C of I Newsletter

2006. 04. 27.

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Gipson Scholars Present Projects

The 2006 Lawrence Henry Gipson Scholars are nearly ready to unveil their work. The seniors will present their projects on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kathryn Albertson International Center. Six scholars are graduating from the program. Their research ranges from the biological to the theatrical. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. A full list of abstracts is available online.

New Faces of Development

The Albertson College of Idaho Development Office added two new faces this week. Michael Vandervelden joins the development team as the new Major Gifts Officer. He attended a top ranked liberal arts college, Carleton College, earned two master’s degrees from Northwestern University and received an MBA from Yale. He has worked as the major gifts officer for Yale University and most recently as a Program Manager for the non-profit Lee Pesky Center in Boise. ‘At a small college you can have a significant impact,’ Vandervelden said. ‘Albertson College’s alumni are such amazing and interesting people, I feel really blessed to be here and I think I can really make a difference.’ Jessica Jewell, a 2002 CofI graduate, was hired as the Annual Fund Director. Jewell brings a wide variety of experiences and a great enthusiasm for the college. ‘This place gave me so much and I am excited to be able to give back and to be part of a place I feel such devotion to.’ Jewell said. Most recently, she worked as a paralegal for Albertson’s corporate office.

Coyote Recognized for Volunteer Work

Senior Max Bronsema was recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer Center Volunteer during the United Way’s Annual Meeting. Bronsema began his relationship with United Way as part of an internship, and then agreed to stay on as the Volunteer Gifts In Kind Manager. The gifts in kind program facilitates partnerships between business and nonprofit organizations to provide products and services that improve the quality of life for those in need. Last year, under Bronsema’s management, retailers donated more than $400,000 worth of goods, a 14 percent increase over 2004. ‘Being a volunteer at United Way is an experience that opened my eyes to the dark side of Boise, yet opened my heart because of the amazing generosity of the community,’ Bronsema said. ‘Without my experience at United Way I wouldn't be the person I am today - knowledgeable about community issues with the ability to take action.’

ALAS Plans ‘Teach-In’ To Bring Attention To Immigration Issues

The Association of Latino Americano Students is joining a national effort on Monday, May 1, to draw attention to the issue of immigration reform. Nearly 30 club members are expected to participate in a teach-in on the Morrison Quadrangle. They will distribute information about legislation currently being considered in the U.S. Congress and will host speakers throughout the day. A nationwide economic strike is being organized to demonstrate the impact of immigrant workers. Alex Zamora, CofI senior and member of ALAS says his group is just hoping to inform other students of the issues that are going on across the country. ‘We are planning the teach-in because we feel strongly that this is an issue that needs more attention,’ Zamora said. ‘We hope we can provide the campus community with more information.’

Wine Lovers Invited to Learn More During Wine Sensory Class

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a novice who would like to learn more about wine tasting, you are invited to aattend the CofI wine sensory class. The class will be held on Friday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., in the Fireside Room in Simplot Dining Hall. Class participants will learn to identify 10 different aromas, taste various wines, and score them by using the UC Davis 20 point scale. The class will be facilitated by Chuck Devlin, a winemaker for Ste. Chapelle. The cost is $15 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve your spot, call 459-5300 or email Mary Bitner.

Macbeth Takes the Stage

It’s opening night for the CofI theatre's production of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth with a modern twist. Director and department chair, Joe Golden has updated the setting for the play to reflect an industrial-Goth feel while keeping Shakespeare's language intact. Performances begin April 27 and continue on the 28th, 29th and May 3rd - 6th at 7:30pm with a matinee on Sunday, May 7th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and non-ACI students. CofI students, staff, and faculty are admitted free. The box office can be reached on performance nights by calling 459-5426.

Upcoming Events:

May 2, Sinfonia Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Recital Center

May 5-7, Parent & Family Weekend

May 12-13, Fish Fossil Workshop, visit the Orma J. Smith Museum for more details