C of I Newsletter

2007. 04. 12.

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ACI strives to increase alumni giving rate to meet Albertson Foundation goal

Boone Fund Logo One of the key goals from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation challenge grantis to increase ACI's alumni giving rate to 23 percent this year.

Currently, CofI has 1,070 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 16.47 percent. The College needs 425 more by June 30 to meet the goal. The development office is asking alumni to donate to the Boone Fund, which supports the College'syearly operating andscholarship needs.

Help CofI meet the challenge set forth by the Albertson Foundation by contributing to the Boone Fund by June 30. Click here to make a donation.

Each week, this newsletter will update the percentage of alumni who have given to the College this year. Your participation matters because every gift helps CofI reach its goal.

ACI mock Supreme Court will hear three cases April 18, 20, 23

Kerry HunterACI mock Supreme Court will be called to order on April 18, 20 and 23 to hear arguments on three cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, including a First Amendment case known as 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' that has received national media coverage.

The cases will be argued by practicing attorneys, including some from the Idaho Attorney General's office, with the same legal briefs used by the real Supreme Court. CofI students Jerica Mercado, Taylor St. John, Galen Currens, Ben Neely, Rachel Burkett, Rachel Odio, Anna Harris, Jennifer Shrum, and Stephanie Armstrong will act as the members of the Supreme Court.

Arguments will begin at 10:20 a.m. in the Hendren Board Room on the third floor of Sterry Hall and are open to the public.

The cases that will be argued are:

  • April 18 – Hein v. Freedom from Religion. This case deals with the constitutionality of President Bush's faith-based initiative.The issue before the Court is whether taxpayers have the ability to challenge the actions of the executive branch based on the establishment clause of the First Amendment,which prohibits the legislative branch from making laws violating the freedom of religion.
  • April 20 – Fry v. Pliler. This case deals witha murder caseand what standard should be applied regarding the use of evidence that might suggestthe possibility of innocenceof the person who has been convicted.
  • April 23 – Morse v. Frederick. A First Amendment case about whether public schools can prevent students from exhibiting a message advocating drug use at a school-sponsored event that is supervised by faculty. The court must also determine if a school principal is liable for disciplining a student who exhibits a 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' banner at an event sponsored by the student's school and supervised by school faculty.

ACI mock Supreme Court is conducted every two years by Kerry Hunter, an CofI political economy professor who is a Supreme Court expert.

April Harrison's viola recital is April 15

April Harrison's Senior Viola Recital is Sunday, April 15 (the day CofI students and faculty get back from break) at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall.

April will play a few fun pieces before adjourning for snacks in the lobby.

This may be your only opportunity to hear an April performing in April, so don't miss it!

Angresano to give lecture in Denver next week

Jim AngresanoACI Political Economy Professor Jim Angresano, who specializes in International politics and economics, will present at the J. Fagg Foster Distinguished Lecture at the University of Denver on April 20. Angresano's lecture is titled Welfare State Fiscal Sustainability: A Fosterian Institutional Perspective.

Blood drive is April 26

A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be held Thursday, April 26 in the Kathryn Albertson International Center library ( KAIC upstairs) between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help set up, tear down and check people in.

If you would like to donate blood or volunteer at the blood drive, contact Jeremy Feucht at [email protected]. For more information about giving blood, go to www.helpsavealife.org.

Idaho History Day's statewide competition is Friday at CofI

CofI will host the statewide Idaho History Day competition on Friday, April 13.

Idaho History Day is open to fourth- through 12th-graders and nearly 350 students will be at CofI on Friday. This year's theme is 'Triumph and Tragedy in History.'

The top sixth- through 12th-graders in the state competition are eligible to compete in the national competition held in College Park, MD in June.

Winners at the state competition are awarded medals or ribbons. There are also scholarships, cash and other prizes available in specific categories.

The Idaho State Historical Society sponsors the regional and statewide program. To learn more about the Society, go to www.idahohistory.net . To learn more about National History Day, go to www.nationalhistoryday.org.

50-year CofI biology field trip reunion is this year

After 50 years, the participants of the Biology Field Trip to Mexico in 1957 will gather for a reunion following Commencement on June 2. So far 17 participants and their spouses have promised to attend.

In the summer of 1957, 25 expeditioners lead by Dr. Lyle Stanford, Dr. Robert Bratz and Fred Elliott traveled 7,500 miles from Caldwell to the Isthmus separating Mexico and Guatemala and back in four cars, two pickup trucks, and two trailers. The trip of 64 days included 37 camp sites.

In responding to the invitation for this reunion, one participant said, 'That trip changed my life.' Another observed that, years later, 'I came to realize how significantly the experience contributed to my life development.'

ACI in the News

  • ACI political economy alum Luke Malek ('04) was named executive director of the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency. To read the Spokesman-Review story about his appointment, click here.
  • Becky Parkinson ('82), was chosen as the photographer for a cover story in the March 2007 issue of Idaho Magazine about a Boise glassblower. To see the cover art, click here. Becky is the daughter of Helen and Gary L. Strine. Gary Strine is an CofI professor emeritus.
  • A story about Idaho History Day, the statewide history competition for fourth- through 12th-graders that will be on campus Friday, April 13, ran in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Monday, April 9.


  • 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 [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.
  • 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.

    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 [email protected] to reserve a spot.
  • 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 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 [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.
  • 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.