This newsletter may seem early! However, we would like to bring you information that is more current with the events happening in the month and will begin to send the Staff Affairs newsletter at the beginning of each month. Below, please find University updates that greatly benefit staff across the University of Idaho statewide.
Change in Employee Compensation (CEC)—The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) passed a 2% on-going, across the board, CEC, to be implemented in fiscal year 2013. We are greatly appreciative of the efforts of senior leadership in advocating for the need for an increase in salaries and are thankful for the support of JFAC in this measure as well. For more information, please view the link previously emailed by President Nellis: http://www.uidaho.edu/2012session.
Partner Health Insurance Benefits—An effort brought forth and supported by Staff Affairs, Faculty Affairs and Faculty Senate to implement a policy “to provide health insurance benefits to an employee’s partner consistent with the benefits provided to employees, their spouses and qualifying dependent.” The term partner is defined as “…partner shall include a spouse or a person who is neither married nor related by blood to the employee but is the employee’s sole domestic partner.” This policy will be considered at the University Faculty Meeting on April 24. If it is approved by the faculty, it will go to President Nellis for review and approval or disapproval. Updates will be provided on the status of the proposed policy.
Staff Representation on Faculty Senate—In an effort to promote more equal representation of staff on Faculty Senate, Staff Affairs has proposed to Faculty Senate to appoint another staff seat on their committee. The vote for an additional staff representative will take place at the April 10th Faculty Senate meeting with final approval at the General Faculty meeting on April 24th.
Please encourage faculty members that you know to attend the General Faculty Meeting on April 24th, so that a quorum can be reached for the proper approval or disapproval of policies such as the additional staff representative on Faculty Senate, the Dependent Tuition Reduction and Partner Health Insurance Benefits!
Dialogue Dinner—On March 26, President and Mrs. Nellis hosted a small group of University of Idaho Staff for a dialogue dinner to discuss current events at the University as well as to answer any questions or concerns that impact staff. See below for topics discussed:
- 16,000 students by 2020—a goal of President Nellis’ since the beginning of his term at the UI to increase enrollment up to 16,000 students by 2020. The number of enrolled students will be a culmination of on-campus, off-site, and on-line students. The Moscow campus has the capacity to serve 14,000 students with sufficient facilities, classrooms and living quarters.
- Shared Governance—maintaining open communication with the President and senior leadership, Faculty Affairs, Faculty Senate, and Staff Affairs. Each entity serves as the voice for their representation and we encourage you to communicate regularly with Staff Affairs to ensure that your questions and concerns are addressed.
- Classification and Compensation—this is a task force established to provide strategic direction and development of a classification and compensation system for classified and non-faculty exempt employees. More information can be found here: http://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources/classification/classification-and-compensation-task-force.
- Micron STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Research Initiative—this initiative has been set to gain a better understanding of why students in the state of Idaho may not do well or seek education or careers in the STEM related fields. The University has partnered with the Mircon Technology Foundation to research and develop education programs to promote STEM education. Learn more at: http://www.uidaho.edu/research/stem/micronstemed.
- 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act—the Morrill Act was established by President Abraham Lincoln to create the opportunity for all children to be educated and each state’s citizens to be able to stay current with research, which in turn created land-grant institutions like the University of Idaho. The University will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act with a yearlong celebration beginning summer 2012.
Staff Awards Reception—On Friday, April 6th, we will recognize over 100 current and former employees of the University of Idaho. I hope you will be able to attend to support our honored colleagues.
Join Staff Affairs!—If you are interested in becoming a member of Staff Affairs, we are currently seeking applications to join! Please take a moment to fill out the following application form and seek approval of your supervisor to consider becoming an active, engaged member of the Staff Affairs Committee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TLZT7HM. Applications are due by Friday, April 20th and will be reviewed by the Staff Affairs Elections subcommittee. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the April 11th meeting to gain a better understanding of Staff Affairs and our role within the University. If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org we would enjoy hearing from you!
Happy Spring! —Ana Burton, Chair
Campaign Inspires Idaho’s Futures, Faculty & Staff Celebration Slated
To continue our mission as the state’s flagship research university, the University of Idaho is embarking upon the largest comprehensive fundraising effort in the history of the state. Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho is a $225 million, seven-and-a-half-year comprehensive campaign that seeks the investment capital necessary to grow our legacy of leadership for the future.
The goal of Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho is to secure the financial resources necessary to continue to build on the University of Idaho’s leadership position in the state, and to deliver its students a transformational educational experience.
The “quiet” phase of the campaign began in 2007, with the launch of the public phase slated for April 28. Faculty and staff hosted celebrations will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at the Moscow campus, and the Idaho Falls, Boise and Coeur d’Alene centers at 3:30 p.m. Pacific and 4:30 p.m. Mountain time. The event will be held with video conferencing in the SUB ballroom in Moscow, TAB 350a Idaho Falls, Seminar Room 448A Boise and the Coeur d’Alene Harbor Center room 241. RSVP today at www.uidaho.edu/inspire/staff_faculty_rsvp.
Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards
The Women’s Center recently celebrated three winners of the Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards. Each year the center honors a student, faculty or staff member, and a community member who has demonstrated continuous commitment to activism for gender justice through their professional activities, volunteer work, and/or course of study. The 2012 recipients are Law Library cataloging/ILL assistant Jane Lear (staff-left), community member Jama Lynn Sebald (center), and Psychology student Micah Kehrein (right), also pictured is Heather Gasser, Director of the Women’s Center and President Nellis. To read more about the service award recipients go to their biographies by clicking here. To see a list of past recipients and to read more about the service award go here.
University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene
NIC Advisor’s Luncheon
Lead faculty advisors and Advising office staff from North Idaho College were invited for lunch at the Coeur d'Alene Harbor Center last week. They met with new faculty and got updates for our Coeur d'Alene programs as well as tips for advising students who intend to transfer to U-Idaho. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a spring flower to plant at home.
6th & 7th Graders from Plummer-Worley visited our Coeur d'Alene facilities Wednesday, April 4. They learned about higher education and conducted a fun experiment in our lab where they made slime. They were full of energy and questions and had a great time!
GEAR UP Idaho
The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene provided classrooms for a GEAR UP Idaho event on Thursday April 5 & Friday April 6. Students in rural and economically disadvantaged areas throughout Idaho participate in this program. GEAR UP Idaho is currently the only program focused on addressing these factors in a systemic way that includes students, parents, educators, and the community. GEAR UP Idaho is a practical application of the Idaho State Board of Education's vision to provide quality and relevant education that is efficient and accessible.
University of Idaho - Idaho Falls
Mayor’s Business Day Job Fair, March 27
Idaho Falls Student Services was one of many booths at the successful Mayor’s Business Day Job Fair in Idaho Falls. Carol Baldwin, Associate Registrar at the Idaho Falls Center, discussed education opportunities and it’s relation to employment opportunities with fair attendees. Her photo was featured on the front page of the Post Register West Section on March 28.
Photo by Robert Bower of the Post Register
University of Idaho - Twin Falls
Michele Stefanic and Amanda Moore-Kriwox met with prospective students at Transfer Days on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, ID. CSI hosted a general information session after the event. Institutions involved were given the opportunity to share pertinent information and updates with CSI faculty and advisors.
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"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
—Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
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