C of I Newsletter

2007. 06. 07.

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ACI goes to summer hours until August

Campus During Summer

Most CofI departments, including human resources, the business office and the Terteling Library will be closed on Fridays through August. Summer office hours for most departments are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The admissions office will continue to be open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus Safety will continue to have 24-hour, seven-day staffing.

Board of Trustees approves budget, names new Trustees at meeting

At the June 1 Albertson College of Idaho Board of Trustees meeting, the Trustees took the following actions:

  • Approved the FY 2008 budget. The budget includes:

    Raises for faculty and staff, set to begin on January 1, 2008

    Physical plant improvements such as new roofs for the Activity Center and Library

    Information technology improvements such as new computers for libraries, faculty and staff

    An increase in the Advancement department budget for additional travel for development staff and two editions of Quest magazine

    CofI is currently working on its long-term financial planning for academics, athletics and other campus departments. For that reason, decisions about major financial issues will be put on hold until a future board meeting.
  • Named two new Trustees – Paul Street ('70) and Candy Dale ('79)
    • Paul Street is senior vice president, chief administrative office, general counsel and corporate secretary of Building Materials Holding Corporation, one of the largest providers of residential construction services and building materials in the U.S.
    • Candy Dale is a partner at Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton. She is currently ACI's legal counsel, but will give up that role as a Trustee

  • Approved 180 candidates for degrees for commencement

  • Had first hearing of proposed changes in Board bylaws associated with conflict of interest language, and changes to appointment of faculty, staff and students to standing board committees with the exception of Governance and Audit Committees. The latter proposed change has been de facto policy for four years.

  • Approved the naming of the current Boone Hall Anatomy Laboratory for retiring Professor Bill Sype.

  • Approved Julie England ('80) as a new member of the Board of Trustees Marketing and Admissions Committee.

  • The Trustees approved two resolutions:
    • The Coyote staff and authors, its faculty advisors, and editor Stephen Lowman were recognized and commended for their outstanding achievements in college newspaper journalism as demonstrated by the Idaho Press Club Award for General Excellence.
    • The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Idaho's oldest printshop, was recognized and commended for its upcoming 100th anniversary of incorporation in Idaho. The Caxton Printers and CofI share a history dating from the turn of the 20th century. The Caxton Printers, founded by A.E. Gipson, produced many catalogs and other publications for the recently established College of Idaho. Gipson's son Lawrence Henry Gipson graduated from the C of I in 1902. He subsequently graduated from the University of Idaho and became Idaho's first Rhodes Scholar. He is the namesake of ACI's honors program, the Gipson Scholars Program.

More than 2,000 attend CofI commencement on June 2


CofI congratulated the 180 members of the Class of 2007 with a commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2. More than 2,000 people attended. Anna Bender was given the Deans' Award and Taylor St. John received the Alumni Distinguished Senior Award. Both awards were announced at commencement. Stephen Lowman was chosen by the Class of 2007 as the Senior Speaker.

Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the U.S., gave the commencement address and received 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. 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, was the baccalaureate keynote speaker and received the President's Medallion. Baccalaureate was held Friday, June 1.
Other honorary degree recipients included:

  • 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. 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 worked for Boise Cascade Corporation for 38 years, starting as the CEO's secretary in 1958 and retiring as senior vice president with responsibility for human resources and corporate relations in 1996. For eight years after retirement, Hennessey was president of the Idaho Community Foundation, a statewide non-profit she helped found. 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 photos, webcast available online

All graduates were professionally photographed crossing the stage and shaking hands with President Bob Hoover during commencement. In addition, several departments had group photos taken. Those photos are now available online for purchase. For more information and to order online, click here.

In addition, commencement was webcast. To watch the ceremony, click here.

Three 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 1,404 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 21.61 percent. The College needs 91 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 were asked to make a gift to the College before they left. A total of 103 seniors donated a total of $1,888. The Board of Trustees and Dean of Students Paul Bennion have promised an additional $6 for every $10 raised by the seniors.

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.

ACI Philanthropy Council announces grant recipients

Philanthropy CouncilThe Student Philanthropy Council at CofI is providing nearly $30,000 in grants to Treasure Valley non-profit organizations. A ceremony to award the grants was held Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center.

This is the second year that CofI has provided grants to non-profit organizations. Money for the grants comes from the Seagraves Family Foundation.

The Student Philanthropy Council is run entirely by CofI students who request, review and award the grants. All grants are one-time awards and do not require any matching funds.

This year's grant recipients are:

  • ANSER Charter School – $8,180 for its Service Learning Programs that teach sixth-graders about involvement in philanthropy and community service
  • Giraffe Laugh –$8,000 for its scholarship program, emergency food pantry, and employment and family services. Giraffe Laugh is a childcare center that focuses on early childhood development and serves a large number of low-income children.
  • Caldwell Meals on Wheels – $5,000 to purchase of a new van to distribute meals to Caldwell's seniors on a daily basis. Caldwell Meals on Wheels delivers about 21,000 meals per year, and a new van is needed to keep up with an expanding delivery area and cut down on high maintenance costs incurred with the old van.
  • Idaho Botanical Gardens – $4,000 for garden grounds development, Idaho Bug Day and enhancement of its youth education program
  • Treasure Valley Reading Foundation – $3,000 to deliver approximately 25,000 free books to low-income families across the Treasure Valley. The TVRF encourages reading to children on a daily basis, and in its first five years of existence has delivered 337,064 books.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Nampa – $1,400 for field trips for the Smart Girls Program, which helps develop skills and values including fitness, health and self-esteem.

Last year, the philanthropy council awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to five different non-profit organizations.

New issue of CofI Online is available

ACI Online Photo

The lastest issue of ACI Online is now available.Stories include profiles of math Professor Lynda Danielson, associate athletic director Mike Safford and the ACI Half Century Society. Click here to read ACI Online.

Alan Minskoff, director of the journalism program at ACI, is the advisor for ACI Online.

Class of '07 sets new standard for Senior Survey completion

Psychology Professor Jann Adams said 70 percent of this year's CofI seniors completed the online Senior Survey, the best completion rate in five years.

The winners of the two MP3 players were Crystal Becerra and Mikako Olvera.Crystal and Mikado were chosen in a random drawing of all those who completed the survey.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

  • Virginia (Garber) Hutchins ('95) – has been named interim editor of the Twin Falls Times-News, overseeing all of the newspaper's reporting, photography and page design and its Web site, Magicvalley.com.

    Hutchins was promoted from Times-News features editor. She and her husband, Mark, live in Twin Falls. Hutchins replaces former editor Chris Steinbach, who is now the Times-News' business editor.
  • Kathleen Kuehn ('06) – Will attend the University of Missouri at Columbia to study a doctorate in physical therapy beginning this summer

If you know of an alum 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].

ACI in the News

  • The Idaho Press Tribune ran a front-page story with a photo about ACI's commencement in its June 3 edition. The photo was of Alexis Pearce, who wore a Spiderman costume under her graduation gown. The story included parts of the speeches given by German Ambassador to the U.S. Klaus Scharioth, Pres. Bob Hoover and senior speaker Stephen Lowman. It also included quotes from students Lourdes Matsumoto and Joey Zubizarreta.
  • A profile and photo of graduate Taylor St. John and ACI's commencement ceremony was in the front section of The Idaho Statesman on Saturday, June 2. To read the story, click here.
  • The Idaho Statesman ran a story on Friday, June 1 about the CofI Economic and Cultural Impact Study completed by Professor Jim Angresano and students Rachel Burkett, Rachel Odio, Tom Patchin and Jennifer Shrum.
  • A story about the Student Philanthropy Council grant awards was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Wednesday, May 30.


  • 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.