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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
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Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


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CLASS Notes, September 12, 2017


Thank you to everyone who joined me at the CLASS welcome back gathering at the end of August. I enjoy this event so much because it is an opportunity to come together as a college to socialize, meet new people and kick off the new year on a good note. CLASS is a college full of incredible people doing important work, and as I looked around the 1912 Center, I was reminded at how proud I am to serve as dean of this college.

A few weeks ago, I presented our progress on our college’s Waypoint 1 goals to Cabinet. This document outlines our specific action items related to Transform and Cultivate. As you can see, we are making great progress on our Waypoint 1 goals.

With that in mind, you will notice some changes to CLASS Notes this year. In addition to highlighting the great works of our college, we will be using the newsletter to provide information on how CLASS is accomplishing its goals and how we are contributing to the university’s strategic plan and mission.

We have been doing much of this work in our college for years – expanding educational access, being innovative with our curriculum, creating an inclusive environment and encouraging students to take an active role in their student experience. Now, in addition to doing this great work, we need to talk about it. We do ourselves a disservice if the research, educational opportunities, community engagement and interdisciplinary work that we do goes unnoticed. So, talk about it! Let the marketing and communication know about what you are doing. Brag about your achievements (and I know there are many!). To help with some talking points, you should all have received (or be receiving shortly) a document titled "CLASS Fast Facts 2017," which provides a snapshot of some of the amazing work we’re doing. Enrollment is everyone’s responsibility and this document allows all of us to have our best information at our fingertips. I hope you find this helpful in shaping the story of CLASS.

Thank you for your hard work. I look forward to another great year for CLASS.


Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean

Fall 2017 Enrollment (Strategic Plan Goal: Transform)

While CLASS’s fall enrollment numbers are looking pretty comparable to Fall 2016, there are two notable areas of increase:

  • We have 144 students enrolled in our online degree programs, and
  • The number of new graduate students increased.  

Thank you all for your hard work as we continue to grow enrollment.


CLASS Celebrates National Book Month

Have you recently published a book? October is National Book Month and the CLASS Marketing and Communications team will be highlighting some faculty-written books on our social media channels. If you have a recent publication that we can share, email Kathy Foss by September 29 at Please include title, publication date and book image, if available.

Alumni Awards for Excellence Nominations Now Open

We have amazing students in CLASS. Nominate them for the Alumni Award for Excellence! The award is presented to approximately 40 undergraduate senior-level students and an additional 15 graduate and law students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation; campus and community leadership and involvement, or "leaders in the classroom, laboratory, campus and community." The 2017 deadline for applications is midnight Sept. 25. Please submit online.

Ordering Promotional Items for Your Area?

Are you looking to buy some UI/college/department branded swag? Please review CLASS’s updated promotional items policy which will bring our college into compliance with the university Trademark and Licensing’s policy and guidelines. Contact Kathy Foss, or 208-885-6474, with any questions.

CLASS Facebook Exceeds 1,100 Likes!

The CLASS Facebook page now has grown to more than 1,100 followers! Make sure you are following CLASS on social media:

Need Help Promoting Your Event?

To help CLASS units in promoting their events, the CLASS Marketing and Communication Team has created a helpful guide full of ideas to best advertise events. Contact Kathy Foss with any questions.

University Photo Database Available to Public

The University of Idaho’s photograph database – PhotoShelter – is now available for the public to browse. Check it out at Please contact Kathy Foss if you have any updates to the photo tags (names of people in the pictures, department names, etc.) or if you have any questions about PhotoShelter. 

Kim Barnes Featured in New Collection

UI Distinguished Professor Kim Barnes will be featured in the new book, “Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze.” The book is a literary collection of readings presented over the past six years in Spokane, Wash. and Missoula, Mont. And will be available from Sasquatch Books in October.

Kim Barnes
Kim Barnes

UI Health Clinic Now Open to Faculty and Staff

The University of Idaho Student Health Clinic is now able to offer its services to faculty and staff, as well as UI students. Employees needing an appointment can call 208-885-6693. Walk-in services are available on a limited basis. 

Open and Reproducible Science Workshop 

Reproducibility of research results across repeated studies is a defining feature of science. However, in the last few years scientists across several fields including have been facing difficulty reproducing well-known results in their respective fields. This workshop will include talks by external and internal speakers providing different perspectives on scientific reproducibility, and will include hands on training by the Center for Open Science on many simple actions researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work.

Committee Updates

Graduate Council representative:  Kelly Quinnett; and please feel free to contact Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Mark Warner;

Research Council representative:  Ken Locke; and please feel free to contact Associate Dean for Research, Diane Kelly-Riley;

Brothers Serve in UI Navy ROTC

The Navy is a Family Business! For the first time in years, the NROTC Unit at the University of Idaho has two brothers attending simultaneously. Andres and Christopher Salcido, of Idaho Falls, both recently joined the NROTC Unit. Andres (left), is a Sophomore Psychology Major and first joined the Navy in 2015 as an Intelligence Specialist in the Naval Reserves. His younger brother Christopher (right), decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps and chose the University of Idaho because of its NROTC Unit and all of the opportunities that are available on campus. Andres and Christopher both look forward to careers in the Navy (Andres aspires to become a SEAL and Christopher a Naval Aviator) and all that it has to offer. Keep up the great work!

Andres and Christopher Salcido
Andres and Christopher Salcido

Centralized UI Job Advertising and Updated Advertising Requirements

Effective Sept. 1, University of Idaho Human Resources is implementing auto-enabled centralized advertising for faculty and staff job vacancies. Centralized auto-enabled advertising increases our opportunity to advertise widely and attract a broad and diverse applicant pool for staff and faculty positions. We have entered into an agreement for unlimited auto-enabled postings through Jobelephant with the following advertising venues:, and Jobelephant will advertise posted positions within these venues at no extra charge to your department. Along with auto-enabled advertising, we have updated the minimum advertising requirements to better enable departments to actively recruit qualified applicants. Learn more about those changes online. For information, please contact HR-Workforce Diversity at

Teaching and Learning Workshops for Fall 2017

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is offering a variety of workshops this fall about “Increasing Our Educational Impact. These are open to all instructors and professional staff members. Register now at

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

Part of Senate’s mission this year is to communicate better with our constituents (there have been complaints about shared governance and lack of communication on the Great Colleges to Work For survey). To that end, Liz Brandt, the new Faculty Secretary, is planning to make a list of “talking points” from each Senate meeting that they’d to be distributed to the college. These talking points will be published in the bi-weekly editions of CLASSNotes. Urgent and time sensitive weekly updates will be sent to CLASS department chairs and school directors for distribution. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to a CLASS senator: Jodie Nicotra, Brian Ellison, Joseph DeAngelis and Dean Panttaja.

Senate Meeting, 8/29/2017

  • Faculty Nominee needed to serve on a workgroup that will be preparing for our 2018 accreditation site visit from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The committee will be advisory to the administration and will assist with preparation for the visit and the organization of the 2018 visit. Senators should forward suggestions to Ann Thompson,
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning schedule of fall workshops is available.
  • UBFC recommendations from last Spring will be published shortly. Moving forward, these recommendations will always be published in the fall after budgets are set and enrollment is known. The two top priorities from last spring were market based compensation and bringing TA stipends to competitive levels with tuition waivers.
  • Policy Action Items:
    • FS-18-001 – FSH 4930 Honorary Degrees — change to ensure both unit administrator and dean provide support letters — passed
    • FS-18-002 – FSH 4400 College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – is in Catalog section I, remove from FSH – passed

Senate Meeting 9/5/17

  • Program Prioritization is moving forward. Reallocation targets are being circulated to deans and department chairs. They will be available to the entire university by the end of the week. Two open forums occurred on Monday, Sept. 11. Details were circulated from the Provost’s Office on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
  • Important Dates:
    • Sept. 20 – Welcome Back and Introduction of New Faculty, University Faculty Meeting — 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Nov. 2 – Last possible date to submit a policy to the Faculty Secretary’s Office for possible inclusion on the Fall UFM Agenda.
    • Nov. 14 – Last Faculty Senate meeting to approve policies for possible inclusion on the Fall UFM Agenda.
    • Nov. 29 – Fall UFM meeting – 3-4:30 p.m.
  • ITS TSP Migration. Dan Ewart and Brian Cox discussed the migration of faculty and staff tech support from the existing Helpdesk system to embedded personnel. Full details from ITS.
  • Cher Hendricks – new Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives was introduced and presented to Senate. Dr. Hendricks will be focusing on assisting with the development of academic programs, overseeing the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, fostering undergraduate initiatives, working on student success initiatives and other responsibilities as assigned.
  • Assoc. Gen Counsel Jim Craig and Dir. Office of Civil Rights and Investigations Erin Agidius presented to Senate on Title IX. Among other issues, they stressed that faculty are required by Title IX to report instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault to the Office of Civil Rights and Investigations if they learn of them.

Remember all Faculty Senate Agendas (including attachments and supporting documents) and meeting minutes are available on the Senate webpage.

Advisors: Introducing Student Profile

Hoping to find academic information about a student in one place? Searching for a list of your advisees? Want to email all your advisees or just a few that meet a specific situation? The Office of the Registrar is pleased to introduce an answer to these questions, the Student Profile. The Student Profile is available to individuals with advising responsibilities only. Explore the features of the Student Profile for yourself through the Faculty & Advisors tab, under the Student Information menu in VandalWeb. A User's Guide and Quick Reference Guide are available on the Office of the Registrar's website. The Student Profile shows student contact information, the student's photo, courses a student is registered in, prior schools attended, test scores, and includes the ability to search for a student by name, email or Vandal number and more.

Opportunity: Director of General Education

The Director of General Education position is now open and posted at

CLASS in the News

A sampling of the latest stories featuring our CLASS faculty, staff and students:

A Compelling Voice (English, The Inlander, September 7)

Working Class Poet Finds A Seat At The Table (Michael McGriff [English], Montana Public Radio, September 6)

A Year in Film Festivals (Kino Film Festival [Journalism & Mass Media], The Inlander, September 5)

Building, healing and feeling — Vandals unite in humanitarian efforts, imparting good faith abroad (Cruz Botello [student – sociology], The Argonaut, September 5)

University of Idaho’s online degree programs grow (CLASS online programs, Bonner County Daily Bee, August 29)

A tale fit for the movies — Film and TV studies student Hagen Hunsaker tells how he became intrigued by cinema (Hagen Hunsaker [student – Film and Television Studies], The Argonaut, August 28]

Brief: UI, WSU media and law professors update media law book for Idaho (Rebecca Tallent, Katie Blevins, Justin Barnes [Journalism & Mass Media], Moscow-Pullman Daily News, August 26)

Alexandra Teague Debuts With The Miraculous (Alexandra Teague [English], Montana Public Radio, August 24)

Brian Wolf is promoted to department chair at University of Idaho (Brian Wolf [sociology], Idaho Business Review, August 22)

New interim director for Lionel Hampton School of Music (Vanessa Sielert [music], Idaho Business Review, August 21)

Dramatic monologue a window into the Syrian refugee crisis (International Studies, Modern Languages & Cultures, Theatre Arts,, August 20)

Torrey Lawrence named associate dean at University of Idaho (Torrey Lawrence [music], Idaho Business Review, August 17)

Graham Hubbs promoted to department chair at University of Idaho (Graham Hubbs [philosophy], Idaho Business Review, August 17)

Unearthing Pen d’Oreille (Idah Whisenant [student], Lee Sappington [anthropology], Bonner County Daily Bee, August 17)

North Idaho legislator defends white nationalists in Facebook post (Kristin Haltinner [anthropology], Idaho Statesman, August 16]

Nuclear tough talk? Let calm prevail (Florian Justwan [political science], Coeur d’Alene Press, August 13)

Do you dig archeology? (Idah Whisenant [student], Lee Sappington [anthropology], Coeur d’Alene Press, August 12)


Staff Council Meeting

University of Idaho Staff Council meets Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Brink Hall Faculty Staff Lounge. Guest Dan Ewart, vice president of Infrastructure, will speak about the Technology Solutions Partners (TSP) implementation.

International Bestselling Author David Shields to Visit Moscow

David Shields, a bestselling American author and the University of Idaho’s 2017 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction, will give a free public reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the 1912 Center’s Great Room. See Details.

The Dumb Waiter

“A darkly curious show,” is how Stephen John describes “The Dumb Waiter” by celebrated British playwright Harold Pinter. John is a University of Idaho Theatre Arts MFA candidate and director of the play, which runs at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13-16 and at 2 p.m., Sept. 16-17, 2017  at the Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., in Moscow. Tickets, which are free for UI students and $10 for the public, are available 30 minutes before curtain. The play is presented by UI Theatre Arts. Read More.

Dumb Waiter poster
The Dumb Waiter shows Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 16-17 at the University of Idaho's Forge Theater.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The University of Idaho will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day with an evening ceremony and candlelight vigil in the Shattuck Amphitheater from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. The university’s Air Force ROTC detachment is hosting the annual event, which is open to the community, with speakers from the Lewiston Veterans Home and local veterans associations. National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been observed on the third Friday of September since 1986 by presidential proclamation.

“Conversations of My Mothers” Staged Reading on Sept. 16

A staged reading of “Conversations of My Mothers” by Micki Panttaja will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Way, Moscow. This event is a fundraiser to support a University of Idaho playwriting endowment established in Panttaja’s honor. The reading is free, but donations will be accepted and donations can also be made online. (Type "Micki" into the Designatino field.) A UI employee and lifelong theater supporter, Panttaja passed away in May 2016 after a long battle with cancer. She served UI for many years, working for Theatre Arts and for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Seating is limited to 417 people. Tickets are available at BookPeople of Moscow, at the UI Theatre office, room 201, Shoup Hall or at the door an hour before curtain.

Micki Panttaja
Micki Panttaja

University Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3-4:30 p.m. PDT in the Vandal Ballroom - Bruce M. Pitman Center - Main Campus. Off-site locations to be determined. More information.

Rodney Frey Book Reading & Q&A Session

UI Library hosts a free book talk with Rodney Frey, University of Idaho CLASS anthropologist/ethnographer and author of “Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Traditions.” The casual event is open to the public and is from 7-8:30 p.m. on September 21 in the UI Library. Frey will read from his new book and facilitate a Q&A afterwards.

Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition

Sept. 23, 2017 at the Lionel Hampton School of Music. Carmine Caruso was one of the world’s greatest brass teachers. It is to this man and his work that the 2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition is dedicated. All events are open to the public. See details.

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.

Borah Symposium

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.

State of the University Address

October 24 at 1:30 p.m., Pitman Center – International Ballroom.

Dates and Deadlines

September 19: Early warning grades due

September 22: Deadline to withdraw from early 8-week classes

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


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences