C of I Newsletter

2007. 02. 01.

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INL Day is Tuesday, Feb. 6

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, representatives from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will be visiting CofI to meet with President Bob Hoover, faculty members, and students for the first INL Day.

The visit has several purposes. One of the main purposes is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about jobs and summer internships at INL. There will be informational displays, recruiters, and intern representatives from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boone Science Center foyer.

INL representatives will also meet informally with faculty members from 8 to 10 a.m.

Other events scheduled during the visit include:

  • Dr. David Miller and Dr. Melinda Hamilton delivering presentations on chemistry and biotechnology – 10-11 a.m. in Boone 127
  • Dr. Harold Blackman presenting an INL overview – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Boone 127

All events are open to the campus community, and those with an interest in the INL are encouraged to participate.

This is the first of what we hope will be a long tradition of INL Days. By partnering with one of the nation’s foremost energy research and development laboratories, CofI will receive the benefit of INL’s scientists and equipment. INL will benefit by working with our students as they become the next generation of scientists.

If you have any questions about INL Day or would like to schedule time with INL representatives, please contact Lori Tollman at 459-5334 or Mark Smith at 459-5313.

ACI Scholarship Gala is March 17

The CofI community is invited to an evening of delicious food and amusing entertainment to help raise $200,000 for student scholarships. Our students are the best and brightest, but many cannot afford to attend Albertson College of Idaho without financial help.

The 2007 Scholarship Gala – Albertson College Rock, will be held Saturday, March 17, from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activity Center.

There are several ways in which you can be involved in this important fundraiser:

  1. Attend the event:
  2. Volunteer to help with the event:
    • If you would like to volunteer to work at the event, please contact Savala Smith at [email protected] or 459-5120
  3. Buy or sell raffle tickets:
  4. Donate an item to the auction:
    • You can donate an item to the silent auction by contacting Jessica Jewell at [email protected] or 459-5086

For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala or contact Jill Pilote at [email protected].

Coyote basketball attendance is among highest in Idaho

ACI’s women’s basketball team has the highest collegiate attendance in the Gem State, beating Boise State, the University of Idaho and Idaho State – thanks in part to a 14-6 start to the 2006-07 season by the No. 25 ranked Lady Yotes.

Coming on the heels of an attendance-shattering volleyball season, where the CofI spikers nearly doubled their previous attendance record, the Coyote basketball teams have been playing in front of full houses throughout the season.

The Lady Yotes are averaging 886 fans per game – and have had over 1,000 fans at each of their last four home dates. Idaho State is comparable, averaging 836 fans – with one game over 1,000. Neither Idaho, Boise State, nor Northwest Nazarene has drawn 1,000 fans to one of their games.

On the men’s side, CofI is averaging 1,607 fans a game, including a near sellout of 2,300 fans two weeks ago against Oregon Tech – as the Yotes have started 15-3 and are currently ranked No. 9 in the NAIA. That number is larger than the Boise State-Montana State men’s game, larger than two other Idaho State home games, and larger than any University of Idaho home game. In fact, the Yotes home average is 400 fans more than Idaho draws per night (1,211), and double that of Northwest Nazarene (804).

Prior to the Boise State-Hawaii men’s game, which drew 10,190 fans, the largest crowd to watch a men’s basketball game in the Gem State was 4,852. That was at the Idaho Center, to see CofI and Northwest Nazarene play an exhibition.

ACI speech and debate team takes second in regional tournaments

The Howlin’ Yotes, ACI’s speech and debate team, finished its regular season last weekend with a second-place finish at the Pacific University Tournament and a second-place finish for the Northwest Conference Championship.

“After seven straight conference championships, we were bound to finish second at some point. We lost numerous members of the team this year and had to skip a conference tournament in November. It was amazing we were able to take second,” said CofI Debate Coach Mack Sermon, who has coached the team for 10 years.

ACI awards included the following:

  • Leon Samuels (team captain) – Second place in poetry interpretive reading and mixed interpretive reading
  • Kyleigh Murphy – First place in prose interpretive reading and fifth place in persuasive speaking
  • Jeff Caywood – Fourth place in impromptu speaking
  • Jeff Caywood, Galen Currens and John Eli Hodson – Fifth place in novice debate
  • Mitch Johnson – Second best speaker in novice debate
  • Kim Stiens – Third best speaker in novice debate

“Seven of the Yotes were attending their first competition ever, for three more it was only their second,” said Sermon. “The team is very young but has great potential.”


  • Albertson College of Idaho will induct a former runner, a former coach, and a national championship winning team into the CofI Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 3.

    Northwest Conference champion sprinter Bernie Hamilton and longtime baseball coach Tim Mooney will become the 30th and 31st individuals in the CofI Athletic Hall of Fame, with the 1995-96 Men’s Basketball Team joining two other squads in the exclusive group.
    For tickets to the Wendy’s Hall of Fame luncheon, contact Dave Hahn at 459-5835, or [email protected].

  • Chinese pianist Chu-Fang Huang, 24, who won the Cleveland International Pianists Competition in 2005 and was a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition, will perform play in Jewett Auditorium on Feb. 6.

    Huang’s concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or in McCain. The cost is $11-$13 for adults, $7 to $9 for students. CofI students are free.

  • Sixty years of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos are on display in four of our campus buildings – Jewett Auditorium, Langroise Center, Rosenthal Art Gallery, and Hendren Hall.

    The exhibit is free and runs until March 11. The exhibit days and hours for the public are:

    • Tuesdays through Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

  • Volunteers are still needed to assist with Capture the Moment, the Pulitzer Prize Photograph exhibition. If you would like to help direct exhibit visitors on campus please us know. We need help through March 11 on the following days:

    • Tuesdays through Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

    For more information, contact project manager Jan Book at (208) 860-4308 or [email protected].