Spring inspires feelings of optimism. New foliage and flower buds pop in response to the extended daylight hours, delighting the senses. Sun and shadow play on the green but still-snow-crested foothills, inviting us to get outside.
I am equally inspired by the remarkable accomplishments of our students and faculty in COAS. I’m pleased to share some of their stories with you below, and I hope that they become part of your own spring inspiration.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Boise State University
Boise State Grad Student to be Published in Prestigious Literary Magazine
Boise State graduate student Tim Griffith, a third-year fiction student and the assistant editor of Boise State’s literary magazine The Idaho Review, has just sold a short story to Tin House, one of the top literary journals in the country. Griffith has had the opportunity to teach undergraduate fiction at Boise State and will graduate from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in May.
Griffith’s story, “The Boathouse,” is taken from his thesis, which he just defended a few weeks ago. He also was awarded a Stephen R. Kustra Endowed Fellowship in 2014 and during his time at Boise State studied with literary greats including Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Brady Udall, Nicole Cullen and Mitch Wieland.
Boise State Talkin’ Broncos Win Fourth Consecutive National Championship
The Boise State Talkin’ Broncos won their fourth consecutive national championship at the 50th Biennial Pi Kappa Delta Speech and Debate National Tournament held on the Boise State campus from March 21-25. During the tournament, 72 schools from across the country competed in more than 20 different speech and debate events.
“This is another national championship for the Talkin’ Broncos, which is huge in itself, but we also swept every sweepstakes award –meaning, we took first place overall, but we also took first place in debate sweepstakes and first place in individual events sweepstakes,” said Manda Hicks, Boise State’s director of forensics. “Those awards all use different calculations and it is rare for a school to have the depth and breadth to win all three. We are a comprehensive program that can really do it all and we just tore it up.”
Osher Institute Awards $16,500 in Grants for Faculty Research
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State has awarded $16,500 to help fund four faculty research projects. The Osher Faculty Grant 2017 recipients and their projects were selected from applications from tenured and tenure track faculty across disciplines. Over the past six years, Osher has awarded $85,500 in grants to Boise State faculty.
The grant was established by the Osher Institute Advisory Board as a way to support Boise State faculty and help raise awareness of the Osher Institute within the university. Annual member contributions to Osher’s Excellence Fund make the grant possible. The 2017 COAS recipients are: April Masarik, Jay Carlisle and Daryl Macomb.
Anthropology, CID Announce Joint Design Ethnography Certificate
The Department of Anthropology and the College of Innovation and Design are pleased to announce the launch of a new, fully online 12-credit design ethnography certificate. Ethnography is the naturalistic observation and interaction between human beings, which can be used to inform design decisions within organizations. This unique transdisciplinary program is a liberal arts-originated bridge between students’ undergraduate passions and the application of disciplinary training to evolving cross-sector career opportunities.
From Fortune 500 companies to small consultancies, organizations are hiring liberal arts graduates because of their creativity, writing skills and critical thinking. The design ethnography certificate at Boise State adds to these skills with an experiential program in qualitative research methods.
Nicole Molumby Named New IDS Master’s Program Director
Nicole Molumby has been appointed the director of the interdisciplinary studies (IDS) master’s program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Molumby will retain her faculty appointment in music while serving in this role.
“I’m excited about the fresh perspective that Nicole brings to the position,” said Tony Roark, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “As a professional musician, Nicole has highly-developed collaborative skills and sensibilities. These will serve her and IDS graduate students well as she takes the program into its next chapter.”
The IDS master’s program offers students an alternative to a discipline-specific master’s degree. Students with educational goals that work the interface between traditional disciplines can meet their goals by completing a program that combines course work from the appropriate disciplines in a coherent manner.
Where in the World? Anthropology Professor in Taiwan
Pei-Lin Yu, an associate professor of anthropology, currently is in Taiwan to study ancient crops cultivated by indigenous Taiwanese farmers. The six-month research project is funded through a Fulbright research fellowship. You can follow Yu’s travels through Taiwan on her blog.
For thousands of years, Taiwan has been home to farmer-hunter-fisher tribes who trace their ancestry back to the Neolithic era. Their ancestors were hardy seafarers who, like astronauts, sailed into the unknown carrying crops that enabled them to colonize vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean.
Today, Taiwan’s tribal farmers face a globalized economy, the flight of young people to cities of the west and north, and the appropriation of traditional lands by developers and tourists. Yet they are fighting to gain recognition from the Taiwanese government, and their language and religious practices endure.
Art and Humanities Institute Co-Directors Receive National Endowment Awards
Stephanie Bacon and Jacky O’Connor both have been awarded stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in an NEH summer institute for college and university educators, “American Material Culture: 19th Century New York.”
The institute will be held for four weeks this summer at New York City’s Bard Graduate Center, which is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history and material culture. The duo will be part of a cohort of 18 scholars visiting collections and meeting with curators and scholars who incorporate material culture in their research and teaching.
English Professor Samantha Harvey Awarded Fellowship
Samantha Harvey was awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities long-term fellowship to undertake archival research at the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts during her sabbatical in 2017/2018.
Her project, “Reading the Book of Nature: Imagination, Observation, and Conservation in Transatlantic Romanticism,” examines a remarkably enduring metaphor in intellectual, cultural and religious history – the “Book of Nature,” or the idea that the physical landscape can be “read” as a book of spiritual meaning or alternative scripture in revealing the divine. Her environmental humanities project investigates not only literary works from 1760-1860 but also landscape paintings, natural history museums, rare objects and books, and the history of conservation movements in England and America.
Harvey will be in residence at the American Antiquarian Society, which houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, manuscripts pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States.
Art Adjunct Professor Kris Hargis receives honors
Kris Hargis, recent MFA visual arts alumnus, has been awarded a competitive residency placement during the spring 2018 semester in the Philip C. Curtis artist in residence program at Albion College, in Albion, Michigan.
The residency program only accepts one to three artists each year. Artists are chosen on the basis of the quality of their work, the strength of the proposal for work completed during the residency, and the art and art history faculty’s perception of how well they will work with students.
COAS IN ACTION
Associate Professor, Chair
Department of Sociology
Fifteen undergraduates in the Intermountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL), under the mentorship of Arthur Scarritt, presented their original research findings at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon, April 6-9. The students investigated different aspects of recent transformations in higher education.
Scarritt also gave a presentation at the conference titled “Neoliberal White Supremacy.”
Department of English
In February 2016, Kelly Myers published an article in the journal College Composition and Communication called “Metanoic Movement: The Transformative Power of Regret.” The editor of the journal recently created a video project that invited authors to make five-minute videos to accompany their articles.
Myers said, “When I received the invitation from the editor, I invited students from my advanced nonfiction class to create the video with me. My article proposes a new approach to the writing and revision process (“metanoic revision”), and I wanted the video to illustrate the ways in which the approach empowers student writers.
Department of Communication
Marty Most recently published a chapter in the anthology The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2015-2016. The chapter, “Blown Saves: The Fate of Baseball’s Silent Cinema,” summarizes his research on the significance and preservation of American feature films about baseball produced in the early 20th century. The anthology is a collection of 15 essays selected from the more than 120 presentations at the two most recent Cooperstown Symposiums on Baseball and American Culture. The Cooperstown Symposium is hosted by the State University of New York and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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- Apr. 12-May 13: Don’t Self-Conchas, the Art of Jake Prendez
- Apr. 28-29: Cacophony
- Apr. 30: Boise State University Symphony Orchestra
- May 6: Boise State University Spring Commencement
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The College of Arts and Sciences enhances the scientific, ethical, and cultural foundation 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, six interdisciplinary programs and six research units.