C of I Newsletter

2012. 03. 02

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C of I produces 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

The College of Idaho theatre and music departments invite Treasure Valley patrons to enjoy a night of interactive musical comedy as they present their spring production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The play opens March 8 and features nightly 7:30 p.m. showings March 8-10 and 15-17, with 2 p.m. matinees on March 11 and March 17. All showings take place inside the Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, and tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call (208) 459-5426 or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/theatre.

Spelling Bee logo

Spelling Bee is an award-winning one-act musical comedy written by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Fin. The show takes place as six school-aged characters compete in a spelling bee at fictional Putnam Valley Middle School. Four audience members will join the actors on stage during each show to interact with the characters and participate in the bee.

“I’m really excited about the interactive elements of this show, from the pre-show lobby to the audience participation to the Caldwell and C of I references we’ve added to the script,” said guest director Julia Bennett, of Studio Jul in Boise. “The audience members are going to be part of the environment of the bee as well as co-creators of the entire production.”

C of I sophomore Jordan Bowman stars as Olive Ostrovsky, one of the nerdy, quirky kids competing in the bee. She and her cast-mates look forward to giving audiences energetic, diverse performances – no two of which will be exactly the same.

“I think what I enjoy most about this show is being so active on stage,” said Bowman, a musical performance major from American Falls. “The singing and dancing, character interaction and audience participation make it a very lively show, and it’s going to be a different show every night.”

Spelling Bee stars an ensemble cast of C of I students with musical direction by Scott King, choreography by Leah Clark, scenic design by C of I theatre professor Michael Hartwell, costume design by Megan Richardson and lighting design by Deborah Penrod.

C of I Langroise Trio to perform 20th anniversary concert

For two decades, The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio has provided outstanding string instruction for students and melodic performances for the public as the artists in residence on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The College and the Treasure Valley community will celebrate those 20 years as Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Langroise Trio’s 20th Anniversary Celebration with guest pianist Martina Filjak, set for 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Jewett Auditorium. Tickets, which start at $10 for adults and $6 for children, are available by calling (208) 459-5783 or visiting www.caldwellfinearts.org.

Langroise Trio

“The members of the Langroise Trio are superior teachers and artists who have been an asset to C of I students and the entire Treasure Valley for many years,” said Caldwell Fine Arts director Sylvia Hunt. “Caldwell Fine Arts is pleased to provide this opportunity for our audience to celebrate the Trio accompanied by Martina Filjak, who was a CFA crowd favorite last year.”

The Langroise Trio, established in 1991 with a gift from arts patron Gladys Langroise, consists of violist David Johnson, violinist Geoffrey Trabichoff and cellist Samuel Smith. The Trio serves as the C of I string faculty and is widely considered one of the best small string ensembles in the country. The group’s repertoire ranges from contemporary work written especially for the Trio to interpretations of Romantic, Classical, Baroque and Renaissance music. For more information and a performance schedule, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/langroisetrio.

“Our students are extremely fortunate to work with the Trio,” said Professor Paul Moulton, chair of the C of I music department. “If the members were working at a larger institution, they primarily would work with graduate students. But here at the College, even freshmen have an opportunity to work with these outstanding professionals who have traveled and performed with the best in the world.”

Special guest Filjak is the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner. She played with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and as a soloist for Caldwell Fine Arts in 2011. Filjak and the Langroise Trio will perform celebrated piano quartets from Mozart and Brahms. For more information about Filjak, visit www.martinafiljak.com.

College to host Haven to Home closing celebration for alumni

In its two months at The College of Idaho, From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America has attracted hundreds of guests to campus and helped raise more than $400,000 toward the College’s effort to establish an endowed chair in Judaic studies.

As the traveling exhibition draws to a close, the College’s alumni and friends will have one last chance to enjoy From Haven to Home alongside the man who made it possible. The Office of Alumni Relations invites all alumni, friends and members of the campus community to celebrate with history professor Dr. Howard Berger in a closing ceremony set for 5 p.m. on March 16 in the Langroise Foyer. Guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibit, enjoy appetizers and a no-host bar and hear remarks from Berger, the catalyst behind the Judaic studies effort as well as the visiting Jewish history exhibit.

“We wanted to offer one more chance for alumni to celebrate From Haven to Home with Dr. Berger,” said alumni relations coordinator Jake McClean. “This exhibition and all of the good it has brought to the College wouldn’t be here without him.”

There is no admission fee for this event, and all alumni are encouraged to attend. Doors open at 5 p.m., Berger will speak at approximately 6 p.m. and the event will close at 7, with a C of I theatre performance of the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee set to begin at 7:30 inside Langroise Recital Hall. RSVPs are appreciated – to make yours, or for more information, call the alumni office at (208) 459-5770 or email [email protected].

From Haven to Home, which officially closes March 19, is an exhibit of large, portable display panels showing art, photography, literature, news articles and other artifacts showcasing how America, from its origins as a safe haven for Jews, blossomed into a home where Jewish culture, religion, business and tradition thrive. The exhibit has been at C of I since Jan. 9, and hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members celebrated a grand opening with Berger and guest lecturer Sid Lapidus of the American Jewish Historical Society on Jan. 23.

College to explore possible return of football

The College of Idaho will consider the reinstatement of a football team to its athletics program this spring, with the College’s Board of Trustees anticipated to make a decision at its May 2012 meeting.

A series of meetings for members of the College community will be held in the coming weeks by President Marv Henberg and Athletics Director Marty Holly. Information about the contemplated reinstatement of football will be shared at the meetings and input will be collected.

President Henberg said a variety of factors will be considered in the decision-making process, including the impact on student life, alumni engagement, revenue and town-gown relations.

The College, which currently has 19 men’s and women’s varsity teams competing in the NAIA and USCSA, had a football program for many years before it was disbanded in the late 1970s.

The news that C of I is considering reinstating football received coverage from several local media outlets, including a story in the Idaho Statesman and a blog post by columnist Brian Murphy. The story generated some interesting discussion - check out the blog and read the comments below Murphy's post to see what people are saying.

Further details about football-related meetings for students, alumni, faculty and other College constituencies will be forthcoming. In the meantime, all inquiries regarding the reinstatement of football should be directed to the College’s director of marketing and communications, Dustin Wunderlich, at (208) 459-5820 or [email protected].


Winter/Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

March 2

Hokum Hoedown with English professor Scott Knickerbocker and the Hokum Hi-Flyers, 7 p.m., Linen Building (Downtown Boise)

March 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 'Sagebrush steppe habitat: A seed buffet for Owyhee harvester ants' by Dr. Ian Robertson, Boise State University

March 3

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

March 8

Faculty Forum featuring Dr. Regan Postma (modern foreign languages), 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Chicano/a,' 11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall third floor board room

March 8-10

C of I theatre and music departments present 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Also showing a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 11. Click for tickets and information

March 10

Alumni and Friends destination event: L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers spring training game, 12:05 p.m., Diablo Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.). Tickets $18. Email [email protected]

March 15

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Langroise Trio 20th anniversary concert with guest pianist Martina Filjak, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and information or call 459-5783

March 15-17

C of I theatre and music departments presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Also showing a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 17. Click for tickets and information

March 16

'From Haven to Home' alumni and friends closing celebration with Dr. Howard Berger, 5 p.m., Langroise Foyer

March 19

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Boston Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and information or call 459-5783

Through March 19

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

March 24

C of I student/alumni rock band The Green Zoo performs at Treefort Music Fest, 4 p.m., Linen Building (Boise). Click for info

April 7

Kappa Sigma fraternity hosts 'Toast to C of I,' 6:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Dinner, keynote speaker Professor Joe Golden and celebration of the College! Alumni tickets cost $25 per couple; students get in free. All proceeds go to the C of I Boone Fund.


The College of Idaho women's basketball team won the Cascade Conference championship this week, as chronicled by the Idaho Press-Tribune. Meanwhile, junior guard Felicity Jones was named the league's "Newcomer of the Year." The Coyotes advance to the NAIA National Tournament, which begins March 7 in Sioux City, Iowa.

It's a busy time for C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi as the 2012 election heats up. LiCalzi was quoted in a recent article from The New Republic, and he is set to appear live on KID Newsradio (eastern Idaho) at 8:10 a.m. Monday as well as local KIVI Channel 6 News’ 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows Tuesday.

The C of I baseball team renewed its rivalry with NNU this week and emerged with a 5-1 victory. Mike Stetson of the Idaho Press-Tribune had the story, as well as follow-up coverage and thoughts from C of I coach Shawn Humberger in his blog.

The nationwide "Linsanity" craze over New York Knicks out-of-nowhere star Jeremy Lin has a tie to C of I: Former Coyotes basketball player E.J. Costello worked as Lin's personal trainer in California and was interviewed for a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Students for Social Justice, a new C of I group dedicated to making positive changes in the community through service-learning projects, will hold its first meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in Terteling Library’s upstairs conference room. All students are welcome to attend. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved, contact Carol Phillips.

College of Idaho swimmer Chrissie Younggren last week was featured on the NAIA website in a Q & A about life as a student athlete at C of I.

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!

Soda Springs, a film produced by C of I alumnus Gary Hollie ’83 and starring Idaho actor Jay Pickett, will be screened at the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival, set for March 15-18 in Sun Valley, Idaho. For more information, visit the official festival website.

College of Idaho softball player Nikki Shumway was featured in a recent Idaho Press-Tribune preview of the 2012 season.

Lisa Meierotto, a visiting professor of anthropology at C of I, had an article entitled “The Blame Game on the Border: Perceptions of Environmental Degradation on the United States-Mexico Border” published in the Spring 2012 issue of Human Organization.

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