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April 2019 Staff Council Newsletter

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March Staff Member of the Month

Jeff Robbins, ITS - Tech Region 7

We were having a bit of an issue with students being able to run the video systems in Moscow during a class originating in Idaho Falls. I had sent a few emails where I got little response and someone that told me we should have the students make an appointment between their 8:00 to 5:00 schedule to learn how to use the video system. 

I had worked with Jeff before and sent him an email asking if he could help. He called right back asking what was needed. He said he would be in the room to help the students understand the use of the equipment. Did I mention, the class time starts at 6 p.m. Pacific Time? Thank you Jeff Robbins for helping the students. This is greatly appreciated.

Nominated by: David B Anderson, ITS Resource Manager - Idaho Falls

Jeff Robbins
Jeff Robbins

Staff Council Positions Open for FY20

Staff Council is looking for enthusiastic board-appointed staff members to fill positions becoming available starting June 1, 2019 for fiscal year 2020.

Staff Council's mission is to promote recognition, empowerment, advocacy and leadership necessary to create a professional, collegial environment and work experience for staff members employed at the University of Idaho. Our purpose is to study the issues, problems, the welfare and working conditions for staff members, and to advise on salary and promotion matters. We envision a safe, professional, collegial and equitable environment for all staff members.

Participants will be required to attend the Staff Council meeting every month, from 9-11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Paul Joyce Faculty-Staff Lounge, September through May. There is an all-day retreat on Moscow campus in mid-June.

We are looking for all facets of board-appointed staff members (exempt, classified, off-campus and maintenance and skill craft positions) that want to make the University of Idaho a better place with a focus on our above mission and purpose. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the details of serving on Staff Council, please contact either Patricia Baker or Erika Crossland.

Once you have researched this opportunity and received the support of your supervisor, please submit an application. Any applications for positions that are not open at the initial time of election will be held for consideration as positions become available.

Staff University-wide Committee Opportunities for the 2019-20 Academic Year

Staff Council is looking for enthusiastic board-appointed staff members to fill university-wide committee positions becoming available June 1, 2019.

If you are interested in making a difference, there are several opportunities to serve on a number of university committees. The committees are as follows: 

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Borah Foundation 
  • University Budget & Finance
  • Classified Position Appeal Board (1 classified position)
  • Faculty and Staff Policy Group
  • Grievance for Student Employees
  • Parking
  • Staff Compensation (3 positions available, one off-campus)
  • Student Conduct Board
  • University Security & Compliance (Non-Moscow Representative)

Read the functions and structure of each committee.

If you have questions regarding the details of serving on a university-wide committee outside of that can be found on the previous link, please contact either Erika Crossland or Patricia Baker.

Once you have researched this opportunity and received the support of your supervisor, please submit an application. Any applications for positions that are not open at the initial time of election will be held for consideration as positions become available. 

2019 Staff Awards Luncheon

Awards will be given to staff who have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. Staff who qualified for the award were nominated by their peers and reviewed through an award process conducted by the Staff Council Staff Awards subcommittee. Additionally, those staff retiring from the university will also be recognized along with the longevity awards of current employees for service of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 etc. in five-year increments. See award winners.

Training: Handling Disclosures of Interpersonal Violence

Come learn more about the role of a university employee as it relates to Title IX processes. Employees will gain increased confidence in handling disclosures and increased knowledge of resources, referrals and after-the-fact care. This training is hosted by the Women's Center, Violence Prevention Programs, the Office of Civil Rights and Investigations and CETL. Training will be held Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in the Whitewater Room of the Idaho Commons, Moscow. Register online.

Teleconference: Listen to the Hiring of the New President of the University of Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Education will hold a special board meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to consider a contract and hire the next president of the University of Idaho. The meeting will be held via teleconference. The location will be the Albertson Building Board Room on the University's Moscow campus. Those wishing to listen to the meeting may do so by calling 887-820-7829, participant code: 9096313. After the meeting, Board Member Don Soltman will introduce the new president to students, faculty, staff, alumni and media in the Administration Building Auditorium.
Details.

Activities for Staff Health and Wellness

Celebrate the end of the spring semester by engaging in the "Dash After Dark" 5K run or 2K walk through campus starting and ending at the Student Rec Center. Event starts at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 and includes glow sticks and snacks at the finish line! Details and registration.

Dash After Dark

Help reduce prescription drug misuse in our community by safely disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs or other medication to the Prescription Drug Take Back event on campus. "Donuts for Drugs" is hosted by Vandal Health Education and Moscow Police Department. Bring your unused medications to the Commons Plaza, Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in exchange for a donut! Dispose of drugs safely at any other time by taking them to the Moscow Police Department in downtown Moscow.

Free yoga available for staff at the Student Rec Center during Dead Week, April 29-May 3. Class schedule will soon be posted online.

Branch Campus News

Boise


U of I Boise’s Graduate and Professional Student Gala

The University of Idaho Boise’s Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) is hosting the 5th annual Graduate Student Gala on Saturday, April 6 at the Downtown Residence Inn. The Gala is a highly anticipated event which includes food, drinks, dancing, prizes and an opportunity to connect with fellow Vandals in celebration of a successful academic year. College of Graduate Studies Dean Jerry McMurtry will be welcoming the students and representing the GPSA’s important role. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door and is intended for ages 21 and over with evening attire recommended.

Policy Pub: The Future of Food 

by the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research

The University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research is pleased to present Policy Pub: The Future of Food, 5-6 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Sawtooth Brewery Public House and Tap Room, 631 Warm Springs Road, Ketchum.

Discussion panelists are Fred Brossy, farmer and owner, Ernie’s Organics; Mark Davidson, director of conservation initiatives, The Nature Conservancy; Lauren Golden, associate professor and Blaine County Extension educator, University of Idaho Extension and Amy Mattias, co-director, Local Food Alliance, Sun Valley Institute and board member, Blaine County Food Council. McClure Center Director Katherine Himes will moderate the discussion.

The upcoming Policy Pub will showcase perspectives on food and agriculture in the Wood River Valley. Panelists will talk about sustainable food systems, the future of food production and consumption, water and challenges specific to this part of Idaho. Their remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

U of I Speaker Series Shares Tips on How to Create Online Communities

Vandal Voices

How to create and manage a social media platform to build communities will be the subject of the next University of Idaho Vandal Voices speaker series event Thursday, April 18, in Boise.

Diana DeJesus, assistant director of admissions at the U of I College of Law in Boise and founder of both the Boise Bucket List Instagram account and the Collaboration over Competition networking group, will discuss “How I Built an Engaging Community Using Social Media” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St., Boise.

As the founder of a hyperlocal Instagram account and a female-centric networking community, DeJesus will demonstrate how to build an authentic brand and engage followers through storytelling while remaining genuine and using social media as a platform to make a difference.

Vandal Voices is a bi-monthly speaker series sponsored by the University of Idaho Boise. The series is designed to inform and engage Idahoans in the Treasure Valley about research and educational topics.

The April 18 event is free and open to those 21 and older. Space is limited and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Boise’s Culture and Climate Committee

The Boise Culture and Climate Committee welcomes back the Master Gardener program to the Idaho Water Center for the third year in a row: Master Gardeners, certified to provide reliable horticulture information, volunteer their time once a month in the spring and summer to present topics ranging from insect management, backyard composting, pesticide safety, to growing tomatoes, herbs, raspberries and peppers to U of I Boise employees.

U of I Boise has participated in the ACHD Commuteride May in Motion program since 2006. This April, we kick off another month of encouraging our staff, faculty and students to use alternative transportation. The program promotes environmental stewardship, community visibility, cost savings, and healthy, productive employees. U of I Boise competes with other participating local organizations and offers incentive prizes and games to engage staff. With two silver, four gold and five platinum awards from ACHD Commuteride accumulated over the years, in 2019 we strive once more for platinum level participation and outreach!

On May 1, UIB Culture and Climate Committee kicks off May in Motion by partnering with Boise Bicycle Project for a free bike tune-up and repair event for the children of Civic Plaza apartments, next to the Idaho Water Center. The Civic Plaza apartments have a high population of low-income and refugee families, and stacks of bikes often fall into disrepair outside the apartments. Boise Bicycle Project has graciously agreed to donate their time and gear to repair children’s bikes between 3-5:30 p.m. A bike safety workshop will be held from 5:30 – 6 p.m. U of I Boise employees and students are encouraged to bring their own children’s bikes for repair during this time and to volunteer to repair bikes for our neighbors.

Coeur d’Alene


Fresh Faces: Patti Davenport, Assistant to the CEO/AVP in Coeur d’Alene

Patti joined the Coeur d’Alene team on March 26 as Assistant to the Coeur d’Alene CEO/AVP Charles Buck. Patti has served as a teacher, mentor and coach for students of all ages. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education and Athletic Training from Whitworth University and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University. Prior to coming to the University of Idaho, Patti served on faculty in the College of Education at WSU. She taught courses in kinesiology and coordinated clinical experiences for all students in the Athletic Training Education Program. She later launched EquippingEducators.org and became a national presenter helping teachers improve classroom culture, behavior management and student engagement and motivation. Patti and her husband, Bill, both grew up in Coeur d’Alene and now coach their two elementary-aged kiddos in softball, baseball, basketball and soccer. They are highly involved in the community and their church and love all things outdoors. Springer spaniels Jenga and Lucy are faithful companions on family adventures of all kinds.

Welcome to the team, Patti!

Patti Davenport
Patti Davenport

Computer Science Staff & Faculty Host Inaugural Board Game Night

The inaugural board game night at the U of I Computer Science lab in downtown Coeur d’Alene was a great success! Students, staff and faculty came together over pizza and sodas for a fun night of strategy. Game nights will become a regular event in Coeur d’Alene and all are welcome! Contact Carrie Morrison, cmmorrison@uidaho.edu if you’d like to participate.

University staff and faculty take up a strategic game called Puerto Rico with U of I and NIC computer science students. Photo courtesy of Amanda Ward, U of I student.

Pi Day

The Idaho Regional Mathematics Center couldn’t let a Pi Day go uncelebrated. Staff from the IRMC brought in a hearty variety of pies for the staff at the Coeur d’Alene Harbor Center to enjoy. Huge thanks the Math Center staff for putting together such a wonderful spread!

Happy Pi Day!
The U of I CDA Instagram account shows off the amazing pies provided by Idaho Regional Math Center staff, complete with the perfect accompanying note.

Dig’nIT Summer Camps and Internships Return to the Coeur d’Alene Area

Back for its seventh season, the Dig’nIT STEM education initiative is open for registration! Information about our camps for youth ages 8-18 and well-paying tech internship jobs can be found on the Dig’nIT website.

Dig'nIT

Idaho Falls


Hello from Idaho Falls!

March kept us busy, which may or may not have helped our impatience for spring to finally start!

INL Eastern Idaho Science Bowl

U of I and ISU hosted the 2019 INL Eastern Idaho Science Bowl on March 14 & 15. Twenty-two high schools and 17 middle schools participated, from as far away as Twin Falls and Mackay! Twin Falls High School won the high school tournament, and Vera O’Leary from Twin Falls won the middle school division. Twin Falls High will be representing Idaho at the U.S. DoE National Science Bowl.

Ririe High students prepare for a match on March 14. Photo by J Randall.

St. Patrick’s Day Potato Potluck

Faculty and staff got a chance to visit during the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Potato Potluck on March 19. Everyone was invited to bring their favorite potato dish to share.

The U of I gang hangs out, eating, as usual… Photo by J Randall.
The potato smorgasbord! Photo by J Randall.

Bob Fulks Retires

On March 28, U of I Idaho Falls bid a fond farewell to Bob Fulks. Bob had been with us for five years, working as a grants/contracts specialist. He was celebrated in traditional Idaho Falls style—with a potluck! Thanks, Bob. We’ll miss you!

Bob and the rest of the U of I Idaho Falls staff load up before Bob’s farewell address. Photo by M Hilker.
Bob models his brand-new University of Idaho t-shirt. Photo by M Hilker.

Graduate Student Visit Day – March 29

Students from BYUI, BYU, ISU, USU, Mt. Tech, MSU and U of I's Moscow campus visited the Idaho Falls campus on March 29 to learn more about the graduate programs offered here. They met with faculty and current students, took a campus tour, and participated in sessions on nuclear reactor operations, thermal science and admissions, chemical and materials science, cybersecurity and process modeling.

Potential grad students visit The Cave. Photo by A Allen.

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