2013. 11. 01
Student completes 'Water for Peace' project in Haiti
It was an eventful summer for College of Idaho student Margarette Pierre-Louis, who completed her “Water for Peace” project by bringing 2,375 gallons of water, 240 trees and 300 water bottles to her hometown of Nan Misye, Haiti.
Pierre-Louis, a sophomore environmental studies major, hopes the project will bring peace to the village she calls home. In addition to bringing water and supplies, “Water for Peace” focused on education and planting seeds of change in the Nan Misye community.
“A lot of small villages in Haiti lack access to water, which leads to a lot of conflict,” Pierre-Louis said. “We need to solve that problem and give people a way to improve their lives, because everyone knows that water is life.”
The project began during the spring, when Pierre-Louis conceptualized “Water for Peace,” and began planning and fundraising. Thanks to support from her local church, Caldwell First Baptist, and Pastor Dick Shaw, Pierre-Louis raised $11,580 to purchase 19 125-gallon water tanks. Through gutter-like structures, the tanks collect rainwater – a naturally clean and abundant water source in Haiti’s mountainous regions – from the roofs of houses.
In July, Pierre-Louis and her husband, Keveny, began collecting materials in Haiti and visiting the areas where the tanks would be installed. The couple held meetings with the villagers to explain the objective of the project.
“At first, some did not understand how the project would develop and misunderstood me to be making a profit off of the people,” Pierre-Louis said. “But when I explained everything they were eager and willing to work.”
In each area where tanks were installed, Pierre-Louis built management committees to enforce the rules of working as a team such as respect, sharing and proper maintenance of the water. She taught villagers about a treatment process for drinking water: setting full water bottles on a table under the sun for six to nine hours, which is a good preventative practice even though the raw rainwater is drinkable.
With Pierre-Louis’ leadership and encouragement, the locals helped install the strategically placed tanks. Depending on the size of the area, three to five families would share one tank of water – more than enough for them to drink, cook and wash with, provided they take good care of it. Pierre-Louis emphasized the importance of trees, planting 240 seedlings and encouraging proper care of them to slow the process of deforestation. Pierre-Louis’ host family, Kandee and Freddie Harris from Caldwell First Baptist, also made the trip and taught villagers how to manage relationships and deal with conflicts.
As a child, Pierre-Louis used to join her village’s women and children in walking the two-hour trek to retrieve the water needed for drinking and irrigating crops. In addition to the physical hardship, conflicts over the limited water supply often led to violence and sometimes even death.
Easing the tension between people and creating an easier way to obtain water were Pierre-Louis’ primary goals with the “Water for Peace” project.
“There is something different that can be done instead of just leaving and forgetting about the problems back home,” Pierre-Louis said. She hopes to continue the project in the future and return with even more ideas on how to better her community and environment.
Today, the people of Nan Misye are happy with the sudden change in their lives. Pierre-Louis says the villagers are starting to think outside the box, coming up with their own creative ways to improve their community.
“I believe this project not only provides clean water, but also brings hope and empowers Haitians to make a difference in their situation by working together,” she said.
C of I students honored at National Model UN Conference
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The College of Idaho brought home two awards from the National Model United Nations Conference held Oct. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The C of I team, representing the West African nation of Togo, was named an “Honorable Mention Delegation,” an award that placed the C of I in the top 25 percent of all participating delegations and continued a string of five consecutive award-winning national conferences for the team. Model UN delegations are awarded for successfully advocating their country’s positions, leading other delegations in negotiations, and properly using the rules of procedure.
Two students – senior Courtney Indart and junior Cody Main – also were named “Outstanding Delegates” in their committee, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The award is the highest individual honor a delegate can receive, and only four of the 170 students representing more than 75 delegations in the ICPD committee were honored.
Indart and Main’s sponsored resolution on the topic of urbanization and development passed the committee on the final day with no dissent. Outstanding Delegates are determined through peer voting and recognize students who emerge as respected diplomats and leaders during the three-day conference. Only one C of I student had received the honor previously.
Other C of I team members delivered speeches, wrote resolutions and cooperated with other delegations working on a range of difficult topics. Senior Joe Taylor, Head Delegate, served on the U.N. Security Council, where he helped lead deliberations on counter-terrorism and security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Senior Matt Fouts and junior Julia Levy negotiated a measure to manage the destruction of chemical weapons on the General Assembly First Committee. Junior Annie Srivanich-Raper and senior Afsha Sethi, serving on the General Assembly Second Committee, worked on supporting entrepreneurship for development. And while working for the Food and Agriculture Organization, junior Morgan Thornberry negotiated measures to enhance food security as senior Maria Lynch and junior Madai Montes sponsored measures related to enhancing sustainable energy.
During the visit to Washington D.C., students also connected with a number of alumni who live and work in the area. David Bonine ’97 organized a tour of the U.S. Capitol through the office of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), for whom he serves as Legislative Director, and Ben Thomas ’07 hosted a C of I alumni gathering at We the Pizza, Spike Mendelsohn’s pizza restaurant near the Capitol.
'Short Stories' exhibition opens today at Rosenthal Gallery
The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art is pleased to announce “Short Stories,” a new exhibition of mixed media sculpture by Boise artist Sue Latta. An opening reception is set for 4:30 p.m. today and the show will remain on display through Dec. 6 in the Rosenthal Gallery, located inside Blatchley Hall.
Latta is a mixed media sculptor who works in steel, rubber, resin, rawhide, cast aluminum, wood, glass, found objects, photographs, paper and iron. The exploration of what a given material can do is a big part of her working process, but her primary goal is to create sculptural forms that engage viewers on an emotional level, often by suggesting stories that viewers themselves develop on the basis of cues provided by her imagery. That process is the theme of the “Short Stories” exhibition.
During her more than 15-year professional career, Latta has been awarded public commissions supported by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Boise City Arts Commission. Her work is displayed in permanent collections at the University of Nevada-Reno, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and numerous private galleries. Latta earned an MFA in sculpture from Boise State University, where she is an adjunct professor of art. She also teaches private workshops on welding, resin-casting and woodworking. For more information, please visit www.suelatta.com.
Admission to “Short Stories” is free and open to the public. The Rosenthal Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are unable to see the show during those times, or if you would like to schedule a private viewing, please make an appointment by contacting C of I art professor Dr. Garth Claassen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a campus map, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/map.
C of I theatre presents 'Baby with the Bathwater'
John Wicks, left, and Jordan Bowman, right, star in 'Baby with the Bathwater,' opening Nov. 7
The College of Idaho theatre department is pleased to present its 2013 fall main stage production Baby with the Bathwater, a comedy written by Christopher Durang and directed by C of I adjunct theatre instructor Kathy Simpson. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and shows at 7:30 nightly on Nov. 8, 9 and Nov. 13-16 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There also will be a closing matinee show at 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. C of I students receive a free ticket, and all seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, call the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426. For more information, call (208) 459-5836.
Baby with the Bathwater is a two-act comedy about new parents Helen and John – who are completely unprepared for parenthood – bringing home and raising their newborn child. The play features an ensemble cast of C of I students headlined by Jordan Bowman and John Wicks as the lead couple. The crew includes Michael Hartwell (scenic design), Deborah Penrod (lighting design) and Freddie Loucks (sound design).
“I think what I enjoy most about the show is that it’s so absurd, but the characters seem so real,” said Wicks, a freshman theatre major from Vallivue High in Caldwell. “It’s a very imaginary world that we try to make feel as though it’s something that could actually happen.”
Simpson is enjoying her first directing job at the C of I, and she says audiences will enjoy the show, too.
“Durang plays aren’t done frequently because they are really hard to do,” Simpson said. “The actors are doing a phenomenal job. We have four freshmen in the show, kids who are brand new to the college experience, and they are bringing great energy and humor to the performance.”
For more information about theatre at The College of Idaho – including a list of upcoming performances – please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/theatre.
The College of Idaho basketball teams are ready for a great season! Fans got their first look at the Coyote squads during "Meet the Yotes Night" on Oct. 29. Click the video player to watch all the highlights from a night of high-flying action, or check out a photo gallery on Flickr. Go Yotes!
The College of Idaho has launched a new, football-themed radio show titled “Yotes Den with Mike Moroski.” The show, hosted by Voice of the Coyotes Mike Safford, airs every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. on KOOL Oldies 99.5 FM (or online at http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KKOO). Fans also are encouraged to attend the show live at Stewart’s Bar and Grill in Caldwell. Be sure to tune in!
C of I alumna Amanda Frickle ’12 recently participated in the warden’s welcome for the new class of Rhodes Scholars entering the University of Oxford in England. Click here to check out more photos from the event on the Rhodes Trust Flickr page.
C of I President Marv Henberg recently published a "Reader's View" op-ed in the Idaho Statesman. Henberg discussed the importance of ensuring that Idaho's young students are going on to college.
Hey football fans, check out our new C of I football recruitment video! Be sure to pass it along to any outstanding young men who might want to play football for the Coyotes! For more football coverage, visit www.yoteathletics.com/kickoff2014. Go Yotes!