Staff Affairs Staff Newsletter June 2013

June 2013

Moscow Commencement

Over 1,500 students participated in the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Independent film producer Jim Lemley added a little razzle-dazzle to the University of Idaho commencement ceremony and encouraged graduates to worry less about figuring everything out right away. 
Bag pipes - Commencement 2013
Kenton Bird and Duane Nellis - Commencement 2013
Kenton Bird and President Nellis
Bling - Commencement 2013

Jessica Berwick UI Staff of the MonthCongratulations Jessica Berwick!
University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Jessica Berwick is the Employer Relations & Communications Manager from the Career Center. Jessica has been recognized for her outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn.

Recipients are randomly drawn from a pool of those that have been kudoed.

If you would like to recognize a staff member, go here

Mark Labolle to Retire

Mark Labolle is leaving the university after 20+ years at the University of Idaho, from working in the electric shop as the electric shop supervisor to being the director for building trades at facilities. The facilities team accomplishes tremendous things and serves the campus exceptionally well; Mark’s leadership and know-how has been at the heart of many of those successes. He also served on Staff Affairs as the chair of the Policy Review subcommittee that addresses issues directly related to benefits and compensation for staff as well as overseeing the bylaws to make sure they are up to date and accurate for the times. His enthusiasm in his work will truly be missed. Good luck in your new chapter. 
Mark Labolle dressed up at 40th Anniversary of Staff Affairs 2011
Mark Labolle celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Staff Affairs, 2011 

Nationally Recognized Biodiesel Educator,
Joe Thompson, Retiring

Joe Thompson from the biodiesel education program will be retiring in June. Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in biodiesel education (working under Jon Van Gerpen, one of the most respected biodiesel researchers in the nation). U-Idaho has a farm-scale biodiesel production facility, and Thompson has made biodiesel from many unusual feedstocks, from coffee grounds to the fat of black soldier flies. Thompson has worked tirelessly for the university for over 30 years, promoting the university and supporting biodiesel production through publishing, media interviews and educational outreach, including tours of the facility to anyone that asks. Thompson is a valuable resource of information at the university and will be greatly missed.

Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Commencement

Over 80 students participated in Coeur d'Alene’s commencement ceremony on Monday, May 7. Everyone enjoyed the commencement address given by JoAnn Harvey, and we got to cheer on two of our own as Denny Davis received the President’s Medallion and Dr. Kathy Canfield-Davis received the Warren Bakes award. A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this year’s ceremony a success! 
CDA Commencement 2013
KCD and DennyCDA Commencement 2013

New Lease

The City of Coeur d'Alene demonstrated their commitment to the Higher Education Campus by voting 4-2 in approving a 15 year lease of the Harbor Center to University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene! We are very excited to stay in this wonderful facility. If you’ve never been to our building, stop by and say hello the next time you’re in Coeur d'Alene.

Vandal Scramble

There was a record turnout for the 4th Annual Vandal Scramble at the Hayden Lake Country Club honoring Vince Rossi. Thirty-six teams competed, and one of the Great Floors teams took first prize. Fun was had by all!
Heath Byers Vandal Scramble 2013
Heath Byers of the Great Floors team (husband of CDA staff member Becky Byers)

AVP/CEO Dr. Charles Buck Leads Coeur d'Alene 2030 Visioning Project

This comprehensive visioning process for greater Coeur d’Alene is designed to engage the entire community in creating a new long-range vision. The visioning process will be guided by principles that encourage community involvement: the process will be broad-based, bringing people of all backgrounds and perspectives together in a respectful, civil dialogue about the future, it will be an open public process that builds trust and fosters positive collaboration, and it will focus on producing concrete results that help create a legacy for future generations. The CDA 2030 Visioning Project is seeking the services of a Project Manager to provide creative leadership and project management expertise for the community-wide project in 2013-2014. The project is planned to last 12 months. For more information please contact: Steve Wilson, President, CDA Chamber of Commerce at 208-664-3194 x110 or Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested. Deadline to submit resumes is May 31, 2013.

Connie Peterson to Retire

We say goodbye in June to a longtime University of Idaho employee. Connie has worked at both the Coeur d'Alene office and the Post Falls Research Park over the last 13 years. We wish her well in her retirement!
C Peterson

Idaho Falls

Pizza, Posters & Presentations (P3)

April 26, Pizza, Posters and Presentations showcasing graduate research was held at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Staff and faculty from UIIF, Idaho National Laboratory employees and local high school students talked with students about their posters and listened to presentations on their research topics.
Sky Anderson
Staff member/student, Skye Anderson, discusses her poster
Ryan Haworth
Staff member/student, Ryan Haworth, gives a presentation

Idaho Falls Commencement

Long before the afternoon Engineering reception and well beyond the last cookie on the plate following the Commencement Ceremony, May 2, Idaho Falls staff participated in the full round of activities from preparation to set up and tear down. The effort was well worth the reward of seeing graduates receive their degrees and embark on new chapters in their lives.
Dave, Don, and Raghu
Dave Anderson, Don Patterson and Raghu Kanakala enjoying Engineering reception
Alice and Cindy
Alice Allen helps graduates don regalia

Idaho Falls Staff Receive Degrees

A number of Idaho Falls staff members received degrees this year: Skye Anderson, Masters, Idaho State University; Jeff Barnes, Bachelors, Idaho State University; Debbie Caudle, Masters, University of Idaho; Ryan Haworth, Masters, Idaho State University; Joe Leister, Bachelor’s, Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Congratulations Graduates!

Debbie Caudle
Debbie Caudle

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

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