2013. 03. 01
Lady Yotes seek national championship in Iowa
You know it’s nearly springtime at The College of Idaho when the ice swamp is receding off Morrison Quadrangle, Professor Howard Berger is sporting outrageous Purim costumes and the women’s basketball team is headed to nationals.
The C of I women will make their fifth consecutive appearance at the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships next week in Sioux City, Iowa, beginning with a first-round matchup at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday versus Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Coach Reagan Rossi’s girls are hungry for success as they look to advance past the first round for the first time since 2001.
“The kids are working extremely hard,” Rossi said. “I think the loss to Eastern Oregon (in the Cascade Conference championship game) really re-fueled our fire. We’re hungry and looking to battle right now.”
The Coyotes (21-8) earned a No. 5 seed by finishing as runner-up in the CCC, while No. 4 seeded OKWU (24-5) is the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference runner-up. Rossi expects a tough test from the Eagles, but she hopes her team will draw upon past tournament experiences to get over the hump.
“With this being our fifth straight year at the tournament, I think our experience will be an advantage for us,” Rossi said. “We need that leadership and production from our seniors, and I expect them to continue to lead by example and provide a spark for us on both ends of the floor.”
The Coyotes’ three senior starters – point guard Katelin Shannon, guard Felicity Jones and post Laura Geis – have led the way this season. Jones, a superb 5-foot-7 athlete who Rossi says “can score on anyone in the country,” averaged a team-high 14.3 points to go with 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals, earning All-Cascade Conference honors for the second consecutive year. Shannon also made the All-CCC team and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 84 steals (2.9 per game). She also averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Geis, the Coyotes’ primary low-post threat, earned All-CCC honorable mention honors after posting averages of 9.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She also led the team with 64 blocked shots. Slashing scorer Chakala Carthen (11.3 points per game) and sharpshooter Dayna Drager (8.8 points per game, 34 percent 3-point shooting) round out the starting five for the Coyotes, while senior Kylie Hardison and junior Sienna Edmunson are the key contributors off the bench.
Note: The C of I track and field team also is competing at NAIA Nationals this weekend. Check back for more Coyote coverage in the next edition of the C of I Newsletter on March 15.
C of I celebrates successful Scholarship Gala
What has been a momentous 12 months at The College of Idaho continued Feb. 22 as friends and supporters of the College helped make the 2013 Scholarship Gala another rousing success. More than 450 guests turned out at the downtown Boise Centre on the Grove for the annual event, which raised $170,000 for student scholarships while celebrating the College’s proud tradition in athletics.
“These are exciting times at The College of Idaho,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “The success of the Gala is illustrative of the unprecedented momentum we have at the College thanks to the passion of our alumni, the unwavering support of our friends and donors and the continued success of our outstanding students and faculty.”
Since the 2012 Scholarship Gala one year ago, the College has celebrated its seventh Rhodes Scholar, created a new joint program for physician assistants, reinstated the Coyote football program, successfully endowed the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, unveiled plans for a new Athletics and Outdoor Education Center and secured a $1 million gift toward Phase II of the Boone Science Hall remodel.
“Things have come to the College that are going to propel us to a level that we haven’t seen,” said C of I development director Jack Cafferty ’97. “We need everybody’s support now more than ever, so it was very exciting and gratifying to see our alumni and friends make the Gala such an overwhelming success.”
The athletics-themed 2013 Gala attracted scores of Coyote fans and former athletes, while current student-athletes mingled with the guests and many auction items had an athletics or outdoors theme. Current C of I track star Hillary Holt – a two-time individual national champion and Olympic hopeful – was the featured student speaker, and the Coyote women’s basketball team clinched its fifth consecutive trip to NAIA Nationals during Holt’s remarks.
With another Scholarship Gala in the books, the College now has collected approximately $156 million toward its Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016. To learn more about Advance The Legacy, or to make a gift, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign.
Israeli journalist to discuss peace in the Middle East
One of Israel’s most respected journalists will discuss prospects for achieving peace in the Middle East during a March 4 lecture at The College of Idaho.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will present his talk at 3 p.m. in the Sterry Hall Hendren Boardroom on campus as part of the College’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets.
Called "the most optimistic man in Israel" by Israel Television, Hoffman's writing and TV appearances provide a behind-the-scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.
Hoffman was raised in Chicago and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel.
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to The College of Idaho to speak about contemporary Jewish issues. The lecture series was established in conjunction with the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, and together the chair and lecture series promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.
Whittenberger Planetarium set for March public show
The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium is exploring the planets Mercury and Mars this month. Come learn about these alien worlds and see the latest findings and images captured by NASA spacecraft during recent voyages during the March public show, set for 7 p.m. March 6 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The show also will include a quick tour of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.
Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-17. As space is limited, reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.
Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.
Congratulations to C of I student Ellen Gott, the February winner of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award. Ellen is a student hall director and has handled her duties in a fuller-than-expected Simplot Hall with compassion and professionalism. She also has served as the College’s lead First Year Mentor, a position with many responsibilities and no compensation. Ellen is a senior studying psychology and biology, and she’s also very, very funny! She epitomizes the values this award seeks to recognize.
C of I track and field star Hillary Holt was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune this week. Holt, a two-time individual national champion, and her Coyote teammates are competing at the NAIA Indoor National Championships this weekend in Ohio.
Thanks for sharing the love, Yotes! We had more than alumni 40 couples participate in our “Yote Love” contest by sharing their photos and love stories with us during February. View all the entries in the slideshow below, which is available at www.collegeofidaho.edu/yotelove, or on the C of I Alumni Facebook page. Congratulations to Jim Corey '80 and Kimberly (Curtis) Corey '79, the winners of our “Date Night” prize package, and thanks again to all those who participated!
We all know the C of I offers a great education. But in today's educational landscape, the College also offers great value. The C of I receives high marks in the new federal College Scorecard and also checks out very favorably against other Idaho schools - particularly when graduation rate is taken into account - in a "Net Price" comparison that education blogger Kevin Richert wrote for the Idaho Statesman.
C of I alumnus Dr. Jim Smith '64 and his wife, Mary Smith, visited campus Feb. 21 for a celebration of their $1 million gift to the Boone Science Hall renovation project. The Smiths spoke eloquently of their appreciation of Jim’s fine education at the College and of his faith that present-day science faculty members are carrying on in the same tradition of excellence. Click here to read Dr. Smith's full remarks.
C of I alumnus Dr. Arthur “Ace” Jones IV ’70 is part of a new, in-home health care business called House Calls, which recently was featured on the front page of the Idaho Statesman.
Cory Brady was a standout defensive back, receiver and kick returner at Bishop Kelly High.
The College of Idaho football team continues to take shape. Coach Mike Moroski announced four more recruits in February, adding Twin Falls linebacker Jason Byce, Payette lineman Andrew Galloway, Bishop Kelly (Boise) defensive back Cory Brady and Kendrick quarterback Tim Olson to his first recruiting class. The signings received coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Idaho Statesman, KBOI Channel 2 News, the Twin Falls Times-News, KMTV Channel 11 News (Twin Falls) and the Bishop Kelly football blog. Go Yotes!
C of I Campus Safety and the Women’s and Men’s Center are hosting a women’s self-defense seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. March 9 in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. The Krav Maga-style class will be taught by Meridian ATA Martial Arts, free of charge. The seminar is open to all women on campus. Click here or call Alex Knoblock at (208) 477-4363 for more information, or call Meridian ATA at (208) 888-1855 to RSVP.
C of I political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley recently published the sixth edition of his book Southeast Asia in the New International Era through Perseus/Westview. Fully updated through August 2012, the book surveys the political and economic developments of Southeast Asia in the modern era, including analysis of the dramatic political reforms in Burma (Myanmar), the difficulties of economic reform in Vietnam, political cleavage in Thailand and democratization in the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia. The book is commonly adopted in courses on Southeast Asia at institutions in both the United States and Asia.
The C of I track and field team warmed up for this weekend's NAIA Indoor National Championships by making a "Harlem Shake" video, Coyote style:
The College of Idaho Chamber Singers - who will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York later this month - received high praise in the Idaho Statesman for their recent performance with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.
C of I alumnus Sam Elias '04 recently was featured in a Q & A by Outside Magazine, where he discussed fitness, climbing, nutrition and more.
The Boise Art Museum exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture,” which features more than 100 artifacts from The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, received some nice coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune. The exhibit is now open to the public at BAM.