Staff Award Winners 2019-2020
Lawrence C. McBride Prize
University of Idaho Foundation
Warnick joined U of I as a technical records specialist in 2001 and began working on scholarships in 2004. She continued to serve students and scholarship committees as scholarship advisor and associate director for scholarships until 2016 when she transitioned to the U of I Foundation. Warnick has found that working with students, advancement staff and donors to support the university is fulfilling.
Outstanding Administrative Assistant
Hatfield enjoys working for U of I. He’s grateful for being able to be a part of something larger than himself.
Outstanding Non-Faculty Exempt
IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence
Liou is the evaluation director and co-program administrator for Idaho INBRE, a National Institutes of Health-funded statewide biomedical research network based at U of I. With INBRE, Liou manages data collection and reporting to the NIH and supports student and faculty research across Idaho and, in coordination with her INBRE counterparts, in six other western states. Her favorite time of year in INBRE is the summer when she is occasionally released from her laptop to spend time with the summer research students. In her free time, Liou delights in FaceTime calls and online video games with her grandchildren.
McCall Outdoor Science School – College of Natural Resources
Delph’s career has featured classical education at the Culinary Institute of America, farm-to-table restaurants, environmental learning centers and remote wildland fire lookouts, as well as side experience in life coaching, plant medicine and forest therapy work. Three years ago, she brought this experience to the McCall Field Campus’ historic Dining Lodge, where she strives to keep bellies and hearts fed in equal measure. When she applied for the job, she warned that her laugh echoes. She considers bringing joy to the community to be part of the job description.
Outstanding Skilled Trades
Dahmen is an HVAC and refrigeration mechanic who has spent decades supporting, repairing and maintaining equipment for the University of Idaho. He enjoys working on anything mechanical, hunting big game, gardening and the outdoors. Dahmen thanks all his co-workers for the support and hard work they put in to keep the university looking good and running smoothly.
McCall Field Campus and Outdoor Science School
Patton is described as the "jack of all trades and master of some.” That background allows him to react to challenges at the McCall campus, which was established in 1943. He came to U of I after being a wildland firefighter for 12 years as an elite McCall smokejumper. He learned his skills to maintain the 14-acre campus while growing up on a fourth-generation family farm in Craigmont.
Thompson has been on the McCall team for more than 16 years. His current focus is on marketing, development, leadership instruction and risk management. He is grateful that, as a Vandal, he has worked with amazing people and has been a part of a nationally recognized program.
Kochevar is the K12 program coordinator for the McCall school. She loves the outdoors, including Idaho's wild rivers. She loves working at MOSS and couldn't ask for a better team.
Dorsey has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation from Unity College in Maine. She attended the McCall school for her master’s degree in environmental education and science communication. She has worked at the McCall campus for six years as the graduate residency coordinator. She also worked a year at Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Delph, the food systems and sustainability manager, feels grateful to work with an outstanding group of people. Supporting them while they support her makes her happy.
Coleman graduated from the MOSS program in 2018 and started a staff position as the food system and sustainability assistant manager in 2019. Continuing to work with the outstanding staff, faculty and community that is MOSS were factors in desiring the job. Feeding people homemade nutritious food made with love is also an important aspect, as well as finding new ways to support the local food system and community.
Jackson joined the team in 2006 and has held a variety of positions. If she doesn’t have an answer for a question about the school, she knows someone who does. She enjoys her team and the people it serves. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Fizzell has a master’s degree in forest resources from U of I and a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Illinois. He began his career in the environment by working as a field forester and biologist in Illinois, Oregon and Washington. In addition to trees, he has also studied neotropical migrant birds in the forests and on the prairie of Illinois and has tracked northern goshawks in the pine forests of central Oregon. In 2001, Fizzell co-founded the McCall science school along with Steve Hollenhorst. He enjoys cycling, skiing, fishing and watching college football.
Stout, the business operations supervisor for the College of Natural Resources, is lead for all safety, risk management, inventory and special projects for the college. He coordinates all large projects that benefit all units within CNR.
Department of Student Involvement
Meyer was born and raised in Moscow and has worked at the University of Idaho for nearly five years. For the past four years, she has worked in the Department of Student Involvement and has discovered that working with students in events and programming is one of her greatest joys. In her free time, Meyer loves spending time with her family and friends and adventuring around the Pacific Northwest and beyond.