Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter - February 2013

February 2013

New Chair & Vice Chair of Staff Affairs

 Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff Affairs Brian Mahoney is the new Chair of Staff Affairs. He has been working for the University of Idaho the past 11 years. For five of those years Brian taught recreation classes for the Movement Science’s department (HPERD back in the day) and is currently the Operations Supervisor for the Student Recreation Center. Brian graduated from the University of Idaho in 1997 with a Bachelors in Recreation and in 2003 received a Master’s in Recreation Management. He is a longtime resident of Latah County, living in the area for 34 years. His interests include hunting, fishing, skiing, dirt biking and spending time with family and friends. 
 Ali Bretthauer, Vice Chair of Staff Affairs Ali Bretthauer is the new Vice Chair of Staff Affairs. She has been working for the University of Idaho the past 6 years. For five of those years she worked with low-income, first-generation high school student for Silver Valley Upward Bound and is currently the Manager for Tutoring & College Success. Ali graduated from the University of Idaho in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and is completing her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Ali has lived in the Moscow area for almost ten years. Her interests include yoga, hiking, camping, sledding, cooking, and coffee.

Outstanding Staff Awards

Nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Employee Awards, Staff Educational Awards, Outstanding Team Award, and the Lawrence McBride Prize are now open and due by Wednesday, February 13th, 2013. The Outstanding Staff Awards honor UI non-faculty staff members who are doing an outstanding job in the areas of quality of service, exceptional effort, initiative and interpersonal relations.

Award recipients will be recognized at the 41st Annual Staff Awards Reception scheduled for Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom. We will also be honoring employees who have retired within the past year as well as recognize staff for longevity of service to the university in five-year increments with the Longevity Awards.
The nomination forms as well as the criteria for each category can be found on the Staff Awards website located at .

Please take a moment and make your nominations to help recognize the outstanding people at the University of Idaho.

Established in 1972, the awards encourage more support and recognition of staff for their dedication and hard work over and above their job descriptions on behalf of the university. Outstanding Employee Awards are given in each university staff category, including: exempt; secretarial or clerical; technical or paraprofessional; service or maintenance; and skilled craft. The number of awards given is based upon the number of employees. Each recipient is presented with a plaque and a $500 check in recognition of their outstanding services. The Larry McBride Prize recognizes an exempt employee who has demonstrated creativity, enthusiasm, the highest performance standards and exemplary service to the university. The recipient is presented with a plaque and a check. The Outstanding Team Award recognizes a group of employees that has shown exceptional teamwork on one-time or unique non-routine projects. The team members are presented with plaques and a check. The Staff Educational Awards are given to children, grandchildren, stepchildren or legal dependents of full-time, board-appointed staff members or honored retirees. Three students receive a certificate and an approximate $500 scholarship for the next academic year. The McBride Prize, Outstanding Team Award and Educational Awards are funded through endowment earnings.

Here’s Your Chance to Have a Say

We are pleased to announce that the Staff Affairs Committee will be sponsoring the University of Idaho 2013 Staff Survey, which will be coming to you soon. The survey is designed to help the institution measure the campus climate, identify issues of concern among staff, and generate discussion about how to meet the needs of our staff. All board-appointed staff will be asked to take the 15 to 20 minute survey. The more feedback we get, the stronger our opportunities to have an impact on policies, procedures, and staff satisfaction. Your next chance to share your opinions will be 3 or 4 years from now, so we hope to hear from you. Staff Affairs and the administration will carefully consider all of the feedback we receive, and keep you posted on actions we plan to take in response to your comments. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jane Baillargeon,, 885-5828.

Upcoming Webinars

for Leaders & Managers, Office Technology (software Excel, Photoshop, etc), People Skills, Office Management
Unless otherwise noted, upcoming webinars are scheduled for 11:00—12:00 pm in Administration 217. Pre-registration is required, Seating is limited. Please go to the event page to view more details.

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

"Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late."
- Don Halley

"If apples were pears
And peaches were plums
And the rose had a different name.
If tigers were bears
And fingers were thumbs
I'd love you just the same."
- Valentine's Day Songs and Poems

"February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March."
- Dr. J. R. Stockton

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Jane Baillargeon, Ali Bretthauer, Elissa Keim, Brian Mahoney, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers


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