C of I Newsletter

2012. 07. 13

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The College of Idaho raises more than $5 million in 2012

Alumni and friends of The College of Idaho have once again shown powerful support for the school and its commitment to providing an outstanding liberal arts education that prepares students to thrive. For the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the College raised more than $5.3 million, enjoyed a sizable increase in alumni fundraising and matched the 36 percent alumni giving record established in 2011.

More alumni gave to the College than ever before in 2012. Alumni gifts totaled more than $1.3 million, an increase of better than 40 percent from 2011 that will help insure current students continue to have access to some of the strongest scholarship programs in the region.

“Year after year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our alumni,” said Tara Wensel, director of the College’s annual fund. “Their unwavering support shows how much they value the education they received at the College, the relationships they built with their professors and classmates, and the desire they have for current and future students to enjoy those same life-changing experiences.”

The College of Idaho has by far the highest alumni giving percentage amongst Idaho schools, more than doubling second-ranked Northwest Nazarene University’s 15 percent. The C of I also ranks second in the Pacific Northwest, trailing only Whitman College (40 percent) and well ahead of other liberal arts schools such as Reed College (25 percent), Willamette University (22 percent) and Carroll College (20 percent). The C of I has nearly doubled its alumni giving rate in the past six years despite a challenging national economic climate, climbing into the top 10 percent of all colleges in the United States.

In addition to alumni giving, the College received gifts from 100 percent of its faculty members, 97 percent of its graduating seniors and 80 percent of its staff members during fiscal year 2012. All of the money raised counts toward the ongoing Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016 (www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign). The campaign, which has raised more than $151 million to date, will strengthen the C of I’s 121-year legacy of great teaching that prepares successful graduates.

C of I football team joins Frontier Conference


The College of Idaho will join the Frontier Conference as a football-only member in fall 2014 following a vote of the conference’s Council of Presidents and a June 27 announcement by conference commissioner Kent Paulson.

“We are extremely pleased to join the Frontier Conference, which shares The College of Idaho’s commitment to educating student-athletes who excel in academics and athletics,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “This is an ideal match, and we look forward to the excitement that Yotes fans will experience as we develop rivalries with our fellow members of the conference.”

The addition of the C of I will bring the Frontier Conference to nine football-playing schools. In fall 2012, Dickinson State University officially joins the conference in all sports while Southern Oregon University enters in football only.

“I am extremely excited to announce this morning that the Council of Presidents of the Frontier Conference has approved a request by The College of Idaho to join the league as an associate member for football,” Paulson said. “The Yotes are resurrecting their program after some 35 years and will begin the process of restoring football, officially beginning play in the 2014 season.”

The College of Idaho is reviving its football program after a 35-year absence. The school’s football history is rich in tradition and boasts four players who went on to professional careers in the National Football League. The most renowned is the late R.C. Owens, who played eight years for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts and New York Giants and is famed for inventing the “Alley-Oop” pass and catch. Owens passed away last month.

C of I Athletic Director Mary Holly said playing football in the Frontier Conference is an ideal fit.

“We will be competing against some of the top NAIA football programs in the country, which is something prospective players strongly desire, and we look forward to that challenge,” Holly said. “National champions in football have come from the Frontier Conference and we like entering that level of competition. That’s the level of excellence we aspire to achieve.”

During the seven decades of the College’s football program, C of I played games against Frontier Conference members Carroll College, Eastern Oregon, Montana Tech, Montana Western, Rocky Mountain and Southern Oregon. The College of Idaho compiled a 32-13 record against those teams.

“As commissioner of the Frontier Conference, I couldn’t be happier for the staff, students and the community of Caldwell,” Paulson added. “We look for a long and prosperous relationship with a school known for its high standards of academic excellence and tremendous athletic programs.”

A national search for the College’s head football coach will be launched in September, with a target of selecting that individual by December.

Other C of I sports will remain in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

C of I hires two new directors in College Relations

The College of Idaho welcomes successful fundraiser Jack Cafferty ’97 and long-time educator Sally Skinner ’78 to its staff this month as director of development and director of alumni and parent relations, respectively.

Cafferty earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the C of I in 1997 and began his career in corporate real estate at Albertsons Inc., cultivating acquisitions across a nine state territory. In 2001, he started working for The Peregrine Fund as program executive, playing an active role in worldwide development activities. Cafferty in 2003 was named the Fund’s interpretive center director, managing the operations of the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center and leading Treasure Valley development activities. During his tenure, Cafferty orchestrated significant gifts from corporations, foundations and private individuals for operating support, capital campaigns and planned giving for The Peregrine Fund.

The College has always remained a special place for Cafferty, who met his wife Ashley while they were both pursuing degrees in biology. He is an active member of the Boise Metro Rotary Club and is a founding Board member of the High Arctic Institute. As director of development, Cafferty will manage the College’s fundraising department, which currently is in the midst of its Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016.

Skinner comes to the College after a 34-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Boise and Meridian school districts. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education and administration at the C of I in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and has remained active as an alumna ever since. She first served on the College’s National Alumni Board in the early 1990s and recently returned to the Board as a Treasure Valley area alumni representative. In addition to Skinner’s personal connection to the College, many members of her family have attended the C of I. The Skinner family received the College’s Legacy Award in 2005.

Skinner also earned an education specialist degree in adult and organizational learning from the University of Idaho and has long enjoyed teaching classes for teachers as well as working with students. As director of alumni and parent relations, Skinner will oversee the College’s efforts to cultivate relationships with alumni and friends, involve parents of current students and engage alumni in events both on and off campus.

Get LinkedIn with The College of Idaho

The College of Idaho invites its current students and alumni to join The College of Idaho Alumni-Student Network on LinkedIn, the social networking website many business professionals use to connect and share information. The C of I network was created this spring by the Center for Experiential Learning in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations. It went live earlier this summer.

“This network has been created as an extension of the Coyote Connections program, which helps current students find internships and jobs,” said C of I alumni coordinator Jake McClean ’06. “It’s a way to better connect our alumni with current students, both for helping them find careers and for keeping them in touch with what former classmates are doing in the professional world.”

In order to join the C of I Alumni-Student Network, visit the C of I network page on LinkedIn and request to join the group. Your request will be processed and approved within two business days. A personal LinkedIn account is required to join. Network members will have the ability to connect and share information instantly with all other members of the C of I group.

Alumni who have questions about the LinkedIn network should contact McClean at (208) 459-5306 or jmcclean@collegeofidaho.edu. Students with questions should contact CEL director Dora Gallegos at (208) 459-5688 or dgallegos@collegeofidaho.edu.


Summer 2012

College Events Calendar

July 14

Third annual Alumni and Friends Willamette Valley Wine Tour (Portland, Ore.) RSVP by emailing alumni@collegeofidaho.edu

July 14

Alumni and Friends family activity: Blueberry picking, 8:30 a.m., Suyehira Farm (Emmett). RSVP by emailing alumni@collegeofidaho.edu

July 14

C of I professor Scott Knickerbocker's band, the Hokum Hi-Flyers, perform with Hillfolk Noir, 9 p.m., Pengilly's Saloon (Boise)

July 22-27

Idaho Humanities Council summer teacher's institute featuring free public lectures inside Langroise Recital Hall. C of I archivist Jan Boles lectures at 7 p.m. July 26. Click for more details and a complete schedule.

July 23

Must See Monday admission event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., C of I campus. Click to register

July 25

Alumni GOLDen Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., Payette Brewing Co. (Boise)

July 28

C of I Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends Night with the Boise Hawks, 6 p.m., Memorial Stadium (Boise)

August 13

Must See Monday admission event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., C of I campus. Click to register

August 22

C of I Alumni and Friends night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 'The Winter's Tale,' 7 p.m. (Boise)


C of I alumnus Joseph Hilby ’10 recently was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy. During his June 14 graduation from Officer Candidates School, Hilby was awarded the prestigious Leadership Award from the Navy League, as selected by his OCS peers. Here, Joseph is pictured with his parents, Bruce and Paula Hilby.

Ensign Joe Hilby '10 with parents Bruce Hilby and Puala Hilby

College of Idaho students Mauricio Santiago and Luis Reyes' upcoming Davis Project for Peace, "Peace Me the Ball," recently was featured in Idaho Statesman reporter Anna Webb's column.

News of the C of I football team's acceptance into the Frontier Conference generated media buzz throughout the Intermountain West, including stories in the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune, KBOI Channel 2 News, the Idaho State Journal, the (Helena) Independent Record, the Billings Gazette, the Great Falls Tribune and the (North Dakota) Dickinson Press.

C of I graphic design instructor Michael Capell, students Reinaldo Gil and Kier Padilla and Capell's wife, Brita, were part of the “Team Yotes” squad that captured the “People’s Choice” award at the July 4 Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival at Ann Morrison Park in Boise. “Team Yotes” created a colorful collage honoring the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Click here to see the winning artwork as well as a gallery of photos from the event.

Check out new videos - including highlights from last month's Alumni & Friends Picnic as well as the June 24 and July 10 episodes of College of Idaho Insights - on the C of I YouTube channel.

College of Idaho sustainability stewards/student bloggers Rahul Sharma and Natasha Rooney were featured in a front-page Idaho Statesman article detailing the goals, duties and lifestyle they share as residents of the College’s “Eco House.” The story was picked up by the Associated Press and several national media outlets. Read more about Sharma and Rooney in the C of I Student Experience Blog.

New alumnus Dan Nelson Kouchi's graduation during The College of Idaho's 2012 commencement ceremony was featured by The Garden Island, the newspaper of Kouchi's native Hawaiian Island.

The late Elmer Thomas '56 recently was featured in an obituary article on Cincinnati.com. Thomas was a 1956 C of I graduate who taught and directed choral activities at the College as well as at the University of Cincinnati.

The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer an exciting new way to show your C of I pride. For only $30 (plus $5 if you need it shipped), you can purchase a Nike Golf polo embroidered with the Coyote logo. Shirts are offered in both men's (M-XXL) and women's (S-XL) fits. The shirts are selling fast, but we will order more if demand stays high. If interested, please send us a message on Facebook, email alumni@collegeofidaho.edu, or call (208) 459-5306. Go Yotes!

Yotes Shirt

C of I professor Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre is 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. Dr. Melchiorre discusses the influences of human resource policies on business strategy. Check out past episodes featuring Melchiorre on YouTube, and be sure to tune in this weekend!

C of I alumnus Tim Rosandick '79 recently was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune. Rosandick began his new job as superintendent of the Caldwell School District on July 2.

The recently restored College of Idaho football team was mentioned in a Balladeer’s Blog post about cool NAIA football helmets.