Staff Newsletter December 2013

December 2013

Brett Travis UI Staff of the MonthCongratulations Brett Travis!
University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Brett Travis, ISFSS AmeriCorps, from the International Program Office. Brett has been recognized for his 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

University of Idaho 2013 Staff Survey Open Forum Dialogue

UI staff gathered November 20, 2013 for the 2013 Staff Survey Open Forum. Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Jane Baillargeon provided a summary of survey results. Staff Affairs Vice Chair, Ali Bretthauer provided a summary of SA priorities and presented recommendations presented to the President’s Round Table on November 4, 2013. Recommendations included:

  1. Review of current hiring practices, opportunities for promotion, and other potential benefits for recruiting and retaining quality staff.
  2. Formation of separate, equitable representative and governing body empowered to act for the university staff in all matters pertaining to staff.
  3. Establishment of mandatory supervisory professional development standards for those staff and faculty in any position of authority over another staff member.
  4. Investigation into matters of civility and respect by Diversity Council or designee, to explore and resolve potential issues.

The session is available for viewing at Questions or concerns may be addressed to  
Staff Forum Brian Mahoney
Brian Mahoney, Chair Staff Affairs
Staff Forum Jane Baillargeon
Jane Baillargeon, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Staff Forum Ali Bretthauer
Ali Bretthauer, Vice-Chair Staff Affairs
Staff Forum

University of Idaho and the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse partner to raise funds for 30 local non-profits

The 5th annual Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (AGMP) was held in Moscow on Dec. 4, 2013 at the UI Prichard Art Gallery. The Market raises funds for 30 local non-profits by providing meaningful gifts from the heart through charitable donations. With the help of our partners, we spend less than $500 and raise over $18,000 largely $5 at a time. With the purchase of a $5 gift card, shoppers can support over 148 needs on the Palouse including feeding the homeless, supporting a non-violent community, supporting the arts, feeding rescues horse, maintaining recreation trails and so much more. The Market was held at the UI Prichard Art Gallery. Funds were raised for several UI organizations. University Housing organized 50 + student volunteers that helped run the Market. Other UI partners include: College of Education, the UI Theater Department costume shop, Idaho Commons and Student Union, Women’s Center, Office of the President, Staff Affairs and Sodexo. On-line shopping is available through December 14th at
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse
AGMP at the Prichard Art gallery 
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse Staff
Among the UI staff members organizing the event are: Cara Lehman, Dan Noble, Dianne Daley Laursen and Kelsi Nagle 
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse
A sample gift card from the AGMP

Professional Development & Learning December Offerings

Further Details Available on our PDL Calendar 

Webinars—Microsoft Excel:
—Creating Custom Visual Elements – Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 am
—The Business Grammar Crash Course – Monday, December 16, 11:00 am 

Supervisory Excellence Offerings:
—Managing Employee Performance – Tuesday, December 10, 12:30-2:30pm PST (Also available via compressed video in Boise, Coeur d’Alene & Idaho Falls)
—Conflict Management for Supervisors - Thursday, December 12, 9:30-11:30am


Rake Up Boise

Boise Vandals gathered on November 16th to take yards for Rake Up Boise. They joined over 500 community volunteers to rake the yards of more than 700 Boise senior and disabled residents. They originally planned to rake at 10:00 a.m. but because Boise had snow(!) on the ground they postponed until 2:00 and were able to accomplish the task!
2013 Rake Up Boise

Holiday Party, December 13

The Boise Center will hold their Holiday party in Legacy Pointe on Friday, December 13th. Tickets can be purchased from Sandy Schultz and are $5.00. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this fun annual event. The lunch will be followed by a white elephant gift exchange.

Trudy Anderson Reception

Trudy Anderson will be retiring at the end of December and although we are all very sad to see her go, we know she will enjoy retirement to the fullest. A retirement reception is planned for Trudy on Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30 to 7:30. All are cordially invited to attend and share best wishes with Trudy for her retirement.

Festival of Trees…

The University of Idaho donated a tree to benefit the St. Alphonsus Foundation for this year’s Festival of Trees. The tree was called Santa’s Silver Celebration.
2013 Boise Tree 

—Coeur d'Alene—

Holiday Family Fun Night

Students, staff and their families joined us for the 2nd annual Family Fun Night this week. The children enjoyed games, crafts and face-painting. The most popular game was Blizzard—a fun and messy packing peanut relay race!

Snow Blizzard

Dietetics Students in the Classroom

Coeur d’Alene Food & Nutrition students visited Sagle Elementary School this month to teach children about making healthy food choices. Thank you Dole for the hilarious costumes!

Coeur d'Alene Worldwide Companion 5-K Run

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 8:00 a.m., in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, ID several UI staff members joined in this worldwide event. Coordinated by UI’s Jim Ekins, this informal run is GLOBAL! Interested parties were encouraged to choose a scenic local 5k route, grab some friends or do it alone, and run 5k at exactly 4pm Greenwich Mean Time on the 27th of November 2013. Jim is hoping to make this an even bigger event next year.
Campanion RunCampanion Run

—Idaho Falls—

Veterans’ Day, November 11

Idaho State University and University of Idaho faculty, staff and students gathered for lunch and to commemorate the service and sacrifice made by veterans.
IF University Place winter scene
Winter scene at University Place

UIIF Holiday Luncheon, December 17

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Snow Eagle Grill

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

Contributors: Ali Bretthauer, Julie Lang, Dianne Daley Laursen, Brian Mahoney, Liz Ridgway, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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