students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit UI

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Homecoming Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Join other Vandal families for a week of celebration and Vandal traditions. View Calendar

campus full of students

UI Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn More

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, click on Submit a Kudo in the menu.

August 2016

Becky Barry, Customer Service Representative 2 | Parking and Transportation Services

Becky 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, Professor | Chemistry

July 2016

Bill Loftus, Public Information Officer | CALS Communications

A plate glass door was broken at Ag Science on Tuesday, July 19, just after the end of the shift for the crew who cleans the building. I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who assisted with the aftermath of this incident.  Bill Loftus (CALS Communications), who, after reporting the incident to Facilities, stayed on-scene to help steer foot traffic away from the area, and even volunteered to assist me with the initial cleanup; Kelvin Daniels, Megan Grennille, and Elaina Perry (EHS Response Team), who cleaned up the blood from the person who was injured; Patrick Richardson and Jessica Lambert (Building Services Section A), who took over the final cleanup; Bart Schumacker (Interiors Shop), who got the new glass installed by the end of the day.  Once again, thank you all. Your quick response was greatly appreciated.  Peter Haworth, Custodial Foreman | Building Services - Section C

Graham Driskell, Custodial Foreperson | Facilities
Graham, a huge thank you for always being so helpful and responsive to all of the Women's Center's cleaning and maintenance needs. We truly appreciate you and your timely, efficient, and expert assistance. It's wonderful to have colleagues like you!  Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Jeremy Kermott, Technology Support Specialist | ITS
Contracts and Purchasing's new employee was in the Vandal Card Office to get her new card. Jeremy Kermott divides his time between ITS and the Vandal Card Office, and he happened to be the person that helped us that day. Jeremy saved us a trip to the Help Desk and did everything that we needed right then to get our new employee set up on the UI network. He was pleasant, friendly, and went above and beyond to help someone new to the university. Thank you Jeremy, for volunteering to do more than what was required!  Cynthia Adams, Assistant Buyer, Purchasing Services

June 2016

Rosie Groves, Financial Specialist | Accounts Payable
I wish to thank Rosie for expediting a couple of new vendor set ups into Banner last Friday.  She was swamped with end of year documents, and I really needed to get a couple of requisitions onto the system buy could not as they were new to our vendor database.  Rosie set her work aside and got these set up for me.  I sure appreciate her effort to help me out.  Thank you Rosie!  Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist, CNR

Scott Smith, Retail Operations Coordinator | Vandal Store,
Spencer Martin, Clinical Faculty | LHSOM,
Melissa Adams, Advising Specialist | Advising Services,
Amy Kingston, Scheduling Coordinator | Registrar's Office

Thank you for going the extra mile this morning to help my daughter Erin with her class schedule.  I have been so impressed with the UI staff we have met -- from the campus store manager Scott who introduced Erin to art majors who work at the store, to the marching band director Spencer Martin, to Erin's art academic advisor Melissa Adams, and now, YOU!  You could have simply transferred us to someone else, or told us that you'r not able to help us.  But you didn't.  And that is an indication of the genuine commitment this university has for creating a caring community!  I just wanted you to know you that your kindness and professionalism is appreciated.  Lisa Stewart, Parent of an Incoming Student

Kathy Foss, Associate Director | Donor Relations and Stewardship

Kathy went beyond any expectations to help UI Boise by preparing new hand-crafter decorations for an event with very short notice. She did this without being asked to do so and she volunteered her creativity and her time to help us create a very successful event in Boise. Kathy's response is what makes Vandals a true family and keeps the Vandal spirit alive among departments that do not interact that often. Thank you!!! Maria Ortego, Marketing and Communications Manager, UI Boise

May 2016

Jamie Frausto, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities

Since Jaime has started, we have noticed how much he has improved our work environment. His attention to detail goes far beyond his job description, and the third floor is better for it. Beyond just basic cleaning, Jaime takes it upon himself to make sure that we are always fully stocked with supplies, and offers to help us when he sees a need. He even fixed a faucet that has been spraying incorrectly for years due to mineral buildup! He is so friendly and always greets us in the mornings with a "hello" and a smile. We are so grateful that he puts so much additional time and care into his job because it makes the whole floor a better place to work. We hope that he knows that we absolutely notice his hard work and are so appreciative of the efforts he takes on a daily basis to perform his job to the absolute best of his abilities. Thank you, Jaime, for all that you do for us and for being a part of our team. The Lab Group of Mark McGuire, Animal Sciences

Thad Gilkey, Electrical Lead Worker | Facilities

Thad decided to personally work above and beyond his work duties to address a building safety issue and install emergency lighting for the Meat Pavilion (CALS). This safety matter persisted for years and is now compliant thanks to Thad. Elaina Perry, Ind. Hyg. Specialist, EHS

Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to President | President's Office

I would like to give a "big" kudos to Kevin Ketchie in the President's Office for all of the remarkable things he does on the U of I Campus to make it that much brighter for all of us that work here. He has always been so responsive in addressing various needs and issues, and does so in a kind, respectful manner. He is a joy to work with. He always presents himself in a very positive manner, and represents the President's Office well. I sincerely appreciate everything he does, and I don't think he gets enough recognition for all of the different responsibilities that he is burdened with. However, he manages these graciously and with kindness. Thanks, so much, Kevin for all you do! — Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager, University Support Services

Candis Glassey, Assistant Director of Finance | University of Idaho Foundation

Candis is the Assistant Director of Finance at the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. She has been an exemplary employee for the University and the Foundation for 14 years, and has gone above and beyond her duties to serve both this past semester. Glassey stepped up for the Foundations’ finance team when a co-worker was away from the office for an extended period of time. Candis took initiative and responsibility in competing reports, delegating assignments, and communicating with University stakeholders on behalf of the Foundation’s finance team. Glassey also trains new University employees in the UI/Foundation financial relationship models, with staff feedback being positive throughout their experiences. Candis truly upholds the Foundation’s mission to inspire, manage, and distribute private support to enhance the excellence of the University. — Bob Weis, Executive Director, University of Idaho Foundation

Kara Billington, Swim Instructor | Swim Center

Kara has done marvelous work with teaching my son about swimming! Before signing up with Kara we had tried a number of different instructors but she made a breakthrough. She has a gentle persistence that helped him gain the confidence he needed to work on his skills. Thank you Kara for helping him grow so much this semester! — Lauren Torok, Director, Advancement Services

Nicole Cook, Swim Instructor | Swim Center

Nicole was charged with showing my stubborn daughter the mechanics of swimming. It was a tough semester for Nicole! As the semester progressed, Nicole was able to convince my daughter that she could have fun AND learn to swim. The stubbornness would flair and Nicole used that to increase my daughter’s skill set as it that was the plan the whole time. (I wish I had that grace!) Thank you Nicole! — Lauren Torok, Director, Advancement Services

The Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology, Staff and Volunteers | Bowers Lab of Anthropology

On May 7th, 2016, The Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology hosted our annual public outreach event. I want to thank the students and volunteers who made this event so successful; they include Cruz Botello, Ari Burns, Dan Crandall, Rachel Falzon, Allison Fashing, Emma Cott, Ty Unrug, Dakota Wallen, Tammy Watson and Darcy Wayman. Finally, thanks are owed to Dr. Leah Evans-Janke, who has been working hard on organizing, crafting, and designing the activities for this event since January. Thank you for making this a great place to research and work! — Stacey Lynn Camp, Director, Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology

Budget Office, All Staff | Budget Office

Today I called the Budget Office for assistance and Janice Todish assisted me. Their office consistently offers support cheerfully to the university community, whether in person, by phone, or in workshops. Kudos to you! — Kathleen Zillinger, Administrative Assistant, CBE Dean’s Office

BEX and UI Garage | Facilities

The BEX shop dropped everything and came to my aid in repairing all the water main breaks that we experienced when we had to take the I-Tank off line. They worked late into the night, well after their regular shift and without question. With their help we were able to get all the leaks repaired in a timely manner and without too much inconvenience. Lewis Paul came up with the idea to make a bypass road around the water leak in the middle of the street on the 6th Street Extension. He stayed through the middle of the night building that bypass road. This made it possible for us to safely repair the leak without interrupting traffic. I just want to give a big THANK YOU to all the guys in the Building Exterior Services Shop! — Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager, Facilities

Mike Holtaus and Nels Reese | Idaho Commons and Pitman Center

On April 28th a Parent stopped in the office to ask if there was a way for her to have a tour of the Administration Building. She loves the Admin Building and wanted to have a tour of the building. I sent out e-mails and got in touch with Brian Johnson who was happy to assist if possible. It all worked out that Mike was available and was part of the tour guides to provide access to parts of the building the Parent wanted to visit. The tour was put together quickly and on Friday, April 29th at 2pm Mike arrived ready to take the Parent around the Admin Building. It is always great to make something happen. It is even better that on short notice something can be put together to make another person very appreciated. This is what makes the UI a great place to work, people from different departments working together to make something occur, even with busy schedules going on. Mike is a true team player to help out in this. Brian Johnson should also be commended for assistance and providing Mike's name to help with this request by a Parent. Team work all around! — David Pittsley, Office Manager Assistant, Office of the President

Brian Jemes, NetTeam and Business Technologies | Auxiliary Services

I want to thank both Brian Jemes and NetTeam as well as Michael and Jim in Auxiliary Services Business Technologies for their work on the LLC AP installation project. They were able to very quickly pull together and install AP devices in all 8 community buildings in less than 2 days. They went above and beyond to get this project knocked out for the benefit of our students.— Dee Kanikkeberg, Director, Housing and Residence Life

April 2016

Ryan Watson and USS Event Crew, Campus Events Manager | University Support Services

Ryan and the USS event crew members he supervises did an incredible job setting up and tearing down monitors and trusses for the Etiquette Dinner. Everything was set exactly as we asked. Our event was highly successful in no small part because of the efforts of Ryan and his team. They all have our heartfelt thanks. — Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services

Brian Moyer and Pitman Center Event Crew | Idaho Commons and Pitman Center

Brian ensured that the Pitman Center International Ballroom was perfectly set for the Etiquette Dinner and pre-event networking event. We could not ask for better service. Our event was successful in no small part because of the diligence of Brian and his event crew members. You all have our sincere thanks. — Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services

Ben Aiman, Facilities and Events Manager | Idaho Commons and Pitman Center

This was my first year coordinating our annual Etiquette Dinner and I was full of questions about the event’s setup and specifications. Ben was patient and diligent explaining guidelines for the Pitman Center International Ballroom. His expertise contributed to another successful event for Career Services and for that, we are very grateful. — Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services

Jennifer Knerr and the Vandals Dining Team | Vandals Dining by Sodexo

The ‘Dine with Style’ Etiquette Dinner is an annual collaboration among several campus partners, including Vandals Dining by Sodexo. This was Jennifer’s first time serving on the planning committee. She was patient with me, this also being my first time helping coordinate the event. Her catering crew members did an excellent job training student servers. Chefs also instructed a student menu group on menu preparation and presentation. The entire Vandals Dining & Catering teams provided outstanding service and attention to detail, which helps build long-lasting relationships. They all deserve our gratitude and we look forward to partnering with them again for the 2017 Etiquette Dinner! — Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services

Eric Stenback & SPL Crew | Idaho Commons and Pitman Center

Eric and his crew provided fantastic sound, production and lighting assistance at the Etiquette Dinner. His crew was professional and efficient during setup and tear down of the event space as well as available throughout the evening in case our guest speakers needed assistance. We are indebted to them for their outstanding service. — Jamie Garlinghouse, Employer Relations Specialist, Career Services

Nichole Vietz, Fiscal Management Assistant | President’s Office

Nichole Vietz truly understands how important customer service is to the success of our institution, and she consistently offers a top notch experience to all who enter or call her office. Every single encounter with Nichole is a positive one and you can always count on her to exceed your expectations. Thank you Nichole for making every experience with you one to look forward to! — Kim Malm, Executive Assistant, Office of Research and Economic Development

Lynne Kittner and Cheryl Chambers | College of Natural Resources Administration

Lynne Kittner and Cheryl Chambers always go above and beyond in their work! They have consistently stepped up to the pate when there is extra work to be done. CNR is very lucky to have Cheryl and Lynne as members of our team! — Kaitlin Morehouse, HR & Operations Supervisor, CNR

Cheryl Chambers, Grants and Contract Specialist | College of Natural Resources Administration

Cheryl is a pillar of administrative support. She is always pleasant and helpful. She always accepts extra work loads and completes tasks accurately and in a timely fashion. How can we reward someone like this? — Mark Coleman, Professor and IFC Director, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

March 2016

Andrew Gauss, Director | Alumni and Dev. Communications

Outstanding customer service, always willing to lend his expertise to another's project. Always goes the extra mile to make sure things are correct and the University is seen in the most positive light. A great accomplishment from Boise!!!!— Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to President

Brandon Gardner and Ariel Popp, Enterprise Solutions | ITS

Brandon and Ariel rose above the call of duty to assist with the migration of the ITS website to the Responsive platform. To help meet the difficult deadline, Brandon and Ariel created thousands of Sitecore objects and quickly adjusted to my feedback to improve content and make it easier to add the components to webpages. The result is a website that looks excellent and beautifully adjusts to the user's browsing device, whether computer, tablet or cell phone. Thank you Brandon and Ariel! — Bob Hoffman, Web Technician, Infrastructure

Terri Lesley, Landscape Maintenance Technician | Facilities

In preparation for the library’s ribbon cutting event, Terri really scoured the grounds outside of the doors to make the library look spectacular on its big day. — Lynn Baird, Dean – Library

Chris Menter and Sharon Jemes | Office of the Registrar

Chris and Sharon spent several months working on the eTranscript implementation project. ETranscipts allows students to send and receive an official transcript in a secure PDF format. Congratulations to both of you for your hard work and successful launch. — Heather Chermak, University Registrar

Katie Gross, HR Assistant | Human Resources

CNR is very thankful for all of Katie's help this academic year! She goes above and beyond to make the final stages of the hiring process flow smoothly. Katie always keeps everyone in the loop about the status of off-site I-9s. She is always positive when dealing with difficult situations and serves as a welcoming face of HR to new faculty, staff, and student employees. Thank you for all of your hard work!!— Kaitlin Morehouse, HR Operations Supervisor, College of Natural Resources

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Computer Designer | Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education

Ryan is a great employee that is an asset to everyone else. When asked to contribute, he goes above and beyond the normal expected outcome! He is an active participant in staff affairs, always willing to go above and beyond. He is a think-tank that others can spring board ideas from. His work is creative and innovative and when he is teaching or explaining he can relate to you on your level. His continuance is always welcoming and warm. Ryan has a great sense of humor and is engaging in all conversations. He is well liked and sought after by the entire staff. — Debbie Clements, CALS Idaho Falls R&E Center

Sarah Morra, Administrative Financial Specialist | Department of Statistics

Sarah is always willing to help. She was great in an emergency that arose at 7:30 in the morning with test photocopies.— Erkan Buzbas, Assistant Professor, Statistics

Lexi Schaar, Academic Advisor | College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

I started my position 3 months ago and Lexi has been integral to my success as a new employee. She has answered all of my questions and helped me to navigate my new position with patience and grace while still continuing to do her regularly assigned duties and shoulder some of the work that I will be taking on as I progress in my position. She is incredibly supportive of students and our team members. She is always willing to step up and take the lead on a new project and maintains a positive attitude no matter the circumstance. — Erin Doty, Recruiter and Academic Advisor, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Charity Wright, Customer Service Representative | Housing

Charity has been the organizer of fun activities during our departmental potlucks. She's willing and stepped up to create and organize the fun, adding just that extra spark to the event. — Dee Dee Kanikkeberg, Director, Housing and Residence Life

February 2016

Student Recreation Center

For the 3rd year in a row, the SRC has passed the annual inspection by the Idaho State Dept of Building Safety with no hazards or areas of concern. This is a testament to the consistent high standards of the staff. This team greets everyone with a smile of their faces, provides incredible customer service and promotes health and wellness to all who visit their site. They make the SRC a comfortable, supportive environment for all. — Patricia Baker, Environmental Health and Safety

Charles Hatfield, Customer Service Representative | Facilities

When we visit facilities we are always welcomed with a warm smile and a greeting. Chuck always takes the time to greet everyone. We would like to take a minute and thank Chuck for all of his hard work. Whenever HR has needed his assistance, he has been on top of any requests. We recently had a few meetings to coordinate in facilities and he made this a smooth process. He took care of booking the room and making sure all equipment that was needed for our presentation was setup and ready when we arrived. He is always willing to go above and beyond with anything he does. Recently, we requested that HR be completely sanitized due to the fact almost half of HR was out sick with a nasty illness. He assured us that he would notify the fantastic custodial staff of the need for all our areas to be disinfected. This is just one small example of the great things Chuck does! Chuck always takes the time to say we are awesome, but this time it's Chuck who is awesome! — Entire Human Resources Staff

Kaitlin Morehouse, HR & Operations Supervisor | College of Natural Resources

Employment Services would like to recognize and send a big THANK YOU to Kaitlin Morehouse, HR & Operations Supervisor, College of Natural Resources. In the short 6 months that Kaitlin has been with CNR, she has encountered a myriad of challenges. She has a positive, can-do attitude and has never hesitated to meet those challenges head on. She is proactive, very knowledgeable and can think on her feet. She always asks great questions for EPAFs that need to be done and has worked very well with some complicated situations and she wants to have it done correctly. She has also done a phenomenal job of working within federal guidelines for Employment Authorization. She is also proactive in following our background check requirements and timely in responding to any issues that arise. She is always willing to learn and is very open about needing help and does a great job to follow-through with any issues that arise. If she doesn't have the answer to one of our questions, she would find out and call us right back. She has been awesome to partner with and we look forward to working with her in the future. We appreciate her hard work! — Brandi Terwilliger, Employment Services - Human Resources

Student Recreation Center

For the 3rd year in a row, the SRC has passed the annual inspection by the Idaho State Dept of Building Safety with no hazards or areas of concern. This is a testament to the consistent high standards of the staff. This team greets everyone with a smile of their faces, provides incredible customer service and promotes health and wellness to all who visit their site. They make the SRC a comfortable, supportive environment for all. — Patricia Baker, Environmental Health and Safety

Amber Feldman, Kirsty Pinchuk and Kelli Sirotzki | Human Resources

Amber, Kirsty and Kelli were fantastic as they helped me navigate how to hire student employees! I had no knowledge coming in, and they answered all my questions, gave good advice and made everything easy to understand. Amber especially has continued to be a great help throughout the process! I appreciate the whole team's responsiveness, patience and openness. — Tara Roberts, science and research writer, Office of Research

Christina Anthony, Administrative Assistant | Department of Business

Christina is the glue that holds the department together and that keeps us going. She always goes out of her way to help us faculty, no matter how busy she is and she always manages to do that with a smile. And she is quite busy, Department of Business being one of the largest departments on campus. Honestly, I feel like most of us would not know how to go about our business and would not be half as productive without her assistance. The College of Business is currently going through an extensive dean search process and as part of the search committee, I could not be more appreciative of Christina's help with organizing everything related to the search. On top of all her other duties, she's been there helping all search committee members with various tasks. I really don't think any of us would have finished our part in time if it weren't for her support. — Berna Devezer, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Department of Business

Liza Morris, Project Architect | Facilities

Liza is the project architect for the Library's first floor renovation project and has gone above and beyond to bring this project together on time and on budget. She is highly professional, providing expert assistance and advice to her clients and I find her a joy to work with! Because of Liza's work, the Library will be a true hub of University life, one we can all take pride in. — Lynn Baird, Dean, University Libraries

Diane Isaak, Management Assistant | Southern District University of Idaho Extension

Diane consistently goes above and beyond serving the faculty, staff and volunteers of the Southern District Extension. She supports and manages our grants, payroll, staff hiring processes, evaluations, helps us navigate policy and procedures, and does it all with a grace and a smile. We couldn't do it without her! — Ariel Agenbroad, Associate Extension Professor, Southern District Extension, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Jamie Garlinghouse | Employer Relations Specialist

A major kudos to Jamie for her planning, coordination, execution, and leadership of the Spring 2016 Career Fair. We had a record number of both employers and students attending. It was a terrific event for our employers and the success of this fair is in large part to Jamie and her team. — Eric Anderson, Interim Director, Career Services

Liz Ridgway and Stephanie Fox | Idaho Water Resources - Boise Center

Liz and Stephanie made an uncomfortable trip to Boise a wonderful experience. They are top-notch employees and a huge asset to the University of Idaho family! Thank you so much for making us feel at home and for taking such good care of us - It did not go unnoticed and we appreciate you so very much! — Charity Buchert & Christian Elsberry, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Administrative Services

Mike Hilker and Don Patterson | Financial & IT departments Idaho Falls

Mike Hilker & Don Patterson put together the annual Ground Hog Day-mid winter celebration party. Hats off to Mike and his wife Ginger for bringing the decorative and tasty home baked goods along with the other complimentary snacks brought in by other staff members. The room was packed with faculty and staff and it was GREAT FUN! Debbie Caudle, Academic & Services Advisor, Student Services Idaho Falls

January 2016

Karee Head, International Admissions Specialist | Office of Admissions

Last week we received a letter from Mike Reilly, Executive Director of AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), indicating that our own Karee Head received AACRAO’s Emerging Leader Award. This award is presented to professionals who have, early on in their admissions or registrar office career, made an exceptional or unique contribution which demonstrates promise as a future leader. Karee has served in several service and leadership roles within AACRAO, and this award recognizes her talent and dedication. For those who work regularly with Karee, you already know the time, effort and professionalism that she extends to colleagues, students and their families as they transition to life in higher education. Karee will be recognized at the opening session of AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Please join me in congratulating her on this award and thanking her for being part of the Vandal Family. — Admissions and International Programs Staff

Adrian Norris, ITS Enterprise Developer | ITS

Adrian has been updating the Independent Study in Idaho database. We have come to him with a number of changes and he has quickly fixed each one. He has been great about looking into the problems to help us improve our efficiency to work with students and faculty. — Roseanne August, Administrative Financial Specialist, Independent Study in Idaho

Kathy Hayworth, Team Cleaning Specialist| Facilities

The custodial staff not only keep Renfrew Hall clean but go beyond the usual in that they let me in my office when I’m locked out, they clean up broken glass and floods in labs and report needed repairs. I don’t know if those are their customary duties, but I’m glad they’re here even when we don’t know we need them. They are the behind-the-scene warriors. Thanks guys! — Deb Cissell, Administrative Assistant, Chemistry

Jessica Lambert, Team Cleaning Specialist| Facilities

The custodial staff not only keep Renfrew Hall clean but go beyond the usual in that they let me in my office when I’m locked out, they clean up broken glass and floods in labs and report needed repairs. I don’t know if those are their customary duties, but I’m glad they’re here even when we don’t know we need them. They are the behind-the-scene warriors. Thanks guys! — Deb Cissell, Administrative Assistant, Chemistry

Kathy Bolland, Team Cleaning Specialist| Facilities

The custodial staff not only keep Renfrew Hall clean but go beyond the usual in that they let me in my office when I’m locked out, they clean up broken glass and floods in labs and report needed repairs. I don’t know if those are their customary duties, but I’m glad they’re here even when we don’t know we need them. They are the behind-the-scene warriors. Thanks guys! — Deb Cissell, Administrative Assistant, Chemistry

December 2015

Ben Baker, Application Administrator | ITS

Ben went above and beyond for me today! I initially called him to ask (what I thought was) a simple programming question. It ended up being a roughly hour-long access and training session. Thank you Ben, for dropping whatever you were doing at the time and for helping me immediately. Your knowledge and generosity with your time is much appreciated! —Cynthia Adams, Assistant Buyer, Purchasing

Savannah Tranchell, Internal Communications Manager | University Communications & Marketing

Savannah has stepped up to almost single handedly proofread the entirety of the university’s new responsive website. As the final stop gap before sites go live, she has been instrumental in ensuring consistent quality across our largest communication platform. I’m grateful for her efforts to go above and beyond to help with what is a tedious but important element for our site’s success. Our website is much better because of her efforts and other editors involved with the project. Thank you, Savannah. —Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

Sean Williams, Web Technician | University Communications & Marketing/CLASS

Sean has been an extraordinary team player over the past month – a month where our Web Communications team has been down many members. He has stepped up to help with MailChimp emails, websites and more. We appreciate his willingness to pitch in consistently to help his team and the exuberance he continually shows in tough situations. — Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

Bryce Barbee, Maintenance Craftsperson | Facilities

As I travel around the campus, providing Ergonomic Assessments or conducting safety inspections, I see innovative ‘fixes’ to workstations. When I ask who came up with these ideas, I am frequently told ‘Bryce from Facilities’. I recently suggested a department submit a service request for some desk adjustments. Bryce responded the next day and dealt with all the little fixes as well and reassembling a desk. I love his ‘Get ‘er Done’ attitude! Thank you Bryce for your work in making U of I a comfortable and safe workplace. — Patricia Baker, Occupational Safety Technician, EHS

Ken Schmidt, Classroom IT Analyst | ITS

Ken was helping set up some microphones for an event in JEB 104. There was unexpectedly a class in the room before our event was to occur. Ken and his assistant managed to get the microphones going in the brief amount of time between classes. This was essential for our success. Thanks, Ken! — Michael Maughan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Stephanie Fox, Event Supervisor | Boise Center for Higher Education

I was tasked to put together an event in a short amount of time at the Boise Center. Not being familiar with the location or meeting room set up or how to reserve the space, Stephanie helped me every step of the way. From providing me the link to reserve the room, to offering catering options, to making sure all went well for the meeting attendees. Stephanie was awesome in helping me out and I look forward to working with her again when the time comes for another event. — David Pittsley, Management Assistant, Office of the President

Mary Ellen Brewick, Director | Marketing and Recruitment

Mary Ellen always has a positive, can do attitude that boosts the morale of the office. She is an extremely supportive supervisor. She is also highly engaged in different activities around campus. She is a great, all around team player. — Erin Rishling, Outreach Coordinator, International Programs Office

Elizabeth Hardyway, Marketing | Enrollment Management

Elizabeth has coordinated and collaborated with stakeholders across campus to create the printed materials that go out to prospective students. As a new[er] partner with her on these types of projects, I’ve appreciated her willingness to take feedback and collaborate. Her workload is great, but so is her attitude and approach. Thanks for all your do, Elizabeth. It’s noticed and appreciated. — Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

June Clevy, Campaign Coordinator | Enrollment Management

June is simply a data ninja. On top of her incredibly important other duties coordinating the mailings going out through our CRM to prospective students, she’s always willing to lend a hand in helping to pull, interpret and report the data to help us make informed decisions. I can’t count the number of times that she’s helped out – always quickly and efficiently. Thank you, thank you, thank you, June. You’re wonderful to work with, and I greatly appreciate all you do. — Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

Cheri Cole, Management Assistant | College of Graduate Studies

I would like to recognize Cheri Cole for her dedication and the amount of effort she puts into graduation each and every semester. Each time a student has a question, needs a form, or has a concern, she always handles it promptly and with a helpful and calming attitude. She always tries to keep a smile on her face, no matter how frustrating things are. When Commencement rolls around she is hard at work trying to make sure everyone can graduate on time. It is truly evident on how much she cares for the students she works with daily, and watches graduate after a few long years of tears, stress, and eventually success. — Sam Koester, Management Assistant, College of Graduate Studies

Emily Mowrer, Senior Graphic Designer | Creative Services and Print Management

Emily has developed outstanding creative materials for the University’s enrollment marketing efforts and has been a true professional! She has worked so well under a lot of deadline pressures and has moved forward one of the University’s strategic goals. —Anna Sherwood, Director of Enrollment Marketing, Enrollment Management

November 2015

Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager | University Support Services

Outstanding customer service at the November 28 football game. Cheryl went above and beyond to help a football fan get monies returned for over charge of tickets as well as went the extra mile to make sure they were taken care of at the highest level. —Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to the President, Presidential Events

Rachel Falzon and Dakota Wallen, senior staff | Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory

Dakota Wallen and Rachel Falzon have put in an incredible amount of time and hard work on finishing an archaeological contract for the Idaho State Historical Society and Kootenai County. They have gone above and beyond the expectations of the contract, and worked hard to write a complete archaeological site form and report under time constraints. We at the Bowers Laboratory appreciate their service to the state, and to our archaeological repository. —Stacey Lynn Camp, director, Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology and associate professor

Boni Cruz, Landscaping | Facilities

Boni is doing a wonderful job of clearing away all the dead needles & leaves around Wallace Residence Center on 6th Street. His efforts show the care he has for our campus. —Jen Skinner, Customer Relations Manager, Housing & Residence Life

Daryle Faircloth, Project Manager | Facilities

Thank you for all your support and hard work to make this new building home for the UI Center on Disabilities and Human Development. You have been exceedingly patient and very responsive to all our requests. Faculty and staff at the CDHD very much appreciate your efforts, and the efforts of all those who helped to create a functional space for the work we do. I hope you are going on a restful vacation this weekend, you deserve it!! Thanks again. Julie

Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services Specialist | Coeur d'Alene

Angie continually goes above and beyond at the Coeur d'Alene Center. She has a positive outlook in any situation and has the energy of at least 2 people combined! She is knowledgeable of University processes and is our go to person when we have questions. Angie recently organized and presented a graduate student fair involving several post secondary schools at the Harbor Center and it brought a large crowd to the building for the evening. —Karen Thurston, Karen Thurston, Director, Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center

October 2015

Justin Ross, Paint Shop | Facilities

This past spring, a Service Request was submitted by Building Services to paint the hallway walls at Memorial Gym. The Paint Shop has gone above and beyond what was requested, and in doing so has greatly improved the appearance of Memorial Gym. This is far more than was expected, and it is greatly appreciated by Building Services. Comments have also been made by building users and students on how much better the building looks because of the efforts made by the painting crew. —Graham Driskell, Acting Foreperson, Building Services Section D

Jenine Cordon, Ben Baker and Tom English

Thank you for their efforts in getting our new file management system up and running. They spent many hours getting our system ready and then in mid-October, spent three solid days in training with us building and customizing it to our needs! The system works great and the technical support has been awesome! —Jen Magelky-Seiler, Administrative Assistant Sr., Office of General Counsel

Steve Curry, Interiors Shop | Facilities

Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Steve Curry and his staff in the Interiors Shop for carefully trimming a vintage wooden bench in the Women's Center with significant historical and personal meaning, to alleviate access issues and create an unobstructed passageway for all our users. You are the best! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Rick Wilkins, HVAC Control Tech | Facilities

HVAC supports many services on campus. Ag Bio had a fume hood in room 216 that was malfunctioning, and Rick was able to get in and fix it in less than two days. Impressive! The research group using the space is very pleased. Great Job! —Elaina Perry, Ind. Hyg. Specialist, EHS

Ryan Watson | USS

Ryan and the team of USS event staff he supervises did an incredible job setting up and tearing down for our Career Fair week. I have worked with event staffs for years and I have seen none any better. Everything was set exactly as we asked. Our event was very successful in no small part because of the efforts of Ryan and his team. They all have our heartfelt thanks. —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations and Communications, Career Center

Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to the President | President's Office

On behalf of the Career Center, I would like to thank Kevin and the President's office for their support in holding our Fall 2015 Career Fair in the Kibbie Dome. It was a huge success with the largest employer and student attendance in many years. The success of this fair was in no small part due to hosting it in the Dome. That wouldn't have been possible without the support of Kevin and the President's Office. We are very grateful for their support. —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations and Communications, Career Center

Chef Bennie Dewberry & Vandals Catering | Chef, Vandals Catering

Chef Dewberry and his Catering team did an excellent job providing food and beverage for our Vandal Networking Night and Fall 2015 Career Fair. When we under-ordered, Chef rescued us because he knew we were in trouble. It is that kind of service that builds long-lasting relationships. He has our gratitude. And to the rest of the team that prepared the food and set everything up, the food was incredible and on time. We couldn't be happier. —John Mangiantini, Manager of Employer Relations, Career Center

Ben Aiman and Brian Moyer | ICSU

Ben and Brian made sure that the Commons and the Pitman locations were perfectly set for the events we held in conjunction with Career Fair Week. We could never ask for better service. The events were successful in no small part because of the diligence of Ben and Brian. You and your team members have our sincere thanks. —John Mangiantini, Manager of Employer Relations & Communication, Career Center

Krista Bateman, Management Assistant | Auxiliary Services

We had a last minute application to try to get through the system with only 24 hours to do it. I was referred to Krista. I hadn't had the opportunity to work with Krista since she started with Auxiliary Services. I was calling from Boise and was not able to walk the document from office to office, etc. Through many phone calls and emails with Krista, she was able to get our application through the system and approved with only 50 minutes to spare! I sincerely appreciate all of Krista's attention and help! —Stephanie Fox, Manager, Facilities & Operation, UI Boise

September 2015

Sammantha Green, Assistant to the Dean, University Libraries

Samm has single-handedly kept the Library's administrative operations afloat since last February, assuming all functions of finance, human resources, and managing the office operations. She has done so with grace and professionalism; she is a great exemplar of the Vandal spirit. —Lynn Baird, Dean, University Libraries

Nancy Holmes, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Nancy has helped me immensely in preparing foundation proposals. She is incredibly reliable, knowledgeable and kind. She has always gone above and beyond with her service to my program and exemplifies what it means to be a collegial staff member at the University of Idaho! —Greg Fizzell, Program Director - McCall Outdoor Science School

Derek Zimmerman, facilities interiors | Facilities

On Thursday and Friday (9/24, 9/25), EHS and facilities began bathroom cleanup and repair in the Meat Pavilion. Derek came from facilities on short notice to remove wet ceiling and drywall material. The job quickly became grosser and messier than anyone anticipated. EHS and Facilities met to discuss fix for weekend event. Derek willingly continued the work to have the area clean and ready for participant of Ag Days to arrive. His hard work reflects the type of attitude and work ethic that makes a difference and will continue to help the UI reflect a positive image. Especially at recruiting events such as Ag Days! Thanks to Derek and the facilities team for making the difference when it counts! —Elaina Perry, Ind. Hyg. Specialist, EHS

Amber Wilson, Business Partner | Human Resources

Amber is a terrific colleague and a pleasure to work with. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable but she always has a great attitude, which makes getting the hard work done a bit easier. This kudos is a small way to say a big thank you to Amber! —Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean, CLASS

Twila Brown, College of Education & Michelle Weitz, Boise Center

Few activities are as stressful for faculty as pulling together a promotion packet. Twila Brown and Michelle Weitz kept me sane during this process this summer. They are magic and the institutional memory they possess is a gift that keeps on giving to their colleagues and our students. Thank you both for being exemplars of caring and professionalism. —Jean Henscheid, Academic Faculty

Kathy Garofano, Administrative Coordinator | Twin Falls Research & Extension Center

l started working for the UI Extension Twin Falls Research and Extension office just three weeks ago, but right away Kathy made me feel like I was already a valuable asset and that I should expound upon my talents, drive and creativity. From day one she has been a strong support for continuing my education, holds strong to university ideals, encourages creativity and is open to ideas, change and innovation. She is the right hand person for everyone in the office, and the staff as a whole cares dearly for her and her knowledge. Such respect from the staff tells me this woman is deserving of accolades. She's made me feel as though I'm part of a family. People like Kathy are rare in most industries and it was wonderful to be comfortable in unknown surroundings. I send her a great big kudo for her support. I'm looking forward to work with her and others for many years. —Jami Whited, Administrative Assistant, UI Ext TFRE

Max Stillwell, Computer Tech | Student Affairs

Max has been outstanding to work with, and I don't think we have had a problem he couldn't solve. Max is also terrific at explaining things in such a way that non-IT and computer staff can understand. We are so lucky to have him—Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

Nicole Campbell, Career Advising Specialist | Career Center

A major kudos to Nicole for initiating and overseeing a major project for our office, the creation of a Career Center promotional video. Nicole saw a need in our office, and a chance to give a very talented student real-world experience with video production and editing. The video is absolutely amazing and I can't wait for the campus to see it. Without Nicole, this project would not have happened. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

August 2015

Leslie Dorsey, Program Assistant | CNR McCall Outdoor Science School

Leslie is an incredible asset to the University community and the community at large. One of Leslie’s tasks is being a liaison between program staff and parents. I witnessed her successfully navigate a tricky topic with a parent so effectively this summer that the parent came in with a frown and left with a smile. She puts program participants at ease and is regularly bending over backwards to improve the MOSS experience for everyone. Not only is Leslie excellent with our guests, she is a fantastic colleague. She bucks human nature and steps up to complete ambiguous tasks around the office. When the recycling is full, Leslie will sort it without hesitation. The trash is overflowing in one can, she will empty all the cans. The bathroom sink is black from someone rinsing a fireboard in there, Leslie will wipe up the mess. She sees something that needs improving and she jumps in to do just that. Leslie is a wonderful teammate and we are lucky to have her! —Sacha B Jackson, Operations and Registration Manager, CNR McCall Outdoor Science School Campus

Kelli Sirotski, HR Business Partner | Human Resources

Kelli assisted us with a difficult employee situation, proposed a solution which we implemented, and responded quickly. Kelli provided exceptional and professional service throughout the case. —Andrew Kliskey, Co-Director, Center for Resilient Communities

Classroom Technology Support | Information Technology Services

The Classroom Technology Support team rocks and their new rock anthem is classroom LSS 277. The team worked with Facilities Management, faculty and other ITS teams to install a new classroom display system to best accommodate the remodeled layout of the room. It is an impressive 3x3 display array (meaning nine 55" monitor panels), an engineered sound system including listening assisting devices, and an integrated touch-screen control panel! The team met all the challenges of this project by researching and training themselves as well as receiving vendor training on the new technology solutions. The final product is a complete WOW! Congratulations to the team and a big thank you also to the faculty that shared their needs, the Facilities Management team, and the other ITS teams they worked with on this project. Great collaboration and an awesome outcome!!! —Brian Cox, Director, ITS

Vandal Dining | Campus Dining

Congratulations to Vandal Dining for getting the University of Idaho added to the Food Recovery Certified program through Sodexo. http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8068b9bc#/8068b9bc/1 (page 23-24)—Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development, Career Center

John Mangiantini, Manager | Employer Relations and Communications

Kudos to John on all his hard work transitioning the Career Center job board and career management system over to a new platform that will be more engaging and intuitive for our students, alumni, and employers to use. We are excited for students and alumni to check out the new Hire a Vandal job board. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

Teri Riedner, Financial Technician | Office of Sponsored Programs

I've been working on projects with Teri for several years now and she has proven herself to be one amazing partner to work with! She is extremely competent at her job duties, she is level-headed and down-to-earth, she understands how important deadlines are and that sometimes we don't have control over events that cause us to run up against those deadlines, and on top of all that — or maybe because of all that — she has a great sense of humor. I vote for giving Teri a pay raise! —Debbie Hornbuckle, Grants Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations Office

Kari Dickinson, Coordinator | Distance and Extended Education

A huge kudos to Kari for helping me better understand, organize, and set-up a class I was instructing in BBLearn. Because of Kari I feel I have a much better grasp on how BBLearn works. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

Janice Jones, Senior Financial Specialist | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Kudos to Janice Jones for all of her assistance in developing and reviewing the FY2017 budget request for Ag Research and Extension. She is defining "going above and beyond" every day and it is very much appreciated. —Trina Mahoney, Budget Director, Budget Office

July 2015

Joe Enloe and the Idaho Commons and Student Union Custodians | Building Superintendent

When I emailed Joe Enloe and requested a particular outside stairwell be cleaned, I wasn't expecting that it would happen the next day! Calvin Stowe, Tess Shoemaker and Patrick Buettner came to the rescue and did a fantastic job of cleaning up an area that someone had made a smoking area. Calvin was the heavy lifter on this job and I just want to let you all know how clean it looks and what a great job you did! Thank you! —Jean Otto, Tech Records Splst II, Accts Pay

Matthew Stoddard, Peggy Beyerlein, Lisa Cochran, Jaron Leavitt, and Tom English | ITS-Technical Support Services Team

The Registrar’s Office gives a big shout out to the members of the ITS – Technical Support Services team. The team helped with our temporary move to the computer lab in the Pitman Center. Matthew Stoddard, Peggy Beyerlein, Lisa Cochran, and Jaron Leavitt all pitched in, helping us move our 20+ computers, various IP addresses, and printers downstairs. Two weeks later they returned to move us back to our office space. It was a big project, their office closed for a couple of hours to assist us. The moves were completed in a little over two hours, we had anticipated a least a half a day before we could get back to work, so we had minimal disruption to our services during this time. We’d also like to say a thanks to Tom English, who helped facilitate the move and approving our move to the computer lab during this time. We couldn’t have done it without you - Thank you! —Office of the Registrar

Donn Thill, Debbie Rigby, Phil Anderson, Dave Casebolt, Josh Peak, Brad Bull and Roy Patten | Palouse Research Extension and Education Center

Thank you so much to this group for providing an outstanding tour of the Palouse RE&E Center facilities. These individuals shined as they shared what their functions are within the college and the research, extension and teaching that occurs through this RE&E Center. To top it off lunch was served out at the Parker Farm, spotlighting Vandal Brand Meats!! You guys really know how to do a tour!! —Charity Buchert, Human Resource Coordinator

PK Northcutt II, Manager Senior IT | College of Engineering

He was very patient and customer service oriented. He solved an issue very quickly that would have caused difficulties for me when training someone on Wednesday. The bright greeting was very welcome, "Happy Monday."—Matt Steele, IT Database Analyst - AIS

Daniel Granja, Server Systems Manager and Brian Jemes, Network Manager | ITS

ITS specialists held Facilities upgrade and improve automated controls for the heating and cooling systems on campus. Kudos given to Daniel Granja (Server Systems Manager) and Brian Jemes (Network Manager) of ITS. —Chuck Schoeffler, Building Automation Systems HVAC

David Sargent, Chemstores Storekeeper 2 | Chemistry

I've known this person since 2009 and he is doing a great job in Chem store at the Chemistry department when he helped us as a graduate student to get our chemical supply to help us with our research. He is very smart and very helpful. —Ramadan Ali Altwer, PhD Chemistry

June 2015

Betty Boren, Program Assistant | International Programs Office

With unexpected schedule changes for a copier switch, our amazing IPO Program Assistant, Betty Boren, took the lead in getting our systems back online. She has put a great deal of effort into fixing the problem, working with various departments. Thank you, Betty, for your positive, fix-it attitude! —Ashleigh Bright & Katie Schiffelbein, ALCP-International Programs Office

Tiffani Stubblefield, Office Administrator | CALS Advancement

While a number of people on our team were out of the office, the ceiling began leaking in our main office area. In my absence, Tiffani gracefully handled the situation which included numerous people from Environmental Health and Safety and UI Facilities, due to the asbestos in our old building. Thanks to Tiffani and anyone else who helped solve this problem in an expedited manner! —Kim O'Neill, Assistant Dean, CALS Advancement

Cretia Bunney, Payroll Manager | Payroll

I want to extend a huge thank you and kudos to Payroll Manager, Cretia Bunney. Cretia took time out of her very busy schedule to assist me with some summer EPAF issues and to help me understand the process better. Not only did Cretia go out of her way to help me, but she did it in a very positive and professional way. She is an asset to the University and I was grateful for her expertise and willingness to help. KUDOS Cretia! —Sue Branting, Management Assistant, Computer Science Department

Jaron Leavitt, Technology Support Services | ITS

A critical piece of technology failed to operate as needed during an important business trip outside the contiguous United States. Because the issue developed outside of normal UI operating hours (and some time zones away) the possibility of receiving assistance seemed bleak. This issue threatened to seriously disrupt an important presentation for our director's counterparts from other U.S. institutions, high-level foreign representatives and leadership. This would have resulted in a critical loss of face to our institution had Jaron Leavitt not responded in a timely manner. He tracked down the issue and everything was operational again with time to spare. We sincerely appreciate his expertise, patience, and professionalism. The UI has some great individuals like Jaron who keep things tip-top! —Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator - Confucius Institute

Max Stillwell, Computer Tech

Max's lightning response time to our emails for help is amazing! He is efficient, always pleasant and strives to find a solution. He follows up every request, no matter how small, and displays a great work ethic! He has worked hard to get our computers cleaned and updated and we really appreciate all he has done! —Department of Student Involvement Staff

Brenda Helbling, Executive Assistant to the President | Office of the President Nichole Vietz, Financial Management Assistant; Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to the President

A big thank you to the staff in the President's Office. In my six months joining the team they have made me feel welcome. It has been a pleasure to work with them and learn how the office functions. They have been patient in teaching me how processes are done. The office is always running, and when a new person comes aboard it brings a different challenge and I am thankful for the patients the team provides as I get my feet under me. —David Pittsley, Office Manager Assistant; Office of the President

OSP Postaward | Office of Sponsored Programs

CNR would like to recognize the staff of Postaward within OSP for always being so helpful to our faculty and fiscal staff. They have the tough job of processing every grant, contract, or research award that comes through the door and they do so as quickly as possible. We recognize that it can be a stressful job with tight deadlines from both the UI and funding agency side and they always do their job with professionalism and a positive attitude. Thanks! —Cathryn Knock, Assoc Director, Administrative Service, College of Natural Resources

Kay Dee Holmes, Assoc Contract Review Officer | Office of Research and Economic Development

On behalf of all of CNR, I would like to recognize Kay Dee Holmes and thank her for always being so helpful and attentive to our faculty and fiscal staff when we are working with her on a grant contract. Contract negotiations can sometimes be time consuming and stressful for the faculty member as they are waiting for them to be approved. I have had several faculty members mention to me how helpful Kay Dee is and how quickly she responds and moves contracts through the system. We are so lucky to have someone like Kay Dee at the university working in such an important role. Thanks Kay Dee - from all of CNR! —Cathryn Knock, Assoc Director, Administrative Services, College of Natural Resources

Joe Pallen and Melissa Hartley, Photographers | Creative Services

Joe and Melissa in photo services are amazing! They are so patient and kind during photo shoots and have amazing ways to work with lighting to make people feel comfortable with their photos. You two ROCK! —Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean, CLASS

Shelby Siflow | Vandalstore

Shelby helped streamline the longevity gift process that allowed employees to pick up their longevity gift and eliminated countless hours of work preparing and lugging the gifts to the Staff Awards ceremony and back in they were not retrieved. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Monte Cooley, DFA Programmer Analyst | Auxiliary Services

Monte created all aspects of the web site, email and link that streamlined the longevity gift process for the Awards co-chair which eliminated countless hours of collecting and organizing the gifts for pick up at the Awards ceremony. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Sodexo Dining Services Team | Campus Dining

I would like to thank all the folks from Sodexo that helped set up and serve refreshments at the Staff Awards Ceremony. They are always willing to lend a hand and be there at our beck n call. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Student Union Conf & Events Serv | Facilities and Events Mgr

The Pitman Center conference and events team is always there to lend a helping hand with the Staff Awards ceremony. Whether it's last minute panic details or helping haul supplies up two flights of stairs, we can count on and appreciate everyone's "Can Do" attitude. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable

With the loss of our long-term finance tech, Brandi has been outstanding as I've stepped up and hodged-podged through the purchasing/AP processes. Not only did she stay pleasant and supportive through MY mess-ups—working diligently to muck through my errors, she's stayed steadfast through the training processes and learning curve of our new financial specialist. Every day I appreciate her upbeat and humorous communications and her unwavering ability to be chill as I spazz over our hiccups and mess ups. She is a fabulous personality in a position we seem to impact daily. —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry

May 2015

Wayne Hunt, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities

Kudos to Wayne Hunt, Team Cleaning Specialist, who help me clear a downed tree across Campus Drive last Sunday early morning. This event occurred on Sunday morning, 1:30 a.m. I was called in by the Steam Plant, arrived at the scene and stared at the mess for a few minutes. Wayne and a security guard were there as well. Wayne was on his way to his next building when he stopped to check out the situation. I think he noticed the large amount of work needed and offered to help move the limbs out of the street, as I bucked them up. We worked as a team, and the street clearance when quickly and smoothly, much to the credit of Wayne. David Rauk, Horticulturist, Landscape and Exterior Services, Facilities

Shelby Silflow, Sean Instani, Justin Bronstrom, Caleb Parker & Julie Bollman | VandalStore

We would like to recognize the above computer store staff at the VandalStore. They went above and beyond, to get us a new laptop. We were in the middle of a project when our laptop's hard drive crashed, so we decided to replace the laptop with one from the VandalStore. We ran into some problems with the new machine, which we won't go into here, but the VandalStore computer staff really came through for us, and made sure we got the best outcome form a difficult situation; even though our problem occurred during one of their busy times of the year. Once again, thank you to the VandalStore computer staff (Shelby Silflow, Sean Instani, Justin Bronstrom, Caleb Parker & Julie Bollman). —Sincerely, Kathy and Peter Haworth

Matthew Proctor, Journeyman Electrician | Facilities

The College of Science is remodeling two rooms for office spaces. Matt’s responsibility is the electrical side of this project. As Matt worked through each layer of electrical issues, he ran across numerous other electrical issues, such as way too many things on one circuit and not enough power from the circuits to support the need for each space. As the electrician, I know I know it is Matt’s job to take care of the issues but, this project had big problems, and two days turned into about 10 days of his time. He disconnected, reconnected, and pulled wires to accommodate the needs of the spaces which was a huge task. He was informed to put electrical outlets on certain walls and after he had done so, he was informed that they were in the wrong place (I was there when he was told to put it on the wall right where he had it). So, without hesitation, he changed it out and put it where the employee wanted it moved to. I would have been really frustrated not only by the amount of days it took to get the so called two-day project done but the change up from incorrect directions with the electrical outlet location. He stepped up, said no problem, made the change and moved on towards finishing the project. Even with the above issues and the change up due to an employee’s wrong direction, he always came in with a genuine smile and always seemed happy to see us. I commend him on his attitude! —Lorrie R. Williams, Administrative Assistant Sr., College of Science

Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean | College of Education

When I started this job last fall, there was a LOT to learn and catch up on and if it hadn't been for Twila's help in getting me familiar with the new processes and people in the College of Education, I would still be lost. She is kind, patient, and always makes time to help. —Rhonda Zenner, Assistant to Associate Dean, College of Education

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities

Elmer was able to get the reclaimed irrigation water system up and running the earliest it has ever been in my 15 years at the University. That will make a huge difference this year with our early spring and unusually dry April. —Paul Warnick, Arboretum Horticulturist, Facilities

Lee Cantrell and Travis Akin, Media Center | ITS

We in the TRIO Projects would like to give a HUGE thank you to Lee and Travis from the Media Center. Thanks to their top notch service, our TRIO conference was a huge success! You all went above and beyond! —Heather Maib, Associate Director, Nations Upward Bound

Rose Graham and the Copy Center Staff | Creative Services & Print Management

Thank you so much to Rose and her team for all the work they did for the TRIO Projects this April. Their staff printed 25 large posters as well as 80 programs in a very short period of time. We appreciate all that you do! —Heather Maib, Associate Director, Nations Upward Bound

Janice Jones, Financial Specialist Sr, CALS Administrative Services | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Janice is the go to gal in CALS for anything financial. We are currently short staffed in Parma and who but Janice would step up and take on their financial duties on top of her other duties, reporting and budgeting. Janice is the greatest person to work with and I would NOT trade her for anything!!! Love this woman!! —Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services

Marty Lunt, CALS Administrative Services | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Marty is a huge asset to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She has taken on additional duties with a smile as always! I value her more than words can say!—Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services

Kate Kopeczewski, Student Support Advising Specialist in | CLASS

Kate Kopeczewski has been wonderful to work with as she is always so helpful and kind. I appreciate all of her hard work and effort in helping my students and me. —Debbie Caudle, Academic & Services Advisor Student Services, Idaho Falls

April 2015

Lauren Hamilton, Student Alumni Program Coordinator | Alumni Relations

Lauren Hamilton is the type of person you can share your daily problems with, and she will listen, then give sound and encouraging advice. She is the type of person you can be 100% honest with, without worry of disclosure. She is the type of person who will listen to ideas, and then facilitate them. She is the type of person who will lead by example. She is a mentor, an advisor, and most importantly a friend. I have known Lauren for about 2 years now, through various activities as an undergraduate. During these past two years I have worked with Lauren as one of her advisees, as a member of the University of Idaho Homecoming Committee and a member and executive board member of the Student Alumni Relations Board. As the advisor for both the Homecoming Committee and Student Alumni Relations Board, she mentors over 100 students during a given year, each with their own struggles, achievements, and ambitions.

Since my first interactions with Lauren I have always considered her a perfect example of what a leader should be, thoughtful, kindhearted, and a mentor. Now, that I have graduated from the University of Idaho, and now working for the University, I am able to call Lauren a friend, as well as a mentor. Thanks to Lauren’s mentorship, I have been able to gain valuable experiences, such as internships and awards during my undergraduate career, as well as my first post-grad job with the university. Her ability to encourage high standards and efforts in academic, as well as outside of student life is outstanding.

Lauren’s work can be seen at many of the major University of Idaho events, such as Mom’s Weekend, Dad’s Weekend, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Admin Law, and the entire Homecoming Week. She is constantly working in the background, mentoring, and working with students to make sure the events are the best they can be. The most recent event Lauren has worked on was the 2015 Mom’s Weekend, along with members of the Student Alumni Relations Board. I am writing this Kudo because Lauren will be leaving the University of Idaho for greater and better things, but I wanted to share the impact she has on her students, and remind her that she will be missed. —Sam Koester, Management Assist, College of Graduate Studies

Jory Shelton, Server Systems Analyst | College of Natural Resources

He's always generous with his time and knowledge especially in regards to the obscure computer software issues. —Ariana Burns, Printing Reprographics Technician II, Creative Services & Print Mgmt

Joseph Pallen, Photographic Specialist Senior | Creative Services

I'm continually impressed by Joe's ability to innovate and create award winning work. After 18 years of service to the university, he is steadfast in his work and excitement to learn and adopt new systems. —Melissa Hartley, Photographic Specialist, Creative Services

Ellen McKenzi, Admin Assistant, Senior & Sarah Dengler, Administrative Assistant II | College of Art & Architecture

Excellent performance, follow through, oversight, and management with all logistical affairs related to Inspiring Design Futures, CAA signature event. Hats off to you Ellen for work well done. Hats off to Sarah Dengler as well and all the Inspiring Design Futures team. —Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Professor, CAA

Jamie Garlinghouse, Graduation & Commencement Coordinator | Registrar's Office

Jamie is always helpful, kind and knowledgeable. She is a pleasure to work with and an incredible asset to the Registrar's office and the University. —Kate Kopaczewski, Advising Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Sacha Jackson, Campus Operations & Registration Manager | McCall Field Campus

Mrs. Jackson is an outstanding model employee for the University of Idaho. She exemplifies what we should all strive to be when it comes to our profession. The College of Natural Resources and the McCall Field Campus is lucky to have Mrs. Jackson as our Campus and Registration Manager. Teams need strong team players to perform well. Sacha demonstrates reliability, communicates constructively, listens actively, functions as an active participant, shares openly and willingly, cooperates and pitches in to help, exhibits flexibility, shows commitment to the team, works as a problem-solver, treats others in a respectful and supportive manner. —Greg Fizzell, Program Director - McCall Outdoor Science School

Heather Mulder, Recycling Technician | Facilities

Having come in to my office to discuss departmental contributions, Heather found out I needed packing lists inadvertently thrown out. She retrieved them from the bins—a task that was NOT her job—and brought them to my desk. She chose to take the extra step... While being cheery, personable and a marvelous upbeat representative of her department. —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry

Tom Witt, University Access Coord & Brad Baker, Locksmith/Carpenter | Facilities

Tom and Brad are always willing to stop in and help me with any issues I'm having with my doors. Typically, I see them within an hour of calling with a problem. They are prompt, courteous, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. I appreciate the services they provide and their willingness to explain to me how to maintain and prevent future issues. —Audrey Harris, LAR Facility Manager, Lab Animal Research Facility

Dwaine Hubbard, Senior Associate Registrar | Registrar's Office

Dwaine is patient, kind and helpful. He is very knowledgeable and a great colleague. He is an asset to the University of Idaho...sending kudos!!! —Kate Kopaczewski, Advising Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Kim Osborne, Financial Specialist | College of Art & Architecture

Thank you for the timeliness, the accuracy, and the great friendly attitude while managing the complexities of fiscal and logistical resources during our college' signature event, and for everyday efforts in budget management in a truly seamless and painless way. You are truly valued and appreciated. —Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Professor, CAA

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable

Over the course of the past month, I have had to request rush processing on a number of subaward invoices. Brandi has graciously processed these invoices in a quick and professional manner. I really appreciate her willingness to provide excellent customer service. Thanks Brandi! —Wendy Kerr, Sr. Cost Accountant, Office of Sponsored Programs

Janiece Atkins and Erin Butterfield, Life Safety Technicians | Facilities

These Ladies are awesome, working hard to make a safe workplace for all of us. Janiece Atkins and Erin Butterfield are the campus Life Safety Techs in Facilities. They are responsible for monthly checks of all of the Fire Extinguishers on campus. Recently, they have undertaken the challenge to push for completion on safety related service requests generated by the Annual DBS Inspections. They have been verifying the information submitted and making sure the facilities staff understand what needs to be done. They make my job so much easier. I appreciate all the energy and focus they have been putting into this task. Kudos to them for keeping us all safe. —Patricia Baker, Occupational Safety Tech, Environmental Health and Safety

Eric Matson, Administrative Assistant (Idaho Commons and Student Commons); Margo Holthaus, Assistant to the CIO & Sean Sullivan, TSS Supervisor (ITS);Rich Benson & Daryl Power, Telecom Technicians (ITS); Julia McIlroy, Director Purchasing Services; Sara Napier, Chef Chris, & staff/servers (Sodexo)

We want to thank each one of you for working such long hours to provide all the logistical help and support over the last four days for The UI Telephone Systems Upgrade project’s RFP vendor presentations. The 9 hour days may have seemed very long, but you all responded to our group’s needs with promptness and a positive attitude. Even with our adjustments along the way, the events continued without a glitch and were successful because of your dedication and professional participation. Thank you very much for your excellent teamwork! —The UI Telephone Systems Upgrade Project - Brian Cox, Project Sponsor, Director - ITS; Dave Lien, Project Sponsor, Director - ITS, Jane Cox, Sr. Project Manager – ITS

Mandi Coulter, Travis Gray & Julie Lorentz | Professional Development & Learning

A HUGE thank you to Mandi Coulter, Travis Gray, and Julie Lang Lorentz for their hard work in building and deploying the Our Inclusive Workplace Online Training Module and maintaining the employee training data for over 6,000 University of Idaho employees. We did it! —Elissa Keim, Director, Professional Development & Learning

Amber Ziegler, Administrative Coordinator | Movement Sciences

Amber Ziegler created a very informative presentation for the University Affirmative Action Coordinators group today. Great Job Amber - greatly appreciated! —Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education


Kudo Archive

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 4245
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4245