C of I Newsletter

2014. 04. 11

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C of I student Dannen Wright wins Goldwater Scholarship

Dannen Wright

College of Idaho student Dannen Wright is a 2014 recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award available to American undergraduates studying the sciences.

Wright, a junior biology major from Boise, receives $7,500 toward educational expenses through the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program, named for the former U.S. senator and presidential candidate. The program seeks to supply the world with highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by selecting students with the potential to make significant contributions in those fields. Wright, a Centennial High graduate, plans to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology and pursue a career conducting clinical research on allergies and asthma.

“To come from such a small school and to be able to compete with students from major research institutions, it’s amazing,” Wright said. “It’s a little surprising because you are competing against 1,500 really great students, but you also feel like all the hard work that went into it finally paid off.”

At the C of I, Wright is a key member of biology professor Dr. Sara Heggland's research lab, which is studying the effects of cadmium on bone health. Wright’s oral presentations on that research won first place at both the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference and the Idaho Academy of Science Symposium this year, paving the way for her Goldwater application.

“Doing research has been invaluable to my growth as a person and a student,” Wright said. “It allows you to gain valuable skills and become an active participant in your education. You learn a lot in the classroom at the C of I, but being active in research takes it to the next level. There is always something new to learn and figure out. That’s what I enjoy, and I can see myself enjoying it for the rest of my life.”

Heggland, who has worked with Wright for three years, was not surprised by the award.

“Dannen is one of our best and brightest,” Heggland said. “She has all the qualities that make her so very deserving of a Goldwater Scholarship, and she also has a very exciting future ahead of her. She is going to be a leader and an innovator in the field of academic medicine – there is no doubt in my mind.”

Wright is the College’s eighth Goldwater Scholar, and first since Derek Erstad in 2007. Byron Shock (1993), Virginia Garber (1994), Karla Walker (1995), David Muller (1996), Aimee Betts (1996) and Joseph Rule (2000) also received Goldwater Scholarships while attending the C of I.

College of Idaho theatre presents 'A Lie of the Mind'

A Lie of the Mind

The College of Idaho Theatre Department is pleased to announce its spring main stage production, the Sam Shepard drama A Lie of the Mind. The play shows at 7:30 nightly April 17-19 and 23-26 inside Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus in Caldwell, with a 2 p.m. closing matinee on April 27. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. C of I students receive free admission. For tickets and info, call the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426.

A Lie of the Mind is a family drama set in the American West. The play tells the story of two families whose lives are forever altered by an incident of domestic violence during which one of the main characters, Beth, suffers brain damage. The storyline unfolds from there as the characters – including Beth’s husband, Jake – explore issues of family dysfunction, the nature of love and the meaning of life.

“We’ve always wanted to do a Shepard play,” said director Mike Hartwell, a C of I theatre professor. “On the surface, the story is about spousal abuse, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s about families and the extreme emotion Shepard creates for the characters in each scene. To me, the experience of how emotional and intense this show is really captures the essence of theatre.”

Hartwell, who also designed the show, directs a talented cast including students Briana Krebs, Jonathan Fine, Eli Nary, John Wicks, Haley Ganatos, Hailee Lenhart-Wees and Ellen Campbell alongside C of I theatre professor Joe Golden. Sean Dahlman is the musical director, with live music by Ashton Jenicek and C of I English professor Scott Knickerbocker. Deborah Penrod is the lighting director, Fred Loucks is the sound engineer, Breana Koch is the stage manager and Delpha Carver is the costume designer.

Ganatos, who plays Jake’s sister, Sally, said the cast has enjoyed delving into the play’s dark themes.

“It takes a lot of work to capture all of the layers and the emotion of this play,” Ganatos said. “Ultimately, it’s a look at some of the darker and more uncomfortable parts of human nature; the things that nobody likes to talk about but that everyone knows are there. But [Hartwell] puts so much soul into his work and is such an amazing director, he still makes it fun, even with such a serious storyline.”

C of I College Store launches online presence

College Store

The College of Idaho has launched an online presence for its College Store, giving alumni, parents, the campus community and the public an opportunity to shop for and purchase C of I apparel and gifts from the comfort of their homes.

The online store, now available at http://store.collegeofidaho.edu, features a wide variety of apparel for men, women and children as well as gift items such as mugs, blankets, stuffed animals and key chains. Clothing items include t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets and more, with the College’s full line of Under Armour apparel available as well as basketball- and football-specific spirit gear for Coyote fans.

Items available online also may be purchased in the College Store, located on the main level of McCain Student Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The College Store is open weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the school year. For more information, call the store at (208) 459-5407. 

Coyote football team to unveil helmet design


The College of Idaho football program tomorrow will offer a first glimpse of what its players will wear on the field when the Coyotes return to the gridiron this fall.

Coach Mike Moroski will announce the winning C of I helmet design – which was voted on by students, alumni, faculty and staff earlier this week – during an unveiling ceremony following the team’s spring showcase Saturday morning. The showcase, which is the culmination of the team’s spring practice schedule, begins at 9 a.m. on Symms Field and is open to the public. The helmet unveiling is set to take place immediately following practice at 10:45, with a barbecue to follow on the McCain Patio. Click here to read more about the C of I football showcase in the Idaho Statesman.

The Coyotes’ full home and away uniforms will be unveiled later this year.

Meanwhile, renovations to Simplot Stadium and construction of the College’s new Marty Holly Athletics Center are speeding toward completion this summer. Season tickets went on sale in March and can be purchased online by clicking here. For all the latest C of I football news and updates, visit www.yoteathletics.com/kickoff2014.

We hope to see you tomorrow for a jam-packed day of Coyote athletics! In addition to the football showcase, the C of I softball (11 a.m. vs. Oregon Tech) and lacrosse (1 p.m. vs. Southern Oregon) teams play home games at Symms Field. Go Yotes!


Spring 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.

April 11

Special guest lecturer Marie Osborn presents 'Pioneering Healthcare in Rural Idaho: The History of the Stanley Medical Internship Program,' 6:30 p.m., Boone Science Hall. Free and open to the campus community and the public.

April 11

Whittenberger Planetarium public show featuring gas giant planets, 7 p.m., Boone Hall. For tickets and rate information, contact Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211. Click for more info.

April 12

C of I Spring Football Showcase, 9 a.m., Symms Field. Practice to be followed by helmet unveiling at 10:45 and then a BBQ on the McCain Patio.

April 12

The College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts National History Day, noon-4 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Click for more info.

April 15

C of I Vocal Jazz and Friends in concert, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium.

April 16

Idaho Shakespeare Festival 'Shakespearience' presents 'Romeo and Juliet,' 2:10 p.m., Langroise Recital Hall. Free and open to the campus community, sponsored by C of I Theatre and Speech Arts.

April 17

Business Professional Mentoring Program networking event, 5:30 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Sponsored by the Business Advisory Council and ENACTUS.

Through April 18

Rosenthal Gallery of Art presents 'Balkanization,' an exhibition by Goran Fazil '01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, Blatchley Hall. Click for more info.

April 19

C of I Passover Seder hosted by Professor Howard Berger, 6-10 p.m., Simplot Dining Hall. Tickets are $50. To RSVP, call (208) 459-5025 or email [email protected]

April 24

International Food Fest, 5 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Sponsored by the International Student Organization.

April 26

Ninth annual C of I Student Research Conference. Click for more info.


Through the Center for Experiential Learning, C of I students are gaining important training with internship programs, graduate school searches, career development and other experiential opportunities. Click the video player to watch our Coyote interns in action!

April is National Poetry Month, and The College of Idaho’s top poet, English professor Diane Raptosh, is being featured on the Boise Department of Arts and History Blog. Click here for more, including a video of Raptosh reading from her latest book of poetry, American Amnesiac.

Are you tough enough to do a triathlon, Yotes? What if you had two weeks? Find out by joining the Coyote Spring Triathlon, a fundraiser for the C of I swim team. Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles between April 15 and 28 to complete the challenge! All participants receive a t-shirt and the winner gets $50 to the Swim and Run Shop. The entry fee is $15, and the contest is open to all C of I students, faculty and staff. Click here to sign up!

Howard Berger

Professor Howard Berger would like to invite YOU to his final Passover Seder at the College! Join us Saturday, April 19, from 6-10 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall! Rabbi Daniel Fink will lead the Seder readings and the Fleet Street Klezmer Band will provide live entertainment. Tickets are $50, which includes dinner, drinks and a unique cultural experience, with proceeds benefiting the College's chair in Judaic studies. For tickets, call (208) 459-5025 or email [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

Yotes in the News: Dannen Wright's selection as a 2014 Goldwater Scholar received coverage in several media outlets, including the Idaho Statesman...Track stars Hillary Holt, Jasmine Hurd and Sarah Johnson had solid performances at the recent Stanford Invitational...Political economy professor Dr. Jasper LiCalzi was interviewed in a recent Idaho Statesman article on the Idaho Secretary of State race...Golfer Baylee Borchers earned individual medalist honors at the recent Northwest Christian Invitational.


Get ready for #YoteQuest, an Instagram adventure! Check out our Instagram account Monday to find out what photos you need to take next week. It’s easy to play and you can win Yote swag, including a $50 gift card to the College Store! Spread the word, Yotes. #YoteQuest is coming!

C of I student Shelby Richins and environmental studies professor Dr. Chris Walser are teaming up with Trout Unlimited, Wells Fargo and Land Trust of the Treasure Valley to lead an Earth Day event at Dry Creek in the Boise Foothills. During the April 22 event, Richins and Walser will oversee 36 Wells Fargo volunteers in collecting, tagging and measuring redband trout, deploying stream temperature loggers, measuring stream flow and water quality, installing signage and assisting with trail restoration work.

C of I biology professor Dr. Don Mansfield presented The College of Idaho's annual Liberal Arts Lecture on April 2, speaking on “Bearing Witness to Love, Lies and Loss: The Liberal Arts in an Era of Global Environmental Collapse.” Watch Dr. Mansfield’s lecture by clicking on the video player.

Congratulations to the 21 C of I students who took part in the 74th annual Putnam Mathematical Competition. The grueling, six-hour exam has an average score close to zero, but five C of I competitors scored points, led by Colton Grainger with an impressive 8 points. Emanuil Yanev (2), Will Callahan (1), Jake Carn (1) and Tasha Sitz (1) also posted non-zero scores. Way to go, Yotes!

Boone Hall

Put your name on Boone Hall! With the exciting final stages of the Boone Science Hall remodel under way, now is the time to give back to the building that has served as a second home for many Yotes. Boone Hall offers opportunities for you to honor a loved one, a friend or a professor by placing their name on a chair, table or room. Help us continue the C of I legacy of outstanding support from our students, faculty, alumni and friends! Click here for more info.

C of I English and environmental studies professor Dr. Rochelle Johnson recently traveled to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania to share her work on 19th-century writer Susan Fenimore Cooper. Johnson visited with an environmental literature class studying Cooper’s Rural Hours, gave a lunch lecture on her ongoing Cooper biography project and delivered an evening campus lecture titled “Words, Paints, and Place: Lessons from the Hudson River School,” supported in part by Bucknell’s Environmental Center and Susquehanna River Initiative.