Staff newsletter March 2012

March 2012

The LEAP into Professional Development conference was a huge success! Over 160 University of Idaho employees from across the state participated in 21 engaging workshops and were inspired to continue their professional growth through our motivating guest speakers, Jeanne Christiansen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Carol Marlowe, Director of Program Planning at the Boise Center for Higher Education. Staff Affairs and the Professional Development and Learning unit look forward to continuing our partnership in providing professional development and learning opportunities to all university staff and appreciate all of the feedback from this conference as we plan for future workshops.

Many thanks to President Nellis and college and department supervisors who supported and encouraged staff members to attend the LEAP conference to further develop their skills and abilities at the University of Idaho.

In addition, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the LEAP planning committee for their commitment and dedication in bringing this professional development opportunity to fruition:

Shishona Turner, Chair, LEAP Planning Committee
Ali Bretthauer
Charity Buchert
Ana Burton
Elissa Keim
Julie Lang
Megan Masias
Lorraine McConnell
Elisabeth Ridgway
Special thanks to Amber Crowley and Debra Rumford for technical assistance

The Staff Awards Reception will take place on Friday, April 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the SUB Ballroom. To view a list of award recipients for 2012, please click on the “Staff Awards” button on the left. Check back for a list of our peers who will be receiving their longevity awards or who are retiring. All staff are invited to attend the reception to support our honored colleagues.

Please join us at our next Staff Affairs Committee meeting Wednesday, April 11 from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Horizon Room of the UI Commons. Remember to email Staff Affairs ( if you have any questions or concerns about happenings at the University that impact staff.

—Ana Burton, Chair

2012 LEAP Conference
A large turnout for the 2012 LEAP into Professional Development conference

2012 LEAP Conference
The Animal Matrix, YouTube video of an exercise

2012 LEAP Conference
Stacey Smith & Ali Bretthauer—Postsecondary Persistence: Working Together to Bridge the Gap

2012 LEAP Conference
Brian Mahoney & Clint Payton—Paperless Operations…The ABC’s of Electronic Forms!

2012 LEAP Conference
Carol Marlowe—Keynote Speaker on "Change Management: All About Culture"

2012 LEAP Conference
Todd Broadman—“It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing”

University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

NCCE Conference
Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) is housed at the Coeur d'Alene Harbor Center. NCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting effective uses of technology in education. Their annual conference is taking place in Seattle this week. This year’s conference has a Western theme, and they were getting in the mood last week by conducting roping lessons in the lobby. Yee Haw!

Community Water Resource Center
An exciting new venture has just been launched at University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene! After hearing requests from stakeholders throughout northern Idaho, a framework, titled the Community Water Resource Center, has been born to help facilitate and serve the education, outreach and research needs of water stakeholders. This framework will assist with providing education and outreach opportunities, working cooperatively with other agencies and organizations, such as Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Furthermore, it will help facilitate research ventures, connecting University of Idaho faculty and staff with local water research questions. Also hosted at the UI Coeur d’Alene Center will be an Information and Science Resource library, containing brochures, newsletters, research papers and books on relevant local, water quality issues.

Heidi Rogers’ Birthday Celebration | Wednesday, March 7
Staff gathered around today as one of our own turned 50. Lunch, carrot cake, and good company – It couldn’t be beat!

Heidi Rogers 50th Birthday CelebrationHeidi Rogers 50th Birthday Celebration

Coeur-lloquium: Idaho Building Capacity Project | Wednesday, March 7
Deb Long, Regional Coordinator for the Idaho Building Capacity (IBC) project, spoke to guests at the Harbor Center today about her exciting work. The IBC Project is a system of support for Idaho schools and districts that are in “needs improvement” status. The IBC Project utilizes recently retired, distinguished educators who are trained to assist school and district leaders in facilitating the work of school improvement in Idaho’s neediest schools and districts. It was great to learn about this important work.

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

INL Scholastic Bowl – Regional Competition
February 27-28, University Place was filled with high school students competing in a quiz bowl competition that tests their math and science knowledge. University of Idaho staff volunteered in various capacities i.e., judges, quizmasters, scorekeepers and timekeepers.

Celebrate Your Future
February 3, about 450 local area high school students came to University Place for a fun filled diversity event hosted by ISU and UI Student Services. Students learned about career paths and higher education opportunities.

Debbie Caudle with student from Celebrate Your Future
Debbie Caudle, Academic & Admin Services Coordinator, with student from Celebrate Your Future

UI College of Engineering meet the Cadidate Presentation: “Vision for the University of Idaho, College of Engineering”
March 6, faculty, staff and university stakeholders met Engineering Dean candidate, Dan White.

Idaho College Pathways: Workshop for Parents and Students
March 14, Alice Allen and Debbie Caudle conducted sessions for students, grades 8-12, and their parents about scholarships and financial aid. The event was sponsored by the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund & The Greater Idaho Falls Education Coalition.

Debbie Caudle talks with students and parents
Debbie Caudle talks with students and parents

(Pi) Day
March 14, faculty, staff and students indulged in delicious pies at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. A feast fit for royalty but without singing birds.

University of Idaho - Boise

Women in Math and Sciences

Women in Math & Science Event
The University of Idaho Boise hosted 150 young women over two days for its annual Women in Math and Science program. The 3 half-day sessions allowed groups of 7th and 10th graders from the Boise and Meridian School Districts to conduct experiments on local water and, more importantly, interact with women professionals in math, science, and technology fields. The women volunteers came from Hewlett-Packard, Micron, United Water, St. Luke’s, DEQ, the Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho GIS, Idaho Health and Welfare, and graduate engineering students from the University of Idaho. Mark Neilsen, Associate Dean of the College of Science, explained the importance of women entering STEM fields, shared stories of current University of Idaho female students majoring in hard science, and explained that only 100 years ago, women were not allowed to enter college! In addition to learning about cool inventions by women, the girls also learned about water quality and specifics about water usage and sources in the Treasure Valley. They then performed water quality tests on unmarked samples of water and hypothesized the source of the samples based on the data they collected. 

New Employees at the Boise Center

Linda Gerber, Program Coordinator Operation: Military Kids
Linda has twenty-eight years of experience in non-profit program and resource development. She spent many of those years as an executive and trainer with Boys & Girls Clubs. She holds a CFRE, an international certification in fund raising, and has taught graduate studies on the subject at BSU. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Architecture from the Cal State University, Northridge and a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.

Holly Kimbrell, Education Specialist – TriO
Please welcome Holly Kimbrell as a new Educational Specialist with the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center. Holly’s previous work experience with the Agency for New Americans, as well as various positions with BSU, will serve the EOC well as she works to help our adult population access a variety of post-secondary programs. Holly will mainly work in our Canyon County target area, but she will also be in the Boise office one to two days a week—and always on Friday. Be sure to introduce yourself to her as you come through Suite 190.


Nice going, Stephen!
“Legal Neighborhoods,” an article by Stephen Miller, Associate Professor in Law and the Director of the Economic Development Clinic, has been accepted for publication in the Fall, 2012 volume of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. A draft version of the article is available at:

Goodwin Named Lead Scientist
Peter Goodwin, professor of civil engineering and expert in ecohydraulics has been named as the new lead scientist for the California Delta Science Program. Congratulations Peter!

A Rising Star…
Nat Reynolds, formerly a fundraiser in Athletics, received the Rising Star award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at a conference in Seattle last month. Recipients of this award are recognized for accomplishments whose early success bodes well for further leadership and achievement! 



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