C of I Newsletter

2014. 01. 31

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C of I Scholarship Gala honors first-generation students

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College of Idaho founding President William Judson Boone famously said of C of I students “Let them come. Let them all come, and we will see what they can do.” That mantra has stuck with the College for more than 120 years as students from many walks of life – including hundreds of first-generation college attendees – have come to the C of I and found success in school, in their careers, and in life.

The College will celebrate the successes of its first-generation students and alumni as well as its continued commitment to student access during the annual Scholarship Gala, themed “The Quest Begins.” This year’s Gala is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at The Grove Hotel in Boise. For more information, please visit http://collegeofidaho.afrogs.org or call (208) 459-5025. All proceeds will support student scholarships at the C of I, including a portion set aside for first-generation scholarships.

“Since its beginning, The College of Idaho has welcomed all students to take on the challenge of earning an education that prepares them to thrive,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The Scholarship Gala is an opportunity to celebrate their many successes, in particular those who have blazed a trail for future generations to follow.”

The Scholarship Gala is a formal, black-tie optional event featuring dinner, socializing, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up, a raffle drawing and remarks by President Henberg. Tickets are sold out, but an online auction is available Feb. 12 to March 12 at http://collegeofidaho.afrogs.org.

The C of I Scholarship Gala is sponsored by U.S. Bank (live auction), Caxton (Adopt-a-Yote), Hawley Troxell (Adopt-a-Yote), Holland and Hart (silent auction) and DB Fitzpatrick (silent auction). Live and silent auction items were donated by C of I trustees, alumni, friends, supporters, faculty and staff members, President Henberg and generous members of the Treasure Valley community.

Last year’s Scholarship Gala raised $167,000 for student scholarships. Click here to check out a photo gallery from the 2013 Gala.

Judaic studies lecture series receives $200,000 gift

The College of Idaho has received a second $200,000 gift from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to expand the endowment for a new lecture series exploring contemporary Jewish issues.

The endowment gift for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies — which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about tolerance, diversity, history and current events — strengthens an initiative establishing the College as a center for Jewish studies in the Intermountain West. In October, the lectureship brought distinguished legal scholar Laurie L. Levenson to campus for a discussion of Jewish law and ethics.

C of I President Marv Henberg said the gift will elevate the prominence of the lectureship.

“We already have seen the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship foster positive conversations and greater understanding between people of different faiths,” Henberg said. “This new gift will help extend the reach of the lecture series to even more people, and we are grateful for the support of the Foundation.”

The Foundation and its chair, C of I alumnus Ray Neilsen ’88, were major supporters of the College’s recently completed $2.2 million initiative to fund the first fully endowed chair in Judaic studies in the Intermountain West.

Neilsen, a co-trustee of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, said the lecture series will complement the work of that new faculty member, who will begin teaching at the College in fall 2014.

“We are very pleased that students at The College of Idaho and the broader public have benefited from the conversations our guest speakers spark while also encouraging greater tolerance, diversity, human rights and interfaith awareness,” Neilsen said.

C of I to host environmental lecture series

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The College of Idaho is set to host a spring lecture series titled “Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment.” The series is a companion piece to Boise State University’s “Idea of Nature” series and three of the lecturers will speak on both the C of I and Boise State campuses.

“Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment” is being sponsored by Boise State University and the Idaho Humanities Council. The goal of the lectures is to explore how concepts of nature are expressed in literature, art, philosophy, music and other disciplines and to discuss how ideas of nature have changed between the 1600s and the present. The C of I lectures are free and open to the entire campus community. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 13: Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University.
- “The American Environmental Imagination,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.
- “After Nature: Living in the Anthropocene,” 11:30 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

Thursday, March 13: Richard Brantley, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida.
- “Emily Dickinson and Science,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

Thursday, March 20: Lisa Brady, Professor of History, Boise State University.
- “Beauty from Desolation: The U.S. Civil War and the Nature Preservation Impetus,” 9:40 a.m., Boone Hall room 132.

Thursday, April 24: Susan Oliver, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Essex, England.
- “Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th-Century Literature,” 9:40 a.m., Sterry Hall Board Room.

For more info about the “Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment” series, please contact C of I English and environmental studies professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson at [email protected]. To learn more about the Boise State lectures – which will be held inside the BSU Student Union Building – please visit scholarworks.boisestate.edu/ideaofnature or email [email protected] boisestate.edu.

Physician assistant program gets boost from $100,000 grant

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The College of Idaho’s joint physician assistant program has received a $100,000 grant from The ALSAM Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, to support renovations of a facility for the program as it prepares to enroll its first students in fall 2014.

The College of Idaho and Idaho State University are partnering to expand ISU’s two-year Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, and the grant is an important step forward in establishing a state-of-the-art facility that links The College of Idaho in Caldwell with existing ISU sites in Meridian and Pocatello.

The C of I-ISU program, the first such private-public alliance and partnership to offer a joint degree in the state of Idaho, will address the rising demand for physician assistants in the Northwest.

The grant will help remodel a classroom building near 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street to meet the same standards as the upgraded ISU laboratories in Meridian and Pocatello. C of I President Marv Henberg said all three program sites will be linked by interactive video technology as a unified long-distance learning complex.

“Full-time faculty based at each location will lead a high level of interactive and hands-on learning,” said Henberg, who also noted that the partnership will conserve scarce resources while capitalizing on the strengths of both institutions.

During their second year in the program, PA students will participate in a series of clinical rotations in appropriate medical contexts, with guidance from faculty and clinical preceptors.

PAs are highly skilled health practitioners who work under physician supervision to provide patient care services, including emergency medicine, surgery, orthopedics, pediatric medicine, dermatology, neurology, family medicine and other areas. It’s one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation, with the number of PA positions nationwide expected to increase by 38 percent between 2012 and 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information about the joint PA program, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/physician-assistant.


Winter 2014

College Events Calendar

Every Friday

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Click for more information.

January 31

Basketball doubleheader versus Concordia, 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men), J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

Through February 1

C of I theatre professor Joe Golden performs as part of the Red Light Variety Show's presentation of 'Nostalgia,' playing on select nights at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City. The show opens Jan. 10 and closes Feb 1. Click for tickets and info.

February 1

Orma J. Smith Museum volunteer workday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Lunch seminar featuring 'PEAK, the liberal arts and the museum' by C of I Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John Ottenhoff.

February 1

Basketball doubleheader versus Warner Pacific, 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men), J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

February 6

C of I Alumni Book Club, 7 p.m., Hayman Hall. Justin Waldron '04 will lead a discussion of 'Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer' by Novella Carpenter.

February 7

Hokum Hoedown featuring C of I professor Scott Knickerbocker and the Hokum Hi-Flyers, 7 p.m., Linen Building (Boise). Click for more details!

February 7-8

Caldwell Fine Arts and Missoula Children's Theatre present 'Rapunzel.' The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 8. Click for tickets and info.

February 8

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Boise Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and info.

February 13

Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment lecture series presents Jedediah Purdy, who will speak at 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Sterry Hall Board Room.


Carol Phillips

Congratulations to C of I student Carol Phillips, the January 2014 winner of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award! Carol has proven herself a strong and capable leader during her years at the C of I, where she has served as a Resident’s Assistant, student director of Finney Hall, president of Gamma Phi Beta and a Y Camp Counselor. Carol’s conscientiousness, reflection and ability to see administrative challenges as people-driven have allowed her to lead with compassion, patience and a sense of humor while continuing to reflect upon her own personal, professional and academic growth.

The College of Idaho’s distinctive PEAK Curriculum recently was featured in an in-depth article by Inside Higher Ed. PEAK, which allows C of I students to earn a major and three minors across four disciplines during their four-year undergraduate careers, also was featured by the University Herald and the website Educated Quest in response to the Inside Higher Ed story.

C of I English professor and Idaho Writer-in-Residence Diane Raptosh recently was featured in the "Faces" spotlight, a weekly profile in the Idaho Press-Tribune community section. Raptosh also was the subject of recent a Q & A with CutBank Literary Magazine. The interview covered a wide range of topics, including Raptosh’s recent award-winning run, her latest book of poetry and her writing influences.

Coyote Hoops

The No. 10 C of I men's basketball team recently was named the “Adidas Team of the Week” by the Cascade Conference following road wins over No. 9 Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech last weekend. Senior forward Taylor Pruett (above) was named CCC Player of the Week after averaging 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two wins. The Coyotes (18-5) have sole possession of first place as they return home this weekend for games versus Concordia (tonight) and Warner Pacific (Saturday) inside J.A. Albertson Activities Center. Keep it rolling, Yotes!!!

C of I student Sean Dahlman wrote an original music composition to accompany a Jan. 23 screening of the film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors at the Boise Art Museum. The original score by Hans Erdmann was lost on the only surviving copy of Nosferatu, so Dahlman’s piece was performed in its stead for the Idaho Horror Film Festival event at BAM.

The C of I ski team – which is off to a good start this season despite limited snowfall in the Treasure Valley – recently was featured by KTVB News Channel 7.

Paris Days 4, 5 & 6

A little rain isn’t enough to slow down the C of I group in France! Click here to check out more than 120 photos from across the Atlantic as a dozen C of I students led by professors Marilyn Melchiorre and Jim Angresano get a first-hand look at French culture, business and, of course, food! C of I sophomore Caitlin Fellows also is chronicling the trip on the Student Experience Blog.

The College of Idaho men’s lacrosse team recently was honored as a 2013 winner of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award. Only 11 awards are given out each year nationwide. The Coyotes, coached by Matt Gier ’07, were the District 11 award winners for the second consecutive year.

Missoula Children’s Theatre seeks actors! Caldwell Fine Arts is excited to announce Feb. 3 auditions for Missoula Children’s Theater’s upcoming production of Rapunzel. All children grades 1-12 are invited to audition at Wilson Elementary school from 4-6 p.m. There is a $3 participation fee. All children who audition will receive a part in Rapunzel or the preshow performance. Click here for more information.

College of Idaho baseball coach Shawn Humberger has signed Canyon Ridge High School infielder Gaige Kepner to a letter of intent, as reported by the Twin Falls Times News.

C of I alumnus Grant Simonds '71 recently was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article about the wolf debate. Simonds is the executive director of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association.