Here are some division highlights from the past year
• Lewiston High School has requested to offer our MTHPT 137 core level math class as an articulation between their academic and professional technical departments.
• We are working with the LFD on a new paramedic program.
• Professor John Haehl received Emeritus Status after serving the college for nearly 20 years.
• Four Business Division alumni passed all four sections of the CPA exam on their first attempts, with one receiving the fifth highest score in the state of Idaho.
• Professor Shaomin Huang is currently serving as V.P. of the Chinese Economists Society of North America. He also published the article, “Organizational Health Assessment: A Romania Firm Case Study” in the Review of Economists & Business Studies.
• Associate Professor Michelle Sotka was selected by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) as a member of a site visit team for University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana.
• The Business Division held its third annual “A Night at the Oscars” student scholarship fundraiser in February, raising $10,000 for student scholarships.
• Students in the Business Division’s capstone course, BUS498 Strategy and Policy Seminar, scored above the national average on the Major Field Test in Business. In specific business areas, our students out-performed the national averages: Management 11.5% higher, Quantitative Business 3.9%, Marketing 13.5%, and Legal Issues 12.8% higher.
• This spring, an 18-21 Secondary Transition Program is being piloted on the LCSC campus in collaboration with the Lewiston High School by Michelle Doty. Eight students from Kelly Berger’s special education classroom are coming to campus one day a week for educational activities. LCSC students in the elementary and special education teacher preparation program are volunteering their time to mentor the LHS students while on campus. In addition to attending classes created specifically for their needs the students from LHS also go to the Indian Education Center, Pi’amkinwaas where they prepare meals to share with the college students using the center.
• The Tools for Life Fair will be held at the Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn on March 2 & 3, 2009. The Tools for Life conference is designed to help high school students with disabilities and those that support them plan and prepare for life after high school. The conference is a vision of the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition, and sponsored by the Idaho Department of Education, Center on Disabilities and Human Development’s Assistive Technology Project, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. Michelle Doty, one of the conference coordinators has recruited twenty students from the LCSC teacher education program as well as members of the Council for Exceptional Children Student Club to attend the event. LCSC students will participate in conference activities; act as mentors to the youth attending, and network with professionals. For more information about the event go to www.idahoat.org and click on the Tools For Life link.
• Michelle Doty, Faculty Advisor of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) LCSC Student Club will be taking five LCSC students in the special education teacher preparation program to the CEC National Convention April 1-4. Leading educational experts will discuss the latest issues in special and gifted education at CEC’s 2009 Convention & Expo in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The LCSC students will have the opportunity to learn about the latest special education legislation and trends, select from nearly 900 educational sessions, explore new products and services in the exhibit hall, and network with others working with children with exceptionalities and their families. Funding for this educational opportunity has been received through ASLCSC, Idaho Council for Exceptional Children, and club fund raising activities.
• Lewis-Clark State College has received a check for $21,985 from the Qwest Foundation for its Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement program, which uses alternative ways to help qualified individuals earn certification to teach grades K-12 in Idaho. Jim Schmit, President of Qwest Idaho, presented LCSC President Dene K. Thomas, Education Division Chair Jan Hill and PACE Secondary Coordinator Wayne Carroll with the check in Thomas’ office on Wednesday afternoon. The Qwest Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives and customers in the communities it serves. The Foundation awards grants to community-based education programs that generate high impact and measurable results.
• February 14, 2009, the Lewis-Clark State College Health & Kinesiology Program and Education Division hosted the second annual Girls & Women in Sports Day Event at the LCSC Activity Center at Lewis-Clark State College. Over 90 girls in grades K-6 from surrounding communities participated in physical activity and sport clinics. Modeled after the event held yearly at Idaho State University, participants had the option to participate in a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball, soccer, dance, pilates/yoga, kickboxing, and cheer. This event was held in honor of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Clinic instructors were LCSC female Kinesiology students, LCSC female student-athletes, and local female coaches and/or teachers. The Lewis-Clark State College Health & Kinesiology Program and Education Division are committed to providing healthy activities supporting positive psychological and physical growth for youth in our surrounding communities.
• The LCSC Kinesiology Club had the opportunity to attend the North West American College of Sports Medicine conference in Seattle Washington on February 20 and 21 (Using Sports Medicine to make an impact). There were eight students who attended who are majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. The conference speakers from across the nation addressed such topics as personal training, sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, nutrition, health behavior modification, and benefits and prescriptions for adequate exercise and physical activity. Each year a knowledge bowl competition is conducted in the student segment pitting all the Colleges and Universities in attendance from Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Idaho against each other. University of Oregon took first, University of Montana was second, and Lewis-Clark State College was third. LCSC students are competing against universities that have both master and doctorial students attending this conference and they were still able to place third at this conference. The students can take pride in that their knowledge obtained in the Kinesiology and Natural science division is helping prepare them for their selected fields of work in the future.
• Faculty members from LC’s Division of Education teamed with Cina Lackey, Certification Officer in the Idaho Department of Education, in a presentation to members of the National Association for Alternative Certification during its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas this January. Wayne Carroll, David Massaro, Melinda Butler, and Jann Hill, Chair of the Division, explained the options available to Idaho school superintendents when they are unable to fill last minute teaching positions a week or two before school is scheduled to start. The session included a short overview of Idaho and the typical problems encountered by rural and remote school districts, a role-playing exercise, and an open discussion in which the audience participated. LC has helped a number of districts find teachers through its PACE Program (Pathways for Accelerated Certification and Endorsement) in partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education using the State Alternative Authorization option. Individuals hired under this option are considered “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind regulations and have three years to complete any outstanding content and education course requirements so that they earn full teacher certification. Participants explained the procedures used to assess these individuals and to provide online course work and mentoring during the three years. The mentoring includes on-site visits as well as Web cameras to advise and observe teaching. The certificate earned by the teachers is nationally accredited and travels with the candidates from state to state.
• Wayne Carroll serves on the National Program Quality Indicators Task Force currently working to author national standards by which alternative certification programs may be judged. Non-traditional teacher candidates who have passed through LCSC’s PACE Program demonstrate strong teaching and classroom management skills and a higher than average retention rate in the profession.
• Bob Hayes was one of 17 professionals selected for the Northwest region to attend a PAMI (Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives) Training of Trainers program sponsored by Brown University. Hayes was joined by other partners of education from throughout the U.S. to learn more about contingency management and evidence-based practices for the field of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The two-day training was held in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Humanities Division continued its tradition of enhancing campus and community life and culture through its offering of 13 lectures, 11 theatre performances, 8 concerts, 7 readings, numerous art exhibits, and 1 film festival.
• Patricia Keith, Professor, was selected as a Fulbright Program Scholar to serve 2 – 6 week international residencies sharing her expertise with documentary film-making and teaching English as a Second Language.
• Chris Norden, Professor, served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor to Huafan University, Taiwan.
• Kevin Goodan, Asst. Professor, had a book of poetry, Winter Tenor, published in May, 2009, from Alice James Books.
• Sean Cassidy, Professor, collaborated with faculty at WSU on a videography project with Ecuadoran youths through a Youth Leadership for Ecuador project.
• Nancy Lee-Painter coordinated a Mentor/Artist Playwriting Program with students at Lapwai High School and co-directed Chaps for Idaho Repertory Theatre.
• Okey Goode, Professor, had a non-fiction essay, “Oh You Know How Mill Is,” published in Bayou Magazine.
• An excerpt from Claire Davis’ current novel-in-progress was published in Southern Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
• Misty Urban’s dissertation was accepted for publication.
• Bill Perconti, Professor was included with the Idaho Saxophone Trio on volume XIV of the cd series, America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax (2008).
• Ray Esparsen, Professor, and Diane Doty, Adjunct, had featured art exhibits at the Center for Arts and History, Lewiston, Idaho.
• Roberto Wagner retired after 25 years of service teaching Spanish at LCSC.
• The LCSC Speech and Debate team successfully competed in several regional tournaments.
• Six theatre students were selected to compete in the prestigious Irene Ryan acting competition as part of the American College Theatre Festival in Moscow, Idaho. They were coached by Nancy Lee-Painter.
• Aprilynne Pike (English: Creative Writing, 2002) was awarded a four-book deal with Harper Publishers in their Harper Teen series. Her first novel in the series, Wings, was in bookstores in May, 2009.
• Two recent alumni were accepted, with fellowships, to competitive graduate programs in Journalism and English.
• All computers in the Library Information Commons Classroom, Student Technology Lounge and Public Access Computers were replaced.
• Library installed Ariel software that will allow electronic delivery of Inter-library loan requests to all LCSC students, faculty and staff.
• INBRE grant renewal is approved by NIH. This will bring $400,000 in direct costs to Natural Sciences over the next five years
• Five Natural Science grads accepted to medical school, including placements at University of Washington, Dartmouth & Creighton
• Two NS grads accepted to Pharmacy school @ UW and WSU
• Eight NS grads moving onto MS or PhD programs
• Jane Finan received the Talkington Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.
• Enhancement of NU and Rad Tech programs
• Sacajawea Hall completed with dedication planned for September 28.
• The Social Work Program received its full seven year accreditation. This was truly a ‘team effort,’ as every member of the Social Work faculty / staff wrote a portion of the self-study.
• Brian Christenson was appointed to the national Baccalaureate Social Work Program Director’s (BPD) Assessment Committee. This group is charged with developing an ‘Assessment’ package for every undergraduate social work program in the country to utilize.
• Eleanor Downey was elected to the Board of Directors of the aforementioned organization (BPD).
• Gary Reed (Justice Studies) and Brian Christenson (Social Work) were both awarded tenure and Leanne Parker received a promotion to full Professor.
• Dan Mayton’s book, Nonviolence and Peace Psychology, was competed and published.
T & I
• For this past year at the State Skills competition, the following programs won the listed awards:
• Collision Repair – Silver and Bronze
• Diesel Technology – Gold
• Heating, Air Conditioning and Appliance Technology – Gold, Silver, and Bronze
• Information Systems Analysis – Gold and Bronze
Adult & Family Education:
• The Adult Basic Education Program was reassigned back to CP in March.
Center for Arts & History:
March Fire at CAH building. Still gathering quotes for insurance claims. Restoration of artwork and artifacts is ongoing.
• July Reopening of CAH at temporary location 721 Seventh Avenue
• 7/31 Grand opening of CAH featuring Val Carter and David Herbold
Continuing Education & Community Events:
(CECE may move to Fine Arts Building in August)
2009 Kids’ College
• Four sessions; held 40 classes
• Over 400 duplicated headcount; 250 unduplicated.
• 25 Financial Aid Scholarships awarded
• $7,000 in-kind and cash Scholarship and Sponsorships
• 50% on-line registrations.
From FY 08 to FY 09, Distance Learning experienced a 57% growth in unduplicated headcount (3186 individual students in FY 09 compared to 2024 in FY 08). SP 09 alone produced a record 1257 unduplicated headcount in online courses (a 5.81% increase from SP 08), 565 in hybrid courses (253% increase from SP 08) and 1396 in lecture technology-enhanced courses (a 259.8% increase from SP 08).
• Faculty submitted a total of 43 proposals for online/hybrid course development. Twenty-six proposals were funded totaling $54,500.
• A long awaited faculty E-Learning Series piloted SP 09 semester with expanded offerings to begin FA 09.
Educational Talent Search – Clearwater Valley and Lewis-Clark Valley:
• Both ETS programs were reassigned to CP in March. A search for a new director for LCV is underway.
• Both Talent Search grants received an extended year of funding until 2011.
• The Idaho SBDC which is comprised of 6 regional offices including Region II at LCSC went through accreditation in June and received accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) with no conditions. Less than 15% of SBDCS are able to meet this goal. The Idaho SBDC ranks in the top five states for providing impacts for clients (sales growth, capital raised, jobs created)
• The SBDC was reassigned to CP in April and moved this summer from the Administration Building to Sam Glenn Complex: 201, 202, 203.
• As of June 30, the Region II SBDC provided 96 clients with 1,683 consulting hours and presented 27 training events with 351 attendees in 2009.
• Five student projects were completed in the area of Human Resource Management by Associate Professor Debbie Goodwin. Twenty-five students from her HRM class in the Spring of 2009 worked on employee handbooks for five SBDC clients.
Lewis-Clark Service Corps:
• In 2009, the LC Service Corps organized LCSC’s first Alternative Spring Break to Sedro Wooley, Washington where they participated in a Habitat for Humanity project. Next year, students will travel to San Francisco where they will assist with habitat restoration at The Presidio.
• Dr. Jenni Light and Dr. Leanne Parker were selected as service-learning leadership fellows by Washington Campus Compact.
• The LC Service Corps received a $786,000 grant funded by the Recovery Act.
Summer School & Special Programs:
• The Dual Credit program continues to expand – we will be adding three new highs schools in FA2009
• Teacher In service registrations were up this summer from the previous three years.