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phone: (208) 885-7716
fax: (208) 885-9494
TLC 230
875 Peremeter Drive MS 2439
Moscow, ID 83844-2439

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Message from the OMA

Hello all,

Friday, September 4, 2015 is the fall census day at the University of Idaho.  At 5:00 pm, student enrollment credits are “locked” and any financial aid that has been disbursed will be evaluated against students’ locked credit load . If you adjust your schedule by adding or dropping classes, ALWAYS ADD BEFORE YOU DROP. Wait-listed courses DO NOT count toward enrolled hours. If you are required to get an instructor’s signature to add a class, you must complete the process with the Registrar’s Office before 5:00 pm on census day. If you do not, you may lose a considerable amount of Pell Grant and/or other financial aid. This is especially important for Pell Grant recipients. Students who are not enrolled full-time when credits are locked but later add credits can submit an appeal to have some financial aid awards reinstated. However, Pell Grant funds CANNOT be reinstated even if an appeal is granted.  Letters of appeal should be directed to Student Financial Aid Services and must explain why the student was not enrolled in sufficient credits by the close of business on census day. If you have any questions please contact Financial Aid.  

On Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 pm OMA and the LGBTQA Office will be hosting our annual Open House & Ice Cream Social to welcome students to the Student Diversity Center (TLC 229), introduce staff, share upcoming events, and promote the services that our offices provide.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

This week the gentlemen of Sigma Lambda Beta and the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha are having informational weeks.  Next week the ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega and the gentlemen of Lambda Theta Phi will host events.  The week of September 14-20th look for events from the Ladies of Sigma Lambda Gamma and the gentlemen of Omega Delta Phi.  Those interested in learning more about the Multicultural Greek Community are invited to attend the events listed below.

Have a great week,

EVENTS for August 31-September 7

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity-Beta Week
     Soccer Social
     Date: Monday, August 31
     Time: 5:00 pm
     Location: PEB Building
     Description: Join the gentlemen of Sigma Lambda Beta for a soccer social.  All are welcome to attend.

     Community Service-Adopt A Street
     Date: Tuesday, September 1
     Time: 4:00 -5:00 pm
     Location: Meet at the Wallace Complex Flagpole
     Description: Join the gentlemen of Sigma Lambda Beta as they give back to the community.  Transportation will be provided.

     Study with the Betas
     Date: Wednesday, September 2
     Time: 5:00 -6:00 pm
     Location: Meet at the Library Fishbowl
     Description: Join the gentlemen of Sigma Lambda Beta for study session with their members.

     SLB Informational
     Date: Thursday, September 3
     Time: 7:00 pm
     Location: Crest room, Idaho Commons 4th floor
     Description: Join the gentlemen of Sigma Lambda Beta in an informational to learn more about their brotherhood.  For more information on any of their events v
     visit their Facebook event page.  

Lambda Theta Alpha-Lambda Lady Week
     LTA Informational 
     Date: Monday, August 31
     Time: 6:00 pm
     Location: Horizon room, Idaho Commons 4th floor
     Description: Join the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha for an informational to learn more about their sisterhood.  For more information on any of their events visit
     their Facebook event page.  

     Study Table
     Date: Tuesday, September 1
     Time: 6:00 pm
     Location: 2nd floor UI Library
     Description: Join the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha for a study session with their members.  Everyone is welcome to attend

     Community Service-St. Jude Children’s Hospital
     Date: Wednesday, September 2
     Time: 6:00 pm
     Location Idaho Commons Food Court
     Description: Join the ladies to make arts and crafts for the children of St. Jude’s for and learn more about their National Philanthropy.  Everybody welcome to

     LTA Game Night/BBQ
     Date: Thursday, September 3
     Time: 7:00 pm
     Location: Women’s Center, Memorial Gym
     Description: Join the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha for a game night & BBQ and get to know their members.  All 
     are welcome to attend

OMA/LGBTQA Open House and Ice Cream Social
Date: Wednesday, September 2
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Location: TLC 229 & 230
Description:  Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the LGBTQA Office for a beginning of the year open house! Stop by to learn more about our offices and programs and grab a free ice cream or non-diary frozen treat. Everyone is welcome.

Lavender Lunch
Date: Thursday, September 3
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Student Diversity Center (TLC 229)
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! 

Non Traditional Student Welcome Back Picnic
Date: Thursday, September 3
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Gho rmely Park
Description: Join the Non-traditional Student Association for a Welcome Back Picnic. They will have food & children's games for this family-friendly event. They will also have special guests from U of I departments to connect with you and share information about their services for non-trad students.  For more information visit their Facebook Event Page. Please RSVP by August 31 to 

Last day to add/register late with a Change of Registration Form
Date: Friday, September 4

Deadline to Drop a class without a W 
Date: Friday, September 4 
Description: This is the deadline to drop a class without receiving a W on your transcript or fees.

Labor Day-No classes
Date: Monday, September 7, 2015 
Description:  The University of Idaho will be closed in observance of Labor Day


Lambda Theta Phi Raffle-Help support the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. by purchasing a raffle ticket for their annual fundraiser.  Tickets are $10.  The first prize winner can choose between 1 of 6 prizes.  (2) second prize winners receive $25 Visa Gift Card.  Tickets are on sale Aug. 31-October 2, 2015.  For more information or if you would like to purchase a ticket please contact any Lambda brother.  

Brown and White Week (September 8-13) Join the gentlemen of Lambda Theta Phi for their Recruitment week and learn more about their brotherhood.

CHIPS QUINN SCHOLARS PROGRAM-The program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, provides internships, training and scholarships to college students of color who are pursuing careers in print journalism. Internships are offered in Spring and Summer.  College juniors, seniors or recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in newspapers are eligible. Nominees must be enrolled in an historically black college or university or in a college or university that has significant numbers of students who are members of ethnic or racial minority groups.

The Freedom Forum matches nominees with participating newspapers from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected Scholars participate in a four-day orientation program in Arlington, Va., in preparation for their internships.  For more information vist: 

MIGRANT FARMWORKER BACCALAUREATE SCHOLARSHIP-The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college. This support will cover expenses beyond what the youth is entitled to in federal/state and other scholarship assistance. This scholarship is designed to assist the youth in obtaining a baccalaureate degree without being encumbered with substantial debt.  For more information visit: 

Showing of the Documentary “Add the Words”-On September 22nd GSA will be hosting 2 viewing’s of the film in the Borah Theater  at 3:00 pm (campus)and the Kenworthy Theater at 7:00 pm (downtown Moscow).   The film centered on the 10 year political battle to get sexual orientation and gender identity included in Idaho's Human Rights Act.  The Kenworthy showing will include a panel of individuals who have been involved for much of the journey thus far, including Cammie Pavesic, the director of the documentary, and UI's own Meredith Butts.

Soc 403 WS: Change in the Senegal and Home (September 17-19) Attendance at all sessions required. Workshops are for Diversity & Stratification Certificate students. For more information about the certificate visit   To add a certificate contact Dr. Pilgeram at  Instructor Permission Required   

"Street Smarts" or "Book Smarts?" Wonder why there's a difference? ANTH 404-02/504-01 Special Topics Learning and Diversity on Tues/Thurs at 12:30 - 1:45 pm will introduce the issues that arise in education as a result of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in school and society. The central question for the course will be: Why is educational attainment different for different groups in society, and how does that difference relate to social stratification characteristics of the larger society? Other questions will also be discussed: Of what importance is race in the US and elsewhere? What is the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on the various institutions of society, including family, schools, and the economic system? How does language affect identity? What policies and programs have been developed in the US and other societies to deal with social diversities? These and other questions will be the basis for the reading and discussions in this course. Have questions? Contact Philip Stevens ( 

LGBTQA Office Student Lounge-The new LGBTQA Office Student Lounge opens today.  Stop by TLC 227 to find a place to study, socialize with other LGBTQA people, and relax in our new space.  Email Julia ( with any questions.  
ATVP Volunteer Trainings in September- Do you want to make a difference in the community? Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP) provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Your experience volunteering for ATVP’s 24-hour hotline will  benefit the community and be personally rewarding. Shifts can count toward required volunteer hours for a course. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse is now accepting volunteer applications for our fall 2015 volunteer training. If you’re interested in applying please submit a complete application to the volunteer manager Kayla at All materials can be found at

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