Staff Newsletter 2012

September 2012

Welcome to Fall Semester!

Your Staff Affairs Committee is geared up and ready for another successful year of active engagement with university staff statewide. In July, we developed our top goals for the year, which include:

  • Enhance communication with all U-Idaho staff
  • Increase awareness to university staff of the purpose and mission of Staff Affairs, including that all meetings are open to the public
  • Review and revise Faculty & Staff policies
  • Enhance and increase marketing of Staff Affairs, events, programs and partnerships

In addition, our subcommittees are working to bring you more professional development opportunities, recognition and of course, appreciation!

The Staff Appreciation FairCelebrating the Morrill Act - 150 Years of Land Grant Universities – will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the SUB Ballroom. Baked potato bar and all the fixings will be provided on the Moscow campus! Additional details to come for appreciation opportunities for our off-campus staff.

Dependent Tuition Reduction for one eligible dependent of University faculty and staff went into effect for Fall 2012. Additional information on the reduction may be found here:  

Other Eligible Adult Health Benefit will be in effect for calendar year 2013. As stated in a communication to all faculty and staff, “This policy will allow adult partners who are financially interdependent to potentially qualify for health benefits. It may also cover the children of other qualified adult individuals in a household.” Additional information will be available through the open enrollment process that begins in October. If you have questions, please contact the University of Idaho Benefits Center at 885-3697.

Did you know…?
Your Staff Affairs Committee played a vital role in the success of both of the policies listed above through discussions and collaboration with Faculty Senate, Faculty Affairs and University leadership? Members of the Staff Affairs Committee strive to ensure that information is communicated effectively with staff statewide and we want you to know that your voice is heard.

We encourage you to take a proactive step and engage with Staff Affairs representatives to increase your awareness of happenings at the University. We have representatives from a variety of departments and outreach centers—reach out to someone today to share your thoughts on enriching the quality of everyone’s experience at the University of Idaho! A current list of members can be found here:

The next Staff Affairs Committee meeting is Wednesday, September 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the SUB Gold Room. All Staff Affairs Committee meetings are open to the public, so please join us and learn more about what we’re doing!

—Ana Burton, Chair 

University of Idaho — Boise

University of Idaho at the Western Idaho Fair

The Western Idaho Fair in Boise just wrapped up. This year was special for the University of Idaho Extension because they celebrated 100 years of 4H in Idaho. The University of Idaho had a booth and it was a lot of fun to talk to alumni of all ages and to talk to people who were interested in attending the University.
UI booth
Western Idaho Fair 2012
Western Idaho Fair 2012

University of Idaho Boise Welcome Back Picnic

University of Idaho Boise celebrated the beginning of the fall semester with a Welcome Back picnic on August 20th. The picnic was held at Julia Davis Park for all faculty, students and staff. Dr. Jie Chen, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies joined us as well as Chad Kooistra, an officer of the Graduate and Professional Student Association.
Welcome Back picnic 2012

September 22 – Save the date – Team Idaho Vandals in the Women’s Fitness Celebration

Ladies, join Team Idaho Vandals in the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration 5k run/walk. Simply go to, click on the “Register Now for the 5K” link and sign up. In the individual race participant form, it will ask you if you want to join a team and will then bring up a list. Choose Idaho Vandals and you’re set. You don’t have to sign up in the same wave as everyone else, just sport your Vandal gear and walk for a great cause. Questions? Contact Sandy Larsen at or 208.364.4030.

University of Idaho — Coeur d'Alene

New Staff/Faculty

We are happy to welcome two new members to the UICDA team! Julie Amador joins us as a faculty member in Curriculum and Instruction and Paul Amador as the new Program Planning Director. Also, joining us from ETS, we’d like to welcome Margaret Hurlocker as our new Senior Finance Technician!
Paul and Julie Amador

Environment in Our Community: A STEM Day Camp | July 30-August 2

Environment in Our Community is a new camp for the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene, and we loved hosting it! Over 25 students entering 5th-7th grades this fall participated in the camp. During the four day camp, students, along with faculty and teen leaders, explored the natural wonders of our local watershed. 
STEM Day Camp 2012

Confucius Institute Delegation Luncheon | July 26

The College of Letter Arts and Social Sciences has submitted a proposal to the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to establish a University of Idaho Confucius Institute. Dean Aiken invited Coeur d’Alene civic leaders to lunch at the Coeur d'Alene Resort to meet Ms. Jin Zhang and Mr. Jiangyi Liu, Second Secretaries from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington, DC who were conducting a site visit. The purpose of the luncheon in Coeur d’Alene was for our visitors to see an area that supports economic development and for our community members to show their support for an institute.
Confucius Institute Delegation 2012Confucius Institute Delegation 2012

Robotics Camp | July 31 – August 4

University of Idaho's Educational Talent Search Project conducted a MINDS-i Robotics Camp. Students built, tested, and programmed robots to run through a maze of obstacles. They learned communication, problem solving and collaboration. On Saturday they competed and displayed their accomplishment.
Robotics Camp 

Welcome Back Barbecue | August 22

Dr. Charles Buck welcomed back students, staff and faculty as they joined us for dinner on the Harbor Center lawn to kick off another school year. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious (from Texas Roadhouse), and the company couldn’t be beat! A big thanks to STCU for their support and to all of those who traveled up from Moscow to meet out students including Bruce Pitman and Jeanne Christiansen.  
Charles Buck - Welcome Back Barbecue 2012

University of Idaho — Twin Falls

5th Biennial Twilight Tour | July 18

The University of Idaho Kimberly Research and Extension Center (KREC) hosted its 5th Biennial Twilight Tour. The purpose of this event was to provide the public—rural and urban, young and old—with an opportunity to see and learn about some of the research and extension projects and activities that are taking place in the Magic Valley by UI faculty and staff.

President Nellis, Provost Baker, several college Deans including College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Dean, John Hammel, and Joe Vandal were there!

There were 32 displays and demonstrations that included potato nutrition activities, an insect petting zoo, edible weeds, how grain quality affects baking quality, beef quality assurance, careers in agriculture and much more, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides around the Center for people to see some of the field research!

The Twilight Tour was held on July 18, 2012, from 5:00-8:00 pm. There was no cost to attend and dinner was provided by the generous donations from supporters of this event. The Twilight Tour was an informational and enjoyable event!
Twilight Tour 2012Twilight Tour 2012

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S chool,
E ffort, and
P lay.
T rying your best
E ach hour of the day,
M aking new friends,
B eing good as you can
E xciting discoveries,
R eading books with a friend."
 —Boni Fulgham 

Newsletter Contributors: Ana Burton, Amanda Moore Kriwox, Elizabeth Ridgway, Debra Rumford, Angela Sowers


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