C of I Newsletter

2014. 05. 09

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Circle K International builds leaders at the C of I

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Circle K International is the largest student-led community service organization in the world. With 12,600 members in 17 countries, CKI is dedicated to creating leaders who are passionate about serving their communities by providing practical, hands-on aid to those in need.

The College of Idaho is proud to have a strong CKI presence on campus. The energetic and passionate club includes 23 members who complete an average of four to six service projects each month. Victoria Tschohl, the College’s CKI president for 2013-2014, pointed out canned food drives, a Christmas program and time spent visiting local retirement homes as some of the club’s highlights during the current school year.

“Circle K International is very student-led,” Victoria Tschohl said. “Our club is able to pursue local projects that interest us and help our specific Caldwell community.”

Victoria also had easy access to the CKI Utah-Idaho District Governor – her sister and fellow C of I student, Sarah Tschohl. As governor, Sarah Tschohl acted as a liaison between the four campus CKI clubs in the Utah-Idaho District and the international CKI leaders. She communicated the accomplishments of each of the clubs to the upper leadership and relayed messages from the leadership back to the clubs.

Through their partnership and club participation, the Tschohl sisters were able to help nearby Treasure Valley Community College establish a CKI chapter on its campus, adding to the organization’s strength in the local community.

“We love our club,” Sarah Tschohl said. “Our mission is important, but we don’t want to be the only club doing community service – we want to support other clubs in getting involved, too.”

Now seniors, the Tschohl sisters are excited to see new Yotes step into leadership roles, especially sophomore Jocelyn Elvira – the newly elected Utah-Idaho District Governor.

Elvira, who replaced Sarah Tschohl as CKI District Governor earlier this month, is working closely with Sarah to learn the ins and outs of the position. She also recently completed several days of training in Indianapolis, where she met governors from other CKI districts.

“The excitement was contagious,” Elvira said. “I left the Governor-Administrator Training Conference with new friends, new goals and great memories.”

The C of I chapter of CKI is always eager to add new members, and anyone is welcome to join. To learn more, please email [email protected] or visit www.circlek.org.

C of I set for 2014 commencement ceremony


The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2014 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Morrison Quadrangle. For full details, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.

This year’s commencement speaker is novelist Christopher Farnsworth, a 1993 C of I graduate who is best known as the author of The President’s Vampire series. Farnsworth, an Idaho native, also has written movie scripts and worked as an investigative and business reporter during a career inspired by longtime C of I writing professor John Rember.

“The College of Idaho has long been known for helping young writers grow and hone their craft,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Christopher is continuing that legacy and we are pleased that our Class of 2014 will hear from a graduate who has achieved so much success as an author.”

The commencement ceremony also will include remarks by graduating senior Tyler Guryan, President Henberg and Board of Trustees chair the Hon. Candy Dale ’79 along with the awarding of degrees to the 2014 graduates. For family and friends who are unable to attend in-person, the proceedings will be streamed live online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream.

Commencement will be preceded by a baccalaureate service at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, inside Jewett Auditorium. Class reunions, Board of Trustees meetings and other campus events also are scheduled throughout the week. The College’s Half-Century Life Achievement Award winners will be honored in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Reunion for the Class of 1964, and the President’s Medallion winners also will be recognized. We hope to see you on campus for all the festivities!

Determined C of I student lands dream internship

Seth Raver

On May 30, College of Idaho junior Seth Raver will fly to Virginia to begin his summer internship with NASA.

Yes, that NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – the agency responsible for the United States’ civilian space program and aerospace research.

“It seemed so outlandish,” Raver said of working at NASA. “I almost didn’t even apply.”

Raver, who aspires to a career in engineering, will spend 10 weeks working on programming and testing turbulence models alongside two NASA mentors in Virginia. He hopes to use the experience to point him in the right direction for a career or graduate school after graduation next spring.

The math-physics major from nearby Kuna opened rejection letters from several organizations before landing his dream internship. When the acceptance letter arrived, Raver celebrated with his younger sister and two very proud parents.

The process of making the NASA internship a reality started before the school year even began. Determined to gain some professional experience in his field this summer, Raver contacted the College’s Center for Experiential Learning. He has been working closely with CEL Director Kim Franklin ever since.

“Seth is a go-getter,” Franklin said. “He knew what he was looking for and came very prepared to work hard for it.”

The CEL office is a vital resource for students looking to gain professional experience during and after college. Franklin and the CEL team assist students in drafting resumes and other professional documents, filling out job applications, determining the best fit for majors and minors, and securing meaningful internships. In a general sense, Franklin strives to help students answer the “What Next?” question – no matter what “next” is.

“That’s part of the reason I came [to the C of I],” Raver said. “There are people here who are motivated to help you work toward something rather than just treating you like a number.”

C of I junior receives prominent memorial scholarship

Ha Dang

College of Idaho student Ha Dang has received the Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship, a prestigious Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators honor awarded annually to students from WACLEA-certified colleges who demonstrate an interest in their campus safety offices as well as overall law enforcement.

The outgoing Dang – known affectionately as “Ha Ha” by her C of I peers thanks to her friendly demeanor – received the scholarship this month. She was one of two WACLEA honorees for 2014.

“I have great enthusiasm for enforcing laws and maintaining the safety in my community,” Dang said. “I think campus safety is an essential part of a college that people should value.”

The scholarship was created to recognize Robert G. Peterson for his excellence as director of public safety and chief of police at Western Washington University. Peterson helped establish WACLEA while working at Western Washington, where he served from 1968 until his death in 1989.

“One of my biggest passions has always been law,” Dang said. “So when I learned about the scholarship, I was extremely interested because it focused on enforcing law and keeping things just and safe.”

Dang’s passion for law stems not only from the knowledge she has gained as an international political economy major at The College of Idaho, but also from her concern for her home country of Vietnam.

“I come from an agricultural town in Vietnam that is underdeveloped, and I recognize that many economically developed countries have really good legal systems,” Dang said. “They manage to create a just, moral and kind mindset in the population. I really want that to happen in my country.”

Dang, an aspiring lawyer, is grateful for the Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship. She sees it as the latest example of the many opportunities she’s been given to succeed at the College.

“When I was back at home it would be very difficult for a student to promote themselves,” Dang said. “But at The College of Idaho, opportunities come every day. You just need to look out for them.”


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.

May 9-10

C of I track and field team hosts Cascade Conference Championships, NNU Track (Nampa). 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.

May 12-14

C of I softball team hosts NAIA National Championships opening round, Symms Field. Click for more info.

May 16

Baccalaureate, 8 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

May 17

Commencement, 10 a.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Click for more info.

Through May 17

Senior art exhibition 'Here or Somewhere Else,' Rosenthal Gallery of Art (Blatchley Hall). Click for more info.


Nickayla Skinner

Congratulations to C of I senior softball player Nickayla Skinner, who has been named the Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year for a second consecutive season. Skinner, who posted a 20-7 record while leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA, was one of four Coyotes to make the All-CCC team, joining outfielders Briana Brace and Ashley Van Horne along with catcher Destiny Turner. The Coyotes continue their season next week as hosts of the NAIA Softball National Championships Opening Round, playing Oregon Tech at 1 p.m. Monday in the tournament opener. The championship game is set for noon Wednesday.

The College of Idaho’s Robert E. Smylie Archives recently were featured in a front-page Idaho Statesman article about artist, designer and instructor Marie Isabella Duffield Irvin, whose personal art collection forms the core of the College’s permanent collection. Irvin’s design scrapbook – a 115-page trove of her drawings, paintings and studies – recently was donated to the Archives by Carol Ann Henson of Boise. Click here to read the article, or visit Jan Boles in the Archives to get a first-hand look!

Student Research Conference 2014

Check out new photo galleries on the C of I Flickr page, including albums from the Student Research Conference, the International Food Fest, the Environmental Leadership Award Social and the Student Awards Banquet.

The College of Idaho's recent hiring of Dr. Federica Francesconi as its first chair of the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies received coverage in The Jewish Sound.

Congratulations to C of I residence life director Jen Nelson and her husband, Erik, who recently welcomed their second child. Olin Erik Nelson was born April 22. He was a healthy 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches.

Joey Nebeker

C of I men's basketball coach Scott Garson has signed local standout Joey Nebeker as the team's newest member. Nebeker, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a four-year starter at nearby Melba High and spent the past two seasons at Boise State. His signing received great interest in the local community, including stories in the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune and KBOI 2 News.

The C of I men's golf team has signed Alex Dey, a senior standout at Canyon Ridge High in Twin Falls. “The College of Idaho was my No. 1 choice," Dey said. "I didn’t want to go anywhere else." Click here to read more about Dey in the Twin Falls Times-News.