C of I Newsletter

2012. 04. 27

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Student violist thrives in close-knit music department

Aurora Torres

Click to watch Aurora perform with a C of I student piano and string quartet.

Aurora Torres never intended to attend college in Idaho; in fact, the Oregon native was very much against the idea. But a surprise, early-morning visit from her Pendleton High School counselors changed her mind – and set Torres on the fast track to a career as a professional musician.

“My counselors just showed up at my house at 6 in the morning,” Torres recalls. “They told me to get in the car, and we drove all the way to Caldwell for a visit. After meeting the C of I music professors and taking an individual lesson with (Langroise Trio members) David Johnson and Geoffrey Trabichoff, I decided this is where I wanted to come.”

That initial lesson turned out to be the first of hundreds for Torres, a senior majoring in musical performance as a violist. She has spent countless hours working one-on-one with her professors, especially Johnson, who is the principal violist in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to his work with the Langroise Trio. At Johnson’s urging, Torres auditioned for and won a seat in the Boise Philharmonic after her sophomore year. She now is a tenured violist who will graduate with two years of professional experience under her belt.

Torres will perform her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, April 27) inside Langroise Recital Hall.

“I feel very lucky,” Torres said. “At most schools, I would never have had the chance to learn from musicians like the Langroise Trio, but here I’ve worked with them for all four years. They’ve given me a great education, not to mention helping me get my first job with a professional symphony orchestra.”

Torres’ love of music began during middle school. She started playing the violin in the 6th grade, added viola two years later and ultimately decided the deeper, more resonate viola was her instrument of choice. These days, Torres practices from 3 to 8 hours per day to fulfill her school and professional responsibilities. She also teaches private lessons for students in the Caldwell area, and her growing clientele includes elementary, middle and high school students.

“It’s a big commitment,” Torres said of her music. “Between rehearsals and teaching and school, it’s very time consuming. But it’s worth it.”

In addition to the Boise Philharmonic, Torres plays viola in the C of I student quartet with Geoffrey Hill (violin), Maggie Torrey (violin) and Kyle True (cello). Hill also plays violin in the Boise Philharmonic, while True is the BP’s substitute cellist. The student quartet has performed alongside the Langroise Trio in concert, and the foursome also plays its own shows both on and off campus.

Torres said she will miss the daily interaction with her professors and classmates after graduation, but she plans to stick around the Treasure Valley and continue gain professional experience in the Boise Philharmonic, performing alongside her teachers and numerous College of Idaho alumni.

“The music department here at the College is like a little family,” Torres said. “I’ve gotten to know my professors on a first-name basis. They taught me a lot, but we’ve also become friends outside of school. It’s really nice to be a part of that.”

Alumna fights against relationship violence

College of Idaho alumna Pamela Cathey ’04 has dedicated her life and career to preventing violence. As the founder and CEO of A Frog in the Pot at C of I as well as the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence at Buena Vista University in Iowa, Cathey works hard to create awareness of an issue that is prevalent in society, yet often goes overlooked or undetected.

This spring, Cathey hopes to raise awareness of violence in the Treasure Valley through an advance release of Voices of Hope Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence, a performance based on her forthcoming book of the same title. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. May 10 inside the Langroise Center at the C of I. Tickets cost $50 for the public or $25 for C of I students, faculty and staff, which includes a coffee and dessert reception immediately following the performance. There also is a $500 sponsorship package available that includes four tickets, a limited edition copy of the book and an exclusive reception with the College's Board of Trustees at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Kelly Gibbons at (208) 249-8962 or [email protected].

“I had just left a violent relationship when I came to The College of Idaho to finish a novel,” Cathey said. “The process of working with the amazing professors helped me come to terms with the violence in my life. Since then, I have dedicated my career to this issue because it affects our society at every level, but many people find it hard to talk about. Our work focuses on a proactive, preventative way of dealing with this issue in our culture.”

Cathey in 2000 started A Frog in the Pot, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing violence. With the support of C of I students and the Board of Trustees, she relocated A Frog in the Pot to the College and also established the Women’s and Men’s Center, which provides advocacy and a 24/7 trauma response line inside McCain Student Center. Voices of Hope, co-authored by Cathey and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, is an anthology of women and men who have experienced relationship violence and emerged as stronger, more compassionate human beings. It is set for nationwide release this fall; the May 10 advance release is a limited edition dedicated to the C of I Board of Trustees. The book cover was designed by C of I graphic design instructor Michael Capell, with illustration by C of I international student Reinaldo Gil.

“I want to deeply thank the Board of Trustees for the support they have given the project over the years,” Cathey said. “I hope this event and the Voices of Hope initiative will inspire hope and motivate people to get involved in preventing violence in all of its forms.”

Cathey is working on two more books: Before the Boil: The Warning Signs of a Potentially Violent Relationship and the novel Those Who Will Not Break. She lives in Eagle with her husband and daughter. To learn more about Voices of Hope, contact Cathey via email at [email protected].

The College of Idaho readies for 2012 commencement

The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating Class of 2012 during its annual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of campus. Writer and editor Joan Houston Hall will deliver a commencement address entitled “Words along the Way,” capping a weekend of celebration at Idaho’s oldest liberal arts college.

“I congratulate each of our graduates for their outstanding achievement in completing their College of Idaho education,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The Class of 2012 is notable for its skill in both writing and speaking, so I am honored and excited to host as commencement speaker our distinguished alumna Dr. Joan Houston Hall, the world’s foremost expert on American regional English.”

Hall, a 1968 C of I graduate, is the chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (widely known as DARE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also is an accomplished writer, lecturer and scholar who has served as the principal investigator on grants totaling more than $10 million. The fifth volume of DARE, which completes the English alphabet, will be published this year. The dictionary catalogues the wide variety of words, usages and dialects spoken throughout different regions of the United States.

Commencement also will include remarks by Henberg and a graduating C of I senior. Hall will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and The College of Idaho President’s Medallion will be awarded to Caldwell physician Patrick Stowell as well as to Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History director William Clark ’68 and his wife, Mary Clark ’67.

The commencement ceremony will be preceded by a baccalaureate service at 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, inside Jewett Auditorium. Class reunions, meetings for the College’s Board of Trustees and other campus events also are scheduled throughout the week. Highlights include the Class of 2012 Senior Banquet and Roast (Wednesday, Langroise Center), the Franklin Specht Scholarship Pasta Feed (Thursday, Bitner Vineyards), the Golden Jubilee Awards Luncheon for the Class of 1962 (Friday, Simplot Dining Hall) and the Class of 1972 40-year reunion BBQ (Friday, home of Chuck and Jan Knox). For a full schedule of events, visit the C of I online calendar.

Commencement will be streamed live online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.

C of I senior art show on display at Rosenthal Gallery

The College of Idaho is proud to present “The XIV,” a gallery of work created by graduating senior art majors. The show opened last week and continues through May 12 at the David and Blanche Rosenthal Gallery of Art, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus.

“The XIV” is named for the 14 young women whose art it features. The show represents not only the culmination of several months’ dedication as a class, but also the unique growth of each individual artist over the course of their artistic careers.

“When I first started this collection, I wanted to challenge myself and show my own growth,” said artist Becky Mulberry, who is displaying her collection of abstract, environmentally low-impact paintings. “Now, I’ve become a more thoughtful artist. I think about it more and make art with a purpose.”

For most of the students, the exhibit marks their first experience putting together their own show – complete with frames, lighting, setup and takedown – with the objective of creating a unified body of work. The featured artists are Larissa Beck, Laura Beyer, Danielle Danker, Macy Egerman, Michelle Eide, Michaela Haflinger, Rebekah Hunter, Nicole Loffelmacher, Rebecca Mulberry, Meghan Strong, Altan Urbaeva, Alyssa Valdez, Kailee Wehde, and Lea Williams.

“The collection is an ambitious statement of what they are capable of doing,” said Garth Claassen, a professor of art and director of the Rosenthal Gallery. Claassen added that much of the art in this year’s exhibition stems from personal struggles and triumphs that are difficult to convey in words, making the show a truly inspiring event.

The Rosenthal Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 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 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The College of Idaho’s Association of Latino Americano Students (ALAS) will host its 16th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on campus Saturday, May 5, from noon to 6 p.m. at Hayman Field. The student-organized, community-encompassing event will celebrate Latin American culture, music, history and tradition. This year’s celebration will be special as it marks the 150-year anniversary of the holiday.

Cinco de Mayo at The College of Idaho is open to the entire Treasure Valley community and will include authentic Mexican food and ice cream, music and dancing, local vendor booths, a mechanical bull riding competition, a horse show, inflatable toys and other activities for children and families.

Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs at the C of I, emphasized the importance of the event in fulfilling the ALAS club’s mission of bringing people together, both on campus and in the local community.

“Seeing students put this event together has been really rewarding,” Hernandez said. “The closer we get to Cinco de Mayo, the more these students grow before my eyes. It’s going to be very gratifying to see everybody getting involved and having a good time together next Saturday.”

For more information about the event, please contact ALAS president Hortencia Flores at [email protected].


Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

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]

April 29

C of I Theatre Department Senior Project Showcase, 2 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Doors open at 1:30. Click for more information.

April 30

Caldwell Fine Arts presents cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Victor Asuncion from the Piatigorsky Foundation, 4:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

May 2

C of I Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub.

May 3

St. Luke's and The College of Idaho present the 20th Annual Charitable Estate Tax Strategy Seminar, 8 a.m. to noon, Boise Centre. Call (208) 381-2123 or email [email protected] for more information.

May 3

2012 Student Awards Assembly, 11:20 a.m., Jewett Auditorium

May 3

C of I Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

May 4-5

Reception and field trip honoring retired C of I biology professor Dr. Pat Packard. Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 in Boone Hall, field trip to Leslie Gulch departs at 10 a.m. May 5 from Boone Hall parking lot. For more information, email Professor Don Mansfield at [email protected]

May 5

Volunteer workday at Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch seminar featuring 'Archaeology: Tools and Quarries of the Owyhees,' by Jan Summers Duffy and Dave Valentine.

May 5

Association of Latino Americano Students Cinco de Mayo celebration, noon-6 p.m., Hayman Field. Festivities include music, dancing, Mexican food and desserts, competitions, prizes, mechanical bull and more. Free to all C of I students!

May 5

Bitner Vineyards 'Bud to Blossom' event, noon-5 p.m., Bitner Vineyards (Caldwell). All proceeds benefit the C of I Taste of the Harvest Scholarship. Click to purchase tickets.

May 5

C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers 'World of Song' concert featuring choral music from Kenya, the Philippines, Israel, Brazil, South Africa and more, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

May 6

C of I piano studio recital, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

May 7

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

May 8

Whittenberger Planetarium director Amy Truksa presents 'Preparing for the Upcoming Eclipse' as part of the Wild About Life Adult Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge (Nampa). Program is free and open to the public.

May 10

'Voices of Hope: Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence' event, 5:30 p.m., Langroise Center. For tickets and information, email Pamela Cathey at [email protected]

May 12

The College of Idaho 2012 commencement ceremony, 10 a.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Click for more information.

Through 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).


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Athletics director Marty Holly discusses the potential return of football on C of I Insights.

C of I alumnus Chris Farnsworth '93 has released his novel Red, White and Blood, the third installment of The President's Vampire book series. To learn more about the books or order a copy, visit Farnsworth’s website. Chris also will hold a book signing at Barnes & Noble on May 2 in Boise. Email [email protected] for more information.

C of I education professor Dr. Deb Yates recently was featured in a front-page article from the Idaho Statesman. Yates talked about her work studying different teaching styles for boys and girls in the article, which profiles the all-male and all-female classrooms offered at local Middleton Heights Elementary School.

C of I baseball coach Shawn Humberger recently was featured on the NAIA website after notching his 400th career victory. Humberger is the third coach in school history to reach 400 wins in any sport.

Check out some great new videos - including a C of I Insights episode tackling the potential reinstatement of football and a student-made documentary of a recent ichthyology class trip to the Henry's Fork fishery - on the C of I YouTube channel. And be sure to visit the C of I Flickr page to view new photo galleries from recent events, including the Coyote Bolo Ball, the Student Research Conference and the Sinfonia spring concert.

C of I professor Marilyn Melchiorre will be a guest contributor to the Better Business Bureau show Business at its Best this week. The program airs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KTVB’s 24/7. The show discussion will cover "Honor Promises." Once aired, the shows will be archived on BBB's YouTube channel.

C of I alumna Marissa Price ’01 will appear on the hit NBC show Grimm tonight (Friday, April 27). Price plays a minor role as bereaved assistant Diana Massey in episode 19 of the show, which airs at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

The College of Idaho Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team enjoyed unprecedented success at the 2012 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament, held this spring at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. The 48th-seeded Howlin’ Yotes knocked off 17th-seeded Abilene Christian University and 49th-seeded Carleton College to advance to the Octofinals (round of 16), where they fell to eventual champion Washburn University. The C of I finished tied for ninth, the highest finish in school history. Participants included Kris Cruz, Tyler Guryan, Scott Culpepper and Skylar Hall. The Howlin’ Yotes are coached by Mack Sermon and Jerry Mooney. Go Yotes!

KBOI Channel 2 News recently shot its morning broadcast live from the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History on the C of I campus. Museum director Bill Clark was interviewed and the station also posted an online photo gallery of the campus shrouded in a thick morning fog.

Bill Clark on KBOI 2

College of Idaho alumnus Tim Rosandick (’79) has been hired as the new superintendent of Caldwell Schools, as reported by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

The College of Idaho invites the Class of 1972 to attend a special 40-year reunion celebration May 10-12 in Caldwell. Activities include the Frank Specht Scholarship Pasta Feed at Bitner Vineyards, a reunion BBQ at the home of Chuck Knox and Jan Meeks in Star and a tour of Sunny Slope Alumni Wineries. To RSVP, please contact Alumni Relations at (208) 459-5770 or [email protected]. We hope to see you in two weeks!

The College of Idaho would like to thank alumnae Terra Feast ’02 and Rebekah Harvey ’91 for participating in this spring’s freshman Hayman Fireside Coyote Connections event. Feast and Harvey shared encouragement and insight on the value of learning outside the classroom through volunteerism and internships. To learn more about student mentoring and professional development, visit the Center for Experiential Learning online or contact Dora Gallegos at [email protected].