C of I Newsletter

2007. 05. 24.

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Pres. Hoover delivers State of the College address

Bob Hoover

In his State of the College address on Tuesday, Pres. Bob Hoover summarized the year for the faculty and staff.
He touched on several of the College's successes, including:

  • Jim Angresano receiving 'The first of what I hope will be many Carnegie Professorship Awards for Excellence in College Teaching in Idaho,' Hoover said.
  • Taylor St. John being awarded a Marshall Scholarship
  • Derek Erstad receiving a Goldwater Scholarship for the next two years
  • ACI having 22 All-America Scholar-Athletes
  • Four CofI coaches receiving 'Coach of the Year' honors for the Cascade Conference – Al Mendiola, Liz Mendiola, Shawn Humberger and Brian Smith
  • An extraordinary set of acceptances to law schools, medical schools, and graduate programs across the country
  • A great finish for the CofI debate team, the Howlin' Yotes
  • An outstanding second Student Research Conference and Gibson Scholar Day
  • Superb music and arts events topped by the ACI Chamber Singers' trip to New York City and Carnegie Hall and the Theatre Department taking a production to the regional conference for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for the first time in school history
  • Extension of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation grant and the $5 million in challenge funds for the Boone Science Hall remodel
  • The great year the faculty and staff of CofI have had from the classroom, laboratories, and studios to enrollment management, finance and administration, to college advancement, to student services, to college athletics programs. 'Congratulations to all of you,' Hoover said.

Hoover closed by saying, 'I look forward to commencement, summer and then another great year college year beginning next fall.'

Five weeks left in Boone Fund campaign deadline

Boone Fund Logo The CofI Boone Fund office is working hard to meet one of the key goals from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation challenge grant – increasing ACI's alumni giving rate to 23 percent by June 30.

Currently, CofI has 1,294 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 19.92 percent. The College needs 201 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.

Graduating seniors have been asked to make a gift to the College before they leave. The board of Trustees and Paul Bennion have promised an additional $6 for every $10 the senior class contributes.

As of Wednesday, 95 seniors have donated $1,758. To reach the goal of 80 percent participation, 38 more donors are needed. To keep track of the seniors' progress, or to complete the exit survey (seniors only), please click here.

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.

Retiring Prof. Bill Sype is honored with cadaver lab naming

Bill Sype Professor Bill Sype, who is retiring after 28 years at ACI, was presented with a plaque on Wednesday renaming the cadaver lab the 'Dr. Bill Sype Anatomy Lab.' The presentation by Biology Department Chair Don Mansfield was a surprise to Sype.

'What's so great about this place, and only we on the inside know about this, is our relationships are so precious,' he said. 'I want to thank all of you for this opportunity to get to work with you whether it was for a short time or a long time.'

Sype was also presented with a photo of his independent study students, TA's and Charlie the skeleton.

'You're the epitome of the great faculty we have,' said senior Elizabeth Mortensen, who gave him the photo. 'Your love for what you teach carries over to us.'

Music Department Chair Terry Stone, who is also retiring this year after 28 years at ACI, was recently honored in a similar way by his students and faculty who renamed one of the music practice rooms 'Stone Hall.'

1953 football team and coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Last week, College of Idaho legend RC Owens visited the Treasure Valley, more than 50 years after rewriting the record books as a Coyote basketball, football, and track athlete.

At the conclusion of his visit, Owens was notified that the 1953 Coyote football team, along with its head coach, the late Sam Vokes, will be the next inductees in the CofI Athletic Hall of Fame.

Building off a 1952 season that saw the C of I play before 75,000 fans in Mexico City in a 55-20 victory over the University of Mexico, the Coyotes ran roughshod over the Northwest Conference, averaging 42 points a game.They also notched impressive wins over Idaho State (46-9) and Montana State (38-26).

The season was capped with the first-ever bowl game played by a four-year school in Idaho – the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Ind., against Sam Houston State.The Coyotes dropped the game, 14-12.

Vokes legacy as the Coyotes head man was short-lived, but well respected. He led the C of I to back-to-back NWC titles in 1953 and 1954 – a combined 15-3 record on the gridiron.In basketball, he led the Coyotes to a 48-31 career record in three seasons, winning the 1954-55 NWC championship with a perfect 15-0 mark. Vokes also was the baseball coach during the 1953 and 1954 seasons, recording a combined 17-30 mark. He left the College following the 1954-55 basketball season.

The induction ceremonies are tentatively set for February of 2009, but may be sooner.

Middleton elementary students teach their future teachers

ACI education minor with studentSecond- and third-graders from Purple Sage and Middleton Heights elementary schools were on campus Tuesday to teach math concepts to CofI education minors.

This is the sixth year that CofI and the Middleton School District have partnered on the project. Students from the district's gifted-and-talented program develop activities, displays, and presentations and demonstrate them for CofI education students and faculty. At the end of each activity, the adult students take a test to see if they understood the concept being taught.

'Our students get to see what students this age are capable of doing,' said visiting Professor Patti Copple. 'I am blown away by the quality of work and the capabilities these students have.'

Freshman Kimberly Clements said the partnership gave her an opportunity to see what kind of work is happening in classrooms and what she can expect in the future. 'I think the value is in getting experience with children as far as communication and learning.'

Debate Staff Attends Peace and Justice Conference

The CofI Debate Team Staff attended the 4th Annual CascAID Peace and Justice Conference at Western Washington University this past weekend. Mack Sermon, Tabitha Miller and Ron Price participated in numerous educational workshops dealing with a variety of social justice, human rights and civil discourse issues.

The CascAID Conference is sponsored by the Community Advocacy Support Center and the Western Washington Debate Union. Participants included scholars from 11 schools, including Florida State University, the University of Stockholm (Sweden) and the University of British Columbia.

Sermon, who is debate team director, presented a student film called 'Stand Up-Speak Out' which was produced in last year's SPE-105 class. The primary creative team for the film was Sermon, Anna Wilson, Eli Hodson, Matt Palmer, Sasha Inskeep and Jasper LiCalzi.

Chamber singers in NYC for residency beginning today

The ACI Chamber Singers left for New York City this morning (Thursday, May 24) to participate in a five-day Carnegie Hall Residency program.During their time in New York, the singers will be preparing for a Carnegie Hall performance of the Durufle 'Requiem,' under the baton of Raymond Hughes of the NYC Metropolitan Opera.

Staff News

JoAnn Belton receiving award from Bob Hoover and Jerry Baur

The annual Staff BBQ and Staff Service Awards were given by Pres. Bob Hoover and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Baur. Award recipients were:

  • 20 years – JoAnn Bellon
  • 15 years – Mike Shines
  • 10 years – Jan Boles
  • 10 years – Phil Rogers
  • 5 years – Aisha Reed
  • 5 years – Jill Pilote

Faculty News

Jim AngresanoPolitical Economy Professor Jim Angresano has a new book that is expected to come out in October called French Welfare State Reform: Idealism Versus Swedish, New Zealand and Dutch Pragmatism. It is being published by Anthem Press of London. For more information, click here.

In addition, Angresano wrote 'Orthodox economic development recipes: The basis for misguided advice that prolongs inequality,' in Emma Coleman's and Charles Ogletree's (eds.) Intergenerational Inequality: The Role of Race in Law, Markets and Social Structures, which is expected to be published by the Russell Sage Foundation sometime this year.

Angresano's 'Sustaining the Welfare State: Why Sweden's economy performs favorably while that of France languishes,' is being considered for publication in Connections: European Studies Annual Review.

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 joxley@collegeofidaho.edu. Congratulations and good luck to all.

Class of 2007

  • Brian McComas – Will attend University of San Francisco School of Law

Other classes:

  • Kristen Clark ('05) – Will be attending the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She was also promoted at Supervalu from an Accountant I to a Senior Accountant.
  • Laura Dilley('05) – Has been accepted to the University of Southern California's International Public Policy and Planning M.A. program. Dilley went to Korea post-graduation to teachEnglish.
  • Gina Heideman ('03) – Received her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University last weekend
  • Meghaan Jennings ('06) – Was recently accepted into the Master's program in vocal performance at Portland State University
  • Teresa Mikelson ('01) – Graduated with aMasterofSciencein Technical Communication from Colorado State University in May

Upcoming campus events:

  • Bon Appetit's fifth annual Eat Me BBQ will serve food from Brazil today (Thursday, May 24) at 4:30 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall.

  • Ai Yoshida will present Conservation Wrong-Headed:The North American Conservation Model in 1960's Thailandas her Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Presentation today at 2:30 p.m. in Sterry 106.

  • Matt Lloyd will present From the Abyss, a selection of scenes from his senior theatre project film on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the McCain Movie Theatre. From the Abyss is a sci-fi thriller screenplay about what really lurks in the darkness.

  • Connections, the senior art show is in the Rosenthal Art Gallery, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 2, and there will be a closing ceremony after commencement. The show is open Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

    The artists are Cassandra Schiffler, Kelly Braun, Mariah Armstrong, Rich Hatch, Jacob Pena, Alisa Garcia, James Fisher, Adele Johnsonand Ryan Swanson.

    For more information, or to arrange an appointment, call 459-5321
  • A reception honoring Dr. Bill Sype, who is retiring after 28 years in the biology department at Albertson College of Idaho will be held Friday, June 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. in McCain Student Union Building.

ACI in the News

  • Alum Ron Bitner will be one of three people featured in a story on CNBC's 'On the Money' talking about the Idaho wine country on May 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. Bitner, who was recently elected as Vice President of the National Wine Grape Growers Association of America, said the story would likely be on in the second half hour of the show.
  • Karin Hayashida being named an NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete, and the 1953 football team and coach Sam Vokes being inducted into the CofI Athletic Hall of Fame were in the Idaho Statesman's Sports section on May 23. To read the stories, click here.
  • The ACI Chamber Singers New York residency was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on May 21 and in the Idaho Statesman on May 23. To see the Statesman story, click here.
  • The CofI men's basketball team signing seven players to letters of intent was in The Idaho Statesman's Sports section on May 22. To read the story, click here.
  • The piano concert from alum Susanne Skyrm was on the cover of the Idaho Press-Tribune Communities section on Friday, May 18.
  • A story about CofI alum John Bujak who intends to run for Canyon County prosecutor in 2008 was on the front page of the Idaho Press Tribune on Thursday, May 17.
  • ACI students Alicia Cabrera, Christina Marroquin, Adam Nunez and Jesus Tarifa were included in a story in the Idaho Press Tribune on Thursday, May 17 about scholarships that were presented by Gov. Butch Otter and the Hispanic Business Association. Cabrera was featured in the photo receiving the Memorial Scholarship Award from Gov. Otter.


  • 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 mvandervelden@collegeofidaho.edu. Contributions can be mailed to Albertson College of Idaho, Office of Development, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605-4432.