CWI Compass Connect - Oct. 27, 2020
Congratulations to Kristin Cook, College of Western Idaho (CWI) Associate Professor of Mathematics, on receiving the Innovative Educator for Mathematical Ways of Knowing award from the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE)!
Cook was recognized on Thursday, Oct. 22, during a virtual award ceremony hosted on Facebook at SBOE’s General Education Summit.
“Cook is an exemplary instructor,” said Emiko Quintana, Mathematics Department Chair. “She continuously makes sure to learn about new and engaging technology and techniques to use in the classroom, and she has been instrumental in providing new and innovative ideas to our math gateway courses.”
Within mathematics, Cook’s passion is for statistics. The award she received recognizes the work she does with students in her Math 153 class – specifically the final project students complete using the statistical methodology they learned during class. “Statistics is great because students apply what they learn to their everyday life,” she said.
Cook has been teaching at CWI for the past nine years and enjoys helping each of her students learn and excel in her math classes. She was surprised by the award.
“I feel like this is an honor and something I wasn’t expecting. I feel it does recognize what I do in the classroom, that I care about each student and how I want them to be successful, especially in the classroom,” she added. “I believe anybody can do math.”
Her passion has helped grow the popularity of math classes at the College.
“She has been a leader in our Math department related to our statistics course, a general education math course which has grown in popularity over the last several years,” said Kae Jensen, Dean of Math and Science. “Additionally, she works closely with our four-year partners to ensure students are receiving everything they need and more to prepare them for transfer to another school. Kristin’s quiet, focused approach has served the CWI Math Department and our students very well.”
Students in Daniel Johnson’s Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology classes at College of Western Idaho have always been encouraged to learn as much as they can about the technology, sport, and enjoyment behind motorcycles, ATVs, and UTVs. On Monday, Oct. 12, that encouragement was expressed by way of a class field trip south of Kuna to explore local Bureau of Land Management off-road tracks used and enjoyed by powersport machines and their riders.
Unfortunately, and much too often, these same public lands are taken for granted and abused by a minority of local Idaho outdoor enthusiasts. To show the class’s commitment to responsible use of our public lands, time was on-site was spent collecting hundreds of pounds of trash recklessly left on the ground including shotgun shells, mattresses, aluminum cans, pizza boxes, and televisions.
A great time was had by all! The class left these public lands with a deeper appreciation of the enjoyment behind the powersports industry while leaving behind a cleaner place to enjoy the Idaho outdoors.
Join the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) online to view and comment on plans for I-84 in Canyon County, Oct. 12-30. The online meeting will provide information for the I-84 improvements between the Franklin Road interchange in Caldwell, Exit 29, and the Karcher Interchange in Nampa, Exit 33.
Participants are invited to participate at their convenience to comment, ask questions, and set up one-on-one phone calls with the project team. Input gathered will help ITD finalize designs to help improve safety and traffic flow. All materials shown in the presentation videos will be available for download.
ITD looks forward to your participation. For questions, text “84Corridor” to 47177, call 208.334.8002, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all College of Western Idaho students! Plan to join us virtually for this semester’s Advisor-Palooza, an exciting event for you to connect with your Student Success Advisor in preparation for Spring 2021 registration.
Be there to:
- Ask questions
- Meet advisors from different specialties
- Schedule an advising appointment
- Update your major
- Discuss summer and fall registration
- and WIN great prizes!
Advisor-Palooza will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29, via Zoom from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Visiting Artist Series is proud to welcome Sarah Nguyen for a virtual lecture, Q&A, and hands-on workshops for students and the community Oct. 29, 30, and 31.
Nguyen is a multi-media artist. Storytelling is central to her hand cut-fiber panels. The intricate compositions are mostly landscape-based and feature symbolic motifs—flora, fauna, and an ever-changing moon—to elicit childhood memories of myths, fables, and folklore. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions and publications and has been included in nationally-recognized exhibitions in museums and festivals including the True/False Film Festival, Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific Experience, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and Kansas City’s 2018 Open Spaces curated by Dan Cameron. In addition to exhibiting and working as a fine artist, Nguyen works as a book designer for Pleiades Press and Magazine and as a freelance illustrator, where you can find her work featured on numerous book covers and in children’s books.
VIRTUAL LECTURE AND Q&A
Thursday, Oct. 29
Join Virtual Lecture and Q&A via Zoom
A virtual, hands-on workshop for CWI students
Friday, Oct. 30
1 - 3 p.m.
Workshop participants will investigate the role shadow and light play in our perception of the world. Participants will learn how shadows have been used in art history, as a narrative tool, and as a medium of expression for artists. Traditional, as well as non-traditional, methods of creating will be explored and utilized.
To participate, students are asked to have the following:
- a single light source (lamp, flashlight, etc.) in a fixed position
- a wall on which to project shadows in a room where lights can be dimmed
Contact Goran Fazil at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and to pick up art supplies for this workshop by Oct. 29.
Join Shadow Play Workshop via Zoom
A virtual, hands-on workshop for the CWI community. Suitable for all ages.
Saturday, Oct. 31
10 - 11 a.m.
In numerous cultures across the globe, shadows have been employed as a popular medium for entertainment. In this family-friendly workshop, participants will explore traditional and modern shadow theater, resulting in making their very own shadow masks.
Participants are asked to assemble the following materials for the workshop:
- pencils and erasers
- thin cardboard (file folders, cereal boxes, etc.), 4 pieces per person
- a single-point light source (any type of clear bulb, desk lamp, phone or regular flashlight)
- scarf or belt
- printer paper
- white sheet or blank wall to project a shadow onto
Join Shadow Masks Workshop via Zoom
CWI’s Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from Idaho Commission on the Arts, which is supported by National Endowment for the Arts. Visiting Artist Series workshops, featuring visual and performing artists, are free and open to the public. This leacture, Q&A, and both hands-on workshops are free and will be sign interpreted in American Sign Language.
Join College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) International Club for a virtual Cultural Meet and Greet Friday, Oct. 30, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. to learn about the club, different cultures, and to meet and mingle. Meet and Greet participants will be eligible for a drawing of one of four gift certificates to a local ethnic restaurant including Kibrom’s Ethiopian & Eritrean Restaurant, Pad Thai House, Bombay House, and Boise Boba.
The International Club is a student organization focused on educating others on diversity and promoting friendship and fun with a diverse student membership. The purpose of the International Club is to create a comfortable, welcoming environment for international and refugee students at CWI and to help support club members’ academic success and well-being. Club membership is open to all CWI students, including students enrolled in Basic Skills Education, English as a Second Language classes, and CWI alumni.
To attend the Cultural Meet and Greet, please RSVP at the link below. Following your RSVP, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting.
Calling all aspiring artists, designers, and creatives! Current College of Western Idaho students are invited to share their talent and skill by designing a logo for the 2021 Connections Project. The Connections Project, an annual event put on by the College each spring, is dedicated to showcasing student work and accomplishments.
For those ready to take on the challenge, original logo designs must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 13, at 11:59 p.m. Submission instructions as well as a style guide are available on Blackboard in myCommons/Engage/Connections Project. The winner will be announced at the beginning of spring semester. The winning logo will be used for marketing efforts surrounding the event, and the designer will receive a $150 cash prize!
Contact Karen Brown at email@example.com with questions or more information.