CLASS Notes, March 14, 2018
Message from Dean Kersten
To our alumni, donors and colleagues – welcome to CLASS Notes!
For the last three years, this newsletter has been sent to the staff and faculty of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. But, now, for the first time, I am excited to share our college-wide news and stories externally with you – the college’s alumni, donors and friends – as well.
In each edition of this monthly publication, you will find updates about our nine departments and schools; stories about our students, staff and faculty; and information about upcoming events.
I hope you find CLASS Notes an enjoyable, informative and entertaining read. As you are aware, CLASS is home to programs and people that are doing amazing things, and I am delighted at the opportunity to share some of their latest accomplishments and happenings with you.
Thank you for your support of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
Around the College
- Members of the Lionel Hampton School of Music performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference last week. Vanessa Sielert, director of LHSOM, performed two new works for saxophone and piano, including “Bridges, Breaks and Bells” by music alumnus Dylan Champagne.
- “Some Lived: An Idaho POW’s Story,” a documentary by Assistant Professor Denise Bennett, won the award for Best Heritage Short Documentary at the Tribute Film Festival in Texas.
- The deadline has extended for two CLASS crowdfunding projects – the MLC Café Experiential Learning Classroom remodel and U of I’s college chapter of the Music Teachers National Association conference presentation. Visit the website at uandigive.uidaho.edu to learn more about these campaigns.
- Catch up on all the latest news from our CLASSy faculty, students and staff on the CLASS News page.
Dale Graden Teaches Hemingway in Havana
When not teaching history in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Dale Graden can often be found traveling around the world and teaching history at its source.
In early 2018, Graden’s passion for history and culture took him to Havana, Cuba, where he taught a course on Ernest Hemingway and his experiences in the country.
“There really is no substitute for reading an author’s work in the same places that they lived and being able to have the same experiences,” said Graden, who also has taught courses in Spain and Venezuela on civil war, revolution and its aftermath.
Hanah Toyoda, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Theatre Arts at the University of Idaho, earned national recognition for her scenic design work this spring.
Toyoda of Hayward, California, earned the Barbizon National Award for Excellence in Scenic Design for her work on “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” The award comes with an expenses paid invitation to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. in April. There she will have the opportunity to attend specialty workshops and network with other exceptional students and industry professionals.
Toyoda is joined in her success by U of I Theatre Arts students and alumni who recently also received awards at the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Spokane, Washington. U of I students earning regional awards were:
- Gerrit Wilford of Brandon, South Dakota: Irene Ryan New Play Acting Award
- Jared Sorenson of Beaverton, Oregon: Society of Properties Artisan Managers Award for Excellence in Properties Design
- Taylor Caldwell of Clarkston, Washington: Achievement Award for Stage Management
- Isabella Weiand of Spokane, Washington: Meritorious Achievement Award for Costume Design
- Ben Gonzales of Pullman, Washington: Horace Robinson/Jack Watson Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service to Students. Ben is employed at Washington State University
Two U of I alumni also earned faculty awards. This included:
- Mary Trotter – (2006 MFA-Acting) The Association for Theater in Higher Education Innovative Teaching Award. Mary is currently employed at Washington State University.
- Chris Will – (2015 MFA-Directing) Horace Robinson/Jack Watson Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service to Students. Chris teaches at Western Wyoming Community College.
More than 50 U of I students attended the weeklong event. An ensemble of current students and recent U of I graduates performed “Sleepy,” an original adaptation of a Chekhov story, to a sell-out crowd. In addition, Professor Kelly Quinnett and students performed in a staged reading of a new play commissioned for KCACTF, “To Tokyo and the Moon” by Steve Yockey and directed by MFA candidate Shea King.
Dates & Deadlines
- March 24 – UIdaho Bound admitted student event, all day, Moscow
- March 28 – Adam Goldman (Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times reporter) speaks to Boise City Club, 12 p.m., The Grove Hotel, Register Here
- March 29 – Oppenheimer Ethics Symposium featuring Adam Goldman (Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times reporter), 7 p.m., Administration Auditorium
- March 30-April 1 “True West”, The Forge Theater, Moscow
- April 4-5 Golden I Reunion, Moscow
- April 5 - CLASS Creative and Research Activity Mixer featuring Matthew Fox-Amato (Department of History) and Javier Rodriguez (Lionel Hampton School of Music), 3:30 p.m., IRIC Atrium
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