Staff Newsletter October 2012

October 2012

Staff Appreciation & Information Fair – Celebrating the Morrill Act-150 Years of Land Grant Universities

Thank you to all who participated in Thursday’s Staff Appreciation Fair on the Moscow campus as well as the Staff Appreciation events hosted by our centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls.

Congratulations to Cynthia Mika—the lucky winner of two football tickets courtesy of Vandal Athletics for participating in the 2012 Moscow Staff Appreciation Fair pre-event survey. And, congratulations to the Human Resources Department for winning the Best Booth Prize at Thursday’s event—a Vandals Traditions book and gift card to Starbucks! Photos will be available soon on the Staff Appreciation Fair webpage, (currently available in this month's staff newsletter, see below)!

Please take a moment to thank the Staff Appreciation Fair subcommittee led by co-chairs Greg Fizzell and Shishona Turner with members Matt Kurz, Amanda Mollet, Laura Nalle, David Pittsley, Glen Kauffman, June Clevy, Vickie Burnet, and Katie Payne who coordinated the 2012 Staff Appreciation Fair in Moscow! Without their tireless effort, coordination and dedication in securing sponsors, vendors, volunteers, food donations and door prizes this event would not have been possible! Also, for those who are off-campus, please thank your area representative for their efforts in coordinating appreciation events in your region: Liz Ridgway, Boise; Angela Sowers & Barb McDonald, Coeur d’Alene; Carol Spain, Idaho Falls; and, Amanda Moore-Kriwox, Twin Falls.

We take pride in recognizing our staff statewide and hope you enjoyed the festivities brought to you by the Staff Affairs Committee.

Classification and Compensation Study—an update courtesy of Greg Walters, Executive Director of Human Resources
The non-faculty classification study is underway. Sibson Consulting was on campus September 20 and 21 providing a general orientation to the classification study to a variety of groups including the Staff Affairs executive committee, Classification and Compensation Task Force, President’s Executive Leadership group, Provost Council, DFA leadership, Affirmative Action Coordinators, and the Council of UI Business Officers.

Sibson also used this opportunity to gather feedback about our current classification and compensation systems and recruitment and retention challenges. The next step is for Sibson to conduct a few more interviews and help the University work on a compensation philosophy.

Human Resources has created a new web page specifically for these studies at: Task Force and other key member contact information, updates and other resources like Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) are also on those pages. Sibson, HR and the Task Force are starting to develop the online Position Description Questionnaire (PDQ) and subsequent training materials and program.

Staff Affairs Learning and Development Individual Grant Awards
The Staff Affairs Learning and Development subcommittee is pleased to offer the opportunity for staff to apply for small grant awards to assist in covering expenses associated with trainings, conference, etc. that promote the professional growth and development of our staff. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please feel free to contact the Learning and Development subcommittee at

University Support
Recently, President Nellis hosted a small group of staff representing departments from across to the University for a dialogue dinner. The focus of the evening was to engage staff in a discussion on the goals of the University, current and relevant issues pertaining to staff and topics that impact the culture and well-being of staff statewide. We truly appreciate the opportunity to engage in discussions with the leadership of the University and provide an opportunity to share concerns about staff needs as well as provide opportunities for open communication.

Get Involved!
The University-wide Safety and Loss Committee is seeking a staff representative to fulfill its membership. Information on the committee may be found here:  

Questions, Comments or Concerns?
As always, the Staff Affairs Committee is available to answer questions, comments or concerns you may have that relate to Staff issues at the University of Idaho statewide. Please do not hesitate to contact us at

Ana Burton, Chair 

Special Thank You to June Clevy for being the photographer at the Staff Appreciation and Information Fair!

Staff Appreciation and Information Fair photos

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A Big Thank You to Communications & Marketing for donating the printing of the Staff Affairs Committee brochure!

Staff Affairs Committee brochure

University of Idaho Librarian on Jeopardy!!!
I cannot resist giving a shameless plug…tune into Jeopardy tonight to watch our very own Librarian, Rochelle Smith! —Kathleen Monks, Library

Coeur d'Alene

Professional Nonprofit Leadership Program Success
A new program for Coeur d'Alene, professional nonprofit Leadership classes and the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program are community-based, year around educational offerings that have been strategically designed to support the specific Leadership training needs of staff and board members of nonprofit organizations throughout Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and all of northern Idaho and eastern Washington. The first 2012 session of the Nonprofit Leadership, Making a Difference course began on September 18 and was a huge success!

Coeur d'Alene Faculty Member Publishes
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Stunztner on the publication of her first book, “Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm,” available Dr. Stuntzner has been asked to speak about her experiences and her new book at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene on Friday, October 26.
Susan Stuntzner

Idaho Falls

Graduate Student Association Fall Kickoff Picnic – August 17
Graduate students in Idaho Falls started the year’s activities with a picnic in the park. Carol Baldwin is the advisor for the group.

Welcome Week – August 27
Staff and faculty welcomed students back to school at University of Idaho Day during Welcome Week at University Place. What’s more fun than a FREE lunch? Students were also treated to drawings for Vandal Gear and other prizes.
staff and faculty welcome students back to school
Melissa Bertram, Melinda Lent, Fatih Aydogan, Lee Ostrom, Milos Manic and Bill Lattin serving lunch at UI Day during Welcome Week at University Place

Vandal Advantage – August 31
Staff and faculty provided Vandal Advantage, new graduate student orientation. Topics included ethical research and writing, student resources, and how to select your major professor.
Vandal Advantage
Audience listening to a Vandal Advantage presentation

County Fairs and Eastern Idaho State Fair – August and September
Extension staff were busy getting ready for and participating in the county fairs throughout eastern Idaho and in the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Extension staff judging at county fairs
Dana Miller (2nd from the left) and Rauhn Panting, Oneida County Extension Educator (5th from the left) at the Eastern Idaho State Fair

Mayor’s Youth Council and the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership – September 26
The Mayor’s Youth Council and the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership attended a leadership workshop at University Place given by Carol Baldwin, UI Associate Registrar.

Click here for upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls  

"Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow."
- Author Unknown 

"She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples,
to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last."
- Willa Cather

Newsletter Contributors: Ana Burton, Rebecca Couch, Kathleen Monks, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain 

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