C of I Newsletter

2012. 04. 13

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College set to celebrate scholarship at Student Research Conference

The College of Idaho Student Research Conference is an open house of student academic achievement, providing a rare opportunity for the campus and the community to view the accomplishments of students from a variety of disciplines in one place.

The tradition continues this spring with the 7th annual SRC, set for Saturday, April 21 inside the Langroise Center. The conference, which runs from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., will feature student work in the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, politics and more, giving attendees an opportunity to view samples of many C of I disciplines and generate a good picture of what each has to offer.

“Where else can you go to hear a poetry reading, a scientific poster, and a historical presentation all together?” said Sara Heggland, a professor of biology and member of the SRC committee. “This is the height of liberal arts. It showcases all the great things students can do outside of the classroom. It’s a celebration.”

A highlight of this year’s conference is keynote speaker Dr. Charles Buck, a C of I alumnus who will address the importance of getting involved in research as an undergraduate. Buck will speak following opening remarks by C of I President Marv Henberg, and guests then will be treated to the documentary Tangerine Dreams: Boom and Bust in Northern Thailand, a short film created by political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley and four students on a study abroad trip to Thailand last year. The documentary represents a successful and eye-opening undergraduate research experience that had a lasting impact on the students involved, some of whom are pursuing similar economic research today.

Other notable student presentations include Kaitlyn Stewart’s “Cross-Cultural Comparison of Italian and American Cheese Making,” a project which will take Stewart to Italy this summer; as well as a group project on the effects of water contaminant exposure on redband trout in southwestern Idaho, a study on depression and cyber-bullying, and a look at the biological impact of stream restoration.

All students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to the conference. Parents in particular are encouraged to come and celebrate with their students, view the wide variety of creative and scholarly work, meet their students’ faculty advisors and see first-hand the results and impact of undergraduate research at The College of Idaho. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the official SRC web page.

College receives $500,000 scholarship gift from Carter estate

The College of Idaho has received a $512,043 gift from the estate of the late William J. Carter, a grandson of founding C of I President William Judson Boone. Carter, who passed away in 2011, left his estate to the John O. and Sara Boone Carter Family Scholarship, an endowed fund set up to honor his parents and support students who are in need of financial assistance to complete their educations. The gift makes the Carter Family Scholarship the largest endowed scholarship fund at The College of Idaho.

“We are delighted to assist in helping deserving young men and women afford the quality education for which The College of Idaho is justly known,” said William’s brother, James Carter. “The bequest is likewise a testament to how firmly we descendents of President William Judson Boone believe in the continuing mission derived from his founding vision.”

The Carter Family Scholarship is one of more than 200 endowed scholarships at The College of Idaho – funds that ensure virtually all C of I students receive financial assistance. The scholarship gift is in addition to decades of annual gifts made by Carter and a designated $150,000 donation from his estate to establish the endowed Carter-Chalker Lectureship Series on Faith and Contemporary Issues. The series, created last year by James Carter with the help of C of I President Marv Henberg, also is named after longtime C of I religion professor Dr. William Chalker. It is intended to bring lecturers to the College’s campus in Caldwell to speak about issues of faith as it relates to science, business, government, medicine, media and other contemporary fields.

C of I hosts National History Day competition

The College of Idaho will welcome to campus students from around the state it hosts the Idaho National History Day competition between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 14) inside the Langroise Center. National History Day, sponsored by the Idaho Historical Society, is designed to give students in grades 4 through 12 the opportunity to develop a passion for history as they research a chosen topic throughout the school year and create a culminating final project. The rewards of the program are academically advantageous and also provide long-term benefits for the young participants.

“A lot of the students who do NHD at an early age catch the excitement of history,” said Susan Dittus, coordinator for the program in Idaho. “They gain presentation skills, learn to research more effectively, and invest in higher academics.”

Dittus has heard from multiple former participants who have gone on to utilize what they learned while competing in NHD in their future schooling and careers. The College of Idaho is home to several such individuals – the competition doubles as an opportunity for students to be exposed to the C of I campus and encouraged to continue their educations after high school. The College is offering three scholarships to individuals with exceptional presentations this year.

“It’s a way to introduce students to college life,” said C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger, who will give a keynote address about the eternal importance of history during Saturday’s awards ceremony. “That introduction to college is the backbone for everything great.”

The theme of this year’s NHD competition is “Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.” Those who are selected as Idaho’s best submissions will earn a summer trip to Maryland, where they will have a chance to meet U.S. Senators and visit the Capitol along with winners from other states. Scholarships are available for high school-aged participants.

Idaho National History Day is open to the campus community as well as the public. Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the awards ceremony, highlighted by Professor Berger’s remarks, set to begin at 4 p.m. Attendees have the option of sitting in on individual presentations as they are judged throughout the day. Several C of I students and staff are serving as judges, including student Robyn Sanow and Orma J. Smith Museum curator Jan Summers Duffy. The museum, located in the Boone Hall basement, also will be open to the public. For more information on NHD, please visit the Idaho State Historical Society website.

C of I students prepare for 'Peace Me the Ball' project

C of I students Mauricio Santiago and Luis Reyes have been selected to perform a Davis Project for Peace this summer. Their project, "Peace Me the Ball," will promote peace through soccer for children in Brazil. To raise funds, Santiago and Reyes organized two on-campus events: A PlayStation tournament held earlier this week and a 7-on-7 soccer tournament scheduled for this Sunday afternoon at Symms Field.

Santiago is from Brazil and Reyes is from Peru, where he currently is participating in a study abroad program. To learn more about "Peace Me the Ball" and how you can help support Luis' and Mauricio's project, visit the official project Facebook page and website. You also may email Luis and Mauricio directly for more information.

This is the fifth consecutive year C of I students have been involved in Davis Projects for Peace. To learn more about Davis Projects and the vision of founder Kathryn W. Davis, please visit www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.


Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

April 14

C of I hosts National History Day in Idaho, sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society.

April 14

C of I Festival de Film Francophone featuring 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (Rappeneau, 1990, with subtitles), 3 p.m., McCain Theatre

April 15

'Peace Me the Ball' fundraiser: 7-on-7 soccer tournament, 3 p.m., Symms Field. Click for more information.

April 16

'Women and HIV' presentation by students Chelsey Tlucek and Yvette Viveros, 6 p.m., Shannon Lounge (KAIC).

April 19

Bon Appetit and C of I celebrate Low Carbon Diet Day, 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Click for more info.

April 19

Tibetan Buddhism event featuring AlejAndro Anastasio from the Dzogchen Idaho Dharma Center, 7 p.m., Shannon Lounge (KAIC). All are welcome.

April 20-May 12

'The XIV' Senior Art Exhibition, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall).

April 21

Seventh annual College of Idaho Student Research Conference, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Langroise Center. Click for more information.

April 22

Benefit concert featuring duo pianists Sylvia Hunt '59 and Barbara Attebery '47, 2:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Donations will go to the Richard D. Skyrm Scholarship and the Fern Davidson Scholarship at The College of Idaho.

April 25

C of I Sinfonia Spring Concert directed by Samuel Smith, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

April 26

C of I International Food Festival, 5 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall.

April 26

C of I composition student recital, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

April 28

Langroise Trio Concert presenting audience choice repertoire, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

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]


Next week is a big one for the C of I softball team. The Coyotes have three home doubleheaders to wrap up the regular season, hosting Canyon County rival NNU (4 p.m. Tuesday) as well as Cascade Conference foes Southern Oregon (2 p.m. Friday) and Oregon Tech (11 a.m. Saturday). The No. 19 Coyotes have an overall record of 24-10 and are looking to get to 30 wins for the third time in program history. Between games on Saturday, the team will honor its four seniors with a ceremony at approximately 1 p.m. at Symms Field. Come out and support our ladies!

Check out several new videos on The College of Idaho YouTube Channel, including a special "C of I Ghost Story" in celebration of Friday the 13th.

C of I alumni John Reuter ’06, Chris DeCleur ’04 and Zach Hagadone ’03 are featured in an article from the Bonner County Daily Bee chronicling the seven-year run of the Sandpoint Reader, a weekly newspaper founded by the trio in 2004. The Reader recently printed its last issue as Reuter, DeCleur and Hagadone are pursuing new opportunities.

C of I sports information director Mike Safford recently was honored for his work away from Coyote athletics. Safford has been the Voice of the Boise Hawks, the Chicago Cubs Class A affiliate, since 2003. His blog, On the Mike, was named one of the Top-100 Major League Baseball "Pro Blogs."

C of I business professor Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre was an April 7 guest on the Better Business Bureau show Business at its Best. Melchiorre discussed handling conflict between employees during the show, which may be viewed along with other past episodes on the BBB's YouTube channel.

C of I alumna Rebecca Tormey '06 was interviewed for a recent "Ask the Trainer" Q & A in the Denver Post. Tormey, a physical therapist at Denver's National Jewish Hospital, responded to a reader who is trying to get back into shape after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

The C of I alumni office is conducting a survey to learn how to best serve our graduates and improve alumni events. Click here to take the survey: your answers will be confidential and it only takes a few minutes to complete. We appreciate your participation!

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is the subject of the latest episode of College of Idaho Insights, featuring C of I professors Kerry Hunter, Jasper LiCalzi and Steve Maughan. Check it out:

The C of I baseball team was named the Cascade Conference "Verizon Team of the Week" after posting four impressive victories last weekend. Read more in this article from OregonLive.com.

The C of I would like to help the local community support the Canyon County Animal Shelter, which is no longer supported by the county and must rely on donations. The shelter is a candidate for the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100,000 Challenge, and it needs votes from the community to qualify. Visit www.canyoncountyshelter.org to learn more and to vote once per day through April 16. Together, we can save hundreds of pets like Sid, a shelter rescue who "graduated" from the C of I in 1998 with her friend and owner, Jessica Evett.

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