Staff Affairs June 2014 Newsletter

June 2014


Ali Brettauer

Chair’s Report

Colleagues:  Allow me to take the opportunity to share a little about myself and my reasons for serving as Chair of Staff Affairs. I am a loyal Vandal and Idahoan. As an alumnus, receiving both my graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho, I began my career at the university as an AmeriCorps member while working on my undergrad program.  In 2008, I returned as a board-appointed staff member. I joined Staff Affairs to become more involved with my institution and have learned more than I thought possible in my 3-year tenure. Starting my second 3-year term this June, I am excited to collaborate with staff, faculty, leadership, and students in unison to develop a more productive and successful organization to serve our amazing staff.

FY15 Salary Increase:  President Staben recently announced the implementation of merit-based salary increases for faculty and staff across the university. We are pleased to see that these are taking effect in 2015 letters and salary agreements. The President has announced a plan to provide an overall pool of salary increases ongoing. Staff Affairs looks forward to working with university leadership, to not only plan for, but provide salary increases on a consistent basis which allow staff and faculty to meet the increasing costs of living. 

Staff Affairs Annual Retreat:  Staff Affairs regular meetings for June and July 2014 will be cancelled to allow for attendance at our annual retreat on June 6, 2014. Breakfast is sponsored by the Budget Office and luncheon sponsored by Finance and Administration. Many thanks to these areas for supporting our efforts. Staff Affairs members will come together to develop goals and make plans for improving the state of the staff advocacy group to become more effective.

  • Regular meetings will resume on August 6, 2014 from 9am-11am in the Brink Faculty Staff Lounge and second Wednesday of each proceeding month. All regular meetings are open, and attendance by any and all is encouraged.

2014 Statewide Tour:
  This summer, Faculty Senate and Staff Affairs leadership, Vice Chair, Greg Fizzell and I, will take statewide tour. Thus far, we plan to tour Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls June 24-26, 2014 with Faculty Senate leadership.  A tour of the Coeur d’Alene extension is in the plan at a date to be determined. We are excited to meet with our statewide staff, learn more about your amazing accomplishments, and advocate for you in the coming term.

I look forward to serving as a resource and advocate for all University of Idaho staff by identifying needs and recommending action to university leadership in the coming year.

Sincerely, Ali Bretthauer, Chair, Staff Affairs

Tara Roberts June 2014 Staff of the MOnthCongratulations
Tara Roberts!  University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Tara Roberts is a Science and Research Writer for Communications and Marketing. She 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.

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
Spring has arrived, and PDL is budding with new learning opportunities!  We are pleased to share a new on-line learning resource, Learning Express Library (LEL).  LEL, provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, is a free comprehensive collection of resources that you can access to prepare for college, career, educational tutoring, popular software tutorials and workforce development.  This resource is available to statewide employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PLEASE NOTE:  On-line training available through LEL replaces the computer software training previously available through NetLearning@uidaho.  Learning Express Library allows you to print your test results at the end of some modules.  Please forward copies of documents to if you would like a record of completion added to your University of Idaho employee training record.

The Learning Express Library contains career prep, popular software tutorials and workforce skills development. 

Further details and information are available on the PDL Portal/Learning Express Library.

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 June 26. Visit the PDL website and view: Supervisory Excellence Program for registration and workshop information. As an SEP participant, you will learn about U of I policies and procedures and specific strategies to enhance your managerial effectiveness. Specific focus will be placed on skill building that can be easily transferred to your workplace. As an added bonus, you will have the opportunity to network with other supervisors from around the university. Statewide access available via GoToWebinar for selected workshops. Please visit the SEP Spring-Summer 2014 Schedule for a listing of available workshops.

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


Thursday, May 1st — May Day Potluck and May In Motion

Boise faculty and staff participated in the May Day Potluck, which included the kick-off for May In Motion (MIM).  May In Motion is sponsored by Commuter ride as a way to encourage employees to use alternative transportation during the month of May.  The goal for the UI Boise Center is 100% employee participation moving us from Gold to Platinum status.  The UI Boise Center participates by encouraging all employees to ride their bicycles, walk, vanpool or ride the bus to work.
Boise MIM June 2014
Judi Steciak was nominated our “Super Hero” she commutes every day to work on her bicycle and has put over 35,000 miles on her bike commuting to work over the last 19 years

May 7th — University of Idaho Boise Commencement at the Centre on the Grove

Boise Commencement (1) June 2014
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May 8th — A wild turkey was spotted at the University of Idaho Boise

Boise Turkey (1) June 2014
These pictures were taken by a student the morning of May8th.  State wildlife biologists say its turkey mating season so the turkey might have traveled to the Boise area in search of a mate.  We think he's just got good taste in Universities.
Boise Turkey (2) June 2014

May 5-15th — University of Idaho Boise staff provided snacks during finals

Boise Finals (2) June 2014
Boise Finals (1) June 2014 

—Coeur d'Alene—

Dign'IT Summer Camps

This year, University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene is excited to bring two Dig'nIT summer camps to the community!  Details for each are on the Events page.

May 12th — Commencement

Coeur d’Alene’s commencement was held on Monday, May 12.  Over 60 of our 142 graduates walked in the ceremony with former Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem giving the commencement address and Doug and Edward Hawkins of Litehouse Foods receiving the President’s Medallion.
Cda Commencement (2) June 2014
Cda Commencement (2) June 2014
Cda Commencement (1) June 2014

May 7th — Staff Retreat

The Coeur d’Alene center staff held a retreat at beautiful Elk Point Events Center, overlooking the lake and city. Staff and faculty from other departments housed in Coeur d’Alene or with an interest here joined us for lunch and an introduction session.  It was a productive and enjoyable day.  The views didn’t hurt, either!
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—Idaho Falls—

April 25 — Pizza, Posters and Presentations (aka P3)

Pizza, Posters and Presentations showcasing graduate research was held at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.  Staff and faculty from UIIF, and Idaho National Laboratory employees talked with students about their posters and listened to presentations on their research topics. P3 is at the end of semester research event showcasing the research projects of students in Idaho Falls. 

Idaho Falls P3 (1) June 2014
Idaho Falls P3 (2) June 2014

April 30 — Staff Appreciation Lunch

Staff Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Puerto Vallarta in Idaho Falls.  Thanks to a hardworking committee, the staff enjoyed lunch and prizes.
Idaho Falls Staff Appreciation Lunch June 2014

May 8 — College of Education Luncheon, College of Engineering Reception, and Commencement

• Celebration with the EDD graduates from the Professional Practices cohort
• Celebration with family and friends of College of Engineering students including faculty and student awards and recognition of students who earned academic certificates
• More than 50 participated in the Commencement ceremony. About 90 students earned degrees in 2013-14 Idaho Falls Commencement (1) June 2014Idaho Falls Commencement (2) June 2014

May 12 — Dr. Roger Scott's Retirement Reception

Faculty, staff, students, friends and family gathered to wish Roger well at his retirement party.
Idaho Falls Roger Scott Retirement June 2014

Dr. Robert Smith recognized Roger for his years of service as a dedicated faculty member.  Roger was also recognized as Emeritus Professor by Dr. Lee Ostrom.

Link to upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls  

Contributors: Ali Bretthauer, Debra Caudle, Julie Lang Lorentz, Lisa Miller, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Michelle Weitz

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