2013. 01. 18
C of I names Mike Moroski head football coach
Coach Mike Moroski answers questions during his introductory news conference Jan. 9.
The College of Idaho’s has named Mike Moroski, a former NFL quarterback and longtime coach at the University of California-Davis, as the 17th head football coach in its program history.
Moroski helped lead the UC Davis Aggies to eight NCAA Division II postseason appearances during 17 years as offensive coordinator and most recently served as the football program’s assistant head coach. He will assume head coaching responsibilities at the C of I immediately and prepare the College’s newly reinstated football program to return to play in fall 2014 as a member of the NAIA’s Frontier Conference.
"I am very honored and extremely excited to begin work as the new head football coach at The College of Idaho,” Moroski said. “I look forward to constructing a program that demands excellence on and off the field – a program that will cultivate smart, courageous and hard-working student-athletes with bright futures.
“My primary goal will be to build an elite and competitive program that The College of Idaho, the city of Caldwell, the surrounding region and entire state of Idaho can be very proud of.”
Moroski has served in several coaching roles at Davis, including every offensive position group, since 1989. During his time as offensive coordinator, the Aggies made three trips to the national quarterfinals and four trips to the national semifinals. In 2000, Moroski’s offense averaged 47 points per game, ranking second in Division II, while in 2001, his offense averaged 41 points and 511 yards per game, helping Moroski earn Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
“We are excited to welcome a coach with the character and track record of success that Mike Moroski possesses,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Mike has played or coached through 26 winning seasons, and even more importantly, he is committed to The College of Idaho’s educational mission and making sure our football players graduate with an outstanding liberal arts education.”
A native of Novato, Calif., Moroski played quarterback at Davis from 1975-78, earning Far West Conference Player of the Year honors in both 1977 and 1978, and leading the Aggies to the 1977 Division II national semifinals. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played for eight years as a backup quarterback with the Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. Moroski graduated from Davis with a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and has a master’s in educational psychology.
C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly cited Moroski’s passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes as strengths he will bring as coach of the Coyote football program.
“Mike demands that his student-athletes strive for excellence on and off the field,” Holly said. “That’s what we were looking for in our head coach, and I’m confident that Mike will lay a successful foundation for the College’s football team and make it a positive addition for our campus and the Treasure Valley as a whole.”
Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen, who coached alongside Moroski at Davis, commended the choice of Moroski to lead the C of I football program.
“I’ve known Mike Moroski for three decades and we began our coaching careers together at Davis,” Petersen said. “The College of Idaho has made an excellent choice in naming Mike to lead their new program, giving countless Idaho student-athletes an opportunity to play college football for a character-driven teacher of the game.”
The College of Idaho goes to London
The C of I group visited the Museum of London on their first day in the U.K.
Many students choose to attend The College of Idaho because of the outstanding instruction they receive in the classroom.
For a dozen C of I students, the historic city of London is serving as a gigantic, real-life classroom for nearly a month as they participate in the London 2013 study abroad experience. Alongside professors Garth Claassen (art) and Sue Schaper (English), the students are getting a first-hand look at the history, art, literature and culture of one of the world’s most storied cities.
“The history here is amazing,” said student Dale Hartwell. “We’re only here for so many weeks, and I feel like we’re not going to fit it all in. You want to see everything, but there’s just so much to learn about and the history behind it all.”
The students participating include Stephen Anderson, Skylar Barsanti, Alexis Bennett, Hartwell, Julia Levy, Megan Mizuta, Madai Montes, Gabrielle Nelson, Jenette Noe, Brittany St. John, Alyssa Valdez and Laura Wallace. The trip began Jan. 9 and thus far has included visits to the Museum of London, the British Museum, the House of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Horse Guards, Westminster Abbey, the art galleries of Guildhall, Somerset House and Tate Modern, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and more. In addition to required, faculty-led activities, the students are given discretionary time to tour the city on their own and explore landmarks, museums and other points of interest that appeal to them.
“It’s always nice when you study something and then you actually get to see it,” Valdez said. “It’s kind of like the missing piece of a puzzle, because you can learn as much as you can about something in a classroom, but actually getting out there and seeing something is a totally different experience.”
The College of Idaho has live coverage from the U.K., including a playlist of videos on YouTube (see below) and more than 300 photos on Flickr (click to view). For more information about the London experience, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/london.
Gift of $2.5 million to create history professorship
Professor emeritus Frank Specht was a C of I classroom favorite for more than 30 years.
An estate gift will honor a popular College of Idaho history professor and establish a fully endowed professorship dedicated to outstanding teaching in world history.
The $2.5 million gift, which has yet to be realized from an anonymous donor, will create the Franklin Specht Chair in History in honor of the professor emeritus who taught history courses at The College of Idaho for more than three decades.
C of I President Marv Henberg noted that the teaching of history has been a strength of The College of Idaho since its founding, with numerous C of I history students achieving success in business, public service, writing and other fields. Most recently, in November 2012, recent graduate and history major Amanda Frickle was named the College’s seventh Rhodes Scholar.
“These student successes are made possible by the dedication of outstanding faculty members such as Professor Specht,” Henberg said. “I am delighted that this gift will help ensure that College of Idaho students will, in perpetuity, continue to enjoy the benefits of excellent professors who are committed to teaching.”
The announcement of the Franklin Specht Chair in History comes on the heels of the College’s successful completion of a $2.2 million initiative to establish an endowed chair in Judaic studies. That effort concluded earlier this month with the receipt of gifts creating the Ray Neilsen-Howard Berger Chair in Judaic Studies and its associated Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lecture Series. In December 2012, the C of I announced another estate gift to create a fully-endowed professorship, the Berringer Chair in Writing and Rhetoric.
“The College of Idaho is dedicated first and foremost to outstanding teaching, and that’s something our graduates treasure about their C of I experience,” Henberg said. “The creation of these endowed professorships demonstrates the deep level of personal interaction and mentoring that is fostered between C of I students and faculty.”
Specht came to The College of Idaho in 1958, and while his specialty was ancient Greek and Roman history, he taught courses in a wide variety of subjects, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Mexican history.
In establishing the gift, the donor credited Specht’s freshman Western Civilization course, in particular, for stimulating an interest in a subject the donor previously found tedious. The donor said “Professor Specht’s infectious enthusiasm for his subject provided me a foundation for the enjoyment of history that has served me well both professionally and personally in the lifelong and elusive pursuit of becoming an educated person.”
Specht developed a reputation for delving into the hearts and personal dilemmas of historical figures, showing his students how to relate those figures’ actions to each student’s own experiences. Before retiring after 32 years in the classroom, Specht also led several trips to Europe and Africa, enabling C of I students to experience first-hand the history of Rome, Egypt and Greece.
More than a decade ago, Specht also helped establish a scholarship fund in his name which annually benefits two C of I history students.
C of I professor Diane Raptosh named Boise's first Poet Laureate
Boise Poet Laureate Diane Raptosh teaches English and creative writing at the C of I.
College of Idaho professor and Boise resident Diane Raptosh has been selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate, the city’s Department of Arts & History announced Jan. 15.
Raptosh, a professor of English and the Eyck-Berringer Chair at The College of Idaho, is the recipient of a number of honors and awards in the field of poetry and is the author of American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, 2013) among other works. She also is a 1983 C of I graduate.
A search committee unanimously selected her from many fine poets submitted for consideration, citing Raptosh’s depth of experience in writing and presenting poetry, her stellar reputation, and her compelling vision for the city’s first Poet Laureate.
The Boise Poet Laureate will create and read three new works pertinent to BOISE 150 themes of environment, enterprise, and community at selected BOISE 150 events. The Poet Laureate will also present a reading and discussion of work as part of National Poetry Month in April in the Sesqui-Shop (BOISE 150 headquarters). Other specially identified opportunities will be announced during the coming year.
Raptosh’s first reading will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Summit Auditorium at the Boise Centre as part of the BOISE 150 event “Placing Boise in the American West.” The event is free and open to the public.
Boise’s Department of Arts & History noted that as Poet Laureate, Raptosh will develop outreach activities that will bring the power of poetry to Boise, particularly citizens in underserved areas. Those activities might include readings, workshops and other literary events at educational institutions and civic and cultural venues. The Poet Laureate also will be called upon to present poems at ceremonial occasions and official city events such as Boise 150 commemoration activities, Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art & History, and others.
The New Zoo: C of I graduates turn their passion for the arts into a business
The Green Zoo performs at the Knitting Factory in Boise (photo by Fred Loucks '12).
What do you get when you throw together seven C of I alumni, a stage and endless creativity? A zoo…a Green Zoo that is. Recent graduates Thomas Newby ’11, Mike Ward ’11, Anthony Parry ’12, Jeff Young ’12, Fred Loucks ’12, Kylie Jones ’12 and Ricardo Osuna ’12 have taken their College of Idaho experience in the arts to the next level with a venture into the business world. Combining their passions for theatre and music, this young and talented group has established a limited liability company under a unique title: The Green Zoo Arts Collective.
“The name ‘The Green Zoo’ actually comes from a 1960s Polish folk song,” Newby said. “The name was given to the earliest formation of the group, which was a band that I started as part of my senior project at The College of Idaho.”
Newby’s senior project initially focused on using music to examine the ideas of existentialism, but after the assignment was complete, he and his group decided to express the human condition through the medium of theatre as well. Thus, the collective was established under a clear goal “that strives to celebrate the subtle intricacies of the human condition while questioning their purpose and value,” according to the group’s mission statement. With a distinctive mission and diverse artistic background, The Green Zoo Arts Collective believes its troupe will stand out among other theatre groups in the Treasure Valley.
“I think that, as far as theatre goes in the Valley, there is a little bit of a monopoly,” Young said. “You have Boise Contemporary Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. What we want to do then is create theatre that isn’t being created around here that is both challenging and intellectually new.”
The decision to create the company stemmed not only from the members’ history at the College together, but also from their desire to produce original work and pursue their passions after graduation.
“When you get out of college, there’s no real environment out there to do professional theatre and you don’t have that focused time to make art with your peers,” Loucks said. “But we found a way to make it work. Everything we learned at the College and the four years we spent together helped us continue to make art together.”
Although the company is still in its infancy, the Arts Collective is well on its way to achieving its goal. The Green Zoo band has already released an album entitled Crow Songs: An Auditory Exploration of Existential Themes, and is in the process of recording a second compilation. Green Zoo Theatre, on the other hand, is preparing for its first original production, Signal-to-Noise, which debuts at the end of this month.
“If there is one thing I’d want people to take away from the Arts Collective it’s that starting your own group and being successful can happen,” Young said. “Sometimes it just takes longer for stuff to pan out, but it can be done.”
Signal-to-Noise debuts with a pair of 8 p.m. performances Jan. 25 and 26 at The WaterCooler in Downtown Boise. The show also plays at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2. For more information about The Green Zoo, visit the band’s website at www.thegreenzoo.bandcamp.com or check out the group’s Facebook page.
C of I Down Under! Thirteen College of Idaho students and biology professors Chris Walser and Mark Gunderson are in Australia this month studying the continent’s tropical coast. Find out what they’ve been up to by reading the course blog, viewing the Australia 2013 photo gallery on Flickr and watching the Australia playlist on the C of I YouTube channel:
Local rock band Innocent Man is set to unveil its debut album, Home Grown, during a Feb. 9 release party and concert at The Visual Arts Collective in Boise. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door, which includes a CD. Innocent Man includes C of I alumni Dan Burns ’02, Andy Jackson ’02, Conlyn McCain ’00, Josh Sears ’99 and Scott Sprague ’02 alongside Timmy C. and Lindsey Terrell. The group also will provide live musical entertainment for the upcoming C of I Scholarship Gala on Feb. 22. For more information, visit the band’s website at www.innocentman.org.
C of I alumna Sylvia Hunt (’59) was presented with the Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award by Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas at the 2013 State of the City Address on Jan. 15. Hunt has served as director of Caldwell Fine Arts since 1981, bringing hundreds of affordable fine arts performances to Caldwell audiences in Jewett Auditorium at the C of I. She also has taught music and served as the organist at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.
News of Mike Moroski's recent hiring as The College of Idaho's new football coach received coverage locally, regionally and even nationally. Some highlights include articles in the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press-Tribune and Boise Weekly as well as video coverage by all four local TV stations: KTVB Channel 7, KBOI Channel 2 and KIVI Channels 6 and 9. The Statesman also ran a piece about Moroski's connections to Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
Nine College of Idaho students playing the role of current U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments in cases dealing with gay marriage, obtaining blood samples from suspected drunk drivers and legal suits against the government during the College’s annual Mock Court proceedings Jan. 14-15 in Sterry Hall. The student justices held oral arguments with six practicing Treasure Valley attorneys – each of whom graduated from the C of I. Political economy professor Kerry Hunter started the class 18 years ago, and it has grown into a popular winter tradition for students, alumni attorneys and the campus community. Click here for more info or check out a Flickr gallery of photos below:
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!
The College of Idaho men’s lacrosse team recently was honored as a 2012 winner of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award. Only 11 awards are given out each year between NCAA and MCLA teams. The Coyotes were the District 11 representative, joining powerhouse programs such as the University of Maryland and Lehigh University as 2012 Ace Adams winners.