C of I Newsletter

2013. 03. 15

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Girls on fire: Carbone, Holt bring home six national titles for Coyotes

Go Yotes!

Two College of Idaho student-athletes with seemingly little in common teamed up to record the most successful week of competition in the history of Coyote athletics.

Hillary Holt, the energetic distance runner from Meridian, added to her rapidly expanding trophy case by winning three gold medals at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Ohio, while McKinley “Chuckie” Carbone, a laid-back snowboarder from New Hampshire, captured three national titles of her own at the USCSA National Championships in Sun Valley.

“This run of success we’ve had is just incredible,” C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly said. “Winning six national titles and having seven teams competing on a national level all at once, it’s an amazing tribute to our student-athletes and coaches, who work so hard, and to the faculty who go above and beyond to help them succeed.”

Holt had a performance for the ages at indoor nationals. The junior crushed the field in the mile, finishing in 4 minutes, 49.49 seconds and winning by eight seconds. She dominated again in the 3,000 meters, clocking a 10:00.73 to win by an identical margin. Holt capped the meet by anchoring the Coyotes’ distance medley relay team, which won by 12 seconds in a school-record 11:49.70. Relay teammates Jasmine Sibert (400-meter leg), Elynn Smith (800) and Sora Klopfenstein (1,200) joined Holt on the podium as national champions.

Incredibly, all three of Holt’s championship runs came on the same day. The junior now has four individual national championships – her previous wins came in cross country and the outdoor 1,500 – and five gold medals overall during what is quickly becoming a legendary career.

“I was overwhelmed, but overwhelmed with excitement and happiness,” Holt said of her big day. “And having my teammates up there with me to share in the joy and excitement I felt; that was really special to me.”

After the track team’s strong finish, Carbone started with a bang at Dollar Mountain. The sophomore posted a monster first-run score of 29.2 in the women’s snowboard halfpipe, a mark that held up after the other 31 competitors completed two runs. She struck gold again in snowboardcross, a frantic, four-person race down a course filled with twists, turns and jumps. Carbone easily won her two preliminary heats and cruised to victory in the final against competitors from Michigan State University, Air Force Academy and Westminster College.

“This has been an amazing experience,” Carbone said after the victory. “The course was awesome, there were some killer banked turns high on the mountain and you could get big air off the jumps at the bottom. I told my dad I was going to win for him today. It’s his birthday.”

Carbone’s two gold medals – combined with a silver medal in slopestyle and a 12th-place finish in giant slalom – helped her win a third title, the USCSA combined snowboard national championship. She is the Coyote program’s fifth combined national champion, and the first in snowboarding.

Holt and Carbone headline a long list of athletic successes during what has been a banner spring for the Coyotes. Other notable achievers include:

- The C of I women’s basketball team won its first-round game at the NAIA Division II Basketball Championships, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan 66-65 in Sioux City, Iowa. Seniors Felicity Jones (25 points) and Katelin Shannon (18 points) led the way for the Coyotes.

- Greg Montgomery. The senior distance runner from Boise earned NAIA All-America honors in the mile and men’s distance medley relay at indoor nationals. Montgomery now has a school-record nine All-America finishes for his career. Dominic Bolin (mile, distance medley relay), Nick Hampton (800 meters, distance medley relay) and Sora Klopfenstein (3,000, distance medley relay) also were double All-Americans in Ohio.

- Sarah Silva. The senior from Washington earned USCSA All-America honors in snowboard halfpipe, her eighth career All-America selection. Teammate Zach Tomlinson, a senior from California, earned All-America honors in freestyle skiing halfpipe, freestyle skicross and freestyle combined to become a six-time All-American.

- The C of I swimming team set 15 school records during the NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships in Oklahoma City.

C of I students study 'Slow Food' in Italy

College of Idaho

C of I senior Katy Stewart is one of 12 students studying 'slow food' in Italy this spring.

Most college students are all-too-familiar with fast food. Far fewer know of “slow food,” but a dozen students at The College of Idaho are immersing themselves in the topic through the environmental studies special topics class “Slow Food in Italy.”

The class, led by C of I professors Jim Angresano, Rochelle Johnson and Don Mansfield, will study the slow food movement first-hand this spring, traveling to northern Italy March 21 to spend ten days learning about the impact local, healthy, high-quality food can have on communities.

“The slow food movement started in Italy,” Angresano said. “And it’s not just about eating slowly; it’s an entire way of life and an ideology about building a community through healthy, local food and a focus on quality rather than quantity.”

The C of I group is visiting five cities in the ten days, including Trento and Bolzano, where the students will experience slow food by visiting farmer’s markets, touring farms and, of course, sampling a wide variety of delicious, local Italian foods. Other stops include Verona, Venice and Munich, Germany.

While the topic of slow food is relatively new to most of the C of I group, it is of special interest to Katy Stewart. The senior from Coeur d’Alene has worked to increase environmental awareness during her four years on campus, and she traveled to Italy last summer while working on her anthropology and sociology senior thesis honors project “Food ideology, sense of place, and regulations: A cross-cultural comparison of American and Italian Cheese Making.”

“I really like this idea of producing and consuming food that is clean, good for you and produced in a just way both for people and the environment,” said Stewart, who also is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in interactive journalism at the C of I. “I’m definitely looking forward to going back to Italy and expanding on my project as we learn more.”

During her first visit to Italy, Stewart lived on an organic cheese farm. She helped her host family make traditional Italian cheeses, helped care for 500 sheep and 100 goats, and served as a translator and guide for groups of American high school students touring the farm as part of an ambassador program. She also learned Italian – at least “enough to get by” for her return to Italy with the slow food class.

This spring, Stewart is presenting her thesis paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, taking place April 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She’s also sharing her paper April 27 at the C of I Student Research Conference inside the Langroise Center. To learn more about the project, check out Stewart’s blog, “Until we eat again,” at www.untilweeatagaintrip.wordpress.com.

Angresano is hopeful that the students’ experiences in Italy – and the continuing education on campus and beyond by the C of I faculty and students like Stewart – will help students change their eating habits.

“By and large, college students don’t eat very well,” Angresano said. “Through this course, they are going to experience food that’s probably better than anything they’ve ever eaten. They’re going to see healthier people and healthier communities than they see at home. And I think that will have a positive impact on their lives and, hopefully, the lives of others, too.”

Check out photo and video coverage from Italy during and after the trip, including updates on the C of I website, the C of I Facebook page and the next issue of the C of I Newsletter.

C of I campus to host renowned law professor Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz

Less than six months after establishing the Intermountain West’s first endowed chair in Judaic studies, The College of Idaho will host one of America’s strongest Jewish voices on its campus.

Alan Dershowitz, a renowned author, attorney and the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will be the College’s 2013 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient on May 18. He’ll also give a public presentation, “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” moderated by the Hon. Stephen Trott, at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.

“Professor Dershowitz is one of modern America’s brightest minds,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “His accomplishments as an educator, scholar and attorney speak for themselves. I am honored that The College of Idaho community – especially the graduating Class of 2013 – will have this opportunity to hear him speak.”

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 18. Dershowitz’s presentation in Boise starts at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and includes a reception for all attendees. Tickets cost $25 for one or $40 for two, with proceeds supporting the C of I Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies. For tickets and information, please visit http://collegeofidaho.afrogs.org/.

“Professor Dershowitz is the biggest name we’ve had on this campus since I’ve been here,” said Berger, a 30-year veteran of the C of I history faculty and catalyst behind the Judaic studies chair. “He’s a great speaker, and his presence is a testament to our successful development of awareness of Jewish studies at The College of Idaho.”

Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called one of America’s “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” A graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, he joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 and became the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at age 28. He has published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines and journals including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic as well as 27 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience.

Political Economy seeks applications for George V. Wolfe Scholarship

George Wolfe

Professor George Wolfe leads a C of I student group to Canada during the early 1970s.

The College of Idaho is pleased to offer the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year in honor of the legendary professor who founded the C of I Department of Political Economy in 1946. The scholarship is awarded each spring to an outstanding C of I student.

Scholarship applications are being accepted through Friday, March 22, in the Office of Student Financial Services in Hendren Hall. To apply, students must be currently attending the C of I; must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; must be majoring in political economy, international political economy, history, philosophy, or be a pre-law student majoring in any discipline; and must demonstrate financial need (based upon the Financial Aid Form).

Interested students must submit a completed application form and current transcript no later than noon on March 22. Click here to download the application form and to learn more about the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship. Professor Jasper LiCalzi also is available to answer questions at (208) 459-5829 or in his office in Strahorn Hall room 105.

Interviews for the scholarship will be held April 3, beginning at 4 p.m. in Strahorn 103. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee consisting of representatives of the political economy, history and philosophy departments, one at-large faculty member and a graduate of the College who is currently practicing law in the Treasure Valley. Applicants will be notified of their interview time.

A teaching legend at the C of I, Wolfe received his law degree from the University of Vienna. After fleeing his native Austria on the eve of World War II in 1939, he served as an in-residence scholar in the Department of Political Science at Yale University before coming to The College of Idaho. Over a 24-year period, many of Wolfe’s students attended outstanding law schools and graduate schools, a tradition that still holds today. Wolfe also delivered the first annual College of Idaho Lecture in the Liberal Arts on April 29, 1970.


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.

March 16

C of I alumni composition, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

March 19

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Italian pianist and Cleveland International Piano Competition champion Roberto Plano, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Free for C of I students! Click for tickets and info.

March 20-21

Student presentations and photo slideshow from the Winter Wilderness Experience in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, noon Wednesday in KAIC 106 and 7 p.m. Thursday in KAIC 107. Free and open to the entire campus community.

March 23-29

The Outdoor Program spring break trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Reservations required and space is limited. Click for more info.

March 30

'Music from the Fringe Concert' featuring artistic director Samuel Smith of The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Tickets for this special cello performance are $10 for adults or $5 for seniors and students. Click for more info.

April 3

Abstracts due for participation in the 8th annual C of I Student Research Conference on April 27. Click here for more info, including abstract guidelines and submission.

April 4

The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio in concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Click for more info.

April 6

Sigma Chi Kappa Lambda annual Sweetheart Ball, 7 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center room 101. This disco-themed dance is free and open to all students! Join us for a great time. For more info, or to apply to be this year's Sigma Chi Sweetheart, click here.

April 13

Kappa Sigma Toast to The College of Idaho, 6:30 p.m., Simplot South Dining Hall. All of campus is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. Formal attire is required. Join us for a great evening as we celebrate the C of I!


C of I alumna Dr. Rebecca Constantino '85 and her non-profit, Access Books, recently were featured in People magazine's "heroes among us." Access Books, which helps bring books to disadvantaged schools, has donated more than 1.3 million books and refurbished more than 200 libraries since 1999.

Check out a Flickr photo slideshow from Pi Day, The College of Idaho's annual celebration of irrationality! Professor Chris Saunders and IT staffer Alan Price wore the pie this year, and we also have a photo of pi to the millionth decimal place! See you next March 14!

C of I alumna Barbara Attebery '47 was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Sunday. The article focuses on Attebery's role teaching, inspiring and entertaining the Caldwell community through music for more than 50 years.

C of I alumna Michelle Hazen ’05 recently published her first novel, Becoming Katelyn. Michelle is writing while traveling and working seasonally as a biologist with her husband, Chris Holcomb ’07. They fill their off-season time with writing, rock-climbing, hiking, canyoneering, scuba diving, international travel, horseback riding, river trips and photography. You can check out stories from their life on the road at their blog: www.enterprisingnomads.com. Becoming Katelyn is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

C of I alumna Paula Kluksdal ’94 is the first winner of the Idaho Women Lawyers Setting the Bar Award. Kluksdal, a partner at Hawley Troxell in Boise and the first woman to serve on the firm's board of partners, received the award at the inaugural Celebrating Women in the Law Gala on March 14. Read more in this article from the Idaho Statesman.

Random 16 Dinner

Dinner’s on us! The C of I alumni office has established a new tradition: The Random 16 Dinner. Throughout the school year, we’ll invite seven current students, seven alumni and two professors to attend a free and delicious dinner on campus. It’s also a chance to meet new friends and discuss current events at the College! Our first Random 16 Dinner on March 7 was a big success, attended by Professor Paul Sabastian, Kjirsten Lawton (’04), Trisha Fosberg Phillips (’04), Gabrielle Nelson, Sally Skinner (’78), Simphiwe Ngwenya, Jake McClean (’06), Gaites Swanson, Antonio Salazar (’95), Ashley Barr, Daviana Watkins (’12), Abbey Fenton, Darlene Standal Nemnich (’79), Professor Marilyn Melchiorre and Billie Freeman Farley (’73). Who will be our next lucky 16? Watch your email for the invite!

C of I alumnus Dr. Forest Rohwer ’91, a microbial ecologist and professor of biology at San Diego State University, is among 16 leading marine microbiologists recently selected to share in $35 million of research funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation over the next five years. Rohwer’s research also is supported by a $4.9 million National Science Foundation grant.

High-scoring C of I women's soccer recruit Jamiece Yizar, a senior at Highland (Pocatello) High, recently was featured in the Idaho State Journal.

Former C of I speech and debate director and recently retired Professor Emeritus Shannon “Mack” Sermon has been accepted to pursue a master of arts in contemporary communication at the University of Notre Dame. Sermon plans to return to teaching, probably at the community college level, in about two years.

The C of I Association of Latino American Students is holding its annual Mexican tamale sale today! Just $10/dozen for your choice of pork or vegetarian (cheese) tamales. To order, contact Diego Cordova (208) 440-4677, [email protected] or Araceli Arreola (208) 571-6600, [email protected].

The C of I men's lacrosse team is off to a 3-0 start - the best in program history! The Coyotes opened their season with victories over Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran and Central Washington this month, with sophomore Austin Mendiola scoring 15 goals combined and freshman Ian Williams tallying eight in the PLU game alone. Go Yotes!

Vale Wine Company - owned and operated by C of I alumnus John Danielson '76 - has been named a "2013 Idaho Winery to Watch" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. Read more about Danielson and his wine venture in the fall 2012 issue of Quest magazine (story on Page 17).

The C of I Chamber Singers' upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York received coverage in the Idaho Statesman's "Our Towns" blog. Stay tuned later this month as the College will have live coverage of the students' experiences in NYC!

The C of I ski team's successful run at USCSA Nationals in Sun Valley received live coverage on KTVB Channel 7 news. Read more about the Coyotes in the headlines section of today's Newsletter.