C of I Newsletter

2013. 02. 15

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Coyote football team signs Marcus Lenhardt as first recruit

Marcus Lenhardt football signing (10)

Coach Moroski welcomes his first recruit, Eagle High School tight end Marcus Lenhardt

The newly reinstated College of Idaho football team has its first signee. Head coach Mike Moroski introduced the first member of his initial recruiting class Feb. 11 as Eagle High School senior Marcus Lenhardt signed a Frontier Conference Letter of Intent during a ceremony attended by his parents, Moroski, C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly and Eagle High coach Paul Peterson.

Lenhardt, a 6-foot-4 tight end, was an All-Southern Idaho Conference performer at Eagle during the 2012 season. He made 27 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Mustangs reach their fifth consecutive 5A state tournament.

“I’ve always wanted to play college football, but I never expected to have an opportunity like this,” Lenhardt said. “To be the first guy at a new program, I’m just excited and thankful to be in this position.

“I chose the C of I because I know it’s a strong school academically, but also because of Coach Moroski. He believes in recruiting high-character guys, and I think that’s going to make us a better team.”

Lenhardt’s signing is a milestone for the new Coyote program, which was reinstated last summer after disbanding in 1977. Moroski, who was hired in January, is happy to have Lenhardt on board as he prepares for kickoff in August 2014, when the C of I will play its first football game in 37 years.

“No. 1, Marcus is a great kid,” said Moroski. “He is an outstanding football player and his upside is tremendous. Marcus is tall, athletic and very physical. He is truly a quality recruit.”

Marcus is the son of Lee and Kristy Lenhardt. He plans to pursue a degree in business at the C of I.

For more information on Coyote football, visit the C of I athletics website at www.yoteathletics.com.

C of I Chamber Singers prepare for Carnegie Hall performance


After completing a successful first year of teaching at The College of Idaho, applying to perform in a prestigious Carnegie Hall concert series was the last thing on Professor Brent Wells’ mind. But when opportunity knocked – in the form of a personal invitation for Wells to lead his C of I Chamber Singers to New York – it was too good a chance to pass up.

“The very reputable tour management and concert planning company DCINY contacted me last summer and mentioned that they had seen our Eric Whitacre ‘Seal Lullaby’ performance on YouTube,” Wells said. “They were impressed by the quality of the choir and the singing and asked if we would like to come and sing with Eric Whitacre in Carnegie Hall.”

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) specializes in bringing high caliber choral and instrumental concerts to renowned venues. A key attribute of this organization is blending acclaimed composers/conductors with America’s best choral groups to deliver an outstanding musical experience. Choirs are invited based on a selective audition process and those chosen are asked to learn the repertoire of the featured composer/conductor.

DCINY’s honorable mention for the 2013 season is Grammy Award winner Whitacre, whose modern repertoire presented both a challenge and a joy for Wells and the Chamber Singers. The group has been working on a collection of Whitacre pieces since early October and has dedicated extra rehearsal time to ensure that the music is flawlessly memorized.

“Whitacre’s music tends to be very difficult, and this concert showcases a significant amount of his most demanding music,” Wells said. “The choir has gone above and beyond the normal expectations to make sure that we are prepared for this experience.”

The College of Idaho Chamber Singers, Dr. Wells and accompanist Cynthia Wells will spend six days in New York City taking part in the DCINY experience and touring the city. The trip kicks off March 22 with an intensive two-day rehearsal led by Whitacre, which will be followed by a single performance on Sunday, March 24, in Carnegie Hall. The Chamber Singers and other distinguished high school and college choirs will be performing Whitacre’s most celebrated compositions including “Lux Aurumque,” “Sleep,” “Alleluia” and “Cloudburst.”

“The Chamber Singers at The College of Idaho received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, principal conductor and artistic director for DCINY. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community.”

The C of I Chamber Singers will perform songs from their Whitacre set during their Spring Concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 12 in Jewett Auditorium. For more information about C of I student choirs, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/choral-activities. Or, if you are interested in donating to the Chamber Singers’ tour in New York, please contact Dr. Wells at (208) 459-5607 or [email protected].

C of I student researchers attend national psychology conference

Psychology Conference

C of I researchers Andrew Moore, Josh Sukeena, Ellen Gott, Dr. Meredith Minear & Makenzie Ellsworth.

Can practicing mindfulness and meditation lead to reduced stress levels? Will watching political satire shape a person’s political views? Do our personalities influence the types of video games we play, or vice versa? College of Idaho students are looking for answers to these questions as undergraduate researchers in psychology professor Dr. Meredith Minear’s Cognitive Plasticity Lab.

During winter term, seven C of I researchers shared their work at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, one of the top psychology conferences in the nation. The group heard from some of America’s leading psychologists and shared their research with peers – primarily graduate students – from around the country.

“We’ve put in a lot of work during the past two years, but it was definitely worth it,” said C of I senior Ellen Gott, a psychology/biology double major from Grangeville, Idaho. “Going to the conference and publishing research with our names on it as undergraduates was an amazing experience and an incredible opportunity.”

Gott and her research partner, Makenzie Ellsworth, focused on the mindfulness and meditation question. During a six-week period between spring break and finals week last year, the students performed experiments to determine whether regular mindfulness and meditation practice would help C of I students deal with stress. The resulting data, in a nutshell, showed that students who meditated did show a decrease in stress, more so than students who participated in a yoga class. Recent C of I graduates Kelley Fitzpatrick and Jacob Mamer also contributed to the project.

“Having students doing their own research has benefits of its own, but the target of this particular research is to find answers that could help our entire student body,” Minear said. “Bringing mindfulness practice into education is something that could help students long-term.”

Students Andrew Moore and Josh Sukeena focused their research on the video game question. Their project is an ongoing study of the reasons people play different types of video games and the personality traits associated with different types of gamers. The project was met with great interest at the conference and has led to video game research collaboration with students from other schools.

“People were impressed,” Minear said. “No one could believe this work was being done by undergraduates.”

The third research team, which included students Katrine Franks and Mindi Price along with recent alumna Faith Brasher and lab manager Mandy Brasher, focused on the political attitudes of people who watch political satire such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Surprisingly, results so far have shown that people who report watching satire also report being less cynical about American politics. The research is ongoing, with the team expanding its efforts into exploring the factors that influence people’s choices in television viewing.

“I love giving students opportunities,” Minear said. “For undergraduates, doing research and attending a national conference where they can showcase their work allows them to gain the practical and marketable skills and experience they need to be competitive for graduate programs.”

To learn more about the Cognitive Plasticity Lab and the ongoing research being done by Minear and her student team, please visit www.minearlab.com. The site also includes pictures, full descriptions of current projects and links to the group’s published research posters and papers. Andrew Moore also documented his experience at the SPSP conference in his C of I Student Experience Blog.

Orma J. Smith Museum displays exhibit at Boise Art Museum


Native American pottery on display at the 'Origins: Material Objects of Culture' exhibition.

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is partnering with Boise Art Museum to exhibit a collection of artifacts – many of which have never been seen by the public – as part of a new, year-long exhibition at BAM. The exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture” opens Feb. 23 and runs through Jan. 12, 2014 at BAM, located at the entrance of Julia Davis Park in Downtown Boise.

Items chosen for “Origins” include 104 artifacts from the storage collections of the Orma J. Smith Museum, which is located in the basement of Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Pottery, basketry, weapons, textiles and other artifacts are on exhibit, including items from Africa, North America and Papua New Guinea spanning the time period from pre-European contact through the 20th century. Orma J. Smith Museum Curator of Archaeology Jan Summers Duffy looks forward to sharing some of the museum’s never-before-seen collections with the Treasure Valley community.

“When the curators from Boise Art Museum came to view and then choose the artifacts for this exhibit, they were awe-struck by the collections we have here,” Duffy said. “We’re looking forward to helping the local community get to know us better and encouraging people to come see us at the C of I after they experience this wonderful exhibit in Boise.”

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has been part of The College of Idaho campus since 1976 and plays an integral part in student research, internships, community workshops and many other related activities. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/museum. For more information about Boise Art Museum, including hours, prices and exhibits, please call (208) 345-8330 or visit www.boiseartmuseum.org.


Spring 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 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 15

Trebelle Trio concert featuring Robyn Wells on piano, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

February 20

Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 'Mercury and Mars,' 7 p.m., Boone Hall. Reservations required, please call Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. 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 23

C of I Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covell Hall. Open to all current and prospective students. Click for more info, call Danessa Christensen at (208) 459-5327 or email [email protected]

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

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer work day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar: 'Mars and Mercury' by Whittenberger Planetarium director Amy Truksa.

March 2

College of Idaho Fine Arts Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Langroise Center. Student auditions for talent scholarships in art, music, theatre and debate.

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.

March 4

Special guest presentation by Avi Criden from The Washington Center, 4:30 p.m., Strahorn Hall room 106. Criden will discuss semester-long internships in Washington, D.C., for students of all majors. Free and open to all C of I students, faculty and staff.


C of I Scholarship Gala: Spotlight on Athletics. The annual Scholarship Gala is only a week away! It's not too late to buy a table or individual seats. If you want to join the fun, visit www.collegeofidaho.afrogs.org. to purchase tickets. Or, if you are unable to attend in person, check out a great selection of online auction items or get in on some raffle tickets - $25 apiece or five for $100 - to win six nights in Maui, also available at www.collegeofidaho.afrogs.org. The online auction will remain open through Feb. 26. Check it out!

The Coyote football team’s signing of its first recruit, Marcus Lenhardt, made a big splash in the news, including stories by the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune, KTVB Channel 7, KIVI Channel 6, and the Oregonian. View photos from the event on the C of I Flickr page below, or watch the entire signing on the C of I YouTube channel:

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Zach Hagadone '03, who has been hired as the next editor-in-chief of the Boise Weekly. Hagadone studied politics, economics and history at the C of I and has 10 years of professional journalism experience, including stops at the Associated Press, the Idaho Business Review and the Sandpoint Reader.

Creative alumni group The Green Zoo Arts Collective - featured in the Jan. 18 issue of the C of I Newsletter - recently was featured in the Idaho Statesman Scene. The up-and-coming group also recently launched a new website, www.greenzooarts.com. Check it out!

College of Idaho runner Hillary Holt recently was named the NAIA National Athlete of the Week in indoor track after helping break two school records at the Jackson's Invitational in Nampa. It is the second time Holt has won the national award, which also ties a C of I record. Click here to read more!

C of I history professor Dr. Steven S. Maughan ’85 presented a paper at the 2012 meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maughan’s paper, entitled “Sisters and Brothers of Mercy: Anglo-Catholics, Missionary Methods and the Debate over Mission Revitalization, 1857-1879” was part of the larger conference focus on religious movements of renewal, revival, and revitalization in the history of missions and World Christianity. Click here to read more.

C of I alumnus Sam Elias ’04 competed at the Winter Mountain Games last weekend in Vail, Colo., and was featured by coloradodaily.com. Elias, who studied ceramics and biology at the College, also climbed Mount Everest last year.

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!