CLASS Notes, June 13, 2018
Dear colleagues, alumni and friends:
It gives me great pleasure to provide opening remarks for this edition of CLASS Notes. I started my new role as the interim dean for CLASS three weeks ago, stepping in as Andrew Kersten leaves the University of Idaho for his new position at Missouri – St. Louis. During his tenure, Dean Kersten accomplished great things for our college, and we will miss him and his wonderful family greatly. But, as you see below, the amazing work being done by our staff, faculty and students continues, and I am grateful to lead such a robust and engaging college.
I should perhaps take a moment to introduce myself.
I am incredibly proud to have served the University of Idaho for 18 years. By training, I am a historian of science and medicine. I received my doctorate from Indiana University in 2000, and my scholarship has largely focused upon the scientific world of 18th century France and Italy. I joined U of I in 2001, was tenured in 2007 and promoted to full professor in 2014. Since 2012, I served as chair of the History Department and worked as an administrative fellow for CLASS in 2013-14. Needless to say, my love for this institution runs deep.
Like myself, many of you may find summer to be one of the most magical times in Idaho – the school year has ended, children are home and the majestic outdoors beckons us with leisure and exploration. And, while the pace of the university has certainly slowed down, the summer months here in Moscow are full of planning and anticipating what the new academic year will bring.
As a longtime member of our CLASS and Vandal family, I want to emphasize how proud I am of the programs in our college and how honored I am to be leading such a passionate group of faculty, staff and alumni. I look forward to working with you all in the upcoming year as we take the next step in our journey together.
Sean M. Quinlan
Around the College
- Congratulations to Michael Overton, assistant professor of political science, who received a $243,763 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for an interdisciplinary study titled “Community Development Block Grant Activities and Local Economic Development.”
- The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival welcomes Joshua Skinner as the new festival manager. Save the date for this year’s festival – February 22 – 23, 2019.
- Whether you want to finish a degree, or just get started, you can earn your degree completely online from CLASS. Learn more.
Catch up on all the latest news from our CLASSy faculty, students and staff on the CLASS News page.
Preserving History through Video Storytelling
Associate Professor Denise Bennett is collecting oral histories from members of Idaho’s LGBTQ community to preserve history and enact social change.
The year 2016 was a horrific one for the family and friends of Steven Nelson.
Nelson, who was openly gay, died of a cardiac arrest on April 29, 2016 after being robbed and beaten near Lake Lowell in Nampa, Idaho. Compelled to action, Denise Bennett, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media and a documentary filmmaker, is using Nelson’s death as a catalyst for social change.
Results from CLASS’s 2018 Senior Survey
Each year, CLASS asks its graduating seniors to reflect on their time at the University of Idaho. Here is what we learned from CLASS's class of 2018.
The best part of CLASS
People who make a difference
CLASS has 220 staff and faculty located throughout Idaho. When asked if there was a faculty or staff that made a difference on their U of I experience, more than 80 names were mentioned (that's more than 1/3 of CLASS employees).
Advice for high school students considering CLASS
- DO IT!
- Add at least one minor.
- Take a lot of different classes in CLASS to try out different subjects.
- Do it! You won't regret it.
- Explore your options, but remember that the faculty in CLASS will be there for you every step of the way!
- Seek out the professors and they will invest in you!
- Go for it! U of I has an amazing online learning program, and adding new courses every semester.
- Be prepared to grow.
- Take advantage of opportunities to get experience outside of classes (internships, research, etc.).
- You can do anything with a CLASS degree, but you will get out of it what you put in.
- Get as involved as possible.
- Do it - CLASS offers so much more than just classes.
Dates & Deadlines
- June 16 – Canyon County Alumni Picnic, 12 – 4 p.m., Lion’s Park, Nampa
- June 30 – Andrew Maurer, student piano recital, 4 p.m., Haddock Performance Hall
- July 9 – Summer Breeze & Sweet Sounds, free outdoor concert, 7 p.m., University of Idaho Arboretum
- July 9-27 – Summer Drama Camp, open to youth ages 7-16, Moscow
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