Kudos: Recognized Staff
The Staff Council KUDO program is designed to publicly recognize the outstanding work of University of Idaho staff employees who have gone above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work. If you would like to recognize staff for their outstanding work, you can Submit a Kudo.
Posted Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:41:00 -0700Eric Matson is so helpful for all our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint ... all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more
Posted Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0700Each year the Student Rec Center (SRC) closes down for 10 days and the staff (Brian Mahoney, Dale Mulch, Dianna Waskom, Doug Eacker, Mark Spellmire, Steve Merriam) deep cleans the facility. This includes, cleaning all equipment, shampooing carpets, dusting tall ceilings, painting, scrubbing bathroom, polishing floors and more. Thank you for all your hard work and keeping the SRC looking so amazing! Read more
Posted Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0700Myung is an expert on EPAFs. She is ALWAYS friendly and willing to help prepare EPAFs correctly. She answers her phone or returns phone calls promptly. Myung is generous, has a great sense of humor, and makes a positive contribution to the UI culture. Thank you, Myung! she controls. Read more
Posted Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700On 2-days' notice, I was informed we would need to temporarily vacate our office, due to construction on the floor above. Chris Darby agreed to allow us to relocate to one of the vacant grad student offices she controls. Read more
Posted Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0700Independently initiated, implemented, and maintains changes in processes to increase student evaluations of courses, instructors, and program. She increase the response from less than 5 % to almost 30%. We have implemented a number of student recommendations. Read more
Posted Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0700I would like to give a "big" kudos to Aaron Rice, a journeyman electrician, in Facilities Electrical Shop for all of the remarkable things he does on the U of I Campus to make it that much brighter, no pun intended, for all of us that work here. Read more
Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0700Myles is a pleasure to work with! Anytime we have a computer problem he is right there to help! He is a true asset! Thank you Myles for all of your help! Read more
Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0700Jean, is the most helpful person. She is helpful before you even need it. In this case she sent an email with clear instructions and a list of everything I needed. I appreciate her patience and her kindness. She is an asset to the Dean's office and to the CLASS departments.
Posted Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0700Wendy has been at the university for over 25 years. Some employees with that much time in may not always be willing to work late. Wendy, on the other hand, personifies an awesome team member.The last couple of weeks Wendy has gone above and beyond even her impeccable work ethic. She had multiple deadlines from the auditors and the Research Office. Yet with very little help, she managed to get it all done. My unit would be lost without her. Thank you so much, Wendy! Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:15:00 -0700Chuck is the initial contact for all service requests and emergencies that involve facilities. Many times our customers can be a little demanding and rude. Chuck takes it all with a grain of salt and always a voice of concern. Thank you, Chuck. Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:15:00 -0700DeLaina is deserving of acknowledgment, appreciation, and respect. DeLaina answers the phone when she is available and follows up on voicemail promptly. She has regular attendance and is knowledgeable about UI policy. DeLaina is always kind and respectful. DeLaina, you are much appreciated. Thank you!
Charles Tibbals, Associate Director of Student Services - College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700Charles is my go to person for advising questions and student concerns. He is always available and always answers my phone calls and emails without complaint. He treats me with patience and kindness and he is a true asset to CLASS. Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700Not 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 during the summer, for our summer conferences. She has a positive attitude and is ALWAYS willing to lend a hand. Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700She put on Dash after dark and did amazing! Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700Eric Matson is so helpful for our department's travel needs! He is like a personal travel assistant. Vandal Health Ed has had several trips in the last few weeks and he has processed our mess of receipts with ease and without complaint...all while moving offices! We appreciate him! Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700Mandy is always the first to ask who needs help when she is caught up. She was able to catch up on months of filing which made things much easier to find. Read more
Marie Pengilly, Outreach Specialist, Water Resource Center Outreach Department - Coeur d'Alene Center for Higher Ed
Posted Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0700We recently had the entire fifth-grade class of Hayden Meadows Elementary school at our office for two days. Marie has organized a field trip for them for several years now. She keeps them organized and on schedule. The children spend the day engaging in water activities. I had a chance to speak to several of the children this year, and they all stated that this was their favorite field trip of the year. Great job Marie!
Posted Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700The CALS Summer of Science booth at the Farmer's Market was amazing! My child LOVED being able to see and touch so many bugs. What a great idea amd engagement opportunity. Well done! Read more
Posted Wed, 17 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700The most recent issue of Here We Have Idaho magazine is beautiful and packed full of fascinating information about UI's space-related research and education projects.... Read more
Posted Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:00 -0700It is not news that Calvin Annis and Larry Cann are exemplary in all aspects of their Team Cleaning duties; their positive how-can-we-help mindset, their thorough work with attention to detail, and their ever-friendly attitude truly makes them an integral part of the UI staff:faculty team here in the AgSci Bldg... Read more
Posted Sat, 06 May 2017 10:00:00 -0700Software specific to my position was running overly slow on my computer. ResNet offered to have me over in their office to work off one of their speedier computers on a faster network. When I got there we realized my software wasn't installed on their computer. Before Michael could even set his coffee down for the day, he came over and starting helping me. Read more
Posted Thu, 04 May 2017 11:30:00 -0700Doug is our go-to handy man at the University Apartments. He has been extremely helpful with small repairs, installing new shelves and appliances and making sure we are living comfortably since we moved in last June. He takes great pride in his work and is always quick to respond to maintenance requests. He considers the residents of the University Apartment community to be his guests and works efficiently and with care to make sure his guests are safe and happy. Read more
Posted Wed, 03 May 2017 09:00:00 -0700Bonnie has done a fantastic job implementing our Marketplace/UStore and updating our process documentation. Read more
Posted Wed, 03 May 2017 08:30:00 -0700Shout out to Karla for designing and illustrating the super fun lunch boxes that were given away at the Staff Awards Ceremony! Your talent never ceases to amaze. They turned out fantastic! Read more
Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:00 -0700Andy met me and Mary Ellen Brewick to unlock buildings for a recruiting event walk through on Easter Sunday evening. Big thanks to him for driving in from Juliaetta! Read more
Posted Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:00 -0700Ryan did an amazing job coordinating set up for events for a tour this week for international agents visiting campus. Read more
Posted Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0700Tara Roberts oversees the Vandals in Focus project, now in its second year. She took the lead on this new publication focusing on undergraduate student research, including hiring and managing the student staff, seeking story ideas, editing the stories and seeing it through production and printing. Read more
Posted Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0700Congratulations to Mark Brooker and the UI Building Trades Electrical Shop for the professional work they performed to prepare the new Microscopy Center in the IRIC Building to receive the new, high value imaging equipment. Read more
Posted Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0700She has been my go to person in CALS and always is able to help solve my problems. Read more
Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:30:00 -0700Adrian has just finished working with Independent Study in Idaho on a large improvement to our database. Adrian has put in countless hours and a lot of effort to create a database that has been very useful to our office. When we have had problems, he has always been able to fix them in a timely fashion and has done an excellent job with communication throughout the process. Read more
Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700Ling has done a wonderful job updating our Blackboard learn courses. In addition, she has taken on additional duties in the workplace such as review/creation of the upcoming catalog. Read more
Posted Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0700Heather is the invisible member of our Service Center Team. She has been essential in getting the initial worksheets figured out and is always suggesting new improvements to the process. Her insightful work has made these reviews easier for both the department and the service center reviewers. She has no idea how much she is appreciated. Read more
Posted Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:00 -0700I've dealt with Jaron for several years and have even given him grief. He is always helpful, apologetic if need be, and great to work with no matter how I'm feeling. Lately, he did a rush job on getting a computer and phone set-up for a new employee. I really appreciate his dedication and overall attitude. Read more
Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700Teresa goes above and beyond what is required of her position to help the office run smoothly. Despite her busy schedule, she is always cheerful and if someone is having a problem or challenge she will ask if she can help resolve it. Teresa's knowledge, professionalism, and advice have helped me tremendously in my day to day work. Plus, Teresa is a dedicated Vandal and takes pride in her work and the University. Read more
Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800The Soc Anth department had an Independent Contractor who came to the UI from Canada to do some work via a service contract. After several days of contacting other key offices to figure out how to get this international person paid in a timely manner, Delora took it upon herself to research IRS publications to figure out how to get this person paid. I think we would still be trying to figure it out if it wasn't for her diligence. CLASS appreciates her extra efforts. Read more
Posted Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0800As one of the co-chairs for the upcoming Women's Leadership Conference, Mandi has been an absolute rock star! She's dedicated hours of her scarce and precious time to help guide an effective and productive work team in developing what is sure to be a dynamic and engaging conference. As her fellow co-chairs, we want to recognize her outstanding organizational skills, detail-oriented work ethic, collaborative team-building efforts, and general all-around awesomeness. Thanks for everything you've done and are doing to ensure the success of this event, Mandi! We truly appreciate you! Read more
Posted Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0800Nichole has been an invaluable source of support and guidance for the Women's Center during a challenging period of short-staffing and staff-in-training. I cannot thank her enough for her abundant patience, extreme generosity with her time, and willingness to go far above and beyond to help us with some difficult and time-consuming processes. We appreciate you so very much, Nichole! Thank you for everything you've done for the Women's Center. Read more
Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800Brittany has been the Web Coordinator for the Coeur d'Alene center for several months now, and she has been amazing to work with. She is very responsive and has the perfect solutions to my website problems. Our website has never looked so good! Read more
Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800Major Kudos to the Career Advising Team in Career Services. This year we moved to a specialized model of services, where advisors focus on specific colleges and spend part of their week taking career appointments in the respective college buildings. In just Fall 2016 alone, career advisors saw 7,230 students through appointments, drop-ins, and workshops/presentations. To give you a perspective on how big that is, in all of Fall 2015-Spring 2016 we saw 7,830 students total, which was a yearly record. With our specialized model, Career Services saw almost as many students in one semester as we did all of last year. Read more
Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800Kudos to Mark who almost singlehandedly creates and develops all the marketing and advertising for all of the numerous events, resources, and new we have coming out of Career Services. mark goes above and beyond with each project he does. He is so good at his job that many of our campus partners ask if he can help with some of their marketing efforts! Read more
Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800A big kudos to Nichole Vietz in the President's Office who is always so patient and helpful. Given her immense workload, her professionalism and patience are amazing. She is truly someone that deserves extra recognition. A reent difficult and complicated process took extra time on her part, yet she was thanking others for their small part. She has always taken extra steps to solve issues. I wanted somehow to let her know how much I have very much appreciated her attitude and work ethics. Thank you, Nichole. Read more
Posted Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800Excellent customer service!
Assistant to the President
Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800An outside contractor severed multiple data and AV connections while relocating a floor box in the auditorium of JEB 104, taking the multimedia system offline. Although he already had a full plate of tasks for the day, Daryl rushed over to the room and swiftly and expertly re-terminated the data lines so the upcoming events in the room could go on as scheduled. Daryl's timely action and dedication to duty spared many people from the inconvenience of having to have their events moved or canceled.
Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800Dianna came up with a great idea to utilize our auto scrubber to clean the atrium floor instead of hand mopping. We had never thought to try this in the past. It worked so well we are now doing it a couple times each week. Her idea has really helped keep the SRC looking good, especially with the winter weather and all the ice melt that gets tracked in by our patrons.
Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800I would like to acknowledge and thank our building custodian, Terry, who has cared for our building ALL semester (and much longer). In particular, I and the staff of the Child Development Laboratory would like to make sure that not only he, but his supervisor(s) know of the excellent service he provides to us. He knows our routines and what matters to us, and often initiates special care that he notices we need. In addition he is so friendly and professional in his service to us and well represents the University of Idaho and the caring community that makes working here a pleasure. Read more
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:49:00 -0700Corilyn works hard to keep our facilities clean, and she always has a great attitude, brightening everyone's day with her kind words, smile and laugh.
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700The Career Services office hosted an Open House on Nov. 16 to share our services with students, staff and faculty and to celebrate National Career Development Day. The UI Catering Team setup a professional, sharp looking food and beverage station for pizza and soda. The team also coordinated well responding to several phone calls I made to them during the event. The issues were resolved very quickly. Thank you for taking such good care of our event needs. You helped make our Open House a huge success! Read more
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700Renee' is n great Departmental Grant Administrator. She, along with all the other DGAs, submits subaward requests to OSP on a regular basis. DGAs act as intermediaries between the subrecipient and faculty, making sure that all proper documentation is complete before submitting it to OSP. As the subaward administrator, I need good DGAs, they are vital to the subaward process. Renee' is always prompt in submitting subaward requests. She includes all documentation and is quick to report any changes in information. Renee' has also reviewed templates and given feedback on how OSP can improve its subaward process. She has gone above and beyond her DGA duties.
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700Sam Koester has been a joy to work with since he became an indispensable part of our team at College of Graduate Studies over 3 years ago. One of his fortés is creating highly visible events that have made COGS more successful. He is instrumental in getting 3MT Dissertation off the ground. Innovation Showcase has increased visibility and UI involvement under his direction. His impressive artistic ability is something our office has been missing and is highly valued! COGS is part of an alliance of 4 universities funded by a grant from NSF, whose goal is to increase American Indian/Native Alaskan students in STEM. His assistance to our Interim Dean has been instrumental and I know he relies on Sam consistently. He is genuinely committed to this university. Thank you, Sam!
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700The USS Team Cleaning Specialists do a fabulous job keeping the Kibbie Dome clean for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. This is truly a challenge, every day, for this small group of people to do so much work but yet, they get it done in a timely manner and are a joy to be around. Their supervisor, Joe Hunt, is always busy and never seems to slow down. He not only manages the cleaning of the Kibbie Dome, and all of the offices within; but also the maintenance of the Kibbie Dome with his maintenance staff. I am always amazed at how much this small group accomplishes, on a daily basis, with all of the different events that happen each and every day in the Kibbie Dome. They maintain all of the offices on each floor, besides keeping the concourses and the bleachers clean in the Kibbie Dome. They are an amazing, organized group of people. Thank you to: Joe Hunt, Maintenance/Custodial Manager, Dawn Sundman, Jeanette Weidig, Scott Springer, Luke Kilgore Brown, and Dan Manwaring. Read more
Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700Earlier this afternoon I participated in the testing of our new videoconference systems linking EP204 and CDA/Harbor Center room 240B…and all went smoothly. As project architect and manager of this critical project linking/expanding the computer science program in both Moscow and CDA, Liza Morris did a professional and unwavering job of pushing this project through on time with exemplary results. Liza’s efforts were joined by equally great work on the part of Greg Clifford and Matt Kitterman from ITS. I’ll laud the efforts of our own Ray Anderson as well. All in all…a great team effort. It’s a great room and Moscow-CDA faculty look forward to using it beginning this Thursday. As team leader, It couldn’t/wouldn’t have happened without Liza’s hard work and problem solving.
Posted Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:47:00 -0700I was directed to Paul to share with him the lack of trash bin near the WWI Grove in the C.H. Shattuck Arboretum. Paul connected with me right away and shared with me the process on what it takes to add trash bins to the Arboretum. Paul worked his magic and shared with me recently that there is a new trash bin now located at the WWI Grove! As this is an area with three nice benches in a quiet area just south of the Administration Building it is nice to have a place for people to put their waste while they are enjoying what our fine campus has to offer.
Posted Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700Kim is so clear and easy to work with. With my complex benefits situation, Kim has been so careful to be complete, timely, and accurate with her information and guidance. She is an example of the best of the U of I - warm, professional and thorough. Many thanks! Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:44:00 -0700Just before the semester began I noticed I wasn't receiving emails through our department address. Even though the Help Desk in ITS is swamped this time of year, Jordan quickly diagnosed the problem and took the time to help me with a complicated issue. Great Job, Jordan! Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:37:00 -0700Becky provided exemplary and much appreciated service in an extremely pleasant fashion. She creatively solved a difficult problem and maintained a delightfully cheerful attitude throughout. She is a credit to UI and deserves recognition.
Richard Vaughan Williams
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Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0700Mark took initiative on his own to develop a virtual tour (through Google) of the Student Recreation Center. He did an extensive amount of research, came in early in the morning on weekends to capture photos when the building was closed and worked hand in hand with our web coordinator to make it work within the UI parameters. In addition, Mark has blogged about his experience and has received many inquiries from other schools on how it was done. The tour can now be seen on our Campus Recreation website. Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700Julie Moon took an afternoon and decorated the faculty bulletin boards in the TAB (Tingey Administration Building). Nicely done.
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700Michael consistently goes above and beyond to make sure that he can help students. His customer service is such that I will receive calls specifically to tell me how much a student appreciates the time and effort that he puts in to make sure that he does everything he can to make sure that information for a student is accurate and complete. For a relatively new employee he is a pleasure to work with and shows genuine care and concern for our students.
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700Rachel Otto and Joe Roberts have been absolutely amazing in their roles as Career Development Liaisons since starting in March. They both hit the ground running and have been actively involved with their respective colleges. Both Joe and Rachel have accomplished more in 6 months than I thought would take over a year to accomplish with our new liaison program. We are so lucky to have them!
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700Suzanne is the new Sponsored Programs Administrator assigned to work with the College of Natural Resources. Our college submits a high volume of proposals and some of the agencies we work with do not follow the normal grant processes so many times each proposal, agency, set of rules, etc. are unique. Suzanne has done a great job of getting up to speed on the nuances of CNR proposals and our high volume. She has been wonderful working with our faculty members and me personally. She's been a great addition to the OSP/CNR grant team and I am glad to get to work with her. Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700Thank you to our presenters! TA/RA Institute The College of Graduate Studies hosted its bi-annual TA/RA Institute on August 19, 2016. We had over 140 new Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants attend this event, many of whom were brand new graduate students as well. We would like to thank all of the individuals involved in our Fall 2016 TA/RA Institute. Thank you to our presenters: Lysa Salsbury, Jesse Martinez, Cheri Cole, Barb Beatty, Emilie McLarnan, and Dr. Sharon Fritz. Thank you for your amazing presentations and involvement.