C of I Newsletter

2012. 11. 16

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Forever a Yote: A personal homecoming experience


By Brodi Etheredge, C of I junior

It was the calm before the storm as an entire Coyote nation waited for the 14-man pack to step onto the court. Everyone was alive with excitement in the hope that the C of I men’s basketball team would land a win against rival NNU in the annual United Heritage Mayor’s Cup. I have been attending this event for three years now, but I never had seen my Yote community as fired up and patriotic as I did on this night. As I took a second amidst a sea of purple and gold to bask in the excitement, a thunderous roar filled my ears – it was game time.

From start to finish, the men’s team battled hard to keep possession of the ball and their loyal fans battled even harder to cheer them on to victory. “Defense!” and “Here we go Yoties, here we go,” echoed continually as one voice from our massive student section. With our gold towels flipping in the air and our feet pounding on the bleachers, we felt unstoppable, and in that moment I realized what it truly means to be a Yote: dedicated, supportive, and passionate.

Although the C of I team was not victorious in the end, the feeling of immense pride did not diminish from my heart. And as I walked out of the activities center toward the campus quadrangle, I couldn’t help but love my school more than I already had. For me, the basketball game was more than a thrilling homecoming event. It was a reminder of why I chose this school in the first place: Because as Yotes we win together, we lose together, and we fight together. I believe that is what The College of Idaho stands for in every facet of the institution, and those values are demonstrated every day by the faithful professors, students and athletes who call it home.

Click here to check out more photos from the game on the C of I Flickr page!

Recent C of I graduate a Rhodes Scholarship finalist

Amanda Frickle

C of I alumna Amanda Frickle '12 hopes to become the College's seventh Rhodes Scholar. 

A 2012 College of Idaho graduate is a finalist for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, with a goal of pursuing a career in social justice advocacy.

Amanda Frickle ’12, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political economy and served as student body president during the 2011-2012 academic year, will interview with a handful of other Rhodes Scholar finalists from the Northwest this weekend in Seattle.

If Frickle is named a Rhodes Scholar, she will become the seventh College of Idaho graduate to earn the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. Only 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year, and those scholars have achieved success at the highest levels of public service, scientific research, writing, law and other fields.

Frickle’s proposed course of study at Oxford is a graduate program in women’s studies, with a specific interest in applying that knowledge to advocacy for LGBT and women’s rights in the United States and Latin America. During her senior year, Frickle wrote and presented a research paper on feminism in Brazil and the reinforcement of traditional gender roles by that country’s ruling nationalist party in the early 20th century at both the College’s Student Research Conference and a research conference sponsored by national history honor society Pi Alpha Theta.

“Women’s studies has always been a passion of mine,” Frickle said. “Studying at Oxford, getting an international perspective, could help me become a social justice advocate not only here (in the United States), but throughout the globe.”

Frickle said the encouragement she received from her C of I professors, such Mee-Ae Kim and Steve Maughan in the Department of History, played an important role in her deciding to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Recipients receive full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

“I grew and developed so much here,” Frickle said. “I don’t think I would have the perspective and the academic know-how that I do if I hadn’t gone to C of I.”

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

“Based on the wonderful experiences I’ve had with professors [at C of I] … being in academia is definitely something that I’m looking towards but I also hope to do some work in public policy and to help people,” Frickle said.

The most recent College of Idaho graduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar was Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, who now serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in 1993. Colleen Smith, a 2011 C of I graduate, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist last year.

Champions again: Coyote volleyball, cross country teams win league titles

Volleyball Champs

For the fifth time in seven years, The College of Idaho volleyball team reigns supreme in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

The Coyotes made a furious first-set rally to spark a three-set victory over Eastern Oregon in the CCC Tournament final Nov. 10 inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

The victory for the No. 15 Yotes (21-6) clinched a berth to the NAIA National Championships – the team’s fifth consecutive trip and seventh in eight years. The C of I hosts Menlo College in an NAIA Opening Round match at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the National Championships Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa, beginning Nov. 27.

“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” C of I coach Liz Mendiola said. “Our goal every year is to contend not only for a conference title, but also for a national championship. We’ve been fortunate to have a strong core of returning players year after year, and we’ve added some really strong recruits to that mix.”

After the CCC Tournament victory, C of I middle blocker Torrey Hulsey was named Cascade Conference Player of the Year. The senior from Sutter, Calif. – who earned All-CCC and honorable mention NAIA All-America honors last season – ranks second on the team with 250 kills and 78 blocks, while leading the team with a .287 hitting percentage. Joining Hulsey on the All-CCC team is senior Jessica Peacock, who leads the Yotes with 294 kills and 31 aces this season. Middle blocker Liz Myers and setter Sierra Porter received honorable mentions.

“Torrey winning Player of the Year says a lot for our program,” Mendiola said. “Anytime you have a player win an individual honor, it makes you really happy and proud of that player, but it also speaks to the strength of our team and the quality of teammates Torrey has around her.”

Mendiola made it a Coyote sweep of the CCC postseason awards, winning Coach of the Year honors for the seventh time in her 12 years with the program. Mendiola holds the school records for wins (263) and winning percentage (.745).

Holt leads women’s cross country to conference championship

A school-record performance by individual champion Hillary Holt helped The College of Idaho women win their fourth Cascade Conference cross country championship in five years Nov. 3 at Lents Park in Portland, Ore.

Holt outdistanced two-time defending champion Karlee Coffey of Eastern Oregon by 13 seconds in a school- and course-record time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds. She became the second CCC champ in program history, joining Stephanie Helm (2007 and 2008). Holt also was named the CCC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

With four runners in the Top-10, the No. 3 Coyotes finished with a team-score of 39 points. Eastern Oregon finished second with 71 points. Sarah Johnson had her best race of the season for the Yotes, placing fifth (18:09.68), while All-American Sora Klopfenstein took seventh (18:14.79) and Andi Hayes finished ninth (18:31.26). All three joined Holt on the All-CCC team, while Pat McCurry was honored by his peers as the CCC Coach of the Year.

“Hillary won a great battle out in front and the other girls raced really well and executed our game plan down the stretch,” McCurry said. “When your fourth-fastest girl is ninth in the conference, it’s usually going to be a good day. We’re really proud of the consistency our team has shown in recent years, because the Cascade Conference is the best cross country conference in the NAIA.”

The C of I advances to the NAIA National Championships, which take place Saturday in Vancouver, Wash.

International students prepare for annual Cultural Show


The College of Idaho’s international students will share the music, dance, poetry and history of their homelands during the annual Cultural Show on Nov. 30, an event that highlights the diversity of the College community.

This year’s C of I Cultural Show will include Bollywood dancers, a Bosnian band, a Cumbia dance from Colombia, an African chorus, cultural skits by the College’s Arab and African students, Vietnamese music, the traditional Japanese dance Dokkoisho, African poetry and much more. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

International students represent more than 10 percent of the C of I student body, one of the highest international populations of any small college in the country. The C of I is home to students from 53 foreign nations.

International Student Organization president Chenjerai Simpson, a senior from the Caribbean island of Antigua, is excited to celebrate the College’s diversity with the Treasure Valley community.

“ISO does the Cultural Show to give international students a chance to raise global awareness through the display of an array of talent from their respective countries,” Simpson said. “Our hope is that those who attend the Cultural Show will leave more knowledgeable about the various cultures represented. In turn, we hope that this knowledge will create a more profound appreciation for other cultures around the world.”

This year’s program is expected to run approximately two hours and will include an intermission with international refreshments and items on sale from various countries.

C of I presents 'Walker with Strings' concert

The College of Idaho Music Department is pleased to present a collaborative evening of jazz with strings featuring trumpeter/composer Rob Walker. Titled “Walker with Strings,” the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 inside Langroise Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Recording with live strings has been a life-long pursuit for me,” said Walker, director of instrumental jazz studies and applied trumpet at the College. “I am intrigued by the infectious and alluring qualities of the strings which, when combined with the emotional power of jazz, create an unforgettable experience for the audience.”

Walker will perform with the New Trio Plus, a professional jazz ensemble featuring pianist Chuck Smith, saxophonist Sandon Mayhew, bassist Jay Multanen and drummer Scott Ruesser. The group will share the stage with The College of Idaho’s Sinfonia string orchestra under the direction of Samuel Smith.

The concert will be comprised of four jazz standards arranged by Walker for jazz quintet and strings as well as the debuts of several original compositions. The arrangements include jazz standards such as “You Stepped Out of a Dream” and “Just Friends” as well as a tribute to Clifford Brown entitled “I Remember Clifford.” The program also includes performances by C of I Vocal Jazz, the C of I Jazz Combo and the award-winning Eagle High School Jazz Ensemble.

“This collaborative concert is a great opportunity to present the talents of nearly 100 dedicated student musicians in one evening,” Walker said.

Walker holds a B.A. from New York University in Film and Music Composition and did additional compositional studies at The Juilliard School. He is a member of the American Composers Forum and hosts his own radio show, Jazz Conversations with Rob Walker, on Boise State Public Radio. As a composer, Walker has 10 major motion picture credits and more than two-dozen television credits, including Friday Night Lights, The Today Show and America’s Got Talent. As a trumpet player, Walker has worked with notable artists such as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, The Temptations and The Supremes.


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.

November 16

Association of Latino Americano Students 17th annual Cultural Dinner, 6 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall.

November 16-17

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 19

International Student Organization Food Festival, 5 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Free and open to the entire campus community.

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 20-December 6

Fall 2012 Student Art Exhibition, Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Nov. 20 featuring live music and refreshments.

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.

December 1

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer work day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar: 'An Update on the Progress of the Deer Flat Insect Survey and Reference Collection.'

December 6

Seventh annual C of I Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, 4:30-7 p.m., Langroise Foyer.

December 6

C of I archivist Jan Boles presents 'A Night of Caldwell History,' 7 p.m., the Caldwell Train Depot. Boles will present the findings of his latest published work, 'A Public Silence Broken: The Murderer Harry Orchard's Forgotten Family.' Preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.

December 7

The College of Idaho Feast of Carols, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium

Through February 1

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


A Call for Artists! The College of Idaho is looking for student, faculty and staff artists to sell their wares during the seventh annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, set for Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Langroise Foyer. Many forms of art are welcome, from painting and sculpture to jewelry, accessories, ceramics and sewn items. As always, a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Kenneth Mann Scholarship at the C of I. Students will contribute 5 percent of their sales, while faculty/staff will donate 10 percent. There also will be shared sections for students who want to sell a few pieces but do not have enough items to fill their own table. To sign up, please contact Dori Johnson at 459-5831 or [email protected].

Check out a video of highlights from last week's Homecoming festivities. We thank you all for coming out and helping us Bring Back the Pack! It was a great weekend.

C of I alumnus Rev. Steven Hammond (’72) is the winner of the 2012 Athena Award, an honor that recognizes professional excellence, service to the community, and assisting women in attainment of their professional goals and leadership skills. Hammond serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Alpena, Mich., and also works as a licensed physician assistant. He helped establish the Alpena Free Clinic, which has provided free health care to more than 2,000 uninsured individuals. Read more about Hammond in this article from The Alpena News.

Check out a gallery of photos from last weekend's C of I Chalk Art Competition on the Idaho Press-Tribune website. Photos by IPT photographer Adam Eschbach.

C of I alumna Kathy McIntosh (’68) recently released a new book, a humorous suspense novel titled Mustard’s Last Stand. To learn more about McIntosh and her new book, visit the author’s website at www.kathymcintosh.com. Mustard’s Last Stand is available in paperback and e-book at amazon.com.

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 here. For more info, please contact Dr. Sara Heggland or Dr. Jim Angresano.

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History recently received a ceremonial Navajo sand painting by artist/anthropologist Luther Douglas. The new sand painting will be exhibited beginning Nov. 9 and will join several other works by Douglas in the Museum’s collection.

Sand Painting

Today is the last day of the annual fruit sales fundraiser for the C of I baseball team. Oranges, grapefruits, and three types of apples (red, granny smith and Fuji) are available in 20-pound boxes for $22. The fruit will be delivered to you Thursday, Dec. 6. If you would like to purchase a box of fruit, please contact coach Shawn Humberger via email or call 459-5861. Go Yotes!

C of I alumnus Mike Stipe (’86) has been named senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for BSQUARE Corporation, a global leader in connected device communications. Stipe played basketball at the C of I and earned a degree in business administration.  

Bon Appetit at The College of Idaho is selling holiday pies for Thanksgiving. Choose from caramel pumpkin, southern pecan and pear-ginger crème brulee for $12 per pie. Orders are due today! Pies will be ready for pickup on Nov. 21 at Simplot Dining Hall. To order, call 459-5490 or email [email protected]. Happy Thanksgiving!