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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
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

CLASS Notes, January 24, 2017

Spring semester is officially in full swing. We all know how busy this time of year can be, but I hope you will find moments to participate in the many events CLASS hosts or sponsors. Please consider volunteering for the 50th Jazz Festival, February 23, 24 and 25. By volunteering, you earn free tickets, and most importantly, you will able to engage with young students from the region as they discover — often for the first time — how beautiful and amazing the campus is. It is less than a month away! If you have not already checked out the line-up for this year, please do. I think you’ll be excited about the artist selection this year. Thanks for your help in making this year the best Jazz Festival ever!

Another great event that is right around the corner is the Hemingway Festival. Tickets for the March 2-5 event are available now.

A reminder to us all. Winter on the Palouse has been an eventful one so far. As you all know, campus was closed last week due to the weather. The university did a great job of letting everyone know by using the Vandal Alert system. If you did not get a text, phone call or email, please take a moment and update your information so you are informed of closures and emergencies.

Finally, thank you for all you do for CLASS and for the University of Idaho. I appreciate your dedication and hard work, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the many events this semester.

Go CLASS! Go Vandals!

— Andy

Dean Andy Kersten
Andrew Kersten, Dean


Apply for a Seed Grant!

The Seed Grant program is sponsored by the UI Office of Research and Economic Development. The program’s objectives are to promote research, outreach and creative activities in all branches of learning that will improve competitiveness for external funding, and/or which will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances appropriate to the PI’s discipline.

Who should apply: The primary purpose of the program is to support early career faculty establishing a scholarly program; early career faculty are those who have been at the UI five years or less and/or are still Assistant Professors. Proposals that support a change in direction for established investigators will also be considered, but must be well-justified.

Proposals due: If you are considering submitting a seed grant proposal, please contact Alisa Goolsby prior to the Feb. 3 CLASS deadline. You may visit the seed grant website for additional information. Proposals must be routed through UI’s () and are due to the Office of Research and Economic Development by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 2017.

Whom to contact: 
Diane Kelly-Riley CLASS Associate Dean for Research
Alisa Goolsby EIPRS and budget assistance
Sarah Koerber Proposal Development Specialist

Contact your AAC!

Do you have search related questions? The CLASS Affirmative Action Coordinator, Alisa Goolsby, is able to assist with your hiring and PeopleAdmin questions. Feel free to stop by Admin 111, email [email protected], or call 111-111-6398 with your questions. 

Bryce Torrence, Gunnery Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Bryce Torrence was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on Jan. 13, 2017 on the University of Idaho campus. Gunnery Sergeant Torrence served as the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit’s Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for two years, training over 100 Midshipmen in close order drill and military customs and courtesies. Selected for the Marine Corps’ Warrant Officer Program, he will transfer to Quantico, Virginia on Jan. 22 where he will complete additional professional training and be promoted to Warrant Officer. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Jan. 20 for his services rendered to the Navy and Marine Corps during his tour at the University of Idaho.

Bryce Torrence,Gunnery Sergeant
Bryce Torrence was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on Jan. 13, 2017.

Staff Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Employee Awards, Staff Educational Awards, Outstanding Team Award and the Lawrence C. McBride Award are now open and due by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The Outstanding Staff Awards honor UI non-faculty staff members who are doing an outstanding job in the areas of quality of service, exceptional effort, initiative and interpersonal relations. Read more.

Excelling at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting

At the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), five UI graduate students and two 2016 graduates presented papers or posters at the conference. The students were Renae Campbell, Idah Whisenant, Heather Sargent-Gross, Nathan Allison and Molly Swords. Renae Campbell's paper was awarded an Honorable Mention in the student paper competition. In addition Swords, Kiel and Campbell organized the student ethics bowl while Allison and Sargent-Gross were part of the winning team (with students from Maryland and Boston University). Mary Petrich-Guy also completed her term as Chair of the Student Subcommittee of the Academic and Professional Training Committee for SHA.

Renae Campbell receives an award from Joe Joseph
Renae Campbell receives her honorable mention certificate from SHA President Joe Joseph.

Be a Part of the 50th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Series and single tickets for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival are on sale now! See three nights of performances from some amazing artists, including Grammy-nominated René Marie, New York Voices and Esperanza Spalding. Faculty and staff ticket rates are available. Or, earn free tickets to the shows by volunteering for the festival! Multiple opportunities are available. Volunteer descriptions and openings are available at the .

UI Women's Leadership Conference Call for Proposals

The University of Idaho Women's Center, Professional Development and Learning Office, and the Athena Association of Professional Women are partnering to host the 6th biennial Women's Leadership Conference with the theme: "Leaned on While Leaning In: Valuing Women's Invisible Labor." Proposals for sessions that showcase solution-driven strategies, best practices, and/or new directions or methods of collaboration are strongly encouraged. If you have a topic you think might not clearly fit the theme, but speaks to the issues at hand, please submit your proposal, as all submissions will be considered. If you prefer to present your material as a poster presentation, please note your poster must conform to the poster specifications included in the link below. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students to assist in offsetting the cost of production of poster presentation materials. Regardless of the presentation format you choose, please and providing a brief abstract/description and other information. Submissions are due Monday, February 6, 2017. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

CLASS in the News

Chinese dancers showcase diversity through performance – January 20, 2017 (Confucius Institute)

– January 19, 2017 (student – theatre)

– January 17, 2017 (McClure Center)

– January 17, 2017 (Deborah Thorne - sociology)

– January 15, 2017 (Alexandra Teague – English)

– January 14, 2017 (Brian Ellison – political science)

– January 14, 2017 (James Reid – music)

– January 13, 2017 (Confucius Institute)

– January 12, 2017 (student – sociology and psychology)

- January 12, 2017 (student – sociology and psychology)

– January 12, 2017 (student - organizational science)

University of Idaho School of Music celebrates Johann Bach – January 11, 2017 (Bach Festival, music)

– January 6, 2017 (Vern Sielert – Jazz Festival) 

Events and Deadlines

IRIC Ribbon Cutting

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University of Idaho are invited to celebrate the completion of the Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. IRIC Website

Integrated Research and Innovation Center
Integrated Research and Innovation Center

Blood Will Have Blood

UI Theatre Arts presents “Titus Andronicus,” one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and violent plays, from Feb. 2-12 at the Hartung Theater. Directed by MFA candidate, Matthew Brumlow, the show explores themes of vengeance, code, ritual and honor. Not recommended for children. More information at .

International Affairs Lecture

2017 Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs lecture from Ambassador Patricia Butenis (ret.), “The Challenges of Representing the U.S. Abroad,” Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Admin Auditorium. Sponsored by the Martin Institute.

Free One-Night Performance of Medea

The Theatre Arts show, “Medea: Her Story,” was one of three selected Regional productions invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 7. The community and faculty, staff and students are invited to a free one-night-only performance of “Medea” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at the Hartung Theater. Free tickets available at Bookpeople of Moscow, by calling Theatre Arts at 111-111-6465 or at the door an hour before curtain. “Medea: Her Story” is also eligible for national awards from the Kennedy Center.

2017 Borah Symposium

April 3-5, “Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World.” See the Borah Symposium website for the schedule.

Co-Writing Fridays

The Human Community Research Consortium offers faculty dedicated time and space to work on writing projects. See the HCRC page for details.

Academic Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to Add (with instructor permission), Deadline to Drop (no W, no fee), Deadline to Switch to Audit, Deadline to Change Variable credits, Deadline to switch to pass/fail, last day to receive refund of tuition and fees - January 25
Early warning grades due - February 14
Midterm exams - March 6-10
Midterm grades due - March 13
Spring Break - March 13-17
UIdaho Bound #1 - March 25
Fall advising begins - March 27
Deadline to withdraw - March 31
UIdaho Bound #2 - April 1
Fall registration - April 17-21
Dead week - May 1-5
Finals week - May 8-12
Commencement - May 13


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
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences