SCHOLARSHIP Rhodes to Success
A Mitzvah to Teach
from the president’s desk
Scholarship My battered and beloved American Heritage Dictionary defines scholarship as “The methods, discipline, and attainments of a scholar; learning; erudition.” A scholar, in turn, is “One considered in light of his aptness at learning.” A principle that dictionary writers strive to follow is that key words in any definition should be more familiar than the term being defined. With the word “erudition” in the definition of scholarship, this principle is violated. People are more likely to know what a scholar is than what an erudite person is. Yet there is something wonderfully appropriate about “erudition” appearing in the definition of scholarship, for a stock caricature of the scholar is of someone who uses ten- and twenty-dollar words where ordinary folk use five- and one-dollar words. Plain speakers speak plainly while scholars obfuscate. Happily, scholarship at The College of Idaho is more tied to plain speaking than to obfuscation. The College graduates students whose aptness at learning grows over time into a spirited, lifelong quest for understanding. College of Idaho graduates are scholars in this sense; they do not conform in the slightest to the caricature of one who favors unintelligible language. The College’s enviable record in the Rhodes Scholarship competition is a first piece of evidence for the balance in our graduates, for Rhodes Scholars are chosen as much for leadership, devotion to the public good, sound character, and physical vigor as for academic success. Narrow, obfuscating scholars need not apply. The same is true of our success in other prestigious postgraduate scholarships such as the Truman and the Marshall. Perusing the College news in this edition of Quest, you will find additional indicators of aptitude for learning: a faculty poet laureate in the person of Professor Diane Raptosh ’83; a major gift to Boone Hall from Dr. James ’64 and Mary Smith in tribute to Dr. Smith’s mentors, Dr. Lyle Stanford ’33 and Dr. Pat Packard ’49; faculty and students researching and learning both on campus and abroad; and a Carnegie Hall invitation to our Chamber Singers. Fine singing, too, requires scholarship, for music performance is enhanced the more singers know about the composer and the era of a piece’s composition. We also introduce you to head football coach Michael Moroski, whose coaching career and philosophy have stressed the necessary conjunction of academic and athletic excellence. Our five-time national champion runner, Hillary Holt, exemplifies exactly this same connection. Athletics reveal that there is a scholarship and discipline of the body as well as of the mind. A physician’s skilled hands are as much a product of rigorous education as his or her store of medical knowledge. Our profile of Dr. Richard Moore ’79 and his role in developing a high-performance artificial knee exhibits lifelong scholarship whose roots lie in The College of Idaho experience.
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Rhodes to Success by Jordan Rodriguez The College of Idaho’s impressive legacy of Rhodes Scholars
A Mitzvah to Teach by Dustin Wunderlich Professor Howard Berger’s Judaic studies dream comes true
A Lifetime of Learning by Randall Post C of I professors dedicate their lives to scholarly pursuits
Special Edition Photo Essays C of I students visit London, Australia and Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains
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, Colton Grainger, Megan Mizuta, Randall Post, Jordan Rodriguez, Robyn Sanow, Betsy Tuel, Gary Way ’80, Dustin Wunderlich Contributing artists/photographers: Jan Boles, Michael Capell, Brodi Etheredge, Emma George, Reinaldo Gil, Brian Hart, Joe Jaszewski, Hugo Pardo Kuklinski, Fred Loucks, Eric Raptosh, Jordan Rodriguez, Bob Story, Dustin Wunderlich Cover art: Learning in London, by Jordan Rodriguez with Michael Capell Design: Michael Capell and Brittanie Campos with Kier Padilla
College News Professor Diane Raptosh named Boise Poet Laureate; Boone Hall remodel continues; Student research thriving on- and off-campus; Choir performs at Carnegie Hall
Yote Notes Mike Moroski hired as football coach; Coyote athletes claim six national titles
Barry Fujishin ’72: a gentleman and a scholar; Gary Way ’80 shares “C of I Memory”
Class & Campus Notes
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Rhodes to Success
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BY JORDAN RODRIGUEZ
The incredible legacy of The College of Idaho and the Rhodes Scholarship. The average American is 12 times more likely to be many Rhodes Scholars as it has,” Rindfleisch said. “To me, it all boils down to struck by lightning than to win the Rhodes Scholarship. the people there and how much they care about what they are doing. When you combine smart, enthusiastic students with a place that catalyzes that The odds seem even longer at The College of Idaho, a enthusiasm, it’s only a matter of time before our number continues to grow.” rural campus of just 1,050. But since 1954, lightning has struck seven times at the C of I, most recently last THE C OF I LEGACY The College of Idaho’s first Rhodes Scholar was the late Skorpen in 1954. Skorpen, fall when 2012 graduate Amanda Frickle received born in a Norwegian community in Brooklyn, went on from the C of I and Oxford academia’s most prestigious award. to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. He later taught philosophy at It is a number that puts the College among the top 1 percent of schools in Rhodes Scholars per capita.
Yale, the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Maine, where he earned the Distinguished University of Maine Professor award in 1975.
“The College of Idaho produces independent-minded students,” said C of I
Skorpen passed away in 2004, but his Rhodes Scholarship and excellence in
President Marv Henberg, a 1971 Rhodes Scholar himself. “We have a curriculum
teaching set a high standard for future C of I Rhodes Scholars that exists to this
that encourages exploration and a faculty that supports and challenges
day. Wills followed in Skorpen’s scholarly footsteps six years later in 1960, and the
students to both recognize and maximize their potential. As long as that’s the
College was off and running.
case, our students are going to remain very competitive for the Rhodes.” Frickle joins a prestigious list that also includes Erling Skorpen (1954), Ted
“I wasn’t a great student in high school, but I kind of caught fire at the College,” said Wills, who majored in philosophy and was an active debater. “I think the
Wills (1960), Tom McFadden (1968), James Roelofs (1969), Michael Woodhouse
personal attention I received from my instructors had a lot to do with that. I don’t
(1987) and Adam Rindfleisch (1993). It’s an impressive number for any school,
know that many students from the College were applying for the Rhodes in those
let alone a small liberal arts college in little-known Caldwell, Idaho.
days, but I’m glad I was fortunate enough to be chosen. It’s an experience I’m very grateful for.”
McFadden and Roelofs took home the Rhodes in back-to-back years, closing the
Named after Cecil John Rhodes—a legendary English-born South African
1960s with a flourish. They and each of the subsequent C of I Rhodes Scholars have
businessman, politician and scholar—the Rhodes Scholarship has been
carried on a proud legacy while adding to it their own distinguishing successes
recognized as the crown jewel of academic honors virtually since its
establishment in 1902. Rhodes Scholars may apply to study any full-time postgraduate course in the residential college of their choice at the University of Oxford in England, with tuition, fees and a monthly stipend paid for by the Oxford’s courtyard (original photograph by Hugo Pardo Kuklinskiier).
Rhodes Trust. Only 32 American students—and 82 worldwide—are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year. The lion’s share come from Ivy League schools, but the C of I has left an indelible mark. “I love telling people I went to The College of Idaho,” said Frickle, who served as student body president and double-majored in history and political economy at the College. “There are a lot of big-name schools represented by Rhodes Scholars, but coming from the C of I really stands out and gives me an opportunity to tell people about the type of education I received there.”
“It’s pretty remarkable that a school the size of the C of I has produced as many Rhodes Scholars as it has. To me, it all boils down to the people there and how much they care about what they are doing.” —Adam Rindfleisch, 1993 Rhodes Scholar
Rindfleisch, a 1993 graduate, had been the College’s most recent Rhodes winner. But he’s proud to pass that title to Frickle and excited to see who the next C of I Rhodes Scholar will be.
“I’m certainly glad every time I see someone from the College win the Rhodes,” Roelofs said. “For me, it affirms the value that both the College and the Rhodes
“It’s pretty remarkable that a school the size of the C of I has produced as
Trust place on a liberal arts education.”
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THE OXFORD EXPERIENCE
a very congenial guy, very bright and obviously ambitious. Years later, Strobe
Each C of I Rhodes Scholar points to the educational system at Oxford as a memorable and often surprising aspect of their Rhodes experience. Woodhouse, the College’s 1987 Rhodes winner, says Oxford students first and foremost are
Talbott was featured in Vanity Fair, and one of the pictures they used was from Oxford. I’m standing right next to him, so I got my picture in Vanity Fair. “As a Rhodes Scholar, you cherish every moment you’re there because you realize you’re a part of something very special.”
taught to think for themselves.
PROFESSORS WHO PUSH
“As a Rhodes Scholar, you cherish every moment you’re there because you realize you’re a part of something very special.”
The seven C of I Rhodes Scholars span seven decades, and much has changed at the College in that time. But each Rhodes winner credited C of I faculty members as the driving force behind their successful application and, in many cases, the only reason they applied at all. “I attribute my selection to the support of my C of I professors,” Roelofs
—Tom McFadden, 1968 Rhodes Scholar “It’s a very different way of learning,” Woodhouse said. “In America, everything is based on feedback through exams. At Oxford, you don’t really have exams and lectures, but rather a tutor. You read books, write essays and read your work to the tutor, so you’re constantly reading, writing and discussing. It quickly instills in you your own sense of judgment for determining whether your work is good or not. It fosters independence in students.” Oxford introduces students to new cultural and social experiences, too. Rindfleisch recalls feeling like a fish out of water, “but in a good way.” College of Idaho Rhodes Scholars have gone on to success in many different careers, including education, medicine and law. Adam Rindfleisch (left) is a doctor of family and integrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while Michael Woodhouse (right) is an attorney for Trinity Health and the Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise.
said. “We live in a time when ‘education’ seems to imply schooling rather than the ideals I have always associated with the College. With news of our recent student success, I like to think those ideals remain present on campus.” The names have changed—from College icons Dr. Louie Attebery, Dr. William
“It’s a surreal experience,” Rindfleisch said. “You get to attend these formal
Chalker, Professor Margaret Sinclair and Dr. George Wolfe to contemporaries
balls and participate in traditions that date back hundreds of years. My first
such as Dr. Jann Adams, Dr. Howard Berger, Dr. Jasper LiCalzi and Dr. Steve
year, I lived in a building from the 1200s. The floor of my room sloped about a
Maughan—but the teaching ideals Roelofs lauds and the knack for helping
foot from one side to the other!”
students recognize and then fulfill their potential have persisted amongst the
Rhodes Scholars often are afforded an opportunity to travel throughout Europe
C of I faculty.
and other parts of the world thanks to Oxford’s unique academic year, which
“My professors definitely deserve a lot of credit for keeping me on track,”
features three intense eight-week terms separated by long breaks. McFadden
Frickle said. “They encouraged and supported me throughout the process and
took the opportunity to see “most of Europe,” while Woodhouse visited 42
wrote great letters of recommendation. It makes me so grateful that I attended
countries—“not bad for someone who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho.”
a school where the professors knew me and cared about me. I think that made
Adventure also abounds on Oxford’s medieval campus, which is perpetually filled by some of the brightest young minds in the world. McFadden, for instance, was Rhodes classmates with U.S. President Bill Clinton and two of his
all the difference.” Woodhouse recalls an ambush by Professor Wolfe during his freshman year as the beginning of his path to the Rhodes. “Dr. Wolfe was no longer teaching, but he advised students on scholarships,”
future cabinet members, Strobe Talbott and Robert Reich, in 1968. “You definitely meet some interesting people,” McFadden said. “Clinton was
Woodhouse said. “I knocked on his door to talk to him one day, not really
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planning on anything in particular. He opens the door, and in his German
“Rhodes Scholars tend to be successful people,” Frickle said. “But I think
accent, he says ‘Ah, Mr. Woodhouse. I hear you want to become a Rhodes
the award really is about helping people. I hope to become a community
Scholar! Come, we have no time to lose!’
organizer and have the ability to make a real difference in at least some
“I didn’t even know exactly what the Rhodes was, but before I could say no,
people’s lives, and to me, that is success.”
he was planning my schedule and setting things up for the next three-and-a-
AN EYE TO THE FUTURE
half years.” McFadden likewise had no intention of applying for the Rhodes until the idea was pushed forward by Wolfe and other professors at the College.
Frickle is one of four Rhodes Scholarship finalists from The College of Idaho since 2007. Taylor St. John (2007), Derek Erstad (2008) and Colleen Smith
“I would never even have imagined applying for the Rhodes but for teachers
(2011) also were nominated, a fact that Henberg says is just as noteworthy
like Sinclair, Wolfe, Chalker and Attebery,” McFadden said. “In fact, I was quite
and encouraging as Frickle’s 2012 win. In addition, current senior Tyler Hatch
convinced I wouldn’t get it, and I didn’t want to fail. But the people close to me
became the College’s third Truman Scholar last spring.
would not allow me to fail. I know without a doubt that what happened for me at The College of Idaho rarely, if ever, happens at larger institutions.”
“I’m very pleased to see so many of our students aiming to climb the tallest trees in the forest,” Henberg said. “The competition is fierce, but even if you miss, there are a lot of other tall trees to fall into.”
FULFILLING THE RHODES
Wills agrees, saying the reward of applying far outweighs the risk of being
The Rhodes Scholar title is one that stays with its recipient for life. The scholarship remains a boon to its recipients many years after they leave the storied halls of Oxford, helping with everything from scholarly pursuits and job interviews to conversations at dinner parties.
turned down. “Even being nominated is a tremendous feather in your cap,” Wills said. “By all means, apply. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” Wills and his fellow Rhodes Scholars look back fondly on their years at Oxford
“It definitely sticks with you,” Henberg said. “Even for people who don’t know what a Rhodes Scholar is, the association tends to be positive. People think it makes you some sort of genius, which is crazy of course.”
as an eye-opening, often life-changing experience. Soon, Frickle will embark on her own Rhodes quest to make her mark on the world. Meanwhile, The College of Idaho continues to attract hundreds of bright,
Adds McFadden: “When I came back to the States, it seemed like no door
young, independent thinkers. Semester after semester, minds are stretched
was closed to me. Being able to put ‘Rhodes Scholar’ on your resume definitely
and ideas are challenged as students are mentored by professors with a proven
gives you a leg up. It’s an experience that marks you forever.”
knack for getting the most out of their graduates.
The Rhodes also carries with it an expectation of leadership, kindliness and
It is only a matter of time until lightning strikes again.
an interest in the good of humanity. Many Rhodes Scholars choose career paths with an eye toward public service, including politics, education, law, medicine
JORDAN RODRIGUEZ is the editor of Quest.
and scientific research. The College of Idaho’s Rhodes Scholars have gone on to great success in fields of service. Skorpen was beloved as an educator. Wills too taught at several colleges and universities, while McFadden, who recently retired as library director at Union College in New York, and Roelofs, a longtime public educator in California, also plied their skills in halls of learning. Woodhouse’s path led him to law, where he practices as an attorney for Trinity Health and the Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise. And Rindfleisch is a doctor of family and integrative medicine at the University of WisconsinMadison, where he blends traditional medicine with naturopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic methods in an effort to give each patient the best possible chance at healing. “There definitely is an emphasis for Rhodes Scholars to change the world for the better,” Rindfleisch said. “I enjoy being able to use my training to help people.” Frickle has been accepted into the graduate program in women’s studies at Oxford, where she plans to focus on advocacy for LGBT and women’s rights in the United States and Latin America. Frickle studied the topic extensively at the College—she presented a research paper on feminism in Brazil both at the C of I Student Research Conference and at a conference sponsored by national history honor society Pi Alpha Theta—and she is passionate about seeing it through, even if it might not lead to the wealth and prestige that accompany other popular Rhodes careers.
Amanda Frickle is set to begin her Rhodes journey this fall after being accepted into Oxford’s graduate program in women’s studies.
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BY DUSTIN WUNDERLICH
A TO TEACH
hen Howard Berger arrived at The College of Idaho in 1982, there wasn’t a single Jewish student enrolled. Located far from any Jewish community, references to Jewish culture in C of I courses were afterthoughts at best. Indeed, the headquarters of the Aryan Nations at the time were located in north Idaho.
Final Solution,” which included a brief synopsis of Jewish history and anti-
The thought that Judaism and the Jewish people would interest students in
Semitism from the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70
such a setting seemed far-fetched.
“The Nazis have been driven out of Idaho while Yiddishkeit (Jewishness) is now starting to flourish in Idaho,” Berger said. “How miraculous is that?!” FILLING A NEED As with many small colleges, there was virtually nothing in the C of I curriculum about Jewish history or culture in the early 1980s. Berger decided that glaring void needed to be filled. First, he introduced the winter term course “National Socialism and the
A.D. to the Dreyfus case in late 19th century France. To his surprise, Berger
Three decades later, the number of Jewish students at the College still can
found an enormous appetite amongst students to learn about things Jewish
be counted on a single hand. Yet interest in Jewish studies has blossomed on
during that first course. He responded by introducing more courses, such as
campus, and seats in Berger’s Jewish religion, history, culture and literature
“Jewish History: From the Maccabees to Woody Allen,” to satiate that desire.
courses fill up quickly each semester.
“Matters Jewish have riveted the world for almost 30 centuries,” Berger
That interest has helped establish the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, which reached its $2.2 million fundraising goal in January to become the first chair dedicated to the study of Judaism in the
said. “Particularly since the end of the 19th century and into the 21st century Jewish issues have been front and center in world history.” In 1985 and 1994, Berger took 35 C of I students to study and tour the State of Israel, and in 1998, 45 students traveled with Berger to Auschwitz and then Israel during the 50th anniversary of the creation of the state for a course he called “From Destruction to Resurrection!” Berger also leads popular Chanukah and Purim parties on campus, organizes an all-campus shofar blowing contest on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and works with his students to organize authentic Jewish Passover Seders at the College, conducted by Rabbi Daniel Fink of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise. Those classes and activities transformed students such as Ray Neilsen ’88, chair of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. “Dr. Berger introduced his students to cultures and concepts that we hardly knew about,” Neilsen said, adding that Berger also instilled a love of learning that continues to guide him and his classmates. Ray and his
Rabbi Daniel Fink of Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise leads a Passover Seder organized by Professor Howard Berger’s students in 2011.
wife Nancy personally contributed $575,000 to the chair, while the Craig T.
Intermountain West. Now, through the work of the chair and the associated
Neilsen Foundation that Ray started in his father’s memory has contributed
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies, The College of
The drive to create the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies
Idaho will become a hub for promoting greater understanding of Jewish
started in 2007, when a handful of alumni began talking about some way to
traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.
honor Berger as he entered his 25th year of teaching at the C of I. Assuring that
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future generations of students would learn about Jewish history and culture
Endowed professorships give boost to teaching
by creating a faculty position dedicated to that goal became the clear choice. For more than 120 years, The College of Idaho went without a fully endowed professorship.
A LEGACY PRESERVED
This winter, in just a month, the College took
With funding now secure, a national search will take place to find a
a large step forward with the announcement
distinguished scholar of Judaism and Jewish history who will join the
of three such professorships that will be filled
College’s faculty in fall 2014.
starting in fall 2014 with the Howard Berger-Ray
“The chair will establish The College of Idaho as the pre-eminent college
Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies.
in the Intermountain West for undergraduate studies of Judaism and
Additional estate gifts will create the Franklin
promoting public dialogue about Judaism and religious diversity,” said C of I
Specht Chair in History and the Berringer
President Marv Henberg.
Chair in Writing and Rhetoric, honoring two former professors who inspired countless C of I
The scholar who holds the chair, Henberg said, is expected to develop new
students with their gifted teaching.
courses, study abroad opportunities and other programs for C of I students
“Students learn from great teachers at The
to study Jewish religion, culture and history. Beyond the classroom, the chair’s responsibilities will include developing seminars, conferences and other public programs throughout the
College of Idaho,” President Marv Henberg Ralph Berringer
said. “Our commitment to outstanding teaching distinguishes the C of I from other
Intermountain West, while also partnering with Jewish leaders and
institutions of higher education. Creating three endowed professorships strengthens that
communities in Idaho.
Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz of the Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho in Boise, said
The Specht Chair in History will honor the professor emeritus who taught history courses
Dr. Berger’s work educating people about Judaism at the College and in the
for more than three decades, and includes a specific focus on teaching world history. Specht
wider community stands alone.
came to The College of Idaho in 1958, and while his specialty was ancient Greek and Roman
“When you think about a chair of Judaic studies, about how unique that is, and then you think about Caldwell, Idaho, you think that at the end of the day, The College of Idaho stands out from its peers,” Lifshitz said.
history, he taught courses in a wide variety of subjects, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Mexican history. Meanwhile, the Berringer Chair in Writing and Rhetoric will further develop C of I students’ clarity of thought and writing. The endowed chair will support a faculty member who will coordinate all aspects of the College’s writing program, establish a writing center to support student writers, and create campus-wide celebrations of writing. The Berringer Chair honors legendary English professor Ralph Berringer, who taught at the College in the 1950s and 1960s and helped invigorate intellectual life on campus following World War II. “Endowed chairs play an essential role in helping the College add to our faculty while keeping a C of I education affordable,” Henberg said. “These new chairs help ensure that a deep level of personal interaction and mentoring will continue to
be fostered between students and faculty.”
Berger’s appreciation for the support of alumni and friends interested in Judaic studies runs deep. “Having been here 31 years I want to leave a legacy,” Berger said. “This would be it, hiring scholars who will teach this material to students in the Intermountain West for years to come. “The state of Idaho knows very little about Jews, Jewish life, Jewish culture, Jewish texts. This will change that. This is the beginning of something very great, and it started at The College of Idaho.”
DUSTIN WUNDERLICH is the assistant editor of Quest. C of I alumnus Ray Neilsen ’88 speaks during the opening ceremony for the exhibit “From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America,” which the College hosted in 2012.
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BY RANDALL POST
A LIF ET I ME O F LE A RN ING
From their undergraduate years to the present, C of I professors remain devoted to scholarly endeavors.
STEVEN S. MAUGHAN ’85—MELLON FELLOW & FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
The open curriculum and small class sizes at The College of Idaho allowed
When Dr. Steve Maughan was approached in his undergraduate years
Maughan, a history/chemistry double major, to sort out what direction he
by Dr. Howard Berger and encouraged to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship,
wanted to take his life after Caldwell. Berger and fellow history professor
Maughan was surprised.
Franklin Specht provided inspiration, and a senior honors research project
“At that point, it was not even remotely a possibility, because it hadn’t
on the famous African missionary David Livingstone steered Maughan toward modern European, imperial and world history.
even existed as a thought,” Maughan said. But Berger pushed Maughan, telling him he had the right stuff. Maughan was named a finalist in 1985, and though he didn’t win the Rhodes, throwing himself into the application process was the beginning of great things.
Maughan looks to provide that same assistance by helping students pursue their passions and talents. “I want to help students figure out who they are now, so when they’re 30 or 40, they don’t look at their careers and say, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ ” Maughan said. “That is what I got at the College, and that’s what I want to give back to my own students.” KATHY SEIBOLD—FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR & INTER-AMERICAN FELLOW Dr. Kathy Seibold had a problem on her hands when she arrived in Peru on her Fulbright Scholarship. The students in her anthropology master’s program at the Centro de Estudios Rurales Andinos Bartolome de las Casas—most of whom were professionals from Peru—were not convinced a “gringa” could teach them anything about the culture of the Andes. They even went to the program director to vent frustrations. “He told them to give me three days,” Seibold says. “Of course, I didn’t find out about this until later.” Seibold quickly proved herself, explaining local customs that date back to the Incas. Information on the traditional splitting of towns into upper and lower halves and the separate seating of men and women in meetings proved invaluable to the students, mostly urbanites who had occasion to go to rural towns and work with the indigenous Peruvians.
Every other year, history professor Steve Maughan, left, leads a study abroad course to London, where he conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar.
“It was a big confidence builder,” he said. Maughan went on to become Idaho’s first Mellon Fellowship recipient. With it, he had a full ride graduate fellowship to Harvard University, where he studied religion and the Church of England’s role in the systems and culture of the British Empire. Maughan finished his Ph.D. in 1995 after he received the distinguished Fulbright grant to conduct two years of archival research in the United Kingdom. That research is the basis for his forthcoming book Mighty England Do Good: Culture, Faith, Empire and World in the Missionary Projects of the Church of England, 1850–1915, due out later this year.
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Whether she is in her Strahorn Hall office or conducting research in the field, anthropology professor Kathy Seibold greets every new challenge with a smile and her one-of-a-kind sense of humor.
Seibold had been battle-tested before. In graduate school, she applied
“The idea of the Fulbright Program isn’t just to scratch the itch of
for the Inter-American Fellowship to get paid to conduct research for her
some nerdy professor that has some idea,” Dayley said. “It’s the idea
dissertation. She had to go to Boston and compete for it.
that gathering up funding can inspire and build interest in places that
“I thought, ‘Who was I? I don’t speak well. I know the stuff, but how do
otherwise wouldn’t draw attention.”
I articulate it?’ ” That’s when she turned to what she always does when the stakes get high: humor. Standing before an interview committee of well-respected scholars, Seibold touched her chair, made a sizzling sound and said, “This really is the hot seat.” After the interview, Seibold asked interviewer and political scientist Richard Adams how the committee could know whether the academically gifted applicants could perform in the field working with poorly educated peasants, farmers and urban workers. Adams was impressed, and Seibold, who thrives in the field-work setting, got the fellowship. Field skills, a sense of humor and an ability to teach native South Americans about their own culture. Marks of a true scholar indeed. Biology professor Sara Heggland’s passion for undergraduate research has opened many doors for C of I students, most notably through the Idaho INBRE program.
ROBERT DAYLEY—FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR Dr. Robert Dayley sees the hard work he did during his 2006 Fulbright Scholarship sabbatical to Thailand
Dr. Sara Heggland can tell you exactly where she was when she received
of Idaho students to Southeast Asia.
the opportunity of her career at The College of Idaho. In 2003, she met with
The network of contacts Dayley
University of Idaho scientist Mike Laskowski in the McCain Student Center.
set up while working with Payap
He asked Heggland if the C of I would be interested in receiving $30,000 to
University in Chiang Mai has opened
conduct biomedical research as part of a statewide National Institutes of
many doors for C of I students during
three subsequent trips he has led to the region.
Political economy professor Rob Dayley has been able to share his knowledge and love of Southeast Asia with C of I students both at home and abroad.
SARA HEGGLAND—NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH GRANT
pay off every time he takes College
“I thought, ‘OK, is this a joke? Is this a scam? Am I on Candid Camera? Why does he want to give us $30,000?’ ” Heggland recalls.
“I get to bring my students into
Laskowski asked Heggland to write a proposal. That summer, Heggland
my research world,” Dayley said.
hired two C of I students and created a study program on cadmium toxicity in
“When I take them over there, it’s not
bone and its relation to osteoporosis that her team is researching to this day.
just a tour. Students get a first-hand
For a decade, Heggland’s lab has been part of the Idaho NIH INBRE program,
look at the problems that researchers
which has brought more than $3 million in biomedical research grants to the
study and then get to research
“I think about what if we had missed that opportunity, how would the path
Research conducted during a 2011 trip funded by an ASIANetwork-Freeman Grant produced the student-made documentary film Tangerine Dreams, which details the country’s rapidly expanding tangerine industry and the economic, social and environmental effects it has on local communities.
be different?” Heggland said. “I’m so glad that we saw this was something that we needed to do.” The program has been transformative for both faculty and students, as Heggland has made it a priority to emphasize student-faculty collaborative
Dayley, along with retired C of I Professor Terry Mazurak, established
an Asian studies minor shortly after he arrived at the C of I in 2000. He’s
“I see my lab as a community of researchers,” she said. “Students are
taken students to Asia once with Mazurak and twice more with history
involved in every step of the process of science, from designing and conducting
professor Jeff Snyder-Reinke.
the experiments to the culmination in a poster or conference presentation.”
“The 21st century will be the Asian Century,” Dayley said. “So we need
The collaboration has helped Heggland forge lifetime relationships with
College of Idaho students to engage with Asia. The scholarships and
the students who work and study in her lab. She remains in contact with the
fellowships that I’ve been involved with as a student and as a professor
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are producing the dynamic that was intended.”
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Dayley believes strongly in the power of government funding for research and other scholarly endeavors. A Fulbright he received in 1997
watching students get excited about science in the lab and see them really get involved in a research project,” Heggland said.
allowed him to relocate his wife and 3-month-old daughter to Thailand so he could conduct doctoral research. His 2006 Fulbright allowed his family
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Skylar Barsanti is on the case in front of the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street.
Gabrielle Nelson poses with Hodge, the favorite cat of famed English writer Samuel Johnson.
Jenette Noe sketches the Crouching Venus inside the voluminous British Museum. After “minding the gap,” Madai Montes and Julia Levy enjoy a ride on the Underground.
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Alexis Bennett, Dale Hartwell, Montes, Barsanti, Levy and Noe keep watch alongside the Horse Guards.
(above) Stephen Anderson takes in the art galleries at Guildhall.
Brittany St. John, Noe and Barsanti channel their inner Caesar at the British Museum.
Professor Garth Claassen and Megan Mizuta peruse the Museum of London.
For more London coverage—including videos and more than 300 photos—visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/london.
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faces and places
Sara Davis and Shelby Richins take in the scenery at City Botanical Gardens in Brisbane.
Dear C of I— It is our fourth day on Heron Island and I still can’t get over how amazing it is. There are beautiful sandy beaches and the water is so perfectly blue. The island is only about a mile around, but there is plenty to see! There are trees and birds everywhere. When we wake up, it is already about 75 degrees, and it gets up into the high 80s every day. It is a nice break from the snowy days back home!
Dr. Chris Walser enjoys some down time with a kangaroo.
Snorkeling is by far the highlight of the day! Snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef never can be topped in my book. There are so many different types of coral and fishes EVERYWHERE. We also see many sea turtles, sharks and stingrays. You know you’re with a bunch of biology majors when someone yells “SHARK!” through their snorkel and we all ask “Where?!” not because we are scared, but because we want to catch a glimpse of it swimming near us! On our way back from snorkeling today, we spotted four dolphins swimming near the boat! It was unbelievable. Heron Island has been a blast so far, but it is now time to start our research projects. It’s hard to believe that you still have to do schoolwork in paradise! Even though we only have seven days to complete them, I think we will all manage to make time for more swimming and snorkeling before we head home. Wish us luck! From Down Under, Betsy Tuel Ellen Town fills her Australia sketchbook.
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For more coverage of the C of I Australia experience, including videos, photos and a course blog, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/australia.
Emma George â€™12 gets some underwater footage at Heron Island.
Betsy Tuel gets a hug at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
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Winter W ilderness Experience
Students pause while telemark skiing in the Sawtooth Mountains during the 2013 Winter Wilderness Experience.
Dear C of I,
TOP: Biology major Patrick Erstad, left, and music major David Weatherby, right, make music after a day of telemark skiing. MIDDLE: Scott Knickerbocker, professor of English and environmental studies, and environmental studies major Christina Stucker rest during a day’s jaunt through the Sawtooth Mountains. BOTTOM: While learning to backcountry ski is one of the main draws for many WWE participants, students also enjoyed other winter activities such as an impromptu hockey game in Stanley.
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Today, we skied Copper Mountain. And skiing got groovy. We pulled the van over near our route up and unloaded. The sun had not risen over the Sawtooths and we were left to fumble in the chilly shadows. The air was cold enough to freeze my nose hairs. Boots, skins, skis, poles. Beacons, probes, shovels. Food, snacks, water. Good, tasty water. We stretched synthetic skins across the bottoms of our skis, strapped skis to our boots and trekked out. We worked tightly through the silent meadows that skirt Copper Mountain. I could see how winds had howled all season, crusting the western trunks of thick firs with a callous of fine snow, densely packed. We followed the ridge for about a mile, tracking up single file. It was a steep hike. I felt my blood leave my brain, consenting to aid the more severe laboring of my legs. Clearing out of the forest, we rose into a clearer field of view. A few sturdy trees twisted proudly out of the earth at this elevation, but each was burdened with a full wind crust, cropping up from the mountain like protrusions of calcite. They were white, frozen explosions captured in an instant, rumpled plumes of smoke caught and held still, incredibly loud but muted by the winter. We summited, ripped the skins off our skis and took a chance to munch some food. Sufficed, we turned, dropped our knees in proper tele-ski position and sliced into that wonderful blanket of powder below, curving with the rhythm of our beating hearts. From Idaho’s Sawtooth wilderness, —Colton Grainger
faces and places For more information about the Winter Wilderness Experience, including videos, photos and student readings of their creative writing during the course, visit collegeofidaho.edu/winterwilderness.
TOP LEFT: Freshman Conner Jackson cuts through a fresh coat of powder. TOP RIGHT: The WWE concludes with an overnight ski tour to yurts on 10,651-foot Williams Peak. MIDDLE: Political economy major Colton Grainger catches air off an improvised ski jump. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Winter Wilderness Experience offers students an opportunity to study wilderness, environmental literature and the area surrounding Stanley, while also enjoying one of Idahoâ€™s most spectacular areas. BOTTOM LEFT: Megan Dixon, professor of mathematical and physical sciences, leads a morning class session. Dixon and Knickerbocker lead the Winter Wilderness Experience.
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POETRY IN ACTION Professor Diane Raptosh uses words to build community BY ROBYN SANOW The College of Idaho often is described as a community—a complex network of people working together to achieve goals while also celebrating their shared history and traditions. Every once in a while, we get the opportunity to recognize someone who represents this community in its truest form; an individual who can amplify the strengths of those around them and give back to the campus in selfless, driven ways. English Professor Diane Raptosh is one of these individuals, and it is exciting to recognize her unanimous selection as Boise’s first Poet Laureate, as announced Jan. 15 by the Boise Department of Arts and History. As Poet Laureate, Raptosh will be asked to create and share works on three topics: enterprise, environment and community. It is the third that Raptosh is most passionate about, and in many ways, has already come to represent through her efforts in the Treasure Valley. A long-time believer in the power of language to “say the unsayable,” Professor Raptosh has been opening doors to the community for years through her classes on literature and social justice, her seminars that focus on the American prison system and deal with current socio-political issues, and the internships she has helped arrange for students at
The College of Idaho to be able to serve and teach in underprivileged areas. Raptosh says her greatest reward in teaching is the day-to-day breakthroughs her students make, not only in their writing but also in their perception of the world around them and their ability to understand the issues at hand in their communities.
“Poetry is a vehicle for getting the truth out and for shining the light into dark places,” Raptosh said. “It can open the door to a different kind of life.” One student whose door was opened by poetry is Ashley Barr, a senior majoring in creative writing who intends to pursue a master’s of fine arts in poetry after graduation. Barr has taken several classes from Raptosh, including writing workshops, the criminal justice seminar titled “The Prison Experience,” and her current creative writing capstone course. Raptosh also nominated Barr for a national literature conference in Ogden, Utah, and encouraged her to present poetry at the state capitol and to become connected with accomplished Idaho poets, such as C of I alumna and fellow Raptosh student Megan Williams ’08. “Diane has truly taught me what it means to be a writer and poet,” Barr said. “She is an asset even to students who do not see themselves as writers. In her classes, she encourages critical thought and rigorous scholarship of all kinds. She’s truly an inspiration!” C of I journalism professor Alan Minskoff, a longtime friend and colleague of Raptosh, says her strength lies in her ability to help students discover new passions. “[Diane] has opened up a community of poetryreceptive students on campus,” Minskoff said. “She brings students out of their sheltered zones and allows them to grow.” Raptosh takes a deep interest in the status of her community, both in the subjects she teaches and the topics she chooses to focus on in her writing. She also is incredibly humble about both her work and her role as Poet Laureate. “The position of Poet Laureate is not really about me at all,” Raptosh said. “I am just a way to help bring literacy and language to those who need it.” “More than anything, it is obvious that Diane really cares about her students,” Barr said. “Her courses are challenging, and she expects a lot from students. If you’re willing to put in the effort, though, you will really grow as a student and as a human being.”
Diane Raptosh has a book of poetry, American Amnesiac, due out later this year. She also will give a Boise Poet Laureate reading in July on a topic near and dear to her heart: “Community.”
ROBYN SANOW is a College of Idaho senior and freelance writer.
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Alumnus gifts $1 Million for Boone Hall Renovation The College of Idaho’s effort to modernize its science teaching facilities received a big boost in December when alumnus Dr. James W. Smith ’64 and his wife, Mary Barbara, donated $1 million to Phase II of the Boone Science Hall Renovation Project. Smith, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Boise Heart Clinic, said the gift was inspired by his student experiences with C of I professors such as the late Dr. Lyle Stanford ‘33, who taught biology at the College from 1942 to 1976, and Dr. Patricia Packard ‘49, a biology professor who advised him during his senior research project on the genetic aspects of Marfan syndrome. “Dr. Stanford did everything he could to help students reach their goals, and with his assistance many physicians in the Treasure Valley were able to achieve their goal of attending medical school,” Smith said. “The College continues to have tremendous faculty like Dr. Stanford and Dr. Packard who
put their focus on students and do a great job of helping each student get the most out of his or her education. I’m very pleased to help enhance that learning experience.” Phase I of remodeling Boone Hall, a $7.4 million project completed in September 2010, made improvements to the building’s infrastructure, accessibility, safety and research facilities. Phase II, estimated at $2.1 million, will remodel teaching laboratories, classrooms and support areas into flexible, state-of-the-art spaces that will better support individual work, group projects, interdisciplinary and problems-based approaches, and student research. In recognition of the $1 million gift, the second floor of Boone Hall and the biology seminar room will be named in honor of the Smiths, while the human biology laboratory
will be named in honor of Dr. Stanford and the building’s Philo-Tech Lounge will be named in honor of Dr. Packard, who taught at the College from 1959 to 1989.
To learn more about the Boone Hall Renovation, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/ giving/boone-hall.
Athletics-themed Gala hits a home run C of I celebrates successful evening of scholarship fundraising
“These are exciting times at The College of Idaho,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “The success of the Gala is illustrative of the unprecedented momentum we have at the College thanks to the passion of our alumni, the unwavering support of our friends and donors and the continued success of our outstanding students and faculty.” What has been a momentous 12 months at Since the 2012 Scholarship Gala one year ago, The College of Idaho continued Feb. 22 as the College has celebrated its seventh Rhodes friends and supporters of the College helped Scholar, created a new joint program for physician make the 2013 Scholarship Gala another assistants, reinstated the Coyote football program, rousing success. More than 450 guests turned successfully endowed the Howard Berger-Ray out at the downtown Boise Centre on the Grove Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, unveiled plans for the annual event, which raised $170,000 for a new Athletics and Outdoor Education Center for student scholarships while celebrating and secured a $1 million gift toward Phase II of the the College’s proud tradition in athletics. Boone Science Hall remodel. spring 2013 • page 19
“Things have come to the College that are going to propel us to a level that we haven’t seen,” said development director Jack Cafferty ’97. “We need everybody’s support now more than ever.” The athletics-themed 2013 Gala attracted scores of Coyote fans and former athletes, while current student-athletes mingled with the guests and junior track star Hillary Holt—a five-time national champion and Olympic hopeful—was the featured student speaker. As of March 2013, the College has collected $156 million toward its Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016. To learn more about Advance The Legacy, or to make a gift, please visit: www.collegeofidaho.edu/campaign.
college news Students get psyched at national conference
Can practicing mindfulness and meditation lead to reduced stress levels? Will watching political satire shape a person’s political views? Do our personalities influence the types of video games we play, or vice versa? College of Idaho students are looking for answers to these questions as undergraduate researchers in psychology professor Dr. Meredith Minear’s Cognitive Plasticity Lab. During winter term, seven C of I researchers shared their work at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, one of the top psychology conferences in the nation. The group heard from leading psychologists and shared their research with peers from around the country. “We’ve put in a lot of work during the past two years, but it was definitely worth it,” said senior Ellen Gott, a psychology/biology double major. “Going to the conference and publishing research with our names on it as undergraduates was an amazing experience and an incredible opportunity.” Gott and research partner Makenzie Ellsworth performed experiments to determine whether regular mindfulness and meditation practice would help C of I students deal with stress. The resulting data showed that students who meditated did show a decrease in stress, more so than students who took a yoga class. Recent graduates Kelley Fitzpatrick ’12 and Jacob Mamer ’12 also contributed to the project. “Having students doing their own research has benefits of its own, but the target of this particular research is to find answers that could help our entire student body,” Minear said. “Bringing mindfulness practice into education is something that could help students long-term.” Students Andrew Moore and Josh Sukeena focused their research on the reasons people play different types of video games and the personality traits associated with different types of gamers. The third research team, which included students Katrine Franks and Mindi Price along with recent alumna Faith Brasher ’10 and lab manager Mandy Brasher, focused on the political attitudes of people who watch political satire such as The Colbert Report. Surprisingly, results have shown that viewers report being less cynical about American politics. To learn more about the ongoing research of the Cognitive Plasticity Lab, visit www.minearlab.com.
College set for celebration of student scholarship
he College of Idaho will host its 8th annual Student Research Conference on Saturday, April 27, celebrating the scholarly and creative activities of students across all disciplines. Sara Heggland, a professor of biology and member of the SRC committee, said the event is a celebration of the liberal arts experience that the entire C of I community can take pride in. “It’s incredible to see everything that students are working on across our campus,” Heggland said. “We have poetry readings, scientific poster
presentations, documentary films and musical performances, and they are all mixed together.” During this year’s conference, research projects in astrophysics, biology, psychology, history and other fields will be presented, in addition to musical performances and screenings of several wildlife documentaries created by biology students who participated in a field study course exploring Australia’s coastal ecosystems in January. Since the College’s first Student Research Morgan (Bow) Hanson ’11 presents research on Thailand’s tangerine industry and its economic, environmental and cultural impacts during the 2012 Student Research Conference.
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Conference, the event has grown to include approximately 50 posters, oral presentations and creative works involving approximately 70 students. “Research and creative work are opportunities for students to really get engaged in their academic disciplines and dig deeper, to go way beyond the textbook,” Heggland said. “These are very significant learning experiences that often help shape our students’ futures.” This year’s conference will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m., with presentations in Langroise Center and Boone Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend student presentations of their creative and scholarly work, mingle with the student researchers and faculty advisors, and see first-hand the impact of undergraduate research at the C of I. Refreshments also will be provided. For more information, visit the SRC web page at www.collegeofidaho.edu/student-researchconference or watch presentations from previous conferences on the C of I YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goyotes.
A view from center stage: Carnegie Hall 2013 BY BRODI ETHEREDGE
There is always an ethereal silence after reaching the final chord of a choral piece in Jewett Auditorium, but nothing compares to the subsequent stillness in Carnegie Hall. I can still hear the notes shimmering in the air and waiting with bated breath for the crowd to erupt into applause...it was the most fulfilling experience I have ever had. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of performing in one of the most prestigious concert houses in the country. But it wasn’t until I joined Chamber Singers at The College of Idaho that my dream finally came true. And I wasn’t the only one. “The first thing that I thought when I walked into Carnegie Hall was ‘Holy cow,’ ” said soprano Danielle Danker. “To perform music in such a meaningful venue is something I have always looked forward to, and even though I’ve done it now, it still hasn’t lost its glitter.” When choir director Dr. Brent Wells was approached by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) to perform in Carnegie with Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, I was worried that our choir wouldn’t be able to learn the repertoire adequately. But when
we got into the rehearsal space with 200 student singers from around the globe, I felt beyond prepared. Even in such a large and diverse choir, our love of music and singing blended nicely. And looking back, I feel our group was the bestprepared of the bunch. “It was wonderful to perform in such an historic hall and to share the experience with people from all over the world,” Wells said. “The students were very prepared for this trip and everyone handled themselves professionally. It was a great tour.” Performing in Carnegie Hall was the highlight of this trip, but I will never forget the other adventures I experienced with this amazing group of people. Looking out from the top of the Empire State Building, seeing La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago on Broadway, exploring Chinatown, visiting the 9/11 Memorial, and mingling with C of I alumni are just a few of the events that will be in my heart forever. And overall, what I enjoyed most about this trip was that it represented everything The College of Idaho stands for: a well-rounded, culturally diverse and hands-on learning experience.
BRODI ETHEREDGE is a College of Idaho junior and freelance writer.
Brodi Etheredge (left) enjoying the Big Apple with classmates Anna Lintner-Majernikova, Edie Dull and Aly Hall.
C of I students study ‘Slow Food’ in Italy
C of I senior Katy Stewart has visited Italy twice in the past year to conduct research for her senior thesis honors project. She presented her research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April.
Most college students are all-too-familiar with fast food. Far fewer know of “slow food,” but a dozen College of Idaho students immersed themselves in the topic this spring through the environmental studies special topics class “Slow Food in Italy.” The class, led by professors Jim Angresano, Rochelle Johnson and Don Mansfield, spent 10 days studying the slow food movement first-hand, traveling to northern Italy to learn about the impact local, healthy, high-quality food can have on communities. The group visited local markets, toured farms and, of course, sampled a wide variety of delicious Italian foods. “The slow food movement started in Italy,” Angresano said. “And it’s not just about eating slowly; it’s an entire way of life and an ideology about building a community through healthy, local food and a focus on quality rather than quantity.” While slow food is a relatively new concept for most of the group, it is of special interest to Katy Stewart. The senior from Coeur d’Alene has worked to increase environmental awareness during her four years on campus, and she traveled to Italy last summer while working on her anthropology and sociology senior thesis honors project “Food ideology, sense of place, and regulations: A cross-cultural comparison of American and Italian Cheese Making.” “I really like this idea of producing and consuming food that is clean, good for you and produced in a just way both for people and the environment,” said Stewart, who also is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in interactive journalism. “I’m definitely looking forward to going back to Italy and expanding on my project as we learn more.” Stewart presented her thesis paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research on April 11–13 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She’s also sharing her paper April 27 at the C of I Student Research Conference inside the Langroise Center. To learn more about the project, check out Stewart’s blog, “Until we eat again,” at www.untilweeatagaintrip.wordpress.com.
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yote notes LEADER OF THE PACK
COACH MIKE MOROSKI CHOSEN TO LEAD COYOTE FOOTBALL TEAM Coyotes sign first recruit
Coach Mike Moroski is busy preparing the Coyotes for kickoff in 2014.
he College of Idaho football program has its man. After an extensive national search, the College chose Mike Moroski to lead the return of Coyote football. Moroski, a former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant coach at the University of California-Davis, becomes the 17th coach in program history—and the first in the new era of C of I football that kicks off when Coyotes take the field as members of the NAIA Frontier Conference in 2014. “I am very honored and extremely excited to begin work as the new head football coach at The College of Idaho,” Moroski said. “I look forward to constructing a program that demands excellence on and off the field—a program that will cultivate smart, courageous and hard-working student-athletes with bright futures. “My primary goal will be to build an elite and competitive program that The College of Idaho, the city of Caldwell and the entire state of Idaho can be very proud of.” Moroski helped lead the UC Davis Aggies to eight NCAA Division II postseason appearances during 17 years as offensive coordinator and most recently served as the football program’s assistant head coach. In 2001, Moroski’s offense averaged 41 points and 511 yards per game, helping him earn Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
“We are excited to welcome a coach with the character and track record of success that Mike Moroski possesses,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Mike has played or coached through 26 winning seasons, and even more importantly, he is committed to The College of Idaho’s educational mission and making sure our football players graduate with an outstanding liberal arts education.” A native of Novato, Calif., Moroski played quarterback at Davis from 1975–78, earning Far West Conference Player of the Year honors in both 1977 and 1978, and leading the Aggies to the 1977 Division II national semifinals. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1979 NFL Draft and played for eight years as a backup quarterback with the Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. Moroski graduated from Davis with a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and has a master’s in educational psychology. C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly cited Moroski’s passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes as strengths he will bring as coach of the Coyote football program. “Mike demands that his student-athletes strive for excellence on and off the field,” Holly said. “That’s what we were looking for in our head coach, and I’m confident that Mike will lay a successful foundation for the College’s football team.”
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The College of Idaho football team reached another milestone this spring when coach Mike Moroski introduced the first member of his initial recruiting class, Eagle High School senior Marcus Lenhardt. Lenhardt, a 6-foot-4 tight end, was an AllSouthern Idaho Conference performer at Eagle. He signed a Frontier Conference Letter of Intent during a Feb. 11 ceremony attended by his parents, Lee and Kristy Lenhardt, Moroski, C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly and Eagle High coach Paul Peterson. “I’ve always wanted to play college football, but I never expected to have an opportunity like this,” Lenhardt said. “To be the first guy at a new program, I’m just excited and thankful to be in this position. “I chose the C of I because I know it’s a strong school academically, but also because of Coach Moroski. He believes in recruiting high-character guys, and I think that’s going to make us a better team.” Lenhardt caught 27 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, helping the Mustangs reach their fifth consecutive 5A state playoff. He said he plans to study business at the C of I. “No. 1, Marcus is a great kid,” Moroski said. “He is an outstanding football player and his upside is tremendous. He is truly a quality recruit.” Moroski has continued building the roster this spring, signing 17 players through April 4, including 15 from Idaho schools. For the latest on Coyote football, visit: www.yoteathletics.com.
Holt a Coyote legend in the making C of I runner already has five national titles to her name BY BRODI ETHEREDGE & JORDAN RODRIGUEZ
By the time she graduates, College of Idaho runner Hillary Holt likely will be the most decorated student-athlete in Coyote history. But don’t count on the distance runner relaxing anytime soon. Slowing down is one of the few things Holt doesn’t do well. With five NAIA national championships and eight All-American titles already under her belt, Holt is simultaneously rewriting the C of I record books and paving the way for future generations of Coyote excellence. “Coming to The College of Idaho has made me a successful person,” said Holt, a junior from Meridian. “The College has taught me to work hard and to make sure everything with my name on it represents the best that I can do. I always hope that what I put out there is something people can look up to.” Holt already has set a high bar. As a sophomore, she won the 1,500 meters at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships—a victory that made her the first individual champion in the nearly 100-year history of the C of I track program. This fall, Holt cruised to victory at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, completing the course in 17 minutes flat to win by 20 seconds and lead the C of I women’s
New Hampshire native Chuckie Carbone captured gold medals in halfpipe and snowboardcross as well as silver in slopestyle en route to the 2013 USCSA combined snowboard national championship.
Watch video interviews with Hillary Holt and McKinley Carbone at www.youtube. com/goyotes.
team to a second-place finish. Teammates Sarah Still, the accolades keep coming. In January, Johnson (9th) and Sora Klopfenstein (10th) Holt was named the NAIA National Athlete of the joined Holt as top-10 finishers. Week for the second time, and her performance Holt’s domination reached new heights at indoor nationals earned her Female Athlete in March at the NAIA Indoor National of the Meet honors. She’s also an All-Cascade Championships in Ohio. She crushed the field Conference performer in the classroom, where to capture individual titles in the mile (4:49.49) she is majoring in exercise science and minoring and 3,000 meters (10:00.73) and capped the in Spanish, political economy and coaching meet by anchoring the Coyotes’ distance medley through the College’s PEAK Curriculum. Holt relay team, which won by 12 seconds in a school- isn’t sure exactly what career path she will take, record 11:49.70. Relay teammates Jasmine but for now, she’s focused on making sure Sibert (400-meter leg), Elynn Smith (800) and everything she does at the Klopfenstein (1,200) joined Holt on the podium C of I—athletically, academically or otherwise—is as national champions. of the highest quality. “It was such an amazing experience,” Holt And on never slowing down. said. “I was overwhelmed, but overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. And having my teammates up there with me to share in the joy and excitement I felt; that was really special to me.” Added C of I track coach Pat McCurry: “Hillary is dedicated to doing everything she can for the team. Her reflections on her performances nearly always revolve around the team concept—not her individual accomplishments.” C of I national champions Jasmine Sibert, Hillary Holt, Sora Klopfenstein and Elynn Smith.
SNOWBOARD ACE MCKINLEY CARBONE CAPTURES THREE NATIONAL TITLES College of Idaho snowboarder McKinley “Chuckie” Carbone took Dollar Mountain by storm, racking up three individual titles at the USCSA National Championships held March 5-9 in Sun Valley. Carbone, a sophomore from New Hampshire, started the competition with a monster first-run score of 29.2 in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. Her score held up after the other 31 competitors completed two runs. She struck gold again in snowboardcross, a frantic, four-person race down a course filled with twists, turns and jumps. “This has been an amazing experience,” Carbone said after the victory. “The course was awesome, there were some killer banked turns high on the mountain and you could get big air off the jumps at the bottom. I told my dad I was going to win for him today. It’s his birthday.” Carbone’s two gold medals—combined with a silver in slopestyle and a 12th-place finish in giant slalom—helped her win a third title, the USCSA combined snowboard national championship. She is the Coyote program’s fifth combined national champion, and the first in snowboarding. Senior snowboarder Sarah Silva earned All-America honors in halfpipe, her eighth career selection. Senior freestyle skier Zach Tomlinson had three All-America finishes, pushing his career total to six.
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Once a Yote, always a Yote Barry Fujishin ’72 carries a lifelong connection to The College of Idaho BY BRODI ETHEREDGE
arry Fujishin didn’t get much for being student body president at The College of Idaho. Just some recognition, a resume boost and the one object that every college student needs: an engraved pen holder. He laughs at the mention of this gift given to him more than 40 years ago, but beneath his genuine humor resides a sense of humility and appreciation. The marble green holder, devoid of a pen, now sits on the corner of his third floor Sterry Hall desk, proudly displaying the name “Barry Fujishin” on a golden plate. It is one of the few articles in his office that allude to his scholarship at the C of I, but the history behind the memento is far richer than its marbled exterior. “I had no intention of coming to school here,” Fujishin said. “But the recruiters from the College convinced me that this might be a place to have a look at. So I decided to come here and, well, I’m very glad I did.” After choosing to attend the C of I in 1968, Fujishin focused his studies on political science and planned to attend law school. His career path shifted, though, after he received one of the most prestigious academic awards in the country—the Marshall Scholarship. “I had always been interested in urban planning,” Fujishin said. “So when I received the Marshall Scholarship I decided to do a graduate degree in urban and regional studies in England.” Created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1953, the Marshall Scholarship is a postgraduate award given to a select group of American students. The scholarship stands as a lasting gift to the United States for enacting the European Recovery Program after World War II. Approximately 40 students each year (it was 22 in Fujishin’s time) receive the Marshall through a highly competitive process. Aspiring undergraduates turn in applications to the British consulate in one of eight U.S. regions. Each British consulate then acts as a selection
committee and invites the top individuals back for an interview. “By the time I got to the finals interview, I had pretty much decided that it was all up to fate,” Fujishin said. “I seemed to be surrounded by brilliant candidates from the Ivy League colleges and military academies—and a smattering of Stanford students. At that point everyone is so close.” The prize for such a rigorous process? Two years of fully funded education at the winner’s choice of university in the U.K. For Fujishin, choosing which college to attend was most difficult, but he ultimately decided on The University of Birmingham in the heart of England. Studying in England was one of many adventures Fujishin has embarked on since graduating from the College in 1972. He married C of I classmate Margaret Fry ’73, ran a successful farm in Oregon, served on The College of Idaho’s Board of Trustees and the Oregon State Board of Agriculture, and raised two boys who later studied at the C of I.
Fujishin now works as a major gifts officer for the C of I Office of Development. “Barry is one of the very few people I know who was a student, who served on our Board of Trustees, and then came back and assumed a position on the staff,” said Jan Boles ’65, the C of I archivist and one of Fujishin’s closest friends. “He thinks and acts from the conviction that an education at The College of Idaho will set you on a life course.” Fujishin’s scholarship and commitment to advancing the Coyote legacy is a testament to the quality of education the College provides. And although it has been a long time since he received that engraved pen holder, he still embraces all of the values it symbolizes. “I can’t think of anyone who is more passionate about the College than Barry,” said Michael Vandervelden, Fujishin’s boss as vice president for college relations. “He’s a role model and an inspiration to everyone around him.”
Barry Fujishin served as student body president in 1972. Today, he serves as a major gifts officer in the C of I Office of Development.
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C of I Memory by Gary Way ’80
he year was 1977, and I was a transfer student with a 1.2 GPA, fresh off a year in an art school in the Netherlands. The College of Idaho could not admit me as a full-time student because of my grades, but the College did allow me to take one class from Max Peter, the head of the art department at that time. In just that one class, Max saw potential in me and offered me an art performance scholarship. I mistakenly figured it was a few hundred dollars and turned it down. That summer, student finance officer B.J. Hall sent me a card saying I was eligible for a federal grant. I went in to see him, and there had been a mistake. I wasn’t eligible for the grant, but Hall asked if I wanted to attend the C of I. I assured him I did, but I told him I couldn’t afford it and would need serious assistance. He got Max on the phone and within 10 minutes, we had enough money—together with a work study program—for me to attend, with the stipulation that I would have to maintain a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship was not wasted; I went on to teach elementary school for 17 years. I emphasized art in my classroom and dreamed of teaching art on the secondary level. That dream also came true—I have been teaching art and English at Dakota Adventist Academy in Bismarck, N.D., for the past 10 years, and we are to my knowledge the only Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy that offers a four-year art program. Since the program’s inception, several graduates have been accepted into college art programs and are pursuing careers in art. Multiple students also have received art scholarships and awards at local exhibits. To this day, I still use much of what Max Peter taught me. I remain grateful to him and to the C of I for seeing potential in me.
Scholarship Gala Alumni Relations director Sally Skinner and student president Eddy Walsh mingle with National Alumni Board members Tom Keene ’80, Diana Dron ’75 and Hank Kvamme ’12.
(above) Amber and Rick Giesbrecht show their Coyote spirit at the Gala. (right) Alumni band Innocent Man provides live musical entertainment. C of I swimming coach Christine Mabile (far right) and her tablemates let the good times roll.
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C OF I ALUMNI, FAMILY AND FRIENDS PICNIC Join us for an emerging summer tradition beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 13 at Municipal Park in Boise. There will be fun for the whole family, including games for the kids! Register for a Bon Appetit-catered BBQ ($10 per person, kids half-price) Email alumni@ collegeofidaho.edu or call (208) 459-5301 to RSVP.
SAVE THE DATE! September 27–29 Homecoming Week featuring the C of I vs. SOU volleyball match. We are seeking the Greeks and embracing the eights (classes ending in 8). Help us Bring Back the Pack! Stay tuned for more details.
“Let them come, let them all come, and we will see what they can do.” —William Judson Boone
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e-book at amazon.com. Mustard’s Last Stand is the first book in McIntosh’s series about the wacky denizens of the fictional town of Hancock, Idaho. McIntosh, a freelance editor and an acquiring editor for e-book publisher Barbarian Books, also writes a biweekly column, “Words at Work,” for the Idaho Statesman Business Insider. McIntosh lives with her husband, Mark Timmerman, in Boise. To learn more about McIntosh and her new book, visit www.kathymcintosh.com.
Sylvia (Runions) Hunt (’59) was presented with the Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas at the 2013 State of the City Address on Jan. 15. Hunt has served as director of Caldwell Fine Arts since 1981, bringing hundreds of affordable fine arts performances to Caldwell audiences in Jewett Auditorium at the C of I. She also has taught music and served as the organist at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. The award is one of several community recognitions Hunt has received over the years, including the Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen, the Idaho Governor’s Medal for Distinguished Service to the Arts and the C of I Alumni Service Award.
Kent Holsinger (’78) was the featured guest speaker at the recent California Botanical Society Centennial Symposium in Berkeley, themed “Botanical Frontiers: Past and Future.” Holsinger is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He was joined at the centennial by Barbara Ertter (’75), who led a symposium field trip to Mount Diablo. Ertter is a researcher at the University and Jepson Herbaria (University of California, Berkeley) and co-author of The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo. Dr. Arthur “Ace” Jones IV (’70) is part of a new Treasure Valley healthcare business called House Calls, which provides care for the elderly by having doctors such as Jones visit patients at the retirement homes and assisted living centers in which they live. The business was featured on the front page of the Idaho Statesman in February.
Anna Marie Boles (’66) had an art exhibition, Circumnavigations, on display this winter at the Boise State University Visual Arts Center. Circumnavigations is an exploration of place, time and distance utilizing the strategies of map-making and using a variety of materials and processes—including drawing, collage, sculpture and neon installation—to describe and frame personal and historical narratives. For Boles, the exhibition represents a catalog of encounters both real and imagined. Her process references aerial flyovers, digital photography, atlases, Google Earth and the mechanics of measuring Earth.
Grove Koger (’70) recently published speculative fiction in two online journals. His story “He Would Have Made a Great Rick!,” which appeared in the Oct. 2012 issue of Lacuna, takes the form of an interview with one of the last surviving members of the presidential administration of Humphrey Bogart. “The Taking of the Rock,” which appeared in the Dec. 2012 issue of Scareship, reconfigures Prosper Mérimée’s “L’Enlèvement de la redoute” as a pioneering work of alternate history in which French forces in hot air balloons capture the British stronghold of Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779–83.
Kathy McIntosh (’68) recently released her first novel, the humorous suspense Mustard’s Last Stand. The book is published by L&L Dreamspell and is available in paperback and
Dr. Chris Petersen (’71) recently retired and sold his optometry practice. He and his wife live in Liberty Lake, Wash. Peterson would love to hear from old C of I friends via email at email@example.com.
Barry Rowan (’79) has been hired as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cool Planet Energy Systems, a California company that produces carbon negative fuels using plant photosynthesis to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Rowan previously served as executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and treasurer for broadband telephone provider Vonage, where he helped lead a $200 million turnaround for the company. Rowan graduated summa cum laude with degrees in business administration and chemical biology from the C of I and also earned an MBA from Harvard University.
1980s Mike Stipe (’86) has been named senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for BSQUARE Corporation, a global leader in connected device communications. Stipe played basketball at the C of I and earned a degree in business administration.
partner at Hawley Troxell in Boise and the first woman to serve on the firm’s board of partners, received the award at the inaugural Celebrating Women in the Law Gala on March 14. The award, which honors a female lawyer respected in her field for service and mentoring others, recognized Kluksdal for her work with Hawley Troxell, the Fourth District Bar Association and Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence. Bryant Kusy (’96) is a counselor and infant mental health mentor in Las Cruces, N.M. Last year, Kusy cofounded a non-profit serving young children and parents who have faced trauma, abuse or neglect. He and his wife have a 6-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. Kusy also is working on his first children’s book. He encourages old friends and classmates to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1990s Kerri (Foxx) Frazier (’95) recently embarked on a two-year trip around the world with her husband, Jason Frazier, and daughter, Sydney. The Fraziers, who live in Oregon, departed Nov. 1 and plan to see as much of the world as possible. They are carrying everything they own in backpacks and living off a budget of $100 per day. Kerri and Jason plan to homeschool Sydney during the trip, in part by showing her the wonders of the world. The expedition recently was featured in The Oregonian newspaper, and the Fraziers’ adventures also will be chronicled in their travelogue at www.travel-junkies.com. Rebekah Harvey (’91) recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Creating-IT-Futures Foundation. Through training, apprenticeship programs, mentoring and other methods, this foundation serves veterans, military spouses, caregivers of wounded military, individuals living in or at risk of falling into poverty due to unemployment, displaced workers whose skills no longer are in demand, and groups under-represented in the ranks of IT workers including women, AfricanAmericans and Latino-Americans. Paula Kluksdal (’94) is the first winner of the Idaho Women Lawyers Setting the Bar Award. Kluksdal, a
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Dr. Forest Rohwer (’91), a microbial ecologist and professor of biology at San Diego State University, is among 16 leading marine microbiologists selected to share in $35 million of research funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation over the next five years. Rohwer’s research also is supported by a $4.9 million National Science Foundation grant. Rohwer is the 2011 recipient of the Monty Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and author of the 2010 book Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas. His interest in the sea was bolstered by a C of I student research trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
2000s Treasure Valley rock band Innocent Man recently released its debut album, Home Grown. The band includes C of I alumni Dan Burns (’02), Tim Callendar (’00), Andy Jackson (’02), Conlyn McCain (’00), Josh Sears (’99) and Scott Sprague (’02)
alongside Lindsey Terrell. Innocent Man also provided live musical entertainment at the C of I Scholarship Gala on Feb. 22. To learn more about the group, visit the band’s website at www.innocentman.org. Brandon Buck (’09) graduated this spring from Marquette University with a master’s of arts degree in art education. In the fall he will attend the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago (not affiliated with Columbia University, New York) to pursue a second master’s of arts in dance movement therapy and counseling. Larry Daugherty (’02) recently was a finalist in a competition to win a spot in the Fjällräven Polar, a 300 kilometer dogsled race across the Arctic tundra. Daugherty is a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., but competing in a dogsled race is one of his lifelong dreams. Sam Elias (’04) competed at the 2013 Winter Mountain Games Feb. 8–10 in Vail, Colo., where he won the mixed climbing competition for the second consecutive year. Elias also finished fourth at Montana’s Bozeman Ice Breaker Invitational in December and third at Colorado’s Ouray Ice Festival in January. Elias, a professional climber who studied ceramics and biology at the C of I, also scaled Mount Everest as part of a National Geographic expedition last year.
Goran Fazil (’02) recently was selected as the artist for the Bay Window Art Project commission at the Boise State University Student Union Building. Fazil, who also holds an art history degree from BSU and currently teaches a drawing and composition class at the C of I, will create a unique 2D/3D painting representing a pyramid-type structure soaring into the sky. Fazil said the painting is meant to portray the development of progress in society through a continuous upward construction. It will be displayed in a designated bay window inside the SUB on the Boise State campus. Zach Hagadone (’03) has been hired as the next editor-in-chief of the
Boise Weekly newspaper. Hagadone studied politics, economics and history at the C of I and has 10 years of professional journalism experience, including stops at the Bonner County Daily Bee, the Associated Press, the Idaho Business Review and the Sandpoint Reader, which he helped establish in 2005.
in memoriam 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: email@example.com. 1930s Norine Crookham (’36) Richard Forney (’35) Helen (Miller) Mills (’37)
Andrew Hahn (’06) and Julie Zicaro (’06) are engaged. Andrew proposed under a waterfall in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The two live in Boise, where Andrew runs his own web developing company and Julie is the grants and sponsorship director at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. Cynthia Hand (’00) released her latest novel, Boundless, on Jan. 22. The book is the third in the Unearthly series, published by HarperTeen. Hand’s series includes her debut novel, Unearthly, as well as the New York Times bestseller Hallowed. The books follow the adventures of the part-human, part-angel heroine Clara Gardner as she searches for her purpose on Earth. Hand, who studied English at the C of I, also teaches creative writing at Pepperdine University. To learn more about Hand and the Unearthly series, visit www.cynthiahandbooks. com. The novels are available in most bookstores. Michelle Hazen (’05) recently published her first novel, Becoming Katelyn. Michelle is writing while traveling and working seasonally as a biologist with her husband, Chris Holcomb (’07). They fill their off-season time with writing, outdoor adventures, international travel and photography. You can check out stories from their life on the road at their blog: www.enterprisingnomads.com.
Elizabeth Salmons (’35) 1940s Mary Baptist (’44) Lauren Graves (’44) Geraldine “Gerry” Greenfield (’43) Lillian Hyde (’43) Annalee Larrondo (’43) John Wolcott (’43) 1950s Kenneth Ackerman (’59) Harriett Ambrose (’54) Hazel Dudgeon (’59) Roger Judd (’58) Eldon Mills (’51) John Murphy (’57) John Newbrough (’55) George Tavares (’55) opportunities to create, learn and participate in performing and visual arts experiences. To learn more about Shaff’s work, visit www.thedairy.org.
Cassandra Schiffler (’07) recently concluded a three-month show displaying a gallery of her art titled “In Formation” at the Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus. Deven Shaff (’04) and Cori Shaff recently celebrated their son Porter’s first birthday. Porter was born Jan. 18, 2012, in Broomfield, Colo. Deven currently works as the director of operations at The Dairy Center for the Arts, which provides the Boulder, Colo., community
Ariana Clapp-Younggren (’11) and Jeremy Younggren (’09) got married Aug. 11, 2012, at Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell. The couple met as teammates on the C of I swim team and began dating during Jeremy’s senior year. Currently, they both are second-year law students at the University of Idaho College of Law.
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1960s Harold Adair (’62) Barbara Arkoosh (’66) Mary Greenway (’60) Richard Hutchison (’66) 1970s Kenneth Woodbridge (’71) Glenn Wyatt (’71) 1980s Kevin Leitch (’84) Friends Marjorie Attebery William Barrett James Blevins Griff Farley George Gunn Allan Housley Carl Iseri Byron Johnson Juanita Neher J Schneider Robert Skinner Sara Skinner Thomas Skinner D. Sweatt Valeta Wallace Ensign Joseph Hilby (’10) in December made his first solo flight at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. The flight, completed in a T-34C Mentor, marks the first step Hilby and his Student Naval Aviator peers take toward earning their coveted “Wings of Gold.”
Kaylyn (Ruddy) Powers (’11) and Bobby Powers (’09) were married in July 2011. The couple met during a Campus Ministries service trip to Tijuana, Mexico, during Winter Break 2008 and started dating later that year. Married, post-collegiate life is treating them well!
FACULTY & STAFF FOOTNOTES Dr. William H. Clark (’67) recently coauthored a paper titled “Prolixocupes lobiceps (LeConte) on the Baja California Peninsula: First records for suborder Archostemata (Insecta: Coleoptera) and family Cupedidae from Mexico” for The Pan Pacific Entomologist. The paper describes a rare beetle Clark discovered during his field research in Baja California, Mexico. Clark, director of The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and Investigador Adjunto at the Museo de Artrópodos del CICESE, Departamento de Biología de la Conservación, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California, México, co-authored the paper with David H. Kavanaugh of the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Robert Dayley (political economy) recently published the sixth edition of his book Southeast Asia in the New International Era through Perseus/ Westview. Fully updated through August 2012, the book surveys the political and economic developments of Southeast Asia in the modern era, including analysis of the dramatic political reforms in Burma (Myanmar), the difficulties of economic reform in Vietnam, political cleavage in Thailand and democratization in the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia. The book is commonly adopted in courses on Southeast Asia at institutions in both the U.S. and Asia. The fifth edition sold nearly 3,000 copies and was praised by The Asia Foundation as “a superb survey” and a “must-read for students and professionals.” Dr. Steven S. Maughan (’85) (history) presented a paper at the 2012 meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maughan’s paper “Sisters and Brothers of Mercy: Anglo-Catholics, Missionary Methods and the Debate over
Mission Revitalization, 1857–1879” was part of the larger conference focus on religious movements of renewal, revival, and revitalization in the history of missions and World Christianity. Dr. Regan Postma (modern foreign languages) recently presented her paper “¿Por qué leemos esto en la clase de español?” The Politics of Teaching Literature in Spanglish at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. A version of the paper also was published in this spring’s issue of Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Diane Raptosh (’83) (English) in January was named an honorable mention winner of the annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 contest, a competition for works of fiction no longer than 101 words. Raptosh’s piece, “Rugged Western Individualism,” and other winning submissions were published
in the Boise Weekly and online at www.boiseweekly.com. Jan Summers Duffy, an archaeologist and curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, helped put together a year-long exhibit at Boise Art Museum featuring artifacts from the Orma J. Smith Museum’s collections. The exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture” (pictured above) opened Feb. 23 and runs through next January at BAM, located at the entrance of Julia Davis Park in Downtown Boise. “Origins” includes 104 artifacts from the Orma J. Smith Museum, including pottery, basketry, weapons, textiles and other artifacts from Africa, North America and Papua New Guinea. Many of the items have never before been seen by the public. STANDOUT STUDENTS Ryan Gibson, a senior from Boise, was the October recipient of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and
Service Award. Gibson serves as a resident assistant and captain of the lacrosse team. Over summer break, he traveled to Bangladesh to study international development and lend a helping hand to impoverished citizens. Ellen Gott, a senior psychology/ biology double major from Grangeville, Idaho, was the February winner of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award. As a student hall director, Gott handled her duties in a fuller-than-expected Simplot Hall with compassion and professionalism. She also has served as a lead First Year Mentor, a position with many responsibilities and no compensation. Ellen is a great student, a thoughtful leader and a funny, caring person who epitomizes the values of this award. Conner Jackson, a freshman from Boise, was featured in a new C of I television ad campaign this winter and spring. Jackson, a competitive kayaker, cites his love of the outdoors and the College’s academic diversity as the primary reasons he chose to attend the C of I. Look for the commercial on Cable One television in the Treasure Valley, or find it on the C of I YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goyotes. Felicity Jones, a senior from Tremonton, Utah, was named to the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America second team. She also made the AllCascade Conference first team. Jones averaged a team-high 14.3 points to go with 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals. Teammate Laura Geis, a senior from Frenchtown, Mont., was named an All-CCC honorable mention.
Dinner’s on us! The C of I alumni office has established a new tradition: the Random 16 Dinner. Throughout the school year, we’ll invite seven current students, seven alumni and two professors to attend a free and delicious dinner on campus. It’s also a chance to meet new friends and discuss current events at the College! Our first Random 16 Dinner on March 7 was a big success, attended by (back row left to right) Professor Paul Sabastian, Kjirsten Lawton (’04), Trisha Fosberg Phillips (’04), Gabrielle Nelson, Sally Skinner (’78), Simphiwe Ngwenya, Jake McClean (’06), Gaites Swanson, Antonio Salazar (’95) and (front row left-to-right) Ashley Barr, Daviana Watkins (’12), Abbey Fenton, Darlene Standal Nemnich (’79), Professor Marilyn Melchiorre and Billie Freeman Farley (’73). Who will be our next lucky 16? Watch your email for the invite! quest • page 28
Sora Klopfenstein, a junior from Meridian, earned her fourth and fifth All-America honors at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Klopfenstein (opposite page) placed sixth in the 3,000 meters and was a member of the Coyotes’ national championship team in the women’s distance medley relay. Check out more Coyote track coverage on Page 23.
Greg Montgomery, a senior from Boise, earned two All-America honors at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships to become the most decorated C of I student-athlete of all time. Montgomery, who placed fourth in the mile and anchored the thirdplace men’s distance medley relay team, now has been named an AllAmerican a school-record nine times. Dominic Bolin, a senior from Payette, and Nick Hampton, a senior from Eagle, also earned individual All-America honors for the Coyotes. Taylor Pruett, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., was named to the AllCascade Conference men’s basketball team after leading the Coyotes in scoring (12.7 points per game), rebounding (6.9 per game), blocked shots (43) and 3-point shooting (40 percent). Teammate Antonio Garrett, a junior from Slymar, Calif., was an All-CCC honorable mention with averages of 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. Robyn Sanow, a senior from Idaho Falls, was the November recipient of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award. Sanow is the leader of the C of I Foodbank, an organization that packs and delivers leftover food from Simplot Dining Hall to local families in need. Robyn dedicates every Tuesday and Thursday night to the Foodbank. She has doubled the amount of families aided by the Foodbank in the past two years.
Katelin Shannon, a senior from Caldwell, was named the Cascade Conference women’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 84 steals (2.9 per game). Shannon, who also averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, was named to the All-Cascade Conference first team.
The Howlin’ Yotes speech and debate team recently completed its regular season at the Northwest Forensic Conference Championship Tournament. The Howlin’ Yotes received a Division II Conference Gold for season-long competition while placing third in the speech competition and second in debate. Top performers included Dylan Hunter and Isaac Creed, who shared first-place honors in novice international parliamentary debate, and freshman Marabie Barck, who placed first in junior dramatic interpretation and second in junior impromptu. The Howlin’ Yotes also competed at the Mile High Tournament hosted by Colorado College, where the parliamentary debate team of Tyler Guryan and Kris Cruz made C of I history by earning a first-round bid to the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. C of I students also competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament and the Pi Kappa Delta Speech & Debate Nationals this spring.
Portland, Ore. home, graduated from George Fox University in 2002 with a degree in business. Before coming to The College of Idaho, she was a college and career counselor for 10 years at Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, Ore. Elaine is passionate about education, tennis and traveling. She lives in Boise with her husband, Jack.
and Pacific Lutheran University, which is his alma mater. Kellen is working alongside C of I football coach Mike Moroski on the recruitment of studentathletes for the newly reinstated Coyote football program. Willis lives in Kuna with his wife Erin and boxer puppy, Tucker.
Randall Post has been hired as the multimedia and web communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Post, a native of Parma, Idaho, graduated with a degree in mass communications/ journalism from Boise State University in 2005. Post comes to the C of I from the Idaho Statesman, where he spent the past 7-plus years working as a copy editor. Kellen Willis has been hired as the associate director of admission in the Office of Admission. A secondgeneration admission counselor and native of Kent, Wash., Willis recently worked at Saint Martin’s University
The College of Idaho men’s lacrosse team recently was honored as a 2012 winner of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award. Only 11 awards are given out each year between NCAA and MCLA teams. The Coyotes were the District 11 representative, joining powerhouse programs such as the University of Maryland and Lehigh University as a 2012 Ace Adams Sportsmanship Award winner.
Joe Hughes has been named director of athletic marketing in the Office of Development. Hughes joined the College and the development office in 2009 as a major gifts officer after spending 13 years as a news anchor for KIVI Channel 6 in the Treasure Valley. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. Elaine Playstead has been re-hired as assistant director in the Office of Admission. Playstead, who calls spring 2013 • page 29
alumni profile Quest: What do you find most rewarding about being an orthopedic surgeon? My interest in outdoor activity has brought me into contact with many patients who enjoy outdoor recreation. As their joints become more worn, maligned and limited, they have to give up many of the things that truly have meaning in their lives. My association with these people and the development of techniques that have allowed them to maintain high levels of activity has been extraordinarily gratifying.
STATS name Dr. Richard Moore year of graduation major Zoology favorite professor
Orthopedic surgeon at Ada Orthopedic Clinic in Boise
Dr. Richard Moore is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint arthroplasty for the knee, hip and shoulder. Since 1989, Moore has completed more than 15,000 surgeries at his private practice, Ada Orthopedic Clinic. Moore’s area of expertise is high performance activity—he has performed surgery on mountain climbers and Olympic-class ski athletes. He also has developed surgical techniques and knee implant systems for the Zimmer Corporation. Quest recently caught up with The College of Idaho’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winner to discuss improving patients’ lives and favorite C of I memories. Quest: Why did you choose to attend The College of Idaho? I chose The College of Idaho because of its excellent academic record. A very good friend of mine, Rick Blickenstaff, and I both wanted to pursue our goal of medicine as a career. Rick came from Lewis and Clark and I came from Utah State after our first year to concentrate on the opportunities afforded by the College’s excellent academic reputation. Quest: What did you enjoy most about your time at the College? Both Rick and I met many lifelong friends at the College, and the close acquaintance with the faculty had tremendous merit. The classroom interchange based on question and answer and small group discussion has helped me throughout my career. We also enjoyed greatly the activities of southern Idaho. We both enjoyed skiing, fishing and bird hunting throughout our time at the C of I. Above all, though, the faculty and students we met were the highlights of my time there.
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Quest: What can you tell us about the innovative work you are doing in arthroplasty? One major change that I have been fortunate enough to participate in is the recognition that the human knee was actually designed right the first time. Compared to previous philosophies that you wait until everything fails and then replace everything with a hinge, taking an incremental approach to defending the anatomy has provided a much better approach. Quest: What have you been working on with the Zimmer Corporation? I was selected to work side-by-side with the very best biomechanical engineers and many of the physicians who wrote textbooks that I studied in preparation for my career. We have worked through a number of issues on material properties, definition of anatomy, various failure modes of joint replacement and how to improve not only the mechanics of the joint surfaces we design, but also the attachment to bone and the recognition of the various aspects of function a patient brings to the table. The system that we have developed will be released to the general orthopedic population this year. Thus far I have put in 200 of these types of components and have found them to be exceptional. Quest: How did you feel about receiving the C of I Distinguished Alumni Award? I was very, very honored. It was my privilege to be able to participate and achieve my educational goals at The College of Idaho, and without a doubt this has helped me throughout my career. Quest: What is the most valuable thing you learned at the College? Professor Lyle Stanford taught me how to wonder, to question why things are, to wonder about ways to make things better, and to realize that we do have tremendous opportunity in our lives to make this world a better place.
alumni calendar For a complete schedule of events, please visit the Alumni Calendar at www.collegeofidaho.edu. Event dates are subject to change. For more information or to RSVP for specific events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 459-5770. We look forward to seeing you soon!
APRIL 2013 26–27 C of I Family Weekend (Campus) 27
Student Research Conference (Campus)
MAY 2013 2
Frank Specht Pasta Dinner (Bitner Vineyards)
Coyote Bolo Ball fundraiser for C of I track team (Basque Center, Boise)
17–18 Class of 1963 Golden Jubilee Reunion (Campus) 17
Baccalaureate (Jewett Auditorium)
Commencement (Morrison Quadrangle)
GOLD Happy Hour featuring professors Jasper LiCalzi and Steve Maughan (Highlands Hollow, Boise)
JUNE 2013 13
C of I Alumni, Family and Friends Picnic (Municipal Park, Boise) More details on Page 25
27–29 Celebrate the Return of Football Reunion (Campus) SEPTEMBER 2013 27–29 Homecoming Week (Campus)
RETURN OF COYOTE FOOTBALL REUNION! Football is back, and it’s time to celebrate! We hope you and your family will join us June 27–29 as we celebrate the return of Coyote football on campus! From cocktail parties to a golf tournament and luau dinner, you and your C of I friends will bask in the warmth of the special bonds you formed years ago while meeting coach Mike Moroski and learning what’s in store for Coyote football and the new C of I Athletics and Outdoor Education Center as we count down toward kickoff in 2014! Former C of I football coaches, players, fans and alumni from all walks of life will be in attendance. To register, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/reunions. Hurry: space is limited, and this is one party you won’t want to miss! For more information, please contact Sally Skinner, director of alumni relations, at (208) 459-5770 or email@example.com. Go Yotes!
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R E M E M B E R W H E N… The C of I once had a museum on the top floor of Sterry Hall, curated by Professor Orma J. Smith, among others. The museum ceased to function in the 1960s, but it was still a popular attraction when this quartet (clockwise from top left) of Keitha Hahn ’58, Sylvia Wiest ’59, the late Carol Givens Knutson ’59 and Ruth Brynildsen Wegner ’59 posed in the Rev. William Judson Boone’s famous Model T Ford. The vehicle was carried up the stairs one part at a time and reassembled as a featured display. The College’s current natural history museum bears Professor Smith’s name, but Boone’s Model T is just a distant memory.
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