Staff Affairs November 2011 Newsletter

November 2011

Donate Your Old Personal Laptop for Kids in Germany
While traveling in Germany this fall University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development employee Claudine Zender visited Idahoans Dale and Branden Maxwell, who are posted to the Ansbach Army base in southern Germany. Dale is working at the base’s Teen Center and starting a 4-H afterschool program. Claudine spoke with four groups of kids about 4-H activities they might enjoy. Several of the younger children were most excited about doing projects with Lego’s Mindstorms robot kits, and the teens wanted to volunteer as youth leaders. The base’s youth program owns several of the kits, but they are unusable because there are no laptop computers (required to program the robots). Claudine volunteered to find some personally owned (not UI owned) laptops to donate to the program. Computer specifications are minimal: XP or newer OS, 1 GHz or better processor, with at least 512 MB RAM, a CD-ROM drive and one USB port. Does anyone have an older personal (not UI owned) laptop to donate to this program? Contact Claudine at She will arrange pickup and will ship any donated computers to Germany. —Claudine Zender, 4-H Youth Development

2011 Caring for Idaho—State Employees’ Charitable Giving Campaign
University of Idaho employees contributed over $4,000 through payroll deductions and one-time gifts to this campaign, positively impacting charitable organizations throughout our region, state, and nation. Thank you again for your contributions and making a difference in the lives of others because of your generosity. —Ana Burton, State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign

Taking the Journey continued (see October staff newsletter)
On October 6 & 7, I participated in Idaho's Journey for Diversity and Human Rights. Here’s a continuation of this journey…

Our trolley ride continued into the older section of Lewiston and Garry Bush told us history of some of the buildings. One building was a furniture store, since caskets were also made by the furniture suppliers; the furniture stores began selling caskets and funeral services as a sideline. Many mortuaries can trace their history back to their furniture store past. Here are other building descriptions

He told us the story that residents decided to dig through the bluffs limiting Lewiston’s growth to the river bottom. After 3 years of digging by hand they had made little progress. Then there was a severe thunderstorm and the flood opened the first roadway and development to what is now called Normal Hill, it washed away more earth then what they moved in 3 years.

Below is the first pathway through the bluffs where they later built stairs for the ladies because “the ladies were too delicate to walk up hill." Here’s a 1900 photo of the stairs. Instead of a house, there is an apartment complex there today. We actually walked down those stairs (missed taking a current photo) because our trolley had brake problems.

Lewiston stairs 5th street

We traveled to Pioneer Park on top of the bluffs that once used to be a cemetery. Coroner’s at the turn of the century used arsenic to embalm the dead that were buried at that cemetery. After awhile arsenic leached down into the wells on the flood plains where several died of arsenic poisoning. Today there are still over 200 or 250 people buried in Pioneer Park when the remains could not be found in the 1880’s.

We continued to view homes that the wealthy (doctors, lawyers, businessmen) had owned. Some of these homes especially the upper floors housed maid servants.  

old home in Lewiston

This building (below) was a Carnegie (Law) Library, now a children's center. We also saw an indentation in the yard where soldiers had dug a trench as a defense against the Indians during the Nez Perce War of 1877. 

was a law library building

Did you know…
  • Lewiston in the 1860’s was the largest city, bigger than Seattle, Portland and Olympia put together.
  • Prostitution was legal in Lewiston until 1947.
  • Lewiston has been a seaport city for over 150 years.

—Debra Rumford, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

Women in Science event on October 18 & 19. We had a total of 136 high school girls visit over those two days. They conducted experiments, heard from female scientists, toured facilities and had fun! Students and teachers alike left inspired.

Women in Science

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Graduate Fair/Taste of Home
Staff, faculty, students and community members enjoyed the annual Taste of Home International Food Fair and University of Idaho Graduate Fair in Idaho Falls on November 4. The events which are held simultaneously, drew a crowd of about 100 to the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Tours of the Virtual Environment lab (aka the CAVE) rounded out the evening.

graduate fair-tast of home
Troy Howe, Jessica Kim and Yon Gsu Kim

President Nellis Meets with Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff 
President Nellis met for lunch with a number of eastern Idaho area alumni, students, faculty and staff on November 10 at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The President gave updates about UI and answered questions posed by the audience. At the request of veteran Vincent McHenry, UIIF undergraduate student in Environmental Science, Dr. Nellis took a few minutes to visit the new Veterans’ Monument at University Place. Others in the photo are J.W. Rogers, Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies; Amy Lientz, Communications Director for the Idaho National Lab; and Bob Smith, Associate Vice President/Center Executive Officer, University of Idaho – Idaho Falls.

New Veterans' Monument at University Place

Health Fair/Benefits Presentation
The annual health fair/benefits presentation and training took place on November 14 in Idaho Falls. Faculty and staff family and friends had an opportunity to get flu shots, learn more about the insurance changes, and to find out more about what things are happening at UI throughout eastern Idaho.

University of Idaho - Boise

The University of Idaho Boise celebrated their Appreciation Day on October 31st with a luncheon and costume party. They also enjoyed apples, peaches, nectarines, and grapes given to them by the Parma Research and Extension Center. Thank you Parma!

Halloween photos

Halloween photos

Halloween photos

Halloween photos

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
—Author Unknown

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