C of I Newsletter

2012. 09. 21

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Psychology professor Jill Haunold helps others through animal therapy

Jill Haunold

As an instructor of psychology and co-chair of The College of Idaho Psychology Department, Jill Haunold has dedicated much of her life to educating young people. But Haunold’s expertise – and her desire to help people of all ages overcome psychological challenges – extends beyond the classroom. By combining her love of animals with her passion for teaching and helping others, Haunold has opened the door for countless people from many different walks of life to benefit from animal therapy.

“I’ve always had a connection and relationship with animals,” Haunold said. “My whole career has been teaching young people and adults in education, so I thought it would just be wonderful to connect the two.”

In addition to her work at the C of I, Haunold has been involved with several animal therapy programs for individuals with psychological needs. She has worked with the Idaho Humane Society as an evaluator for the Prison Dogs program, and also has used animal therapy with hospital patients. Currently, her animal therapy work is focused on equine assistance for American military veterans through an international program called the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

EAGALA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on assisting individuals with mental or developmental needs through equine interaction. With members located in more than 41 countries, EAGALA serves a large demographic of individuals who suffer from depression, trauma and addiction. There are seven equine programs in Idaho alone, one of them being Haunold’s community program, Stable Mates.

Sponsored by the Caldwell Night Rodeo, Stable Mates assists veterans in the Treasure Valley who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder by applying the skills veterans learn interacting with horses to their behavior in everyday life.

“Horses, partially because they are prey animals, are really good mirrors for veterans with PTSD,” Haunold said. “When these folks are in combat situations, they have to have a heightened sense of awareness about their surroundings for their own safety. That works really well in a combat situation, but when they come back (to civilian life) it doesn’t work as well. Horses have a heightened sense of awareness too, and somehow when we put those two together and they’re mirroring each other’s behavior, the veterans actually have to calm down in order to work with the horses.”

Haunold’s role, along with her co-facilitator, C of I alumnus John Adkins ’12, is to facilitate these interactions. Whether it is a task the veteran must complete with the horse or demonstrating proper animal contact, it is Haunold’s responsibility to ensure that the lessons learned in the horse arena are applicable to the arena of everyday life.

While Haunold enjoys working with many psychologically compromised individuals, she feels that giving back to veterans is an important part of being an American.

“We’ve asked so much of them in terms of sacrifice” she said. “They’ve given so much, and they return as different people than when they left. I just feel we owe them the opportunities to come back home and live the normal American life that they sacrificed so much for us to have.”

For more information on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, contact Haunold at [email protected] or visit www.eagala.org.

C of I earns national praise from 'U.S. News and World Report'

The College of Idaho once again has been named one of America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 12. The C of I moved up seven spots from last year to No. 164 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.

“Our continuing ascension in the U.S. News rankings shows how dedicated our faculty and staff are to providing the very best for our students,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Above all else, our mission is to prepare young people to thrive, both academically and in whatever life paths they choose. It is heartening when national rankings such as these affirm that we are achieving that standard.”

The C of I leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate (63 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (33 percent) and highest percentage of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class (34%). And for the second consecutive year, the College is on U.S News’ list of “A-plus schools for B Students,” where students whose test scores and high school class standing put them outside straight “A” territory thrive academically.

Regionally, the College ranks No. 7 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Northwest and No. 19 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the West.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several national recognitions the C of I has received in recent months. The College ranked No. 1 in Idaho and No. 222 overall on Forbes 2013 list of “America’s Top Colleges.” The 2013 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges also included The College of Idaho.

C of I launches lectureship with colloquium on religion

The College of Idaho is set to host the first lecture of the recently established Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues as “Through Many Windows: A Colloquium on Religion” comes to the C of I campus in Caldwell. The colloquium will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Langroise Auditorium, shortly after C of I President Marv Henberg gives his annual “State of the College” address. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The idea is to shed light from many different angles upon a topic integral to religion,” said Dr. Mark Smith, a professor of history at the C of I who helped organize the event. “This isn’t intended to be a debate, but rather a place where the audience can have questions answered from very different perspectives. I think many will find the issues discussed to be more complex and interesting than previously thought.”

“Through Many Windows” is a collaborative effort between the C of I and Northwest Nazarene University. The event kicks off a tradition of bringing broad ranging discussion of religious topics from a diversity of perspectives to the Treasure Valley, with each campus hosting one event annually. Apropos of the season, this first colloquium explores themes of politics and religion. A second event is planned for spring 2013 on the NNU campus in Nampa.

The discussion panel for “Through Many Windows” will include C of I professors Dr. Jasper LiCalzi (political economy) and Dr. Mee-Ae Kim (history) along with NNU professors Dr. Steve Shaw (political science) and Dr. Brent Peterson (theology). Smith will moderate the discussion.

The Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues was founded in 2011 thanks to a $150,000 gift from the estate of the late William Carter, a grandson of C of I founding President William Judson Boone. The lectureship is named after Carter and Dr. William Chalker, a retired C of I professor. It is intended to bring prominent speakers to the C of I to explore and draw attention to faith-based issues.

College launches new social media initiatives

The College of Idaho has launched two new social media initiatives aimed at making it easier than ever to stay connected to the C of I. Check out the new “Our Social Hub” application on the C of I Facebook pages, and be sure to like our new Facebook fan page, Yotes on the Go (www.facebook.com/YotesOnTheGo).

The “Our Social Hub” app is designed to help you stay connected to the College’s many social media channels. Located in the application bar near the top of official C of I Facebook pages, the app gives users one-click access to all of the College’s social media platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, blogs and other C of I Facebook pages (i.e. Coyote Athletics, C of I Alumni). Check out the app by visiting the official College of Idaho Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecollegeofidaho, and be sure to become a fan if you aren’t already!

In addition, our new Yotes on the Go Facebook page is designed to keep students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends up to speed on the fun and exciting daily campus events. With dozens of activities and events happening every month, Yotes on the Go provides a quick and easy method of seeing what’s happening at the College on any given day. Become a fan of Yotes on the Go and start getting daily reminders for all campus events!


Fall 2012

College Events Calendar

Every Friday

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Click for more information.

September 21

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Utah Ballroom Dance, 'Dancing with the Caldwell Stars,' 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and information.

September 22

C of I softball reunion and alumni game, Symms Field. Home run derby at 11 a.m., alumni game versus 2013 softball team at noon. Click for more information.

September 22

C of I/Boise Astronomical Society Star Party, 7 p.m., Frontier Point Lodge at Bogus Basin (Boise). Email [email protected] for more info or to RSVP.

September 22

C of I professor Scott Knickerbocker performs old-time music at Crooked Fence Brewing, 7 p.m., Garden City. Click for more info.

September 25

C of I Health Science Night, 6:15-8:15 p.m., St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise).

September 25

C of I Play Reading Series, 'Nickeled and Dimed,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre.

September 26

C of I writer at large John Rember presents a lecture, 'The Hardest Part Is the Ending: Teaching, Writing, Narcissism, and the Fall of Industrial Civilization,' 7 p.m., Langroise Auditorium.

September 27

C of I President Marv Henberg delivers 'State of the College' address, 4:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Reception to follow in Langroise Foyer. Open to entire campus.

September 27

Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues presents: 'Through Many Windows: A Colloquium on Religion,' 6:30 p.m., Langroise Auditorium.

September 28

Coyote Open Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., Falcon Crest Golf Course (Kuna). Fundraiser for the C of I Athletic Association. Click to register.

Through October 19

Art exhibition 'The Hero's Journey: Sculptures by Joseph Castle,' inside the Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For evening or weekend appointments, contact Garth Claassen at 459-5321 or [email protected]

Through November 2

C of I art professor Garth Claassen has work on display at the Stewart Gallery's annual 'Works on Paper' exhibition in Downtown Boise. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. tonight! Click for more info.

October 6

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer workday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar: 'The College of Idaho Development/Grants Program,' by Tim Otter.

October 6

The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio in concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Click for more info.


Check out photo and video highlights from Professor Howard Berger's annual C of I Shofar Blowing Contest on the College's Flickr page and YouTube channel. More than a dozen students competed in the event, which is in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The College of Idaho’s campus food service provider, Bon Appétit, is set to host its eighth annual Eat Local Food Challenge on Sept. 25 inside Simplot Dining Hall. This year’s event is titled the Eat Local (Fish) Challenge in honor of Bon Appétit’s year-long focus on local and sustainable fish. Visitors to Simplot Dining Hall will be treated to a delicious meal that is 100 percent local, with all ingredients coming from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of campus.

Spend winter term in the Sawtooths – and get credits for it! The C of I is seeking student applications for the 2013 Winter Wilderness Experience, a six-credit program in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. Participants will have a chance to study environmental science, winter ecology, cultural geography and creative writing while staying in yurts and enjoying backcountry skiing! It is open to all C of I students at a new, lower cost of $1,600. Applications are due NOW, so contact Professor Scott Knickerbocker at [email protected] to sign up!

C of I alumnus George Venn (’67) is set to release his seventh book, a memoir titled Keeping the Swarm: New and Selected Essays. The book is a collection of 11 personal essays “packed with sweetness and stinging from 50 years of writing about the Northwest.” Venn was an English major at the C of I, where he also played football, basketball and tennis and was active in choir, theatre and Prospectus literary magazine. Keeping the Swarm, which features a photo by C of I archivist Jan Boles (’65) and various references to Professor Louie Attebery (’50) and other C of I characters, is on pre-sale at www.wordcraftoforegon.com and will be released Oct. 1.

Caldwell Fine Arts kicks off its 52nd season Friday with “Dancing with the Caldwell Stars,” a dance competition that will pair members of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company with local celebrities. C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi and C of I student/Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo Alexis Bennett are among the contestants, while C of I theatre professor Joe Golden will judge the event. Read more in this Idaho Press-Tribune article, or visit www.caldwellfinearts.org for tickets and information.

C of I business professor Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre will be a guest contributor for the Better Business Bureau show Business at its Best this week. The program will air at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KTVB’s 24/7. Dr. Melchiorre will discuss low cost marketing research ideas and sources of information for business owners. Once aired, the show will be archived on the BBB's YouTube channel.

C of I counselor Cynthia Mauzerall was interviewed as part of a KIVI Channel 6 News story about suicide prevention. The story, which ran on World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), also examines the high suicide rates in Idaho and the state's forthcoming suicide prevention hotline.

Become a fan of Coyote Athletics! Like the Yotes on Facebook, follow the action on Twitter or email Mike Safford to subscribe to Yote Notes.

C of I alumnus Gene Ralston ('67) and his wife, Sandy, recently were featured in the Idaho Statesman. The Ralstons, who live in Kuna, volunteer their time, boat and sonar equipment to help find bodies of drowning victims, giving their families closure.

Student Work Study opportunities are available in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center this semester. If you qualified for work study and are interested in working in the Activities Center, please contact Josh Hegstad at 459-5862 or [email protected].