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Westboro Targets NIC Play Twice

(Westboro Baptist Church) will be picketing “The Laramie Project” 8 -8:30 a.m. Friday outside Boswell Hall. According to WBC, their reasoning for this picket is “to preach some truth to the audience and cast of this fag propaganda play of lies.” … WBC will also picket outside Boswell Hall closing night of “The Laramie Project,” Oct. 30 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. “I was really surprised,” Jacoby said in regards to finding out that the WBC would be picketing the production. “We had hardly even started publicity. How we managed to land on their radar was my first biggest question. We’re in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, pretty well off the beaten path. We’re a two-year school. I was sure this was not going to fall on their radar, but somehow they did. They must’ve seen the audition notice in the last week of August”/Shauna DeMerritt, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here. (AP File Photo of Fred Phelps, dark glasses, and family)

Question: Have you ever seen the play, ‘The Laramie Project’? Do you plan to do so some day?

NIC Plans Counter-Protest Vigil

North Idaho College students will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on the field between the Sherman and Hedlund buildings on campus. The vigil will occur during the same time the Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to demonstrate the NIC Theatre Department’s production of “The Laramie Project.” The college intends for a quiet gathering. Students, faculty, staff and the school’s administration ask that community members do not confront Westboro church members. Community members who wish to participate in a solemn celebration are welcome to join the candlelight vigil in the spirit of solidarity and acceptance/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.

Question: Is this a good approach to combat the planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.?

CW: Nilson Ad Hypocritical, Inflames

Christie Wood (re: Coeur d’Alene Press ad by Ron Nilson today): Interestingly enough Ron (Nilson) is the same guy that led the campaign for a levy in three school districts this year to pay for KTEC that raised everyone’s taxes by at least $30 a year. I supported that as well because I believe both the Ed. Corridor and KTEC programs are vital to our community. I can’t help but wonder if he were elected what programs would he want to cut? With a 37% increase in enrollment and a $4 million dollar state holdback taking the allowed 3% increase in property taxes was necessary to the continued operation of the college. His ad is hypocritical and meant to inflame our constituents. How about you mention the tax increase you rallied for and won Ron? Full comment here.

Question: Are you happy with the current leadership of the North Idaho College Board of Trustees?

NIC Students Set Trustee Forum

Associated Students of North Idaho College is hosting a board of trustees candidate forum at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Edminster Student Union Building Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The one-hour forum will consist of timed answers to questions gathered from student input followed by some questions from the audience. All four candidates have confirmed that they will attend. Robert Ketchum is running against incumbent Christie Wood for Seat B. Ken Howard is running against Ron Nilson for Seat A, which is currently held by Rolly Williams who is retiring.

DFO: I have a question that should be posed to Ron Nilson (pictured) during this forum or some other. In mid-November 2008, he attended a Education Corridor forum as an observer. I kept a note that Jay Baldwin sent me the next day in which Jay told me that Nilson was upset about professional technical education at the college. At one point during the night, Baldwin quotes Nilson as saying re: news that Idaho ranked 47th of 50 states in the number of citizens per capita with a 4-year degree ” … maybe being 47th in the country [in terms of the number of college graduates per capita in the state] is a good thing. Maybe Idaho doesn’t need people with 4 and 6 year degrees.” In his note Nov. 13, 2008, Baldwin said, “I almost fell out of my chair.” My question for Nilson: Do you still feel that a four-year degree isn’t that important? BTW, I contacted Baldwin today, and he stands behind the note that he sent me.

Christie Wood’s Billboard Debuts

One of you Berry Pickers submitted this photo of Christie Wood’s new billboard advertisement along Northwest Boulevard, at the northern entrance to North Idaho College. Wood, of course, is running as the incumbent to retain her college trustee spot against ex-college workforce training director Robert Ketchum. Ketchum is running on a ticket with Ron Nilson, who opposes Coeur d’Alene attorney Ken Howard for the position being vacated by Rolly Williams. A billboard featuring Nilson & Ketchum is located further north on Northwest Boulevard. One Hucks quipster noted that Wood’s billboard leads to the college while the other is near the liquor store. BTW, I’ve asked photographer Kathy Plonka to snap some shots of both billboards.

Question: Can you remember a time when candidates for North Idaho College trustee spots advertised on billboards?

Christie Wood Seeks 2nd Trustee Term

Item: Wood seeks second term on NIC Board of Trustee/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: A Coeur d’Alene police sergeant, Wood is a supervisor in the department’s detective division and serves as the agency’s public information officer. She has 22 years of law enforcement experience. Wood believes her professional work, and as a member of two other boards - an eight-year stint from 2000 to 2008 as a trustee for the Coeur d’Alene School District, and a current position, for more than two years, on the Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations - keep her plugged in and aware of the needs of those served by NIC.

Question: Who do you support in this race — Christie Wood or Robert Ketchum? (BTW, what do you make of Ketchum & Ron Nilson running as a team for the NIC board)?

Redux: Nilson Declares War On NIC

Redux: This originally appeared on Hucks Online on Jan. 9, 2009:

Huckleberries hears that … That Ron Nilson of Ground Force Manufacturing declared war on the Education Corridor at the weekly meeting of the Pachyderm Club. A Berry Picker reports: ”Speaking very passionately, he encouraged all in attendance, whom he referred to as ‘the silent majority,’ to stand up and fight.  ’The easiest way for evil to triumph, was for good men to do nothing,’ he quoted. He told them to not be silent anymore. He had tears in his eyes, I swear. I thought I was at a revival. …. Duane (Rasmussen) had to give Ron the hook or he’d still be talking.” More Nilson gems in dropdown box:

Question: Ron Nilson is running for the open seat of Rolly Williams. Does is seem to you that he has the best interests of North Idaho College in mind?

City Plans 2 More Exits For NIC

Students and faculty will have more ways to come and go at the growing college campus northwest of downtown Coeur d’Alene if a new traffic plan is approved. Designs show two new intersections with traffic signals connecting to Northwest Boulevard. The engineering plan developed by J-U-B Engineers and Landmark Architects also suggests adding four roundabouts within and near the North Idaho College campus to ease traffic flow, and reducing four-lane Mullan Road to two lanes with a center turn lane between Northwest Boulevard and the college entrance. An open house will be held Wednesday to gather public input on the proposed changes/Alison Boggs, SR. More here (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Do you support construction of additional entrances & exits to North Idaho College and the Fortground area?

Christie: Told Not To Buy Raffle Ticket

Christie Wood: I was gently told not to buy one this year (for Really Big Raffle of a house by North Idaho College Foundation) since I am filling in for President Bell, and doing the welcoming speech. I guess it would look shoddy to be part of the ceremony and the winning ticket turned out to be mine! I spent the $100.00 on the Police and Fire Harley Davidson motorcycle that will raffled off tomorrow at Lone Wolf Harley. My husband really wants it…I am as enthused. Oh well, at least the dollars are going to a good cause.

Question: Have you ever won a raffle? What was the prize?

NIC’s Big Raffle For House Sells Out Again

The North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle has sold out for the 17th year in a row. The last of the raffle’s 5,000 tickets were sold July 8.“Another really BIG thank you is owed to all of the supporters of this event,” said Kristen McFadden of the NIC Foundation. “As the NIC Foundation’s largest fund-raiser of the year, the funds raised from this raffle will go a long way in supporting education and students at NIC.” All ticket holders and community members are invited to attend the Really BIG Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 in Fort Sherman Park on NIC’s main campus. The event will include live music and various door prize giveaways/Stacy Hudson, North Idaho College. More here.

Question: Have you ever bought a ticket for a chance to win North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle?

Press: For Whom The Bell Tolls

We’re still stunned that at Bell’s urging, the trustees put their seal of approval on the tax increase at the very first reading of the college’s budget. Ron Vieselmeyer and Mic Armon, to their credit, opposed the tax hike. However, trustees did not offer so much as a respectful pause for public comment between reading the budget for the first time and adopting it with the full tax increase included. But that is what we have come to expect of the current regime. We live in an era when college presidents are rented, stay long enough to collect retirement benefits and then move on to the next campus that is eager to give them too much authority and too little accountability. We can’t comprehend why NIC’s trustees would reward their president with more money and a contract extension at a time like this. Unfortunately for Kootenai County taxpayers, it is what it is/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should North Idaho College trustees have raised President Priscilla Bell’s pay at a time when education budgets are being cut throughout the state?

AM: NIC Student Is True To His School

A North Idaho College employee sports one of the new NIC temporary tattoos, which will be given away at various events and promotions throughout the year. The tattoos will debut with the NIC cheerleaders at the Fourth of July parade this weekend. Or school supporters can stop by the NIC booth at the North Idaho Fair in August to get one. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)

Al Williams, Wrestler Read To Children

North Idaho College Athletics Director Al Williams and NIC wrestler Keri Stanley read to first-graders from Winton Elementary. NIC representatives distributed the 7,000th book to Winton Elementary today through the Shirley Parker Reading Program. The program is the namesake of Shirley Parker who was a proponent of literacy and an NIC wrestling fan. Another photo here. (Photo: Stacy Hudson, Press Room)

Question: Did someone read to you — or encourage you to read — when you were young?

Bikers Recall Brave Dad w/Long Ride

Autumn and Caleb Kristovich, both North Idaho College outdoor leadership students, are traveling across the country to raise money for families facing terminal illness. The two are making the ride in memory of Autumn’s late father, Adam Dunn, who lived life to the fullest despite fighting an inoperable brain tumor for six years. Press Room story by Stacy Hudson here. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)

Question: Have you ever raised money for a worthy cause? Tell us about it.

PM: NIC Installs Bike Racks

Several specially designed bike racks were recently installed on North Idaho College’s campus in honor of national bike month. The racks were designed and built by NIC students through the WeCycle program on campus. Pictured are NIC Resort/Recreation management Instructor Paul Chivvis and students Sara Plummer, Frank Cordova, Robert Peluso and Jamie Neptune. Story here. (NIC Photo: Stacy Hudson)

Marc: NIC’s Hudson Just The Best

Marc Stewart, spokesman for Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe: My advice for any aspiring public relations person about how to write a press release is to talk to Stacy Hudson at North Idaho College. She’s the best.

 Question: Anyone else want to give a shout out to someone in the region who is very good at public relations?

North Idaho College receives federal funds to train new health workers

North Idaho College has landed a $625,000 grant to train 300 health information technology professionals statewide.

The funds are part of a $6.2 million grant awarded to eight community colleges in a 10-state region. The colleges will be responsible for training 2,400 students over a two-year period, a news release from NIC said.

This is “an unprecedented multistate effort to train students in an emerging high-growth employment sector,” said Jack Purdie, NIC grants coordinator.

NIC Mourns Loss Of Booster McLain

North Idaho College lost one of its dearest friends and supporters April 6. Longtime teacher, administrator, trustee, friend, and supporter Betty McLain was loved by all and a true champion for education and North Idaho College. A memorial service for McLain will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9 at the Coeur d’Alene First Presbyterian Church at 6th and Lakeside Ave. McLain’s impact on North Idaho College is profound and long lasting. She began working at North Idaho College in 1961 as a part-time instructor. She accepted a full-time position the following year in the College Business Department and served as dean of women from 1968 to 1978. She was also chair of the Business Department from 1974 to 1985, the year she retired/North Idaho College Press Room. More here.

CW: Why Would NIC Sell Ed Corridor?

Christie Wood (chairwoman of NIC trustee board): The mission of the college is education. We are not real estate developers. After decades of wishing we could acquire land continguous to the college and now it is finally happening, why on earth would we ever wish to sell it??? The rumors started by a small group were irresponsible. As we move forward with the long term vision of building a modern campus we will work with the community to determine what buildings and programs best fit the footprint of the land. I am grateful to the City Council for understanding the future needs of higher ed and voting for the annexation and zoning. Full comment below.

DFO: I wonder if Gookin would now deny that he ever called Christie “Sgt. Cupcake” in print?

Question: Are you concerned that North Idaho College would sell of pieces of the Education Corridor to commercial developers?

Region 18 tourneys at NIC

The North Idaho College men’s and women’s basketball teams play host to the Region 18 tournaments, beginning Thursday. Here’s a preview.

Big weekend for NIC men

The North Idaho College men’s basketball team is in a position to capture the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and host the Region 18 tournament.

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NIC Wrongly Fired Anti-Repub Teacher

The decision to discontinue Bryan’s employment came a semester after one of her students went public concerning some political dialogue in her English class. An anti-Republican remark upset the student enough to request a refund from the college. What’s more, the AAUP report also recognizes that her relationship with the school weakened after a dispute between administrators and her husband, Keith Hunter, a tenured English instructor and former director of The Writing Center/Jack Donahue, North Idaho College Sentinel. More here. And Original story here.

False NIC Rape Report Brings Citation

The woman who reported a rape at North Idaho College last week has been ticketed by the city police department for filing a false report. She was charged with the misdemeanor offense after detectives re-interviewed her Tuesday. “We discovered that her report did not match the facts that we uncovered,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. “At this point we’ll let the court process take place.” Police received a report Thursday alleging that a male dressed in women’s clothing waited for her in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building and raped her there on the morning of Jan. 30/CDA Press. More here.

Question: What affect does a fake report like this have on the community?

Virus Shuts Down NIC Computers

Item: NIC combatting stubborn virus: Ninety percent of faculty, staff computers infected/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: Teams of computer technology specialists are cleaning North Idaho College’s 1,200 faculty and staff computers – one by one – to eradicate a pervasive and destructive virus that hit campus a week ago. On Friday, information technology staff realized the virus wasn’t responding to the most recent anti-virus software. That’s when the college ordered faculty and staff computers shut down until they could be confirmed safe.

Question: Has your workplace but shut down by a computer virus?

NIC On Alert After Possible Rape

A rapist who disguised himself as a woman and waited for his victim in a North Idaho College restroom is being sought by police. The sexual attack reportedly happened last Friday but was just reported to campus security this morning, according to a notice on the Coeur d’Alene college’s Web site. The rape is reported to have occurred in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building at 4 p.m. Jan. 30. The victim told officials that she knows the assailant, but his name hasn’t been released/SR story here. NICollege news alert here

Grandpa Lives In NIC Dorm

Item: Naples grandfather takes us NIC dorm life: Student didn’t want to make long driver every day/Gwen Albers, Hagadone News Network

More Info: Roger Kramer occasionally has to ask his neighbors to turn down the rock music. These aren’t his neighbors in Naples, but at North Idaho College, where the 58-year-old former long-haul trucker lives in the dorm. “I just yell over to them,” Kramer said when his fellow students crank up the likes of AC/DC or Metallica. An accident that left Kramer with crushed vertebrae and fractured discs in his back made it impossible to continue trucking, so he gave up his career of 32 years.

Question: Are you with it enough at your age to survive life in a dorm?