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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


CLASS Notes, October 10, 2017


October is an exciting and busy time at the University of Idaho – the semester is in full swing and university-wide events like homecoming help unite our entire community. But October is also a time that can be difficult for students. Midterms, missing home, roommates and advising/registering for the spring can all be added stressors. Please be a diligent member of our Vandal and CLASS families over the next few weeks and refer any students who may need assistance to the following resources:

  • Dean of Students Office – The Dean of Students Office creates a compassionate, safe and vibrant residential campus community. The VandalCARE website provides a place to file an electronic CARE report (for reporting distress or concerning behavior), Title IX report (for reporting sexual misconduct) or a conduct report (for reporting Code of Conduct violations).
  • Counseling and Testing Center – The CTC’s psychologists, supervised doctoral interns and graduate students offer students a wide range of counseling services, resources and referrals.
  • The CTC also offers a Mental First Aid Training open to all staff and faculty.
  • Vandal Health Education – Provider of health education and resources for students (tobacco cessation, stress, relationship issues, peer health educators, well space, etc.).
  • Student Health Center
  • Vandal Food Pantry – The Center for Volunteerism and Social Action organizes nonperishable food cabinets stocked with food, grocery bags and information on other food resources.

Members of our community need to feel safe to be able to learn. CLASS is committed to building our community through the knowledge and use of campus resources (CLASS Cascaded Plan, Cultivate, Objective C). Please familiarize yourself with the list above and feel free to seek out members of our CLASS Student Services team with any further questions.


Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean

Strategic Plan Highlight

CLASS Research Steadily Grows

CLASS saw a 161% growth in research expenditures over the last three years. In FY17, CLASS was awarded more than $690K in external grants. Keep up the great work!

Our Research


Internal Funding

The Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grant encourages collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects. Draft budgets should be submitted to Alisa Goolsby by Oct. 20 and the final proposal is due electronically to Diane Kelly-Riley on Nov. 1. See details.
CLASS Summer Research Grants offer up to $2,500 for travel, for equipment, for supplies or for undergraduate or graduate research assistance. Draft budgets should be submitted to Alisa Goolsby by Oct. 18 and the final proposal is due electronically to Diane Kelly-Riley on Nov. 1. See details.
Office of Undergraduate Research Student Grant Competition proposals are due Wednesday, Nov. 1. The Office of Undergraduate Research is soliciting research proposals from students in any discipline for competitive grants. Successful applicants will receive a project budget up to $1,000 to fund research or creative projects. Projects must be conducted under the supervision of a UI faculty mentor and are to be completed during the spring semester of 2018. For more information, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website. Please contact Alisa Goolsby no later than Oct. 23 if you would like assistance with EIPRS (Electronic Internal Proposal Routing System) and/or budget setup.
Ambrose Storytelling Award provides $1,000 annually to any faculty member who is an active storyteller as part of her or his research, scholarship or creative activity. To apply, send Jean Planagan ( description of a plan (600 words maximum) and a CV. 600 words maximum for the description by Nov. 6See details.

CLASS Creative and Research Activity Mixers

This academic year CLASS will sponsor four Creative and Research Activity Mixers organized around a theme that supports creative and research activity. The four themes will be:

  • Seeking and Finding Extramural Funding
  • Establishing and Sustaining Collaborative Research Partnerships
  • Promoting Visual and Creative Production and
  • Finding the Right Publisher

The first mixer will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. in IRIC 305. The event will kick off with brief presentations highlighting the work of CLASS faculty:

  • Denise Bennett, JAMM, National Endowment for the Humanities Creating Communities Grant recipient for her project “Oral Histories of Idaho’s LGBTQ Community”
  • Dilshani Sarathchandra, Sociology, Leveraging internal funding for an NSF Career Project

Following the brief faculty presentations, there will be ample time to mix with the presenters, attendees and several invited guests who support various aspects of extramural funding. These guests will be available to talk informally with CLASS faculty and include:

  • Suzanne Aaron, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Alisa Goolsby, CLASS Budget Office & EIPRS Support
  • Nancy Holmes, Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Wendy Hessler and Sarah Koerber, ORED’s Research and Faculty Development Team
  • Debbie Hornbuckle, UI Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Jeremy Tamsen, Office of Technology Transfer

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP to Diane Kelly-Riley at

Online degrees available in CLASS

Advising season is nearly upon us. Remember that CLASS offers seven online degrees: two graduate and five undergraduate. These degrees could be a solution for any students who must leave UI for personal reasons but wish to continue their education. For more information on these degrees, visit the online degree page or contact one of the CLASS online advisors, Jill Donnelly or Moriah Lenhart-Wees.

Students Travel to Oregon Shakespeare Festival

More than 20 Theatre Arts students, along with professors Robert Valliere and David Lee-Painter, attended the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in September, where they saw “Henry IV Part 1,” “Henry IV Part 2,” and “The Odyssey,” which included UI grads and Rex Rabold Fellows, Jeremy Gallardo and Vinecia Coleman, as well as “Beauty and the Beast,” in which UI grad Emily McQuarrie served on the wardrobe crew and made a brief cameo on stage. Along with shows, students were treated to a multimedia tour and two discussions, one with a member of the acting company and one with the head of OSF’s lighting and video department.

UI students at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
University of Idaho students attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Archaeology and History Events in Boise

In September, University of Idaho Archaeology faculty and staff attended the Idaho Heritage Conference and the 44th annual meeting of the Idaho Archaeological Society in Boise. For the Idaho Heritage conference, faculty member Mark Warner and History Ph.D. student Renae Campbell led a tour of “Archaeological Boise,” with 55 participants visiting the archaeological sites in the city that the university has worked on over the past five years. Undergraduate anthropology students Cynthia Hannold, Lily Loucks and Chelsea Codling had poster presentations on their Boise-focused research. Undergraduates Sam Raymond, Vince Wilson and spring graduate Saffron Kruse were co-authors on the posters. Faculty member Lee Sappington, graduate students Nathan May and Idah Whisenant and undergraduate Cynthia Hannold all presented research papers while undergraduates Darcy Wayman and Allison Fashing presented a research poster. Undergraduate chemistry major Lilian Bodley also presented a research paper that she co-authored with Chemistry Department Chair Ray van Wandruszka.

Lily Loucks in front of her poster
Lily Loucks presents her poster.

LHSOM Receives National Recognition

Congratulations to the Lionel Hampton School of Music, which was named one of the 2018 Best Music Schools in the nation and one of only two listed in the Pacific Northwest by In Tune Monthly.

December Grad Stories

The CLASS MarCom team is looking for interesting student stories to feature leading up to Commencement. Send Kathy Foss an email detailing WHY the student is a good candidate for a story — interesting background, where they are from, first-generation, minority, etc. Include as much information as possible. Remember — these do not need to be the top student in your program. Our central communication team wants us to push the idea of “exploration,” so stories featuring curiosity, overcoming obstacles, journeys of self-discovery, students who are doing interesting work/research/creative works at UI, etc. are all fantastic! 

CLASS in the News

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

Brief: UI School of Music recognized among nation's best (Lionel Hampton School of Music, Moscow-Pullman-Daily News, Oct. 6)

Bringing some je ne sais quoi to the Palouse (Sarah Nelson [Modern Langauges & Cultures], The Daily Evergreen, Oct. 5)

Dear media, stop using mass murderers' pictures and names (Joseph DeAngelis [Sociology & Anthropology],, Oct. 4)

Relief through mindfulness — Twenty-minute meditation class help reduce stress (Jamie Derrick [Psychology & Communication Studies], The Argonaut, Oct. 2)

Eminem The Monster feat Rihanna Drum Cover (Clayton Thoma, student,, Oct. 2)

Revolutionary responsibility (Kenton Bird [Journalism & Mass Media], The Lewiston Tribune, Sep. 30)

Obituary: Keegan Felton (Keegan Felton [student, General Studies],, Sep. 30)

Take a Bow: At the curtain, we are thankful (U of I Theatre Arts, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Sep. 30)

Where have the Democrats gone? (Juliet Carlisle [Politics & Philosophy], Coeur d’Alene Press, Sep. 28)

Silence, enhanced: Moscow composer scores again with silent film fundraiser (Alan Gemberling [Lionel Hampton School of Music],, Sep. 27)


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 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 6:30 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.

Upcoming films are:

Changing The Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes

Nationally renowned artist Matika Wilbur has been traveling across the country to photograph people from every federally recognized indigenous nation in the United States. Hear more about her work, titled Project 562, on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6-8 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. Read more.

Moscow Annual Enrollment Meeting Schedule

Learn about annual enrollment for your 2018 benefits.
Times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Borah Theater, Pitman Center

Thursday, Nov. 2: Whitewater Room, Commons

West Coast Premiere of “ROOF!” Oct. 13-22 at Hartung

UI Theatre Arts is proud to present the West Coast premiere of “ROOF!” by award-winning playwright and director Ricky J. Martinez, Oct. 13-22 at the Hartung Theater. “ROOF!” features an eclectic group of young artists struggling with relationships, art and society. The play is a spicy tribute to friendship and the city of Miami, Martinez’ home town. Ricky will host a post-show discussion on Oct. 14. Tickets are free for UI students, $10 staff and faculty and seniors and $15 for the general public and available at BookPeople, at Shoup Hall, room 201 or by calling 208-885-6465 or at the door 60 minutes before curtain. “ROOF!” contains adult language and situations. For more information visit

ROOF! poster
Promotional poster for ROOF!
Ricky J. Martinez
Ricky J. Martinez

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.

Halloween Costume Sale

Find great prices and unique and original costumes for teens and adults at the Halloween Costume Sale, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 17-18 at the Hartung Theater. Proceeds benefit the student chapter of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and the costume shop. Cash and checks accepted.

Halloween Costume Sale, October 17-18, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Come to the Halloween Costume Sale!

State of the University Address

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

Workplace Bullying Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.

Nominations for Honorary Degrees for May Commencement Due Nov. 15

Nominations of candidates for honorary degrees for the May 2018 commencement ceremony are due by Nov. 15, 2017. Completed nominations must be submitted to The nomination instructions may be found in the Faculty Staff Handbook Policy Section 4930. Read more.

2018 Hemingway Festival

Save the date for the University of Idaho Hemingway Festival – March 1-3, 2018.

Academic 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


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