C of I Newsletter

2007. 04. 26.

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

Boone Fund LogoOne 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 1,115 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 17.16 percent. The College needs 380 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.

Second annual Student Research conference is Saturday

Student Research Conference LogoACI will host its second annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Langroise Auditorium. A reception will follow the conference from 5 to 6 p.m.

There are 65 CofI students presenting their work at the research conference. This includes 16 paper presentations, two musical performances and 17 posters. Submissions came from 11 categories including anthropology/sociology, biology, education, English, mathematics, physical sciences, psychology, and music.

'We are all very proud of our students' achievements,' said Sara Heggland, associate professor of biology and chair of the Student Research Conference Committee.

'The conference is all about students. This event is a celebration to acknowledge the value of student contribution to the liberal arts educational experience.'

The Student Research conference is open to the public. For more information and a schedule of presentations, click here.

Senior Legacy Campaign enters second week

Senior Legacy CommitteeACI 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.

As of Wednesday, 16 seniors have donated $310. To reach the goal of 80 percent participation, 114 more donors are needed. To keep track of the seniors' progress, or to complete the exit survey (seniors only), please click here.

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].

ACI String Quartet wins grand prize at local competition

Senior Legacy CommitteeThe CofI String Quartet won the $1,000 grand prize in the collegiate division of the Boise Chamber Music Series' second annual chamber music competition on April 21.

The quartet, violinists Seth Mattison and Layne Vanderbeek, violist Joelle Arnhold, and cellist Emily Tynon, played for the Alexander Quartet from San Francisco, who were the judges of the competition.

The quartet is coached by Dave Johnson, violist for the Langroise Trio, artists-in-residence at ACI.

ACI to participate in upcoming Music Week celebrations

On Tuesday, May 1, Sylvia Hunt and her daughter Mary Macey, a soprano, will be presenting music of Italy as part of the Les Bois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists celebration of Boise's Music Week. The performance is from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral, 8th and State streets in Boise.

On Friday, May 4, CofI alumnus Sean Rogers will accompany a silent movie at the Egyptian Theatre. There is no charge for these programs.

Caldwell also has Music Week observances. On Monday, April 30, the 25th Army Band presents a concert in Jewett Auditorium. On Saturday, May 5, the Meridian Symphony presents its young artist competition winners and also the Mozart Two-Piano Concerto. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Donations will fund music scholarships for community and CofI students.

Upcoming presentations from the music department

The CofI Department of Music will present two performances of the Faure 'Requiem,' one on Tuesday, May 1 in Langroise Recital Hall and one on Friday, May 4 in Jewett Auditorium. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m.

The performances will feature the CofI Sinfonia, Chorale, and Chamber Singers.The Friday performance has been scheduled to coordinate with Parent Weekend (See below for more information about Parent Weekend).

Students who are performing are:

Violin I:
Seth Mattison
Layne Vanderbeek
Katie Green
Gini Rosendick
Violin II:
Tim Wood
Brian Dearing
Janelle Jensen
Lisa Eastman
Dora Lara

April Harrison
Joelle Arnhold
Whitney Tyson
Colleen Fox

Kyla Davidson
Emily Tynon
Dayna Olson

Nancy Smith

ACI Chorale:
Andrew Percifield, Conductor
Rebecca Foster
Kimm Johnson
Lindsay Lowe
Kara McCutchen
Sara Packebush
Caitlin Parker
Amanda Richey
Brenna Rose
Alicia Trakas
Sadie Warwick
Anna Wilson
Michal Yadlin

Parent Weekend is May 5; Ask-a-Parent launches on CofI website

Parent Weekend, an opportunity for parents to experience life on the CofI campus, is May 5. Events include:

  • A performance of the Faure 'Requiem,' featuring the CofI Sinfonia, Chorale, and Chamber Singers (see above for more information)
  • A lecture from Carnegie IdahoProfessor of the Year Jim Angresano and a dinner presentation by Marshall Scholar Taylor St. John about her trip to India
  • Wine and hors d'oeurves reception

If you would like to participate in Parent Weekend, call (208) 459-5330 or email [email protected].

In addition to Parent Weekend, CofI has launched Ask-a-Parent, which is a chance for parents to ask questions of the chairman of the parent's association. Click here to fill out the Ask-a-Parent online form.

Outdoor Program raft trip is May 19; register now

Raft TripJoin the CofI Outdoor Program and Bear Valley Raft Company on Saturday, May 19 at noon for a great day on the South Fork of the Payette River.

The trip is open to students, faculty and staff. The trip, including bus ride, equipment, snacks and drinks is free. A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot, but will be refunded.

Sign up in the Outdoor Program office in the McCain Student Union. No rafting experience is necessary, but be prepared to get wet.

Jupiter Planetarium show is May 10

OnThursday, May 10 the Whittenberger Planetarium will host a show about Jupiter. TheNew Horizons space craft has just passed its closest approach to Jupiter.In addition to a tour of the current night sky, attendees will look at the history of exploration of the largest planet of our solar system and its moons, viewthe newest images,and learn what new information has been gleaned from each visit.

Show time is at 7:30 p.m. in Boone Science Hall. The cost is $1 for children ages 5-18 and $2 for adults. ACI students are free. Seating is limited. Please make reservations by calling JoAnn Bellon at 459-5211.

Museum participates in annual Idaho Academy of Science Meetings

William H. Clark, director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, recently represented the museum at the 49th Annual Idaho Academy of Science (IAS) meetings. Clark presented a paper 'Myrmecophiles in ants' nests, Big Bend National Park, Texas,' representing some of his research related to the Museum. He also presented a paper 'Repeat sampling method for the Bliss Rapids snail, Taylorconcha serpenticola, a preliminary assessment' relating to his work at Idaho Power Company.

Clark sits on the IAS Executive Committee and presented his reports as scholarship chair, a function carried out through the Museum. Museum curator and research associate, Paul Blom, also participated in the meetings.

ACI alum to receive American Institute of Biological Sciences Award

CofI alum Kent Holsinger, who was president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) in 2006, will receive the Past President's award this year. Kent is currently at the University of Connecticut.

The AIBS presents awards to eminent individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the biological sciences.

ACI in the News

  • Alum Mary Monroe ('78) was announced as Key Bank's senior vice president and market manager at Key Private Bank in The Idaho Statesman's April 25 business section. Monroe will lead Key Private Bank's efforts in Idaho.
  • The Student Research Conference was included in the Idaho Press-Tribune's Community section on April 23
  • ACI sports teams, including baseball, tennis and softball were covered in The Idaho Statesman sports pages this week.


  • 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 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.

    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.
  • 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.