C of I Newsletter

2013. 06. 07

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Every Dollar Helps the C of I Boone Fund!

Every Dollar Helps when you donate to the C of I Boone Fund! Click to watch how each and every gift makes a difference for our students, and show your support by donating before the June 30 deadline at www.collegeofidaho.edu/makeagift.

Your gift to the Boone Fund empowers C of I students across all areas of studies and activities. It allows our students to think less about tuition costs and more about applying classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Your gift enables our students to make a difference in their education and the larger community.

The Boone Fund is the unrestricted giving program which supports the College's ongoing operating needs. When William Judson Boone founded the College, he had the vision of a school that would develop future leaders who used their heads, hearts and hands to develop a better world. The Boone Fund honors Dr. Boone’s dedication to philanthropy and educating future generations of C of I students.

To learn more about the Boone Fund and annual giving at The College of Idaho, contact Boone Fund director Katie Miller ’10 at (208) 459-5016 or [email protected].

Coyote runners capture national championships

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Sora Klopfenstein (in uniform) is congratulated by teammates Hillary Holt (left) and Sarah Johnson after winning the NAIA national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

A record-setting season for The College of Idaho track and field program came to a thrilling finish last month as junior distance runners Sora Klopfenstein and Hillary Holt won individual national titles to lead the Coyote women to a school-record seventh-place finish at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Ind.

Klopfenstein dominated the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, smashing her own school record by 10 seconds while winning in 10 minutes, 35.58 seconds. The junior from Meridian broke away from the pack midway through the race and cruised to victory, becoming the second C of I athlete to capture an individual championship in track and field. Klopfenstein now is a six-time All-American, including a runner-up finish in last year’s steeplechase.

“It’s exciting to achieve the goal I’ve been working so hard toward,” Klopfenstein said. “It was a special moment. After I finished and saw my teammates…they all started crying and I started crying. It was a cool experience to see how much everyone was rooting for me.”

Holt continued her dominance in the 1,500-meters, defending her NAIA Outdoor title to win her fifth individual national championship. The junior from Meridian used a late push to separate herself from British Columbia’s Maria Bernard and Concordia’s Linsie Michels, and then eased to a one-second win in 4:26.92 – four seconds faster than her 2012 victory.

Holt also picked up All-American honors in the 800-meters for the third consecutive year. It is her 10th career All-America award, the most-ever by a C of I female athlete. For her outstanding 2013 track season - which included three individual national championships and a fourth in the indoor distance medley relay - Holt was honored by the Cascade Conference as the female Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

C of I junior Jasmine Sibert added an All-America finish in the 400-meter hurdles, placing sixth in a school-record time of 1:02.11.

C of I coach Pat McCurry, who earned Cascade Conference Coach of the Year honors in both track and cross country, is excited about the steps his program made during 2012-2013 season.

“We had a breakthrough year, particularly for our women’s program,” McCurry said. “To me, the cool thing about our sport is to watch the development of each athlete, to see them excel as individuals, and then to have them come together and succeed as a team.”

The C of I men’s team finished 13th at outdoor nationals and were led by a trio of All-Americans. Distance runners Greg Montgomery and Dominic Bolin closed out their outstanding careers in style, while junior Austin Basterrechea placed second in the decathlon, the highest finish in program history.

Montgomery placed second in the 5,000 meters, earning his school-record 10th All-America honor. The senior from Boise graduates as the most decorated male athlete in the history of Coyote athletics. Bolin, a senior from Payette, placed fourth in the 1,500 meters. He also earned All-America honors in cross country and indoor track this season.

Professor receives Idaho's top literary award

College of Idaho professor and alumna Diane Raptosh '83 has won her second major literary award of the year with the announcement by the Idaho Commission on the Arts that she will serve as the state’s Writer in Residence.

Raptosh, who earlier this year was named Boise’s first official poet laureate, will hold the title of Idaho’s Writer in Residence for the next three years and receive a $10,000 prize. The Writer in Residence award is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award accorded to an Idaho writer.

“I am thrilled and humbled to have the honor of serving as the state’s Writer in Residence, which provides the opportunity to give readings throughout the state and at special public events,” Raptosh said. “To be an ambassador for literature – for poetry, in particular – at the level of the city and now of the state, is one of the highest honors I can imagine. I am deeply grateful.”

Raptosh teaches creative writing, composition and literature at The College of Idaho, where she holds the Eyck-Berringer Chair in English. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the C of I in 1983.

Raised in Idaho, Raptosh is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author of four books of poetry: American Amnesiac, Parents from a Different Alphabet, Labor Songs and Just West of Now. She has received three ICA Creative Writing Fellowships and held residencies in the literary arts at the Banff Centre and The Studies of Key West.

Raptosh joins some of Idaho’s finest writers as Writer in Residence, including literary luminaries Brady Udall, Anthony Doerr and Kim Barnes.

As Writer in Residence, Raptosh will share her work at four annual public readings across the state, including eight in rural communities, as well as at special public events. Her next public event will be a June 15 poetry panel at Rediscovered Books in Boise, starting at 5 p.m.

Coyote Reunion set for June 27-29


Football is officially back at The College of Idaho, and it’s time to celebrate! All C of I alumni and friends – including former football players and student-athletes from all Coyote teams – are invited to join us June 27-29 as the College hosts the Coyote Reunion celebrating the return of football as well as the soon-to-be-built Athletics and Outdoor Education Center.

“What a great opportunity for us to gather and celebrate the reintroduction of football to the College after almost 40 years,” said Buzz Bonaminio, a former C of I football player and coach. “It’s going to bring back so many memories, and it’s going to be a fun deal for everyone. We have some great events planned, but I think what people will enjoy most is just visiting and talking with friends about all the good times and the enjoyment we all shared as students at The College of Idaho.”

Head football coach Mike Moroski will be featured at the reunion along with many other Coyote coaches both past and present. Space is limited, so your immediate response is requested! Click here to register online, or call the C of I alumni office at (208) 459-5770 for more information.

Coyote Reunion events include on-campus cocktail parties, a golf scramble at Purple Sage (limited to the first 100 players), a luau dinner and, most importantly, an opportunity to catch up with old friends and reminisce about the glory days both on and off the field. Registration is $100 per person and includes admission to two happy hour events as well as the catered luau dinner. The golf scramble is an additional $50 per player, and a progressive wine tasting also will be offered for non-golfers at just $15.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Thursday, June 27
- Registration and welcome happy hour

Friday, June 28
- Golf scramble
- Progressive wine tasting

Saturday, June 29
- Coyote Happy Hour
- Hawaiian luau dinner

If you have further questions about the event, who is coming, what’s happening or how you can help spread the word, please contact alumni relations or one of these gentlemen from our planning committee:

- Dave McAnaney (208) 344-7500 [email protected]
- Buzz Bonaminio (208) 459-3104 [email protected]
- Larry Anderson (208) 442-8799 [email protected]
- Dick Carrow (208) 871-8863 [email protected]
- Rod Sears (208) 424-3074 [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you on campus!

C of I honors Spring 2013 Dean's List

The College of Idaho congratulates the 211 students who made the Spring 2013 Dean’s List. To receive Dean's List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. About 20 percent of the College’s total enrollment made the Dean’s List during the spring semester. Students honored are listed below by hometown:

Boise: Roxanna Alma-Taya, Rachel Anderson, Danielle Blenker, Zachary Buker, Rachel Campbell, Azra Cickusic , Camden DeBruler, Hanna Fischer, Matthew Fouts, Korey Gambill, Ryan Gibson, Tyson Griffeth, Austyn Gumm, Conor Harris, Emily Hendershott, Evan Hershey, Laura Holden, Joshua Holmes, Skyler Hopkins, Connor Lineberger, Aleah Lowber, Carolyn Meier, Ela Miljkovic, Gabrielle Nelson, Mindi Price, Shelby Richins, Chad Rietze, Kelsey Sandmann, Anna Sewell, Levi Smith, Aubrey Stento, Sebastian Sturdevant, Alexandria Suggs, Ellen Town, Chelsea Walther, Chanse Ward, Kelli Warren, Dannen Wright, James Yeggy. Caldwell: Victoria Agee, Sabrina Brown, Hailey Bull, Juan Cervantes, Madison Crookham, Brendan Eckert, Riley Humberger, Hayley Hutchings, Mary Indart, Amalka Jayasundera, Greg Johnson, Kirk Kerr, Olivia Lile, Molly Mills, Anne Morrison, Elynn Smith, Andrea Subia, Devan Telken, Margaret Torrey, Caleb Tracey, Jason Wakeman. Eagle: Allison Herrmann, Bryan Hildebrand, Colton Grainger, Adam Morgan, Janel Porter. Fruitland: Zachary Fabricius, Joseph Kudrna, Emily Tesnohlidek. Grandview: Jackie Thurman. Garden Valley: Courtney Zeff. Kuna: Rachael Bodes, Danielle Holt, Sasha Honores, Seth Raver. Marsing: Kathryn Lootens. McCall: Melissa Dorris, Megan Hattrup, Ruth Lewinski. Melba: Kayla Allison. Meridian: Morgan Aramburu, Rebekah Cutler, Taylor Fowers, Matthew Goodwin, Thao Ha, Sarah Hicks, Alexandra Huber, Ashley Kuznia, Megan Luchs, Andrew Nguyen, Brandon Nguyen, Allison Parrish, Alethea Ward, Niki Ward, Sydney Woods. Middleton: Elizabeth Myers, Joshua Ortiz. Mountain Home: Rainier Barrett, Brittany Hatfield. Nampa: AnnaMaria Ayala-Salas, Ingrid Batey, Aaron Bell, Brianna Blair, Ellen Campbell, Andrea Cortes-Villalpando, Kaitlyn Eckert, Brodi Etheredge, Michelle Flennoy, Karlina Fleshman, Gavin Gaskell, Sarah Hazen, Alexandra Kroes, Hailey Lenz, Mitchell O’Dell, Stephanie Painter, Oksana Sklyarov, Joshua Sukeena, Misty Tran, Alyssa Valdez, Allison White. New Plymouth: Ashley Thompson, Derek Tropf. Parma: Laura Barbour, Jenette Noe, Diamond Preston. Payette: Terra Knighten, Patrick Mallory. Star: Meghan Kinder. Wilder: Deena Emry, Kyline Farwell.

Dietrich: Elizabeth Aguilar. Filer: Brittni Brown. Gooding: Austin Basterrechea, Renee Howells. Ketchum: Tanya Greenwood, Anna Lintner Majernikova. Kimberly: Seth Champlin, Makenzie Ellsworth, Kaitlyn Goetz, Hannah Lentz, Lacey Wayment. Sun Valley: Nina Hirner. Twin Falls: Ryan Geist, Averey Strong, Rachel Webster, Alex Wirtz.

Idaho Falls:
Yesenia Becerril. Menan: Megan Walker. Pocatello: George Casper. Rexburg: Stephen Anderson.

Coeur d’Alene:
Kaitlyn Stewart. Cottonwood: McKenzie Candalot. Fruitvale: Amanda Canfield. Kellogg: Zoe Roberts.

Arizona: Tran Tran. California: Nicollette Herrera, Macey Horch, Jennifer Jensen, Jonathan Low, Aimee Pierson, Zachary Tomlinson. Florida: Lauren Polito. Massachusetts: Kirby Roberts. Michigan: Zachary Nowak. Montana: Laura Geis. Nevada: Jacob Kump, Haley Tryon. New Mexico: Tamara Wheeler. Oregon: Emilee Chapman, Betsaida Chavez-Garcia, Ashley Neher, Tasha Sitz, Brandon Smith, Rachael Strong, Laura Wallace, Gregory Wanta. Utah: Jenessa Bushman, Caitlin Fellows, Leah Huff, Stephanie Kapell, Zachary Shenk, Kayla Webb. Washington: Robert Cushing, Brittany Delong, Kellianne McAdoo, Kenna Middleton, Blake Nass, Savannah Ottmar, Shalena Putnam, Shaylyn Swanson, Eleanor Tansley. Wyoming: Benjamin Schwarting.

Antigua and Barbuda: Carle Peterson-Perry. Australia: Natasha Rooney. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Aldina Okanovic, Igor Samardzic. Brazil: Yan-Cesar Gioseffi. Canada: Kare Tonning. China: Peijue Sun, Hui Wang. Colombia: Diana Melgarejo. Germany: Felix Vemmer. Honduras: Ixchel Luna. Hong Kong/USA: Inga Lam. India: Nisshanth Kumar. Panama: Jose Rodes. Republic Of Korea: JooEun Kim. Senegal: Aminata Mbodj. Sri Lanka: Kushil Samarasekera. Tajikistan: Sayyokhat Dushanbieva. Venezuela: Reinaldo Gil. Vietnam: Ha Dang.


Summer 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.

June 7-8

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge BioBlitz and Kids' Fishing Day 2013, sponsored by the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Click for more info.

June 13

C of I Alumni, Family and Friends Picnic, 6 p.m., Municipal Park (Boise). Click or call (208) 459-5301 to RSVP!

June 15

Idaho Poetry Panel featuring C of I professor and Boise Poet Laureate Diane Raptosh, 5 p.m., Rediscovered Books (Boise). Click for more info.

June 27-29

Celebrate the Return of Football Reunion, C of I campus. Click to register or call Sally Skinner for more info at (208) 459-5770.


Be sure to check out the latest on The College of Idaho Kickoff 2014 football website. Today's story features Boyd Cooper '51, a former offensive lineman for the Coyotes and a retired shoe retailer. View new Coyote Classics stories every other week on the Kickoff 2014 site, and be sure to register for the upcoming athletics reunion celebrating the return of football. Go Yotes!

Three College of Idaho alumni – all attorneys – have been named to the Idaho Business Review’s 2013 “Accomplished Under 40” list. Hilary Soltman ’01 is an underwriting counsel at First American Title Company; Josh Taylor ’00 works at Pickens Law P.A., a Boise firm specializing in real estate and commercial litigation; and Allison Blackman '06 is a litigation attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. The three were chosen as “Accomplished Under 40” honorees based on their professional accomplishments, leadership skills, community involvement and long-term goals. They will be honored in a special magazine published by the IBR on June 14 as well as at a June 13 awards ceremony at the Knitting Factory in Boise.

Congratulations to C of I sports information director Mike Safford Jr., who has been named the 2012-13 Cascade Collegiate Conference Mike Booth Sports Information Director of the Year. Safford, a 1998 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, wins the award for the third time in his 12 years at the College. This year, he oversaw the launch of a new website and helped coordinate major news conferences announcing the hiring of the Coyotes’ first football coach since 1977 as well as a new men’s basketball coach.

Learn about the mysterious Lamington blue crayfish, the elusive lace monitor lizard, the handsome satin bowerbird, the mythical Rainbow Serpent and more by watching a series of wildlife documentaries produced by College of Idaho students during the 2013 study abroad experience in Australia. There are five documentaries - and 15 videos in all - featured on the Australia 2013 playlist on the C of I YouTube channel.

C of I alumna Sanya Allmaras ’97 has been promoted to director of bank operations at Home Federal Bank in Nampa. In this role, Allmaras will provide leadership and strategic oversight of the bank’s operations team. Click to read more in the Idaho Business Review.

Incoming C of I freshman Charlie Fridley recently had a guest opinion published in the Seattle Times. Fridley talks about the difficulties many students face when deciding whether to go to college and where to apply.

The College of Idaho track and field team's record-setting performance at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Indiana - which included individual national titles won by Hillary Holt and Sora Klopfenstein - received coverage in several local media outlets, including the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press-Tribune.

College of Idaho alumnus Ron Bitner ’68 and his wife, Mary, recently were featured in an Idaho Press-Tribune article about Perigord truffle growers in Idaho.

C of I professors Diane Raptosh and Alan Minskoff are contributing authors to the new book [email protected] One Five Zero: Essays and Poems from the City of Trees, recently released by the Boise City Department of Arts & History in commemoration of the community’s sesquicentennial anniversary. The compilation features 29 authors and reflects a variety of perspectives that explore the BOISE 150 themes of Community, Environment and Enterprise. The authors will attend a special book signing event at 5 p.m. June 19 at Leku Ona in Downtown Boise.

C of I basketball legend Elgin Baylor recently auctioned off most of his basketball memorabilia as a "thank you" to his fans around the world. The auction, which included several items from Baylor's days at the College, received coverage in Sports Illustrated and at ESPN's Grantland.com website.

C of I alumnus Ken Wagers ’84 recently was interviewed in a ColoradoDaily.com article about his sons, competitive slackliners Justin and Chris Wagers. Ken, who introduced his boys to slacklining, first tried the sport during his days as a student at the C of I.