C of I Newsletter

2013. 11. 26

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Holt captures seventh national title

2013 NAIA Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to College of Idaho senior Hillary Holt and the Coyote women’s cross country team, which capped an incredible season with a second-place team finish Saturday at the NAIA National Championships in Lawrence, Kan. Holt successfully defended her individual championship to claim the seventh national title of her illustrious running career, while teammates Sora Klopfenstein and Lila Klopfenstein also earned All-America honors.

Battling sub-freezing temperatures and a wind chill in the teens, Holt outkicked rival Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist to defend her national title. Locked into a two-runner duel for the majority of the 5,000-meter race, Holt made a big move with 800 meters remaining and pulled away to win in 16:48, the second-fastest time in program history. It is the sixth individual national title of her career.

“There was never a gap between the two,” C of I coach Pat McCurry said of the race. “They were neck-and-neck until Hillary executed the race plan perfectly and made her move at the correct time and wasn’t matched.”

Click here to read more about the Coyotes’ runner-up finish and here to check out photos from the race on the C of I Flickr page. Go Yotes!

C of I coach takes on domestic violence in new book

Mike Shines

For more than 40 years, Mike Shines has helped motivate College of Idaho student-athletes and others to achieve their goals and maximize their performance. Now, the College’s long-time strength and conditioning coach has a new goal: helping the victims of domestic violence and encouraging greater awareness of the problem.

Shines is raising funds through sales of his newly-published book I’ll Never Tell, which features motivational and inspirational quotes from unknown authors and an Idaho celebrity, accompanied by his own photographs of Idaho landscapes and nature.

Shines decided to tackle the project several years ago after witnessing a man strike his wife outside a lounge in Boise.

“Everyone was standing there just watching,” Shines said. “I was watching too until he pushed and slammed her onto my car. That was a gut check for me, and I had to make sure that I got involved and took action. Everyone needs to get involved; this is what it’s all about.”

Shines, who is in his 22nd year at the C of I, hopes that his book will appear in homes, hotels and businesses throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond to encourage people to take action to prevent domestic violence.

So far, Shines has been promoting the book to the many friends he’s made during four decades as a strength coach and fitness consultant as well as through social media and his website www.mikeshinesinc.org. He said 86 percent of earnings from sales of I’ll Never Tell will be donated to organizations addressing domestic violence, with the remainder covering the costs of producing the book.

The book went on sale in early November, and shortly afterwards Shines made his first donation to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise. He plans to donate additional proceeds to other local organizations working to aid the victims of domestic violence.

Though I’ll Never Tell has been out less than a month, Shines is already planning for future editions. Every October, which is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Shines plans to publish another edition of I’ll Never Tell with new quotes and photographs. Eventually, Shines would like to add quotes from the College’s faculty and coaches.

“For years I’ve sent letters to a number of celebrities and gotten several responses,” Shines said. “It’s great to see that support for what we’re trying to do. Domestic violence is something people are really uncomfortable talking about, but we need to change that and stop it from happening.”

Feast of Carols headlines C of I concert season

C of I Chorale performs student Danielle Danker's "Snow" during the 2012 Feast of Carols.

The College of Idaho music department is ringing in the holiday season with a series of concerts highlighted by the Feast of Carols. This annual holiday showcase is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, inside Jewett Auditorium and will include performances by the College’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Sinfonia, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Major Sixth a cappella sextet and the Middleton High School Chamber Singers. The free concert is open to the public and will be followed by holiday refreshments in the foyer of the adjacent Langroise Center.

The Feast of Carols has become a C of I holiday tradition and audience favorite in recent years. Highlights of this year’s show include Antonio Vivaldi’s multi-movement work “Gloria” – which will showcase the C of I ensembles as well as the Middleton Chamber Signers and standout C of I student vocalist Jordan Bowman – as well as opportunities for audience members to sing along with their favorite carols.

“The Feast of Carols is a great showcase of the College’s music department because it’s really the only time you can hear all of our ensembles on one stage in one night,” C of I choral director Brent Wells said. “We’ll do some well-known carols as well as some lesser-known music, so there will be some old classics as well as something new for everyone.”

The Feast of Carols – which will be streamed live at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream – is one of several C of I concerts in December. The Sinfonia (Dec. 4), Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble (Dec. 5), Piano Studio (Dec. 7) and Chamber Music (Dec. 8) groups also will give live public performances on campus. Each of those shows begins at 7:30 p.m. in Langroise Recital Hall. For more info about the C of I music department and student ensembles, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/music.

C of I students enjoy summer trip to Mexico

C of I Mexico Trip 2013 (4)

Click here to check out more photos of the C of I study abroad experience in Mexico!

Over the river and across the desert to….Mexico we go? That was the opportunity 13 College of Idaho students enjoyed over the summer when history professor Dr. Mee-Ae Kim led a study abroad experience south of the border. The 24-day trip emphasized cities in Mexico as the C of I group explored Pre-Columbian, Colonial and modern cities, studying the ways Mexican civilization has changed through the years. Professor Kim led the spring term preparatory course “Mexico: The City as Place and History” prior to the trip, equipping students with a wealth of knowledge before leaving Caldwell.

Once in Mexico, the C of I group traveled to new cities nearly every day. From Tulum to Mexico City, the students experienced a wide variety of Mexican locales, from the beautiful colonial city of Merida to the small mountain town of San Cristobal de las Casas. A highlight of the trip was visiting Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

“I was able to spend my 20th birthday with my favorite professor and a group of friends in my favorite historical site in the world, Chapultepec Park,” C of I student Chelsea Frisbee said. “And we spent a morning climbing the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, one of largest pyramids in the world.”

Other students shared Frisbee’s enthusiasm, calling the trip a life-changing experience.

More C of I students will have the opportunity to enjoy similar experiences in the near future. Kim hopes to lead a trip to Mexico every couple of years – her next excursion will focus on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas and Oaxaca – and study abroad experiences in many parts of the world are common practice at the College. For more information about the trips, contact Kim at [email protected], visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/studyabroad, or attend the Off-Campus Tour Fair, set for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in the McCain Student Center Lobby. Faculty members leading the seven trips proposed for the 2014-2015 academic year will be on hand to provide information and answer questions at the fair.

C of I set for annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair

Langroise Foyer

The Langroise Foyer will be filled with local artists, artwork and shoppers on Dec. 5.

The College of Idaho will host the eighth annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the foyer of the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The fair, which is free and open to the public, features artwork created by College of Idaho students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Hand-made items for sale will include paintings, ornaments, candles, jewelry, photography and carved pendants, offered in a wide variety of styles and prices. Several popular local artists will be featured, including watercolor artist Alan Stanford, glass artist and C of I alumnus Agostino Bonaminio and C of I history instructor Dori Johnson, who sells “Accessories by Dori” at the Nampa Farmer’s Market.

The Langroise Holiday Arts Fair provides an opportunity for Treasure Valley art lovers to shop for holiday art and decorations while supporting local students. A percentage of all sales go toward the Kenneth Mann Scholarship fund, which supports art students at The College of Idaho.

Attendance in recent years has numbered in the hundreds, drawing shoppers from all over the Treasure Valley. This year’s fair will be followed by a performance from the C of I Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. inside Langroise Recital Hall.

For more information about the Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, contact Johnson at (208) 459-5831 or [email protected].


Fall 2013

College Events Calendar

December 2

C of I Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Come out for a night of caroling, hot chocolate, a message from President Henberg and a special holiday keepsake!

December 2

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring the Winter Solstice, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. For tickets and rate information, contact Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211 or [email protected]

December 3

Off-Campus Tour Fair, 11:30 a.m., McCain lobby. Faculty leading the seven trips proposed for the 2014-2015 academic year will be present to provide information and answer questions.

December 4

International Student Organization Cultural Show, 7 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

December 4

C of I Sinfonia concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

December 5

Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, 4:30 p.m., Langroise Foyer. Artistic creations of all types are welcome! For more details or to participate, contact Dori Johnson at [email protected]

December 5

C of I Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

December 6

C of I Feast of Carols, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

Through December 6

Rosenthal Gallery of Art presents 'Short Stories,' an exhibition of mixed media sculpture by Boise artist Sue Latta, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekdays), Blatchley Hall.

December 7

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer workday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar featuring special guest Dr. Barbara Ertter.

December 7

C of I Piano Studio recital, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

December 8

C of I Chamber Music concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

December 10

C of I men's basketball rivalry game at Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m., Johnson Sports Center (Nampa).

December 10

C of I Vocal Jazz Ensemble holiday program directed by Dr. Marianne Saunders, 7:30 p.m., McCain Pub.

December 11

Caldwell Fine Arts presents Eugene Ballet's 'Nutcracker,' 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Preceded by Clara's Tea Party. Click for tickets and info.

December 12

Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'Nutcracker Junior,' 11 a.m., Jewett Auditorium. Preceded and followed by Clara's Tea Party. Click for tickets and info.


The College of Idaho's International Student Organization invites the entire campus community and the public to attend the annual C of I Cultural Show, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, inside Jewett Auditorium. Click here for all the details!

C of I student Margarette Pierre-Louis' "Water for Peace" project recently was featured in Idaho Statesman reporter Anna Webb's "Helping Works" column.

The College of Idaho was featured in a recent Idaho Press-Tribune article about international students at Idaho colleges. The C of I's vibrant international population is by far the largest, percentage-wise, of any school in the state.

Freshman receiver, defensive back and return specialist Cory Brady is the subject of our latest Coyote Spotlight football video. Click the player to hear Cory discuss why the C of I was the best fit for him, highlights from his high school career at Bishop Kelly and his goal of returning the opening kickoff when the Coyotes take the field in 2014! For more football coverage, visit www.yoteathletics.com/kickoff2014.

C of I business professor Scott Johnson talked about the business landscape of Caldwell in his latest column for the Idaho Statesman's "Business Insider."

C of I alumnus Barry Fujishin ’72 recently was elected moderator of the Boise Presbytery for the year 2014. The Boise Presbytery is the organization that oversees 12 Presbyterian Churches in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. Fujishin currently works as a major gifts officer in the C of I Office of Development.

November Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award

C of I sophomore Moha Azhar Mudaqiq is the November recipient of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award, which goes to a student who embodies the values of the C of I community. Moha, a First-Year International Student Mentor, was vital to this year’s new student orientation process, giving his time, energy and leadership abilities to bring students to campus from the airport, get them settled in on campus and continue helping students become acclimated to life at the College. Congratulations, Moha!

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