C of I Newsletter

2007. 04. 05.

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Deb Yates to present at national educational research conference

Deb YatesVisiting Associate Professor Deb Yates from ACI's Education Department has been accepted into the American Educational Research Association'spre-conference early career seminar in Chicago on April 9-13. AERA received more than 150 applicants for this competitive seminar, where professors will spend two days working with Rosa Hernandez-Sheets and Linda Darling-Hammond, who are national scholars in teacher education.Yateswas the onlyparticipant from a liberal arts school acceptedfor this honor.

'This is like going to the Super Bowl of scholars,' said Yates, who noted that most presenters are from well-known research schools. 'I'm in great company.'

Nearly 13,000 people have pre-registered for the conferenceoverall.In addition to being accepted to the seminar, Yates will present two papers – Parallel Narratives: Voices ofa Teacher and Social Worker; and Portrait of an Alternative School: Exploring Teacher Student Relationships.

Yates said the conference will benefit her because she will learn how to help future teachers best meet the needs of students learning to speak English.

'As a relative newcomer to this state, I amtroubled by the lack of diversity here,' Yates said. 'I feel our studentsneed awake-up callsothey can recognize thatthere really is a multicultural world out there.'

Yates will move into a regular tenure track faculty position at CofI in July.

Weekly CofI bike rides open to all skill levels

Bike ClubThe CofI Outdoor Program sponsors weekly rides for mountain bike and road bike riders of all abilities. The rides are Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

The mountain bikers meet in the Outdoor Program Office, and the road bikers meet in front of McCain. Participants need to bring their own bike and helmet.

'The idea is to make the excursions as inclusive as possible and to help students who enjoy riding meet one another,' said Brian Bava, associate director of admissions and director of international student recruitment.

For more information, contact the Outdoor Program 459-5838 or Ron Bonneau at rbonneau@collegeofidaho.edu.

C of I alum George Venn publishes fifth book

George VennCollege of Idaho alum George Venn ('67) recently published his fifth book, Soldier to Advocate, which is about Charles Erskine Scott Wood's transformation from soldier to Nez Perce advocate in the late 1870s.

The book integrates more than 90 sources from archives, museums, photo collections, and contemporary authorities across America. The story follows Wood from West Point to Alaska, Idaho, and the Nez Perce War.

The first printing of Soldier to Advocate sold out, but a second printing is now available directly from the publisher's website at www.wordcraftoforegon.com .

Venn is the author of four other books, including West of Paradise, Marking the Magic Circle, and Off the Main Road.

Venn lives and writes in Oregon's Grande Ronde Valley. For more information, go to www.georgevenn.com/.

French Canadian display available in KAIC to observe Canada Week

George VennSix CofI French students, Natalie Mays, Lean Roach, Becky Anderson, Claire Deters, Breanna Fletcher, and Emily Manny, put together an exhibit for Canada Week inthe display windowadjacent to the front door ofthe Kathryn Albertson International Center.

It's about the French heritage of Canada. One shelf is about the history of French Canadians, one shelf about the French language in Canada, and one shelf about the politics of Quebec sovereignty.

The display will remain up untilSpring Break.

Natural History Museum Represented at Recent Owyhee Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History recently exhibited part of its Idaho fossil plants at the Owyhee Gem & Mineral Society Show in Caldwell.

The exhibit represented the Cretaceous Period at Wayan, ID, the Eocene Epoch at Tendoy, the Oligocene Epoch at Salmon, the Miocene Epoch at Succor Creek, the Pliocene Epoch at Bruneau, and the Pleistocene/Holocene Epoch at Soda Springs.

The exhibit resulted in the museum receiving a valuable geological specimen from one of the exhibitors. More than 3,000 people attended the show.

The exhibit is back in the museum and may be viewed by appointment by contacting Director William H. Clark at bclark@collegeofidaho.edu.

Annual Professor Franklin Specht Pasta Feed is April 14

The sixth annual Professor Franklin Specht Pasta Feed is April 14 from 6-8 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall. The pasta feed is a delicious dinner prepared byACI's very own retiredProfessor Franklin Specht and his assistants.

Wine and pasta will be served and your favorite Rasputin history lecture will be given. There is a suggested donation of $12 per person and all proceeds will benefit theProfessor Franklin Specht Scholarship Fund.

RSVPs are required. Please call 459-5300 or email alumni@collegeofidaho.edu by April 11 to reserve a spot.

ACI in the News

  • The CofI Chamber Singers performed at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony to uncover Indian Creek and were mentioned in the Idaho Press-Tribune's front page story on Thursday, March 29.
  • The Yotes two-game sweep of the British Columbia Thunderbirds was covered in Monday's Idaho Press-Tribune (April 2), including a photo of CofI shortstop Casey Oliver. Sunday's IPT covered the first game and included a photo of first baseman and right fielder Adam Roach.
  • The Projekt Locqa exhibit in Rosenthal Gallery was featured in Sunday's Idaho Press-Tribune Community section (April 1).


  • Klaus Scharioth, current German ambassador to the United States who attended the College of Idaho as a Rotary Scholar, is raising money for the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship at ACI.

    Scharioth and Wolfe met when Scharioth was a student at the C of I. They stayed in close contact until Wolfe's death in 1990. The scholarship is awarded annually to an CofI sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy, or pre-law.

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

    For more information about the scholarship, contact Michael Vandervelden at mvandervelden@collegeofidaho.edu. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.
  • 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 studentsto 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 danish.ishaq@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu
  • 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 crifer@collegeofidaho.edu.

    Last year, the philanthropy council awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to five different non-profit organizations.
  • Projekt Locqa's Non-Standard Deviations exhibit is atthe Rosenthal Gallery in Blatchley Hall. The exhibit runs through May 4 and is open to the public Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

    Projekt Locqa is a group of local artists who sharea 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.