C of I Newsletter

2007. 06. 14.

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Commencement speeches, photos are online

Klaus Scharioth Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the addresses given at ACI's commencement on June 2, especially the one from Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the U.S., during which he spoke of his year at CofI and his travels in the United States.

On our website, you can read Scharioth's speech as well as speeches from President Bob Hoover and senior speaker Stephen Lowman. The ambassador has also posted the speech on the U.S. German Embassy website along with photos of commencement. To see the website, click here.

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.

Two 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 1,451 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 22.34 percent. The College needs 44 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. To watch the short video about the Boone Fund featuring archivist Jan Boles, Prof. Jasper LiCalzi and graduate Courtney Carissimi, click here.

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

ACI Trustees tour Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

As part of an ongoing review of the collections on campus, the CofI Board of Trustees was given a brief tour of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History on June 1. The Board was on campus for commencement and other meetings and activities. Museum Director Bill Clark showed the trustees the major museum collections. Museum volunteer entomologists Alan Gillogly and Paul Castrovillo, along with curator of fishes Don Zaroban, were working in their collections and assisted with questions.

Student News

ACI grad competes for Miss Idaho title Friday and Saturday

Natalie Hatch

Natalie Hatch, who graduated June 2, will be one of 24 women from around the state competing for the title of Miss Idaho 2007 on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Borah High School auditorium. Tickets can be purchased through Select-a-Seat.

The new Miss Idaho will be selected by a panel of five judges, who will evaluate the contestants in the areas of personal interview, talent, evening wear, swimsuit and an overall composite score. Miss Idaho 2007 will represent Idaho at the Miss America pageant. The Miss Idaho Scholarship Organization will award over $10,000 in scholarships this year on the state level.

The public is invited to meet the Miss Idaho contestants on Thursday, June 14 at the Rendezvous Restaurant on Fairview in Boise from 5:30-7 p.m.

Faculty News

Rember published in Montana Journalism Review

John Rember, ACI's writer-at-large and a former professor of English and creative writing, has been published in the University of Montana School of Journalism's annual Montana Journalism Review. To read his article about the hazards of environmental reporting in the West, click here.

Raptosh published in international e-zine

Diane Raptosh

Poems by English Professor Diane Raptosh are included in the most recent issue of the international e-zine The Arabesques Review. Raptosh's 'Materfamilias,' 'Milk,' 'The Arm,' and 'Interspecies' are in the magazine's Contemporary Women's Literature issue. To read Raptosh's pieces, click here.

Staff News

Brown retires from biology department after 14 years

Sharon Brown, academic assistant/technician in the CofI biology department, retired this month after 14 years at the college. She first came to CofI as a student in 1990 and began working in the Biology Department in 1993. Brown graduated in 2002 with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology at the age of 62.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

  • Caitlin Copple ('04) – Served as managing copy editor for the Montana Journalism Review as part of her master's degree in journalism at the University of Montana. She will be defending her thesis about two-spirit American Indians in September.
  • Wade Griffith (‘78) – Has been promoted to executive vice president of AmericanWest Bank. Griffith joined AmericanWest Bank in 1995 and is the chief information officer. AmericanWest Bank has 46 financial centers in eastern and central Washington and north Idaho and 17 in Utah under the name of Far West Bank.
  • Sean P. Long ('01) – earned a M.S. in geology from ISU and is now in a doctoral program in geology at Princeton. He completed his first field season in Bhutan, where he spent April, May and early June.
  • Nick J. van Santen ('04) – Received the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in May.

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

  • A story about the Miss Idaho Scholarship Pageant on Friday and Saturday was published in the Idaho Press-Tribune on June 12 and included a photo of graduate Natalie Hatch. For more information see above, CofI grad competes for Miss Idaho title Friday and Saturday.
  • Brian Bava, associate director of admissions at ACI, was included in a story about the International Baccalaureate program in an Idaho Statesman story about Riverstone International School in Boise on June 11. In addition, the story featured Yordanos Refu, who will be an CofI freshman in the fall. To read the story, click here.
  • The list of ACI graduates and candidates for graduation was published in the Idaho Press-Tribune on June 11.
  • ACI Trustee and alum Ron Bitner (‘68) was featured in the Idaho Statesman's Scene Magazine on June 8 in a story about his new wine tasting room. To see the story, click here. A question-and-answer interview with Bitner was in the Our Towns section of the Statesman, also on June 8. To see the interview, click here.


  • All graduates were professionally photographed crossing the stage and shaking hands with Pres. 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.