CLASS Notes, February 27, 2018
Note: Beginning with the next issue, published on March 14, CLASS Notes will only be distributed once per month.
Part of our role as a leading, land-grant institution is to provide affordable education to people of the state of Idaho. At more than 83,000 square miles, it is the 14th largest state in the country. The University of Idaho has found different ways to extend its reach throughout the state – from our centers, research sites, extension offices, and most recently, online degree programs.
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences has played a pivotal role in the University of Idaho’s online program. We offer the university’s only fully online bachelor’s degrees, including degrees in general studies, history, organizational sciences, psychology and sociology with a criminology emphasis. This academic year is the first year that we have strongly marketed the program, and we have seen some great successes. From the fall to spring semester, we have seen a 154% growth in our online student population. Today, we are currently serving more than 200 undergraduates. In addition, we are already graduating students from these programs. In fact, eleven students graduated in December, with some visiting the Moscow campus for the first time for winter Commencement. These online programs are changing lives.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in promoting, planning and teaching courses for these students. Although the online space is competitive, we stand apart. In fact, the U of I recently was named one of the 50 Best Online Colleges in the United States for 2017-2018 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org – a higher education resource. We are different because we offer students a University of Idaho degree, and we all know that that means something. Students – no matter where they are located – are able to take the high-level classes that U of I offers, learn from the university’s amazing professors and graduate as a Vandal.
Thank you for your commitment to our students both on campus and online.
Around the College
- Matthew Fox-Amato, an assistant professor of history, will give a free presentation titled “American Abolitionism and New Media” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Moscow Public Library.
- The University of Idaho’s Mock Trial team, sponsored by the Department of Politics and Philosophy, won the Spirit of AMTA Award at the regional American Mock Trial Association tournament held Feb. 10-11 in Seattle, Washington. This award is given to the team that best exemplifies the AMTA’s values of honesty, civility and fair play.
- A documentary by Assistant Professor Denise Bennett titled “Some Lived: An Idaho POW’s Story” recently screened at two film festivals – the docLAHOMA Film Festival in Oklahoma City on Jan. 14 and the Spokane International Film Festival on Feb. 2 as part of the Best of the Northwest Shorts program.
- Catch up on all the latest news from our CLASSy faculty, students and staff on the CLASS News page.
Assistant Professor Katie Blevins Searching for Fourth Wave of Feminism
Social media is a dominant part of life today — especially when it comes to activism and social movements.
University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media Assistant Professor Katie Blevins is researching how social media has helped usher in a fourth-wave of feminism and a new culture of social activism that mirrors past feminist movements.
CLASS Crowdfunding Efforts Run Until March 9
Three CLASS projects are currently active on the University of Idaho’s crowdfunding platform – U & I Give. Each are trying to hit their fundraising goal by March 9.
- The MLC Café Experiential Learning Classroom is raising $5,000 to transform half of the Language Lab into a café-style instructional space, where students can engage in interactive language learning.
- U of I’s college chapter of the Music Teachers National Association is raising $2,000 to help its members attend the MTNA National Conference to present “#postmillenials – Connecting with the iGeneration.”
- Polymorphic Games, an interdisciplinary student video game studio, is raising $10,000 to create Project Hastur, an evolutionary video game in which the player defends humanity from an ever-evolving alien menace.
Visit the website at uandigive.uidaho.edu to learn more about these campaigns or to give.
Dates & Deadlines
- Feb. 27 – CLASS Creative and Research Activity Mixer, 3:30-5:30 p.m., IRIC Atrium
- March 1 – 3 – 9th Annual Hemingway Festival, various locations
- March 2 – And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, 6:30 p.m., Prichard Gallery
- March 5 – 9 – Midterm Week
- March 6 – ACMS: Calefax Reed Quintet, 7:30 p.m., Administration Building Auditorium
- March 12-16 – Spring Recess
- See the complete list of upcoming events and academic deadlines.