Spring 2018 Dean’s List Announced
Congratulations to the 709 CLASSy students named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List. See the full list
Broadcasting and Digital Media Student Receives Research Grant for Film Project
Junior Bailey O’Bryant was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research for his film project, “Triggered.” The film features an all-female cast and focuses on a young woman in college who experiences an intensely traumatic experience that causes her sanity and morals to break and chip away.
O’Bryant said his filmmaking is influenced by his desire to portray women, people of color and LGBTQIA community members beyond Hollywood stereotypes.
“My goal as a director is to show the world that women can be strong and complicated, people of color can carry a story and LGBTQIA people have lives quite similar to heterosexuals,” O’Bryant said in his grant proposal.
O’Bryant will present his film at the Kino Short Film Festival, the U of I Undergraduate Research Symposium in April and the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research in Boise in the summer.
The film project is the product of the School of Journalism and Mass Media’s Advanced Digital Media Production classes where students conceive, write, produce and edit a film over the course of two semesters.
CLASS Student Among Seven Lost Lives in 15 Years at Dangerous Intersection
Heidi Lyn Bohac of Nampa, majoring in international studies, with a minor in Japanese and French, died at the U.S. Highway 95 junction with the Clearwater River Casino on Nov. 19, 2004.
14 CLASS Students Receive Alumni Awards for Excellence
Congratulations to the 14 University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences students who will be honored with the Alumni Awards for Excellence on Friday, Dec. 7. The award is given to seniors or graduate students who have achieved academic success, demonstrated career/professional preparation and are involved with campus/community leadership. CLASS recipients are:
- Dishonna Arnett - international studies & finance
- Kate E. Behrmann - economics, French & international studies
- Jessica Betancourt-Medina - Spanish & international studies
- Estefania Cervantes - international studies & Spanish
- Annarose Christine Qualls - international studies, Spanish & Latin American studies
- Yadira Estrada - Spanish
- Catherine Feistner - civil engineering & Spanish
- Lindsey Heflin - advertising
- Caitlin Hill - MFA creative writing
- Madison Lee Jackson - international studies
- Ayomipo Kayode-Popoola - international studies & sociology
- Nathan Kofmehl - international studies
- Austin Maas - English: creative writing
- Mikayla Sievers - MA TESL
JAMM Student’s Video Debuts on Nationally Broadcast Television Show
A short video made by Zack Bartlett (senior majoring in broadcasting & digital media) was featured on the Sept. 26 epidsode of ABC's Right This Minute. showing a time lapse of the making of a 9-foot metal Sasquatch.
Theatre Students Visit Oregon Shakespeare Festival
More than 15 theatre arts students traveled to Ashland, Oregon to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in September. Professor David Lee-Painter and Assistant Professor Robby Valliere arranged for the students to see “Oklahoma” and “Love’s Labor Lost” with U of I alumni Dan Poppen and Jeremy Gallardo and meet the cast and crew backstage.
Olivia Heersink Article Appears on Neiman Storyboard
Nieman Storyboard, a publication of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, showcases exceptional narrative journalism and explores the future of nonfiction storytelling. In late September, Olivia Heersink (senior, journalism) wrote an article based on a team project by reporting students. .
U of I MFA Students Collaborate at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
Two University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts students brought some silver and gold to the stage in Nantucket, Massachusetts. On Oct. 1, MFA directing candidate Stephen John directed a reading of a new play, “Truth or Consequences” at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. The play was written by distance MFA dramatic writing candidate Justin Cerne, who currently works as the TWN’s artistic director. John will next be directing “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” opening at the University of Idaho’s Hartung Theater on Nov. 30.
A Tale of Two Passions
Larissa Stafford discovered her passion at 6 years old — music. Stafford, who plays the viola and the violin, carried that young love well into adulthood, joining the University of Idaho Orchestra. “It is invigorating … a refreshing, challenging and beautiful hobby, and I didn’t want to drop my talent,” she said. “Music is exquisite and personal and heavenly.” .
Two CLASS Students Win Gilman Awards
Congratulations to two University of Idaho undergraduate students – Estefanía Cervantes and Cole Keehner – in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences selected to receive the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during fall 2018. Read more.
History Honors Society Attends Regional Conference
Eight students - Abbygale Deleon, August Nelson-Alpert, Caitlin Beesley, Bruce Berry, Hunter Diehl, Sean Hyde, John Williams and Chloe O’Neill – represented the University of Idaho at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in April. The students each presented their research on topics varying from the Enlightenment’s influence on architecture to a defense of the Crusades.
Finding Her Passion in Politics
Nicole Skinner, 20, considered a handful of colleges before choosing the University of Idaho. The deciding factor — a campus visit. Skinner, who is majoring in economics and political science, said she was able to strengthen that sense of “home” through student involvement, specifically ASUI.
Psychology Undergraduate Student Publishes on Alexander Technique
Jordan Becker, who just graduated with his psychology degree in May, was lead author on an article published in “Complementary Therapies in Medicine” about his research on the Alexander Technique. The paper titled “Preliminary evidence for feasibility efficacy and mechanisms of Alexander technique group classes for chronic pain,” was co-authored by faculty members Shawn Copeland (music) and Rajal Cohen (psychology) and student Emily Bottterbusch. .
McClure Center Interns Start Work in Boise
CLASS students Liz Daniel (senior, international studies and French) and Estefania Cervantes (senior, international studies and Spanish) recently begun their summer work as McClure Center interns in Boise. The University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research is Idaho’s most trusted and preeminent public policy research entity.
International Studies Student Recognized with State Department Scholarship
Congratulations to Alonso Arteaga, who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Chinese in Suzhou, China this summer. Alonso has previously received a Gilman International Scholarship to study in Chengdu, China, and a Freeman Award for Study in Asia. Read more.
U of I Trumpet Ensemble Performs at ITG Conference
Based on a successful audition, the University of Idaho Trumpet Ensemble was invited to perform at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas on May 29 – June 2. Seven students from the Lionel Hampton School of Music, part of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, were invited to this premier conference with nearly 3,000 professional and student attendees. The U of I Trumpet Ensemble opened a recital by European trumpet virtuoso Philippe Litzler on May 31 at 10:45 a.m. .
Graduate Student Idah Whisenant Presents Archaeological Findings
University of Idaho graduate student Idah Whisenant led an excavation of the historic Pen d'Oreille City, once active around 150 years ago, in 2017. Whisenant discussed the findings of the archaeological investigations at a community event, where she discussed the implications of this local Idaho history. .