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February 17, 2015

Message from the OMA

Hello all,

Even though this is a short week there are a lot of events happening on and off campus.  This week OMA is cosponsoring the film and panel discussion for “Dear White People” with the student organization Black Student Union.  The film will be shown on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 pm at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre Downtown Moscow. 

Have a great week,


EVENTS for February 17-22

The Student Leader Diversity Summit
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 5:45 pm
Location: Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center- formerly, Student Union Building
Description: The Student Leader Diversity Summit is a training by ASUI in cooperation with the Diversity and Human Rights Office aimed at promoting a more inclusive campus and community. Upon completion, student leaders will gain the knowledge, resources and tools necessary to represent diverse groups more effectively. In addition to creating awareness and providing the tools and resources the summit will also serve as a forum to increase communication between student leaders, various organizations and offices throughout campus. Overall everyone attending will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of diversity.  

Vandalizing the Kitchen: Just Desserts
Date: Wednesday, February 18
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: SRC Classroom 103
Description: An interactive, fun, and FREE cooking class for busy college students. All skill levels are welcome! Learn the basics of cooking delicious and nutritious meals quickly and on a college student budget.

Film: The Abolitionist
Date: Wednesday, February 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Borah Theater, SUB
Description: The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement. It is being shown as part of the film series Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. 

Boxes and Walls 2015 - Student Meeting
Date: February 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: TLC 229
Description:  All students who have signed up to host a room or are interested in hosting a room are encouraged to attend a meeting with the Boxes and Walls Planning Committee to discuss ideas and needs for each room. Boxes and Walls is University of Idaho's annual event that personalizes oppression and the importance of activism by "bringing it home" for the individual. Participants are led by a tour guide through a series of "rooms". Each room is designed to focus on a historically oppressed group, culture, or social justice concern named by students. Along the way, participants are placed into situations, doing activities, while being confronted with a wealth of information. The Boxes & Walls experience gives us all a glimpse of what being part of each group might be like, both historically and in the present day.

Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: TLC 229 Student Diversity Center
Description: Take a break and enjoy a free lunch! This is a great opportunity to meet new people and talk about current events (or whatever else is on your mind). Enjoy a free PB&J lunch or bring your own. This event is open to all!

Film & Panel Discussion: Dear White People
Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre 508 South Main Street Moscow
Description: A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. Running time 100 minutes.  Rated R.  Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Affairs & Black Student Union.

Eating Disorder Screening
Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 10:30am-2:30 pm 
Location: Idaho Commons upper canvas area hallway
Description: Part of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Events week of events scheduled from February 19-26.  For a full list of events visit 

Party Hearty Zumbathon Charity Event 
Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm 
Location: Pitman Center
Description: In honor of February's National Hear Health Month, the Wellness Program is proud to host the Zumbathon Charity Event.  Donations Requested: $5 Students  
$10 General Public, $3 Children 5-13 (children under 5 free admission) , Donation includes one raffle ticket, additional tickets 3 for $5.  100 % of the proceeds will be donated to Gritman Cardiac Rehab Center.  For more information please contact the Wellness Office at (208) 885-9355 or email

2015 Chinese New Year Gala
Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Administration Building's Auditorium
Description: The Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho Wishes You Great Happiness in the Year of the Sheep and celebrate the Lunar New. The 2015 Chinese New Years Gala event highlights include the Seattle Huayin Dance Performing Arts Group, Chinese Zither (gu zheng), UI Vandaleers choir, Chinese calligraphy show, Chinese folk song duet, raffles, gifts for children, and other programming brought to you by the University of Idaho Confucius Institute. Light refreshments to be served at the conclusion of the performance.  Tickets for sale at the VandalStore, Book People of Moscow, and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce: General Admission - $10.00, Students (with I.D.) - $5.00, and Children 12-years-old and under - $5.00.  Learn more at their Facebook page.

Late Night at the Rec: Team Fitness Challenge
Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: SRC
Description: Challenge yourself in the Late Night at the Rec Team Fitness Challenge.  Teams are co-re and consist of 3-5 persons.  Teams can choose to participate in competitive or recreational division  Teams will compete in 5 stations targeting strength, cardio and endurance.  The stations consist of total gym pull-ups, biking, rowing, TRX planks, team push-ups and a surprise team station.  First 40 participants will receive a water bottle.  Learn more at 


Student Achievement Awards-The Student Achievement Awards are an annual celebration of student involvement, service, leadership and academic achievement sponsored by the Department of Student Involvement. Winners will be recognized at the annual ceremony April, 17, 2015. Please consider nominating an undergraduate student prior to Friday, March 6 or encourage them to apply. To submit nominations/applications and for instructions visit   .

• The Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition is looking for a student volunteer to help update the website.  This is a great chance to get hands on experience upgrading both content and look of a website for your resume, plus a strong recommendation for a job well done to show to employers!  If you are interested, please contact Carmen Suarez, Chief Diversity Officer, at

Mental Health First Aid for Students is a certification program that is offered on the University of Idaho campus to help faculty, staff and students understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. There will be a training February 24-25  in the LLC Trout Room 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-register online!

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 23 – 27.  Join us for a week of celebrating all shapes and sizes to bring awareness to eating disorders. 
 2/23 Information Booth from 11 - 1 pm, Commons
 2/24 'Dying to be Thin' from 6 - 8 pm, Memorial Gym 109
 2/25 Information Booth from 11 - 1 pm, Commons
 2/26 Body rEvolution Presentation from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Memorial Gym 109
 2/26 Eating Disorders Screenings from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Bob's Place
 Visit Vandal Nutrition for more information.

• Seeking undergraduates interested in marine and environmental sciences to participate in the NSF-funded Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program, a 12-week paid summer internship at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Charleston, South Carolina USA.  In 2015, this 12-week paid summer internship will be from May 18th to August 7th 2015, with the grant covering the costs of return travel to and from Charleston, dormitory housing with the College of Charleston, a $4,500 stipend and any associated individual intern research project costs (up to $500 per student). Each intern will receiving expert training in the key professional skills needed to pursue graduate school and/or a career in the marine and environmental science disciplines, design and complete an individual research project under the guidance of their mentor(s), and will present their findings to their peers and the Fort Johnson research community at the end of the program in a one-day colloquium setting.  More information about the MIMES Program and instructions on the application process can be found at the following websites:

ISGC Scholarship: This scholarship is available to students entering or attending either 2- or 4-year schools in Idaho and pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math field. Maximum award over 4 years is $7,000. Deadline to apply: March 16, 2015. More info here:!scholarships/c2088  

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship- The demand for a well educated workforce was just one of the driving forces behind the creation of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter’s Opportunity Scholarship.  Eligibility: maintain a 3.0 GPA, Idaho resident, completed FAGSA and being a full time student.  Deadline March 1, 2015. 

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship is offered to outstanding Latina college students. Eligibility: Woman of Chicana/Latina heritage that's a fulle time student maintaing 2.5GPA or better. Deadline March 1, 2015.                  

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