C of I Newsletter

2013. 09. 20

back to archive


Bring Back the Pack at Homecoming next weekend!

Homecoming 2013 is less than a week away! Join us Sept. 26-29 on campus as we Bring Back the Pack with a jam-packed weekend of fun and activities for alumni, students, faculty and staff. As you can see in the Homecoming 2013 video, the C of I Coyote has been hard at work gathering alumni from near and far. We hope you’ll join the fun!

If you haven’t already done so, today would be a great day to register for Homecoming! Click here to register online, or for more info, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/homecoming, call (208) 459-5301 or email [email protected]. We also have a full schedule of events available online.

Special themes for Homecoming this year include a “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. Some of the weekend’s highlights include:

Thursday, Sept. 26: On-campus Greek event (6 p.m.), C of I Quiz Bowl hosted by Professor Jasper LiCalzi (8:30 p.m.).

Friday, Sept. 27: Coyote Open golf tournament (11 a.m., Falcon Crest), Tour the Archives (11 a.m.), grand opening for the new College Store (3:30 p.m.), volleyball tailgate party (5 p.m.), C of I volleyball vs. Southern Oregon (7 p.m.), Night at the Museum (7 p.m.), fraternity alumni bonfire (9 p.m.), Dutch Goose after party (9 p.m.).

Saturday, Sept. 28: Coyote Classic 4K fun run (8:30 a.m.), Coyote football team public practice (9:30 a.m.), Chalk Art Festival (10 a.m.), Sorority Alumni Mimosa Brunch (10 a.m.), Tour the Archives (11 a.m.), Embrace the Eights Luncheon (noon), Taste of the Harvest festival (1-5 p.m.), faculty/alumni reception (5:30 p.m.), Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner (7 p.m.), Purple Tie Affair dance (9 p.m.).

Sunday, Sept. 29: Alumni choir practice (8:30 a.m.), Inspirational Service (10 a.m.).

Raptosh makes National Book Award Longlist for Poetry

The awards continue to pile up for College of Idaho professor Diane Raptosh in 2013.

Raptosh, a 1983 C of I alumna who teaches English and creative writing, this week was named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry for her latest work, American Amnesiac. The list features ten authors, including many of the country's preeminent writers of contemporary poetry. Raptosh is joined by Frank Bidart, Roger Bonair-Agard, Lucie Brock-Broido, Andrei Codrescu, Brenda Hillman, Adrian Matejka, Matt Rasmussen, Martha Ronk and Mary Szybist.

The National Book Award Finalists will be announced Oct. 16. Winners will be revealed at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Gala on Nov. 20 in New York City.

“I noticed that the Longlist features many poetry collections highly charged with issues of social and political relevance,” Raptosh said. “This comes as no surprise, since the poet’s primary domain is the moral imagination. Even so, the country—and the planet it rests upon—needs the work of poets now more than ever. I am deeply honored that American Amnesiac is counted among this list, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Already in 2013, Raptosh was selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate and named Idaho’s Writer in Residence by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The Writer in Residence award is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award ($10,000) accorded to an Idaho writer.

Copies of American Amnesiac are available at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise. The store is offering to ship signed copies to anyone who orders. Call (208) 376-4229 or visit www.rdbooks.org for more info. The book also is available in the new College Store, located on the first floor of McCain Student Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. In addition to the National Book Awards, for which it is best known, the Foundation's programs include 5 Under 35, National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, NBA on Campus, the Innovations in Reading Prize and BookUp.

The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first Winner in Poetry, the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction, and so on through the years.

C of I College Store opens for business

College Store

The new C of I College Store in McCain. Photo and story by C of I student Cavan Gerrish.

The new C of I College Store is open for business on the main floor of McCain Student Center. The store, formerly located in the McCain basement, carries a wide assortment of new College of Idaho clothing, gift items and souvenirs. The Coyote logo stands out boldly on stylish t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and polo shirts. A fresh wave of products including sportswear, jackets and polo shirts also is available this year thanks to the College’s recent partnership with Under Armour.

Select t-shirts are available from as little as $9.95 to accommodate cash-strapped college students. Football t-shirts have been especially popular–the store quickly sold out of them on freshman move-in day.

“It’s nice that the store is really affordable now,” said C of I senior Erica Martens. “I had a great experience at the new store!”

College Store manager Susan Hunsperger, who also managed the old bookstore, said the more centrally located spot in McCain has been working extremely well. As students wait for food from the McCain Pub or do homework in the lounge, they can easily step in to browse for a new school pride item to wear to the next big Coyotes game.

“We are getting a lot more traffic upstairs,” Hunsperger said.

One big difference from the old store is that school books no longer are sold at the College Store. The C of I bookstore is now entirely digital, and students can buy, sell and browse for books online at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/collegeofidaho.htm.

“Students already have been buying most of their books online in [recent] past years,” Hunsperger said. “So it’s nice to not have to deal with books in-store.”

The College Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The store will host a grand opening celebration during Homecoming next week, set for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, before the tailgate party and volleyball game. Hunsperger also is taking suggestions from students about which products they would like to see offered at the College Store, and she said many new items should be available starting Monday, Sept. 23. So get shopping, Yotes!

C of I to host renowned legal commentator, expert on Jewish law

Elle s'appelait sarah" (2009)

A distinguished legal scholar who regularly comments on high-publicity cases for national media will speak at The College of Idaho on Oct. 3 as part of the College’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies.

Laurie L. Levenson, the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, will discuss Jewish law and ethics during her 7 p.m. lecture in the Langroise Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on C of I campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A live webstream of Levenson’s lecture will be available at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream. Click here to read more about Levenson and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship.

C of I earns national praise from 'U.S. News and World Report'


The College of Idaho continues to be placed among America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 10. The C of I placed No. 167 on the list, which ranks schools based on graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality.

“The College of Idaho’s continued strong endorsements by U.S. News and other third parties demonstrate how our faculty and staff provide an outstanding education to our students,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “We are dedicated to preparing young people with the knowledge, wisdom and character to thrive throughout their lives. Seeing The College of Idaho place so highly in multiple national rankings indicates that we are achieving our mission and providing a great value to our students.”

The C of I leads all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate (64 percent), freshman retention rate (81 percent), alumni giving percentage (35 percent) and highest percentage of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class (25%). And for the third consecutive year, the College is on U.S News’ list of “A-plus schools for B Students,” where students whose test scores and high school class standing put them outside straight “A” territory thrive academically. Regionally, the College ranks No. 7 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Northwest and No. 19 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the West.

The U.S. News ranking is one of several national recognitions the C of I has received in recent months. The College ranked No. 1 in Idaho on Forbes’ 2014 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and was named by College Factual as the No. 19 best college value in the nation based on a combination of academic quality and economic value. The 2014 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges also included The College of Idaho.

President Henberg delivers State of the College Address

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg discussed the recent successes, current challenges and future goals of the College during his 2013 State of the College Address on Sept. 11. Click on the video player to watch the address in its entirety.

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 Athletic Center. Henberg discussed these successes while also stressing the need for continued growth and emphasis in several areas, including outdoor education, international education and technology in the classroom.


Fall 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.

September 20

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring the Autumnal Equinox, 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. Click for more info.

September 21

Softball Alumni Game and Reunion, 11 a.m., Symms Field. For more info, or to RSVP, please contact coach Al Mendiola at (208) 459-5113 or [email protected]

September 22

Organ and piano benefit concert featuring alumnae Barbara Attebery and Sylvia Hunt in support of a C of I piano scholarship fund, 2:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for more info.

September 26-29

College of Idaho Homecoming 2013: Bringing Back the Pack! Click for registration and a full schedule of events!

September 28

Taste of the Harvest, 1 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Click for more details!

October 1

C of I welcomes guest lecturer Barry Estabrook, author of 'Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit,' 1 p.m., KAIC Shannon Lounge. Sponsored by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition and in cooperation with Boise State University.

October 3

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies presents special guest lecturer Laurie L. Levenson, 7 p.m., Langroise Center. Levenson, a distinguished legal scholar, will discuss Jewish law and ethics. Click for more details.

Through October 18

The Rosenthal Gallery of Art hosts the exhibitions 'Domestic Wild' and 'Debris' inside Blatchley Hall. Click for more info.



Look out for Tagged Tuesdays at the C of I! Every Tuesday, we'll post a new batch of student photos on the C of I Facebook page. Like, comment, share and tag yourself (and your friends!) in the photos and you'll be entered to win C of I swag! The fun begins Sept. 24. Let the tagging begin!

C of I football coach Mike Moroski recently was featured as the Boise Weekly “Citizen”, a popular Q & A with reporter George Prentice. Click here to read the article!

College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Chris Walser recently was interviewed in an Idaho Statesman article about the effects of recent forest fires on the South Fork of the Boise River.

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 Daisy Ambriz, a 2013 graduate who says the College prepared her not only for a career in medicine, but also for success in all aspects of life. To see more Coyote Portraits, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/coyoteportraits.

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 Langroise Trio is pleased to announce its 2013-14 performance schedule. Click here for all the details!

Payette River Rafting 2013

Check out dozens of new photos on the C of I Flickr page, including galleries from a recent Outdoor Program rafting trip, Convocation and the Mack Winsauer Memorial Scholarship Concert. Enjoy!

News of C of I English Professor Diane Raptosh’s most recent literary honor – inclusion on the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry – made the Idaho Statesman front page.

Former C of I football player and head coach Ed "Buzz" Bonaminio is the subject of the latest Coyote Classic video. Click to hear some great stories from a lifelong supporter of Coyote athletics, and check out more videos at www.yoteathletics.com/kickoff2014.

The Sept. 5 groundbreaking on the new C of I Athletic Center received photo coverage in the Idaho Business Review's "Out of the Office" section.

The College of Idaho has been named to Victory Media’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors schools that embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.