C of I Newsletter

2012. 03. 30

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C of I student Tyler Hatch named a Truman Scholar

College of Idaho junior Tyler Hatch has a passion for public policy and effecting social change.

As a 2012 Truman Scholar – one of 60 students in the nation selected for the prestigious award – Hatch hopes to draw on that passion to help protect the rights of students in America’s public schools. Hatch, a political economy and history double-major from Skyview High in Nampa, believes that a safe school environment is essential to a quality education. His Truman-winning policy proposal to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo advocates an amendment of the No Child Left Behind Act that would extend anti-bullying protection to students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual students currently are not protected in many states.

“I think it’s a timely issue,” Hatch said. “In the past year, teen suicide rates among LGBT youth have skyrocketed. We can see that bullying within public education is something that has lifelong effects on individuals, and refusing to protect certain classes of students because of their orientation or identity, I don’t believe is acceptable.”

Hatch and his fellow Truman Scholars were chosen from a pool of more than 600 applicants this year. Each of the scholars will receive up to $30,000 in grant money toward graduate school as well as leadership training, foundation support and special internship opportunities within the U.S. government. In return, each scholar is expected to work hard, maintain a high level of scholarly integrity and dedicate at least two years of their life to public service.

Hatch is The College of Idaho’s third Truman Scholar, joining James Wonacott (1993) and Varina Van Veldhuizen (1984). In the award’s 25 year history, Truman Scholars from Idaho institutions have been rare – Hatch is the first Idahoan to win while attending school in his or her home state since 2003.

“I think it’s very telling that the foundation believed an Idaho student attending an Idaho school was capable of making social change,” Hatch said. “I hope that my experiences here at C of I will prepare me for larger experiences throughout the country and, hopefully, the globe.”

C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi encouraged Hatch to apply for the Truman award, and English professor Sue Schaper helped Hatch through the application process as his fellowship coordinator. Hatch also credits political economy professor Kerry Hunter and history professors Steve Maughan and Mee-Ae Kim for helping his pursuit of his academic and career goals.

“The entire political economy and history departments have really helped shape me over the last few years,” Hatch said. “The courses that they teach are issues and subjects that I really do care about.”

To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and view a list of past recipients, visit www.truman.gov.

College of Idaho's Rosenthal Gallery hosts 'Servare' exhibition

The David and Blanche Rosenthal Gallery of Art on The College if Idaho campus in Caldwell is pleased to announce the opening of Servare: To Serve and Preserve, an exhibition of art created by C of I faculty, staff and friends. The show is open to the public free of charge through April 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. March 30.

“This exhibition includes the work of artists who joined the College in the late 1940s and 1950s, those who graduated from it in the 1960s and then returned as staff, those who joined it in the 1980s, 1990s, the early 2000s and those who are in their first year of service,” said C of I art professor Garth Claassen. “All are productive artists who are united by their support of the College’s commitment to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship and service to the institution and the wider community.”

Servare is Latin verb which can be translated to mean “to serve,” “to preserve,” or “to save.” Thus, the theme of the exhibition is service and preservation, including the fostering of artistic and collegial relations and the preservation of institutional memory. Featured artists include Claassen, Matt Bodett, Anna Marie Boles, Jan Boles, Kinga Britschgi, Brita Capell, Michael Capell, Goran Fazil, Brenda Fisher, Stephen Fisher, Charles Gill, Arthur Hart, Dori Johnson and Alan Stanford.

The Rosenthal Art Gallery is located inside Blatchley Hall at the C of I. Visitors who wish to view the exhibition outside of gallery hours may make an appointment with Claassen via email at [email protected]. For more information about the gallery, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/rosenthalgallery.

C of I set for spring choral concert

The College of Idaho’s Department of Music is pleased to announce its 2012 spring choral concert, set for 7:30 p.m. April 5 inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The evening will feature the C of I Chorale, Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz groups performing music of great American composers including William Billings, Randall Thompson, William Dawson, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine and Eric Whitacre. Admission is free and the concert is open to the entire campus community as well as the public. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/music.

“We traditionally perform a lot of European music, but we thought it would be nice to look at the tradition of American choral composition,” said C of I music professor and choral director Brent Wells. “This concert does a great job of that because it spans from the Colonial work of William Billings all the way to the very contemporary compositions of Eric Whitacre.”

It has been a busy spring for the C of I Chorale, which performed Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem alongside the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and Master Chorale under the direction of Maestro Robert Franz on March 23 and 24 in Nampa and Boise. The spring concert also will feature a selection from that collaboration.

“The students loved the opportunity to work with the Philharmonic, and I thought the performance turned out magnificently well,” Wells said. “Robert Franz said he was thrilled with how well the choir sang, and we already have an invite to come back next year and perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.”

College to celebrate Astronomy Month in April

The College of Idaho will celebrate global Astronomy Month in April with a pair of activities designed to educate and entertain both the campus community and the public. First, Whittenberger Planetarium will host a public show featuring the planet Saturn at 7 p.m. April 11 inside Boone Science Hall. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-17. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (208) 459-5211. In addition, the College will hold its annual Astronomy Day on April 28. This free public event features both indoor and outdoor activities, weather permitting.

The April 11 planetarium show will feature images of and information about Saturn, its rings and its moons gathered by the Cassini Spacecraft. Guests also will learn some interesting facts about the constellations and planet activity visible in Idaho’s spring sky. To learn more about the planetarium, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.

The April 28 Astronomy Day event begins at 8 p.m. with outdoor activities, followed by a short planetarium lesson on using and reading a sky chart (9:15 p.m.) and an hour of moon-, planet-, and stargazing through telescopes (beginning at 10 p.m.). All activities will take place in and around Boone Science Hall. The outdoor and stargazing activities are dependent upon weather and visibility conditions, and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. There is no admission charge for Astronomy Day, but donations to Whittenberger Planetarium always are appreciated. Please make a reservation in advance by calling (208) 459-5211.

C of I students, faculty and staff who wish to volunteer or get involved with Astronomy Month activities or the Whittenberger Planetarium in general should contact planetarium director Amy Truksa at [email protected].


Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

March 30

Opening reception for 'Servare: To Serve and Preserve' exhibition, 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall)

April 3

'Emotional Morons,' a lecture by C of I writer-at-large John Rember, 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

Grace Episcopal Church and Trinity Lutheran Church Easter Vigil, 8 p.m., Centennial Amphitheatre (open to campus community). Please bring blankets to sit on

April 11

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring Saturn, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. Reservations required: call Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211 to save your seat

April 12

Orma J. Smith Museum hosts Oregon Trail presentation by two Idaho Archaeology Society chapters (Great Basin and Intermountain), 7 p.m., Boone Hall. Click for more info

April 13

Campus Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shannon Lounge (Upstairs KAIC). Appointments taken via email: [email protected]

Through April 14

'Servare: To Serve and Preserve' exhibition, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Featuring art by C of I alumni, retired professors, current faculty and staff.

April 21

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

April 28

C of I Astronomy Day. Activities begin at 8 p.m. and will take place in and around Boone Science Hall. For more information, contact Amy Truksa at [email protected]


Check out new videos, including the latest episode of College of Idaho Insights focusing on the Supreme Court arguments over "Obamacare," highlights from this month's Davis Scholars Day and excerpts from the latest "Bedtime Stories" reading, on the C of I YouTube channel as well as new photo galleries, including the C of I Play Reading Series and Caldwell Fine Arts concerts, on the C of I Flickr page.

C of I sophomore Nickayla Skinner became the second softball player in school history to earn NAIA National Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing one earned run and striking out 37 batters in three Coyote victories.

C of I English professor Dr. Sue Schaper recently was elected to serve a three-year term on the Idaho Humanities Council board. To learn more about the IHC and its mission, visit www.idahohumanities.org.

C of I alumna Natalie Hodson '07 has been named Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace Member of the Month for March. Read about Hodson's workout regimen, healthy habits and personal transformation in this online Q & A, complete with a video interview. Congratulations, Natalie!

The College of Idaho students who spent Spring Break participating in Campus Ministries service learning trips to Caldwell and southern Texas were featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune last week. Photos from the Caldwell trip are available on the C of I Flickr page.

The Coyote baseball team won three out of four games against rival NNU this spring, including an 11-4 victory in the series finale. The rivalry received coverage in the Idaho Press Tribune, on KBOI Channel 2 News and in the blog of IPT reporter Mike Stetson. Go Yotes!

C of I archivist Jan Boles and several College buildings including Blatchley Hall, Strahorn Hall and the Hat are featured in a recent Idaho Press-Tribune article focusing on historical buildings in Nampa and Caldwell.

College of Idaho political economy professor Dr. Rob Dayley recently was featured by the LDS Church News website. The article chronicles Dayley's life and career, including his love of Asia, his experiences in the LDS church and his selection as the Carnegie Foundation's 2011 Idaho Professor of the Year.

Brian Bava, dean of enrollment at C of I, was the subject of a recent Q & A interview as part of Youniversity TV's 'Admission Spotlight Series.'

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