C of I Newsletter

2011. 12. 16

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C of I to host national Jewish history exhibit

The College of Idaho for years has strived to increase awareness and interest in Jewish culture and history throughout Idaho and the West. Those efforts continue this winter as the College hosts From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, a traveling exhibition made possible by the American Jewish Historical Society and Jewish American History Month. The exhibition will run from Jan. 9 through March 19 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. It will be open to the public, free of charge, daily between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“The College of Idaho strives to welcome and celebrate many different cultures and beliefs,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “We invite the entire Treasure Valley community to join our students and faculty in learning about and commemorating through this magnificent exhibition the successful integration of Jewish culture into the American fabric.”

Sid Lapidus, co-chairman of the American Jewish Historical Society, will deliver a free public lecture as part of the Jan. 23 official opening ceremony for the exhibition, co-sponsored by Boise State Public Radio. Opening remarks for the event begin at 3:30 p.m. in Langroise Center, followed by the lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. and a reception ending at 6 p.m. Those planning to attend the opening event are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or (208) 459-5071.

From Haven to Home
is a newly-designed version of the original Library of Congress exhibition by the same title, exhibited at the Library’s Jefferson building in 2004 in conjunction with the commission to commemorate 350 years of American Jewish history. The exhibition consists of large, portable display panels which show art, photography, literature, news articles and other artifacts that showcase how America, from its origins as a safe haven for Jews, blossomed into a home where Jewish culture, religion, business and tradition thrive.

The College of Idaho is working to establish an endowed chair in Judaic Studies, the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. Longtime C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger has been the driving force behind Jewish studies at the College, hosting an annual Passover Seder, leading student trips to Jerusalem, teaching courses in Jewish history and bringing Jewish dignitaries to campus as guest speakers through the Howard Berger Lecture Series. From Haven to Home is part of that series.

“Judaic studies encompass so much more than religious beliefs or actually being Jewish,” Berger said. “Jewish culture and tradition have contributed so much to the American way of life, and vice versa. I am so pleased that our students and the community will have the opportunity to view and learn from this wonderful exhibit here at the College.”

Tours or after-hours accessibility for schools and other groups may be arranged by contacting C of I student Savannah Ottmar at [email protected].

Whitney Brigham named NAIA All-American

Three days after leading The College of Idaho volleyball team to the best finish in program history at the NAIA National Championships (fifth pace), senior libero Whitney Brigham capped an amazing career by becoming the Coyotes’ first-ever NAIA First-Team All-American, announced Dec. 5 by the NAIA national office in Kansas City, Mo.


Brigham, from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, had an outstanding run in Sioux City, Iowa, leading the tournament in digs en route to All-Tournament honors. For the season, Brigham averaged 6.22 digs per set – fourth in the NAIA – and recorded 703 overall digs. She finished her career with 2,359 digs, the most in both school and conference history. She was named this year’s Cascade Conference Player of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association Northwest Region Player of the Year.

During her career, Brigham also was an honorable mention All-American (2010), a three-time All-CCC selection, a three-time CCC Libero of the Year and a league-record 20-time CCC Libero of the Week.

“Whitney brought the limelight to the libero position,” said C of I coach Liz Mendiola. “She is the first libero in the nation ever to be named NAIA First Team All-American. I am thrilled to see her receive such well-deserved recognition and I can’t say enough about what she has done for our program. Her legacy will live on for a long, long time.”

Two of Brigham’s teammates also were honored as NAIA All-Americans as opposite hitter Kylee Nawahine and middle blocker Torrey Hulsey earned honorable mention status. Nawahine racked up 326 kills, 226 digs and 86 blocks while leading the team with 33 service aces, while Hulsey had 329 kills and a team-high 128 blocks on the year.

Five C of I volleyball players have earned second-team All-America honors: Kristyn Price (2002), Erin Cherrington (2006), Katie Hogue (2007), Naomi Reimer (2009) and Sarah Harris (2010).

Happy Holidays from The College of Idaho

Check out video highlights from the 2011 Feast of Carols concert, featuring festive music from the C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers directed by Brent 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. All of us here at the College wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

The Feast of Carols video is one of several recent additions to the C of I YouTube channel. An interview with alumnus and film producer Gary Hollie '83, a reading by C of I writer at large John Rember and a piece on the importance of staff at the College also are available for viewing, along with more than 150 other videos at www.youtube.com/goyotes. Watch, subscribe and enjoy!


Fall 2011

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall 2011

Upcoming Athletic Events

December 18

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

January 4

United Way Poverty Simulation, 10:30 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Click to register

January 9-March 19

'From Haven to Home' exhibition, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts

January 13

Campus Ministries hosts Bill and Ted's Excellent Murder Mystery, 7 p.m., KAIC. Come dressed as any non-fictional person, past or present. Prizes for winning the game and for best costume!

January 16

College of Idaho Discovery Day. Click to register or contact the Office of Admission at (208)459-5305 for more information


Ciciley Fox was honored Dec. 12 as a first-team member of the College Division Capital One Academic All-America Volleyball Team. Fox, a senior from Challis, is the first female athlete in school history to earn the award. A two-time All-Cascade Conference selection, Fox finished her senior season with 382 kills and helped the Coyotes advance to the NAIA national quarterfinals.

C of I alumna Christina Baker (’90) has teamed with fellow psychotherapist Larry Alford to open a group therapy practice in Sandpoint, Idaho. Baker's efforts recently were featured in the Bonner County Daily Bee.

College of Idaho history professor Dr. Steven S. Maughan presented a paper at the 61st Annual Meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies held Nov. 18-20 in Denver. Maughan’s paper, entitled “Sisters and Brothers of Mercy: Anglo-Catholics, Missionary Methods and the Debate over ‘Indigenization,’ 1857-1879” was part of a session on religion, Anglicanism and the Victorian world.

Dr. Don Mott ’62 and his wife, Beret, attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Dec. 10 in Oslo, Norway. Dr. Mott won the 2011 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize for his humanitarian work both in the Pacific Northwest and overseas in China. He specializes in helping children overcome neuromuscular disorders. Read more about Mott’s work in the Fall 2011 issue of Quest.

The Whittenberger Foundation made $282,974 in donations to support local education, welfare and cultural development Dec. 2 at The College of Idaho, as chronicled by the Idaho Statesman. C of I received $43,395 for Whittenberger scholarships, fulfilling one of the specific wishes of Ethel Whittenberger’s estate bequest that launched the Caldwell-based foundation.

C of I professor Dr. Rob Dayley was featured in his hometown newspaper, the Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) as well as the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News for his recent selection as Idaho Professor of the Year.

Pianist Sean Rogers, a C of I alumnus and former College music instructor, will perform at the annual Kettle Concert, set for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Nampa Civic Center. The concert will benefit the Salvation Army.

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