C of I Newsletter

2007. 02. 08.

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Vegetable oil-powered bus coming to CofI Monday

A bus that runs on vegetable oil will be visiting the Albertson College of Idaho campus to promote alternative energy, outdoor activities, and 'leave no trace' outdoor ethics on Monday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Creating a Climate for Change bus, which has visited nearly 200 colleges in 47 states, runs on recycled vegetable oil. The oil is collected at restaurants and dining halls along the route. The bus also sports rooftop solar panels that allow the crew to power televisions, computers, a stereo, and refrigerators.

Visitors to the bus can learn more about alternative energy as well as practice their skills on the climbing wall, perfect their fly fishing cast, and learn about the National Outdoor Leadership School.

The Creating a Climate for Change bus is sponsored by the non-profit National Outdoor Leadership School and Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt makers.

For more information, call Ron Bonneau at 459-5863.

Women's alpine ski team wins conference; men compete this weekend

Nicki MaxwellWith one weekend of competition remaining, the CofI women's alpine ski team has already wrapped up its fifth-consecutive Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference team title, thanks to solid finishes last weekend at Silver Mountain.

The Lady Yotes recorded a second-place finish on Saturday, followed by a third-place finish on Sunday – building a 214-point lead with two races left (with only 200 more points possible).

Solid giant slalom runs from Molly Bullard and Nicki Maxwell netted the duo back-to-back third- and fourth-place finishes.

This weekend, the eight Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference teams head to Mount Hood Ski Bowl for the final two qualifying races of the year. The team will then take a week off in preparation for the Western Regional, to be held in Red Lodge, Montana.

Since 1979, the CofI ski program (alpine, nordic, snowboard) has won a combined 21 NCSA or USCSA team national championships, along with 15 individual NCSA or USCSA national championships. Current snowboarder Evan Williams is a two-time national champ – winning the 2005 Snowboardcross and 2006 Halfpipe championships.

First INL Day was successful

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

INL Day was an opportunity for ACI's science faculty (math, physics, biology, chemistry) to interact with INL scientists to help foster future collaboration in terms of research and use of instrumentation, said Associate Professor of Biology Sara Heggland.

Attendance at presentations given by INL scientists Dr. David Miller and Dr. Melinda Hamilton was excellent, and many students and faculty spoke informally to INL representatives throughout the day.

'I think that INL Day was a learning experience for the students and for the INL representatives,' Associate Professor of Physics Jim Dull said. 'Our students learned that there are many areas of research. That is, this is not your father's, or mother's, INL. Researchers in chemistry, biology, and environmental applications make up the bulk of the scientists at INL'

Dull said he expects CofI students have a good chance at paid internships at INL this summer as a result of INL Day.

German Film Festival ends today

The 2007 CofI German Film Festival ends today (Feb. 8) with a showing of Good Bye Lenin! at 4 p.m. in McCain. Admission is free.
Good Bye Lenin! is the winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

It is set in 1989. Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Batt at [email protected] or 459-5814.

Opera meets Broadway at CofI Feb. 8-11

The CofI Music Department presents Opera meets Broadway, beginningtoday (Feb. 8) through Sunday.

The Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 8-10) performances will take place in the Langroise Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Feb 11 performance begins at 2:30 p.m. in Langroise.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $2 for CofI student. Tonight's performance is free for CofI students, faculty and staff.

The cast includes CofI students Rebecca Foster, Lindsay Lowe, Jacob Fulcher, Megan Williams, David Ketchum, Amanda Richey, Anna Wilson, Kim Peters, Sara Packebush, Jamie Derry, Ali Rabe, Emily Matlock, Nick Teraberry, Russell Smith, Andrea Mahan, and Seanne Smith, as well as alumni guest soloists Curtis Crafton and Meghaan Jennings. The Showcase is directed by CofI music professor Dr. Mari Jo Tynon, with lighting design by Seth Sengel, and accompanied by alumni pianists Margie Koenig and Sean Rogers.

For more information, contact Mari Jo Tynon at [email protected] or 459-5249.

Natural History Museum participates in field research in Big Bend National Park

Museum Group PhotoLast month, William H. Clark, director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, and his wife Mary spent two weeks on a field research expedition in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

The Clarks, both of whom are CofI alums, met Dr. Julia T. Sankey, another CofI alum.

Sankey has been conducting paleo research in Big Bend since 1994 when she started her PhD program at Louisiana State University.

Clark has been conducting research on the desert ants in Big Bend since the summer of 2000, when he, Mary and daughter Cindy (also an CofI alum) assisted Sankey with an Earthwatch expedition.

For more information about Clark's research or for ways you can assist with the mission of the Museum, contact him at [email protected].

Deadline for CofI Research Conference proposals is March 15

The deadline for proposals for the second annual CofI Student Research Conference is March 15. The conference will take place April 28.

The CofI Student Research Conference gives students from all disciplines an opportunity to share their scholarly and creative accomplishments with the CofI community. There will be presentations, performances, and exhibitions to showcase the variety of undergraduate research and creative projects.

Proposals must be submitted in the form of an abstract. The abstract should be limited to one paragraph of no more than 200 words in length and should include a clear explanation of the project, presentation, or performance.

Applicants will be notified on March 20 whether their proposals have been accepted.

For more information about the Student Research Conference or the guidelines for submitting proposals, go to: www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/SRC/default.asp?MainID=1.

Fall 2006 Dean's List posted

Nearly 150 CofI students made the fall 2006 Dean's List, which was recently released. To make the Dean's List, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher to.

To see the list of students named to the Dean's List, go to www.collegeofidaho.edu and look under News.


  • 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:

    Attend the event – Regular event tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala. Students, faculty, and staff can purchase discount tickets by contacting Tracylea Balmer at [email protected] or 459-5025

    Volunteer to help with the event – contact Savala Smith at [email protected] or 459-5120

    Buy or sell raffle tickets (one for $50 or three for $125) – Purchase online at www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala. Please contact Debi Kraft at [email protected] or 459-5308 if you would like to help sell raffle tickets

    Donate an item to the auction – Please contact Jessica Jewell at [email protected] or 459-5086
    For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala or contact Jill Pilote at [email protected]

  • 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]