Staff Newsletter, April 2014

April 2014

Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff AffairsChair’s Report

Greetings fellow U of I employees

SB 1254 / Gun Legislation – Potential Impacts Task Force: President Staben has created a task force to assess & analyze the potential impacts of SB 1254 (allowing concealed carry of weapons for enhanced CCW permit holders) and to develop policies that may be necessary due to its passing. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2014. I have been asked to serve as a staff representative (and have agreed) as my participation will help ensure that the entire UI community will have input as appropriate policies & practices are developed. Please look for updates in our May newsletter. If you have comments or questions regarding SB 1254, please feel free to email me at Every effort will be made to answer questions and provide comments to the task force in a timely manner.

A day of cig buttsTobacco Free Campus: Staff Affairs along with Faculty Senate, ASUI and UI Health Education held a Healthy Campus Discussion on March 25th. Molly Reece from the Washington Department of Health & Human Services and Heidi Henson from North Central Idaho Public Health provided some great information on creating a tobacco free campus. The discussion was attended by 40+ individuals and there wasn’t much if any opposition to the idea of a tobacco free campus. A Health Promotion class in the Movement Sciences Department chalked out 25’ no smoking lines at six high traffic areas around campus and also did a University-Wide tobacco cleanup as part of the day’s festivities. I was amazed at how many butts they picked up in an hours’ time. We are still looking into best options for the University of Idaho and would appreciate any feedback you may have. Please send your feedback to Daniel Trautvetter, Health Education Coordinator at Rest assured that all staff input will be taken into consideration as we move forward.

As always, it is my pleasure to serve you all. Thanks for your continued support of Staff Affairs and for your hard work and dedication to our University.

Sincerely, Brian Mahoney, Chair, Staff Affairs

JaneIn Memory of Jane Baillargeon

Jane Baillargeon, Associate Director of Institutional Research & Assessment, passed away on March 11th. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend and colleague. Jane served the staff at the University of Idaho in many roles including past Chair of Staff Affairs, current member of the Staff Affairs Policy Writing Group and as a Staff Representative on Faculty Senate, just to name a few. The memorial remembrance for Jane will be held on Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00pm at the Church of the Nazarene in Moscow.

Jane worked with many staff & faculty on campus and her friends and colleagues have chosen to remember her with a tree planting of the UI campus. The cost is $2,500 which includes the tree, the planting, plaque & care & maintenance of the tree. If you would like to make a donation to support the tree planting, please contact Kristi Overfelt at or 885-2024. Once the money has been raised, notice will be given to the UI community of the time and place of the planting.

Cheri Cole, University of Idaho Staff of the MonthCongratulations Cheri Cole!  University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Cheri Cole is a Management Assistant for the College of Graduate Studies. She has been recognized for her outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn.

About the program...
The Kudo staff recognition program is 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 each Kudo recipient receiving a card and online tribute, Staff Affairs randomly draws from the pool of Kudo-ed staff to determine the University of Idaho Staff of the Month. The Staff of the Month is announced on-air through Inland Northwest Broadcasting radio stations in addition to a certificate and sponsored gift.

To honor and appreciate the hard work of a staff member, please visit

Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series Statewide

Professional Development and Learning is pleased to announce an exciting new program especially for supervisors—the Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series. Join PDL staff and colleagues from across the state as we provide a space to discuss a variety of workplace topics.

Twice a month, we will dialogue and skill-build around a specific theme. We encourage you to bring your lunch, along with any issues you may be experiencing in the workplace that relate to the given theme!

All brown bags are held in Administration, Room 217 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm PST (12:30 – 1:30 MST). Statewide access is available via GoToWebinar. Please contact Julie Lang Lorentz at for more information. (No registration necessary for those participating in Moscow)

April 9 – Enlivening Minds at Work – Do you know if your team is engaged in their work? Motivation and engagement begins with you. Join us for an exploration or enablers and barriers to employee engagement.

April 23 – Grand Slam or Good Enough, and When Does it Really Matter? Learn how to create realistic goals for you and your team, and create an action plan to guarantee success.


February 25th TRiO Educational Opportunity Center and Boise Culture and Climate held a donation drive for the newly opened Valley Women and Children’s Center. The VWCC provides temporary housing and assistance to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children in Canyon County. Thanks to generosity we were able to donate 5 boxes of goods to the shelter.
donation drive for Valley Women and Children's Center

March 19th – University of Idaho Boise hosted the Region 3 Superintendents in Legacy Pointe

March 23 through 29th – Boise Center Spring Break

April 2nd – Meet & Greet with President Chuck Staben

and acknowledgement of UIB faculty and staff for tenure and longevity awards, 2:30-4:00 pm in Room 156

—Coeur d'Alene—

New Staff

Julie Anderson new staffWe are pleased to announce a new team member here at UICDA. Juliana (Juli) Anderson has joined the Harbor Center staff as Administrative Coordinator and will serve in a wide variety of customer and support service functions. Juli will be the front-line representative here at the Harbor Center, assuming many of the duties and responsibilities that come with serving the public, and staff and faculty in the building. Juli comes to us with experience in both academic and non-academic environments where she provided supportive services to individuals and groups. She will be a great addition to UICDA team! 

Graduate Program Fair

Becky Byers coordinated the 1st Annual Graduate Program Fair at UICDA.  Representatives were here from schools throughout the region, including several programs available in Coeur d’Alene through the University of Idaho.  This event gave prospective graduate students in Coeur d’Alene the chance to meet with someone face-to-face.
Graduate Fair
Graduate Fair

Meet the Vandals

We were excited to have this event come to Coeur d’Alene this year. Over 100 prospective students and their families attended this event at the Coeur d’Alene Resort!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned BeefWe celebrated St. Patrick’s Day one day late with a corned beef and cabbage luncheon for the Coeur d’Alene staff.  As the crockpots simmered all morning, the smell permeated every corner of the building, and we followed our noses to the lunch room.

Idaho Regional Math Center (IRMC) Open House

Educators from throughout the region were invited to come see what the IRC has to offer – over 50 math manipulative kits, over 50 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics resource books and over 120 literature books!  All of these resources are available for check out from the Coeur d’Alene office.  Visit their website:

—Idaho Falls—

INL Scholastic Bowl | March 14/15

UI Staff and faculty participated as judges, scorekeepers and timers at the annual INL Scholastic Bowl held at University Place.  Regional area high school students competed in the STEM based tournament for a spot at the National Science Bowl.  This year, middle school students also had a chance to participate in a similar tournament.

—Twin Falls—

CPR and First Aid training in Twin Falls!

Greg Felten and Megan Grennille from UI Environmental Health and Safety offered their services in southern Idaho for Twin Falls and Kimberly faculty and staff. They checked the lab for any safety hazards and offered First Aid CPR AED classes and skills testing.
CPR training
CPR training

Link to upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls  

Contributors: Julie Lang, Brian Mahoney, Marci Merrick, Amanda Moore-Kriwox, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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