2012. 12. 14
Leader of the Pack: C of I runner Hillary Holt a Coyote legend in the making
C of I junior Hillary Holt is a two-time NAIA national champion
On the surface, Hillary Holt seems like your average undergraduate at The College of Idaho. Friendly, bright and engaging, Holt blends in with her peers as she attends classes and participates in social activities on the C of I campus.
But beneath Holt’s unassuming exterior lies a ferocious competitor – a competitor who is one of the best NAIA student-athletes in the nation. With two national championships and five All-American titles already under her belt, Holt is simultaneously rewriting the C of I record books and paving the way for future generations of Coyote excellence.
“The College has taught me how to work hard and be a more mature individual,” Holt said. “I’ve learned how to better carry myself and make sure that everything that has my name on it represents the best that I can do. I always hope that what I put out there is something people can look up to.”
Holt already has set a high bar. She burst on the scene as a freshman, winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference 1,500-meter championship. As a sophomore, she placed second at the CCC Cross Country Championships and captured the 1,500-meter title at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – a victory that made her the first individual champion in the nearly 100-year history of the C of I track program.
Now a junior, Holt has not wavered in her pursuit of excellence. This fall, she cruised to victory at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, completing the course in 17 minutes flat to win by 20 seconds and lead the C of I women’s team to a second-place finish. Those who know Holt best say the team’s recent run of success is even more important to her than the individual accolades she is rapidly accumulating.
“Hillary is dedicated to doing everything she can for the team,” C of I track and cross country coach Pat McCurry said. “After the national cross country race, she shared with me that a spectator yelled during the race: ‘You have two teammates making a run at the top 10!’ Hillary said that gave her the biggest surge of energy she could have experienced. Her reflections on her performances nearly always revolve around the team concept – not her individual accomplishments.”
Hillary Holt and the C of I women's cross country team placed second at NAIA nationals this year. Sarah Johnson (9th) and Sora Klopfenstein (10th) joined Holt in the top-10 for the Coyotes, while Holt, Madison Crookham, Kenna Middleton, Myja Maki, Andi Hayes and Elynn Smith were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. "We have many elite athletes in our program," coach Pat McCurry said. "Having three runners in the top-10 is a stunning accomplishment."
Holt’s running career began at Mountain View High School in nearby Meridian, where she helped the Mavericks win a 5A cross country state championship in 2008. She also was part of back-to-back state titles in the 4x800-meter relay, helping set an Idaho state record that stands to this day. Holt carried her winning habits to the C of I, where she has worked even harder to become the best.
“Hillary is very hardworking,” said teammate Sora Klopfenstein. “I find her on the living room floor doing abs work at night and she doesn’t miss any of her runs. I think the most important thing Hillary does is that she organizes her day around running – she makes sure she gets enough sleep, she eats well and she trains well.”
Performing in the classroom is just as important to Holt as succeeding on the track or cross-country course. During the 2011-2012 season, she earned Cascade Conference All-Academic Team honors in both cross country and outdoor track for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Through the College’s PEAK Curriculum, Holt is majoring in exercise science and minoring in Spanish, political economy and coaching.
“Academics are really important to Hill,” Klopfenstein said. “I honestly don’t know how she does it, but she gets great grades and makes the time to do her exercise routines, too.”
As for the future, Holt said she hopes to keep running a focus in her life, pursuing the sport “as far as it will take me.” She isn’t sure exactly what career path she will take, but for now, she’s focused on making sure everything she does at the C of I – athletically, academically or otherwise – is of the highest quality.
It is an approach that has made Holt the best distance runner in the NAIA. And if she can keep up the pace, it just might make her the most decorated Coyote athlete of all time.
Gift to fund C of I chair in writing, rhetoric
Legendary C of I English professor Ralph Berringer
The College of Idaho will create a new chair that further enhances its long-standing strength in developing students’ clarity of thought and writing thanks to a bequest from an anonymous donor.
The Berringer Chair in Writing and Rhetoric will honor legendary C of I English professor Ralph Berringer, who taught at the C of I in the 1950s and 1960s and helped invigorate the intellectual life of the College following World War II.
C of I President Marv Henberg noted that Berringer’s dedication to his students remains an inspiration today.
“Professor Berringer clearly recognized that the kind of liberal arts learning that distinguishes The College of Idaho depends upon a spirit of collaboration and connected learning across the disciplines,” Henberg said. “Accordingly, the Berringer Chair aims to establish comprehensive support for learning and teaching related to writing and rhetoric.”
The bequest, which has not yet been realized, will provide support for a faculty chair who will coordinate all aspects of the College’s writing program, for the establishment of a writing center to support student writers, and for campus-wide celebrations of writing.
The new writing center will enable well-trained student tutors to help their fellow students think through their writing and provide additional assistance to the College’s growing contingent of international students, who currently make up 10 percent of the student body.
President Henberg noted that the fully-funded faculty chair will support faculty from various disciplines who are teaching writing-intensive courses and work to strengthen the professional writing skills of students. Guest workshops and readings by renowned writers as well as events showcasing the writing of students also will be supported through the bequest.
Berringer came to the C of I in 1953 and taught until his death in 1963. His courses in Shakespeare and the development of the English language were favorites of students at the College, and he instituted a program of radio presentations in which C of I students performed broadcast versions of plays on campus and on local radio stations. Students also looked forward to his annual satirical skit, “Black Masque,” a send up of the dramatic club, Scarlet Masque, which featured some of his fellow professors dressed in bunny suits among other comic bits.
C of I students take studies far and wide
The entire world is a classroom for College of Idaho students, and in January, they’ll participate in month-long, faculty-led study courses in Australia, London and Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.
During the off-campus courses, students of all majors will explore first-hand Australia’s coastal ecosystems, England’s art, history and culture, and environmental policy and literature while skiing through Idaho’s mountains.
The students’ experiences also will be chronicled throughout the month of January on The College of Idaho’s website and social media, offering an opportunity for people to follow these unique and intensive learning experiences. Discover how each of these courses complement and enrich the C of I experience by visiting the following pages for more information, photos and videos:
- Australia 2013 – www.collegeofidaho.edu/australia
- London 2013 – www.collegeofidaho.edu/london
- Winter Wilderness Experience 2013 – www.collegeofidaho.edu/winterwilderness
Coverage of The College of Idaho’s off-campus courses will include blogging by students and faculty from Australia throughout January, photos and video interviews with C of I students in London starting on Jan. 10, and photo and video highlights from the Winter Wilderness Experience during the second half of January. More details about each course and photo and video highlights of previous student experiences in each location are available online.
“Conducting hands-on research, experiencing different cultures, and learning outside the classroom are central to the student experience at The College of Idaho,” said John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs at the C of I. “Students learn that place matters – whether it's the Treasure Valley or Stanley, Idaho, or Australia or London – for applying the liberal arts and preparing for careers. In particular, being part of faculty-led off-campus immersive courses provides students with remarkable and rich learning experiences.”
C of I faculty recently have led study tours to such places as Australia, China, Florida, France, Greece, Italy, London, Mexico and Peru, and students at the College also can study for a semester or longer in more than 50 countries through partner institutions. For more information about study abroad opportunities at The College of Idaho, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/studyabroad.
Alumnus steps up for Boone Fund - now it's your turn!
It’s hard to believe, but we are only two weeks away from 2013! Before you celebrate the New Year, please take a moment to consider a gift to The College of Idaho Boone Fund. One generous alumnus has stepped forward with an offer that will help maximize your gift to the College. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will provide a matching donation for every gift made to the Boone Fund during the month of December. Please help us reach our goals of 1,400 alumni gifts and $315,000 by Dec. 31! There are several reasons to make a gift before Dec. 31:
- The impact of your gift will be maximized by the December donor match.
- All gifts received by Dec. 31 are eligible for 2012 tax benefits.
- If you give now, it will ease the end-of-fiscal-year rush in June – and you won’t be solicited again until next fiscal year!
- You can feel good about supporting the College and lending a helping hand to current and future generations of Yotes during the holiday season.
C of I Boone Fund Director Katie Miller ’10 hopes the alumni base takes advantage of this unique opportunity to see the impact of their gift increased thanks to the generosity of the matching donor. Alumni couples in particular can maximize their donation as the match will be doubled on each gift made by an alumni couple.
“This is a great chance for people to get the maximum bang for their buck,” Miller said. “We are so excited and humbled by the generosity of our matching alumni donor. Hopefully, the spirit of giving will be contagious!”
Last year, alumni set a record by donating $1.3 million to the C of I. The College also matched the alumni giving record of 36 percent established in 2011. Now it’s your turn to act! To learn more about the Boone Fund, or to make a gift, please click here or contact Miller at (208) 459-5016. Gifts received via mail postmarked and dated by Dec. 31 will count towards the match and the 2012 tax year.
The Boone Fund is an unrestricted giving program that supports the operating needs of the College and its students. Gifts to the Boone Fund boost the College’s alumni giving percentage, an important criterion that national publications such as U.S. News & World Report use to rank the country’s top colleges. C of I also relies on private support to provide student scholarships.
Alumni and Friends Holiday Casino Party, 2-6 p.m., Beside Bardenay (Boise). $30 buys you food, an open bar, fun casino games, great prizes and a fantastic time with friends! For more info, call (208) 459-5770. Or, click to sign up today and receive a $5 discount!
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.
Become a part of the Pack! The College of Idaho invites its entire community – from students and parents to faculty, staff and alumni – to join the C of I online community. Check out our new Facebook page, Yotes on the Go, which serves as the College’s official campus events page. Find out what arts, entertainment, athletics and social events are happening at the C of I by liking Yotes on the Go! And, if you haven’t already, be sure to like The College of Idaho on Facebook as well. Go Yotes!
C of I alumna Kerri (Foxx) Frazier (’95) recently embarked on a two-year trip around the world with her husband, Jason Frazier, and 8-year-old daughter, Sydney. The Fraziers, who live in Oregon, departed Nov. 1 and plan to see as much of the world as possible. They are carrying everything they own in backpacks and living off a budget of $100 per day. Kerri and Jason plan to homeschool Sydney during the trip, in part by showing her the wonders of the world. The expedition recently was featured in The Oregonian newspaper, and the Fraziers’ adventures also will be chronicled in their travelogue at www.travel-junkies.com.
C of I alumnus Travis Guy (’06) sends his greetings from Antarctica! Guy is stationed at McMurdo Station, where he works as a research scientist for the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs as part of the NSF’s United States Antarctic Program team. Guy is one of seven Coyotes – one on each continent – featured on pages 12-13 of the latest issue of Quest magazine, which hits mailboxes this week and also is available online. Be sure to check it out!
C of I alumnus Barry Rowan (’79) has been hired as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cool Planet Energy Systems, a California company that produces carbon negative fuels using plant photosynthesis to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Rowan previously served as executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and treasurer for broadband telephone provider Vonage, where he helped lead a $200 million turnaround for the company. Rowan graduated summa cum laude with degrees in business administration and chemical biology from the C of I and also earned an MBA from Harvard University. He will begin his new job in February 2013.
College of Idaho alumnus Larry Daugherty ’02 recently was a finalist in a competition to win a spot in the Fjällräven Polar, a 300km dogsled race across the arctic tundra. Daugherty is a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., but competing in a dogsled race is one of his lifelong dreams. Click here to learn more about Larry’s story.
The C of I Outdoor Program is sponsoring a moon-gazing and snowshoe experience Jan. 27 at Bogus Basin, the second in a multi-part series scheduled around the cycle of the moon. The event is free for C of I students, but reservations are required and space is limited to the first 12 people who register. The trip departs campus at 7 p.m. Students who participate in all three trips of the series will receive a free Patagonia fleece sweater. Click for more info or stop by the Outdoor Program office in McCain Student Center to sign up!
News of the recent gift to fund the Berringer Chair of Writing and Rhetoric at The College of Idaho received coverage in a blog on Daily Kos, a popular online political community.
Check out a gallery of photos from The College of Idaho's annual Cultural Show on the C of I Flickr page. Photos by C of I student Rahul Sharma.