July 2014

Ali Brettauer

Chair's Report:

Colleagues: I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable July.  Staff Affairs regular July meeting will be cancelled.  Meetings will resume on August 13, 2014 from 9am-11am in the Brink Staff Lounge and continue every second Wednesday of each proceeding month.

Staff Affairs Annual Retreat:
Staff Affairs held an annual retreat on June 6, 2014. It was a tremendous success, from which we gained a deeper understanding of the role we play as leaders and set goals to move forward.

Results of the Staff Affairs Annual Retreat are goals for the 14-15 term:
1. Development of a 5-year Strategic Plan for Staff Affairs;
2. Focus on revising our current staff appreciation through recognition strategies and events; and,
3. Advocacy & Innovation opportunities to support staff

We will finalize our goals at the August meeting.  Each meeting thereafter will be prioritized in relation to moving toward our goals.

I look forward to sharing more details about our goals and statewide tour in the upcoming months. 

Sincerely, Ali Bretthauer, Chair, Staff Affairs

Dan Noble!  University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Dan Noble is the Senior Financial and Employment Technician from Human Resources. He has been recognized for his outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn.

About the program...
The Kudo staff recognition program is another way to say thank you to our colleagues statewide who go above and beyond their duties to make the University of Idaho a great place to work.

In addition to each Kudo recipient receiving a card and online tribute, Staff Affairs randomly draws from the pool of Kudo-ed staff to determine the University of Idaho Staff of the Month. The Staff of the Month is announced on-air through Inland Northwest Broadcasting radio stations in addition to a certificate and sponsored gift.

To honor and appreciate the hard work of a staff member, please visit

Staff Affairs Annual Retreat

SA Retreat June 2014 Gary Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, from the McCall Outdoor Science School presented a two-part Leadership Training session for Staff Affairs on June 6. 

SA Retreat 1 June 2014Ice-breakers left the group a little more relaxed; after all, passing a rubber chicken can only leave one with a smile!

SA Retreat 2 June 2014
SA Retreat 4 July 2014
SA Retreat 3 July 2014
SA Retreat 2 July 2014

SA Retreat 6 July 2014
SA Retreat 1 July 2014

SA Retreat June 2014Eating together gave us further time to process the items we were tasked to learn and helped to bring about a product goal setting time in the Action Planning portion of the retreat. 

**Thank you to both the Budget Office and Department of Finance and Administration for their sponsorship of the meals provided!

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Join us for a hands-on training with OneDrive @ University of Idaho.

Join us for the Summer 2014 — Supervisory Excellence Program, Condensed Version!

Registration Now Open. The condensed summer session begins on May 21 and concludes on July 17. Visit the PDL website and view: Supervisory Excellence Program for registration and workshop information.

For locations outside of Moscow, please contact for registration and webinar access information. 


Awarded the Platinum Level Alternative Transportation Champions Award for May In Motion

As a Platinum award winner, UIB received a package value of $9,500 in the following:

  • Premiere placement recognition in two-page full color spread in the June 18th Idaho Stateman
  • Recognition at the Alternative Transportation Champion awards luncheon on June 19th

As part of the May In Motion (MIM) we had 49 employees who participated (see breakdown below).  Our MIM grand prize winners and "Super Hero" is Dr. Judi Steciak.  Dr. Steciak will represent Team UIB at the Transportation Champions Award Luncheon on June 19th at the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State University campus.

  • 49 employees participated
  • 295 bike trips
  • 164 telecommutes
  • 28 bus rides
  • 80 carpool trips
  • 114 walking trips
  • 270 days not worked
  • 951 alternative trips

Member of the Southern Idaho Education Consortium (SIEC)

The University of Idaho Boise belongs to the Southern Idaho Education Consortium (SIEC) a group that meets once a year. This year, the group will have a booth at the Boise downtown Saturday market on June 28th. The University of Idaho sponsors a booth for vendors who have tested their product(s) at the Caldwell Research and Extension Commercial Kitchen. Also, throughout the summer, the Saturday Market will feature the following: Operation Military; Office of Admissions; Homecoming “Away from Home” for Treasure Valley Alumni


—Coeur d'Alene—

Welcome Karen Thurston

Karen Thurston CDAWe are pleased to announce a new team member here at UI - northern Idaho. Karen Thurston has joined the Harbor Center staff as Business Development Analyst. The Business Development Analyst for the Digital Innovations Generating New Information Technology (Dig’n IT) works in collaboration with the University of Idaho to identify, implement, and evaluate university-community technology related partnerships and projects. A critical component for the UI North Idaho initiative is to create regional ecosystems integrating with technology related companies, new start-ups, and corporate to focus on practicality and development of skills required for industry success. Karen has experience with project management, research and development, and a broad range of knowledge about technology related industries and programs. Her experience and skills will be a great asset to the University of Idaho northern operations and we are excited to see the Dig’nIT program have a person to provide it focus and direction – and soon growth!

Hayden Meadows 4th Grade Science Day

Coeur d'Alene’s Hayden Meadows Elementary School 4th graders visited University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene Community Water Resource Center for a field trip focused on water quality activities led by City of Coeur d'Alene Waste Water Department, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Lake Management Department, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and University of Idaho Extension- water quality educators.

CDA Science 2 July2014
CDA Science July2014

Socially Geared Staff Outing

Imagine a bike that seats 14 of your closest friends or family that enables all of you to peddle your way down the streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene… The staff and faculty at U-Idaho Coeur d’Alene no longer have to imagine it – we lived it!  The 14 of us spent two hours peddling around downtown Coeur d’Alene, occasionally stopping in somewhere for refreshments and singing the fight song along the way.  A great time was had by all!

CDA Social July2014
CDA Social 2 July2014


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