CLASS Notes | September 13, 2016
All universities claim to be a family. While at previous institutions, I have belonged to the Phoenix, Badger, Bearcat and the Grizzly “families.” But here, at the University of Idaho, our Vandal family is something real and is something very special. Together, we accomplish great things and make such a meaningful difference in our community.
Today, the University of Idaho has launched our first-ever, 36-hour online giving event called Vandal Giving Day. Vandal Giving Day involves the entire Vandal family – our campus community and all of our alumni, donors and friends. I encourage you to participate and make a gift as you can. If you do give, please share that you did on your social media channels. We need as many friends as possible to know about giving day and be encouraged to participate.
To perhaps entice you a little more, Vickie and I are offering up to a $1,000 challenge match for any gift made by CLASS staff or faculty members to our three CLASS giving day funds for this year—the CLASS Excellence Fund, CLASS Access Scholarships, and the Vandal Marching Band.
Thank you in advance for your participation in Vandal Giving Day, and thanks for letting me join our wonderful Vandal family!
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 meet weekly through the semester. Once your department has approved a curricular change, please email your forms to Traci Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms for new programs and deadlines for different curricular processes can be found on the provost's website. 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.
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 Rooms from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Faculty and students from across the college will present their work as part of a college-wide 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. Faculty who are interested in participating in the showcase should reach out directly to their department administrators, or contact either Traci Craig at email@example.com or Sean Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights from last year…
- Denise Bennett presented a viewing station for snippets from her documentary on a local WWII veteran.
- Lori Celaya presented her new textbook on professional Spanish, co-authored with Marta Boris Tarré.
- Dilshani Sarathchandra had a poster on her empirical examination of how scientists manage risk in their pursuit of topic and publication strategies.
- Rajal Cohen presented work with her student on posture and gait among older adults.
- Alexandra Teague was present to discuss her latest endeavor related to the Poem-a-Day project.
- Sandra Reineke presented her recent work exploring the ways in which reproductive rights differ across European nations and the impacts on women living in these countries historically and in the present day.
- Vanessa Sielert and Leonard Garrison had CDs featured at a listening station set up by the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
Campus History Series: University of Idaho
The "University of Idaho" edition of the "Campus History Series" will be available starting September 19 in the library. The 128-page book was written by Katherine G. Aiken, professor of History, and Erin Passehl-Stoddart, head of Special Collections and Archives and associate professor at the University of Idaho. UI President Chuck Staben wrote the introduction. This book commemorates the proud heritage and innovative spirit of students, faculty and staff who have shaped the history of the University of Idaho, and features images from the library's extensive Special Collections and Archives department.
Linguistics and Literacy
The English Department now offers a new emphasis: “Linguistics and Literacy.” The English BA with a linguistics and literacy emphasis engages students in the formal study of language. Coursework covers language structures, development and use. Students are introduced to the study of phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. Electives explore the connection of linguistic knowledge to pedagogy. To complete the emphasis, students also choose courses in one of two general areas: professional writing or literary studies.
Digital Scholarship Fellowship
The Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) invites you to apply to the Digital Scholarship Fellowship program. They are looking to support scholarly projects that require the use of digital means for research and/or publication activities. The program is offering two awards for course reassignments in the Spring 2017 semester. Ask how this opportunity might fit current or future work that you have. Please direct any inquiries to Devin Becker (email@example.com). The deadline is now Sept. 16, 2016.
Space Requests for the Integrated Research and Innovation Center
Space assignments within the IRIC are based on a project/program team-initiated or investigator/scholar-initiated application. Activities involving teams of scholars from multiple disciplines receive high priority. The space assignment procedure, project/program initial space request form and short-term, low-risk activities space request form are available on the ORED website.
Award for Excellence
The Alumni Award for Excellence, sponsored by the UI Alumni Association, is presented to approximately 40 undergraduate senior level students and an additional 15 graduate and law students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation; campus and community leadership and involvement, as well as leaders in the classroom, laboratory, campus and community. If you know of any deserving students, please nominate them. The 2016 deadline for applications is midnight, Sept. 16, and the application requires a letter of support of one page or less. See Award for Excellence details.
The Human Communities Research Consortium is continuing to support faculty scholarly activity this fall by offering Co-Writing Fridays (9/23, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2). Co-Writing Friday began last spring with a small contingency of faculty who benefited by setting aside time and space to write. The HCRC has reserved the Panorama Room in the Commons from 8-noon for faculty to have some quiet writing time with a view. In addition, HCRC will continue to hold the regular Monday Workshop Series every other Monday at 12:30 beginning September 26 in Admin 112. You can view the schedule and learn more about these opportunities. If you have questions or want to workshop a paper, please email Traci Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates are still available this fall.
UI POW/MIA Ceremony
The University of Idaho Naval, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Army ROTC programs will honor those who have sacrificed for our country at the 2016 POW/MIA Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at the UI Outdoor Amphitheater. Nikki Woodland of Moscow is the guest speaker at this year’s ceremony. Her father, Captain James Shively, was shot down just north of Hanoi, Vietnam, in May 1967, and spent almost six years as a POW during the Vietnam War.
National Book Month
Have you recently published a book? October is National Book Month and the CLASS Marketing and Communications team will be highlighting some faculty-written books on our social media channels. If you have a recent publication that we can share, email Kathy Foss, CLASS marketing and communications manager, at email@example.com. Please include title, publication date and book image, if available.
Theatre Arts News
Robert Caisley (Theatre Arts) has been commissioned by American Stage in St. Petersburg, Florida to write a new contemporary adaptation of the 17th Century Moliere comedy “Tartuffe.” The production opens October 26th, and Prof. Caisley will be in brief residence at American Stage prior to the premiere.
Theatre Arts faculty are collaborating with more than 20 theatre students on the upcoming production of “Medea: Her Story,” a shattering tale that explores the Greek myth from the perspective of Medea herself. Featuring Kelly Quinnett (head of performance) in the title role, with direction from Matt Foss (performance and directing,) set and costume design from Jesse Dreikosen (scenic design and technology,) Ginger Sorensen (costume) and Robby Valliere (technical direction). “Medea: Her Story” is at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-15 and 20-22, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 23, in the Hartung Theater. Tickets are $10 for UI faculty and staff and available now at BookPeople of Moscow and at the door 60 minutes before curtain.
Cornerstone Theatre Troupe, a UI student club, present “Insomniacs,” a 24-hour theatre event at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at the Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow. Admission is $3 with tickets at the door.
Vandal Giving Day – September 13-14
Today starts the University of Idaho’s first-ever Vandal Giving Day! Join alumni, students and friends by taking part in this 36-hour online giving challenge. The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is raising funds for the CLASS Dean’s Excellence Fund, CLASS Access Scholarships and new tubas for the Vandal Marching Band. Give now and be sure to follow the excitement on the CLASS Facebook page!
Like Us on Facebook
Follow the fastest-growing college Facebook page at UI! Be sure to like the CLASS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/uidahoclass. The page is updated daily with information for students, faculty, staff and friends, including college events, updates, kudos and reminders. Check out our weekly series, #AfterCLASS, which features a short Q&A with a CLASS faculty, staff or student. Join the fun today by liking @UIdahoCLASS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.