C of I Newsletter

2014. 03. 14

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Women's track wins three titles, places third at Indoor Nationals

Track Champions

Click here to see more photos from Indoor Nationals on the C of I Flickr site.

College of Idaho senior standout Hillary Holt won two national titles and anchored a winning relay team, helping the C of I women to a third-place finish at the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Holt, now a 10-time national champion, won her seventh and eighth individual NAIA titles, holding off a late charge by Embry-Riddle (Fla.) runner Ellie Stacker to defend her national title in the mile-run with a time of 4:49.62. The senior followed with a convincing win in the 800 meters, pulling away from Cornerstone (Mich.) runner Julie Oosterhouse to win in a school-record time of 2:09.08.

Holt – a 15-time All-American who has won the past two NAIA Cross Country titles, the past two Outdoor 1,500-meter crowns and the 2013 Indoor 3,000-meter title – later anchored the C of I Distance Medley Relay team as it won its second-straight national title. She was joined by teammates Jasmine Hurd, Jordan Engelhardt and Sarah Johnson as the Coyotes crushed the field by 14 seconds, setting a school record with a time of 11:41.57 – less than two seconds off the NAIA record.

It was a big day for the Klopfenstein sisters, too. Senior standout Sora Klopfenstein earned All-America honors with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters, setting a new school record with her time of 17:21.59. It was her eighth All-America finish. Meanwhile, freshman Lila Klopfenstein earned All-America accolades with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters (9:59.78).

In addition to winning her first career national title in the relay, Johnson capped her indoor career with two individual All-America finishes. She placed fourth in the 3,000 and fifth in the mile, achieving personal-best times in both races.

Overall, the Coyote women finished with 55 team points, placing third behind team champion Oklahoma Baptist and runner-up Indiana Tech.

On the men’s side, senior Austin Basterrechea finished third to earn All-America honors in the heptathlon. He won the 1,000 meters in 2:34.54 – the fastest time in NAIA Championship history for the heptathlon. His 5,292 points also set a school record as he earned his third career All-America honor.

C of I senior Nick Hampton also became a three-time All-American with a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 meters.

C of I student Christina Stucker sows seeds of sustainability


College of Idaho junior and native Idahoan Christina Stucker is no ordinary environmental studies major. In her time at the C of I, Stucker has proven herself to be a strong and active leader in the field of sustainable food and agriculture – and she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

“I’m really lucky to know what I want to do,” Stucker said. “I feel like I can make a difference because I’m from here – I know the land and the people.”

Stucker keeps busy through her involvement with the Sustainability Council, The Environmental Resource and Recreation Association (TERRA) and her role as a campus sustainability steward. A common thread through these endeavors is Stucker’s passion to educate and encourage her fellow students to employ more ecologically mindful practices – largely by being a tangible example of what that looks like.

As a sustainability steward, Stucker lives in the environmentally friendly “Eco House” near campus. On the half-acre of land surrounding the home, plans are under way for 14 raised-bed gardens to be installed this spring, including a commemorative plot for C of I founding President Dr. William Judson Boone. The stewards currently raise crops in a campus garden, and the produce is sold to campus food service provider Bon Appétit and at the Caldwell Farmer’s Market. Some food also is given away to students, or to faculty who donate to the garden.

C of I biology professor Dr. Don Mansfield has been a big source of encouragement and direction for Stucker. When Mansfield was notified of a recent C2C (Campus to Congress) Fellowship Conference at New York’s Bard College, he knew the experience would be a perfect fit for Stucker.

“I was the only representative from Idaho,” Stucker said. “Not only did I give a short presentation on the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan, but I also was able to work on presenting my story and networking with other leaders in this growing movement.”

Stucker’s upcoming plans include an April 4 presentation with fellow TERRA members to discuss their activity at the recent Real Food Challenge conference. The C of I brought the largest group to the conference and came home with ideas on how to make campus more sustainable. The presentation – set for 6 p.m. in Simplot South Dining Room – is open to the campus community.

In preparation for graduation, Stucker also will be working this summer as an intern for the Boise non-profit organization Create Common Good (CCG). The founder of CCG, Neva Geisler, is a 1994 C of I graduate, and Stucker hopes to use the internship to prepare for the graduate programs she already is looking into.

“One of Christina’s great qualities is her humility,” Mansfield said. “She understands her relationship to the environment, she’s incredibly passionate, and is clearly going to do great work in the world.”

For more information on how you can get involved in sustainability on campus, contact Christina at Christina.Stucker@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu.

Coyotes win Cascade Conference crown, lose opener at Nationals

It may not have ended the way the Coyotes wanted, but The College of Idaho men’s basketball team has plenty to be proud of after the most successful – and exciting – season in recent memory.

The No. 2-ranked Coyotes (28-6) lost a hard-fought, 88-84 decision to College of the Ozarks on Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. But the loss does not diminish a season full of highlights, which include a sweep of archrival NNU, a perfect 17-0 record inside J.A. Albertson Activities Center and both the Cascade Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

“I told the guys to keep their heads up,” C of I coach Scott Garson said. “They have so much to be proud of this season, not only for what they did on the floor, but also for how they brought the College and the community together. We wish we could still be playing, but I think the fact that we are so disappointed about a loss shows how far we have come in just one year. These players – especially the seniors – have completely changed the expectation level for this program.”

Garson, the first-year coach whose positive demeanor and up-tempo style of play has breathed new life into the program, earned Cascade Conference Coach of the Year honors for his work this season. Senior forward Taylor Pruett (14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds per game) and high-flying junior guard Demetrius Perkins (14.1 points) were named to the All-Cascade Conference team, while junior guard Sydney Donaldson won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Junior guard Josh Wilson – who consistently flirted with triple-doubles and posted one in December – was named an All-CCC honorable mention.

The sum of those parts – along with a deep bench featuring 10 players who averaged at least 13 minutes per game – was a winning combination. The Coyotes captured the Cascade Conference Tournament championship on March 4, blasting Northwest Christian 83-59 in the title game to wrap up an undefeated season at home – and their first sweep of the CCC regular-season and tournament titles since 2004.

Wilson doused Garson in a Gatorade bath, players and coaches cut down the nets and the entire Yote Fam celebrated late into the night, league championship trophy in hand.

It was the crowning moment of an unforgettable season.

“This has been such a special season,” Garson said. “This group of players is so close-knit – they play for each other and they truly care about one another. It’s a group that will always have a very special place in my heart.”

C of I student accepted into Irish American Scholar program


College of Idaho student Lucas Morse has learned a lot about international affairs during his two years on campus. Next fall, he will have the opportunity to apply that knowledge first-hand in Northern Ireland.

Morse, a sophomore from Boise, has been accepted into the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities’ Irish American Scholar program and will spend the 2014 fall semester studying international political economy at the University of Ulster.

Morse – who is majoring in international political economy with minors in English literature, mathematics and Spanish foundations – looks forward to attending Ireland’s second-largest university in Jordanstown, located just outside the Irish capital of Belfast.

“I really wanted to study abroad and gain some international experience,” Morse said. “Ireland is a very well-rounded place for international studies. There are great historical contexts for studying conflict resolution, peace agreements and globalization issues. I’m looking forward to it.”

C of I political economy professor Dr. Rob Dayley recommended Ireland to Morse. The Northern Ireland region has a complex political history, one marked by the decades-long conflict between the nation’s Catholic nationalist and Protestant unionist communities. Issues of global trade also come into play, as modern globalization has boosted the Republic of Ireland’s economy but harmed Northern Ireland’s.

Morse won’t be the only C of I student in the British Isles. Megan Mizuta, a junior from Boise, will study at Queen’s University Belfast through the Irish American Scholars program; Caoife Wilkinson, an Irish exchange student, will be working at a nearby school during the fall semester; and a C of I study abroad group will visit London during the four-week winter term.

Morse plans to join up with the London group, extending his time abroad through the end of winter term to explore Ireland, the United Kingdom and possibly mainland Europe.

“I’m excited to represent the C of I and the United States in another part of the world,” Morse said. “It’s a great learning opportunity, but I think it will be a really fun cultural experience as well. I can’t wait to see what’s out there and to get involved.”

Coyote Rugby: C of I's newest club more than an athletic pastime

C of I Rugby

It is fitting that with football returning to The College of Idaho this fall, another equally challenging sport is emerging on campus – a sport that happens to be the grandfather of American football.

That sport is rugby, and while it shares many qualities with its American cousin, a few unique differences separate the two rough-and-tumble games.

“Rugby is similar to American football in that two teams try to bring an oval shaped ball to the opposite side of the field, but different in that we don't have pads,” said Christian Tabet, captain of the C of I rugby team. “Surprisingly, from the way the sport is played, rugby statistically has fewer injuries than American football.”

Tabet, a sophomore international political economy major, was first introduced to rugby while attending an international boarding school. Although rugby is popular in his native Lebanon, it wasn’t until Tabet traveled halfway across the world that he found his passion for the rugged sport.

“I only started playing at the age of 17 after graduation,” Tabet said. “I currently play scrumhalf for our College's team.”

The C of I – which also had a rugby team during its 1950s football heyday – welcomed the sport back to campus last fall when Tabet started the team as a campus club. Its popularity has grown in just a few short months, attracting a diverse roster of players.

“The interest in rugby on campus has grown from two to 11 players since we started this club last semester,” Tabet said. “The experience level on the team varies from people who have played before to people who had never touched a rugby ball in their lives.”

The fledgling squad already is raising eyebrows with its play. During winter term, the team traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the Collegiate Division of the HSBC World Series Rugby 7’s Tournament. The team competed amongst 23 North American colleges and universities, advancing into the fourth round.

With the popularity of rugby growing on the campus, the team has its sights set even higher. The club currently is working on joining the Pacific Northwest Rugby League for small colleges, with hopes of competing against regional schools such as Lewis and Clark State and the College of Southern Idaho. The team also hopes to schedule matches against local men’s club teams.

Although C of I rugby is still in its infancy, Tabet believes the group has a bright future – especially if it can attract the attention of the boisterous YoteFam student cheering section.

“I believe this rugby team has great potential,” Tabet said. “The team has no coach and no jerseys, but it does have strong hearts and a potential that can be developed further with some support.”

For more information about C of I rugby, email Christian.Tabet@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu or Hunter.Brodt@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu. The team also has a Facebook page at


Spring 2014

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.

March 14

C of I Pi Day, 1:59 p.m., Boone Hall. Come celebrate irrationality with a BBQ, fun contests and prizes and, of course, slices of Pi! Open to the entire campus community.

March 14

Opening reception for 'Balkanization,' a new exhibition by artist Goran Fazil '01, 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Click for more info.

March 14

Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. This show will focus on the Spring Equinox. Please call Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211 for rates and reservation info.

March 17

Special guest lecturer Dr. Jim McIver presents 'Environmental Effects of Post-Fire Logging: 15 Years after the 1996 Summit Fire in Northeastern Oregon,' 10:20 a.m., Boone Hall room 101.

March 17

Special guest lecturer Anne Gough presents 'Control Food, Control People: The Struggle for Food Security in Gaza,' 4:30 p.m., KAIC 106. Free and open to the public.

March 18

C of I football ticket sales kickoff event, 7 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Click for more info.

March 18

Caldwell Fine Arts presents pianist Alexander Schimpf, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and info. C of I students get in free!

March 19

C of I hosts Small Business Legal Forum, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Click to register.

March 20

Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment lecture series presents 'Beauty from Desolation: The U.S. Civil War and the Nature Preservation Impetus' by Lisa Brady, 9:40 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall-South.

March 20

C of I ensemble choral concert featuring the Chorale, Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz groups, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Admission is free. Click to watch the webcast!

April 26

Ninth annual C of I Student Research Conference. Click for more info.



Get your football tickets March 18! Tickets to The College of Idaho’s 2014 football season will open for sale to the public during a 7 p.m. event March 18 inside J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Season tickets start at just $40 for general admission and $100 for reserved seats! Click here for more info. We hope to see you Tuesday night!

C of I to offer summer courses! The College of Idaho is pleased to announce that summer courses will be available – starting this year – to provide extra options for students. The first round of summer courses includes classes in Spanish, psychology and political economy. In addition, the cost of summer classes has been lowered to be comparable with other area schools. Registration begins right after Spring Break – the same time students register for Fall 2015 classes. Stay tuned for more details!


Congratulations to C of I alumna Lauryn Medeiros ’11, who created the winning design in the 2014 Treefort Music Fest T-shirt contest! Click here to read more about Lauryn’s winning design - which will grace the official Treefort T-shirts - on the Treefort Music Fest Facebook page!

Coach Rossi and Drager

C of I women's basketball coach Reagan Rossi has stepped down to become the College's full-time associate athletic director. Rossi, who led the Coyotes to a 246-153 record and five NAIA National Tournament appearances, will be succeeded by lead assistant and former C of I men's basketball coach Mark Owen. Good luck to both coaches in their new endeavors!

Garth Claassen painting

C of I art professor Garth Claassen has been invited to participate in an exhibition at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Mont. Classen’s painting will be on display March 20-Aug. 20 as part of the “Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism” exhibition. For more information, visit www.artmuseum.org.

The 2014 C of I Scholarship Gala was a big success! We want to thank all of the alumni, friends, supporters, sponsors and community partners who helped raise thousands of dollars for student scholarships at the College! Click the player to watch the Gala video, or click here to check out a photo gallery on Flickr.

C of I alumna Neva Geisler ’94 has been hired as the community engagement director for One Stone, a student-run, not-for-profit organization that combines service and charitable giving with experiential learning to fulfill community needs. Geisler, who studied political science at the C of I, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, most recently with Create Common Good and United Way of Treasure Valley.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Bill Clark '67, who has been elected as a Trustee-at-Large for the Idaho Academy of Science. Clark is the co-founder and director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at The College of Idaho, where he also serves as curator of invertebrates and entomology. Clark also recently co-authored and oversaw several museum-affiliated publications, including articles about insect species in Baja California, Mexico; a new species of sculpin in the Columbia River basin; and a tribute to Idaho entomologist Bill Barr.

George Wolfe

Apply for the George V. Wolfe Scholarship by March 21! The College of Idaho is pleased to offer the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year in honor of the legendary professor who founded the C of I Department of Political Economy in 1946. Click here for all the details, including a link to the application form.