CLASS Notes, January 10, 2017
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a chance to relax and refresh with family and friends. In the midst of this rather wintery winter, let us look forward to something other than more snow and cold temperatures. I suggest that we all take a moment to look at the spring calendar. We have a lot of events in CLASS: the Borah Symposium, the Jazz Festival, the World Music Celebration, the Hemingway Festival, two major theatre productions (Wendy & Peter and Titus Andronicus), numerous other music performances, and so much more. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! Stay tuned to the newsletter to keep track of all the events happening this semester. See you there!
I look forward to a productive spring semester as we begin to implement our cascaded strategic plan. As a reminder, my door is always open if you have time to stop in and say hello. Thank you for all you do for CLASS!
Nominations sought for next Common Read
The University of Idaho’s Common Read committee welcomes nominations for the 2017-2018 Common Read for first-year students. The Common Read is designed to engage the campus and community in a unified intellectual activity. Through the ISEM 101 Integrated Seminars, taught primarily by faculty in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, first-year students are introduced to academic expectations, respectful discourse and community building. Please send nominations (including a short explanation of the book’s suitability for the Common Read) to email@example.com by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. See more information on the Common Read, including past selections.
Safety and Training
Do you travel for your job? If you rent a car for work purposes or use a UI vehicle from the motor pool you need to take “Defensive Driving Course” to be within UI policy and compliance. If you have already taken the course, please be aware that you MUST retake it every 5 years. A new, shorter version, has been just been released. If it’s been more than 5 years since you completed the course, please ask your department or school gatekeeper (generally the administrative coordinator) to assign the course to you.
CLASS Safety Committee reconstituted
The CLASS safety committee will begin meeting again to ensure we are aware of and addressing any safety concerns within CLASS and the many buildings we occupy. If you have a question about a safety issue or would like to bring a concern to the attention of the committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UI Women's Leadership Conference Call for Proposals
The University of Idaho Women's Center, Professional Development and Learning Office, and the Athena Association of Professional Women are partnering to host the 6th biennial Women's Leadership Conference with the theme: "Leaned on While Leaning In: Valuing Women's Invisible Labor." Proposals for sessions that showcase solution-driven strategies, best practices, and/or new directions or methods of collaboration are strongly encouraged. If you have a topic you think might not clearly fit the theme, but speaks to the issues at hand, please submit your proposal, as all submissions will be considered. If you prefer to present your material as a poster presentation, please note your poster must conform to the poster specifications included in the link below. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students to assist in offsetting the cost of production of poster presentation materials. Regardless of the presentation format you choose, please submit your proposal and providing a brief abstract/description and other information. Submissions are due Monday, February 6, 2017. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/wlc or email email@example.com.
Sandra Reineke Appointed Director of Honors Program
Sandra Reineke has been appointed as the director of the Honors Program, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Sandra received a doctorate in political science from Indiana University and brings experience and background in honors through her commitment to offer honors courses and her service on the Honors Program Committee at the University of Idaho. Read more.
Staff Awards Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Employee Awards, Staff Educational Awards, Outstanding Team Award and the Lawrence C. McBride Award are now open and due by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The Outstanding Staff Awards honor UI non-faculty staff members who are doing an outstanding job in the areas of quality of service, exceptional effort, initiative and interpersonal relations. Read more.
Be a Part of the 50th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Series and single tickets for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival are on sale now! See three nights of performances from some amazing artists, including Grammy-nominated René Marie, New York Voices and Esperanza Spalding. Faculty and staff ticket rates are available. Or, earn free tickets to the shows by volunteering for the festival! Multiple opportunities are available. Volunteer descriptions and openings are available at the Volunteer Hub.
Policy and Emergency Reminders
With a new semester beginning, it is important to review several essential regulations and be aware of emergency contact information. This information can be viewed on the Faculty Secretary website, or you can download a PDF.
At this link you will find information regarding:
- Important deadlines, grading policies and policies regarding admission to classes
- Instructor/student responsibilities (such as attendance, office hours and romantic relationships)
- FERPA guidelines
- The Student Code of Conduct
- Contact information and regulations regarding emergencies and reporting threatening or violent behavior
- UI's tobacco-free policy for all university owned and controlled property
CLASS in the News
Check out some of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:
- UI professor discusses water’s role in making a living, recreation – Jan. 6, 2017 (History – Adam Sowards) http://dnews.com
- Centennial High School: Shaolin Martial Arts Show – Jan. 6, 2017 (Confucius Institute) http://www.nwcn.com
- Visiting musicians jazz up Great Falls – Jan. 5, 2017 (School of Music – Alan Gemberling, Dave Bjur, Vanessa Sielert) http://www.greatfallstribune.com
- Plan now for the McCall Winter Carnival, Sun Valley film festivals and U of I Jazz Festival – Jan. 3, 2017 (Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival) http://www.idahostatesman.com/
Events and Deadlines
IRIC Ribbon Cutting
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University of Idaho are invited to celebrate the completion of the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. IRIC Website
Idaho Bach Festival
January 12-14, with guest soloist Lucas Harris, lute. See schedule.
International Affairs Lecture
2017 Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs lecture from Ambassador Patricia Butenis (ret.), “The Challenges of Representing the U.S. Abroad,” Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Admin Auditorium. Sponsored by the Martin Institute.
2017 Borah Symposium
April 3-5. “Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World,” with specific speakers and events TBA.
Academic Dates and Deadlines
Classes begin - January 11
Deadline to add or change classes online - January 19
Deadline to drop w/o a "W" - January 25
Early warning grades due - February 14
Midterm exams - March 6-10
Midterm grades due - March 13
Spring Break - March 13-17
UIdaho Bound #1 - March 25
Fall advising begins - March 27
Deadline to withdraw - March 31
UIdaho Bound #2 - April 1
Fall registration - April 17-21
Dead week - May 1-5
Finals week - May 8-12
Commencement - May 13