2013. 10. 04
C of I Brings Back the Pack for Homecoming 2013
Click here to check out more than 150 Homecoming photos on the C of I Flickr page.
The weather may have cooled down last week, but the heat of Homecoming kept everyone warm.
Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends turned out for more than a dozen events, and school spirit soared as the “Yote Fam” laughed, cheered, reminisced and competed, side by side.
The party on campus kicked off Tuesday with the inaugural students vs. faculty and staff volleyball game. McCain Student Center also was a hot spot throughout the week as the Outdoor Program and the new College Store celebrated grand openings of their new locations in McCain.
Alumni joined the fun Thursday for the annual C of I Quiz Bowl. The “Jasperdy” themed trivia contest, hosted by the gregarious Dr. Jasper LiCalzi, featured 10 teams of students, alumni and staff. After a tightly contested battle, Team National Alumni Board won the coveted prize – a signed photo of LiCalzi complete with a coupon good for buying Jasper a drink. Good times were had by all as the party continued with a bonfire in the Quad.
On Friday, festivities started with a tailgate party on Hayman Field. Bon Appétit catered the event and live music was provided by local blues/rock trio Marshall Poole. Old friends caught up and new friends were made under the cloudy September sky. After dinner, students played a game of flag football, setting the mood for the 2014 Homecoming game at Simplot Stadium.
Friday culminated in an epic five-set volleyball match between the Coyotes and Southern Oregon University. The crowd was electric and many students agreed that it was one of the best turnouts in recent memory for a sporting event, even though the Yotes lost a close one.
“The [turnout] has been a lot better this year, and I’m proud of our students,” said junior Oscar Mariscal. “It really shows we support our teams.”
After celebrating late into the night, 37 runners braved the chilly Saturday morning air to participate in the Coyote Classic 4K Fun Run around campus. Senior track athlete Austin Basterrechea came in first. Afterward, Coach Mike Moroski and the football team held an open practice on Symms Field. Students and alumni crowded the sidelines to watch C of I students play football on campus for the first time in more than 35 years. As the players ran their drills, it was apparent that the future of Coyote football is a promising one.
For Homecoming’s grand finale, the campus welcomed members of the Treasure Valley community to join the fun during the Taste of the Harvest festival in Morrison Quadrangle. With an air of local culture and fun for all ages, the festival gave guests an opportunity to enjoy the chalk art decorating the campus sidewalk, sculpted glass jewelry, handmade local crafts and wine samples provided by local vendors Fujishin Cellars, St. Rule Winery, Bitner Vineyards, Vale Wine Co. and Indian Creek Winery.
“This is my first Taste of Harvest,” said recent graduate Camille Flournoy ’13. “I really love this opportunity to become more connected locally and enjoy a good time with old friends.”
As for current students, Taste of the Harvest was a welcome addition to the last day of the Homecoming week.
“I think the festival was cool because we had the chance to welcome people outside of our school to come to be a part of our Homecoming,” said senior Katie Grohs. “I had a good time.”
Festivities concluded with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner as the College honored 2013 winners Don Haagensen ’67 (Distinguished Alumnus), Kyle Sales ’03 (Distinguished Young Alumnus), Dr. Wallace Lonergan ’50 and the late Eloise Anderson ’42 (Alumni Service Awards) and the Bruce Family, led by Jim Bruce ’41 (Family Heritage Award).
A special thanks goes out to all those who made Homecoming week great. See you in 2014!
'Yote Fam' takes flight at the C of I
A new mania is taking The College of Idaho campus by storm, covered in purple and gold face paint and bursting with school spirit.
Everywhere you look these days, “Yote Fam” is sweeping the campus, bringing a renewed sense of C of I pride to the student body and Coyote athletics. Yote Fam is at the heart of the craze, radiating feelings of campus engagement, unity and support for all Coyote teams by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“We really wanted to boost attendance and school spirit at athletic events,” said junior Oscar Mariscal, the ASCI Executive Council secretary. “It started last year on [student] senate. Over the summer, I started working with Kasey Allen and we got organized with the coaches. It’s crazy to see how much and how quickly it’s grown.”
In the past, the student spirit group was known as the “Coyote Crazies,” but this year’s students wanted something fresh. The group settled on “Yote Fam,” which began being used by students as a social media “hashtag” on Twitter and Facebook last year.
“It’s great because Yote Fam was created by the students,” Mariscal said. “It represents the close knit community we have here on campus. The freshmen have really run with it and the students are enjoying it. Everyone wants to be a part of the Yote Fam!”
On Sept. 3, Mariscal and Allen helped organize the inaugural Yote Fam Pep Rally, which drew hundreds and featured a “Harlem Shake” dance led by new men’s basketball coach Scott Garson. Ever since, big crowds are a regular sight at athletics events as the Yote Fam Facebook page and Twitter feed post reminders before games urging the campus to “Yote Up” and support the Coyotes.
In addition to enhancing the excitement for all students at sporting events, the infectious team spirit of Yote Fam has made a big impact on student-athletes.
“[Yote Fam] is the support you get from your peers, the encouragement that this is a community where we all look out for one another,” said senior basketball player Miguel Rodriguez. “Yote Fam isn’t a specific team, club or group. It’s the entire College community as a whole. It represents our unity and commitment to succeed.”
The Yote Fam wants to keep the student section full all year long and into the future, which starting next fall will include football games. With another record enrollment year, there are more students than ever to take part in Yote Fam, and campus spirit is at an all-time high. So Yote Up! Help make the Yote Fam a College of Idaho tradition that current students will be proud to carry on for years to come!
Become a part of the family! Click here to follow Yote Fam on Facebook and here for Twitter. You can also email email@example.com for more info. #YoteUp!!!
Busy Man on Campus: Moustapha Amadou Tidjani makes his mark as a leader
Moustapha Amadou Tidjani, far left, pictured with fellow Executive Council members Tyler Guryan, Matt Fouts and Oscar Mariscal.
By Chelsea Larsen
Editor’s note: This story is the third in a series covering different aspects of The College of Idaho’s international student community.
Life is busy for all students at The College of Idaho, but few have more on their plate than Moustapha Amadou Tidjani, a junior from Niger, Africa.
Tidjani has become a leader on campus, most notably through his role as treasurer for the Associated Students of The College of Idaho Executive Council. Some of his responsibilities for the year include organizing a forum to discuss funds allotted for student activities, advocating the importance of leadership roles in EC and Student Senate, and setting aside a budget for students to apply for funding to help pay for school-related trips, events, books and project materials. EC is determined to spend student fees wisely, Tidjani said, and it already has ordered new picnic tables for the Quad as well as “Yote Fam” t-shirts to promote school spirit.
Tidjani’s work as EC Treasurer is his most prominent position on campus, but it’s just one on a long list that also includes service as treasurer for the International Student Organization and AFRO Club, vice president duties for African Chorus Club, membership in the Indoor Soccer Club and work as a French tutor with the Academic Support Center as well as for Bon Appetit in Simplot Café.
Needless to say, Tidjani’s many obligations and full class schedule keep him plenty busy. But through it all, he remains committed to encouraging student involvement, particularly from his fellow international students.
“I am interested in getting the international community out there and known,” Tidjani said. “But I’m even more interested in promoting the diverse side of campus.”
One of Tidjani’s primary goals is to bring transparency to the ISO so that American students can better understand and embrace the diversity international students bring to campus. At the same time, he wants to encourage his international peers to step outside of the ISO and immerse themselves into American culture on campus.
“I think the more you go out, the more friends you make and the more you like this place,” Tidjani said. “It’s great to make American friends, too, so you build more connections.”
Moustapha knows first-hand how tough it can be to integrate into a new culture, but he also has experienced the advantages to being an active part of the campus community. He is encouraging his peers to do the same, and it seems to be working. More international students are running for senate this year than ever before, and many others have been inspired to participate in campus activities, join clubs and become leaders in their own right.
As a campus leader, Tidjani is making a real impact in the lives of his fellow students. And for him, that makes every busy second worth it.
College sets new records for enrollment, campus diversity
The College of Idaho has 1,122 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year, an increase of just under 6 percent from last year’s enrollment, according to the official tenth-day figures released by the institutional research department. This year’s enrollment is the highest in the history of the College, topping the previous high of 1,059 students in 2012-2013.
President Marv Henberg noted that the College’s excellent academic program and vibrant campus life is continuing to attract students with strong academic records as demonstrated by their ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA.
“Students come to The College of Idaho because they know we offer an education that will prepare them for success throughout their lives,” Henberg said. “Our PEAK curriculum, which enables students to earn a major and three minors in four years, gives our graduates the versatility and breadth of knowledge that are needed in every career path. Moreover, our professors are nationally recognized for being outstanding teachers.
“It’s gratifying to see students and parents recognize that The College of Idaho is a great investment in their future.”
The College of Idaho continues to enjoy a diverse student body, including a record 21 percent of full-time degree-seeking undergraduates who are domestic students of color.
In addition, 86 international students representing 46 countries are enrolled this year, giving the C of I one of the highest proportions of international students among Northwest colleges.
“Having students of various cultures, nationalities and ethnicities share their experiences is an important part of The College of Idaho community,” Henberg said. “Understanding other peoples and perspectives is crucial in a global economy, and our students are constantly having those interactions on our campus.”
Approximately 77 percent of the College’s students are Idaho residents, and students from 18 other states also are represented on campus.
Help us celebrate Founder’s Day at The College of Idaho! On Monday, Oct. 7, we’re marking the anniversary of the first day classes were taught at the College. Wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us by wearing your C of I purple and sending us your photos. Nowhere is too far to participate –just ask Travis Guy ’06! Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the C of I Facebook page Monday as part of the Photo of the Week contest. Hail, College of Idaho!
C of I business professor Dr. Scott Johnson has a new monthly column, “The College of Idaho on Business,” in the Idaho Statesman’s weekly Business Insider section. Click here to read Johnson’s first column, and look for his work every month in Business Insider, which is published every Tuesday.
Hey football fans, it's "Zero Year," and the Coyotes are busy preparing to take the field next fall! Check out our new series of Coyote Spotlight videos with members of the football team. Fittingly, our first video features tight end Marcus Lenhardt, the first recruit of C of I coach Mike Moroski. Go Yotes!
Join the Yote Fam on social media! Hey Yotes, keep up on all things C of I by following the College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr! We also have a Facebook events page, Yotes on the Go, with daily updates about events on campus!
Wanted: A new College of Idaho fight song! Don't miss your chance to be a part of the tradition and legacy of The College of Idaho! The College is hosting a contest for a new, original song to be played at campus and athletic events. This contest is open to students, alumni and friends. Please submit your original composition – an MP3 recording and score, if possible – before Jan. 15, 2014. Contest entries will be reviewed a committee made up of faculty, staff and student representatives. Submit entries to alumni director Sally Skinner at email@example.com. Go Yotes!
Jan Summers Duffy, an archaeologist and curator at The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, recently attended an Egyptology conference in Santa Ana, Calif. The conference focused on the work of Professor Barry Kemp, one of the world’s top Egyptologists. Click here to read more.
Check out the 2013 series of Coyote Portrait interviews, featuring C of I students and professors talking about what makes a C of I education unique. Today's video features biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland, who says the opportunity for students to perform meaningful research alongside their professors is one of the College's biggest strengths. To see more Coyote Portraits, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/coyoteportraits.
C of I alumnus Dr. James W. Smith ’64 recently was appointed to the Hoover Institution’s Board of Overseers. Smith, a cardiologist in private practice at Saint Luke’s Boise Heart Clinic, is a longtime supporter of the Hoover Institution, a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. Its Board of Overseers is a vigorous and engaged board, with members elected to five-year terms. Smith and his wife, Mary Barbara, also are generous supporters of the C of I. The couple recently donated $1 million to Phase II of the Boone Science Hall renovation project.
C of I alumnus Jan Boles ’65 recently had one of his panoramic photographs, “Granaries at Soda Springs,” included as part of a touring show at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. The piece, which will be on display in Pendleton through Oct. 30, also is part of the permanent collection of the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University.
C of I alumna Alise (Lindquist) Erickson ’06 and her mother, Robin Wylie, recently created the blog Kiss My Tractor, which aims to provide trustworthy, well-documented information about modern agriculture in a friendly, easy-to-read format. Check out the blog at www.kissmytractor.wordpress.com, or visit the Kiss My Tractor page on Facebook.