C of I Newsletter

2014. 04. 25

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C of I publishes spring 2014 issue of 'Quest'


The College of Idaho has published its spring 2014 issue of Quest magazine, which is in mailboxes now. The issue has a theme of “Success,” honoring the many C of I students, alumni, faculty and staff who have enjoyed tremendous achievements in the classroom, on the athletic field, in their careers and in life during the 123-year history of the College.

Articles in the spring Quest include a feature on the outstanding women’s cross country and track program; a profile on C of I media icons Jack Link and the late Larry Lujack; the fly-fishing adventures of alumnus Rick Williams and his wife, C of I trustee Shauna Williams; and the latest on-campus news and notes, including a national fellowship won by Professor Rochelle Johnson, the hiring of the College’s first Judaic studies scholar and the historic season enjoyed by the Coyote men’s basketball team. The photo essay features images from the recent C of I study abroad experience in Paris.

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.


Student Research Conference set for tomorrow

Student Research Conference

The College of Idaho will celebrate undergraduate research and creative work during its ninth annual Student Research Conference tomorrow, April 26, on campus.

This year’s conference will feature the work of 67 students. Oral presentations, research poster displays and musical performances will be featured between noon and 5:30 p.m. inside the Langroise Center and Boone Science Hall. The senior art exhibition “Here or Somewhere Else,” featuring the work of the College’s graduating art majors, also will be on display at the Rosenthal Gallery inside Blatchley Hall. All sessions are open to the public. Click here for a detailed conference schedule.

Conference highlights include Shelby Richins’ research on the native redband trout of Dry Creek in the Boise Foothills; Kaitlyn Eckert’s work studying local sagebrush; Zachary Fabricius and Nickayla Skinner’s study on the recently reinstated C of I football program; and Araceli Arreola, who will be the first student to give her SRC oral presentation in Spanish. Dannen Wright, who recently became the College’s eighth Goldwater Scholar, also will present her research about the effects of cadmium on bone health.

C of I President Marv Henberg will open the conference with remarks at noon. The day will proceed with oral paper sessions beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Boone Hall, the senior art show at 2:50 in Blatchley Hall, student performances at 3:45 inside Langroise Center, a poster display session at 4:50 in Langroise Foyer and a closing reception and awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., also in Langroise.

For more information about the SRC, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/student-research-conference. Presentations from previous years are available on the C of I YouTube channel by viewing the “Student Research & Creative Work” playlist.

C of I alumnus to study African wildlife with NSF Fellowship

Travis Guy

Travis Guy first fell in love with ecological research as an undergraduate biology major at The College of Idaho. Today, Guy is continuing to pursue his passion thanks to a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will support his research for the next three years.

Guy, a University of Florida graduate student and 2006 C of I alumnus, will receive a $32,000 stipend and $12,000 education allowance annually thanks to the fellowship, which is one of the most prestigious awards offered to graduate students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The fellowship will help fund Guy’s research in Kenya, where he is studying pollination networks and their relationships to large herbivores such as elephants and giraffes.

“I couldn’t believe it – I thought it was a cruel April fool’s joke,” Guy said of receiving the fellowship. “But it’s a great honor. It will allow me to spend a lot more time in Kenya, and it also makes pursuing a Ph.D. a lot more plausible.”

Guy’s love of wildlife research began at the C of I, where he took advantage of undergraduate research and internship opportunities to study black bears and toads in Rocky Mountain National Park, coastal ecology in Australia and crabs off the coast of Maine. Since earning his bachelor’s degree in 2006, Guy has spent two Antarctic summers at McMurdo Station and is now working toward his master’s degree in zoology with a focus in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida.

“It's not lost on me that a good portion of my strong [NSF Fellowship] application came from the opportunities and guidance I had at the College,” Guy said. “I had opportunities to go out and perform research in the field, and I’ve had a lot of support from the College and my professors along the way.”

C of I biology professor Dr. Chris Walser served as a reference on Guy’s NSF application. The focus of the project in Kenya is to see how communities of pollinators such as bees and butterflies are affected by the potential extinction of large herbivores –important information for agriculturalists in an area where elephants and giraffes are threatened species. Guy also received a Tropical Conservation and Development Field Research Grant worth $2,000 from the University of Florida to go toward his work in Kenya.

“Our world needs more professionals who are dedicated to understanding how nature functions, to understanding and improving the impact of human activities and – perhaps most importantly – to communicating the importance of nature to the broader public,” Guy said.

To learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program, visit www.nsfgrfp.org.

College to offer summer courses this year

Sterry Hall

The College of Idaho will begin offering summer courses this year, providing additional opportunities for current and new students to take classes in subjects such as politics, psychology and Spanish.

“The College of Idaho is proud to have the best graduation rate in the state, and we will continue that tradition by providing new options for students to complete their coursework over the summer,” said Paul Moulton, associate dean of academic affairs. “Summer courses provide our students with more flexibility in arranging their academic schedules. We also look forward to welcoming new students who are interested in taking summer classes.”

Registration for summer courses is now under way, with the following classes to be offered:

• International Politics (May 27-June 19)
• Introduction to Political Philosophy (May 27-July 10)
• General Psychology (May 27-July 10)
• Introduction to Psychological Science (May 27-July 10)
• Introduction to Biological Psychology (May 27-July 10)
• Spanish Language & Culture I (May 27-July 24)
• Spanish Language & Culture II (May 27-July 24)

To register for summer courses, non-C of I students should contact The College of Idaho’s Admission Office at 208-459-5305 or [email protected]. Currently-enrolled students should contact the Registrar’s Office at 208-459-5201 or [email protected].

More details about summer courses – including class times and locations – are available online. Tuition, which is $360 per credit, has been significantly reduced for the summer courses, providing local students with the opportunity to take courses at one of the nation’s top private colleges for a fraction of the typical cost.

C of I senior art exhibition opens today

Senior Art Show

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce the opening of “Here or Somewhere Else,” an exhibition of work by graduating senior art majors at the Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. today and the work will be on display through May 17. For the first time this year, the show also will be part of the annual Student Research Conference, which takes place tomorrow on campus.

The featured artists are C of I seniors Stephen Anderson, Lorraine Barreras, Brittanie Campos, Dale Hartwell, Sarah Hicks, JooEun Kim, Adam Morgan and Rahul Sharma.

“We all seem to be trying new things in our art,” Morgan said. “It has been great to see styles develop over the past couple of months. Having a group like this is helpful because we can bounce ideas off and encourage each other.”

The exhibition is the capstone project for C of I art majors. For many of the students, the show also marks their first experience assembling a thematically unified and professionally displayed body of work.

“The senior exhibition is exciting for me because I am acutely aware of how much students have put into it,” says C of I art professor Garth Claassen, who teaches the senior course and oversees the show. “What the visitors see are works that may or may not be appealing or interesting to them. What I see are works that have been arrived at over many months of experimentation and discussion with fellow students and faculty.”

In addition to the senior exhibition, a College of Idaho Student Art Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts. A wide selection of student art will be available for purchase during the auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to the local YMCA P16 Child Care Program.

The Rosenthal Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors who wish to view the exhibition outside of gallery hours may make an appointment with Claassen via email at [email protected]. For more information about the gallery, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/rosenthalgallery.


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.

April 25

Opening reception for senior art exhibition 'Here or Somewhere Else,' 4:30 p.m., Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Click for more info!

April 25-26

C of I Family Weekend. Click for a full schedule of events!

April 25-27

C of I Theatre presents 'A Lie of the Mind,' 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Langroise Studio Theatre. Click for more info!

April 26

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

April 28

C of I Biology Colloquium featuring Dr. Amy Bryant of the Boise V.A. Medical Center, 10:20 a.m., Boone Hall 101.

April 29

C of I Student Art Auction, 6 p.m., Langroise Foyer. Come browse a great selection of student art, with 30 percent of the proceeds going to the YMCA P16 Child Care Program!

April 29

College of Idaho Q and A Judges Panel, 6:30 p.m., Simplot South Dining Hall. For more info, email [email protected]

April 29

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the BYU Singers, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and info.

May 2

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring gas giant planets, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. For tickets and rate information, contact Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211. Click for more info.

May 10

Coyote Bolo Ball track and field fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing and live music, 6:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Email [email protected] to RSVP!

May 10

C of I Astronomy Day, 8 p.m., Boone Hall. Includes a planetarium lesson followed by outdoor stargazing using telescopes (weather permitting). Free and open to the public. Click for more info.



Check out new photos on the C of I Flickr site, including albums from the football spring showcase, Professor Howard Berger's Passover Seder and an epic game of water balloon dodge ball on campus. Photos from Marie Osborn's recent C of I internship presentation about the Salmon River Emergency Clinic in Stanley also are available on Flickr.

The website CollegeFinder has featured The College of Idaho on a map showing the No. 1 school in each state based on graduation rate. Click here to view the map or here to read more about the list.

Earlier this year, a dozen C of I students traveled to France to study international business, political economy and modern foreign languages. The course introduced students to the business practices of France as well as examining cultural, social, economic and political factors. Click the player above to watch a video of their adventures, or visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/france for more info!

Yotes in the News: English professor and Idaho Writer-in-Residence Diane Raptosh's latest book of poetry, American Amnesiac, received positive reviews in Rain Taxi and Hartskill Review...Business professor Scott Johnson talks about the importance of interpersonal skills in his latest “The College of Idaho on Business” column for the Idaho Statesman...Alumna and former Patagonia CEO Kris McDivitt Tompkins '72 recently was featured by Businessweek... Alumna and Missoula Councilwoman Caitlin Copple ’04 has joined Hilltop Public Solutions, a national political strategy and communications firm whose Western Operations Office is based in Montana...Alumnus and Vancouver, B.C. attorney Greg Boos ’73 has achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible for both ethical standards and legal ability.

C of I baseball player Mitch Skaggs hit an 11th-inning, walk-off grand slam to lead the Coyotes to a 10-6 victory over Menlo last weekend. Click the player to watch the video, which has since gone viral with more than 160,000 YouTube views as well as coverage by Bleacher Report, CBS Sports and the Idaho Statesman.

C of I student Keneuoe “Kenny” Mphutlane recently contributed to the Huffington Post’s blog. Mphutlane, who also writes for the C of I Student Experience Blog, wrote about her project, Fabulous Development, which aims to teach Rwandan women how to sew and sell clothing at fashion shows.

The C of I football team continues to make headlines as the countdown to kickoff heats up. Head coach Mike Moroski was a special guest on the set of KTVB News Channel 7, the spring showcase received coverage from KBOI 2 News, the Idaho Press-Tribune and the Boise Weekly, and the helmet design unveiling was covered by the Idaho Statesman. Click here to check out highlights from the showcase on the C of I YouTube channel!

Support the C of I through Idaho Gives! The College of Idaho is participating in the second annual Idaho Gives campaign, a statewide crowd funding event on May 1 that celebrates the work of Idaho’s nonprofit organizations. Click here to learn more, or here to make a gift. If you’ve already made a gift this year, please share the Idaho Gives link with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or other social media to encourage others to support the C of I. Thanks for your support!

C of I alumna Lynne Keifer Kobylecky ’68 has a series of sculptures on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Carlton, Ore. Click here to view the sculptures, which depict the Scriptural Stations of the Cross.

Family Weekend

It's family weekend at The College of Idaho! Join us on campus for two jam-packed days of activities for students and their families, including arts and athletics events, the Student Research Conference, the 'Jasperdy' quiz bowl and a family BBQ. Click here for a full schedule of events!