C of I Newsletter

2013. 04. 12

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Howl about that: C of I debaters wrap up a banner year

Howlin' Yotes (79)

By Robyn Sanow, C of I student reporter

Another successful season of competition has come and gone for The College of Idaho’s Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team. Team members competed in three national tournaments this March, putting a wrap on another year’s worth of hard work and success.

The Howlin’ Yotes enjoyed great success at the Pi Kappa Delta tournament in St. Louis, earning awards for “Team Distinction of Excellence in Debate Competition” and “Team Excellence Overall.” Out of the 89 competing schools, the C of I ranked 11th in debate and 16th overall. Individual students honored at the tournament included Robert Sepich in international public debate, public forum debate, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, Marabie Barck and Brady Harrison in parliamentary debate, Gaites Swanson in public forum debate and Madai Montes in broadcast journalism and oral interpretation.

The C of I also competed at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in Reno, Nev., where the team of Kris Cruz and Tyler Guryan received a first round qualifying bid for the first time in program history. In addition, Cruz, Guryan, Swanson and Krisi Howe participated at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in Stockton, Calif., where the Cruz/Guryan tandem finished as octa-finalists.

First-year coach Tabitha Miller said the variation between the three national tournaments is a reflection of the Howlin’ Yotes’ diversity and the range of skills demonstrated by the 38 members of the team. Speech and debate is made-up of dozens of mini-categories for competition, and most teams tend to narrow their focus to a handful of these categories in order to simplify their practice and specialize in one field. But the Howlin’ Yotes are one of the few teams that integrate all methods in their practices. It has always been important to Miller and her predecessor, Mack Sermon, to allow students the integrity of choice between any of the categories. While this approach takes more work, the reward is clear:

“It’s a beautiful thing to watch,” Miller said. “To see students find their interest and excel in it, and then share that excellence with the team.”

Miller knows better than most – she has been involved with speech and debate for most of her adult life, including as a C of I student under Sermon's guidance and now as his coaching successor. When Sermon retired last year, Miller felt an urgency to protect the program and allow for the same range of student opportunities. She says it is particularly rewarding to see students overcome their shyness in public speaking or more difficult trials such as language barriers and rapid connection-making.

Senior Niki Ward has been a part of debate for more than eight years, ever since her freshmen year in high school. The friendships she has formed on the debate team and the challenge of speeches have inspired her to want to continue with the program in any way she can, be it judging future competitions or working as an assistant coach.

“The speech and debate community is not one that is easily left behind,” Ward says. “I have found myself among ambitious individuals who are internally compelled to succeed, who care about the world around them, and who understand and educate themselves about current issues. I have developed a second family among my team members.”

“Family” is a word frequently used by teams of all types at The College of Idaho, and it rings particularly true for the Howlin’ Yotes. Miller met her husband through debate, and now both of them work as coaches in the community to bring the power of analytical speech and debate to the Treasure Valley. Miller takes interest in the progress of each of her students and works hard to maintain a supportive environment for the program’s high demands on time, research skills and performance.

“Coach Miller has done a substantial job in her first year,” Ward says. “She has transformed our practice room using her motherly touch, and provides us a safe haven to mess up and have fun. This team is a family and, to put it simply, Coach Miller is the head of that family. She keeps us on our toes, pushing us beyond our self-imposed limits while simultaneously being a source of encouragement and understanding.”

With a promising group of underclassmen in the program, Miller looks forward to more successful years ahead for the Howlin’ Yotes. Preparations for the 2013-2014 campaign will begin soon, but for now, the team is enjoying its recent successes at nationals.

“We’ve worked really hard and I’m so proud of the students!” Miller said.

A View from Center Stage: C of I goes to Carnegie Hall

Chicago on Broadway

Brodi Etheredge and the C of I Chamber Singers had a blast in the Big Apple

There is always an ethereal silence after reaching the final chord of a choral piece in Jewett Auditorium, but nothing compares to the subsequent stillness in Carnegie Hall. I can still hear the notes shimmering in the air and waiting with bated breath for the crowd to erupt into applause...it was the most fulfilling experience I have ever had.

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of performing in one of the most prestigious concert houses in the country. But it wasn't until I joined Chamber Singers at The College of Idaho that my dream finally came true. And I wasn’t the only one.

“The first thing that I thought when I walked into Carnegie Hall was ‘Holy cow,’ ” said soprano Danielle Danker. “To perform music in such a meaningful venue is something I have always looked forward to, and even though I’ve done it now, it still hasn’t lost its glitter.”

When choir director Dr. Brent Wells was approached by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) to perform in Carnegie with Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, I was worried that our choir wouldn't be able to learn the repertoire adequately. But when we got into the rehearsal space with 200 student singers from around the globe, I felt beyond prepared. Even in such a large and diverse choir, our love of music and singing blended nicely. And looking back, I feel our group was the best-prepared of the bunch.

“It was wonderful to perform in such an historic hall and to share the experience with people from all over the world,” Wells said. “The students were very acquitted for this trip and everyone handled themselves professionally. It was a great tour.”

Performing in Carnegie Hall was the highlight of this trip, but I will never forget the other adventures I experienced with this amazing group of people. Looking out from the top of the Empire State Building, seeing La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago on Broadway, exploring Chinatown, visiting the 9/11 Memorial, and mingling with C of I alumni are just a few of the events that will be in my heart forever. And overall, what I enjoyed most about this trip was that it represented everything The College of Idaho stands for: a well-rounded, culturally diverse, and hands-on learning experience.

Check out more coverage from NYC at www.collegeofidaho.edu/new-york-city.

Now playing: C of I theatre production 'The Gut Girls'

Gut Girls

C of I 'Gut Girls' stars Melissa Holmes, Haley Ganatos, Ellen Campbell and Shalena Putnam

The College of Idaho Theatre Department is pleased to present its spring 2013 main stage production The Gut Girls, a drama written by British playwright Sarah Daniels. The show opened Thursday and plays at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and April 17-20 inside the Langroise Studio Theatre. There also is a 2 p.m. matinee closing performance April 21. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket. For tickets and information, contact the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426.

The Gut Girls is set in the slaughterhouses and gutting sheds of late Victorian London, where women are the ones wielding the cleavers. Their wits and tongues are as sharp as their knives as they gut and butcher cattle through 13-hour days. Though they toil in the most appalling of conditions, they actually are paid livable wages and enjoy camaraderie and social independence. This changes when the well-intentioned Lady Helena attempts to reform their brash ways and retrain them for more “appropriate work” as lady’s maids.

“Being in this production certainly has been a learning experience,” said student actress Shalena Putnam. “It has been a challenge to learn new dialects, and I also have gained a much greater understanding of 18th century women by wearing a corset. The most interesting part, however, has been working with the meat and the various substitutes for meat that we’ve used over the weeks, including butchering a real beef heart.”

The play is being performed “In-the-Round,” with the audience seated around a central stage. Directed by C of I theatre professor Mike Hartwell, the cast includes student stars Ellen Campbell, Haley Ganatos, Putnam, Melissa Holmes, Briana Krebs, Mariah Schlepp, Evangel McVicker, Eli Nary, David Weatherby and Warren Stevens. The costume designer is Megan Richardson, with lighting by Deborah Penrod, sound by Freddie Loucks, set design by Miguel Robles Tapia and stage management by Tameka Spence.

“I’m most looking forward to doing the show In-the-Round,” Putnam said. “We need to play off of each other and feel free to move in the space three-dimensionally rather than being stuck in one plane. It will be nice when we finally have an audience so we can get their feedback, not only after the show but also through their energy and reactions during it.”

C of I competes at National Model United Nations Conference

Model UN

The College of Idaho’s Model United Nations delegation enjoyed a successful week of competition during spring break, traveling to New York City to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN). Twelve students joined political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley as the C of I represented the Southeast Asia nation of Malaysia at the conference, an academic simulation that includes 1,500 students from 200 colleges and universities representing more than 50 countries.

The C of I team was led by senior and veteran Model UN delegate Tyler Hatch, who won a Delegate Choice Award in an historic first for the College. Hatch, a Nampa native and 2012 Truman Scholar, earned the award for his leadership in the Commission on the Status of Women and was recognized during closing ceremonies on the floor of the United Nations. The Delegate Choice Award is the highest individual distinction possible at the conference and the only award that is peer-selected.

“This is a tremendous honor for Tyler,” Dayley said. “He has reset the bar for future C of I delegates who attend NMUN.”

In another noteworthy accomplishment, senior Ariel Lawson was selected to chair the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, one of the conference’s 21 committees. She is the second C of I student to chair a committee at NMUN. Another veteran delegate, Zach Theiler, represented the C of I in the International Atomic Energy Agency, which deliberated on the topic of nuclear proliferation in North Korea.

Also participating in the conference were seniors Nicole Foster and Anna Mansfield, juniors Matt Fouts, Courtney Indart, Maria Lynch, Akshata Metha, Annie Sripanich-Raper and Joseph Taylor and freshman Inga Lam. The students offered speeches from the floor, drafted resolutions and wrote reports on topics including illicit trade in small arms, the situation in occupied Palestine and climate change. C of I President Marv Henberg and Vice President for College Relations Michael Vandervelden stopped by to watch some of the competition and, on the group’s final night in New York, the students and Dayley celebrated by eating authentic Malaysian street food at Hawker’s Restaurant near Union Square.

To learn more about Model UN at the C of I – including how you can join next year’s delegation – contact Dayley at rdayley@collegeofidaho.edu.

College set for annual celebration of student scholarship

The College of Idaho will host its 8th annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 27, celebrating the scholarly and creative activities of students across all disciplines.

Sara Heggland, a professor of biology and member of the SRC committee, said the event is a celebration of the liberal arts experience that the entire C of I community can take pride in.

“It’s incredible to see everything that students are working on across our campus,” Heggland said. “We have poetry readings, scientific poster presentations, documentary films and musical performances, and they are all mixed together.”

This year’s SRC will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m., with presentations in Langroise Center and Boone Hall. The conference will include projects in astrophysics, biology, psychology and history in addition to musical performances and screenings of wildlife documentaries created by biology students who participated in a field study course exploring Australia’s coastal ecosystems in January.

The SRC is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend student presentations of their creative and scholarly work, mingle with the student researchers and faculty advisors, and see first-hand the impact of undergraduate research at the C of I. Refreshments also will be provided.

For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/student-research-conference.


Spring 2013

College Events Calendar

April 11-13

C of I theatre department presents 'The Gut Girls,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Click for tickets, trailer and info.

April 12

Boise Poet Laureate reading featuring C of I English Professor Diane Raptosh, 6:30 p.m., Sesqui-Shop (1008 Main St. in Downtown Boise).

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!

April 13

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Denver's award-winning Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Free for C of I students! Click for tickets and info.

April 17

C of I Philosophy and Religion Department presents Tibetan Buddhism presentation by AlejAndro Anastasio from the Dzogchen Idaho Dharma Center, 7 p.m., Jewett Pioneer Room. Free and open to the entire campus community.

April 17

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring asteroids, 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.

April 17-20

C of I theatre department presents 'The Gut Girls,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Additional closing matinee performance at 2 p.m. April 21. Click for tickets, trailer and info.

April 18

National Poetry Month reading featuring Kerri Webster, 7 p.m., KAIC Shannon Library. Free and open to the entire C of I community and the public.

April 20

The Center for Experiential Learning hosts workshops by the American Association of University Women. The workshops are free, but registration is required. To register, email careerservices@collegeofidaho.edu. Open to all C of I students, faculty and staff.

April 20

C of I Astronomy Day, 8 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Join us for an evening of astronomical activities, outdoor stargazing and a lesson in Whittenberger Planetarium. Free and open to the entire C of I community and the public. Dress appropriately for evening, outdoor activities!

April 22

C of I writer-at-large John Rember presents a lecture 'More Liberal Arts Noir,' 6 p.m., Sterry Hall third floor board room. Rember will read from his work in progress, 'A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World.' Free and open to the public.

April 26

Opening reception for C of I Senior Art Show 'Experiential Continuum,' 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall. Exhibition open through May 18.

April 27

Eighth annual C of I Student Research Conference, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Langroise Center. Click here for more info.


C of I football coach Mike Moroski continues to build his first recruiting class. The latest signee is Salmon River High School star Charlie Shepherd Jr., a two-way All-State player for the 1A Division II champion Savages and point guard on Salmon River's state championship basketball team. Shepherd signed at the Idaho State Capitol alongside his family, including his father and coach Charlie Shepherd and his grandfather, Idaho State Representative Paul Shepherd. Read more about the latest C of I recruits in the Idaho Statesman. Go Yotes!!!

Charlie Shepherd

The College of Idaho's Child Development Center - established in 1952 and known fondly by many of its former students as the "lab school" - was the subject of a recent front page special report by the Idaho Press-Tribune.

The College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History recently received some nice coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune. Be sure to check out the museum during its weekly public open house from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday!

Congratulations to C of I golfer Trish Gibbens, who won this week's College of Idaho Invitational amidst windy conditions at River Bend Golf Course in Wilder. It was the fifth Cascade Conference tournament victory of Gibbens' career. Click to read more in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Check out more than 100 photos from the C of I class studying "Slow Food" in Italy on the C of I Flickr page. For more information about this unique study abroad experience, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/italy.

Soda Springs, a film produced by C of I alumnus Gary Hollie '83, is playing at the Frontier Cinema in Emmett. The film shows April 19-25, including a special red carpet premiere April 20 featuring Hollie and other producers, writers and actors from Soda Springs. Click here to read more about the event in the Emmett Messenger Index.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Bob Madden ’67, recipient of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors’ 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Madden has spent 33 years in athletics development at Boise State University, where he currently serves as associate athletic director for fundraising. Madden, who also spent five years as director of financial aid and placement at the C of I, has helped Boise State increase its scholarship endowment fund from $30,000 to more than $15 million during his tenure. Click here to read more.

Meet College of Idaho snowboard ace McKinley "Chuckie" Carbone! Click to hear what brought the New Hampshire native to Idaho, learn where her nickname comes from and get the inside scoop on how she captured three national titles in one week at the 2013 USCSA National Championships in Sun Valley.

C of I alumnus Scott Thompson ‘09 and his company, Vaquero Music Management, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the Pacific Timbre Music Symposium, a grassroots music event in Portland that aims to bring high level musicians from around the U.S. to share their knowledge and talents. The campaign has until April 20 to raise the necessary funds. Click here to learn more, or to support the project.

Congratulations to the C of I team that competed in the 73rd annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Matt Farrell and Gary Parkinson each scored a very respectable 10 points to lead the Yotes, while Olivia Poland, J.T. Garner, Greg Johnson, Roz Wallace, Shealene Zitny, Blair Symington, Tierra Candelaria, Tyler Deroin, and Rainier Barrett also participated. Way to go, Yotes!

Read about the latest C of I volleyball recruit, College of Southern Idaho outside hitter Emily Ottinger, in this blog post from the Twin Falls Times-News.

Recent C of I football signee Cesar Montes (McCall-Donnelly High) is an All-State kicker, an All-Conference soccer player (he'll also play soccer at the College) and an outstanding student who recently received KTVB's Distinguished Student Award. But none of it would have been possible without his mother, Gildarda Montes, whose hard work and emphasis on education put Cesar on a path to success. Click here to read Cesar's inspiring story. 

The C of I Outdoor Program is sponsoring an April 25 moon-gazing and mountain bike experience in the Boise foothills, the third in a multi-part series scheduled around the cycle of the moon. Admission is free with a student ID, but reservations are required and space is limited to the first 12 people who register. The trip departs campus at 6 p.m. and participants must have their own bike in working order and a helmet. OP has tubes and tire liners available for purchase. Students who participate in all three trips of the series will receive a free Patagonia fleece sweater. Click here for more info or call the OP at (208) 459-5838.

The College of Idaho's Langroise Trio and recent alumnus Geoffrey Hill '12 were part of a recent Idaho Statesman article about the Treasure Valley's classical music scene.

Idaho lawmaker Patti Anne Lodge discussed C of I football - her husband, the Hon. Edward Lodge '57 played for the Coyotes, as did her father - during her recent interview as the Boise Weekly "Citizen."

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Ron Bitner ’68 and his wife, Mary, who have been named the 2013 Farm Family of the Year by Northwest Farm Credit Services. The Bitners own and operate their own winery, Bitner Vineyards, which Ron began planting in 1981. Read more about the award in this article from the Idaho Press-Tribune.