C of I Newsletter

2011. 12. 02

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Feast of Carols showcases musical talent at C of I

The Feast of Carols is a longstanding College of Idaho tradition that rings in the holiday season with a musical celebration.

This year, new choral director Dr. Brent Wells hopes to take the tradition to new heights. The Feast of Carols has been moved to Jewett Auditorium to accommodate a larger crowd, and Wells hopes to fill the building with guests both from campus and the Treasure Valley community for this year’s concert, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission is free.

“Our goal is to make the Feast of Carols a community event to really kick off the holiday season,” Wells said. “And from a campus standpoint, we tried to incorporate many different groups and showcase as much of our music department as possible in one concert.”

The Feast of Carols is a 90-minute concert featuring the C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers directed by Wells, the C of I Sinfonia directed by Samuel Smith, C of I Vocal Jazz directed by Marianne Saunders and the visiting Borah High School CDVE choir directed by Heather Prinzing. The audience will have opportunities to participate as well, singing along to some popular carols. The concert will be followed by a reception featuring hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas cookies in the adjacent Langroise Center Foyer.

“We want to give the audience familiar music that they can sing along with,” Wells said. “But we also hope to introduce new repertoire, and some variety that showcases the musical talent we have here at the College.”

Special numbers include a collaborative performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat by Chamber Singers, Sinfonia and Borah High School.

“We’re excited to welcome Borah High School to perform with us,” Wells said. “They are widely recognized as one of the best programs in the Treasure Valley.”

In addition, the C of I Chorale will perform a composition written specifically for the Feast of Carols by Dwight Bigler, a Blackfoot, Idaho native who serves as director of choirs at Virginia Tech University.

“Bigler is a rising star in the composition world,” Wells said. “It’s an honor, and a nice feather in our cap, to have him composing for us.”

The Feast of Carols is one of several musical events taking place on the C of I campus in the coming days. The College also will host the C of I Sinfonia Concert (Dec. 2), C of I Piano Studio Recital (Dec. 3) and Chamber Music Concert (Dec. 5). All concert events are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Langroise Recital Hall. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/music.

The College also will host Caldwell Fine Arts’ Nutcracker, performed by the Eugene Ballet, on Dec. 6. For tickets and information, visit the Caldwell Fine Arts website.

Huge week for Coyote athletics

Go Yotes! It has been a great week for College of Idaho athletics as the volleyball team advanced to the championship bracket at the NAIA National Tournament (in progress at press time) and multiple C of I athletes earned regional and national recognition for their performances on the court and in the classroom. Read about their accomplishments below, plus check out a video of the C of I women’s cross country team winning the Cascade Conference Championships.

Whitney Brigham named AVCA Northwest Player of the Year

College of Idaho libero Whitney Brigham was honored Dec. 1 as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Northwest Region Player of the Year. Brigham, a senior from Caldwell, was selected by coaches from the CCC and Frontier Conferences, along with independent schools from North Dakota and South Dakota. Brigham earned Cascade Conference Player of the Year honors after leading the CCC in digs and breaking the league record for career digs.

Brigham was joined on the AVCA Northwest first-team by teammates Kylee Nawahine and Torrey Hulsey, with Kelsey Soos earning an honorable mention selection.

James Collet named to Capital One Academic All-America Team

College of Idaho senior soccer player James Collet is a first-team member of the College Division Capital One Academic All-America Team, announced Nov. 28 by the College Sports Information Directors of America in Towson, Md. Collet, from Pocatello, became the second athlete in school history to earn the distinction. Coe Michaelson was a first-team men's soccer honoree in 2002.

Collet, a defender, also finished his career as a three-time Cascade Conference All-Academic Team selection. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.

Ballenger named CCC Player of the Week

College of Idaho guard Matt Ballenger was honored Nov. 28 as Red Lion Cascade Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, announced by the league office in Portland, Ore. Ballenger, a senior from Nampa, helped the Yotes to a road split at the Holy Names Thanksgiving Tournament by averaging 31 points and seven rebounds per game. Ballenger had a game-high 38 points and nine rebounds in a win over William Jessup, hitting 14-of-24 shots from the field and netting five 3-pointers. He followed it up with 23 points in a loss to host Holy Names.

Ballenger is the first C of I men’s basketball player to earn the weekly award since Craig McGee in 2009. The Coyotes open CCC play tonight with a road tilt at Warner Pacific.

Campus Ministries helps 'Rake up Caldwell'

Every year, The College of Idaho’s Campus Ministries program participates in service both locally and around the world. C of I students continued that tradition and helped brighten Thanksgiving for Caldwell families by participating in the annual “Rake up Caldwell” event on Nov. 19. Campus minister Phil Rogers and assistants Cindi Duft and Phil Antilla were joined by nearly 50 students for the Saturday afternoon event, making “Rake up Caldwell” one of the best-attended Campus Ministries service projects of 2011.

“We’ve been working hard to have a once-a-month service activity here in the community,” said C of I senior Mackenzie Crawford, one of six student interns for Campus Ministries. “We contacted the Caldwell mayor’s office to see how we could help out, and when they invited us to team up and rake leaves, we were happy to do it.”

In three hours, the C of I group raked more than 30 lawns belonging to elderly or disabled Caldwell residents. Overall, the “Rake up Caldwell” project served hundreds of local families who could not have raked and cleared the leaves themselves.

“I was surprised by how long it took to rake each yard and how much work it was,” Crawford said. “Raking doesn’t really seem like a big deal, but it is for these families. There is a lot of need for it in Caldwell, and we are hoping the entire campus will join in next year.”

Campus Ministries is offering many opportunities for students to serve in the coming months. Winter Break service trips to San Francisco and Haiti are already full, but Duft said volunteers are needed for a Winter Break trip to Boise to remodel the interior and illustrate the exterior of a mobile unit that will serve rural areas for Stanton Healthcare, a nonprofit pregnancy clinic. There also is space available for 2012 Spring Break service trips to Mexico and Caldwell, and Campus Ministries is working to set up a winter term project to assist elderly Caldwell residents through the Canyon County Organization on Aging.

Campus Ministries encourages people of all ages and beliefs to offer service to those in need, especially here in the Caldwell community.

“We believe it’s important to give back to people who need help,” Crawford said. “When we help those around us, we are making reality of what the Bible teaches us.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, or to sign up for a service trip, contact Phil Rogers or Cindi Duft. Students also are invited to participate in Campus Ministries Late Night every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in KAIC.

C of I student gets a head start on environmental finance career

College of Idaho senior Kevin Xu is a double major in finance and mathematics. Xu will graduate in May, but he already is using his financial training from the C of I to help another of his passions: the environment.

Xu is working as the chief financial officer of the online organization Collegiate Climate Collaboration (CCC), which is “committed to raising awareness and fostering climate change-related discussion and debate amongst the international college community.” The CCC globally brings college students together to share ideas, opinions and solutions to global climate change and other environmental issues.

CCC was established in September of 2010, and Xu has been involved since July, when he was approached by a friend who also is involved in the organization.

“Because of my strong interest in the environment movement, I was recruited as an administrator and a contributing writer for the CCC,” Xu said.

While it has been hard work getting the CCC on its feet, the organization is off to a good start. After just 15 months, there are approximately 26 contributing writers from colleges across the country, including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton and The College of Idaho. According to Xu, the CCC’s future plans include gaining professional advisers and academic contributors, adding a list of book and video recommendations to the website, and eventually building partnerships with major climate and environmental non-government organizations.

Xu’s written contributions to the online forum are aimed at environmentally-interested readers, but the articles also are accessible to those who are new to the environmental movement. In articles such as “Is the Carbon Price Right?” and “Green it up now, Uncle Sam,” Xu is careful to explain concepts to new readers and outline any controversies involved, a valuable asset for an organization seeking to raise awareness.

As graduation nears, Xu is applying to masters programs across the country in financial mathematics. Originally from Shanghai, Xu plans to return to his native China after he finishes graduate school and “operate a venture capital firm in renewable energy in China and the U.S.” Until then, he is happy with his role of raising environmental awareness among college students and building a strong foundation for his future career in environmental finance.


Fall 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

December 2

C of I Sinfonia Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

December 3

Volunteer work day at Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch seminar featuring "Museum Bylaws"

December 3

C of I Piano Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

December 4

C of I Feast of Carols, 4 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Reception to follow in Langroise Foyer

December 5

C of I Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

December 6

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Eugene Ballet's 'Nutcracker,' 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Also featuring 'Nutcracker Jr.' at 10 a.m., Clara's Tea Party at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

December 14

Whittenberger Planetarium public show: 'The Winter Solstice,' 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children. Reserve your seat by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211

Through December 16

Pagans, Pigeons, and the Architectural Index: New work by Benjamin Love, Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall)

December 18

Alumni and Friends Holiday Casino Party, 2 p.m., Beside Bardenay (Downtown Boise)


College of Idaho President Marv Henberg had an opinion piece published in the Idaho Press-Tribune. Henberg's editorial explores how higher education must change to meet the demands of the modern world.

C of I cross country runners Greg Montgomery, Sora Klopfenstein and Hillary Holt recently earned NAIA All-American honors at the National Championships in Vancouver, Wash.

C of I English professor Diane Raptosh recently had two poems published by OccuPoetry, a web site of poems supporting economic justice. The poems are from a manuscript Raptosh is working on during her sabbatical.

C of I senior volleyball player Ciciley Fox was featured in an Idaho Press-Tribune article previewing the NAIA National Tournament.

College of Idaho student Julia Levy's recent selection as a preliminary winner in the nationwide documentary film contest Project VoiceScape received some nice press in the Idaho Statesman.

C of I alumnus Adam Scoggin '59 was featured in the Spokesman Review (Spokane, Wash.) for his work as a ceramist and clay sculptor.

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