C of I Newsletter

2007. 03. 01.

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2007 Scholarship Gala Countdown – two weeks left!

Scholarship Gala LogoThe 2007 Scholarship Gala is just two weeks away on March 17 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activity Center.

At the Gala, a raffle will be held to win a weeklong stay in a six-star villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for up to eight people (including airfare for six).

The trip is valued at $14,000 and can be taken between 2008 and 2010.You don't need to attend the Gala to win the raffle.

See below for more details or go to www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala.

Taylor St. John discusses 'Six Weeks in India' today

Streets of Bangalore, IndiaACI senior and Marshall Scholar Taylor St. John will give a presentation about her research trip to India, including how it was different from her expectations and some of her funnier experiences. The presentation is today (March 1) from 4 to 5 p.m. in KAIC 106.

All are invited to the presentation, which includes photos from her trip, delicious Indian dosas (snacks) and a chance to ask questions.

St. John's research in India looked at how banks are using computers in villages that often didn't have electricity, running water, or any of the other conveniences we expect with computers. She will continue this research at Oxford next year.

ACI Ski Teams qualify for nationals

The CofI Ski Teams both qualified for the USCSA National Championships which will take place in Winter Park, Colo., March 6-11.

Both teams finished third in the slalom ahead of a tough and talented field. Molly Bullard put her mark on the women's event by winning by over two seconds. Tom Elias and Matt Weaver stacked it up for the men to put them in 3rd.

The regional competition was Saturday, Feb. 24 in Red Lodge, Mont.

'I am really proud of this team's determination and effort,' coach Ron Bonneau said. 'It was truly a team effort all week.'

Men's Basketball earns berth to NAIA Division II National Tournament

Two of the more successful NAIA men's basketball teams will meet in the opening round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament when Albertson College meets Northwestern (Iowa) on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:45 p.m. (MST) in Point Lookout, Mo. The game can be heard live on 1490 KCID-AM with Mike Safford calling the action.

The Red Raiders (23-8) are the No. 11 seed. The Coyotes (19-7), ranked No. 20 in the final NAIA Division II national poll, were assured of one of eight at-large berths when Walsh (Ohio) defeated Notre Dame (Ohio) 78-61. The berths are determined by the final national ranking and teams that did not earn automatic berths through their respective conference tournaments. CofI is the sixth of eight teams to receive an at-large bid.

ACI, which will be advancing to the 'Big Dance' for the 17th time since 1960, joins three other Cascade Conference teams – Oregon Tech, Warner Pacific, and Northwest, which have already secured spots in the 32-team field. OIT earned an automatic berth for winning the CCC regular-season title, Warner Pacific earned an automatic berth by winning the CCC tournament title (defeating Eastern Oregon, 58-51), and Northwest earned the fifth at-large bid.

The Yotes expect to depart the Treasure Valley for the Ozarks either Sunday or Monday. The team hotel will be the Outback Roadhouse Motel and Suites on Highway 76 on the Branson Strip (1-800-562-0622).

Two CofI students have papers accepted by Honors Conference

Honors StudentsACI Gipson scholars, Molly Mooney and Megan Williams, had papers accepted for the Western Regional Honors Conference which will be in Anaheim, California in April. Molly's paper is entitled 'Gender and Culture in Street Art,' and Megan's is called 'A Poetics in Transit.'

The Western Regional Honors Council represents honors programs in universities across the Western region. For more information about the council, click here.

The Gipson Scholar Program was established in 1972 for students with superior high school records. It is named in honor of Lawrence Henry Gipson, a distinguished historian, Rhodes Scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner who began his academic career at ACI.

The mission of the Gipson Honors Program is to give CofI students an opportunity to direct their own educations. Honors curricula are shaped by student-designed projects which are interdisciplinary, experiential inquiries into the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, or the humanities.

Christina Marroquin honored at State of Canyon County address

ACI junior Christina Marroquin was honored Monday at the State of the Canyon County Address. Christina is a native of Canyon County and has participated in a variety of projects including the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council and a truancy and dropout study with the Caldwell School District.

Christina, who attended the speech with her father, was featured in a video about her experiences growing up in Canyon County and what it means to her to be able to give back to her community. Students from Northwest Nazarene University, Treasure Valley Community College and Boise State University West were also featured in videos.

The county commissioners presented each student with a plaque, and thanked them for their contributions to Canyon County and their desire to make a difference. They referred to the students as 'the future leaders of Canyon County.'

ACI wins three awards at regional CASE conference

ACI won three awards at last week's Council For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Region VIII conference, which was held in Boise. The awards were:

  • Gold for Overall Website for the CofI updated homepage
  • Silver for Writing for the Boone Fund mailer
  • Bronze for Fundraising and Special Audience Publications for the Boone Fund fall letter

Congratulations to Aimee Czarniecki, Jeff Almeida, Jessica Jewell, and Beth Zborowski.

Coyote Chess Club excels in state championships

Chess Club MembersACI students Bobby Powers, Rich Hatch and Chris Matteson recently competed against more than 40 people vying for the title of Idaho State Chess Champion.

Powers placed third overall in the state, his only loss coming to the new state champion. Hatch took second place in his rating class for the second year in a row. Matteson finished with two points, including a large upset of a past 10-time state champion.

Powers was invited to serve as a trustee on the board of directors and the team has been invited by the Idaho Chess Association president to continue to come to state events and bring an even larger field in the future.

To see tournament results, click here. To see all of the games move-by-move, click here.

Monthly Museum Workday is Saturday

The monthly museum workday at the Orma J. Smith Natural History museum is Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. During lunch, Gene and Sandy Ralston will present their 'Underwater Search and Recovery' work.

For more information, contact Dave Ward dwjr@mindspring.com.

ACI in the News

  • A story and photo of Political Economy Professor Jim Angresano winning Idaho Professor of the Year appeared in Tuesday's edition of The Idaho Statesman. To see the story, click here.
  • Christina Marroquin's recognition from the Canyon County Commissioners was included in the Idaho Press-Tribune's coverage of the State of Canyon County Address. To see the story, click here.
  • KBCI TV (Channel 2) was on campus Tuesday interviewing Journalism Instructor Alan Minskoff for a story about Capture the Moment.
  • Capture the Moment is also featured in this week's Boise Weekly. To see the story, click here.


  • 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 tbalmer@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5025

    Volunteer to help with the event – contact Savala Smith at scsmith@collegeofidaho.edu 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 dkraft@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5308 if you would like to help sell raffle tickets

    Donate an item to the auction – Please contact Jessica Jewell at jjewell@collegeofidaho.edu or 459-5086

    For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/gala or contact Jill Pilote at jpilote@collegeofidaho.edu.

  • ACI alumni can now sign up for a yotes.collegeofidaho.edu email account with two gigabytes of storage. To sign up for your lifetime email address, click here.

    Your CofI email address will eventually provide you access to the new online alumni directory.

  • The Lambda Chi chapter of Kappa Sigma at CofI will answer phones live on air for the Idaho Public Television (IPTV) Festival 2007 on Sunday, March 11 from 8:30-10:45 a.m. This will be Lambda Chi's first year participating in IPTV's pledge drive.

    For information about how to support Lamda Chi's efforts by making a pledge to IPTV, send an email to kelly.hagans@idahoptv.org.

  • The deadline for abstracts for the second annual ACI Student Research Conference is March 15. The conference will take place April 28.

    Submissions must be 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.

    For more information about the Student Research Conference or the guidelines for submitting abstracts, click here.

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

    The exhibit is free and runs until March 11. The exhibit is staffed:

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

    The exhibit is open, but unstaffed, Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.