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2015. 10. 30

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C of I theatre department set to tell 'The Winter's Tale'

Theatre Department

A magnificent tale of jealousy, blame, regret, loss, love, longing, and, ultimately, redemption. And it’s all done as only the master of word and feeling can do it.

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre and Speech Arts proudly presents its fall production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 12-14 in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. A special matinee show at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 will cap the two-week long production.

The Winter’s Tale begins with the king of Sicilia, Leontes, who convinces himself that his wife, Hermione, and his oldest and dearest friend, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, are having an affair. Since she is with child, Leontes assumes it is Polixenes’ baby. Nothing can convince Leontes he is mistaken in his jealousy—not even an oracle from the great Apollo. He attempts to have Polixenes killed but his friend learns of the plot and slips away. Leontes condemns his wife to prison where she gives birth to a daughter. Leontes sends his trusted advisor to carry the newborn babe, far away to die in the wilderness. Or so he thinks…

How the play resolves is nothings short of miraculous. Toss in some comedy, music, anachronistic songs and aerial silks and you have The College of Idaho’s unique production of The Winter’s Tale.

“This has been one of my favorite shows to be a part of at The College of Idaho,” said sophomore John Wicks. “The cast is not only huge, but hugely talented! I have learned something from each of my cast members and feel honored to be a part of this production.”

For Wicks, who plays Leontes in the play, the character has been one of the most difficult to tackle as an actor, he said. Audiences may find it difficult to empathize with the King of Sicilia at first, but Wicks aims to show that there is more to this character than meets the eye.

“I hope through my performance I can allow audience members to see part of this story through his eyes and follow the way he justifies his actions,” Wicks said.

Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and non-C-of-I students, can be purchased by calling the box office at (208) 459-5426. College of Idaho students, faculty and staff receive a free ticket.

The Winter’s Tale is directed by Professor Joe Golden with scenic design by Professor Mike Hartwell. Lighting design is by Kait Newberry, with costumes by Delpha Carver, and sound design by Tom Newby.

Coyote students, staff volunteer at Huntington's Disease walk

Team Hope Walk Boise, photo by Erica Deshner

Photo by Erica Deshner

At The College of Idaho, students aren’t only mentored to be well-rounded individuals. They’re also prepared to become valued members of society and the local community. And sometimes that includes helping out beyond the campus community.

This fall, several C of I students and staff helped out at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Team Hope Walk at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise, helping the society put on a successful event that raised more than $15,000.

“These students are so enthusiastic,” said Anne Spencer, the interfaith coordinator for C of I Campus Ministries. “When they come out, they really want to help.”

Spencer was once a genetic counselor at St. Luke’s Hospital, where she did pre-symptomatic testing for Huntington’s Disease (HD), an inherited brain disease that affects about 30,000 Americans. At that job, she got to know a lot of people with HD in the community. So in 2004, she held her first support group meeting for those with the disease.

“That’s been going strong for 11 years now, a lot of good friendships,” she said.

Out of that came the realization that more support was needed, so the support group affiliated with the national Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which helped with fundraising and providing services in southern Idaho. Four years ago, the first Team Hope Walk was held, and the participation has been growing since, with more than 200 runners and walkers this year.

The first year, the C of I International Student Organization helped put on the walk. When it was decided to add a 5K run, the C of I cross-country team stepped up to help mark the course and time the race.

“The students bring a lot of great energy to the event,” Spencer said. “And for the people who are there for the walk, people who are dealing with the disease, they feel that enthusiasm the students bring.”

Another group that helped at the event this year was the C of I chapter of Circle K International, the nation’s largest student-led community service organization. For Circle K President Tran Tran, it was her third time helping at the event. Her fellow Circle K members and she not only helped out at the walk, but also packaged more than 200 bags full of t-shirts and information for each runner.

“I like volunteering in general and helping people,” said Tran, who is also a mentor for first year international students at the C of I.

For Tran, volunteering opens the door to a variety of experiences and the chance to meet and connect with new people.

“I really treasure connections, so it is those connections with new people that I’m looking for when I volunteer,” Tran said.

And it’s those real life experiences, Spencer said, that help remind students of why they’re in school, especially those looking to go into the health profession. Students can get caught up in tests and papers and forget they want to be a doctor to help people, to be a vet to help animals, to become a counselor to make the world a better place. And volunteering can help shift that perspective back into focus. It is as Rabbi Joachim Prinz once said, “Neighbor is not a geographical term. It is a moral concept.”

“In some ways, that kind of sums it up, right?” Spencer said. “That people are here to look out for each other. I hope the students get that sense while they’re at the College.”

Ski team hosts fundraiser, shows Warren Miller film

Ski Team

Does the cooler weather have you itching to strap on your skis or snowboard? Then join The College of Idaho ski program as it partners with the Bogus Basin Ski Club to show the latest Warren Miller ski film, Chasing Shadows, which premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise.

The Premiere Film Festival party—presented by the C of I Alumni Association at Zee's Rooftop Café in Boise—will include food, a movie ticket and free parking. Tickets cost $35 per person and are available for online purchase here.

“I’m really excited about the upcoming ski season, and the new Warren Miller film festival is a great way to kick things off,” C of I ski coach Ron Bonneau said. “With our returning skiers and a few new recruits, I expect the Yotes to continue our long tradition of excellence on the mountain.”

Attendees will have a chance to meet Coach Bonneau and the C of I ski team at the premiere of Chasing Shadows, which gives homage to 66 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking. Warren Miller takes a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges and mountains had condos and runs with it to the steepest peaks around the globe and back to the mom-and-pop hills that define skiing and riding.

Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. ($15) and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ($13, no intermission) and 7:30 p.m. ($15). Single movie tickets are available online at www.egyptiantheatre.net. Proceeds will benefit the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, Bogus Basin Ski Patrol, the C of I ski and snowboard team, Bogus Basin Ski Club & Recreation Unlimited. Attendees also will have opportunities to partake in prize drawings and visit with area ski shops and Idaho mountain resort representatives.

Last year, the Coyotes added another gold-medal performance as freshman skier Caroline Sanden Gustafsson won the skier-cross event at the USCSA National Championships. The men’s team posted its best result since 2009, taking eighth in the alpine combined. The men were led by All-American honoree Lucas Underkoffler, who recorded a fourth-place finish in the slalom, the best by a Yote since 1991.

“I’m stoked to see how the teams does, it’s one of the strongest teams we’ve had in the last ten years,” said ski team captain Zach Gould.

Bolstering the roster are nine incoming recruits, adding depth to a team that sent both its men’s and women’s squads to last year’s USCSA National Championships.

“I could not be more pleased with the incoming group of athletes,” Bonneau said. “The Yotes ski team should be a contender for many years with this depth of talent and youth.”

C of I creates 'Music from the Fringe'

Langroise Trio Cellist Sam Smith

This summer, ten musicians and composers descended upon The College of Idaho campus to take part in Music from the Fringe 2. Set up by Langroise Trio cellist Sam Smith and his wife Nancy, Music from the Fringe combined a remote-viewing experience to produce a brand-new musical work that will premiere when the Boise Cello Collective takes the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Jewett Auditorium.

“We’re probably the only people on the planet that use remote viewing for music,” Nancy Smith said.

According to the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA), “remote viewing is a mental faculty that allows a perceiver (a "viewer") to describe or give details about a target that is inaccessible to normal senses due to distance, time, or shielding. For example, a viewer might be asked to describe a location on the other side of the world, which he or she has never visited; or a viewer might describe an event that happened long ago; or describe an object sealed in a container or locked in a room; or perhaps even describe a person or an activity; all without being told anything about the target—not even its name or designation.”

Using IRVA remote-viewing protocol, the group of musicians gathered together in a room on the second floor of the Langroise Center for the Performing Arts to remotely view a target.

“This is our coordinate,” Nancy Smith said on the first night of project, as she held up a manila folder with the number 860635 written on it in black marker.

Not knowing what was in the folder, the participants went into a dim, quiet room in to get into a meditative spot to view the target. They sat down on inflatable mattresses and some slipped on a sleeping mask as they laid back and fell from conscious reality.

After coming out of meditation, the viewers wrote down the impressions, feelings, smells or visions they received while trying to get in touch with the target. The cellists then had about an hour to write a new song based off their notes.

Once their song was written, each cellist presented the music to one of three composers who recorded it. Once all the songs were recorded, the composers combined all them into a final work. The process was repeated the next day while viewing a different target. In the end, two new songs were produced and recorded.

“It was remarkable how much matched,” Nancy Smith about the notes each musician wrote down. “And as they were giving their sound snippets [to the composers], they were in the same key signature.”

The targets hidden in the folder ended up being two Robert Frost poems with matching photos. One was “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and the other was “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

“A poem and a picture ends up being a really strong target,” Sam Smith said.

“There is an emotional pull to it,” Nancy Smith said.

After performing Fringe 1 last year, and having some of the same members return to do Fringe 2, the event was even more successful as some participants already had remote viewing experience under their belts, Sam Smith said. And the collaborative effort between everyone helped the process go off without a hitch.

“There were a lot of pieces that needed to be available and present to plug in there to make it flow like it did,” Sam Smith said. “So I feel very fortunate that we had everybody available and really into the project.”


Fall 2015

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.

October 30

The Rosenthall Gallery of Art presents Tom Hughes: 'Getting There' with an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. in Blatchley Hall. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public.

October 30-31

Music Theatre of Idaho presents 'Young Frankenstein' in Jewett Auditorium. Click here for showtimes and ticket information.

October 31

C of I football vs. Montana Western, 1 p.m., Simplot Stadium. Click for ticket information.

November 3

C of I Alumni and Friends Choir rehearsal at 7 p.m. in Langroise 114. Open to all alumni, faculty and staff; new members welcome! For more information, contact Andrea Cronrath at [email protected] or 459-5301.

November 6

C of I men's basketball vs. Montana Western, 7 p.m., J.A.A.C. Click for ticket information.

November 6

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Boise Cello Collective at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Tickets are $15, $10, $8 for Adults and $8, $6, $4 for Children/Students. Click for tickets or call (208) 459-5275.

November 7

C of I swimming and diving exhibition versus Southwestern Oregon C.C., 10 a.m., J.A.A.C.

November 7

Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Symposium: Come learn about a variety of agriculture-related topics and network with professionals. Cost is $15 (with lunch) or free (without lunch) for students. Contact Dr. Rochelle Johnson or click for more info.

November 12

C of I ski team and alumni event, 5 p.m., downtown Boise. Appetizers and drinks at Zee's Rooftop Cafe, followed by 7 p.m. Warren Miller Film Festival presentation Chasing Shadows at the Egyptian Theatre. For more info, email Kim at [email protected]

November 13

Whittenberger Planetarium public show, 7 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.


The College of Idaho is celebrating 125 Years of Excellence this academic year. Take a look at what has made—and continues to make—the College such a special place in this C of I 125 tribute video.

C of I alumnus and celebrated Northwest writer George Venn '67 had a poem appear on recreation and sports website The Clymb. The site features seven of Oregon's most spectacular wonders, and Venn writes on the Wallowa mountains.

The College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History entomologists William Clark and Alan Gillogly joined Idaho Public Television's "Science Trek" for an insect-themed edition. Click here to see them in action and to learn everything you wanted to know about insects.

Coyote Athletics Roundup: Get your season tickets for Yotes basketball today!...Check out the latest issue of  "The Pack," the official magazine of Coyote Athletics...Men's basketball is ranked No. 6 in the preseason NAIA coaches poll...The C of I football team returned home and beat Rocky Mountain 38-17 to earn back-to-back wins...Both men's and women's soccer won on Senior Day as they look toward the CCC Championships...Men's and women's cross-country teams rose to No. 7 and No. 5, respectively, in the NAIA Top 25 coaches poll...Volleyball clinched a spot in the CCC Championships...Men's and women's swim teams finished second at their season-opening meet in California...Football players Jake Hennessey, Malik Whitfield and Ben Ceccarelli were featured in the Mountain Home News. All three came to the C of I from Mountain Home High.

C of I alumnus and archivist Jan Boles was mentioned in the Twin Falls Times-News. His photo exhibit "Always, I am on the Threshold: Long views of Idaho and the western landscape" is being displayed at the Jean B. King Gallery on the College of Southern Idaho campus until Jan. 23.

C of I President Charlotte Borst landed in the "2C Spotlight," a feature in the Idaho Press-Tribune that shines a light on someone in the community for doing something positive. Borst was recognized for her recent inauguration and goals as C of I president.

Close relationships with teammates, classmates and professors. A diverse education that prepares students for a lifetime of success. These are a few of the reasons Malik Whitfield fell in love with the C of I. Why did you choose C of I? #WhyCofI

The College of Idaho was recenlty awarded $48,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for Professor Jaime Goode to research "Climate Change and the Forest-Stream Interfrace: The Role of Wildfire in Shaping Salmon Spawning Habitat." The College was one of 54 organizations to be awarded a combined $11 million.

Caldwell Fine Arts welcomed renowned ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro to Jewett Auditorium on Oct. 21. Shimabukuro hosted a daytime program for local school children and wowed CFA patrons with his skill on the traditional Hawaiian instrument.

C of I Students in Professor Marilyn Melchiorre's marketing class are putting their skills to the test for a social media campaign focused on the City of Caldwell. Students are taking pictures of local businesses and creating their own hashtags, which will eventually by used by the city on its social media platforms.

C of I alumnus Scott Syme '76 announced he will run for the Idaho Legislature next year. Syme, who lives on a family farm near Wilder, has served on the Caldwell East Urban Renewal District Board and was a member of the Caldwell Plaza Committee.