C of I Newsletter

2007. 06. 21.

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ACI Trustee, Alum John McGee wins prestigious fellowship

John McGeeState Sen. John McGee ('95) is one of 40 leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.

Toll Fellows is a leadership development program that provides state leaders with opportunities for personal assessment, growth and development of team building skills. Fellows interact with participants from around the country, discuss the issues facing their communities and collaborate on solutions.

The program is a weeklong seminar that is held in Lexington, Ky. It will focus on trends analysis, policy development, crisis management, leadership and institutional change. This year's seminar is Sept. 29-Oct. 4.

McGee, who sits on the CofI Board of Trustees, was selected for the fellowship by elected and appointed officials from Idaho. He was nominated by President Pro-Tem Robert Geddes and endorsed by CofI alum Gov. Butch Otter ('67) and former Idaho governor and current Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

For more information about the Toll Fellowship program, click here.

ACI athletes place first at Sawtooth Relay; two other CofI teams win

Sawtooth RelayA total of 13 CofI current or former cross country and track athletes, along with coaches Pat McCurry and Mike Anderson, took home a trio of trophies from the June 9 Sawtooth Relay in Central Idaho.

Of the nearly 170 teams, a squad with Anderson, recent graduate Chris Rifer, and current students Tyler Hopper, Mike Tobiason and Geoff Williams, took home the overall title, covering the route in just over six hours (6:21.07).

Taking third-place overall was a coed-team led by McCurry, that included recent alums Shannon Edwards and Jacob Haas, along with current studentsKatie Ball, Jayne Saunders, and Jesse Chlebeck in 6:52.02 (defeating all but two all-male teams).

Rounding out the Coyote contingent was a women's team led by Molli Lee-Painter, Chantel Varland, Genny Gerke and Lauren Plymire that placed second in the women's-open division.

The Relay, which is in its 16th year, is a 62-mile run between Stanley and Ketchum in the Sawtooth Mountains. Teams of six people (and one van) ran a total of 12 legs on the route through some of the highest elevation terrain in Idaho.

Final week of Boone Fund campaign

Boone Fund Logo The CofI Boone Fund office has nearly reached 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 1,477 alumni donors, for a giving rate of 22.74 percent. The College needs 18more 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 hosts 'Must See Mondays' this summer for high school seniors

CofI is inviting rising seniors to campus for 'Must See Mondays' for three Mondays during June, July and August.

Prospective students from all over the U.S. have been invited to this half-day event, where they and their parents can get information on liberal arts, athletics, residence life and admissions. The first 'Must See Monday' brought more than 40 students and family members visit campus.

The next events are July 16 and Aug. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to learning about and touring campus, students also receive a $500 Campus Discovery Grant and an CofI t-shirt. The grant will be applied to their financial aid package, if they are accepted to ACI.

To RSVP for one of these events, click here.

ACI hosts ArtsPowered School Institute

For the fifth year in a row, CofI is hosting the ArtsPowered School Institute, a residential professional opportunity designed to immerse educators in strategies for teaching and learning through the arts.

The institute is presented by the Idaho Commission on the Arts in partnership with the State Department of Education. Teachers who attend the institute gain skills to be able to use the arts in their classrooms as ways to engage learners, meet the needs of a variety of students, increase literacy, and promote creativity and critical thinking.

Approximately 80 teachers from around the state are attending ArtsPowered, including 65 of whom are staying in ACI's dorms. The conference runs through June 22.

In addition to attending workshops during the day, there are evening activities, including Boise troupe DROP DanceCollective, Open Mic Night, and a performance from cowboy poet Ernie Sites.

For more information about the ArtsPowered School Institute or to see photos and read teacher comments about the 2006 session, click here.

Student News

Natalie Hatch is second runner-up for Miss Idaho

Natalie Hatch

Natalie Hatch, who graduated June 2, was second runner-up in the Miss Idaho 2007 pageant, which was held last week. Sadie Quigley of Idaho Falls was named Miss Idaho 2007.

Staff News

Sermon appointed to National Debate Committee

Mack SermonMack Sermon, director of ACI's Speech and Debate Team, has been appointed a National Committee Member of the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA).

The NPDA, with over 400 member schools, is the governing body for the most popular form of collegiate debate. Three years ago, the NPDA hosted the largest collegiate debate tournament in American history.

Sermon's primary duties will include restructuring the organization's year-long national sweepstakes system, which determines the school that wins cumulative season championship. CofI regularly ranks in the NPDA Top 50 and has finished as high as 20.

Sermon was also elected to the Northwest Forensics Conference Board of Directors earlier this year. He has served as the director of debate at CofI since 1996.

Staff Association Yard Sale a success

This year's Staff Association Yard Sale on Friday, June 15 was the most successful to date. Outgoing Staff Association President Ron Bonneau said special thanks is due to the volunteers and physical plant staff.

This year'ssale brought in $1,432, which goes to the Staff Association scholarship fund.

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Sara Braasch ('92) married Jim Schmidt in Asolo, Italy in April. Sara is the Regional Assistant Chief for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Lisa (Fluck) Cates ('80) retired as the deputy administrator of prisons after a 20-year career in Oregon and Idaho juvenile and adult corrections. She attended Boise State University and was awarded a second BA in special education and masters in public administration. Lisa is currently the special education director for ANSER Public Charter School in Boise. This summer she is returning as a volunteer English instructor with the indigenous Bri Bri tribe in the remote rainforest of southern Costa Rica.Lisa has three children and two grandchildren.

Katie May ('04) is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Arizona State University. She was awarded an international travel and research grant to spend a month in Japan this summer, where she will be studying Japanese Kabuki Theatre, with the intent of developing and eventually producing an American Kabuki play in the traditional Japanese style.

Nick J. van Santen ('04) who received the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in May will be an intern for CofI Campus Ministries this year.

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 CofI Trustee and state Sen. John McGee being named a Toll Fellow was in the Idaho Press-Tribune on Tuesday, June 19. For more details, see story above 'ACI Trustee, Alum John McGee wins prestigious fellowship.'
  • ACI is mentioned in the story about Caxton Printers 100th anniversary in The Idaho Statesman on June 13. To read the story, click here. The Idaho Press-Tribune had a photo of Caxton's celebration in its June 16 edition.


  • 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.

    Speeches from Scharioth, Pres. Bob Hoover and senior speaker Stephen Lowman are archived on the CofI website.
  • 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 latest 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.