May 2012 staff newsletter

May 2012

Welcome to May! The Staff Affairs committee is diligently wrapping up the year with the elections of Chair and Vice Chair positions as well as welcoming new Staff Affairs members to the committee. Results of the Chair and Vice Chair elections will be posted after the May 9, 2012 meeting. For the time being, here are a few updates for you!

General Faculty Meeting—The following items were discussed at the General Faculty Meeting held on April 24, 2012 and I have indicated which items passed and which items failed. These items were successful due to collaborative efforts between faculty and staff and will still need final approval from University senior leadership and in some instances approval of the State Board of Education.
• FS-12-017 & FS-12-035: FSH 1520 – Constitution of the University Faculty 
— Faculty Senate Center Senators’ Responsibilities - APPROVED 
— Staff Representation on Faculty Senate - APPROVED 
— Student Bar Association Representation on Faculty Senate - FAILED
• FS-12-034: FSH 1580 – By-laws of Faculty Senate 
 — Update Student Selection Process (clean-up process) - APPROVED
 — Student Bar Association Representation on Faculty Senate - FAILED
New policies
• FS-12-023: FSH 3780 – Dependent Tuition and Fee Reduction - APPROVED
• FS-12-030: FSH 3705 – Partner Benefits –Now entitled Expanded Health Insurance Benefits - APPROVED
• FS-12-038 (FS-12-029): FSH 2350 – Sexual Harassment & Violence Pertaining to Students - APPROVED
• FS-12-022: FSH 1565 – Academic Ranks and Responsibilities - APPROVED 
 — D-8 - Distinguished Professor (clarification/update) 
 — E - Emeritus (qualification for emeritus title)
• FS-12-025: FSH 3520 – Tenure (student representation on tenure committees) - APPROVED
• FS-12-026: FSH 1540 – Standing Rules of University Faculty (open meetings) - APPROVED
• FS-12-027: FSH 3560 – University Promotion Committee membership (CLASS representation) - APPROVED
• FS-12-028: FSH 3760 – Educational Privilege for Non UI Employees - APPROVED
• FS-12-031: FSH 6241 – Nepotism (pending Faculty Senate approval) - APPROVED
• FS-12-032: FSH 1590 – Unit By-laws (clarify approval, consistency with FSH, flexibility of content) - APPROVED
• FS-12-033: FSH 1420 – University Administration (clarify Dean Search Process) – APPROVED

Additional information can be found on the Faculty Senate webpage:  

University Wide Committees—We are currently seeking staff from across the University, including off-campus representatives for committees that are University-wide. These committees are inclusive of faculty, staff and students and 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:  

Vacancies—Administrative Hearing Board (1 vacancy); Borah Symposium (1 vacancy); Ubuntu (2 vacancies); Safety & Loss (1 vacancy); University Budget & Finance (1 vacancy); Classified Appeal Board (3 vacancies)*; Parking (1 vacancy)*
*Appointment to these committees is subject to approval from the President’s Office

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please email:  

Additional Appointments—With the approval of a second staff representative on the Faculty Senate Committee, we are seeking nominations of interested staff serving a two year commitment to represent all staff on Faculty Senate. If interested, please email by May 31, 2012. Appointment to serve at the Staff representative on Faculty Senate is at the discretion of the Staff Affairs Committee Chair and Vice Chair.

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

University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

Leah McFarland | April 6, 2012
It was indeed a Good Friday. Ashley McFarland, District I Extension faculty, and her husband James welcomed into the world their daughter Leah on Friday, April 6. Mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations Ashley & James!

2012 Leah McFarland

Easter Egg Hunt | April 7, 2012
Over 100 people came to the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Coeur d'Alene Harbor Center. This year the Student Advisory Group teamed up with the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College to host the event. With this partnership we were able to expand the event to include barbecue hot dogs, chips and drinks. The children all had a great time. 

Easter 2012 - Coeur d'Alene

Easter 2012 - Coeur d'Alene

Easter 2012 - Coeur d'Alene

Coeur-lloquium | May 2, 2012
The final presentation for the Spring Coeur-lloquium Series was very popular. Karen Humes, Department Head for Geography, presented on "Understanding the World by Examining the World." She talked about current projects as well as the many interesting ongoing projects in the Northwest and around the world involving U-Idaho geographers.

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Staff Awards | April 6
Debbie Caudle attended the Staff Awards Reception in Moscow where she received a 2012 Outstanding Staff Award and recognition for 5 years of service. Other Idaho Falls staff receiving longevity awards but unable to attend the ceremony in Moscow were Dave Anderson (20 years), Mike Hilker (15 years), and Jeff Barnes. Congratulations to all!!!!!

Debbie Caudle 2012 Staff Award recipient
Debbie Caudle receiving award from President Nellis

Idaho Falls Staff Appreciation Lunch | April 13
Eastern District Research and Extension and Idaho Falls Center staff were commended by District Director, Barbara Petty, and Associate Vice President/CEO, Bob Smith, for their important contributions to the university. Attendees enjoyed great food, great company, and door prizes.

Staff Appreciation Lunch
Staff applaud Bob Smith’s words of appreciation

TRIO STEM Day | April 20
Idaho Falls faculty and staff helped with the TRIO STEM Day. Eighty TRIO students came to University Place for STEM workshops.

Inspiring Futures Campaign Kickoff Celebration | April 25
Faculty and staff in Idaho Falls joined the April 25th statewide celebration of the University that launched the Inspiring Futures capital campaign. Attendees in Idaho Falls appreciated the opportunity to participate and the information received via teleconference and in the printed materials.
Inspiring Futures
Inspiring Futures Celebration

Pizza, Posters, Presentations | April 27
Pizza, Posters and Presentations showcasing graduate research was held at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Staff and faculty from UIIF, Idaho National Laboratory employees and local high school students talked with students about their posters and listened to presentations on their research topics.

Alice and Jessica poster presentation
Alice Allen and Korea West Intern, JiHyun (Jessica) Kim with Jessica’s Poster

University of Idaho - Boise

Each year the Idaho Business Review recognizes 40 accomplished men and women under the age of 40. This year three employees from the University of Idaho Boise were chosen, along with seven other alumni of the University. Honored from the U of I Boise Center were Ysabel Bilbao, Regional Communications Officer, Stephen Miller, Associate Professor of Law and Wendy Couture, Associate Professor of Law. These three employees, and the seven other Vandals, were chosen from a pool of 143 nominations. They were judged on professional accomplishments, leadership skills, community involvement and long term goals. They will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on June 14th.

Idaho Business Review Awardees
Ysabel Bilbao, Stephen Miller, and Wendy Couture

2012 University of Idaho Boise Commencement
The Boise Commencement was held Wednesday May 2nd. Graduates from Boise received 136 degrees: 78 master’s degrees, 26 law degrees, 13 doctoral degrees, 12 specialist degrees and seven baccalaureate degrees. Twin Falls graduates received 19 degrees: 12 baccalaureate degrees, six master’s degrees and one specialist degree. Over 800 guests attended this year’s Commencement ceremony.

UI Boise Commencement 2012-President Nellis
UI Boise Commencement 2012
UI Boise Commencement 2012
UI Boise Commencement 2012

University of Idaho - Twin Falls

Twin Falls staff recognized in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences! Kathy Garofano was nominated for the CALS Outstanding Office Support Staff Award and Amanda Moore-Kriwox was nominated for the CALS Outstanding General College Support Staff Award.

Kathy Garofano and Amanda Moore-Kriwox CALS award nominees
Kathy Garofano and Amanda Moore-Kriwoz

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"The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
But for me the spring is done.

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way,
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May." 
—Sara Teasdale

"A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly."
—Rhyme from England 


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