C of I Newsletter

2013. 06. 21

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A passion to serve: Daisy Ambriz '13 prepares for medical career

Making sure children get the medical care they need, especially those of families with few means, is Daisy Ambriz’s passion.

The 2013 graduate of The College of Idaho has set her sights on becoming a pediatric cardiologist, and she’s gotten a head start on that goal thanks to her research experiences with College of Idaho faculty.

Ambriz spent much of her four years at C of I in the biochemistry lab on campus, working hand-in-hand with her professors on research projects such as better understanding chemicals in sage that could help fight cancer.

“Being able to do research has made me a more avid learner,” Ambriz said. “I am discovering new things and it’s really exciting to be out on your own, doing your own experiments and figuring out which direction to take your research. It’s helped me with critical thinking and being able to solve problems.”

Following graduation, Ambriz is headed to the University of Texas Medical Branch to assist with research on reducing the effects of chemical radiation through drug treatments. While serving as a research intern, she also will prepare to start medical school and start her career.

“My friends, professors and classmates all helped me develop a love for learning and the feeling that what I do matters,” Ambriz said. “I want to give back to society. That’s who the C of I has taught me to be.”

Though Ambriz logged countless hours in the lab, she remained highly active in other aspects of campus life, including being a sorority member, participating in campus ministry and a bible study group, and volunteering at a local elementary school and with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

“The entire campus feels like home,” Ambriz said. “I absolutely fell in love with the College, so I got more involved.”

While Ambriz isn’t certain where her medical career will take her, she knows that the support of her professors and classmates has prepared her for life.

“I think what's really great about C of I is they don't only prepare you for a career, but they prepare you to be a person, and they encourage you to give back to your community in any way you can,” Ambriz said. “They really have instilled a passion for service within me and I'm really looking forward to going out of Caldwell and giving back in a different way.”

Join us next weekend for the Coyote Reunion!

Click to watch our Coyote Classics interview with Gil Koga '58

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.

Football coach Mike Moroski will be featured at the reunion along with many other Coyote coaches both past and present. 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.

Prepare for the Coyote Reunion by visiting our Kickoff 2014 website, which features “Coyote Classics” stories told by former football players as well as information about the reunion and the brick and locker campaign to support the new athletics facility. This week’s Coyote Classic video features Gil Koga ’58, a rugged two-way player for the Coyotes who went on to a long and successful career as a coach and educator in the Treasure Valley.

“I had a lot of fun,” Koga said of his C of I football career. “There was no running the ball, no chance to really make a name for yourself, but I was an unsung hero, that’s the way I like to look at it.”

A Boone Fund Haiku

Only nine days remain to get your gifts in to the C of I Boone Fund before the June 30 fiscal year deadline, and every dollar helps! We know your time is valuable, so we’ll keep our message short:

Giving all Coyotes
the best chance to Climb Higher
Every Dollar Helps!

Watch our video to see how every dollar helps our students. To make a gift today, contact Boone Fund director Katie Miller ’10 at (208) 459-5016 or [email protected]. You also can give online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/makeagift. Thank you for your support!

C of I student prepares for environmental leadership

Tanya Greenwood

Hiking, skiing, horseback riding. Growing up in Ketchum encircled by central Idaho’s rugged Sawtooth, Pioneer and Boulder mountains, College of Idaho senior Tanya Greenwood never found herself lacking an opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

This summer, Greenwood is translating her appreciation for those spectacular wild areas into public advocacy and outreach with assistance from a College of Idaho program created to help students interested in environmental issues develop their leadership abilities.

Greenwood, a biology and environmental studies major, will be an intern for the Idaho Conservation League at its Ketchum field office. Through her internship, Greenwood will help gather information for ICL’s ongoing initiative to make the Boulder-White Clouds Mountains a national monument, carry out public outreach activities and conduct her own environmental research project.

“This is a great opportunity for me to bring the biology background I already have together with more of a background in conservation policy and outreach,” Greenwood said. “I really think that understanding the policy side of conservation and environmental issues is critical. A lot of these policy issues are complex, and you need an ability to get people engaged and forge compromises between them.”

Funding from The College of Idaho’s recently-established Environmental Leadership Award is making Greenwood’s internship experience possible. The Environmental Leadership Award helps C of I students pursue their interests in environmental studies by supporting research and other experiences related to environmental issues, and Greenwood is the second recipient of the award.

While Greenwood expects to learn much during her internship, she’s also looking forward to bringing some of her experiences at the C of I to the internship. For example, Greenwood participated in the College’s four-week tropical rainforest and coral reef ecology course in Australia last January, during which she and her classmates produced several short wildlife documentaries. This summer, ICL will be shooting a film about the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains and Greenwood will help the crew.

“My experiences at the C of I have really helped me think about environmental issues in a complex way,” she said. “Environmental issues ultimately center on people, and we have to make decisions with people in mind.”

Greenwood is still developing the details of her independent research project, but expects it will involve investigating either historical mining sites in the Ketchum area and their impact on the people of Idaho or how less water in the Big Wood River Valley could affect the livelihoods of farmers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

“I’m not sure exactly what career path I want to pursue, but I want to do some public advocacy related to conservation and the environment,” Greenwood said. “It’s a great legacy we’re starting at The College of Idaho with the Environmental Leadership Award and I know that this internship will help shape where I go in the future.”


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 24

Must See Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., C of I campus. 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.

July 6

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer work day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar: 'Interesting Butterflies of Idaho and Training for the 4J Butterfly Count' by Dr. Paul Castrovillo


NAIA Track & Field Nationals 2013

C of I runner Hillary Holt has advanced to the 1,500 meter finals at the United States Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Holt, a five-time NAIA national champion for the Coyotes, finished sixth in her qualifying heat Thursday, clocking the second-fastest time in program history (4:14.89). A top-three finish in Saturday’s final will earn her a spot on the U.S. National team at next month's World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Be sure to tune in Saturday when Hillary runs at 3:45 p.m. Idaho time on the NBC Sports Network. Click here to read more in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

C of I history professor Dr. Howard Berger recently was featured by the Idaho Press-Tribune. The article touches on Berger’s 30-year career, his love of teaching Jewish history and the College’s recent completion of funding for the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies.

The 2012-2013 school year was one to remember at The College of Idaho! Click to check out our Year in Review photo tribute on the C of I YouTube channel.

C of I alumna Capt. Lindzi Howder (’05) recently was featured in an Air Force Medical Service website story about her work as a nutritional medicine officer at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Howder's 455th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron was the only nutritional medicine flight in Afghanistan when the story was published. 

Congratulations to C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly, who recently was named Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year. Coyote athletics enjoyed a banner year under Holly's direction, including nine individual/relay national championships, eight Top-15 team finishes,  more than 100 academic honors, the reinstatement of the C of I football program and the successful launch of a new website, www.yoteathletics.com.

The opportunity to perform undergraduate research is one of the many benefits for students at The College of Idaho, and it is celebrated each spring at the C of I Student Research Conference. Click to check out video coverage from the 2013 SRC on the Student Research and Creative Work YouTube playlist

C of I art professor Garth Claassen is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in Context. The seminar “Dutch Art, Patrons, and Markets” will take place June 23-28 at the High Museum in Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the exhibition of rare traveling masterpieces of Dutch art “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” featuring works by Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt. Claassen is one of 21 faculty members selected by CIC to participate in the seminar, which aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at smaller colleges and universities.

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium recently was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune. The story included a Q & A with planetarium director Amy Truksa.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Joshua Pilote ’98, who was recently featured on BroadwayWorld.com as a Top 10 Fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Rights Fights Aids. Pilote has raised more than $7,000 this year, bringing his two-year total to more than $20,000. For more information, follow Joshua on Twitter at @stagemgrbares.

The C of I football program continues to build its initial recruiting class. Coach Mike Moroski recently announced seven more signees, led by two of Idaho's top high school running backs, Hunter Kenyon (Borah High) and Jason Gillette (Declo High). Lineman Clay Smith from Bonneville High in Idaho Falls also has joined the program.

C of I student-athletes continue to make headlines during the offseason. Two major year-end honors went to Coyotes last week as junior runner Hillary Holt was named Cascade Conference Athlete of the Year, and graduate student baseball player Jesse Dodd was named Cascade Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The College of Idaho was mentioned in a recent Idaho Statesman special report on the history of the Presbyterian Church in the Treasure Valley.