C of I Newsletter

2007. 05. 31.

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ACI's 116th Commencement is June 2 at 10 a.m.; baccalaureate June 1 at 8 p.m.

GraduatesACI will congratulate its 116th graduating class with a baccalaureate on Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. More than 200 students are expected to participate in commencement.

Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the U.S., will give the commencement address and will receive an honorary degree.

Scharioth attended the College of Idaho (as CofI was formerly known) on a one-year Rotary Scholarship from 1967-68. He said it was his education at the C of I, and the influence of Professor George V. Wolfe, that led him to study international law, which launched his career.

Wolfe was a political science professor at the College of Idaho from 1946 to 1970, and Scharioth took five classes from him during his time at the C of I. Wolfe and Scharioth stayed in close contact until Wolfe's death in 1990.

Scharioth has continued to support CofI over the years. In March, he hosted a fundraiser for the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship (see Reminders, below). The scholarship began in 1981 and is awarded annually to an CofI sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy or pre-law.

William H. Chalker, who taught philosophy and religion at the College of Idaho from 1960 until he retired in 1987, is the baccalaureate keynote speaker and will receive the President's Medallion.

Chalker published a book last year called 'Science and Faith: Understanding Meaning, Method and Truth,' which he said is a culmination of the teaching he did while at the College of Idaho.

Other honorary degree recipients include:

  1. ACI Trustee Jack K. Lemley, director and president of Lemley International, an infrastructure engineering and construction company. During his 45-year career, which includes being the chief executive officer of the company that built the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel), Lemley has traveled and supervised work in 65 countries and all 50 states. Lemley was past chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Olympics in London. He worked for several years for Boise-based Morrison-Knudson (now Washington Group International) including as general manager of the King Khalid Military City Project in Saudi Arabia.

    Lemley has received many awards and recognitions, including an ASCE – OPAL Lifetime Achievement in Construction Award, National Academy of Construction Induction, Engineering New-Record, '125 Years…125 Top People' selection, Idaho's Hall of Fame Association, Outstanding Achievement in Industry, and Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
  • Alice E. Hennessey, a businesswoman and philanthropist, who came — sight unseen — to Boise in 1958 to become secretary to the CEO of the fledgling Boise Cascade Corporation. She became an officer of the company in 1971 and retired in 1996 as senior vice president with responsibility for human resources and corporate relations. For eight years after retirement, Hennessey was president of the Idaho Community Foundation, a statewide non-profit she helped found. She is currently on the board of St. Luke's Health System, is a member of the Idaho Humanities Council, and is a founding member of the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation.

    Hennessey has received numerous awards and honors for her work including the Ralph J. Comstock Light of Philanthropy Award from the St. Luke's Health Foundation and the Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen award. She was awarded an honorary degree by Michigan Technological University.

Commencement will be broadcast live over the web at http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/commencement.asp.

Four 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 1,323 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 20.37 percent. The College needs 172 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, 103 seniors have donated $1,848. To reach the goal of 80 percent participation, 30 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.

By the numbers: Great year for Yote athletic teams

The 2006-07 season was outstanding for the Coyotes. Highlights included:

  • 43 Student-Athletes named to the All-Cascade Conference Team
  • 38 Student-Athletes named CCC Player/Pitcher/Setter/Libero of the Week
  • 32 Student-Athletes named NAIA Region I Player/Pitcher/Setter/Libero of the Week
  • 28 Student-Athletes named NAIA/USCSA All-America Scholar-Athlete
  • 12 Student-Athletes named NAIA/USCSA All-Region
  • 11 Student-Athletes named NAIA/USCSA All-Americans
  • 5 Student-Athletes named CCC Player/Pitcher of the Year (Pat Burke, Jason Roach, Mitch White, Katie Zillner, Erin Cherrington)
  • 3 Student-Athletes named NAIA Region I Player of the Year (Erin Cherrington, Mitch White, Katie Zillner)
  • 1 Student-Athlete named NAIA Setter of the Week (Erin Cherrington)
  • 1 Student-Athlete wins USCSA National Championship (Evan Williams)
  • 4 Coaches named CCC Coach of the Year (Brian Smith, Liz Mendiola, Shawn Humberger, Al Mendiola)
  • 2 Coaches named NAIA Region I Coach of the Year (Liz Mendiola, Al Mendiola)
  • 9 NAIA/USCSA National Tournament Appearances (Vollebyall, Men's Basketball, M/W Swimming, Men's Indoor Track, M/W Skiing, M/W Outdoor Track)
  • 8 NAIA/USCSA Top-25 Poll rankings (Volleyball, Men's Cross Country, M/W Basketball, M/W Skiing, Baseball, Softball)
  • 6 CCC/NWCSC Championships (Men's Soccer, Volleyball, M/W Skiing, Baseball, Softball)
  • 1 NAIA Region I Championship (Volleyball)

Orma J. Smith Museum workday; first pig butt roast is June 2

The monthly workday at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is Saturday, June 2. Volunteers can work on existing project or help with a community project.

Mary Clark will present the second half of her slides from her August 2006 trip to Ireland over lunch.

Remember that June 2 is commencement, so volunteers should arrive early. Several alumni groups may visit the Museum during the day.

In addition, Alan and Pat Gillogly are inviting all IEG members and museum volunteers to the First Annual (in Boise) Pig Butt Roast. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The roast/smoked pork and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck-style dish of their choice, any drinks other than lemonade that suit their taste, and lawn chairs or other seating. Children are welcome.

Please RSVP for the roast at 377-3567.

Student News

Hayman Hall hosts Jell-O fight

Hayman Jello Fight

Residents of Hayman Hall let off a little pre-finals steam recently when they participated in the first ever Hayman Hall Jell-O Fight. In a show of school spirit, the 124 gallons of Jell-O were CofI colors purple and yellow.

To see more photos, look in the P: drive in the Jell-O Fight folder.

Outdoor program raft trip May 19 a success

Raft Trip

ACI's Outdoor Program and Bear Valley Outfitters hosted 34 CofI students and staff on a raft trip down the South Fork of the Payette River on Saturday, May 19.The class III/IV rapids brought the excitement of whitewater rafting to new levels and everyone on the trip can't wait for next year.

Staff News

See photos from Jan Boles' recent acting debut

Jan Boles as Juror

For photos from Jan Boles' star turn as Juror #2 in an Idaho Public Television docudrama produced by Bruce Reichert, click here. The docudrama is about the 1907 'Trial of the Century,' when Harry Orchard was convicted of killing Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg.

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

Faculty News

Sara Heggland and student will present at Canadian conference in June

Sara Heggland

Associate Biology Professor Sara Heggland and senior biology major Michael Wells willattend the Endocrine Society meeting in Toronto, Canada on June 2-5.Their research onthe effects of cadmium and estradiol on osteoblast activity in scales of zebrafish (Danio rerio)has been accepted for presentation at thisconference that includesan international body with 13,000 members from over 85 countries.

Mike will continue to pursue his interest in research when heattends the University of Michigan PhD program in molecular, cellular, developmental biology this fall.

Joe Golden begins 15th season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival; has two IPTV projects

Joe Golden Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden begins his 16th season with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this summer and his 15th summer of doing the popular Greenshows. Student Shea Hall will be working in the box office and understudying roles. Tim Saunders ('05) will be a house manager after working as a production assistant for many years and after touring in the Idaho Theatre for Youth show this past spring. Rachel Reisenauer ('06) will work in the ISF Costume Shop for her fourth year.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival begins Friday, June 1 with Hay Fever. CofI is the Greenshow sponsor, so faculty and staff receive $3 off regular priced, single tickets for reserved lawn or chair seating for each Sunday through Thursday performance (excluding Family Nights). There is a limit of four tickets per transaction.Employees can purchase tickets by calling the Festival box office at 336-9221 and will be asked to show their employee ID or paystub when picking up their tickets at Will Call.

Greenshows are performed Tuesdays-Saturdays and start at 7:30 p.m.

Joe will also be acting (along with Jan Boles, see above) in the Idaho Public Television production of 'Trial of the Century' as Pinkerton Detective, James McParland.

In addition, Joe and Tom Willmorth (his Fool Squad partner)were contracted to write the script for and act in an upcoming Idaho Public Television project dealing with Idahoans for Openness in Government.

The two have previously written and acted in two other projects for IPTV: 'Saved by the Bill,' and 'Life in the Fast Lane' for which they won first place for Television Public Affairs Programfrom theIdaho Press Club Award in 2000.

Rember story included in Best Stories of the American West

One of John Rember's stories, 'Sudden Death, Over Time,' has been included in a new anthology titled Best Stories of the American West, Vol. 1. The book also includes stories by Sherman Alexie, Elmore Leonard, John Sayles, William Kittredge, Valerie Miner and Luis Urrea.

The book will be available at the CofI bookstore starting Friday, June 1. John Rember is ACI's Writer-at-Large.

Mark Lotspeitch receives Boise Education Association award

Mark Lotspeitch Mark Lotspeitch, chairman of the CofI math department, was honored Wednesday, May 30 with the Boise Education Association Friend of Education award at Cynthia Mann Elementary.

There were 22 nominations and five people were chosen. 'Mark must be outstanding because four different people from Cynthia Mann nominated him,' said award coordinator Laurie McCurdy.

Mark's son is a second-grader at Cynthia Mann. Mark volunteers regularly at the school and has completed several projects including painting a map of the United States on the blacktop, painting a classroom, creating weekly spelling cards and calendars, and teaching abacus lessons.

The nomination from the second grade team read: 'Mark is an asset to our school because of all the unpaid jobs he does, and because of his positive attitude toward every staff member and student. He is the home to school connection that makes education operate at its best level!'

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Watkins ('33) and Cox ('41) return to campus

Alumni John Watkins and Lloyd Cox John Goodrich Watkins ('33) and Lloyd Cox ('41) were on campus this week and met with Pres. Bob Hoover. Watkins was Cox's teacher at Homedale High School from 1933 to 1937 and the two have been friends ever since.

One of things Watkins made sure to do when he was on campus was visit the flagpole on the lawn of Sterry Hall. He recalled a competition between the freshman and sophomore classes to climb to the top of the flagpole.

'I put some stick'em on my pants and molasses on my gloves and climbed to the top with a note saying the sophomores weren't men enough to go up there and get the note down again,' he laughed.

Watkins, 94, later came to national prominence as a pioneer of multiple personality disorder research. He is credited with getting the Hillside Strangler to confess his crimes.

Cox, 87, was a military captain in World War II and went on to become a high school biology teacher in southern California.

50th Reunion of the Class of 1957, Mexico Biology Field Trip June 2

More than 100 people, including College of Idaho alums of the Class of l957, Half Century Society members and friends, will be on campus Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 for the Golden Jubilee luncheon and commencement. The luncheon will be held at noon in Simplot Dining Hall.

Several participants who went on the Biology field trip to Mexico will gather on Saturday following commencement in Boone Hall room 214 to reminisce about their trip and catch up on each others lives.

Museum Director Bill Clark has promised to deliver the old green commissary trailer to the rear of Boone Hall, for a 'last farewell' to equipment that served valuably many such trips.

Keeping in touch – grad schools, new jobs

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.

  • Merilee Caldwell ('06) – Recently started her career as a Community Health Educator for the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southeast Idaho. She is promoting wellness among Native Americans.
  • Melissa Dilley ('05) – Has been accepted and will attend Boise State to study a Master of Health Science in Health Promotion. She was one of only six people admitted to that program for fall term.
  • Megan Ronk (Reinschmidt) ('01) – Graduated with her MBA in Global Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of International Management in May. She is now Executive Director of the Idaho Meth Project.

ACI in the News

  • A story about the Coyote and its recent General Excellence award from the Idaho Press Club, including quotes from Stephen Lowman, Patrick Watson, Lael Uberuaga, Brad Baughman and Jennifer Oxley, was in Wednesday's (May 30) edition of The Idaho Statesman. To read the story, click here.
  • A brief about the $30,000 in grants awarded by the Student Philanthropy Council was in The Idaho Statesman on Tuesday, May 29. To read the story, click here.
  • Alum Ron Bitner was interviewed in a front-page story about Idaho's wine region in the May 25 Idaho Press-Tribune
  • A story about students from two Middleton elementary schools presenting projects to CofI education students was in the May 28 Idaho Press-Tribune in the Communities section. The story featured a photo of freshman Ellen Roybold.


  • 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 the end of the year. 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.
  • A reception honoring Dr. Bill Sype, who is retiring after 28 years in the biology department at CofI will be held Friday, June 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. in McCain Student Union Building.
  • 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