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2016. 02. 19

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C of I breaks ground on new Cruzen-Murray Library

Cruzen-Murray Library Groundbreaking (14)

Click here to view photos of the groundbreaking and architectural renderings and here for video.

By next fall, The College of Idaho will be home to one of the most architecturally beautiful, state-of-the-art buildings in the Gem State—one that will serve as a new intellectual commons for C of I students, faculty and the entire campus community.

Yesterday, the College formally broke ground on the Cruzen-Murray Library during a morning ceremony on Hayman Field. The library, which is scheduled for completion by late 2017, will serve as a new campus gateway at the intersection of 21st Street and Cleveland Boulevard, adjacent to Sterry Hall. The building is a gift from the estate of the late Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Glenn Richard Murray, Jr.

“This is a landmark day for The College of Idaho,” said C of I President Charlotte Borst. “This historic new library will be an incredible addition to our campus, which shares a passion for intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning. We are overwhelmingly grateful to Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Richard, for their beautiful gift and the enduring impact it will have on students for generations to come.”

Deborah Cruzen Murray is an Idaho native who supported The College of Idaho with her time, talent and treasure for many years. She had a passion for interior design, and she once used her skills to redecorate the interior of Blatchley Hall on campus. She also served on the C of I Board of Trustees.

The Cruzen-Murray Library will stand out on the College’s historic campus. Its light-infused, glass-and-steel design has a sleek, modern look and feel. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility will include traditional holdings of books and journals, as well as private and group study areas, a 24/7 study space, multimedia classrooms, a café, and public spaces for readings, lectures and exhibitions. The building was designed by Phoenix-based architectural firm richärd+bauer, a nationally-recognized group known for its work with libraries and sustainable design. The library will be built by Kreizenbeck Constructors of Boise, which has an impressive portfolio of corporate and education building projects. The Cruzen-Murray Library is a multimillion-dollar undertaking. Per the wishes of the donor, exact figures of the estate gift and construction costs will not be released.

“This is such an amazing gift for the College,” C of I Library Director Christine Schutz said. “Libraries are landmarks because of the sense of community they instill. I’m so excited to see this new library bring people together and become the heart of academics on our campus.”

The C of I first announced plans for the library in 2011, when the donor pledged one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s 125-year history. Yesterday’s groundbreaking continues an exciting trend of campus improvements—since 2010, the C of I has remodeled Boone Science Hall; created West Hall: Center for Physician Assistant Studies; renovated Simplot Stadium and built Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium in collaboration with the City of Caldwell; and constructed the new Marty Holly Athletics Center.

“Exciting things are happening at The College of Idaho,” Borst said. “This truly is a first-class institution with a storied history of academic excellence, and the addition of the Cruzen-Murray Library is certain to advance that legacy. It will be a center of learning on campus, a place where students and faculty will come together to share knowledge and make new discoveries every single day.”

As the Cruzen-Murray Library is built over the next 20 months, a C of I committee of administrators, faculty, staff, students and trustees will work to determine the best future use of the N.L. Terteling Library. The N.L. Terteling library has served the C of I community admirably for 50 years, and it will continue to be an important campus building going forward.

Idaho Humanitarian Council honors C of I archivist Jan Boles

Jan Boles

Walk onto the second floor of Sterry Hall, and you’ll find a man with pure-white hair and a matching beard tucked into an office. Dressed in his signature purple suspenders and peering over spectacles, Jan Boles has archived the 125-year history of The College of Idaho since 1997. But his business card reads “Photographing Idaho and the American West since 1963.”

And it’s because of Boles’ work as a photographer, archivist and historical preservationist that the Idaho Humanitarian Council will honor him with the Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award during its annual award ceremony, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall.

The award came as a surprise to Boles when he was notified by letter of his achievement in December.

“I turned it around and looked at the back—this should have gone to somebody else, I thought,” Boles said. “I just hadn’t thought about anything like this.”

As an award-winning photographer, Boles has artfully documented Idaho landscapes. His work has been featured in newspapers, books, magazines, Idaho Public Television documentaries, and many gallery shows.

“We look forward to recognizing Jan for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities,” IHC Chair Margo Aragon said. “Through his wide-ranging work as a public humanist, he has enriched the heritage of the Intermountain West.”

Influenced by Leo Marx’s book The Machine in the Garden, which centers on how technology influences landscapes, Boles has been interested in the way human activity impacts nature and how nature recovers.

Backpacking into the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness with former C of I Professor Jim Marshall in 1969, Boles photographed and reported on mining activity near Castle Peak. His report, published in a local newspaper, helped to effectively close down the mine.

Born in Missouri and growing up in Texas, Boles spent a year in art school in Los Angeles before the smog and congestion choked him out of southern California. With two weeks to kill before going back home to work a summer job, Boles decided to go fishing and visit his uncle, who taught school in Caldwell, Idaho. That’s when he discovered the C of I and decided to transfer.

“I’ve never really left Caldwell since then,” Boles said.

Although he graduated with a degree in English literature in 1965, photography always held his heart. The unpredictability of the art form attracts him. Boles likens it to the quote from Gene Smith, “Always, I am on the threshold…”

“You never know with photography,” Boles said. “You might think you’re starting off to have an ordinary day, and then something happens. And if your eyes are open, you have your camera turned on and the batteries charged, there is a chance you can do something with it. There is always this sense of opportunity.”

His early influence in photography was the great wilderness photographer Ansel Adams. And he approaches photography the same way, carefully visualizing and analyzing each photo he takes. While times have changed to digital cameras, and Boles has effectively shut down his dark room, film is his medium of choice.

“My favorite camera, if I can do everything my way—and this hasn’t happened in a long time—I’d be working in black and white with an 8x10 view camera,” Boles said.

For Boles, there are similarities between photography and archival work—a sense of discovery which brings excitement. A real “serendipity” quality, as he puts it. So if you don’t catch him in the Robert E. Smylie Archives, chances are he is discovering another picture-perfect view of Idaho, and bringing another aspect of the American West into focus.

C of I goes to Belize: A Student's Perspective

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Click here to check out more photos from Belize on the C of I Flickr page.

I look out over a lush tropical landscape that I’ve only ever read about. In front of me in the thick Belizean air rolls an unceasing ocean of hills displaying every shade of green imaginable–lime, jungle, and emerald all enmeshed in one fluid landscape. A flock of rare, brightly hued scarlet macaws rest on their qualmwood tree above me, capturing my interest for hours. I spot a snowy egret flying by, its scintillating white feathers standing in sharp contrast against the dark greenery. In the distance, a black howler monkey bellows its evening call to neighboring troops. The fading sign that shepherds travelers towards the humid outdoors from the small Belize City airport describes Belize perfectly; “Welcome to Belize: Mother Nature’s best kept secret.” During Winter Term 2016, I had the opportunity to uncover these secrets by studying the ecology of Belize through guided jungle walks, snorkeling adventures, and my own independent research.

After studying the ecology of Belize throughout fall semester, it was eye-opening to visit the small Central American country first-hand. Through The College of Idaho’s study abroad program, 15 students alongside biology professors Dr. Don Mansfield and Dr. Chris Walser had the opportunity to explore and learn about the vast jungle, savanna and cave ecosystems that make up Belize, as well as the coastal, reef, and mangrove ecosystems of the Caribbean.

We flew from the heart of a cold Idaho winter to arrive in balmy Belize with temperatures in the sunny 70s. Once there, we were introduced to the wild flora and fauna on a scenic and informative jungle walk at the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, our home base for a portion of our trip. We examined the many medicinal, poisonous and intriguing plants of the savanna and forest ecosystems. Learning about the cacti that grow on trees, the bright-yellow flowers denoting St. John’s wort, the splotchy black poisonwood tree and its antidote, the gumbo-limbo tree, provided an engaging outdoor lesson. Our time on the mainland—from hiking through thick jungle growth with knowledgeable local scientists sharing facts on the lifeforms of Belize to discovering ancient Mayan pottery hidden away in gleaming limestone caves—was a time well spent.

The second portion of our trip involved quite a change of scenery; we boated into the calm cerulean waters of the Caribbean to the Tobacco Caye Marine Station. Here, we had the opportunity for daily snorkels on the beautiful Barrier Reef and nearby mangroves, where we were all surprised by the myriad of diverse ocean life. One instance I will never forget happened while I was observing a little sergeant major fish. I looked past the tiny striped fish at the reef below me and was surprised to see a 7 foot long spotted eagle ray swimming ever-so gracefully beneath me, beating its “wings” or pectoral fins slowly; the way it moved resembled a bird flying in slow motion. We also had the opportunity to conduct research on the caye’s under-studied reefs and mangroves and then present our findings to resident scientists and curious locals.

Our Winter Term study abroad adventure exposed us to a colorful new culture. In addition to our study of subtropical ecosystems, we gained insight into the diverse and rapidly changing country of Belize. We were able to expand our knowledge and ability to pose questions from an ecological perspective. We simultaneously widened our worldview by opening our minds to a new culture, a new political landscape, and a new people with a different set of experiences from our own. Our little group of C of I students also learned a lot about ourselves. The trip helped us gain the tools and background to better plan for future careers. And finally, the trip served as a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience to be cherished forever. As we return to chilly Idaho, each and every one of us is wishing to return one day to bask in the Central American sunshine.

Click here to read more of Erika’s Belize experiences in her blog, Earth’s Witness. Every year, dozens of College of Idaho students participate in study away experiences with their peers and professors. To learn more about study away opportunities at the C of I, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/study-away.

Music professor creates top-notch community ensemble

MCO choir

As Alison Moulton played the last note on her flute of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, in the last concert of her college career, a wave of sadness crashed over her. She wasn’t choosing the path of a professional musician, and she knew the opportunity to play in a high-caliber orchestra post-college would be pretty slim.

But slim leaves room for hope to become reality.

Last fall, College of Idaho Choral Director Dr. Brent Wells formed the Treasure Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestra (MCO)—a community organization which offers superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities. Moulton excitedly joined and relished the chance to once again perform in an orchestra setting, alongside those from all walks of life— business, agriculture, professional moms, etc.

“Just regular, normal people who love music,” said Moulton, who also serves as director of Caldwell Fine Arts at the C of I. “And they sound good.”

MCO was founded in Orange County, Calif., by two of Wells’ friends—brothers Brett and Brandon Stewart, who he sang with in choirs during high school and college. The brothers developed the organization to bring in all ages, all faiths, with one voice and create top-notch opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to perform in the best concert halls.

“I see it as a need,” Wells said. “There are many great high school choral programs in the Treasure Valley and even some good adult singing opportunities, but I didn’t feel like there were any groups in southwest Idaho that said, ‘I want your whole family to be involved.’”

Performers from age four through adults, novice to amateur, all have the opportunity to learn and hone their music skills from top-notch conductors. While the adult choirs and orchestras are by audition, youth choirs are open to all.

MCO quickly gained popularity in California and spread to Arizona, Utah and Texas. It wasn’t long before the music community in the Treasure Valley wanted to form another branch. But the right conductor was needed. After the brothers found out Wells was teaching at the C of I, they reached out to him and asked if he would lead the group.

Already actively involved with the choral program and the music department at the College, why would Wells want to add another responsibility?

“One, that choir is a benefit to the community and a rising tide lifts all boats,” Wells said. “If we can improve the quality of music education in the Treasure Valley, that’s a win, and I’m all for that.”

Through word-of-mouth and a little advertising, Wells soon had musicians for the inaugural season. The group held its first performance this past Christmas at the Morrison Center in Boise. That’s when the musicians fully saw the vision that Wells and the MCO founders have known all along.

“There is something that is really magnificent about a large group of people, with the same heart, performing together,” Moulton said.
“I’ll do it until they kick me out.”

Rehearsals for the spring season are under way now, as the Treasure Valley MCO prepares to perform once more at the Morrison Center on May 20. After that, the choirs and orchestras from all five states will travel to Washington, D.C. for a combined concert and to record an album.

For more information about the Treasure Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, click here, or email Professor Wells at [email protected].


Winter 2015

College Events Calendar

Every Friday

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Click for more info.

February 19-21

C of I opera presents 'Dido and Aeneas,' 7:30 p.m. nightly in Langroise Recital Hall, along with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Feb. 21. Click for more info.

February 20

Lacrosse season opener vs. Puget Sound, 1 p.m., Symms Field.

February 20

C of I 125th Anniversary Scholarship Gala, 5 p.m., Boise Centre. Click for tickets and info.

February 23

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner and Liberal Arts Lecture, 5:30 p.m., Langroise Foyer.

February 25

Caldwell State of the City Address with Mayor Garret Nancolas, 4 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

February 26

Whittenberger Planetarium February public show, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. Learn about Saturn and the Cassini mission, and the constellation and planet locations for this month. Cost is $2.50 for children and $5 for adults.

February 26

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the BYU Folk Dance Ensemble, 7 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. With live music and a beautiful array of ethnic costumes, the concert program showcases dances from more than a dozen nations.

March 2

Henberg Environmental Lectureship: Join Dr. Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University professor of geosciences, for her lecture on 'Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers' at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center.

March 5

Langroise Trio concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall.

March 10

C of I English Department reading featuring alumni Adam Nunez '10 and Josh Ortiz '14, 7:30 p.m., Sterry Hall Board Room. Click for details.


Check out the latest episode of Charlotte's Webcast, where C of I President Charlotte Borst provides updates on all the latest Coyote news and notes. This month's "Ask Charlotte" question deals with high-impact student learning opportunities. Send your questions for the next episode to [email protected] or submit them on social media using #AskCharlotte.

C of I freshman Ismael Ferandez, who was elected to the Wilder City Council, has appeared in another story, this time by KCBX radio out of central California. The public radio station featured Fernandez, who is part of Idaho's first all-Latino city council.

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The Yote has successfully defended his title as the CCC Mascot Challenge Champion! Going into the final round as the underdog, the Yote defeated Corban's Cadmar the Warrior, 578 votes to 486. With the CCC crown, the Yote will now compete at NAIA nationals!

Alumni News & Notes: Amanda Frickle '12 was named interim director for the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Frickle was a Rhodes Scholar during her time at the C of I and also served as student body president... Mark Amaral '90 was featured in a recent news story, talking about his first basketball coaching job at Carroll College. Amaral played basketball for the Yotes and is now the associate head coach at Pepperdine University...Jan Boles '65 was featured in the Idaho Statesmanthe Idaho Press-Tribune and the Idaho State Journal for his Outstanding Achievement in the Humanties Award from the Idaho Humanities Council...Larry Cope '66 was featured in a story by Undercurrent News. Cope is the CEO of Clear Springs Foods, an aquaculture company which raises 30 million pounds of trout annually in Buhl, Idaho...Sora Klopfenstein '14 finished eighth at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Bend, Ore. The finish earned her an invitation to compete for the U.S. at March’s APA Pan American Cross Country Championships in Venezuela. During her time at the C of I, Klopfenstein won two national championships and was a nine-time NAIA All-American.

Check out this Idaho Press-Tribune video on the C of I ski team. Click here to view photos and an IPT story on the family atmosphere and succes Yotes have had on the slopes this year.

Coyote Athletics Roundup: Check out the latest issue of  "The Pack," the official magazine of Coyote Athletics...The C of I football team hired two new coaches who will serve as co-offensive coordinators. Mitch Dahlen and Mike Cody will share the position, with Dahlen overseeing quarterbacks and Cody coaching the offensive line...Football welcomed 23 recruits to the YoteFam during signing day...Baseball had its first no-hitter since 1958 and second-baseman Hunter Hanson and pitcher Zach Draper were named the CCC Players of the Week...Men's and women's basketball celebrated Senior Night victories...Ski team completed a clean sweep of the eight NWCSC qualifying races...Runner Amy Pfaff was named CCC Athlete of the week...Cole Mansanerez, baseball designated hitter, was named NAIA West Region North Division Player of the Week.

Winter Wilderness Experience

Explore the Sawtooth Mountains next winter! C of I students will have an opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics during the 2017 Winter Wilderness Experience. The six-credit, interdisciplinary course includes a fall preparatory class and a Winter Term off-campus experience studying environmental issues, creative writing, winter ecology, cultural geography, public land policy, backcountry skiing and more! WWE is open to all majors, and no prior skiing experience is required. For more info, contact Professors Scott Knickerbocker or Megan Dixon.

Youth Soccer Spring Break Camp: The College of Idaho women’s soccer team will hold a soccer camp from March 21-23 at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell for boys and girls ages 5-13. The cost is $120 for full-day and $60 for half-day (5-7 year olds may only participate in half day sessions). For information on how to register, call soccer coach Brian Smith at 459-5857.