C of I Newsletter

2012. 11. 02

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From stage to classroom: Langroise Trio dedicates expertise to instructing students


They are performers from the heart whose passion for musical excellence has reached the ears of adoring listeners for more than 20 years. With a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Nicholas Van Slyk and collaborations with renowned artists including pianist Martina Filjak and cellist Micah Claffey, the Langroise Trio never fails to wow its audience. But in addition to their dedication to the stage, each member of the Trio also devotes his expertise to instructing music students at The College of Idaho.

The Trio, established in 1991 as a gift from arts lover Gladys Langroise, is composed of three faculty members in the College’s music department: Samuel Smith on the cello, Dave Johnson on the viola and Geoffrey Trabichoff on the violin. Their partnership developed after founding member Smith and former Boise Philharmonic director Jim Ogle sent out an advertisement in the International Musician newspaper. The job description caught the attention of Johnson in 1991 and Trabichoff in 1996, and thus the current Langroise Trio was formed.

“We think about this position in three parts,” Smith said. “Two parts are here at the College: Teaching and performing as a Trio during our regular series. The third part is our role as performers in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Although the majority of their influence comes from the stage, the men of the Langroise Trio feel that their job in the classroom is the most important part of their position.

“I have really enjoyed the students I’ve taught,” Johnson said. “They are all fun to work with and I love being able to see what they can do. I’ve been most influenced by the ones who have taken the initiative to accomplish their goals. Seeing these kids applying themselves and making the most of their talent is very gratifying.”

The Trio’s commitment to education has produced many high quality music students, including several who have gone on to play professionally. Most recently, 2012 graduates Aurora Torres (viola) and Geoffrey Hill (violin) have joined the members of the Trio as performers in the Boise Philharmonic.

“A big component of our program is that we train students locally to be of the caliber to audition into the Boise Philharmonic,” Smith said. “And since our establishment we have had great success in training students to win auditions into the Philharmonic.”

Audiences will have two opportunities to watch the Langroise Trio perform this weekend. The group plays at 7:30 tonight at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise and again at 7:30 tomorrow night inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus. Admission is free to Saturday’s show at the College. For more information about the Trio, including a full performance schedule, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/langroisetrio.

C of I set for fall theatre production of 'Pericles'

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre & Speech Arts is pleased to present its fall main stage production, Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The play opens Nov. 9 and shows at 7:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 10 and Nov. 15-17 with a closing matinee show set for 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. All performances take place in the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty and staff receive free admission. For more information, contact the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426.

Pericles is a Jacobean-era play written by William Shakespeare. The College of Idaho production will be directed by Jenny Newbry-Waters, a 2003 C of I graduate and current adjunct professor in the theatre department. The ensemble play follows the life and adventures of Pericles, a prince of ancient Greece. It stars a talented cast of C of I students, including Eli Nary as Pericles, Danielle Blenker as narrator Gower and Jordan Bowman as Marina. Bowman also composed the music for the show.

“This play is about Pericles searching for his definition of himself and his home,” Newbry-Waters said. “The narrative occurs in seven different locations over 16 years, so it’s a big story. We’re focusing on simple, clear storytelling that will really engage the audience with the play and its characters.”

Scenic design for Pericles was done by C of I theatre professor Mike Hartwell, with costume design by Megan Richardson, lighting design by Deborah Penrod and sound design by Freddie Loucks. For more information about C of I theatre – including a performance schedule for Pericles and other 2012-2013 productions – please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/theatre.

Before Pericles opens for the public, there will be a free preview performance for the C of I community at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. All students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend. Newbry-Waters said the cast and crew are looking forward to opening during Homecoming weekend, and she encourages the campus community to attend at least one show during Pericles’ two-weekend run.

“I’m so excited to see the way everything comes together,” Newbry-Waters said. “The actors are really taking ownership of their roles, and we can’t wait have an audience. It’s going to be a great show.”

C of I recognized as one of America's top college values

The College of Idaho has been named one of America’s Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The annual report, released Oct. 24, features 200 schools that combine outstanding academics and great economic value. The C of I was included because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, excellent student-to-faculty ratio, on-campus resources and overall value. The full list of schools can be found at www.kiplinger.com.

The College of Idaho ranks No. 82 on Kiplinger’s list of liberal arts colleges, up 17 spots from last year. The C of I is No. 12 in the west and No. 4 among colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Only four schools in the top 100 had a lower annual cost of attendance than the C of I.

“We believe that providing access to quality education is essential,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “College of Idaho students receive an outstanding liberal arts education that prepares them for success without the burdensome debt that many private college students face after graduation.”

The College of Idaho provides financial assistance to 99 percent of its first-year students, with 75 percent receiving at least $13,000 in need-based awards. The C of I also has the best four-year graduation rate in the state, ensuring more students graduate on time. And thanks to the innovative PEAK curriculum launched in 2010, students earn a major and three minors within those four years, decreasing their need for loans and providing versatility and adaptability in the professional world.

Homecoming hits campus next week


C of I President Marv Henberg, alumni director Sally Skinner and alumni coordinator Jake McClean invite you to put on your purple and join us for next week's Homecoming festivities.

It’s time to Bring Back the Pack at The College of Idaho! All C of I alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to take part in Homecoming festivities next week, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a special presidential election watch party hosted by political economy professor Kerry Hunter in the McCain Pub. Thursday’s Homecoming game will feature the United Heritage Insurance Mayors’ Cup men’s basketball contest between the Coyotes and rival NNU. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, with a pregame tailgate at 5:30 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall. The fun carries through the weekend with more than two-dozen events, including the “Purple Tie Affair” Homecoming Dance (9 p.m. Friday), the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner (5:30 p.m. Saturday) and the inaugural C of I Quiz Bowl Extravaganza (9 p.m. Saturday). Click here for a full schedule of events. We hope to see you on campus next week as we celebrate together as Yotes!

Whittenberger Planetarium to host November public show

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium is exploring the planets Mercury and Mars this month. Come learn about these alien worlds and see the latest findings and images captured by NASA spacecraft during recent voyages to space during the November public show, set for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The show also will include a quick tour of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.

Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-17. As space is limited, reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.

Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.


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. The Museum also will be open during Homecoming weekend. Click for more information.

November 2

The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio in concert, 7:30 p.m., Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy (Boise). Click for more info.

November 3

Coyote athletics tripleheader: Men's soccer hosts Oregon Tech at 1 p.m., Simplot Stadium; Women's basketball season opener vs. Montana Tech, 3 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center; Volleyball hosts Oregon Tech, 7 p.m., JAAC.

November 3

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

November 6-11

College of Idaho Homecoming! Highlights include Coyote men's basketball rivalry game vs. NNU (7 p.m. Thursday, with pregame tailgate at 5:30) and 'A Purple Tie Affair' homecoming dance (9 p.m. Friday). Click for a full schedule of events and registration.

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 8-10

C of I theatre department presents 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre.

November 9

C of I Blood Drive, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., KAIC Shannon Lounge. Give thanks and help save lives in November! For more info or to make an appointment, email [email protected]

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.

November 10

Opening reception for 'In Formation,' an exhibition by Cassandra Schiffler ('07), 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 1. Contact Garth Claassen at [email protected] for more info.

November 15

Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho 'Save the One' Memorial Walk, noon, Morrison Quadrangle. For more information, contact Cynthia Mauzerall at (208) 407-3205.

November 15-17

C of I theatre department presents 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre.

November 18

C of I theatre department presents 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre,' 2:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre.

November 20

'Walker with Strings' concert featuring C of I music instructor Rob Walker, C of I Vocal Jazz, Sinfonia and Jazz Combo, New Trio Plus and the Eagle High School Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

November 30

The C of I International Students Organization presents its annual Cultural Show, 7 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Students from around the globe will give performances in dance, music and other performing arts. The event is free and open to the entire campus community and the public.


College of Idaho political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi will provide live, in-studio Election Day analysis for KIVI Channel 6 News and KNIN Fox 9 News on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. on Fox 9 and will be simulcast on both stations beginning at 10 p.m. LiCalzi also will provide follow-up coverage early Wednesday morning on Channel 6's Good Morning Idaho show. For alumni in eastern Idaho, LiCalzi also can be heard at 7:25 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, on KID Newsradio (590 AM/92.1 FM) in Idaho Falls. Be sure to tune in!

Be a part of the C of I Student Research Grant program! The SRG supports student scholarship, research and creative activities at The College of Idaho. Students can apply for funding for research or conference travel. The application deadline is Nov. 28. SRG application forms can be found at www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/undergraduate-research/research-grant-program. For more info, please contact Dr. Sara Heggland or Dr. Jim Angresano.

The C of I volleyball team has signed Katy Robinson, a star outside hitter at Kimberly High School. Robinson's signing received coverage in the Twin Falls Times-News.

The College of Idaho recently was featured by The College Solution blog in a post titled “Where to Find the Best College Professors.” The C of I was named as a school distinguished by excellent teaching. The scores C of I students gave their professors for being both interesting and accessible in the 2013 edition of the Princeton Review’s book The Best 377 Colleges ranked near the top nationally among liberal arts colleges.

C of I Professor Scott Knickerbocker's new book, Ecopoetics, is now on sale at Rediscovered Books in Downtown Boise. The book was released earlier this month by University of Massachusetts Press.

The College of Idaho’s website earned an “A” grade and was in the top 100 of all college websites rated this year by the My College Options 14th Annual Enrollment Power Index program. This research-based analysis uses scientific methods and prospective student focus groups to rate the ability of admissions websites to move students from inquiry to applicant to enrollee. It is part of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions.