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SUCCESS Purple Reign


Making Waves


There’s a Catch


from the president’s desk


Success ranges in tone from the humility of true servant-leaders to the inyour-face triumphalism sometimes exhibited by winners over losers in zerosum games. We are ambivalent, not about success itself (“Everyone Loves a Winner”), but about its display. In the face of success, we should all prefer quiet humility to brash triumphalism. Team leadership provides a healthy middle ground. A good team member plays for the success of the whole, yet when a team wins, its members experience a healthy blend of humility and triumph. As Laurie and I anticipate retirement in June of 2015, we are grateful to the many teams we have led (and sometimes followed) at The College of Idaho. We are richer in spirit for the sum of our connections with C of I students, family, friends, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni. Our focus now is on assisting these many teams with the transition to new leadership. Sports teams, of course, are often led by stellar individuals, as evidenced by Hillary Holt and the C of I track team. Hillary has swept up more national championships than any individual athlete in C of I history, yet I am confident she would risk individual success any time Coach Pat McCurry called upon her to enter into an additional race, even outside her specialty, for the sake of team points. So too for the stellar C of I men’s basketball team, under first-year coach Scott Garson, whose success hinges on its deep bench and team members’ willingness to put aside selfish individual measures such as playing time. Career successes as exhibited by media legends Larry Lujack and Jack Link often carry the imprint of a distinctive personality, as befits the broadcasting industry. In the cases of alumnus Rick Williams and trustee Shauna Williams, successful careers intertwine with devotion to the larger community—an ideal balancing between professionalism and service. Our surprising numbers of first-generation college students are succeeding thanks to a determination to prove themselves that is reinforced by a supportive faculty and staff. Then there are the individual successes of students (Jordan Bowman), faculty (Rochelle Johnson, Goran Fazil) and alumni (Brian and Jennifer Attebery, Liz Roquet). Each is due much credit for diligence and application. Still, I am sure that every one of them has a story to tell of supportive family, teachers and friends bucking them up at key moments. The team is there, just less visibly than in other cases. Success is complicated but its fruits are happily contagious. On retiring, Laurie and I will leave the formal employ of the College, yet remain members of the C of I team, looking forward both to supporting and witnessing the many successes to come.

marvin henberg

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Features 4

Purple Reign by Jordan Rodriguez C of I track stars run circles around the competition


Making Waves by Randall Post C of I media legends Jack Link and Larry Lujack


There’s Always a Catch by Brodi Etheredge Rick and Shauna Williams find fulfillment through fly-fishing


Photo Essay France 2014: C of I students vivent la bonne vie à Paris

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: Ashley Coles, Brodi Etheredge, Caitlin Fellows, Larry Gardner ’63, Alan Minskoff, Randall Post, Jordan Rodriguez, Mike Safford, Dustin Wunderlich Contributing artists/photographers: Jan Boles, Michael Capell, Caitlin Fellows, Fred Loucks ’12, Morgan Mesias, Emily Peters, Randall Post, Eric Raptosh, Jordan Rodriguez, Liza Safford, Bob Story, Dustin Wunderlich Cover image: Coyote Victory, by Bob Story with Michael Capell Design: Michael Capell with Allison Herrmann


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College News First-generation students thrive at the C of I; Football tickets go on sale; Professor Rochelle Johnson earns fellowship; Jordan Bowman shares her vocal talents




Yote Notes Men’s basketball team takes flight under coach Scott Garson; Softball pitcher Nickayla Skinner dominates


Alumni News Academia a perfect fit for Professors Brian and Jennifer Attebery; Coffee roaster Liz Roquet ’91 smells sweet success


Class & Campus Notes


Alumni Profile




Alumni Calendar

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C of I seniors run circles around the competition Similar circumstances brought runners Hillary Holt, Jasmine Hurd, Sarah Johnson and Sora Klopfenstein to The College of Idaho. Like many Coyote athletes, the foursome arrived in Caldwell underestimated, under-recruited and under the radar. Four years later, the four seniors are on the eve of graduation. And when they walk across the Boone Hall steps May 17, they will do so having accomplished more than any teammates—in any sport—in the 123-year history of the College. “I won the lottery with this group,” C of I track and cross country coach Pat McCurry said. “Getting elite athletes like Hillary, Sora, Sarah and Jasmine all in the same class; I don’t know if I’ll ever pull that off again. They are a rare group, and they’ve raised the profile of C of I track and field on a national level.” With 2014 NAIA Outdoor Nationals still to come, the Coyote quartet already has combined to rack up 11 national titles and 30 All-America selections while contributing to four Cascade Conference team titles and three NAIA National team trophies. It has been an unprecedented run of success, one that nobody—not even McCurry—could have envisioned when the foursome first set foot on campus.

Today, the four seniors are dramatically different both as athletes and as people. Only small things—such as Johnson’s “Bobbles” nickname—serve as reminders of how far the group has come. “When I first came here, I bobbled my head when I ran,” Johnson said. “It was really bad. We’ve worked hard to fix it—sometimes it still happens when I get really tired—but Pat started calling me ‘Bobbles,’ and the nickname stuck.”

SUPER SOPHOMORES As the calendar turned to the 2011–2012 season, it became apparent McCurry had some special talent on his roster. The women’s cross country team, led by Holt, Johnson and Klopfenstein, captured its first of three consecutive Cascade Conference championships in the fall. The girls seemed to be getting faster by the day. “I think our sophomore year, we all realized our potential,” Klopfenstein said. “And we were able to build on that.” The breakout season continued into the spring as the Coyotes sent twice as many qualifiers to NAIA Outdoor Nationals as they had the year before. And Holt—who had missed most of indoor season with a stress fracture in her leg—unleashed a stunning performance in the 1,500 meters to win the first individual national championship in school history. “When I first came here, I never dreamed I would be as successful as I have

A REBUILDING PROCESS When the Class of 2014 arrived in Caldwell, McCurry was six years into reconstructing the College’s track and cross country programs, which he was

been,” Holt said. “But when I won my first national title, it changed everything. I began to realize I had more potential than I ever imagined.”

hired to restart in 2004 after a nearly 30-year hiatus. The seeds of success had been planted, but the program had yet to break through. “I’ve been really fortunate to have [Athletic Director] Marty Holly, who has been so supportive of the vision I had coming here,” McCurry said. “He’s allowed me to take the program as far as I believe it can go, but the process definitely has taken some time.” Hurd, who competes in sprints, hurdles and multi-events, was one of just two throwers at the College during her freshman year. This year, she saw both school shot put records broken by current freshmen Andrew Galloway and Jessica Bates. “We actually have a throwing crew this year, which is awesome,” Hurd said. “It’s cool that the C of I is on the map now when it comes to track and field.” Freshman year came and went as Holt, Hurd, Johnson and Klopfenstein settled into college life while making major improvements to their training habits and fitness.

Sora Klopfenstein is an eight-time NAIA All-American for the Coyotes.

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Klopfenstein added a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase,

successfully defended their Cascade Conference title in cross country and

capping the most successful day of individual competition the C of I track

placed second at NAIA Nationals as Holt raced to her second national title as

program had ever seen.

individual champion. As fall turned to winter, the Coyotes seemed poised for greatness at NAIA

“I feel so lucky to be a part of this group. It’s great to be surrounded by people who work just as hard as you and who want to see you succeed. If we didn’t have each other, we wouldn’t be as successful.” —Sora Klopfenstein

Indoor Nationals. Holt was favored to win the indoor mile, while the C of I distance medley relay team was—at long last—fully healthy and ready to dominate. Or so it seemed. On the eve of competition, a nasty illness infiltrated the C of I team. Holt managed to avoid the bug and captured her third and fourth national titles, dominating both the mile and the 3,000 meters. Johnson was less fortunate— she was too ill to compete in her events, including her key leg on the DMR team. Faced with limited options, McCurry patched together a relay squad of “whoever wasn’t throwing up,” as Hurd put it. Hurd would run the 400 meters, senior Elynn Smith would run the 800, Klopfenstein would run Johnson’s 1,200 leg and Holt would be the anchor—her third race of the day. Improbably—in a race that will forever live on in the hearts and minds of

“I’m just so happy for the girls when they perform well individually,”

all involved—the Coyotes won the championship, with Holt chasing down the

McCurry said. “Hillary’s first title, she had just come off a pretty serious leg

leader with 800 meters to go and leaving the competition in the dust as the C of I

injury. I was so proud of her for overcoming that adversity.”

won by a 12-second margin in a school-record time of 11 minutes, 49.7 seconds.

The best was yet to come.

“I get so emotional talking about that race,” Hurd said. “Watching Hillary get the baton and reel that girl in, it was just the best thing ever. Running

MARCH 3, 2013 Junior year started with a bang for the Coyote runners. The women

with three other people counting on you, and winning it the way we did, it was just a really special moment.” For McCurry, the moment meant so much more than a national championship plaque. “That race has come to embody the spirit of the whole women’s team,” McCurry said. “We were not the best team on paper—I would have been happy with a top-six finish—but the girls all ran the best race of their lives in that moment, and I think that embodies who these girls are as a group.” Even Johnson has a treasured keepsake from that day. “The girls gave me their shells [from the starting gun], which was really special to me,” Johnson said. “It showed that they were out there running for me, knowing I would have been out there if I could have.”

MAINTAINING EXCELLENCE Success brings notoriety, and the events of March 3 meant the Coyotes no longer had the element of surprise on their side. But rather than feel satisfied with past accomplishments, the girls redoubled their efforts, striving to improve with every race. “It definitely feels good to win, but I never let it occur to myself that ‘I’m the best’ or anything like that,” Holt said. “I’m always asking for more of myself and I’m always getting ready for the next challenge.” McCurry keeps the team on a rigorous practice regimen, but he says it’s the things the girls do outside of practice that have allowed them to stay ahead of the competition. “We talk a lot about the other 22 hours,” McCurry said. “We get them for two hours a day, and they are awesome in practice. But if you want to reach your potential, you have to be an athlete the other 22 hours of the day, and that means extra runs, extra training, eating right, getting enough sleep, (from left to right) C of I sophomore Jordan Engelhardt joined seniors Sarah Johnson, Hillary Holt and Jasmine Hurd on the distance medley relay team during 2014 NAIA Indoor Nationals. The Coyotes successfully defended their national title in the event.

your social choices and how you manage your time academically. All of those things go into it.”

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Holt, whose ferocious running style is hard on her body, spends countless

Holt and Hurd repeated on the DMR team, this time joined by sophomore

hours training in the pool and doing extra maintenance work—such as

Jordan Engelhardt and Bobbles, who finally captured her elusive national

stretches, ice baths and individual exercises—to keep herself operating


at her peak level of performance. The rest of the team does plenty of extra

“More than anything else, running for the C of I has taught me a lot about

work, too, whether it’s individual workouts in the weight room or group runs

being resilient,” Johnson said. “Pat and the girls have taught me to never

around campus.

give up on my dreams.”

“We do it because we care about the team,” Johnson said. “It matters a lot to us. I never want to let my teammates down.”

The lessons learned over the past four years extend to each and every member of the team.

Adds Klopfenstein: “I feel so lucky to be a part of this group. It’s great to be

“I’ve grown so much, not just as an athlete, but as a person,” Holt said.

surrounded by people who work just as hard as you and who want to see you

“I’ve learned that running makes me the best version of myself: Determined,

succeed. If we didn’t have each other, we wouldn’t be as successful.”

a fighter, and passionate to the point of obsession. I want to discover my full


could and that I ran as fast as I possibly could.”

potential. When I hang up the racing shoes, I want to know I did everything I

All the extra work continued to pay off for the Coyotes as the 2012–2013 season came to a close. Holt defended her 1,500-meter title at Outdoor Nationals, while Klopfenstein got her own moment in the sun, capturing gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to become the College’s second individual track champion. “Sora has been a workhorse who has done so much for our team,” McCurry said. “When she won, that was her moment to be the best at her best event.” It also was a special moment for Klopfenstein’s teammates, who enveloped her in a tearful embrace at the finish line. “It was very emotional for me,” Holt said. “I remember how happy it made me to win my first national title, and to see Sora experience the same thing— it brought Sarah and me to tears. We see how hard Sora works and we know how badly she wants it.” Holt also began to gain recognition outside of NAIA competition. She won the 1,500-meter title at the prestigious Oregon Twilight in May and qualified

“I’ve definitely become a much happier person,” adds Hurd. “We’re a family.” “We have a special team here,” Klopfenstein said. “We are so close and we work so well together. I just feel blessed to be a part of it.” In turn, McCurry’s four standout seniors have made an indelible mark on The College of Idaho. The legacy they leave behind is one of hard work, all-in commitment to the team and, of course, winning. It is a legacy that is already being embraced by the younger members of the team—and it is something far more enduring than the names “Hillary Holt,” “Jasmine Hurd,” “Sarah Johnson” and “Sora Klopfenstein” etched upon stacks of national championship trophies. “These kids have changed the culture forever,” McCurry said. “They love to work. It’s just what they do—they enjoy working hard and they embrace the challenge of it.” Outdoor season is under way, and the Coyotes host the Cascade Conference Championships May 9–10 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. NAIA Outdoor Nationals is set for May 22–24 in

“These kids have changed the culture forever. They love to work. It’s just what they do—they enjoy working hard and they embrace the challenge of it.” —Coach Pat McCurry

Gulf Shores, Alabama. To keep up on all the latest C of I track news, visit

JORDAN RODRIGUEZ is the editor of Quest.

for the 1,500-meter finals at the U.S. National Championships in June. While she missed out on a top-three finish and a trip to the World Championships, Holt’s performance opened doors to new possibilities after college. “Hillary has a great chance to be a full-time athlete, which is very rare in our sport, especially at the NAIA level,” McCurry said. “She was one of the 12 best 1,500 meter runners in the nation last year, so she’s right there. And there are a lot of things she can add to improve down the road.”

FINISHING STRONG With graduation quickly approaching, McCurry’s fearsome foursome continues to add to its resume. NAIA Indoor Nationals in March brought three more national titles and a third-place team finish. Holt—now a 10-time national champion—repeated in the mile and 800 meters, while the DMR

Hillary Holt is the most decorated athlete in C of I history, with 10 NAIA national championships

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C of I media legends resonate on the air

Two of the most successful radio personalities in Idaho history got their starts at The College of Idaho. Both Jack Link, one of the people responsible for putting KTVB News Channel 7 on the air, and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Larry Lujack spent only a short time on the Caldwell campus. And while their career overlap was fleeting —“I knew of him, but I never met him,” Link says of Lujack, the young gun from Caldwell —both men left an unmistakable mark on both the radio industry and the Treasure Valley.

“We must aspire to inspire before we expire” Jack Link was stationed in Yuma, Ariz. when he read that a new radio station was going to be built in Caldwell, right outside his hometown of Boise. Link, who broadcast shows for KIDO at Boise High, knew exactly what he was going to do once he was out of the Army Air Corps. “Well, hey!” Link thought. “I’ll see if I can get into The College of Idaho and maybe this station will be built and I can get a job there.” Link moved to Caldwell and started attending classes at the C of I. He joined the Beta Chi fraternity, helped organize homecoming, ate lunch in the basement of Finney Hall, took biology classes from Dr. Lyle Stanford (“What a jewel he was,” Link says) and started going steady with classmate Ella Mays ’47. He also was elected student body president. Unfortunately, the new radio station—which would become known as KCID — was not being built. Link was not in the mood to wait. “I was a junior and I thought ‘I’ve got to get some radio training somewhere down the line if I’m going to get into the field,’ ” Link said. Link had a friend at Washington State University who could provide him with housing. So he transferred, even though that meant not serving his presidency at the College. “I have the distinction of being the only guy elected student body president who never served at the C of I,” Link said. The next year, KCID finally was completed. Link sent in a demo tape

and worked the summer there. After completing his degree at Washington State in 1948, he took a permanent job at the Caldwell station. In 1950, Link married his C of I sweetheart, and the two spent a summer honeymoon in Chicago. Ella studied with famous pianist Rudolph Ganz at Chicago Musical College, and Jack studied television production with NBC. Not long afterward, KIDO in Boise hired Link away from KCID to help launch Idaho’s first television station. In 1953, KIDO-TV debuted, and just last year, Channel 7 (now KTVB) celebrated its 60th year on the air. Link served as program director at KIDO-TV until KING AM-TV in Seattle came calling. Jack then became KING’s program director and was working in that capacity when he was hired by William Boeing Jr., son of the Boeing Aircraft Company founder, who was beginning to invest in radio. One of the stations Boeing was buying was none other than KIDO, which retained its call letters, prompting Channel 7 to switch to KTVB. Both the sale and the call letter change took place on February 1, 1959. The Links moved back to Boise and stayed until 1962, when they went back to Seattle. Link managed the Boeing stations from there until the last one, KIDO, was sold in 1976. Around that time, Boeing started buying up properties near SeaTac International Airport for warehouse use. Link changed careers to commercial real estate and remained with the company. Link served on the College’s Board of Trustees for seven years starting in 1974. He also was the emcee at the Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest in Weiser for 43 years. “I was unstoppable for 43 years,” Link said. “I never missed a single one. It was a great experience.” Link, 88, still commutes to his office four days a week and has been employed by William Boeing Jr. since Jan. 31, 1959. “We must aspire to inspire before we expire,” Link said. “None of us are going to get out of this world alive. So you just take it one day at a time.”

“Superjock” Larry Lujack The late Larry Lujack was born Larry Blankenburg on June 6, 1940 in Iowa and grew up on the Iowa State University campus. Lujack moved to Idaho as a teenager after his father got a job in the area. Larry was an

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? All-State quarterback at Caldwell High when he graduated in 1957, but knee injuries derailed his athletic career. Lujack was a student at The College of Idaho when a bulletin board job posting for a radio DJ at KCID changed the course of his life. Not that anyone would have guessed it after Larry’s initial tour of the station with manager Duane Wolf. “Larry had never been to a radio station or any kind of broadcasting place until he walked into that office,” his mother Ruth Kuehne said. “But he pretended like he knew all about the whole bit and Duane told me later that he knew in his mind it was Larry’s first trip.” But Wolf, recognizing that Lujack had a made-for-radio voice and the “gift of gab,” hired him anyway. Early on, Lujack didn’t stay long in any one place. “He was always making demo tapes and sending them out,” said Larry’s first wife, Gina Lujack. Now married, Larry and Gina left Caldwell for a radio gig in Spokane, Wash. After a stop in San Bernardino, Calif., Lujack took a job at a station in Seattle. And then Boston. And finally Chicago. “And the rest is history,” Gina Lujack said. “He just became popular right off of the bat,” Kuehne said. Lujack spent most of his career at WLS and WCFL in the Windy City. “Uncle Lar,” as he was known to his listeners, was a true radio pioneer. His “Cheap and Trashy Showbiz Report” was ahead of its time and his most famous bit, “Animal Stories,” has inspired countless imitators on both radio and television. Lujack and his sidekick Little Tommy would read weird and wacky pet tales such as “What do you do when your chinchilla gets constipated?” to great success. In 1975, Lujack wrote his biography, Super Jock (the loud, frantic, nonstop world of a rock radio DJ) with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dan Jedlicka. Larry’s sarcastic,

No, he’s not that Jack Link. Several years ago, Link was notified by his niece of the existence of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. That started a conversation between the two Jack Links, who now exchange Christmas cards each year. “It’s been a fun thing,” Link said. “I get a bunch of it and hand it out as my calling card. I say, ‘Chew on this one for a while.’ ” Meanwhile, the man formerly known as Larry Blankenburg legally changed his last name to Lujack in honor of former Notre Dame quarterback and 1947 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack. His parents found out about it after the fact. “It bothered us, but that was the name he wanted and we got used to it,” said his mother, Ruth Kuehne. Jack Link helped launch Idaho’s most successful television station, KIDO 7 (now KTVB 7), in 1953. Overall, his legendary television and radio career spanned nearly 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.

grumpy, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor endeared him to his fans. Lujack signed a 12-year, $6 million deal in 1984 with WLS, but ABC bought out his contract in 1987. While that ended his everyday on-air radio career, Lujack was hardly idle. “He never really retired until a few years ago,” Kuehne said. “Larry was always writing commercials and they even built a studio in his house in New Mexico so that he could bring back his show.” In 2004, Lujack was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He loved watching sports and playing golf, including an infamous incident where he played an 18-hole round in Chicago while it was 27 degrees below zero. While Lujack went on to inspire many shock jocks—including Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh—he was not “on” all the time and actually was an introvert at heart. “He would just sit in a chair and be quiet for a long, long time, but you knew his brain was racing,” Kuehne said. “We never knew he had it in him. It shocked us what he turned into.” “He was introverted, but he came alive behind a microphone,” added Gina Lujack. Lujack died on Dec. 18, 2013 after a yearlong battle with cancer. He is survived by his second wife, Judith, and a stepson. While Lujack spent most of his life outside of Idaho, his ties to the Gem State run deep. His son Anthony, now a doctor in New York, is a C of I alumnus. Kuehne, 92, lives in Meridian, and Lujack’s daughter and her family live in Boise.

Larry Lujack, pictured above as “Uncle Lar” the shock jock and on the opposite page (at left) as a star quarterback at Caldwell High.

RANDALL POST works in the C of I Office of Marketing & Communications.

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There’s Always A Catch

C of I alumnus Rick Williams ’74 and trustee Shauna Williams find fulfillment through fly-fishing

Looking down into the aquamarine depths of the Indian Ocean may seem like the perfect vantage point for any fisherman, but it takes a master of the trade to spot the deceptive fish that pervade these waters. With a translucent exterior and lightning-fast speed, the bonefish is a catch reserved only for the most skilled anglers—and pursuing the elusive “Gray Ghost” has long been a fascination for avid fly-fishers Rick Williams ’74 and his wife, Shauna Williams. As the couple describes it, nothing is more invigorating than wading in the tropics and making the catch. “Fishing for bonefish is arguably one of the best types of fishing there is,” Rick said. “You wade out into kneedeep, subtropical waters and look for these difficult fish and once you catch them they just take off like rockets. It’s really good fun.” For the past 35 years, fly-fishing has been a pivotal part of the Williams’ lives. Together, this skilled couple has fished waters around the world including Mexico, British Columbia, Alaska and the Amazon River in South America. Traveling the world has been one of the many perks that come with Rick and Shauna’s dedication to the sport, but for them fly-fishing is more Rick Williams ’74 shows off an elusive bonefish. than just a hobby; it’s a way of life. CONSERVING IDAHO’S WILDLIFE Growing up in Idaho was the perfect outlet for outdoorsman Rick Williams. His love and appreciation for nature led him not only to the sport of fly-fishing, but also down the path to an education in conservation biology.

“I graduated from The College of Idaho in 1974 with a double major in zoology and English literature,” Rick said. “I went on to Notre Dame and then transferred to BYU because they had a program on birds of prey. While I was there, I met Shauna and followed her to Hawaii where I did my doctoral work on non-native birds over there. After that I did some postdoc work on fish genetics working with salmon and trout and the recovery plans for native fishes.” Rick’s interest in native fishes continued to grow after receiving his Ph.D. in conservation biology. In 1993, he opened Clear Creek Consulting and focused on work tied to the conservation and habitat restoration of trout, salmon and steelhead found in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. As an independent biological consultant, Rick assesses fish populations and habitat conditions in the environment and then proposes restorative actions. In addition to his consulting work, Rick has devoted a large part of his life to fly-fishing instruction. He currently is certified by the Federation of FlyFishers (FFF) as a Master and Two-Hand (Spey) fly casting instructor. Rick is the only angler in southern Idaho— and one of only 25 people nationwide— to hold both Master and Two-Hand Instructor certifications. He also serves as the Senior Conservation Advisor on the FFF’s Board of Directors. “I do a lot of private instruction for the Federation,” Rick said. “So I’ve traveled quite a bit internationally to teach and do examinations. I’ve taught in Japan twice, Ireland, Scotland, England and a few other countries as well. It’s really been a lot of fun to do.”

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CASTING FOR RECOVERY Shauna, a Boise surgeon and member of the C of I Board of Trustees, grew up in an entirely different outdoor wilderness than her husband, but the Hawaii native developed a similar passion for fishing early in life. Over the years, that passion has continued to grow into an impactful and fulfilling activity. “I’ve always loved to fish since I was a little kid,” Shauna said. “I started with a bamboo rod out in the tide pools and then as I got older I traveled to San Francisco quite a bit to fish.” After meeting Rick at BYU, Shauna’s interest in fishing turned toward the art of fly-casting. The sport was a natural fit and, after earning her fly-casting instructor certification, Shauna decided to use her skills to give back to the community through a program called Casting for Recovery (CFR). Casting for Recovery is a national program that encourages emotional and physical healing for women who have been affected by cancer. Chapters “It always puzzled me that Boise didn’t have a good fly-fishing shop,” throughout the United States sponsor women to attend a two-day retreat Rick said. “An angling shop called the Ultimate Angler started down where they learn to build strong support systems and enjoy life through on Bannock Street and we had gotten to know the owners quite well. activities such as fly-fishing. After a few years, one of Shauna has attended their business partners seven retreats as a casting wanted to sell his share, so instructor with southern Shauna and I decided to Idaho’s CFR chapter, and buy his portion out.” although she has never In 1999, the renamed experienced cancer Idaho Angler moved to personally, she always ends Vista Avenue and has seen up taking something away exponential growth under from the experience. the direction of Rick and “Sometimes I feel like Shauna, co-owners Don I get more out of the Knickrehm, Joy Knickrehm experience than anyone,” and Ken Pursely and Shauna said. “It is so General Manager Tim rewarding to see these Mansell. women, some of whom “It wasn’t an overnight have never held a fishing success,” Rick said. “It’s rod in their life, catch a all been about hard work fish and see the joy on and paying attention to their faces. It really is a quality and customer cool experience.” service. For example, one Shauna is also an active of the things that we do member of the Women (top) Rick Williams catches and releases a massive steelhead. (above and below) Shauna Williams shares fly-fishing is require our fly-fishing Fly Fishers of Idaho Club knowledge with recovering cancer patients through the Casting for Recovery program. guides to be certified flyand spends her professional casting instructors before career as a colorectal we actually let them guide. surgeon. She received her We’re one of only about three or four fly-shops in the country that medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of requires our staff to do that.” Medicine in 1984 and has been practicing in the Boise area since 1991. The Idaho Angler caters to the fly-fishing enthusiasts with high-end equipment, fishing information, specialized classes and exceptional customer service. The shop also provides travel opportunities for its customers to explore areas throughout Idaho as well as some of the more tropical places in the world, such as Christmas Island in the central Pacific. “We’ve got a great staff down at the Idaho Angler,” Rick said. “Shauna and I just try to stay out of their way.” But for Rick and Shauna Williams, staying out of the way almost never means relaxing at home. Not when there are habitats to preserve. Patients to heal. A community to serve. And many, many more catches to make. For more information on Idaho Angler and Casting for Recovery, visit and IDAHO ANGLER Along with their dedication to fly-fishing instruction and community service, Rick and Shauna also have invested in Southwest Idaho’s premiere fly-fishing shop: the Idaho Angler. The couple has been involved with the business since it opened in 1993, first as customers and then as owners.

BRODI ETHEREDGE is a C of I senior and spring intern for Quest.

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faces and places

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C of I students did a marketing case study of Disneyland Paris before visiting the theme park, the second Disney park to open outside of the United States.

Danica Barnack, left, and Deena Emry, right, pause from a walk along the Seine for a photograph in front of the Eiffel Tower.

The C of I group enjoys lunch at the historic Bouillon Chartier restaurant.

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C of I flying the school colors in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

(above)Professor Jim Angresano points out a Parisian landmark.

Visiting the Jardin de Luxembourg, which is featured prominently in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

She’s a thinker....

Softball players Kendall Pavey and Nickayla Skinner practice pitching in an ancient Roman arena while the YoteFam cheers them on!

The C of I study group in front of the Louvre Pyramid before a tour of the museum.

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college news A widely-published scholar of Jewish history, culture and Jewish-Christian relations will be the first to hold The College of Idaho’s newly-established Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies.

Dr. Federica Francesconi has presented numerous community lectures on Jewish art, history and other topics.

Dr. Federica Francesconi, currently a faculty member in the University of Oregon’s Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, will

College hires first scholar for Berger-Neilsen Judaic studies chair join the C of I this fall. Francesconi specializes in the cultural and social history of Jews in early modern Europe, paying special attention to Italian Jewish culture. She is currently developing her dissertation into a book, The Wealth of Silver: The Journey of the Modenese Jews from the Renaissance to Emancipation (1598–1814). “We are pleased to bring such a prolific scholar as Dr. Francesconi to The College of Idaho,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies was created with the aim of encouraging interfaith dialogue and greater awareness of Jewish culture, and Dr. Francesconi has demonstrated her commitment to those goals throughout her career.” Francesconi has held academic and research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching interests include Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish thought, the history of the Inquisition, Sephardic Diaspora

and Jewish ceremonial art. She recently coedited a special issue of the journal Jewish History, titled “Tradition and Transformation in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Jewish Integration in Comparative Perspective” and also has lectured extensively and curated numerous exhibits on various facets of Jewish history. Francesconi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Bologna and her Ph.D. from the University of Haifa in Jewish history. The Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies—the first of its kind in the Intermountain West—was created to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West. Named after C of I alumnus Ray Neilsen ’88 and the longtime C of I history professor who was an influential mentor to him, the chair and an associated lecture series will help C of I students and the public gain a deeper understanding of diversity, human rights and interfaith awareness.

C of I professor awarded NEH Fellowship for biography


ollege of Idaho faculty member Rochelle Johnson is one of 72 scholars in the United States to receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship during its most recent award cycle. The fellowship will support Johnson’s work on a biography of Susan Fenimore Cooper, one of America’s first environmental writers. Johnson, the only Idaho educator awarded an NEH Fellowship, will devote the 2015–2016 academic year to her project. Cooper (1813–1894) was a noted naturalist and philanthropist, as well as a widely celebrated author whose works include the literary daybook Rural Hours. “She labored tirelessly to provide a legacy that Dr. Rochelle Johnson’s project studying writer Susan Fenimore challenged that of her ancestors by centering Cooper has been aided by several C of I student research assistants. on social justice, Native American rights and landscape preservation,” said Johnson, who was named the 2010 Idaho Professor of the Year by the competitive NEH Fellowships have strong records Carnegie Foundation. of publication and extraordinary promise for John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic creating new work that benefits both the scholarly affairs, said researchers selected for the highly community and wider public. quest • page 14

“That Rochelle Johnson should get such an award is testimony to her outstanding work as a scholar,” Ottenhoff said. “That she also is recognized as one of the College’s great teachers speaks to Rochelle’s dedication and to the overall quality of the faculty here.” Johnson’s project started 15 years ago, when she and her co-editor began editing Cooper’s literary works for modern audiences. Cooper, the daughter of novelist James Fenimore Cooper and granddaughter of prominent New York judge and settler William Cooper, has since received the attention of both scholars and general readers. Johnson’s biography of Cooper will be the first dedicated to a writer who is gaining more attention in recent years among those interested in literature and the environment. Johnson hopes to present an accurate picture of Cooper’s life and views about landscape preservation and social justice in the book, which will be written for a general audience.


The countdown to kickoff has reached a fever pitch on The College of Idaho campus. Just five months separate the Coyotes and their fans from the first football games since 1977—and each passing milestone brings the gridiron revival closer to reality.

The Coyotes took several major steps toward kickoff this winter and spring, releasing the 2014 schedule and opening ticket sales. Construction on the new Marty Holly Athletics Center and renovations to Simplot Stadium also continue to speed toward completion. “The support we’ve received from the College community and the entire state of Idaho is tremendous,” C of I coach Mike Moroski said. “We look forward to welcoming fans to our games this fall as we celebrate the return of C of I football.” The Coyotes play their season opener Sept. 6, taking on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The game comes 13,438 days after the last C of I football game—a 24-23 Coyote victory over Pacific. The home opener is Sept. 13 versus Montana Western. In all, the Coyotes play five home games—highlighted by the Oct. 11 Homecoming game versus Montana State Northern—and six road games. Season tickets went on sale March 18. Tickets in most levels are still available, but they are going fast! To reserve your seats, call 1-888-695-0888 or visit Online/?siteID=3898. To learn more about the return of C of I football, visit kickoff2014.

2014 College of Idaho Football Schedule

Location                Opponent                          Date                          Forest Grove, Ore Pacific

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Ashland, Ore.

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La Grande, Ore.

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C of I art instructor honored at Idaho Triennial Exhibition

college news First-generation students thrive at the C of I BY ASHLEY COLES

College of Idaho alumnus and art instructor Goran Fazil’s piece Hegelian Constructs won second place during November’s opening reception for the 2013 Boise Art Museum Idaho Triennial Exhibition. It is a prestigious honor for Fazil, who claimed second prize amongst 40 exhibitors chosen from more than 200 entrants for the annual BAM exhibition in downtown Boise.

(from left to right) First-generation college students Yasmin Pelallo and Ivan Esparza-Ruiz share a laugh with mentor Arnold Hernandez.

The College of Idaho enrolls just over 1,100 undergraduates—and nearly onethird of them are first-generation college students. “We attract them here because we’re successful at helping them graduate,” said Arnold Hernandez, the College’s director of multicultural affairs. Most first-generation students don’t consider private colleges, because of the perceived high cost, and many take longer than four years to earn their diplomas. But the C of I bucks both of those national trends with a thriving population of firstgeneration students—nearly 70 percent of whom graduate in four years. A caring campus community is a big reason the College attracts, retains and graduates first-generation students. Hernandez helps the students any way he can, from class work to personal and family issues to everyday problems like fixing a flat tire. He also visits families in their homes to share the opportunities available at the C of I —opportunities that can drastically alter their child’s future. Two current sophomores, Ivan EsparzaRuiz and Yasmin Pelallo, stand as testimonies to the difficulties and triumphs of being first-generation students. “It’s really hard,” Pelallo said. “I know it’s going to take a lot of work and tears, but

this will prepare me. I don’t want to give up.” Esparza-Ruiz is studying accounting, while Pelallo is pursuing a career in pediatric nursing. As the first in their families to attend college full-time, both students are offering an example to their younger siblings that college is not only an option—it also is a rewarding pursuit. “I’m going to encourage my kids to go to college,” Esparza-Ruiz said. “It’s the best investment in life.” In addition to helping students, Hernandez keeps close contact with first-generation alumni who are established in professional careers, from teachers in China to representatives in Washington, D.C. These alumni bear witness to the College’s firstgeneration success, which was celebrated during the recent 2014 Scholarship Gala in Boise. Student speaker Cristian Magallon told the Gala audience what a difference the College has made in his life, fulfilling the mission Hernandez and many others at the C of I are so passionate about. “We have to let these students know they are important and help them believe that,” Hernandez said. “We have to reach them.” ASHLEY COLES is a C of I senior and spring intern for Quest. quest • page 16

“It was rewarding just to be in the exhibition, so being recognized like this, it makes you feel good and like you are heading in the right direction in the studio,” Fazil said. “[Hegelian Constructs] is part of a larger series I’m working on, so it is important to me for that piece to get recognized.” Fazil earned his bachelor’s degree in art from The College of Idaho in 2001 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Boise State University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Idaho. Fazil currently teaches drawing and design at the C of I and also teaches at the College of Western Idaho. In Hegelian Constructs, Fazil wrestles with the idea of building upon concepts that have unstable foundations. This idea is related to the Hegelian theory of society’s continuous progression toward an absolute truth or goal through thesis, antithesis and synthesis. By representing unstable foundations, Fazil seeks to open dialogue to the idea that anything can collapse at any moment — like what happened in his home country of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Fazil’s award-winning work will be on display at the Idaho Triennial Exhibition through April 27. He also has a solo exhibition at the C of I’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art through April 18. To learn more about Fazil and his artwork, visit For more details about the Idaho Triennial Exhibition, please visit

That’s a wrap


When Jordan Bowman was 3, her parents bought her a toy microphone and she used it to belt out Christmas carols year-round. Nineteen years later, Bowman’s passion for singing is stronger than ever. The College of Idaho senior and aspiring opera singer has compiled an impressive resume, taking advantage of every opportunity to share and expand upon her vocal talents. “The excitement I feel when I am singing is something that I really love,” Bowman said. “When I’m performing, I feel like I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.” Bowman, a graduate of American Falls High School, is majoring in music (applied voice) with minors in theatre, health, psychology and music performance. She is involved with virtually every performing group on campus, and her list of credits includes the plays The Hot L Baltimore, Pericles, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling

Bee and Baby with the Bathwater. She also has starred in the operas Tales of Hoffmann, The Telephone, Semele and The Magic Flute, the last two of which she also directed. “I’ve been very lucky to have gotten the parts I’ve had,” Bowman said. “I think one of the best things The College of Idaho has to offer is that if you want to take a leadership position, it’s there. You just have to be willing to work for it.”

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Bowman’s hard work paid off recently as she received an Irene Ryan scholarship nomination to take part in an acting competition during the spring 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Boise. She received the honor while portraying Helen, the female lead in Baby with the Bathwater. “Two things about Jordan: She’s brilliant, and she’s a professional,” said Kathy Simpson, the C of I theatre instructor who directed the show. “She loves theatre, she loves the art, and she loves the work.” C of I music professor and choir director Dr. Brent Wells concurs. “Jordan’s the best,” Wells said. “She’s extremely talented, but even though she recognizes that she’s good, she’s also very willing to work hard and improve. She has a very bright future as a performer.” Highlights from many of Jordan’s theatre and opera performances are available on the C of I YouTube channel at

yote notes BACK ON TOP



wenty-eight wins and a No. 2 national ranking. A season sweep of archrival NNU. A 17-0 record in front of capacity home crowds, led by the raucous Yote Fam student section. The Cascade Conference championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. It may not have ended the way the Coyotes wanted, but one thing is certain after the most exciting season in recent memory: Men’s basketball is again a national power at The College of Idaho. “It has been an amazing year,” senior forward Taylor Pruett said. “It’s a complete 180-degree turnaround from last year. We used to go into games hoping to win. Now, we go in expecting to win.” The Coyotes flourished under first-year coach Scott Garson, whose positive demeanor and up-tempo style of play breathed new life into the program. And as the wins piled up—including 15 in a row before a season-ending loss at the NAIA Division II National Tournament—Coyote fever swept the Treasure Valley. Fans returned in droves to the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, packing the house to cheer on the feisty, highscoring Yotes. “I knew we could be successful, but this has been beyond my expectations,” Garson said. “We have a team full of guys who are as happy for their teammates’ success as they are for their own and, as the great Coach [John] Wooden said, it’s amazing how much can get accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” C of I fans got their first glimpse of things to come Nov. 5, when the Coyotes took on NNU in the home opener. Garson’s deep bench—a hallmark of this renaissance season—was on full display as the Yotes raced to a 93-83 victory, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the nemesis Crusaders. “That was a huge moment for us,” said highflying junior guard Demetrius Perkins. “We understood how important it was.” Momentum continued to build from there. The Coyotes finished 16-2 in Cascade Conference play, winning the regular-season title while

rising to No. 3 in the NAIA Top-25 Poll. The team’s never-say-die attitude was captured perfectly in the regular-season finale as the Yotes erased a 22-point deficit to defeat Northwest, 93-80, in front of a delirious home crowd. All-Conference performers Pruett (14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds per game) and Perkins (14.1 points) led the Yotes statistically along with senior forward Antonio Garrett (13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds), but every player had a role on the team. Junior wing Sydney Donaldson earned CCC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Junior guard Josh Wilson consistently flirted with triple-doubles while garnering an All-CCC honorable mention. Junior guard Jordan O’Byrne was the 3-point sharpshooter. Senior forward Ben Van Lith provided fierce athleticism. Junior post Joe Vaz was a 7-foot-1 presence off the bench. Seniors Zach Peterson and Devan Telken added strong leadership and defense. And freshman Manny Morgan was a jet-quick ball-handler and pesky defender. The sum of those parts was a winning combination. The Coyotes (28-6) went on to capture the Cascade Conference Tournament championship, blasting Northwest Christian 83-59 in the title game to wrap up an undefeated season at home. Wilson doused Garson—the CCC Coach of the Year— in a Gatorade bath, players and coaches cut down the quest • page 18

nets and the entire Yote Fam celebrated late into the night, league championship trophy in hand. It was the crowning moment of an unforgettable season.

Taylor Pruett drives to the basket versus NNU.

“These guys have so much to be proud of this season, not only for what they did on the floor, but also for how they brought the College and the community together,” Garson said. “This group of players is so close-knit—they play for each other and they truly care about one another. It’s a group that will always have a very special place in my heart.”

Pitch Perfect




he list of Red Lion Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Week awards this season reads like this: Nickayla Skinner, Nickayla Skinner and Nickayla Skinner. The College of Idaho record book reads pretty much the same way. The senior from Mountain Home is the program’s all-time leader in wins, appearances, innings pitched, starts, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts. Through early March, Skinner had been named Pitcher of the Week 13 times during her stellar career. She also was CCC Pitcher of the Year in 2013, when she went 25-9 with a 1.77 ERA while striking out 247 batters. But it’s not personal accolades Skinner is after. “There are no records that I want to set,” Skinner said. “I just want to help my team win.” Last year, the wins didn’t begin to pile up until late in the season. The Yotes were 20-20 before winning 15-of-16 games—a run that earned them the league championship and a trip to the NAIA Tournament. Though they lost to eventual national champion Concordia-Irvine, the Yotes are eager to continue their winning ways in 2014. C of I began the season ranked No. 13—and favored to win another CCC crown. “Now, we have a target on our backs,” Skinner said. “We want to prove everybody right and just go out there and play as hard we can.” Adds softball skipper Al Mendiola: “Hopefully we can play more consistently throughout the year so we can host [the CCC Tournament] in Caldwell.” Skinner’s abilities on the diamond extend into the batter’s box. In addition to her pitching records, the .335 career hitter ranks among the program’s top-five in doubles and home runs. “What makes her unique is she’s been able to play like this since her freshman year,” Mendiola said of Skinner’s dual-threat talents. This year’s team features nine seniors, a fact not lost on Skinner. “This whole experience has been amazing,” she said. “We’ve all been so close. It really is a family. Being a part of something so big and so great is what I’m going to miss the most.”

(above) C of I senior pitcher Nickayla Skinner holds the school records for wins, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games, appearances and innings pitched. (right) Reagan Rossi coached the C of I women’s basketball team to five NAIA National Tournament appearances during her 13-year tenure while compiling an overall record of 246-153.

Skinner, a business major, hopes to find work in entertainment marketing after graduation. In the meantime, the Coyotes are looking to ride their ace to another deep postseason run. “It has been a privilege to coach an athlete of her caliber,” Mendiola said. Keep up on all the latest C of I sports news this spring at

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Rossi steps down as coach, named associate AD Longtime College of Idaho women’s basketball coach Reagan Rossi has resigned from coaching in order to take over full-time duties as the College’s associate athletic director. Rossi, who recently completed her 13th season at the C of I, led the Coyotes to five NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances during her tenure. Her top assistant, former C of I men’s basketball head coach Mark Owen, assumes the head coaching position in July. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me and my family, along with the College,” Rossi said. “The time is right. It’s been a tremendous 19 years of coaching, especially my time with the Lady Yotes. There never was a day where I did not feel blessed to coach amazing student-athletes. I hope I’ve touched their lives as much as they’ve touched mine.” Rossi led the Yotes to Cascade Conference regular-season titles in 2009 and 2010 and made 13 consecutive appearances in the CCC Tournament, winning championships in 2010 and 2012. She finishes her career with an overall record of 246-153. Owen, a C of I graduate and member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, served as the men’s basketball coach from 2000–2010, winning 185 games and leading the Yotes to five NAIA Division II National Tournaments. “I am very excited to return to the head coaching role and excited to keep this program going in the direction that Coach Rossi started,” Owen said.

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Academia a perfect fit for Professors Attebery


lice (Latham) Pursell has never piloted an aircraft herself. Yet for nearly three decades, the nation’s space program has taken flight thanks to the efforts of this College of Idaho alumna. Pursell joined NASA in 1985 as a contract specialist. For the past 20 years, she has served as contracting officer for Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston— the agency’s center for spaceflight training, research and flight control. As contracting officer, Pursell is responsible for soliciting, awarding and managing contracts for Johnson Space Center as well as supporting the flight operations director in maintaining NASA’s training aircraft. “For someone who knew almost nothing about aircraft, I’ve learned a lot,” Pursell said. “I work in an office where we do everything from small purchases of supplies to multimilliondollar contracts for aircraft components and maintenance.” Maintaining a fleet of approximately 30 airplanes—ranging from T-38 jet trainers to the only WB-57 high-altitude science research airplane in existence—is a tremendous responsibility, but one that Pursell loves. “I enjoy working with the people, they’re very proud and passionate for what they do,” she said. “The contractors, the people who prepare the


C of I alumni Brian Attebery ’74 and Jennifer Eastman Attebery ’73 have fulfilled their lifetime love of learning as professors at Idaho State University.

aircraft engines and do the tire replacements, they’re all very concerned about the safety of the aircraft and the people who fly them, many of whom are astronauts.” Pursell’s service at NASA has led to her receiving a Silver Snoopy—the astronauts’ personal award for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success—and the Space Flight Awareness Award, one of NASA’s highest honors for dedication to quality work and flight safety. As a reward, Pursell was invited to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to observe a shuttle launch. Pursell majored in business administration with a secretarial science focus at the C of I, yet she enjoyed the opportunity to study everything from psychology to history and even drama. The breadth of her studies at the College has come in handy in her role as a contracting officer. “Every day you learn something,” Pursell said. “I love that it’s never something you can go to work knowing exactly what you’re going to do that day.”

Alice Pursell ’65 poses in front of T-38s on display at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Success can be a difficult thing to quantify, even for those who have attained plenty of it. College of Idaho alumni Dr. Brian Attebery ’74 and Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery ’73 are great examples of this phenomenon. While both Brian and Jennifer are English experts, defining personal success proved a difficult task for the two longtime Idaho State University professors. “There are times when the world is your oyster and you are just so pleased with yourself—that’s just such a wonderful feeling,” Jennifer said after thoughtful consideration. “What I have found is that it lasts for about a day, and then there are more sustained sorts of personal gratification from just being happy in your daily life.” Her husband has a similar view. “Success is different things to me in different contexts,” Brian said. “Sometimes it’s a matter of getting through a day without any major disasters. Other times it’s finding myself quoted in an article or dissertation, even when—or maybe especially when—the author disagrees with this guy Attebery on some point or other.” By any definition, both Atteberys have found success during their 30-plus year careers in academia. Brian—the son of longtime C of I English professor Dr. Louie Attebery ’50—is an award-winning author who also is widely recognized as a leading critic in the fantasy and myth genre. ISU Magazine lauds Attebery as “ISU’s Fantastical Sci-Fi Guru” and he recently finished his sixth book, Stories about Stories, Fantasy & the Remaking of Myth. “I feel successful as a writer when someone notices sentences I work at, or even my jokes,” Brian said. Jennifer, meanwhile, is in the midst of a threeyear appointment as chair of the ISU English and Philosophy Department. She also was awarded a 2011 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, which allowed both Atteberys to give lectures and attend conferences throughout Europe. Now, the lifelong educators are back in the classroom, where success takes on a whole new meaning. “Teaching success is when one of my students ventures off into new intellectual territory,” Brian said. “Especially when it’s territory I don’t know

Dustin Wunderlich

well myself.”

is assistant editor of Quest.

Larry Gardner is a 1963 C of I graduate.

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The Sweet Smell of Success When Liz Roquet ’91 arrives at Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, she makes herself a whole milk latte, takes the cup and saucer to her desk then she starts her daily grind—roasting coffee to order for customers throughout Idaho and nationwide. Lizzy’s on North Main in Ketchum treats the senses. The distinctive coffee aroma melds with the comforting hiss of the espresso machine, then there’s the collection of snapshots on her labels: customers submit images (lots of kids and dogs), winners grace the bag—and win free coffee. Make no mistake, this is a work space: the tiny retail entry punctuated by the tasting bar leads to small desks, a large roaster and a wall of sacks, where Arabica beans from the coffee-producing world sit ready for roasting. Liz Roquet is a local. Born in Sun Valley, she grew up in Ketchum. Her Austrian-born dad came to the Wood River Valley to be the Konditor at Sun Valley’s Konditorei. Later, the family ran a café and bakery. One of three sisters who attended the College, Liz Roquet came to C of I to study business and cross country ski race. She says, “Coming from a small town, the C of I worked well for me.” She loved the school’s size, and the nearness of Bogus Basin “made all the difference.” Roquet opened her coffee enterprise after a 14-year stint with Smith Optics in Ketchum. She worked with Icebreaker, a New Zealand clothier formerly located in Ketchum, but the company relocated to Portland. And Liz, married with a son, did not want to leave the Wood River Valley. That was in 2008. Always a coffee lover, the Lizzy’s idea came to her during a run. “It hit me as an obvious and vivid picture of what I wanted to do. I had the business skills, but I hadn’t roasted coffee,” Roquet said. A quick learner, she took roasting courses at Sandpoint’s Diedrich Roasting Company (the source of her roaster). She adds, “Just this year I earned my Roasters Guild Roasters Certification through the Specialty Coffee Association.” An accomplished barista, Roquet trains her wholesale clients. Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee offers up to ten choices—both blends and single origins. Roquet believes in learning from those who know their stuff. She

Alumni Photo Essay

(right) Students and alumni shared a laugh during the Coyote Connections LIVE event, part of the Center for Experiential Learning’s spring Career Week activities.


works with Seattle’s Atlas Coffee Importers, buys the best quality green coffee beans (all coffee beans start out green), then pays close attention to the roasting and teaches her customers everything from grinding to storage. Her aim is to ensure that a consumer, or barista, gets it right. Her drop-ins range from those who just want “one tip” to local coffee geeks who attend her Wednesday tasting events. A savvy user of the Internet, she offers YouTube instructional videos (check out her Five Tips for Brewing Coffee).

ALAN MINSKOFF directs the journalism minor at the College, and, full disclosure, is a customer of Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee.

C of I physics professor emeritus Dr. Gary Strine was recognized March 6 as the The College of Idaho’s physics laboratory 1983–84 men’s in Boone Science basketball team Hall was named celebrated its 30-year in his honor. Strine reunion in February (right) is pictured during the Coyotes’ win with his wife, Helen over Warner Pacific. The (left), and one of ’84 Yotes won the NAIA his former students, District 2 championship Kimberly Grane ’78 . and finished 26-7 under coach Marty Holly. C of I alumni, friends and supporters raise their paddles to support the “Adopt-aYote” auction during the 2014 Scholarship Gala in Boise. This year’s Gala honored the College’s firstgeneration students and raised $161,000 for scholarships.

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

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Richard Nolte (’63) recently selfpublished a new book, Nominal Christianity (WestBow Press, 2014). Nolte studied economics, philosophy and religion at the C of I and later became a distinguished Navy pilot. To learn more about the book, visit

1950s Bill Kundrat (’56) recently received the Lifetime Service Award from the Florida Retail Federation, an organization for which he served as president and CEO from 1980 to 1995. Kundrat, a native of Gary, Ind., came to the C of I to play football and was a member of the Coyotes’ legendary teams of the early 1950s. He enjoyed a long and successful career in trade organization management, also serving as president of the Louisiana Retail Association. Kundrat has been active in professional and community service for many years. Some of his top accomplishments include founding Florida Retailer magazine, earning the Executive of the Year Award from the Florida Society of Association Executives and receiving an honorary doctorate of commercial science from Webber College in central Florida.

1960s Ron Bitner (’68) recently became the first wine grape grower in Idaho to earn Low-Input Viticulture and Enology certification for sustainable agriculture. The Idaho Wine Commission announced the news of the LIVE certification on the eve of its annual industry conference this February in Boise. The news also was featured online at John Collett (’62) is working as a tour guide in northern Nevada. Collett, also known as “Cowboy John,” gives tours of remote ranches, rugged trails, ghost towns and more. To learn more about Collett’s venture, visit his website at Joan Houston Hall (’68) recently was awarded a 2013 Emory Medal recognizing her leadership of one of the most significant humanities projects in America—her work as chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)—by Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Hall, who was the C of I commencement speaker in 2012, also was invited to give the 2013 George Story Lecture at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The honor came in recognition of the recent completion of DARE’s print volumes.

Joan Houston Hall

Warren B. Van Camp (’60) is enjoying retirement with his wife, Beverly, in Fruita, Colo. Van Camp studied biology at the C of I and enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career in Idaho and Alaska, retiring in 1994 with more than a dozen state and national awards to his name. His achievements include the prestigious National Science Teachers Association STAR Award and three Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. In addition to biology and environmental studies, Van Camp taught courses in taxidermy. Several of his specimens are on display at the College’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.

Caldwell High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in business management from the C of I. Ray Marshall (’75) has joined the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the law firm’s White Collar and Investigations and Business Trials Team. Marshall, a past president of the State Bar of California and the San Francisco Bar Association, previously worked at Bingham McCutchen, where he served on the Firm Executive Committee and Diversity Executive Committee. Marshall majored in history and American studies at the C of I, where he graduated summa cum laude. He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In addition to his successful career as an attorney, Marshall is actively involved in both community affairs and civil rights advocacy. Mike Nugent (’73) recently was featured as the Boise Weekly “Citizen,” a weekly Q & A segment with reporter George Prentice. Nugent manages the Research and Legislation Division of Idaho’s Legislative Services Office and is a 36-year veteran of the LSO. Bob Skinner (’72) recently was named Agriculturist of the Year by the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce. Skinner, a longtime rancher in eastern Oregon’s Jordan Valley, studied business administration at the C of I and currently serves as president of Skinner Ranches. He also has held board and leadership positions for numerous agricultural, environmental and community service organizations.

1970s Barry Fujishin (’72) recently was elected moderator of the Boise Presbytery for the year 2014. The Boise Presbytery is the organization that oversees 12 Presbyterian churches in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. Fujishin currently works as a major gifts officer in the C of I Office of Development. Jeff Harris (’76) has been promoted to senior vice president at Washington Federal. Harris first joined the company as a teller in 1976. He served as a loan officer in Boise before moving to Twin Falls in 1978 and serving as the branch manager of that location. In 2005, he became the eastern Idaho division manager. An Idaho native, Harris graduated from

Kelli Bean-Miranda and family

Dr. Rick Williams (’74) recently received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The councillevel distinguished service award is given to adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth in the Scouting program through community service, hard work, selfsacrifice, dedication and many years of participation. Williams’ grandfather —former C of I history professor and

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acting president Ledru Williams—also received the Silver Beaver Award in 1943. Read more about Rick and his wife, Shauna, on pages 10–11.

1990s Kelli Bean-Miranda (’93) attended the 2013 Academy Awards with her husband, cinematographer Claudio Miranda. It was a big day for the family as Claudio won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on the blockbuster film Life of Pi. Kurt Burnham (’97) recently served as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Golden Eagle Audubon Society Annual Banquet and Auction in Boise. Burnham, president and CEO of the High Arctic Institute, spoke on “Birds and Bergs: Twenty Years of Avian Research in Greenland.” Burnham, whose research focuses on peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons in Greenland, founded the High Arctic Institute as a not-for-profit conservation, research and education organization. He studied biology at the C of I. Liz Roquet (’91) recently was featured in the Sun Valley Nordic Festival program. Roquet was a member of the ski team at the C of I, where she earned a degree in international business. She currently owns and operates Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, a roasterie she established in 2008 in her hometown of Ketchum. Read more about Liz on Page 21.

2000s Sam Elias (’04) will lead a climbing adventure to California’s Mount Shasta this summer as part of a Backpacker Magazine contest to raise money for Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit organization that introduces urban teens to the outdoors. Elias, a professional rock climbing athlete for The North Face, climbed Mount Everest in 2012 as part of a National Geographic expedition. He keeps an active blog chronicling his climbing adventures at Cynthia Hand (’00) is giving a series of readings this spring titled “Writing for (and about) Young Adults.” Hand, who studied English at the C of I, is the New York Times bestselling author of the “Unearthly” book series. She also teaches writing at Pepperdine University. Kirk Houston (’06) has been hired as an attorney at the Boise law office of Moffatt Thomas Barrett Rock and Fields. Houston, who graduated

in memoriam magna cum laude from the C of I and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2012, is practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. He previously worked as a commercial loan specialist for Zions First National Bank, an extern for Chief United States District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale (’79), a law clerk at Callister Nebeker & McCullough in Salt Lake City and a clerk for District Judge Ronald J. Wilper in Idaho’s Fourth Judicial District. Jolene Hui (’01) and her husband, Tim Curns of Beverly Hills, Calif., welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on Nov. 3, 2013. Pepper Coraline was born at 7:01 a.m., weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Colin Perry (’06) and his wife, Shawna Perry, recently celebrated the birth of their first child. Their son, Ryder Austin Perry, was born Nov. 26, 2013. Colin currently works as an advisor at the College of Western Idaho. Laura Soldati (’00) has been hired as director of public relations for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. The [L] Agency, a boutique public relations firm specializing in arts and culture that Soldati launched in 2012 while working as communications manager for the Atlanta Opera, will continue to be incorporated in Georgia. Soldati will no longer be the principal account manager for The [L] Agency, but she will continue to offer PR modules and classes around the country as her new job allows.


The following alumni and friends of the College have passed away. When you learn of the death of a College of Idaho alumni, please email the information to 1930s Dorothy Clanton (’36)

Larry Lujack (’62)

Flora Koskella (’36)

Scott L. Williams (’68)

1940s Warren Roberts (’44)

1970s Steven Feasel (’72)

Eleanor Sanders (’42)

Blount Hall (’74)

William Smith (’48)

Neale McKenzie (’72)*

Roberta Stammer (’41)

Robert Mager (’69)

Irene Runkle (’70)* Janna True (’78)

1950s Charles Case (’50)

Norene F. Williams (’70)

Patsien Echanis (’53)

1980s Barry Espil (’83)*

Maureen Jensen (’54) Blanche Kuhlman (’58) Robert Lee (’50)


Ralph Oberst (’52)

Tanya Storti (’94)*

Robert Purcell (’52) Colin Taylor (’56) Audrey Tucker (’59)

Friends Virginia Anderson

Charlotte Wessels (’50)

Pete Cenarrusa

Kenneth Wilske (’57)

Viola Fernandez-Aranguiz Juan Garcia

Lynn Maxfield (’05) is the associate director for the National Center for Voice and Speech, a multi-site research consortium committed to research and education about voice and speech at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Maxfield, who also holds a master’s in voice performance and a Ph.D. in voice pedagogy from the University of Iowa, previously taught at Eastern Connecticut State University, Knox College, Monmouth College and Carl Sandburg College. Maxfield is the primary instructor for the vocal studio at NCVS and also maintains an active performance presence. In February, he gave a guest lecture and demonstration about the human voice and the acoustics of singing classical and musical theatre styles at the C of I. Alex O’Brien (’09) is working as a fitness education consultant for Focused Fitness LLC in Spokane, Wash. O’Brien, who played baseball at the C of I, makes motivational fitness videos for kids and travels around the country working with physical education teachers in professional development. O’Brien studied physical education at the C of I and also earned his master’s degree in teaching in 2012. To learn more, visit

Alexis Bennett (’13) is working as a publication and online communications intern for the American Quarter Horse Association. She has written articles for America’s Horse magazine as well as JQURNAL, the American Quarter Horse Journal. Bennett, who majored in English literature at the C of I and was named Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo 2012, also completed an editorial internship with Boise-based supplement retailer this year. Greg Montgomery (’13) was named to Team USA for the 2014 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race, held Jan. 11 in Scotland. Montgomery, a Boise native and 10-time NAIA All-American for the Coyotes, was one of nine runners selected by the United States Track & Field Association to compete for Team USA in one of the world’s most prestigious annual cross country events. He placed 12th, finishing in 24 minutes, 50 seconds.

1960s Michaele Becker (’65)

Jarl Gibson

Ronald Boyd (’69)

Joseph Lamonica

William Bradford (’60)

Joe McCary

David Brown (’60)

Velma Morrison

Viola Huber

Helen Bryce (’62)

Gladys Smith

William Lenzi (’63)

Elizabeth Strom

Gifford Leo (’60) *denotes graduate degree


Greg Montgomery

Erica Sheppard (’10) recently graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. Sheppard’s career goals include working in the fields of pediatric and neurological physical therapy as well as conducting physical therapy research.

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The C of I Model United Nations team brought home two awards from the National Model U.N. Conference held last fall in Washington, D.C. The C of I team, representing the West African nation of Togo, was named an “Honorable Mention Delegation,” an award that placed the C of I in the top 25 percent of all participating delegations and continued a string of five consecutive award-winning national conferences for the team. Two students —senior Courtney Indart and junior Cody Main—also were named “Outstanding Delegates” in their committee, the International Conference on Population and Development. The award is the highest individual honor a delegate

campus notes can receive, and only four of the 170 students representing more than 75 delegations in the ICPD committee were honored. The team is advised by Dr. Robert Dayley (political economy).

The College of Idaho Chorale, directed by Dr. Brent Wells (music), recently won the 2014 Commission Contest. The Chorale won for its performance of the Michael John Trotta piece “Break of Day.” As a result, Trotta will compose and publish a new choral work specifically for the C of I Chorale. The “Break of Day” performance —available on the C of I YouTube channel at—also was featured online at and The College of Idaho men’s lacrosse team recently was honored as a 2013 winner of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award. Only 11 awards are given out each year nationwide. The Coyotes, coached by Matt Gier (’07), were the District 11 award winners for the second consecutive year. Fifteen C of I student-athletes were honored this fall as members of their respective Daktronics—NAIA Scholar-Athlete teams. The Coyote honorees, who all maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, include men’s soccer players Jamie Valle, John French, John Fronk and Brandon Smith, women’s soccer players Sarah Hicks, Aimee Pierson and Lauren Polito, volleyball players Janel Porter, Liz Myers and Emilee Chapman and cross country runners Camden DeBruler, Madison Crookham, Hillary Holt, Ruth Lewinski and Sarah Neufeld. Sean Dahlman recently wrote an original music composition to accompany a Jan. 23 screening of the film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors at the Boise Art Museum. The original score by Hans Erdmann was lost on the only surviving copy of Nosferatu, so Dahlman’s piece was performed

in its stead for the Idaho Horror Film Festival event at BAM. Lila Klopfenstein and Sora Klopfenstein took home All-American honors at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships this fall in Lawrence, Kan. Sora, a senior, placed fifth and Lila, a freshman, placed eighth, helping propel the Coyotes to a No. 2 finish along with individual national champion Hillary Holt (more on pages 4–7). Moha Azhar Mudaqiq, a sophomore from Afghanistan, was the November 2013 recipient of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award, which goes to a student who embodies the values of the C of I community. Moha, a First-Year International Student Mentor, was vital to this year’s new student orientation process, giving his time, energy and leadership abilities to bring students to campus from the airport, get them settled in and continue helping them become acclimated to life at the College. Liz Myers and Sierra Porter were honored as members of the 2013 NAIA Volleyball All-America team this fall after leading the No. 24 Coyotes to an 18-10 season and a sixth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championships. Myers, a senior from Middleton, led the C of I with 320 kills and 140 blocks this season while Porter, a sophomore from Eagle, recorded a team-best 1,003 assists and 243 digs. Both players were honorable mention All-Americans.

patience and a sense of humor while continuing to reflect upon her own personal, professional and academic growth.

Dannen Wright, a junior biology major, recently won the Dr. John Van Zytveld Award in the Life Sciences at the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in Vancouver, Wash. Wright received the top honor for her oral presentation on the effect of cadmium on type I collagen in the extracellular matrix of osteoblast-like Saos-2 cells. Wright has been working with Dr. Sara Heggland (biology) for the past two years studying cadmium toxicity as it relates to bone health. C of I students John French (biology), Necia Hunter (chemistry) and Cavan Gerrish (chemistry) also presented at the conference. FACULTY & STAFF FOOTNOTES Vice President for Student Affairs Paul Bennion recently received the NASPA Region V Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Performance to NASPA. The prestigious award honors Bennion as a distinguished NASPA Region V member who has demonstrated continuous membership for 10 or more years and who has served in a leadership role at the state, regional or national level of NASPA, an association of student affairs administrators in higher education. In addition, Bennion has been

Carol Phillips, a senior from Boise, was the January 2014 winner of the Student Affairs Integrity, Leadership and Service Award. Carol has proven herself a strong and capable leader during her years at the C of I, where she has served as a Resident Assistant, student director of Finney Hall, president of Gamma Phi Beta and a Y Camp Counselor. Carol’s conscientiousness, reflection and ability to see administrative challenges as people-driven has allowed her to lead with compassion,

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accepted into the 2014–2015 Executive Leadership Academy program cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and American Academic Leadership Institute. Bennion, nominated by C of I President Marv Henberg, is one of 40 individuals selected to participate in two national seminars, readings, webinars, individualized experiential activities and structured mentorship experiences through the program. Dr. Robert Dayley (political economy) has been appointed as Program Director for the 2015 ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Seminar. The appointment is part of a Mellon Foundation Grant to ASIANetwork that provides Dayley with $110,000 to lead a three-part faculty seminar for the enhancement of scholarship and pedagogy on Thailand at liberal arts colleges. As Program Director, he will be responsible to select 10 qualified seminar participants from a pool of national applicants, prepare two workshops in the United States, and organize a three-week study tour in Thailand for participants in the summer of 2015. Dayley, who has led seven C of I student trips to Asia and will lead another in 2015, currently is serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors for ASIANetwork, a consortium of 160 liberal arts colleges in the United States that develops grant-funded programs to enhance Asian studies for small colleges. Dr. Katie Devine (physics) and nine students recently attended the Rocky Mountain section meeting of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in Salt Lake City. The C of I had the largest group of any school in attendance, beating out the likes of the University of Utah and BYU. Participating students included (top row from left to right) Chelsea Walther, Zamokuhle

campus notes Motsa, Tierra Candelaria, Tasha Sitz, Cassiemarie Low and (bottom row from left to right) Pragna Naidoo, Shelby Elkins, Angelica Price and Johanna Mori. Athletic Director Marty Holly recently was featured in the magazine Athletics Administration. The article details the College’s recent naming of the Marty Holly Athletics Center in honor of Holly, the leader of Coyote athletics for the past 33 years. Dr. Scott Knickerbocker (English, environmental studies) and his old-time string band, the Hokum HiFlyers, recently released their debut album, The Original Hokum Hi-Flyers. The CD is on sale for $12 at the College Store inside McCain Student Center. Dr. Steven S. Maughan (’85) (history) and alumna Amanda Hendrix-Komoto (’05) recently participated in the panel “Ecclesiastical Borderlands: Religion and the Contest over Imperial Power in British North America, the Pacific, and the British Isles” at the annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies in Portland, Ore. Maughan, who recently was named the Bernie McCain Chair for the Humanities at the C of I, presented the paper “Medievalism and Mission: Race, Gender and Anglican Missionary Reformism in Hawaii, 1861–1879.” Hendrix-Komoto, currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, presented the paper “A White Mission to a White People: Mormon Missionary Work in Britain, 1830–1860.” Both papers were part of a presentation exploring religion within the British imperial project, focusing on places where imperial power was contested.

Dr. Jeff Snyder-Reinke (history) ran two ultramarathons this fall. In October, he ran the Foothills 50K Frenzy in the Boise Foothills. In December, he completed The North Face Endurance Championship, a 50-mile

run in the Marin headlands north of San Francisco, Calif. Snyder-Reinke is contemplating running another 50-mile race this spring and a 100mile race next summer, depending on how his training progresses. Quest editor Jordan Rodriguez recently won an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at the 2014 CASE District VIII Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Rodriguez took bronze in the “Individual Feature Articles” writing category for his article “Force of Nature,” which profiled adventurous alumna Dorothy Custer (’33) in the summer 2013 issue of Quest. CASE now has recognized Quest twice in the past three years; Rodriguez won silver in the same category at the 2012 conference in Seattle.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece debuted in concert on Nov. 24 at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Walker is the jazz director at the C of I. JOB CHANGES David Cannamela is the newest member of the Museum Board for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Cannamela, the superintendent of the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, has more than 25 years of experience working for Idaho Fish and Game and is active in the American Fisheries Society. He is interested in environmental education and looks forward to collaborating with the Orma J. Smith Museum on public programming and tours. Taylor Hawker (’13) has been hired as an officer in the Office of Development. Hawker, who studied theatre at the C of I, most recently worked as an actor in Boise, starring in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and appearing in local commercials. This life-long Yote—who says there is no better place to call home than the C of I— is excited to be back on campus and looks forward to making a difference as an alumnus and employee. Hayley Hutchings (’13) has been hired as a representative in the Office of Admission. She travels to college fairs, meets with prospective students and oversees a territory in the West recruiting incoming freshmen. Hutchings majored in psychology and was a four-year tennis player at the C of I.

Strength and conditioning coach Mike Shines recently published a new book, I’ll Never Tell, which he hopes will increase awareness of domestic violence. The book features motivational and inspirational quotes accompanied by Shines’ photographs of Idaho landscapes and nature. Shines, who is in his 22nd year at the College, plans to publish new editions of I’ll Never Tell in subsequent years to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to local organizations working to aid the victims of domestic violence. For more information about the book, visit Professor Rob Walker (music) recently wrote a new work for concert band titled “Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham

Annie Morrison (’13) has been hired as the Boone Fund director in the Office of Development. Morrison, who earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, previously worked in the tasting room at Fujishin Family Cellars and volunteered with Idaho Rivers United, a non-profit organization that advocates for Idaho’s rivers and fish. Juanitta Pearson has retired as director of student financial services after 37 years at the College. Pearson first joined the C of I in 1976 as a switchboard operator. She also held roles as secretary, payroll clerk, accounting technician and personnel/payroll specialist within the business office. In 1987, Pearson stepped into her first financial aid role as a student loan coordinator. She progressed through the roles of financial aid officer, assistant

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director and associate director before becoming director in 2001. Pearson has been diligent in making sure information is accurate and available to students, parents and other external constituencies while maintaining a personal touch with students and their families.

Paul Bennion (opposite page)

Orrie Rodriguez (’10) has been hired as a counselor in the Office of Admission. Rodriguez studied history and psychology at the C of I and most recently worked with the College Access Challenge Grant as a college and career guide at Payette High School. His wife, C of I graduate Katee Rodriguez (’10), is a physician’s assistant in Payette. Kelly Sullivan has returned to the College as the events coordinator for the Office of Special Events and Conference Services. Sullivan previously worked in College Relations as the technical operations specialist. She has been working in higher education for almost ten years and also is a United States Air Force veteran and volunteer director of girl’s lacrosse for the Treasure Valley. Andrew Wilburn has been hired as the visit and event coordinator in the Office of Admission. Wilburn hails from Boise originally but recently returned from Ohio, where he earned his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University. Wilburn has spent the last several years working in a variety of capacities in higher education including sustainability, orientation and international exchanges. Jennifer Worden has been hired as the director of financial aid. Worden comes to the C of I from the College of Western Idaho, where she was the financial aid manager. She has been working in financial aid for the past 10 years and recently obtained her master’s degree from the University of Idaho.

alumni profile Quest: How did the C of I community help you recover from your stroke? The beautiful thing was that it was at all levels. First, right as I was coming in [Professor] Mark Smith met with me and moved me into his freshman cohort so he could personally keep an eye on me. After the second stroke, [President] Bob Hoover personally sent me flowers and so many classmates sent me notes or came and visited. My professors were so accommodating and when I told them I wanted to come back and take finals, they changed finals dates for me and let me turn in homework as I could.

STATS name Morgan (Bow) Hanson year of graduation 2011 major Political Economy favorite professors Kerry Hunter, Jasper LiCalzi, Maria-Victoria Juarena, Steve Maughan, & Rob Dayley


Resident Director, Wallace Residence Center, University of Idaho

It is a huge part of why I chose student affairs [as a career], especially because I lived on campus and so much of the support I received was from people who were in the residence halls with me. People in student affairs and residential life make a huge difference in the lives of students. A kind word at the right time can make a tremendous impact.

Morgan (Bow) Hanson ’11 grew up in Gooding and suffered a stroke shortly before the start of her freshman year. She had another stroke during her first year at the College, but she graduated on time as one of the most active members of her class. Quest recently caught up with Hanson to Quest: How did your undergraduate discuss her college memories and how the experience prepare you for success? C of I prepared her for success in life. Quest: What does your work as a resident director entail? I am part of a two-person team in a building with a capacity of 1,000 students. I supervise two wings with about 325 students and eight resident assistants, as well as a community council for the building. Apart from my supervision of staff, I correspond with residents, do wellness checks and serve on call in case of emergencies. I am also a conduct officer so if there’s a situation where students are violating student code policies I’ll have hearings with them and sanction them if necessary. Quest: What do you enjoy most about your work? I’m very passionate about higher education and I’m especially passionate about higher education in Idaho. We have a poor track record of sending students on to college and a large proportion of the state’s population is working for minimum wage. I love having direct interaction with people who may be the first generation in their family to attend college or may be coming from a rural area where higher education wasn’t considered a realistic possibility. I love my ability to directly intervene with students and connect them with resources and be a part of their journey. quest • page 26

Having a very rigorous curriculum was helpful because I feel well prepared for reading, writing, using the quantitative skills I gained, and analyzing issues. I also was an RA for two years and I worked for Savala Smith in the student affairs office for a year, so those experiences were directly relevant.

Quest: What are your long-term goals? I’m very happy to be in student affairs right now and plan to be in residence life for several years. I see myself staying on a college campus—perhaps in housing or a dean’s office. I love being around college students and I really care about people receiving a college education. Quest: Do you have a favorite C of I memory? I was in a really great writing class with [Professor] Kerry Hunter my first semester. We were all high-achieving students, but we were struggling at the beginning of the semester and not doing as well on our papers as we expected. Then we had a breakthrough moment with Kerry that involved a stuffed donkey and his original parody of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” He assured us that we were going to do well and it all started coming together for us.

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


APRIL 2014 12

Yotes Football Spring Scrimmage (Campus)

15  Half Century Luncheon (Simplot Dining Hall) 24

Interdisciplinary Visions of Environment Lecture (Sterry Hall)

25–26 Family Weekend (Campus) MAY 2014 2

Lady Yote Open women’s basketball golf scramble (TimberStone Golf Course, Caldwell)


Coyote Bolo Ball fundraiser for Cross County and Track & Field (Simplot Dining Hall)


Baccalaureate (Jewett Auditorium)

OCTOBER 2014 9–12 Homecoming 2014 featuring on-campus events for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. Join us for reunions, class visits, receptions, volleyball, tailgating and, of course, the Coyote football game!

Online store now open! Stock up on College of Idaho apparel and gifts at our new online store, now available at A wide variety of apparel and gifts such as mugs, blankets and key chains can be purchased on the College Store website, and new items will be added regularly. Show off your C of I pride by getting decked out in the latest Yotes gear!

16–17 Reunions for Classes of 2004, 1994, 1984, 1974, 1964 (Campus) 17

Commencement (Morrison Quadrangle)


GOLD Happy Hour featuring Profs. Jasper LiCalzi and Steve Maughan (Highlands Hollow, Boise)

JUNE 2014 12

Third Annual C of I Alumni, Family & Friends Picnic (Municipal Park, Boise)

JULY 2014 22–27 C of I Rafting Trip: Middle Fork of the Salmon River—SOLD OUT spring 2014 • page 27

2112 Cleveland Boulevard Caldwell, Idaho 83605

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Top 8 Things to See Online 1. Watch highlights from the Coyotes victory in the Cascade Conference basketball title game. 2. Hear students discuss their experiences in France during a winter study tour. 3. Learn the new C of I Fight Song. 4. View photos from the College’s 2014 Scholarship Gala. 5. See photos of Coyote runners at the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships. 6. Check out photos from the College’s spring football showcase. 7. See photos from the C of I’s study tour to France in Winter 2014. 8. Learn how the Center for Experiential Learning helps C of I students gain professional experiences through internships. 9. View photos from the men’s basketball team’s NAIA National Tournament game.

R E M E M B E R W H E N… In the spring of 1923, The College of Idaho hosted a Founders’ Day event that included an invitational track meet to inaugurate a new track. The day was a success by just about every measure of the word. An account in The Trail describes an outpouring of community support, reflected in the huge crowd that appears in the photographs. The Trail also describes a rejuvenated track program, exemplifying the winning attitude that permeated that day and lives on as a tradition for the current Coyote track team.

Quest is published by The College of Idaho. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Editorial offices are located in Sterry Hall, 2112 Cleveland Boulevard, Caldwell, ID 83605-4432. Telephone 208.459.5529. Email: Opinions expressed in Quest are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The College of Idaho administration or the Board of Trustees.

Spring 2014 Quest Magazine  

The College of Idaho's Spring issue of Quest magazine focusing on success.

Spring 2014 Quest Magazine  

The College of Idaho's Spring issue of Quest magazine focusing on success.