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THE PHOTO ISSUE Through the Years


Around the World


Up in the Air


from the president’s desk

Photography The expression “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” perplexes me. I like the expression as a metaphor, for it captures something about the power and subtlety of non-verbal, visual communication. At the same time, I don’t think it is true. A Shakespearean sonnet, for instance, is worth far more than all but an exclusive class of pictures. What is more, neither poor prose nor poor pictures have any real value. All in all, prose and pictures ought to be evaluated independently of each other. Still, we do mix the literary and the visual, as when we talk of a “word picture.” That too is a metaphor—a shorthand way of invoking the images in our head when we read a well-crafted passage. But what of words when we find ourselves awed by stunning pictures? What I take from this reflection is that we ought to let pictures speak for themselves. I honor this precept by drawing attention to the photo essay of Laurie’s and my five-year adventure at The College of Idaho. I resist otherwise the temptation to write more.

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The College of Idaho: Then A collection of historic photography


The College of Idaho: Now A collection of contemporary photography


Faces and Places Coyote interns thrive around the world


Rarefied Air A bird’s-eye view of the growing C of I campus

Editor: Jordan Rodriguez Editorial Board: Louie Attebery ’50, Jan Boles ’65, Michael Capell, Alan Minskoff, Randall Post, Sally Skinner ’78, Michael Vandervelden Contributing writers: Jan Boles, Clayton Gefre, Randall Post, Jordan Rodriguez Contributing artists/photographers: Jan Boles, Michael Capell, Leo Geis, Pete Grady, Scott Heist, Joe Jaszewski, Emily Peters, Randall Post, Eric Raptosh, Jordan Rodriguez, Liza Safford, Mike Safford, Dustin Wunderlich Cover image: Boone Ablaze, by Scott Heist with Michael Capell Design: Michael Capell with Emily Peters and Randall Post


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College News Dannen Wright wins Goldwater Scholarship; College completes Marty Holly Athletics Center; C of I celebrates the Class of 2014; Alumni set new giving record



Yote Notes Softball team makes historic run to NAIA World Series; Track stars finish strong; Football team unveils helmet design


Alumni News


Alumni in action, on and off campus


Class & Campus Notes


Alumni Profile


Alumni Calendar

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then and now Featuring photography from the collections of the Robert E. Smylie Archives.

College of Idaho alumnus and longtime staff member Robert R. McCormick ’15 gives Vice President Charles L. Chalfant a ride through campus on his Harley Davidson motorcycle in this 1925 photo. McCormick was a field secretary, the early equivalent of a development officer. In those days, the elliptical drive went right through the heart of campus, allowing for vehicle traffic. McCormick and his wife also owned a car, and the couple were known to take C of I President and automobile enthusiast Dr. William Judson Boone for rides around town—even allowing Boone to take the wheel on occasion.

Student-athletes always have been an important part of life at The College of Idaho. But in former days, opportunities to compete were a bit limited, especially for females. The 1923 Trail observed that women’s basketball “is the only form of interscholastic athletics in which girls can participate, and on this account should be considered indispensable.” That year’s team, coached by history professor A.R. Van Nuys, included forward Margaret “Babe” Boone, the youngest of four children born to Dr. William Judson Boone and his wife, Annie. Babe, who later served as professor of English from 1949-1969 (as well as Acting President in 1954), is at the far left of this picture made at Caldwell’s Snodgrass Studio. Others on the team included forwards Electa Gartin and Mildred Proctor, centers Georgia Andrews and Dorothy Youmans, and guards Vina Jasper, Edith Crookham, Marie Kimpler and Beryldine Gartin.

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This photo from the 1920s shows student Lucy Miller taking part in a humorous C of I tradition. Every school year, a member of the freshman class was elected to be hoisted upon the roof of College Heights Station—also known as The Hat—where he or she would address the entire senior class. Behind Lucy, evidence of another early custom can be seen in the form of the ’23. Each year, students would ascend the roof of The Hat or even Finney Hall— often using methods that would by no means satisfy modern safety codes—and mark the year of their graduating class in paint or tar.

In 1937, the C of I Pep Band traveled to Oregon for a special football night game versus Eastern Oregon. The teams met in the middle and played the game in Baker City. This fall, beginning with the Sept. 6 season opener, C of I football fans once again will have the opportunity to hit the road, tailgate and cheer on the Coyotes.

The C of I mascot has come in many shapes and sizes over the years, including a live Coyote at one point and, as seen in this classic photo, a stuffed version. Here, cheerleaders David Taylor ’29, Margaret Sinclair ’27 and Thomas Ogden ’27 pose with the Yote on the steps of Sterry Hall. Sinclair went on to join the C of I English Department, where she taught from 1947 until her retirement in 1971. The tree-lined campus walkway between the Langroise Center and Blatchley Hall was named in her honor in 1991.

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T In 1967, The College of Idaho library moved from Strahorn Hall into the newly constructed N.L. Terteling Library. This iconic shot substantiates the campus legend that a human assembly line of students, faculty and staff assisted with the move. Note the continued existence of the elliptical drive, which persisted until the construction of Morrison Quadrangle in 1972, and the ivy-covered façade of Sterry Hall, another campus feature that was discontinued in the 1970s.

he College of Idaho’s legacy of outstanding teaching and learning in the sciences hearkens back to the earliest days. This photo from the early 1920s, taken by Dr. William Judson Boone, shows chemistry students working in the basement of Voorhees Hall under the direction of Professor Ancil “Buck” Steunenberg. Technology, lab equipment and scientific knowledge have grown exponentially since then, but the C of I spirit of discovery lives on in the newly renovated Boone Science Hall.

Dr. Boone was more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it, but he allowed for the occasional portrait, including this one on a botany and paleontology field trip to the Succor Creek area.

In 1996, the Coyote faithful cheered the Marty Holly-coached men’s basketball team all the way to the NAIA Division II national championship. The Coyotes won the title with a thrilling 81-72 overtime victory over Whitworth in front of a raucous crowd at Montgomery Fieldhouse in Nampa.

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(above) The College of Idaho’s strong tradition in the sciences continues to this day, with biology, chemistry and health science majors thriving both in the classroom and in their careers. (below) Friendships between students and faculty members have defined the College since its founding. Today, legendary history professor Howard Berger is sure to draw a crowd of students anytime he takes his post at the trademark “Berger Bench” outside of Hendren Hall.

More than 120 years after helping found The College of Idaho, Dr. William Judson Boone continues to keep a watchful eye over campus from his lookout in front of Boone Science Hall.

School spirit remains sky-high thanks to the “Yote Fam,” a student group that leads all fans in cheering on the Yotes at athletics events. 2013–14 was a banner year for C of I athletics, with the men’s basketball, volleyball, women’s cross country and women’s track teams all capturing Cascade Conference titles and the softball team making an historic run to the NAIA World Series.

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The roads Dr. Boone used to drive his Model T on have been replaced by Morrison Quadrangle, a popular gathering place where students hang out, study, play Frisbee and participate in social events.

The arts have had a strong presence on campus for decades thanks to legendary professors such as F.F. Beale and Richard Skyrm. That tradition persists today, embodied by the College’s many student performance groups including Dr. Brent Wells’ award-winning Chamber Singers and Sinfonia, featuring harpist Victoria Agee ’14.

Off-campus field trips have long been a staple of the C of I curriculum. Today, dozens of students enjoy opportunities to study away from campus each year in exciting locations such as London.

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The College of Idaho-Northwest Nazarene University rivalry is one of the oldest and hardest-fought clashes in Idaho. The Coyotes reclaimed the Mayor’s Cup this season, sweeping NNU in the two-game men’s basketball rivalry series.

N.L. Terteling Library continues to be enjoyed by today’s students, including Nilofar Abdul Shukur (left) and Kristian Bolanos.

Professor Greg McElwain steals a ride on student Max Schaffner’s shortlongboard—a mode of transportation that might not have been as effective on the dusty roads of the original C of I campus.

Iconic Sterry Hall has served many purposes for the College through the years, from classroom and office use to residential and even museum space. Today, Sterry is primarily an administrative building, housing the President’s Office and College Relations staff, among others. But it continues in its versatile tradition—the ground floor houses academic offices and classroom space, and the second floor is home to the Robert E. Smylie Archives.

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Kelsey Nelson (Alaska) is working as a mammal-interpretation intern at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The internship provides a perfect opportunity for Nelson, a senior biology major, to pursue her passion for marine ecology. “This internship has given me insight to the research that is currently being conducted about marine organisms and ecosystems,” Nelson said.

faces and places Coyote Connections College of Idaho students aren’t afraid to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones, both in the classroom and as they explore potential careers. Every year, C of I students pursue internships, fellowships and graduate studies around the country—and the globe! Here is a look at some Coyote faces living and learning in faraway places this summer.

Seth Raver (NASA, Virginia) is fulfilling a 10-week internship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Raver, a math-physics major who aspires to a career in engineering, is programming and testing turbulence models alongside NASA mentors in Virginia. “It seemed so outlandish,” Raver said of working at NASA. “I almost didn’t even apply.”

Katy Lootens (Florida) spent the spring semester interning at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida through the Disney College Program. Lootens, a senior music major, worked primarily as a merchandise intern at Epcot Future World. “I have always wanted to work for Disney,” Lootens said. “It keeps me very busy; there is rarely a dull moment!”

Brianna Allen ’14 (Jamaica) recently completed a six-week nursing and medical internship program at Percy Junor Hospital in Jamaica. Allen, a health science major, plans to attend nursing school next academic year through the joint C of I—Idaho State University program. “It was important to me to get some hands-on experience before nursing school,” Allen said.

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Megan Mizuta and Lucas Morse (Northern Ireland) have been accepted into the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities’ Irish American Scholar program to study in Ireland this fall. Mizuta, a senior English literature major, will explore English and Irish literature at Queen’s University Belfast, while Morse, a junior international political economy major, will study international politics at the University of Ulster.

Brady Harrison (China) will spend the next two academic years in China earning a master’s degree in Chinese politics and economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His studies will be supported by a Chinese Government Scholarship as he pursues a career in international trade. “I believe the experiences I’ve had here have prepared me to live in China, and to thrive there,” Harrison said.

Nisshanth Kumar ’14 and Maryam Karim (India) both traveled to India for internships this summer. Karim, a junior psychology major and aspiring medical student, is working as a volunteer at a medical clinic, while Kumar, who double-majored in political economy and religious studies, returns to his homeland to intern with the Centre for Policy Research—the government body that creates policy and recommends it to the Indian parliament.

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college news DANNEN WRIGHT: 2014 GOLDWATER SCHOLAR C of I biology professor Dr. Sara Hegglend calls Wright one of the College’s best and brightest students.

“Dannen has a very exciting future ahead of her,” Heggland said. “She is going to be a leader and an innovator in the field of academic medicine.”

College of Idaho student Dannen Wright, a senior biology major from Boise, is a 2014 recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award available to American undergraduates studying the sciences.

At the C of I, Wright is a key member of Dr. Heggland’s research lab, which is studying the effects of cadmium on bone health. “Doing research has been invaluable to my growth as a person and a student,” Wright said. “It allows me to gain valuable skills and become an active participant in my education.”

Dannen plans to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology and pursue a career conducting clinical research on allergies and asthma. She is the C of I’s eighth Goldwater Scholar, joining Byron Shock (1993), Virginia Garber (1994), Karla Walker (1995), David Muller (1996), Aimee Betts (1996), Joseph Rule (2000) and Derek Erstad (2007).

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In June, the College unveiled its brand-new, artificial turf playing field at Simplot Stadium. The beautiful new home of the Coyotes, built in partnership with City of Caldwell, also features upgrades to the bleachers, press box and stadium exterior. Tailgating returns to campus this fall and will be held in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center parking lot. Season passes cost $106 for standard spaces (cars and trucks) or $212 for an RV space. Single-game passes cost $26.50 and $53, respectively. Patrons may purchase tickets by phone at (208) 459-5223, via email at or online at

Coyote football has announced a broadcast partnership with KTIK AM 1350 and Jon Carson Productions. All 11 regular-season C of I football games will be broadcast live on KTIK and streamed live online at this fall. Coach Mike Moroski (left) also will be on the air every Monday.

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE! The Marty Holly Athletics Center is a finished product! The facility was dedicated July 29, putting a capstone on the College’s first new on-campus building since 2002. The center features workout facilities, locker rooms, classroom space, coaches’ offices and plans for a future outdoor education expansion.

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Onward and Upward The times, they are a-changing! The College of Idaho’s enrollment, endowment, academic offerings and geographic footprint have seen prolific growth in recent years. The new field at Simplot Stadium (bottom center), the completed Marty Holly Athletics Center (upper right) and ongoing renovations to Boone Science Hall and West Hall: Center for Physician Assistant Studies are among the most visible changes on campus as we prepare for one of the most lively fall semesters in the College’s 123-year history. It’s an exciting time to be a Yote!

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college news COMMENCEMENT 2014 One by one, The College of Idaho’s graduating seniors crossed the Boone Hall steps and received their diplomas from President Marv Henberg as the College celebrated commencement on May 17 in Morrison Quadrangle. Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

The graduates shared hugs and heartfelt farewells with their favorite professors…

Senior speaker Tyler Guryan gave a candid, humorous and self-deprecating address. “Don’t let people judge you if you don’t have the next couple years of your life figured out,” he quipped. “I certainly don’t, and I’m great!”

Tossed their caps in the air in celebration… And sang The College of Idaho Hymn, led by outstanding music student Jordan Bowman.

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Thank You! The College of Idaho had 2,627 alumni donors during the recently concluded 2013–14 fiscal year, setting an all-time record with a 37-percent alumni giving rate. We are humbled and grateful that our alumni once again have raised the bar with their generosity. Thank you for all you do to support the College!

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yote notes TOP DOGS


t was a magical spring for the C of I softball team, which rallied all the way to the NAIA World Series and finished fifth in the nation, a program record. Standout pitcher Nickayla Skinner led the way for the Coyotes, who posted an overall record of 35–18. Skinner was named an NAIA All-American after finishing her career with a Cascade Conference-record 83 wins and 913 strikeouts. She also is the Coyotes’ all-time leader in wins, strikeouts and shutouts. “Unbelievable,” coach Al Mendiola said. “I don’t know if there’s a word that can define Nickayla. She does things that amaze people.” The Coyotes hosted the NAIA National Championship Opening Round at Symms Field. After losing their first game 10–2, the Yotes won four consecutive elimination games to capture the title. Skinner allowed only five runs and struck out 27 batters during the four-game run to the championship. The Coyotes had plenty of postseason heroes. Catcher Destiny Turner, first baseman Alexis Macias and third baseman McKensie Stanton swung hot bats. Outfielders Paige Gabiola, Briana Brace, Julia Henrie and Ashley Van Horne provided clutch hitting and defense. Shortstop Katie Rowe was at her best in the biggest moments. And the coaching staff of Mendiola, Patrick Gonzalez and Curt Thiel was named the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

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The C of I football program held its first public practice in 37 years this spring. Hundreds attended as Coach Mike Moroski’s squad held an 11-on-11 scrimmage and then mingled with alumni and fans. The Coyotes also unveiled their helmet design: Gold with a purple stripe down the middle and the C of I logo on both sides. The design was decided by a vote amongst C of I students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The C of I women’s track team put a bow on an outstanding season by winning its second consecutive Cascade Conference championship and competing at NAIA Outdoor Nationals. C of I senior Sarah “Bobbles” Johnson punctuated her career by winning the 5,000 meters in her final collegiate race. Johnson pulled away from the field and finished in 17:24.06 to become the third individual national champion in program history. Hillary Holt won her third straight national title in the outdoor 1,500 and later was named Cascade Conference Women’s Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Holt, an 11-time national champion and 17-time All-American, also earned the league’s Cross Country and Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards while closing out her stellar career at the C of I.

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alumni news

ALUMNI IN ACTION Makenzie Ellsworth ’13 was paralyzed from the waist down after a 2006 car accident, but that hasn’t stopped her from spinning circles around the competition as an up-and-coming wheelchair tennis star. Ellsworth is undefeated in doubles competition, having won tournaments at both the local and national levels. “For me, it’s just great to get that competitive feeling again,” Ellsworth said.

Travis Guy ’06 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Guy, who first fell in love with ecological research as a C of I biology major, will receive a $32,000 stipend and $12,000 education allowance for the next three years to help fund his research in Kenya, where he is studying pollination networks and their relationships to elephants and giraffes. “It’s not lost on me that a good portion of my strong [NSF Fellowship] application came from the opportunities and guidance I had at the College,” said Guy, who has performed research around the world, including Antarctica.

Will Ledbetter ’12 is one of two C of I alumni starring behind the scenes at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Ledbetter, a set carpenter, and Angi Grow ’06, ISF’s lead scenic artist, are instrumental in bringing plays to life both during the ISF season and with the festival’s two outreach programs, Idaho Theatre for Youth and Shakesperience. “The challenges of this job are very interesting,” Ledbetter said. “Each new show is completely different, fun and challenging.”

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Members of the Golden Jubilee Class of 1964 took part in the 2014 commencement processional, 50 years after taking their own graduation walk. Alice White ’64 and Vera Kenyon ’64 led the way.

Dr. James W. Smith ’64 was awarded an honorary doctorate exactly 50 years after receiving his bachelor’s degree at the C of I. Smith, a Boise cardiologist, donated $1 million to Phase II of the Boone Science Hall Renovation Project, which is being completed this summer. Here, Board of Trustees Chair Candy Wagahoff Dale ’79 looks on as Smith receives his honorary doctorate from President Marv Henberg and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Ottenhoff.

ALUMNI ON CAMPUS Half-Century Life Achievement Award winner Sharon Berlin ’64 (left) shares a laugh with classmate Betty Willcutt Weida ’64 during commencement.


estselling author Christopher Farnsworth ’93 (left) talked about society’s fascination with apocalypses during his commencement address. “The only thing we know for certain about the future is that we have to live there,” he said. “The only choice we get is what kind of future we want to create; zombies or jetpacks? It’s up to you. It’s time to stop waiting for the end of the world, and start working to save it.”

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

class notes Send us your Class Notes! We want to stay in touch and hear about all the great things our alumni are doing! If you would like to submit information for Class Notes, please email or call us at (208) 459-5306. We look forward to hearing about your accomplishments!

1930s Dorothy Custer (’33) celebrated her 103rd birthday May 30. Custer, a Twin Falls resident known affectionately as “Idaho’s Grandma,” is known throughout the state for her adventurous spirit, humorous disposition and appearances on the news as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

1950s Mary (Foster) Lanham (’54), Loneta (Farnham) Behrens (’54) and Johanna (Skinner) Owens (’55) recently enjoyed a “Roomie Reunion,” 61 years after the three women first shared a room in Simplot Hall during their sophomore year. The three became close as roommates and sisters in Sigma Epsilon, but they had seen very little of one another since their days at the College. Johanna drove from Sherwood, Ore., and Loneta from Boise to convene at Mary’s retirement home in Eugene, Ore., where the trio spent three days sharing pictures, laughs, meals and fond C of I memories. They look forward to another reunion soon!

director of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at The College of Idaho, where he also serves as curator of invertebrates and entomology. Clark also recently co-authored and oversaw several museum-affiliated publications, including articles about insect species in Baja California, Mexico; a new species of sculpin in the Columbia River basin; and a tribute to Idaho entomologist Bill Barr. Lynne Keifer Kobylecky (’68) recently had a series of sculptures displayed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Carlton, Ore. The sculptures, which depict the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, can be viewed online at http:// Nick Spanakos (’60) and Pete Spanakos (’60) recently were inducted into the Daily News Golden Gloves’ inaugural Hall of Fame class in New York. The twin brothers combined to win 17 Golden Gloves titles between 1955 and 1964, with Nick representing the United States on the 1960 Olympic team and Pete making the 1959 Pan American Team. It is the fifth hall of fame induction for the brothers, who also are members of the C of I Hall of Fame.


Sharon Sullivan (’64) recently published a book called Testament. It’s a spiritual book of poetry and reflections about Sullivan’s experiences with God. The book is available through online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Bill Clark (’67) has been elected as a Trustee-at-Large for the Idaho Academy of Science. Clark is the co-founder and

Patricia F. (Heastan) Turner (’62) has enjoyed a life full of art and adventure. Turner, a Pennsylvania native who

Johanna (Skinner) Owens (’55), Loneta (Farnham) Behrens (’54) and Mary (Foster) Lanham (’54)

studied fine arts at the C of I under the tutelage of Professor Max Peter, went on to a 22-year career with the Idaho State Controller’s Office. She also pursued her artistic passions as a painter, writer and photographer. She is a published poet, an awardwinning photographer and an artist whose work has been displayed at more than two-dozen exhibitions throughout Idaho and Oregon. She also brought her lifelong love of figure skating to the Treasure Valley as a skating instructor and mentor. Turner is a cancer survivor who says “Life is interesting. An artist lives in color and never gives up!” She encourages old C of I friends to contact her at (541) 271-0874.

1970s Greg Boos (’73) has achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability. Boos, a Vancouver, B.C. attorney, specializes in representing international businesspersons with their U.S. immigration needs through the law firm of Cascadia Cross-Border Law. Grove Koger (’70) has been named associate editor of Deus Loci, a journal devoted to the works of novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell. In addition, Koger’s essay about the Greek mastic trade, “The Tears of Chios,” appeared in the special Greek issue (Summer 2013) of Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Jeff Youtz (’73) and Tina (Jones) Youtz (’74) are retiring after long and successful careers. Jeff has been the director of the Idaho Legislative Services Office, the nonpartisan professional support staff for the Idaho Legislature. Jeff has worked for the Idaho Legislature for 36 years and has been the recipient of national awards and recognition throughout his career. Tina has been in the legal sector for most of her career, working for the Idaho Supreme

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Court as an executive assistant for Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak, and most recently for the newly created Concordia School of Law in Boise. Jeff and Tina have three grown children, Lindsey and twins Bryan and Becky. Upon retirement, the couple plans to travel, fly-fish and spend time at their cabin on Lake Cascade.

1980s Becky Rowan (’81) recently was honored as the 2014 Idaho Mother of the Year award winner by Gov. Butch Otter (’67). Rowan majored in mathematics with a minor in physics and business administration at the C of I, where she graduated in three years and also met her husband, attorney Paul Rowan (’80). Becky went on to earn a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1983, but she retired from her fast-track career in order to raise her family.

1990s Neva Geisler (’94) has been hired as the community engagement director for One Stone, a student-run, not-forprofit organization that combines service and charitable giving with experiential learning to fulfill community needs. Geisler, who studied political science at the C of I, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, most recently with Create Common Good and United Way of Treasure Valley.

2000s Jesse Chlebeck (’08) and Megan (Haenszel) Chlebeck (’08) of Burlington, Ver., welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on Nov 24, 2013. Levi Dylan was born at 11:46 p.m., weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Levi Dylan Chlebeck

Caitlin Copple (’04) has joined Hilltop Public Solutions, a national political

in memoriam strategy and communications firm whose Western Operations Office is based in Montana. Copple, a Missoula City Councilwoman and member of the C of I National Alumni Board, will assist Hilltop in winning local, state and national campaigns and elections in Montana and across the country. In addition, Copple recently was selected to take part in an international exchange to Tunisia and Morocco being organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. ACYPL exchanges are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Each year, ACYPL selects emerging American political leaders of both parties to participate in order to gain a better understanding of the politics, governments and cultures of other countries. Steve Oswald (’09) is pursuing his first year in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. Steve majored in biology and health sciences at the C of I. For the last few years, he has been the director of wellness coaching at the healthy living branch of the YMCA.


Jason Barry (’09) and his wife Melinda welcomed triplets; Liam, Kensie and Landon Barry on March 27, 2014. Alexis Bennett (’13) has been hired as the assistant editor for Horse & Rider magazine. Bennett, who studied English literature at the C of I, was named Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo 2012 and recently completed a communications internship with the American Quarter Horse Association. Camrin Braun (’11) recently was interviewed by National Geographic in a story about a nine-foot great white shark that apparently was attacked and eaten by a larger predator off the coast of Australia. Braun, who studied conservation biology at the C of I, currently is a doctoral student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

Sidrah Shaheen Khan (’10) recently completed her master’s degree in social work. Kahn graduated summa cum laude from New York University in May 2014. Lauryn Medeiros (’11) created the winning design in the 2014 Treefort Music Fest T-shirt design contest. Medeiros, who studied art and music at the C of I, created an animal-themed design that was chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges and then voted No. 1 by the public in an online contest. It appeared on the official Treefort T-shirts during the Boise-based music festival in March.

The following alumni and friends of the College have passed away. When you learn of the death of a College of Idaho alumnus or alumna, please email the information to: 1930s Phyllis McClenahan (’37)

Phyllis Pierce (’63) Robert Troyer (’62)

1940s Lawrence Barrett (’46)

Jim Youtz (’69)

James Bruce (’41) William Harmon (’44)

1970s Margaret Campton (’76)

Wesley Johnson (’43)

Marietta Duke (’72)

Annette Kindall (’44)

Norene Williams (’70)

Preston Nicholes (’42) Laura Smith (’41) Thornton Stearns (’42)

1990s Glenda Breslin (’90)*

Charles Whitney (’43) Friends

Lauryn Medeiros’ (’11) design

Jake Miller (’10) has been hired as an associate for the industrial team of Cushman & Wakefield Commerce. Miller, who studied business administration and physical education and also played baseball at the C of I, is specializing in industrial sales and leasing in his new position, representing tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers. Jake and his wife, Katie (Murphy) Miller (’10), live in Boise. Igor Samardzic (’13) recently led a fundraising project to help people affected by the Balkan floods. The project, titled “Noah’s Ark,” was created to provide sustainable aid to families affected by the floods in the form of chickens and chicken coops that will yield nutritious eggs as well as fertilizer for crops.

Campus Notes

Frank Ascuaga

1950s Stanley Agenbroad (’59)

John Aspitarte

Leland Babbitt (’54)

David Dodd

Keith Brandon (’53)

Oscar Iseri

Pauline Crooke (’50)

Peter Johnson

Val Feller (’59)

Mary Jo McCary

Doris Giardina (’58)

Jack Mosley

Robert Henry (’54) Joseph Kahahawai (’56)

F. Edward Osborne Martha Bailey Osborn

Veda McAllister (’55)

Flora Parkinson

John Reusser (’51)

Sedrick Pickett

Charles Ruby (’58)

Earl Reynolds

Darrell Wolfe (’55)

William Spofford Leah Wells


Gordon Williamson

Ismael Chavez (’64)

F. Wregglesworth

Leo Gifford (’60) Robert Henry (’64)

The College of Idaho’s Theta Psi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta recently was honored with a Court of Honor by the International Fraternity. The chapter was awarded the distinction at the Western Pacific Division Leadership Conference on Feb. 22 in Pleasanton,

STANDOUT STUDENTS Twenty-one C of I students took part in the 74th annual Putnam Mathematical Competition. The grueling, six-hour exam has an average score close to zero, but five C of I competitors scored points, led by Colton Grainger with an impressive 8 points. Emanuil Yanev (2), Will Callahan (1), Jake Carn (1) and Tasha Sitz (1) also posted non-zero scores. summer 2014 • page 23

*denotes graduate degree

Calif. This is the fourth time the chapter has earned the award since its installation on the C of I campus in 1999. The College of Idaho’s Circle K International chapter has had a successful year. 2014 graduate

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Fantastic Journeys Publishing. Barreras, a 2014 graduate who majored in art, spent 10 years writing Archipelago, which she released under her pen name, Mati Raine. It is available for $15 through Amazon and $2.99 for Nook and Kindle eBook versions. To learn more about Barreras’ work, visit her website,

Sarah Tschohl served as CKI’s UtahIdaho District Governor for the 2013–14 year, while her sister, Victoria Tschohl, served as president of the C of I chapter. Circle K’s Utah-Idaho leadership will stay in the C of I family next academic year as junior Jocelyn Elvira takes over as District Governor. Kasey Allen and Baylee Borchers were named Daktronics-NAIA Golf ScholarAthletes this spring. Allen, a senior from Boise, and Borchers, a 2014 graduate from Meridian, helped lead the Coyotes in competition on the golf course while maintaining outstanding grades in the classroom.

Ahmad Arafat (left) and Chris Tabet (right)

Ahmad Arafat and Chris Tabet helped raise campus awareness of the “Hope for Syria” campaign this spring. Arafat and Tabet lit up Morrison Quadrangle with big smiles, live music, free donuts and a poster upon which members of the C of I community wrote messages of support to be mailed to Syrian refugees.

Austin Basterrechea capped his track & field career with his fourth All-American finish, placing fifth in the decathlon at NAIA Outdoor Nationals. Jasmine Hurd and Sora Klopfenstein also earned AllAmerica honors for the Coyotes, while Basterrechea, Camden DeBruler, John Fronk, Gary Parkinson, Brittany Beame, Madison Crookham, Hillary Holt, Hanna Lentz and Sara Neufeld were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Ha Dang has received the Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship, a prestigious Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators honor awarded annually to students who demonstrate an interest in their campus safety offices as well as overall law enforcement. Dang, an international political economy major from Vietnam, is one of two WACLEA honorees for 2014. Matt Fouts was awarded the Concordia University School of Law Book Award by the C of I Department of Political Economy. Fouts, a 2014 graduate from Boise, served as ASCI student president during his senior year. Sam Johnston was named to the Rawlings-NAIA All-America Gold Glove Team, becoming the fifth C of I player to earn the award. Johnston, a 2014 graduate from Bellevue, Wash., was a standout third-baseman for the Coyotes. He and junior outfielder Jordan Grubbs also were named to the All-NAIA west Gold Glove Team, while teammates George Casper and Zach Fabricius made the Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athlete team.

Lorraine Barreras recently released her debut novel Archipelago, a young adult fantasy novel published by Boise-based

Development, at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University, an annual conference that brings world leaders, students and youth organizations together to address global challenges. Mphutlane, a junior Davis Scholar and international political economy major from Lesotho, Africa, created Fabulous Development to empower impoverished Rwandan women by teaching them the intricacies of sewing, creating and selling their own fashion designs. At CGI—held March 21–23 at Arizona State

Keneuoe “Kenny” Mphutlane presented her service project, Fabulous

Eleanor Tansley has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Women’s At-Large Team. Tansley, a junior skier from Bellevue, Wash., also was one of three Coyote snow sport athletes to earn All-America honors this spring. Snowboarder McKinley Carbone racked up four first-team All-America finishes, pushing her career total to a program-record 12. Skier Zach Shenk also was named an All-American. Team Yotes 2014 (below): Michael Capell, Adam Morgan, Jooeun Kim and Morgan Mesias.


Keneuoe Mphutlane

University—Mphutlane’s project was a finalist in the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge and received a “Commitment to Action” award for an exemplary project in resolving postconflict issues. Nickayla Skinner was named a firstteam All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Skinner, a 2014 graduate from Mountain Home, also was a second team NAIA All-American selection, a first-team All-West Region honoree and the repeat Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year. Teammates Briana Brace and Destiny Turner also made the all-region team, while Skinner, Brace, Turner and Ashley Van Horne were AllCascade Conference selections.

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“Team Yotes” recently captured first place in the adult category at the Idaho Statesman’s annual Fourth of July Chalk Art Festival. The team— led by former C of I instructor Michael Capell (art) and students Jooeun Kim (’14), Morgan Mesias and Adam Morgan (’14)—created a tribute to the U.S. Men’s soccer team called #IBELIEVE. It is the third consecutive year Team Yotes has won a prize at the festival— it won the adult category in 2013 and the People’s Choice Award in 2012.

Professor Garth Claassen (art) has been invited to participate in an exhibition at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Mont. Claassen’s painting will be on display through Aug. 20 as part of the “Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism” exhibition. For more information, visit

campus notes Dr. Robert Dayley (political economy) recently was published in The Fair Observer, a web journal that publishes in-depth articles on current global issues. Dayley’s article, titled “The Real Face of Thai Political Reform Today,” explores the ongoing political conflict in Thailand. Marty Holly has been named the 2013 NAIA Athletics Director of the Year. This prestigious award is given annually to an athletics director for his or her accomplishments in all facets of athletics administration over the course of the previous year. Holly was formally recognized at the 73rd Annual NAIA Convention Awards Luncheon on April 12 in Kansas City, Mo. Holly, who has spent the entirety of his professional career at The College of Idaho, has been the school’s athletics director since 1981. He also served as the Coyotes’ men’s basketball coach for 19 years.

Dr. Kerry Hunter (political economy) recently published a book, Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges, through Lexington Books. In the book, Hunter reminds readers that early Supreme Court justices refused to reduce the Constitution to a mere legal document. He argues that the answer

to preserving both separation of powers and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to view the Supreme Court in the same way early founders such as Alexander Hamilton did and in the way President Abraham Lincoln urged—that its most important function in exercising the power of judicial review is to serve as the nation’s conscience, just as it did in Brown v. Board of Education. Dr. Rochelle Johnson (English and environmental studies) recently traveled to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania to share her work on 19th-century writer Susan Fenimore Cooper. Johnson visited with an environmental literature class studying Cooper’s Rural Hours, gave a lunch lecture on her ongoing Cooper biography and delivered a campus lecture titled “Words, Paints, and Place: Lessons from the Hudson River School,” supported by Bucknell’s Environmental Center and Susquehanna River Initiative.

Jen Nelson and her husband, Erik, recently welcomed their second child, Olin Erik Nelson. Olin, born April 22, was a healthy baby boy at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches. Jen Nelson is the College’s residence life director.

Professor Diane Raptosh (’83) (English) is enjoying positive reviews of her latest book of poetry, American Amnesiac. Raptosh, the current Idaho Writer-inResidence, has received high praise in several publications, including Rain Taxi and Hartskill Review. Mike Safford Jr. has been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Mike Booth Sports Information Director of the Year for a second consecutive year. Safford, now a four-time winner of the award, was instrumental to a banner year for Coyote athletics, which included Cascade Conference championships in men’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s track & field and volleyball along with the softball team’s historic run to the NAIA World Series.

has ADA-related administrative and teaching experience at both the secondary and higher education levels. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Idaho, and Special Education Teacher Certification through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

JOB CHANGES Stephen Barnes has been hired as director of special and international programs. Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree in political science—with significant coursework in French and Swedish language studies—from Brigham Young University, an MBA from The George Washington University, and a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Most recently, he served as director of China programs for the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in Beijing and as a visiting professor of law at the China University of Political Science and Law, also in Beijing. In his new position, he is charged with developing and nurturing a variety of new programs for the College, creating opportunities for international students to study at the C of I and developing partnerships across campus to complement current academic offerings and bring new audiences and revenues to campus. Andrea Cronrath (’07) has been hired as an administrative assistant to College Relations. Andrea, who majored in music with a minor in German at the C of I, served previously as an office specialist with the Idaho Industrial Commission and as a customer service representative with the Saltzer Medical Group. She will work in Sterry Hall, assisting the development and alumni & parent relations offices. Tara Handy has been hired as director of Learning Support and Disability Services in Student Affairs. Handy SID of the Year Mike Safford at Wrigley Field in Chicago

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Trisha (Fosberg) Phillips (’04) has been hired as the administrative assistant to the Office of Special Events and Conference Services. Trisha has spent the past two years working in Sterry Hall as the administrative assistant to College Relations. She earned a degree in business administration/marketing with a minor in history at the C of I. Jennifer Riddle has been hired as director of the Center for Experiential Learning/PEAK Center. Riddle has extensive higher education experience in numerous academic and student support related roles, most recently as director of internships and cooperative education for Northern Arizona University’s College of Engineering and Technology. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University. Terry Uda has been hired as an analyst in the Institutional Research department. Uda brings strong statistical skills to the position, having served as a research analyst for both the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho State Police. Terry earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Idaho.

alumni profile show your work, so in that sense it’s just like attracting commercial clients. Quest: What is your favorite subject to shoot? I have to admit that I love shooting fashion, even though there’s not a lot of fashion in Portland. I even shot a lingerie catalogue for one company. I also like lifestyle photography, since I’m very people-oriented. There was a little ad campaign that I did for the Dairy Farmers of Oregon, which was fun since they were all lovely people. But right now, I’m really enjoying shooting wilderness and nature.

STATS name Dan Bronson year of graduation 1972 major History favorite professors Ralph Sayre, Chris Eismann, Allen Buzzard, Robert Bratz, & Richard Miller


Semi-retired freelance photographer in Portland, Ore.

When Dan Bronson ’72 began contemplating his future career, the advice he received was “Don’t do it.” Fortunately for Bronson, the interest in photography he developed as an undergraduate blossomed into a successful career that has spanned 40 years. For the special edition photo issue, Quest caught up with Bronson to talk about taking pictures, his career experiences, C of I memories and more. Quest: When did you become interested in photography as a career? Just after I graduated from high school. I got a hold of a camera that my grandfather had owned, so I started playing around with that. I only started becoming seriously interested at the C of I; the first photography class I ever took was Dr. Bratz’s class there. At the time, I remember thinking, “I’ve got a history degree, but I don’t want to be a librarian, so where am I going to go with this?” But then I thought about what I was doing as a news photographer with KTVB—my first job a year out of college—and it was the same discipline. Instead of interpreting events of the past, I was gathering information and interpreting events in the present. That thinking got me through the first part of my career. Quest: You’ve worked for several news organizations and clients over the years. What’s next for your career? I’m kind of semi-retired now. I still shoot, but I mainly just shoot for me. I’m very happy with where I’m at right now. It was fun being a photographer and doing commercial jobs, but the goal I have now is to attract gallery presence. You have to do the marketing dance with gallery owners before they’ll quest • page 26

Quest: What do you find most rewarding about photography? The process itself. It’s one of those things where I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning. I don’t think I’ll ever really be a master of photography because it’s so extensive, but that’s the cool thing about it. You can always learn more. Quest: What are your favorite C of I memories? The band made a trip to Hawaii for a week along with the choir. We played at the same venues. The music department had organized a tour of Hawaii near the end of spring break, and what better time is there to go to a place like that? We played a few concerts, went to three different islands. Also, they used to have these little coffee house concerts at the student union every Friday night, like a candlelight affair. I really enjoyed going down there, grabbing a coffee and just listening to the music. Quest: What advice would you give to aspiring C of I artists and photographers? If somebody came to me and said they wanted to be a photographer, I would say “Don’t do it,” because the business is so hard to get into. Of course, I did it anyway, and I managed to get through my life pretty well. So if you really have the hots to become a photographer or a musician, don’t give up on it. Go for it, because there’s no time to waste. And I think sometimes, especially today, college students are advised to have that MBA or that engineering degree because they need to know how to make money. But life is certainly more than making money. If you’re really turned on by a subject, I don’t think you should just turn it off because it’s perceived to be less lucrative. Follow your heart.

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!

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C of I Night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ISF Amphitheater, Boise)

16  McCall Alumni Gathering (Bistro 45)


Dorm Tours; Student Athlete Reunions; Admissions Open House; Cheers to the 9’s Reunions; Tailgating; Football Game; Purple Tie Affair Dance


Alumni Choir and Inspirational Service

For more info:



ESPN Zone Alumni Gathering (Disney, Calif.)


Alumni Tassel Tunnel at Convocation (Boone Hall)



Join the Yotebook!


Tailgating & game at Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.)


Alumni Tent Tailgating (JAAC parking lot)


Coeur d’Alene Alumni Gathering (Home of Janell Burke)

All C of I alumni are invited to join the Yotebook, an online community designed just for Coyotes! Use the Yotebook to update your information, connect with classmates, access career services and register for events. Visit to request your login today. We are waiting for you!

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Rowdy Alumni (tailgate & football game)

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Tailgating & game at Eastern Oregon (La Grande)


Half-Century Luncheon & Induction of Dr. Boone into Idaho’s Hall of Fame (Simplot Dining Hall)


Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration (Langroise Center)


Coyote Connections; “Boonie” and Friends Reunion; Class Visits; Alumni/Faculty Reception; Volleyball Game; Night at the Museum; Bonfire.

Holiday Tree Lighting (Sterry Hall)

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2112 Cleveland Boulevard Caldwell, Idaho 83605

R E M E M B E R W H E N… In 1913, C of I founding President Dr. William Judson Boone took his first all-campus panoramic photograph in front of Sterry Hall. The photo became an annual tradition that continued until Boone’s passing in 1936. Boone’s love of photography—both as a hobby and as a tool for recording history—is the quintessence behind this issue of Quest. May we all keep our eyes, minds and lenses open to life’s inspiring moments! Note: Only about 25 percent of Boone’s photo is shown here; the original is 35 inches across. See page 16 for this year’s all-senior panoramic photo.

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.

Summer 2014 Quest Magazine  

The College of Idaho's summer issue of Quest magazine, focusing on photography.

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