CLASS Notes | August 2016
Welcome back! There is a lot of extra excitement as we begin the 2016-2017 academic year. I am very pleased to announce that we have the largest entering first-year class in the college in more than five years. That is tremendous news! And, we have a lot to look forward to as we launch new academic programs and reinvent others. The calendar is full of events, so plan to attend some of our upcoming theatre productions, readings, conferences, symposia, lectures and musical performances. Speaking of the latter, in February 2017, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Mark your calendars now to attend three entertainment-filled nights — February 23, 24 and 25. Finally, and most importantly, among our activities this fall will be strategic planning. As with last year, the process will be brisk and vigorous, but also participatory and transparent. Our goal is to align the college with the university’s strategic plan and to set our goals for the next nine years. My sincere thanks in advance for your engagement and participation in this process.
CLASS Welcome Back Reception
Dean Andrew Kersten invites all faculty, staff, retirees and their families to join him in celebrating the beginning of the 2016 Fall Semester.
Hosted hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and lemonade will be served.
4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street, Moscow.
Please remember to turn in your syllabi by September 16 to your department administrative assistant or chair for annual semester collection as part of the assessment process.
CLASS Curriculum Committee
The CLASS Curriculum Committee will begin meeting the second week of the semester and will meet weekly through the semester. Once your department has approved a curricular change, please email your forms to Traci Craig at email@example.com. Forms for new programs and deadlines for different curricular processes can be found here: http://www.uidaho.edu/provost/policy-guidelines/planning. Please plan to submit any curricular changes early, so that the committee can work through changes in advance of the UCC deadlines. The first deadline is October 15 for Group C, which includes adding or dropping majors/degrees, offering programs online, or adding or dropping departments. Course changes, curriculum changes, adding/dropping minors, options or emphases or name changes are part of Group A and B and are due by December 15. Note that some proposals must go through several committees after CCC, so please plan to submit earlier rather than later.
Shyanne Knighten Hired as CLASS Advancement Services and Events Coordinator
Shyanne Knighten has been hired as the new CLASS advancement services and events coordinator. She works for Peter Mundt in the dean’s office, located in room 112 of the Administration Building. She will be the administrative point of contact for all gift processing, weekly gift reports and other key administrative functions of our growing advancement portfolio. Shyanne graduated with a degree in sociology and peace studies from Whitworth University, where she also worked as a student assistant in the Office of Graduate Studies. She has also been serving as a reclamation tour guide at Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. A native of Grand Coulee, Shyanne brings great passion and experience to the advancement work of the college.
CLASS Research and Creative Activity Showcase
Please join us Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, for the CLASS Research and Creative Activity Showcase in the Whitewater/Clearwater room from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Faculty and students from across the college will present their work as part of a collegewide poster session and exposition. Encourage your students to come find out how they might get involved in research and join your colleagues to find new synergies for your own work. Learn more about the range of activities supported by the VIP grants, Seed Grants, Summer Research Grants, Olsson Early Career Awards and Key Fund opportunities. This is a great opportunity for students to present their work and to learn more about the work going on in CLASS. If you are interested in presenting in the showcase, please contact Sean Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Theatre Department News
Playwriting teacher Robert Caisley spent a portion of the summer in residency at B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, where they presented readings of his plays “Happy,” “Lucky Me,” “The Open Hand” and “Good, Clean Fun.”
Kelly Quinnett performed in a staged reading of “Bad Dates” by Teresa Rebeck for Without Décor over the summer and participated in the MFA Playwrights Workshop with National New Play Network and the Kennedy Center as a professional actor for two new plays. She is now in rehearsals for the title role in “Medea - the Untold Story,” opening in October at the Hartung Theater.
Matt Foss and 20 students within the Department of Theatre Arts visited Moscow, Russia, this summer, studying at the world famous Moscow Art Theatre. Foss also had the release of a movie he directed, a film version of an outreach play he made, “Map of My Kingdom,” which deals with land transition as American family farms are going through difficult generational change.
In May, Benjamin James attended the Great American PitchFest in Los Angeles where he had some success pitching his latest screenplay, “Captivity,” the survival story of two British aid-workers who travel to war-torn Grozny to run an orphanage, but who are kidnapped and held hostage by a gang of Chechen guerrillas.
As national chair, David Lee-Painter led the 2016 summer national meeting for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Jesse Dreikosen served as scenic designer for the July 2016 world premiere of “Not Medea” by Allison Gregory at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia. He is currently designing for “The House That Jack Built” by Cecilia Tichi. Graduate student Sam Transleau is serving as associate designer.
Ginger K. Sorensen was the Lead Draper for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of "My Fair Lady" in Boise, Idaho.
New JAMM Faculty
Katie Blevins is a new School of Journalism and Mass Media assistant professor and specialist in media law. Dr. Blevins holds a B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, an M.A. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University. Since 2012, she has been a visiting assistant professor at Trinity University. In addition to media law and policy, she has taught an introduction to public relations, mass media and society, and a course in women and minorities in mass media. Her research interests include women’s studies and discourse analyses of Supreme Court decisions.
Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium Schedule
The Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium is a series of lectures by distinguished members of the University of Idaho faculty and staff who present and describe their approaches to teaching and/or research in their respective disciplines. This year's topics include the Affordable Care Act, medical education in Idaho, sustainable agriculture in Afghanistan and more. See the schedule.
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Know an outstanding CLASS faculty or staff member who should be recognized for their great work? Nominate them for Faculty or Staff Member of the Game. President Staben will recognize one staff member and one faculty member at each Vandal home football game this season. Send your nomination, including name of the nominee and a short statement of why they deserve recognition, to Lodi Price at email@example.com.
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016: Deadline to add or change semester classes online.
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016: Deadline to add or drop early eight-week classes.
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016: Deadline to change to pass/fail grading, drop or audit semester classes without W, and add or adjust variable credits on semester classes.