Staff Newsletter March 2013

March 2013

University Wide Committees

We are currently seeking staff representatives from across the University, including off-campus representatives for committees that are University-wide. These committees are a great way for staff to be involved in activities that directly impact the entire University. Full descriptions of the committees are available here:

Staff VacanciesAmerican with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee (2); Borah Symposium (1); Classified Appeal Board (1); Grievance for Student Employees (1)

If you are staff and interested in serving on any of these committees, please fill out the online APPLICATION FORM. Application deadline for current staff vacancies is Tuesday, March 12, 5pm.

Join Staff Affairs!

If you are interested in becoming a member of Staff Affairs, we are currently seeking applications to join! Please seek approval of your supervisor and then fill out the online APPLICATION FORM. To be considered to serve, becoming an active, engaged member of the Staff Affairs Committee; please submit the form by Friday, March 29, 5pm. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the March 13, 9-11am (SUB Gold Room) meeting to gain a better understanding of Staff Affairs and our role within the University. If you have any questions or comments, please email we would enjoy hearing from you!

Staff vacanciesNon-Faculty Exempt (1-2); Administrative, Technical and Research (4-6); Maintenance, Services and Skilled Craft (2)

If you have questions or concerns about issues or topics at the University of Idaho, please feel free to contact a Staff Affairs executive member or email


41st Annual Staff Awards Reception

Award recipients will be recognized at the 41st Annual Staff Awards Reception Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom. We will also be honoring employees who have retired within the past year as well as recognize staff for longevity of service to the university in five-year increments with the Longevity Awards.
-Brian Mahoney, Chair

Here’s Your Chance to Have a Say

We are pleased to announce that the Staff Affairs Committee will be sponsoring the University of Idaho 2013 Staff Survey, which will be coming to you soon. The survey is designed to help the institution measure the campus climate, identify issues of concern among staff, and generate discussion about how to meet the needs of our staff. All board-appointed staff will be asked to take the 15 to 20 minute survey. The more feedback we get, the stronger our opportunities to have an impact on policies, procedures, and staff satisfaction. Your next chance to share your opinions will be 3 or 4 years from now, so we hope to hear from you. Staff Affairs and the administration will carefully consider all of the feedback we receive, and keep you posted on actions we plan to take in response to your comments. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jane Baillargeon,, 885-5828.

Coeur d'Alene

Shared Office Space Available

If you need a space to set up shop in Coeur d'Alene for a day or even just a few hours, give us a call. We have office spaces available for part-time U-Idaho employees or visiting staff/faculty. Call ahead if possible to reserve a spot: 208-667-2588.

Idaho Falls

WELCOME WEEK –UI Sponsored Lunch | January 11-15

Students were welcomed to Spring Semester with yummy food and smiling faces.
Debbie Caudle, Julie Jacobson, Marci Merrick and Carol Baldwin
Debbie Caudle, Julie Jacobson, Marci Merrick and Carol Baldwin are ready to serve

GROUNDHOG DAY | February 1

Staff and faculty joined Groundhog Charlie in preparation for the real event on February 2. After all enjoyed punch, cookies and laughter, it was deemed we were ready for whatever the outcome (Charlie did not see his shadow in eastern Idaho).
Groundhog Charlie and Phil Deaton
Charlie the Groundhog and Phil Deaton

National Letter of Intent Signing Day Celebration – Idaho Falls | February 9

Vandal fans gathered at the Snow Eagle Grill to meet new Head Football Coach Paul Petrino and get an overview of our new class of recruits.
Coach Petrino signing day
Coach Petrino

NEW CARPET and OFFICE CHANGES | January-February

Administrative and Operations/Business staff members were temporarily displaced while new carpet was installed. Everyone has moved back into the different cubicle arrangement and they are enjoying the increased natural lighting provided by lower partitions.
Temporary office move
Valerie Hathaway, Marci Merrick and Mike Hilker making the best of temporary quarters
Office renovation
Soft spots and holes….It is never as easy as you think.
Office renovation new carpet
Time to move back in
Office renovation complete
All set for another 20 years! 

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"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
- Doug Larson

"The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here."
- Author Unknown 

"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
- Robin Williams 

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Jane Baillargeon, Brian Mahoney, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain


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