C of I Newsletter

2007. 04. 19.

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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 1,094 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 16.84 percent. The College needs 401 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.

Senior Legacy Campaign kicks off

CofI seniors have an opportunity to thank the College for their experiences over the last four years and recognize the person who has most influenced them.

The Senior Legacy Campaign is asking seniors to donate at least $10 to the Boone Fund. For every senior who donates at least $10, the Board of Trustees and Paul Bennion have promised an additional $6.

Donations received by May 7 can be made in honor of the person who has most impacted a senior's CofI experience. Both the senior's name and the name of the person being honored will be listed in the commencement program.

For more information about the Senior Legacy Campaign, email [email protected].

Celebrate Earth Day with Indian Creek clean-up on Saturday

Students Picking Up Indian CreekThis Saturday, April 21, Caldwell will celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up Indian Creek between 4th and 14th avenues from 9 a.m. to noon. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Meet at 9 a.m. at Hartwell Insurance, 1220 Cleveland Blvd., or meet at 8:30 a.m. at Rochelle Johnson's house, 1911 Everett St. (next door to President Hoover), to walk over together.

This is a work day, so wear your grubbies. Free Indian Creek t-shirts will be provided.

The Pirates of Penzance is tonight

Pirates of Penzance The Pirates of Penzance, the Gilbert & Sullivan classic that is one of the most popular and enduring works in musical theater, is tonight (April 19) at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

Cost is $16-$31 for adults with a $6 discount for students. ACI students are free.

The show, produced by Carl Rosa Opera, is direct from London. The company of 55 includes an 18-piece orchestra. Pirates will close the Caldwell Fine Arts 45th season.

Tickets are available on the web at www.caldwellfinearts.org or by calling 459-3405.

Vagina Monologues performance in McCain Friday and Saturday

The CofI Women's and Men's Center presents 'The Vagina Monologues' on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in the McCain Pub. Admission is $5.

Howard Berger offers mini-course 'The Jewish Joy of Time' April 26

Howard Berger CofI History Professor Howard Berger and the Faith and Life Institute for Theological Education are offering a mini-course 'The Jewish Joy of Time,' on Thursday, April 26 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. in Kathryn Albertson International Center, Room 106.

The course will examine the Jewish fascination with and celebration of time, what it means to 'sanctify time,' and make time holy. Cost is $10 per person and ACI students are free.

The mini-course will also be offered in Boise on Wednesday, April 25 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies at 11th & Hays. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. There is no cost for the Wednesday session.

ACI hosts Idaho wine and cheese class May 4

CofI will host an Idaho wine and cheese class on Friday, May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall.

This is the third year that CofI has hosted the class, which gives participants an opportunity to sample locally produced wines and cheeses.
This year's wines are:

  • Bitner Riesling
  • Hells Canyon Cabernet
  • Sawtooth Syrah
  • WilliamsonViognier
  • St. Chapelle Ice Wine

Cost for the class is $25 per person and reservations must be made by April 30. Please call Mary Bitner at 459-5300 to reserve.

Idaho's wine region, which is the 8,263 square mile Snake River Valley from Twin Falls to southeast Oregon, was recently granted American Viticulture Area (AVA) status. The designation is for grape-growing regions that produce wines with a distinctive style and taste.

Mack Sermon elected to National Forensics Conference Board

Mack SermonACI Instructor Mack Sermon has been elected to a two-year term on the five-member Northwest Forensics Conference Executive Board. The Northwest Forensics Conference regulates speech and debate competition for the 40+ schools in the conference, which includes Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Utah and northern California.

Sermon has served the conference on numerous committees and is the first board member from Albertson College of Idaho (or the College of Idaho).

Sermon has been director of debate for Albertson College of Idaho for 10 years. He has coached the Howlin' Yotes to seven Northwest Conference Championships and two second place finishes in that time.

Robin Cruz gives talk at regional meeting

Robin Cruz, CofI associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk at the recent Mathematical Association of America's Northwest Section meeting.She presented what CofI is doing with on-line homework in the math department in the session 'Alternative Teaching Methods and Projects in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses.'

Museum of Natural History Hosts Freshwater Leech Expert

Dr. Peter Hovingh of Salt Lake City, recently spent a week in the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at CofI to examine its Snake River leech collection.

Hovingh is co-authoring a scientific publication on Snake River leeches with museum director William H. Clark and museum invertebrate curator John Keebaugh.

Don't forget – graduation application deadline is May 25

Students who plan to graduate inDecember 2007, February 2008 or May 2008 must submitgraduation applicationsby Friday, May 25, 2007.This is a new policy that will appear in the 2007-2008 catalog.

Novel from CofI alum Michelle Hancock publishes May 1

The Lost, a novel by CofI alum Michelle Hancock ('86), will be released May 1. The suspense thriller follows a student of ancient languages at Columbia University who has been asked to translate one of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The student discovers a new testament written by Jesus Christ that suggests he was an instrument of the devil.

Hancock is currently a teacher consultant with the University of Mississippi Writing Project. She has served in the Peace Corps, taught English in Central Asia, and studied acting in New York City.

ACI in the News

  • ACI student Natalie Hatch, who is Miss Boise, was featured in a photo of the Miss Boise Tea in the Community section of the Idaho Press-Tribune on April 10.
  • The Idaho Statesman published a story on April 14 about Idaho History Day, which was held on campus April 13. To read the story click here.
  • A story about Political Economy Professor Kerry Hunter's Mock Supreme Court was featured in the Idaho Press Tribune on April 16.
  • Psychology Professor and Department Chair Tim Shearon was interviewed by the Idaho Press-Tribune for a story that appeared on Sunday, April 15 about how communities react to crime.
  • Communications Director Jennifer Oxley was interviewed by The Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune about how CofI would respond to a tragedy like the one at Virginia Tech. The stories appeared on April 17. To read the Statesman story, click here.


  • 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.

  • ACI mock Supreme Court will be called to order on April 20 and 23 at 10:20 a.m. in the Hendren Board Room on the third floor of Sterry Hall 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.

  • 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].

  • 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.