C of I Newsletter

2012. 11. 30

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C of I graduate named Rhodes Scholar

Rhodes Scholar Amanda Frickle

College of Idaho Rhodes Scholar Amanda Frickle

Amanda Frickle, a 2012 graduate of The College of Idaho, is one of 32 young Americans to be named a Rhodes Scholar this year and becomes the seventh C of I graduate to win the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world.

Frickle, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political economy and served as student body president during her senior year, was one of nearly 200 national finalists for the award.

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, a 1971 Rhodes Scholar, praised Frickle’s accomplishment.

“Amanda’s dedication to helping others, combined with the leadership ability and outstanding scholarship she demonstrated here at The College of Idaho, have prepared her to make this world a better place,” Henberg said.

Rhodes Scholars have achieved success at the highest levels of public service, scientific research, writing, law and other fields. Frickle plans to pursue a career in social justice advocacy and will attend the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom as part of the Class of 2013.

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 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 and presented it 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 as 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 Oxford.

“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.

Prior to Frickle, the most recent College of Idaho Rhodes Scholar was Dr. Adam Rindfleisch – an expert in integrative medicine 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 and Frickle’s predecessor as student president, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist last year.

Click here to watch a video interview with Frickle on the C of I YouTube channel.

A Christmas tradition: C of I Feast of Carols rings in holiday season

C of I Choir

As the fall semester fades to a close, The College of Idaho music department is preparing to ring in the holiday season with its annual choir concert, the Feast of Carols. This C of I tradition will showcase traditional Christmas music and other holiday favorites performed by the C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers, Sinfonia and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Feast of Carols is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Jewett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be followed by holiday refreshments in the foyer of the adjacent Langroise Center. 

This year’s Feast of Carols program features a diverse repertoire of music from classical to contemporary works, which choral director Brent Wells is excited about. 

“I'm looking forward to the scope of holiday music represented this year,” Wells said. “We'll perform repertoire dating from the early 1600s to compositions published within the past year.”

The concert will include compositions by Monteverdi, Eric Whitacre, John Rutter and Benjamin Britten. Beloved holiday favorites such as “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Away in a Manger” also are on the program. Unique to this year’s concert is the debut of 2012 C of I graduate Danielle Danker’s choral piece entitled “Snow.” In addition to annual traditions – such as having the audience sing along with some carols – Wells is introducing several new twists, including a solo performance by harpist Victoria Agee and a trio of singers performing Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” with a cello choir. 

“I hope listeners will hear some familiar holiday classics that evoke fond memories of Christmases past,” Wells said. “And I also hope they enjoy the chance to hear some new and lesser-known seasonal works, to sing along with their favorite carols, and finally, to enjoy food and fun in the concert's aftermath.”

The Feast of Carols also will be streamed live online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream. For more information about the C of I music department and choral activities, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/music.

C of I readies for annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair


Alyson McElwain sells her hand-made pottery at last year's Langroise Holiday Arts Fair

The College of Idaho will host the seventh annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the foyer of the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The fair, which is free and open to the public, presents an opportunity to view and purchase art created by College of Idaho students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“We have some new artists this year and we are looking forward to a great turnout,” said event organizer Dori Johnson, a professor of art and history at the College. “This event allows people to see the outstanding artistic talent that exists in our midst and also affords them an opportunity to support the local community during the holiday season.”

Items for sale at the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair will include paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, hand-carved pendants and more, offered in a wide variety of styles and prices. Several popular artists from the C of I community will be in attendance, including Johnson, who sells “Accessories by Dori” at the Nampa Farmer’s Market, pottery sculptor Alyson McElwain, home décor artist Debbie Kraft, handmade pendant carver Alexa DiNicola, and Tracylea Balmer, creator and owner of crzylady’s felt owlies and ornaments. The fair also provides an opportunity for Treasure Valley art lovers to shop for holiday art and decorations while supporting a good cause. A percentage of all sales goes toward the Kenneth Mann Scholarship fund that supports art students at The College of Idaho.

Attendance in recent years has numbered in the hundreds, drawing art lovers from throughout the Treasure Valley. This year’s fair will be followed by a performance by the C of I concert band and jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m. inside Langroise Recital Hall.

For more information about the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, contact Johnson at (208) 459-5831.

Whittenberger Planetarium set for December public show

The long nights and cold weather that define Idaho’s winter months will be explained to audiences during this month’s Whittenberger Planetarium public show, set for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 inside Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. Adults and older children will learn about the Winter Solstice and its effects on winter weather as well as the wide variety of constellations and planets visible in the chilly 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. Click to view the campus map.


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 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 4

C of I Nonfiction Writing Workshop students' public reading, 7 p.m., McCain Pub.

December 4

Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 'The Winter Solstice,' 7 p.m. Boone Hall. Click for more information.

December 4

Men's basketball at Northwest Nazarene, 7:05 p.m., Johnson Sports Center (Nampa).

December 4

C of I Sinfonia directed by Samuel Smith, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

December 5

C of I Kinesiology Department lecture series, 'Learning how to Celebrate' 7 p.m., JAAC 105. For more information, contact Jim Fennell at (208) 459-5866.

Through December 6

Fall 2012 Student Art Exhibition, Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

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.

December 7

Hokum Hoedown old-time concert and square dance party featuring C of I professor Scott Knickerbocker and the Hokum Hi-Flyers, 7 p.m., Linen Building (Boise). Click for more information.

January 19

Alumni Destination Event: Sundance Film Festival (Ogden, Utah). Contact alumni relations at (208) 459-5770 to RSVP and secure special discount rates through Dec. 31!

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.



C of I senior Robyn Sanow is the November 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. Robyn is the leader of the C of I Foodbank, an organization that packs and delivers leftover food from Simplot Dining Hall to local families in need. Robyn dedicates every Tuesday and Thursday night to the Foodbank. She has doubled the amount of families aided by the Foodbank in the past two years while building genuine relationships with the families she serves. Her position takes a lot of work, and she does it all very quietly and without desire for recognition. Congratulations, Robyn!

Howlin’ Yotes conclude successful fall semester: The College of Idaho speech and debate team enjoyed another successful semester of competition this fall, accumulating dozens of team and individual awards while competing in eight tournaments around the Pacific Northwest. The Howlin’ Yotes, coached by Tabitha Miller, earned second-place hardware at the Linfield College Tournament this month and third place at the College of Southern Idaho Tournament in September. A season-high 27 students competed at the Lewis & Clark Tournament in October, and 15 Howlin’ Yotes earned top-three finishes over the course of the semester. Tyler Guryan, Marabie Barck and Brady Harrison captured first-place hardware at Linfield, while Kristina Shattuck, Isaac Creed and Cristian Magallon were winners at the CSI Tournament. Other outstanding individual performers this semester included Cory Barham, Joshua Rebollozo, Tyler Hatch, Kris Cruz, Ana Sanchez and Colton Grainger. Go Yotes!

Hillary Holt

Congratulations to C of I cross country runner Hillary Holt, who captured an individual national championship while leading the Coyote women to a second-place finish at the NAIA National Championships Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash. Read more about Holt's triumph in this article from The Columbian.

News of C of I alumna Amanda Frickle '12 becoming the College's seventh Rhodes Scholar received coverage in several media outlets, including the Idaho Statesman, KIVI Channel 6 News, the Boise Weekly and the Idaho Press-Tribune. Congratulations, Amanda!

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 current trends in advertising that businesses may want to use. Catch archived episodes featuring Melchiorre on the BBB YouTube channel.

Attention C of I students interested in off-campus study: There will be a student/faculty meeting for upcoming off-campus study tours next Tuesday, Dec. 4, from11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McCain Lobby. All students interested in joining a tour should attend to ask questions of and receive information from the faculty members leading the tours. For more information about past and future C of I study abroad experiences, please visit http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/studyabroad.

C of I history professor Howard Berger will be the guest of honor for the Wood River Jewish Community in Ketchum this December. Dr. Berger will lead a Shabbat service and give a public lecture on Dec. 28 and also will lead a more intimate talk with WRJC members on Dec. 29. Dr. Berger is known for bringing traditional Jewish celebrations to the C of I campus, and he is the face of the College’s ongoing effort to create the first endowed chair of Judaic studies in the Intermountain West.