Staff Newsletter May 2014

May 2014

Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff AffairsChair’s Report

Greetings fellow U of I employees

My Final Report: This will be my final Chair’s Report as my term ends on May 31st. It has been an amazing experience serving on Staff Affairs the past three years… with the last 18 months spent as Chair. Much has been accomplished by Staff Affairs during my term and I’m certain there’s more to come in the future. My journey serving staff iAli Bretthauer and Greg Fizzell, Staff Affairs 2014-15 chair and vice-chairs not over though as I was recently selected to serve as a Staff Representative/Senator on Faculty Senate beginning next August. I will be sharing the responsibility with Mark Miller, the second Staff Representative/Senator. Rest assured that Staff Affairs will be left in good hands. I’m pleased to announce that Ali Bretthauer has been selected as the new Chair of Staff Affairs beginning June 1, 2014. Ali has served as Vice-Chair the past 18 months. I’m also pleased to announce that Greg Fizzell has been selected to serve as the new Vice-Chair. Staff Affairs and staff in general at the University of Idaho should feel confident to have Ali & Greg leading the way. I encourage you all to serve a 3 year term on Staff Affairs during your employment with the University of Idaho. It is quite rewarding and will give you a better grasp on the inner workings of our great institution.

SB 1254/Gun Legislation – Potential Impacts Task Force: The task force is continuing 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 will continue to serve as a staff representative until the task force is no longer needed. Further information will be shared by Ali in future newsletters.

Tobacco Free Campus: Staff Affairs along with Faculty Senate, ASUI and UI Health Education is continuing to move forward with the intent of a tobacco free campus. Although the majority of staff comments are in favor of going tobacco free, there are many (including non-smokers) who would much rather see us go smoke free, or smoke free with designated areas. Please know that Staff Affairs will continue to look at ALL options for the University of Idaho and keep an open mind throughout the process. We would appreciate any further feedback you may have. Please send your emails 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 has been and will continue to be 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

Ken Schmidt UI Staff of the MonthCongratulations
Ken Schmidt!  University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Ken Schmidt is a Classroom IT Analyst for Information Technology Services. 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.

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

Giving Voice to Gender Justice

Yolanda Bisbee Virginia Wolf AwardFollowing in the footsteps of strong leaders on the University of Idaho campus working to advance and advocate for women, three honorees were awarded the Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Award on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The awards were given at the celebration marking the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Conciliation Agreement, hosted by the Women’s Center; Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion; the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; and the Idaho Commons and Student Union.

Longtime UI staff member Yolanda Bisbee, the Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program and recently appointed Executive Director of Tribal Relations, was honored by the Women’s Center for her commitment to gender justice activism. Also honored were student Kaitlin Moroney, and community member Deb Payne. 

Yolanda has not only touched thousands of women’s lives at the University of Idaho and in the Native American and Hispanic communities, but has changed their lives for the better. Yolanda has been a key liaison in recruiting young women to the University of Idaho from Latino and Native American communities. Many parents of multicultural female students are not comfortable with the idea of their daughter leaving home to go to school far away without building a relationship with a female representative of the institution. As soon as they speak to Yolanda, they feel the trust and support she will provide to their daughters. She plays a huge role in many traditional Latino and Native American families agreeing to support their daughter’s dream of a college education. Due to the mentoring and support that Yolanda provides to students, she is known to many of them as “Big Mama.”

A significant number of multicultural recruitment and retention successes at the UI can be attributed to Yolanda’s vision and foundational work, but most significant is her unwavering commitment to these young women. A few years after CAMP was funded at the UI, a group of young multicultural women felt that their voice was not being represented on campus. They asked their mentor, Yolanda, to be the advisor to a newly-formed campus chapter of the Women of Color Alliance. Yolanda saw this as an opportunity to support and foster a welcoming environment for multicultural women attending the UI, and accepted the request.

Yolanda is inspiring not just to students, but also to many men and women in the education profession. Yolanda has taken on leadership roles in various campus organizations and committees. Her presence and expertise radiates throughout meetings, and she speaks her mind without fear of holding back. Yolanda brings a critical and important perspective that too often goes unvoiced at this institution. She is passionate in her career and is always making sure that cultural barriers are destroyed in order to create a welcoming and safe environment for all. Congratulations and thanks to Yolanda for her service to the University and for being honored with this award! —Lysa Salsbury

Join us for the Summer 2014—Supervisory Excellence Program, Condensed Version!

Registration Now Open. The condensed summer session begins on May 21 and concludes on June 26. Visit the PDL website and view: Supervisory Excellence Program for registration and workshop information. As an SEP participant, you will learn about U of I policies and procedures and specific strategies to enhance your managerial effectiveness. Specific focus will be placed on skill building that can be easily transferred to your workplace. As an added bonus, you will have the opportunity to network with other supervisors from around the university. Statewide access available via GoToWebinar for selected workshops. Please visit the SEP Spring-Summer 2014 Schedule for a listing of available workshops.

What's In It for You?

  • If you're already a supervisor, you will develop your management skills.
  • You will be recognized as a leader by peers, your direct reports and administration.
  • The integrated curriculum is tailored to ensure you will develop the skills necessary to successfully supervise at the University of Idaho.
  • SEP is scheduled during the day, allowing you to make it a part of your work week.
  • Participation in the SEP is Free!

What Will You Learn?
As a participant, you will learn processes and techniques to enhance your managerial effectiveness. Specific focus will be placed on building skills and providing tools that can be easily transferred to the work place. In addition, as part of the process of navigating the program with your peers, you will build a network of colleagues.

What's New This Summer? Special summer 2014 session topics include:

  • Leadership Essentials (Wednesday, May 21)
  • Information Technology Issues for Supervisors (Tuesday, June 10)
  • Resiliency (Wednesday, June 18)
For locations outside of Moscow, please contact for registration and webinar access information. 


April 2nd, Meet & Greet with President Chuck Staben

The Boise Center gathered to acknowledge and honor our Boise faculty and staff for tenure and longevity awards. We also had the opportunity to meet and talk with President Staben.

congrats cakePresident Staben

April 7 & 8th – UIB sponsored Women in Math and Science

For the 7th consecutive year, the University of Idaho Boise welcomed 140 7th and 10th grade students from schools throughout the Treasure Valley to our 7th annual Women in Math & Science program held on May 7th and 8th 2014.
women and math

The College of Science and the College of Natural Resources helped sponsor the events, as well as several women working in STEM fields throughout our community. The goal was to show young women that a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) could be for them, and to interact with women who have chosen those fields themselves.
women and math

—Coeur d'Alene—

GIZMO Partnership

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene will be partnering this summer with Gizmo-cda to provide a summer full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) experiences for all ages! Gizmo-cda, Coeur d' Alene's Makerspace, is a place where art, design, technology and tools are connected by the hands and minds of the people of this community. We’re all very excited to work with this amazing group. Check out the line up at

—Idaho Falls—Denso ribbon cutting robot

Robotics and Manufacturing Lab Ribbon Cutting – April 1

The Denso Robot had the honors of cutting the ribbon for the Robotics and Manufacturing Lab located at Eastern Idaho Technical College. EITC and UI have partnered to provide the teaching lab. The robot is one of five that was donated to the UI by Boeing.

ATMAE Accreditation Site Visit – April 6-8

Team ATMAE relaxes after setting up for the Accreditation Site Visit. 
ATMAE Accreditation
Back—Joel Keyes, Dave Anderson, Roger Scott, Lee Ostrom, Raghu Kanakala. Front—Carol Baldwin, Alice Allen, Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Marci Merrick, Debbie Caudle

Carol Spain Recommencement Reception

April 15—Faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered to wish Carol well on her impending retirement from the UI.  Carol shares the memory book that was presented to her by the Idaho Fall Faculty and Staff. The book encompasses 25 years of wonderful people and memories.
Carol Spain retirement

Party Time – April 15

Even on the busiest of days the Idaho Falls staff can take time out for a little fun!
Girls taking a break
Julie Jacobson, Alice Allen, Marci Merrick, Debbie Caudle

Phenomenal Physics – April 18

Idaho Falls faculty and staff supported the Phenomenal Physics program competition for middle and high school students at University Place.
Judge Nolte
Phil Nolte talks with participants at the event

Pizza, Posters, and Presentations – April 25

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

April 30 | Idaho Falls Staff Appreciation Lunch

Puerto Vallarta in Idaho Falls

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

Contributors: Julie Lang, Brian Mahoney, Lisa Miller, Debra Rumford, Lysa Salsbury, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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