Staff Newsletter, July 2012 issue

July 2012

Just a few brief updates and announcements—

The Idaho State Board of Education passed the University of Idaho’s request to implement a Dependent Tuition and Fee Reduction. University administration and departments are working collaboratively to instate this reduction; however, a date for the reduction to go into effect has not been confirmed.

The SBOE also approved all constitutional changes to the Faculty Staff Handbook, including the approval of a second staff representative on the Faculty Senate. All previous nominations to serve in this capacity will be taken into consideration and formal appointment will be made prior to the beginning of fall semester.

There is still a need for staff representation on the following University-wide Committees:
Classified Appeals Board – 3 vacancies
Safety, Loss & Prevention – 1 vacancy

Please email sa-elections, if you are interested in serving on one of these committees.

The Staff Affairs Committee has reached full membership capacity at 30 members with representation from multiple disciplines and statewide. We are looking forward to another exciting year and want to serve all staff well during academic year 2012-2013. If you have suggestions or comments on how the Staff Affairs Committee can improve and be more engaged for a better experience to benefit all staff at the University of Idaho, please email

Have a safe and relaxing July! —Ana Burton, Chair

Mystery Man Identified!
Congratulations to Laila S. Cornwall, ALCP Student Advisor in International Programs, the first to identify Charles Cornwall. Thank you all for your help!

Did You Know Auto-Renewal Parking Permits Are Available to Staff?
Board appointed employees can purchase a non-expiring permit (Gold, Red, or Blue) and avoid the hassle of having to remember to purchase a new parking permit each year. Contact the Parking Office at 885-6424 or go to for more information.
Idaho’s Journey for Diversity and Human Rights—When Cultures Meet
Each fall, the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and University of Idaho Extension hosts a cultural tour of a segment of our beautiful state, with a focus on issues of diversity and human rights. This October 4-5, Idaho’s Journey for Diversity and Human Rights takes us to South Central and Eastern Idaho to explore the geography and history of Twin Falls, Pocatello, and surrounding areas. Join us as we learn the pioneer story of the 1800’s, meet the recent arrivals to the area, and explore the links between faith and culture that shaped our communities.

Don’t miss this chance to meet the people, hear the stories, and experience the events that made Idaho what it is today. Idaho's Journey is open to all and can be taken for Professional Development credit for teachers or for University of Idaho course credit. Program details and registration information are at Register before September 19. For more information contact Harriet Shaklee or 208.364.4016.

This is our ninth Journey and we expect it to be our last in a great series of educational tours—so don’t put it off until next year! Now is the time to join us for Idaho’s Journey for Diversity and Human Rights: When Cultures Meet.

University of Idaho — Coeur d'Alene

Exciting Happenings in Sandpoint
A number of community groups are engaged with the U-Idaho Sandpoint site. These include an informal education group called the Folk School offering non-credit education in diverse areas from blacksmithing to design, a team of volunteers building an 18 hole disc course on the property, and preparation for planting 30 acres of hybrid sorghum as a biofuels test plot. The facility will soon also include wireless internet access and a video system to enable course content to be delivered in Sandpoint—we are shooting for offering courses this fall.

Retirement Best Wishes
Coeur d'Alene is sad to say goodbye to two treasured members of the workplace. Janice Fletcher, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Beverly Benge, Special Education Library, will be retiring this summer. We wish them well in all of their future endeavors.

University of Idaho — Boise

May in Motion
The University of Idaho Boise again participated in May in Motion which is an annual event organized by Ada County Highway District Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit. The month long promotion is designed to reward Treasure Valley employers for educating their employees about transportation-related issues, and encourage their participation in transportation alternatives. The University of Idaho Boise participated and moved from being a Silver Level Award winner to a Gold Level Award winner this year.  Kudos to the participants who were: Ralph Budwig, Kathy Clayton-Wonderlich, Duane Elgan, Denise Engebrecht, Eric Fredback, Michael Greenlee, Mary Hanrahan, Ronda Hirnyck, David Hockema, Rachael Kelly, Miki Kurosawa, Tracy Labraaten, Paula Peterman, Jenna Pettek, Martha Raidl, Bill Rauer, Liz Ridgway, Priscilla Salant, Julie Scanlin, Sandy Schultz, Harriet Shaklee, Judi Steciak, Meg Stephenson, Matt Tiedermann, Daniele Tonina, Michelle Weitz and Deborah Wold.

Bill Rauer May in Motion 2012 Award Recipient
Bill Rauer, Career Development Specialist for the College of Law, holding our May in Motion award

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

"Mosquito is out,
it's the end of the day;
she's humming and hunting
her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger
arrives on such wings
at sundown? I guess
it's the nature of things."
—N. M. Boedecker, Midsummer Night Itch

"Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened on either occasion."
—Mark Twain

"Grass is the cheapest plant to install and the most expensive to maintain."
—Pat Howell

Newsletter Contributors: Ana Burton, Rebecca Couch, Liz Ridgway, Harriet Shaklee, Angela Sowers & Debra Rumford

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