CLASS Notes, September 26, 2017
When asked what people like about the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, a common answer that I hear is the diversity of disciplines, people and opportunities. We are the largest and most diverse college at U of I. This not only makes us a great place to work and learn, but also very relevant in the university’s efforts to “build an inclusive community that welcomes multicultural and international perspectives” (Cultivate, Objective A).
One of the ways that CLASS helps welcome different perspectives is by hosting a wide variety of events. In fact, CLASS holds more than 310 events each year! Different CLASS units will play host to a variety of multicultural events coming up in the next few weeks, including:
- The Borah Symposium’s 70 Anniversary event featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi
- Matika Wilbur, a leading photographer in the Pacific Northwest, will talk about her use of photographs of Native Americans to dismantle stereotypes
- German author Tobias Hülswitt will join Lori Celaya, associate professor of Spanish, in doing a bilingual reading titled “Literature Unplugged,” which will feature readings in English, Spanish, Spanglish and German.
- The 8th annual Palouse French Film Festival returns in October. Each Tuesday, the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre will screen a different French film with English subtitles.
- Retired Air Force Major Margaret Witt, who challenged the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in federal court and won, will discuss her case and sign copies of her new book, “Tell: Love Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights.”
Thank you to all the faculty and staff who help host and sponsor these great events.
We each become better university and global citizens by continuing to learn about others’ perspectives. With that in mind, I encourage you all to attend these CLASS events, as well as other university events that promote multicultural and international perspectives, including LBGTQA History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day.
There are also a number of opportunities for professional development in these areas, including:
- Many Nations, One Family: Strengthening Connections with Indigenous Students
- The diversity and stratification certificate program
- Safe Zone program
At the President’s Leadership Retreat last week, Yolanda Bisbee, U of I’s chief diversity officer, announced that her team is revisiting the university’s 2004 diversity plan. I look forward to collaborating with her on this effort. CLASS will also be creating a diversity hiring and retention plan to help us attract and keep an increasingly diverse faculty and staff. More on those two initiatives coming soon.
Together, we will continue to build an inclusive community in our college and university. Thank you for all your efforts in support of this.
Regulations for the New School Year
With a new semester beginning, it is important to review several essential regulations and be aware of emergency contact information. Read information.
At this link you will find information regarding:
- Important deadlines, grading policies and policies regarding admission to classes
- Instructor/student responsibilities (such as attendance, office hours and romantic relationships)
- FERPA guidelines
- The Student Code of Conduct
- Contact information and regulations regarding emergencies and reporting threatening or violent behavior
- UI's tobacco-free policy for all university-owned and controlled property
Faculty Senate Notes
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning schedule of fall workshops is available.
Green Dot Information & Training. The Women’s Center is encouraging faculty to participate in a one-hour information session on the Green Dot bystander education program addressing violence on campus. Information sessions will be announced campus-wide. Individual departments and colleges can schedule a Green Dot information session by contacting Bekah MillerMcPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty are encouraged to include a statement such as the following on their syllabus or on their course webpage:
I support Green Dot and violence prevention efforts across campus. My classroom and office are safe places. Please know you will be supported and heard if you have experienced any form of violence. Also, know you are not alone:
UI Counseling and Testing Center – 208-885-5138
UI Women’s Center – 208-885-2777
Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse – 208-883-4357
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – CETL. The center collaborates on teaching and learning with faculty (all instructional personnel). It provides expert consultation and programming to enhance teaching and learning and curriculum design. The center is also expanding support for BBLearn usage.
- October 6 – Campuswide meeting regarding staff market-based compensation.
- November 2 – Last possible date to submit a policy to the Faculty Secretary’s Office for possible inclusion on the Fall UFM Agenda.
- November 14 – Last Faculty Senate meeting to approve policies for possible inclusion on the Fall UFM Agenda
- November 29 – Fall UFM meeting – 3-4:30 p.m.
Internal Funding Opportunities
CLASS Summer Research Grants applications are due November 1, 2017. Key Grants for the fall cycle need to have a budget submitted for review to Alisa Goolsby by Oct. 3. The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018. Application information and forms are available on CLASS Research & Creative Works website.
Registration for Fall Supervisory Excellence Program Now Open
As a current supervisor, you have already completed the bulk of the Supervisor Core Skill Workshops as part of the 2016-17 University Work-Related Training Initiative. The fall session begins on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and concludes on Nov. 29. Registration and workshop information.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Now Available
The University of Idaho's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available for viewing and download. This report is part of UI's commitment to the safety and security of our campus community and complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Read more.
Green Dot Information & Training
The Women’s Center is encouraging faculty to participate in a one hour information session on the Green Dot bystander education program addressing violence on campus. Information sessions will be announced campus-wide. Individual departments and colleges can schedule a Green Dot information session by contacting Bekah MillerMcPhee at email@example.com. Faculty are encouraged to include a statement such as the following on their syllabus or on their course webpage:
I support Green Dot and violence prevention efforts across campus. My classroom and office are safe places. Please know you will be supported and heard if you have experienced any form of violence. Also, know you are not alone: UI Counseling and Testing Center – 208-885-5138, UI Women’s Center – 208-885-2777, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse – 208-883-4357.
CLASS Wins Thank-A-Thon
The Thank-A-Thon is an annual event where students come to write thank you notes to the donors of their scholarships. Various areas within the university put together tables to welcome their students and give them the information to write these thank-you notes. The goal is to make the process of thanking donors as easy as possible for the students. Each year, there is a competition for best table and we are happy to report that the CLASS table claimed this title for the 2017 Thank-A-Thon! The table had a raffle to encourage students to write thank you cards to donors who weren’t directly connected with a named student. This deeper engagement with all students was the reason CLASS was the winning table. A special thanks to the Student Services team and CLASS Dean’s Office for the decorations and support of this project.
Submit Crowdfunding Ideas to U&I Give
Looking for a way to raise money for a specific initiative? Try crowdfunding! The university’s new platform can help you raise money for your project, student club, etc. Learn more at www.uidaho.edu/uandigive or by reaching out to Anne Zabala, annual giving program coordinator, at 208-885-5205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLASS in the News
A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:
Campus safety and educational initiatives — Faculty Senate discuss Women’s Center plans (Brian Ellison [Politics & Philosophy], The Argonaut, September 21)
More than a pageant: Learn about African culture at Miss Africa Idaho (Jaclin Tahir [student, psychology], Magicvalley.com, September 20)
The power of Athena — Athena provides support to female staff (LT Hormel [Sociology & Anthropology], The Argonaut, September 18)
Sharing stories — UI ethnography professor Rodney Frey will speak on his most recent book (Rodney Frey [Sociology & Anthropology], The Argonaut, September 18)
UI Theatre Arts presents “The Dumb Waiter” — “The Dumb Waiter” is a play shrouded in mystery (Theatre Arts, The Argonaut, September 15)
Refugees talk the tough road to the United States (Sargon Hamad [student, political science] and Herve Mashindora [student, international studies], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, September 15)
The play lives on in honor of Micki Panttaja (Theatre Arts, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, September 13)
An opportunity abroad — Education abroad fair gives students the opportunity to travel the world (AnnaRose Qualls [student, international studies, Spanish, Latin American studies] and Lori Celaya [Modern Languages & Cultures], The Argonaut, September 11)
Palouse French Film Festival
This movie series is presented by the University of Idaho Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Washington State University Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. Every Tuesday evening from Oct. 3 through Oct. 24, the Kenworthy will show a film presented in French with English subtitles. All films will begin at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be opening and closing receptions held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 and at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Kenworthy. Festival passes for all four shows are $10 and are available at the Kenworthy, the language departments of UI and WSU, or at the door. Tickets to individual films are $5 at the door. Admission is free for WSU and UI students with student ID.
This year’s films are:
- Oct. 3: “Cézanne et moi (Cézanne and I)” (2016)
- Oct. 10: “La tête haute (Standing Tall)” (2015)
- Oct. 17: “Elle” (2016)
- Oct. 24: “Microbe et gasoil (Microbe and Gasoline)” (2015)
Collaborative Educational Forums Begin Sept. 27
The Offices of Equity and Diversity, Civil Rights Investigations and Human Resources welcome staff and faculty from across the university to attend an on-campus training series aimed at increasing awareness of UI policies, procedures and resources. These sessions are open to the campus community and no registration is required. The first workshop, “Title VII and Title IX Complaint Process Overview” is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in the Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms, Idaho Commons. Presenters are Erin Agidius, director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations, and Lindsay Ewan, deputy director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations. Read more.
Faculty and Staff Open House at The Hub Sept. 28
Vandals Dining is hosting an open house at The Hub dining hall for all university faculty and staff from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The Hub is on the first floor of the Wallace Residence Center. Dining will provide light refreshments made using the new stone-fired pizza oven and chargrill that were installed during the remodel this summer. We hope to see you there!
Benefit Vendor Forum
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Pitman Center, International Ballroom. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about their health plans, spending accounts and retirement plans by exploring booths hosted by our benefit partners as well as attending informative panel discussions throughout the day.
UI Career Fair
Oct. 4 from 2-6 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome. All majors and class years are encouraged to attend and the fair is open to the public. There will be excellent opportunities for your student populations such as internships, seasonal and full-time jobs. Over 140 employers have registered.
Witt Speaks on Challenging Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Retired Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt challenged the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in federal court, and won. The Witt case put an end to the DADT program that had led to the expulsion from the military of more than 13,000 gay servicemen and women. Maj. Witt will be on the University of Idaho campus Thursday, Oct. 5, to discuss her case and her new book, “Tell: Love Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights.” Her presentation, at 7 p.m. in the UI College of Law Courtroom will be followed by a book sale and signing managed by BookPeople of Moscow. Witt’s appearance is sponsored by the UI School of Journalism and Mass Media and co-sponsored by the UI Women’s Center, the UI LGBTQ Office, UI Military Student Services, and the Moscow Human Rights Commission. For more information: Steven A. Smith, email@example.com.
Deadline for IRIC Applications
The Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Facility Committee continues to consider applications for space in the IRIC building. UI faculty and staff can access application forms online. The deadline for the next round of consideration is Friday, Oct. 6. Read more.
Presentation on Market-Based Compensation, Salary Adjustments
UI Vice President for Finance Brian Foisy and Human Resources Executive Director Wes Matthews will present an update on market-based compensation and the upcoming mid-year salary adjustment applicable for staff members at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 in the International Ballroom of the Pitman Center, as well as statewide via Zoom. All staff and supervisors are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be recorded and available online following the meeting. Read more.
First Aid, CPR, AED Class
Environmental Health and Safety will be offering a First Aid, CPR, AED class on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. until noon. This class is open to any UI employee at a cost of $10 per person. If you would like to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 16, 7 p.m. Pitman International Ballroom, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi “The Role of Women in World Peace.”
Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. Pitman International Ballroom, Professor LeRoy Ashby “The Life and Times of William Edgar Borah.”
Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m. Pitman International Ballroom, Professor Scott Shapiro “The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World.”
Borah Symposium website.
Workplace Bullying Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11-12:30 in the Commons Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms. Panel facilitated by Elissa Keim, Director, Employee Development & Workforce Diversity. Panelists include:
- Wes Matthews, Executive Director, Human Resources,
- Brandi Terwilliger, Director, Human Resources,
- Erin Agidius, Director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations and
- Lindsay Ewan, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations.
State of the University Address
October 24 at 1:30 p.m., Pitman Center – International Ballroom.
Dates and Deadlines
October 14: Envision Idaho Event
October 16: Midterm grades due
October 16: Late 8-week classes begin
October 16: Academic advising for Spring 2018 begins
October 16: Winter Intercession registration opens
October 20: Deadline to add or drop late 8-week classes
October 27: Deadline to withdraw or change semester classes to audit
November 6: Spring registration opens
November 17: Deadline to withdraw from late 8-week classes
December 9: Fall Commencement
December 15: Deadline to submit grades for incompletes given in spring or summer 2017
December 18: Deadline to add or drop winter classes without a “W”
December 19: Fall final grades due by noon