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Great Expectations


Raising the Bar


Online Extras


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Leadership takes many forms. One form tends to dominate in the public mind, ultimately to our detriment. I call this form of leadership the command model (CM). As its name suggests, the CM takes root in the many sagas of great political-military leaders responsible for storied conquests of other tribes, cultures and nations. We associate CM with Alexander the Great, Caesar, Genghis Khan and Viking raiders. Do as the great leader commands or suffer the (often fatal) consequences. In addition to authoritarian politics, some businesses, churches and even universities run on the CM model, though nowadays they are in the distinct minority. Not even the Pentagon subscribes wholly to the CM. There and in the world of contemporary business, a more fluid team model (TM) predominates. In many new and emerging workplaces, authoritarian hierarchy is out and flat management is in. The “boss” has the same sized office or work space as everyone else, and teams coalesce for the sake of harnessing maximum creative energy from all contributors. Each employee may be a member of several teams. In some teams, she will lead; in others she will follow. In all teams she will contribute. The TM has much to commend. A leader who does not know how to follow is a dictator, not an exemplar. What is more, allowing another to lead does not convey carte blanche. A good follower (like a good student) asks sharp questions of his leader, questions for which there should be good answers or else a resolve to reexamine options. The TM is democratic, resisting the monopoly on crucial information that tyrants employ to secure unjust prerogatives. A good leader persuades others that good information, widely shared, is the key to success in securing a common aim. These considerations suggest how deeply the TM depends on a sound education. Both leaders and productive followers need to think critically in order to sort out good information from bad. The C of I’s rich ties to gubernatorial leadership demonstrated in this issue of Quest reflect a series of governors who have prized truth over pleasing falsehood. Leadership in law likewise requires the prizing of truth. That is how our present-day Department of Political Economy carries on in the spirit of legendary Professor George Wolfe. Good lawyers represent their clients well, but never at the expense of distorting the truth. Good lawyers who become good judges require this exact same trait, as exemplified by our many outstanding alumni judges. Why do C of I alumni so frequently succeed as leaders? It is because they were and remain good students, respectfully challenging the reasons touted by their teachers.

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Leading Men by Jan Boles The history of The College of Idaho and the governorship


Great Expectations by Jordan Rodriguez C of I legend George Wolfe establishes a tradition of excellence in political studies


Raising the Bar by Dustin Wunderlich Alumni judges take their places on the bench


Photo Essay Homecoming 2013: Bringing Back the Pack

Editor: Jordan Rodriguez Assistant Editor: Dustin Wunderlich Editorial Board: Louie Attebery ’50, Jan Boles ’65, Jake McClean ’06, Alan Minskoff, Rachel Moore ’96, Randall Post, Sally Skinner ’78, Michael Vandervelden Contributing writers: Jan Boles, Brodi Etheredge, Cavan Gerrish, Randall Post, Jordan Rodriguez, Kari Stocks, Dustin Wunderlich Contributing artists/photographers: Jan Boles, Michael Capell, Cavan Gerrish, Joe Jaszewski, Jenette Noe ’13, Randall Post, Eric Raptosh, Jordan Rodriguez, Rahul Sharma, Dustin Wunderlich Cover art: Idaho Capitol Rotunda at Twilight by Michael Capell Design: Michael Capell with Randall Post and Alyssa Valdez ’13


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College News College breaks ground on new Athletics Center; Banner year continues for Professor Diane Raptosh ’83; New-look College Store opens in McCain; Students thrive in Mock Supreme Court class


Yote Notes C of I swimming coach builds a winner; Longtime leader Marty Holly makes his mark on Coyote athletics


Alumni News

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Rebecca Constantino ’85 a leader in the nonprofit world; Accomplished attorney Josh Taylor ’00 always up for a new challenge


Class & Campus Notes


Alumni Profile


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Alumni Calendar

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The history of The College of Idaho and the governorship Since its beginning, The College of Idaho has encouraged students to lead. Professors challenge young minds to think critically and consider new perspectives. Small class sizes maximize opportunities for students to be heard and become involved in campus leadership. A broad and deep curriculum allows graduates to pursue careers in diverse fields. “Our faculty’s focus since the very beginning has been on producing disciplined, independent thinkers,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “And as a result, we produce graduates who are grounded in knowledge and yet have been encouraged to think in a different way about that knowledge. And I think that is a trait shared by many successful leaders.” It comes as little surprise, then, that seven of Idaho’s 32 governors have had close ties to the C of I. Two—the late, great Robert E. Smylie ’38 and current chief of state C.L. “Butch” Otter ’67—are graduates. Two others were members of the College’s original faculty and three have served on the C of I Board of Trustees. These are their stories.

murder and ensuing trial were one of the biggest sagas of the era, garnering both national and international attention. Idaho’s sixth governor, John T. Morrison, was another of Boone’s original faculty members at the College. Morrison, who had been a fraternity brother of Boone at the College of Wooster in Ohio, rejoined his former schoolmate in Caldwell, where he opened a law practice with John C. Rice. That firm drew up the articles of incorporation for Idaho’s first private college. Morrison served one term as governor from 1903 to 1905. He avoided the fractious local issues of mining disputes and range wars between cattle and sheep interests and, according to the late Idaho historian Merle Wells, “joined in bringing a new era to Idaho politics that finally had considerable impact upon the state.” The third Idaho governor with ties to the College was H.C. Baldridge, who served two terms from 1927 to 1931. Baldridge was a chairman of the C of I Board of Trustees for more than a decade, and he became Idaho’s 14th governor after a long career in state government. His accomplishments in office included bolstering the state highway system, the state hospitals and the state penitentiary. He also made a proposal to the federal government

EARLY BEGINNINGS Ties between the C of I and the governorship date back to the earliest days of both the College and the state. Idaho was admitted into the union in 1890, one year before the College was established. In 1894, founding C of I President William Judson Boone made his first of two runs for the governor’s

that resulted in the United States Forest Service designating more than one million acres of central Idaho land as roadless wilderness. “[Baldridge’s] integrity has never been challenged,” said historian Mary J. Tate. “He was respected for his fairness and kindness.”

office, carrying the banner of the Prohibition Party. He garnered 178 votes. In 1900, Boone again was a candidate, this time tallying 914 votes. But, despite his momentum, Boone thereafter refrained from political impulses, instead focusing his energy on the College and the Presbyterian Church. While Boone stepped out of the political arena, one of his peers from the College’s original faculty went on to become Idaho’s youngest governor. Frank Steunenberg, a Caldwell businessman, served a pair of 2-year terms

Drawing by Jenette Noe ’13

between 1897 and 1901. Steunenberg’s tenure was marked by violent labor unrest in the mines of northern Idaho, causing him to invoke martial law during his second term. Four years after he left office, Steunenberg met a tragic end when he was assassinated outside of his Caldwell home by Harry Orchard, who later Early Idaho governors with ties to The College of Idaho include (from left) Frank Steunenberg, an

original C of I faculty member, John T. Morrison, also original faculty, and H.C. Baldridge, former

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“Governor Smylie had more accomplishments in his three terms than any other governor in the history of the state.’”

The first College of Idaho alumnus to be elected governor was Robert E. Smylie ’38, who was elected in 1954 and served three consecutive fouryear terms, becoming the first—and still only—Idaho governor to do so. The late Smylie, who passed away in 2004, is remembered as one of the great men in the history of both the College and the state of Idaho. He came to the Gem State from rural Iowa, where his formative years were marked by the Great Depression. As a student at the College, Smylie played football, served as yearbook editor and was elected student body president. “Robert Smylie was a true Coyote who bled purple and gold,” said C of I political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi. “While an undergraduate, he was a star football player and yet still swept the old field house to help pay for his tuition. Smylie was, and will always be, an inspiration for young people with a dream of making their world a better place.” After graduation, Smylie attended George Washington University Law School. He then spent four years in the Coast Guard during World War II, serving first as an enlisted man and later as an officer. Smylie became active in Idaho politics after the war. He was appointed assistant attorney general in 1947 and the same year, at the age of 33, was appointed attorney general. Three years later he won election as attorney general. His administration as governor addressed issues relating to public education and its funding, natural resources, public health and the creation of a modern state park system. His participation in broad political affairs also brought Idaho much national publicity. “Governor Smylie had more accomplishments in his three terms than any other governor in the history of the state,” LiCalzi said. “He did what was right and not what was politically expedient—his support for the Gov. Robert Smylie ’38 dedicates a memorial to Frank Steunenberg. As governor, Smylie state sales tax brought Idaho into the modern era, yet probably ended helped bring Idaho into the modern era. his political career. in the history of the state. Andrus first was elected in 1970 and earned “This state and country can only hope we will have leaders in the future reelection in 1974 before resigning in 1977 to become Secretary of the who show the courage of their convictions in the same Interior for four years during the administration of President manner Robert Smylie did in service to all Idahoans.” Jimmy Carter. Andrus returned to Idaho and was elected to a After leaving office in 1967, Smylie practiced law in third term as governor in 1986 and an unprecedented fourth Boise. Through the years, his loyalty to his alma mater term in 1990. was unrivaled. He served as the College’s acting president According to LiCalzi, Andrus was the first American in 1974 and is one of two Board of Trustees members to politician to make an environmental issue—the White have been awarded the distinction of “Trustee for Life.” His Clouds/molybdenum mine dispute—the lead issue in a legacy at the College includes the creation of the Robert E. campaign for elective office. In the ensuing years, Andrus Smylie Archives in Sterry Hall, a repository that emphasizes came to be identified with numerous environmental success state and local government as well as the College’s history stories including the passage of the Alaska Lands Act and Cecil Andrus and proud heritage of public service. National Surface Mining Act of 1977 and establishing the During Smylie’s funeral, C of I history professor Howard Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the Snake Berger paid tribute to the man who gave so much to his River Birds of Prey Area and the Sawtooth and Hells Canyon state and his school. National Recreation Areas. Reminders of his successes “Idaho is simply a much better place to live because of the dot the Idaho landscape, including the Andrus Center for life and career of Robert E. Smylie,” Berger said. Public Policy at Boise State University and Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School in Boise. THE MODERN ERA Andrus was followed by Philip E. Batt, a longtime Next in the line of governors linked to The College of Idaho politician and former member of the C of I Board of Idaho was Cecil Andrus, another former chairman of the Trustees. Batt, a Canyon County native, is widely credited Board of Trustees who became the longest-serving governor with rebuilding the Idaho Republican Party’s structure and Phil Batt

—Jasper LiCalzi, C of I political economy professor

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C of I alumnus governs Oregon In addition to Idaho governors Robert E. Smylie ’38 and C.L. “Butch” Otter ’67, countless C of I graduates have become leaders outside of the Gem State. Most notable is Elmo Smith ’32, who served as Oregon’s 27th governor from 1956-1957. Smith, who was orphaned at 13, put himself through school at the C of I, where he studied history. He then moved to nearby Ontario, Ore., and began a successful career as a newspaperman. He founded the Ontario Observer (now the Argus Observer) and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Through the years, Smith’s newspaper business and political career steadily grew. He served multiple terms as mayor of Ontario and in 1948 was elected to the state senate. He became senate president in 1955 and, after the untimely death of Gov. Paul Patterson, was elevated to the governor’s office. Smith’s term in office was brief, but eventful. His administration bolstered public education, formed a commission on aging and created the Water Resources Board, an agency that manages and regulates Oregon’s water resources to this day. After leaving the governor’s office, Smith concentrated on his newspaper holdings, but remained interested in politics. He was selected chairman of the Oregon Republican Party in 1964 and, sadly, died of cancer four years later at the age of 58. rejuvenating party enthusiasm statewide. Batt’s term as governor was marked by fiscal conservancy and an eye to Idaho’s future. He directed the modernization of the state’s computer system, improved conditions for agricultural workers and successfully negotiated favorable terms for the storage of nuclear waste in Idaho. Throughout his political career and outside of the office, Batt was known for his sharp wit and sense of humor. In spite of demonstrated popularity in the polls, he decided to serve a single term as governor.

AN IDAHO LEADER Idaho’s 32nd and current governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, is a native Idahoan whose political resume in the Gem State is virtually unmatched. Otter played football and studied political science at the C of I, becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college in 1967. After college, Otter served honorably in the Idaho Army National Guard´s 116th Armored Cavalry and went on to enjoy a successful career in business, primarily with the J.R. Simplot Company. Otter entered politics in 1973, serving the first of two terms as a representative for the people of Canyon County in the Idaho House of Representatives. In 1986, Otter was elected lieutenant governor of Idaho, a position he was reelected to in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He is the longestserving lieutenant governor in state history, having held the office under Andrus, Batt and Dirk Kempthorne. Midway through his fourth term as lieutenant governor, Otter was elected

“What sets The College of Idaho apart is the independent culture, the closeknit faculty and student body and a real focus on the individual.” —Gov. Otter ’67 to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served three terms in Congress, representing Idaho’s 1st District for six years before returning home for the first of his two successful gubernatorial campaigns. “Successful leadership requires equal parts flexibility and determination, principle Butch Otter ’67 and pragmatism, self-awareness and empathy, responsibility and accountability,” Otter said. “My time at The College of Idaho improved my capacity for all those qualities. At every stage of my career, there’s been a learning curve. The College of Idaho prepared me to be a lifetime learner, which is a tool that never lets you down.” A Republican, Otter espouses a conservative/libertarian point of view, emphasizing the need for elected officials to keep the people’s needs in mind. Upon his election in 2006, Otter said his goal as governor “is to empower Idaho to be all that America was meant to be, and to empower Idahoans to be the architects of their own destiny.” To date, he has continued to stress empowering Idahoans, promoting responsible government and enhancing economic opportunities as his political points of emphasis. “Gov. Otter has been a great leader in Idaho and an enormous help to the College for a long time,” Henberg said. “He is a genuinely warm and open human being; even if you disagree with him politically, you can’t dislike the man. And I would say the same of Gov. Andrus and Gov. Batt. All three are men of great integrity who are very proud of their service here, and they continue to do great things for the College and for our state.” Otter has not yet announced whether he will run for a third term as governor in 2014. If he does so successfully, he will be the second Idaho governor to serve three consecutive terms. The other, fittingly, was Smylie. And, like Henberg, Otter has no doubt The College of Idaho will continue to produce great leaders for generations to come. “What sets The College of Idaho apart is the independent culture, the close-knit faculty and student body and a real focus on the individual,” Otter said. “Excellence and the qualities of leadership are unapologetically promoted, and great things are expected. That will continue as long as the College maintains those principles and keeps serving the needs of those who understand that exceptional communities start with exceptional people.”

JAN BOLES is a 1965 College of Idaho graduate who currently works in the Robert E. Smylie Archives. Quest editor Jordan Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS C of I legend George Wolfe establishes a tradition of excellence in political studies

When Professor George Victor Wolfe first set foot on The College of Idaho campus in 1946, few could have predicted the legacy this professor, with his thick glasses and even thicker Austrian accent, would leave behind. But during a career that spanned more than three decades, Wolfe opened new doors for hundreds of students, establishing a thriving political studies program that to this day remains a trademark of the College. Wolfe also gained a reputation as one of the finest advisors in C of I history, mentoring multiple Rhodes and Marshall Scholars while helping dozens of students secure internships and admission into America’s top law schools. Fate and a most unlikely series of events brought Wolfe to Caldwell, but upon his arrival, the College was forever changed. “Wolfe basically started this department,” said Jasper LiCalzi, current chair of the C of I Department of Political Economy. “He left home as a Jewish Austrian refugee during World War II, he wound up here, and he just left a huge mark on this place.”


Wolfe’s journey to Caldwell was filled with both incredible luck and pain. He was born, raised and educated in Vienna, Austria, where he earned a law degree as well as a Ph.D. in history. Wolfe lost most of his family during the Holocaust—he and his wife, Alice, narrowly escaped Austria on the eve of Nazi

occupation, making their way to London and eventually America as Jewish refugees. Wolfe studied and taught at Yale, earning his Ph.D. in political science before heading west to The College of Idaho. While Wolfe’s cultural background was unusual in mid-20th century Idaho, he made an immediate connection with his students. Longtime Boise attorney John Runft ’62, for one, changed his major from chemistry to political science in order to study under Wolfe, who encouraged and oversaw the transition and, later, Runft’s successful application to law school at the University of Chicago. “Professor Wolfe was a great man,” Runft said. “He was a very bright legal scholar. He was open to his students. But I think what set him apart was that he was quite bereft of prejudices. He was an innately fair person— and if he was critical of you, you knew it was sincere because he was never unfair.” Students of Wolfe also describe him as an intense individual who demanded the very best. But at the same time, Wolfe cared deeply about his students’ success, giving them personal attention in the classroom and opening his home for group dinners and discussions. “He was an excellent advisor,” said Barry Fujishin ’72, who won a Marshall Scholarship and was a Rhodes finalist under Wolfe’s tutelage. “He expected students to work hard in his classes, but at the same time, he cared about us very much. He had this knack for

taking students from small towns and helping them realize they could accomplish things in academics they never thought they could.” Wolfe advised two Marshall Scholars— Fujishin and Nancy Miller Okimoto ’64—during his career at the College. He mentored Loretta Warner Holway ’53, the first Idaho woman accepted by Harvard Law School, and also aided the successful Rhodes applications of Erling Skorpen ’54, Ted Wills ’60, Tom McFadden ’68, Jim Roelofs ’69 and Michael Woodhouse ’87. Even after retiring from the classroom, Wolfe remained active in advising, using his extensive connections to help students pursue law school and internships. “I guess you could say Wolfe’s children were his students,” Runft said. “When I look back at it, it’s quite amazing how many students at that stage of their lives are so off-hand about the decisions they make. Wolfe cared enough to make you focus on how important those decisions were. Those types of discussions are the college experiences that count, I think, just as much as anything else.”


The excellence established by Wolfe was carried forward by professors such as Dr. Orville Cope and Dr. Raymond Jolly, and it remains strong today. Three of the four current professors of political economy—Jim Angresano (2006), Kerry Hunter (2008) and Robert Dayley (2011)—have been recognized

Professor George Wolfe (third from left) led a group of students on a trip to Victoria, British Columbia as part of a parliamentary government course in 1971. The students (pictured from left to right) were Robert Tribken ’72, Fred Dinsmore ’72, Kent Pedersen ’71, Robert Jarboe ’71 and Barry Fujishin ’72.

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as Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, while the fourth, LiCalzi, is a favorite among C of I students and alumni. All four have been at the College for at least 14 years, allowing the department to establish a solid program for teaching the concepts at the core of the ever-changing landscapes of politics, economics and law. “Whether it’s local politics or legislative process, the content is stuff most students won’t remember in 10 years,” LiCalzi said. “But what they do remember is how they had to solve problems, how they had to think critically from different perspectives, how they had to write. Those are skills and experiences that stay with you for your career and for the rest of your life.”

Professor Robert Dayley in Thailand.

Professor Jasper LiCalzi in the classroom.

Adds Hunter: “We are passionate about the topics we teach, and I think that is somewhat contagious with students. We don’t use text books. We are more interested in developing new ways of thinking.” The department also has carried on two of the hallmarks of Wolfe’s career: creating opportunities for off-campus study and pushing students to achieve at the highest level. Both Dayley and Angresano have led study abroad experiences to places such as Thailand, China, France and Italy. Dayley also advises the Model United Nations program

founded by Wolfe, leading annual trips to national competitions. “I feel like, especially in international politics, the most valuable thing we provide students with is a sense of discovery,” Dayley said. “A lot of students I take to Asia have never left the country before. That discovery of other people, other places and other modes of thinking is a very powerful thing.” The department also continues to produce high-achieving graduates including Tyler Hatch ’13, the College’s third Truman Scholar, and Amanda Frickle ’12, the College’s seventh Rhodes winner. “I grew and developed so much here,” Frickle said after being named a Rhodes finalist. “I don’t think I would have the perspective and the academic know-how that I do if I hadn’t gone to the C of I.”

While national award recipients garner the headlines, Hunter said the department takes great pride in producing leaders of all kinds. David Bonine ’97 currently serves as legislative director for United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); Luke Malek ’04 is a Republican representative in the Idaho State Legislature; and Ali Rabe ’10, fresh off fulfilling a Boren Fellowship in Cambodia, is a Namati Legal Fellow doing legal empowerment work in Sierra Leone. The list goes on and on. “The College has produced governors and Rhodes Scholars, but during my time here, a lot of our graduates have become quiet leaders,” Hunter said. “If you look at someone like Ali Rabe, it may not be as public, but here’s a kid from Middleton, Idaho, who is making a real difference in a part of the world that most people have never even thought about.” Many C of I students pursue a political economy degree with an eye toward law school or public service. Some stay on that path, others find new interests along the way and still others, such as Rabe, do both. Just as Wolfe intended, studying political economy at The College of Idaho has become a doorway for young people to become thoughtful and successful leaders, no matter where life takes them. “I used to struggle when students asked ‘What do I do with a political economy major?’ ” Dayley said. “But I’ve watched our graduates go on to successful careers in law, finance, healthcare, you name it. There

is no predetermined path—the skills you learn here travel. So now when I get that question, I just give them the rundown of what alumni are doing and say ‘Here’s the list of what you can do.’ ”

JORDAN RODRIGUEZ is the editor of Quest.

THE GEORGE WOLFE LEGACY Professor George Wolfe was beloved during his time at The College of Idaho. Today, his memory lives on not only in the College’s thriving Department of Political Economy, but also through the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded each spring to an outstanding C of I student studying political economy, history, philosophy or law. Many of George V. and Alice Wolfe’s papers, photographs and autobiographical sketches also are available in the Leo Baeck Institute’s online archives at

Professor Kerry Hunter teaching.

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Alumni take their places on the bench

When Elizabeth (Pike) Martin ’79 arrived at The College of Idaho, she had no way of knowing that she and two of her classmates were destined to become judges. Martin, who became a judge for the Pierce County Superior Court in Washington in 2010, arrived at the College as a premed major. Yet from a student body of just a few hundred, Martin would reach the bench alongside Candy (Wagahoff) Dale ’79, a federal magistrate judge for the District of Idaho, and Lansing Haynes ’78, a judge in Idaho’s First Judicial District in Coeur d’Alene. “At the end of my sophomore year, Dr. [Ralph] Sayre in the history department asked me if I had ever thought of law school,” Martin said. “We talked about why I would be well-suited to that and after that I was focused on law school.” During a clerkship with the Washington State Supreme Nevada administrative law judge Dena (James) Court, Martin first discovered a Smith ’97 passion for the independence and neutral position held by judges. Like Dale, Haynes and numerous other C of I alumni, Martin’s passion and the knowledge she gained at the College ultimately would lead her to the bench.

A SUPREME ROLE Gerald Schroeder ’61 didn’t come to The College of Idaho considering law as a career, either. But during Schroeder’s junior year, Professor George Wolfe asked him to take an aptitude test given to first-year law students. The high score Schroeder received planted a seed, and he decided to take the LSAT and

apply for law school, with no backup plan if he wasn’t accepted. It was a decision that paid off for Schroeder, who has served as a judge for 44 years, culminating with his appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court and a four-year stint as chief justice of the court. Schroeder, who continues to hear cases throughout Idaho as a senior judge, said professors at the C of I prepared him well for his responsibilities on the bench. “They taught you the subject matter and taught you analysis, but they did not attempt to funnel you into a particular mindset,” he said. “That aspect of education to me is critical. Their interest was focused on giving you the skills to go forward making decisions on your own.” Among Schroeder’s proudest accomplishments during his tenure as a judge are promoting adoption of the uniform probate code in Idaho and many other states, playing a key role in creating Idaho’s laws governing condominiums, developing the Law Learning Center to improve legal education in Idaho, and leading an effort to create a more modern juvenile detention center for Ada County. “I enjoy hearing cases involving issues that are critical to Idaho’s economy and critical to people’s lives,” he said. “That’s extremely rewarding.”

AN INCUBATOR FOR JUDGES Dr. Kerry Hunter, a current professor of political economy, traces the College’s success in preparing judges back to its rigorous liberal arts education. “We don’t have a particular point of view we’re trying to promote,” Hunter said. “Our desire is to challenge students to critically examine whatever point of view they come in with. We intentionally ask questions to challenge their convictions.” Through that process, Hunter says, students graduate with an openness to hearing different points of view—a crucial trait for any good judge. “We encourage students to wrestle with questions of fairness, even if we disagree about what exactly that means,” Hunter said. “You have to do more than think critically. You have to be committed to leading a responsible, respectful life, and those are good questions for a judge to wrestle with as well.” In 1997, Hunter started a mock court class which places students in the roles of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices,

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with local attorneys making arguments before the students. Mock court courses at other colleges typically place students in the role of attorneys arguing before a court; the C of I class is the only one Hunter is aware of that places undergraduates in the role of the Supreme Court justices. For Dena (James) Smith ’97, an administrative law judge with Nevada’s Department of Taxation, participating in Hunter’s inaugural mock Supreme Court class provided a launching point for her legal career. “It was the mock Supreme Court class that first introduced me to the thought that I could do what those attorneys standing in front of me were doing,” she said. “I had a preconceived notion that attorneys were boring and did a lot of paperwork, but I discovered that law was interesting in so many ways because it can affect almost every aspect of our lives.” Playing the role of then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Smith gained her first exposure to reading legal briefs and the process by which cases come before the Supreme Court. It turned out to be a transformative experience. After graduating from law school and clerking with a state district court in Nevada, Smith joined the state attorney general’s office before being named a judge in 2005. Now, she’s one of two administrative law judges for Nevada’s Department of Taxation. While some might consider tax law a perfect cure for insomnia, Smith enjoys the broad range of issues that come to her court. “One of the tax issues we deal with, for example, is the state’s live entertainment tax and this being Nevada, there is a huge variety of live entertainment taking place,” Smith said. “There’s always a new industry to learn about and I am still being constantly challenged and learning new things. “I think the [C of I’s] liberal arts education—where it challenges you to learn about so many different areas of knowledge and different ways of thinking—has helped me as a judge because I’m constantly learning and being challenged.” Bradly Ford ’76, appointed first as a Canyon County magistrate judge in 1997 and then as a District Judge in 2009, also noted

Bradly Ford ’76 is one of five district judges serving in Canyon County.

the impact his C of I professors made not only on his career, but also in life. “In my life’s journey, I frequently and fondly recall their

nurturing patience and guidance,” Ford said. “The concern for students and accessibility of all my professors was very helpful. Their dedication to students was inspiring and emphasized the importance of the never-ending pursuit of knowledge.”

MAKING A MARK In 2008, Dale became the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Idaho when she was named a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge Candy (Wagahoff) Dale ’79 remains a familiar face on campus. She serves as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and participates in many C of I events every year.

“Being the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Idaho definitely was significant,” Dale said. “When you’re looking at who is sitting on the bench, it sends the message to women who are attorneys now that there could be a place for them.” As a federal magistrate judge, Dale hears cases involving civil rights, the environment, taxation, drug trafficking, fraud and a variety of other issues. That breadth could be overwhelming if not for her experiences at C of I. “You definitely learn how to study at The College of Idaho,” Dale said. “The English classes with Dr. Attebery taught me how to pull out the details that applied to a certain situation and how to write clearly.” Dale said the small size of the College and the teamwork and camaraderie fostered amongst her classmates and professors continue to be an influence now that she’s on the bench. “When I talk to young lawyers in Idaho, I tell them about how small the state is and how that’s a good thing because you get to be known for your credibility and integrity,” she said. “Starting with my experience at The College of Idaho, I developed the confidence that people will listen when I speak up.” DUSTIN WUNDERLICH is the assistant editor of Quest.

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faces and places Homecoming 2013 The College of Idaho “Brought Back the Pack” for Homecoming 2013 in September. Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered on campus to participate in more than a dozen events and school spirit soared as the “Yote Fam” laughed, cheered, reminisced and competed, side by side. Check out more than 150 photos in the “Homecoming 2013” set on the C of I Flickr site at

C of I assistant track coach Andre Archer ’12 sprints to the finish during the Coyote Classic 4K Fun Run.

Outdoor Program director Conner Jackson cooks up a delicious batch of Dutch oven sweet potatoes during the OP’s grand opening celebration…

…and student Colton Grainger makes quick work of the meal.

The Coyote jams on stage with local rock band Marshall Poole during the tailgate party.

Allie Godfrey picks up a nice block from Marcus Lenhardt and launches a touchdown pass to teammate Jocelyn Allen during the Homecoming flag football game.

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It’s all smiles, sore forearms and dirty feet after the inaugural students vs. faculty and staff volleyball game.

Senior middle blocker Liz Myers and the C of I volleyball team battle rival Southern Oregon. The Yote Fam student section gets rowdy during the Homecoming volleyball match.

Alumna Jenette Noe ’12 shows off her portrait of C of I President Marv Henberg at the Chalk Art Festival.

The Coyote makes a new friend while mingling at the tailgate party.

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college news

College breaks ground on Marty Holly Athletics Center

(Above) C of I President Marv Henberg, former head football coach and alumnus Ed “Buzz” Bonaminio ‘56 and current head football coach Mike Moroski at the Marty Holly Athletics Center groundbreaking in September. (Right) Athletic Director Marty Holly, namesake of the new facility, has been at the C of I for more than 30 years.


he College of Idaho’s new $4 million athletics facility will be named in honor of long-time Athletic Director Marty Holly. Construction of the Marty Holly Athletics Center is under way at Symms Athletic Field on campus. The College broke ground on the project Sept. 5, launching an approximately 11-month project for the first new campus building since the Village Apartments were completed in 2002. “This is an auspicious day,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The Athletics Center that will rise in the days to come will support all of our studentathletes as they continue to strive for excellence.” Dozens attended the groundbreaking for the Center, which will provide training and support facilities for all Coyote studentathletes, including the reinstated football team that begins competition next fall. The naming of the building was announced during a standing-room-only ceremony Nov. 4 in Sterry Hall. Holly, who earlier this year was named the Cascade Conference Athletic Director of

the Year, is in his 33rd year at the C of I. He has played an instrumental role in the reinstatement of the football program as well as the College’s continued excellence across all sports. “This College is so close to taking off on a national stage,” Holly said. “I believe that from the bottom of my heart, and if this building helps in any way, then I am so proud to have my name on it.” Naming the building after Holly was an idea carried out by C of I alumni and supporters John Bequette ’78, Linda Bequette ’89 and Jim Grigsby ’82, who have combined to contribute more than $400,000 toward the building. Ongoing construction will complete Phase I of the Marty Holly Athletics Center. Phase II of the project will add a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center to bolster the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature. Video coverage from both the groundbreaking and naming ceremonies is available on the C of I YouTube channel at

Banner year continues for Professor Diane Raptosh The awards continue to pile up for College of Idaho

book of poetry, American Amnesiac, for which she was

professor Diane Raptosh in 2013.

named to the National Book Foundation’s Longlist for

Raptosh—a 1983 C of I alumna who teaches creative

the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry in September.

writing, composition and literature as the College’s

Raptosh’s award-winning run in 2013 is virtually

Eyck-Berringer Chair in English—in May was named

unprecedented among Idaho writers. But even as the

Idaho’s Writer in Residence, the highest literary

accolades roll in, Raptosh remains focused on the

recognition and largest financial award accorded to an

process of writing as well as employing the written

Idaho writer. The three-year appointment by the Idaho

word to open new doors for her students and the

Commission on the Arts includes a $10,000 prize and


allows Raptosh to share her work at annual public

“Not all years are like this,” Raptosh said. “As a

readings and special events across the state.

writer, most of your time is spent in the privacy of

“I am thrilled and humbled to have the honor

your own mind, struggling. But, as I tell my students,

of serving as the state’s Writer in Residence,” Raptosh said. “To be an

the writing is where it’s at. It’s not about awards or books. The real action is

ambassador for literature—for poetry, in particular—at the level of the city

at the writing table. This just happens to be a time in my life when I have an

and now of the state, is one of the highest honors I can imagine.”

opportunity to get out more, put some work out there and introduce people to

Earlier in 2013, Raptosh was selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate, a position that allowed her to share poetry at public events and readings celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary. She also recently published her fourth

other writers as well, and that’s an honor.” Check out a video interview with Diane on the C of I YouTube channel at

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C of I introduces new College Store BY CAVAN GERRISH

The College of Idaho’s new College Store is open for business on the main floor of McCain Student Center. The store, formerly located in the McCain basement, carries a wide assortment of C of I clothing, gift items and souvenirs. The Coyote logo adorns a stylish array of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and polo shirts, while a fresh wave of sportswear also is available thanks to the College’s recent partnership with Under Armour. Select t-shirts are available from as little as $9.95 to accommodate cash-strapped college students. Football t-shirts have been especially popular—they quickly sold out on freshman move-in day. “It’s nice that the store is really affordable now,” said C of I senior Erica Martens. “I had a great experience at the new store!” College Store manager Susan Hunsperger, who also managed the old bookstore, said the new location in McCain has been working extremely well. As students wait for food from the McCain Pub or do homework in the lounge, they can easily step in to browse for a new school pride item to wear to the next big game. One difference for students is that text books no longer are sold at the College Store.

The C of I bookstore is now entirely digital, and students can buy, sell and browse for books online. “Students already have been buying most of their books online in [recent] years,” Hunsperger said. “So it’s nice to not have to deal with books in-store.” The College Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hunsperger


welcomes suggestions from students and alumni about which products they would like to see offered at the College Store. To submit questions, comments and suggestions, please call (208) 459-5407.

CAVAN GERRISH is a C of I junior and fall intern for Quest.


A new mania is taking The On Sept. 3, Mariscal and Allen College of Idaho by storm, covered in helped organize the inaugural purple and gold paint and bursting Yote Fam Pep Rally, which drew with school spirit. hundreds and featured a “Harlem Everywhere you look these days, Shake” dance led by new men’s “Yote Fam” is sweeping campus, basketball coach Scott Garson. Ever bringing a renewed sense of C of I since, big crowds are a regular sight pride to the student body and Coyote at athletics events as the Yote Fam athletics. Yote Fam is at the heart Facebook page and Twitter feed post of the craze, radiating feelings of reminders before games urging the campus engagement, unity and campus to “Yote Up” and support support for all Coyote teams by the Coyotes. students, faculty, staff and alumni. In addition to enhancing the “We really wanted to boost excitement for all students at C of I senior Hillary Holt celebrates her cross country victory with the Yote Fam. attendance and school spirit at sporting events, the infectious team athletic events,” said junior Oscar Mariscal, who helped organize Yote Fam spirit of Yote Fam has made a big impact on student-athletes. along with senior Kasey Allen. “It’s crazy to see how much and how quickly “[Yote Fam] is the support you get from your peers, the encouragement it’s grown.” that this is a community where we all look out for one another,” said In the past, the student spirit group was known as the “Coyote Crazies,” senior basketball player Miguel Rodriguez. “Yote Fam isn’t a specific team, but this year’s students wanted something fresh. The group settled on club or group. It’s the entire College community. It represents our unity “Yote Fam,” which began being used by students as a social media “hashtag” and commitment to succeed.” on Twitter and Facebook last year. Become a part of the family! Follow Yote Fam on Facebook and Twitter, “It’s great because Yote Fam was created by the students,” Mariscal said. or email for more info. #YoteUp!!! “It represents the close knit community we have here on campus. Everyone wants to be a part of the Yote Fam!”

KARI STOCKS is a C of I senior and fall intern for Quest.

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C of I earns high marks in national rankings

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And justice for all


Tyler Hatch ’13, left, and current senior Nisshanth Kumar hammer local attorneys with questions during a mock court session.

Every other year, nine College of Idaho students— each playing the role of a current justice on the Supreme Court of the United States—barrage attorneys with questions during mock court sessions. Political economy professor Dr. Kerry Hunter started the course 18 years ago as a way to introduce students to the Supreme Court. “Students learn the politics necessary to get and keep a majority opinion,” Hunter said. “They learn that sometimes you cannot write precisely what you want—you have to compromise in order to keep the votes needed. It also gives them insight into how justices’ political views really do matter.” The challenging course has attracted some of the College’s top students, including Marshall Scholar Taylor St. John ’07, Rhodes Scholar Amanda Frickle ’12 and Truman Scholar Tyler Hatch ’13. Last year, Hatch crafted a nuanced opinion on California’s Proposition 8 that later mirrored the Supreme Court’s decision. After losing the case twice in lower courts, California refused to appeal the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That left the case in the hands of the activists who put Prop 8 on the ballots. With a 5–4 vote, the justices ruled that without the backing of California, the activists had no legal standing to defend the law. While gay couples were then free to marry in the Golden State, the justices punted on the

larger issue of marriage equality in the U.S. Hatch reached that conclusion in January. “I was the only student in the course that felt the standing arguments had any merit in the case,” Hatch said. “While highly technical and a ‘less sexy’ opinion to write than one that signals a new era in civil rights, writing it opened my eyes to the complicated nature of jurisprudence and the mechanisms that the judiciary can use to expand and retain their powers.” Hatch did get one thing wrong—the justice he portrayed, Samuel Alito, did not sign on to that majority opinion. But Hatch’s opinion showed the depth of understanding held by students in the SCOTUS class. “Lawyers that come in to argue are often surprised and sometimes even confused by the level of nuance that students bring to the cases,” Hunter said. “It’s amazing to watch.” Boise attorney and C of I alumnus Joshua Taylor ’00 experienced the students’ abilities firsthand when he argued before the mock court in January. “I’ve argued in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, tried a murder case and prosecuted a bank robbery,” Taylor said. “And my heart beat every bit as fast that day.” While mock court classes are taught elsewhere, Hunter said he’s unaware of other undergraduates playing the roles of quest • page 16

The College of Idaho continues to be placed among America’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The C of I placed No. 167 on the list, one of several national publications that ranked the College favorably based upon graduation rate, class size, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality. “We are dedicated to preparing young people with the knowledge, wisdom and character to thrive throughout their lives,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The College of Idaho’s continued endorsements by U.S. News and other third parties indicates that we are achieving our mission.” The C of I led all Idaho schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate, freshman retention rate and alumni giving percentage. And for the third consecutive year, the College made U.S News’ list of “A-plus schools for B Students.” Regionally, the College ranks No. 7 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Northwest and No. 19 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the West. In addition to U.S. News, the College was ranked No. 1 among Idaho institutions on Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and named by College Factual as the No. 19 best college value in America based upon a combination of academic quality and economic value. The 2014 editions of Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges also included the C of I.

justices, writing real opinions and arguing with attorneys. He once was a guest speaker at a mock court conference, and other professors were surprised to hear about his class. “One professor remarked, ‘I don’t think my students would be able to do that,’ ” Hunter said. “I responded, ‘Well, mine are.’ It’s very pleasing. It feels like [the students] are law students—they know the material that well.” RANDALL POST works in the C of I Office of Marketing and Communications.


Age is just a number to Gabe Osterhout. The College of Idaho sophomore currently is the youngest intern working for Idaho Senator James E. Risch in Washington, D.C., but Osterhout’s political experience and knowledge stretch far beyond his years. “My interest in politics sparked in 9th grade when I started to follow the Congressional hearings of the ‘Big 3’ automobile manufacturers,” Osterhout said. “I had always been fascinated with history and following politics became my way of witnessing history in the making.” Osterhout’s political career began during high school when a job shadowing Idaho Gov. Butch Otter led to a paid position on Otter’s 2010 campaign. Since then, Osterhout has worked as a page for the Idaho House of Representatives, interned for Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, and traveled to Florida to work for the Republican National Convention, where he helped nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s candidate for the 2012 presidential election and was named a “Future Politician” by the campaign staff. Last fall, Osterhout began his undergraduate career as a political economy major at the C of I and set his sights

The perks of the job: While interning for Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Gabe Osterhout has met some big names in Washington, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

on interning in D.C. One year and two applications later, he secured an internship on Capitol Hill. “Just after I finished my freshman year, I received a call from Senator Risch’s office asking if I would like to work there in the fall,” Osterhout said. “It was a tough decision, but after consulting with my professors and my family, I felt it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” Osterhout has been in D.C. since September providing Risch’s office with services such as answering emails and phone calls and fact-checking information for legislative assistants. In addition to his daily responsibilities, Osterhout assists in town hall meetings and occasionally attends interviews with Risch. With his internship coming to a close,

Osterhout is grateful to have had such a valuable, hands-on experience. He also believes more than ever that his education helped prepare him for the opportunity. “Without a doubt, the preparation I received in little time at The College of Idaho allowed me to be considered for the internship,” Osterhout said. “The strong political economy department at the C of I thoroughly prepared me for this internship, and the internship in return has provided me with a wealth of knowledge.” Read about Osterhout’s D.C. adventures in the C of I Student Experience Blog at BRODIE ETHEREDGE is a C of I senior and freelance Quest reporter.

Lecture series open new doors at the C of I Two recently established lecture series are opening eyes, hearts and minds to new ways of thinking at The College of Idaho. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies resumed in October as distinguished legal scholar Laurie Levenson spoke to a standingroom-only crowd in the Langroise Center. One month later, the College continued its Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues by hosting renowned philosopher Holmes Rolston III. C of I President Marv Henberg says bringing strong, well-respected voices to campus is essential to giving students opportunities to think critically about new topics and expand their worldviews. “The value these lectureships provide for our entire campus is immeasurable,” Henberg said. “Hearing inspired words from world-renowned experts such as Laurie Levenson and Holmes Rolston is an incredible opportunity and privilege for our students.” Levenson, the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School, discussed Jewish law and ethics during her Oct. 3 lecture. Levenson has

appeared on CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and NPR to share commentary on a wide range of high-publicity legal cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Clinton impeachment and the Bernard Madoff investigation. Rolston, a University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University, spoke on “Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind” during his Nov. 7 lecture. Known for his contributions to environmental ethics and the relationship between science and religion, Rolston won the 2003 Templeton Prize, an international award with a $1.5 million stipend given to the person in any given year deemed to have done most to affirm life’s spiritual dimension. He also has authored several books, including Three Big Bangs and A New Environmental Ethics: The Next Millennium for Life on Earth. Both the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies and the Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues will continue to bring distinguished speakers to the C of I campus each school year. The lectures typically are streamed live at and posted to the College’s YouTube channel at

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he College of Idaho In addition to creating a swimming program has family atmosphere, Mabile come a very long way in has helped the Coyotes a very short time under the become a winning program. leadership of coach Christine During last season’s NAIA Mabile. National Championships in Just two years ago, only Oklahoma City, the women’s five student-athletes were team placed 13th and the swimming for the College. Now, men’s team finished 15th, thanks to Mabile’s dedication capping a banner year that and the team’s success in the saw the Coyotes break 20 pool, the Coyotes have 28 school records. swimmers and a nationally The Coyotes have competitive team. even bigger goals this “It’s really exciting how season with a talented everything has come together group of returning so quickly,” Mabile said. “Most swimmers supplemented of our swimmers are freshmen The Coyote swim team, led by coach Christine Mabile, is primed and ready for a banner year. by an exciting freshman and sophomores, so it’s been class. The women’s team an incredible opportunity to basically build a program from scratch and features four swimmers who advanced to nationals last season—Selena make it our own. The foundation of our team is character, but we also Warburton, Madeline Sato, Kirby Roberts and Allie Godfrey—while school want to be successful at the national level, and it’s been great to see record holders Nolan Hill and Tyler Maryon anchor the men’s team. And that happen here and to see how supportive the College has been of the newcomers are making a splash for both teams already, with freshmen sport of swimming.” Mckayla Stevens, Alexis Medelez, Corbin Cooper and David Riser posting Mabile is a former C of I swimmer herself. She graduated from school-record marks during their first varsity meet in October. Boise State in 2010 and spent four seasons as an assistant coach for “Christine works hard every day to make each of us better and there the Broncos before joining the C of I in 2012. Mabile coaches using a is no limit for her plans for this team,” said Maryon, the men’s team blend of the five core values of the NAIA—integrity, responsibility, captain. “We can always get better.” respect, servant leadership and sportsmanship—as well as her personal The Coyotes will host Pacific in their only home meet of the season philosophy of building a family of swimmers that place an emphasis on Jan. 11 in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center pool. Follow the team’s character, individual responsibility and academics. She has worked to progress online throughout the season at generate interest for the C of I swim team by meeting with club coaches all over the Pacific Northwest and, as a result, she has recruited more and better swimmers into the program. Coyote football hits the airwaves In spite of her youth, Mabile’s dedication has earned her the respect The College of Idaho has launched a new, footballthemed radio show titled “Yotes Den with Mike Moroski.” of her swimmers. The show, hosted by Voice of the Coyotes Mike Safford, “Coach Christine, despite how new she is to the program, is an airs Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on KOOL Oldies 99.5 FM. absolutely amazing coach,” said sophomore Chelise Owens, a captain of Fans are encouraged to attend the show live at Stewart’s Bar and Grill in Caldwell. the women’s team. “The team and I are constantly improving with her Coach Moroski also has a guest segment every training.” Monday on “Idaho Sports Talk with Caves and Prater.” Owens added that Mabile’s family-oriented team approach has led to a That show airs from 3 to 6 p.m. on KTIK The Ticket 93.1 one-of-a-kind experience for her at the College. FM and 1350 AM. Be sure to tune in! Keep up on all the latest football news at “I am absolutely in love with my team and my school,” Owens said. “I couldn’t imagine a better fit. The team is like my second family and I know I can count on them for anything.” quest • page 18




uch has changed for The College of Idaho athletics department since 1981. Coyote teams played four intercollegiate sports back then. Today, they compete in 20. One phone line was dedicated to athletics in those days. Today, there are more than 30. The College did not have a single track athlete in 1981—or for 20 years thereafter, for that matter. Last season alone, Coyote runners brought home six NAIA national championships. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: Marty Holly, the stalwart athletic director under whose leadership the Coyotes have become one of America’s most successful small college programs. “What I love about The College of Idaho and what has kept me here such a long time is the uniqueness of this place,” Holly said. “This school has had its ups and downs for 100 years, but through it all, it remains a community of great people who care about each other and our students. That’s the truth.” Holly, a California native, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Pepperdine in 1969 and completed a master’s in athletic administration in 1980 at Idaho State. The next year, he joined the College as director of athletics and men’s basketball coach. It was a perfect match. The Coyotes became a national powerhouse under Holly, amassing a 423–156 record and winning the 1996 NAIA Division II national championship. After 19 years at the helm, Holly stepped down as coach and channeled all of his trademark passion into directing Coyote athletics. According to volleyball coach Liz Mendiola ’96, the fiery enthusiasm that made Holly such a successful coach is a big reason for his success as an administrator.

“Marty is passionate,” Mendiola said. “He cares about the studentathletes, he cares about us as coaches and he’s willing to do anything within his power to help us succeed. I think as coaches and as competitors, it’s pretty easy to feed off that passion.” Without the aid of a time-lapse camera, it is difficult to fathom how much Coyote athletics have grown during Holly’s 33 years of leadership. The College has added women’s basketball, soccer, track,

of Holly’s career, but for those who know him best, it’s just the latest on a monumental list of accomplishments. “It’s pretty astonishing when you put a timeline on it,” track and field coach Pat McCurry said. “I don’t know of another college athletics program that has seen the level of growth that the College has seen under Marty.” Perhaps Holly’s most impressive achievement has been keeping a staff of successful coaches intact. From Mendiola and McCurry to women’s basketball coach Reagan Rossi, baseball coach Shawn Humberger, tennis coach Cisco Limbago and ski coach Ron Bonneau, the athletics office is full of championship-winning coaches who have been at the College for a decade or longer. “I just have so much respect for Marty because I know how much he cares about not only my program, but also me as a coach and a friend,” Mendiola said. “He’s someone I don’t want to disappoint.” Added McCurry: “Marty supports us all the way, but he also lets us have our own visions for our programs. And he’s authentic. We call him after a win, and he gets choked up on the phone. Not a lot of ADs will tear up over women’s cross cross country, baseball, softball, country titles, but he does, and golf, tennis, swimming, lacrosse it’s genuine.” and now football to its list of Most administrators with intercollegiate offerings while Holly’s track record would have building multiple new facilities moved on long ago. But for Holly, including the J.A. Albertson no amount of money or prestige Activities Center, Wolfe Field could ever replace the love he has Baseball Stadium, Symms Athletic for Coyote athletics. Field and the currently-under“I’ve had opportunities to go construction Marty Holly Athletics other places, and I’m so thankful Center. that I didn’t,” Holly said. “This The recent reinstatement of is where I need to be and this is football is among the largest and where I belong.” most-publicized undertakings

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ebecca Constantino ’85 started Access Books in 1999 completely by accident. “I was at a school that had too many brand-new books, and I took them to an inner city school,” Constantino said. “Later, someone called and asked ‘Do you take books?’ There really wasn’t a plan, it just happened.” The operation that began out of the trunk of Constantino’s car quickly grew into a successful non-profit that writes grants to purchase new books and to date has provided 1.5 million books to almost 300 school libraries, primarily in the Los Angeles area. Every Saturday during the school year, a team of 50 volunteers refurbishes a library, cataloging between 5,000 and 8,000 books and adding a fresh coat of paint, a rocking chair, a reading rug and a couch. School libraries receive neither state nor federal funding in California, putting lessaffluent kids at a serious disadvantage. “If you live in a poor area, you don’t get to fundraise for your library,” said Constantino, who received the 2010 C of I Alumni Service Award for her work with Access Books. “If you live in a wealthy area, you have a great library.” Below, Constantino shares her thoughts on leadership at a not-for-profit organization:

As a high school junior in Reno, Nev., Rebecca Constantino, above, wanted to leave school. Her mother told her since she was so young the only place she could go was where her sister was: The College of Idaho. Constantino’s sisters Samantha ’82 and Nora ’83 also are alumnae of the College.


“One thing when you run an organization that relies on volunteers is people can’t show up and have nothing to do. They take their “You can’t do this without other people. Saturday, they arrive at a school at 8 a.m. and When we refurbish a library, there are 50 if they just stand around and wait for me to people doing it and there are people behind get ready for them, they’re not going to come the scenes who don’t even show up that day. again. So it’s a lot of preparation before people There are people on the Board who’ve helped actually show up. And then once they have a with marketing and fundraising.” good experience, then they’re going to want to ASKING FOR HELP come again and the more they come, the more “I think a lot of running a program like I can say ‘OK, well you like coming, so why [Access Books] is knowing how to ask for help, don’t you be the person that actually sets up what kind of help to ask for. You can’t do for volunteers?’” everything; you have to delegate. You have BUYING IN to figure out who’s going to follow through “When people buy into your mission it’s and who’s not. You can’t be offended, because in the non-profit world, people have the best valuable, but when they buy into how your program works and they decide ‘I’m going to of intentions and they don’t follow through invest some time,’ then you know it’s really because they’re not getting paid. I don’t get working. Programs like this can’t work without paid to do this, but it’s my thing.”


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people being committed. When we refurbish a library, there are 50 people there, and we do a different library every Saturday. So every Saturday we have a core of 10 volunteers that come often, but it’s a different set of 50 people. I want them to come back, so I have to make sure that they have a really good experience.”

A GREAT EXPERIENCE “It has been a great experience. Besides knowing I have been part of impacting the lives of thousands of children, I have met amazing people—most of my good friends are through the program—I have seen every community in Los Angeles and have been able to experience its diversity. I have gotten the chance to show my children that their world is much larger than their neighborhood and school—it is an entire community.”


College of Idaho alumnus Josh Taylor (’00) never wanted to be a lawyer. Before transferring to the C of I, he had his heart set on studying chemistry. “It wasn’t until I came to the C of I and met Denny Clark that I realized I wasn’t interested in chemistry at all,” Taylor said. “His advice on changing my approach to religion fascinated me and encouraged me to study philosophy instead.” Taylor’s interests continued to evolve after graduation. He worked for former attorney and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and also had a stint as a fly-fishing guide before deciding to continue his education. In 2002, he enrolled in the University of Idaho’s College of Law to pursue a career as an attorney. “Before I switched to philosophy I really thought I was going to be a doctor because I enjoyed helping people,” Taylor said. “But after volunteering in an emergency room, I discovered it wasn’t for me. I really just wanted to be involved with people and I felt that the law could do that for the long term.” Lawyering has proven to be a successful career for Taylor. Since completing his law degree in 2005, Taylor has worked as the Assistant United States Attorney for Idaho (2005–2007), Deputy Attorney General for Idaho (2007-2011), and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Canyon County (2011–2012). His current position is with Pickens Law—a locally-owned firm in downtown Boise—as an “Of Counsel” attorney. He handles cases in business, real estate, criminal law and commercial litigation. “I just like trying new things,” Taylor said. “It’s all about experiencing and taking on the challenge.” Taylor’s contributions to the community and his commitment to excellence in law were acknowledged in April 2013 when the Idaho Business Review included him in its “Accomplished Under 40” publication. The title is given to 40 Idaho individuals under the age of 40 who demonstrate prominent leadership skills, long-term goals, community involvement and professional accomplishments. “These are talented young professionals,” IBR president and publisher Sean Evans said. “They are shaping our state, our image and our expectations.” Taylor’s accomplishments show the benefits of receiving a quality liberal arts education. He believes his career would not have been possible without the lessons he learned at the C of I. “The close-knit community I experienced at the College helped me in so many ways,” Taylor said. “It opened up the possibility of free thinking and has allowed me to see people as individuals instead of numbers in my line of work.” C of I alumni (clockwise from front left) Alison Renz Ward ‘06, Chris Hansen ‘06, Meaux Dilley ‘06, Frank Hill ‘61, John Springer ‘67, Richard Weed ‘67, Matt DeLong ‘02, Ali Jakubowski ‘07, Jen Ward ‘08 and Nick Ward ‘05 celebrate C of I Founder’s Day on Oct. 7 in Portland, Ore.

Fall Fun

Scott Howard ’87 (center) and Tom Keene ’80 (right) chat with C of I education professor Kevin Talbert during the Homecoming Alumni and Faculty reception in Centennial Amphitheatre.

(from left to right) Jan Thomas ’58, Lisa DeDapper ’78 and Vicki Bicandi ’69 enjoy the C of I Sorority Reunion Brunch during Homecoming.

C of I Residence Life staffers (from left to right) Matt Gier ’07, Jen Nelson, Justin Waldron ’04 and Caitlin Kerrigan show off their winning office decorations during Homecoming Week. They transformed their wing of Hendren Hall into a 1970s-style tailgate party in honor of the last time C of I hosted a football game.

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“Let them come, let them all come, and we will see what they can do.” —William Judson Boone

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author of five books, most recently Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare. He and his wife, Beth (Damon) Sandford, have been married 40 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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1950s Harold Clure (’56) and Martha Clure (’56) live in Anacortes, Wash., where Harold established his private medical practice nearly 50 years ago. The college sweethearts were married in 1954 and moved around the country while Harold served in the military and then pursued his M.D. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1962 and the Clures moved to Anacortes, where they have lived since 1964, raising three children. The couple also has four grandchildren.

Edward Lodge (’57) , a U.S. District Judge, this summer marked his 50th year on the bench. Lodge, the longestserving judge in Idaho history, was honored July 1 when Gov. Butch Otter (’67), pictured above with Lodge and Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale (’79), proclaimed it “Edward J. Lodge Day” in Idaho.

1960s Ron Bitner (’68) recently was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers” by Bitner, who owns Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell, came in at No. 95 on the list. Bitner also was featured in a recent Boise Weekly article written by BW editor and C of I alumnus Zach Hagadone (’03). Jan Boles (’65) recently had one of his panoramic photographs, “Granaries at Soda Springs,” included in a touring show at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. The piece, above, also is part of the permanent collection of the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University. Dr. James W. Smith (’64) recently was appointed to the Hoover Institution’s Board of Overseers. Smith, a cardiologist in private practice at Saint Luke’s Boise Heart Clinic, is a longtime supporter of the Hoover Institution, a public

policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy—both domestic

around the world to participate in the tournament, where all umpires take part as volunteers. At the LLWS,

Sue Weitz (’71) recently retired as vice president for student life at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Weitz, who began her career in student services at the C of I, was Gonzaga’s first female vice president. She was beloved by students and staff at Gonzaga, which recently featured her in its faculty and staff newsletter, Spirit.


and foreign—as well as international affairs. Its Board of Overseers is a vigorous and engaged board, with members elected to five-year terms. Smith and his wife, Mary Barbara, also are generous supporters of the C of I. The couple recently donated $1 million to Phase II of the Boone Science Hall renovation project.

1970s Rex Blackburn (’77) has been re-elected as vice president of the Uniform Law Commission, an organization comprised of more than 350 attorneys, judges, law professors and legislators who draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all states. Blackburn is the senior vice president and general counsel of Idaho Power in Boise. He was re-elected by the ULC during the organization’s 122nd annual meeting in Boston. Richard Muffley (’72) was selected to umpire at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Penn., this summer. Muffley was one of 16 umpires chosen from

Muffley umpired in 16 of the 32 games, including the championship, all of which were nationally televised by ESPN and ABC. Richard lives in Arlington, Va., and at the event he represented the Southeast Region of the United States, where he has participated in umpiring for the Little League program from Virginia to Florida over the past 18 seasons. Dr. David Bruce Rose (’74) recently had his article “Spiritual and Religious Implications of Terror Management Theory: Recommendations for Church Leaders in Times of Disaster and Loss” published in Pacific Journal. Rose is an associate professor and program director for Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary at Fresno Pacific University. R. Loren Sandford (’73) recently returned from ministry work in Kharkov and Yalta, Ukraine. After graduating from the C of I, Sandford attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and earned a master’s degree in divinity in 1976. He is the founding pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver as well as an established international conference speaker and worship leader. Sandford has released 14 CDs of original music, primarily for worship, and is the

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Dr. Jay Breidt (’87) recently was honored by the Colorado State University Alumni Association as a 2013 winner of the Distinguished Alumni Employee Award. Breidt is a professor of statistics at Colorado State, where he earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. Breidt’s research interests include the study of new theory and estimation methods for complex surveys, supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. He also was named a 2013 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate, the highest academic title awarded to the college’s faculty members. Breidt and his wife, Julie, have three children; Emily, Anna and Matthew. Brad Hoaglun (’82) recently was named the new director of communications and public relations for St. Alphonsus Health System in Boise. Hoaglun, a Meridian city councilman who studied political science at the C of I, was a longtime communications director for Idaho Sen. Jim Risch. He also has worked as a top aide to then-state controller Donna Jones and thenBoise Mayor Dirk Kempthorne. Dr. James A. Hoffmann (’82) recently was named medical vice president of hospital and surgical services at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. Hoffmann has been an obstetrician/gynecologist at OMC for the past 19 years and has served as chairman of the OB/GYN Department for the past 10 years.

in memoriam Wil Kirkman (’85) this fall was showcased as the featured artist at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City, Idaho. Kirkman, a neon artist, also runs Rocket Neon sign shop in Boise. David E. Spurling (’80) has been named senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise.

1990s James Alderman (’96) has been named assistant general counsel for the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise. Dr. Timothy Iseri (’90) has been appointed to the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, a national surgical organization that seeks to “stimulate, foster and provide surgical leadership in the art and science of patient care; teach and research the diseases and functions of the alimentary tract; provide a forum for the presentation of such knowledge; and encourage training opportunities, funding, and scientific publications supporting the foregoing activities.” The goal of the Committee is to advocate for patients and Society members to advance treatment of digestive diseases and nurture the development of SSAT members with expertise in the legislative and political arena. Joshua Pilote (’98) recently was featured on as a Top-10 Fundraiser for Broadway Cares/ Equity Rights Fights AIDS. Pilote has raised more than $20,000 for the organization over the past two years. For more information, follow Joshua on Twitter at @stagemgrbares. Ben Skaug (’95) has been hired as vice president of institutional advancement for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif. Jake Zborowski (’99) recently was quoted in an Information Week article about some changes to Microsoft Office 365. Zborowski is the group product manager for Office 365.

2000s Kim Carlson (’08) recently finished her master’s degree in environmental studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Carlson, who studied biology at the C of I, spent the past two summers backpacking through the southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia

studying the potential impacts of climate change on imperiled whitebark pine trees and associated plant communities.

The following alumni and friends of the College have passed away. When you learn of the death of a College of Idaho alumnus or alumna, please email the information to:

Alise (Lindquist) Erickson (’06) and her mother, Robin Wylie, recently created the blog Kiss My Tractor, which aims to provide trustworthy, well-documented information about modern agriculture in a friendly, easyto-read format. Check out the blog at, or visit the Kiss My Tractor page on Facebook.

1930s Grace Johnson (’32)

Richard Bruneel (’62)

Billy Ray (’35)

Patricia Ehlers (’61)

Ulah Shawan (’30)

LaReal Hautzinger (’64)

Luke Howarth (’09) has been hired as a staff attorney for the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise. Howarth graduated from law school at the University of Idaho in May and also passed the Idaho State Bar Exam this year, getting sworn in Oct. 2. Howarth majored in accounting, minored in history and played baseball at the C of I. Capt. Lindzi Howder (’05) recently was featured in an Air Force Medical Service website story about her work as a nutritional medicine officer at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Howder’s 455th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron was the only nutritional medicine flight in Afghanistan during the spring of 2013. Jordan Komoto (’05) and Amanda Hendrix-Komoto (’05) welcomed their first child, Eleanor (Ellie) Naomi, on July 15. Jordan and Amanda live in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Amanda is completing her Ph.D. in 19th century American and British history at the University of Michigan. Jordan is the human resources manager at Ultra Electronics, AMI, which designs and manufactures propane-powered fuel cell systems for military and industrial applications.

Steven Jacoby (’68) William Lenzi (’63)

1940s Eloise Anderson (’42)

Louis Nakroshis (’69)

Donna Black (’49)

Ralph Olson (’68)

Robert Bowles (’49)

Lesta Watts Strange (’65)

1950s Richard Cerva (’54)

Juanita Thomson (’67)

Donald Davis (’57) William Jameson (’51)

1970s Walter Harris (’72)

James Kilgallon (’57)

Joseph Jakubowski (’70)

George Koutures (’58)

John Mason (’71)

Maurita Swenson (’60)

Reno Maggard (’59) Loren Marmon (’53)


John Purcell (’50)

Randy Poulton (’86)

Lucille Schoettger (’55) Loyle Washam (’52)


Don Wilson (’59)

Seichi Hayashida Jackie Neeley

1960s James Arritola (’68) Rose Bennett (’62) Cecil Breshears (’60)

Stanley Rhees Cindy Maria Sedlacek-Nance Betty Summers

second production at The WaterCooler theater in Boise. “A Night at the Zoo,” featuring the one-act plays Waiting Games and Like it was Never There, received positive reviews from local critics. The group’s band, Green Zoo, also is featured in current television ads for Project Filter, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare’s campaign against tobacco use. Check out the Green Zoo Arts Collective online at and watch the Project Filter commercials at

Josh Luth (’09) and his wife, Wendy, of Oconomowoc, Wisc., welcomed a baby boy to their family June 21. Easton Duke was born at 4:40 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, one ounce and measuring 21 inches. Jake McClean (’06) and longtime sweetheart Katie Webster (’06) were “finally” married this August in McCall. Katie, who majored in biology, is the business office manager at Gridiron Rehab & Athletic Fitness in Meridian. Jake, who studied history and politics and economics, is the alumni relations coordinator at the C of I. The couple, pictured at right, lives in Boise.

Blanche Cunningham (’64)

2010s The Green Zoo Arts Collective—a theater and music group that includes alumni Thomas Newby (’11), Mike Ward (’11), Anthony Parry (’12), Jeff Young (’12), Fred Loucks (’12), Kylie Jones (’12) and Ricardo Osuna (’12)—recently debuted its

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Brian Hosefros (’10) produced the music for the opera Strekoza i Muravej (The Ant and the Grasshopper), a reimagining of the classic Russian fable following the lives of the extravagant Strekoza and the dutiful Muravej. The show was performed Aug. 15–16 during Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival at Riverside Studios in London.

campus notes Campus Notes FACULTY AND STAFF FOOTNOTES Dr. Robert Dayley (political economy) had a book review published in the summer 2013 issue of Review of Politics (vol. 75, Issue 3, p 482–484). The ROP, published by the University of Notre Dame, is a long-standing journal celebrating its 75th year. Dayley reviewed Thailand’s Political Peasants: Power in the Modern Rural Economy by Andrew Walker (2012, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press). Jan Summers Duffy, an archaeologist and curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, recently attended an Egyptology conference in Santa Ana, Calif. The conference focused on the work of Professor Barry Kemp, one of the world’s top Egyptologists. Duffy compared and discussed her work with Kemp, whose site at Amarna is similar to one Duffy worked at in Mendes, Egypt.

series sponsored by the Christian Missions and World History seminar of the IHR. Alan Price (’10), the College’s information technology systems administrator, was featured in the summer 2013 issue of Cisco’s Unleashing IT magazine. The article focused on modernizing IT for education on a budget and talks about strides Price and the IT team at the C of I are making to enhance the student experience. Mike Safford Jr. was heard on national television July 27 as his call of a home run by Chicago Cubs’ prospect Kris Bryant appeared on MLB Network’s two evening shows, MLB Tonight and Quick Pitch. Safford, the C of I sports information director and Boise Hawks play-by-play radio broadcaster, also was heard during the WGN broadcast of the Cubs’ July 27 game versus San Francisco. Dr. Gerald R. Smith, a curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, recently was recognized with the Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a member of American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology for an outstanding body of work in ichthyology. Smith was selected both for the quality of his research and the educational and service impacts of his career.

difficult climbs in bouldering. Fultz, a kinesiology major, is a professional climber and athlete for Asana Climbing in Boise as well as the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ organization. Check out the Rocklands video at or visit to view Matt’s recent C of I television ad. Molly Hamilton, a senior from Kamiah, Idaho, recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. The four-week course is a leadership internship for Army cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an officer. Greg Johnson, a senior from Caldwell, Dharmjeet Rattan, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., and Kushil Samarasekera, a senior from Sri Lanka, recently created Dunegeon Raid, a game application for Android devices. The app, which puts the user in the shoes of a disgruntled employee looking to fight their way to the top of the corporate ladder, began as a

Margarette Pierre-Louis, a sophomore from Haiti, completed her “Water for Peace” project this summer in her hometown of Nan Miyse. Pierre-Louis and her husband, Keveny, helped install 19 125-gallon tanks that will collect rainwater, a naturally clean and abundant water source in Haiti’s mountainous regions. Pierre-Louis also planted 240 trees, supplied villagers with 300 water bottles and taught the locals how to properly treat and share their new water supply in an effort to ease conflict and provide a new and easier way for people to obtain and use the life-giving resource. Shelby Richins, a senior from Boise, recently gave a community report on her stream restoration project at Dry Creek. Richins partnered with Trout Unlimited and was supported by a Wells Fargo/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant while undertaking a project to better understand the genetic structure, distribution and movement of Columbia River redband trout in Dry


Greg Johnson, Kushil Samarasekera and Dharmjeet Rattan talk about their Android app Dunegeon Raid during the 2013 Student Research Conference.

project for the winter term course “Special Programming Languages,” taught by Professor Frank Jones. Once finalized, the game will be available for free download.

Dr. Scott Johnson (business) is writing a monthly column, “The College of Idaho on Business,” in the Idaho Statesman’s weekly Business Insider section, which is published every Tuesday. Johnson, the College’s new director of the Business and Accounting Department, wrote his first column in September. Dr. Steven S. Maughan (’85) (history) recently presented a paper at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study at the University of London. Maughan’s paper, titled “Medievalism and Mission: Lydia Sellon and the Expansion of Anglo-Catholic Overseas Mission Sisterhoods,” was part of a

Matt Fultz, a senior from Nampa, spent part of his summer filming a climbing video in Rocklands, South Africa. Fultz successfully completed a long ticklist of boulders, including three V14 problems that rate among the most

Hillary Holt, a senior from Meridian, this summer capped one of the most decorated seasons in the history of Coyote athletics by finishing 12th in the 1,500-meter finals at the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The 2012–2013 Cascade Conference Athlete of the Year won five national titles as a junior and set an NAIA record with her time of 4 minutes, 11.62 seconds in the 1,500 meters at the prestigious Oregon Twilight. Holt also has multiple cross country victories this fall.

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Creek, a small tributary of the Boise River. Richins’ audience was comprised of Dry Creek land owners, state and federal biologists, conservation groups, Wells Fargo employees and other community members. JOB CHANGES Dr. Celeste Bolin has been hired as a visiting assistant professor of biology. Bolin earned her undergraduate degree at Whitman College, her Ph.D. at the University of Montana, and she has spent the last four and a half years doing cancer research. Her first postdoctoral fellowship was at the Curie Institute in Paris and, most recently, she completed a fellowship funded by the American Cancer Society studying metastatic breast cancer at Boise

campus notes State University. Celeste is a fourth generation Idahoan and lives with her husband in Boise.

that in recent years has ranked among the best in the Pacific Northwest.

C of I track star Hillary Holt (opposite page)

John Danielson (’76) has been hired as an instructor in business and accounting. Danielson is a fourth generation Idahoan who, after graduating from the C of I with a degree in business administration, enjoyed a 23-year career with Albertsons, Inc. Ready for a new challenge, he became an independent business consultant in 1998. In 2005, he took on the assignment of planning a winery, which led to an ownership position in Vale Wine Company, a producer of premium Snake River Valley wines. Danielson is pleased to return to campus, where he hopes to give students the same great learning experience he had when he attended the C of I.

Kyle Cheesewright has been hired as an instructor and interim director of speech and debate. Cheesewright comes to the C of I from Southern Illinois University, where he recently received his Ph.D. Cheesewright earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Colorado State University and California State University, Long Beach, respectively. He takes over a Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team

Kim Franklin has been hired as director of the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). Franklin comes to the C of I from Columbia College in South Carolina, where she served as associate director of the Center for Engaged Learning and completed a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership. Franklin earned her bachelor’s degree in French from The University of Richmond and master’s in political science from Long

Island University—C.W. Post. Susan Hunsperger has been hired as manager of the new College Store in McCain Student Center. Hunsperger has managed the Barnes & Noble-run C of I bookstore for the past five years. She invites the campus community, as well as alumni, to check out the College Store’s new location and merchandise on the main floor of McCain. Caitlin Kerrigan has been hired as a hall director in the department of Residence Life. Kerrigan comes to the C of I from Oregon State University. She earned her master’s in college student services administration from Oregon State and her bachelor’s in psychology and Spanish from Pacific University. Before returning to OSU, Kerrigan taught English to adult learners for a year in Ecuador. Dr. Cara Laney has been hired as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. Laney taught psychology in the United Kingdom before moving back to the U.S. with her husband and daughter. Most recently she taught at Reed College in Portland, Ore. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Her daughter is in kindergarten in Caldwell.

Tammi Perdew has been hired as an administrative assistant to Student Affairs. Perdew comes to the College from Idaho State University Health Science Center in Meridian, where she most recently served as student services coordinator. Tim Streight has been hired as a Campus Ministry coordinator. Streight recently graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa with a degree in intercultural ministries. He has spent time working with an inner-city church in Portland, Ore., and prior to that participated in a ministry at Yellowstone National Park. Streight is from Nampa and is an avid fly fisherman. Barbara “Barbie” Vander Boegh has been hired as the College’s new Health Center director (RN). Vander Boegh comes to the C of I from the Wilder School District, where she was a nurse, and the Canyon County Office on Aging, where she was a nurse consultant. Vander Boegh graduated from Boise State University in 1975 and has spent time on the National Health Board, a CDC Task Force and the Southwest District Health Board here in Idaho. She has published research and currently is studying counseling.

C of I honors Distinguished Alumni The College of Idaho held its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner Sept. 28 during Homecoming weekend. The College had the privilege to present the late Eloise Anderson ’42 with her award earlier this year. Eloise passed away at home, surrounded by friends and family, on July 25. The 2013 award winners are: Distinguished Alumni Award: Don Haagensen ’67 As a student, Don Haagensen’s life was transformed by legendary professors Boyd Henry, Lyle Stanford ’33 and Pat Packard ’49. In the more than 40 years since he left the College, Haagensen has used the skills he learned in Caldwell to help transform the world around him. Since 1977, Haagensen has focused his law practice on environmental, natural resource and energy law, becoming one of the most distinguished environmental attorneys in the United States. He currently is a partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP in Portland, Ore., and he was named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lawyer of the Year. Distinguished Young Alumni: Kyle Sales ’03 In his first decade as an alumnus, Kyle Sales has excelled in his professional pursuits while remaining a committed

and active member of the community. Upon graduating from the College, Kyle launched his career in corporate accounting, working for Albertson’s and the Idaho State Tax Commission while earning his master’s degree in accountancy. He became a CPA and currently is director of finance at the creative marketing and technology agency POP. In addition to his career accomplishments, Kyle has served as finance director for Global Fast and also recently served on the C of I National Alumni Board.

Alumni Service Award: Eloise Anderson ’42 The late Eloise (Heath) Anderson ’42 is a two-time recipient of the Alumni Service Award. For more than 90 years, Eloise touched countless lives throughout the Treasure Valley with her warmth, talents and generosity. She enjoyed a successful career at First National Bank, was a faithful member of Boise First Presbyterian Church and shared her musical talents at every opportunity. Eloise was a friend to all, and she had a special place in her heart for her alma mater.

Alumni Service Award: Dr. Wallace Lonergan ’50 Professor Wally Lonergan first was a student at the C of I, graduating with a political science degree in 1950. In 1986, he returned to the College as dean of the J.A. Albertson School of Business. Lonergan helped rebuild the business faculty and endeared himself to generations of students. He received the Everett L. Doty Chair and served both in the business program and as co-director of the leadership program until his retirement in May. Wally also serves on the National Alumni Board and since 2001 has presided over the Half Century Society. He received the Half Century Life Achievement Award in 2000 and is a beloved staple of the annual commencement ceremony.

Family Heritage Award: The Bruce Family The outstanding legacy of the Bruce family began with Jim Bruce ’41. Though he only attended two years at the C of I, Jim has been an exemplary alumnus, friend and supporter of the College for more than 70 years. Jim has given years of outstanding service to the Board of Trustees and, most importantly, he has passed on his love of the College to his family, including Dan Bruce ’01, Bethany Bruce ’03, Sara Bruce ’06, Nicole Bruce ’11 and current student Andrew Bruce. As a result of Jim’s dedication, the College will enjoy a Bruce influence for many generations, benefitting not only Jim’s posterity, but also the entire C of I community.

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alumni profile

I’m blessed to have a job where I look forward to going to work every day. I enjoy working in public service; it gives me the opportunity to give back by solving problems that improve access to and the delivery of justice in our state. Quest: What was your favorite thing about attending The College of Idaho? The quality of the faculty. The professors were obviously subject matter experts, but I think even more important than that were the relationships they built and how they cared about students. They wanted to help you succeed. I think that made me a better person going forward.

STATS name David K. Boyd year of graduation 1973 major Political Science favorite professors Dr. George Wolfe, Dr. Orville Cope, Dr. Ray Jolly, Dr. Frank Specht


State Court Administrator of Iowa

David Boyd ’73 grew up the son of a minister in California, studied political science at the C of I, went to graduate school in Arizona hoping to become a professor and wound up as a State Court Administrator in Iowa, where he has enjoyed a long and successful career in public service. Quest recently caught up with Boyd to discuss court administration, leadership, college memories and his “international family.” Quest: What exactly does a State Court Administrator do? The State Court Administrator is the chief operating officer for the judicial branch of state government. Courts need professional administrators to organize and manage their multi-faceted administrative burdens, much like city managers, school superintendents and hospital administrators manage their institutions. I oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operation of Iowa’s state-wide court system, including 1,900 employees and an annual budget of $170 million. Quest: When did you become interested in law? I was kind of unique among political science majors at the time in that I had no interest in going to law school. Instead, my academic interest was in constitutional law and judicial process. At the time, I thought I wanted to be a professor at a small, private liberal arts college (laughs). But through Professor Jolly, I found out about the profession of court administration, which fit my specific field of interest perfectly. Quest: What do you enjoy about your career? I’ve been in court administration for 36 years, and quest • page 26

Quest: Did you have opportunities to participate in leadership at the C of I? Yes. Coming to The College of Idaho gave me opportunities I might not have had if I’d gone to a large state school. I was a member of the Intercollegiate Knights. I was involved in student government in several different capacities. For those who know Barry Fujishin ’72, I was his campaign manager when he ran for student body president. I was chair of dorm court and arbitration court. I was, in essence, the chief justice, so my ties to court administration actually go back to my time at the College. I also had the opportunity to do internships in the office of the mayor of Caldwell, with the state police and for the speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives. The only bad part was I was so busy during winter session I never learned to ski (laughs). Quest: Do you have a favorite C of I memory? I don’t know that I could identify one particular event—it’s more a general sense of the people and the relationships I built at the College. For me in many ways, it was like a family. I lived in Voorhees all four years and made some great friends. I remember my buddy Jeff Shinn ’73 and our late night sessions studying for the next morning’s exam. Quest: I understand you and your wife, Nancy, regularly host foreign exchange students? Yes. We have no children of our own, but we’ve hosted four foreign exchange students. We call them our international family. We have a German son, an Albanian daughter and two Swedish daughters. I think we get a lot more out of the experience than the kids do, but I’m proud to say they still claim us. Growing up in a minister’s home, there always seemed to be someone extra staying with us. Nancy and I both have a real interest in service, so this is just one small thing we do to try and make the world a better place.

alumni calendar For a full schedule of events, please visit the Alumni Calendar at Event dates are subject to change. For more information or to RSVP for events, email or call (208) 459-5770. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Holiday Tree Lighting (Morrison Quadrangle)


Half Century Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)

12 Alumni Book Club (President’s House, Caldwell) JANUARY 2014 15

Ada County Luncheon (Simplot, Boise)

18 Alumni & Friends Sundance Film Festival event (Ogden, Utah) 21

Half Century Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)


Random 16 Dinner (Blatchley Hall)

FEBRUARY 2014 18

Half Century Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)

Both Idaho and Oregon were governed by College of Idaho graduates when this photo was taken during the spring of 1956. Oregon Gov. Elmo Smith ’32 (left) and distinguished attorney Roscoe Turner Steffen ’16 (center) were awarded honorary doctor of law degrees by Idaho Gov. Robert E. Smylie ’38 during the C of I commencement ceremony that year.

24–28 C oyote Connections Career Week with the Center for Experiential Learning (Campus)

2014 Save the dates

MARCH 2014

May 16–17: Commencement weekend featuring Baccalaureate, alumni awards and the Golden Jubilee Reunion for the Class of 1964.


Scholarship Gala (Grove Hotel, Boise)


Ada County After Hours (TBA)


Half Century Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall)


Random 16 Dinner (Blatchley Hall)

20 1891 Society Reception (President’s House, Caldwell)

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Oct. 9–12: Homecoming 2014 featuring on-campus events for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, class reunions and, of course, the Coyote football game!

2112 Cleveland Boulevard Caldwell, Idaho 83605

Extra Extra

Top 8 Things to See Online 1. Check out Homecoming photos on Flickr. 2. Watch the Homecoming highlights video. 3. View highlights from the C of I vs. NNU basketball game. 4. Diane Raptosh ’83 discusses her recent literary honors. 5. Watch the YoteFam pep rally video. 6. Watch legal scholar Laurie Levenson present the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies. 7. Head coach Mike Moroski and the College’s recent football recruits discuss C of I football. 8. Senior Matt Fultz, a professional rock climber, spent his summer shooting a climbing video in Rocklands, South Africa.

R E M E M B E R W H E N… In addition to the three College of Idaho students who have gone on to serve as governor, hundreds have had the opportunity to meet and hear from political leaders on campus. In this Nov. 7, 2000 photo, former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus speaks to political economy professor Dr. Jasper LiCalzi’s students during a class in the Robert E. Smylie Archives inside Sterry Hall.

Quest is published by The College of Idaho. Copyright 2013. 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.

Fall 2013 Quest Magazine  
Fall 2013 Quest Magazine  

The College of Idaho's Fall issue of Quest magazine focusing on leadership.