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2018 February Newsletter

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February, 2018

Dear Friends,

Tony Roark“To infinity and beyond!”  Buzz Lightyear first exclaimed his silly-sounding catch phrase over 20 years ago, and I remember well watching Toy Story again and again in my household.  I had fun explaining to my kids (who are now teenagers) that a very famous mathematician named Georg Cantor actually proved a long time ago that some infinities are larger than others. It was a number of years until I could properly show them how Cantor’s method of diagonalization works within the proof, but it gave them a taste of how wonderful it can be to see connections between the products of art and science, which each observe their own order of beauty.

Our work in the College of Arts and Sciences is conducted within and across diverse domains of inquiry and creativity, often blurring traditionally-recognized disciplines.  This has tremendous value for our students, whose future might be very difficult for those of us who are older to understand or even imagine.

We are also committed to helping our students to develop themselves outside of the traditional boundaries of the class room, recognizing that to be fully successful, they have to build skills and habits of mind and heart that allow them to adapt productively within an ever-evolving social and workplace environment.

And so, far from being a childish charge, Buzz’s exhortation is a fitting source of inspiration. While it’s unlikely that we will reach infinity, we should always aspire to progress beyond what might have seemed our natural limits.

Sincerely,

Tony Roark

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Boise State University


COAS Announces New Interim Roles for Leslie Durham, Kathleen Keys

picture of interm COAS Dean Leslie Durham

Effective June 1, Leslie Durham will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). This move follows the announcement that current COAS dean Tony Roark will act as interim Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs at Boise State when current provost Martin Schimpf returns to a faculty position this summer.

“Leslie’s seven years of service as associate dean in COAS positions her extraordinarily well to serve as interim dean,” Roark said. “She’s incredibly smart, hardworking, well connected and has great vision. The college will prosper under her leadership during this transitional period.”

picture of interm Director of the school of the arts Kathleen KeysDurham joined the Department of Theatre Arts at Boise State in 2001 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, where she studied theatre history and dramaturgy. In 2017, Durham was named the inaugural director of Boise State’s New School of the Arts, which encompasses the departments of art, music, and the newly combined department of creative writing, film and theatre. With Durham’s transition into the interim dean role, Kathleen Keys has been named interim director of the school.

READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW COAS POSITIONS HERE>


Kelly Myers Leading Beyond the Major Initiative Across Campus

picture of Kelly MyersBoise State University President Bob Kustra has appointed Kelly Myers to be the project director for the university’s Beyond the Major initiative.

Myers, an assistant professor in the Department of English who has helped a group of undergraduate students launch and sustain the Ethos Project, has been working with Kustra, Provost Martin Schimpf and others in developing a plan to sustainably build the Beyond the Major concepts into the fabric of the Boise State campus.

This past fall, Kustra challenged faculty and staff to build a student-focused culture that fostered opportunities and experiences beyond each student’s chosen major. He said Boise State must continue to expand hands-on internships and research work, courses and learning pathways aimed at boosting specific skills and competencies, and opportunities to blend and blur disciplines — all of which can help a graduate land a first job and be poised for long-term career success.

READ MORE ABOUT MYERS AND BEYOND THE MAJOR HERE>


Boise State’s Narrative TV Initiative to Screen at The Egyptian Theatre: “And Beyond”

PICTURE OF ACTORS OF AND BEYONDThe Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise screened its first movie, “Don Juan,” starring John Barrymore, in 1927. On March 13, 2018, other firsts will take place at the iconic theater. Boise State will debut its first campus-made, three-part television series, “And Beyond,” at a special screening, free and open to the public. It’s a workplace comedy about hapless ghost hunters who take themselves more seriously than their talents warrant.

The choice of the Egyptian was intentional, said Professor Richard Klautsch, who, in addition to chairing Boise State’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing, has an on-screen role as an eccentric landlord — who’s in the vape business — in “And Beyond.”

“The Egyptian is downtown, so we hope to connect to more community members, make a big splash,” Klautsch said.

READ MORE ABOUT THE EVENT AND SCREENING OF “AND BEYOND” HERE>


Michael Callahan Awarded NASA Grant to Study Organic Material Found on Asteroids

picture of chemistry professor Michael Callahan

Scientists and researchers have long studied meteorites – the masses of rock-like space material that falls through the Earth’s atmosphere to land on our planet. However, these samples have been altered by their journey through the atmosphere and contaminated by organisms once they reach Earth.

It is much more difficult to collect and study unaltered, uncontaminated samples of meteoroids and asteroids from space.

Mike Callahan, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded a two-year, $446,413 grant to develop analytical techniques to analyze the organic composition of material collected in space during NASA missions. Callahan’s research is being funded by the NASA Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (LARS) program.

READ ABOUT CALLAHAN’S GRANT HERE>


Boise State Musicians Win at Regional Competition

picture of the Graduate String Quartet

The Department of Music at Boise State University has a reason to celebrate.

Yonsoo Park, violinist and string graduate assistant, and the Aestus Quartet, graduate scholarship quartet in residence featuring violinists Anne Wolfe and DaNece Lyman, violist Emily Jones, and cellist Kyle True, won their  respective “young artist” and “collegiate chamber music” categories at the Music Teachers National Association regional competition held recently in Portland, Oregon.

picture of violinist Yoosoo ParkThe winners will represent Boise State, Idaho, and the Northwest Region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) in the finals of the MTNA national competition, March 17-21 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They will compete against finalists from six other regions across the U.S.

READ MORE ABOUT THE MUSICIANS HERE>


Ceramics Program Hosts Visiting Artist Jonathan Keep

PICTURE OF CERAMICS ARTIST JONATHAN KEEPThe Boise State University Ceramics Program will host a workshop and lecture with Jonathan Keep, a United Kingdom-based potter and leader in digital printing technologies for clay.

The workshop is from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Wednesday, March 7, and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Thursday, March 8. Keep’s lecture will take place from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Events take place in Room 150 of the Liberal Arts Building.

The workshop is free for Boise State students, faculty and staff, as well as high school students. Organizers ask that others make a small donation at the door. No registration is required. Attendees can attend all, or some of the workshop. The lecture is free and open to the public.

READ MORE ABOUT VISITING ARTIST JONATHAN KEEP AND EVENTS HERE>


Boise State Visual Artist Earns Inclusion in Prestigious Art Publication

Art piece called cowboys and indiansThe work of student Jared Andreas appears in the current New American Paintings: West #132 Andreas will graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor of fine arts, emphasis in drawing and painting. He recently received the top prize in a student exhibition at the Visual Arts Center juried by Jason Manley from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

The work of Veiko Valencia, who received a master of fine arts from Boise State in 2017, appeared twice in New American Paintings while Valencia was a student in the art department.

READ MORE ABOUT THE ART PUBLICATION HERE>


Public Culture Initiative Brings ‘Dear White People’ Cast Member to Campus

picture of actor Erich Lane

The Boise State Arts and Humanities Institute (AHI) presents “Acting for Television: An Evening with Erich Lane” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Lookout Room of the Boise State Student Union Building.

Lane is a cast member of the Netflix-original series, “Dear White People,” and he stars as professional hand model Erik Thomas Layne on the Comedy Central branded series, “Handy” (episodes are available to stream at handytheseries.com).

Lane graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His recent guest roles include appearances on “Criminal Minds” and “Jane the Virgin.”

The free event, open to the public, is the third in the AHI’s Public Culture Initiative, which brings young, emerging professionals in a creative field to campus. The series focus on television appeals to campus and community members interested in hearing stories from the sets of their favorite shows.

READ ABOUT LANE’S UPCOMING VISIT HERE>


‘Better Call Saul’ Writer Returns to Boise State

Heather MarionHeather Marion, writer for the popular series “Better Call Saul,” is coming to Boise State as part of the Arts and Humanities Institute Public Culture Initiative.

She will join actor Erich Lane (“Dear White People”) to discuss acting and writing for television at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Lookout Room at the Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. An audience question and answer session will follow the talk.

READ MORE ABOUT MARION’S VISIT AND THE ‘AND BEYOND’ PREMIERE HERE>


Physics Department First Friday Event

picture of NASA's TESS rocketScheduled for launch in March 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS, will search for exoplanets around the closest and brightest stars to help astronomers learn more about the planets’ interior and atmospheric compositions.

Join the Boise State Physics Department on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building, room 112, to hear Dr. Jennifer Burt discuss how TESS will operate in space and reveal new answers to fundamental questions about planets in our galaxy.

Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PHYSICS EVENT HERE>


Talkin’ Broncos Chalk Up Another Big Win in Final Conference Tournament

picture of the 2017 talkin Broncos team

The Pi Kappa Delta National Championship Boise State Speech and Debate team finished its 2017-2018 conference season with its third consecutive championship at the Scheller Invitational at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Jan. 26-28.

The Talkin’ Broncos won first place in overall sweepstakes at the tournament, as well as first place overall in the conference.

The tournament featured more than 20 schools, including Carroll College, Oregon State University, Whitworth University, Lewis and Clark College and Willamette University.

“This is our last conference tournament of the season, and we finished strong,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics. “At this point in the season, every member of the team has won a tournament championship in at least one event. That speaks to the breadth and depth of talent on this team.”

SEE THE FULL WINNERS LIST HERE>


list of Hemingway center events for the spring 2018 semester


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WANT TO TRAVEL AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOO?

LOOK INTO THE AMAZING BOISE STATE SERVES BELIZE TRIP: MAY 26-JUNE 3, 2018

picture of professor and students in BelizeBelize, Central America is known for its melting pot culture, English-speaking locals, and spectacular biodiversity from ridge to reef.  In addition to what the beautiful country has to naturally offer, engage in international service throughout the week of your trip, forming close relationships with local students and teachers in a rural primary school supporting English language development. Hike to the top of ancient Maya ruins, explore the world-class Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, and swim alongside sea turtles and manatees as we sail on the second largest barrier reef in the world.  This unique travel opportunity will intimately connect you with this country’s people while immersing you in inspiring history, beauty, and culture.

READ MORE ABOUT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S BELIZE HERE>

COAS IN ACTION

picture of English professor Michal temkin-martinez and Tim ThimesMichal Temkin-Martinez and Tim Thornes

Associate Professors
Department of English, Linguistics

Michal Temkin Martinez and Tim Thornes recently attended the Linguistic Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Ten undergraduate students in the linguistics program also attended.

Temkin Martinez co-taught a faculty development mini course on innovative pedagogies sponsored by the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee of the Linguistics Society of America.

Thornes participated in an invitational workshop entitled “Enhancing Linguistic Science by Broadening Native American Participation.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE>


picture of art professor Lily LeeLilly Lee

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Art

Work by Lily Lee, an assistant professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, will be part of a traveling exhibition Hand in Hand: Craft and New Technologies, which will be on display from Jan. 20-March 24at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan and from April 14-June 6 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

The exhibition focuses on contemporary craft and design objects that explore the “nexus of traditional handcraft techniques or forms with new and innovative concepts, materials, methods, tools, processes, or approaches.”

READ MORE AND SEE LEE’S ARTWORK HERE>


picture of history professors Karen Pinto and John YsersaKaren Pinto and John Ysursa

Assistant Professors
Department of History

With support from the Center for Teaching and Learning, Karen Pinto and John Ysursa participated in Barnard College’s “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) workshop held at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center in Athens, Georgia, Jan. 12-13. Ysursa and Pinto join others at Boise State who also have participated in the workshop and have incorporated RTTP activities in their courses: Matt Recla, Lisa McClain and Elizabeth Cook.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE  HERE>


UPCOMING EVENTS


ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

The College of Arts and Sciences enhances the cultural, ethical, artistic, and scientific foundations of our society through education, research, creative activity, and community engagement, thereby improving individual and collective quality of life.  Our faculty, staff, and students discover and share knowledge, understand and appreciate diversity, create and analyze art, and engage and enrich our local and global communities. The College of Arts and Sciences is made up of sixteen departments, five interdisciplinary programs and six research units. 


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