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or several years now, the editorial board of Quest alumni magazine has selected themes for each issue. Not every story or tidbit of information must adhere to the theme, but it provides a great framework for each issue. Themes over the past years have included Enlightenment, Transition, Adventure, Impact, Discovery, Leadership, Diversity, and many, many more. The focus for this Summer 2018 issue is Legacy. We, as Co-Presidents, have been learning about The College of Idaho legacy since before we officially took office in April. Our first 100 days have been saturated with information and inspiration from a listening tour with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, community leaders and donors to better understand what makes the C of I unique. There are definitely some strong themes consistently relayed to us, and just as importantly, a shared passion for making the College the best it can be. We are committed to making the C of I legacy less of an Idaho “secret” and more of an Idaho “staple.” Thank you to all of you who have already assisted us in identifying key parts of the C of I story to draw more attention and recognition to this great institution. Our hope is to reach more and more students than ever before with the transformational journey that is a College of Idaho liberal arts education.


Within the pages of this Quest magazine, you need look no further than the biographies of our latest round of graduates who have been awarded “distinguished alumni” status to see excellent examples of the best the C of I has produced. From our most recent Rhodes Scholar Amanda Frickle ’12 as the Young Alumni award winner, to the winner of our Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. David Martin ’86, the Director of Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers. Martin is a prime example of how a C of I study abroad trip to Australia can help identify one’s calling in life. Beyond the award winners, you will see stories of family legacies with generations of C of I graduates throughout distinctive genealogies. Our cover features Barry ’72 and Martin ’01 Fujishin among the vines of grapes that feed the Fujishin Family Winery. The bravery and courage exemplified by two generations of the Grunke family in the military is a remarkable testament to self-sacrifice and exceptionalism. And if we were to diagram the long and deep C of I history that weaves its way through the family of our featured staff member Alan Price ’10, we would need to add more pages to this issue. Stories like these are the fabric that binds the C of I’s past to its present. We all share the responsibility to extend the legacy of this great school into the future. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful to have the opportunity to help drive the mission forward at The College of Idaho. We hope you enjoy this issue of Quest.

Jim Everett and Doug Brigham ‘87 Co-Presidents


04 BODY, MIND, SPIRIT by Clayton Gefre

The Healing Legacy of the Phelps Family

EDITOR Joe Hughes EDITORIAL BOARD Louie Attebery ’50, Jack Cafferty ’97, Adam Eschbach, Clayton Gefre ’15, Will Hoenike, Hannah Matsen, Alan Minskoff, Sally Skinner ’78 WRITERS Clayton Gefre ’15, Joe Hughes, Ann Koga, Alan Minskoff PHOTOGRAPHERS Adam Eschbach, Hannah Matsen DESIGN Hannah Matsen COVER ART Photo by Adam Eschbach




COLLEGE NEWS C of I raises $114,000 in 24 hours for Give Day 2018; 13th Annual Student Research Conference champions student success; The Price is Right; C of I graduates over 200 students at 2018 Commencement; Model UN team earns Distinguished Delegation award; Winston Moore million dollar gift; Faculty Reflections: Ann Koga's Healthy Advice

YOTE NOTES Blaine and Beal: New Basketball Coaches; Claire Otero: All-American Focus

08 UNDER THE WING by Clayton Gefre

C of I son follows in father’s footsteps

ALUMNI NEWS 2018 Alumni Award Winners; Brian Attebery ’74 Academic Appointment; “Come Together” for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018

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THE VINES THAT BIND by Alan Minskoff

Fujishin Family Tradition Grown Through Agriculture


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Body, Mind, Spirit

THE HEALING LEGACY OF THE PHELPS FAMILY W hen it comes to the medical world, a significant percentage of children of doctors end up following in their family’s footsteps in pursuing medicine for themselves. A German study of the 2013 class at Göttingen University Medicine found 44 percent of its first-year class had at least one close relative who had also served as a physician. Just as blacksmiths and cobblers did centuries before, it seems medicine, at least in part, continues to serve as something like a family profession today. It begs the question: is it in the blood? For standout College of Idaho siblings Megan and Julia Phelps, there is certainly evidence to support the idea. After all, in every direction they turn within their family, they seem to be surrounded by health professionals. “I was a ballerina for 16 years,” Julia joked, noting how her passion for dance growing up seemed to counter her family’s more scientific interests. “It’s hard to not feel like they’re on top of you.”

Megan, who graduated in May and is set to attend medical school at the University of Washington, will become a fourth-generation medical professional — her mother Paula Phelps is currently the director of Idaho State University’s Physician Assistant program (which has a cooperative P.A. program with the C of I on its Caldwell campus), while her grandfather and great-grandfather were both physicians. Julia, a junior currently studying history, is considering a future in social work, a path her grandmother knows well after decades of volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

But were they born for this themselves? Perhaps not, Megan said — but it’s a family legacy of holistic healing they’ve chosen to continue. “I don’t really know if we were born wanting to do this,” Megan said. “We could have done anything we wanted to do and still have gotten that support. I think it just has more to do with how we were raised than anything else.”


A LIBERAL ARTS LEGACY Even the education the sisters chose to pursue at the C of I has some basis in their family background — a liberal arts education that has informed both their lives and the lives of their previous Phelps generations. Growing up, the Phelps sisters were frequently told stories about Earlham College, a Quaker college located in Richmond, Indiana. Like the C of I, Earlham is a small, private liberal arts college with just over 1,000 students and a reputation for academic excellence. Their grandparents on their father Tad Phelps’ side met there and were married there, and Tad himself was born on its campus. Tad and Paula went on to do the same. “I think just hearing about all the stories, I imagined we would be going to Earlham, too,” Megan said. Although Earlham was on the radar for both Phelps sisters, they chose to attend the C of I, a place where they could still receive the same “well-rounded” education that their family had always encouraged them to seek out. When Tad first visited C of I’s campus with Megan, the first thing he remarked upon was how much it reminded him of Earlham. “It always sounded like a pleasant experience, and I thought it was perfect here,” Megan said. “I got to do everything that I wanted to do without feeling like I made any sacrifices. When I was interviewing with medical schools, I felt like a lot of the students interviewing with me were on one-track minds, just studying non-stop. I guess I could have gone to a school like that, but here I got to be part of a ski team, do research, join a sorority…I felt blessed here, lucky, like I was getting the whole package.” Chad Phelps, the girls’ grandfather, said it was this philosophy of getting more than just a single-minded education that he feels captured his granddaughters’ imaginations. “I’m proud that they chose to educate themselves at a place that I think is important – a place they love because of the community, because of the concern for one another,” Chad explained. “Small liberal arts colleges like this place and like Earlham are based on these values of humanity. There’s a lack of selfishness here.”

“TO HELP PEOPLE” Megan developed her interest in medicine in part thanks to her mother, who she once accompanied on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic as a senior in high school. It was here that Paula first began


to realize her older daughter’s aptitude for medicine and her potential career path. “I could tell she had got the bug at that point,” Paula recalled. “Our last week there, I remember asking her if she was ready to leave, and she had told me no, that she could do another year if given the chance, that she could really love it there. I asked her ‘What do you love about it?’ and she told me ‘Mom, I want to help people.’ “I didn’t know what area of medicine or healthcare she was heading, but from then on I knew that’s where her heart was leading her.” Megan, however, also took after her father in some respects. Tad Phelps had been accepted into medical school following his graduation from Earlham but chose not to pursue it, instead finding a passion in his graduate studies at Boise State University’s raptor biology program. Megan, too, was uncertain about how she may fit into medicine and was considering taking a gap year between her graduation and medical school — until her internship at the Salmon River Clinic in Stanley, Idaho. “I was mainly nervous that it would turn out I didn’t like medicine after all, that I would get on the ambulance and just freeze and then it would change everything,” Megan said. “But when I got there it was a complete 180 for me. I fell in love with it there. From the PA there, I feel like I really picked up the art behind practicing medicine.”

BODY AND MIND Julia Phelps’ first passion veered more toward the arts than the sciences, having long been captivated by dance. Even today dance is one of her favorite activities, and she currently leads the C of I’s Dance Club as its president. She walks a path separate from her sister, who spent more time at the C of I conducting research in Boone Hall and competing with the C of I ski team than participating in the arts. “I love spending time with my sister,” Julia said. “But we do run in different circles. If we didn’t make the effort to spend time with each other when we could, I don’t know if we would naturally see each other as much.” Although Julia may not share the same passion for medicine as many in her family, she is not too far off the mark, instead focusing on mental health. Julia will serve as Associate Director of the C of I Advocate Center this coming school year, and her participation as an advocate has greatly informed her future career goals.

“I think everyone goes through a transition period in their life, like a feeling of ‘Who am I?’” Julia said. “Some people think success is about being in charge of people, but for me, I love that feeling of being able to help one person who really needs it at the right time, to make a difference. Being an advocate has given me a guidance I didn’t know I needed.” Like her grandmother, Julia sees herself pursuing social work and human service, and has ambitions of becoming bilingual with Spanish as a means to help provide mental health support to Idaho’s large Hispanic population. She is also considering the idea of dance therapy as a means of combining her passion for dance with her desire to help others. “Dance and mental health are both such huge parts of my life,” Julia said. “I would love to make them both work.”

THE FINAL PHILOSOPHY Both of the Phelps sisters are quick to say they’ve never felt pressured or pushed to pursue anything – just that they’ve been encouraged to be helpful throughout their lives and to have a passion for how they choose to do so. For their proud father Tad, that’s all he’s ever wanted for his daughters. “I am immensely proud of my family,” Tad said. “I’m in awe of them all – and now my daughters are finding things they’re truly impassioned by.” Still, even if their careers aren’t necessarily driven by their blood, grandfather Chad can’t help but feel a sense of pride that both his granddaughters are carrying on with a family tradition of healing. “It’s a warm sensation knowing that they chose this path,” Chad said. CLAYTON GEFRE is a staff writer for Quest.

Chad Phelps, the girls’ grandfather, said it was this philosophy of getting more than just a single-minded education that he feels captured his granddaughters’ imaginations.




C of I son follows in father’s footsteps

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s a young boy growing up in Weiser, Idaho, Eric Grunke ’01 found himself immersed in the military lifestyle. His father, Jim Grunke ’62, served regular tours with the Navy Reserve, often bringing back various toys and trinkets from his trips overseas. The younger Grunke recalled regularly dressing in military gear during Halloweens and being surrounded by the military equipment his father worked to restore whenever he was back in Weiser. “I don’t think it surprised anyone that I followed that same path in the long run,” Eric said. Indeed, Eric’s path has mirrored his father’s experience in many ways. Both attended The College of Idaho and studied biology. Both pledged themselves to military service early in their adult lives. And both have reached significant levels of success within their respective branches. And for the younger Grunke, it all comes back to one thing: legacy. “My father has always carried himself with this great sense of pride and respect,” Eric said. “That kind of persona is something that I’ve always wanted to emulate in myself as well. There’s a long legacy here that is absolutely encouraging.”

A FAMILY EDUCATION Just like his father, Eric’s personal journey to the military marched through the C of I. It was at the C of I that Jim Grunke would meet his wife, Judy Grunke ’61, and where Eric’s older sister would also meet her future husband. When it came time for Eric himself to consider where he wanted to study, his family legacy at the C of I played a major role in his choice. “My parents talked about the College a lot and about how it was such a significant part of their lives,” Eric said. “Describing it, my dad always would reference professors that he enjoyed in the biology department, and how tight-knit the community that was there had been. They really pressed upon me growing up what kind of advantages the C of I really had.” Eric, too, ended up studying biology during his time at the College, his father’s praise of the department ultimately convincing him to come to Caldwell over similar programs he had visited previously. “It crossed my mind every time I crossed the Quad,” Eric said. “My mom lived in Finney Hall, so I could imagine what it was like every time I passed by the building. My parents were studying the same concepts and took some of the same classes I did. At the time I felt a really tight connection with that.”

COMPLETING THE CIRCLE Although Eric originally intended to pursue medical school, he determined between his freshman and sophomore years that his calling was elsewhere. He began to think of the things he had always wanted to do as a child – and aviation flew above the rest of his options.

When Eric told his father about his desire to join the Marine Corps and enter flight school immediately after his graduation from the C of I, Jim gave his full support to the idea, just as he had previously encouraged Eric’s older brother when he served in the Marine Reserves. “He was just as excited about it as I was,” Eric said. “He even helped me decide which program I wanted to be a part of so I could get experience before officially entering flight school.” By 2002, Eric Grunke started attending flight school with the Marines and was in his first fleet squadron by 2005. Just like his father, the younger Grunke built up a series of accolades through his remarkable service, including 2012 Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. In a powerful moment in February 2018, it was US Navy Reserve Retired Commander Jim Grunke officially promoting Eric Grunke from Major to Lieutenant Colonel aboard the USS North Carolina. “It was a special and unique experience,” Eric recalled. “We’re officially on the same level. To have my father be part of that is an honor I’ll treasure.” Eric looks forward to continuing the legacy himself as he continues his military career. This December, Eric will assume command of Marine Attack Squadron 231, known better as the “Ace of Spades,” the oldest squadron in the Marine Corps, which will celebrate its centennial next February. Eric will continue to guide fellow aviators in the new position – an honor he takes very seriously, just as he has in following his father’s footsteps. “I’ll be working with the best pilots throughout the Corps,” Eric said. “Being around that quality of individual just makes you better, as well.” CLAYTON GEFRE is a staff writer for Quest.




Fujishin Family Tradition Grown Through Agriculture


hen Barry Fujishin arrived on campus in the late 1960s, he remembers thinking “I am a hot shot.” After all, he was his high school valedictorian. Quickly he learned, there were 24 other valedictorians in his class of 160 freshmen. He did become student body president and excelled academically. A 1972 graduate, Barry won a Marshall Scholarship that took him to the University of Birmingham to study City Planning. Fortuitously, Barry was there when the British government was building new towns, and he worked on some of these comprehensive projects.

After he returned to Idaho, he farmed. A year later he told his wife Margaret ’73, “this is the hardest work I’ve ever done.” Twenty-five years later he quit farming and his eldest son Martin, who had recently graduated from C of I, took over the family farm for five years until he “got so busy in the wine business.” Ultimately the family farmed 350 acres in Oregon and Idaho growing sugar beets, onions, potatoes and seed crops. Barry met Margaret early in their freshman year at the College. “Our last names both began with the letter F.” He jokes that she only married him, “so she wouldn’t have to change the initials on her luggage.” Margaret worked for 26 years as the librarian in Homedale. Barry served on the College Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1986. Soon after he was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Agriculture, where he remained for a decade and became a spokesman for agriculture.


Asked what he thinks the College did right, Barry points to the unusually close relationship between faculty and students and says, “It’s the same now.” His C of I career began working with alumni and parents. After ten years he was asked to join the development staff under Michael Vandervelden. Currently, he directs the major

gifts program and modestly says, “all gifts to The College of Idaho are major gifts.” He would like to see the endowment grow to help deserving students get adequate financial aid and notes that going to C of I is now an “international experience.” Martin Fujishin ’01 is a busy man. In addition to making his own wines for Fujishin Family Cellars, he works as assistant winemaker with Greg Koenig on the numerous custom wines: the two craft wines for Bitner, Williamson, Three Horse Ranch, Scoria as well as Koenig. Martin, who just celebrated his 15th anniversary working in the wine business, owns and operates Fujishin Family Cellars on Sunny Slope. It too is a family affair—Teresa Moye, Martin’s fiancé, is the winery general manager—with strong ties to C of I. Martin has four C of I alums/students working for him at the time of this writing. He believes it’s their liberal arts education that makes them quick learners, good conversationalists and fine ambassadors for his vintages. His winery has had steady growth and much recent acclaim. Wine Press Northwest pronounced Fujishin the 2018 Idaho Winery of the Year. And last year Wine Business Monthly named Fujishin one of its “Ten Hottest Brands.” The winery, which prides itself on variety, is about to produce approximately 20 wines in a record 4,200 cases under its two labels—Fujishin Family Cellars and Lost West brand.

Martin cites Wally Lonergan ’50 (business), Steve Maughan ’85 (history) and Lynda Danielson ’89 (math) as influential in his accelerated three-year matriculation. A selfdefined workaholic, Martin sped through the College with the idea of becoming a lawyer/business consultant. Besides his duties as winemaker, chief bottler and vineyard overseer, he has given some savvy business advice to his peers. None of the three Fujishins have pursued the careers they set out to. After Barry received his master’s in planning degree, for years he farmed and then later became part of the College’s administration. Martin’s goal to be a lawyer and business consultant was traded in first for farming and then his true passion, winemaking. Alan’s shapeshift tops them all. After graduating with a triple major in 2006—history, political economy and Spanish—Alan went on to pursue his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Minnesota. Like his dad, he married another C of I grad (only her maiden name began with a G, Gibson). The two took Mark Smith’s Early Western Civilization class freshman year and Alan says, the relationship “developed organically.” “We don't even remember when we started ‘dating,’ just that by the end of our

sophomore year we were spending lots of time together on and off campus with mutual friends.” When the couple was ready for graduate school, they both received good offers from the University of Minnesota. Close to finishing his doctorate, Alan and Lorissa ’06, who earned a master’s in Conservation Biology, changed course. When they were needed to run her family’s blueberry farm and cattle operation on the Siletz River about 15 miles from Newport, Oregon, they moved west. Lorissa’s family has farmed here for four generations. The couple now has a two year-old daughter Cora Rose, and when asked about their life now, Alan replied:

We're farming, ranching, and parenting full time now, but I think our unconventional path getting here gives us a unique and well-rounded perspective …. Among other things, farming is continual and never-ending Systems Analysis. We're constantly

processing new information, evaluating it, and incorporating it into our farm practices, seeing how it fits with all the other moving parts, both on and off the farm. Lorissa’s training is especially pertinent to managing “3.6 miles of the Siletz River and its tributaries, a world-renowned habitat for Salmon, Steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout.” What is most admirable about the Fujishins is their thoughtfulness, curiosity, attention to detail and willingness to try new things. It is ironic but explicable that Alan, who his dad says was not very interested in farming, ended up doing just that. Barry Fujishin’s parents were field workers; he was born at Farmway Village (the Caldwell labor camp), grew up in Adrian and like many C of I students, was the first in his family to attend college. His adaptability and intellect, wit and dedication to a liberal arts education gave his sons a template for taking what life hands you and prevailing. ALAN MINSKOFF runs the Journalism program at the C of I. The author of Idaho Wine Country, he is at work on The Idaho Traveler due out from Caxton next spring. For additonal content visit collegeofidaho. edu/quest-magazine




C of I raises $114,000 in 24 hours for Give Day 2018


n April 3, 2018, the College embarked on its second ever Giving Day, a day to celebrate the philanthropy of the College’s supporters while inspiring a wave of new gifts to benefit the College for years to come. From the start, the College rang true with the mantra “One Day, One Pack, One Goal” — and thanks to the generosity of the C of I community, the College succeeded in raising over $114,000 in just 24 hours.

The College gathered 396 individual gifts on Giving Day benefiting several worthwhile causes around campus, bolstered by pledges of matching grants by a number of individuals and organizations that would effectively allow donors to double their individual contributions. The nearly 400 gifts the College received in the 24 hour period surpassed the College’s original goal of 350 gifts for the day.

13th Annual Student Research Conference champions student success The College’s annual celebration of student scholarship and creativity – the Student Research Conference – welcomed its 13th year on April 28 with 70 presentations from students across all academic disciplines. From “Genetically Modified Potatoes: Friend or Foe?” to “Gender Differences in Romantic Jealousy,” unique and interesting research topics were found throughout the afternoon at one of the College’s best attended spring activities. Dr. Katie Devine, the SRC Planning Committee co-chair, said each of the student presentations is the result of a long period of research and preparation,

ranging from work they began preparing at the start of the semester all the way through research they’ve undertaken from their freshman year onwards. Some students have presented their research at regional conferences prior to the SRC, while others are having their first experience presenting scholarly work. “For a lot of students, especially students just getting started in research, this is often their very first presentation experience,” Devine said. “The hope is that this experience is something that they would like to take further and present at other conferences as well.”

“The College of Idaho community is amazing,” said Sarah Nash ‘09, director of the Boone Fund (the College’s general fund). “Every time we’ve asked them to help us reach a goal, they’ve far exceeded it. Whether a donor can give $5 or $5,000, their gift helps share the spirit of philanthropy with our students and campus.”




This Price is Right


here’s an old saying that when you shake your family tree, watch for the nuts to fall. For C of I’s Assistant Director of Information Technology Alan Price, when he shakes his family tree, he dodges Yotes left and right. Ask Price to provide detail of his family ties to The College of Idaho, and within the most recent three generations, he can rattle off a full dozen direct connections, including his own 2010 degree from the C of I. If he goes beyond those three generations, he enters a time when great grandparents gave room and board to Joe Albertson when he attended the C of I. If he needed a reminder of the family influence, when Price looks out his office window in Covell Hall, he can view the outline of the J.A. Albertson Aquatic Center where his uncle Mike Shines is the long-time Director of Aquatics and Strength Coach. Mike is married to Donna (Price) Shines, who is the Executive Director of The Mentoring Network and is one of five children of Dr. Don ’54 and Rosie Price, all of whom spent some amount of time being educated at the C of I. One of those children is Dan Price ’84, President of community banking at Mountain West Bank, who married another C of I student, Jana, and they are the parents of Alan. With so many roots attached to the C of I tree, one could potentially lose his own individual identity in a homogeny of purple and gold, but the Price family has successfully navigated many unique and unrelated callings across a broad spectrum, including Alan’s own work in IT at the College. From a world expert in water desalination (Kevin Price ’76) to directing the Bogus Basin ski school (Martha Price Caballero ’87) and virtually everything in between, the Price family is a living, breathing testament to the breadth of the C of I’s liberal arts education. “We produce the best long-term thinkers in Idaho,” he said. “The impact the College has actually had on Idaho, I think that’s our biggest legacy.” Alan was not one to allow the family name to give him an excuse to give less than a complete effort toward his own educational journey. On the contrary, he was selected as the Alumni Distinguished Senior for his outstanding achievement in academics and leadership when he graduated in 2010. About a year after graduation, Alan joined the College in the office of Development. Since then, he has worked in Special Events, and became IT assistant director at the end of 2017. He feels some of his best work is the work nobody notices. “That’s the irony of the IT world,” he said. “Because when it works, the whole point is nobody comments on it. For the most part, we’ve achieved that.”

In his time at the College, he has served in many volunteer positions. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Staff Association. Many have referred to Alan as the “glue” behind the College, and not just because he keeps the network infrastructure up and running. It’s because he understands and promotes the staff’s role in the College’s mission, and lives it as an example. “All of our positions, and I really do believe this, all of them have the opportunity to really do big things, toward the end of that mission, toward the students’ experience, which leads directly to their education and the outcome.” JOE HUGHES is the editor of Quest.



C of I Celebrates 2018 Commencement


he sunny morning of May 19, 2018, will be a day to remember for the over 200 C of I students who earned their diplomas at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, the 127th class to be honored since the College’s founding in 1891. Dr. Forest Rohwer ’91 served as the morning’s keynote speaker, imparting to the graduates with the advice to pave their own way forward and to find excitement and passion in their futures.

“Being excited about your life really is the most important thing,” Rohwer said. “Don’t worry about making your bed. It’s a dumb thing to spend your time on. Life is filled with a billion things better than making your bed. Find something to help you mess it up again.”

Model UN team earns Distinguished Delegation award at NYC conference During spring break, The College of Idaho’s Model United Nations team once again found itself as one of the smallest delegations attending the 2018 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City from March 18-22. But despite its small size, the C of I team proved to be a positive force at the conference, earning the Distinguished Delegation award — the second-highest honor possible at the world’s largest Model UN conference. “I’m very proud of the team because most of us had never done Model UN at all until this year,” said sophomore Marine Vieille, an environmental studies and international political economy double major and C of I Model UN student leader. “When we got there, a lot of our team were brave enough to just go for it. The fact that we’re such a small school and doing so well just shows how well prepared we were coming into it.”

IDAHO BUSINESSMAN WINSTON MOORE MAKES MILLION DOLLAR GIFT TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS Long-time Boise commercial real estate pioneer Winston Moore has committed a $1 million gift to The College of Idaho in support of student scholarships. Moore’s gift will establish the Winston Moore Scholars program that will directly benefit scores of C of I students over a period of five years, including the funding of several $15,000 scholarships, additional funding for outdoor leadership experiences, and coverage of the salary and benefits of the College’s Outdoor Program Director.

“We are so thankful to Winston for supporting our students in such a direct and impactful way,” said C of I Co-President Jim Everett. “Winston loves Idaho and the outdoors and knows that connecting students to the kind of high-impact practices that our outdoor leadership experience provides, along with the quality and high-touch education delivered at The College of Idaho, is a winning combination.”




Healthy Advice Connecting Careers


ast month I met an alumnus from the Class of ’59 who was in town for a brief visit. A retired physician with a military background, Dr. Robert Reid was interested in helping our pre-med students. We sat in our beautiful new library talking about the past, present and future of preparing students for careers in healthcare. I heard fascinating stories about running a hospital in Vietnam, alumni from the 1950s, Lyle Stanford, and I even learned that Dr. Reid had played football with my father-in-law! Dr. Reid reminded me of the long legacy that I, as the preHealth Professions advisor, strive to continue. As the face of healthcare has changed, so too has the array of students coming to C of I to prepare for careers in the medical field. In addition to future physicians, we now have many students seeking careers as physician’s assistants, physical therapists, optometrists, nurses, etc. As always, we seek to educate our students to not only understand the scientific underpinnings of the diseases they will diagnose and treat, but also how to solve problems, understand and speak with people compassionately, and to serve as leaders in their fields. My job is made so much easier by the remarkable network of alumni that help our students. Recently, some alumni have joined with me to form the Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC). HPAC members mentor students, provide shadowing opportunities, and help them improve interviewing skills during mock interview night. Once students get beyond C of I and join the alumni ranks, they find alumni that continue to shepherd them along their career paths.

One such example is an alumna who has five additional family members who graduated from C of I, Dr. Karly Pippitt ’02. Karly has made a concerted effort to avail herself to students. While she was in medical school, she would return to campus to talk about the admission process with students. Now that she is on the faculty at University of Utah, she helps students arrange visits to the medical school campus. My own C of I legacy includes my father-in-law (Gil Koga ’58), who was one of the many students from Hawaii who came to C of I to play football in the 1950s. He met my mother-in-law at C of I and that union resulted in my husband. Our son, Duncan, played basketball at C of I and graduated in 2013. My 22 years at C of I have been enriched by so many alumni who have given of their time, talent and treasure — they have come to my classroom to share their wisdom with students, donated money to remodel the science building, hosted students in their homes, mentored students in various settings, served as my personal healthcare providers, and cared for my loved ones in the hospital. The day after my meeting with Dr. Reid in the library, I received a call. Having mentioned in passing that we had a student from California who was applying to the Uniformed Services medical school, Dr. Reid said he was planning a trip to California and would like to invite our student to dinner to talk with him about the application process. The remarkable C of I legacy continues. ANN KOGA is Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho.




Blaine and Beal New Basketball Coaches


ithin one week in April, two of the most prominent athletic programs at the C of I announced new leaders. There were dual head coaching vacancies for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at the same time after former men’s basketball coach Scott Garson accepted an assistant coaching job at NCAA Division 1 Santa Clara University and women’s coach Mark Owen retired at the end of the season. One vacancy was expected (Owen), while the other wasn’t (Garson). The new coaches who will lead the programs into the future took vastly different paths to Caldwell. Athletic Director Reagan Rossi announced that C of I associate head coach Colby Blaine would take over the reins of the men’s program on April 24, 2018. Within two days of that announcement, Blaine was originally scheduled to interview for the head coaching position at his alma mater, the University of Montana Western. But Rossi moved quickly to promote Blaine, who was a key component to the Yotes advancing to the NAIA Division II national tournament in three of the past four seasons, including a spot in the national semifinals in 2018. Since Blaine was already preparing to make the transition to his first head coaching position, the timing was perfect. “I had mentally prepared myself for the whole process at Western,” Blaine said. “I had my notes and my ideas of what I wanted to do if I got the job. It was a nice benefit for me as I was able to transition into this job.” Rossi introduced former Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) coach Janis Beal as the new women’s head basketball coach just eight days later on May 2, 2018. Beal has been a head coach for the past nine seasons at the Wyoming junior college before taking over the Lady Yotes program.

The basketball histories of both head coaches led to mutually beneficial conversations right away. Beal said “I told Colby, I’m going to have questions about the area and the school and all of that, and he said, ‘yeah, I got that figured out. And I can talk to you about coaching experience,’ because I’ve been a head coach for nine years.” One area of focus both head coaches already share is a commitment to academic excellence. Beal’s teams at Northwest were always near the top of all junior colleges in academics, even claiming the top spot for team GPA in 2016 (3.575). “We were always recruiting those types of kids, so I felt it would be a good fit to come here where academics are such a high standard,” said Beal.

For Blaine, helping his players focus on athletics is already second nature. “We have a few student-athletes that have group studies they need to go to, and they have to be late for practice. You may think that might affect a basketball program. But in reality, when we empower our athletes to be students first, it actually helps our program in the end. When kids are happy, and they know that coaches care about who they are and where they’re going in their lives, they actually become better athletes at the end of the day.” JOE HUGHES is the editor of Quest.




Claire-ity All-American Focus


f academic and athletic awards were attached to The College of Idaho diplomas distributed at the 2018 commencement, then thrower Claire Otero would have needed a wheelbarrow to carry her accolades off stage. The Caldwell native completed her Track & Field career with her third-straight Cascade Conference discus title and her third trip to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Earlier in the season, Otero had been recognized as an Academic All-CCC selection, an NAIA AllAmerica Scholar-Athlete and the CCC Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year (only the third Yote in history to win the award). To cap it all off, Otero was named a second-team selection to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America College Division Women’s Track & Field Team. As such, she becomes the fourth women’s track and field athlete to earn the award in program history, as she joins Hillary Holt (firstteam in 2013, 2014), Hannah Lentz (second-team 2015) and Ruth Lewinski (second-team 2016), and is another addition to a rapidly growing legacy of outstanding scholar-athletes who compete in Track & Field. Otero graduated Magna Cum Laude, completing a degree in Chemistry along with minors in Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Studies, and Spanish.

At the national meet, sophomore Molly VitaleSullivan was the national runner-up in the 10,000 meters, placed fourth in the finals of the 5,000 meters, and was a four-time All-American for the year. Senior Hayley Morse capped her career with an All-America finish in the shot put (fourth place) while also being named the West Region NAIA Field Athlete of the Year. There are so many academic and athletic accomplishments by these Lady Yotes, it almost feels like an afterthought to mention they won their sixth-straight CCC title. JOE HUGHES is the editor of Quest.

LACROSSE LEAGUE CHAMPS The C of I Lacrosse team made the most of its first year as a varsity-sanctioned sport, winning the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League title in a thrilling overtime win over Montana in the championship game. The Yotes made their first trip to the national tournament and lost in the first round to Minnesota Duluth before picking up a consolation win against Cal State-San Marcos to finish the season with a 12-3 mark. For the fourth-straight season, the Yotes’

top attackman Nich Guzzetti was named to the All-America team, but this year, he was C of I’s first-ever first-team selection. Senior Cory Brady was named third-team All-America for his efforts. Guzzetti was named the PNCLL Player of the Year, Joey Bryant was named PNCLL Freshman of the Year and Matt Gier was named PNCLL Coach of the Year.

ACADEMIC RECORD The C of I established a new school record for student-athletes recognized as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes (juniors or seniors maintaining a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA) with 54 scholarathletes. The previous record was 49 set in 2014. Additionally, 15 of the 20 C of I athletic teams were named NAIA Scholar-Teams for maintaining a team GPA of at least 3.0 for the season. Of the sports that did not make the 3.0 threshold, all had a team GPA of 2.90 or higher.



C of I to feature distinguished alumni at 2018 Homecoming As part of Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018, The College of Idaho is pleased to honor this year’s recipients of our Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s honorees are leaders in their fields, many of whom have seen national and international successes since their time as undergraduates at the College. The C of I community is invited to celebrate their accomplishments at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Langroise Foyer.

Distinguished Alumni Award Dr. David Martin’s journey to becoming Director of Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers started at The College of Idaho, where he earned his B.S. in zoology. Martin’s research interests did not remain solely with the animal kingdom, however – he went on to study exercise physiology at Northern Michigan University before earning his Ph.D. in zoology and physiology in 1994 at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. David Martin ’86

While his research kept him stateside for a time as a research assistant for the United States Olympic Committee, Martin found himself in Canberra, Australia after receiving his Ph.D., serving as a senior sport scientist for the Australian Sports Commission and later spending almost 15 years as the National Sports Science Coordinator for Cycling Australia. Martin returned to the states in his current role for the 76ers in 2015, where he was praised upon his hiring as an innovator and leader in sport science. His research in fatigue management, altitude training, thermoregulation and more has appeared in over 100 publications. A Q & A with Dr. Martin can be found on page 26.

Distinguished Alumni Award The kitchen of Boise’s State & Lemp restaurant has been home to Kris Komori ’05 for the last five years – a far cry from his original ambition to attend medical school after receiving his degree in biology from the College. And yet the choice to attend culinary school instead of medical school has turned out to be a rewarding choice for Komori, who received his third straight nomination for Best Chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation this year, the only semifinalist in the state of Idaho to be recognized by the foundation.

Kris Komori ‘05

Komori’s success in the kitchen as State & Lemp’s chef de cuisine has earned him critical acclaim for his cooking, which has received praise for his dynamic, creative and constantly changing menus at the small multi-course restaurant since 2013. Following this year’s nomination by the James Beard Foundation, the Idaho Statesman christened Komori “the rock star of Idaho’s chef world.” He currently lives in Boise with his wife, Allyson Komori (Coonts) ’06 and young son Everett. He will soon open a new restaurant named Kin.



Young Alumni Award Amanda Frickle ’12 was a standout student and leader during her undergraduate years at the C of I, not only as president of the Associated Students of The College of Idaho and as a Thomas Shearer award winner, but also as the College’s first female Rhodes Scholar recipient, one of the highest scholarships for American graduate students. Frickle, a double major in history and political economy at the C of I, went on to receive her master’s of women’s studies at the University of Oxford in 2014. Since graduating from Oxford, Frickle has returned to her Montana roots, using her leadership talents primarily to benefit the state’s Democratic Party. She has since served in several leadership roles, including the state’s House of Representatives Minority Chief of Staff in 2015 and as the current Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. She currently resides in Helena, where she was married this July to her partner Nick Lockridge.

Amanda Frickle ‘12 Alumni Service Award Brie Stoianoff ’00 graduated with honors from the C of I as a Gipson Scholar with degrees in chemistry and history – a combination that has proved effective in both her professional life and her volunteer experiences. Since July 2016, Stoianoff has served as Director of Quality and Service Assurance of The FDA Group in the Portland, Oregon area. In addition to over 14 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Stoianoff has been a prolific fundraiser for the Oregon chapter of the National MS Society. Since 2004, Stoianoff has personally raised over $245,000 to fund research and treatment options for multiple sclerosis and is among the top five fundraisers for Bike MS Oregon since 2008. Stoianoff also served a two-year term on the C of I Alumni Board from 2007 through 2009, and is currently a member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon.

Brie Stoianoff ‘00 Shotwell Cates Family Family Heritage Award Since the 1920s, there have been 18 extended family members from the Shotwell/Cates family who have attended The College of Idaho, a family tradition that has been encouraged through three generations, starting with Lois and Margaret Shotwell.

Leave your Legacy One can leave a legacy in many ways: through service, through support, through sharing. Remembering The College of Idaho in your estate can leave a lasting legacy of learning for generations of students to come. It’s not complicated and C of I development staff are here to help. Please contact Associate Vice President of College Relations Jack Cafferty at or 208-4595168 for more information.

Several of these 18 have since given back to the College through distinguished service. Evelyn Shotwell Cates ’61 and her husband, Garth Cates ’62, were responsible for recruiting several students to the College, with Evelyn receiving the Alumni Service Award in 2015 and Garth working as an employee of the College’s admissions office, which now has a scholarship in his name. Evelyn’s cousin, Ann Ritter ’68, served as a Student Alumni Coordinator, working directly under Dean of Students Russ Monahan. Evelyn and Garth’s son Michael Cates ’88 graduated from the C of I as a Gipson Fellow. The most recent graduate of the clan is Challis Cates ’16, who has studied internationally and speaks fluent Mandarin, which he hopes to apply through work in environmental law with Green Peace or The Nature Conservancy in Seattle.




Fantastic Feats and Where to Find Them


he Leverhulme Trust is a grantmaking foundation in the United Kingdom that sponsors up to 15 highly competitive visiting professorships each year to bring scholars from all over the world to institutions in the U.K. For a College of Idaho graduate working in Pocatello, Idaho, to dream of such an appointment might be considered pure fantasy. As it turns out, that’s exactly what they were looking for. Dr. Brian Attebery ’74, who was one of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners in the fall of 2017, is regarded as one of the top minds in the field of fantasy literature. A professor of English and director of graduate studies in English at Idaho State University, Attebery was selected in March to serve as visiting professor at the University of Glasgow for the spring semester in 2019. It is fitting that Attebery’s current research project examines the relationship between fantasy and dreaming; what may have once been a hope based in fiction is now a remarkable reality. “I met Robert Maslan, who directs the master’s program in Fantasy Literature at the University of Glasgow, a number of years ago when we were both on a dissertation examination in Lund, Sweden,” Attebery said. “We stayed in touch and exchanged pleasantries about ‘I’d really like to visit your program sometime’ and ‘We’d love to have you here.’ Last year, when I was thinking about a sabbatical proposal, I reached out to Robert again.”

It seemed like a long shot since the Leverhulme visiting professorships are awarded in any discipline from any country, and only a few are granted each year. Attebery was attending the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts waiting for the featured speaker when he “happened to check my phone for emails and there was a message that we had gotten the grant,” he said. “I immediately forwarded it to my department chair (Dr. Jennifer Attebery ’73, Brian’s spouse and also a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner). It wasn’t publically announced yet, so I couldn’t whoop out loud.” Once the public was made aware, Attebery’s colleague and friend from Glasgow was able to adequately fete the attributes that will make this fellowship a special semester. “At a time when the University of Glasgow is seeking to set up the world’s first Fantasy Research Centre, Professor Attebery’s expertise and global network of contacts will be invaluable in helping us develop a research plan and programme of events for the Centre over the next five years,” Maslan said in a news release. Attebery credits a thorough C of I English education under the expertise of Dr. Ray Lord, Dr. Richard Widmayer, and of course, his father Dr. Louie Attebery ’50, in this fantasy long shot becoming a genuine actuality. “The C of I has been part of my whole life, as the son of alumni (including his mother, Barbara Attebery ’47), as a faculty brat, and then as a student.” JOE HUGHES is the editor of Quest.



“Come Together” for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018


egistration is officially open for The College of Idaho’s Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018, featuring events scheduled from Oct. 4 through Oct. 7 at C of I’s campus. And this year, the College isn’t just excited to bring back its alumni — it’s also excited to bring back the vibe of the 1970s, including a special reunion for Coyotes from that distinctive decade of dance crazes and f lashy hairstyles.

“In the balance, our years at the College still seem worth celebrating,” wrote 70s reunion co-chairs Wade Griffith ’78 and Ed Hackett ’79 in a special address to their fellow 70s graduates. “We are now marking 40-ish years since our time on campus. And before any more of us are consigned to a home somewhere, let’s make time for a pilgrimage to Caldwell.”

It isn’t just the 70s students who are encouraged to “Come Together” back to C of I’s campus this fall, as this year’s schedule of events features plenty of fun for families and alumni of all years, from young alumni fresh out of campus to members of the College’s HalfCentury group. The fun begins on Thursday, Oct. 4 with class visits and campus tours, including the new Cruzen-Murray Library, with the main event of the night celebrating this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners (see Pages 18-19 for more about the recipients).

Oct. 5 features a full day of special events, from the annual Treasure Valley Business

Breakfast in the morning to “Chaos in the Quad” throughout the afternoon, culminating in a “Friday Night Fever” Disco Dinner, a 70s themed party featuring a special performance by West Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band featuring Doug Davis ’72.

And all the YoteFam is invited to join other alumni and families at the purple tent during tailgating for our Homecoming football game against Carroll College on Oct. 6, allowing alumni from all years to congregate, celebrate, and enjoy fresh burgers in advance of the game. Tailgating begins at 10 a.m., with all tailgaters invited to join the “Yote Parade” in a walk to Simplot Stadium at approximately 12:20 p.m. to get settled for the game at 1 p.m. Registration for all these events and more can be found on the alumni webpage at alumni., which includes a full schedule for the weekend as well as descriptions of each event. A special Loyal Yote Package is also available while supplies last, which gets you $40 worth of exclusive Yote gear for only $20.

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C of I Professor Emeritus DR. LOUIE ATTEBERY ’50 was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, recognizing him as a leader in the field of education and academic administration. Attebery was celebrated for many years' experience in his professional network, and was noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes accrued in his field.


PEGGY ANDERSON ’62 recently updated Co-President Jim Everett about her retired life activity, which hasn’t slowed down at all as evidenced by the photo as she rode her bicycle to their visit in Vancouver, WA. Anderson is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, was one of the first female Athletic Directors in the country at Eastern Oregon, and opened up countless opportunities for both men and women in athletics. In her long stint at Eastern Oregon, she served as head coach in many women’s sports including field hockey, basketball, track and field, and volleyball. The softball field at EOU is named in her honor. She continues to spend her time hiking, biking and kayaking.


DEAN BUFFINGTON ’63 and MIKE CAUGHLIN ’74 were two honorees at the dedication of Wolfe Field’s Phase Two construction on April 13, which included a courtyard dedicated to the late DR. GERALD M. BAUR ’66. The long-term project, named for former C of I trustee DUANE WOLFE ’57, has been a collaboration between both the College and the City of Caldwell, which donated the land off Linden St. and Griffith Parkway for the field. Buffington and Caughlin were each given personalized Yote baseball jerseys for their work as members of the C of I Board of Trustees and honor their commitment to the project’s longterm success.

DIANA THOMAS ’66, ’87 (graduate degree) was honored with the Harold Hurst Award for her outstanding contributions to the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) at the 71st annual AIC conference in Boise on June 21. Thomas has served two terms as mayor of Weiser, Idaho, with her leadership being instrumental in passing a revenue bond in 2012 with 74-percent voter approval for improvements to the city’s wastewater system. TOM C. FARLEY ’69 was inducted into the Wilder School District’s Scholastic Wall of Fame on May 17, 2018. Tom is a retired State Department of Education Bureau Chief and continues to work with schools as an education consultant.

BILL CLARK ’67 and his wife MARY CLARK ’68 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The two were wed on C of I’s campus in Jewett Chapel, with Dr. Sylvia Hunt ’59 playing piano during the ceremony. Bill Clark is currently the director of the

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. CHUCK WINDER ’68 is running for reelection for the District 20 Senate Seat in the Idaho State Legislature. Winder has served in the District 20 seat since 2012 and previously represented District 14 from 2008-2012. He was a trustee at the C of I for 12 years.


RICHARD PRICE ’76 retired from the U.S. Department of State after serving 28 years as a Foreign Service Specialist. During his career he was posted to Syria, The Dominican Republic, The Sultanate of Oman, Nepal, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Spain, as well as serving three tours in Washington DC. Price received several honor awards, including The Secretary’s Career Achievement Award in recognition of his service. He currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife of 33 years, Janet McEvoy Price. ALLEN EVANS (BA ’75, MA ’80) received the Eastern Oregon University Distinguished Faculty Award for 2018. He is a professor of teacher education, and has been with EOU since 1986. He is married to CAROL (BESEL) EVANS (BA ’76).

DR. DAVID MACPHEE ’76, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University, has had a new on-campus forum named for him in celebration of his 30-year career with the university: the MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science. The inaugural forum was held on April 19. MacPhee has mentored dozens of graduate students and taught well over 10,000 undergraduates across his career. Now in “semi-retirement,” MacPhee is still doing research in prevention science, especially related to parenting and school readiness.

1990s BERT WILLIAMS ’90 taught music and religion at Gem State

Academy in Caldwell during the time he studied at The College of Idaho. He graduated with a BA in music education in 1990, and that same summer moved to teach at Modesto Adventist Academy in Modesto, California. In 1994 Williams moved with his family to Maxwell Adventist Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, where he taught music and religion for seven years. Moving back to the states, he took up full-time work in journalism while continuing to participate in community music groups as a band director and choral singer. Williams retired from full-time employment in April 2018, and is now devoted to freelance writing, church music, playing mandola and mandocello in the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra, and playing with his four grandkids who live nearby. RITA JONES ’94 was featured for her work at Lehigh University as its director for the Center for Gender Equity. Her College of Idaho undergraduate time was referenced, as it was where Jones said she had found inspiration from a professor who recommended she read Audre Lorde as part of her senior honors thesis.

SEAN ROGERS ’94 is currently arranging music for a touring tribute show of The Temptations, which will be performed with five members of NBC’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Rogers, who has toured throughout the United States as a concert pianist, will again travel on tour from coast to coast with the production.

2000s TYLER J. GRIGSBY ’08 has been promoted to controller/director of finance and accounting at Fisher’s Technology, where he has served as finance and accounting manager since 2016. He previously worked at Micron Technology in budgeting, capital markets, investment management, risk management and cash management. DANIELLE (GAVIOLA) MOLTHEN ’05 and her husband, Brian Molthen, welcomed their first child, Luke Nickolas Molthen, on January 24, 2018. Luke was born



healthy, a month early, at 18 inches and 5 lbs, 14 oz. Congratulations, Molthens! JILL TWEDT ’01 and former C of I staff member ADAN DAVID CALLSEN were each honored at the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Awards. Twedt is currently the Vice President and Legal & Corporate Secretary at Boise Cascade Company and is in her first term on C of I’s Board of Trustees, while Callsen is currently the event director at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The two were each recognized at a dinner gala on June 12 alongside 38 other professionals.

CYNTHIA HAND ’00 had a new book released on June 26th alongside co-authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows, “My Plain Jane,” a follow-up to their original story “My Lady Jane.” The three authors did a group interview with Publishers Weekly in advance of the release of their book about their collaboration methods. BURKE A. HAYS, MPH, ’06 completed a fellowship last summer at the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service. Burke developed reports for Congress regarding payment and delivery system reforms in the Medicaid program. The fellowship led to his recent hiring at Mathematic Policy Research, where he works on Medicaid policy and program evaluation. MICHELLE HAZEN ’05 will publish a new novel, Unbreak Me, in Summer 2019. The contemporary romance novel, to be published by Berkley-Penguin, follows a New Orleans cowboy battling systemic racism in a post-Katrina world as he begins a relationship with a woman recovering from a public trial following a sexual assault. LEIL CARDOZA ’01 and HAILEE LENHART-WEES ’17 both served as coaches for the annual “Boise’s Funniest Person” contest, hosted by Liquid Laughs. The popular summer competition pairs local amateur comedians with established local acts in several nights of stand-up comedy

performances until one comic is awarded the $1,000 grand prize. Both Cardoza and Lenhart-Wees’ mentored performers (Patrick Ward and Matt Stredder) were eliminated in the semifinal round. Lenhart-Wees was a finalist of the competition in 2016.

CPT. THOMAS J. ELIAS ’07 completed a 12-month tour of duty with the Army as a general dentist for the Schofield Barracks and has now completed a 48-month oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He now plans to challenge the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certification examination and continue his practice with clinical, academic and deployment opportunities. Elias’ next duty station will be Joint Base Lewis-McChord where he will be a staff surgeon and mentor for the 48-month OMS program at Madigan Army Hospital. KIMBERLY MILLER ’08 and MICHAEL WELLS ’07 welcomed their daughter, Margaret Leigh Wells, on January 15, 2018. Kim was also recently awarded permanent status in her position as Learning Technologies Librarian at Towson University. Mike is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, Kim received her Master of Science in Information, and Mike received his PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, from the University of Michigan. Kim and Mike were married August 20, 2011, and currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland. ERIN KING (TEAGLE) ’01 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager at Bank of America. She oversees operations and risk for the bank’s mid-south region including 88 financial centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, driving operational excellence by optimizing risk and costs, increasing digital adoption, and balancing financial center traffic and staffing. JUSTIN KING ’02 hosted White House Cabinet member and Small Business Administration (SBA) head, Linda McMahon at Visa’s

IN MEMORIAM The following alumni and friends of the College have passed away. When you learn of the death of a College of Idaho graduate, please email the information to alumni@ 1940s Miriam (Hoover) Winn ’41 Ruth (Eastman) Paulus ’48 John Mather ’41 Charles Kerrick ’46 1950s Gearald Cox ’58 Julia (Brown) Seibert ’57 Howard Adkins ’54 Carrol (Fiedler) Cowman ’54 David Reed ’52 Vivian (Garcia) Brault ’55, ’73*

1980s Merlyn (Churchill) Hendren ’86 Edward Semple ’80 Judith Anderson ’85* Friends Freda Lineberger Diane Humberger William Kolb William Moore Margaret Steunenberg Truman Boyd Edward Knecht

*denotes graduate degree

1960s Walter Donohue ’65 Robert Boston ’61 Andrew Potter ’67 Douglas Freeman ’68 1970s Galen Duree ’70 Thomas McGee ’74 John Keele ’73 Garry Miller ’74 James Jones ’70 Barbara Maher ’75*

NYC Innovation studio to discuss issues facing small business owners and opportunities for digital innovation. Justin is the Global Head of Small Business Product at Visa and is a member of the C of I National Alumni Board. The innovation summit was part of a broader celebration of the SBA’s National Small Business Week where Justin also was a digital commerce panelist and a judge for a Small Business “Hackathon”, where developers created solutions that helped small businesses. TABATHA HYER GUTIERREZ has been appointed Canyon County area manager at the title company. Her main focus will be on managing and developing business relationships, collaborating with real estate industry professionals and growing the Canyon County operation. She has 12 years of title and escrow industry experience and prior to this position she was the

Ada and Canyon County escrow manager.

2010s SKYLAR BARSANTI ’14 wrote a feature in Boise Weekly shortly after C of I Co-Presidents Jim Everett and Doug Brigham officially took office. The feature was one of the first local features about the presidents following their first days in office and was the first to be prepared by an alum of the College itself. In addition to writing freelance stories around the Treasure Valley, Barsanti is currently a web content editor for TSheets. AMY RHOADES ’10 was featured by KTVB in the Treasure Valley for her fight against breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with as a sophomore at the C of I in 2007. Rhoades is now currently the vice president of the Komen Idaho Montana Board of Directors.


DULCE SANCHEZ ’15 was selected to receive the 2018-2019 Jennifer King Memorial Law School Application Scholarship from the Idaho State Bar. Sanchez excelled academically and had an active role on campus, serving as president of the Association of Latin American Students, a member of the Pre-Law Club, and a founding member of the statewide Mexican-American Escaramuza Drill Team (Mexican Cowgirls Team). Sanchez's career goal is to become an immigration attorney and become part of the legislative branch in Idaho.

BEN SAXEY was named the 2018 Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants Newcomer of the Year. Ben was a member of C of I’s first graduating class of the PA program and is currently practicing in Twin Falls. Congratulations, Ben! MEGAN MIZUTA ’15 will be pursuing her JD on a fulltuition presidential scholarship at Willamette University College of Law beginning in August 2018. SIDRAH KHAN ’10 recently gave a talk entitled “Navigating Distress through Self-Compassion” at J.U.M.P. in Boise. Graduating summa cum laude from NYU, Sidrah worked in NYC as a trauma-focused psychotherapist for six years and has now returned to Boise where she is in private practice. DANIELLE DANKER ’12 has joined the art team of Vigilant Addiction Studios as a concept artist. Formed in 2011, Vigilant Addiction Studios has produced two games currently available, Gobbo for mobile devices and Adventure Manager for the PC.

KASEY ALLEN ’15 has celebrated one year in business with his


Boise ice cream shop The STIL (Sweetest Things in Life) alongside his business partner, Dan Sell. The STIL was recently featured on a list of “The Best Ice Cream Shops in Every State” on, where it was praised for its innovative ice cream and craft beer pairings.


MELANIE MILLER ’18 received the College’s Integrity, Leadership and Service Award, an award from the Student Affairs Division that is given to students nominated by staff and faculty as someone who best embodies the values of the C of I community. Miller has spent four years as a member of the Associated Students of the College of Idaho, including serving as the chair of its election board. She has also served as a tutor for the Academic Support Center and a Residence Assistant for the last two years. The history major was also recognized by her ASCI peers for her positive impact on the student senate, naming an award after her to recognize senior senators who have served on the body for all four of their undergraduate years. QUIN MCLAUGHLIN ’18 was named the 1st Place winner for poster presentation in the Marine and Aquatic Biology category at the 43rd Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. McLaughlin’s research focused on the inhibition of the protein Glutathione S-transferase (GST) in signal crayfish, a detoxification enzyme that acts as the crayfish’s immune system when coming across toxifying chemicals like those found in pesticides and mining waste. McLaughlin presented at the conference alongside fellow members of DR. MARK GUNDERSON’S lab, COURTNEY KELLY and ISABELA LETE. Seven C of I senior art students — CASEY ALCOSER, MELANIE MILLER, PAULA SCHNEIDER, BARBARA DOWNS, QUIN MCLAUGHLIN, JORDAN SCOGIN and EMILY HANSEN

— presented the 2018 Senior Art Exhibition on April 20, 2018, “As Above, So Below.” Each of the artists presented their unique work, naming the exhibition after determining the unifying themes that began to unveil themselves as they planned the exhibition, primarily the duality between light and darkness. Freshman BELLA TORRES received significant press coverage in the Treasure Valley thanks to an article published in the Idaho Press detailing her battle against an eating disorder. Previously a champion high school track runner, Torres was forced to quit running after falling to a dangerous body weight. Torres is now at a healthy weight and is a member of C of I’s cross country and track teams.

The C OF I STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL distributed $13,000 in funding across 13 different local charitable and non-profit organizations around the Treasure Valley after receiving a record 27 grant applications overall. The 14-member council, which features representatives from all classes and a variety of majors, went on numerous site visits to several of the organizations during the consideration process, allowing the council to see the positive impact the organizations were making — and the needs each organization had — with their own eyes.

A group of six business students in The College of Idaho’s ENACTUS club — HANNAH DALSOGLIO, RYAN ELSBERRY, KENNEDY ALVARO, MATT MCLAUGHLIN, SHAWN ZHANG and MONIQUE LOPEZ — earned $13,000 in seed funding for their social entrepreneurial project Green Mind at the 2018 Idaho Entrepreneurial

Challenge last March. Green Mind, which aims to draw greater attention toward mental health challenges through the sale of potted plants, earned first prize in the challenge’s Social and Cultural Impact category. HADLEY REEVES and SARA SHOCKLEY were among the nearly two dozen female undergraduates who attended the NEW Leadership Idaho conference, a week long political "boot camp" designed to encourage young women to step up as political leaders within their communities.


Several members of C of I’s faculty and staff were honored for their years of service to the College at the 2018 Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner. Leading the honorees were PROFESSOR KERRY HUNTER, who celebrated his 30th year at the College, and PROFESSOR JASPER LICALZI and executive assistant to the athletic director BEV ROBINSON, who each celebrated their 25th year. PROFESSOR MARK SMITH’s book The Final Days of Jesus: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial and Execution was put forward by its publisher The Lutterworth Press in Cambridge, England as a nominee for the 2018 Cundill History Prize, an international prize recognizing the world’s best history writing in the English language. The shortlist of final nominees for the award will be announced on Sept. 25.




what she called “a year-and-ahalf blitz” of scholarship and presentations about the work of Henry David Thoreau in recognition of the author’s 200th birthday. Johnson currently serves on the board of directors for the Thoreau Society, an organization of Thoreau researchers and admirers that hosts annual gatherings in Concord, Massachusetts, each summer and produces a quarterly newsletter and an annual journal of scholarly work devoted to Thoreau. Her year’s worth of presentations included Sweden, France, and Philadelphia. PROFESSOR SEAN BLACKWELL welcomed his new son, Chester Thomas Blackwell, on Friday, May 25, 2018. Baby Chester arrived healthy at 7 lbs, 7 oz. and 21 inches long. Congratulations!

PROFESSOR ERIN HERN published an article in The Conversation regarding her research on the variation of African women’s participation in the politics of their home countries. Hern’s piece draws from her research published in April 2018, which drew Afrobarometer data from 31 different countries to identify predictors of country-level variation in the gender gap, using the country of Senegal as a case study in exploring how the process to increase women’s legislative representation coincided with a dramatic increase in women’s participation. BARBIE VANDER BOEGH, RN, the C of I’s director of health and wellness services, was awarded the 2018 School Immunization Star Award by the Idaho Immunization Program. It is an award given each year to school nurses who go above and beyond to improve school immunization rates and polices, and take the initiative to promote immunization within their school or district. Vander Boegh was recognized for her efforts to update the College’s vaccination policy, which now requires students to maintain immunization records on par with the state’s recommendations and does not allow for personal philosophical exemptions.

The C of I Athletic Communications Staff, led by director MIKE SAFFORD JR., finished a banner 2017-218 season with 14 Top-10 finishes at the NAIA-SIDE Publications and Media Contest, including two “Best in the NAIA” awards. C of I was recognized with the No. 1 Publicity Video of the Year and was ranked the No. 1 Season Preview/Review in the annual Dr. Jack W. Bell Writing Contest. C of I was also honored with the No. 2 athletics website in the NAIA, receiving high praise for photography content, accuracy and historical data. PROFESSOR ALAN MINSKOFF penned an editorial in the Idaho Statesman about the importance of keeping the Log Cabin Literary Center’s historic location. Minskoff is one of several instructors of The Cabin’s writing workshops with ties to the C of I.

PROFESSOR MATTHEW LAYE co-authored a piece featured in “Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine” alongside colleagues Thomas Solomon and Frank Eves from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom regarding how physical activity can reduce hyperglycemia post-meals. The piece may be reviewed for free at PROFESSOR GIB NELSON was published as a lead author in Analytical Chemistry in May 2018 for his research in using micro-Raman technology to interrogate two-phase extraction on a microfluidic device. Analytical Chemistry is the most-cited journal in the field of analytical chemistry.

JOB CHANGES MIKE CODY will assume full Offensive Coordinator responsibilities for the C of I football team heading into the 2018 season, which will be his third season with the program. His position will be filled by former Boise State All-American and Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman NATE POTTER. Six-year NFL veteran SHILOH

KEO will also join the staff to coach defensive backs, while current secondary coach JOSH BROOKSHIRE will take over as Director of Football Operations.

JEFF REED has joined the C of I IT Team as a support technician. A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Jeff attended LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, majoring in computer science. He brings over 10 years of experience in IT and AV technology, most recently in providing technical support for Concordia University in Boise.

ASHLEY MEHAFFIE has been hired for the position of Assistant Director of Transfer Admission, coming to the C of I following work as Boise State University’s Director of Advising Services in the College of Business and Economics. Prior to her tenure at BSU, she served as the Interim Advising Coordinator for the School of Business Administration at her alma mater, the University of Montana. Her first day on campus was June 4.

PALOMA MAGANA ’17 has been promoted to the role of Admission Counselor effective June 1. Magana will oversee the Rural Treasure Valley/Hwy 55 Loop, Alaska and Hawaii territories. JASON PRESZLER joined the C of I faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Preszler earned his Ph.D. in algebraic

number theory and representation theory at the University of Utah in 2009. His current area of research interest is using machine learning to better understand why some irreducible polynomials factor after being composed with themselves. Other academic interests include arithmetic statistics, arboreal galois representations, Bayesian data analysis and machine learning. RUTH TINCOFF joined C of I as an assistant professor in psychology. After earning her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in cognitive developmental psychology, Tincoff served a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where she received the NIH Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award. She went on to teach in the psychology departments of Wellesley College and Bucknell University before her arrival in Caldwell.

TRISHA PHILLIPS ’04 was promoted to Special Events Coordinator within the Special Events Department, January of 2017. After graduating with a degree in Business with a Marketing emphasis at the C of I, Phillips had a successful career in the banking field. Phillips returned to the College in 2011 and joined the Special Events team in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant.

KATE HARRIS joined the College in April 2017 as the Events Operations Coordinator with the Special Events Department. Kate graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a degree in Communications. Harris previously worked on the Events and Field Marketing Team with Clif Bar for 6 years.



WHERE WAS HOME BEFORE C OF I? WHAT DREW YOU TO THE COLLEGE? I spent my teenage years living in Bend, Oregon. In 1982 I graduated from Mountain View High School. I was a competitive alpine ski racer and after the Oregon High School State Meet I was contacted by the Head Ski Coach from The College of Idaho and he offered me a scholarship to ski for The College of Idaho. HOW DID YOUR C OF I DEGREE IN ZOOLOGY ASSIST YOU IN YOUR CAREER PATH? During my junior year, I saw that the C of I had an opportunity to study abroad in Australia. In Australia, I participated in a number of research projects. When I returned back to Idaho I had a chance to present some of my findings at a regional science conference and ended up winning the best undergraduate paper award which raised my interest in a career as a scientist. I ended up getting a Graduate Assistantship at Northern Michigan University. I took on the role of assistant ski team coach and pursued my Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology. My degree in Zoology from C of I involved a number of science courses and these experiences gave me a strong research skill set that served me well in graduate school. Once I began to specialize in exercise physiology and elite sport I had the unique opportunity to become a research assistant at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. I then moved to Laramie, Wyoming, to complete a doctoral program in Exercise Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Ironically, my first professional job was as a sport scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia. It is still hard to believe that I ended up working at the AIS for 21 years! Who would have known that my C of I study abroad experience in Australia would have been so relevant for my first job after graduate school? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES OF C OF I?

DAVID T. MARTIN Director of Performance Research and Development Philadelphia 76ers Graduated in 1986 Majored in Zoology View the entire interview at

I loved my time at C of I! So many great memories made with the ski team led by Ernie Meissner (the head ski coach). I was fortunate to have many passionate, dedicated professors who really were committed to their teaching. I will never forget when Prof. Howard Berger set up an appointment with me to discuss my poor performance on my first exam in “History of the 3rd Reich”. Dr. Berger thought my effort wasn’t up to a high standard. I couldn’t believe a college professor would be so committed to his students. I ended up doing very well in that course after I realized that pursuing excellence is a worthy goal regardless of the topic. AFTER SO MUCH SUCCESS IN AUSTRALIA, WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK TO THE U.S. AND YOUR JOB IN THE NBA WITH THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS? I was really enjoying my role as a sport scientist in Australia when I was offered the position of Director of Performance Research and Development with the Philadelphia 76ers. This job allowed me to join a very ambitious group of owners, sports administrators, coaches, and support staff who were interested in designing and developing a world class NBA basketball team. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS/EMOTIONS ABOUT BEING CHOSEN AS ONE OF YOUR ALMA MATER’S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI? It has been both a surprise and an honor to be chosen as The College of Idaho’s distinguished alumnus. From my perspective, The College of Idaho is doing a wonderful job of creating a unique educational opportunity for the students. By reaching out and recognizing me with this prestigious award I feel that the College is giving current and former students a chance to identify with one of many unique and interesting career pathways C of I graduates can create.


Alumni Calendar

April 5 (2019) Yotes Night Out May 18 (2019) Commencement Reunions for Classes of 1969, 1994, and 2009 (Campus)

For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit the Alumni Event Calendar at alumni.collegeofidaho. edu/events. Register online or call (208)459-5301. We look forward to seeing you soon!

AUGUST 2018 10-24

Message in a bottle for incoming students


McCall Area Alumni and Friends Gathering (McCall, ID)


Half-Century and Friends Lunch (Simplot)


Alumni Tassel Tunnel (Sterry Archives)

SEPTEMBER 2018 15 Football Tailgate-Portland State (Portland, OR) 18

Half-Century and Friends Lunch (Simplot)

OCTOBER 2018 4-7

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018 All are welcome!


National Alumni Board Meeting and Alumni Awards Celebration

5 Homecoming Presidents’ Luncheon (Simplot) 5-6

1970’s Reunion (Campus)


Founder’s Day


COYOTE SERVICE DAY On July 28, 2018, over 30 C of I alumni and current students came together for an annual tradition: the Coyote Service Day, a time for the YoteFam to return to campus and participate in beautification projects around campus. Weathering through the hot summer temperatures, this year's participants successfully provided new landscaping around Langroise Hall — just in time for students' return to campus. Be on the lookout next summer for our next project — we hope to see you there!


Half-Century and Friends Lunch (Simplot)


College Tree Lighting (Campus)

30 Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon (Simplot)


Half-Century and Friends Lunch (Simplot)


T h e C o l l e g e o f I d a h o | 21 1 2 C l e v e l a n d B l v d Caldwell, ID 83605

JUNE 29 2018

The first rays of sunlight grace The College of Idaho campus on a quiet Friday morning. For 15 minutes, the red brick and rusted metal of the buildings glow orange. In the distance, the Owyhee Mountains rise above the Snake River Valley. The most prominent building in the photo is the new Cruzen-Murray Library, bottom right, completed earlier this year.

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Quest Magazine - Summer 2018  

The Alumni Magazine of The College of Idaho

Quest Magazine - Summer 2018  

The Alumni Magazine of The College of Idaho