C of I Newsletter

2012. 01. 20

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C of I graduate gets once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in China

College of Idaho alumnus Christoph Kober ’11 was hard at work preparing for Chinese exams in Jinan for the New Year when he learned he had been accepted to an internship position with the German Chamber of Commerce offices in Hong Kong. Kober will spend six months organizing and writing economic pieces for the Chamber’s business magazine, circulated primarily throughout Hong Kong, southern China and Vietnam. He also will have the task of monitoring and editing the work of other writers for the magazine, placing him in a position of immense growth, influence and responsibility.

“I will have an opportunity to research and write about economic issues taking place in one of the most absorbing regions of the world,” said Kober, who figured he was a long shot for the position when he applied. “I’ll make new contacts and gather experiences in many fields. I am grateful to receive this opportunity.”

Kober has been studying Mandarin for several months in China’s Shandong Province. Last summer, he took part in a successful research trip to Thailand, where he helped produce the video documentary Tangerine Dreams as well as a corresponding research paper with three C of I classmates and Professor Robert Dayley. The Thailand experience proved to be highly influential for Kober, enhancing his passion for economics and trade-related issues in the area, especially in agriculture. He hopes to use this internship opportunity to deepen his understanding of the economic workings of Eastern and Southeastern Asian nations and someday become a part of international affairs through the German Foreign Service.

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Kober in Thailand with classmates Alexandra Grande, Nikki Watson and Morgan Bow

Living in China has greatly improved Kober’s language comprehension and appreciation for Chinese culture. His studies abroad have exposed him to issues and customs he could not observe otherwise, and Kober attributes many of the opportunities he is enjoying to the education he received at the College, particularly his intense research and writing projects in the Department of Political Economy.

“The department has outstanding professors whose rigorous feedback was central to my development as a writer,” Kober said. “I attribute (the internship opportunity) to the support of my former professors at The College of Idaho and would like to thank them very much.”

Kober will relocate to Hong Kong and assume his German Chamber of Commerce internship position this month. He is slated to stay on through July.

International Students' Cultural Show caps Diversity Week at C of I

The College of Idaho campus is home to a surprisingly robust international population, with 97 students from 46 foreign countries currently enrolled. This month, the College’s International Student Organization shared its diverse talents and culture by helping Student Senate organize the second annual Diversity Week, a series of nightly events which culminated Jan. 19 with the C of I Cultural Show. The Cultural Show featured music, dance, poetry and other performances delivered by international students, each representing his or her home country. Check out members of the ISO performing the Azonto Dance in this video from the C of I YouTube Channel.

“We believe celebrating diversity on campus is vital to the education of our students,” said Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs at C of I. “The Cultural Show is a great way to see the differences and similarities between some of the world’s most interesting cultures.”

Countries represented at the Cultural Show included China, Brazil, Bosnia, Mexico, Sri Lanka and multiple African, South American, Asian and Caribbean nations. International Student Organization president Chenjerai Simpson, who hails from the island of Antigua, hopes to share the College’s diversity not only on campus, but also with the Treasure Valley community. The ISO supported that goal by inviting the public as well as each of the schools in the Caldwell district to attend the Cultural Show.

“Educating people about cultural and global issues is the entire purpose of our organization,” said Simpson, a soccer and tennis player studying psychology and anthropology/sociology. “We hope to continue to promote understanding and awareness throughout the Caldwell community.”

C of I junior Ixchel Luna, event coordinator for the ISO, was pleased with the turnout and the variety of events offered during Diversity Week. Programs ranged in topic from anti-violence awareness to religious discussion to cultural celebrations with student clubs ALAS (Association for Latino Americano Students) and AFRO (African Americans, Friends, Relatives and Others).

“One of our duties as international students is to spread our culture with the people here in Idaho,” said Luna, a history major from Honduras who helped perform a Panamanian dance at the Cultural Show. “But Diversity Week is about more than just international students. We’ve been able to have discussions about violence, discrimination, religion and many other topics here on campus, and it’s been great.”

Simpson admits he was surprised by the College’s diversity when he first arrived, but he has grown to understand why C of I enjoys a thriving international population.

“Idaho isn’t really known as a state with a lot of international students, but the College makes a real effort to accommodate us,” Simpson said. “It’s a really unique personal experience that we get at this school, and I think that’s what attracts so many of us.”

C of I theatre and speech arts department kicks off staged reading series

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre & Speech Arts is set to present the inaugural C of I Play Reading Series, a sequence of four performances in which the actors read the dialogue in the script without the elements of scenery, costume or lighting. The series kicks off Jan. 24 with Poona the F*** Dog and Other Plays for Children (NOT a play for children), written by Jeff Goode and directed by Joe Golden, chair of the C of I theatre department. All readings in the series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I Campus in Caldwell. There is a “pay what you wish” admission, with proceeds funding theatre department travel to the 2012 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival conference.

The C of I Play Reading Series will present one play per month through April. Shows include Kabuki Lady Macbeth, written by Karen Sunde and directed by C of I theatre professor Michael Hartwell, on Feb. 28; August: Osage County, written by Tracy Letts and directed by C of I admission counselor and theatre instructor Will Fowler, on March 23; and The Water Engine, written by David Mamet and directed by C of I adjunct lighting designer Deborah Hartwell, on April 17. Each of the shows will feature a cast of current C of I students as well as theatre department alumni currently working in the Treasure Valley.

“This style of reading is a great way to hear a play and imagine the action unfolding in your own mind,” Golden said. “It’s also a nice way for us to connect our current students with some alumni working in the area and, for the faculty, a wonderful opportunity to once again create theatre with some of our fine graduates.”

For more information about the series, contact Golden at [email protected].

C of I theatre fans also are encouraged to come enjoy the annual Thespian Freeze Out, happening at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Langroise Fountain. All of your favorite C of I actors and actresses will be taking a dip in the frigid waters of the Langroise Fountain – weather reports call for temperatures in the 30s – and the amount of clothing they wear is up to you! Stop by McCain Student Center and put a couple dollars down on your favorite thespian. The higher you bid, the smaller the swimwear becomes. All proceeds go to Scarlet Masque, the College’s student theatre club. If the event raises $500, C of I Dean of Student Affairs Paul Bennion will take the plunge, so gather your loose change and get over to McCain ASAP!

Thespian Freezeout


Winter 2012

Upcoming Alumni Events

Winter 2012

Upcoming Athletic Events

January 20

Kappa Casino, 8-11 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall ($5 buy-in). Poker, blackjack, roulette, food, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds go to RIF (Reading is Fundamental), book donations also encouraged

January 23

Thespian Freeze Out, 12:30 p.m., Langroise Fountain

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

January 24

C of I Play Reading Series presents 'Poona the F*** Dog and Other Plays for Children' (NOT a play for children), 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Written by Jeff Goode and directed by Joe Golden

January 25

C of I Environmental Studies Presentation, 11 a.m., Sterry Hall third-floor board room

February 8

Campus Ministries hosts Bill and Ted's Excellent Murder Mystery, 7 p.m., KAIC. Mystery game, costume contests, karaoke, side games, prizes and fun

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)

February 17

C of I professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson gives her lecture 'On Metaphor and Progress: Nature in Literature and Landscape Painting in 19th-Century America,' 6 p.m., Boise State Student Union Building (Simplot Ballroom A-B). Part of BSU's 'The Idea of Nature' public lecture series

February 23

College of Idaho Health Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., McCain Student Center

February 24

College of Idaho Scholarship Gala, 'Spotlight on Science,' 6 to 11 p.m., Boise Centre on the Grove. Click for tickets and information

March 3

C of I softball/volleyball dinner auction, 6-11 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center

Through March 19

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


The College of Idaho invites its campus community and alumni to attend a reception in Professor Michael Erickson’s honor this evening (Friday, Jan. 20) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Kathryn Albertson International Center’s Shannon Library. All are welcome to attend and remember the late Professor Erickson, who served as a member of the College’s business faculty from 1988 until his recent passing. Those who wish will have the opportunity to say a few words about Professor Erickson beginning at 4:30 p.m.

College of Idaho alumnus Matt Blazek '00 has started his own beverage delivery business in the Treasure Valley. Hear and read more about Blazek - also known as "The Beer Guy" - in this KIVI Channel 6 News story.

C of I student Matt Fultz will be featured this weekend on the TV program The Real Winning Edge (airing 8 a.m. Saturday on FOX KTRV Channel 12 in the Treasure Valley). Read more about Fultz, a competitive rock climbing star, in this article from the last C of I Newsletter and be sure to tune in tomorrow morning! If you miss the episode, it will be on the show's website through Jan. 27.

C of I geology and English instructor Megan Dixon was a guest in the Idaho Public Television program Dialogue for Kids (D4K). Dixon's episode focuses on the importance of geology in our daily lives. Click on the link to find the episode under the “Watch the Show” button.

C of I theatre professor Joe Golden and admission counselor/theatre instructor Will Fowler '01 recently starred in the movie Nobody Cares. Directed by local filmmaker Travis Swartz, Nobody Cares is a comedy about a man searching for true love after he finds out he only has a short time left to live. Watch the trailer online (be advised: trailer includes some mild language) and contact Joe or Will to find out how you can get a copy of the film. Enjoy!

The College of Idaho invites its alumni, friends, faculty, students, parents, trustees, supporters and community members to participate in the 2012 Scholarship Gala, themed "Spotlight on Science," on Friday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Boise Center on the Grove. The evening will feature socializing, silent and live auction bidding, dining and musical entertainment. Proceeds will go directly to scholarships at the College. For tickets and information about how you can sponsor or participate, please call (208) 459-5301 or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala.

There are several new videos available on the C of I YouTube channel, including this performance of Joseph Fili David, a piece written specifically for the C of I choirs which made its debut at the 2011 Feast of Carols.

C of I alumna Rebecca Constantino '85 is the founder of Access Books, a non-profit organization that refurbishes school libraries and encourages literacy amongst inner-city and underprivileged children. Constantino recently shared the inspirational story of her experience with a young, "troublesome" boy named Johnny in her blog.

The College of Idaho will launch its newly redesigned website at the end of January. For more details about the launch and what to expect from the new website, check out this article from the Jan. 6 edition of the C of I Newsletter.

C of I history professor Dr. Steven Maughan has been awarded an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship for a project entitled “Anglo-Catholics, Religious Communities, Foreign Missions and the Debate over Indigenization, 1857-72.” Maughan, on sabbatical in the 2012-13 academic year, will conduct research in key British archives to examine the impact of 19th-century Anglo-Catholicism on British Christian foreign missions and the British Empire.

C of I alumnus Michael W. Goltry ’87, an attorney at Parsons & Goltry Patent and Trademark Attorneys at Law in Phoenix, has been selected by Freedom Energy Holdings, Inc. to provide the patent application for the company’s proprietary asphalt shingle recycling technology SR-139. Read more about Goltry's work in this Market Watch article from The Wall Street Journal.

The College of Idaho will hold its annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 inside McCain Student Center. Stop by for food, fun, information and vendor booths including free blood pressure checks, health screenings and more. There also will be a fasting lab draw for glucose/lipids from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at a cost of $16. To sign up or request more information, contact C of I campus nurse Libby Burtner at (208) 459-5200 or [email protected].

The College of Idaho's food service management company, Bon Appetit, recently received a positive review in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

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