Staff Newsletter, June 2012

June 2012

I am pleased to announce that 11 University of Idaho staff were elected onto the Staff Affairs Committee in May! Help me to welcome these outstanding staff to Staff Affairs:
—Vickie Burnet       —June Clevy
—Tim Helmke          —John (J.R.) Kok
—Laura Nalle           —Colton Oliphant
—Katie Payne         —Clint Payton
—Lysa Salsbury        —Kristin Strong
—Janice Todish

Members of the 2012-2013 Staff Affairs Executive were elected and appointed in as well. Meet the team:
—Ana Burton, Chair
—Brian Mahoney, Vice Chair
—Irma Sixtos, Secretary
—Janice Todish, Treasurer
—Debra Rumford, Media Coordinator

You, too, can be an advocate for staff at the University of Idaho! We currently have five vacancies:
1 – Exempt, 1 – Administrative/Technical/Research, 3 – Maintenance/Skilled Crafts/Trades.

If you are interested in being a member of a dynamic and influential committee, please email Include your Name, Title, Category (i.e. Exempt; Administrative, Technical and Research; Maintenance, Services and Skilled Craft; or Off Campus Representative), Name & email address of supervisor, department head, and dean. Terms are three years in length.

Speed Networking – June 14, 2012, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Join your colleagues in a fast paced networking session from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Commons Food Court (1st floor) on Thursday, June 14! Bring your lunch and your business cards! Water, lemonade and dessert will be provided. Space is limited! Register today:!

Dependent Tuition Waiver – this policy has been reviewed by upper Administration and will be discussed before the State Board of Education this summer. More information should be available by the end of June.

Expanded Health Benefits – this policy is currently under review of the Benefits Advisory Group (BAG). More information will be forthcoming throughout the summer.

University Involvement
University-wide Committees
There is still a need for staff representation on the following University-wide Committees:
Classified Appeals Board* – 3 vacancies
Ubuntu – 1 vacancy
Safety & Loss – 1 vacancy
*Appointment to these committees is subject to approval from the President’s Office.

This is an opportunity for you to be more involved within the University of Idaho. If you are interested in serving on these committees, please email

Vandal’s Continuous Improvement & Best Practices Quality Summit – July 25, 2012, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
View various units’ best practices presentations for improvements throughout the university. If you are interested in conducting a presentation, please contact Mychal Coleman at

Questions or Comments?
We are always interested in what you have to say! Email if you have questions or concerns about issues or other topics at the University of Idaho.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer! —Ana Burton, Chair

University of Idaho — Coeur d'Alene

Silver Valley Upward Bound Water Quality Field Trip
Approximately 20 Silver Valley Upward Bound students waded into local waters, and local history, on Saturday, May 19. The field day was designed to help the students better understand the past and future of the Silver Valley, and the vital connections between environment, industry and education. Two University of Idaho programs, Upward Bound and IDAH2O, partnered with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) and the US Forest Service (USFS) to deliver a brief history of water quality in the region. 
Upward Bound 
Back to the Earth Grant Celebration
A $1.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that was recently awarded to Coeur d'Alene faculty member Anne Kern will bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to underserved American Indian students in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane tribes. The NSF monies will fund the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), Back to the Earth (BTTE) project. The three-year project aims to merge indigenous knowledge systems with Western science to provide a platform for STEM engagement for American Indian students.

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

"Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don't get around
Like the dandelions do."
—Slim Acres

"On this June day the buds in my garden are almost as enchanting as the open flowers. Things in bud bring, in the heat of a June noontide, the recollection of the loveliest days of the year - those days of May when all is suggested, nothing yet fulfilled."
—Francis King

“It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
—Mark Twain

"Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence."
—George Santayana

Newsletter Contributors: Ana Burton, Patti Heath, Angie Sowers & Debra Rumford

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