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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, September 27, 2016

I am pleased to share great news with you. Our first-ever Vandal Giving Day was a huge success! We’re still tallying the results, but it looks as though the university raised $441,313 from 1,344 individuals. In CLASS alone, 221 people made gifts totaling $36,074, all in 36 hours! I am especially humbled by the generosity of our faculty and staff; your support of the college is inspiring. You all made this day special and so much fun. Thank you. 

I would also like to share our progress toward CLASS’s cascaded plan in support of the university’s strategic plan. Teams are working on the four goals, and we will share a draft with the entire college in early October to seek your feedback. In the meantime, if you would like to share thoughts or suggestions about one of goals, please reach out to me or one of the goal chairs.

Goal 1: Innovate; Sean Quinlan
Goal 2: Engage; Ann Hoste
Goal 3: Transform; Diane Kelly-Riley
Goal 4: Cultivate; Mark Warner

As always, your participation is important and welcomed.

     — Andy

Andrew Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Sabbatical Applications

Applications for sabbatical leaves to be taken during the 2017-2018 academic year are due to the CLASS Dean’s Office ( by October 14 in order for the dean to write his letter of support. Final electronic packets must be received by the Sabbatical Leave Evaluation Committee by Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Instructions, application process and application form can be found in FSH 3720. Timelines are provided at the provost’s website under Helpful Sabbatical Documents.

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 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.

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 Please include title, publication date and book image, if available.

ISO – Underclassmen from Across Idaho

The university marketing team is looking for freshmen or sophomores from within the state of Idaho to feature in marketing campaigns in their hometowns. Do you have your eye on a successful underclassmen? Please pass along their name and how they are finding success at UI to Kathy Foss at by Friday, October 7.

CLASS Research and Creative Works Viewbook Online

The 2016 CLASS Research and Creative Works Viewbook is now available as a PDF at In case you missed the print version, check out the online version to read about the great things our faculty are doing, including:

  • Leontina Hormel: The Meaning of Place (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Manoj Shrestha: Span Boundaries to Connect (Philosophy and Political Science)
  • Ellen Kittell: A Great Deal Like Us (History)
  • Rob Caisley: Frisson (Theatre Arts)
  • And more
CLASS Viewbook, cover page
CLASS Research and Creative Works Viewbook

New Advising Specialist, Moriah Lenhart-Wees

Moriah Lenhart-Wees is a new CLASS Advising Specialist in the Boise Water Center. She’s excited to promote CLASS degrees across Southern Idaho and introduce the new online degree programs to students looking for a modern, flexible way to obtain a UI education. Moriah is a Boise native who loves volleyball, hiking and eating delicious food!

CLASS Social Media Has Expanded!

CLASS’s social media presence is growing! Not only do we have the fastest growing number of Facebook Likes of a college page at UI (yay!), but the college also just launched Instagram and Snapchat accounts. Our Snapchat account is targeted specifically at giving prospective students a glimpse of what life is like as a CLASS student, so please forward to prospective students as you communicate with them! The Instagram account will show off the amazing visual images of our college – from “beauty shots” to behind-the-scenes images of what makes our college so great! Start following CLASS at:
Snapchat — 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


Career Fair

The Career Fair is coming up on October 5 from 2-6 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome. This year there are a record number of employers signed up, currently 130+ employers. Students can find the full list on Hire a Vandal, found on the Career Services website.

Some Employer Highlights for CLASS:

  • Offices of U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo
  • City of Seattle & Walla Walla Police Departments
  • Inland Northwest Broadcasting
  • Target
  • Kohl’s Corporation
  • Peace Corps
Career Development Liaison Andrew Schaffer
Career Development Liaison Andrew Schaffer

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 or Sean Quinlan at

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 discussed 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.

State of the University Address

President Chuck Staben invites all University of Idaho faculty, staff and students to attend the annual State of the University Address. Dean Kersten encourages all members of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences to attend after viewing the Showcase (see above).

2:30-3:30 p.m. Pacific time
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center

Refreshments will be provided. The address also will be streamed live to dedicated viewing locations in Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to attend in person or view the webcast at

Insomniacs Theatre Event

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.

Auditions for the 10-Minute Play Festival are open to all from 3:30-5:20 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow. Auditions may consist of a one-minute prepared audition piece or a one-minute story of your choice, or a cold reading (material provided). Roles for 40+!

Martin Forum: Agriculture and U.S. Foreign Policy

For this year's Martin Forum, former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Daryl Brehm is speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Admin Auditorium on “Agriculture and U.S. Foreign Policy.” With more than 30 years in the Foreign Agricultural Service, Brehm will share his expertise in international agricultural trade. See details on the Martin Institute website.

Palouse French Film Festival

The Palouse French Film Festival returns to Moscow for a seventh year this October. The communitywide movie series features four weekly films and is presented by the Washington State University Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, the University of Idaho Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow. Every Tuesday evening beginning Oct. 4, the Kenworthy will screen a different movie, presented in French with English subtitles, for the public to enjoy. All films will begin at 7 p.m. This year’s films are:

  • Oct. 4: “Loin des hommes (Far from Men)” (2014)
  • Oct. 11: “Mommy” (2014)
  • Oct. 18: “La loi du marché (The Measure of a Man)” (2015)
  • Oct. 25: “Mon amie Victoria (My Friend Victoria)” (2014)

Festival passes for all four shows are $15 and are available at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, the language departments of UI and WSU, or at the door. Tickets to individual films are $5 at the door. Admission is free for WSU and UI students with student ID.

Poster for movie: Mommy
Poster for Mommy, a French film showing on October 11, 2016.

Theatre Arts Play, Medea: Her Story

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 Medea 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. Admission is free for UI students, $10 for UI faculty and staff, $15 for the general public, and available now at BookPeople of Moscow and at the door 60 minutes before curtain.

Are you curious about Medea and her bloody, vengeful story? Theatre Arts faculty are available to attend classes to discuss the play, its history, myths and more. Contact us at if interested.

Dates and Deadlines

Advising Opens October 17

Academic Success Fair – Whitewater/Clearwater room, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 26

Deadline to withdraw October 28

Registration opens November 7


Advising Opens 10/17

Academic Success Fair – Whitewater/Clearwater room, 10:00 – 2:00, 10/26

Deadline to withdraw 10/28

Registration opens 11/7

Poster for Medea
Poster for “Medea: Her Story.”


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