C of I Newsletter

2007. 03. 15.

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2007 Scholarship Gala Countdown – two days left!

Scholarship Gala LogoThe 2007 Scholarship Gala is just two days 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.

Johnson resigns as Vice President for Advancement; Vandervelden is Executive Director of Development

Several leadership changes have been made at Albertson College of Idaho following the resignation of Larry Johnson, who was vice president for advancement.

President Bob Hoover named Michael Vandervelden executive director of development. President Hoover will act as vice president for the advancement division, in addition to his duties as president. Vandervelden has been ACI's major gifts officer for about a year.

Hoover hopes to fill the major gifts officer opening by July 1.

Prior to coming to Albertson College of Idaho, Vandervelden worked as a major gift officer for Yale University and as an investment analyst for Bank of America. He also had an educational consulting business and worked as a program manager at the Lee Pesky Learning Center in Boise.

He has degrees from Carleton College, Northwestern University and Yale School of Management

More than 7,700 visit Capture the Moment exhibit

CTM Photo Sunday was the final day of the six-week Capture the Moment exhibit at ACI. A total of 7,723 people saw the Pulitzer Prize-winning photos between Jan. 30 and March 11. Nearly 200 books and 40 DVD's were sold. The photos were on display in Jewett Auditorium, the Langroise Center, Rosenthal Art Gallery, and Hendren Hall.

About 200 people attended a Capture the Moment panel discussion that featured Steve Crowley who won a Pulitzer Prize in photography for the New York Times; Karen Baker, former Idaho Statesman executive editor and Pulitzer judge; Boisean Paul Hosefros, a former New York Times photographer; and Kim O'Conner, Idaho Statesman photo editor.

'We were pleased so many people came to CofI to see this exhibit,' said Alan Minskoff, CofI director of journalism who helped bring Capture the Moment to campus. 'We are the smallest venue in which Capture the Moment has ever been displayed. Given we had to display it four buildings, I was especially satisfied by the response and gratified by the comments from the people who were moved by the images.'

From here, Capture the Moment is going to Pittsburgh.

Deadline for Student Research Conference abstracts is today

The deadline for abstracts for the second annual ACI Student Research Conference is today (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.

ACI's first Career Day is today

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is presenting the first ACI Career Day today in Kathryn Albertson International Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be an interview panel discussion, a resume writing workshop, job recruiters, and effective career search forum.

Some of the companies being represented are Micron, Hewlett-Packard, Simplot, and Wells Fargo Financial.

Career Day is open to the entire campus, but is geared mostly for juniors and seniors. Those who attend may want to bring their resume with them, but it is not required. Dress is casual and students can stop by any time during the day.

ACI Speech and Debate Team performs well at National Championships

debate studentsThe Howlin' Yotes Speech and Debate Team returned from the National Championships at Central Michigan University with two individual National Championships, 5th place in the debate events and 10th place in all events.

The tournament, held March 7-11, was attended by 68 schools from across the U.S. Southwest Baptist University of Oklahoma was named overall National Champion.

Awards for CofI were given to:

  • Emilie McDonagh – a National Champion in the Poetry Interpretive Reading
  • Kyleigh Murphy – a National Champion in the Panel Discussion debate
  • Emilie McDonagh and Chester Anglin – Excellence in Junior Parliamentary Debate
  • Gregory Burrow and Toni Bailey – 5th place in Novice Parliamentary Debate and received an award of Excellence
  • Leon Samuels, Jerica Mercado, and Nick Schossow – 3rd place and an award of Excellence in the Readers Theatre event
  • Sara 'Kiko' Miyasaki, and Amanda Richey – Awards of Excellence in the Panel Discussion debate event. Richey was also recognized for her excellence in Prose Interpretive Reading.

All of the Howlin' Yotes earned points toward the outstanding performance by the team. However, Ben Henke and John Eli Hodson earned instant legendary status in their very first debate tournament. They were the only team to defeat a team from Cameron University, which went on to win the National Championship in Novice Parliamentary Debate.

The Howlin' Yotes are graduating several of their all-time greatest competitors this spring. However, the future remains bright. Solid veterans like Junior Kim Stiens and Jesse Holmes, along with Richey and Miyasaki, will provide experience.

ACI junior wins slope style national ski championship; teams finish 9th

The crowning moment of the CofI trip to the USCSA National Championships in Winter Park, Colo., came on the first day of competition March 10. Junior Evan Williams took home the National Championship in the Slope Style event as part of the snowboard competition.

Williams' victory was his third individual national championship in his Coyote career – adding to his Slope Style title in 2005 and his Halfpipe title in 2006. He joins Brent LaBounty as the only two CofI competitors to win at least three individual national titles – with LaBounty winning four during the mid-1980s.

It was the 16th individual championship for an CofI skier or snowboarder since 1979. The Coyotes have captured 21 team titles in NCSA or USCSA competition, giving CofI 37 overall national titles on the snow.

The CofI women's alpine team finished ninth in both the giant slalom and slalom races last week – finishing ninth in the Alpine Combined. The Lady Yotes were paced by Molly Bullard, who earned Second-Team All-America honors in the alpine combined after her four runs at the National Championships.

The CofI men fought hard to earn a top-ten finish at Nationals, placing ninth in the Alpine Combined. William Moss had the fastest run in the giant slalom, while Tom Elias placed 22nd in the slalom.

The USCSA has announced its All-America scholar-athletes for the 2007 season, with five Coyotes earning the honor. Kevin Makinson is the lone male scholar-athlete, while Dove Rainbow, Molly Bullard, Nicki Maxwell, and Jessica Wise all earned honors for the women.

The CofI athletic department has 15 scholar-athletes honored by the USCSA and the NAIA this season.

Celtic Tenors to perform March 29

Celtic TenorsExtend the St. Patrick's Celebration as Caldwell Fine Arts presents The Celtic Tenors, an eclectic mix of classical, folk, Irish, and pop, on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to have come out of Ireland. Signed to an international record deal in London in 2000, their first album went on to achieve double platinum status in their homeland, No. 1 in Ireland and Germany, No. 2 in the UK, and won them the 'Echo Award' for Best Classical Crossover Act in Germany.

The Tiernan Irish Dancers of Boise will add some local flavor to the evening.

Tickets are $16-19 for adults, $12-15 for students, and free for CofI students. Tickets are available at www.caldwellfinearts.org, by calling 459-3405 or at the door.

For more information about the Celtic Tenors, go to www.celtictenors.com.

ACI in the News

  • The Scholarship Gala was featured on Ch. 6's morning show today. Randy King, who has a weekly cooking feature on Good Morning Idaho every Thursday, prepared the pretzel crusted crab cakes that will be served at the Gala. Jill Pilote was interviewed to talk about the event.

  • Political Economy Chair Jasper Licalzi was interviewed by the Associated Press about the 2007 Idaho Legislature and the decisions it has made this session. To read the story, click here.

  • ACI alum Kris McDivitt-Tompkins and her husband Doug Tomkins were featured in a story on ABC's Nightline on March 9. The couple is considered two of the world's leading conservationists. They purchased thousands of acres in southern Chile called Pumalin Park in order to preserve them. The Nightline story documents the work of the couple. To read the story and see video, click here.

    After graduating from the College of Idaho in 1972 with a degree in sociology, Kris founded Patagonia clothing company along with her partners.

  • Sociology Professor Robin Lorentzen was included in an article in Saturday's Idaho Statesman about Gov. Butch Otter's plans for a trade mission in Cuba. Lorentzen has been to Cuba five times. To read the story, click here.

    Lorentzen was also interviewed Wednesday for a 10-minute segment on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio program 'As It Happens,' which is broadcast in the U.S. on National Public Radio.


  • 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].

  • The Idaho Theatre for Youth tour is performing The Boxcar Children in the ACI Recital Hall on Friday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. Two recent CofI graduates, Piper Trulock and Tim Saunders, will be featured and the traveling set was designed and built by CofI Theatre faculty Michael Hartwell. The performance is free to CofI students, faculty, staff and their families.

  • On April 2, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival 'Shakespearience' tour will be on campus doing a 50-minute version of Much Ado About Nothing. It will be free to CofI students, faculty, staff and their families. For more information, contact Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden at 459-5836 or [email protected]