Staff Affairs October 2011 Newsletter

October 2011

Joseph Pallen Summer 2011 MIC Winner photo
Congratulations to Joseph Pallen (Photographic Services) who received 1st place for his photo under the category — People and Portraits

1st place - "ALUMNI LEADING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT" by Joseph Pallen, University of Idaho. College of Business EMBA alumni Travis Wambeke of Strata Professional Services Corporation working on the Kibbie Dome expansion project. In the background is where a plywood wall was replaced with transparent panels. Summer 2011 Monthly Image Competition Winners

The University Photographers' Association of America ( The Visual History of Higher Education) is an international organization of college and university photographers concerned with the application and practice of photography as it relates to the higher education setting. 

The UPAA was founded in 1961 by a small group of university photographers in the New England area. Since then their membership has grown to include photographers from across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Israel.

Read about "Throwing a ‘V’ Around: Idaho Vandals Signal Their Pride, Connection" in past Friday's The Register ... “This is about Vandals connecting with other Vandals, showing their pride and building a tradition,” says Rob Spear, director of athletics.

See Photo's from the Staff Appreciation Fair 

Taking the Journey
On October 6 & 7 I participated in Idaho's Journey for Diversity and Human Rights. We all met at the Center for Arts and History on Main Street in Lewiston. Our first speaker was UI Kathy Canfield-Davis, PhD. Her presentation was "What are Human Rights and Where Did They Come From? and her second session was about "Women's Suffrage and the Leadership Journey for Idaho Women." Both were very interesting and thought provoking presentations.

Our next speaker was UI Priscilla Wegars, PhD who presented "Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp." She talked about the Japanese held at internment camps. There were different types of camps, some held families, some only men. The Kooskia's Internment Camp held only men and their working conditions and treatment was humane.

There was one story of an internee that had sent his family back to Japan and he stayed to work and sent money to them. After awhile his family stopped receiving money and they thought he had abandoned them. They struggled to survive and were very angry with their father. They never knew what had happened to him until one of his granddaughters read Priscilla's book and contacted her. Now their family finally knows the truth of what had happened to their father/grandfather. Most of the internees felt shame for being held and some after release didn't go back to their families. 

Internment camp - granddaughter

In the afternoon, we went on a Trolley ride around Lewiston's historical section. Gary Bush, a retired high school teacher and coach, was our guide. He spent the last four months refurbishing this beautiful trolley and is a member of Lewiston's Historical Society.

Lewiston Trolley

Here are a few tidbits....

  • Did you ever wonder why parts of Main Street intersections are very large, not narrow as the rest of the street? Well the large intersections were built that way so the wagons were able to turn around!
  • Did you know that the city was built on a flood plain and a system was devised to pump out flood water back into the river. The system is still being used today!
  • Did you know that Lewiston was named after Lewis, and that Clarkston was going to be Lewiston-Washington?

—By Debra Rumford, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

News in Coeur d'Alene

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – October 11
The staff in Post Falls & Coeur d'Alene came together for a baked potato bar luncheon. Good food, good company and lots of prizes – who could ask for anything more! A big thanks goes out to the Staff Affairs Committee for donating leftover potatoes and all of the local businesses who helped make this event a success.

Science on Tap – 2nd Tuesday each month
The 6th season of Science on Tap has begun after a slight delay due to road construction. We began with Michelle Wiest presenting on “Pigs, Autism and Vaccines,” a topic with major public health implications. This month, we have a unique opportunity for a second presentation on Tuesday, October 25. Dr. Jon Christopherson, an electrical engineer from the Idaho National Laboratory, will be in town and has agreed to do a session at the Fort Ground Grill called “Electric Cars: Assault or Battery?” All presentations begin at 5:30.

News in Idaho Falls

University Place 5 K Fun Run/Walk
The 7th annual UP5K Fun Run/Walk was Saturday, September 24. About 85 people registered for the event that took place on a beautiful fall day. The race supports scholarships for students attending University Place in Idaho Falls. Deadline for this year’s scholarship is December 1. Alice Allen from UIIF was the chair of the event.

Jiri Kadlec
Jiri Kadlec, a UI/ISU student from the Czech Republic earned a medal in the men’s running division for the second time in a row.

Potato Harvest
When you think of Idaho, you may think of potatoes and SE Idaho’s farmers provided a bountiful crop this year. Debbie Caudle from UIIF organized a tour of a local potato processor on September 17. Students, staff and faculty were invited to help with the harvest, see where the potatoes are stored and to partake of a feast of hamburgers and fries near Terreton Idaho.

Debbie Caudle aka Potato Mum

Potato Harvest
2011 Debbie Caudle (aka Potato Mum) and Potato Harvest

Back to School Night
Faculty, staff and students were treated to a lively presentation by Leif Astrom, former Swedish military commander, now Accident Investigator on September 20. Ostrom relayed stories from the Cold War as well as shared information on how to develop a culture of safety in an organization. The presentation was preceded by updates about the Industrial Technology and Technology Management degrees. Recipients of scholarships from American Society for Safety were also recognized.

INL Tour
Several UI staff and faculty members participated in a tour of the Idaho National Laboratory, September 19. INL Tour Guide, Don Miley gave a comprehensive look at the history and current research at the site. Facilities toured include the Advanced Test Reactor and the hot cell at the Materials and Fuels Complex.

Vandal Advantage
About 45 new graduate students attended Vandal Advantage, the UIIF Graduate Student Orientation hosted by faculty and staff on September 1. Current students shared their research and insights on how to be a successful graduate student. Staff and faculty discussed resources and the path to completion.

Melaleuca Visit
The Idaho Falls Student Services Office staff and the Korea-West interns visited Melaleuca on September 8. Mihee Lee, from the Korea West program is an intern at Melaleuca’s Idaho Falls corporate headquarters.

Korea-West interns
Korea West Group

BYUI Grad Fair
Faculty and staff from Idaho Falls and Moscow attended the BYU-Idaho Fall Graduate Fair on October 5.

An early heavy snowfall in the Idaho Falls area didn’t dampen the Vandal spirit and Vandal pride of the staff in Idaho Falls. The snow fell for most of 24 hours on October 6 and 7.

Snow in Idaho Falls
October 6, 2011 Student Union picnic area

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