C of I Newsletter

2012. 10. 19

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Bringing Back the Pack: C of I set for revamped Homecoming

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With its date moved back to coincide with the Nov. 8 C of I/NNU rivalry basketball game, Homecoming 2012 will be the latest in College of Idaho history.

Alumni relations director Sally Skinner ’78 also is hoping to make it the greatest. With a “Bringing Back the Pack” theme and a week full of events aimed at attracting more alumni, more students and more fun, Skinner hopes Homecoming will indeed bring more Coyotes back to campus than ever before.

“We’re trying to build something that people will look forward to,” Skinner said. “Our alumni really treasure the College, so we want to see them come back to campus and reconnect with the school, with each other, and with the experiences we all enjoyed here.”

Homecoming festivities begin Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a presidential election watch party featuring political economy professor Kerry Hunter. The week concludes Sunday, Nov. 11, with a non-denominational church service featuring an alumni choir. In between, more than two dozen events are planned for alumni and their families as well as C of I students, faculty and staff. For a full schedule of events, click here. Online registration before Oct. 31 is highly recommended and is available by clicking here.

Here are some Homecoming highlights to look forward to:

Thursday, Nov. 8: United Heritage Insurance Mayors’ Cup basketball game featuring the C of I men’s team taking on archrival NNU. Festivities begin with a pre-game tailgate BBQ, followed by a 7:05 p.m. tipoff inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. All attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the game, and free purple T-shirts will be included in admission to the tailgate. For tickets, contact the alumni office at [email protected].

Friday, Nov. 9: Events include a wine pairing dinner for the Connect ’87 alumni celebrating their 25-year class reunion. This is a new tradition that Skinner hopes to continue every year as alumni reach the halfway milestone to their 50-year Golden Jubilee reunion. The highlight of the night – and for many, the entire week – will be the Homecoming Dance, themed “A Purple Tie Affair.” The dance is open to all C of I students, alumni, faculty and staff. Admission is free and there will be a no-host bar. Dress is business casual to semi-formal, with purple ties left open to creative interpretation. Music will include dance hits from the decades, as well as live music by Innocent Man, an alumni band from Boise. “We really wanted to involve students in Homecoming this year,” alumni coordinator Jake McClean ’06 said. “This dance was the students’ idea, and I think alumni will enjoy seeing their energy on campus.”

Saturday, Nov. 10: The activities start early with the inaugural C of I 4K Classic run, which is free and will feature prizes for winners and fun for all. In the afternoon, settle in for the “Yote U” lecture series featuring alumni winemakers Ron Bitner ’68, John Danielson ’76 and Martin Fujishin ’01 along with business professor Scott Johnson. Guests will have the chance to sample, purchase and drink wine during the lectures. The evening brings the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner featuring Professor Joe Golden and honoring award recipients Dr. Richard Moore ’79, Dr. Mary Barinaga ’91, Gene ’67 and Sandy Ralston ’69, and Abbey Griffitts ’02. Festivities conclude with the C of I Quiz Bowl Extravaganza, a team trivia contest hosted by Professor Jasper LiCalzi. It will be a night full of prizes and laughs – and admission is free for those who RSVP before Oct. 31!

For more information about Homecoming, or to RSVP for events, please contact Skinner at (208) 459-5770 or McClean at (208) 459-5306. Inquiries also may be sent to [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Campus Ministries offering four service learning trips

Campus Ministries

Cody Christensen on a 2010 Campus Ministries service learning trip in Haiti.

The College of Idaho is offering four amazing service-learning opportunities this school year through Campus Ministries’ Potter’s Clay program. Campus Ministries will lead experiences in Mexico, Haiti, Ecuador and Caldwell.

“The purpose of service learning is two-fold,” said C of I campus minister Phil Rogers. “It’s an opportunity for students to make a difference in the world, but it’s also a very powerful thing to take part in. We’ve had more than 500 students participate in Potter’s Clay programs in the past 15 years. For many, it has been a life-altering experience.”

All C of I students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. People of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Applications for the three international trips are due no later than Oct. 29. Applications and additional information about each trip is available online at collegeofidaho.edu/campus-life/student-activities/campus-ministries/applications-and-forms.

Here is a brief synopsis of this year’s Potter’s Clay experiences:

Ensenada, Mexico: Set for Christmas break (Dec. 29 through Jan. 5), this trip will support an Ensenada orphanage called “Casa De Paz”. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $900 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is CJ Watson. For more information, email [email protected].

Haiti: This trip will take place during winter term break (Feb. 2 through Feb. 10). The group will work with a local orphanage and school through Heartline Ministries, supporting after school programs, working with Haitian nannies and completing some small building projects for the school. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $1,600 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is Baylee Borchers. For more information, email [email protected].

Ecuador: This trip also will take place during winter term break (Feb. 2-10). The C of I group will work with Rostro de Cristo (“Face of Christ”), an organization that serves the needs of the poor in many ways and regularly hosts student groups. The trip will be co-led by a C of I alumna who just spent a year with Rostro. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $1,900 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is assistant campus minister Cindi Duft, who can be contacted for more information at [email protected].

Caldwell: This trip is scheduled during Spring Break (March 22 through March 25). This is an immersion experience that takes place off campus in conjunction with the City of Caldwell. While it does not involve overseas travel, this trip has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience for many past participants. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, contact Phil Rogers at [email protected].

If you cannot participate, but would like to support students with a financial donation please contact Phil Rogers at [email protected]

Howlin' Yotes sport new coach, same winning philosophies

The 2012-2013 school year became a new beginning for The College of Idaho speech and debate team when beloved coach Mack Sermon retired after 16 years at the helm. It has been a big change for the team – and for the entire C of I community – but the Howlin’ Yotes’ legacy and high standard of competition have continued to thrive under the direction of new coach Tabitha Miller.

“Mack really did build and transform the team over the years,” said Miller, a 2003 C of I graduate who competed on Sermon’s teams as a student. “It started out very small, with the team only attending a few tournaments. Now, we attend the maximum number of tournaments allowed and compete at the highest level of national competition. That transformation is all due to Mack’s dedication, his appeals to administration, and his recruiting.”

With an open team philosophy and a keen eye for diverse talent, Sermon created a successful program that has impacted many C of I students through the years. His belief that everyone should be able to participate in speech competition is a key component of his legacy that is sure to continue under Miller.

“He was so dedicated to helping individual students succeed,” Miller said. “He gave them an opportunity to do more than they ever believed they could.”

Transitioning into the Howlin’ Yotes coaching position has been a tall order, but Miller has been equal to the task. The team has 38 members this year, and Miller is enjoying her new role after several years coaching in the Nampa School District, where she was named 2011 Idaho Debate Teacher of the Year.

“Everything has been wonderful,” Miller said. “The students are already so knowledgeable about the world and the topics we discuss. It makes it nice to be able to step in and start argument formulation instead of focusing on background information. It’s great that everyone is hard-working and motivated.”

That hard work is paying off for the C of I debaters. The team picked up a third-place sweepstakes finish at the College of Southern Idaho Tournament earlier this year, with first-place honors going to Kirstina Shattuck, Isaac Creed and Cristian Magallon in novice parliamentary debate along with a second-place showing by Joshua Rebollozo in novice IPDA public debate.

The Howlin’ Yotes turned in another strong performance last weekend at the Lewis and Clark Tournament, where Tyler Hatch (second place, Senior IPDA), Magallon (second place, novice dramatic interpretation) and Eulalia Kafari (fourth place, open duo interpretation) picked up individual honors while Tyler Guryan, Kris Cruz and Madai Montes advanced to the quarterfinals. Cruz and Guryan, the College’s top parliamentary debate team, also received an invitation to compete in the prestigious University of the Pacific Round Robin on Nov. 2-4.

This weekend, the team is on campus hosting the annual Coyote Classic tournament. Competition takes place today and Saturday, and while the debates are not open to the public, the team is always looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in checking out the action while lending a helping hand – or students interested in joining the Howlin’ Yotes – should contact Miller at [email protected].

Weekend warriors: C of I profs live it up outside the classroom

Where do college professors go on the weekend? It’s easy to picture them holed up in their offices, cackling wildly as they grade research papers and midterms. Or perhaps they curl up in a favorite armchair, sipping herbal tea and reading high-brow literary magazines. To set the record straight, we followed four faculty members for a weekend. The results may surprise you.


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.

October 19

C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers in concert, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

October 23

Canyon County Election Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Langroise Center. Hear from both sides on the education reform referendums, Propositions 1-2-3. The forum is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live by the Idaho Press-Tribune at www.idahopress.com.

October 24

C of I art professor Garth Claassen shows and talks about his recent work as part of the Surel's Place Art/Dialogue Series, 6:30 p.m., Surel's Place (212 E. 33rd Street, Garden City). Free and open to the public. Click for more info.

October 26

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Meridian Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular with conductor Jim Ogle, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Costumes encouraged for this family-friendly event. FREE admission for all C of I students. Click for tickets and info.

October 29

Guest lecturer Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt presents 'Idaho's Latino Community: A Conversation about Latino Vote,' 6:30 p.m., Simplot South Dining Room. Free and open to all C of I students, faculty and staff.

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. Click for more info.

November 7

Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 'Mercury and Mars,' 7 p.m., Boone Hall. Reservations required, please call Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. Click for more info.

November 9

Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'Brilliant Brass' by the Boise Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Jewett Auditorium. FREE admission for all C of I students. Click for tickets and info.



Residence life coordinator Justin Waldron and VP for Student Affairs Paul Bennion present Ryan Gibson with his award Oct. 15. 

C of I senior Ryan Gibson is the October recipient of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award, which goes to a student who embraces the values of the C of I community. Gibson is a leader on campus, where he serves as a resident assistant and captain of the lacrosse team. Over summer break, he traveled to Bangladesh to study international development and lend a helping hand to impoverished citizens.

College of Idaho senior forward Felicity Jones has been named the women’s basketball Preseason Player of the Year in the Cascade Conference. Jones averaged 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game last year, helping lead the Coyotes to the CCC tournament championship. Senior guard Katelin Shannon also made the preseason All-CCC squad.

Ski Team

Hillary Sapp and The College of Idaho ski team traveled to Bogus Basin Ski Resort last Saturday to assist with an erosion control project. The Yotes covered approximately 8 acres of ground with new seed and straw to help with rejuvenating the areas on the tubing hill and in front of the Simplot Lodge. Bogus Basin serves as the home ski hill for the C of I team during the season. Bring on the snow!

The College of Idaho recently received $4,000 in grant money from the John William Jackson Fund. The College was gifted $2,000 to fund a business scholarship in memory of J.R. Simplot and another $2,000 to fund a music scholarship in memory of Joe and Kathryn Albertson. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding C of I students in the specified areas of study.

Deb Yates

Deb Yates works with students, including Sarah Higgins '12 (far right) at the TTA in Sun Valley.

College of Idaho education professor Dr. Deb Yates recently returned from Sun Valley Community School Teacher Training Academy, where she led workshops and seminars for young and aspiring teachers on working with resistant, reluctant and unmotivated learners. Yates, a national expert and consultant in the field of school improvement, at-risk youth and alternative education, is on sabbatical leave this semester, continuing her work in alternative education.