January 2018 Staff Council Newsletter
Meet Kary Wells, Staff Council Representative from Coeur d’Alene
Kary Wells is an Administrative Coordinator at the University of Idaho’s Coeur d'Alene Center for Higher Education. Her responsibilities include event management, including commencement, the North Idaho Fair primary sponsor booth, and a large 8-week summer camp and internship program called Dig’nIT. She particularly enjoys working with teen interns hired through Dig’nIT to go out into the community and work for high-tech businesses. She joined Staff Council because she believes that every staff member in the university should feel like they have a voice that is heard by leadership. She also advocates for as much engagement from the Moscow campus with the Coeur d’Alene campus as possible. Her favorite quote: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
University of Idaho January Staff Member of the Month
Max Stillwell, ITS support
Max is a great asset to our team! We are very fortunate to have him as one of our IT support people. He is polite, prompt and patient, even when the issue we're working on is something I know little to nothing about.
Max was nominated by Emily Tuschhoff, Health Promotion Director.
Ariel Agenbroad Among top 50 Women of the Year
Congratulations to Ariel Agenbroad, Ada County U of I Associate Professor/Extension Educator, Community Food Systems and Small Farms. Ariel is one of the top 50 Women of the Year selected by the Idaho Business Review for 2018. Ariel leads and facilitates collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted applied research and education in community food systems and small farms for a six-county area which includes Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Owyhee and Elmore. Read more.
Volunteer of the Year
The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Kootenai Health Foundation. The award was announced at this year's Festival of Trees celebration in Coeur d’Alene. The annual event benefits the community hospital in continuing their capital campaign for the expansion of Emergency and Surgical Services.
Photo courtesy of Diane Higgin, CDA Chamber.
The Staff Awards Committee invites you to nominate staff who have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. The nominations are currently open, and they will remain open until Feb 9, 2018.
Visit the Staff Council Award Categories and Nominations page for more information about the categories, how to nominate and to access the nomination forms.
The Staff Awards Committee also wants to highlight the McBride Prize. The McBride Prize is given to a staff member in the Exempt Staff category who emulates the example set forth by retired staff member, Larry McBride, during his nearly 20 years of distinguished service to the university. The prize recognizes service far beyond that expected from the job description.
Visit the Staff Council Award Categories and Nominations page for more information about the categories, how to nominate and to access the nomination form.
Sam Mayfield | CALS Multimedia Developer
Sam Mayfield is the new Multimedia Developer in the department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology. Sam recently moved back to Idaho after living for 12 years in Burlington, Vermont. She is a filmmaker, video journalist, documentarian and educator. Her work has taken her to India, West Africa, Palestine, Israel and Mexico.
Since 2005, Mayfield has worked producing stories that are left out of the dominant commercial media landscape. Between 2011-2015, she produced and directed her second documentary film, the 55-minute award-winning film Wisconsin Rising. When she isn’t making media, Sam loves to bike ride, knit, practice yoga, hike, snowboard and make delicious food with her friends.
Erinn Cruz | TRiO Project Specialist
Erinn Cruz, who worked for the McClure Center in Boise, is back working for U of I Boise. Erinn will be the new TRiO EOC Project Specialist. We are happy that she is able to come and work for us part-time as the new Project Specialist.
<Code> d’Alene: Big Thanks for Big Success
Over 200 attendees came out for six unique events celebrating Computer Science Education Week. In partnership with Gizmo-CDA, U of I Coeur d’Alene taught students of all ages the science, technology, and magic behind coding. Check out the short video recapping the events.
Photos courtesy of Kary Wells.
Jennifer Kay, Administrative Assistant, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
Jennifer grew up on a small farm north of Bellingham, Washington. After high school she worked full time running a gymnastics academy while attending night classes at a local community college. She moved to Seattle to work as a legal secretary, met her husband, and moved to Post Falls, Idaho. Jen worked as a paralegal for various law firms for the past 30 years. Jen enjoys camping, 4-wheeling, and traveling with her husband and daughter.Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kay.
TRIO students from Twin Falls to Idaho Falls participated in the Ignite STEM day
Over 100 hundred TRIO students from Twin Falls to Idaho Falls participated in the Ignite STEM day on December 8. U of I Faculty, staff and graduate students provided interactive demos at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The TRIO students also visited the College of Eastern Idaho including the U of I Manufacturing and Robotics Lab at CEI, had lunch at University Place and talked with representatives from U of I , Idaho State University, Boise State University and Idaho National Laboratory. The event is hosted by University of Idaho and sponsored by ISU’s TRIO programs.
Trio pictures courtesy of Alice Allen
Christmas in Idaho Falls
On Dec. 1, the Idaho Falls Faculty and Staff held their Christmas party at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. There was plenty of great food shared by everyone. During the festivities Dr. Michael McKellar entertained the crowd with an amazing magic show.
Christmas Pictures courtesy of Alice Allen
Welcome, Nick Petrasso
December 18, the Idaho Falls center welcomed Dominic (Nick) Petrasso as IT Video Manager. Nick will be taking care of the center’s video scheduling, training of operators and connecting video classes and meetings. Nick is coming to Idaho Falls as a native of New England and graduate of the University of Connecticut. He then ran his own business in Terra Ceia, Florida. He and his wife Tammy moved to Idaho in 2014 to enjoy the outdoors.
Picture of Nick courtesy of Jay Soelberg