Staff Newsletter, November 2013

November 2013

Tracey Abdallah, UI Staff of the MonthCongratulations Tracey Abdallah!
University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Tracey Abdallah is the Personnel Services Coordinator for  Facilities. Tracey has been recognized for her 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

University of Idaho 2013 Staff Survey Results

We would like to thank those staff who participated in completing the 2013 University of Idaho Staff Survey. We are excited to announce that the data is in and your Staff Affairs Committee is moving forward to address issues of interest to you. The Staff Survey, administered every few years by Institutional Research & Assessment, gathers staff sentiment on matters such as job satisfaction and opportunities. Please see the sample historical trends graphs below, which reveal how staff views on these matters have altered over the years. Please click here for information provided by Institutional Research and Assessment on the data gathered from this year’s survey.

The 2013 Staff Survey brought forth many questions from Staff Affairs and University Leadership about how to meet the needs of staff. In attempt to address issues of interest, Staff Affairs has worked with Institutional Research & Assessment to glean the top 5 priorities for staff at present. These include:
  1. Compensation
  2. Job Security/Retention
  3. Work Load/Adequate Staffing
  4. Influence on UI Governance
  5. Equity, Respect, & Civility

In order to properly disseminate the information gathered from the survey and provide a venue for open dialog and transparency, Staff Affairs, in conjunction with the President’s Office will be providing a public forum. We encourage all staff who will be on the Moscow campus Wednesday, November 20 to attend. The forum will be recorded and available on the SA website afterwards.

During the forum, the following will be addressed:

  • Presentation of the Staff Survey results
  • Staff Affairs Priorities & Recommendations presentations
  • Questions & Discussion with University Leadership (President Burnett, Provost Aiken, & VP Smith)

Please join us for the
    Staff Survey Public Forum
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST 
    Idaho Commons Clearwater/Whitewater*

*Staff located off-campus will have the opportunity to participate in the forum from specific locations. Locations for live streaming will be announced on the Staff Affairs website soon.

Please contact with questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Staff survey graph
Staff survey graph
*Data not available prior to 1999. 


Laura Sant City Club forumBoise City Club Forum

Priscilla Salant, Director of Community Partnerships was one of three presenters at the Boise City Club forum on October 22nd. The forum topic was “Exploring Hunger and Food Insecurity in Idaho.” 

Employee Appreciation Week

The Boise Center celebrated Employee Appreciation Week with the following activities: Monday, 10/28/13 – Donuts & coffee; Tuesday, 10/29/13 – Root Beer floats; Wednesday, 10/30/13 – Funny video brown bag lunch; and Thursday, 10/31/12 – Halloween Costume Lunch, brownie bake-off and announcement of Vandal Spirit Award winner.
Root Beer float - appreciation week
Root Beer float - appreciation week
Root Beer float activity
Truday Anderson retiring
Trudy Anderson announcing her retirement as Associate Vice President/CEO of the Boise Center 
Halloween costumes 2013
Halloween costumes
Appreciation Lunch
Appreciation luncheon

Coeur d'Alene

Women in Science

The 6th annual Careers for Women in Math & Science event in Coeur d’Alene was another huge success. Over 150 high school sophomore girls from 11 North Idaho School Districts spent half the day at U-Idaho’s Harbor Center and half the day on the North Idaho College campus participating in scientific experiments and learning from women scientists and engineers in the field. This annual event is conducted by the University of Idaho College of Science and sponsored by the Department of Geology, Idaho EPSCoR, ibest, and North Idaho College.
women in science
women in science
women in science
women in science 

TeraViks Presentation

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene is one of the sponsors for Coeur d’Alene High School’s FIRST Team. Dubbed a “Varsity Sport For The Mind,” the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering that a student can get! This year’s team presented AVP Dr. Buck with a thank you plaque and provided us with a demonstration of their robot. It’s wonderful to see these young minds at work!

New Book from CDA Professor Dr. Susan Stuntzner

Life is an interesting journey, one filled with many unexpected twists and turns. Some of these experiences leave people unsure of how to move past them or in a successful manner. Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living is filled with specific skills and lessons persons with disabilities and others going through difficult or traumatic experiences can use and apply to their situation. The skills presented are laid out in an easy to follow format to help people live a better and more fulfilling life. This book may be purchased on or through the publisher, CAI,

Halloween Staff Party

We hosted a costume contest and chili cook-off on Halloween at the Harbor Center’s new community room. 
Halloween Staff party and cook off
Halloween Staff party and cook off

Idaho Falls

New Look for University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

The Idaho Falls Center administrative office has a welcoming new look. Incorporating the University of Idaho-Idaho Falls wordmark in the office design has given a visual presence that visitors can’t miss. All who come to the office are greeted warmly and with professional courtesy by Marci Merrick, administrative assistant.
Marci are new look

Potato Harvest 2013 | October 4

Potato Harvest 2013 hosted by Debbie Caudle (Student Services) continued the annual tradition of providing an opportunity for graduate students, faculty and staff as well as their families to learn about potato harvest. Dallas Furness, a lifelong friend of Debbie and her husband Rick, was a gracious host as he loves to share his knowledge of farming and how potatoes are harvested to folks who have never seen or been around a real-life farm.
After spending hours at the field and potato cellar, all gathered at the local café in Mud Lake and ate hamburgers and “real” French fries. Graduate students who participated this year were Richard Skifton and his family; Olu Omotowa; Zhen Fu; and Yeonglim Ryu. Staff participating were Dr. Carol Baldwin (Student Services) and Joe Leister (IT) and his family.
Potato Harvest 2013
Debbie Caudle and Collette Skifton
Potato Harvest 2013
Potato Harvest 2013
Richard Skifton and son
Potato Harvest 2013
Yeonglim Ryu

Graduate Fair at BYU Idaho | October 9

College and high school recruitment fairs make October a busy time for Student Services. On October 9th University of Idaho-Idaho Falls Student Services participated in the BYU Idaho Graduate Fair. They talked with students about what UI has to offer them.
Carol Baldwin at BYUI
Carol Baldwin at the BYU Idaho Graduate Fair

Vandalizing the Gangplank | October 11

The Gangplank restaurant invited Idaho Universities to decorate one of their windows for the month of October. University of Idaho – Idaho Falls staff jumped into action to decorate not only the window but several other areas of the restaurant. On October 11, faculty and staff gathered to admire the display of Vandal pride. Go Vandals!
UI decorated Gangplank restaurant

UI Graduate Fair and Taste of Home International Food Fair | October 25

Students, Faculty and Staff enjoyed the opportunities and food provided at the Annual Graduate Fair and Taste of Home International Food Fair at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Foods from several different nations were shared.
Carol Baldwin with students
Carol Baldwin and students putting food on the table

Twin Falls

A Token of Appreciation!

Staff in Twin Falls, Hagerman, Blaine and Kimberly were presented with a gift of appreciation from Staff Affairs.

“Appreciation in any form at any time brightens anyone’s existence.” —Ruth Stafford Peale

Twin Falls and Kimberly staff and faculty
Twin Falls and Kimberly staff and faculty
Twin Falls and Kimberly staff and faculty
Photo of staff and faculty from Twin Falls and Kimberly

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

Staff Newsletter Contributors: Ali Bretthauer, Amanda Moore-Kriwox, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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