C of I Newsletter

2013. 07. 12

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C of I researchers study the redband trout of Dry Creek

Dry Creek (22)

Click here to see more photos of the Dry Creek project on the C of I Flickr site.

Southwest Idaho’s tiny Dry Creek contains more water than its name suggests, but only a little. Just a few feet across and less than a foot deep in most places, Dry is the kind of stream that makes one think “No way are there fish in there.”

But the fish are there, alright – native redband trout. And this summer, College of Idaho student Shelby Richins is doing her best to make sure the fish will always be there through her honors thesis project “Genetics, Movement, and Distribution of Columbia River Redband Trout in Dry Creek, Idaho.”

“I’ve always been interested in fish and wildlife,” said Richins, a senior biology major from Boise. “I care about these fish and I’d love to help their population and make sure that they persist and flourish here in Dry Creek.”

Richins is fulfilling her project as an intern for Trout Unlimited, which recently received a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant to support the development of a community-based fisheries conservation project. The goal of the project is to better understand the fish inhabiting one of the Boise River’s smallest tributaries. Genetic analysis has revealed that trout upstream of Dry Creek’s artificial waterfall and culvert – built decades ago to accommodate Bogus Basin Road – are genetically distinct from downstream trout, suggesting that the structures may be a barrier to trout dispersal.

“This project is important because the redband trout in Dry Creek are genetically pure,” said Dr. Chris Walser, a professor of biology at The College of Idaho who is helping lead the collaborative Dry Creek project. “Genetically pure populations of redband trout are rare in the Boise River watershed. It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to do this type of field research right in our own backyard, so close to The College of Idaho.”

Walser, Richins and a team of volunteers are tackling the project using fishery technologies donated by Biomark, a Boise company specializing in the electronic identification of animals. After capturing fish using electrofishing equipment, Walser and Richins take a genetic sample, measure and record fish size and inject each trout with a small PIT (passive integrated transponder) Tag. Fish movement and distribution is monitored by two in-stream, solar-powered PIT Tag Antenna Systems. The team has tagged more than 300 fish to date, and at least 400 will be tagged to form the basis for Richins’ thesis.

“This has been a great opportunity,” said Richins, who plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in fisheries research. “I’m very lucky to have this research and career experience with Trout Unlimited.”

Fond memories, new connections abound at Coyote Reunion

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the Coyote Reunion on the C of I Flickr site.

As College of Idaho football coach Mike Moroski and 14 of his incoming players stood shoulder to shoulder at the front of a crowded Simplot South Dining Room, the audience – including dozens of former C of I football players and coaches – rose as one, joining in a rousing ovation for the young men who will usher in a new era of Coyote football.

It was the crowning moment of a memorable weekend as the Coyote Reunion brought nearly 300 alumni and friends together June 27-29 to celebrate the return of football and welcome the next generation of C of I gridiron heroes.

“It was an electric moment,” Moroski said. “It made a big impact on the young guys to see that kind of support. And it was a special night for the old-timers as well. Our alumni are a vital part of this process, and it’s wonderful to see them creating a bond with these young players.

“We’re all in this together, carrying the torch for football at The College of Idaho.”

Reunion attendees participated in a golf tournament, a wine tasting featuring several alumni winemakers, happy hour events and a luau dinner attended by Moroski and his 14 recruits. The dinner also included a major announcement as alumnus Joe Glaisyer ’73 made a $100,000 gift to the College’s new Athletics and Outdoor Education Center in honor of Coach Ed “Buzz” Bonaminio ’56. The gift will name the head coach’s office after Bonaminio, who played on the great C of I teams of the mid-1950s and later coached the Coyotes, including Glaisyer.

“Coach Bonaminio has always been by my side,” Glaisyer said. “He’s just an awesome man, and I can’t think of anybody who has contributed more to The College of Idaho. I think he needs to be recognized for all he’s done, and I’m just glad I can do it.”

The brick and locker campaign to support the Athletics and Outdoor Education Center also launched at the Coyote Reunion. In addition, the College on July 9 announced a $100,000 gift from the Larry and Marianne Williams Foundation in support of the new facility.

“It was a great weekend,” said Joe Hughes, director of athletic marketing. “Coach Moroski, the student-athletes and the brick and locker campaign were very well received, but most importantly, people had a great time visiting with friends and teammates they hadn’t seen in many years.”

Check out more Coyote Classics videos and details on football fundraising at www.yoteathletics.com/kickoff2014.

Judaic studies lecture series receives $200,000 gift

Howard Berger

The College of Idaho has received a $200,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation that will help endow a lecture series exploring contemporary Jewish issues and strengthen an initiative that establishes the College as a center for Jewish studies in the Intermountain West.

The gift will add to the endowment for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies, which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about tolerance, diversity, history and current events.

The Foundation and its chair, C of I alumnus Ray Neilsen ’88, were major supporters of the College’s recently completed $2.2 million initiative to fund the first fully endowed chair in Judaic studies in the Intermountain West.

C of I President Marv Henberg said that together, the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies will promote greater understanding of issues affecting the Jewish community in Idaho and the West.

“We are grateful for the support that the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has given to the College’s lecture series,” Henberg said. “The series will play a significant role in fostering more dialogue and understanding between people of different faiths and backgrounds in Idaho and beyond.”

Neilsen, a co-trustee of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, said that the lecture series will complement the work of a new professor in Judaic studies who will begin teaching at the College in fall 2014.

“Students at The College of Idaho and the broader public will benefit from the conversations our guest speakers will spark while also encouraging greater tolerance, diversity, human rights and interfaith awareness,” Neilsen said.

C of I welcomes Fulbright instructor in Chinese

Juliette Lin

Lin Yueh-Chih 林嶽峙 (Juliette) will teach courses in Chinese language and culture next year.

The College of Idaho will offer classes on Chinese language and culture this coming academic year, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about the world’s most populous nation. Lin Yueh-Chih 林嶽峙, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Taiwan, has been assigned to the College and will teach Chinese language and culture courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as Chinese grammar and phonetics during the winter 2014 session.

Having Lin come to the C of I is a great opportunity for students, political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley said.

“Courses in Chinese language and culture help prepare students in the social sciences and business with an international perspective,” said Dayley, who teaches Asian studies and other international political economy courses at the C of I.

Lin grew up in the countryside of Northern Taiwan near the tourist village of Jiufen. When she was nine, Lin’s parents started up a bed and breakfast and provided local tours for tourists. There was one problem: her parents didn’t speak English. They could only communicate through body language and gestures, so Lin undertook learning English, practicing her newfound English skills on tourists. Before long, she was showing foreigners how to bargain at local markets, teaching them what short cuts to take and sharing the stories behind local temples, schools and relics. Through those experiences, she discovered her calling: teaching.

Lin has taught English for more than five years and received her bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature at Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and her master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the same school. When Lin discovered the Fulbright scholarship, she devoted all her efforts to applying for the program.

Professor Dayley says Lin’s role at the College will be more than just an educator.

“Not only will she be teaching Chinese, but she will be an ambassador for Chinese culture and for Taiwan, her home country,” Dayley said. “The reach of Chinese cultural influence goes beyond the mainland throughout much of East and Southeast Asia.”


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.

July 22

Must See Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., C of I campus. Click for more info.

July 24

Alumni GOLD Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., Les Bois Park Turf Club (Garden City). Email [email protected] to RSVP!

August 5

Must See Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., C of I campus. Click for more info.

August 15

Alumni and Friends Night at the Caldwell Night Rodeo, 7:45 p.m. Discounted tickets available and RSVPs required! Call (208) 459-5301 or email [email protected]

August 17

McCall Area Alumni and Friends Reception, 5:30 p.m., Bistro 45. Click for info and registration!


Mike Moroski

C of I football coach Mike Moroski. Photo courtesy of Joe Jaszewski, Idaho Statesman.

The C of I football team was the subject of a huge piece in the Idaho Statesman sports section on June 23. The story, the first in a multipart series, included an in-depth article about head coach Mike Moroski, profiles on recruit Cory Brady and offensive coordinator Tim Keane, a diary by the Coyotes’ first signee, Marcus Lenhardt, an update on fundraising and a photo gallery.

The Idaho Press-Tribune also kicked off a series about Coyote football on June 23.

C of I students Rahul Sharma and Mark Bui recently were featured on the ASIANetwork website for their Davis Project for Peace in India, “Bringing Smiles Where They Never Were: Combating Facial Deformities and Affixed Social Superstitions though Education.” Sharma also is chronicling the experience on the C of I Student Experience Blog.

C of I track star Hillary Holt summed up her historic junior season and shared her goals for the future during a recent Q & A with KTVB sports reporter Jay Tust. Check it out!

Congratulations to C of I alumnus and U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge '57, who is celebrating 50 years on the bench, making him the longest-serving judge in Idaho history! Click here to read more about Lodge's exemplary career in the Idaho Statesman.

Check out the latest College of Idaho "Climb Higher" commercial featuring rock climbing champion Matt Fultz. Matt always has loved athletics and the outdoors, but his C of I education and one-on-one interaction with faculty have fueled his passion for helping others stay active and healthy. Check out more C of I commercials on the College's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goyotes.

C of I alumna Madison Machurek ’11 is enjoying great success as a personal trainer at The Grove Fitness Club and Spa in Boise. Machurek, a standout volleyball player at the C of I, also coaches volleyball at Vallivue High in Caldwell and recently was nominated by FUSION Magazine as one of three finalists for Treasure Valley Fitness Trainer of the Year.

C of I biology professor Dr. Don Mansfield recently delivered the keynote address to the joint meeting of the American Penstemon Society and the Idaho Native Plant Society at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise.

C of I student-athletes Austin Basterrechea and Hillary Holt have been honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America as first-team members of the Capital One College Division Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-America Team. They are the first first-team honorees in program history.

Check out our series of videos from the C of I Student Research Conference on the Go Yotes YouTube Channel! Today's featured video shows Katrine Franks, Mindi Price and Steven Birkinbine examining the effect of stress on a measure of emotional attention, the Attentional Control Capacity for Emotion (ACCE). Enjoy!

Former C of I track standouts Greg Montgomery ’13 and Dominic Bolin ’13 recently finished first and third, respectively, at the Dollar Mountain 10K race in Sun Valley. Click here to read more in the Idaho Mountain Express.

C of I English professor and Boise Poet Laureate Diane Raptosh wrote a special poem to celebrate Boise's 150th birthday on July 7.

The C of I football program made more summer headlines with a three-player signing at Twin Falls High School, another signing at Canyon Ridge High and a $100,000 gift made by alumnus Joe Glaisyer '73 during the Coyote Reunion in honor of former C of I football player and coach Ed "Buzz" Bonaminio '56.