C of I Newsletter

2013. 12. 13

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Read all about Leadership in fall 2013 'Quest'

The College of Idaho has published its fall 2013 issue of Quest magazine, which is in mailboxes now. The issue has a theme of “Leadership,” honoring the College’s longstanding tradition of educating leaders in many fields including politics, education, law, service and athletics.

The current Quest includes a history of the College and the Idaho governorship, profiling the seven men with C of I ties – including current Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter ’67 – who have served as chief of state. Other features include the story of legendary politics professor George Wolfe, an overview of the College’s alumni judges, a profile of beloved athletic director Marty Holly and a Q & A with nonprofit leader Rebecca Constantino ’85. The photo essay features images from Homecoming 2013.

Quest, the official magazine of The College of Idaho, is published thrice each year. Click below to read an interactive online version of Quest, or check out archived issues at www.collegeofidaho.edu/quest.


C of I community helps 'Rake Up Caldwell'

Rake Up Caldwell (6)

Click here to check out more Rake Up Caldwell photos on the C of I Flickr page.

The College of Idaho has always had a strong relationship with Caldwell. Service is a particularly important component of the College’s ties to the local community, and the campus capitalized on a big opportunity to serve Nov. 23 as Campus Ministries held its annual Rake Up Caldwell event.

“We are surrounded by a fantastic community that supports us to further our education and reach our goals” said C of I junior and Rake Up Caldwell supervisor Jocelyn Allen. “I think it is so key that we as students are given opportunities to give back to the community we live in.”

During Rake Up Caldwell, C of I students and staff formed teams and cleared leaves from the yards of houses throughout Caldwell. The group raked for C of I alumni, former professors and current staff, faculty and trustees as well as performing random acts of kindness for community members.

“When students saw a yard that looked like it could use our help, we raked it,” said Cindi Duft, event coordinator for Campus Ministries.

Rake Up Caldwell enjoyed a fantastic turnout this year, with about 130 students – more than 10 percent of the student body – joining in. Allen estimated that participation doubled from last year’s event, and the group had so many volunteers that it was at times difficult to find enough yards to rake.

While the C of I volunteers touched many hearts throughout the day, Duft noted one such instance when the group saw an elderly woman having a hard time raking her own yard. She was so grateful when the students offered to help her that she nearly cried.

“This is such an easy thing for young people to do, and it means so much to the people who can’t do it,” Duft said.

After raking, participating students and staff enjoyed dinner at the nearby Boone Presbyterian Church. As students reflected on the day, they came to recognize how much the Caldwell community provides for them and were happy to continue the long-standing C of I tradition of giving back to the community – and having fun while doing it.

“A lot of times we do not realize how much the Caldwell community gives back to us as students, and I think any chance to work for or alongside our community is a privilege,” Allen said. “I definitely saw more relationships being established between The College of Idaho and the community of Caldwell through the students who participated in Rake Up Caldwell.”

Matt Fouts sets the tone for a close-knit campus community

College of Idaho Homecoming

Student involvement is an integral part of any successful college atmosphere. This year at The College of Idaho, student President Matt Fouts and his fellow Associated Students of The College of Idaho officers are leading the charge, increasing involvement by creating unique events, bolstering school spirit and supporting C of I athletics and other student groups both on- and off-campus.

It’s all part of Fouts’ vision of creating a close-knit bond for students and the entire C of I campus. 

“We really want students to feel a great affinity for and attachment to our school,” Fouts said.

Fouts is passionate about serving his fellow students. He was student body president at Borah High School in Boise and has served two terms as an ASCI student senator and a year as ASCI executive treasurer. As ASCI president this year, Fouts has an opportunity to set a new standard for school spirit and pride, and he’s taking full advantage.

“I’m very impressed with the job Matt and the students are doing this year,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Attendance and excitement at athletics and campus events are at an all-time high, and it has created a fun, contagious atmosphere that everyone wants to be a part of.” 

One of ASCI’s new vehicles for encouraging involvement is the “Yote Fam” spirit group. Yote Fam has grown exponentially through social media activity, t-shirt giveaways and pep rallies, making big crowds a regular occurrence at Coyote athletics events and other on-campus activities. 

Fouts is one of Yote Fam’s most active members, appearing at every event he can cram into his schedule. His Facebook page is filled with messages encouraging students to attend the next Bowling Night, or to cheer on the Yotes at the next big game.

“The Yote Fam concept has really taken off,” Fouts said. “And we are working on creating more unique events such as traveling together to away games and group attendance of [school] plays.”

Matt’s vision of the ASCI as a central part of a connected campus community also has come to fruition this year thanks to increasing interest in student government.

“I really like the involvement that the student senators have brought this year,” ASCI secretary Oscar Mariscal said. “Two-thirds of the senate is new and it's great to see our six freshman senators really taking action to do great things.”

As the school year rolls toward its halfway point, Fouts encourages students to join Yote Fam and share their own ideas for increasing campus involvement and excitement. He welcomes all ideas via email at [email protected].

C of I art instructor honored at Idaho Triennial Exhibition

Goran Fazil

College of Idaho alumnus and art instructor Goran Fazil’s piece “Hegelian Constructs” won second place during the Nov. 16 opening reception for the 2013 Boise Art Museum Idaho Triennial Exhibition. It is a prestigious honor for Fazil, who claimed second prize amongst 40 exhibitors chosen from more than 200 entrants for the annual BAM exhibition in downtown Boise.

“It was rewarding just to be in the exhibition, so being recognized like this, it makes you feel good and like you are heading in the right direction in the studio,” Fazil said. “[Hegelian Constructs] is part of a larger series I’m working on, so it is important to me for that piece to get recognized.”

Fazil earned his bachelor’s degree in art from The College of Idaho in 2001 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Boise State University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Idaho. Fazil currently teaches drawing and design at the C of I and also teaches at the College of Western Idaho. To learn more about Fazil and his artwork, visit www.goranfazil.com.

In “Hegelian Constructs,” Fazil wrestles with the idea of building upon concepts that have unstable foundations. This idea is related to the Hegelian theory of society’s continuous progression toward an absolute truth or goal through thesis, antithesis and synthesis. By representing unstable foundations, Fazil seeks to open dialogue to the idea that anything can collapse at any moment – like what happened in his home country of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Fazil’s award-winning work will be on display at the Idaho Triennial Exhibition through April 27, 2014. He also has a solo exhibition coming to The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art during spring 2014.

For more details about the Idaho Triennial Exhibition, please visit www.boiseartmuseum.org.

C of I students enjoy a gift from home

Hayman Hall Holiday Cookies

Click here to check out more photos from the cookie extravaganza!

From dozens of homes – including many across state lines and even the Pacific Ocean – packages of cookies and other holiday treats arrived at Hayman Hall on the C of I campus last week. With each new package, the mound of sweet gifts from home grew until Hayman’s freshman residents were surprised on Dec. 4 by a dessert buffet that offered a welcome break from studying for finals.

“Our parents are talented bakers, thoughtful, and involved,” said Justin Waldron, residence life area coordinator for Hayman Hall. Before Thanksgiving, Waldron and Hayman’s resident assistants sent holiday cards to the parents of each resident, asking them to send holiday treats as a surprise reminder from home during the stressful end of the semester.

The response – more than 2,000 home-baked cookies and other holiday treats – surpassed even Waldron’s greatest expectations.

Packages arrived from Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and towns throughout Idaho. The longest delivery – chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, roasted macadamia nuts and coffee from Lizzy Shishido’s family in Hawaii – traveled 3,000 miles to arrive on campus.

On a chilly Wednesday evening, three tables were piled high with dozens of different types of cookies in Hayman’s front lobby, to be washed down with milk delivered by a local parent.

“I know that the students were surprised and touched and many went off to call their parents and thank them,” Waldron said.

Hayman’s residence life staff now are thinking of ideas for their next big interactive program, and the success of their cookies from home project has demonstrated how dedicated C of I parents are to making sure students get the support they need to succeed.

“This really provided evidence that The College of Idaho community is not just experienced by students, but extends to include parents and families,” Waldron said. “I feel like the community of Hayman grew even closer that night.”


Winter 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.

December 15

Alumni and Friends Holiday Casino Party, 2-6 p.m., Beside Bardenay (Boise). Join us for fun, games, food and drinks, prizes and more! Click to register.

December 20

Basketball doubleheader versus Oregon Tech, 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men), J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

December 21

Basketball doubleheader versus Southern Oregon, 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men), J.A. Albertson Activities Center.


Congratulations to coach Scott Garson and the C of I men's basketball team, which was ranked No. 20 in the first NAIA Division II Top-25 Coaches Poll of the year. It is the Coyotes' first regular-season ranking since 2006. The Coyotes (10-4) also completed a season sweep of rival NNU this week, defeating the Crusaders 79-62 in Nampa for their first road victory in the rivalry since 1996. Click the video player for highlights and click here for photos!

Happy Holidays from The College of Idaho! Watch the College’s holiday video to enjoy some of our favorite photos from the past year.

C of I athletic director Marty Holly recently was featured in the magazine Athletics Administration. The article details the College’s recent naming of the Marty Holly Athletics Center in honor of Holly.

C of I business professor Scott Johnson examines the benefits of business-community partnerships in his latest column for the Idaho Statesman's "Business Insider."

Feast of Carols 2013

Check out new photos on the C of I Flickr page, including pictures of the C of I Holiday Tree Lighting, the Feast of Carols, the Vocal Jazz holiday concert and the first snowfall on campus.

C of I history professor Dr. Steven S. Maughan and alumna Amanda Hendrix-Komoto ’05 recently participated in the panel “Ecclesiastical Borderlands: Religion and the Contest over Imperial Power in British North America, the Pacific, and the British Isles” at the annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies in Portland, Ore. Maughan, who recently was named the Bernie McCain Chair for the Humanities at the C of I, presented the paper “Medievalism and Mission: Race, Gender and Anglican Missionary Reformism in Hawaii, 1861 – 1879.” Hendrix-Komoto, currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, presented the paper “A White Mission to a White People: Mormon Missionary Work in Britain, 1830 – 1860.”

College of Idaho softball coach Al Mendiola recently signed Twin Falls High School outfielder Courtney Ellis to a National Letter of Intent, and the Twin Falls Times-News had the story.

C of I President Marv Henberg and Northwest Nazarene University President David Alexander recently co-authored a “Reader’s View” column in the Idaho Statesman endorsing the successful implementation of the Idaho Core Standards. Click here to read the article.

ISO Cultural Show 2013

The C of I International Student Organization’s annual cultural show was a big success Dec. 4 as the audience joined Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit on a journey to “Culture-landia.” Click here to check out more photos from the event on Flickr. We hope you enjoyed the show!

C of I political economy professor Dr. Jasper LiCalzi was quoted in a recent Idaho Statesman article about Idaho Democratic governor candidate A.J. Balukoff.

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is pleased to welcome David Cannamela as the newest member of the Museum Board. Cannamela, superintendent of the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, has more than 25 years of experience working for Idaho Fish and Game. He looks forward to collaborating with the Orma J. Smith Museum on public programming and tours.

C of I sophomore Gabe Osterhout is serving as a fall intern for U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho). Osterhout’s selection was reported in the Idaho Statesman’s “Business Insider” section.

A photo of C of I alumna Amanda Frickle '12 was featured in a recent Huffington Post article titled "20 Things You Don't Learn Until You Live on Your Own."