CLASS Notes, February 13, 2018
Message from Dean Kersten
In less than two weeks, the University of Idaho will welcome nearly 4,000 students, as well as hundreds of music educators and family members, for the 51st Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. This university signature event, organized by the Lionel Hampton School of Music, epitomizes the university’s commitment to educational outreach and the performing arts. Our university opens its doors to K-16 students from around the region and to the local community for two days of jazz education.
Approximately 100 workshops are scheduled for Feb. 23 – 24, all located on the U of I campus. In addition to some of the nation’s leading jazz educators and musicians, many of these workshops will highlight the expertise of faculty from across campus. Faculty members in fields from mathematics to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures will lead sessions revolving around jazz. The diversity and variety of these workshops give attendees a glimpse into the depth and breadth of knowledge we have not only in CLASS, but also across the entire university. It highlights what we as a university are here to do – transform lives through education. Events like the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival let us extend our reach and make an impact on thousands of people who we may not come to campus regularly.
The Jazz Festival is just one example of how we in CLASS live the U of I mission and strategic plan. With more than 330 events per year – including guest speakers, performances, presentations and festivals – CLASS is a very visible form of educational outreach for the University of Idaho. Thank you all for your efforts in sharing knowledge throughout our community.— Andy
Around the College
- "Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens" edited by Mark Warner, professor and CLASS associate dean for graduate studies, and Margaret Purser of Sonoma State University, was selected as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.
- Moscow’s Third Street Gallery is showing off the history of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with an exhibition of posters, running until Feb. 23.
- CLASS is excited to announce the hiring of Robin Johnson as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Media.
- Catch up on all the latest news from our CLASSy faculty, students and staff on the CLASS News page.
University of Idaho Named Top Online College
The University of Idaho was named as one of the 50 Best Online Colleges in the United States for 2017-2018 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org – a higher education resource.
“At AffordableCollegesOnline, we believe a college education should be high quality as well as widely accessible,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder. “The schools we’ve highlighted on this list have demonstrated their commitment to student success at a fair cost and offer online programs that enhance the overall value of the collegiate experience.”
See the 50 Best Online Colleges ranking, as well as further information regarding this ranking’s methodology.
Creative Writing Student Wins Fishtrap Fellowship
Cameron McGill, a third-year MFA candidate in poetry in the Department of English, has received a 2018 Summer Fishtrap Fellowship, which will cover the cost of the seven-day conference in Enterprise, Oregon. Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career. As part of the program, McGill will have the opportunity for a featured reading at the conference.
During his educational tenure at U of I, McGill has also been the recipient of the Silver Creek Writers’ Residency, a UI Centrum Fellow at the Port Townsend Writers Conference and a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. He won the Wild West Literary Contest in 2017, which gave him the opportunity to speak at the Treefort Festival in Boise. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Fogged Clarity, The Harvard Advocate, La Presa, and Grist. McGill is currently the poetry editor of Fugue, U of I’s literary magazine.
Dates & Deadlines
- Feb. 12-23 – Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment virtual conference. Free for U of I employees.
- Feb. 17 – Vandal Ski Day, Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall. Join President Chuck Staben, Alumni Director Kathy Barnard, the U of I Ski Team and University of Idaho alumni and friends in McCall for fun-filled weekend on the slopes.
- Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day – University Closed
- Feb. 23-24 – 51st Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. See full schedule.
- Feb. 27 – CLASS Creative and Research Activity Mixer, 3:30-5:30 p.m., IRIC Atrium
- See the complete list of upcoming events and academic deadlines.