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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


CLASS Notes, February 28, 2017

Thank you everyone who worked and volunteered to deliver a most successful Jazz Festival! Not only did we have more schools and more students participate, but tickets sales were also up. For me personally, I was most excited to see all those young students on our campus playing, competing and enjoying the concerts. That was fun! There was universal praise from the music educators, parents, and students. I would like to acknowledge all the work and effort by an extraordinary array of people and offices: President Staben and the President’s Office, Provost Wiencek and the Provost’s Office, Heather Chermak and the Registrar’s Office, Dan Ewart and Facilities, Stefany Bales and University Marketing and Communication, Torrey Lawrence, Vanessa Sielert, and Vern Sielert and the Lionel Hampton School of Music, and Aaron Mayhugh and the Jazz Festival Office. I would also like to acknowledge my office and all the work that they did to make the Jazz Festival a smashing success. 

The planning for next year’s has already begun. Mark your calendars! Same time, same place!

— Andy

Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Applications Open for Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards in Leadership and Service recognize individuals who have made contributions to student activities, campus and community life. Those eligible for awards may apply themselves or be nominated by a faculty member, staff member or by another student. Deadline for all nominations and applications is Sunday, March 12, 2017. Learn more and apply.

Sabbatical applications

Sabbatical application for 2018-19 are due March 31, 2017. See sabbatical application details.

Honorary Degree Nominations

Honorary degree nominations for December 2017 commencement are due April 15, 2017. See details on honorary degree nominations.

Open Position – Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

The position of Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is open, to current UI employees only. Eligible faculty members must be at least an associate tenured professor, exhibit strong leadership skills, and have a broad foundation of experience in mentoring graduate students. Interested parties should apply online before the priority date of March 3. See all University of Idaho open positions.

UI Navy ROTC Vies in Northwest Navy Competition

Midshipmen from the Naval ROTC Unit will compete at Oregon State University on April 7-8 at the annual Northwest Navy competition to defend their #1 position for the third year in a row. The competition, an annual tradition for over fifty years, has changed names but the competing schools have remained the same: University of Utah, University of Washington, Oregon State University and University of Idaho. Scored events consist of regulation drill, color guard, combat fitness test, physical readiness test, academics, swim, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tug-of-war and an obstacle course.

Team captains for the Northwest Navy competition, to be held on April 7th-8th, 2017 at Oregon State University.

CLASS in the News

A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:

The Red Pen | One-Night-Only! – February 25, 2017 (Theatre)
Competition is back at UI Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – February 24, 2017 (Vanessa Sielert, Jazz Festival)
Brief: UI journalism professor to present on 'fake news' – February 24, 2017 (Steven Smith, JAMM)
Quartet jazzes up the stage (w/video) – February 22, 2017 (Aaron Mayhugh, Jazz Festival)
Springtime classes for kids: act up, build a robot, make some mac ‘n’ cheese – February 22, 2017 (Theatre Arts)
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul – February 22, 2017 (Adam Sowards, History)
Electoral College topic of discussion in Moscow – February 18, 2017 (Katherine Aiken, History)
Valentine's Day, so lucrative for businesses, has a naughty history – February 14, 2017 (Katherine Aiken, History)

Call for Environmental Papers

The Interdisciplinary environment group EARThS will be hosting its bi-annual conference titled "Reflections, Transitions, and Solutions: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Issues" on April 1 at Washington State University. EARThS is seeking abstract submissions from graduate students in the humanities, social sciences and biophysical sciences at University of Idaho. Ideal papers will focus on case studies or cross-sectional analyses of (1) creative approaches to examine the past, present or future of environmental issues or (2) interdisciplinary efforts that seek to address or adapt to such problems in local, regional, national and/or international venues. The Call for Papers is due March 10 and a submission form can be found on the EARThS CougSync page.


University Faculty Meeting

May 2, 2017, 3 p.m. Pacific time; 2 p.m. Mountain time.
Moscow: Vandal Ballroom, Bruce Pitman Center; Boise: IWC 448A; Coeur d'Alene: 213; Idaho Falls: 350A: Twin Falls - B-66.

Hemingway Festival

Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award recipient. As a part of the Hemingway Festival, nine local authors will present short excerpts from their as yet unpublished works during the Sneak Peeks Reading at BookPeople of Moscow, on Friday, March 3, 2017. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature:

  • Kim Barnes
  • Mary Clearman Blew
  • Peter Chilson
  • Sayantani Dasgupta
  • Debbie Lee
  • Paul Lindholdt
  • Michael McGriff
  • Joy Passanante and
  • Alexandra Teague. 

2016's winner of the Hemingway/PEN Award, Ottessa Moshfegh, will be honored at the the 2017 Hemingway Festival, which will take place in Moscow, Idaho, on March 3 and 4. See details on the Hemingway Festival.

2017 Borah Symposium

April 3-5, “Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World.” See the Borah Symposium website for the schedule.

CLASS All-College Spring Meeting: Save the Date!

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, Pitman Center – Borah Theatre. All CLASS faculty and staff are invited to attend the CLASS All-College Spring Meeting in May. President Staben will be in attendance at this meeting and will give a 30-minute presentation, including an opportunity for Q & A. Please mark your calendars!

Co-Writing Fridays

The Human Community Research Consortium offers faculty dedicated time and space to work on writing projects. See the HCRC page for details.

Academic Dates and Deadlines

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


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences