459-5426. Don't miss this chance to see American playwright Lanford Wilson's dramatic comedy brought to life by a talented cast and crew of C of I students and faculty, directed by Hollis Welsh. Curtain up!

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Fall 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

November 3-5 and 9-12

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

November 4

Hokum Hoedown with English professor Scott Knickerbocker and the Hokum Hi-Flyers, 7 p.m., Linen Building (Downtown Boise)

November 4

The Langroise Trio featuring guest artists Geoffrey Hill, Aurora Torres, and Kyle True, 7:30 p.m., Esther Simplot Academy of Performing Arts (Boise)

November 4-December 16

Pagans, Pigeons, and the Architectural Index: New work by Benjamin Love, Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4

November 5

Volunteer work day at Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch seminar featuring 'Oregon's Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program' by Paul Blom

November 5

The Langroise Trio featuring guest artists Geoffrey Hill, Aurora Torres, and Kyle True, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

November 9

Whittenberger Planetarium public show 'Coyotes, Constellations and the Cosmos,' 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Adults $4, children $2. Reserve your seat by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211

November 9

United Heritage Insurance Mayor's Cup: Men's basketball vs. Northwest Nazarene, 7:05 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center

November 11

Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, 4 p.m., Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts

November 11

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Boise Baroque Orchestra and Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

November 13

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

November 16

Alumni Ada County Luncheon, noon, Idaho Power (Downtown Boise)

November 18

The College of Idaho Blood Drive 9 a.m.-2 p.m., McCain Student Center

November 18

Washington, D.C. Alumni and Friends Event, 6 p.m., National League of Cities


The College of Idaho volleyball team recently clinched its sixth consecutive Cascade Conference title, as chronicled by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

C of I alumna Becca Stroebel '02 recently received the Idaho Librarian of the Year award and was featured in the Idaho Statesman. Stroebel works at the Downtown Boise library and is legislative co-chairwoman of the Idaho Library Association.

The College of Idaho speech and debate team placed third in the tournament it hosted Oct. 22-23. The Howlin' Yotes were led by Dan Mallory (first place, senior solo debate), Alixx Arons/Jacob Rook (second, senior parliamentary debate), Madai Montes/Maddie Hanhardt (second, novice parliamentary), Sarah Tschol (second, novice solo debate) and Josh Rebollozo (second, novice solo). Check out photos from the tournament on the C of I Flickr page and a debate video on the C of I YouTube channel. 

Check out new videos on the C of I YouTube channel, including coverage of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity's "Night at the Museum" fundraiser and the foriegn policy speaker series' most recent installment, "The Arab Spring."

The College of Idaho baseball team is selling oranges, apples and grapefruits for its annual holiday fundraiser. Infielder Andrew Sewell knocked on the right door this week and landed on the popular A Thrifty Mom blog. To get your order - and the fruit is outstanding every year - contact baseball coach Shawn Humberger (459-5861) or any Coyote baseball player. Go Yotes!

C of I English and Environmental Studies professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson will deliver her paper “Toward ‘An Inheritance Incorruptible:’ Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Post-Colonial Ecology,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference Nov. 5-6 at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Johnson also will stop at Claremont Graduate University on Nov. 7 to give the invited lecture “When Perception Becomes Endangered: Thoreau’s Late Work and the Contemporary Decline of Outdoor Experience,” and direct a workshop for English graduate students entitled “Preparing for an Integrated, Interdisciplinary Profession.”

C of I alumnus Chris Hoene ’93 is the director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. Hoene has made several national television appearances this fall, including this PBS News Hour report on how the current economic slump is affecting cities across America.

C of I professor Dr. Robert Dayley and his team of student researchers are featured on the ASIANetwork website for the work they did in Thailand over the summer. Dayley and his students researched the Thai tangerine industry and produced a video documentary as part of an ASIANetwork Freeman Student Faculty Research Grant.

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