Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter February 2012

February 2012

January was packed with much activity that has continued into the month of February! Below are a few major events and topics which directly impact staff and highlight the importance of our work here at the University of Idaho.

Staff Recognition
A special thank you to Vandal Athletics for recognizing and honoring University of Idaho staff and faculty at the January 28 home basketball game! It was nice to see so many staff supporting our Vandal athletes.

During the men’s game, President Duane Nellis and Rob Spear, Athletic Director, presented awards in recognition of staff and faculty for their dedication and commitment to the University of Idaho. I was proud to accept this award on behalf of all university staff and the accomplishments we achieve on a daily basis.

Ana Burton receiving award for Staff Affairs2012 award from Vandal Athletics

University Happenings
In late January, President Nellis presented to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) in Boise, highlighting University of Idaho strengths and priorities. Among his priorities, President Nellis emphasized the University’s top priority of an increase in the Change of Employee Compensation (CEC) for pay-increases for staff and faculty.

Through collaborative efforts between Faculty Affairs, Faculty Senate and Staff Affairs a proposal for a dependent educational tuition and fee reduction benefit has been developed and will be put before the general faculty and senior level leadership later this Spring.

The dependent educational tuition and fee reduction benefit (benefit) is a 50% reduction in residential (in-state) student tuition and fees for dependents of eligible employees enrolled in University of Idaho undergraduate or graduate academic credit courses. The benefit will help recruit and retain faculty and staff. This is a family friendly policy that promotes loyalty to the University and improves morale.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
February 17 – Staff Awards Nomination deadline
Submit your nomination for deserving staff member from your department at  

February 29 – L.E.A.P. into Professional Development Conference
Space is limited! Register by visiting  

Professional Development and Learning offers many opportunities for professional growth. For a list of opportunities visit:  

You may find general University events at   

Please join us at our next Staff Affairs Committee meeting Wednesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Horizon Room of the UI Commons. Remember to email Staff Affairs ( if you have any questions or concerns about happenings at the University that impact staff.

—Ana Burton, Chair

University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

North Idaho Assistive Technology Resource Center Relocates
We are happy to welcome Mike Mann to the Harbor Center. The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) Resource Center-Coeur d’Alene, has recently relocated here. The IATP Resource Center-Coeur d’Alene offers assistive technology information, referral, assessment, demonstration and loan to people with all types of disabilities of all ages and professionals who serve them.

University of Idaho Transfer Day at North Idaho College
Faculty and staff from various U-Idaho Colleges converged on the North Idaho College campus on Feb. 1st for U-Idaho Transfer Day. The event included information tables for prospective transfer students and a luncheon bringing together NIC and U-Idaho staff, administrators, and faculty. A big thank you goes out to the following people who made the event a success! From Moscow: Dana Stover, Andrea Chavez, Sally Machlis, Heather Page, Maria Pregitzer, Karee Head, and Michelle Henley. From Coeur d'Alene: Melissa Garrett, Richard Reardon, Samantha Ramsay and Becky Byers.

Science on Tap
On February 7 it started off as a joke, but when interest soared, Laurie Hassell made it happen. She put together a special early edition of Science on Tap just in time for Valentine’s Day that focused on the topic of (appropriately enough) “The Diseases of Love.” Rhena Cooper, Biology Instructor extraordinaire in the Department of Natural Sciences at North Idaho College, lead the discussion with a packed house.

Water and Site Development Workshop
On February 7, 30 local engineers, 5 guest speakers, and 4 University of Idaho personnel added up to an exciting event at the University of Idaho’s Research Park in Post Falls. A continuing education offering from the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene and College of Engineering. This workshop included presentations by the Department of Environmental Quality, Coleman Engineering and a Keynote Address from University of Idaho Professor Peter Goodwin.

Valentine’s Card Making
On February 9, the Student Advisory Group got together students, staff, faculty and their families to create Valentine’s Day cards. The cards will be taken to the Emeritus Retirement Community in Coeur d'Alene. 

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Chinese New Year—Year of the Dragon
January 20, Akira Tokuhiro and several students demonstrated how to make dumplings and cooked them for staff and faculty at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The dumplings were delicious and enjoyed by all. 

Students preparing dumplings
Students preparing dumplings

Groundhog Day
February 2, Staff and faculty joined Groundhog Charlie in an effort to find his shadow. It was declared that no shadow was found in Idaho Falls but the punch and cookies were excellent.

Alice and Joe fighting over the groundhog
Alice Allen prevents Joe Leister from absconding with Groundhog Charlie

Celebrate Your Future
February 3, about 450 local area high school students came to University Place for a fun filled diversity event hosted by ISU and UI Student Services. Students learned about career paths and higher education opportunities.

Debbie Caudle with students
Debbie Caudle talks with Celebrate Your Future students

East Idaho Vandal Boosters Event with Dr. Rob Spear and Coach Robb Akey
February 3, Vandals gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings to hear about the future of Vandal Athletics and preview the newest football signees. As usual, Vandals rose to the occasion and raised dollars for the Scholarship Fund.

Debbie Caudle winning a basket
Lucky Debbie Caudle won the Sarah’s Candy Cottage basket, one of many raffle prizes

University of Idaho - Boise

Spread a little joy on Valentine’s Day by sending a co-worker a candygram! Candygrams may be purchased for the incredibly low price of ONE DOLLAR on Friday, February 10th, Monday, February 13th and until 2:00 pm on February 14th. Here’s how it works:

• You give the Culture and Climate Committee $1.00 (to be used for future PARTIES!)
• They will give you a card that you write your message on
• A committee member will deliver that Candygram sometime on the 14th
• OR… you can purchase the Candygram and deliver it yourself

Places to purchase Candygrams:
1st Floor: Sandy Schultz
2nd floor: Paula Peterman or Deb Wold
3rd floor: Liz Ridgway or Michelle Carda
4th floor: Michelle Weitz
5th floor: Elaine Kempton

Don’t wait! Quantities are limited.

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

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