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s I write this, I am with family cooking our traditional foods for Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional foods at my home, like yours, bind us together and emphasize the bonds of family.

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Similarly, our traditions at The College of Idaho emphasize our shared cultural history, and they highlight our Yote family identity. During the many meetings I have already had with our alumni, I have learned about many C of I traditions—in the classroom, in the residence halls, during athletic contests, and at our many events throughout the year. This issue highlights two of our beautiful historic buildings, Finney and Voorhees Halls, which are being renovated this school year. But even as we redo the buildings’ interiors to reflect 21stcentury student needs, we are mindful of their rich history. We have been fortunate that even our contractors understand this—as they were knocking down walls, they found and saved many wonderful objects. These artifacts include a 1928 football program for the C of I game versus Willamette University; football pads that we guess date from the 1940s; and even a cookbook. All were saved and will be put on display for the community. Meanwhile, the C of I Marching Band is in its inaugural year, with a great contingent of students from Idaho and as far away as Spain. The band has added to the festive atmosphere of our football games, basketball games, and many other events. The marching band also harkens back to the tradition of the C of I pep band—though the uniforms have been updated! Our tradition of academic excellence is probably one of our proudest achievements, and this year is proving to be no different. Aliza Auces ’16 has won a prestigious fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Aliza will focus on public health policy in Washington, D.C., before applying to medical school. And while attending her first research conference with Professor Jamie Goode, junior math-physics major Natasha Dacic was awarded the Murdock Poster Prize in Environmental Science/Geology at the Murdock College Research Conference. We are proud of Aliza and Natasha, whose successes exemplify our tradition of hardworking students motivated by top-notch faculty. I know there are many other wonderful traditions that make us a Yote family. This Quest focuses on some that are lost to history, some that have been revived, and others that have continued without interruption. And your support—in time, talent and treasure—is a vital tradition that will keep us going for another 125 years. Thank you!



04 THE MORE THINGS CHANGE.... by Jordan Rodriguez

125 years of tradition at The College of Idaho

08 A Walk Down Memory Hall EDITOR Jordan Rodriguez EDITORIAL BOARD Louie Attebery ’50, Jan Boles ’65, Justin Dalme, Adam Eschbach, Hannah Matsen, Alan Minskoff, Sally Skinner ’78, Michael Vandervelden WRITERS Justin Dalme, Clayton Gefre ’15, Jamie Goode, Jordan Rodriguez PHOTOGRAPHERS Jan Boles, Justin Dalme, Adam Eschbach, Zachary Gould, Joe Jaszewski, Justin Morken, Jordan Rodriguez DESIGN Hannah Matsen COVER ART Sterry Hall Then and Now by Justin Morken

by Justin Dalme



Aliza Auces ’16 wins prestigious national fellowship; Outdoor Program begins a new adventure; Professor reflects on summer research with students

Alumni share favorite stories from historic Finney, Voorhees Halls



Reagan Rossi promoted to athletic director; Lenhardt, Moore lead record-setting Yotes; Student-athlete takes on Cascade Conference leadership role




by Justin Dalme

Nami Yamamoto ’09 carries on centuries-old family business; C of I honors Distinguished Alumni Award winners









C of I band makes a comeback

12 Coming Home by Adam Eschbach and Hannah Matsen

A photo essay of Homecomings past and present


The more things

CHANGE... 125 years of tradition at The College of Idaho


panoramic photographs to contemporary classics like the Finney Fun Run, traditions have helped shape college life for generations of C of I students.

The College of Idaho is steeped in tradition. From President William Judson Boone’s annual

Some traditions have brought the College much acclaim, such as the academic excellence that has produced seven Rhodes Scholars. But perhaps the most cherished traditions are the small things. Rituals that never got mentioned in a

raditions are a peculiar part of the human experience. We all have them, although it seems no two are exactly alike. And as the years go by, it becomes difficult to remember when or how traditions started. We just continue doing things because, well, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”

recruitment brochure, and yet created timeless memories for the students, faculty, staff and alumni who experienced them. These C of I traditions stand out because they make us feel like we’re a part of something special. Like we have a home. Like we belong. And that—perhaps above all else—is why we have traditions in the first place.

Let Us Commence One of the oldest C of I traditions is, of course, the Commencement ceremony.

Originally, Commencement took place at a Caldwell church. In 1941, it was moved to Kirkpatrick Gymnasium at the site of present-day McCain Student Center. There was a processional that began at Sterry Hall, led by members of the Shield Sorority and the International Knights Fraternity carrying truncheons (Marlene Diehl ’59 and Doug Buck ’58 lead the proceedings in the above photo from 1957). As the campus—and the graduating classes—continued to grow, school officials moved the proceedings to Jewett Auditorium in 1963. Since the early 1990s, Commencement has been held outside in Morrison Quadrangle. Modern

C of I graduation days remain full of traditions, from the longest-tenured faculty member carrying the ceremonial mace to the College Hymn being sung by all in attendance. On the way in, students form a tunnel and clap for the faculty as they process toward the Boone Hall steps. And on the way out, the faculty return the favor, applauding, hugging and congratulating the graduates as they recess out, diplomas in hand. “Commencement here does have a different feel,” said history professor Dr. Steve Maughan, who graduated from the C of I in 1985 and has participated in more than 20 Commencements as a faculty member. “It’s a very intimate event, and I think it emphasizes the personal connections that students and faculty share on this campus.”

Library Shuffle

Students and faculty at the C of I are always searching for new knowledge, so the College has had to continually expand its library to meet the needs of a growing campus. The original C of I library was located on Albany Street in Caldwell. When the campus moved to its present-day location, the books were housed in Sterry Hall. By 1925, the College needed a dedicated library building. In stepped Robert Strahorn, who funded Strahorn Library as a memorial to his late wife, Carrie. In the late 1960s, Strahorn Hall was repurposed into classroom and office space, thanks to the construction of N.L. Terteling Library. The transition is famously documented by photos that show students and staff forming an assembly line to shuttle boxes back and forth between the buildings.

Like its predecessors, Terteling Library served the campus well. But in 2015, the College received an estate gift from the late Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Glen Richard Murray Jr., to create the state-of-the-art Cruzen-Murray Library. Currently under construction between Sterry Hall and Cleveland Boulevard. The Cruzen-Murray Library is set to open in late 2017. “When I look at our list of C of I libraries next to our list of Rhodes Scholars, I see that top-notch scholars have emerged from each library,” said C of I archivist Jan Boles ’65. “This spans 109 years. Different times, different faculties, different curricula: but the quest for intellectual excellence has remained constant. This is the tradition we are passing on to the new Cruzen-Murray Library.”

Out with the Old There was a time when freshman were required to wear a C of I beanie at all times—or at least have it on their person. But traditions change through the years. And some old rituals are better left in the past. In the 1920s, freshmen and sophomores clashed in an annual haircutting battle that, according to a written account in the Coyote student newspaper, was basically a schoolyard brawl with scissors. “We fought in pairs, one man to hold a victim while the other was to use the scissors,” wrote the anonymous Coyote author. “It was a grand battle. After an hour of scalp mowing, all scalps were bare in spots, and some were all but bald. The campus looked like a barber shop floor on a Saturday night.” Other traditions that would fail to meet modern safety codes included the annual “Freshman Address,” where an elected freshman was hoisted atop the roof of College Heights Station (aka The Hat) to give a speech to the entire senior class. Seemingly fixated by unsafe heights, students also were known to scale the Finney Hall chimney to inscribe the senior class graduation year. One mischievous student even climbed onto the roof of Sterry Hall after a snowstorm, armed with a pile of snowballs. He eventually ran out of ammo and came down unharmed—much to the relief of President Boone, who wrote about the snowballer in his journal. Another old tradition literally vanished, never to be seen again. In the 1950s, C of I students possessed a large Victory Bell, which was driven to football games on a flatbed truck and sounded after Coyote touchdowns. Improbably, the bell—which weighed several hundred pounds—was stolen. No one on campus has seen it since.

In with the New History and tradition remain a big part of the C of I experience today, and new customs are cropping up all the time. In recent years, the restoration of Coyote football has given new life to Homecoming, while the C of I-NNU Mayor’s Cup basketball rivalry recently celebrated its 200th game. And the freshman wilderness retreat has been going strong for decades, first in Stanley and now in McCall.

In addition, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting in front of Sterry Hall and the Alumni Tassel Tunnel—where alumni welcome incoming freshmen to the C of I family during Convocation—are quickly becoming contemporary favorites. But if you ask recent alumni about memorable pastimes, one risqué ritual rises above the rest: the Finney Fun Run. Nobody can say for certain when the Finney Fun Run started, but it has been going strong for many years. Tradition has it that after the first snowfall of the year, students run across campus in their skivvies. Men start at Voorhees and women start at Finney, and the groups pass by between the two halls as onlookers laugh and launch the occasional snowball. “It’s the stuff of legends,” said alumnus Jake McClean ’06. “When snow is in the forecast, you start hearing about it from the upperclassmen. And then it happens, and it’s just the best. It’s definitely one of my favorite C of I memories.”

It’s about being a part of a family. And that—above all else—is why we have traditions in the first place.

Boone Panoramas C of I Founding President William Judson Boone was a man of many talents. And one of his favorite skills was photography, as evidenced by the wealth of historical photos housed within the College’s Robert E. Smylie Archives.

Boone purchased his panoramic camera in 1912 and used it to start a tradition that lasted nearly 30 years—the annual all-campus photo. Boone took one every school year until his passing in 1936, and Professor Harold Tucker carried on in his stead until World War II. Panoramic photography was tricky in those days, but Boone’s skill with the camera led to quality prints of the entire C of I faculty and student body assembled in front of Sterry Hall. Occasionally, a prankster would move in between shots and appear twice in the same photo. In those early days of the College, the wide-open campus landscape lent itself remarkably well to Boone’s panoramas. Today, new buildings and mature foliage make it more difficult, but not impossible. Check out a 2016 panoramic photo created by C of I photographer Adam Eschbach on Pages 12-13.

Family Tradition In everyday life, most traditions are centered on the family. And since the College’s founding, students have enjoyed a family-like atmosphere on campus.

Small class sizes and close relationships with faculty are a big part of that tradition. But students have also created lasting bonds with their peers through on-campus clubs and organizations.

“I loved being involved with so many groups—I wish I could have done even more!” said Betty Iseri Simpson ’72, who was a member of Ring, participated in Intersorority Council, played field hockey and served as Finney Hall President. “It connects you to campus as you learn the traditions of all the different groups. And it gives you a larger group of family to share those special memories with.”

The student groups that have matriculated at the C of I are far too numerous to count. Some that were once the most recognizable—Ring Sorority, Shield Sorority and the International Knights, to name a few—are no longer found on campus. But new organizations arise every year, with groups focusing on service, academics, culture, sports, the arts and more.

Today, there are more than 50 student clubs and organizations, including seven fraternities and sororities. Some of the most active groups include the International Student Organization and the Association of Latino Americano Students, which host annual Cultural Shows and Food Festivals that already have become signature C of I traditions.

Because at The College of Idaho, tradition isn’t defined by historical longevity alone. It’s about the feeling you get when you return to campus, whether you graduated one year ago or 50. It’s about the countless people, places and memories that have made this place special for 125 years. It’s about being a part of a family. And that—above all else—is why we have traditions in the first place. JORDAN RODRIGUEZ is the editor of Quest.




A Walk

Historic Finney, Voorhees dorms contain a century of stories

While the exteriors will be fortified and the interiors completely refurbished, the memories made inside these historic walls will remain


uilt in 1910 and 1912, respectively, Finney and Voorhees Halls are two of the three oldest buildings on The College of Idaho campus. Alongside Sterry Hall, their brick façades have been an iconic part of the College for more than a century. And this school year, both Voorhees and Finney are undergoing multimillion dollar renovations. While the exteriors will be fortified and the interiors completely refurbished, the memories made inside these historic walls will remain. And with 100 years’ worth of Coyotes calling these two dorms home, there are plenty of stories to tell...

GET A BIGGER BOWL Andrea (Mahan) Cronrath ’07 numbers herself among the Voorheesians. From her time in the historic hall, one memory swims through Cronrath’s mind— a funeral service held for the suicidal goldfish of classmate Michael Bowers ’06. “The fish kept jumping out of the bowl,” Cronrath said. “So, Michael called the vet to see what he could do to keep the fish from doing that and killing itself. The vet told him he needed to get a bigger bowl. But, before he could do that, the fish jumped out of the bowl when Michael was in class or something, and died—tragically. So, we had a big fish funeral on the steps of Voorhees. Then, when we had our hall shirts made, we put Voorhees Hall on the front with a whale on it, and on the back it said, ‘Get a bigger bowl.’ So that was our mantra for the rest of that year.”

BROADCASTING LIVE ON RADIO STATION KYOT Alumnus Frank G. Hill ’61 remembers Finney Hall well, especially the basement. That's where he and a few other students ran the short-lived radio station KYOT. “A classmate, Bill Chapman, and I were classical music lovers, and we came up with the idea to build a campus radio station. He managed to get an old low-powered FM transmitter and control board, and negotiated for a small room in the basement of Finney Hall. We talked the Student Council

into giving us a small grant, which helped pay for turntables and other equipment necessary to get on the air. We named the station KYOT and found a quiet spot on the FM dial to turn it on.

by now had made a mess of the landing outside of Finney Hall’s doors. For the rest of the spring, Finney was called the cowgirl dorm by some (usually the girls in Simplot).

“We were able to enlist a couple of other students and among us, we stayed on the air many evenings and on the weekends, mostly playing music from our personal record collections.

“And that is how I recall hearing about it from unnamed sources.”

“We didn’t bother to chat with the FCC about all this (and should have), and that was our downfall. Apparently, they received complaints from some nearby residents and brought in their monitoring equipment, which immediately pointed toward the campus. After they explained how many laws, rules, and regulations we had violated, we were busted and KYOT was taken off the air. But it was a fun, interesting learning experience.”

THE COWGIRL DORM It was a warm spring night in 1964 when a few Voorheesians became bored studying until midnight. So they wandered over to the large stockyard directly across Cleveland Boulevard. What happened next has become an integral part of the College’s history and lore. “Three or four young men from Voorhees went over to the stockyards about 1 a.m. and ‘borrowed’ a cow for the evening,” said Rick Ogle ’66. “They put a rope around its neck, led it across Cleveland Boulevard and to the curved front steps of Finney Hall. Finney was a girls-only dorm at that time and had a curfew of 10 p.m. on weeknights. Mrs. Tolles, the dorm director, took her responsibility of protecting her young charges very seriously. “As the men led the cow up the steps and tied it to the locked doors of the dorm, it began mooing loudly. Mrs. Tolles threw open her window (she had the apartment right next to the front door) and asked what was that cow doing on her steps? Of course the gentleman responded somewhat derisively that it was merely one of the residents who had not made it in for curfew. The fun part of the event was that it isn’t too hard to lead a cow up stair steps, but it is nearly impossible to lead one down the stairs. It was 9 a.m. the next morning before employees of the stockyards could come over and pick up their ‘lost’ cow, who

COYOTES MAKE GREAT PETS Agnes (Smith) Sieger ’61 lived in Finney Hall from 1957-1961, in the big room on the northwest corner of the third floor. From sunbathing on the thirdfloor ledge, to a visiting sports team serenading the girls’ dorm, Sieger has many fond memories of the College from “back in the day.” But perhaps the most peculiar comes from her freshman year. The girl across the hall had come into possession of an interesting pet. “She and a roommate took turns hiding a coyote puppy in a box under their beds,” Sieger said. “Talk about an unsuitable roommate. By feeding and constantly petting it, they managed to keep the pup fairly quiet. But whenever the dorm mother climbed up to our floor—fortunately she almost always used the stairs on the south end of the building—someone had to grab the pup and hot-foot it down the adjoining north stairwell before she caught on that they were harboring an illegal guest. Being timid by nature, the coyote would invariably panic and pee all over both of them and the stairway, dripping urine from the top to the bottom. I don’t know if that got old in a hurry or if they got busted, but as I remember, the coyote lasted only a couple of weeks. Later on, she had a bobcat kitten (talk about having sandpaper for a tongue!), but, thankfully, she didn’t try to keep it in the dorm.” These are only a few of the countless stories that are woven into the fabric of each dormitory. With the completion of the renovated halls scheduled for summer 2017, Finney and Voorhees will be ready for another 100 years of memories.

JUSTIN DALME is a staff writer for Quest.


A Tradition

RESTORED C of I gets the band back together


o sporting event would be complete without the sound of a crazy crowd cheering the home team to victory. And no cheering would be complete without the notes of a live band reverberating through the stands, expressing an enthusiasm plain language cannot. Flutes, saxophones and clarinets; trombones, drums and brass trumpets—all weaving together in effervescent harmony. That’s why The College of Idaho got the band back together this fall, restoring the tradition of music at Yotes sporting events. It’s a tradition that dates back to October 1921, when The College of Idaho Pep Band made its maiden voyage, parading through the streets of downtown Caldwell as the Yotes prepared to take on the University of Gonzaga football team. An article in the Oct. 9 Coyote recounts this “New Pep Producer.”

“At last, The College of Idaho has a rip, roarin’ rouser! If you don’t believe it, ask the guy that saw the Gonzaga game, at which event the noise made its debut into college life after only two weeks’ development. This booster has now been organized for three weeks, in which time the boys have been making a conscientious effort to produce something besides “blew notes”—namely music. There is no single activity in the College which will advertise the school as well as a good band, for a band is there the year ’round. The need for such an organization has long been felt by both the College and the town boosters. Everyone has said, heretofore, that we were too small an institution to attempt such a project, but under the excellent leadership of one of the best band directors in the state, Mr. J.J. Smith, the boys are forging ahead, and at the end of the year, under his direction, we are sure to have an organization to be proud of.

Someone has said that there are ‘large bands and small bands, fine bands and poor bands, but a band’s a band for a’ that.” Similar feelings permeated campus nearly 100 years later, and the C of I marching band became a reality this fall. In the inaugural year, band director Dr. Luke Strother is working hard to build the program from the ground up. Twenty-two students from a wide range of musical and academic backgrounds came out to practice this fall. Strother aims to grow the band to 60 players strong over the next few years. “As we build the marching band, we’ll also have students for symphonic band, jazz band and more musicians to participate in symphony orchestra,” Strother said. “So it strengthens the College’s music department as a whole.”

On Sept. 3, the marching band suited up and showcased its musical talents for the first time during the football season opener. The band began the day by parading through the tailgate parking lot before leading the march to Simplot Stadium. Each member proudly wore a purple t-shirt that read “C of I Marching Band - Year One Founding Member.” “It’s such an honor to be part of the first year,” said flutist Lorena Rebon, an international student from Spain. “With the crowd cheering, we finally get to feel what the football players feel. It’s really cool.” Later, with snare drums rat-a-tat-tatting and brass instruments root-a-toot-tooting, the Marching Yotes concluded their first halftime show as a mighty roar rose from the 5,000-plus fans in attendance. “We have great turnouts at our football games, and it seemed like an official marching band was the last thing missing,” said junior Dallin Kroon, president of the drumline. “I’m excited to be part of The College of Idaho marching band in its infancy.” Yotes today are creating marching band memories the same way Keith Skogsberg ’66 did during his years playing baritone sax in the pep band. “We brought a lot of enthusiasm to the games, as well as music, but a big bunch of enthusiasm,” Skogsberg said. “We always enjoyed having a good time, especially at basketball games.” The rowdy C of I pep band was notorious for playing the introduction to a song. Then, by the time the cheerleaders and song leaders got out on the basketball court, they’d stop. They’d also play songs with a five-count beat to mess with cheerleader routines, which were in two- and four-counts. The heckling extended to opposing teams—all in the spirit of home-court advantage, of course. The drummer would pick up the cadence and beat off-rhythm when the opposing team’s best ball handler started dribbling. And right before the best shooter would take a shot, startling horn sounds would erupt. “At that time, that type of activity was okay,” Skogsberg said. The band also was known to travel with the basketball team to away games—not the easiest of feats during winter in the Northwest. Paying for the trip out of their own pockets, band members would travel around out-pepping opposing teams’ home crowds. That led to a few letters from rival college’s presidents, congratulating the band members on their enthusiasm and involvement. That same camaraderie still existed when Doug Davis ’72 was in the pep band. Being a music major, Davis joined any type of band or musical group he could get into. Being in pep band allowed him to “do his part” and support the Yotes. But when Davis played, the band didn’t march over to Simplot Stadium from campus. It rode over in the back of a flatbed truck. And it didn’t matter if it was pouring rain, or members were blowing notes and snow out of their horns simultaneously—you could count on the band to pep it up. “There were some really good bonds built between the band members,” Davis said. “We were small, but we were close-knit.” Davis, who went on to teach band for 24 years throughout the Treasure Valley, was thrilled to hear the College was launching a new marching band this fall. “I’m excited, I’m all for it,” Davis said. “I’ve met Dr. Strother, and he’s a very nice guy and really on-the-ball. And I told him if he needs any help, I’d be more than happy to help out.”


There were some really good bonds built between the band members. We were small, but we were close-knit.”

Top: 1920 panoramic photo

Middle: C of I Homecoming through the years

Bottom: 2016 panoramic photo

Check out more pictures from Homecoming 2016!



Paying it Forward C of I alumna aspires to be a physician for the people


hen College of Idaho alumna Aliza Auces ’16, at the age of seven, told her grandfather she wanted to become a doctor, he kindly gave her advice to go along with that ambition. “He definitely told me that I can’t forget everyone else, my community and my family…and to help as many people as I can,” Auces said. “Paying it forward is something I really believe in.” That’s why Auces wants to go medical school and become a physician, to work one-on-one with people and be a voice for Latino and minority patients. It’s also why she applied and was one of 19 national undergraduate students accepted for a fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C. For nearly 40 years, CHCI has created a pathway to educate, empower and connect America’s future Latino leaders through programs that explore public policy and leadership in the nation’s capital. Auces is only the second Idahoan to ever be part of the program. The other? C of I alumnus Lorenzo Olvera ’07. And of the 19 students accepted into the program this year, Auces is the only health and public policy fellow.

“A lot of people say, ‘Hey I want to be a doctor.’ But not a lot say ‘I want to be a doctor and understand public policy,’ ” said Olvera, who helped Auces through the application process with CHCI. Auces’ nine-month fellowship is split into two sections, working in both private and public sectors. This fall, she has been placed within the Association of American Medical Colleges. For the spring, she is seeking to work on Capitol Hill with U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz of California, who is a medical doctor.

“I couldn’t think of any opportunity that would have been better in undergrad,” she said.

“It would be nice if the people making policy were getting physicians involved early on in the process,” said Dr. Brian Reynolds ’93, whom Auces interned with as a medical scribe. “Hopefully, that is what Aliza is helping to do.”

“That stuck out to me early on that she was a really kind person, willing to help out and be selfless,” Daniels said.

Auces’ passion to advocate for minorities was fueled during her time at the C of I. While a junior, she joined a “Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners” study abroad trip to Ecuador with C of I biology Professor Luke Daniels and his sister, C of I Spanish Professor Jennie Daniels. It was the perfect trip for the health science and Spanish double-major.

Auces’ heart to give back has always been evident. Daniels remembers one day in biology class during her freshman year. Auces was paired up with a lessexperienced student. At the end of class, she stayed behind to help her fellow Yote understand the concepts covered in class.

Though Auces has only been in D.C. for a few months, the experience with CHCI has opened many doors. She’s met President Barack Obama, traded business cards with congressmen and women, and networked with medical researchers and physicians. All beneficial opportunities as she applies for medical school. “[Healthcare] is a big world to be a part of and to see what opportunities lie ahead—it’s kind of limitless,” Auces said. “I don’t think I would have gotten this experience and be where I am now without the C of I.”


Into the Wild

Outdoor Program hires director, expands mission



daho. More than 40 percent of the state is covered in forest. There are 107,500 miles of river. The terrain ranges from the sharp Sawtooth Mountains in the east to America’s deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon, in the west, the vast waters of Lake Pend Oreille in the north and the lava flows of Craters of the Moon National Park in the south. And with the recent hiring of Genny Gerke ’08 as The College of Idaho's first full-time Outdoor Program director, students, staff, faculty and community members will have even more opportunities to take advantage of Idaho’s natural wonders. “I think it’s really cool to be the first full-time Outdoor Program director,” Gerke said. “This program has such an awesome history and this is an opportunity to help grow it and give students great experiences outside the classroom.” Gerke’s vision is to offer a vast array of trips and day excursions for students of all abilities—whether that’s biking the Boise greenbelt or going on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Sawtooths. The OP also will oversee intramural sports on campus.

Watch a video about the revamped Outdoor Program

“Genny brings a well-rounded combination of professional and personal experience, education, passion, and institutional knowledge,” said Paul Bennion, Vice President for Student Affairs. “With her full-time oversight of the program, we intend to enhance the connections to our PEAK Curriculum, give students rich opportunities for safe engagement in the outdoors, and provide an educational foundation for students to fully appreciate the experience.” Gerke, who ran cross country at the C of I, sees the outdoors as a classroom that can offer students the chance to learn about the environment and sustainability, as well as skills in communication, leadership, team-building, perseverance and selfreliance. “Idaho has so much to offer,” Gerke said. “And when you’re out hiking, and it’s the end of the day and you’re struggling, and it starts raining, you have to really dig deep and find something within yourself.”



In an annual rite of fall at the C of I, nearly 300 new Yotes traveled two hours north of Caldwell for a truly distinctive college welcome weekend: the McCall Wilderness Experience. “This is an unique opportunity for first-year students at The College of Idaho,” said C of I ski coach Ron Bonneau, who coordinates the trip every year. “It gives them the opportunity to express themselves and take that next step in their lives to join a new community.”

Check out a photo gallery from the 2016 McCall trip!

Students participated in sand volleyball, canoeing, hiking and swimming. There also were team-building activities such as playing human Hungry-Hungry-Hippos, completing obstacle courses and trying to fill up a holeriddled metal trash can with water. “The whole reason I came to Idaho was for something like this,” said Patrick Leeson, a freshman from Northern Ireland. “I saw this one small college out in the West and thought I’d go out on a little bit of an adventure. It was this exact kind of scenery and people I wanted to experience.”

A Tradition of Welcoming Freshmen enjoy overnight retreat in McCall


he College of Idaho campus is as vibrant and culturally diverse as ever this year, with 71 international students representing 49 countries. And this fall, for the first time, three of those students are part of a direct exchange program. Emily Tian, Patricia Xinyi, and Taxwen Tin have traveled nearly 7,000 miles from the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing to study in Caldwell. “I wanted to experience a different culture, the western culture and the western educational system,” Xinyi said. The C of I has direct exchange programs set up with schools in Morocco, Sweden, Ireland and China— and this is the first time the College has received students from abroad through direct exchange. “It’s the start of something new, and I think it’s great,” said Jennifer Riddle, assistant dean for academic support and experiential learning. “This agreement gives our students another option when they want to study away and allows exchange students to experience life at the C of I.” All three students attended the first-year McCall Wilderness Experience, and they’ve enjoyed going to football games, attending BBQs and getting involved with the International Student Organization. But most importantly, the campus

community has made them feel like a welcome addition to the YoteFam. “I’m really impressed by the professors and students here,” Xinyi said. “They’re so kind to international students. They make us feel very welcomed and like there is no difference between us and the rest of the students.”

The trip allowed the incoming class of students to get to know one another, transitioning from strangers to neighbors and friends. “My high school friends went in all different directions, and we’ve all split off,” said freshman James Lewis. “But here at The College of Idaho, I know we’re going to be one big family. I’m excited for that.”

Cultural Exchange First direct exchange students visit C of I



Tradition and teachings of wilderness field work


As a geomorphologist, I study how Earth surface processes shape landscapes. The contemporary understanding of this area of geoscience has grown thanks to a long tradition of field investigations and site-specific observations. With emerging technologies, we have seen major advances in our understanding of Earth’s surface, largely via application of computer models, satellite data, and physical modeling in the lab. However, many remaining questions can only be addressed in the context of complex realities of Earth systems. We must venture out into the field. This past summer, I traveled along with two C of I students—Donavan Maude and Natasha Dacic—into the Idaho wilderness, where we sought answers to the open question: How does wildfire shape river environments? Our study focused on tributaries of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The remote nature of our sites led to several adventures. To collect data on Pistol Creek, for example, we spent 7 days camping in the wilderness, where travel and logistics were just as exciting as the science. The plan to access our base camp and field site included flying in a backcountry plane—loaded with gear, food, and science equipment—from Cascade to Pistol Creek Ranch. From there, we would hike four miles, with all of our gear, to base camp—an arduous task, but doable with a few trips. Upon deplaning onto the mountain-bordered grassy runway, we were greeted by the ranch manager and an enthusiastic young cowboy. Both were eager to help us, but also puzzled with the same question: “You are going to carry all that gear, where? You know we have horses for that.” Within the hour, our gear was loaded onto four horses, and we set off leading the horse pack train on foot.

When we reached our site, our new friend suggested that we contact the ranch to coordinate a “pick up.” Following this kind offer, I emailed the ranch using my Delorme InReach, which can send short messages via satellite. Over the course of the week, our days blended technology with simplicity, and the beauty of the wilderness. In camp, we slept in tents, cooked simple meals, and hung our food in a tree. We hiked back and forth to our field site every day. We used fancy equipment like laser total stations, high resolution cameras attached to recreational drones, and solar panels with batteries to charge our high tech science toys. We tallied our wildlife sightings: three bears, two river otters, two Chinook salmon, countless elk that stumbled through our camp, one skunk (maybe), and so many garter snakes that we lost count. Hiking back to camp after work one day, we saw new animals to add to the list: four humans riding four horses—our first contact with other people in days. “Are you Jaime?" shouted the first fella from horse. “Yes?” I responded. To which he replied, “I got your email.” He was the ranch manager that we had not yet met. We coordinated a “pick up” and he went on to describe his limitations with technology. Getting on a horse to deliver the message seemed easier—and a good excuse to get out for a ride with friends. Since returning safely and working hard with students analyzing field data, that anecdote of communication stands out. It exemplifies what can be gained when we don’t give up the old tradition for the new and shiny, but rather appreciate tradition as a foundation to be built upon—in science and in life. JAIME GOODE is a Professor of Geoscience at The College of Idaho.



Rossi Named Athletic Director View photos from Reagan Rossi’s introductory news conference

Coyote athletics shuffled its lineup this summer, promoting Reagan Rossi to athletic director. Rossi previously served 17 years as an associate athletic director and women’s basketball coach. She takes the reins from Marty Holly, who moves into the associate AD role after 35 years at the helm. “I am extremely excited that President Borst and Marty have given me this opportunity to continue to be a part of this department and this College,” Rossi said. “My hope is to continue following the path that Marty has laid out. We want to continue putting our coaches and student-athletes in position to be successful both in the classroom and on the playing field.” A native of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Rossi earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Saint Ambrose University in 1994 and went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Morehead State University. She initially joined the C of I staff in 1995, assisting Todd Corman in reinstating women’s basketball. She returned in 2001 as head coach, a post she held until 2014.

Yotes Add Two New Coaches Reagan Rossi had a busy first month as athletic director, moving to fill two coaching vacancies. Jim Everett is the Yotes’ new swim coach. The longtime CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA was a 10-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion swimmer who also coached world-champion and Olympic swimmers as a YMCA coach in Boise and Ohio.

He recently retired after 41 years with the “Y.”

NAIA All-America honors and setting seven school records.

“I have truly come full circle,” Everett said. “I began as a swim coach, and to have the opportunity to return to this calling is a dream come true!”

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to continue coaching for the program, and I look forward to expanding the culture that’s been built at The College of Idaho,” Basterrechea said.

Austin Basterrechea ’14 will coach the cross country and track programs. Basterrechea won four Cascade Conference titles during his C of I career, earning four

Everett and Basterrechea replace Christine Mabile and Pat McCurry, who both accepted jobs at NCAA Division I schools.

“I don’t really consider myself out of coaching—I consider it more coaching the coaches and the athletics staff,” Rossi said. “There will always be things that I miss about coaching, but I believe there are opportunities in my new position that can fill that void.” As a head coach at the C of I, Rossi won 244 games and a pair of Cascade Conference Tournament titles while leading the Lady Yotes to five consecutive NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances. Holly, an NAIA Hall-of-Famer and national championshipwinning basketball coach, has been a catalyst for building Coyote athletics into what it is today. His many accomplishments include being honored as NAIA Athletic Director of the Year in 2013. “The College of Idaho is such a special place,” said Holly. “And I believe it’s time to hand the reins over to Reagan Rossi. She is extremely smart, creative, loyal, tough, and she understands the College.”



LENHARDT, MOORE LEAD RECORD-SETTING YOTES Watch highlights of the Yotes’ 44-41 win over No. 17 Southern Oregon

Another C of I football season is in the books, and 2016 was full of excitement on the gridiron. The Yotes finished 4-7—matching their record from the previous two seasons—and the team showed growth on the field, upsetting two nationally-ranked opponents and continuing to compete every week in the brutally tough Frontier Conference. The 2016 campaign featured record-breaking individual performances on both sides of the ball. Junior tight end Marcus Lenhardt had 67 catches for 1,021 yards, eclipsing single-season records set by the legendary R.C. Owens in the 1950s. Lenhardt, who also broke Owens’ records for career receptions (109) and receiving yards (2,135), has been an All-Frontier Conference selection three years running. He is the first C of I player to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Defensively, the Coyotes were led by Nate Moore, who had a spectacular senior season after making the move from cornerback to safety. Moore, also an All-Frontier Conference selection, racked up a school-record and league-leading 119 tackles as well as two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. He was thrice named Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The Yotes also received a spark from true freshman quarterback Darius-James Peterson, who set a singleseason record with 17 rushing touchdowns. Peterson finished the season with 848 rushing yards and 665 passing yards, setting up an exciting 2017 season as the C of I should have its top eight rushers, top six receivers and top two quarterbacks back in uniform. Junior offensive lineman Sam Zvirzdys was a secondteam All-Frontier Conference selection, while Moore earned first-team CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America honors.

Hawgood chosen to chair CCC student-athlete committee C of I student-athlete Emily Hawgood took on a big leadership role this fall, accepting a call to chair the Cascade Collegiate Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Hawgood, a senior from Zimbabwe, was chosen by her peers to be a voice for all Cascade Conference studentathletes. She competes for the C of I track, cross country and swimming programs. “As is apparent from this position, Emily is a great leader for more than just our team,” C

of I track coach Austin Basterrechea said. “One of the greatest characteristics about Emily is how genuinely caring she is for everyone around her. She is an example of someone we want our athletes to strive to emulate.” Hawgood has been involved with S.A.A.C. since the committee was formed. When the opportunity to represent her team and the C of I campus presented itself, Hawgood jumped at the chance.

“It was another cool opportunity to meet other athletes, but also to be involved in campus-wide decisions regarding studentathletes,” Hawgood said.




very morning, Nami Yamamoto ’09 walks into her office and drinks a hot cup of green tea. Her 90-yearold grandfather has done the same throughout his life, and so has her father. The tradition is done to make sure the quality of familyowned Yamamotoyama tea is consistent. After all, it’s a consistent, reliable product that has helped the company survive for 326 years. Founded in 1690, Yamamotoyama specializes in producing the finest green tea and nori seaweed. And with the eleventh generation, the historic tea empire will soon have its first female president in Nami. It’s a proposition that is both “exciting” and “stressful.” But how does one keep a family business open for more than three centuries? “To keep the tradition, you have to be innovative and open to different cultures,” Nami said. “We cannot just be in Japan, it’s a global market right now.” Though she assumed she’d go into the family business, Nami never felt pressured to do so. Growing up, she was encouraged to travel outside of Japan. She took an intensive English course in Hawaii upon graduating from high school in Tokyo. And it was a recommendation from a favorite teacher in Hawaii that led Nami to the rural farm town of Caldwell, Idaho. “I applied to many schools and visited many schools,” Yamamoto said. “I really liked The College of Idaho, being in the countryside, the small size and also the community.” So in the fall of 2005, she moved 5,000 miles from her native Japan. She said goodbye to her family, not knowing she’d quickly find herself embraced by a new one. It started the day she arrived, when the kind faces of George Tavares ’55 and Sandy Tavares ’58 greeted Nami at the airport. The Tavares would be her host family for


the next four years, getting to know the outgoing girl who was never afraid to try camping trips and other new adventures. “Both George and I were just tickled to have her and be part of her family,” Sandy said. “And that’s what we felt right away.” On campus, Nami found more family members. She and other international students were invited to pizza nights with legendary C of I political economy Professor Jim Angresano. She also joined the International Student Organization, becoming president her senior year. “It was a great experience,” Nami said. “I utilize the skills I learned leading ISO at Yamamotoyama today. Learning how to manage people was the most beneficial thing I learned at the C of I.” These days, Nami and her husband, Daniel Goldstein, live in Southern California. Nami serves as director of Yamamotoyama of America while preparing to lead the family business into the future. With a healthconscious modern market that prefers authentic, organic foods, Nami believes Yamamotoyama will continue to thrive. But she knows you don’t keep a 326-year-old company going on tradition alone. “I would say you need to be patient and innovative at the same time,” Nami said. “Generations preceded you, and when it’s your time to be at the top, you must serve as a custodian of the business for the following generations.”

Steeped in Family Tradition

Alumna Nami Yamamoto ’09 set to become first female president of historic tea company



C of I Honors Distinguished Alumni Awardees Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Ed Heath '55

A passion for outdoor recreation and leadership has defined Dr. Ed Heath’s life. He was introduced to the outdoors while growing up on a cattle ranch. He joined the National Guard and then enrolled at the C of I, where he continued to showcase his leadership skills. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Heath merged his interests into a fruitful career, serving as a professor of recreation from 1962-1995. Today, he is CEO of the real estate and investment firm Heath and Associates.

The College of Idaho was pleased to recognize the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners during Homecoming. It was a great evening in the Langroise Center as alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of these outstanding C of I graduates.

Young Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Gerald Prescott '59

After earning a degree in zoology from the C of I, Prescott went on to obtain his Ph.D. from Washington University and become a pioneer in the field of medical genetics. During his career, Prescott devoted much of his work and research to bringing new life into the world. He became a professor of medical genetics at the University of Oregon, served as a colonel in the U.S. Army, and was named the Assistant State Surgeon for the Oregon National Guard.

Caitlin Lanier '07 Presented by Jenni Carrier '99

Presented by Stacy McCain '99

Caitlin Lanier is a brave and resilient survivor of sexual assault. She found strength and healing from her own traumatic experience through yoga, and she now offers trauma-sensitive yoga classes to help others find their own path toward healing. After graduating from the C of I with a degree in English and education, Lanier earned her yoga teaching certification and, in 2015, her master’s degree in social work. Today, Lanier serves as a child welfare social worker, along with offering yoga classes—many of them free—to college students, trauma survivors and hospital patients.

Alumni Service Award

Family Heritage Award

Since her days at the C of I, Julie Rember has enjoyed a diverse career as a newspaper reporter and editor, front desk manager at an Idaho resort, high school drama teacher, and freelance technical writer and editor. But she’s left perhaps her biggest mark with her volunteer efforts in the city of Stanley, where she put her love for reading and literature into action and chaired a capital campaign that raised $600,000 to build a beautiful new library.

The McConnell/McConnel Family has had a strong relationship with The College of Idaho since its inception. In total, at least 30 McConnell Family descendants have either attended or graduated from the College. The first known C of I graduate of the McConnel family was Mabelle McConnel Allen, who graduated in 1919. Through the next century, McConnell relatives have continued to matriculate at the C of I. In more recent years, graduates include Kevin Pratt ’98, whose grandmother was a McConnell.

Julie Rember '93

McConnell Family

Presented by Kasey Allen '15

Accepted by Ralph Lawrence '53 and Dorothy Lawrence Baker '57



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“I thoroughly enjoyed the business breakfast and president’s lunch... both were well attended and highly engaging. As an alum, I love the opportunity to sit in on classes. Of course, the tailgating and football atmosphere is amazing!” “I love the variety of activities. I love the enthusiasm.”

CURTIS BOWDEN ’39 recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Bowden has led an adventurous life, with many stops across the western U.S. At the C of I, he remembers meeting Founding President William Judson Boone and enjoying math classes with Professor Rankin. He recalls campus as “having three main buildings, a football team, and of course being small and well-knit. It was easy to be acquainted with most everybody on it.” In retirement, Bowden has stayed busy doing craft work in his shop and spending time with his grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He also returned to campus for a recent visit. “It is quite different than it was in my time, but the College is still a very pleasant place. The students were very friendly and helpful, and I enjoyed visiting Sunnyslope and some of the places I had known as a kid, picking apricots and that sort of thing.”

1950s “Reconnecting with people and, of course, the beer on tap.” “Making new connections.”

RALPH LAWRENCE ’53 became the newly appointed pastor of the Caldwell United Methodist Church. Lawrence got his start in ministry after being called while he was a student at The College of Idaho. He previously served in Methodist churches throughout Idaho and Oregon.

1960s “The president’s lunch and Dinner Under the Lights were good for meeting people. The Night at the Museum event was very well attended and successful.” “Tailgating at the Alumni Tent!”

GEORGE VENN ’67 released a new book titled Beaver’s Fire: A Regional Portfolio (1970-2010). The unique source book gathers 27 of Venn’s prose works first published by 24 Northwest editors and newlyselected for reprinting.

1970s RICHARD BAUSCHER ’75 was inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame this summer. Bauscher, who worked more than 40 years as an educator, principal and educational facility planner, retired as the superintendent of the Middleton

School District in June. After Middleton High School burned down in 2007, he was instrumental in passing a $51.9 million bond to rebuild the high school. This past January, the Middleton Board of Directors renamed the athletic facilities “Bauscher Sports Complex,” which hosts basketball, soccer and track state championships each year.

MIKE NOWLING ’76, PAT MCMAHON ’76, SUE HARRIS ’75, JEFF HARRIS ’76, KEN HARRIS ’76, BUCK HARRIS ’77, and ROBERT YASUDA ’76 organized a reunion of their own during Homecoming 2016. The group enjoyed the weekend festivities, retracing their stomping grounds, catching up with friends and taking in a football game. Clad in Yotes gear, the joyous bunch took a picture with C of I President Charlotte Borst during the tailgate party before the game. “Could you tell we all had a FANTASTIC time this weekend?” Nowling wrote. “The campus looks great, and the vibe felt really good to all of us.”


LORI STEINIKER ’89 was elected to represent all Idaho educators on the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors. Lori currently teaches sixth grade social studies at McCain Middle School in Payette, Idaho.

1990s CHRIS FARNSWORTH ’93 recently released his newest novel, Killfile. The book follows John Smith, who possesses a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other people’s thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, knows their most private traumas and fears, and relives their most painful memories. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but John fled the agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check— and himself out of trouble. The book is available at MIGUEL LEGARRETA ’94 was named president of The Associated Taxpayers of Idaho on July 18. Since graduating, Legarreta has served in former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s administration. Most recently, he worked as the director of public policy for Boise Regional Realtors. MATT RAMSEY ’95, part of the Blue Man Group, performed with his silent cohorts on NPR music’s Tiny Desk Takeover. The group played original songs made on their own unique instruments.


JOE FORD ’86 recently was honored by the NAACP’s Pasadena, Calif. Chapter. Ford, a Pasadena resident, received the prestigious President’s Award, which was presented as part of the organization’s 29th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner. The President’s Award is given to community leaders who are actively challenging society to end discrimination, embrace diversity, and ensure greater opportunity for all people. Ford currently serves as vice president of residential services at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a Pasadena-based child welfare organization.

MICHAEL BOWERS ’06 was named Best Local Bartender by the Boise Weekly for the second consecutive year. Bowers, who tends bar at The Modern Hotel and Bar in Boise, has earned mention in The New York Times and Sunset Magazine for his skill and creativity behind the bar. The Boise Weekly article praised him as a “mixologist savant” and the Modern’s “golden egg-laying goose.” ANNE MARIE EMERY ’04 is the executive director of the Bighorn River Alliance, a group devoted to protecting Montana’s Bighorn River and its access. This summer, Emery organized a day of fly-fishing on the Bighorn for a group of seven Crow Indian students, who learned how to fish with a Tenkara fly rod alongside Yvon Chouinard, a fishing expert and co-founder of Patagonia Outerwear.




TRAVIS GUY ’06 is working as a NOAA and ICECAPS science technician at Summit Station in Greenland. Guy is collecting data on various air quality variables including CO2 levels, halocarbon levels, carbon aerosol levels, and surface and atmospheric ozone levels. He is working with the University of Wisconsin and University of Colorado to collect data on clouds and how clouds are affecting the earth’s energy budget. Guy also is working with NASA to do ground truthing of snow accumulation to help improve satellite snow accumulation accuracy. And on top of that, he launches twice-daily weather balloons for DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute) for weather observations. The above photo was taken in -52F weather; -75F with wind-chill. S. JOLENE HUI ’01 became director of membership for the National Association of Social Workers California Chapter. In addition, she and her husband, Tim Curns, welcomed their second child, Victor Thomas Curns, on August 7. He came into the world early, weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. JENNIFER KAU ’04 had her tenth adult coloring book published, full of seasonal designs. Kau, who lives in Boise, owns and operates Aloha Tattoo and Arts with her husband. If she isn’t drawing in her studio, Kau takes her art on the road, sketching anywhere from Downtown Boise’s thriving urban art scene to her favorite spot in the mountains overlooking scenic Garden Valley, Idaho. BOBBY POWERS ’09 has been promoted to corporate treasury team lead at Clearwater Analytics, an investment accounting and reporting firm in Boise. Powers previously worked in the role of account manager for several of Clearwater's large corporate clients, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and SanDisk. In his new role, he leads a team that services corporations across the southern half of the United States.

JILL TWEDT ’01 was added to the United Way of Treasure Valley Board of Directors. Twedt is associate general counsel at Boise Cascade Company, and she has been a practicing attorney in Boise for 13 years. She is also active in the community as Board President of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. Twedt and her husband, Josh Sears, live in Eagle with their two daughters and two golden retrievers.


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 1940s Margaret (Knipe) Gough ’48 Norval Heath ’40 Charlene (Indermuhle) Matter ’47 Robert Mitchell ’44

1970s Glen “Bob” Buckendorf ’71 Jennifer Cook ’71 Shirley (Wissel) Pennell ’73 Theresa Tooman ’70*

1950s Tom Hennessey ’53 Bill Kundrat ’56 Kenneth Myers ’57 John Relk ’59 Bill Spears ’55 Leland Van Slyke ’58

Friends Evelyn Blennerhassett Bowman Robert Fisher Rita Holly Charles Frederick Hummel Joseph Marshall Professor Franklin C. Specht Leora Zanks

1960s Donald Buettgenbach ’62 Myrna (Lane) Caron ’66 Ronald Fagg ’67

HAYLEY BAHR ’11 had a chance encounter with another alumna, proving Yotes are everywhere. While in Chicago, Bahr went on a public tour of FermiLab, a particle physics and accelerator laboratory. When Bahr mentioned she was from Idaho, fellow tour member Judy Copeland Beckett ’67 of California, asked if Bahr knew of the C of I. It just so happened she did. You never know where you’ll find the YoteFam! CAMRIN BRAUN ’11 has been awarded a Steven Berkley Marine Conservation Fellowship. Braun is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Joint Program in Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His doctoral research broadly focuses on how large pelagic fishes interact with oceanographic features and what that means for species’ behavior and ecology. This requires accurate data on individual fish movements, which are difficult to acquire with traditional light-based geolocation techniques. Thus, he seeks to develop a new modeling approach that will permit more robust inference from electronic tag data. ANNA CHASE ’16 received the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History’s first Student Research Grant. Chase received $500 for her research project “Lower Boise River Mollusk Inventory.” The Student Research Grant program was initiated by C of I alumna Dr. Julia Sankey ’87, with contributions

*denotes graduate degree

SEAN DAHLMAN ’14 presented “Scores for Short Horror Films” at the Idaho Horror Film Festival, one of the featured events of the annual film fest in Boise. Dahlman has performed his musical magic alongside scary, silent classics at the IHFF for three consecutive years. PAMELA DOCKSTADER ’16 interned at the Boise VA this from current Museum board summer, researching a staph members and others interested in bacteria that has become resistant fostering student research involving to most antibiotics—Methicillinthe Museum’s collections. C of I resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or students interested in applying MRSA. Her work seeks to develop for grant funding are encouraged a better medication to fight this to contact museum director Dr. rapidly evolving foe. Dockstader, Bill Clark ’67 at 208-459-5507 or a U.S. Army veteran, was the first recipient of the VA’s Partnership to Advance Veteran’s Education in Research Fellowship.

HOLLY COOK ’14 started her own communications and public relations firm, Cook CPR. One of her biggest goals is to get the word out on all the exciting things happening right here in Caldwell! Cook previously worked for the City of Caldwell in the public relations department.

HALEY GANATOS ’16 recently won “Best Villain” at h48, a 48-hour film competition put on as part of the third annual Idaho Horror Film Festival in October. Ganatos was recognized for her performance as the bloodthirsty title character in the short film Beatrice.



involvement and attitudes in a developing country. Arnzen and Nakalyowa were pushed out of their comfort zones as they tagged along to help interview local residents near the cities of Lusaka, Livingstone and Kabwe. They also worked on their own research projects. BRADY HARRISON ’14 earned his master’s degree in Chinese political economy from Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Fellow C of I graduates BRENT HARRISON ’85, SHAWN HARRISON ’87 and ALEX GRANDE ’11 traveled to China over the summer to meet up with Brady. While in China, the foursome experienced the succulent cuisines of Shanghai and historically important sites in Beijing, including the Summer Palace, The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Highlights included seeing pandas in Beijing, visiting the site of the Terra Cotta Warriors and, of course, hiking the Great Wall of China. The 14-day trip wrapped up with four days of relaxation on the beaches of Phuket Island, Thailand. Brady returned to the U.S. ready to embrace the job hunt. MELISSA PICKETT ’11 successfully defended her dissertation titled “A Novel Non-neuronal Role for Acetylcholinesterase during Intestinal Development” on August 12. Pickett earned her Ph.D. in toxicology, with a minor in biotechnology from North Carolina State University. She was happy to have her family and fellow C of I alumni Alan Pickett ’84, Varina (Van Veldhuizen) Pickett ’84, Joe Pickett ’13, and Annie Morrison ’13 fly to North Carolina for her dissertation defense. NICKAYLA SKINNER ’14 and Jake Hiler welcomed their daughter Nya Anna Hiler into the world on March 16, 2016. Born at 12:08 a.m., Nya weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 inches long.

STANDOUT STUDENTS CAMERON ARNZEN and RUTH NAKALYOWA traveled to Zambia this summer with C of I political economy PROFESSOR ERIN HERN to perform research on how people’s experiences with social service provision influences their political

HUNTER BRODT, a senior political economy and accounting doublemajor, has been hired as a consultant by Deloitte. He received the job offer after completing a summer internship in Washington, D.C. He will begin work for one of the world’s largest, most selective professional services companies next summer.

WILL CALLAHAN, HAILEY CHAMBERS, SAM CHANDLER, NATASHA DACIC, TANISH KHURANA, JOHANNA MORI, LEO TRUJILLO and FLORENCE WAVREIL represented C of I among 31 Northwest schools at the Murdock College Science Research Conference in early November. The students presented posters on everything from biology and chemistry, to mathematics and physics. The conference focused on advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research. HAILEY CHAMBERS, FRANK GIGRAY and JOÃO VIEIRA took home awards at the 2016 Idaho INBRE Statewide Research Conference. A total of 10 C of I students and several professors joined representatives from 10 other Idaho institutions to take part in the annual biomedical research conference held in Moscow. The conference was a great opportunity for all the INBRE fellows at C of I to showcase their hard work. FRANK GIGRAY joined peers from 150 institutions—representing every state and the District of Columbia— at Dominican University in California for College Debate ’16. Gigray was the only representative from Idaho at the event, which aimed to “empower young voters to

identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election.”

MEGAN CROFT, MICAELA HULSEY, ELIJAH ROLAPP, HANNAH SORENSON and BRIAN WEATHERSTON went to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., for the Annual Student Auditions of the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The C of I vocalists competed in categories determined by age, performing for 10 to 15 minutes. Hulsey won first place for First Year College Students and Sorenson took home third place for Second Year College Students. Croft won second place for Fourth & Fifth Year College Students. In total, 85 students from eight colleges and universities in Washington and Idaho participated.

HOPE DECUIR and the Interfaith Yotes student club put on a winter clothing drive and collected a carload of gear to donate to the Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise, exemplifying the C of I tradition of leaders who have a heart for the community around them. TYLER DURBIN and CODY JOHNSON recently took part in the 6th Annual Oregon State Penitentiary Capital Toastmaster’s Debate Tournament in Salem, Ore. The tournament was made up of 12 teams representing various colleges and universities from around the country, and four teams of inmates from the Oregon State Penitentiary. Over the course of the day, the teams were randomly assigned sides and speaker positions to debate four different topics.

RINGO ROBINSON, who plays football for Yotes, also competed this fall in another sport—steer wrestling. Robinson, whose family has a deep rodeo tradition, entered the famous Caldwell Night Rodeo. MARY TOTTEN was awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the American Airlines Education Foundation. Totten, who is the women’s ski team captain, has received the scholarship three years in a row.

TREVOR THOMAS, a junior political economy major and basketball player, fulfilled a summer internship in the office of a fellow Yote— Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter ’67. Thomas filled his days interacting with constituents over the phone or by mail, drafting proclamations, performing research on various laws, and taking care of anything else thrown his way. The experience opened Thomas’ eyes to the inner workings of government and provided direction as he aims to study law. Nearly 30 C of I student-athletes earned Cascade Conference Academic All-Conference recognition this fall for their performances in the classroom. To earn recognition as a CCC scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing. Those receiving the honor include: (women’s soccer) MEGAN AUMEIER, HAILEY BOYD, NATALIE CACCHILLO, HANNAH COVERLEY, REILLY COYLE, CAMAS CURREN, SUMMER JACKSON, JULIA SEDIVY, ERIKA THOMPSON, BAILEY WATSON, HAILEY WOODS, JAMIECE YIZAR; (men’s soccer) CHRISTIAN BILLINGS, JOAO CARDOSO, MIGUEL NUNEZ, SIDNY RAYNE; (volleyball) AMANDA



CRIST, KATHRYN ROBINSON, BRIELLE SHEPPARD, RANDI STURTZ; (women’s cross-country) ANNELISE EAGLETON, HAILEY GOODE, EMILY HAWGOOD; (men’s cross-country) DYLAN HAAS, ERIK NORDQUIST, QUINN RADBOURNE, DYLAN WALKER. The College Sports Information Directors of America honored C of I football players TROY CARR, ZACH GARZOLI, MARCUS LENHARDT, NATE MOORE, TAYLOR OPPEDYK, JOSH PRICE and HUNTER TEMPLE as members of the All-District 5 team. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and have sophomore standing.


anthology of essays by more than two dozen Idahoans exploring the meaning of wilderness to the state. She also recently co-authored an essay titled “Coleridge, Thoreau, and the Transatlantic ‘Riddle of the World.’” DR. DEB YATES (education) is having an impact on education worldwide. Yates recently had a book she co-authored, Turning Your School Around: A Self-Guided Audit for School Improvement, translated into Urdu for use in Pakistan. PROF. DIANE RAPTOSH ’83 (English) released her newest poetry book, Human Directional, on Sept. 19. From the perspective of a female sign twirler, Boise’s poet laureate celebrates body and beauty, justice and possibility, difference and community. Human Directional is the second part of a trilogy, following Raptosh’s American Amnesiac, which was named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for poetry in 2013. The third book of the trilogy will be a verse biography of newly conceived states.

JOB CHANGES DR. LUKE DANIELS (biology) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach biology in Indonesia for six months. Daniels and his family will travel to the city of Yogyakarta in December, where he’ll instruct students at Gadjah Mada University. DR. ROBERT DAYLEY (political economy) had his newly revised and updated textbook published by Text Published Westview Press. Southeast Asia in the New International Era, now in its eighth edition, includes fully updated country chapters on political and economic developments in Southeast Asia’s eleven countries. DR. MAIMUNA ISLAM (English) recently co-authored a scholarly article (with Dr. Amber Murrey ’08 and Dr. Odomaro Mubangizi). The article was a workshop reflection titled “Setting Forth at Dawn: A Workshop--in Review of African Political Economy.” DR. ROCHELLE JOHNSON (English and environmental studies) was included in the Idaho Wilderness Considered anthology, a new

LAUREN AGUAS BEVILL ’12 joins the Alumni and Parent Relations Office as the new alumni relations coordinator. A graduate of The College of Idaho with a B.A. in psychology, Bevill previously worked for Old Navy and Gap Inc. as a manager and merchant. With Gap Inc., Lauren also worked in operations and human resources, where she excelled in streamlining processes and employee onboarding. Lauren is passionate about food and fun; she takes pleasure in competitive sports, skiing, fishing and hosting guests at her home in Boise. ANGELA CHAMPION is the new Mail Room and Copy Center clerk, responsible for supporting all service activities of the department. Champion joined the mail center in April. She brings excellent experience from the electronics

industry, where she has worked for the last 20 years. She also brings customer service skills to provide a high level of campus support.

ADAM ESCHBACH recently joined the Marketing and Communications Office as the new photo and video specialist. Eschbach spent the last five years as a photojournalist at the Idaho Press-Tribune. His work has been picked up by national publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. His work has received many regional Associated Press and Idaho Press Club awards. Eschbach received a B.A. in journalism at the University of Montana and is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying backpacking, mountain biking and skiing throughout the Pacific Northwest.

COLLIN HARTMAN joined the College in June as the Alumni Admission Coordinator. Hartman studied at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a member of the volleyball team, a resident assistant, and was involved in several missions trips. He recently finished graduate school at Illinois State University with a degree in college student personnel administration. A native of the Treasure Valley, Hartman is very familiar with the C of I. He attended Eagle High School and grew up attending Yotes sporting events. If you would like to know more about how you can be involved in “Attracting the Pack” of future Yotes, you can email him directly at

GENNY GERKE ’08 has been hired as the College’s first full-time Outdoor Program director. Gerke comes to the C of I most recently from the Foothills Learning Center, where she was serving as an Education Program Assistant, and Bishop Kelly High School, where she was an assistant cross country and track coach. Gerke’s previous professional experiences include stops at the MK Nature Center, Friends of Zoo Boise and the Peregrine Fund. Since graduating from the C of I, Gerke obtained her master’s degree from the University of Idaho. She also serves on the Idaho Environmental Education Association Board, and her personal interests include backpacking, alpine skiing, 50K trail races, and mountain biking.

HANNAH MATSEN has been hired as the new graphic design specialist in the Marketing and Communications Office. A graduate of Idaho State University, Matsen earned degrees in mass communications-public relations and dance. She previously worked as a sports information assistant for Southern Oregon University. You can view her handiwork throughout this edition of Quest. LIZA SAFFORD is the new Mail Room and Copy Center manager. She comes to the C of I with years of experience working in a higher education environments in a variety of capacities, with extensive expertise in the mail room. Safford brings great organizational skills as well as a high energy level, strong work ethic, and focus on customer service.



As a young girl, Barbara Ertter ’75 would entertain herself at her brother’s sports games by exploring the plants around her. Since then, Ertter has passionately pursued botany, carrying on the traditions of her field through her work in both Idaho and California. Quest caught up with Ertter to learn more about the traditions she’s cherished at The College of Idaho.

BARBARA ERTTER Research Botanist and Curator of Western North American Flora based in Boise, Idaho Graduated in 1975 Majored in Biology Favorite Professors were Pat Packard, Lyle Stanford, Frank Specht and William Chalker



My passions as far back as I can recall always related to botany. I grew up in the Boise foothills and we had a cabin in McCall, so I always wandered around looking for something new to find. As an undergraduate, I was involved in the discovery of six new plant species found in eastern Oregon at Leslie Gulch, and one of them was named after me. Once you have that experience of having a plant named after you, it’s easy to get hooked for a lifetime.

I had my nose stuck in the herbarium quite a bit, but within the Philotech tradition there was a candy making evening. We had recipes that were as scientific as possible, using scientific names for ingredients and complicated conversions. We also had what we called “retrogressive dinners.” It was like the concept of progressive dinners, except instead of starting with salad, we would start with dirty dishes and go in reverse.



I think the museum encourages developing a sense of place, of really knowing where you live. The museum is the College’s best-kept secret, but I don’t want us to be a secret. I want people to know about us. The recent endowment had to do with when my mother died this summer. I decided that since I wanted to raise money for the museum, I could do two things at once by establishing a memorial endowment for my parents.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES AS AN UNDERGRADUATE? My favorite times were hanging out in the herbarium and planning trips. Pat Packard and we students would go someplace for the weekend. We would look at plants, but also birds, and Pat would tell us the historical geography, too. I was part of the student science organization, Philotech. I still have my sweatshirt somewhere I could dig out.

It’s a sense of belonging and community, something that was done back before you and will continue way beyond you. In my profession, I am one player in building this cyclopedic knowledge that people are still working on. We’re all part of a larger framework.

HOW DID ATTENDING C OF I HELP YOU THROUGH YOUR LIFE AND CAREER? It certainly refined my decision to go into field botany, and I give it credit for helping me to become a more critical thinker. On my field trips, especially, I was exposed to the holistic views where you look at all the pieces, the human component as well as the natural component, and that left a profound impact on me.

Alumni Calendar Save the Date May 20, 2017 Commencement Reunions for Classes of 1967, 1992, and 2007 (Campus) September 14-17 Homecoming 2017 November 3-4, 2017 Family Weekend View photos from the 2016 C of I Holiday Tree Lighting

FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS and more information, please visit the Alumni Event Calendar at Register online or call (208)-459-5301. We look forward to seeing you soon!

JANUARY 2017 17

Half-Century Society Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)

FEBRUARY 2017 21

Half-Century Society Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)


Scholarship Gala (Boise Centre)

MARCH 2017 14

Coyote Connections (Campus)


Half-Century Society Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)

APRIL 2017 7

Yotes Night Out! (Holland & Hart Building, Boise)



The College of Idaho is excited to launch its Attract the Pack program, a new initiative where alumni can help recruit prospective students by sharing their C of I stories and experiences. For more information, visit Or, contact Alumni Admission Coordinator Collin Hartman at or (208) 459-5096.

The C of I alumni office organizes class reunions every year, but you don’t have to wait for us! During Homecoming 2016, several members of the Class of 1976 put together their own 40th anniversary reunion, touring campus, enjoying activities together and attending the football game. If you’d like help organize a reunion with your classmates, call us today at (208) 459-5301. We are happy to help!

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Outdoor adventure is a longstanding tradition at The College of Idaho. This picture, taken by C of I archivist Jan Boles ’65, is from a 1972 spring break geology field trip to Arches National Park. The group, led by Mary and Roger Higdem, also made an overnight backpacking trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The acrobatic student doing a headstand in the photo is believed to be either Tom Shreve ’71 or his brother, Joe Shreve ’70. More than 40 years later, outdoor learning and exploration remain integral to the C of I student experience.

Quest is published by The College of Idaho. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved. Editorial offices are located in Sterry Hall, 2112 Cleveland Boulevard, Caldwell, ID 83605-4432. Telephone 208.459.5529. Email: Opinions expressed in Quest are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the College administration or the Board of Trustees.

Quest Magazine - Fall 2016  

The Alumni Magazine of The College of Idaho

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