2012. 08. 10
Summer issue of 'Quest' magazine hits mailboxes
The College of Idaho has published its summer 2012 edition of Quest magazine. The issue, themed “Athletics,” celebrates the more than 100-year tradition of Coyote student-athletes excelling both on the field of competition and in the classroom. The magazine hit mailboxes in late July/early August and also is available online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/quest.
The summer cover story focuses on the recent restoration of the Coyote football team, and the issue features stories of student and alumni success in other sports including kayaking, boxing, soccer, basketball, baseball, track, skiing, horse racing and wrestling.
In an effort to better serve its readers, Quest has created an online survey where you can submit feedback and suggestions for improving the magazine. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. To share your ideas, please visit www.tinyurl.com/7ou9rxx.
If you would like to subscribe to Quest, or if you have questions or comments for the magazine staff, please contact editor Jordan Rodriguez at (208) 459-5529 or [email protected]. There is no cost to receive either the print or online edition of Quest.
Caldwell Fine Arts set for 2012-13 season
Caldwell Fine Arts is set to kick off its 52nd season celebrating the performing arts inside Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho. The 2012-2013 season begins Sept. 8 with the Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run fundraiser and will feature 14 events and performances starring a wide variety of theatre, dance and musical guests throughout the school year.
College of Idaho alumna and longtime CFA director Sylvia Hunt ’59 is pleased with Caldwell Fine Arts’ 2012-2013 lineup, which includes a diverse blend of new acts and returning audience favorites.
“We always try to have a good variety of events so that there is something for everyone to enjoy,” Hunt said. “We certainly encourage people to come and support the arts, and the response we’ve had to this season already has been very enthusiastic.”
Caldwell Fine Arts has several new initiatives this season, including a Facebook fan page and a quick and easy online ticketing service. For tickets and information – including special discounts on season ticket packages – please call (208) 459-3405 or visit www.caldwellfinearts.org. As always, C of I students receive free admission to all CFA events.
Below is a listing of events for the upcoming season:
Sept. 8: Beat Beethoven 5K and Fun Run – Can you run a 5K in the time it takes to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? Join Caldwell Fine Arts for this annual fundraiser and find out!
Sept. 21: Utah Ballroom Dance – You’ve seen it on TV; now watch your local Treasure Valley “celebrities” pair up with professionals from Utah Ballroom Dance for an unforgettable night!
Oct. 10: Cantus – This renowned men’s vocal ensemble – acknowledged around the world for its programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personalities – presents timeless classics in unique a cappella arrangements.
Oct. 12: The Barrel Jumpers – C of I alumni siblings Jeremy Johnson ’05 and Rachel Johnson ’03 visit from Nashville to perform with their country/folk band, which recently recorded its first studio album.
Oct. 26: Meridian Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular – This family-friendly show features fun music with a touch of spooky. Costume contests, prizes and trick-or-treating complete the evening.
Nov. 9: Boise Baroque Orchestra – This local group, under the direction of Daniel Stern, returns to Caldwell to celebrate history's masterworks. This "Brilliant Brass" performance features special guests Justin Stamps on trumpet and Dan Meier on French horn.
Dec. 11: Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker – A holiday tradition and sell-out show! Local dancers join the professional company in this annual family favorite set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music.
Dec. 12: Nutcracker Junior – All the wonder and excitement of the Nutcracker...in a smaller shell. Perfect for younger children or those who prefer a shorter morning show.
Dec. 11-12: Clara’s Tea Party – In conjunction with a performance of the Nutcracker or as a stand-alone event, Clara’s Tea Party combines treats, dancing, face-painting, crafts and visits from Nutcracker dancers for one magical experience!
Feb. 8-9: Missoula Children’s Theater – When the little red truck rolls into town, the professional actors bring everything they need for a great show...except the cast! A week later, local children shine on stage in a fun interpretation of a classic tale or in the preceding green show.
March 9: Kandinsky Trio with Les Bois Chamber Players – The Kandinsky Trio redefines chamber music with passion and innovation, playing arrangements for piano, violin and cello. Joining them are the Les Bois Chamber Players, ensemble-in-residence at Boise State University.
March 19: Roberto Plano, pianist – An audience favorite seven years ago, Italian pianist Roberto Plano returns to light up the Jewett Auditorium stage. This Cleveland International Piano Competition winner and Van Cliburn competition finalist is known for his virtuosity and emotion.
April 13: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble – Teaching tolerance through dance, this premier ensemble rooted in African-American tradition has toured more than 20 countries.
April 30: Gonzalo Bergara Quartet – Described as “fiery and focused,” Argentinean guitar sensation Gonzalo Bergara’s band plays modern versions of Gypsy jazz around the world. Prepare to tap your toes!
C of I launches new athletics website
The College of Idaho this week launched its new athletics website, www.yoteathletics.com. The site, created with the help of website developer SIDEARM Sports, is the product of months of work by the C of I athletics office, with assistance from IT and the offices of marketing and communications, admission, alumni relations and development. The site went live Aug. 8 and additional content will be added in the days and weeks to come.
“YoteAthletics.com will continue to be a work in progress,” said C of I sports information director Mike Safford. “Coyote fans around the country will enjoy more photo and video coverage of our athletic teams on the new site, which we are very excited to offer. We will continue to migrate historical records, player profiles and archives to our new site, and when completed, it will be one of the top small college athletic sites in the nation.”
YoteAthletics.com will give Coyote fans unprecedented access to the College’s 19 intercollegiate teams. News stories, dynamic photo galleries, videos, online polls and social media platforms are key components of the new site – along with the opportunity to showcase some of the College’s top athletic sponsors. Fans will be able to receive instant updates with SMS messages, while prospective students and student-athletes will enjoy a sharp, attractive and more informative website.
“SIDEARM Sports hope the supporters, alumni, fans, student-athletes and staff of The College of Idaho enjoy their new athletic website,” said Jeffrey Rubin, President/CEO of SIDEARM Sports. “The site has much to offer, including social integration, mobile enhancements, live stats, fan polls, photo galleries and streaming video. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The College of Idaho.”
C of I appoints new director for business and accounting program
The College of Idaho has hired Dr. Scott Johnson as director of its business and accounting program. Johnson comes to the College from the University of Greenwich in London, where he has worked as a lecturer and employer liaison for the business school since 2008. He previously has served as a professor at Southeast Missouri State University and San Jose State University and held several visiting lecturer positions. At the C of I, Johnson will direct one of the College’s fastest-growing academic departments while also serving as a professor of business.
“Dr. Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to our students,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “His top two priorities are to establish a Business Advisory Board, bringing additional real-world experience into the curriculum, and to re-establish a chapter of Students in Free Enterprise at the College. Both of these initiatives will help us strengthen relations between the College and the wider community.”
Johnson earned his Ph.D. in business administration from Arizona State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno. He officially joins the C of I faculty for the start of the 2012-2013 school year later this month.
Men's tennis to become a club sport
The College of Idaho no longer will sponsor men’s tennis as a varsity sport – it will instead be offered as a club sport beginning this school year. Coach Cisco Limbago will continue to instruct and support the men’s tennis team while maintaining his role as varsity women’s tennis coach.
Men’s tennis was reinstated as a varsity sport in 2009, but scheduling proved difficult because the Coyotes’ home league, the Cascade Collegiate Conference, does not sponsor varsity tennis. College of Idaho President Marv Henberg and Athletic Director Marty Holly both stressed that the move was not related to Title IX or the College’s recent decision to reinstate its football program. But without a conference, varsity men’s tennis was not a feasible option for the College going forward.
“Men’s tennis is not supported in our conference, so it only makes sense to reconstitute it as a club sport,” Henberg said. “There is nothing in this decision that expressed anything but the utmost appreciation for our student-athletes or for Coach Limbago and all he means to the College.”
Henberg and Holly noted that athletic scholarships of former varsity players will be honored. As a club sport, men’s tennis will be led and operated by the students, with funding coming from student government. Other club sports – most notably the men’s lacrosse team – have thrived at the C of I over the years.
“I enjoyed the happiest athletic experience of my life participating in club sports,” Henberg said. “And it is my sincere hope that our men’s tennis players will have similar experiences here at the College.”
Coyote Football Tailgate Party, 6 p.m., Bitner Vineyards (Caldwell). All Coyote fans are invited to join this celebration of the C of I football team. Click for more information or call (208) 455-1870
Check out new videos on the C of I YouTube channel, including an update from students Mauricio Santiago and Luis Reyes' "Peace Me the Ball" project in Brazil as well as the latest episode of College of Idaho Insights, which discusses free speech and the controversial Idaho billboard criticizing President Barack Obama.
The College of Idaho once again has been named the top college in the Gem State by Forbes magazine. The C of I was No. 222 on Forbes’ 2013 list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranks the top 650 schools in the nation. Forbes' rankings are based on post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. Boise State Public Radio covered the rankings, including a link to the full Forbes list.
The C of I volleyball team was the unanimous choice to repeat as Cascade Conference champion in a preseason coaches' poll. The Coyotes are coming off the best finish in school history at NAIA nationals, and coach Liz Mendiola has led the team to three conference titles in the past four years. The 2012 Coyotes open their season Aug. 17 at home.
C of I education professor Dr. Deb Yates is conducting an August teaching workshop at The Community School in Sun Valley as part of her sabbatical working on alternative education research. Yates will lead an orientation session utilizing the Charlotte Danielson teacher evaluation rubric to a cohort of interns as part of the newly created Teacher Training Academy, an alternative teacher preparation program. One of Yates’ interns is C of I alumna Sarah Higgins ’12, who studied American history and education and currently is a master’s in education candidate. Higgins has a passion for working with children and will serve as a teaching intern for kindergarten and the third grade. She was a resident assistant and a ski team and Outdoor Program member as a C of I undergrad.
Former C of I baseball player Izaac Garsez recently recorded his first hit as a member of the Boise Hawks. Garsez is the College's all-time leader in triples and his first hit for the Hawks was, fittingly, a three-bagger.
The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio will perform as part of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra's “Picnic at the Pops,” outdoor concert series this summer at the Eagle River Pavilion in Eagle. The Trio will perform at the Aug. 25 (Music of Harry Potter, Wizards & Witches) and Sept. 1 (Patriotic Pops) shows. Families are encouraged to bring their children and a picnic dinner. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. For tickets and info, visit summeratthepops.com/pavilion or call (208) 344-7849.
College of Idaho lacrosse player Austin Mendiola has been named to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association's 2012 scholar athlete team.