Staff Newsletter April 2014

March 2014

Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff AffairsChair’s Report

Greetings fellow U of I employees

  • SB 1254 / Gun Legislation – Potential Impacts Task Force: President Staben has created a task force to assess & analyze the potential impacts of SB 1254 (allowing concealed carry of weapons for enhanced CCW permit holders) and to develop policies that may be necessary due to its passing. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2014. I have been asked to serve as a staff representative (and have agreed) as my participation will help ensure that the entire UI community will have input as appropriate policies & practices are developed. Please look for updates in our May newsletter.

  • Tobacco Free Campus: Staff Affairs along with Faculty Senate, ASUI and UI Health Education held a Healthy Campus Discussion on March 25th. Molly Reece from the Washington Department of Health & Human Services and Heidi Henson from North Central Idaho Public Health provided some great information on creating a tobacco free campus. The discussion was attended by 40+ individuals and there wasn’t much if any opposition to the idea of a tobacco free campus. A Health Promotion class in the Movement Sciences Department chalked out 25’ no smoking lines at six high traffic areas around campus and also did a University-Wide tobacco cleanup as part of the day’s festivities. I was amazed at how many butts they picked up in an hours’ time. We are still looking into best options for the University of Idaho and would appreciate any feedback you may have. Please send your feedback to Daniel Trautvetter, Health Education Coordinator at . Rest assured that all staff input will be taken into consideration as we move forward.

    As always, it is my pleasure to serve you all. Thanks for your continued support of Staff Affairs and for your hard work and dedication to our University.

    Sincerely, Brian Mahoney, Chair, Staff Affairs

  • In Memory of Jane Baillargeon

    Jane Baillargeon, Associate Director of Institutional Research & Assessment, passed away on March 11th. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend and colleague. Jane served the staff at the University of Idaho in many roles including past Chair of Staff Affairs, current member of the Staff Affairs Policy Writing Group and as a Staff Representative on Faculty Senate, just to name a few. The memorial remembrance for Jane will be held on Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00pm at the Church of the Nazarene in Moscow.

    Jane worked with many staff & faculty on campus and her friends and colleagues have chosen to remember her with a tree planting of the UI campus. The cost is $2,500 which includes the tree, the planting, plaque & care & maintenance of the tree. If you would like to make a donation to support the tree planting, please contact Kristi Overfelt at or 885-2024. Once the money has been raised, notice will be given to the UI community of the time and place of the planting.

  • Departmental Campaign for funds: The IPO donation helped foster the idea of a campus wide departmental/ unit campaign to help fund Staff Affairs. We have approval from University Advancement and are looking towards a campaign that will happen in the last couple months of the fiscal year. While the idea is still in the beginning stages, we anticipate funding going towards increased dollar awards for the Staff Awards, increased support of the Staff Appreciation Fair and possibly helping fund a half-time secretarial position to aid in administrative needs of the committee. Look for more information and campaign specifics later this semester.
  • Smoke Free Campus: Staff Affairs along with Faculty Senate, ASUI and UI Health Education is continuing to review best practices at peer institutions that will aid us in revising policy in the coming months. Any opinions on this matter can be sent to Rest assured that all staff input will be taken into consideration as we move forward.

As always, it is my pleasure to serve you all. Thanks for your continued support of Staff Affairs and for your hard work and dedication to our University.

—Sincerely, Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff Affairs

Congratulations Ken Schmidt!  University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Ken Schmidt is a Classroom IT Analyst for ITS-Administrative Technologies. He has been recognized for his outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn. He is the UI Staff of the Month for April.

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

Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series Statewide

Professional Development and Learning is pleased to announce an exciting new program especially for supervisors – the Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series. Join PDL staff and colleagues from across the state as we provide a space to discuss a variety of workplace topics.

Twice a month, we will dialogue and skill-build around a specific theme. We encourage you to bring your lunch, along with any issues you may be experiencing in the workplace that relate to the given theme!

All brown bags are held in Administration, Room 217 from 11:30 – 12:30 am PST (12:30 – 1:30 MST). Statewide access is available via GoToWebinar. Please contact Julie Lang Lorentz at for more information.  (No registration necessary for those participating in Moscow)

April 9 – Enlivening Minds at Work – Do you know if your team is engaged in their work? Motivation and engagement begins with you. Join us for an exploration or enablers and barriers to employee engagement.

April 23 – Grand Slam or Good Enough, and When Does it Really Matter? Learn how to create realistic goals for you and your team, and create an action plan to guarantee success.

Events:  Professional Development & Learning Offerings - Further Details Available on the PDL Calendar

  • Microsoft PowerPoint: Smart Shortcuts and Expert Secrets, Wednesday, April 2

  • Breaking Bad Communication Habits, Thursday, April 3

  • How to Work with People Who Act, Think and Work Differently From You, Tuesday, April 15

  • Time-Saving Microsoft Excel Tips and Shortcuts for Every User, Thursday, April 17

  • How to Avoid Mistakes When Reading and Signing Contracts, Monday, April 21

  • Collaborative Intelligence in the Workplace, Tuesday, April 22


February 25th (Picture attached) TRiO Educational Opportunity Center and Boise Culture and Climate held a donation drive for the newly opened Valley Women and Children’s Center.  The VWCC provides temporary housing and assistance to victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children in Canyon County. Thanks to generosity we were able to donate 5 boxes of goods to the shelter.

March 19th – University of Idaho Boise hosted the Region 3 Superintendents in Legacy Pointe.

March 23 through 29th Boise Center Spring Break

April 2nd, Meet & Greet with President Chuck Staben and acknowledgement of UIB faculty and staff for tenure and longevity awards, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in Room 156

—Coeur d'Alene—

New Staff

We are pleased to announce a new team member here at UICDA. Juliana (Juli) Anderson has joined the Harbor Center staff as Administrative Coordinator and will serve in a wide variety of customer and support service functions. Juli will be the front-line representative here at the Harbor Center, assuming many of the duties and responsibilities that come with serving the public, and staff and faculty in the building. Juli comes to us with experience in both academic and non-academic environments where she provided supportive services to individuals and groups. She will be a great addition to UICDA team! (photo attached)

Graduate Program Fair

Becky Byers coordinated the 1st Annual Graduate Program Fair at UICDA.  Representatives were here from schools throughout the region, including several programs available in Coeur d’Alene through the University of Idaho.  This event gave prospective graduate students in Coeur d’Alene the chance to meet with someone face-to-face.  (photos attached)

Meet the Vandals

We were excited to have this event come to Coeur d’Alene this year.  Over 100 prospective students and their families attended this event at the Coeur d’Alene Resort!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day one day late with a corned beef and cabbage luncheon for the Coeur d’Alene staff.  As the crockpots simmered all morning, the smell permeated every corner of the building, and we followed our noses to the lunch room. (photo attached)

Idaho Regional Math Center (IRMC) Open House

Educators from throughout the region were invited to come see what the IRC has to offer – over 50 math manipulative kits, over 50 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics resource books and over 120 literature books!  All of these resources are available for check out from the Coeur d’Alene office.  Visit their website:



Science on Tap

We are pleased to have Dr. Stacy Camp from the University of Idaho Department of Sociology and Anthropology presenting in April on “The Archaeology of Japanese Internment in Idaho.  More information on Dr. Camp’s project can be found on their website:  This talk will be held on April 8 at 5:30 in the Fort Ground Grill.

Dual Credit Pizza Party

Current and prospective Dual Credit students and their families in the Coeur d'Alene area are invited to join us for a Pizza Party at the Harbor Center!  Students will have an opportunity to learn more about the University of Idaho and how dual credit coursework can give them a jump start on their college degree.


—Idaho Falls—

INL Scholastic Bowl | March 14/15

UI Staff and faculty participated as judges, scorekeepers and timers at the annual INL Scholastic Bowl held at University Place.  Regional area high school students competed in the STEM based tournament for a spot at the National Science Bowl.  This year, middle school students also had a chance to participate in a similar tournament.


April 16 Innovation Showcase

April 18 Phenomenal Physics Fair

April 25 Pizza, Posters, Presentations (P#)

April 30 Staff Affairs Luncheon

—Twin Falls—

2 photos -- CPR and First Aid training in Twin Falls!

Greg Felten and Megan Grennille from UI Environmental Health and Safety offered their services in southern Idaho for Twin Falls and Kimberly faculty and staff.

They checked the lab for any safety hazards and offered First Aid CPR AED classes and skills testing.

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

Contributors: Julie Lang, Brian Mahoney, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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