CLASS Notes, January 23, 2018
In effort to improve CLASS Notes, the publication will be undergoing some changes over the next few months, with the goal of being sent on a monthly basis to both internal AND external audiences in the near future. Thank you for your patience as we fine-tune the format and content.
The University of Idaho is one of our nation’s land-grant universities. Although most of you are familiar with this phrase, I find it important that we all know what that means for CLASS (maybe that’s the historian in me). Established by the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, the purpose of the land-grant university was to create a:
college where the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the legislatures of the States may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.
Although much focus is placed on the “agriculture and mechanic arts,” I think it is important to note the written interconnectedness of a “liberal” and “practical” education. J.R. Wheeler, a professor at Columbia University, wrote in 1907, “We may seek at times…to separate these notions, but they are really so interwoven in the complete idea of a university that no clear boundary lines can be drawn between them.” That is still the case today. It is the promise of U of I’s land-grant mission, echoed in our university’s vision statement – “our commitment to enhance the scientific, economic, social, legal and cultural assets of our state.”
To me, the most important part of the Morrill Act is the very last section – “to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.” This is what we do in CLASS every day. We serve the citizens of Idaho, from all stations. We engage students in learning experiences that prepare them to be critical thinkers, global citizens, problem solvers, leaders and communicators. We challenge them in all aspects of the humanities, social sciences and arts. By teaching so much of the university’s general education core, we also promote this education to a majority of the university’s student body. We prepare U of I students for the “pursuits and professions in life.” Thank you for your commitment to the state of Idaho’s land-grant institution and for your role in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
— Andy Kersten
Around the College
- Congratulations to the undergraduate students on the fall Dean’s List! Recipients achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better for the fall 2017 semester.
- Deadlines for the UI-ORED Seed Grants, CLASS Research Fellowships and the Kurt O. Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship are nearing. Learn more about these programs and how to apply.
- Online classrooms, technology integration and interacting with today’s students. Learn more at the virtual conference “Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment” held Feb. 12-23. Delivered completely online via Zoom. Free for U of I employees.
World Music Celebration
Accidental Playwright On Purpose
Robert Macke considers himself an accidental playwright. Originally attracted to performance, Macke loved the spotlight and acted in many high school and college productions. But a dismal audition led him to question whether he was truly meant to be an actor.
Then one of his professors at Northern Kentucky University, where he received his undergraduate degree, encouraged him to try his hand at playwriting, and Macke quickly learned that he had a way with words.
Dates & Deadlines
- Jan. 26 – Your Attention Please! (on the ethics of address) with Sandy Goldberg, 4-6 p.m., TLC 28
- Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 – “The Last Mother in the House of Chavis,” Forge Theater
- Feb. 7 – Martin Forum: American Diplomacy in the Middle East with Ambassador Maura Connelly, 6:30 p.m., Administration Auditorium
- Feb. 8 - Moscow Spring 2018 Career Fair, 2-6 p.m., Kibbie Dome