C of I Newsletter

2007. 07. 12.

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ACI completes most successful Boone Fund campaign ever

Boone Fund LogoACI's Development Office completed the College's most successful Boone Fund campaign ever on June 30. The Boone Fund supports the College's yearly operating and scholarship needs.

'We are so pleased by the support we received from our alumni, including an exceptionally strong effort from our senior class,' said Executive Director of Development Michael Vandervelden. 'Thank you to everyone who worked on the campaign and those who contributed.'

This past fiscal year, more than 1,630 people donated to the College for an alumni giving rate of 24.49 percent. This is the College's highest giving rate ever and is up from 14 percent six years ago. Increasing the alumni giving rate was one of the charges from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation challenge grant.

The Senior Legacy Campaign was part of this spring's fundraising effort and the Class of 2007 was one of the top donating classes in College history with 103 people (64.78 percent) who donated $1,888.

This past fiscal year's campaign also had one of the highest numbers of first-time alumni donors with 256.

The  Development Office has already begun working on several new initiatives, including revitalizing the class agent program, having a greater focus on reunion giving and increasing the number of donor visits.

Current and former Yotes find success in pro and semi-pro baseball

Baseball Player Currently, 10 members of the 2007 CofI baseball team are competing as part of the Boise Collegiate Summer League, a 10-team wood bat semi-pro league in the Treasure Valley. Nine of the players are on the Caldwell Cougars, coached by Yote associate head coach Josh Hegstad. The team is riding a seven-game win streak to a 7-3 record and a second-place standing in their division.  The other Coyote is Tim Bourner, who is playing for the Ontario Bulldogs, and has a 2-0 mark with a 0.75 ERA in two victories – allowing just one walk and fanning 11.

In the minors, Jason Roach continues to pitch well for the Idaho Falls Chukars in the Pioneer League.  Roach, who signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals in May and was assigned to the Advanced Rookie League club, is 0-0 with an 0.96 ERA and two saves in five appearances.  The Sacramento, Calif., native has thrown nine and two-thirds innings, allowing one run (on a solo homer) on eight hits, walking two, and fanning 12.  He has recorded at least one strikeout in each of his appearances.

Also in the minors is former Yote Brandon Florence.  The two-time All-American from Boise remains on the disabled list with the Reading Phillies, the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, with an arm injury sustained in April. In the early season before the injury, Florence was hitting .350 with four RBI.

In the big leagues, Jason Simontacchi bounced back with a solid outing on Saturday night, earning the victory in the Washington Nationals 6-4 win over NL Central leading Milwaukee at RFK Stadium.  Simontacchi, who pitched at CofI in 1996, leads the Nats with six wins at the All Star Break. He is 6-6 with a 6.16 ERA in 12 starts, walking 19 and striking out 38 in 66 innings pitched.

ACI night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is Aug. 8

Shakespeare Festival Postcard

Catch up with old friends, have a bite to eat, and watch Shakespeare's Measure for Measure on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The event is sponsored by the CofI Young Alumni Group and is open to alums, students, faculty and staff.

  • No-host bar and appetizers start at 6 p.m. in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Interpretive Center
  • The Greenshow, led by CofI Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden, starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Curtain at 8 p.m.

Reserve tickets through the ISF box office by Aug. 3 to sit with the CofI group. Get a discount on tickets by using promo number 1570. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 336-9221. Tickets purchased after Aug. 3 will receive the discount but may not be with the CofI group.

ACI hosts Idaho Humanities Council music camp for teachers next week; ICUA Youth Rally on campus now

Next week, CofI will host the Idaho Humanities Council 'New Harmonies: Exploring American Roots Music.' In this weeklong summer institute, Idaho teachers will explore the roots of America's musical heritage through lecture and performance, explication of recordings, film and video documentary, and hands-on demonstration.

The summer institute will have several musical performances events that are free and open to the public including:

  • Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m. – Spider John Koerner, 'Blues, Rags & Hollers'
  • Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. – Improvised American Roots Music, featuring fiddler extraordinaire and former Library of Congress music folklorist Alan Jabbour, folklorist and Cowboy Poetry Gathering Director Hal Cannon, Grammy Award-nominated Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels, More's Creek String Band fiddler Dave Daley and friends.
  • Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m – A concert featuring Wyoming button accordionist David Romtvedt, exploring Cajun, Tejano, Basque, and other traditional American accordion music. He will demonstrate the power and beauty of music in our lives, the distinctive musical styles of each ethnic group, and the instruments.
  • Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. – New Mexico folk musician Cipriano Vigil and his family will perform traditional folk music of New México. In addition to 'La Nueva Canción Nuevomejicana,' Cipriano, Sr., Cipriano, Jr., and Felicita Piñon will present music that has evolved from the Spanish colonial era, as well as folk music from the last 20 years. The group has performed at the Smithsonian Institution and throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. – Wild Coyotes, Southeast Idaho's string band, will perform a variety of American roots music styles, spanning traditional bluegrass, cowboy music set to old time string band instrumentation and classic folk. Sallie Sublette, Rick McCracken, Vince Crofts and Carrie Bean comprise the quartet.

All events will take place in Langroise Recital Hall. The week is made possible in part by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities 'We the People' Program. For more information, click here.

This week, the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association Youth Rally is at ACI. The group includes 65 high school students and 15 staff.

The Youth Rally is for sophomores and juniors whose parents or guardians receive power from ICUA member utilities. The Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association represents 21 of the 26 rural electric cooperatives and municipalities that provide electrical services in the state of Idaho.

For more information about the Youth Rally or ICUA, click here.

Staff News

Development Office hires Leif Andersen and Courtney Carissimi

A new major gifts officer and a Boone Fund coordinator started work this week in ACI's Development Office.

Leif Andersen

Leif Andersen, the major gifts officer, was the donations manager with the Agency for New Americans, a not-for-profit dedicated to the resettlement of refugees in Boise.  He has a BA in anthropology from Boise State and has worked in Israel, Scotland and Australia.

As the major gifts officer, Andersen will be responsible for working with ACI's large donors.


Courtney Carissimi

Courtney Carissimi is the Boone Fund coordinator. Carissimi graduated from CofI in June with a Business (Management & Marketing) degree and a minor in Leadership Studies. 

In her new position, Courtney will be responsible for the Coyote Caller Phonathon, direct mail pieces, the Senior Legacy Campaign, and will assist with the Class Agent Program. 

'Both Leif and Courtney are great additions to our office,' said Executive Director of Development Michael Vandervelden. 'They will increase our ability to connect with potential donors and build relationships.'

Life after ACI: Where are we now?

Jeff Shinn ('73) has taken a senior staff position with the Idaho Legislative Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE). Shinn is leaving the Office of the State Board of Education, where he was the chief fiscal officer. Shinn is chairman of the Boise CofI Alumni Chapter.

ACI in the News

  • Theatre Department Chair Joe Golden was the subject of a front-page photo in The Idaho Statesman on Monday, July 9. The story was about arts funding in the Treasure Valley. Golden is half of the Fool Squad, which writes, directs and performs the Greenshows at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. To see the photo and read the story, click here.
  • ACI was included in a story on Sunday, July 8 in The Idaho Statesman about the 'Big 3' Treasure Valley donors – the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, the Simplot family and the Morrison family. To read the story, click here.
  • ACI's research about school truancy, led by Jann Adams, director of institutional research at the College, was included in a story in The Idaho Statesman on Sunday, July 1. To read the story, click here.
  • Student Seth Mattison was included in a July 4 Boise Weekly story about Weiser's National Oldtime Fiddle Festival. To read the story, click here.
  • Student Brad Baughman had a column in the July 4 issue of the Boise Weekly about living as an illegal immigrant in Mexico. To read the column, click here.

ACI Job Openings

Part Time Librarian – Provides reference and instruction services and directs interlibrary loan borrowing services. 

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or substantial work in progress towards an MLS required.
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with OCLC
  • Some knowledge of copyright law desirable

For a complete job description and application instructions go to: www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO


  • The spring 2007 Dean's List is posted online. To see this list of Dean's List students, 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.
  • 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.