C of I Newsletter

2007. 01. 11.

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Former C of I Professor Ward Tucker dies Jan. 9

Ward Tucker

Ward Tucker, former College of Idaho education department chair and an alumnus, died Tuesday morning at the age of 93. His burial is Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at Canyon Hill Cemetery, 2024 N Illinois Ave., in Caldwell. The memorial service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Boone Church, 406 S. 14th in Caldwell. The public is welcome to attend both.

Dr. Tucker’s educational career spanned 45 years. He started his career as an elementary school teacher and was later a teacher, principal, and acting superintendent at Notus High School. Dr. Tucker was also a teacher, principal, and coach at Homedale High School, before joining the C of I faculty in 1955.

Dr. Tucker was named chairman of the C of I education department in 1962. He was also director of graduate studies, director of evening sessions and director of summer school sessions. In 1980, he received emeritus standing.

In 1987, Dr. Tucker received the Alumni Service award, which is given to a member of the National Alumni Association who gives his or her time to community service.

Winter Discovery Day is Monday

There will be some new faces on campus on Monday, Jan. 15 for CofI Winter Discovery Day. Winter Discovery Day will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and provides prospective students an opportunity to attend a “mock” class, learn about student life, talk with a coach, tour campus, and discuss the application/scholarship process.

There will be panel discussions with faculty and current students, which will provide prospective students an opportunity to ask questions. This is the first time faculty have participated in a panel discussion for Winter Discovery Day.

Lunch will be served. For more information, call Amanda Erickson at 459-5327.

New Communications Director begins at ACI

Jennifer Oxley has started work as Albertson College of Idaho’s new Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications. She is replacing Beth Zborowski, a 2002 CofI alum, whose husband was transferred to Washington.

Oxley has experience in both public information and media. She most recently worked at the State Department of Education under Dr. Marilyn Howard. Prior to that, she worked for a small public information firm, the Idaho Transportation Department, and The Idaho Statesman.

Oxley’s office is in Sterry 405. She can also be reached by email or phone at 459-5811.

Professor’s study about Idaho ground squirrels, habitat is published

Research by CofI Biology Professor Eric Yensen and colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control was recently published in the Western North American Naturalist (volume 66, pages 482-491).

The study of populations and habitat relationships of Piute ground squirrels in southwest Idaho was authored by Karen Steenhof, Dr. Yensen, Michael N. Kochert, and Kenneth L. Gage.

Steenhof and Kochert are with the U.S. Geological Survey and Gage is with the Centers for Disease Control.

The work was done in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, mostly in 2003. The article shows that ground squirrel populations are not doing well in degraded rangelands that have been invaded by cheatgrass and then burned, which is true of much of southern Idaho rangeland.

Ground squirrels are important in ecosystems as soil builders and the base of the food chain. The study eliminated most alternative explanations for the population declines such as plague and predators, and showed that habitat degradation is the only reasonable cause.

Idaho Showcase features students of the Langroise Trio

Students of the Langroise Trio were featured in a Caldwell Fine Arts Idaho Showcase concert in Jewett Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 8.

Current CofI students Seth Mattison, Joelle Arnhold, April Harrison, and Kyla Davidson participated. Curtis Crafton, a fall graduate of ACI, was a baritone soloist in the program. Caldwell Fine Arts also honored the artistry and accomplishment of adjunct piano instructor Robyn Wells.

They were joined by Timberline High student Jake Saunders and Michaela Pape, who is homeschooled, along with Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (Cleveland) graduate Emily Tynon and Keiko Forrey, a doctoral student at Eastman Music School (Rochester, NY).

To hear a clip of this concert, click here