C of I Newsletter

2012. 01. 06

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Reaching new heights: C of I student Matt Fultz a climbing star

A professional athlete resides on The College of Idaho campus, and he’s one of the best in the world at his sport.

Were Matt Fultz a football player, autograph requests might make his college life difficult. But the C of I sophomore is a rock climber, which means his love for the sport exceeds any mainstream fame and fortune he receives from it.

Not that you’ll hear him complain about it.

“What I love about climbing is the physical problem solving,” Fultz said. “Here you have this challenge in front of you, and you have to solve it in your mind and then try to execute your solution with your body. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles like that. It feels so awesome when you figure it out and reach the top.”

Famous or not, Fultz is one of the best young climbers in the nation. He has been competing across the country since his early teens, and he became the first person from Idaho – and the entire Big Sky region – to win USA Climbing Junior Nationals in 2004. Fultz put climbing on the back burner for a couple of years while he starred in football and track at nearby Columbia High School in Nampa, but his dedication to the sport has reached new heights since he enrolled at C of I. He remains undefeated in Idaho competition and qualified for his first World Cup last year event by finishing sixth at a Professional Bouldering Series national event in Salt Lake City. He chose not to attend the World Cup, but plans to go this year if he qualifies again.

“It’s been really exciting getting back into climbing,” Fultz said. “If you qualify for World Cup, you get to compete in Europe, so I’m definitely interested in that. But I also enjoy climbing outside just for fun here in Idaho.”

Some of Fultz’s favorite local spots include Swan Falls near Kuna, Reynolds Creek near Melba and the Lucky Peak Reservoir cliffs near Boise – all less than 45 minutes from campus. He long ago mastered the C of I climbing wall and currently works and trains at The Front rock climbing gym in Boise.

Even in a fringe sport, Fultz is too good to avoid the limelight completely. He is being featured this month by The Real Winning Edge, a television program about young athletes overcoming obstacles and making positive life decisions. The episode featuring Fultz will air nationally Jan. 21 on FOX (8 a.m. on KTRV Channel 12 in the Treasure Valley). Fultz’s segment will focus on climbing as well as dealing with peer pressure. Fultz will be introduced by professional skateboarder Christian Hosoi, who has fought to overcome the drug and legal problems that once hindered his career.

“One of the struggles of rock climbing is there is a lot of drug use in the sport, especially smoking pot,” Fultz said. “I’ve avoided that, and I would like to be a positive influence for the local climbing community. I’m hoping the show reflects that.”

Fultz, an exercise science major, would like to attend graduate school and become a physical trainer or therapist. He also is excited that rock climbing will become an Olympic sport in 2020, though he acknowledged he “might be too old by then.” For now, he looks forward to continuing his competitive career and sharing his passion with fellow students and patrons at The Front. He encourages anyone interested in climbing to contact him via email at [email protected].

C of I graduate breaks through with alternative rock album, first book

College of Idaho alumnus Griffin Hewitt ’10 is proving that creative passion can be turned into success. His band, Ta8nted Cantaloupes – comprised of Hewitt and fellow C of I grads Jon Baker ’10 and Bert Martin ’07 – has written and recorded two independent rock records. Its debut album, Parasite Procedure, is set to release on Valentine’s Day and will be available by download on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and other online retailers.

Griffin Hewitt band

Like many contemporary bands, Ta8nted Cantaloupes operates almost entirely on its own, recording songs with the help of local professionals and promoting itself with local gigs and the Internet. The band started while Hewitt was a student at the College, a time he describes as being rich with support and environments where he could push creative boundaries. To preview tracks from the band’s upcoming album, visit www.purevolume.com/Ta8ntedCantaloupes.

As a student, Hewitt also developed a passion for writing and media and worked hard to improve several of the College’s student publications. He helped revive the campus radio program, contributed as a movie review columnist for the Coyote student newspaper and was the editor of the comic-book themed 2010 yearbook, The Trail. The influence of the psychology and English departments in particular made an impact on Hewitt and led him to write and self-publish his first supernatural thriller book, Somnophilia, an e-book available on Kindle this April.

“If it weren’t for the professors here, I wouldn’t have had the courage to sit down, start writing and say ‘I can do this!’” Hewitt said, emphasizing a creative literature class in particular that refined his writing skills and gave him the confidence to keep reaching and improving.

Originally, Hewitt planned to write a graphic novel, but inspiration struck over the summer and Somnophilia evolved into a full feature-length novel. The novel is not just one story, but three rolled into one book, all written and edited within a matter of months. Like his band’s music, each of Hewitt’s stories is different from the next, allowing him to appeal to a wider audience and explore a number of genres including drama, horror, romance and the supernatural.

“Once I have a story, I just have to tell it,” said Hewitt, who currently is working on a second series of stories. “And not just tell it but feel it.”

Hewitt is an employee at The College of Idaho Bookstore, a position he sought because of his love of literature, the College and the freedom it allowed him to pursue his writing and music at home. He credits his coworkers, his partner, his former professors and his friends for their exceptional support, especially his band mates, former classmate Danny Henson ’11, professors Dali Islam and John Theurer and director of student involvement Savala Smith.

The College of Idaho honors Fall 2011 Dean's List

The College of Idaho congratulates the 190 students who made the Dean’s List for the 2011 Fall Semester. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for that semester. Approximately 19 percent of the College’s student body made the Fall 2011 list. Idaho students are listed by hometown and out-of-state students are listed by state:

Boise: Danielle Blenker, Zachary Buker, Scottie Christie, Stephanie Cochran, Camden Debruler, Matthew Fouts, John French, Korey Gambill, Nathan Gier, Diana Gomez-Romero, Joseph Greene, Bryanne Gribble, Melissa Gutowski, Kelly Hardegree-Ullman, Emily Hendershott, Christina Hepworth, Katharine Hoehne, Chris Jensen, Molly Johans, Aleah Lowber, Alice Marie Marlow, Ela Miljkovic, Kagen Miller, Molly Mills, Rebecca Mulberry, Erin Nelson, Gabrielle Nelson, Ricardo Osuna Jr., Najla Pajazetovic, Gary Parkinson, Anthony Parry, Carol Phillips, Mindi Price, Kali Reider, Aaron Reynolds, Adrian Richey, Shelby Richins, Levi Smith, Brittany St. John, Courtney Swantek, Cynthia Tang, Benjamin Tjaden, Martin Vail, Erin Wantulok, Ayla Washam, Kailee Wehde, Dannen Wright, Whitney Wright, Tyler Young. Burley: Travis Withrow. Caldwell: Hailey Bull, Juan Cervantes, Brendan Eckert, Kaitlyn Eckert, Matthew Farrell, Haley Glenn, Rebekah Hunter, Mary Indart, Stacy Lewman, Dulce Sanchez, Elynn Smith, Margaret Torrey, Caleb Tracey, Altan Urbaeva, Kayla Webb, Michelle Wooten, Rhonda Yost. Castleford: Callie Wiggins. Challis: Ciciley Fox. Coeur d’Alene: Kaitlyn Stewart. Eagle: Alixx Arons, Jesse Dodd, Heather Ellesmere-Jones, Rachel Flachbart, Meghan Hughes, Casey Mattoon, Nicole Mehrhoff, Kyle Quinney. Emmett: Jordan Taylor, Megan Taylor. Fruitvale: Amanda Canfield. Gooding: Renee Howells. Grandview: Jackie Thurman. Grangeville: Paul Barnes, Ellen Gott. Hailey: Kylee Richmond. Harrison: Diana Bailey. Homedale: Hannah Johnson. Idaho Falls: Courtney Hill. Indian Valley: Emma George. Ketchum: Tanya Greenwood. Kimberly: Makenzie Ellsworth. King Hill: Jessie Thompson. Kuna: Danielle Holt, Chelsea Stagg. Lewiston: Maxx Minick. McCall: Melissa Dorris, Megan Hattrup, Garnet Kwader. Melba: Kayla Allison. Meridian: Leslie Andersen, Elizabeth Beamguard, Larissa Beck, Nathan Bonadies, Tyler Deroin, Susan Galvin, Clayton Gefre, Chelsea Heffner, Nicholas Hinrichsen, Andrew Nguyen, Allison Parrish, Holly Vives, Niki Ward. Middleton: Sarah Tschohl. Midvale: Joe Pickett. Mountain Home: Rainier Barrett. Nampa: AnnaMaria Ayala-Salas, Dulce Chavez, Andrea Cortes-Villalpando, Gavin Gaskell, Rose Ocker, Josh Sukeena, Chelsey Tlucek, Nicole Van Horn, Brett Ward, Nathan Weinstein. New Plymouth: Tess Hally, Ashley Thompson. Parma: Laura Barbour, Krista Hafez, Jenette Noe, Diamond Preston, Kelsey Stutheit. Payette: Daniel Mallory, Alberto Soto, Derek Tropf. Rexburg: Stephen Anderson. Salmon: Marisa Garechana. Shoshone: Lacey Kniep. Stanley: Addy Somerville. Star: Julia Henrie. Sun Valley: Kelley Fitzpatrick. Twin Falls: Katherine Ortmann, Jonathan Weese. Weippe: Hayden Jared.

California: Melanie Garrett, Macey Horch, Jonathan Low, Melanie Palmer, Aimee Pierson. Colorado: Andrea Hayes. Florida: Lauren Polito. Michigan: Zachary Nowak. Montana: Amanda Frickle. Nevada: James Collet, Jacob Kump, Kevin Starkand. North Dakota: Russell Montgomery. Oregon: Tanner Hodges, Kelsea Jones, Tracey Legore, Nedra Noblit, Chris Paulsen, Cristobal Urrea. Utah: Melanie Stieg. Vermont: Bethany Cote. Washington: Brittany Delong, Kayloni Jones, Julia Levy, Nicole Loffelmacher, Kenna Middleton, Annie Morrison, Savannah Ottmar, Shalena Putnam, Oshana Sampson. International: Dorgham Abusalim, Oliza Azwan, Azra Basaric, Azra Cickusic, Nhung Dang-Ngoc, Amalka Jayasundera, Stephanie Kapell, Nisshanth Kumar, Kiprotich Langat, Aldina Okanovic, Luis Reyes, Igor Samardzic, Chenjerai Simpson, Jiwen Xu.

College to launch revamped website

For more than a year, The College of Idaho has been working on redesigning its website with a goal of creating a more attractive site that is easier for users to navigate, easier for staff and faculty to update and that will better tell the rest of the world what makes C of I a distinctive place. Final preparations for the launch of the College’s new site are underway, and the launch is expected to take place later this month. As the launch nears, here are a couple of things to note and prepare for:

For external users
Alumni, parents, prospective students and the public will notice big changes to the look and feel of the website. The new design creates a consistent visual identity throughout the site with emphasis on compelling images, social media and showcasing the things that make the College special. Navigationally, users will notice a streamlined site where it is much easier to find the information you are looking for.

One thing that will make navigation easier is a new “bread crumbs” feature that shows you the path you took to get to your current page and allows you to quickly return to any page previously visited. The search function in the new site also will return better results for users and frequently-visited pages will have simplified URLs that will be easier to remember.

We welcome your feedback about the new site. Please direct your questions and comments to Marketing and Communications director Dustin Wunderlich at [email protected].

For internal users
Current students, faculty and staff will use an “intranet” to access class material, sign up for classes, use online employee resources, etc. Initially, we will use the College’s existing website as this “intranet.” To reach the intranet, you can use a link called “My College of Idaho” at the very top of each webpage on the new site. You will then need to log in using your College of Idaho network username and password.

In the coming months, we will work on refining our new intranet to make it more user-friendly, but in the meantime you’ll be able to access all the online resources you currently do. If you have any questions about the redesigned website or how to access or use the intranet, please contact Marketing and Communications director Dustin Wunderlich at [email protected].


Winter 2012

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2012

Upcoming Athletic Events

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 11

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

January 12

Artist's opening reception featuring John Taye, 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery (Blatchley Hall)

January 16

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

January 19

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 23

Opening ceremony for 'From Haven to Home' featuring guest lecturer Sid Lapidus, co-chairman of the American Jewish Historical Society. Event begins at 3:30 p.m. with lecture at 4 p.m. and reception at 5 p.m., all inside the Langroise Center. Please RSVP to [email protected] or (208) 459-5071

Through February 17

Figure Paintings by John Taye: A Retrospective Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Rosenthal Gallery (Blatchley Hall)


It's not too early to begin planning for the College of Idaho Student Research Conference! The 7th annual SRC is set for April 21, 2012. Students doing research, scholarship or creative work may submit an abstract. Abstract submission deadline is March 23. For more information, visit the official conference web page. Good luck!

College of Idaho alumnus John Pirtle ’72 has been named manager of the new Phoenix Commercial Real Estate Division of Washington Federal. Pirtle, a senior vice president, has been the bank’s Phoenix division manager since 2005. Read more about Pirtle in this Market Watch article from the Wall Street Journal.

The College of Idaho recently was included on Kiplinger's list of America's top 10 affordable private colleges, coming in at No. 9.

College of Idaho senior volleyball player Ciciley Fox was featured in her hometown newspaper, the Challis Messenger, for her accomplishments both on and off the court this season.

College of Idaho alumnae Beth Elroy (’92) and Lucia Asumendi-Mereness (’96) both have been nominated for the 2012 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year award.

C of I business professor Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre will appear on this weekend's edition of KTRV Fox 12's weekly show Business at its Best to discuss employee reward programs. The episode will air at noon on Saturday. Also, C of I political economy professor Dr. Jasper LiCalzi will be on the set of KIVI Channel 6 News at 1 p.m. Monday to analyze the Governor's State of the State Address. Be sure to tune in!

C of I alumnus Jay Farrell ’83 recently was featured in a Washington State Bar News article about lawyers changing careers. Farrell has worked for U.S. Navy Judge Advocates General, in the private law sector and as a firefighter. He now combines his legal and firefighting experience in the Seattle Fire Marshall’s Office, coordinating fire code compliance with the city attorney and working on fire code development. Read more about Farrell on pages 16-20 of the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

The pool in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center will hold open swimming at the following hours during winter term. The pool will be closed during all C of I home games.
Monday/Wednesday: 8-9 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 11-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
Friday: Noon-3 p.m.

Boise Weekly reporter Guy Hand recently took a look back at "2011: The Year of Idaho Food," a local food initiative which C of I supported and participated in.

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.