Staff Newsletter, May 2013

May 2013

Congratulations Shawn O'Neal!
University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Shawn O'Neal UI Staff of the Month
Shawn O'Neal
is the Student Media Manager & Advisor from the School of Journalism and Mass Media, our first University of Idaho Staff of the Month recipient.

Shawn is being 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.

Recipients are randomly drawn from a pool of those that have been kudoed.

If you would like to recognize a staff member, go here

Congratulations Athena Women of the Year

Athena Women of the Year Awards went to Jeanne Stevenson, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs for administration, Monique Lillard, College of Law for Faculty and Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences for staff.

Two Academic Advisors Earn National Awards

Two University of Idaho academic advisors have been awarded the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding advisor honor. Kristi Overfelt, advisor in CLASS, won in the New Advisor category for her work with general studies and undecided students. Larry Makus, interim associate dean in CALS, won in the Faculty Advisor category for his work with student in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology.

Staff Affairs Member Spotlight—Carol Spain, Idaho Falls

Carol Spain - Idaho FallsCarol Spain began working at the University of Idaho main campus in August of 1986. She worked in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences (now CNR) Dean’s Office until she moved to Idaho Falls in 1998. She spent the next two years working for the Department of Corrections in Probation and Parole. In September of 2000 she began working at the University of Idaho—Idaho Falls where she is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, Bob Smith. Carol is a strong advocate for the university’s statewide mission and the opportunities it provides in education and research. She believes the university’s strength lies in its people and the community they have created and sustain.

Carol and Russ have two grown children and two almost grown grandchildren. As many weekends as possible, they can be found at their cabin in Island Park which serves as their base for fishing, hiking or snowshoeing, photography, and exploring the wonders of Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. They also do a fair amount of deck sitting with family and friends from near and far.

Staff Affairs will be spotlighting a member so you'll know who is representing you on behalf of Staff Affairs.

Supervisory Excellence Program Summer 2013

The University of Idaho’s Supervisory Excellence Program Summer 2013 Session opens for registration on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Program registration closes on Wednesday, May 8. Workshops begin on Tuesday, May 14, and conclude on Thursday, July 11.

The Supervisory Excellence Program was designed by Professional Development and Learning to enhance supervisory excellence at the University of Idaho by:

  • Providing supervisors and administrators with tools and skills to hire and develop an effective team, manage optimal performance and maintain a positive work culture.
  • Increasing supervisor and administrator knowledge in critical areas of legal and ethical compliance.
  • Refining supervisory skills and facilitate a communication network.

Workshops range from University of Idaho Safety, Security and Risk to Managing Employee Performance, Documentation Strategies for Supervisors and Building Team Relationships. All new and current supervisors are encouraged participate. Certificates of Completion are available for employees who complete all Supervisor Core Competency Workshops and 3 Optional Supervisor Skill Workshops.

For program details, upcoming workshop listings and registration information, please visit the Supervisory Excellence Program website:  

Inspiring Futures Faculty and Staff Campaign

The University of Idaho has launched its Inspiring Futures Faculty and Staff Campaign. It is important that our university community recognize and celebrate the difference you make every day—not only through your hard work, but also through the contributions you make to those UI programs and places you are most passionate about. Our Inspiring Futures Faculty and Staff Campaign Council has representatives from each college and unit. These are your colleagues who themselves give and who have agreed to lead this effort to promote philanthropy and our Inspiring Futures campaign.

One of our representatives is a staff member and Athletic Administrative Assistant, Emily Adams. She gives back every year because she believes in supporting the education of student-athletes, “I have vested interest in Vandal Athletics and the University of Idaho, it drives me to get better every day.” Payroll deduction is the easiest way that Emily has found giving back to be. It is a system that allows those on a budget to participate every month and make a true difference in the lives of our students. As a hard working staff member her philosophy on giving is simple, “We all feel like we already give a vast majority of our lives to the University being a full time employee, but giving monetarily to a fund or endowment gives me a sense of ownership and voice in our successes and failures as a team.” Through Emily’s hard work and the creation of our faculty and staff council, Athletics has doubled its participation to the Vandal Scholarship Fund. They have proven to their student-athletes and to themselves that they support each other as a department and as a team.

The Faculty and Staff Campaign is focused on participation—because it is not the amount you give that inspires students, faculty and staff here at our great institution, but it is the fact that you are making an investment in YOUR institution and this vital campaign. We hope that you will choose to participate by supporting any UI initiative or program fund that most inspires you. The choices are almost endless and you make an important difference through your support. You can make your gift on our Give website or payroll deduction form through the links below. If you had any questions about giving please contact Meghann Kolb at (208) 885-5205 or Give Now: Payroll Deduction:  

—Coeur d'Alene—

Easter Egg Hunt

Over 70 children from the Coeur d'Alene centers for the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College participated in the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Blue skies, donuts and coffee made for a perfect morning. We even had a visit from the Easter Bunny! 

Easter morning in CDA
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter bunny with child

Panhandle Health District Moving Minutes Challenge

To celebrate National Public Health Week, April 1-7, Panhandle Health District challenged all of northern Idaho to Get on the Move for all of April. The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene team tracked their physical activity for the month of April with a goal of 150 hours per week. One of my favorite activities was walking on the Centennial Trail at lunch!
CDA Centennial Trail

Welcome Andrea Thomas!

The University of Idaho has hired Andrea Thomas as its Regional Integrated Communications Officer for northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Andrea is responsible for communication initiatives and will serve as the key media relations liaison for the university to media outlets in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene region.

—Idaho Falls—

Staff Appreciation | April 24

Idaho Falls Center and Eastern District Ag R&E gathered at Papa Tom’s in Idaho Falls. Bob Smith, AVP/Center Executive Officer, and Barbara Petty, Eastern District Ag R&E Director, commended and congratulated staff for their dedicated work and achievements. Idaho Falls staff who received University of Idaho Outstanding Employee Awards on April 15 are Joanna Taylor and Phil Deaton. Alice Allen was recognized for 25 years of service and Stacey Taylor for 5 years. Cindy Nolte was recognized as the Idaho Falls Outstanding Part Time Employee.
Barbara Petty and staff
Barbara Petty recognizes Idaho Falls Center and Eastern District Ag R&E staff
Bob Smith and staff
Bob Smith addresses Idaho Falls Center and Eastern District Ag R&E staff
Vandal Bears for Staff Appreciation
Vandal bears: A token of appreciation

Phenomenal Physics | February 1

The Phenomenal Physics Science Fair event sponsored by Portage brought 350 junior high and high school students to the University Place Campus. Students had previously won at their school level, 32 winners moved on to a regional event next month. Faculty and staff volunteered to make the event a huge success.
Nolte at Physics
Faculty member Phillip Nolte judging projects at Phenomenal Physics

Innovation Showcase | April 23

Participation of University of Idaho—Idaho Falls students in the Innovation Showcase hosted by COGS and GPSA was made possible using the video conferencing system. Two individuals and one team presented their research as part of the statewide effort.
Lei Tu listening to showcase
Student, Lei Tu, listens to a presentation at the Innovation Showcase in Idaho Falls

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

"Spring makes everything look filthy."
- Katherine Whitehorn

"In the landscape of Spring there is neither
better or worse.
The flowering branches grow naturally,
some long, some short."
- Alan Watts, Beat Zen, Square Zen, quoting a Chan Master

"A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute."
- William Shakespeare

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Emily Adams, Ali Bretthauer, Meghann Kolb, Julie Lang Lorentz, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain

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