CLASS Notes, April 11, 2018
Alumni, friends and colleagues,
April is always one of my favorite times at the University of Idaho. It is a time of celebration. Not only are we preparing to celebrate the newest group of Vandal alumni, but April is also a time to recognize the amazing faculty and staff that do so much – teach, mentor, research, create, give and inspire.
On April 25, a large selection of CLASS faculty members will be honored by the U of I at the University Awards for Excellence. As dean, it makes me so proud to see our people being publically recognized for their great work. A full list of the CLASS winners is in the newsletter below.
The university is also recognizing Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography. Rodney retired in December 2017 after working in CLASS since 1998. As part of his research and outreach, Rodney worked with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to document, preserve and promote their culture for 28 years. As part of the April 25 event, Rodney will be bestowed emeritus status. I thank Rodney for his service to U of I and to decades of CLASS students.
I hear from many alumni that their time at the university was influenced by members of our faculty and staff. The quality of the people who work in CLASS is a hallmark of our college. We would love to hear which faculty and staff members inspired you during your time at U of I. Email us with your story.
Thank you for your support of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
- Nicholas Cousino, a senior studying history, created an online exhibition – The League of Women Voters in Moscow, Idaho – for the Google Cultural Institute while interning for the Latah County Historical Society.
- Dylan Paul, a Theatre Arts faculty member, was cast in the Broadway-bound production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”. Paul will cover multiple lead roles, with performances starting in June at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre.
- University of Idaho’s Opera Workshop performed Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen” on April 5 and 7, featuring a set by Theatre Arts’ Jesse Dreikosen and additional performances by the Opera Orchestra, Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Palouse Chamber Choir’s Children’s Chorus.
- Four international studies students won the Outstanding Position Paper Award - given to the top 10% of papers - at the 2018 National Model United Nations Conference. Bailey Carpenter and Emily Wesseling won for their paper on Zambian positions on/to the World Health Organization, while Kate Misura and Logan Smith won for theirs on Zambia’s positions on/to the General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial issues).
- Catch up on all the latest news from our CLASSy faculty, students and staff on the CLASS News page.
Several CLASS faculty members will be recognized on April 25 at the University of Idaho’s University Awards for Excellence. Congratulations goes out to:
- Scott Slovic, English – Research and Creative Activity Excellence Award
- Dilshani Sarathchandra, Sociology and Anthropology – The Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence
- Denise Bennett, Journalism and Mass Media – Excellence in Teaching Award
- Karen L. Thompson, English – Excellence in Teaching Award
- Romuald “Ro” Kodjotse Afatchao, International Studies/Martin Institute – Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award
- Mark Warner, Sociology and Anthropology – Excellence in Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research Award
- Jennifer Ladino, English – 2018-2020 University Mid-Career Award
In addition, we also recognize those who were recently promoted:
- Denise Bennett, Journalism and Mass Media, promoted to associate professor
- Marta Boris Tarre, Modern Languages and Cultures, promoted to associate professor with tenure
- Rajal Cohen, Psychology and Communication Studies, promoted to associate professor with tenure
- Jesse Dreikosen, Theatre Arts, promote to associate professor with tenure
- Leontina Hormel, Sociology and Anthropology, promoted to professor
- Kristine Levan, Sociology and Anthropology, promoted to associate professor with tenure
- Tara MacDonald, English, promoted to associate professor with tenure
- Spencer Martin, Music, promoted to clinical associate professor
- Steven Smith, Journalism and Mass Media, promoted to clinical associate professor
New Album Showcases Original Duets
Leonard Garrison, professor of flute in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his latest album. This work – funded by grants from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, U of I’s Office of Research and Economic Development and Washington State University – features all original compositions.
Dates & Deadlines
- April 16 – Fall registration begins
- April 20-22 – University of Idaho Mom’s Weekend, Moscow
- April 20-28 – “The Children’s Hour,” Hartung Theater, Moscow
- April 25 – “#MeToo Moscow” Screening; Documentary by Denise Bennett, 12 p.m., Borah Theatre, Moscow
- April 26 – Moscow Policy Pub with Michael Overton, 4:50 p.m., Hunga Dunga Brewery, Moscow
- May 12 – Spring Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Kibbie Dome, Moscow
(Other Commencements – May 3 in Idaho Falls, May 7 in Coeur d’Alene, May 15 in Boise)