Staff Newsletter - January 2012

January 2012

Happy New Year!

2012 is off to an exciting start and the Staff Affairs Committee is actively working to coordinate and implement a variety of major events for the spring!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 for the inaugural LEAP Professional Development Conference, a one-day workshop filled with innovative and effective presentations conducted by our UI colleagues across the state ranging from team building to conflict management to utilizing technology to leadership development. Registration will be available soon at —please watch your inboxes and always check the Staff Affairs website for updates.

Also, on Friday, April 6, the 40th Annual Staff Awards Ceremony will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the SUB Ballroom. Awards are given to staff that have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the UI. Staff who qualify for the award are nominated by their peers and are reviewed through an award process conducted by the Staff Affairs Staff Awards subcommittee. The Staff Awards committee will be sending out an email soon of how to nominate an outstanding staff member that you know. You may also direct your questions to

Thank you to Rachel Halsey, former chair of Staff Affairs, for all of her hard work and dedication over the last six-months in moving the Staff Affairs Committee forward and reaching out to our staff community statewide. I look forward to continuing the positive momentum of Staff Affairs and would like to encourage you to contact the Staff Affairs Committee if you have any questions or concerns that impact University staff.

Remember, Staff Affairs meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am—please join us to learn more about Staff Affairs and ways that you can be involved. Thank you for all that you do for the University of Idaho and our communities through the state. —Ana Burton, Chair

Interested in Speaking to Staff Affairs?
At each monthly meeting SA features guest presenters to discuss current happenings at the UI that impact all staff. If you are interested in sharing information about your department or unit with University staff, please contact us at  

A list of previously featured presenters: Parking and Transportation Services; Human Resources; Payroll & Benefits; Human Rights—Access and Inclusion; Alumni Association; Benefits Advisory Group
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University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

December is the time of year for eagle watching in Coeur d'Alene. This one was spotted outside the University of Idaho offices on the Spokane River December 15.

Eagle in Couer d'Alene

Science on Tap
2012 started off the new year with a presentation on personalized medicine from our very own Dr. Charles Buck. Dr. Buck is the associate vice president and center executive officer for the University of Idaho - Coeur d’Alene and director of the University of Idaho Research Park. The room was packed with people there to learn more about his exciting topic. Personalized medicine, a model of health care that customizes preventative care and treatment to individual patients, is a reality today for some patients. As scientists and physicians better understand how our genes impact our health, more and more of us will be able to prevent diseases before they happen and avoid ineffective, redundant treatments.

Welcome Back, Barb!
Barb McDonald returned from an extended leave on Monday, December 9. We missed her and are glad she’s back!

Staff Change
CharLene Gibson, Lab Manager, will be leaving her position with the University of Idaho to join PAML as a Toxicology Analyst II. We’ll miss you, CharLene. 

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon
Faculty and staff met at Famous Dave’s on December 20th for fun, food, and a wild and crazy gift exchange.

Don Patterson and Chicken Dance
Don Patterson and Chicken Dance

Supathorn Phongikaroon (Supy) w/ Vandal Shirt
Supathorn Phongikaroon (Supy) with Idaho Shirt

Maxine Dakins and Moose
Maxine Dakins and Moose

Christmas Adopt a Family
Staff and faculty gathered gifts, food and money to provide Christmas for an Idaho Falls family. The generosity was overwhelming. On December 19th gifts were wrapped and on December 21st staff delivered the gifts which were received with great appreciation.

Adopt a Family
Santa and His Merry Elves Photo by Alice Allen

Welcome Back Week Lunch
On Monday, January 9, faculty and staff had a great time serving a delicious lunch of pasta, salad and breadsticks to returning students.

Idaho Falls Welcome Back Luncheon

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
—Oprah Winfrey

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