Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter 2013

January 2013

Happy New Year! We trust that everyone had a happy and rejuvenating holiday break and are ready for 2013!

With the new year comes many great changes!
At the start of January, I will be pursuing a new opportunity outside of the University of Idaho. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to serve as your Chair of the Staff Affairs Committee. It has been a privilege and a joy to develop many strong and positive relationships with units, departments and individuals University-wide. Per the procedures outlined in the Staff Affairs by-laws, Vice Chair, Brian Mahoney will be stepping into the role of Interim Chair. A formal election will take place at the January 9th Staff Affairs Committee meeting to officially elect the next Chair of the committee to fulfill the remaining term (through May 31, 2013). I am confident in Brian and the Staff Affairs Committee as they will continue to advocate and provide many opportunities to enrich the professional culture for all UI staff.
If you are interested, you may also join the Staff Affairs Committee to further our mission. There a few vacancies on the committee and I encourage anyone interested to submit a statement of interest to Staff Affairs provides a unique opportunity to be involved in University influence, serving as an outlet for the development of staff University-wide and addressing issues, information and topics that are of great importance to the function of our university community.
Learning and Development Subcommittee
The Learning and Development subcommittee is pleased to recognize the first recipient of the Staff Supplemental Professional Development Grant Award.  

Olivia Lebens, a Program Advisor at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development, here at the University of Idaho, attended the 2012 Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual meeting and conference titled “Innovating Today–Shaping Tomorrow,” December 2-5. The conference was held in Washington, DC with over 500 attendees from 67 universities. Olivia was able to participate in the Council on Community Advocacy meeting; she attended the National Gateway to Self-Determination training, and visited with Senator Crapo’s office. Other highlights from the conference included plenary speakers: Dr. Richard J. Davidson, from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., an Advocate for People with Disabilities.

Olivia is excited to share the Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist with her colleagues at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), College of Education, the CDHD Community Advisory Committee, and with anyone else who may be interested. This Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist is a tool created for UCEDDs to determine “the degree to which its policies, practices, and personnel, at a given point in time, are promoting self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.” For more information please contact Olivia at
Olivia LebensOlivia Lebens
Liz, Olivia, and Mitchell

You, too, can be a recipient of a Staff Supplemental Professional Development Grant! For more information visit: 
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.
Follow the legislative session during Education Week, January 21-Januray 25, 2013, with the University of Idaho presentation on Wednesday, January 23. Live streaming available from the Idaho legislature website.

Continue to visit the Professional Development and Learning unit website at for information on upcoming professional development opportunities.
Cheers for a great 2013!
Ana Burton, Chair


Employee Holiday Luncheon
Boise Center employees enjoyed a wonderful Holiday party on December 11th. They enjoyed a great lunch followed by a white elephant gift exchange.
Boise Holiday Lunch 2012
Boise Holiday Lunch 2012
Boise Holiday Lunch 2012

Coeur d'Alene

New Staff Member
Coeur d'Alene is happy to welcome Marcee Hartzell as the new Executive Assistant for AVP/CEO Charles Buck. We look forward to working with her!

New Watershed Model at the CWRC
The Community Water Resource Center has a new model of the Coeur d'Alene watershed. Once fully assembled, this 3-dimentional, interactive model will provide audio information about our local watershed.
New Watershed Model at the CWRC
New Watershed Model at the CWRC
Sunset over Cougar Bay
This time of year, the sun sets over Cougar Bay. I caught this fabulous sunset out the office window last week. Photo by Angela Sowers

Idaho Falls

Pizza, Posters & Presentations – November 30
The auditorium and gallery at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies came alive with students from UI, ISU, and BSU showcasing their research through posters and presentations. Participants and guests were treated to pizza and hot wings for lunch.
CAES Auditorium
New administrative assistants, Marci Merrick and Julie Jacobson (lower left), take in a student presentation in the CAES Auditorium. 

Grad students Olu Omotowa and Ryan Davis
Grad students Olu Omotowa and Ryan Davis discuss Olu’s research poster.

Holiday Lunch – December 18
In the middle of the Holiday rush, staff and faculty took time to enjoy a relaxing lunch at The Zone. Red poinsettias, candy, bling and laughter added holiday atmosphere to the sports venue. Quote of the Day: “Our greatest present is our presence.” – Barbara Petty, Director, Eastern District Ag R&E
Idaho Falls Holiday Lunch 2012
Carol Spain welcomes faculty and staff to the Idaho Falls Holiday Lunch 2012.

Twin Falls

“A” is for Awesome Adam!!!
There was an equipment upgrade at the Twin Falls R&E Center, involving new TV’s and videoconferencing equipment. The installation of the new equipment wasn’t as “user friendly” as hoped. Adam McKinney works for IT in CALS and takes care of all things computer related. But when asked to help with the TV’s and videoconferencing equipment, Adam jumped right in to help! He shared his technical savvy and troubleshooting skills and now everything is working great! It was a long and daunting process. Thanks, Adam for going above and beyond the call of duty! —Thanks much, Amanda Moore Kriwoz

Twin Falls - Adam McKinney
“It was a long arduous journey through TV land, but we emerged generally unscathed.” —Adam McKinney

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"Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,
like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."
- Nelda Hartmann, January Morn

"Ruler of new beginnings, gates and doors, the first hour of the day, the first day of the month, and the first month of the year, the Roman god Janus gave January its name. He was pictured as two-headed (both heads bearded) and situated so that one head looked forward into the new year while the other took a retrospective view. Janus also presided over the temple of peace, where the doors were opened only during wartime. It was a place of safety, where new beginnings and new resolutions could be forged, just as the New Year is a time for new objectives and renewed commitments to long-term goals."
- How January Got Its Name

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Ali Bretthauer, Ana Burton, Amanda Moore Kriwox, Liz Ridgway, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain


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