March 2019 Staff Council Newsletter
February Staff Member of the Month
Sharon Jemes, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Registrar’s Office
Sharon is always very helpful and responsive when I have any questions or issues regarding degree audit. She even took time to come down to my office and explain new features a couple of times to my coworker Lana and I, which I'm really appreciative of. She also is always willing to look into ideas for us and find ways to make our jobs easier.
Nominated by: Mikyla Wood, Management Assistant, College of Graduate Studies
Winners to be posted soon on our Staff Awards webpage.
Have a Statewide State of Mind
The Campus Inclusion Committee has been working on increasing communications across the state for both telephone and video conferencing. After meeting with VP of Finance, Brian Foisy and VP of Information Technology, we have two documents worthy of sharing with the campus community. Please post or share the accompanying Best Practices sheets with your colleagues and in all your conference rooms.
Staff Council Committee Opportunities for the 2019-20 Academic Year
Staff Council is looking for enthusiastic board-appointed staff members to fill positions with a start date of June 1, 2019.
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, to advise on salary and promotion matters. We envision a safe, professional, collegial and equitable environment for all staff members.
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 (3 positions available)
- Campus Planning
- Classified Position Appeal Board
- Faculty and Staff Policy Group
- Grievance for Student Employees
- Staff Compensation (3 positions available)
- Student Conduct Board (2 positions available)
If you are staff and are interested in serving on a university-wide committee, please seek approval from your supervisor and then complete the application. If you have questions or concerns regarding the details of serving on Staff Council, please contact either Erika Crossland or Stephanie Fox.
Presidential Candidates Meet Staff Council
During one of our snowiest weeks this winter, we were lucky enough to have five candidates on campus for the President position. Each day, Staff Council came together for the opportunity to interact with the candidates, ask questions and see if they were Vandals at heart. We all learned so much and believe all the candidates each have something unique to bring to our statewide campus.
- Diane Chase referred to the University of Idaho as the ‘Best Kept Secret’ in the state. Her current university has seen huge success in marketing online programs to students who departed the university before finishing their degree.
- Elizabeth Spiller had a unique take on strategic planning by stating the plan needs to have a 30% emphasis on who we want to be. She is drawn to schools that do the most public good.
- Christopher Callahan was able to grow the graduation rates by 75% and increase research expenditures tenfold at Arizona State University.
- Scott Green, the Vandal Alum with Moscow roots often referenced ‘we’ when talking about the U of I. He is already one of us.
- Paul Tikalsky has removed himself from the consideration for the position.
Now that the Search Committee’s work has concluded, the decision falls on the State Board of Education. Their decision will be made before we know it and we can then welcome our new President with open arms moving forward together as a team! Go Vandals!
Free Tobacco Cessation Resources Available
Are you or a colleague looking to cut back or quit tobacco use? Freshstart, a nicotine cessation program, is offered on the Moscow campus every Thursday, noon - 12:50 p.m. This four-part class is geared to help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt. All classes are free to U of I faculty, staff, and students and are held in the Student Health Center. Pre-register for Freshstart online. Please e-mail Jeneba Hoene, Alcohol & Other Drug program coordinator, if you are interested in a cessation class on campus, but are not able to attend the currently scheduled sessions. Additionally, staff and faculty outside of Moscow are encouraged to reach out to Jeneba to arrange a time for a phone or Zoom Freshstart session or support locating resources in their area.
Vandal Voices, a bi-monthly speakers series organized and presented by U of I Boise, is designed to inform and engage Idahoans in the Treasure Valley about research and educational topics presented by university experts in an informal setting.
The February event was “Profound Learning: Embedding Profundity into Learning and Living” presented by College of Education, Health and Human Sciences faculty members Michael Kroth and Davin Carr-Chellman.
Our next Vandal Voices will be in April (date and location TBD) and will feature “How I Built an Engaging Community Using Social Media” with College of Law Boise Assistant Director of Admissions Diana DeJesus, who will share her success as a Boise Instagram influencer.
If you have a topic you are passionate about and would like to present at a Vandal Voices event, contact Maria Ortega at email@example.com.
Confucius Institute Chinese Lunar New Year Potluck
The U of I Boise Culture and Climate Committee supported the Confucius Institute’s Mandarin instructors “Sidney” Yini He, “Robert” Guowang Luo and “Anna” Yiqun Feng in executing a fun and informative Chinese Lunar New Year potluck on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The room was decorated with bright red ‘lucky’ ornaments, and small red envelopes with chocolate coins were passed out to everyone who attended, as a symbol for an auspicious 2019. Delicious Chinese dumplings were boiled on-site, as well as sweet Tangyuan sesame rice balls. We had a great turn out of participants, including staff from the U of I Boise College of Law, who joined the Idaho Water Center employees. Traditional Chinese Calligraphy was demonstrated, soft Chinese melodies were played in the background, and everyone enjoyed sharing homemade dishes and great conversation. Thank you to everyone who attended, and an especially big thank you to our Confucius instructors, who worked so hard to bring us an afternoon of their beautiful culture.
College of Engineering
As part of its outreach efforts, the Center for Ecohydraulics Research had students from Boise’s Whitney Elementary visit the flume last month. Learning is always fun when you mix science, water and kids!
Capital City Market - Free U of I Booth on Saturdays
The University of Idaho is a proud sponsor of the Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise for the fourth year in a row.
Sign up today to utilize U of I’s booth to highlight the amazing research and programs in your college or department. The time commitment is about four hours.
The market runs from April 13 through Dec. 14 with an average of 15,000 attendees each Saturday. Part of our sponsorship package includes a U of I-branded tent each week for us to showcase the diverse programs we have at U of I. This is a huge marketing opportunity, allowing us to extend the university’s reach into our communities and beyond.
The booth is free for the day and slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up online to reserve the date or dates that best serve your program. We will then contact you with additional details. Sign up today!
That’s a wrap! Snow Science trips conclude as temperatures are slated to rise.
U of I Coeur d’Alene’s Marie Schmidt concluded the Confluence Project Snow Science trips on March 14. Over four hundred high school students from the region participated, learning about the importance of snow pack and how to traverse winter conditions in snow shoes. Big thanks to all the collaborators who support this North Idaho outreach effort, including the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Kootenai Environmental Alliance.
Professional Nonprofit Leadership Program courses begin; still time to sign up!
Professional Nonprofit Leadership Program classes began Thursday, March 14 in U of I Coeur d’Alene’s Harbor Center. Classes are open to anyone interested in learning skills that support healthy organizations. In addition to flexible evening classes, two all-day seminars will be taught in Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. Learn more about the remaining courses.
Hello from Idaho Falls! It’s been pretty quiet this month. We’re gearing up for our staff appreciation fete next month, and we'll have some fun stuff to share in April.
BUT… we do have some great pictures to share from the Chinese New Year celebration! On Saturday, February 23rd Min Xian hosted a great party featuring traditional Chinese food.