Academic Affairs News


VPAA/Dean of Faculty:

  • Call for Nominations. If you have nominations for Honorary Degrees, Commencement Speaker, or the President’s Medallion, please send them to VPAA John Ottenhoff this week. Include a brief statement of the candidate’s achievements and attributes and how this person relates to the College’s mission; if possible, a CV or resume and other supporting letters or materials should accompany the nomination. See attached sheet for more details.
  • Mellon DLA Project: See Rebecca Frost Davis’s website for a variety of links and ideas for DLA projects especially geared to small liberal arts colleges; we’ll soon post materials from her excellent workshops of this past week. And see the Mellon DLA Project website for more information about how you can request funding for travel and project implementation.

Grants Office (Tim Otter)

  • Highlights of grant awards and grant-funded activity:
  • The College received a generous grant to support the Outdoor Program and outdoor experiential learning.
  • The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has established an endowed fund to support travel abroad for C of I students studying history.
  • The Idaho Community Foundation renewed its scholarship grants for students in business, music, and health sciences through the John William Jackson Fund.
  • The Idaho Space Grant Consortium programs continue to attract applications from C of I faculty for STEM education or research. 
  • The grants-club survey results are in! Twenty-one people indicated interest, with eleven of those “definitely interested.” The most popular times were Monday 4 pm and Thursday 8 am. Grants Cub will begin meeting at both of those times in October, TBA. Highlighted topics will be grant writing (Mon) and grant budgets (Thur), but all questions are welcome at either session. Highlighted topics will be 20 min long with the remaining time directed by attendees’ interests.
  • The College’s web resources for grant-related activities, and institutional policies are posted on the Academics Affairs grants webpage. The PRE-AWARD documents section has recently been revised and expanded, adding policies and procedures governing PI eligibility and academic leave-of-absence. Grants materials will be migrated to a Canvas discussion space soon. For grant-related questions please contact Tim Otter.

 Institutional Research / Registrar (Mark Heidrich)

  • The Census is complete for Fall 2016 and has been posted to the IR website at
  • Many projects are at hand and will result in Data Club meetings over the academic year. In particular, the past year has been rich in surveys and assessments with many interesting results that revolve around student academic performance (CLA), student satisfaction, engagement, and comparisons to other schools and external research. Stay tuned for future presentations. If your area has an interest in information gained through institutional data, survey results, or trends in higher education, please reach out to me for consultation. I will be working on standard external reporting over the next month but would welcome interested areas to collaborate on some of the information I have gathered and currently house.
  • The Student Planning module from Colleague is in its final phase of implementation and will have an impact on how students and advisorss interact with academic records, register, and grade. A pilot group is putting the module through its paces this fall advising/registration for Winter/Spring. A wider implementation is scheduled for the spring.

 PEAK Center (Jennifer Riddle)

  • The first 5 weeks of the semester have been very active for the PEAK Center. As an early intervention retention tool “Back on Track Conversations” were scheduled with the students who were placed on Academic Warning (after last spring term). These students were directed to schedule a meeting with the PEAK Center to review/introduce Academic Support Center resources and to encourage the development of a personal success plan. Time scheduling and commitment management were also covered and students were provided free agendas after being coached on how to use them effectively.
  • In June, we added a new member to our team, welcoming Shelby Winters as our PEAK Center Coordinator. She comes to us from Pacific Lutheran University with an academic background in sociology, passion for student support programing, and an eye for detail. We are very happy to have her! 
  • The CEL has two student events to keep an eye out for:
  • October 7 (Homecoming): YOTES Pursuit will be a fun Homecoming Event at which students can connect with Alumni, ask them questions about their prior involvement on campus, and discuss the impact it made on them.
  • October 27: Internship Information Night. Please help us promote this event to your students who may be seeking an internship in the Spring or just beginning their exploration.  Check the CEL website after October 17 for RSVP’d attendees.
  • The ASC now has a staff of 20 student tutors and has seen encouraging numbers of student using the center. Please see the website for tutor availability and their bio’s.  Look for bi-weekly reports from Shelby on tutor feedback.

 Advising (Nicole Cammann)

  • Fall has been rapidly speeding by, and it is surprising that it is already October! This summer the schedules were constructed and the office served as point of contact for any scheduling questions. Once Fall semester started, a steady flow of students came through the office as a concentrated effort was made to meet individually with as many transfers as possible, creating full academic plans before transitioning them to major advisors.
  • Next week is the group meeting for first-year students to begin discussing Winter/Spring 2017 registration, which is a good reminder that at this point in the term all advisors should be meeting individually with their students to approve registration plans.
  • Priority registration opens 10/31 for seniors, 11/3 for juniors, 11/7 for sophomores, and 11/10 for freshmen. Please make sure you have met with your advisees in person prior to this to approve them for registration.
  • Also this term we are working with a pilot group to test the new Student Planning Module. This will be the new WebAdvisor interface that will digitalize PEAK Map planning and will be the new platform for student registration. Be on the lookout for more information on this tool in Spring.

Special Programs (Rebecca Wilhite)

  • This summer we had CSI Detectives all over campus looking for clues and gathering evidence from recent vandalism. Don’t worry; these were students ages 9-17 working with our Campus Safety Officers who actually made the crime scenes and then the Junior Officers had to figure out “who did it!” It was a great summer with lots of activities for all ages. We had camps and classes for students from age 6-99, including Cartooning for Fun, Pottery Camp for Kids and Adults, Bowling for Fun, Tennis Camp for Adults, Beginning Banjo, Early Morning Yoga, Vines and Wines of the Sunny Slope Wine Region, Elevating Tailgating, Bookmaking, The Making of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Spanish Camp, Painting with Paper Pulp, and We the People: Understanding the Constitution. The students and instructors alike had a great time.
  • As fall is upon us we are excited to offer 25 classes for the community. We have a wide array of one-day classes to classes that meet once a week for several weeks. We have classes in Photography, Egyptology: The Tomb of King Tut, Stop Fishing, Start Catching, Firearm Safety in the Home, Excel Essentials, Beginning Spanish, Songs of Early Idaho, Holiday Wine 101 plus a whole lot more. I am also in the process of getting our spring classes lined up.
  • In addition, I have been reaching out to the business community and school districts to see how The College of Idaho can work together with them. It has been a wonderful experience, and everyone I have talked to has been very excited to have someone from the College reach out and see what the needs are from a business perspective as well as from the school district point of view. We are also looking at a new business model to help bring international students to the campus for a summer immersion program. Finally, we are working with Tim Otter to investigate potential grants with the Department of Labor and local businesses and schools.

 Library (Christine Schutz):

  • The library distributed information to faculty about departmental allocations by email on September 19. Faculty requests for the addition of books and media to the library’s collection are due by January 1, 2017.
  • We are expecting samples of possible furniture pieces for the Cruzen-Murray Library to arrive in the Terteling Library by mid-to-late October. The library will send an announcement when the test sitting can begin. If you haven't made it across campus recently take a look at the Cruzen-Murray-Cam, where a new image of the construction site is loaded every 5 minutes.  

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines:

  • Lunch with Coaches: Monday, Oct 3, 11:30-1:00. We’ll buy you lunch, or you can bring your own, for a conversation with our coaches. This is a great forum for sharing our teaching and coaching strategies.
  • Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Program Deadline October 17, 2016. See or contact Cecilia Kocinski-Mulder at [email protected] for more information. Special notice: For the 2017-18 academic year (October 17th deadline date) the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program offers additional grant opportunities for all U.S. colleges and universities to apply to host scholars or professionals in Cultural Heritage Protection and Preservation from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya or Iraq.
  • Call for proposals: Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience: Higher-Impact Study Abroad and Off-Campus Domestic Study; June 11-12, 2017. The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University invites proposals for conference papers, panel presentations, posters, or roundtables related to research on integrating off-campus study with students’ broader university experiences. Proposals are due November 30.
  • The CIC and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) are pleased to announce a multidisciplinary seminar, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, for full-time faculty members at CIC member colleges and universities. The seminar is intended to increase faculty members’ knowledge, broaden their perspective, and help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding through the development of new courses and other resources and the expansion of a network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject. The seminar will be held June 18–22, 2017, at DePaul University in Chicago. Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury, will lead the seminar. Twenty-five full-time faculty members will be selected for the seminar by competitive nomination. The seminar itself, lodging, most meals, and reading materials will be covered through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover transportation to and from the seminar location. Please note that the selection process is based on nominations by chief academic officers, not direct application by faculty members. Preference will be given to nominees whose plans to develop and offer new courses are definite and have institutional approval and support. The deadline for completed nominations is January 13, 2017. For more information, visit 

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