C of I Newsletter

2007. 05. 17.

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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 grant is to increase ACI's alumni giving rate to 23 percent this year.

Currently, CofI has 1,240 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 19.08 percent. The College needs 255 more by June 30 to meet the goal. The development office is asking alumni to donate to the Boone Fund, which supports the College's yearly operating and scholarship 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.

Your participation matters because every gift helps CofI reach its goal.

Senior Legacy Campaign nears goal

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, 83 seniors have donated $1,623. To reach the goal of 80 percent participation, 47 more donors are needed. To keep track of the seniors' progress, or to complete the exit survey (seniors only), please click here.

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

Spring concert tonight honors graduating seniors, Terry Stone

ACI's Spring Concert featuring the concert band and jazz ensemble will be held tonight (Thursday, May 17) at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

The Spring Concert will honor graduating seniors and Music Department Chair Terry Stone, who is retiring.

The concert band program includes seniors Anna Bender and Bert Martin who will each perform a solo with the concert band.  Anna will play 'Rondo' from the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, and Bert will play 'Declaration For Trumpet.'  The concert band will also perform 'Basque Rhapsody' by Boise composer Melvin Shelton, BSU emeritus professor. 

The jazz ensemble program will include several jazz classics and feature students on improvised solos. The Daniel Lew Jazz Band Award will be presented to an outstanding member of the ensemble. Dan Lew graduated from CofI in 2004 and was killed by a drunk driver three years ago.

Sad news about the Lew family: Daniel Lew's sister Jennifer R. Lew, 30, died Friday, May 11, from multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Services will be held on Friday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 619 12th Ave South in Nampa.

The Lew Family has played a very important role in the lives of many at CofI and in this community. CofI offers its condolences to the Lew family.

Longtime NFL great and NAIA Hall of Famer R.C. Owens visits CofI

JC OwensRC Owens, one of the top athletes in Coyote history, visited CofI on Tuesday and Wednesday. He met with the media and signed autographs at a party sponsored by the athletic and alumni departments.

Owens starred with the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts, and New York Giants in the NFL during the late 1950s and 60s.  He is the only non-NBA player to play in an NBA All-Star Game, as he participated in the NBA All-Star tour of the west coast during the 1958 season.

At the College of Idaho, Owens was a standout in both football and basketball. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1971 and was a charter member of the CofI Athletic Hall of the Fame in 1989. Owens was named one of two receivers on the All-49ers Team from 1946-70 and was recently named to the Hall of Fame in his hometown of Manteca, Calif.

Staff News

Jan Boles launches acting career

Jan Boles

ACI Archivist Jan Boles has been tapped to play the role of a juror in an Idaho Public Television docudrama produced by Bruce Reichert. The docudrama is about the 1907 'Trial of the Century,' when Harry Orchard was convicted of killing Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg.

Another juror will be portrayed by Charles Gill of Boise, who taught art at the College of Idaho in the 1950s.

Phil Rogers earns Ph.D.

CofI Campus Ministry Director Phil Rogers graduated from the University of Chicago this week with a doctorate in ministry (D. Min.)

Faculty News

Diane Raptosh wins third creative writing fellowship

Diane Raptosh

ACI English Professor Diane Raptosh won a $3,500 fellowship in Creative Writing through the Idaho Commission on the Arts. It is her third, and therefore her last, because people are only allowed to win three.

The fellowship is open to all writers in Idaho and is very competitive. The award is $3,500. There were three judges: poet Dorianne Laux, fiction writer Tom Spanbauer and nonfiction writer Ted Leeson, all from Oregon.
Comments from the judges included:

  • 'The Body Politic' gave me goose bumps all over, it's incredible
  • I thought the thematic territory was fascinating, subtle and uniquely explored...
  • These are obviously the product of and intelligent, skilled poet

NEH Endowment funding announced

CofI has an NEH Endowment Fund that supports summer and sabbatical research grants for humanities faculty or those conducting research in the field of humanities. This year's recipients are:

  • Mee-Ae Kim, associate professor of history – Sabbatical research grant to conduct archival research at Archivo General de la Nación and at the Archivo Historico in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Sue Schaper, associate professor of English – Sabbatical research grant to conduct archival research at the British Library in London and at the King's College Library at Cambridge, Great Britain.
  • Kathy Seibold, professor of anthropology – Sabbatical research grant to conduct field research in Cusco and Choquecancha, Peru.
  • Jeff Snyder, assistant professor of history – Summer research grant to conduct archival research at the Ba county archives in Chengdu and the Nanbu county archives in Nanchong, Sichuan province, China.

Robin Cruz to participate in math and science workshop this summer

CofI Associate Math Professor Robin Cruz has accepted an invitation from the American Institute of Mathematics and the National Science Foundation to participate in a workshop titled 'Enhancing the problem authoring capabilities of WeBWorK'

The workshop is in August in Palo Alto, Calif. It will be devoted to refining and enhancing the WeBWorK problem authoring language by providing better macros, tools and examples for writing problems, and at the same time making the language easier to use, learn, document, and maintain.

International Economic Summit brings 220 high school students to ACI

Economic Summit

ACI hosted the International Economic Summit earlier this month in the J.A. Albertson Activity Center. More than 220 high school students participated and several CofI staff and students volunteered to assist the summit organizers.

Thanks to Jessica Austin, Tracylea Balmer, Rachel Burkett, Leslie Carlisle, Patrick Dougherty, Jenny Graham, Sasha Inskeep, Kyle Kunkler, Chris Matteson, Brian Peterson, Jill Pilote and Alan Price for volunteering with the summit.

Life after ACI: Where do we go now?

Below is a list of some of the places where ACI's Class of 2007 and other classes are headed after commencement. If you know of someone who has been accepted to grad school, is starting a great job or is doing something else noteworthy, please send an email to Jennifer Oxley, CofI communications director at [email protected]. Congratulations and good luck to all.

Current students

  • Ben Coate ('09) – Summer REU, Willamette Valley Consortium for Mathematics Research at Willamette University
  • Samuel Hardy ('09) – Research Associate, 2007 NASA Academy Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
  • Megan Longo ('08) – Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at the Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls.

Class of 2007

  • Heidi Clayville – Will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. in environmental engineering
  • Curtis Crafton –  Accepted into the Masters program in Vocal Performance at Indiana University (Bloomington)
  • John Davis – Accepted to the University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Anna Harris – Attending Rutgers University School of Law this fall 
  • Jared Smith – Will attend graduate school at Colorado State University in physics
  • Mike Wells – Ph.D position with the University of Michigan's Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program

Other classes:

  • Allison Blackman ('06) – Begins at the University of Idaho College of Law this fall
  • Lindsey Brown ('05) – Northwest Nazarene University Master's in Counseling
  • Drey Campbell ('05) – Northwest Nazarene University Master's in Social Work
  • Ashlea Thornton ('05) – University of Denver Master's in Social Work
  • Dave Atkins ('05) – Boise State University Master's in Counseling
  • Jordan Komoto ('05) – University of Nevada at Las Vegas Master's of Education (Administration)
  • Kristen Clark ('05) – Will attend the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business working toward an MBA.
  • Patrick Hayes ('97) – Graduated with a doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D) from Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy
  • Jeanne Ryan ('00) – Has won several major awards with her company recently, including International Summit Awards and Addy's. International Summit Awards recognize excellence in the communications industry and Addy's are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition.

Upcoming campus events: Poetry slam, Clark mini-course, SNAPSHOT

  • El Grito de los Latinos in Idaho bilingual poetry slam is tonight (May 17) at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center. Cost is $3 for students and $5 general admission.

    The poetry slam features Meliza Bañales and participants can perform poetry in Spanish or English. Anyone can sign up and prizes will be given.
  • Religion Professor Denny Clark presents a one-evening mini-course tonight from 7 to 9:15 p.m. in the Kathryn Albertson International Center, that examines the many references to Jesus in the Qur'an, and the significant role Jesus plays in Muslim theology. Clark will also consider how the figure of Jesus can become an important link in promoting Muslim-Christian understanding and relationships.

    The mini-course is part of the spring series of adult religious education events sponsored by CofI and the Faith and Life Institute for Theological Education (FLITE). The registration fee is $10 (free for high school and college students). No reservations are necessary. 
  • Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., 22 students, one alum and one professor will share 17 pieces that range from delightful comedy to utterly serious meditations on real life tragedy. SNAPSHOT is in the Studio Theatre in Langroise. The performance is free, but there will be no late seating.

ACI in the News

  • The Boise Weekly included Diane Raptosh's creative writing fellowship in this week's edition. To see the story, click here.
  • A photo of Susanne Skrym ('71) and a story about her piano concert on May 20 was included in the May 15 Idaho Press-Tribune.
  • Denny Clark's FLITE mini-course was included in the May 15 Idaho Press-Tribune.
  • Sociology Professor Robin Lorentzen was interviewed for a story on the cover of Sunday's Idaho Statesman about the high school class of 2007. To read the story, click here.
  • Jan Boles was interviewed on Boise State Radio, the local NPR affiliate, on Thursday, May 10.
  • Jim Angresano was a guest on Idaho Public Television's Dialogue about socially responsible investing, click here to watch streaming video of the show.
  • Alum RC Owens and former San Francisco 49er was inducted into his sixth Hall of Fame, this one in Manteca, CA. Click here to read the story in the Stockton Record.
  • The softball team's first-ever trip to the NAIA Region I tournament, being held in British Columbia, was on the cover of the Idaho Press Tribune's Sports section on Thursday, May 10 and included a photo of Katie Zillner.
  • The NAIA Region 1 Tournament, hosted at ACI, was also on the cover of the May 10 Idaho Press Tribune Sports section with a photo of Jason Roach.


  • 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.
  • Join the ACI 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 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.  
  • Alum Susanne Skyrm ('71) will perform a piano concert Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Langroise Auditorium. The concert is free, and donations will benefit Pet Haven Humane Society in Nampa. Skyrm will play a selection of Latin American piano works.

    The daughter of Jeanne Skyrm Hayman and the late Richard Skyrm, Susanne teaches studio piano, class piano, and piano literature at the University of South Dakota. Last spring she was named the first recipient of the University of South Dakota's College of Fine Arts Biennial Distinguished Professor Award.