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Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119


October 2017 Staff Council Newsletter

Vandal Friday at the Gangplank

The Idaho Falls campus participated in “Vandalizing” the Gangplank restaurant in Idaho Falls on Sept 29, 2017. This was part of a month-long Vandal Friday campaign with the Gangplank where people that wear their Vandal gear on Friday’s get a 10 percent discount on their lunch. Members of the Idaho Falls staff festooned the restaurant in Vandal gear for the occasion.

Gangplank employee
Even the restaurant staff were dressed in Vandal gear for the event. Photo courtesy of Jay Soelberg.
Gangplank billboard: Vandal Fridays are back!
Billboard at the Gangplank. Photo courtesy of Jay Soelberg

Meet Charles Tibbals, Staff Representative to Faculty Senate

Charles Tibbals is the Associate Director of Student Services in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. He is an alumni of the University of Idaho and has worked at the UI for over 16 years, primarily within the Office of the Registrar and now within the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. As one of the two staff representatives on Faculty Senate, he is responsible for representing the staff’s interests to Faculty Senate. He looks forward to helping assure that the university staff’s voice is heard in the University of Idaho governance process.

Charles Tibbals
Charles Tibbals


University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Debbie Ailor, Housing & Residence Life Team Cleaning Specialist, is the September Staff Member of the Month. Alexia Lovelady gave Debbie Ailor the following KUDO in June 14.  

Not only is Deb an amazing cleaning specialist, but she goes above and beyond for her teammates and most importantly, the students. She is also in charge of linen distribution for our summer conferences. She has a positive attitude, and is ALWAYS willing to lend a hand. 

Debbie Ailor
Debbie Ailor

Professional Development and Learning

Special Topics

Webinar: Cultivating a Practice of Mindful Leadership, Thursday, Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m. Bruce Pitman Center Room 045 

A hallmark of effective leadership is the ability to exercise judgment (well-informed, wise decisions) consistently. Influence on judgment is called "bias." When assumptions and stereotypes influence what we believe to be objective actions, we may have been unduly influenced by unconscious biases. This webinar will unpack how bias works, introduce practices for reducing the influence of bias on our decisions, and heighten awareness of how biases may motivate our leadership practices.

Presenter: Dr. Robbin Chapman is the Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Lecturer in the Education Department at Wellesley College.

Webinar: When and Where I Enter: Powerful, Game Changing Leadership Lessons, Thursday, Oct. 12 Bruce Pitman Center Room 045, 10-11 a.m.

From an equity and diversity framework, this session will explore the traits, characteristics, techniques and powerful leadership lessons learned in the advancement process, as well as offer interesting, humorous and thoughtful insights and anecdotes on how to best navigate the political landscapes, unwritten rules, social mores and customs on your path to leadership.

Presenter: Dr. Katrice A. Albert is Vice President for Equity and Diversity of the University of Minnesota.

Webinar: Practical Strategies for Powerful Candidate Selection, Thursday, Oct. 26, Bruce Pitman Center Room 045, 10-11 a.m.

Screening and interviewing candidates is tricky business. Assessing hard skills is difficult enough, but add to that the nuance of what it takes to succeed in that role, your institution, with your new manager, and it’s a whole new ballgame. In this webinar, we’ll discuss practical strategies for powerful candidate selection. The presenters will talk about how to assess not just hard skills and experience, but fit. Other topics include behavioral interviewing techniques and being on the alert for hidden bias throughout your hiring process.

Presenters: Sharon Ewles, Staffing Manager at Mott Community College and Jann Gillingham, Higher Ed Industry Specialist.

Special Event: Workplace Bullying Panel Discussion, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Commons Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms.

Panel facilitated by Elissa Keim, Director, Employee Development & Workforce Diversity. Panelists include:

  • Wes Matthews, Executive Director, Human Resources,
  • Brandi Terwilliger, Director, Human Resources,
  • Erin Agidius, Director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations and 
  • Lindsay Ewan, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights Investigations. 

Registration now open for the Fall 2017 Supervisory Excellence Program! 

The fall session begins Oct. 11 and concludes Nov. 29. See our SEP registration and workshop information.

Special fall 2017 live training session topics include:

  • Communication Essentials: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9-11 a.m.
  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9-11 a.m.
  • Training, Coaching and Mentoring for Success: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m.
  • Bullying: Confronting Hostility in the Workplace: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Building a Respectful Workplace: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9-11 a.m.
  • Conflict Management for Supervisors, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9-11 a.m.

Search Committee Training Now Available! 

Human Resources-Workforce Diversity is pleased to announce the debut of University of Idaho Search Committee Training. This new training, specifically designed for hiring authorities, search committee chairs and members, provides a deeper understanding of UI’s recruitment and hiring process. Topics covered include roles of the search committee chair and committee members, positive recruitment strategies, selection criteria, anti-bias awareness, interviewing, reference checking and more. The training takes approximately 90 minutes. Please contact HR-Workforce Diversity ( for more information or to schedule a departmental offering. 

Open enrollment sessions are scheduled on the dates/times listed below. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. To register for one of the general sessions, please visit the UI Learning Opportunity Calendar

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
University of Idaho Professional Development and Learning logo: Learn, Grow, succeed, let;st do it together.
Professional Development and Learning

Health and Rec Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1-5 p.m.

All University of Idaho students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for an afternoon of events, prizes, food, screenings, flu shots and resources at the Annual Health & Recreation Fair in the Student Recreation Center. The event is co-hosted by Campus Recreation and Vandal Health Education and features over 50 campus and local vendors. Prizes include a Fitbit, massage gift certificates, local gift cards, Vandal gear and more.

UI employees and community members can get their annual flu shot provided by Walgreens. Walgreens will bill insurance directly; please check with your insurance provider about coverage. Please bring proof of insurance and photo ID. 

Health and Rec Fair
Join us at the Health and Rec Fair!

2018 Annual Enrollment

This year, it will run from Oct. 16 to midnight (Pacific) Nov. 7. Annual enrollment print guides will no longer be printed; they will be exclusively available in electronic format.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The University of Idaho's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available for viewing and download. This report is part of UI's commitment to the safety and security of our campus community and complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. You may access the report online.

Presentation on Market-Based Compensation, Salary Adjustments

UI Vice President for Finance Brian Foisy and Human Resources Executive Director Wes Matthews will present an update on market-based compensation and the upcoming mid-year salary adjustment applicable for staff members at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in the International Ballroom of the Pitman Center, as well as statewide via Zoom. All staff and supervisors are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be recorded and available online following the meeting. Read more.

October Staff Council Meeting

The next Staff Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 9-11 a.m. in the Paul Joyce Faculty & Staff Lounge. All UI staff are invited to attend in person or via Zoom. Download the Agenda.

Branch Campus News


UI Boise - FIRST LEGO League Hydro Dynamics Season Kickoff

On Sept. 9, UI Boise hosted the FIRST LEGO League Hydro Dynamics Season Kickoff at the UI Boise Idaho Water Center. The open house introduced the new season challenge and game, and provided information for team research projects. Several local water experts spoke to the teams and tour groups of the UI Stream Lab. 

Thanks to the UI Extension 4-H, UI College of Engineering Center for Ecohydraulics Research, UI College of Natural Resources Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences for their participation at the event. Close to 200 individuals stopped by throughout the day and learned more about FIRST LEGO and the UI Boise Center.

If you want to learn more, FIRST LEGO League is managed in Idaho by UI Extension 4-H Robotics. More information on FIRST LEGO League can be found at To volunteer at our next event, contact Robin Baumgartner at

LEGO League Hydro Dynamics
Ada County FIRST LEGO League Hydro Dynamics students visit the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at UI Boise.
LEGO League Hydro Dynamics
FIRST LEGO League students view the large-scale sediment flume the Center for Ecohydraulics Research.

Liliana Vega Wins “Sembrador del Futuro” Award

Kudos to Liliana Vega, 4-H Extension Educator/Associate Professor, University of Idaho Extension Southern District (Ada/Canyon County), who received the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Sembrador del Futuro” award for 2017 (Planting seeds for a better Future) in recognition for the work she does with the youth in the Treasure Valley, the difference she’s making in the community by helping shape tomorrows leaders, and for her activism within the Latino community. 

They also recognized her program at Farmway Village (Caldwell Housing Authority) and the students at that site.

Liliana Vega

Coeur d’Alene

New Staff

Becky Byers, Assistant Director of Admissions
Becky is a returning UI employee who previously worked for the university for 15 years. As the Assistant Director of Admissions, Becky recruits potential students for UI and makes connections with the Coeur d’Alene community. She enjoys the team atmosphere at UI, and helping students to achieve their educational and career goals. Becky loves Mexican food, reading historical fiction and taking long walks or bike rides when she’s not busy being a dance mom.

Becky Byers
Becky Byers

Tessa Fleming, Custodial Services Specialist
Tessa recently joined the UI Coeur d’Alene team as a custodial services specialist. She is originally from Bellingham, Wash., and moved to Idaho in 2010. In her free time she likes to spend time outdoors: camping, hunting and fishing with her husband and four-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

Tessa Fleming
Tessa Fleming

Katherine Hoyer, Marketing & Communications Manager
Katherine Hoyer joined the UI Coeur d’Alene team this June as the Center’s Marketing & Communications Manager. She previously worked at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce as the Convention & Visitor Bureau Director. Katherine attended Washington State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has a Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a Master’s degree in strategic communication. Katherine lives in Coeur d’Alene with her husband, Austin and daughter, Kennedy.

Katherine Hoyer
Katherine Hoyer

Allie Simon, Special Projects Analyst
Allie comes from the suburbs of Chicago, but fled the flatlands to find the mountains out West. As a former University of Montana Griz Soccer player, she quickly learned the bond and rivalry within the Big Sky Conference. She is excited about joining the Vandal family here in Coeur d’Alene and getting integrated into this energetic community surrounding our university. Whether it is interaction with current or prospective students or working alongside local businesses on events, she is looking forward to becoming active and involved as the Strategic Planning Analyst. Fun facts: Her favorite book is ‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ by Anthony Doerr. Her favorite food is my mom’s day old fried spaghetti. On the weekends you can find her exploring, rain, snow or shine (preferably shine).

Allie Simon
Allie Simon

New Faculty

Julie Beeston, Computer Science
Julie Beeston joins us as a clinical faculty member. Prior to joining the UI team, Julie was a sessional professor at Vancouver Island University, the University of Victoria and Alliance University College. Her industry experience spans telephony, video broadcasting and geographical information industries but her passion is contributing to medical advances via computer systems. Julie's reason for teaching is to pass on her industry experience to empower students to move fluidly into new professional environments.

Julie Beeston
Julie Beeston

John Shovic, Computer Science
John Shovic joins UI as a clinical faculty member. John is a UI alumnus who spent the last eight years in the medical software industry and has a focused expertise in embedded systems, real time operating systems, manufacturing robots and applications of advanced AI techniques to robotics and embedded systems. John has previously served as a professor of computer science at Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. He is currently working on a number of projects involving applying AI hardware and software techniques to sensor data. He is teaching Advanced Robotics this fall. 

John Shovic
John Shovic

Predrag Tosic, Computer Science
Predrag Tosic joins the team as an assistant professor. Prior to joining UI, Predrag spent much of his career as a researcher and educator. He comes most recently from Washington State University where he focused on a number of topics, including dynamics of large scale networks, graph pattern mining, and Boolean network models of cyber-physical systems. At University of Houston, Predrag researched machine learning, smart energy and computational game theory. Predrag is actively involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Palouse Section and is currently the President of the section's Computer Society.

Predrag Tosic
Predrag Tosic


Computer Science Ribbon Cutting Celebration | Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m.
The Computer Science Department in Coeur d’Alene has moved to the Innovation Den. Come check out the new space and learn about this exciting Coeur d’Alene program. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5-7pm.

Meet the Vandals | Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Join future Vandals, faculty, staff and alumni for a fun-filled opportunity to learn about student life at Idaho. All students admitted for the upcoming academic year, students interested in applying and their families are welcome to attend.

UI Coeur d’Alene Welcomes the Confucius Institute
The University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene is happy to have the Confucius Institute back again for their second year. The UI Confucius Institute is providing Mandarin language and culture classes to the Coeur d’Alene area for fall and spring semesters. UI Coeur d’Alene warmly welcomes the Institute’s two faculty members, Ms. Chan Lin and Ms. Haojie Shi.

All around the world, Confucius Institutes serve as a bridge between academics, politicians, students, artists, businesses and people just like you wishing to engage with their counterparts in China. Because Confucius Institutes are not solely restricted to the realm of academia, they are a valuable resource to those in Idaho business, education, arts, health, sports and government sectors who wish to understand and create mutually beneficial relationships in China.

Confucius Institute Display
Confucius Institute Display

Nonprofit Leadership Classes Begin
Professional nonprofit leadership classes are community-based, year-round educational offerings that have been strategically designed to support the specific leadership training needs of staff and board members of nonprofit organizations throughout Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and all of northern Idaho and eastern Washington. We are happy to have this series back again this fall, with classes running through Nov. 9. For a list of classes, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Leadership Program website.

Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center Open Labs
With the assistance of UI staff around the state, CTOC broadcast a Certified Information System Security Professional seminar from Moscow to the Harbor Center, and in October and November they will be broadcasting from UI Boise to UI Idaho Falls to allow more than 20 Idaho National Lab staff to participate in cybersecurity continuing education. The new OpenLab option for cybersecurity continuing education began on Sept. 12 and will continue Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. through the end of October at the CTOC Lab at UI Research Park. Twelve local participants attended, including some from the Spokane, Washington area and five connected via Zoom from the Boise area and remote eastern Idaho to participate in an Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense online lab course.

Idaho Falls

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119