C of I Newsletter

2007. 03. 29.

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ACI student is recipient of prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Albertson College of Idaho sophomore Derek Erstad has received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for mathematics, natural science and engineering students.

Erstad, who is double majoring in biology and chemistry, said he was thrilled by the award.

"I was ecstatic, I wasn't expecting it," he said. " It's one of those things where you shoot really high and don't expect anything in return."

There are 317 students nationwide who received a Goldwater Scholarship, including four from Idaho. More than 1,100 students were nominated. Nominations must come from a student's college or university. CofI Professor Mark Lotspeich nominated Erstad for the award. CofI faculty members Lynda Danielson, Art Ayers, and Scott Truksa wrote recommendations for him.

"I have a lot of gratitude for the faculty here," Erstad said. "I feel so lucky to be surrounded by people who are always looking for ways to help students succeed."

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors and provides $7,500 per year to be used in their junior and/or senior years on education-related expenses.

Scholarship awards are made by the Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honors Sen. Barry M. Goldwater.

Hahn named as CofI Major Gifts Officer

Dave Hahn, director of athletic marketing at CofI since 2002, has been named the College's major gift officer.

Hahn will continue fundraising for the Coyote Athletic Association and with individual team sports in his new position. He looks forward to focusing on major gifts for CofI that have an athletic emphasis.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Hahn said. "This job is a natural next step for what I've been doing and I'm looking forward to making a difference."

The job of major gift officer was formerly held by Michael Vandervelden, who is now ACI's executive director of development.

"Dave will do a great job in his new position," Vandervelden said. "I'm thrilled he will be our major gifts officer while continuing his relationship with the athletic department and the Coyote Athletic Association."

Hahn has been at CofI for 22 years. He has also served as director of the Annual Fund (now the Boone Fund), associate director of athletics, and sports information director.

Scholarship fundraiser hosted by German ambassador in honor of C of I professor

Klaus SchariothKlaus Scharioth, current German ambassador to the United States who attended the College of Idaho as a Rotary Scholar, hosted a fundraiser last week for the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship at ACI.

The fundraiser, held at Scharioth's Washington, D.C. residence on March 12, was co-hosted by CofI President Bob Hoover. Approximately 50 people attended, including Sen. Larry Craig, former student body president Sara Weller ('06), trustee Kimberly Grane, and executive director of development Michael Vandervelden.

Scharioth and CofI hope to raise $42,000 for the scholarship by commencement on June 2. Scharioth will be the keynote speaker at commencement.

The George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship began in 1981. There were 127 initial donors who raised slightly more than $12,000. Today, the scholarship's fair market value is approximately $58,000 due to increased contributions and appreciation of the fund.

The scholarship is awarded annually to an CofI sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy, or pre-law.

Wolfe, who was a political economy professor at the College of Idaho from 1946 to 1970, and Scharioth met when Scharioth was a student at the C of I. They stayed in close contact until Wolfe's death in 1990.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Michael Vandervelden at [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to:

Albertson College of Idaho
Office of Development
2112 Cleveland Blvd.
Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.

ACI Athletic Department jumps to No. 42 in national ranking

The CofI athletic department jumped to No. 42 in the NAIA rankings of the 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings, released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

The Coyotes received 168 points in the rankings, which is given only to teams that have participated in national championships. So far this season, the CofI volleyball, men's basketball, men's swimming, and women's swimming teams have earned points in national competition. The final results will be released in June following the spring championships.

Azusa Pacific (Calif.) leads all NAIA schools with 560.25 points. Concordia (Ore.) is the top Cascade Conference school on the list, ranked No. 30, followed by ACI, Northwest (84), Southern Oregon (85), Oregon Tech (111 tie), Warner Pacific (111 tie), Corban (134), and Eastern Oregon (142).

Celtic Tenors perform tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Projekt Locqa's Non-Standard Deviations reception tonight

A reception for Projekt Locqa's Non-Standard Deviations exhibit will be held tonight (March 29) from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rosenthal Gallery in Blatchley Hall.

The exhibit runs through May 4 and is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 pm, and Saturday 1-5 p.m.

The group doesn't have a common artistic style, but they share a desire to expand awareness of Boise's visual arts community through collaborations with regional and national artists and art communities. To learn more about the group, visit www.projektlocqa.com.

Canadian Film Festival is April 2

ACI's Canadian Film Festival, which includes opportunities to drink Canada's favorite beers and eat poutine, its favorite snack, is Monday, April 2. The film festival is part of ACI's Canada Week activities. Films start at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a pub break at 4 p.m.

The following films will be shown at 2 p.m.:

  • Native Women: Politics (24 min) – An emotionally moving and upbeat program that gives voice to Canadian Aboriginal women.

  • Reclaiming Our Children (18 min) – About 45 percent of the children in care are First Nations – why is this and what are we doing about it?

  • Stranded Yanks: A Diary Between Friends (56 min) – On Sept. 11, 2001, 252 international flights carrying over 43,000 dazed and frightened passengers were suddenly grounded in Canada. This documentary combines footage from those harrowing days with detailed personal accounts, compelling photos, home video and powerful reunions as it documents the five-day period from Sept. 11 to Sept. 16, when strangers became neighbors and a friendship between nations grew even stronger.

The following films will be shown at 6 p.m.:

  • Bon Cop, Bad Cop (French w/ English subtitles: 1 hr, 56 min) – Martin Ward (Colm Feore) and David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) couldn't be more different: one speaks English and is from Toronto, and the other is a francophone from Quebec. One obeys the law, the other makes his own. When they are forced to work together on an investigation, their differences both threaten the case and help pierce its mystery. (2006)

  • Mon Oncle Antoine (French w/ English subtitles: 1 hr, 46 min) – There was a time when the general store was the crossroads of life, a place where a boy could learn all he needed for the way ahead. This film recalls such a store in a village in the asbestos mining area of Quebec in the early 1940s. (1971)

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (x5221), [email protected] (x5219), or [email protected] (x5802).

Professor AngresanoAnnual Liberal Arts Lecture speaker is Jim Angresano

Professor of Political Economy Jim Angresano is the 2007 Liberal Arts Lecture speaker. The event is Tuesday, April 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Langroise Auditorium. Angresano's topic is "Why Development Economists Need to Receive a Liberal Arts Education."

ACI in the News

  • 2C magazine's cover story for Spring 2007 is about the murder of Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg. The Smylie Archives at ACI, curated by Jan Boles, contributed all of the photos for the piece and Jan was interviewed. Copies of the magazine are available on the third and fourth floors of Sterry Hall.

  • College of Idaho alum Elizabeth Wallace ('90) appeared on NBC's Today Show on Monday, March 26 to receive a "clean sweep" makeover along with her business partner. Together, the two women run a chimney sweep business in Sun Valley. To see the story, click here.

  • ACI Sports Information Director Mike Safford broadcast the three-game baseball series between CofI and Lewis-Clark State College on March 16, 17 and 18 on 950 KOZE-AM in Lewiston for 4Z Radio, Inc.

  • A photo from ACI's Pi Day, shot by the Idaho Press-Tribune, was published in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper in Lawrence, KS. To see the photo, click here, and scroll close to the bottom of the page.

  • To hear Sociology Professor Robin Lorentzen's March 14 interview on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio program "As It Happens," click here.

  • In very local news, Caldwell businessman Ralph Smeed has a message about College of Idaho professor George Wolfe and the scholarship fundraiser hosted by Wolfe's former student Klaus Scharioth (see above, Scholarship fundraiser hosted by German ambassador in honor of C of I professor) on his reader board at the corner of Franklin Boulevard and 21st Street. To see photos of the reader board click here and here.


  • The CofI Theatre Department presents "Crimes of the Heart," the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, in the Langroise Studio Theatre on March 28-31 at 7:30 p.m.

    There is a matinee on April 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and non-ACI students. ACI students are admitted free. The Langroise box office phone is 459-5426.

  • On Monday, April 2, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival "Shakespearience" tour will be on campus doing a 50-minute version of Much Ado About Nothing at 2 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall. 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]

  • The Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host the 5th annual Toast to ACI on Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Langroise Foyer. This year's guest speaker is Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, a College of Idaho alum. Admission is free, but donations toward scholarships will be accepted.

    The event has been held every year since the budget crisis in 2003, at a time when campus morale was low, as a token of appreciation by CofI students to the College. The toast, traditionally made by the college president, is given toward the bright future of Albertson College of Idaho.

    For more information, contact Danish Ishaq at [email protected]

  • The Student Philanthropy Council at CofI is accepting applications to give away $30,000 in grants to Treasure Valley non-profit organizations. Applications are due Wednesday, April 18. For more information or for a grant application, contact ASACI President Chris Rifer at [email protected].

    Last year, the philanthropy council awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to five different non-profit organizations.