C of I Newsletter

2012. 02. 17

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C of I to host international philanthropists for Davis Scholar event

The Davis United World College Scholars Program is the world's largest privately-funded international scholarship program, having supported more than 4,200 students from more than 140 countries at more than 90 American colleges since its founding in 2000. The College of Idaho is a major beneficiary of the program, with 50 international Davis Scholars currently enrolled.

On March 1, those students will get the chance to personally thank the men responsible for their scholarships as philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis and international educator Phil Geier visit the C of I campus. “Davis Scholar Day” will include selected acts from the College’s most recent Cultural Show as well as remarks by Davis and Geier, both of whom also will have honorary degrees conferred upon them by College of Idaho President Marv Henberg. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. inside Simplot Dining Hall and will be followed by a reception at 4:45 p.m.

“It would be an understatement to say that I am honored to meet Mr. Davis, because I am so much more grateful than that,” said C of I Davis Scholar Iris Cvijanovic. “From the moment I became a ‘Davis kid’ until the end of my life, every day is full of new opportunities that I would never have gotten if it wasn't for Mr. Davis.”

Since The College of Idaho became a Davis Scholar partner institution in 2006, its international student population has increased dramatically and now accounts for nearly 10 percent of its student body, with more than 40 countries represented on campus.

“The College of Idaho is one of the smallest colleges in the Davis Scholars Program, and the colleges with the smallest populations are where we’ve seen the greatest impact,” said Geier, executive director of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. “The infusion of Davis Scholars into the fabric of these colleges has brought global perspectives into classrooms and all aspects of campus life.”

Geier is a leader in international education. He also developed and runs the Projects for Peace Initiative for internationalist Kathryn W. Davis, begun in 2007. He is an independent consultant specializing in strategic innovation for education as well as transformative philanthropy.

Davis is the founder of Davis Advisors, a mutual fund management company with more than $70 billion under management currently headed by his son, Christopher. In retirement, Davis has become a major philanthropist, contributing more than $40 million annually to the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Davis and his wife, Gale, reside in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“Davis Scholar Day” is open to the entire campus community. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact dean of enrollment Brian Bava at [email protected].

Coyotes to hold shoe drive Saturday vs. Warner Pacific

The College of Idaho and the Cascade Conference have joined forces with the Portland-based Hope4Hoopers program for a shoe drive this Saturday (Feb. 18) during the C of I basketball doubleheader versus Warner Pacific. Fans who donate a pair of shoes will receive free admission to the game, while C of I students/faculty/staff who donate a pair of shoes will receive a free bag of popcorn. The action starts with the C of I women taking on Warner Pacific at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Both games are critical as the Coyotes battle for postseason positioning.

Hope4Hoopers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children of all ages, abilities and athletic experience the opportunity to reach their full potential. The program collects athletic shoes (new and used) through various events and then donates them to need-based organizations locally and internationally. Hope4Hoopers strives, through athletics, to create an environment where every child can pursue his or her dreams. Hope4Hoopers founder Jared Mace, a former Cascade Collegiate Conference athlete, is challenging athletes everywhere to participate.

“With every pair of shoes we collect, we give hope to another athlete to continue playing sports,” Mace said.

A portion of the shoes collected at C of I will be donated to need based organizations locally. The remainder will be taken to the Philippines, where Hope4Hoopers staff will fix up run down basketball courts, donate the shoes and conduct a basketball camp for local athletes next month. For more information on Hope4Hoopers, go to www.hope4hoopers.org.

Celebrate the sciences at 2012 Scholarship Gala

The College of Idaho invites its alumni, friends, faculty and staff, students, parents, trustees and supporters to participate in the 2012 Scholarship Gala, "Spotlight on Science," set for Friday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The formal evening will feature socializing, dining, live musical entertainment by the Decade Blues Band, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up, a raffle drawing and remarks by C of I President Marv Henberg as well as students and faculty from the College’s science departments. All proceeds from the gala will support student scholarships and creative activity at C of I.

A limited number of Gala tickets remain available for purchase. Tickets cost $125 apiece or $75 apiece for College faculty and staff (limit two per faculty/staff member). For tickets and information, visit the Gala website at www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala or call (208) 459-5017.

The College also invites its faculty, staff, students and alumni to sell raffle tickets prior to the Gala. Participants may pick up tickets from Trisha Phillips on the third floor of Sterry Hall or order online. Tickets cost $25 apiece or $100 for five. The faculty member, staff member, student and graduate who sells the most tickets (minimum of 10) will receive a $75 Barnes and Noble gift card. This year’s raffle prize is a weeklong stay in an Arizona vacation home.

The College of Idaho would like to thank live auction sponsor Caxton, silent auction sponsor U.S. Bank, “Adopt-a-Yote” sponsor Blue Cross of Idaho and supporting sponsor Fisher’s Document Systems as well as the many alumni, friends, supporters and campus community members who make the Scholarship Gala a success each year. We hope you will join us next Friday as we celebrate the College and its excellence in the sciences while raising money for student scholarships.

College of Idaho Insights series returns to YouTube

The College of Idaho Insights series has resumed with bi-weekly videos featuring C of I professors discussing current issues in politics, economics, education and other relevant fields. To receive alerts about new College of Idaho Insights episodes and other C of I videos, subscribe to the College's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goyotes.

In the Feb. 10 edition of College of Idaho Insights, the subject of education is tackled by history professor Steve Maughan and political economy professors Kerry Hunter and Jasper LiCalzi. The New Yorker article "Groupthink" referred to in the episode can be read and accessed online.

The panel also recently discussed U.S. President Barack Obama's "State of the Union" address (Jan. 25). If you have a topic you would like to see discussed on College of Idaho insights, contact your favorite C of I professors or email marketing and communications director Dustin Wunderlich to make a suggestion. Thanks for watching! 


Winter 2012

College Events Calendar

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' lecture series. Transport from C of I available: email [email protected] to reserve a seat

February 18

Coyote Connections, 3:30 p.m., KAIC Shannon Lounge (alumni-student networking and dinner followed by basketball games at 5:30 p.m.)

February 21

Informational meeting for the Winter Wilderness Experience, 4 p.m., KAIC room 106

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

February 24-25

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Missoula Children's Theatre production of 'King Arthur's Quest,' 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and information

February 28

Whittenberger Planetarium free show for the campus community (learn about Saturn and the constellations!), 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall

March 2

C of I professor Meredith Minear gives her lecture 'The Effects of Childhood Poverty on Cognitive Growth and Development' as part of the health forum 'New Directions in Family Health in Idaho: Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Times,' 2:25 p.m., Boise State University Student Union Building

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


C of I alumna and longtime Twin Falls High School teacher Jo Dodds '70 is one of 26 American teachers recently selected by NASA to participate in upcoming research flights aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Dodds' selection was featured by the Twin Falls Times-News.

A story from Quest magazine won a Silver Award this week at the Case District VIII Conference in Seattle. The story, entitled A Voice Within, features C of I student Chelsea Larsen's project teaching students in the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center in Caldwell. An abridged version of the article is featured on the C of I website and the full version is available in the online version of the Spring 2011 issue of Quest.

College of Idaho senior baseball player and Major League draft prospect Izaac Garsez recently was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

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!

C of I alumni Kimberlee Stiens ’08, Geoff Marshall ’07, Jamie Summerfield ’08 and Yordanos Refu ’11 have teamed up with alumni from Oberlin College, Idaho State University and Howard University to build the National League of Students, a non-profit organization aimed at helping students graduate and enriching the college experience.

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 C of I baseball team dominated rival Whitman last weekend, sweeping four games at Wolfe Field. The Idaho Press-Tribune covered the games and also had follow-up coverage in reporter Mike Stetson's blog.

C of I student Dorgham Abusalim, a senior international political economy major from Palestine, spent the first two weeks of the spring semester attending a seminar on Israel, America and the Middle East at the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. Topics included American foreign policy, Arab Spring implications, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more. Participants heard from expert speakers and experienced policy making first-hand through visits to foreign embassies, Congress, the U.S. State Department, lobbyists and think tanks. To learn more about the visit, email [email protected].

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