Staff Affairs Newsletter September 2011

September 2011

The Staff Affairs Committee (SA) was established in 1971. SA is comprised of a group of University of Idaho employees, elected by their peers, to represent the interests and concerns of all University of Idaho staff.  

Staff Appreciation Fair — Celebrating 40 years!
Come join and celebrate at the Staff Appreciation Fair Thursday, September 29, from 10AM to 2PM in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Come experience our traditional lunch - a baked potato bar, which will be available to staff from 11AM to 1 PM in the Silver and Gold rooms.  As we are celebrating the 40 year anniversary of Staff Affairs being at the University of Idaho, the President’s office has gracefully sponsored a “Birthday” cake as dessert.  The 2011 Staff Appreciation Fair is being brought to you by the generous support of the following signature sponsors: Blue Cross of Idaho, Delta Dental, Heinz, Good Samaritan Society of Moscow, University of Idaho Parma Research & Extension Center, Pepsi, Office Max, United  Dairymen of Idaho, Zfun 106, Bull Country 99.5

Please join us for this amazing event!!

A special Thank You to President Nellis' office for donating the cake.

October 5 — Mike Gallina retirement and “thanks for your service” celebration.

Wednesday at 3PM to 5PM in the Student Rec Center atrium. Please stop by and help send Mike off as he enters the retirement chapter of his life. Formal recognition and open mic at 4PM. Light refreshments will be served 

October 6-7 Idaho's Journey for Diversity and Human Rights
is a traveling workshop exploing the roots of Idaho's peoples and their human rights issues—past and present. This year, Idaho's Journey begins in Lewsiton, continuing north to Moscow in two intense days of travel and learning. Key topics will include: The idversity of peoples who built Lewiston over the past 150 years; the WWII internment camp for Japanese-Americans in Kooskia; isses of gender equity in Idaho; challeges of disability access and inclusiveness. Idaho's Journey is open to all.

Program details, registration and fee information are at or contact Kathee Tifft at or (208) 799-3096.


Off Campus Staff Affairs News

Idaho Falls Campus News
The Staff Appreciation event will be held again this year in late February or early March so we can miss harvest and planting seasons and include our Agriculture Research and Extension staff. The Staff Appreciation planning committee will be meeting soon.

University Place 5K Fun Run/Walk
September 24
Proceeds will be used for University Place Scholarships
Multiple Sponsors

University of Idaho – Idaho Falls Graduate Fair in conjunction with the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls Taste of Home International Food Fair
October 27
6-9 p.m.
Our internationally diverse students, faculty and staff share foods from home.

University of Idaho Boise News

Calendar of Events for faculty and staff

October 11 and 18 in Boise/October 13 and 20 in Nampa - Estate-Planning Workshop Teaches All Idahoans
How to Safeguard Their Family’s Future
Many Idahoans don’t make plans to protect, distribute or transfer their assets because they mistakenly believe that their property will automatically transfer to their heirs without complications. Or, they don’t think they have enough assets to put their heirs at risk of tax liability or to justify the expense of drawing up documents. Or, they figure they’re still too young to develop estate plans for their children.

The workshop costs $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Participants must pre-register by Oct. 4 in Boise and Oct. 6 in Nampa. Registration forms can be downloaded from The classes will meet at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 Front Street, in Boise and at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. South, in Nampa. For more information, call Healy at 208-287-5900.

October 15 – Health and Career Fair: “Idaho’s Second Annual International Health Fair”
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho
315 Stampede Drive
Nampa, ID

A free event that includes free health screenings, educational displays, health resources information and fun activities for the whole family.

October 19 - Lunch & Lead – Kaleidoscope Thinking
Breaking Your Own Paradigms: Shatter What Holds You Back, presented by Dan Long, Sandbox Group
Just as a kaleidoscope gives you a new picture every time you give it a shake, innovation can be the result of looking at the same things in a different way. So bring a brownbag lunch and join us at the University of Idaho Boise to learn how others have used Kaleidoscope Thinking to develop solutions. Who knows? This may be the spark you need to shake up your perspective!

The brownbag luncheons, open to the public, will be held from 11:30-1:00pm. RSVP to or 208-334-2999. Beverages and cookies provided. Space is limited.

October 20 – Ethics Symposium
University of Idaho Alumni are sponsoring a symposium on ethics that is managed by UI faculty in the school of Journalism. Free at the Statehouse Auditorium, 2:30 to 5:00 pm.

October 31 – November 4 – Boise Employee Appreciation Week
Stay tuned for more information…

Another way to say Thank You

The Staff Affairs KUDO program is designed to publically recognize the outstanding work of University of Idaho staff employees who have gone above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work. 

If you would like to recognize staff for their outstanding work click on Submit a Kudo in the menu.

Check out the latest Staff Kudos under the Recognized Staff in the menu.


Purpose of the Staff Affairs Committee

  • To study issues, problems, welfare, and working conditions of staff members
  • To call to the attention of the President matters concerning staff affairs in any division or department that the committee believes should receive special attention
  • To work with the University administration in the development and/or revision of university policies, employment benefits, and other matters where university staff are directly affected
  • To cooperate with the Faculty Affairs Committee and Faculty Senate and participate in the formulation of joint recommendations concerning issues common to the staff and the faculty
  • To advise on salary and promotion matters pertaining to staff employees
  • To form subcommittees, as required, to study special or continuing issues

For a more detailed description of the workings of Staff Affairs Committee and its membership see the bylaws section in the Faculty Staff Handbook in Chapter 1:1800.



Interested in Joining Staff Affairs?

The Election Subcommittee manages the nomination and election process for new members of Staff Affairs.

You will be notified via email, The Register, Today@Idaho and the Staff Affairs website of any vacancies on the committee.

Send your nominations to Nominations must be in writing and signed by the nominator. Please include:

  • Name

  • Title

  • Category (i.e. Exempt; Adminstrative, Technical and Research; Maintenance, Services and Skilled Craft; or Off Campus Representative)

  • Name & email address of supervisor, department head, and dean

In May, the Election Subcommittee will notify you (and supervisor/dept head/dean) if you have been accepted to be on the Staff Affairs Committee.

Newly elected members will start their three year term at the June meeting.

Join the Staff Affairs Committee and become an advocate for staff. Email nominations to


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