Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter April 2013

April 2013

Celebrate with Your Colleagues at the Staff Awards Reception

Monday, April 15, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm in the SUB Ballroom
Awards are given to staff that have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. Staff who qualify for the award are nominated by their peers and reviewed through an award process conducted by the Staff Affairs Staff Awards subcommittee. Additionally, those staff retiring from the university will receive a plaque and clock and longevity awards will be given for 5 year increments of service to current employees. A list of retirees and longevity recipients will be listed on the Staff Affairs website soon.

2013 Outstanding 2013 Award Recipients

Gordon Gresch – Campus Recreation
Heather Gasser – Women’s Center
Joanna Taylor – Biological & Agricultural Engineering Dept.
Kevin Ketchie – President’s Office
Tyson Drew – University Support Services

Technical Professional
Patti Heath – Academic Affairs
Eric Schlueter – Boise Center for Higher Education
Tami Noble – National Institute for Advanced Transportation

Debbie Jensen – Geological Sciences
Diane Bancke – Engineering Outreach
Krista Bateman – University Housing
Phil Deaton – Eastern District Cooperative Extension

Skilled Craft
Ryan Gray – Facilities

Dawn Sundman – Facilities

Outstanding Team Award
Institute for Bioinformatics & Evolutionary Studies “IBEST” Team
Rose Poulin – IBEST
Lisha Abendroth – Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program
Ann Norton – IBEST
Whitney Schroeder – IBEST
Rob Lyon – IBEST
Matt Settles – IBEST

McBride Prize
Diane Gregg – Office of Development

Educational Awards
Austin Hall
Randall Menter
Samantha Jagasia

Celebrate Vandal Spirit on Fridays

Each week the VandalStore celebrates by having a Vandal Spirit Friday deal that will be announced on their VandalStore Facebook page. Select "Like" and you will receive sale announcements right in your newsfeed. You can also opt-in to receive VandalStore Emails for the biggest of sales.

Another Way to Say Thank You!

The Kudo staff recognition program has been another way to say thank you to our colleagues statewide who go above and beyond their duties to make the University of Idaho a great place to work. In addition to paying tribute online to each Kudo recipient, Staff Affairs will be honoring one of these individuals as the University of Idaho Staff of the Month. On-campus staff members will be invited to the Staff Affairs Committee meeting (2nd Wed of each month) and off-campus staff will be invited to meet with their Staff Affairs representative. Each monthly honoree will receive a Staff of the Month certificate, a sponsored gift, and will have their name announced on Inland Northwest Broadcasting radio stations (Bull Country, ZFun, ESPN & MyRadio). Please submit a Kudo on the Staff Affairs website Thank you.

Join Staff Affairs!

If you are interested in becoming a member of Staff Affairs, we are currently seeking applications to join! Please seek approval of your supervisor and then fill out the online APPLICATION FORM. To be considered to serve, becoming an active, engaged member of the Staff Affairs Committee. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the April 10, 9-11am (SUB Gold Room) meeting to gain a better understanding of Staff Affairs and our role within the University. If you have any questions or comments, please email we would enjoy hearing from you!

Staff vacancies - Non-Faculty Exempt (1-2); Administrative, Technical and Research (4-6); Maintenance, Services and Skilled Craft (2)

Staff Spotlight on Janice Todish

Janice Todish 2013Janice has been employed at the University of Idaho since August 1983. She was first hired in Accounts Payable for approx. 9 months; then moved to Animal & Vet Science as their Budget Specialist for 17 years and for the past 12 years has been the UI Budget Management Specialist in the Budget Office. She is passionate about her job and loves helping others learn the ins and outs of Banner and how to become proficient in overall budget management.

Janice is also involved in several local community clubs and organizations. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a small 30 acre ranch where they raise quarter horses and enjoy riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles, as well as spending time with family and friends.


Congratulations Eric Schlueter!

Eric Schlueter is an Information Systems Tech at the Boise Center of Higher Education. He will be receiving a 2013 Staff of the Year award in the “Technical/Paraprofessional” category. Eric is a member of the IT Staff in Boise.


Harriet ShakleeWendy Gerwick Couture Congratulations to Harriet Shaklee (left), University of Idaho nominee, for the Women & Children's Alliance Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to the community on March 13, 2013.

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture (right) has been honored as one of Idaho’s fifty “Women of the Year” by the Idaho Business Review. The award, presented last month in Boise, celebrates Idaho’s most successful women from public, private, and charitable or business sectors. The annual award ceremony focuses on the high points and the lessons that have contributed to each woman’s unique business and professional experiences. At this year’s ceremony, more than 500 people were in attendance, including the Boise faculty, College of Law administrators, and many of the College’s third-year students in Boise. Professor Couture teaches business law and is a nationally recognized scholar in securities and related topics.

May in Motion

The Boise Center will participate in May in Motion again this year. Last year we received a Gold Level award for participation. This year we are aiming to become Platinum Level winners. May in Motion is a month-long promotion with entertaining events and activities designed to educate valley residents about transportation issues and encourage them to use transportation alternatives. It is conducted in partnership by Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit.

1st Day of Spring Potluck

The Boise Center celebrated Spring with a potluck on March 20th. We enjoyed good food and company… but are still waiting for the good spring weather!
2013 Spring Potluck
2013 Spring Potluck

Coeur d'Alene

Black Tie Friday

We had some fun around the office and took Vandal Spirit Friday to a whole new level! To go with the theme, we gathered at noon for light hors d’oeurves and sparkling cider.
Black Tie event 
Wanda Quinn, Kathy Canfield-Davis, Shelly Robson, and Angie Sowers

Click here for upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls  

"The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.
Yet the back yards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me."
- Sara Teasdale, April 

"The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."
- Poor Robin's Almanac, 1790

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Patty Carscallen, Brian Mahoney, Liz Ridgway, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain, Janice Todish

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