C of I Newsletter

2014. 07. 11

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Climbing Higher: C of I students thrive in Stanley medical internship

Salmon River Clinic

Alumna Elynn Smith '13, PA Amy Klingler and student Matt Goodwin at the Salmon River Clinic.

What began as a simple way for a son to assist his mother for college credit has grown into a valuable pipeline for College of Idaho medical interns. During the past 35 years, the Salmon River Clinic in rural Stanley has hosted more than 100 C of I students with aspirations of entering medical school—and the program shows no signs of slowing down.

“I love it,” says physician assistant Amy Klingler, who has worked with C of I interns for nearly a decade at the clinic. “I look forward to the interns coming every year, and I’m always really impressed with the quality of students we get.”

The internship program began in 1979, shortly after the clinic was established by Marie Osborne. Her son, a C of I student, already had planned on assisting his mother during the clinic’s opening summer and asked his professors if he could apply that time towards internship credit. The positive experience Osborne’s son had convinced her to hire C of I interns on an annual basis. The internship has become so vital to the clinic that an apartment was built to house two student interns every summer season.

This summer, the clinic is hosting two biology majors with medical school aspirations: senior Dannen Wright and junior Matt Goodwin. In addition to observing Klingler as she works, the interns act as nurses, taking patients’ vitals, researching patient medical history and running tests on samples in the attached labs. All of these duties provide the two interns with direct experience many students are unable to obtain until medical school.

In addition, both Wright and Goodwin have been trained as emergency medical responders (EMRs), which allows them to participate in ambulance rides and provide basic care in emergency situations. Goodwin said that the most exciting experience of his internship to date was driving Stanley’s ambulance during a call. “That was the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “As part of our EMR class, we were allowed to drive it around the block, which was totally awesome.”

The daily contact the interns have with patients is one of the most important aspects of the experience for Goodwin, who first learned about the internship through his friend, C of I alumnus and current clinic employee Elynn Smith ’13. “Being up here in Stanley exposes you to the practical side of medicine, the social side,” Goodwin said. “I would like to go to medical school, so I think understanding the social side as well as the academic side of medicine is a very important step.”

Wright, a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, is spending her second summer interning at the clinic. She is grateful for the positive experiences the internship has given her. “I have garnered real-life experience interacting with patients directly as well as the skills to do so effectively and compassionately,” she said. “Most importantly, I have realized how I can bridge my strong research experience to the clinical practice of medicine.”

Since the start of the internship program, many Salmon River Clinic interns have gone on to great success in medical fields. C of I biology instructor Dr. Ann Koga, who serves as the faculty advisor for the interns, has watched several former students go on to prestigious medical schools. “I’m starting to see students I knew earlier in my career who are done with their four years of medical school and their four years of residency and are now in practice,” Koga said. “And they still think back very fondly on their experience in Stanley and see it as very formative.”

The future looks bright for this year’s interns. Wright has wanted to become a physician since the age of 6, and Goodwin has developed an interest in rural medicine as a result of his time in Stanley. Thanks to their experiences at the Salmon River Clinic, these two C of I standouts are better-equipped than ever to chase their medical dreams.

College alumni set new giving record

From Splinter Cottage chronicles,3/23/14..the view from splinter cottage

The College of Idaho has wrapped up a record-breaking year of fundraising thanks to the continued support of its alumni, friends and the campus community. The C of I had 2,627 alumni donors during the recently concluded 2013-14 fiscal year, setting an all-time record with a 37 percent alumni giving rate.

“Our alumni are incredible—the love and support they show for the College year after year is overwhelming,” said Jack Cafferty, director of development for the C of I. “We are so humbled and so grateful that our alumni and supporters have once again raised the bar with their generosity.”

The College of Idaho has by far the highest alumni giving percentage amongst Idaho colleges and universities, and one of the top five in the entire Pacific Northwest. To date, the C of I has raised $163 million toward its Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016. To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign.

This year, gifts to the Boone Fund – the College’s annual unrestricted giving program – exceeded $800,000. In addition, the College received gifts from 100 percent of its trustees, 93 percent of its faculty members, 85 percent of its staff members and 81 percent of its graduating seniors.

“It is awesome to see how much people believe in and care about the College,” said Annie Morrison, director of the Boone Fund. “The money we raise goes a long way, but it is the act of giving—the show of support by everyone associated with the C of I—that makes the biggest difference for the College.”

C of I student Thornberry interns in nation's capital

Morgan Thornberry

Every summer since she was 12 years old, College of Idaho senior Morgan Thornberry has visited her grandmother in Washington D.C., falling in love with the city in the process.

Thornberry is back in our nation’s capital this summer, but for different reasons. She’s still staying with her grandmother, but instead of a vacation, the political economy major from Idaho Falls is hard at work as a summer intern for The Department of Agriculture’s Office of Country and Regional Affairs (OCRA).

“An internship in Washington D.C. has been something I have dreamed about for years,” Thornberry said. “I wanted the opportunity to work within the city and it finally happened. It’s a dream come true.”

OCRA is instrumental in providing the Department of Agriculture with detailed analysis on many of the world’s key countries, allowing the department to best shape strategies for trade policy and foreign policy regarding U.S. agricultural interests. With more than 160 active embassies around the world, OCRA is one of the best places to gain experience in international relations, a career path Thornberry has been interested in since junior high.

“I’m really interested in international relationships and how different countries work together,” Thornberry said. “I don’t have a lot of background in agriculture, but during my interviews, the Department of Agriculture officials I met with said the most important thing is to understand how to work with people and build relationships.”

Thornberry secured the OCRA internship through active exploration, as well as a family history with the Department of Agriculture. Her grandmother had spent a number of years working closely with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. This connection gave Thornberry a chance to learn more about opportunities with OCRA, culminating in a series of interviews with the Foreign Agriculture Service during her trip to D.C. with the College’s Model United Nations team in October.

Most of Thornberry’s responsibilities to date have been with OCRA’s Europe desk, helping prepare briefing books for Secretary Vilsack’s trip to Europe. Her duties include printing, editing, organizing and even writing papers for the briefing books. She will have similar tasks over the next few weeks at other regional desks, including the Western Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East.

Thornberry’s internship keeps her work days busy, but she has the weekends free to enjoy the sights of Washington. “I have been doing a little bit of everything,” Thornberry said. “I have friends from different schools doing internships here, so we have been exploring the museums in the city together.”

Thornberry credits the C of I with giving her the tools she needs to succeed with OCRA.
“The College of Idaho has given me the confidence to do this job,” she said. “I walked in on the first day knowing that I could write and make an argument. I knew that I had the hard work and the discipline to get any job done.”

Once she finishes her time with OCRA, Thornberry will return to Idaho to prepare for an internship with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in the fall. From there, she hopes to use her internship experiences as stepping stones to a career in international relations, or perhaps join the Peace Corps.

“I know this experience will be an eye-opening one to discover more about what opportunities are out there,” Thornberry said.

C of I hosts Baseball Week in Caldwell

Batter Up

The College of Idaho is set to host “Batter Up: Baseball in American Culture,” a week of free public programming happening July 13-17 as part of the Idaho Humanities Council’s Summer Institute for Idaho Teachers. The institute includes four public events, each set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Keynote speaker Jane Leavy leads things off July 13 with her presentation “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” which is based upon her New York Times bestselling book of the same name.

On July 14, nationally syndicated cartoonist Steve Moore presents “Baseball in the Bleachers,” a retrospective commentary on his favorite In the Bleachers baseball cartoons.

Award-winning poet and novelist Gary Gildner steps to the plate July 15 with “Getting Home: Baseball in Communist Poland,” a discussion of his book The Warsaw Sparks, which details his experience coaching a polish baseball team.

Batting cleanup on July 17 is former Major League ballplayer Bill Buckner, who will be interviewed on stage by Robert Santelli, executive director of The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and author of The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List.

“Batter Up: Baseball in American Culture” is funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more, visit www.idahohumanities.org.


Summer 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 info.

July 13

Idaho Humanities Council presents 'The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood,' by author Jane Leavy, 7 p.m., Langroise Center. Click for more info.

July 14

Idaho Humanities Council presents 'Baseball in the Bleachers,' by syndicated cartoonist Steve Moore, 7 p.m., Langroise Center.

July 15

Idaho Humanities Council presents 'Getting Home: Baseball in Communist Poland,' by author Gary Gildner, 7 p.m., Langroise Center.

July 17

Idaho Humanities Council presents 'An interview with Bill Buckner,' conducted by author Robert Santelli, 7 p.m., Langroise Center.

July 21

C of I Night with the Boise Hawks, 7:15 p.m., Memorial Stadium (Boise). Email [email protected] to register!


Hey Yotes! There are two things you don't want to miss: 1. College of Idaho Night with the Boise Hawks on July 21. 2. This awesome video starring the Coyote and Humphrey the Hawk. Enjoy!

C of I alumnus Camrin Braun ’11 recently was interviewed by National Geographic in a story about a 9-foot great white shark that apparently was attacked and eaten by a larger predator off the coast of Australia. Braun currently is a doctoral student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Click here to read more about this fascinating mystery!

The C of I football team recently was featured by the Idaho Statesman. The latest installment in the Statesman's series on the restoration of Coyote football focused on the team's contributions to the campus community and culture—factors President Marv Henberg and Coach Mike Moroski deem even more important than wins on the field. The piece also included a sidebar on the student and faculty reaction to having football players on campus.

Hillary Sapp

C of I student Hillary Sapp is living the high life this summer! Sapp's house near campus is undergoing a major renovation, and while the new foundation is being built, Hillary is climbing a ladder to get to her front door. Click here to check out a YouTube video chronicling Sapp's summer high-rise!

C of I political economy professor Dr. Kerry Hunter recently published a book, Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges, through Lexington Books. In the book, Hunter reminds readers that early Supreme Court justices refused to reduce the Constitution to a mere legal document. He argues that the answer to preserving both separation of powers and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to view the Supreme Court in the same way early founders such as Alexander Hamilton did and in the way President Abraham Lincoln urged – that its most important function in exercising the power of judicial review is to serve as the nation’s conscience, just as it did in Brown v. Board of Education.

C of I softball standout Nickayla Skinner recently was featured in the Mountain Home News. Skinner, an All-American pitcher who set multiple records during her C of I career, was a four-year starter at Mountain Home High before joining coach Al Mendiola and the Coyotes in Caldwell.

Team Yotes

Congratulations to Team Yotes, which captured first place in the adult category at the Idaho Statesman’s annual Fourth of July Chalk Art Festival. The team–which consisted of graphic designer Michael Capell and students Jooeun Kim '14, Morgan Mesias and Adam Morgan '14–created a tribute to the World Cup and Team USA. It is the third consecutive year Team Yotes has won a prize at the festival–it won the adult category in 2013 and the People’s Choice Award in 2012. Click here to check out a Idaho Statesman photo gallery from the event. Go Yotes!

The College of Idaho has been featured on FlipKey.com’s 50 State Series “Top Campuses Worth Traveling For.” FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor, compiled the 50-school list based upon the best attractions, architecture, history and scenic beauty available at campuses in each state. The C of I was recognized specifically for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, our region’s premier resource for environmental and natural history education.

Congratulations to C of I alumnus Scott Blickenstaff ’84, who has been hired as general counsel and secretary for The Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC and Snake River Sugar Company. Blickenstaff, who studied philosophy at the C of I, previously served as associate general counsel for Boise Inc. Click here to read more in the Idaho Business Review.

Yotes in the News: Recent graduate Hillary Holt ’14 recently competed in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Track & Field Championships and was featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune…Morgan Harshbarger of the 4A state champion Twin Falls Bruins has signed with the C of I softball program, as reported by the Twin Falls Times-News…Alumnus and supermarket founder Joe Albertson ’29 was featured in the Idaho Statesman’s "Top 50 Stories" of the past 150 years.