October 2018 Staff Council Newsletter
Meet Leslie Hammes, Staff Council Member
Leslie Hammes is an Associate Director of Student Financial Aid Services; she earned a Master’s degree from U of I in 2016. She was elected to the Executive Council of IASFAA (Idaho Association of Financial Aid Administrators) and began serving her three year term immediately. In August she began a doctorate program in education specializing in leadership and counseling.
Leslie’s work responsibilities include managing the work study and satisfactory academic progress programs, supervising communication with federal student loan and grant systems, and ensuring student financial aid applications are loaded weekly. She enjoys working with families to explain awards and ensure their offer reflects current family situations; regular student contact reminds her why she has spent 20 years in financial aid.
Leslie joined Staff Council to become involved in her new community and share a slightly different perspective. She believes it’s critical U of I have three strong and balanced components for shared governance, and contributes through committees and task forces when possible.
Chart V Concerns
Staff Council has been working with Financial Technicians across the university to get a pulse check on the new upgrade to Chart V. Staff Council contacted Brian Foisy, VP of Finance, to let him know of a potential concern during the transition. As expected, VP Foisy was very receptive to hear of any concerns from staff, and the potential impact. Staff Council then sent a survey to 100 financial technicians asking for their opinions on Chart V.
“4 or 5 unhappy people is certainly cause for concern. But 60 or 70 unhappy people represents an entirely different level of concern.”
Brian Foisy, VP of Finance
Staff Council leadership has a meeting scheduled with VP Foisy to discuss the initial results of the Chart V survey, which seem to cut right down the middle with staff. The following graphs showcase only the beginning of information provided.
While it seems as though most think it is not user friendly, the scales are also weighted heavy on the lack of participation in beta testing. This, of course, could be those who were surveyed were not initially involved in the beta testing.
Change is hard but so is not having adequate resources. If you feel you need additional training, resources or information surrounding the implementation of Chart V, reach out to your Staff Council representatives. Please keep an eye on the Register for future information regarding Chart V, and reference the Employee Development and Learning calendar for training opportunities.
Benefits Annual Enrollment
Annual enrollment for University of Idaho employee benefits begins Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, and runs through midnight Pacific time Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Is the coverage you have now the coverage you'll need for 2019? Benefits Annual Enrollment is your once-a-year chance to find out and change your coverage for 2019. See details at the U of I Benefits webpage. You can view the interactive enrollment guide, the Summaries of Benefits and Coverage, and other legal documents.
Student Health Clinic Relocates
The U of I Student Health Clinic has relocated from campus to Moscow Family Medicine’s Main Street office (map), located on the edge of campus at 623 S. Main St. and across the street from Gritman Medical Center. Staff and faculty are also able to use the clinic.
Ortega Enters Leadership Boise Program
Maria Ortega, Marketing and Communications Manager at U of I Boise, was accepted into the 2018-20 Leadership Boise class. The Boise Metro Chamber's Leadership Boise program develops business and community leaders through a two-year curriculum. Congrats, Maria!
May Staff Member of the Month
Landscape & Grounds Team
"Over the weekend of the first UIBound event of 2018, an alumni friend and I spent time strolling around campus, reminiscing about our undergraduate days here. We noticed how beautiful the campus grounds, streets and landscaping looked, especially after all of the sanding and graveling from snow and ice during the winter. We want to extend our appreciation and thanks to the hardworking grounds staff for helping our campus leave a positive impression on prospective students and their families visiting for UIB. Thank you!"
Nominated by Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services.
June Staff Member of the Month
Cari Fealy — Director, Conduct and Community Standards
Though Cari has only been employed at U of I for one year, she has already made a positive impact on students. She works with students in vulnerable situations. Her job is difficult but she takes time to discuss difficult topics with students so that they feel heard and cared for by our university. Cari goes above and beyond her job duties to meet students where they are, emotionally and physically. Though her primary duty is conduct, Cari advocates for students by taking extra time to educate them and develop solutions that will best serve our students and our institution. Although this often means staying at work after hours, Cari does so willingly. She is truly a gem.
Cari was nominated by Bekah MillerMacphee, OVW Project Director, Women’s Center.
July Staff Member of the Month
Jason Oliver — Associate Contract Review Officer
Jason is always friendly, thorough, quick to action and generally just a great colleague to work with. In a job that I would assume could oftentimes be stressful, he is always very positive which in turn makes my job easier. Thanks, Jason, for your great attitude and work ethic!
Jason was nominated by Whitney Myers, Idaho INBRE.
August Staff Member of the Month
Sharon Jemes — Senior Programmer Analyst
The Registrar's Office experienced a loss of online transcript processing, an essential service of our office. Sharon has worked tirelessly to determine not only the cause of the problem but a resolution to restore our services to fully functional. While we are not there yet, she continues to take steps every day to make sure transcripts continue to be processed normally. Without her help and determination we would have serious impacts on our workload during one of the busiest times of the year.
Sharon was nominated by Chris Menter, Enrollment Coordinator Registrar's office.
Facilities Machine Shop Creates U of I Sign Perfect for Social Media
A joint effort from Alumni Relations and Facilities Building Trades produced a classy sign that allows you to be the "I" in "U of I." Kathy Barnard, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications, worked on the concept with Elaina Perry and Steve Curry from the Facilities Sign Shop. Ryan Gray and James Mader from the Machine Shop created the concept in steel. Great work guys, you did an amazing job! Head over to at the track on the west of the Kibbie Dome to hop in front and become the "I" of the sign. Don't forget to share on Facebook, Instagram, etc., and tag @uidaho in your posts.
The Machine Shop has always helped the university community bring its visions to life, from fish traps at CNR to sculpture work like this.
U of I Boise Summer Walking Challenge
The U of I Boise Culture and Climate Committee organized a summer walking challenge from June 18 to Aug. 12 to get employees more active and to build a sense of community among participants. Eighteen faculty and staff participated with a total of 5,354,786 steps — equaling 2,677 miles, the approximate distance from Boise to New York!
The grand prize winner was Michael Kroth for the most steps over eight weeks combined, with 729,011 steps. “This has been fabulous — a huge help to me and everyone else,” Kroth said.
All participants enjoyed the challenge, the occasional walking meet-ups during lunch hour, and the weekly prizes.
U of I Coeur d’Alene Staff Appreciation BBQ
U of I Coeur d’Alene staff gathered on the deck of the Coeur d’Alene Harbor Center in June to enjoy a summery BBQ and good company. Big thanks goes out to Staff Council for supporting a function that celebrates the staff who work so hard to make the University of Idaho great!
U of I Coeur d’Alene hosts the 2018 Back to School Luau
U of I Coeur d’Alene welcomed new, returning, and future U of I students to the 2018-2019 school year hula-style. Students and their families, U of I faculty and staff, and North Idaho College leadership found some time to get to know each other over a lovely meal, yard games, kids activities and island music. A huge thanks goes out to STCU for the generous annual sponsorship of the event.
Christina Cox | Academic Program Development Manager
Christina Cox rejoined the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene as the Academic Program Development Manager in late May. During her 20 plus years in Coeur d’Alene, Christina has worked for the Coeur d’Alene School District, the North Idaho Higher Education Center and, most recently, North Idaho College. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s from Harvard University. While not an Idaho native, she and her family enjoy many of the amenities in the area, including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and keeping (unsuccessfully) the wildlife out of her garden.
Katie Marshall | Marketing and Communications Manager
Katie Marshall joined the U of I Coeur d’Alene team in July as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Katie is a Montana native and proud UM Griz with a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism. She spent years as a TV news anchor, reporter and producer. Most recently, Katie was an external communications manager for American Red Cross biomedical services. Outside of work, you’ll most likely find Katie lost in a sewing project, perusing a farmer’s market, fly fishing or packing for the next big adventure with her husband.
Carrie Morrison | Department Manager, Computer Science Department
Carrie Morrison joined the U of I Coeur d’Alene computer science department in September as the Department Manager. She is a Coeur d’Alene native and a proud Vandal alum. In addition to her new position, Carrie is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program at the University of Montana and expects to graduate in 2020. She is a mom to an energetic, strikingly handsome one-year-old boy and enjoys spending her free time with her family. Carrie’s interests include exploring the great outdoors, good and bad (but mostly good) wine tasting, and contorting her body into awkward positions in yoga class.
Lidiia Ostrom – Student Services
I came here from Ukraine nine years ago and plan to retire in Idaho. I graduated with a master's degree from Kyiv National University of Technology and Design and worked for the military for over 15 years. I love Idaho Falls and my job as a student service assistant.
Together with my husband, we have four adult kids who live in California, Oregon and two are in Idaho. I love travelling, gardening and cooking. I enjoy living in Idaho where it is so beautiful and full of nature; I love to pick mushrooms and huckleberries in the forest, rock hunting and fishing.
Joanie McCarron – Executive Assistant
I was born and raised in Pocatello and attended Idaho State University, graduating with a degree in business administration. Joining University of Idaho, Idaho Falls feels like coming come and I am thrilled to be here.
I started in higher education after graduation and have served at Idaho State, Boise State and Washington State. My most recent position was as the Business Manager in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State, where I served for eight years.
I have one son – Lucas. In my spare time, I play in my herb garden, search for vintage ‘stuff’ and enjoy the outdoors.
Sarah Ramirez – Extension Management Assistant
Sarah worked at a non-profit in higher education in Los Angeles, CA for thirteen years prior to moving to Idaho Falls and landing a job at the U of I Research and Extension office assisting Marnie Spencer. She joined the U of I Ag Extension team along with Joyce Killpack, who was hired at the same time which made it easier to learn – two heads are always better than one.
Sarah loves to bake and make cards and little decorations. She is always willing to help friends and family with anything/everything, and she is dedicated to spend-down her dog’s abundant energy each day. Her dog’s name is Rogue (yes, she grew up on X-Men comic books) and has had her since she was a tiny puppy.