2013. 09. 06
Class of 2017 joins the C of I family
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Earlier this week, College of Idaho freshmen, student leaders, faculty and staff kicked off the new school year with the McCall Wilderness Experience at Camp Ida Haven.
The 24-hour freshmen orientation is a College of Idaho tradition. This year welcomed the biggest class in school history, with 297 new students going to McCall.
After Freshman Move-In Day on Aug. 30, students attended meet and greet activities on campus such as the Club Fair and residence hall meetings to get acclimated to college life. This was the first year students didn’t go straight from move-in day to McCall, giving freshmen a chance to build relationships before hitting the wilderness.
As buses arrived Monday afternoon and the campers unloaded, an excited buzz spread throughout camp. Overcast skies and drizzling rain didn’t dampen the mood as newfound friends grouped together. What hadn’t sunk in yet for most students was that their fellow campers would be the people who’d share laughs, cries, secrets, challenges and successes for the next four years. Shyness won’t last long at a small college community like the C of I.
Once group activities commenced, Camp Ida Haven came alive. Each purple-shirted mentor manned an activity station, offering volleyball, board games, bocce ball, soccer, swimming, basketball and hiking. The volume increased with each goal scored, ball spiked, hoop made and swimmer dunked on a day filled with smiles and laughter.
After a delicious pasta bake dinner, everyone gathered on the basketball court for “Group Chaos,” an ice-breaker activity. With half of the group on one side of the court and half on the other, theatre professor Joe Golden asked questions such as “Were you born in Idaho?” “Have you snuck out of your parents’ house in the middle of the night?” and “Have you ever peed in the shower?” Students who answered “yes,” crossed over to the other side, hooting, high-fiving and grinning sheepishly along the way.
At the end of “Chaos,” students were asked to form a large circle and a smaller circle inside, rotating and introducing themselves to each new person in the opposite circle.
“So when Aunt Mary or Uncle Bob asks you if you met any new friends this weekend,” Golden said. “You can say, ‘Oh, just a couple hundred.’ ”
The fun went on late into the night. Cheering and whooping echoed across the grounds from the student bonfire and a midnight countdown marked the annual jump into the lake.
After a sleepy-eyed breakfast Tuesday morning, students split into small groups and moved from team-building station to station, testing their ability to work together and complete each task. Balancing twelve people on a teetering log, sling-shooting a ball into a bucket 20 yards away while blindfolded, and untangling a human knot were among the challenges conquered.
On Tuesday afternoon, tired students shuffled back onto the buses, sitting next to new friends and talking excitedly about their C of I futures. The Class of 2017 returned to campus with a strong sense of community that will last – and continue to grow – for the rest of their C of I careers. Good luck, Yotes!
C of I readies for Homecoming 2013
Click here to see photo highlights from last year's Homecoming festivities!
The College of Idaho is set to celebrate Homecoming 2013, which returns to late September this year and will once again feature the popular Taste of the Harvest festival. A full slate of events is planned for Sept. 26-29, including a tailgate party for the C of I vs. Southern Oregon volleyball match, the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner, a special “Seek the Greeks” reunion for fraternity and sorority members and “Embrace the Eights” reunions for the Classes of 1948, ’58, ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98 and ’08.
“Homecoming 2013 is going to be great fun!” said Sally Skinner ’78, director of alumni and parent relations. “We are excited to welcome alumni back to the campus with events that will offer nonstop entertainment along with plenty of time for visiting and reminiscing.”
For more information about Homecoming weekend, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/homecoming, call (208) 459-5301 or email [email protected]. Click here to register for Homecoming online.
A full schedule of events also is available online. Some of the weekend’s highlights include:
C of I Quiz Bowl: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, McCain Pub. Professor Jasper LiCalzi hosts a campus trivia contest for students, faculty and alumni. Free admission.
Coyote Open golf tournament: 11 a.m. Friday, Falcon Crest Golf Course (Kuna). Five-person scramble includes golf, cart, BBQ dinner, drinks, prizes and more for $100 per player. To register, contact Joe Hughes at (208) 459-5917 or [email protected].
College Store Grand Opening: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27, McCain Student Center. Celebrate the opening of the C of I's new College Store, including entry into prize drawings for those who attend the grand opening and purchase C of I apparel or gifts during Homecoming Weekend.
Volleyball match and tailgate: 5 p.m. Friday, Simplot Dining Hall and J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Tailgate party begins at 5 p.m., followed by C of I versus Southern Oregon at 7 p.m. $20 gets you dinner, your first drink and a C of I t-shirt. The game will be followed by a fraternity alumni bonfire. Go Yotes!
Night at the Museum: 7 p.m. Friday, Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History (Boone Hall basement). This event includes museum awards and a special presentation by Dr. Don Zaroban, the museum’s curator of fishes and author of Native Fishes of Idaho. Free admission.
Coyote Classic 4K: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Terteling Library lawn. Join us for a free fun run complete with prizes and C of I goodies! The race will be followed by the Coyote football team’s first public practice at 9:30 a.m.
Sorority Mimosa Alumni Brunch: 10 a.m. Saturday, McCain Pub/Patio. Alumni from all sororities are invited to attend this special reunion celebrating Greek life at the C of I. $15 covers brunch and mimosas.
Taste of the Harvest: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Morrison Quadrangle. This family-friendly event includes music, multicultural entertainment, activities for children and great local crafts, food and beverage. All proceeds benefit a C of I scholarship fund for first generation students whose parents are agricultural workers. Tickets cost $15 at the door.
Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner: 7 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. The C of I honors its Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Tickets cost $30. To be followed by the “Purple Tie Affair” dance at 9 p.m. – open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff with free admission for those who wear a purple tie!
Inspirational service: 10 a.m. Sunday, Langroise Center. The final event of homecoming is an inspirational church service featuring an alumni choir. The service will be preceded by an 8:30 a.m. choir practice, and all alumni and friends are invited to participate.
International students enjoy summers at home and abroad
C of I student Yan Gioseffi (far right) celebrated commencement 2013 with fellow international students Luis Reyes, Mauricio Santiago, Cristian Noya-Rada and Diana Melgarejo before returning to his native Brazil for the summer.
By Chelsea Larsen
Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series covering different aspects of The College of Idaho’s international student community.
Returning to school after summer break isn’t easy, but the excitement of a new year always wins out over the trepidation of starting classes. While some of The College of Idaho’s international students traveled home to spend their vacation with family and friends, many stayed close to campus for job opportunities and to experience summer in the Gem State.
Many international students save up during the school year to fly home for the summer. Unfortunately, these students miss out on Idaho’s warm summers while catching the worst of the chilly winters. Most don’t even realize what’s here until after their second or third year, when they finally decide to stay stateside and explore Idaho’s plentiful outdoor opportunities. And for some, there are better opportunities in Idaho than at home to work, study and earn money.
Tirso Garcia, a sophomore from Mexico, chose to stay in Caldwell his very first summer.
“I wanted to experience Idaho in other ways, outside of the school setting,” Garcia said. “I had the option to go home, but decided not to [because] there are not as many relevant work and internship connections.”
On the other side of the coin is Yan Gioseffi, a senior from Brazil who decided to travel home and visit beaches, work with his parents and practice soccer.
“I chose to go to Brazil because this is where home is,” Gioseffi said. “This is the time of year I actually have a chance to be with family.”
Gioseffi was able to save money over the year for his time in Brazil which made it easier for him to enjoy the summer. He stayed with his parents to save money on housing and food. This year, he is aiming to again manage his finances well in preparation for graduation and life after college.
“[Over the summer] I missed the [C of I] environment and my friends over here, so I’m excited and anxious to start my last year,” Gioseffi said.
As a freshman last fall, Garcia expected to encounter an “American Pie” college life, as many international students do. This preconception comes from the view of America that is dramatized in popular Hollywood movies. But while certain stereotypes apply to some Americans, Garcia says, “people are people [and] if you open yourself up there are exceptions.”
Being a part of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity has helped Garcia integrate into American culture, making connections with students outside of his international peers. However, he is looking forward to meet incoming freshmen from around the world and continue his involvement in the College’s ever-growing International Student Organization.
“I was lucky last year to have many upperclassmen as friends,” Garcia says. “They gave me a more realistic expectation of what happens after graduation.”
This year, Garcia’s graduated friends will be missed. But a new school year brings new friends and a chance to further the network that may lead him down a new path. Both Gioseffi and Garcia have many doors yet to be opened at The College of Idaho.
Though Gioseffi chose to go home and Garcia chose to stay in Idaho, those are not the only two options for international students. Others find work in another state, such as Ahmad Alfanatseh, a sophomore from Jordan who fulfilled an engineering internship in South Dakota. Or Rahul Sharma, a senior from India, and Minh “Mark” Bui, a junior from Vietnam, who teamed up to complete a Davis Project for Peace through Operation Smile in the Assam state of India.
No matter how far students venture from the College during summer break, they always find their ways back to campus come September. And they always have a story to tell.
'Columbine' author to speak on C of I campus
The College of Idaho will host guest speaker Dave Cullen, author of the bestselling book Columbine, on Monday, Sept. 9 inside Jewett Auditorium. Cullen, whose bestseller is the C of I’s first-year book for the 2013-2014 academic year, will speak and answer questions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the entire campus community and the public.
Columbine, a haunting portrait of two killers and their victims, won the Edgar Award, Barnes & Noble's Discover Award and the Goodreads Choice Award amongst several others. It spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and made two dozen “Best of 2009” lists, including the New York Times, LA Times and Publishers Weekly. Columbine also was declared Top Education Book of 2009 by the American School Board Journal.
Cullen spent 10 years writing and researching Columbine. According to his website, Cullen was driven by two questions: why did the killers kill, and what became of the survivors? The surprise was that most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn't about jocks, goths or the “Trenchcoat Mafia.” The killers didn't even see themselves as school shooters: their primary focus was bombing the school. Cullen lived in Denver while writing and researching the book. He moved to New York in 2010 and travels extensively to high schools and colleges. Cullen also has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Times of London, Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Daily Beast and Guardian. For more info, visit www.davecullen.com.
Each year, the C of I selects a First Year Theme to tie together a common reading – the First Year Book –and a series of campus events that serve to model intellectual engagement and to develop a sense of community among first-year students and the campus as a whole.
President Henberg to address State of the College
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg will discuss the recent successes and exciting future of Idaho’s oldest private liberal arts college during the 2013 State of the College address on Sept. 11.
The State of the College address will begin at 4 p.m. in Langroise Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell and is open to the public. The address also will be streamed live online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream.
During the past academic year, the College celebrated the largest and most diverse student body in the institution’s history. In the coming year, the C of I will welcome the return of its football program and establish a new master’s program in physician assistant studies, while also completing the first phase of a new $3.5 million Athletics Center.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much are 12,509 photos worth? Find out by checking out the C of I Flickr page, which includes exciting new galleries from the Athletic Center groundbreaking, the YoteFam Pep Rally, Freshman Move-In Day and more! Visit us at www.flickr.com/thecollegeofidaho.
The College of Idaho is now on Instagram! Check out our photos and join the fun at www.instagram.com/collegeofidaho#.
The College of Idaho is included in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 liberal arts college rankings. The C of I made the top 100, coming in at No. 81 overall and ranking No.5 in the category “Federal work-study funds spent on service.” Washington Monthly rates schools based upon their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research and service.
Check out new videos on the C of I YouTube channel, including coverage of Freshman Move-In Day, student president Matt Fouts' Convocation speech, Professor Greg McElwain's Convocation remarks, and coverage of the Sept. 5 groundbreaking for the College's new Athletic Center. For more, visit www.youtube.com/goyotes.
The C of I Theatre and Speech Arts Department will hold an informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Langroise Studio Theatre for ANY and ALL students interested in theatre on campus. Topics will include auditions for the fall play, the Scarlet Masque Student Theatre Organization, the C of I Fall Play Reading Series, student outings to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Boise Contemporary Theater and other ways to get involved! For more info, contact Professor Joe Golden at (208) 459-5836 or [email protected].
The Green Zoo Arts Collective – a local theater and music group that includes C of I alumni Thomas Newby ’11, Mike Ward ’11, Anthony Parry ’12, Jeff Young ’12, Fred Loucks ’12, Kylie Jones ’12 and Ricardo Osuna ’12 – debuts its second production at The WaterCooler theater in Boise this weekend. “A Night at the Zoo,” featuring the one-act plays Waiting Games and Like it was Never There, shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 21. Click here to read a review from the Boise Weekly and here to visit the group’s official website.
The C of I women's cross country team opens the season ranked No. 2 in the NAIA Top-25 poll, equaling the highest ranking in program history. Go Yotes!
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 senior Challis Cates, who is double-majoring in environmental studies and political economy with minors in history and pre-law. To see more Coyote Portraits, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/coyoteportraits.
Professor Steve Ackerman, an independent industry analyst and adjunct College of Idaho faculty member, recently was quoted in an Idaho Reporter article on Medicaid expansion.
Members of The College of Idaho community are invited to participate as vendors in the Taste of the Harvest, a scholarship fundraiser with fun activities planned for all ages on Sept. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. If you’d like to participate as a vendor contact Tracylea Balmer in Special Events by Friday, Sept. 13 at [email protected] or 459-5025.