2015. 12. 11
The corps that won four: Volleyball seniors earn fourth-straight CCC Championship
It’s hard enough to win a championship in any sport. It’s even harder to repeat. Chances are slim to hoist the trophy three times in a row. And going for four? Nearly impossible.
But don’t tell that to the three senior members of The College of Idaho volleyball team, who defied the laws of probability by never losing a Cascade Conference Championship match during their collegiate careers.
Talk about going out on top.
“It's really an incredible feeling to be a part of such a successful team and continue that kind of tradition of winning the conference tournament,” said Emilee Chapman, a senior defensive specialist.
After this year’s 3-0 sweep over I-84 rival Eastern Oregon University in the CCC Championship match, the Yotes have now won the past four CCC Championships and eight of the last 11. But the road to the championship this year was anything but smooth.
After starting the season 0-5 and losing some close five-set matches to nationally ranked teams, the Yotes found themselves in a little bit of a slump. When they thrived at defense and passing, their attacking fell short, and vice versa. But after working through some kinks in the gym, the girls kicked it into high gear to rattle off 16 wins in their final 19 regular season matches and earn a spot in the NAIA Volleyball National Championships.
After surviving pool play at nationals, the Yotes were one of the final 12 teams vying for the NAIA title, but fell short against No. 7 Midland University. The Yotes finished the season ranked No. 11 in the country, with an overall record of 24-12.
During the season, the C of I was aided by the athleticism of senior middle blocker Kylie Porter, who earned NAIA National Attacker of the Week honors twice on her way to a first-team NAIA All-America selection. Recording 886 kills on the season, Porter also was honored as the CCC Player of the Year.
“It has been an honor to play for such a successful program,” Porter said. “The best memories have been winning the CCC Championship four years in a row. Doing so really speaks volumes about how this program is run.”
Senior setter Sierra Porter earned her third NAIA All-America honor, becoming the first C of I student athlete to do so. She ends her career with 4,928 assists, the second-most in school history.
Chapman and five other Yotes were named to the CCC All-Academic team and assistant coach Derek Riggs was one of ten NAIA assistants to be named Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
“We're all so passionate about the game,” Chapman said. “Especially this season, we had such good chemistry and everyone was really supportive while also pushing each other to get better. Our coaches have always been phenomenal, too, we couldn't do it without them.”
The three seniors will be missed next year, as all provide great character and leadership by example with their hard work on the court, C of I coach Liz Mendiola said. While returning players will have to step up and fill the void left by each graduate, the C of I drive for five is very much alive.
“I’d never count us out,” Mendiola said. “It’s always tough when you lose seniors that have such a huge impact as our three do, but it feels like that happens every single year. We’re always losing a group of players that have been phenomenal on the court for us, so this year is no different in that regard.”
C of I student lands internship with big accounting company
There sat the 16th president of the United States, staring down upon the National Mall from his white marble chair. There stood College of Idaho junior Hunter Brodt, looking up at the 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln on his first visit to the nation’s capital.
Brodt’s phone rang. A representative from Deloitte, a professional services company, was on the other end.
After a day of interviews, the kid from the small liberal arts school in Caldwell would learn if he had received an internship with one of the biggest accounting companies in the world.
“Deloitte and the Big Four (Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers) offer a ton of education and career development, which is what interests me in those companies specifically,” said Brodt, who is a political economy and accounting double major. “As far as accounting…I realized that taxes are something that I’m interested in on the political economy side and it’s something I can transition into with my accounting major.”
A day earlier, Brodt had traveled from Boise to Washington, D.C. en route to one of the biggest moments of his life. After months of networking with C of I alumni who had connections to Deloitte, Brodt secured an opportunity to interview for an internship with the highly selective company.
Receiving around 500,000 applications per year, Deloitte hires 17,000, or 3.5 percent—an acceptance rate lower than Harvard University.
It wasn’t until going through the interview process and talking to his Delta Tau Delta brothers at George Washington University that Brodt learned how competitive the internship was. The accounting majors at GWU consider the Big Four the best place to start a career, and only a few are chosen by on-campus recruiters to interview for internships.
“I think networking through College of Idaho alumni and talking to professors, I was able to make an opportunity that wouldn’t have presented itself naturally,” Brodt said.
The day of his interview, he woke up at 8 a.m., had breakfast and then turned his attention to the two interviews at hand. They were not technical in nature, but discussion based. Knowing they can develop any willing person, Deloitte seemed to be looking for a personality to match, Brodt said.
“Doing internships, such as with the Caldwell Economic Development Department, early in my schooling helped me gain an appreciation for what employers expect from their interns and employees,” Brodt said about being prepared for the interview. “And just being generally involved on campus, through clubs and my fraternity Delta Tau Delta, and talking to teachers a lot has been helpful. I think being comfortable with talking to elders or people who are in a higher position than you really helps.”
And as Brodt stood on the phone, at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial, he found out he’ll make a return trip to D.C. this summer. His 10-week internship begins two weeks after the end of spring term.
“As a political economy/accounting double major and being actively involved on campus, Hunter epitomizes how a College of Idaho liberal arts education prepares you for the real world,” said C of I accounting instructor John Danielson. “Hunter is completely involved and engaged in his preparation for a career and it is really paying off. I’m really excited to see where his path will lead next.”
ISO Cultural Show celebrates C of I diversity
At The College of Idaho, students enjoy a vibrant and diverse campus community. With dozens of international students hailing from more than 40 countries worldwide, there are many ways for students of all backgrounds to learn about cultures and traditions from every corner of the globe.
One of the biggest champions of campus diversity is the International Student Organization, a thriving club that is one of the most active student groups on campus. Nearly 10 percent of the C of I student body is international, and the vast majority of those students participate in ISO.
This fall, the ISO celebrated its signature event, the annual C of I Cultural Show. The 2015 show consisted of 14 different acts representing different cultures from all around the world. Performances varied from discussions on news and stereotypes to culturally relevant song and dance.
The Cultural Show was many weeks in the making, with ISO and performance groups working hard to make the show a success.
“It took me about a month just to get everything together and practice with others participating,” said Tanisha Khurana, a sophomore from India.
In the weeks leading up to the show, groups came together to rehearse. As the students watched and practiced their acts together, it provided an opportunity to learn more about each other’s cultures.
“We learned about other cultures, and their dances and dress, too” said event coordinator and participant Kyle Evans, who hails from Swaziland.
All the hard work culminated in a successful show, where a big crowd at Jewett Auditorium enjoyed an entertaining and informative evening learning about international cultures and their fellow Yotes. The acts were well-received, and the event helped increase awareness of all the different backgrounds present on the C of I campus.
“I hope that the viewers left with a knowledge of the diverse talent present on our campus and an appreciation for the international students,” Khurana said.
In addition to the Cultural Show, ISO organizes annual Food Festivals with dishes made by students and faculty from many different cultures. The club also does a lot of work behind the scenes, including an annual Thanksgiving meal for international students and others who remain on campus during the holiday break.
To get involved with ISO and diversity programming at the C of I, contact Arnold Hernandez, Director of Multicultural affairs, at [email protected].
C of I Board of Trustees to match December gifts
This December, when you give to The College of Idaho in support of student scholarships, new buildings, faculty, athletics and more, the C of I Board of Trustees will match your gift, dollar for dollar, up to $250! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to double the impact of your gift!
It is through the generous support of C of I alumni and friends that the College can continue to be one of the top-ranked liberal arts college’s in the nation and shape students’ lives for years to come. We thank those who have supported the C of I so far in December. On Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1), more than 60 donors gifted more than $7,500 to the College, which will qualify for the Matching Gift Campaign.
If you want your gift to leave a personal mark on the C of I campus, you can have your name etched in brick and mortar for a donation of $250.
Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate a graduate or remember a loved one with a custom engraved brick. Each 4 x 8 brick will be placed near the entryway of the new Marty Holly Athletics Center for you and countless others to view now and in the future, with the next installation of bricks scheduled for spring of 2016. Each brick is eligible for the $250 match by the Board of Trustees to the College’s Boone Fund.
Bricks are limited to 15 characters per line (characters include punctuation and spaces). There are three lines of text available. You can fill out the text for your brick on the online purchasing form. You can also purchase a replica brick and display case through the online form if you choose to.
December 24 - January 1
Check out the latest episode of 'Charlotte's Webcast' as C of I President Charlotte Borst reflects on her first semester at the College, recaps the Holiday Tree Lighting and more!
USA Today ran a story on the 'Best 10 colleges for the money,' with The College of Idaho ranking No. 5 nationally. The stats, compiled by College Factual, are based on high graduation rates, low student loan default rates, academic quality and affordability. Click here to see the full list and rationale behind College Factual’s rankings, or here to view the C of I’s College Factual profile.
C of I freshman Ismael Fernandez made news by becoming the youngest member of the Wilder City Council. A story on Fernandez, who is a part of a new, fully Latino city council, was run by the Associated Press and the Idaho Press-Tribune.
An opportunity to continue her basketball career. Professors and classmates who knew her by name. A supportive community that helped her become a better person. These are a few of the reasons Aleah Lowber chose The College of Idaho. Why will you choose C of I?
Coyote Athletics Roundup: Check out the latest issue of "The Pack," the official magazine of Coyote Athletics...Men's basketball opened CCC play with a win over I-84 rival Eastern Oregon while forward Joey Nebeker was named CCC player of the week...Women's basketball blew out Walla Walla 98-36...Volleyball advanced to the knockout round of the NAIA Championships, before losing to Midland University...The College of Idaho leads the CCC in the year-long All-Sports Champion race...Men's and women's swim teams dominated Trinity Lutheran in a dual meet...Volleyball players Kylie Porter and Sierra Porter, along with women's soccer player Jamiece Yizar, were named NAIA All-Americans.
For a little pre-finals fun, the annual Science Demonstration was held in Boone Hall this past week. Full of fireballs, electricity and, well, brains, it was a good time to be had by all...especially since there was ice cream made from liquid nitrogen. Click here to check out photos.
Former C of I basketball player Antonio Garrett was selected by the Halifax Hurricanes (Nova Scotia) with the 15th pick of the 2015 National Basketball League of Canada Draft. Garrett, who graduated with a degree in theatre, helped the Yotes win the CCC Championship in 2014.
The College of Idaho has been featured as one of “America’s Best Colleges for Skiing and Snowboarding” by the website BestColleges.com. The C of I ranks No. 22 overall and is the only Idaho school on the national list of 25 colleges and universities chosen based on proximity to resorts, affordability, accessibility, and the availability of student skiing and snowboarding clubs.
C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly talked with KIVI Channel 6 News about the importance of prostate cancer screening and his own experience as a cancer survivor.
Frank Wyant '93 was recently named the new Caldwell Police Chief. Wyant, who came to the C of I to play baseball and become a physical education teacher, changed his mind to go into law enforcement and has served 24 years with the Caldwel Police Department.