C of I Newsletter

2006. 04. 06.

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Model U.N. Takes on Big Issues in Big Apple

Albertson College will represent East Timor next week at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City. East Timor (officially, The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) is the world's newest country. The United Nations' played a major role in ending mass murder and ethnic cleansing in East Timor and assisting it achieve independence from Indonesia in 2002. ACI’s Model UN team (Eric Moore, Jonathan Yoshizaki, Taylor St. John, Cassandra Schiffler, Kristen Bulzomi, and Will Moss) will deliberate such topics as nuclear proliferation, global debt, illicit funds transfers, and warning systems for natural disasters. The Tuesday-Saturday conference requires delegates to spend about 40 hours in sessions held at the United Nations building and Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Over 200 colleges from North America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East send delegations--about half of the delegates are from countries other than the United States.

Music Department Hits the Road

Groups from the Albertson College of Idaho music department are taking their talents on the road. Next week the CofI Chorale and Chamber Singers will travel across the northwest on tour. The two groups consisting of 50 students are under the direction of Andy Percifield. Their first stop is Portland, Oregon, where they will perform for two high school audiences and observe the rehearsal of the Portland State University Chambers Singers. They will also perform during a reception for high school seniors hosted by the CofI Admission and Alumni/Parent Relations Departments. In California they will give two public concerts. The first at the Redding Stake Center on April 12 and a second On April 13 at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. The final stop on the tour will be Reno, Nevada. For more information, contact Andy Percifield.

ACI’s trio in residence, The Langroise Trio, will be touring in the Seattle and Portland areas April 26-28. Included in their trip will be two master classes, a concert at the Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland, and two receptions held in conjunction with the Admissions Office. For more information, contact Evonne Earl.

And the Fulbright Goes to...

Associate Professor of Political Economy Rob Dayley has been awarded a 2006 Fulbright Grant to study in Thailand. While there, he will conduct field research in Chiang Mai, Thailand and consult with Payap University in the creation of a new graduate program in Southeast Asian Studies. His research project, 'Thai Farmers and Globalization,' explores how Multinational Corporations and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) compete to influence the choices of Thai farmers. Professor Dayley was invited to Payap University by its president, Boonthong Poocharoen, to work with the College's Food Science and Technology Department and Payap Research and Development Institute. Professor Dayley has previously lived in the Thailand for 3 years. This will be his sixth stint in the country and second as a Fulbright recipient. Rob's wife Carrie and their three children 10-year-old Mara, 7-year-old Molly, and 3-year-old Eliot will accompany him for the six-month grant period which begins in July. The $20,000 award is one of only five given for study in Thailand in an all-discipline national competition for scholars at all ranks. It covers travel, housing, funds for research, and tuition support for children to attend international school.

Education Professor Gets High Marks, and International Attention

Professor Deb Yates from the Education Department has been chosen to be one of the featured keynote speakers at the 2006 Assessment FOR Learning Institutes during the upcoming school year. The first of these four popular educational institutes will be in Toronto Canada in April, followed by keynotes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Saskatoon, SK, and Red Dear, Alberta. Yates, along with co-author Robert D. Barr, will be presenting a portion of their educational simulation, excerpted from their book Welcome to Middletown! The book was released in February from Solution Tree Publishers and was recently nominated for a National Council for Staff Development Book of the Year Award. Yates admits being somewhat nervous at the prospect of speaking in front of several hundred participants, but she is certain to have fun with her co-author and mentor Bob Barr, who has keynoted hundreds of conferences thoughout the country. 'I'll be learning from the master,' she explained. 'I also expect to have a great time role-playing with audience members, and meeting and networking with educators from across the U.S and Canada.'

Generous Gift Grows Student Scholarships

The Albertson College of Idaho Scholarship Drive has received a generous gift from the parents of a recent graduate. Jordan Komoto graduated just last May. Recently, his parents, Janet and Dr. Robert Komoto, sent a check for $10,000 to the College. The money was designated to be used for student scholarships, with a portion going to both the Jeanne M. Hoover and Dan Lew memorial scholarship funds. The Komotos have been fantastic supporters of the college over the years and we appreciate their generosity!

Upcoming events:

April 14

History Day Competition

April 18

2:40-3:40 p.m., Model U.N. Foreign Affairs Lecture Series: veteran New York Times Correspondent Stephen Kinzer in the Hendren Board Room in Sterry Hall. Kinzer is the author of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.

7 p.m. Langroise, 2006 Liberal Arts Lecture, 'A Liberal Arts Education, Are We Still Relevant?' Dr. Sara Heggland, Associate Professor of Biology.

April 19

7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall, The CofI Outdoor Program presents Forever Wild-2006. Seating is limited, e-mail the outdoor program to reserve your seat.

April 22

Admissions Open House, for more info, e-mail Brian Bava

April 22-23

JAAC 101, Swing Dance Club Dance Lessons, open to the public, $45 for six lessons for general admission or $10 for one lesson, $35 for students, or $7 for a single lesson. For more info, contact Andrea Mahan.

April 27-29, May 3-6,

7:30 p.m. CofI Theatre Department presents Macbeth. A 2:00 p.m. matinee will be held on May 7.