C of I Newsletter

2012. 05. 10

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Class of 2012 to graduate Saturday

The College of Idaho will hold its annual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of campus. Free parking is available in all campus lots, and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Those who are not able to attend are invited to watch a live video feed at www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.

Commencement will include remarks by C of I President Marv Henberg and graduating senior Jon Weese. The commencement address, “Words along the Way,” will be given by Joan Houston Hall, a 1968 C of I graduate and chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English. Following commencement, guests are invited to join the graduates, faculty and trustees for light refreshment in Finney Forest (between Sterry Hall and Simplot Dining Hall).

This year’s honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters recipients are Hall along with Shelby Davis and Phil Geier from the Davis United World College Scholars Program. President’s Medallion award winners are Caldwell physician Dr. Patrick Stowell as well as Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History director William Clark ’68 and his wife, Mary Clark ’67. Half-Century Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Dr. Dean Barnhouse ’62, Don Hendrickson ’62, Leroy Lewis ’62 and Dr. Don Mott ’62.

The commencement ceremony will be preceded by Baccalaureate at 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, inside Jewett Auditorium. A full listing of this weekend’s commencement and class reunion activities is listed below. Thank you for visiting our campus and congratulations to the Class of 2012!

Thursday, May 10
- Franklin Specht Scholarship Spaghetti Feed, 6 p.m. (Bitner Vineyards, Caldwell) Click below to watch a video from last year's event. 

Friday, May 11
- Golden Jubilee Awards Luncheon for the Class of 1962, noon (Simplot Dining Hall)
- Golden Jubilee Afternoon Social, 3:30 p.m. (Sterry Hall Archives)
- Golden Jubilee Wine Reception, 5 p.m. (Blatchley Hall)
- Class of 1972 BBQ Extravaganza, 6 p.m. (Rockin’ JK Ranch, Star)
- Baccalaureate, 8 p.m. (Jewett Auditorium)

Saturday, May 12
- Golden Jubilee Continental Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. (Simplot Dining Hall)
- Commencement, 10 a.m. (Morrison Quadrangle)
- Alumni Wine Tour, 2 p.m. (Meet at Simplot Hall)


Two C of I students set to intern in Bangladesh

College of Idaho juniors Kendra Knighten and Ryan Gibson hope one day to help ease poverty through careers in international development. This summer, the students will get a first-hand look at the challenges and rewards associated with such a career as interns for Partners in Sustainable Development International in the South Asia nation of Bangladesh.

Knighten and Gibson – each majoring in international political economy at C of I – depart May 15 for Bangladesh, where they will spend 12 weeks working with PSDI development programs. The students will split their internship between rural Bangladesh, where they will participate in and record projects such as well building and tin roofing, and the capital city of Dhaka, where they will post photos, videos and written summaries on the PSDI website. Knighten and Gibson also will chronicle their activities in a blog on the C of I website at www.collegeofidaho.edu/blog/bangladesh.

“I’m excited to see everything I’ve been studying in action,” Gibson said. “I’ve seen through lectures and book work what positive development programs look like and what poverty looks like. This internship is an opportunity for me to see how (PSDI) operates in person and also to experience what absolute poverty is like on a very real level.”

The students also are looking forward to immersing themselves in the rich and storied culture of Bangladesh, a primarily Islamic country of nearly 150 million people nestled between India, the Himalaya Mountains and the Bay of Bengal on the Indian Ocean. Bangladesh is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and exotic wildlife, but the country also is known for its widespread poverty and political corruption.

“I can’t wait to experience the culture of Bangladesh,” Knighten said. “It has such long lasting roots that go back though so many centuries, which is a lot different than what we are used to in the United States. At the same time, it’s going to be eye-opening because the poverty is so widespread and harsh. Most of the time, our shower will be a bucket.”

Both Knighten and Gibson have worked with the needy in the past through C of I Campus Ministries service trips. Knighten spent time in Nicaragua last year and Gibson has participated in trips to both New York and San Francisco. The students said those experiences, combined with their class work alongside award-winning C of I political economy professors Rob Dayley and Jim Angresano, have fostered in them a desire to effect change around the globe. Knighten hopes to join an organization that empowers impoverished women through education, while Gibson is interested in doing administrative work for a non-profit or social-profit organization.

To learn more about Knighten and Gibson’s experiences in Bangladesh, follow their blog or contact them via email at [email protected] and [email protected].

C of I student gives his summer to service in Costa Rica


 David Seppi during a Campus Ministries service trip to Texas earlier this spring

For most college students, summer break is a time to find internships, gain career experience and rack up quality time with family and friends in the sunshine. Most wouldn’t consider jumping into the unknown and living in a foreign country for two months to be an ideal vacation, but College of Idaho student David Seppi likes the idea.

Seppi, a junior from Twin Falls, will spend 10 weeks in Costa Rica between June 3 and Aug. 15, renovating and building child-care facilities in conjunction with the International Volunteer HQ program, an independent volunteer organization based in New Zealand that sends thousands of individuals to service areas around the world. Seppi will live with a host family and receive daily Spanish lessons as well as an opportunity to help with a wildlife turtle conservation center during his last week in Costa Rica.

“I didn’t have plans for the summer,” Seppi said. “So I thought about planning a service trip. Two days later, I was signed up – with no real idea of what I was getting into.”

Seppi, a mathematics-physics major with aspirations of becoming an engineer, has a big heart when it comes to service. He has served in many volunteer programs over the years, including a recent C of I Campus Ministries trip to south Texas that Seppi called one of the best experiences of his life. Seppi said his desire to seek service opportunities stems from that trip as well as the overall culture at the C of I, which has allowed him to branch out and explore many fields of life.

“I really enjoy helping people out,” Seppi said. “Whenever I have the opportunity to do something like this, I pursue it.”

As he embarks on a 10-week trip to a non-English speaking nation, Seppi has a goal of speaking exclusively in Spanish after his first week. He is looking forward to the challenges and rewards of soaking up the language and Costa Rican culture.

“I am nervous about the language barrier, but part of the experience is immersing yourself in a new culture,” Seppi said. “You get out of it what you put in.”

For more information about Seppi’s project, email him at [email protected] or visit the IVHQ website at www.volunteerhq.org.

New banners add flair to C of I campus


The College of Idaho is being decorated this week with new light pole banners that will add a touch of color to campus.

More than 40 banners are being installed on light poles across campus in advance of commencement ceremonies this weekend and will remain in place throughout the year. The first banner in place features 2011 C of I graduate Keats Conley and includes the tagline “The College of I Can Do Anything.”

“These banners are a constant reminder to prospective students, campus guests, and current students, faculty and staff, of what makes The College of Idaho a special place,” said Dustin Wunderlich, director of marketing and communications. “Our students and alumni are accomplishing amazing things every day, and that’s something we can take a lot of pride in and celebrate.”

The light pole banners will be updated on a regular basis going forward and will feature more C of I students, alumni and faculty members.

In addition to the campus banners, a series of banners are scheduled for placement along the 21st Avenue corridor from I-84 to campus during the summer. Those banners will raise awareness of the College and help welcome and lead visitors to campus.

“We want to create a stronger presence for The College of Idaho in the community, and placing banners along the heavily-traveled 21st Avenue entryway is a good opportunity for us to accomplish that,” Wunderlich said.


Spring 2012

College Events Calendar

May 10

'Voices of Hope Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence' event, 5:30 p.m., Langroise Center.

May 10

Franklin Specht Scholarship Spaghetti Feed, 6 p.m., Bitner Vineyards (Caldwell)

May 11

Baccalaureate, 8 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

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).


Check out several new photo galleries on the C of I Flickr page, including Cinco de Mayo, the Student Awards Assembly and the brothers of the Sigma Chi fraternity playing a friendly game of "Broquet" in Morrison Quadrangle.

College of Idaho alumnus J. Eric Grunke '01 recently was honored as the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year for his role in a rescue mission in Libya. Grunke, a native Idahoan, was featured on the U.S. defense website dvids as well as on the front page of the Idaho Statesman.

C of I baseball player Izaac Garsez is the NAIA West Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Garsez, a senior outfielder, is joined on the 2012 All-NAIA West team by shortstop Tanner Hodges, catcher Jarel Lewis and pitcher Taylor Nicholson. Third baseman Jeffrey Harris and pitcher Chad Yeggy earned NAIA West Gold Glove honors for the Coyotes.

"The Hat" at The College of Idaho is a 2012 winner of an Orchids and Onions Award, given annually by Preservation Idaho to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation. The Hat (formerly College Heights Station), renovated by the College and the Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, was recognized in the Cultural Heritage Preservation category. The awards ceremony is set for 11 a.m. May 19 at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Boise.

C of I political economy/Asian studies professor Robert Dayley was the keynote speaker at a recent Northern Illinois University conference themed “Building our Global Future: Teaching Southeast Asia to Undergraduates.” Dayley’s speech was titled “Using Discovery to Inspire Exploration: Teaching Southeast Asia at Liberal Arts Colleges.” Dayley earned his Ph.D. from NIU, which is home to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Check out new videos on the C of I YouTube channel, including a C of I Sinfonia piece, highlights from the Student Research Conference and the latest episode of College of Idaho Insights, where professors Jasper LiCalzi, Kerry Hunter and Steve Maughan discuss their summer reading lists and recommendations. Enjoy!

The Associated Press in Boise recently reported on The College of Idaho's exploration into reinstating a football program. The story was picked up by media outlets around the state, including a front-page article in the Idaho Statesman.

College of Idaho archivist Jan Boles ’65, student Rahul Sharma and alumna Terra Feast '02 have artwork featured in “Sustenance: An Exhibition about Food by Idaho Artists,” on display May 11-23 inside the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University. An opening reception will be held May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is organized and co-sponsored by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. For more information, call (208) 426-3994.

The C of I chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, recently inducted 14 new members: students Aaron Bathurst, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Melanie Garrett, Renee Howells, Stephanie Kapell, Andrew Moore, Chris Paulsen, Mindi Price, Marcus Roberts, Kevin Starkand, Sebastian Sturdevant, PeiLin Sun, Victoria Tschohl and psychology professor Jill Haunold. Psi Chi also elected its new student officers: Niki Ward (president), Timeka Dillard (vice president) and Joshua Sukeena (treasurer). Psi Chi is advised by professors Jann Adams and Tim Shearon.

Psi Chi

The Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League recently announced its 2012 All-Conference Awards. College of Idaho freshman Austin Mendiola was a second-team All-Conference midfielder and senior defenseman Nate Gier received honorable mention. Go Yotes!!!

C of I Dean of Enrollment Brian Bava was quoted in a recent Idaho Press-Tribune story about the competitive job market for college graduates in Idaho.

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