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December 2014

Ben Baker, ITS Application Administrator | ITS
The ITS Enterprise Application Administration team manages some applications which do not have optimized notification systems in place. For example, some systems only send notices upon successful completion of system tasks, but no message from a failed event. The consequence is that system administration requires more manual labor to identify system errors, which could lead to errors. After looking for an “off-the-shelf” solution and finding none, Ben Baker took time out of his schedule to write a script designed to protect Application Administrators from losing track of system notifications like these. His work makes our customers, and fellow UIDAHO team members able to work in a more technically stable application environment, which means everyone can feel confident in getting the work done. His skill and willingness to help are appreciated more than he knows. —Jenine Cordon, ITS Application Administrator

Melissa Goodwin, Associate Director of Admissions & Karee Head, International Admissions Specialist | Admissions
Karee and Melissa have been really amazing with all of the extra work required by the 100+ Brazilian students moving from our American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) to academic classes in the Spring. They worked really hard to process applications in just a couple of days so that the students and their sponsor would have an answer as soon as possible. Without the extra work and overall amazing customer service that Melissa and Karee demonstrated, UI would not be such a popular place for these Brazilian students. Thank you!!! —Mary Ellen Brewick, Director of International Marketing and Recruitment, International Programs Office

Laila Cornwall & Ashley Ding, International Student Advisors | International Programs Office
Laila and Ashley have worked INCREDIBLY hard to help over 100 Brazilian students complete the American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) and transfer to academic courses at UI. There is a crazy amount of paperwork involved with these students because they are sponsored by the Brazilian government and monitored by the Institute of International Education in the USA. Laila and Ashley have put in a lot of extra hours and worked really hard to make sure that the students have their questions answered and feel like an important part of the Vandal Family. Thank you Ashley and Laila! —Mary Ellen Brewick, International Programs Office

Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist | College of Natural Resources
Lynne is a wonderful coworker who regularly goes out of her way to make my job easier. Whenever I have a question, she takes time to answer it. Whenever I need something, she makes sure I get it. She works incredibly hard to make those around her succeed. Thank you for being so terrific, Lynne! —Sacha B Jackson, McCall Outdoor Science School

Linda Shepard, Records Management Supervisor | ITS
Linda is such a valuable resource for records management as she is truly an expert on the systematic control of the creation, maintenance, use, and overall management of records. Recently, Linda helped us with the disposal of 18 boxes of records which greatly improved overall office efficiency. Thank you Linda for your support and great customer service! —Kim Malm, Executive Assistant, ORED VP

Matthew Stoddard, TSR | Help Desk
Many thanks to Matthew for the support he provided to the College of Law by monitoring our video class in the Engineering Physics building this fall! With his help, we were able to have tech support in the College of Law building and the EP classroom. —Carolyn Will Todd, Circulation Supervisor, Law Library

Meg Stephenson, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center Director | UI Boise
Meg coordinates volunteer service projects for the Boise area for employees, students, and alumni. For this year's Rake Up Boise, it was particularly challenging due to the early snow fall, and many organizations that signed up were unable to complete the project. However, with Meg's determination and dedication, our group was able to complete all three assigned houses. Thank you, Meg, for leading and coordinating the projects so we can serve the community in needs. —Miki Kurosawa, Enrollment Coordinator, University of Idaho Boise

Bob Basham, Associate Engineer | College of Engineering, UI Boise
Kudos to Bob Basham, Associate Engineer extraordinaire, for once again coming to the rescue! Bob is always so gracious to assist with odd "fix-it" requests. Most recently he was able to make repairs to the top of the University of Idaho Festival of Trees entry that was purchased and then donated to the University of Idaho Boise for everyone at the Water Center Building to enjoy this holiday season. The problem was, the tree was damaged in transport and when it arrived back at the Center, the top was horribly askew. Bob removed the top, worked his magic and "re-planted" it securely. It looks as beautiful as it did while on display at the festival. Thanks Bob! —Sandy Schultz, Administrative Assistant, Boise Center for Higher Education

Ivan Pedraza, ITS | UI Boise 
Ivan is the IT whiz for the Boise campus and has helped me tremendously in my onboarding to my new role with UI. He has the ability to ask the right questions, problem solve effectively, and execute quickly all with a smile. Ivan goes above and beyond with his efforts to ensure I had the right tools I needed to perform in my job. He's a great example of colleague focus and Vandal spirit! —Danielle Horras, Director of Program Planning, Boise

Leslie Larson, Administrative Assistant Senior | Research and Economic Development
Since Leslie became the AAC for my unit she has always gone above and beyond with all my requests for assistance. I really appreciate all she does for us in the financial unit of OSP. Thanks Leslie! —Kris Freitag, Financial Unit Manager, OSP

Erin Butterfield, RSSW Warehouse/Data Entry Technician | Surplus Property
Erin continues to expedite Surplus' verification response time for equipment transfers to surplus property all over campus, as well as satellite sites throughout the State. Erin has significantly improved Property Management's processing of fixed asset equipment transfers to Surplus. Thank You! —Joseph Groves, Inventory Specialist, Asset Accounting Office

November 2014

Judy Colbeck, Benefits Specialist | Human Resources
On the last day of annual enrollment, she went out of her way to assist me with moving my health insurance over to my husband’s account. Most likely, this is one of the busiest days of the year for her, yet she was extremely patient and kind throughout the process. Judy is exceptionally knowledgeable about benefits and she is an all-around top notch employee. Thanks again Judy for providing outstanding customer service. —Glenda Bull, IGS Specialist, Idaho Geological Survey

Shelby Hurn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources
Shelby made the lives of many Finance Tech's less stressful for her work on changing the posting process of HireRight invoices. You're a real go-getter! Thanks so much Shelby. —Theresa Albright, Budget Specialist, Kimberly R & E Center

Alice Reyes, Financial Unit Supervisor | Accounts Payable
I would like to thank Alice for graciously partnering with me to change the process of the Hireright (background check) billing. This has created a manual process for both of us and increased her workload but has meet the needs of many departments and OSP. This change is saving time in processing funding approvals by all departments and made any Financial Tech's happy. Thank You! —Shelby Hurn, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources

IACURH (Intermountain Affiliation of College & University Residence Halls) Advisors | University Housing
Jill Powell, Assistant Director of Student Engagement; Morgan Hanson, Residence Life Coordinator; Jazzmine Hudson, Area Coordinator; Matt Bauer, Resident Director; Bart Sonnenberg, Residence Life Coordinator; Scott Gove, Resident Director; Colton Bjerke, Coordinator of Student Success & Retention; Cara Lehman, Marketing Coordinator
I would like to recognize this outstanding group of professionals for their work as advisors to the IACURH (Intermountain Affiliation of College & University Residence Halls) conference that was held on the University of Idaho campus (November 7-10). There were over 340 student leaders representing 31 colleges and universities from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. Thank you for all the hours you dedicated in supporting UI students in the hosting of this conference. On behalf of all team members in University Housing - THANK YOU! —Dee Dee Kanikkeberg, Director, University Housing

Mike Swanson, Landscape Maintenance Tech | Facilities 
Due to some freshly placed dirt between the Human Resources building and Taco Time, the HR building was dealing with a lot of mud being tracked into our building. Mike Swanson was quick to respond and place a "Yellow Path" between the two parking lots which enabled the foot traffic to walk over the dirt and eliminate the mud issue. Thank you Mike for your quick response and creative approach to our problem. —Brandi Terwilliger, Cretia Bunney and the Entire HR Department 

Jennifer Magelky-Seiler, Management Assistant | Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion 
With the holidays coming up, we needed to get our job posting up as quickly as possible. We have been without an office manager for almost 3 months now and just recently failed a search. When I called HRAI to inquire about the timeline to gain their approval, Jen took care of it immediately. Her quick handling of our posting will provide us time before Thanksgiving to screen candidates. I am very grateful to Jen for her timely service. Thank you! —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications - Career Center 

Electrical and Interiors Shop & Building Services | Facilities 
Pete Haworth (Custodial Foreperson), David Casey, Marlene White, Molly Howerton, Calvin Annis, & Larry Cann (Team Cleaning Specialists), Matt Proctor & Greg Thomas (Journeyman Electricians), Knute Klingler & Alan Fraser (HVAC Technicians), Keven Hattenburg (HVAC-Refrigeration Supervisor), and Alan Odenborg (Interiors Shop Supervisor) 
We in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences would like to express our thanks to your staff in the Electrical and Interiors shops and Building Services for the repairs and improvements made to CNR 108. This past summer, your staff replaced the ceiling, and lighting in that heavily used classroom. Following completion of the renovation your custodial staff refinished and sealed the floors. The end product was a much improved room for our classroom use. Thanks again to all for their excellent service and expertise. —Lisette Waits, PhD, Professor & Head, Dept. Fish and Wildlife Sciences 

The GSMU Project Group | ITS 
Don Miller, Creg Empey, Perry Henry, Brian Borchers, Mitch Parks, Ben Kirchmeier, and Jane Cox! In large and small ways, this AMAZING group of IT professionals have toiled tirelessly for the past 6 months to help bring a new University of Idaho Employee Learning Management System to fruition. Thank you for your professionalism, patience and perseverance. This super group truly knows how to leap tall buildings in a single bound! —Elissa Keim, Professional Development and Learning, Human Resources 

October 2014

Theresa Nuhn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources 
Theresa has been invaluable in my People Admin training process. She has very patiently guided me through all of the nuances of this new "ATS" system, and has always done this in a positive manner, with true professionalism. She is a joy to work with, and I think the U of I, as a whole, benefits from her awesome skill sets. I truly enjoy working with her. —Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager, University Support Services 

Dan Stephens, University Controller | Controller's Office 
I would like to publicly thank Dan Stephens for being the best boss I could ever hope to work for. My family received devastating news back in March that one of my twin teenage sons has leukemia, and we had to immediately "relocate" to Spokane to be near the hospital for many months of chemotherapy treatments. In his capacity as University Controller, Dan has many plates spinning at all times, but even with his heavy workload, his concern for my entire family was immediately apparent. From the beginning and throughout the past 8 months, he has bent over backwards to help me continue to work a very flexible schedule from remote locations while caring for my son. He has made it clear from the start that my son's health and treatment come first and the work will get done when time permits... the whole treatment process is overwhelming at times, so this flexibility allowed me to focus my energy on my son instead of constantly worrying about getting too far behind or meeting too many deadlines. As a result, I'm sure I'm getting much more work done than I would have without this flexibility...I probably would have had to quit my old job if this had happened while I was there. Dan has also taken the time to visit us in Spokane and calls to check on us regularly. He has even helped provide some welcome distraction in the form of a game system and games for my sons. Thank you Dan - I know we kid around a lot, but I am not kidding when I say you truly are the best boss I've ever had and I am grateful to be working with you here at UI. —Brenda Marsh, Accounting Manager - Capital Assets and Investments, Asset Accounting 

Creative and Print Services | UCM 
Creative and Print Services have been amazing in their ability to deliver on what has been a steady stream of materials to help with the University's important enrollment efforts. Their professional and ongoing creativity and agility is so appreciated!!! And, they all do it with humor and grace. Thank you! —Anna Sherwood, Director of Enrollment Marketing, Enrollment Management 

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Designer | UI Idaho Falls 
Kudos to Ryan Haworth, UI-IF Instructional Designer and resident creative genius for all his hard work during the 60th Anniversary of University of Idaho in Idaho Falls. Ryan took on the responsibility of designing all the printed material, posters and video presentation used during the event at the Museum of Idaho. His professionalism is displayed in each piece he created. The extensive timeline he put together on the history of the IF campus is now being displayed in several buildings in Idaho Falls, including at the Idaho National Lab. Ryan, you are a pleasure to work with and we appreciate all you do. —Julie Jacobson, UI-IF Administrative Assistant, Debbie Caudle, UI-IF Undergraduate Advisor and Dr. Cheryl Wilhelmsen, INDT Program Director 

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Designer | UI Idaho Falls 
In addition to this year being the 125th anniversary of the University of Idaho, it is also the 60th anniversary of the university's presence in Idaho Falls. Last week we held an event for the 60th celebration. I know Ryan wasn't the only person that made the event such a success, but his work was visible everywhere you looked. In the weeks leading up to the night, he was involved with others in the planning of the event. He scanned countless pictures for the slideshow. He produced posters of and for the leaders of the center since 1976. He produces a timeline with the major happenings from the center from the last 60 years. He was directly involved in the video and audio production and recording of the event. He even found time to program "Here We Have Idaho" into a 1985 Tandy 102 Personal Computer. Ryan, great job!!! —David B Anderson, IT Manager, Idaho Falls 

Shawn O'Neal, General Manager/Adviser | Argonaut
As chair of Safety Week, I speak for many Vandals when I say how much we appreciate the comprehensive, professional and inspired coverage the Argonaut staff produced for Safety Week Sept. 15 - 20. The depth and breadth of reporting meets the highest standards of journalism, in my opinion. From reporters and editors to photographers — the Argonaut was everywhere, even providing post-event, thoughtful writing to help put events in context. It would have been easy to do much less and consider the job of covering Safety Week done, but the Argonaut leadership and staff reached for excellence instead, and that showed in every issue. Some journalists say they care about going deeper, but the Argonaut staff really accomplished that with Safety Week, also providing advertising support. I've heard Argonaut staff say their team of journalists is committed to building a safer campus while providing an objective platform for Vandal voices and vital issues. Their work on Safety Week certainly proved it. —Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office 

Rob Spear, Director of Athletics, and Jessica Atkins, Compliance Director | Athletics
Rob Spear, Jessica Atkins and others on the Vandal Athletics team worked hard this semester to already get every athlete in fall and spring sports exposed to Green Dot, our violence prevention bystander intervention campus-wide initiative. Every athlete has attended the Green Dot 1-hour overview, and Ms. Atkins is working with our office on a full-day Green Dot training for the athletes who are asking for more training in how to live and work as Vandals of the highest integrity by standing up against interpersonal violence of all kinds. We couldn't do this vital work without the active support and encouragement of Vandal Athletics, and from Director Rob Spear to head football Coach Paul Petrino Head Women's Volleyball Coach Debbie Buchanan, we are getting such positive and powerful support. Thank you! —Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Ben Aiman, Facilities and Events Manager | Student Affairs, Idaho Commons
Ben Aiman was a huge support for the Safety Week planning team, and we didn't make it easy. We needed his flexible attitude and great attitude while we juggled many people and details throughout the week. The success of our Safety Week events was in no small part due to the awesome Facilities and Events team, under Ben's direction. Thank you! Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Sara Napier & Sodexho
Sara Napier and the entire Sodexho team did an amazing job catering our Safety Week events, from our breakfast with Keith Edwards to the Saturday Green Dot training that included breakfast, lunch and snacks. Sara was extremely helpful and flexible with our changing needs and the whole team provided exemplary customer service. Thank you! Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office 

Amber Ziegler, Administrative Coordinator | Movement Sciences

Amber is a vivacious person. I'm working with her in the College of Education Movement Sciences Department, where I just started working about a month ago. She is very supportive of the department by joining committees and doing her work in a knowledgeable and thorough way. I'm so thankful she's part of our team. She is so willing to help me and support me patiently while I'm trying to learn how to do my job. —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Cindy Blum, Administrative Assistant II | Movement Sciences
I began working with Cindy in Movement Sciences a little over a month ago. In the office she is GREAT! I have a lot to learn and I appreciate her support of me and her willingness to share her wisdom and expertise. UI is blessed by Cindy's hard work and cheerful smile! —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Nancy Morrison, Budget Specialist | College of Education
Nancy has been at UI College of Education for a long time, 16 years! As everyone knows Nancy is awesome! I started a new job in the COE in Movement Sciences and Nancy has taken me by the hand and is training me, imparting her wisdom with patience. She has been supporting the MS department in many aspects through Spring 2014, Summer, and now Fall. Thank you Nancy for all you do, your hard work, patience, support, wisdom, excellence in all!!! —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Zak Lierman, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities

A huge thank you to Zak Lierman from Facilities, for getting a very nice ring back on its owner’s finger. Zak found the ring in Forney Hall and requested assistance to find the owner. Word spread that it had been located and within a day, the owner stopped by to pick it up. Thank you again, Zak, we are very grateful for everything you do for us in our building. —Judy Pankopf, Administrative Assistant II, University Communications and Marketing

Rob Anderson, Director | University Support Services
Rob is a very positive leader, recognizing each person's strengths and continually giving kudos. He is always encouraging each member of the team with positive feedback. I am so thankful that I was able to pursue the position as the University Support Services Business Manager because working for Rob is a pleasure. I work with a great team of people (KC Sheffler, Joe Hunt, Kelly McGahan, Aaron Mayhugh, Chris Riddlemoser, Ryan Watson and Dan Lawson) and a lot of that is due to Rob's positive leadership style. —Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager, University Support Services

Debra Rumford, Communication Coordinator | Design and Communications, CALS Advancement
Debra has been such an amazing person to work next to. Both being new to our positions, it has been great to share in our experiences together. Just recently I was working on a project for our department and Debra came in like a superhero to help! She was excited and took the time to assist me even when she didn't have to. Her happiness for working at the University shows through by her infectious laugh and her upbeat attitude on a daily basis! Thanks Debra for all you do-it definitely does not go unnoticed! —Tiffani Stubblefield, Office Administrator, CALS Advancement

Rose Graham, Manager | Idaho Commons Copy & Print Center

Rose was more than helpful when it came to a small project I needed for our department. At a loss of how to make the project work, Rose came to the rescue with great ideas. And even when she was the lone ranger in her area, she still went above and beyond in communicating with me in a timely manner. Our project turned out beautifully and I look forward to the next opportunity I get to work with such a great person! —Tiffani Stubblefield, Officer Administrator, CALS Advancement

Matt Couch, Customer Service Rep 2 | Parking and Transportation Services 
I just wanted to let you know that Mathew Couch from Parking Services is a great asset to the University staff. My daughter had hip surgery on October 3 and needed a temporary handicap permit so that she can park closer to her classes, getting from her dorm across campus on crutches is just not feasible. Mathew assisted me to find the form, answered my questions because I did not have the information to complete it and held it for Brianna to sign. He then let me know when she picked it up this afternoon. As a parent it is great to know that there are members of your staff that are willing to go the extra mile to help us out, especially when you have to leave your child on campus after a major surgery. I have expressed my thanks to Mr. Couch but thought someone else should know. —Stacey L. Gray CPA MBA, Assistant Controller, Alliance Machine Systems Intl, LLC, Spokane 

Brad Neal, IT | College of Law
If we could use a quote to describe Brad and his work ethic it would be exactly this, “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” –Aristotle. The College recently had an IT employee out of the office due to medical problems leaving Brad as the sole IT tech for the College. His patience and commitment providing IT support for the College of Law has been invaluable during this time. Any extra projects and work that Brad has been part of have been taken care of with expertise. The College of Law would like to extend a huge thank you and kudos for all the time and effort Brad has provided for the College of Law. —Brandon K. Gardner, IT System Analyst, College of Law

Craig Chatriand, Associate Dean of Students | Dean of Students Office
Three cheers for Craig and how awesome he is! I'm new to the Dean of Students and Craig has made me feel very welcome, a part of the family, and can always put a smile on anyone's face with his funny jokes! Craig is always quick to help out despite his heavy workload and I really look up to him! THANKS CRAIGY! P.S. Your sheep has the gout. —Megan Harre, Student Services Specialist

Linda Hanson, Eric Orosco, Jazmine Watson, Charity Wright, Cassandra Yardley | Housing
Many thanks to the Housing team for all their help with an out-of-the ordinary situation. We had a student in a special situation who needed extra assistance with his early departure from Moscow, and the Housing team pulled out all stops to make the process easy and quick. Charity Wight, Cassandra Yardley, Linda Hanson, Jazmine Watson, and Eric Orosco, the ALCP really appreciates all your help!!! —Ashleigh Bright, Program Assistant, ALCP

September 2014

Alice Allen & Julie Jacobson, Kristy Mayer (Moscow) | University of Idaho - Idaho Falls
The Idaho Falls Center recently celebrated the 125th activities at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the evening was wonderful.  It would not have been as successful without the help of each of these individuals. There were many hours spent in planning, advertising and setting up as well as cleanup by these wonderful ladies. Thank You all for a wonderful evening. —Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Ph.D., Director, Industrial Technology Program, University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Leah Evans-Janke, Alyssa Griffith, Michelle Sing | Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology

Thank you for helping to organize another successful exhibit at the Latah County Fair this year. Many of you put in long hours staffing and creating the exhibit. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to public outreach at the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology. Thank you! —Stacey Lynn Camp, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director, Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology

Mike Swanson, Landscape Maintenance Technician & Tina Nagle, Landscape Maintenance Assistant | Facilities 
Mike Swanson and Tina Nagle cut the weeds around the parking lot of Human Resources on a very hot day (90 degree). The cars can be parked without pushing against the weeds. I really appreciate their hard work (especially in the hot weather). They make the University campus look nice and pleasant. We can’t say “THANK YOU” enough; it is nice to see the dedication to the section of campus that is not as well traveled. They are the gem of Facilities at the University of Idaho! —Myung Chun, HR Specialist, Human Resources

Marty Lunt, Personnel Specialist | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Marty worked countless hours to help me fill a job vacancy. She never complained about doing all of it! She is a great person to help everyone. Thanks Marty for all the help! —Annette Eddins, Operations Supervisor, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station

Lisa Miller, Payroll Accountant | Payroll Services
Lisa has been the best person! I am off campus and she works so hard to figure out problems that arise here with my day rate employees. She has never screamed at me when she should have! She always sounds like she has a smile on when I'm sure she doesn't! Thanks Lisa for all you do! —Annette Eddins, Operations Supervisor, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station

Dan Noble, Financial & Employment Services Tech | Human Resources 
Dan developed a new system to make hiring international students streamlined and easy. This system cut the average wait time for hiring from 2+ weeks to 1.5 days. It encourages UI employers to hire international students as the process is much easier to follow and requires a lot less red tape and time. Thanks for being proactive and spending the time necessary to make hiring ALL student staff easier. —Brian Mahoney, Associate Director, Facilities & Operations, Campus Recreation 

Gina Tinley, Department Coordinator | Biological Sciences
Gina took the lead when PeopleAdmin went live by; asking appropriate questions, making notes of tiny but important items that were not included in the PeopleAdmin manual which she addressed, with the appropriate people. There were numerous glitches and she gave great suggestions to improve/correct/or fix the glitches. During all of this she kept me up-to-date and informed me of everything and she took the time to attend a PeopleAdmin meeting with me so that she could ask questions and make notes as far as processes within PeopleAdmin. Thank you Gina! —Lorrie Williams, Aministrative Assistant, Sr.

Patrick Nutter and Phillip Sertich, Building Superintendent and Maintenance | UI CDA
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Henry Ford said this many years ago, but Patrick and Philip, I believe, live by it here at Harbor Center. I have worked with Patrick for 10 years now and I find him indisputably one who takes great pride in keeping this facility ship shape. In fact, I have never met one who is more proud of a facility than he is. Ownership of your craft is not something one easily finds these days in employees; Patrick and Philip definitely give their best… even when others are not looking. They were especially helpful in assisting us with locating some tables and chair setup last week for our new student orientation activities. They are always on the spot with service requests from burnt out light bulbs, to carpet stains, to making sure restrooms are always squeaky clean. I believe we spend too much time as mangers addressing what people are doing wrong; not enough time on what people are doing right. So here’s a note of support for two gentlemen who are, at least by LCSC measures, doing excellent work for Harbor Center. —Rocky Owens, Director, LCSC Coeur d'Alene

Angie Sowers, Julie Anderson, Rob Baxter | UI CDA
UI CDA recently held an event supporting the College of Law’s Constitution Day event. Several folks were extremely helpful in the success of this event. Angie Sowers, Julie Anderson and Rob Baxter - Thank you for all of your help! Their professional assistance made for a very nice event. Proud to be a Vandal! —Wanda Quinn, Program Coordinator, UINI

Theresa Nuhn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources
Theresa has been such an integral and helpful resource to have in HR, especially with all the changes made in going to PeopleAdmin. Every time our office has a question about a posting she is so friendly, courteous, and helpful, and has even come to our office in the Commons to help show us tips in using People Admin. She makes a complicated system un-complicated, and represents her office with true professionalism and customer service. I can't imagine what HR would be like without her. —Eric Anderson, Career Advising and Professional Development

Gene Gussenhoven, Director of Utilities and Engineering & Scott Smith, Steam Plant Manager | Facilities 
Thank you again for the wonderful introduction to the world of biomass for our Integrated Design Studio. The students loved the Steam Plant tour last week and truly enjoyed meeting you both. The chance to see the steam plant in action, walk out to the chip storage yard, and listen to your stories of bioenergy production were fantastic. It was a great way to kick off our semester of biojet fuels projects. We really appreciate your time and know how precious it is. Thanks again for enriching our teaching and learning and inspiring the next generation of engineers, architects and planners. —Michele Vachon & the whole IDX Studio —

Alan Odenborg, Interiors Shop Supervisor | Facilities 
Alan goes above and beyond to provide outstanding service! He has been an integral part in helping to fulfill needs related to life safety, paint, and construction issues in our area. He has consistently and expertly handled facilities-related tasks and understands the power of collaboration. Our department appreciates and values Alan's expertise and willingness to offer exceptional assistance whenever called upon. —Kim Malm, Executive Assistant to Vice President, Office of Resea 

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities 
I would like to extend kudos to Elmer Johnson for his dedication to keeping our reclaimed water system going. On Wednesday, September 10, we experienced a break in a 6” reclaimed water distribution line that affects much of the south side of campus. Elmer Johnson, our Water Systems Specialist at UI Facilities, was at a training conference in CDA. Upon learning of the incident, after his training was finished for the day, Elmer drove down to Moscow and made sure the break had been fixed properly, and then charged the system back up that night. He came in early the next morning to check on the system before driving back up to CDA to finish his two-day training. On behalf of the Landscape Shop, Arboretum, and UI Golf Course, I would like to thank Elmer for his dedication and thoughtfulness to all who are affected by these utilities, and his willingness to keep them going. —Craig Carson, Campus Landscape Supervisor, Facilities 

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities
Kudo’s for Elmer Johnson. While taking classes in Coeur D’Alene to keep up his required water certifications, he found out that a contractor had hit the reclaimed water main line on campus and taken down all campus reclaimed water irrigation. That is 90% of campus. He came back from CDA to campus after his training session ended, and worked till 10 PM that night patching the mainline together, so that irrigation could run that night across campus and keep our lawns green during our cool/dry fall weather. —Charles M. Zillinger, Director, Facilities

Rhonda Zenner, Assistant to the Associate Dean | College of Education 
WELCOME to the Dean's office: Rhonda just transferred to the college of Education Dean's office as the new Assistant to the Associate Dean... So glad she is joining us at the Dean's office. Welcome Rhonda - We hope you enjoy working with the College of Education Faculty, Staff and Students! —Twila M Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education 

August 2014

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator - Student Affairs | University Communications & Marketing 
We decided to change the branding of our Career Services Management System and had to quickly change most of the Career Center's web pages to reflect the move. Leah had no warning that this was coming, yet she jumped in and helped us get everything done. I offer you our Career Center website as proof of her skill not only with web development, but in teaching, editing, and layout. We in Student Affairs are VERY lucky to have Leah Andrews on our team. Thank you Leah. —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications, Career Center 

Shelby Siflow, Buying Manager | Vandalstore 
Kristy Mayer, Alumni Relations, went out of her way to consult Shelby Silflow, Vandalstore Buying Manager, to help us find the perfect retirement gift that we had in mind. Even though the store was extremely busy, Shelby showed us some inventory, checked us out promptly, gave us a great deal and even threw in a gift bag, paper and ribbon. These ladies deserve a big KUDOS for going out of their way to help us find what we were looking for. —Budget Office 

Amber Ziegler & Cindy Blum, Movement Sciences and John Murray, College of Education 
I want to thank Amber, Cindy, and John for taking on additional financial tasks above their normal work load while the College of Education was down two finance positions for the past four months. Resignations occurred during a time when workloads increase substantially (fiscal year end, summer epafs, roll over epafs, fall instructor appointments, etc). I value their willingness to work as a team, take on additional work, and learn new skills outside their job duties. We couldn’t have done it without you. You guys are the best! —Nancy Morrison, Finance Coordinator, College of Education 

Debbie Huffman, Director, Administrative and Financial Operations | Idaho Commons and Student Union 
Ms. Debbie is an outstanding asset to our campus community. I appreciate her knowledge of our University, her upbeat approach to obstacles and her unwavering support of student initiatives. —Katie M. Dahlinger, Assistant Director, Student Involvement 

Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development | Career Center 
Eric consistently supports our students, alumni, staff and colleagues in their efforts and ideas. He is dedicated to student success which is shown through his late hours, participation in other department's programming and general positive attitude. Our campus is lucky to have Eric! —Katie M. Dahlinger, Assistant Director, Student Involvement 

Landscape & Grounds | Facilities 
The Landscape and Grounds crews did an incredible job cleaning up after the wind storm of 8/12/2014. Their swift and effective work removing the broken limbs from the trees, clearing the streets and sidewalks is a positive reflection of our dedicated facilities staff. —Kelvin Daniels, Occupational Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety 

Undergraduate Admissions Specialists | Admissions Office
Stacy Bowman, Karee Head, Jamie Hunter, Katie O'Donnell, and Sue Wallen
I'd like to send a note of appreciation to all of the Admissions Specialists in the Undergraduate Admissions office—Stacy, Karee, Jamie, Katie, and Sue. They are all very friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to any questions we have in Coeur d'Alene. —Becky Byers, Coordinator Recruiting/Advising, UI Coeur d'Alene

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office 
Julie helped with developing the agreement database; organizing staff to scan hard copy agreements into pdfs; grant proposal budgets; reconciliation of awarded grant budgets; hiring processes for coordinator and student ambassadors working on grants; working title changes for staff; work room and conference room upgrades; helped with the travel/financial piece of USAC FIDA/Visiting Prof policies; reorganizing open space between offices to make them more client and employee friendly (cabinets, desks); new computer (and two big screens and ergonomic keyboard) which she obtained for Bob Neuenschwander; and a daily dose of humor. —International Grants & Initiatives 

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
The thing that was HUGELY helpful was setting up pass through budgets for the Faculty-led Programs. That has helped a lot of people. Faculty, staff, and students alike! ...also, she stepped in to help with financial transactions relating to FSIT programs while Colton Oliphant was away. In addition we appreciate her helping with our position reclassifications and appeals; setting up study abroad budget sheets; new computers for our student worker stations; and setting up the conference room with technology (great for our info sessions). —Study Abroad & Exchange Programs 

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
For ISSFS, Julie has provided: Updated computers and monitors; additional and usable student worker stations; new file cabinet for student files; new chairs for stations and Ashley; and a new desk for Tammi. —International Student, Scholar & Faculty Services 

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
Julie has worked so hard on so many projects for the ALCP: Obtaining one more fulltime faculty member for ALCP; improving the positions of the lecturers by changing them to Academic year; new computers for the faculty; new matching chairs for the faculty; providing us with IH employees/work studies; new carpet; the computer kiosk for our students; storage cabinets & drawers; and new desk for Laila Cornwall. —American Language & Culture Program 

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
For Marketing and Recruitment, Julie has been a huge help with our commission payment process to agents, and for the whole office she played a major supporting role for the reclassification process. —International Marketing & Recruitment 

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator | University Communications and Marketing 
Leah is the ultimate Rock Star Goddess Web Coordinator, and we don't know what we'd do without her. We are so incredibly grateful to have such a supportive colleague! The new Non-traditional Student website looks fantastic. THANK YOU so much for all your hard work, Leah, both with this and with all the other web support you provide. You are awesome! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center 

Marlene Wilson, Business Operations Manager | Student Media 
Marlene has been a stalwart supporter of the Women's Center for years, and I am especially grateful to her for her continual help with processing our financial transactions in the temporary absence of an administrative assistant at the Center. Thank you so much for all you do for us, Marlene! We are so very, very appreciative. —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center 

Robin Shoemaker, Assistant to the Dean | Dean of Students office 
I am so deeply grateful to Robin for her continued assistance in our temporary absence of administrative support. She regularly goes above and beyond to help the Women's Center stay on track with a huge number of complicated and time-consuming tasks, and we couldn't do without her. Robin, you are the best. THANK YOU!!!—Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Alan Odenborg, Interiors Shop Supervisor | Facilities 
The Women's Center is deeply appreciative of the continual support and superior service from Alan and his team. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you've done for us over the years—we'll miss you! Warmest wishes for a happy retirement! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center 

Bart Schumacker, Journeyman Painter, Building Maintenance | Facilities 
A HUGE thank you to Bart for his stellar work in painting the Women's Center's doors and trim this summer, and doing such an excellent job of refinishing our coffee and dining tables! They look fantastic, and make a big difference in the look and feel of the Center. We are so appreciative! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center 

July 2014

Yvonne Keach, Campus Mail Services Manager and Stuart Hierschbiel, Printing Services Coordinator 
Kudos to Yvonne and Stuart. They are so helpful to work with on campus mail and printing jobs. I work with them each year to send out invitations to students for a national leadership society I am an advisor to, and they are always so patient with me, and super helpful. They make a multi-layered process very simple for us. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development (Career Center) 

David Nuhn, Pro Shop Assistant | Golf Course 
Below is a letter we received regarding David who is a Pro Shop employee and attends Pro-AM tournaments for the UI. We are very happy that David is a shining example for the university and especially the golf course. Thank you David for all your hard work. "I played in the Rosauers Pro Am today with David and wanted to let you know what a class act he is. My two sons were watching at the end and I had my 9 year old on the green with me and my son picked up my ball on accident and felt horrible about it. David handled it great, had him hit some putts with his putter (this was the last hole of the round) and then gave each of my son's a golf ball. My wife had him sign them for the boys. That will leave a great impression on them, I'm sure. He represents your course VERY well and was a pleasure to play with (and is a great player)! -Shawn Van Gordon, President A&B Mortgage, Inc." —Kandy Nelson, Operations Coordinator, UI Golf Course 

Greg Cox, Associate Director of Technology | Office of Admissions 
Greg is one of the most talented people I work with on a regular basis. His outlook and perspective provides unique insight each time and brings up points that haven't occurred to me prior. He pushes things to improve and comes up with novel solutions to perceived roadblocks. Most recently, Greg took over the project management of the CRM forms and quickly led the team to launch an updated [and much improved] campus visits form—all while still remaining inclusive and focused on collaboration across our units. I always deeply value working with Greg and sincerely thank him for all he does. —Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing 

William Neilbling | Kimberly Research & Ext. Center 
Dr. Neibling contacted me about an employee who had been working in the field and did not get a timesheet submitted. He was proactive and filled out a paper one with the employee, emailed it to me, I got it to payroll and the employee was paid on time. The dedication shown toward his employees is AWSOME!! It is wonderful to see a supervisor take care of the people who work with and for him. WAY TO GO Dr. Neibling!!! —Marty Lunt, Personnel Specialist, CALS 

Kathy Bolland, Jaime Fausto, Bonnie Bernstein | Facilities 
Thanks to Bonnie, Kathy and Jaime for swooping in and cleaning the law library director's office before the new director moved in. It is now a shiny clean and welcoming place!—Carolyn Will Todd, Circulation Supervisor, Law Library 

Molly Steiner, Becky Schoenberg, Elaine Queener | Mechanical Engineering 
The office staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is outstanding. They are very helpful to the students who come by and ask questions, and they always provide excellent support to the faculty. The ME staff is very friendly, and it is a pleasure to come to work with them every day. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the students, staff and faculty are treated well, and that the department functions smoothly. —John Crepeau, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering 

DeeDee Bohman & Valerie Hutchinson | Student Financial Aid Services 
DeeDee and Valerie were very helpful to me with a very difficult and delicate situation. I am grateful for their kindness, and their dedication and commitment to helping students. Both of them have shown great respect and professionalism, and are incredible assets to this university. Thank you DeeDee and Valerie for all of your help! —Kristi Overfelt, Academic Advisor, CLASS 

June 2014

Robin Bailly, Database Analyst | Advancement Services 
Robin created an innovative new Argos report for Annual Giving that allows us to quickly search through thousands of donor records from our direct mail projects and generate reports of funds raised at the college level, department level, and even down to the fund level. This saves us hours of compiling and sorting scores of separate data files to report out to our constituents. Thank you Robin! You're awesome! —Mike Gotch, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Direct Mail), Advancement Services

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable
Hey I wanted to give a big shout out, KUDOS to you. You do such an awesome job getting the invoices entered in such a timely manner and with great accuracy. —Theresa Albright, Budget Specialist, Kimberly R & E Center

May 2014

Sacha Jackson, Campus Mgr/Registrar | McCall campus 
Our McCall campus (MOSS) is a fast paced growing program. There are an enormous number of fiscal and payroll tasks to be administered. Sacha takes a great load off my shoulders with all the work she does. Her work is accurate, timely and she is always looking to learn new things. Thank you, Sacha, for all that you do for MOSS and me. —Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist; CNR Fiscal 

Sandy Larsen, Kristy Mayer and Lauren Hamilton | Alumni Office 
Sandy, Kristy and Lauren are the event gurus on my team in the Office of Alumni Relations who go above and beyond their calls of duty to plan and execute over 300 alumni events each year. I could not ask for a better team to work with on events for our alumni—and students, parents, staff, faculty and community members! Go Team! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office

Alexiss Turner, Judy Dinwiddie and Annis Shea | Alumni Office
Alexiss, Judy and Annis do the behind the scenes work for our Office of Alumni Relations events and often are overlooked when kudos are handed out after a successful event. They deserve their time in the limelight as we couldn't do our alumni events without them! Kudos to you all! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office 

Hugh Cooke, Associate Alumni Director | Alumni Office 
Hugh has worked magic with the University of Idaho Alumni Association Board of Directors and their efforts in mass media buys in Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d' Alene over the past few years! It is great to drive down the highway and see the billboards the Association and Hugh have developed for the university. Way to go! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office 

Steven Nelson, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Vandal Connect) | Annual Giving 
Through great effort, Steven has transformed the Vandal Connect workplace culture into a positive workplace for our student callers. His changes and professional managing of the call center have increased pledge fulfillment to record levels, reduced complaints from donors, increased student employee job satisfaction and retention. His leadership and changes in procedures for the 'Second Ask' in March-May 2014 resulted in a 32% increase in dollars raised setting a new record for that project. —Mike Gotch, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Direct Mail) 

Barbara Lyon, Administrative Assistant, Office of Estate | Trust & Gift Planning 
I'm a relative 'newbie' here, having only started on May 12th. However, in the weeks prior to my arrival, and in the short time since then, I have both personally experienced and observed Barb's consistent effort to help others with job related tasks as well as personal issues outside the job parameters. For example, I needed an apartment quickly, and in addition to sustaining her work load, she tirelessly contacted those whom she knew in the area who might have an apartment. Ultimately, she directed me toward a very comfortable and affordable place. This, and numerous other efforts on her part, make her, I believe, an excellent candidate to be recognized. —Clark Hyvonen, Director - Office of Estate, Trust & Gift Planning 

Eliza Browning, James Logan, Ted Unzicker, Mary Lyon, Chris Menter, & Diane Yates | Registrar's Office 
Due to the nature of testing & placing students according to English level, the ALCP registration & scheduling process has a lot of last-minute decisions. Eliza and the Registration team (usually Mary & Chris, Dianne too, forgive me if I'm forgetting someone) do an amazing job of processing a large number of our paper registration forms quickly and accurately. I so appreciate their diligence. Ted & Jim impress us at ALCP with their patience and willingness to help with our many (and sometimes complicated) scheduling needs. Their work is reliable, flawless, and fast. Thank you so much, Registrar's Team! —Ashleigh Bright, ALCP, International Programs 

Alexiss Turner, Program and Web Specialist | Office of Alumni Relations 
When there's a problem to solve or a coworker in need, Alexiss frequently is the first one to raise her hand to help out. The commencement site finally is in the new design. Thanks to Alexiss. The Friday Letter's initial testing and sends were thanks to Alexiss. Our university's company presence on LinkedIn would not exist without her. And all of this is above and beyond the stellar work she does for Alumni. Here's to you, Alexiss. Thank you for everything you do and more! —Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing 

John Feeney’s Affirmative Action Coordinators 
Charity Buchert; Marty Lunt; Ellen McKenzie; Pam Bell; Linda Kiss; Debbie Eisinger; Margo Holthuas; Mary George; John Wallace; Margaret Eldrich; Tracey Abdallah; Sammantha Green; and Marcee Hartzell 
I have an amazing opportunity to partner with these individuals within my position, as they are the Affirmative Action Coordinators for their Colleges/Units. Each one of them are extremely helpful and are great representatives of their Colleges/Units. They are very knowledgeable and pleasures to work with. I believe I am better able to serve my areas because of these individuals. Thank you very much for everything you all do!! —John Feeney, Human Resources Business Partner, Human Resources 
Charity (Personnel/Diversity Coord., College of Agricultural & Life Sciences); Marty (Personnel Specialist; College of Agricultural & Life Sciences); Ellen (Administrative Assistant, Snr; College of Art & Architecture); Pam (Director, Admin Services; College of Natural Resources); Linda (Director, Admin/Fiscal Ops; College of Law); Debbie (Executive Assistant to the VP; DFA); Margo (Assistant to the CIO; ITS); Mary (ITS Operations Director; ITS); John (Associate AD for Internal Ops; Athletics); Margaret (Student Insurance Coordinator, Athletics); Tracey (Personnel Coordinator, Facilities); Sammantha (Assistant to the Dean; Library); and Marcee (Snr Executive Assistant, UI-Northern Idaho) 

Amber Spencer, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities 
Amber is always bright and cheerful. Importantly, she takes care of our offices with minimal interruption. She goes out of her way to bring in sprays for the bathroom, and always listens to our complaints and directs us to the right person to talk to. When she was cleaning the offices, she never missed a trash as others will do, and she always catches the offices that our outside of our hallway. She was gone for a month, and we noticed a big difference. —Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck, Administrative Assistant II, English Dept. 

Parker Gibson, IT Field Consultant | ITS 
Parker Gibson put forth Herculean efforts in assisting the UI Confucius Institute in the execution of a successful professional video conference on a limited timetable. Quite a bit of work was asked of him on short notice. Parker worked diligently to ensure all hardware and software was functional prior to the video conference, ensuring smooth operation across multiple platforms in different locations. He also took initiative in writing up documentation for the use of the Lync video conferencing software (which previously did not exist for UI department use), and user instructions on the operation of Lync for distribution to our meeting participants unfamiliar with that software. This additional endeavor was greatly appreciated and now that these documents exist, will benefit other UI departments and personnel going forward. —Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator, Confucius Institute 

Trina Mahoney, Budget Director | Budget Office 
I have worked with Trina Mahoney for 10+ years in creating and managing the capital budgets necessary to support and implement the design and construction projects that comprise the university's Capital Improvements Portfolio. Trina is consistently timely, competent, and helpful. Her work is accurate, clear, and - most importantly - clearly communicated. She is always willing to help with difficult or unusual questions. —Raymond Pankopf, Director, Architectural & Engineering Services 

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator-Student Affairs | University Communications and Marketing 
I want to thank Leah Andrews for extending her collegiality, professionalism and much needed expertise to help us fix many higher-level web issues we were having on our site. The improvements to the calendar section alone have made a dramatic change and added functionality which we were lacking for a while. Generously, Leah did this out of no obligation other than to improve the overall look of another division’s site. She is a true Vandal and UI team player! Thanks Leah! —Stephanie Thomas, Recruitment Coordinator, College of Graduate Studies 

Michelle Weitz, Education | Boise Center for Higher Education 
Michelle goes above and beyond on a daily basis, but this past week, when I visited the Boise center she was always so very helpful, assisting with catering, and the meeting details Michelle—you are a true gem and I really like working with you very much! Thank you again! —Twila M. Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education 

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Computer Designer | University of Idaho - Idaho Falls 
Thanks to Ryan for taking photos of the Idaho Falls Staff Appreciation Event on April 30th. He is always ready to help out behind the camera when we need him and get great photos! —Carol Spain, Executive Assistant, University of Idaho - Idaho Falls 

April 2014

Tom English, IT Service Manager | ITS
Tom is an outstanding employee for the University of Idaho. Tom is always available when our College needs assistance and is always professional and courteous to work with. Tom recently sat down with our incoming Dean to discuss IT needs upon his arrival. Tom was knowledgeable about all the products the Dean was interested in and after research and due diligence, the products were ordered and will be here in time for the Dean's arrival. Tom truly is a valuable team member of the Vandal family. —Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean, CLASS

Tom Witt, University Access Coordinator | Facilities 
Tom Witt is one of the valuable employees of the University of Idaho that has little recognition yet is a vital part of the overall operations. Tom was essential in working with the PGA Golf Management program in setting up and implementing the computerized lock system at the hitting room at the University of Idaho Golf Course. Tom has come to my rescue a number of times when the computer lock system has failed for whatever reason, sometimes operator error. Tom has always been available at any given time and has gone out of his way to ensure that the system is up and running again. His knowledge and skills working with the computer system are incredible. The system would not be working without Tom. Tom is always friendly and courteous making a stress situation less stressful. I truly appreciate all the time and effort he has spent with me. Thank you Tom. —Diana Renfro, PGA Golf Management Internship Coordinator 

Dan Noble, Senior Financial & Employment Services Tech | Human Resources 
Dan provided a supplemental material workbook for EPAF's that is a one stop shop to find all the information that you need! Dan is an excellent resource at HR, and I sincerely thank him for his expertise! —Kim Malm, Management Assistant, Auxiliary Services 

Melinda Deyasi, Kathy Duke, Tamara Renfrow, Stephanie Thomas | College of Graduate Studies 
These four colleagues of COGS, Melinda Deyasi, Kathy Duke, Tamara Renfrow, Stephanie Thomas, made brilliant contributions to the most recent, university-wide Research and Innovation Showcase, which is designed to provide both graduate and undergraduate students with a prime opportunity to democrat their accomplishments in research and creative work. They volunteered themselves to help the coordinator of the showcase, working overtime on top of their own duties. Their strong teamwork spirit and hard work beyond the call of duty should be greatly appreciated at this university! —Jie Chen, Dean, College of Graduate Studies 

Susan Branting, Assistant to Associate Dean | College of Graduate Studies 
Sue played the central role in coordinating and organizing the most recent, university-wide Research and Innovation Showcase, which is design to provide both graduate and undergraduate students with a prime opportunity to demonstrate their achievements in research and creative work. Due to her efforts, this year the Showcase attracted a record number of students to participate. The Showcase went very well, and was great success! As Dean of COGS, I greatly appreciate her hard work and excellent management skills exemplified by her central role in the Showcase. She deserves kudos! —Jie Chen, Dean, College of Graduate Studies 

Amy Yacavace, Linda DuBose, Madie Hall, Lisa Bahr, Sharon Melson | Laboratory Technicians & Supporting Staff | Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, Caldwell 
These ladies prepared a fantastic booth representing the U of I Caine Veterinary Teaching Center and presented it at the Vallivue-Caldwell High School Job/Career Fair on April 16th. About 1,400 students attended and about half of those visited the booth, with 200 interested enough to take a U of I pen or sticker, and filling out an information sheet that will be shared with the Admissions Office, potential Vandals! They set up microscopes and showed the students how to look at animal parasites, and demonstrated an animal heart with a birth defect, a llama fetus, a sheep eye, a goat brain and a diseased cattle intestine. The presentation excited the imagination of many students and hopefully will influence their career choice and attendance at U of I! —Glen C. Weiser, Research Scientist, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, Caldwell 

Marci Merrick, Administrative Assistant I | Idaho Falls 
Marci Merrick has done an absolutely outstanding job since starting with us in 2012. We want to thank her for all of her great work helping us prepare for the ATMAE site visit for accreditation. This included assembling and maintaining the course materials over the time period she has been with UI, contacting faculty for materials needed by the ATMAE Team, and supporting the faculty. We feel we would be much less prepared if it weren’t for her valued help. She also provided substantial support in the recent faculty searches. She has been instrumental to our team and we appreciate Marci. —Debbie Caudle, Academic & Services Advisor; Lee Ostrom, Director of Academic Programs and Associate Dean; Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Director of Industrial Technology; Roger Scott, Assistant Clinical Professor; and Raghu Kanakala, Assistant Professor, Idaho Falls 

Brittni Lowe, Business Specialist/Financial Tech | ITS 
Our office had a last minute schedule change on a meeting, and I could not reach one of the attendees that works in ITS. I called Brittni on the chance that she had an alternate telephone number for this person. She was super friendly and went the extra mile to help me with my situation... even by running down the hall to see if she could find my person! Brittni is a great example of how to help your co-workers. Kudos to her! —Cynthia Adams, Purchasing Assistant, Purchasing 

Julie Jacobson, Administrative Assistant I | Idaho Falls 
I want to thank Julie Jacobson for her good work with the arrangements and site visits for the recent Chemical Engineering faculty candidates. Not only did she take care of multiple moving parts, she made certain that the candidates were welcomed, given information and transported to each meeting - on time! —Alice Allen, Academic Program Coordinator, Idaho Falls 

Mark Pfeifer, Marketing & Communications Specialist and Career Center Marketing Team 
Mark has done an outstanding job since starting with us this past semester. Along with our wonderful Marketing Interns, they have truly transformed our advertising and publicity strategies in the Career Center. Many students have told us how noticeable and eye-catching our marketing materials are around campus and online. We are so appreciative of their efforts. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development, Career Center 

John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications | Career Center 
My sincerest kudos to John who started with us in the Career Center this semester, as he has done some amazing things already for us. John has helped us envision new, even more user-friendly ideas for our website and Vandal CareerConnection, the student and alumni job and internship career management database. His efforts not only positively impact our staff, but have profound effects on our students and alumni. John truly has our students, alumni and employers best interests in mind, and I look forward to all the wonderful things has planned for us. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development, Career Center 

Tami Noble, Assistant to the Director | NIATT (National Institute for Advanced Transportation) 
Exceptional support for faculty and research. She is the most efficient, responsive and friendly staff member I know. I wished we had many of her! —Axel Krings, Professor, Computer Science Department 

Leah Andrews, Tara Roberts, Lesa McPeak, & Holli Sampson | University Communications and Marketing 
Congratulations to Leah, Tara, Lesa, Holli and the prankster team for the outrageous success of the FURRI initiative for April Fool's Day. It got some great coverage and our students LOVED it. —Katie Dahlinger, Assistant Director of Student Involvement 

Victor J. House, IT Tech | NIATT and Civil Engineering 
Big Kudos to Victor House, he has shown to me and to the civil engineering department excellence in three aspects of his job: Knowledge: Victor seems to be on top of things and keenly search for solution for any computer issue that I have encountered. I have a long list, but here is couple of examples: We have licensed software that resides off campus at an agency in Boise. We hook to it via VPN. He worked diligently with the agency to facilitate my access. This task took significant amount of time and communication and he got it working. Another example, I use software that runs under the “old” Windows or even DOS operating systems. He was able to install virtual machines and get the software runs smoothly for students. Timely response: Victor is very responsive and he is always on time or a head of time. In many instances, if I write him an e-mail inquiring or requesting something, and before I even try call to find out, he is done with it. He always impresses me of how quick his response is. It makes me make sure to say “no rush” on a job that I feel no need to act on it right away. Personal manners: Victor is really a nice person to work with. He has high respect to his co-workers and he always has a polite way to ask for time extension, if needed, or when he is not able to do something. —Fouad M. Bayomy, Professor, Civil Engineering 

Debbie Foster, Finance Technician & Tami Noble, Assistant to the Director | NIATT (National Institute for Advanced Transportation) 
The whole team is awesome. They have a can do attitude!!! —David McIlroy, Prof. and Chair of Physics 

Amber Wilson, HR Business Partner | Human Resources 
Amber recently came up to the English department to train me on the new ATS system. The last system literally left me in tears of frustration. The fact that Amber came up here to train me personally and sweetly handled all my questions with patience was in a word amazing. I think we get so used to doing our jobs that we lose our patience when we have to teach someone something that comes easily to us. The fact that she didn't lose her patience and she gave me as much time as I needed was refreshing! She is an asset to the University. —Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck, AAII, English 

March 2014

Corilyn Rice, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities 
Corilyn is a recent addition to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences family. She has been going above and beyond in making sure that our floor is spotless in every way possible. When asked how she is, we get a unique response of "blessed." She is a wonderful person to come in contact with on a daily basis!!! Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!!!! —Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services 

Bill Loftus, Shane Jackson and Carly Raska | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 
Bill, Shane and Carly were called together by the CALS Dean to create a video and folder for a series of events for our stakeholders, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the university along with the college's partnership with the agriculture industry. The team had great ideas and created fantastic products under a very tight timeline. Thank you! —Kim O'Neill, CALS Senior Director of Development, CALS

Gayle Gleason, Administrative Assistant II | Ag Econ and Rural Sociology
Gayle went above & beyond setting up interviewing schedules for 4 candidates for the SSRU while she was setting up two AERS faculty interview schedules. Thank-you for a job well done it is appreciated. —Barbara Foltz, Survey Operations Manager, Social Science Research Unit

Thomas Witt, University Access Coordinator | Facilities 
The HR staff recently requested Tom Witt's help in addressing a potential safety/security issue with a door in our building not automatically locking upon entry. Within 30 minutes of the initial request for Tom to take a look at the lock he was in our building. Within the hour the lock was fixed! His dedication, quick response and professionalism was greatly appreciated. Thank you Tom for helping us ensure our building is properly safe and secure. —Brandi Terwilliger, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources 

Myung Chun, Employment Services Technician | Human Resources 
Myung offers exceptional customer service. Always willing to go the extra mile, cheerful and kind, easy to get a hold, and responds timely! I appreciate all of her expertise in EPAF's and the knowledge that she shares! —Kim Malm, Asst. to the AVP, Auxiliary Services 

Dr. Alton Campbell, Director Honors Program and Staff | Counseling Center 
Dr. Campbell and the staff at the Counseling Center spend hours helping my daughter prepare her resume and get ready for interviews at various Pharmacy Schools. Their hard work paid off. Thank you. —Edward Christian, Tech Rec Specialist II, Office of Admissions 

Cheri Cole, Management Assistant | COGS Dean's Office 
Cheri is an outstanding representative for the College of Graduate Studies. Each and every day her main focus is student advocacy and customer service. I overhead a student say to her today, "Cher, you're the best administrator I've ever dealt with at this university!" We could all take lessons from Cheri Cole... WAY TO GO! —Sue Branting, Management Assistant/COGS Dean's Office 

Nicole Campbell, Career Advisor | Career Center 
Kudos to Nicole for going above and beyond this year in her new role as a Career Advisor. Nicole has far surpassed any expectations we had for her, truly stepping up and taking on all the roles and responsibilities a seasoned advisor would do, and does it all with a smile. She has a natural gift for helping students, and makes quite an impact with everyone student she assists. Nicole is a tremendous asset to our office and to our university. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising, Career Center 

Matt Vaartstra, Career Advisor | Career Center 
Kudos to Matt for helping out again with the career advising trip to southern Idaho campuses. Matt makes a tremendous impact on the students, alumni, and staff at our southern campuses, and they always appreciate the time, depth of attention, and care he gives. He truly has a passion for what he does, constantly goes above and beyond, and is true role model for the Career Center. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising, Career Center 

February 2014

Bryce Barbee, Senior Maintenance Craftsperson | Facilities 
I just wanted to say I had Bryce here today and, as always, he did an amazing job. I am so consistently impressed with the quality of the folks that work for facilities. I don’t think there is a department/program on campus that even compares. I have worked on this campus for eight years (I was a student here before that) and I say that with all honesty. Thanks for all that you do :D —Mandi Coulter, Idaho NSF EPSCoR 

Melinda Deyasi, Thesis and Dissertation Advisor | College of Graduate Studies 
Melinda "stepped outside the box." As a Thesis and Dissertation Advisor, her main duties come at the end of a student’s career. However, this didn't stop her from stepping in and helping out our office (Graduate Admissions) during the February 1st deadline rush. Melinda rolled up her sleeves and jumped right in opening tubs of mail, matching documents to files, and keeping our filing system organized. Thanks to Melinda's willingness and hard work (and overall great attitude), the Graduate Admissions Office was able to focus on completed application files and credential evaluation. —Pam Beutler, Roxane Fredrickson, and Tammy Renfrow, Graduate Admissions Office 

Chuck Schoeffler, Energy Operations Specialist | Facilities 
Dr. Schoeffler, though substantially over qualified for his position, provides the staff and students of U.I. with a full day of competent service professionally applied day after day. Others can call Chuck at home at any time for assistance on the phone and when necessary will gladly come in to assist. Though highly educated and possessing a great natural intellect Chuck is plain spoken and unpretentious. A native of Moscow and U.I. alum, Chuck appears to have a genuine affection for the institution. Known by many across the campus, Chuck is held in very high regard personally and professionally. —David Hamilton, Energy Operations Specialist, Facilities

Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services Coordinator | UI Coeur d'Alene, Staff Affairs CDA Representative
Angie served as the primary coordinator for the College Info Night. This is a collaborative event between UI, BSU, LC, ISU and NIC each year. Approximately 150 prospective students and their parents had  a chance to meet with representatives from Idaho schools as well as attend workshops on Financial Aid, Career Exploration, College Success and Dual Credit. An event of such magnitude is not easily coordinated, nor does it always "go off without a hitch." Angie deserves a big thank you for dedication to making this year's College Info Night such a success! Great job Angie!!! As well as a big thank you, for her tireless dedication to the CDA Center! —Charles Buck, AVP/CEO University of Idaho CDA

Landscape & Grounds Maintenance | Facilities 
Great job on getting ahead of the sidewalk snow and keeping campus mobile for the rest of us! —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry 

Video Communications Services | ITS
As a center employee, I rely heavily on the use of videoconference for both classes and meetings. The VCS folks go above and beyond to accommodate us and track down and fix problems when they arise. This morning there was a mix-up when a room didn't get scheduled on my end and we had an overlapping event. This was purely my fault, but their office did everything they could to find a work around for the problem. In the end, everything was solved and the meeting got connected. A big thanks especially to Daryl Power and Edward Gosselin—Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services, Coeur d'Alene 

Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator | Confucius Institute 
After only three weeks in his new job as Administrative Coordinator for the Confucius Institute, Dusty Fleener was thrown into having to coordinate the Chinese New Year celebration—the biggest Chinese holiday of the year—from start to finish. In addition to his normal duties and Banner training. In only two weeks! He handled the scheduling and publicity, ordered supplies, arranged ticket sales, dealt with all the UI paperwork necessary for such a huge event, etc... he even put together gift bags for the children's gifts and decorated the SUB Ballroom. All with good humor (no matter how many surprises he encountered). Dusty, we're happy to have you on the third floor. —Hil Priest, AA2, Modern Languages and Cultures 

Debra Rumford, Family and Consumer Sciences/Media Coordinator, Staff Affairs 
Debra consistently makes the Staff Affairs newsletter enjoyable. I especially like the important news first, the side bar of calendar items and the many pictures with succinct descriptions. It's great to highlight our off-campus colleagues and to know what they are doing. I see the Staff Affairs getting better and better each year. Good leadership and good reporting! —Ann P. Merriam, Administrative Assistant, WWAMI 

January 2014

Tom English, IT Service Manager | ITS 
A big thanks to Tom English for setting up a new computer and getting it routed to me so fast.  It has been awhile since I have gone through this process and this time was much faster than I expected. I was surprised by how seamless the transition was and want to thank Tom and everyone involved in getting my new machine set up. —Lacey Devlin, Financial Compliance Specialist, Accounts Payable

Jaron Leavitt, IT Field Consultant | ITS - Technology Support Services 
I would like to thank Jaron Leavitt for the seamless change over to my new computer. He even made sure my wallpaper was the same! This is the first time I have been able to sit down at a new machine and take off right where I left off. Jaron is a great asset to the University and I hope you all get a chance to meet him when it is your turn to upgrade. —Lacey Devlin, Financial Compliance Specialist, Accounts Payable 

Ken Schmidt, Media Equipment Specialist | ITS 
I have had a lot of problems with firewalls and other issues in presenting a key component of my Green Dot program, a skills training on how to prevent people from being hurt or harassed. I visited Ken Schmidt's office the day before my training this past Saturday, and he accompanied me to the space for the training and was meticulous and extremely responsive and helpful in getting us tested, set up and ready to go in the morning. There were changes that needed to be made so everything would go smoothly, and he attended to each detail. Above and beyond—he came in early Saturday morning on his own time to check in and make sure everything was ready to roll. I am so impressed with this level of customer service and genuine caring. Ken Schmidt clearly is a very valuable member of our Vandal Team. The day was a big success, with almost 50 students making a personal commitment to intervene if someone is in trouble. That would not have happened if Ken had not been the grand problem-solver and professional he is. —Virginia Solan, Coordinator, Violence Prevention Programs, Dean of Students Office 

Sharon Jemes, IT Programmer Analyst | Registrar's Office 
I want to say what a gem UI has with Sharon Jemes. She is calm, focused and so meticulous. I don’t know how many software issues she has taken the lead on to fix. And from my perspective, these software issues have campus wide effects and invariably come at the worst times during a semester. She recognizes issues, collaborates with the providers, and with staff who depend on this software to get their jobs done. Then, Sharon follows up with everyone who is affected. I truly appreciate her! —Cheri Cole, Management Assistant, College of Graduate Studies 

Monte Cooley, DFA Programmer Analyst | Auxiliary Services 
The UI Golf Course advertises in the magazine "Golf in the Northwest" each year. The deadline for creating the ad was this week. Since the golf course is closed during the winter I don't work much. All of a sudden I realized we were going to miss getting our advertisement submitted. I called Monte who is part of the Auxiliary Services ITS support and asked him if he could help. In one day he created us a beautiful advertisement. Much better than if I had thrown one together. Now the UI golf course will shine in the magazine. Thanks again, Monte. —Kandy Nelson, Operations Coordinator, UI Golf Course 

Vernon Dorendorf, Landscape Maintenance Tech 2 | Facilities 
On my way into work this very windy day, I didn't realize that the check I planned to deposit at lunch had blown out of my purse. Vernon emailed me that he had found it and offered to deliver it to my office. We have wonderful people working at the University of Idaho! Thank you so much, Vernon! —Dixie Kearney, Professional Development and Learning 

Chris Menter, Student Records/Systems Coord | Registrar's Office
Lately I have had some difficulties generating enrollment data through BANNER (all my problem!), and Chris has been unfailingly helpful to walk me through the process. But more than that, Chris made sure that grades were posted in a timely fashion during the winter break—taking time from her own holiday season to do so. Her work paved the way for financial aid, academic, and athletic eligibility verification to be processed with little stress to our students. Thank you, Chris! —Lynaire MH Banks, Academic Adviser, CNR Student Services

Myung Chun, Employment Services Tech & Dan Noble, Financial Tech Senior | Human Resources
On behalf of CNR Fiscal Services, I would like to recognize the outstanding work done by both Myung Chun and Dan Noble in processing our epafs. We've had quite a bit of turnover of late and, not surprisingly, various issues with epaf accuracy. Both Myung and Dan have provided tremendous patience and training while we get back up to speed within our area. They are truly unsung heroes of the university's staff. Without their expertise and eye for all the details, university employees would not have accurate paychecks. They quietly go about getting this essential work done and too often are not given recognition. Thank you Myung and Dan for everything you do for this university; you are very much appreciated! —Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist, CNR Fiscal 

Janet Peterson, Financial Unit Supervisor and Benny Garcia | Auxiliary Business Services 
I want to thank Janet Peterson and Benny Garcia for their hard work over the end of the semester and holiday break. They worked collaboratively with the VandalStore on the textbook buyback and for the first time ever we had a zero variance! Their attention to detail, early preparation, and thoroughness in the daily processing was a major part in this success. They also volunteered to come in and work on a couple days through the holiday break to finish up the buyback as well as process daily deposits for the retail locations that remained open. It is wonderful to have hard working and dedicated team members like these two! —Denise Town, Manager, Auxiliary Business Services 

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