Staff Newsletter December 2012

December 2012

Welcome to December!

Thank you to the Learning and Development subcommittee for coordinating the Speed Networking event on November 29th! This event provides a great opportunity for University of Idaho staff to connect with their peers and build relationships with colleagues from across campus and at our off-campus centers. Special thanks to Sodexo for being the signature sponsor of our event and providing a delicious assortment of refreshments including Bagel Sandwich Samplers from Einstein’s and a thank you gift for our participants. We are encouraged by the numerous partnerships we have developed within the University and appreciate the many opportunities that we’ve had to enhance communication, events and opportunities to benefit staff university-wide.
Mark your calendar for April 15, 2013 for the Staff Awards Reception! Nominations for staff awards will be sought after the new year—watch for an announcement in the Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter!
Need additional funds to attend a professional conference? Contact the Staff Affairs Learning and Development subcommittee at Staff Affairs is offering supplemental grants to help support your professional development needs. Click this link for detailed information on how to apply:  
Upcoming Events
President’s Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception – Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., SUB Ballroom
Fall Commencement – Saturday, December 8, 2012, 12:30 pm, Kibbie Dome
Professional Development Opportunities –  

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Ana Burton, Chair

Application Period Open Now for the Employee Dependent Tuition Waiver Program
Faculty and Staff who participate in the Employee Dependent Tuition Waiver Program are reminded that a new application must be submitted each semester. For application and program information go to the UI Student Accounts website at and click on the Employee Dependent Tuition Waiver link on the left. Submit the application now for spring to beat the semester start-up rush. Applications are due no later than the first day of classes, January 9th.

Alternative Giving Helps The Community at the Holidays
By Mary Silvernale-Shook, Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse Volunteer
Shop Local, Buy Local, Give Local! Come support 28 local nonprofits at the 4th Annual Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse, Wednesday, December 5, 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main Street in Moscow, in conjunction with the Light Up the Night Holiday Parade.

This fun holiday event promotes sustainable giving. Enjoy holiday shopping by honoring family and friends by giving them meaningful gift cards from local nonprofits. Choose from a wide range of gift denominations, starting at $5. “These small gifts can go a long way in touching someone’s heart and embodying the true spirit of the holidays” says Market co-founder, Dianne Daley Laursen.

Online giving is available at from November 23-December 8. For more information visit, find the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse on Facebook, email, or call Dianne Daley Laursen at 208-310-1231.

UI Partners: Thank you to all of our supporters for making this community holiday event possible: Office of Community Partnerships, University Housing, Prichard Art Gallery, Women’s Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Idaho Commons & Student Union.   


Rake Up Boise
A University of Idaho team once again participated in Rake Up Boise on November 10th. Rake Up Boise is an annual, one-day fall event, where volunteers rake and winterize yards of seniors or persons with disabilities. For the past seven years employees of U of I Boise and area alumni have teamed up together. This year the team raked leaves at three different houses.
Rake Up Boise 2012Rake Up Boise 2012
St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees
The University of Idaho decorated and donated a tree to the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees. The tree was decorated by UI staff Sandy Larsen and Ysabel Bilbao and volunteer Christine Warner. The tree was purchased at the event by an alumnus and then donated to the Boise Center. It will remain in the building foyer until after the holidays.
Christmas Tree 2012
University of Idaho Boise Holiday Luncheon | Tuesday, December 11th | 12:00 – 1:30pm | Legacy Pointe
This year’s party will be a holiday luncheon catered by Life’s Kitchen, and a white elephant gift exchange. Tickets can be purchased at the front U of I Boise reception desk until December 5th. Please bring a white elephant gift to exchange.

Coeur d'Alene

Festival of Trees
We had another successful entry at this year’s Festival of Trees charity event. The University of Idaho tree brought in over $3,500 for Kootenai Health and won the ribbon for Most Elegant! Many thanks to Konni Leichner, Shelly Robson and all the other ladies who helped up this year’s tree together.
Festival of Trees 2012
In Loving Memory | Marie Whitesel (1916-2012)
We were sad to hear this week that Marie Whitesel, Idaho native and longtime Vandal supporter, passed away last Friday. You can visit Marie’s online memorial and sign her guestbook at
Marie Whitesel, President Nellis and Ruthie
Ruthie Nellis, Marie Whitesel and President Duane Nellis
Recreation and Tourism Speaker Series
University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene was proud to present Karen Ballard, Chief Tourism Officer, Idaho Department of Commerce for the second installment of our speaker series. Her talk on International Tourism was received by a packed room. Join us February 13 as we welcome a representative from the Coeur d'Alene Casino and Resort.

Christmas Tree Sale, Sandpoint  Sandpoint Christmas Tree Sale
Trees from University of Idaho Sandpoint have been donated to the Lake Pend Oreille High School for their End of Year Fundraiser. These trees are being sold for $50 each. To purchase your beautiful 8-10 foot Alpine Fir Tree contact 208-610-8585. Trees will be cut and available for pick up December 14-15 & December 20, or you can have it delivered for $7 (within city limits). 

Davenport Holiday Dinner | December 4 | Davenport Hotel, Spokane
For more information go to the events page.

Idaho Falls

ALMAS Trick or Treating – October 31 Latin Association Motivating You to Success (ALMAS) provided treats to costume clad Trick or Treaters. UIIF Student Services Staff member, Debbie Caudle, serves as Advisor to ALMAS.
ALMAS Trick or Treating
Health and Benefits Fair – November 2
Employees took advantage of flu shots and a great variety of information and giveaways from health vendors. The Fair was followed by a Benefits presentation, lunch and customer service training.

Graduate Fair and Taste of Home International Food Fair – November 2
UI-Idaho Falls Annual Graduate Fair and Taste of Home International Food Fair was a flavor-filled success. Carol Baldwin, Alice Allen and Debbie Caudle attended in their best Nigerian dresses.
Nigerian ladiesFood Fair for families 
A Visit from Home – November 8
PHD student Olu Omotowa’s sister didn’t make it here in time for the Food Fair but she dropped by to meet some of the staff in Student Services before returning home to Nigerian.
Olu and Sis
Veteran’s Day – November 9
The University Place Veteran’s Day Commemoration honoring those who have served and are serving included a ceremonial flag retiring. The University Place Veteran’s Club sponsored lunch after the commemoration.
Flag Retiring - Veteran's Day
Turkey Bowling
University Place Turkey Bowling 2012! UIIF staff participated in the Idaho State University event as a fundraiser for United Way. In case you are curious… the Cornish game hens worked the best, and no, the turkeys that were given away as prizes were NOT the same ones that were used as bowling balls.
Shawn turkey bowling
Shawn Sherriff considering his best bowling move… with a turkey.

Univeristy of Idaho Idaho Falls Holiday Lunch | December 18
Location TBD 

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

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. " —John Boswell

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." —Gertrude S. Wister

"Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home." —Edith Sitwell

"Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer." —Plutarch, Moralia

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Ana Burton, Liz Ridgway, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain


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