Staff Newsletter, October 2013

October 2013

Staff Appreciation Fair at the Student Recreation Center

Come enjoy food, fun and prizes in "Celebrating Vandal Pride" this Thursday, September 26 from 10-2pm.

Jane Westervelt, University of Idaho Staff of the MonthCongratulations Jane Westervelt!
University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Jane Westervelt is the Administrative Assistant for Environmental Health and Safety. Jane 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

2013 Staff Affairs Classification/Compensation Involvement

Staff Affairs supports the concept of a competitive and equitable system that reflects the culture and environment at the University of Idaho. We have made it our priority to advocate for staff interests during the current process of the Classification/Compensation study, and look forward to supporting improvement in all aspects pertaining to staff at the University of Idaho. Your Staff Affairs Representatives have invested much time and resources into staff advocacy; researching policies, procedures, and best practices; and encouraging maximum transparency during this process. We will continue to work with you, our colleagues and constituency, in conjunction with UI leadership to ensure that staff needs are attended to throughout the remainder of this transition. Below is a general overview of Staff Affairs involvement from April to present this year.

2013 Staff Affairs Involvement Timeline

Date   Details
4/5         Chair & Vice Chair met with President Nellis
4/24 Human Resources unveiled details about proposed FSH policy and APM changes
4/30 Created a “Writing Group” tasked with policy changes
5/24 Chair & Vice Chair met with Interim President Burnett & Vice President Smith
5/29 Human Resources gave preliminary forums information
6/27 Chair met with Interim President Burnett 
7/8 Leadership met with UI Administrative Leadership
7/22-24 Chair & Vice Chair toured southern Idaho where they met and spoke with staff
7/25 Aided with the President’s letter which was distributed Aug 2nd
8/5-30 Posted anonymous questions to Human Resources and provided feedback to staff
8/21 Leadership attended the Classification Open Forum #1
8/22 Leadership attended the Classification Open Forum #2
9/3 Chair presented to Faculty Senate
9/10 Chair met with President Burnett & Vice President Smith

Special October Professional Development Opportunities

Recognizing a Troubled Employee, Oct. 3, 1-3pm
Mental Health First Aid Course, Oct. 29 and 30 (8 hour workshop), 8am-noon
Managing in a Multi-Generational Workplace, Oct. 31, 9-11am

For detailed descriptions and links to register go to the Staff Newsletter Events page or go to

Registration for Fall 2013 Supervisory Excellence Program Opens on September 25, 2013!

The fall 2013 workshop series begins on Thursday, October 3. The fall 2013 session will have statewide access, with core classes delivered via compressed video to Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls! For program details, upcoming workshop listings and registration information, please visit the Supervisory Excellence Program website


University of Idaho Presents the Healthy Schools Cup at FitOne*

On September 21, 2013 the FitOne Healthy Schools Cup, presented by the University of Idaho, aims to reduce childhood obesity and encourage kids on a healthy path to lifelong fitness. The Healthy Schools Cup is a great opportunity for you to help your school be involved in the community, earn funds for your school’s P.E. Program, and to get children moving every day. The University of Idaho sponsored the FitOne Healthy Schools Cup and also had a booth that provided healthy snacks as well as information on the university and programs offered. The booth was staffed by faculty and staff from Boise, Moscow, and Coeur d’Alene.
Joe Vandal at FitOne
Joe Vandal
Kristin Armstron at FitOne
Kristin Armstrong
Movement Sciences display at FitOne
Movement Sciences display
UI Boise Staff at FitOne
UI Boise staff

Employee Appreciation Week in Boise begins October 29 through November 1st

Employee Appreciation Daily Activities
Monday, 10/28/13 – Donuts & coffee; 9:30 – 10:30 in Joe’s Corner
Tuesday, 10/29/13 – Root Beer floats; 3:00 – 4:00 in Joe’s Corner
Wednesday, 10/30/13 – Funny video brown bag lunch; room TBD
Thursday, 10/31/13 – Halloween Costume Lunch, brownie bake-off and announcement of Vandal Spirit Award winner
Friday, 11/1/13 – Raffle

Student Orientation and Fall Picnic

New Boise Undergraduate and Graduate Student Orientation was held on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Legacy Pointe at University of Idaho Boise offices. The orientation covered Student Resources, Deadlines, Library Resources, Student Committees, Alumni Association and the Culture and Climate Committee. Dr. Jerry McMurtry gave an overview of what the College of Graduate Studies offers to our graduate students. Also, UI Boise Fall Welcome Picnic for all University of Idaho students, faculty, staff and their families was held on Friday, September 6, 2013. Students from Agriculture, Architecture, Education, Engineering, and Law were in attendance. The picnic was held at Municipal Park in Boise. 

Coeur d'Alene

Back to School Tailgate Party

We held our annual back to school event on September 5. The weather was hit and miss in the morning, but by early evening the weather was perfect! We had a record turnout that included students, alumni and staff. Games were played, prizes were won and good food was had by all. Our special thanks to STCU for providing catering by Texas Roadhouse and to all the folks from Moscow who drove up to provide our students with information and answer questions! 
Duck pond
Tailgate party 

New Staff MemberKim Middleton, new staff

Kim Middleton joined the Coeur d’Alene staff on September 16. Kim will be working with the Idaho Building Capacity project as well as helping with financial tasks for University of Idaho Northern Idaho operations. Welcome Kim!

New Deck Opening Soon

Work is wrapping up on the revamp of our riverside deck. The old decking was removed earlier this year and is being replaced with composite and a new iron railing. We can’t wait for next summer!
New Deck

Idaho Falls

Welcome Week — August 26-29

Free meals were provided at ISU/UI University Place to students, faculty and staff during Welcome Week. UI Staff and Faculty volunteered to make the annual event a success.
Joanna Taylor and Carol Baldwin - Welcome Week
Joanna Taylor and Carol Baldwin serve food to hungry students

Lunch and Learn with Taicihi Komine

Taicihi Komine, University of Idaho intern with the Kizuna Project from Fukushima, gave a presentation on “Lessons from the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami” as part of the August 29th Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. He discussed the great earthquake and tsunamis, The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and radiation impact on Japan and the lessons learned. He included his personal story of the March 2011 event. 
Julie and Marci Lunch and Learn Taicihi
Marci Merrick and Julie Jacobson listen to Taicihi’s Lunch and Learn presentation

Phil Deaton Memorial Tree Planting

September 3rd—Faculty and Staff from the Southeastern District Agriculture Research and Extension Office and the Idaho Falls Center gathered at Freeman Park to plant a Spring Snow Flowering Crabapple in memory of Phil Deaton who passed away August 4th. Phil worked as the administrative assistant in the Agriculture Research and Extension Office. Previously he served on the UI Staff Affairs Committee and on the University Place Parking Committee and represented the university with dedication and enthusiasm. He was twice recognized with the University of Idaho Staff Affairs Outstanding Employee award. Phil was a proud U.S. Navy veteran who was dedicated to his country, his family and his work at UI. We remember him... for his love and support of education, his willingness to stand up for that in which he believed and for his ability, no matter how his day was unfolding, to say that he was just “hunky dory.” The tree will serve as a fond reminder of Phil’s impact on our lives for years to come.

Phil Deaton memorial
Phil Tree Memorial
Phil Deaton Snow Crabapple
Spring Snow Crabapple
Phil Deaton plaque
Tree Plaque

Vandal Advantage Graduate Student Orientation

September 4th—New graduate students were provided information and strategies for success by faculty and staff. Topics covered included resources, requirements and opportunities for grad students, engaging in the research process, selecting and communicating with an advisor.
Vandal Advantage 2013

Lunch and Learn: Communication Styles with Bryan Parker

Bryan Parker, Idaho National Laboratory Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant with the Idaho National Laboratory, was the featured speaker at the September 18 Lunch and Learn series. Parker spoke to the audience of students, staff, faculty and other researchers about the impact of responsive communication and the role of one’s individual authenticity in communication. The Lunch and Learn series is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. 

Parker C Lunch and Learn 

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Staff Newsletter Contributors: Brian Mahoney, Ali Bretthauer, Elissa Keim, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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