C of I Newsletter

2012. 03. 16

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C of I student Tyler Hatch a finalist for Truman Scholarship

The College of Idaho has honored two winners of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship since the prestigious award’s creation in 1975.

This spring, Tyler Hatch is hoping to become the third, an accomplishment that will enhance his opportunities to work in public policy and further his passion for protecting the rights of those who suffer from discrimination and neglect. Hatch, a junior from Nampa, is one of two Idaho finalists for the award. A panel consisting of a university president, a federal judge, an experienced public servant and a previous Truman winner will choose approximately 10 percent of the more than 600 nominees as winners.

“It’s a huge honor,” Hatch said. “And very telling of how (C of I) faculty gets involved with its students.”

Tyler Hatch

Receiving the Truman Scholarship is a true accomplishment and a weighty responsibility. Winners receive up to $30,000 in grant money for graduate school, leadership training, special internship opportunities within the U.S. government and a lifetime of support, including a website which publishes the Scholar’s achievements and creates a sense of community. Truman Scholars are expected to maintain a high level of scholarly integrity and hard work and must dedicate at least two years of their lives to public service.

Hatch was nominated for the scholarship last fall by political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi. As part of the application process, Hatch and his fellow nominees must complete a lengthy analysis of their goals as well as their history of volunteer service and leadership experience. They also must submit a model proposal for legislation related to a social issue important to them. Hatch, whose passion lies in constitutional law and human rights protection, wrote his proposal on anti-bullying procedures to protect students, especially those not currently protected in a number of states.

Hatch believes in the importance of maintaining the quality of education and of keeping school environments safe. He said the quality of his education at C of I – and the quality of the faculty in particular – has helped foster in him a love for public policy and a desire to pursue opportunities for service and community involvement. Hatch, a history and political economy double-major with a minor in Latin American studies, has a particular interest in social progress issues and plans to pursue a joint law degree and master’s in preparation for a career in politics. His interview for the Truman Scholarship took place March 14 in Seattle, and the panel’s decision will be announced at the end of March.

“I’m very nervous, but excited to have come this far,” Hatch said.

College of Idaho students James Wonacott (1993) and Varina Van Veldhuizen (1984) are the school’s previous Truman Scholarship recipients. To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and view a list of past recipients, visit www.truman.gov.

Campus Ministries embarks on Spring Break service trips

For a group of students at The College of Idaho, the upcoming Spring Break will be unlike anything shown on MTV. The week many reserve for road trips and beach parties instead will be dedicated to two service trips led by the College’s department of Campus Ministries.

The first trip, led by C of I junior Kali Reider, takes place March 16-19 in Caldwell. The second, led by Campus Ministries coordinator Cindi Duft and director of multicultural affairs Arnold Hernandez, is set for March 19-25 in southern Texas. For more information about the service trips, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/campusministries.

The local trip is the third annual C of I project in Caldwell. Students will work just a few blocks from campus at the home of a single mother, painting the house, installing carpet and framework, doing yard work and participating in group activities. Reider emphasized the impact the project will have not only on the family involved, but also on the participants as they learn and grow through serving their community.

“Campus Ministries does a lot of trips all over the U.S. and the world, and we think it's just as valuable to (serve) right down the road,” Reider said. “This trip is short, fun and surprising to most everyone who goes. I’m so honored that I get to organize it and help (the community).”

The second trip will explore southern Texas and migrant worker issues. The goals of Duft, Hernandez and the 15 student participants are twofold:

“First, we want to serve those in need,” Duft said. “And second, we want to gain insights into issues of human rights, labor rights, immigration and environment that we’d be able to get only through experience.”

The C of I group will travel to impoverished rural Texas, often called the “colonias,” where migrant farm workers and their families live on very meager means. Students will work closely with an immigrant and refugee shelter in Brownsville and an organization called Proyecta Azteca, which is very similar to Habitat for Humanity. The group also plans to visit the Homeland Security Detention Center and Immigration Court in Los Fresnos. The service project includes construction, gardening, social work and visiting with neglected inmates and refugees.

Students have been researching environmental and human rights issues in the states bordering Mexico by watching documentaries and learning about American immigration law. The project leaders hope to bring that research to life by having students work side-by-side with those living at the center of the controversy as well as by video documentation of the group’s experiences.

C of I hires new Vice President for Academic Affairs

The College of Idaho has hired John Ottenhoff as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Ottenhoff comes to C of I from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, where he has served as vice president for the consortium of 14 liberal arts colleges since 2007. Prior to ACM, Ottenhoff worked at Michigan’s Alma College for nearly 20 years, serving as a professor of English, an English department chair and an associate provost.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ottenhoff to our campus and excited about the wealth of experience and knowledge he brings with him,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “With our innovative PEAK Curriculum now in its second year, this is an exciting time for academics at The College of Idaho. I have no doubt that Dr. Ottenhoff will advance our mission of providing our students with the finest possible teaching, as well as an education which will allow them to thrive in an ever-changing world.”

Ottenhoff received a bachelor’s degree in English from Calvin College in Michigan in 1972. He went on to receive his master’s and Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. Ottenhoff has earned multiple teaching awards, implemented several curricular innovations, and obtained numerous major grants during his career. He also is a published author and accomplished presenter.

“I'm thrilled to be joining the C of I community and greatly appreciate the confidence President Henberg and the search committee have shown in me to become the College's academic leader,” Ottenhoff said. “I'm especially excited about working with the faculty to continue building PEAK into an extraordinary learning framework for our students, one that truly prepares them for careers and a lifetime of learning.”

Ottenhoff replaces Dr. Mark Smith, who is returning to the classroom this summer after 10 years as the College’s VP for Academic Affairs. Smith, a professor of history, is in his 23rd year at the College overall.

Abstracts due for 2012 Student Research Conference

The seventh annual College of Idaho Student Research Conference is just around the corner. Students who wish to present their research, scholarship or creative work at this year’s conference must submit an abstract by next Friday, March 23.

The 2012 Student Research Conference is set for April 21. For more information including abstract guidelines, presentation guidelines and videos from last year’s conference, visit the official SRC web page. Students who have further questions should contact biology professor Sara Heggland at [email protected]. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to share your scholarly work with your peers, your professors and the entire C of I community!


Winter/Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

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

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

March 28

Liberal Arts Lecture featuring anthropology professor Kathy Seibold, 7 p.m., Langroise Auditorium

April 4

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Juan Siddi Flamenco Dance, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and information or call 459-5783

April 5

C of I Chorale, Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz spring concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall

April 7

Volunteer workday at Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch seminar featuring 'The South Hills: A Naturalist's Playground,' by Kent Fothergill

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.

April 21

Seventh annual College of Idaho Student Research Conference, 11 a.m., C of I campus. Click for more information


The ninth annual College of Idaho Pi Day was a big success. See all the highlights, including professors Scott Truksa and Katie Devine getting pied in the face, in this C of I YouTube video. Plus, check out photos from the celebration of irrationality on the C of I Flickr page. Enjoy!

C of I alumna Jessica Holmes '04 was featured as part of the Idaho Statesman's "Heart of the Treasure Valley" series. Holmes, who majored in English at the College, is the hostess of the popular Story Story Night in Boise.

The C of I softball team is riding a school-record 11-game winning streak, as chronicled in the blog of Idaho Press-Tribune reporter Mike Stetson. The Coyotes look to extend their streak Saturday, when they host a home doubleheader versus Corban.

C of I student and current Miss Rodeo Caldwell Alexis Bennett is featured in an article on the Idaho Cutting Horse Association website. Bennett is one of several Gold Buckle Champions who will meet and take photos with fans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 during the ICHA Weekend Show at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa.

C of I alumnus and former Coyote basketball player Corey Thacker '01 recently was named the Northern 4A region Coach of the Year, as reported by The (Nevada) Record-Courier. Thacker led the Douglas High (Minden, Nev.) to the Sierra League title and the state tournament semifinals. The Tigers also won the academic state championship.

The C of I baseball team recently pulled off an epic comeback against rival NNU, rallying from nine runs down in the final four innings to win 13-11. Idaho Press-Tribune sports reporter Mike Stetson also had follow-up coverage in his blog. Go Yotes!

Photos from The College of Idaho’s Robert E. Smylie Archives are on display as part of the Wide Open Spaces: Panoramic Photos of Idaho, 1900-1940 exhibition at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey. C of I archivist Jan Boles helped coordinate the exhibit, which includes photos taken by College founder Dr. William Judson Boone.

Check out new videos - including the latest episode of College of Idaho Insights - on the C of I YouTube Channel and new photo galleries - including the recent Davis Scholars Day event - on the C of I Flickr page. Enjoy!

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