C of I Newsletter

2013. 02. 01

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Adventure Down Under: The C of I visits Australia

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C of I senior Betsy Tuel gets a hug from a resident of Australia's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

February is a welcome sight at The College of Idaho following a January that was one of the coldest months in campus history.

But while most of campus was battling bitter temperatures, drifts of snow and freezing rain storms, 13 lucky students were snorkeling, scuba diving and soaking up the sun while studying tropical ecosystems as part of the Australia 2013 study abroad experience.

“This is the coolest thing we’ve ever done,” senior Kare Tonning said during a scuba trip that included shark, sea turtle and triggerfish sightings.

Students participating in the Australia experience include Rachel Campbell, Sara Davis, Camille Flournoy, Tanya Greenwood, Jessica Hansen, Danielle Holt, Shelby Richins, Daniel Sandoval, Tonning, Ellen Town, Betsy Tuel and Chrissie Younggren, along with 2012 C of I graduate and teaching assistant Emma George. Led by biology professors Dr. Chris Walser and Dr. Mark Gunderson, the group is observing plant and animal life in both tropical rainforest and coral reef ecosystems. The students are keeping field journals, producing documentary films about tropical plant and animal species and conducting a research project on the Great Barrier Reef. The research projects will be presented at the 2013 C of I Student Research Conference as well as the upcoming Idaho Academy of Sciences meeting.

“Rather than reading about coral reef ecology in a classroom, the students get to experience coral reefs first hand out in the field,” Walser said. “I think all of the students that go to Australia come back with a new perspective on what it means to do ecological field research. It’s very real to them, and that’s what makes the experience so life-changing for students.”

For more coverage from Australia, watch the embedded YouTube video playlist, browse two Flickr photo galleries here and here, read the group’s Australia 2013 blog or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/australia.

C of I Scholarship Gala to celebrate athletic tradition

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For more than 100 years, The College of Idaho has combined its outstanding academic rigor with a proud tradition of athletic success. From late, great heroes such as supermarket magnate Joe Albertson and National Football League innovator R.C. Owens to current stars like 2012 Major League Baseball draftee Izaac Garsez and two-time national champion distance runner Hillary Holt, the C of I has been home to countless student-athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and in sport.

The College will celebrate the success of its student-athletes during its annual Scholarship Gala, themed “Spotlight on Athletics.” This year’s event is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Boise Centre on the Grove in Downtown Boise. For tickets, please visit http://collegeofidaho.afrogs.org. All proceeds will support student scholarships at the C of I.

“To date, the Coyotes have captured 45 team and individual national titles in basketball, baseball, skiing and snowboarding, track and field, and cross country,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Just as impressive as our student-athletes’ achievements in competition is their commitment to serious study and academic excellence. We look forward to an evening of celebrating their many successes with our alumni, friends and the Treasure Valley community.”

The Scholarship Gala is a formal, black-tie optional event featuring dinner, socializing, live entertainment by local rock band Innocent Man, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up, a raffle drawing and remarks by President Henberg. Guests also will have the opportunity to mingle with current C of I student-athletes and coaches, including Mike Moroski, coach of the College’s recently reinstated football team. For tickets and information, visit http://collegeofidaho.afrogs.org or call (208) 459-5025. There also is an online auction available Feb. 1-26 for the first time.

The C of I Scholarship Gala is sponsored by Caxton (live auction), Hawley Troxell, Hummel Architects, U.S. Bank and West Valley Regional Medical Center (“Adopt-a-Yote”), D.B. Fitzpatrick and Saint Alphonsus (silent auction), and Bidart & Ross and United Heritage (supporting sponsors). Live and silent auction items were donated by C of I trustees, alumni, friends, supporters, faculty and staff members, President Henberg and generous members of the Treasure Valley community.

C of I opera 'Semele' playing this weekend


College of Idaho student Katy Lootens stars as the title character in the opera 'Semele.'

The College of Idaho Music Department is pleased to announce its 2013 opera production, an adapted performance of G.F. Handel’s Semele. The opera is showing at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, with a special 2 p.m. matinee performance Saturday afternoon. All shows will take place inside Langroise Recital Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for seniors and students. For more information or to reserve seats, please contact the Langroise box office at 459-5249.

Semele is an opera told in English. The C of I production stars students Jordan Bowman and Katy Lootens in the title role with C of I music professor Brent Wells as music director and conductor, Bowman as artistic and stage director and C of I music professor Mari Jo Tynon as producer.

“It’s been a great collaboration,” said Wells. “Everybody involved on the directing side brings a different strength to the table. Everybody is working hard, we have a cast full of great singers and this is a really fun, modern retelling of the Semele myth. I have no doubt that it will be a great show.”

Other members of the cast include Anna Lintner-Majernikova, Danielle Danker, Decker Hinckley, Kevin Writer, Dawson Bonde, Danielle Blenker, Amy Weakland, Zach Buker, Devon Sedrick, Caleb Tracey, James Kinney and Edie Dull. The opera will be accompanied by the C of I String Quartet, which includes students Holly Lawrence, Maggie Torrey, Adele Rosen and Kyle True, with Cynthia Wells on harpsichord.

Handel’s original work is based in Greek mythology, but the C of I version has been modernized by Bowman. The show is set in the 1920s, where Semele is holding an engagement party but secretly carrying on an affair with Jupiter, portrayed as a mafia-like figure of authority.

“We are using a modern sense of the characters to make the show more relatable to the audience,” said Bowman, a junior majoring in musical performance. “We are hoping to bring to campus and to the Caldwell community a cultural experience that doesn’t happen very often here in Idaho.”

Bowman added that the opera is double-cast, with the actors alternating performances throughout the four shows. She encourages people to “come twice, because it’s going to be a totally different show.”

Campus Ministries group serves orphanages in Mexico

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The C of I Campus Ministries group at Casa de Paz orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico.

Fifteen students from C of I Campus Ministries received an opportunity to learn outside the classroom while serving others this winter in Ensenada, Mexico. The group, led by Campus Ministries coordinator C.J. Watson, visited children at Casa de Paz and Door of Faith Orphanage, where students organized activities, prepared meals, attended church services and spent quality time with orphaned Mexican children. Jason Hunt and Hannah Johnson were among the students who returned from Ensenada with unforgettable memories of their experiences. Here are their stories:

Jason Hunt, senior creative writing major
I never expected to fall in love; I didn’t want to. Long distance relationships never seem to work, and I prefer the security of walls that guard against emotion. But fall in love I did, in spite of all of my preconceived notions, with a place and group of people who caught me completely off guard.

Dirty fingers frighten me, and spending a week sleeping in a building without heat and showering in water that has the potential to cause illness was daunting. But God chose the children at Casa de Paz orphanage and the beautiful people of Mexico to remind me that what I think and want isn’t always what I need. He inspired me to pursue awkwardness and rediscover what is exigent in my life. I was humbled when beaten by elementary age kids in futbol (soccer). I was challenged when served pig-head soup. I was emboldened when I experienced the love and joy that exists in the people living under roofs made from tarps.

Images of the little hands that lovingly took our sandwiches in Rosarito flash before me whenever I leave portions of food untouched on my plate. The mission trip to Ensenada didn’t change my life, but it gave me an appreciation for what I have and made me realize that commodities and first-world consumerist tendencies don’t make a person blessed – having love in your family and hope and salvation in a savior are what make a person blessed. Our experience in Mexico was, and will continue to be, something special that I will not soon forget.

Hannah Johnson, senior exercise science major
The first night my team and I arrived in Mexico, we visited an orphanage called Door of Faith. The man in charge, D.J., said what he did as the coordinator of Door of Faith was selfish work. I didn’t realize the meaning and honesty of that statement until I was on the plane back to the United States.

It is an understatement to say the kids in Mexico taught me more about myself than I taught them. These amazing children of God gave me insight that I didn’t even know I needed to find. Throughout the week, we organized crafts for the kids, cooked for them, or simply hung out. We attended multiple church services, and that is where I learned my most important lesson – everyone smiles, laughs, loves and praises the Lord in the same language. I didn’t understand much Spanish, but I never really felt a language barrier because we all shared the same passion for God.

My favorite moment of the trip came during our last church service at Casa de Paz orphanage, which we Americans were asked to lead. We played a song called “Revelation Song.” There was a particular moment during the chorus where we were singing in English while all the kids and orphanage leaders were worshiping to the same song in Spanish. I felt tears in my eyes and God’s awesome presence surrounding us all in that little church building.

The kids we served in Mexico don’t have much in terms of worldly possessions, but they have God so deep in their hearts that it’s difficult to focus on what they don’t have. The joy and love that fills these beautiful kids is so amazing and humbling. Although I am 10 years older than most of them, I hope that I can find the trust and devotedness for God that surrounds and dwells in each child at Casa de Paz.

Note: To learn more about Campus Ministries, including details about upcoming service learning trips, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/campusministries.

Howlin' Yotes end regular season, prepare for nationals

The College of Idaho speech and debate team recently completed its regular season, racking up numerous team and individual honors at the Northwest Forensic Conference Championship Tournament in Bellingham, Wash. The Howlin’ Yotes received a Division II Conference Gold for season-long competition while placing third in the speech competition and second in debate.

Top performers for the C of I included Dylan Hunter and Isaac Creed, who shared first-place honors in novice international parliamentary debate. Creed also was a semifinalist in novice impromptu speaking. Meanwhile, freshman Marabie Barck placed first in junior dramatic interpretation and second in junior impromptu. Other top-five finishers included Cristian Magallon (third in novice dramatic interpretation, fourth in novice extemporaneous, fourth in speaker in novice parliamentary debate), Rob Sepich (third in varsity international public debate, fifth in varsity extemporaneous speaking), Kris Cruz and Kristine Howe (fourth in varsity duo interpretation) and Cory Barham (fifth in speaker in novice parliamentary debate).

Prior to the conference championships, the Howlin’ Yotes competed at the Mile High Tournament hosted by Colorado College. The parliamentary debate team of Tyler Guryan and Kris Cruz were octafinalists and made College of Idaho history by earning a first-round bid to the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Guryan and Cruz will travel to Stockton, Calif. in March to compete against the best parliamentary debaters from around the country.

The C of I team now is looking ahead to March, when students will compete at three national competitions: the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament, and the Pi Kappa Delta Speech & Debate Nationals.

For more information about the Howlin’ Yotes, please contact coach Tabitha Miller at [email protected].


Winter 2013

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.

February 1-2

C of I opera presents 'Semele,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

February 2

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer work day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar: 'Introduction and Tour of the Robert E. Smylie Archives,' presented by C of I archivist Jan Boles.

February 2

C of I Chess Club tournament, 11 a.m., McCain Senate Chambers. There will be prizes! For more info or to sign up, please email [email protected]

February 2

C of I basketball senior night doubleheader vs. Corban. Women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

February 8-9

Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'The Secret Garden' by Missoula Children's Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jewett Auditorium. Auditions for youth in grades 1-12 set for 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at Wilson Elementary School (Linden and 10th Street, Caldwell). Click for more info.

Through February 14

The Association of Latino Americano Students is selling Valentine's Grams in the McCain lobby. Stop by weekdays between noon and 2 p.m. or 5 and 7 p.m. to get yours!

February 15

Caldwell Fine Arts presents actor Tim Behrens in 'McManus in Love', a comedy for all ages, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for more info.

February 22

The College of Idaho Scholarship Gala: Spotlight on Athletics, 6-11 p.m., Boise Centre on the Grove. Click to buy tickets!

February 28

Annual C of I Health Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., McCain Student Center. For more information, contact Libby Burtner at [email protected]

March 2

C of I Softball/Volleyball Dinner Auction, J.A. Albertson Activities Center. No-host bar beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25. For more information, contact coach Al Mendiola at (208) 459-5113.


Twenty C of I students participated in a National Day of Service volunteer project Jan. 19, lending a helping hand to the employees and animals of the Canyon County Animal Shelter. KIVI FOX 9 News had the story.

Check out live coverage of the 2013 Winter Wilderness Experience! Follow along as professor Scott Knickerbocker leads a group of C of I students on an outdoor adventure in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, including telemark skiing and exploration of environmental literature, creative writing and wilderness policy. Check out 100 photos from the experience on Flickr or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/winterwilderness for more information.

C of I alumna Cynthia Hand ’00 released her latest novel, Boundless, on Jan. 22. The book is the third in the Unearthly series, published by HarperTeen. Hand’s series includes her debut novel, Unearthly, as well as the New York Times bestseller Hallowed. The books follow the adventures of the part-human, part-angel heroine Clara Gardner as she searches for her purpose on Earth. Boundless is now available wherever books are sold. To learn more, visit www.cynthiahandbooks.com

Love is in the air, Yotes! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are collecting and sharing C of I love stories. If you met your sweetheart at the College, we want to hear from you! To participate, send a photo and a caption explaining how/where/when your Yote love story began to [email protected]. Then, see your story and others at www.collegeofidaho.edu/yotelove. Participating couples nationwide through Feb. 15 will be entered into a drawing to win a “Date Night” package with gift certificates to dinner and a movie!

Ben and Adele Rosen
Coyote couple Ben Rosen '12 and Adele Rosen

C of I modern foreign languages professor Dr. Regan Postma recently presented her paper “¿Por qué leemos esto en la clase de español?” The Politics of Teaching Literature in Spanglish at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. A version of the paper also will be published in this spring’s issue of Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Check out The College of Idaho's new commercial, featuring freshman Conner Jackson of Boise. Look for the spot on local cable TV for the next couple of months!

The C of I Outdoor Program is sponsoring a winter yurt camp trip Feb. 7-8 at Bogus Basin in Boise. The trip departs at 9 a.m. and the cost is $30. All students, staff, faculty and alumni are welcome to attend and meals and transportation will be provided. Rental gear and sleeping bags are available from the Outdoor Program office. Reservations are required and space is limited to the first 12 who sign up. For more information, call 459-5838.

Anna Marie Boles

C of I alumna Anna Marie Boles ’66 has a new art exhibition, Circumnavigations, on display at the Boise State University Visual Arts Center. The exhibition opened Jan. 24 and runs through March 15, with an opening reception set for 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Circumnavigations is an exploration of place, time and distance utilizing the strategies of map-making and using a variety of materials and processes – including drawing, collage, sculpture and neon installation – to describe and frame personal and historical narratives. Click here for more info. 

C of I business professor Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre was a guest contributor for the Better Business Bureau show Business at its Best last weekend, discussing low-cost advertising options. Check out archived episodes featuring Melchiorre on BBB's YouTube channel.

The College of Idaho Greek Council held a service event at Autumn Winds Assisted Living Home this week. Students visited the home to play games, build puzzles, chat and spend time with its residents. Good times were had by all!