C of I Newsletter

2013. 08. 23

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C of I celebrates groundbreaking of new Athletics Center

Athletic and Outdoor Education Center (North view)

The start of construction for The College of Idaho’s $3.5 million Athletics Center will be celebrated during a Sept. 5 groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. on Symms Field, launching an approximately 11-month construction project for the first new building on campus since the Village Apartments were completed in 2002.

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, Board of Trustees Chair Hon. Candy Dale, cross country/track and field head coach Pat McCurry and football head coach Mike Moroski will speak during the groundbreaking for the Center, which will provide training and support facilities for the College’s student-athletes, including the reinstated football team that begins competition in fall 2014.

C of I athletic director Marty Holly said the Athletics Center will be an exciting addition for the entire campus.

“Obviously, we can’t really have a football team without this facility,” Holly said. “But this building is going to give us so much more workout space, training space, teaching and coaching space and locker room space that all students can enjoy. This is going to be a win-win that helps everybody.”

Construction is getting under way on the first phase of the Athletics Center. Phase two of the project will add a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center to the facility, bolstering the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature.

For more information about the Athletics and Outdoor Education Center, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/footballcampaign.

Check out the latest issue of 'Quest' magazine

The College of Idaho has published its summer 2013 issue of Quest magazine, which is in mailboxes now. The issue has a theme of “Nature,” a tribute to the College’s Idaho location and longstanding tradition of giving students opportunities to explore, learn about and enjoy the outdoors.

Features in the current Quest include a profile of 102-year-old alumna Dorothy Custer ’33, whose adventurous spirit and sense of humor have made her an Idaho celebrity and a national Internet sensation. The issue also features student-faculty research projects focusing on Idaho’s ecosystems and the story behind the College’s student-run Outdoor Program. The photo essay features the winning submissions from an online nature photo contest amongst C of I alumni, students and staff.

Quest, the official magazine of The College of Idaho, is published three times each year. Click below to read an interactive online version of Quest. Or, to view archived past issues, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/quest.


C of I welcomes aboard new faculty members

Nine new educators will instruct and advise students at The College of Idaho this school year. The College’s newly hired faculty members are:

Kevin Talbert, assistant professor of education. Talbert received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami University in Ohio. Before graduate school and doctoral studies, Talbert was a high school teacher in Lima, Ohio.

Jennie Daniels, assistant professor of Spanish. Daniels received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Daniels comes to the C of I from the English and Modern Languages Department of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Matthew North, associate professor of business and accounting. North has western roots: he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Utah. Before coming to the C of I, North was an associate professor at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Lance McGrath, associate professor/user services librarian. McGrath received his library science degree from the University of North Texas. McGrath has strong ties to Canyon County; he comes to the C of I from the library at Northwest Nazarene University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree.

Kyle Cheesewright, instructor and interim director of speech and debate. Cheesewright comes to the C of I from Southern Illinois University, where he is finishing up his Ph.D. Cheesewright earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Colorado State University and California State University, Long Beach, respectively.

Cara Laney, visiting assistant professor of psychology. Laney most recently held a similar position at Reed College in Portland, Ore. Laney earned her Ph.D. in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine.

Celeste Bolin, visiting assistant professor of biology. Bolin is the sabbatical replacement professor for Dr. Mark Gunderson. Bolin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Montana and has spent the past three years researching breast cancer at Boise State University.

John Danielson, instructor in business and accounting. Danielson comes from Meridian and is a C of I alumnus. He is an experienced businessman and currently is a managing partner of Vale Wine Company.

Yueh-Chih Lin (English name: Juliette Lin), Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Chinese. Lin has spent most of her life learning and mastering the English language. She received her education from the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She was profiled in a release earlier this summer.

The College of Idaho is proud to welcome these new educators to Caldwell and excited to see their contributions benefit students, the faculty and the entire C of I community!

Caldwell Fine Arts readies for 2013-14 season

Caldwell Fine Arts

Caldwell Fine Arts is set to kick off its 53rd season celebrating performing arts inside Jewett Auditorium on The College of Idaho campus. The 2013-2014 season begins Sept. 7 with the Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run fundraiser and C of I Faculty Showcase, “The Lighter Side of Serious,” featuring members of the College’s art, music and theatre faculty. CFA will offer 14 events in all, showcasing a wide variety of live performances ranging from ballet and Baroque to fiddles and folklorico.

Longtime CFA director Sylvia Hunt, a 1959 C of I graduate, is excited about this year’s lineup, which includes a diverse blend of new acts and returning audience favorites. She also is pleased to announce simplified and lower ticket pricing, with “A” level seating at $20 for adults/$10 for children, “B” level at $15/$8 and “C” level at $10/$5.

“There isn’t a bad seat in Jewett Auditorium,” Hunt said. “For the price of a movie ticket, we can give members of our community a live experience they never will forget.”

Season tickets and flex packages also are available starting at $49 and, as always, C of I students receive free admission to all CFA events. For more information, please visit www.caldwellfinearts.org or call (208) 459-5783. CFA also has a Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/caldwellfinearts.

Here is the 2013-2014 Caldwell Fine Arts schedule. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Sept. 7: Beat Beethoven 5K and Fun Run – Can you run a 5K in the time it takes to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? Join Caldwell Fine Arts for this annual education outreach fundraiser and find out! Kids Sonatina Scamper begins at 9 a.m., followed by Beat Beethoven 5K at 9:30.

Sept. 7: C of I Faculty Showcase: The Lighter Side of Serious – College of Idaho faculty members from the art, music and theatre departments serve up artistic excellence with a smile on the side.

Oct. 14: Midiri Brother Jazz Sextet –
This sensational group is described as “one of the most exciting small swing units around today.” Featuring music of the Benny Goodman Sextet, the Midiri Brothers light up the stage on the clarinet and vibraphone.

Oct. 30: Everything Fitz –
This family band features the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s champion fiddlers and step dancers. You’ll see everything from jigs to jazz and bluegrass to swing, along with Celtic and gospel favorites.

Nov. 16: Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz – "Quetzalli" is one of the most popular folklorico companies touring out of Mexico. Colorful costumes, spectacular dances and captivating music combine to express the beautiful culture of the Mexican people.

Dec. 11: Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker – A holiday tradition and sell-out show! Local dancers join the professional company in this annual family favorite set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music.

Dec. 11-12: Clara’s Tea Party – In conjunction with a performance of the Nutcracker or as a stand-alone event, Clara’s Tea Party combines treats, dancing, face-painting, crafts and visits from Nutcracker dancers for one magical experience! Tickets are just $5, with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. and noon on Dec. 12.

Dec. 12: Nutcracker Junior – All the wonder and excitement of the Nutcracker...in a smaller shell. This 11 a.m. performance is perfect for younger children or those who prefer a shorter morning show.

Feb 7-8: Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Rapunzel – Local children shine on stage in this beloved “hair-raising” tale. Everyone who auditions receives a role either in the MCT production or preshow. Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for children. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Feb. 8: Boise Baroque Orchestra – Thrilling music that has endured for centuries, played by some of the Treasure Valley’s most accomplished musicians. This show features oboe soloist Lindsay Edwards.

March 7: Boise Baroque Orchestra – Thrilling music that has endured for centuries, played by some of the Treasure Valley’s most accomplished musicians. This show features Renaud Boucher Browning on double bass.

March 18: Alexander Schimpf – After bringing enthusiastic audiences to their feet throughout Europe, Alexander Schimpf became the first German to win the coveted 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. His spectacular talent will shine in this program of romantic favorites.

April 12: Stories in Our Lives: Finding and Sharing Family Stories with Steven Henegar –
Rediscover the stories that strengthen families and communities. Learn techniques for exploring memory, elements of a well-crafted story and simple, effective performance tools. This workshop provides in-depth instruction by master storyteller Steven Henegar. It begins at 10 a.m. and all tickets are $10.

April 29: BYU Singers – This elite ensemble has won competitions and wowed audiences from Russia to Africa. They’ve earned a reputation as a versatile choir with an impressive repertoire and a captivating stage presence.


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.

August 23

Alumni and Friends Night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 7:30 p.m. (Boise). Plus, don't miss a special 6:30 p.m. lecture on the evening's play, 'King Richard III,' by C of I history professor Dori Johnson '00!

August 24

Bug Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise). Produced in partnership with The College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Click for more info.

August 30

Convocation ceremony, 7 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

September 8

Mack Winsauer Memorial Scholarship Concert featuring the Sawtooth Cello Choir directed by C of I music professor Samuel Smith, 2:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Also featuring C of I student vocalists Jordan Bowman and Katy Lootens. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local cellists in honor of the late Mack Winsauer.

September 11

President Marv Henberg's State of the College Address, 4 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Open to the entire C of I community.


Meet Dorothy Custer '33, one of The College of Idaho's most adventurous alumni. Click to hear Dorothy talk about her recent BASE jump of the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, taking botany classes from Dr. William Judson Boone and her appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For more on Dorothy, check out the current issue of Quest magazine or read her story on the C of I website.

C of I alumna Sue Weitz (’71) recently retired as vice president for student life at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Weitz, who began her career in student services at the C of I, was Gonzaga’s first female vice president. She was beloved by students and staff at Gonzaga, which recently featured her in its faculty and staff newsletter, Spirit.

Diane Raptosh: American Amnesiac Release

C of I alumna and English professor Dr. Diane Raptosh '83 recently released her new book, American Amnesiac, during a book signing event at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise. Click here to see more pictures from the event and here to read more about Raptosh's new book.

C of I alumnus Jake Zborowski ’99 recently was quoted in an Information Week article about some changes to Microsoft Office 365. Zborowski is the group product manager for Office 365.

College of Idaho senior Jordan Bowman recently was featured by her hometown newspaper, the Idaho State Journal. Bowman, a senior music major from American Falls, is giving a public recital Sunday in Pocatello and has a busy school year in store, including roles directing and performing in The Magic Flute.

Check out the 2013 series of Coyote Portrait interviews, featuring C of I students and professors talking about what makes a College of Idaho education unique. Topics of discussion include the PEAK Curriculum, student-faculty interaction, campus life and more. Today's video features political economy professor Dr. Jasper LiCalzi. To see more Coyote Portraits, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/coyoteportraits.

The C of I women's cross country team has been picked to repeat as Cascade Conference champion this season in a vote by league coaches. The Coyotes return a strong team, led by defending conference and national champion Hillary Holt.

The 2013-2014 C of I Student Experience Blogs are up and running. Click here to check out the latest humor, stories and insights from our talented student journalists!