This will be my last report to you as Chair of Staff Council (formerly Staff Affairs). It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Chair, and I look forward to continuing my service by assisting the new Chair and Vice Chair in their transition to leadership.
For this final report, I’d like to take a moment to thank all staff at the University of Idaho. Thank you for working so hard, thank you for caring, thank you for creating new ways to make the UI a better place to work. It is you, my fellow staff, who demonstrate what it is to be a Vandal.
University Staff Open Forum:
Many thanks to those who attended the May 19 Staff Forum. We enjoyed the opportunity to interact with so many staff, share our goals for advocacy and representation, and hear to from you.
We encourage all to review the Staff Council Strategic Plan, which is now in effect, and the Faculty Staff Handbook 1800 revisions, which are revisions to our governing bylaws, on the Staff Forum
End of Term:
The Staff Council’s 2014-2015 term comes to an end on June 30, 2015. Many thanks to those who attended the May 19 Staff Forum
to learn about our efforts this past year and goals for the future. We are pleased to announce we have accomplished our two major goals this term:
Staff Council Rebranding:
- Strategic Plan: As discussed in the Forum, members drafted a Strategic Plan which covers four main areas: recognition, empowerment, advocacy, and leadership.
- Staff Council Bylaws: Members revised the current bylaws (FSH 1800) to alter the representation structure and place greater emphasis on advocacy. The Bylaws revision draft will go out for an all-staff electronic vote this summer. Look for that vote in your inboxes.
Staff Affairs will be transitioning over the next year to the new title: Staff Council. This name was chosen with care, based on the role of our group and our aspirations to best serve, represent, and advocate for staff. Please bear with us as we make the name change, and join us in using our new name as much as possible!
If you are interested in assisting with the rebranding process, we can always use volunteers to donate some ideas and a little bit of time.
Elections for official positions on Staff Council and UI-Wide committees have closed, but many other opportunities exist to get involved in supporting staff and the university. Please contact us to inquire about ways to get involved in the myriad opportunities to expand your network and share or develop your skills. We can work with you to find the best opportunities on campus to suit your availability and interests.
In closing, I’d like to share what I’ve learned thus far about the University of Idaho. We are a proud institution with many inspiring traditions. I find it far too easy to allow “tradition” to bleed into our daily work, turning what should be effective and inspirational teaching, service, and leadership into lackadaisical simulation of what was once innovative and exciting. I believe this tendency toward the known and comfortable has led us to remain in this place where staff feel like second-class citizens and the institution as a whole creaks and sputters with every change.
The University of Idaho is not like an old clock tower, forever chiming the same tune time after time. We are the flagship institution of Idaho. We are leaders in many areas. We have amazing staff, students, and faculty, who contribute to and make a difference in Idaho, the nation, and the world.
We accept and embrace the concept that change and growth are pivotal to continued success. I envision a University of Idaho in which all members are valued and in which all members are invested. We can work together, alongside those who also care for and benefit from the university, to retain meaningful traditions and revitalize our service, teaching, and leadership to increase our success and better serve our students and communities.
As always, it is an honor to work alongside my fellow staff members to make the university a great place to work, learn, and grow.
Chair, Staff Affairs
Thought of the Month
Photo shared by staff member, Kim Ridle.
2015 Outstanding Employee in the Secretarial - Clerical Category
Sandy Schultz was presented with her award by President Staben in Boise during the UI Boise commencement ceremony. Congratulations, Sandy!
May in Motion
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to use alternative transportation (ride their bicycles, walk, vanpool, or ride the bus to work) during the month of May. The goal for the UI Boise Center is 100% employee participation and keeping our Platinum status.
UI Boise faculty and staff provided snacks during finals week for our students.
June—Capital City Public Market
The University of Idaho sponsors a booth at the Market every Saturday. UI employees are encouraged to showcase their college or department.
Welcome, Jocelyn Stott!
The Coeur d’Alene office is happy to announce the hiring of Jocelyn Stott as a Marketing and Communications Manager. We look forward to working with her in getting the word out about all the exciting things U-Idaho Coeur d’Alene has to offer.
Back to the Earth Gears Up
The team at the Back to the Earth (BTTE) program is gearing up for another camp-filled summer! BTTE is a community-based youth education partnership between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and the University of Idaho. The BTTE project aims to develop and deliver culturally-rich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities to students in grades 4-7 on the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Indian Reservations. Over the course of the summer there will be two summer camps, one in Wellpinit WA and one in Heyburn State Park, Plummer ID.
Outstanding Part-time Staff 2015
Congratulations to Valerie Hathaway. Debbie McQueen presented her with the award that was designed and made by Lee Ostrom and the Industrial Technology faculty.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
The Idaho Falls Staff enjoyed their luncheon at Papa Tom's Pizza in Idaho Falls on April 15, 2015. This year was extra eventful as the roof was leaking from all the rain as you can see by the decorated buckets. The buckets were raffled off and Mike Hilker and Jill Randall were the lucky recipients!
Dr. Lee Ostrom, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Director of Academic Programs and Dr. Wayne Jones, Interim District Director of Ag Extension & Bonneville County Eastern District were asked to talk briefly about what new things are happening at the Idaho Falls Center as well as explain what's new within their departments.
KUDOS to all the staff members, who helped with the luncheon.
Mike Hilker & Ryan Haworth—invitations; Ryan Haworth, Mike Hilker and Michael Gloschat—photographers; Debbie McQueen, Debbie Clements and Donald Patterson—venue and menu; Melissa Bertram—raffle & baskets; Jill Randall & Melinda Lent—decorations; Debbie Caudle—coordinator.
Link to upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls
Contributors: Ali Bretthauer, Debra Caudle, Amber Crowley, Julie Lang Lorentz, Lisa Miller, Maria Ortega, Kim Ridle, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Michelle Weitz
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