Thank You Staff

Recognized Staff

The Staff Affairs KUDO program is designed to publicly 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.

December 2014

Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist | College of Natural Resources
Lynne is a wonderful coworker who regularly goes out of her way to make my job easier. Whenever I have a question, she takes time to answer it. Whenever I need something, she makes sure I get it. She works incredibly hard to make those around her succeed. Thank you for being so terrific, Lynne! —Sacha B Jackson, McCall Outdoor Science School

Linda Shepard, Records Management Supervisor | ITS
Linda is such a valuable resource for records management as she is truly an expert on the systematic control of the creation, maintenance, use, and overall management of records. Recently, Linda helped us with the disposal of 18 boxes of records which greatly improved overall office efficiency. Thank you Linda for your support and great customer service! —Kim Malm, Executive Assistant, ORED VP

Matthew Stoddard, TSR | Help Desk
Many thanks to Matthew for the support he provided to the College of Law by monitoring our video class in the Engineering Physics building this fall! With his help, we were able to have tech support in the College of Law building and the EP classroom. —Carolyn Will Todd, Circulation Supervisor, Law Library

Meg Stephenson, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center Director | UI Boise
Meg coordinates volunteer service projects for the Boise area for employees, students, and alumni. For this year's Rake Up Boise, it was particularly challenging due to the early snow fall, and many organizations that signed up were unable to complete the project. However, with Meg's determination and dedication, our group was able to complete all three assigned houses. Thank you, Meg, for leading and coordinating the projects so we can serve the community in needs. —Miki Kurosawa, Enrollment Coordinator, University of Idaho Boise

Bob Basham, Associate Engineer | College of Engineering, UI Boise
Kudos to Bob Basham, Associate Engineer extraordinaire, for once again coming to the rescue! Bob is always so gracious to assist with odd "fix-it" requests. Most recently he was able to make repairs to the top of the University of Idaho Festival of Trees entry that was purchased and then donated to the University of Idaho Boise for everyone at the Water Center Building to enjoy this holiday season. The problem was, the tree was damaged in transport and when it arrived back at the Center, the top was horribly askew. Bob removed the top, worked his magic and "re-planted" it securely. It looks as beautiful as it did while on display at the festival. Thanks Bob! —Sandy Schultz, Administrative Assistant, Boise Center for Higher Education

Ivan Pedraza, ITS | UI Boise 
Ivan is the IT whiz for the Boise campus and has helped me tremendously in my onboarding to my new role with UI. He has the ability to ask the right questions, problem solve effectively, and execute quickly all with a smile. Ivan goes above and beyond with his efforts to ensure I had the right tools I needed to perform in my job. He's a great example of colleague focus and Vandal spirit! —Danielle Horras, Director of Program Planning, Boise

Leslie Larson, Administrative Assistant Senior | Research and Economic Development
Since Leslie became the AAC for my unit she has always gone above and beyond with all my requests for assistance. I really appreciate all she does for us in the financial unit of OSP. Thanks Leslie! —Kris Freitag, Financial Unit Manager, OSP

Erin Butterfield, RSSW Warehouse/Data Entry Technician | Surplus Property
Erin continues to expedite Surplus' verification response time for equipment transfers to surplus property all over campus, as well as satellite sites throughout the State. Erin has significantly improved Property Management's processing of fixed asset equipment transfers to Surplus. Thank You! —Joseph Groves, Inventory Specialist, Asset Accounting Office

November 2014

Judy Colbeck, Benefits Specialist | Human Resources
On the last day of annual enrollment, she went out of her way to assist me with moving my health insurance over to my husband’s account. Most likely, this is one of the busiest days of the year for her, yet she was extremely patient and kind throughout the process. Judy is exceptionally knowledgeable about benefits and she is an all-around top notch employee. Thanks again Judy for providing outstanding customer service. —Glenda Bull, IGS Specialist, Idaho Geological Survey

Shelby Hurn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources
Shelby made the lives of many Finance Tech's less stressful for her work on changing the posting process of HireRight invoices. You're a real go-getter! Thanks so much Shelby. —Theresa Albright, Budget Specialist, Kimberly R & E Center

Alice Reyes, Financial Unit Supervisor | Accounts Payable
I would like to thank Alice for graciously partnering with me to change the process of the Hireright (background check) billing. This has created a manual process for both of us and increased her workload but has meet the needs of many departments and OSP. This change is saving time in processing funding approvals by all departments and made any Financial Tech's happy. Thank You! —Shelby Hurn, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources

IACURH (Intermountain Affiliation of College & University Residence Halls) Advisors | University Housing
Jill Powell, Assistant Director of Student Engagement; Morgan Hanson, Residence Life Coordinator; Jazzmine Hudson, Area Coordinator; Matt Bauer, Resident Director; Bart Sonnenberg, Residence Life Coordinator; Scott Gove, Resident Director; Colton Bjerke, Coordinator of Student Success & Retention; Cara Lehman, Marketing Coordinator
I would like to recognize this outstanding group of professionals for their work as advisors to the IACURH (Intermountain Affiliation of College & University Residence Halls) conference that was held on the University of Idaho campus (November 7-10). There were over 340 student leaders representing 31 colleges and universities from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. Thank you for all the hours you dedicated in supporting UI students in the hosting of this conference. On behalf of all team members in University Housing - THANK YOU! —Dee Dee Kanikkeberg, Director, University Housing

Mike Swanson, Landscape Maintenance Tech | Facilities
Due to some freshly placed dirt between the Human Resources building and Taco Time, the HR building was dealing with a lot of mud being tracked into our building. Mike Swanson was quick to respond and place a "Yellow Path" between the two parking lots which enabled the foot traffic to walk over the dirt and eliminate the mud issue. Thank you Mike for your quick response and creative approach to our problem. —Brandi Terwilliger, Cretia Bunney and the Entire HR Department

Jennifer Magelky-Seiler, Management Assistant | Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion
With the holidays coming up, we needed to get our job posting up as quickly as possible. We have been without an office manager for almost 3 months now and just recently failed a search. When I called HRAI to inquire about the timeline to gain their approval, Jen took care of it immediately. Her quick handling of our posting will provide us time before Thanksgiving to screen candidates. I am very grateful to Jen for her timely service. Thank you! —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications - Career Center

Electrical and Interiors Shop & Building Services | Facilities
Pete Haworth (Custodial Foreperson), David Casey, Marlene White, Molly Howerton, Calvin Annis, & Larry Cann (Team Cleaning Specialists), Matt Proctor & Greg Thomas (Journeyman Electricians), Knute Klingler & Alan Fraser (HVAC Technicians), Keven Hattenburg (HVAC-Refrigeration Supervisor), and Alan Odenborg (Interiors Shop Supervisor)
We in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences would like to express our thanks to your staff in the Electrical and Interiors shops and Building Services for the repairs and improvements made to CNR 108. This past summer, your staff replaced the ceiling, and lighting in that heavily used classroom. Following completion of the renovation your custodial staff refinished and sealed the floors. The end product was a much improved room for our classroom use. Thanks again to all for their excellent service and expertise. —Lisette Waits, PhD, Professor & Head, Dept. Fish and Wildlife Sciences

The GSMU Project Group | ITS
Don Miller, Creg Empey, Perry Henry, Brian Borchers, Mitch Parks, Ben Kirchmeier, and Jane Cox! In large and small ways, this AMAZING group of IT professionals have toiled tirelessly for the past 6 months to help bring a new University of Idaho Employee Learning Management System to fruition. Thank you for your professionalism, patience and perseverance. This super group truly knows how to leap tall buildings in a single bound! —Elissa Keim, Professional Development and Learning, Human Resources

October 2014

Theresa Nuhn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources
Theresa has been invaluable in my People Admin training process. She has very patiently guided me through all of the nuances of this new "ATS" system, and has always done this in a positive manner, with true professionalism. She is a joy to work with, and I think the U of I, as a whole, benefits from her awesome skill sets. I truly enjoy working with her. —Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager, University Support Services

Dan Stephens, University Controller | Controller's Office
I would like to publicly thank Dan Stephens for being the best boss I could ever hope to work for. My family received devastating news back in March that one of my twin teenage sons has leukemia, and we had to immediately "relocate" to Spokane to be near the hospital for many months of chemotherapy treatments. In his capacity as University Controller, Dan has many plates spinning at all times, but even with his heavy workload, his concern for my entire family was immediately apparent. From the beginning and throughout the past 8 months, he has bent over backwards to help me continue to work a very flexible schedule from remote locations while caring for my son. He has made it clear from the start that my son's health and treatment come first and the work will get done when time permits... the whole treatment process is overwhelming at times, so this flexibility allowed me to focus my energy on my son instead of constantly worrying about getting too far behind or meeting too many deadlines. As a result, I'm sure I'm getting much more work done than I would have without this flexibility...I probably would have had to quit my old job if this had happened while I was there. Dan has also taken the time to visit us in Spokane and calls to check on us regularly. He has even helped provide some welcome distraction in the form of a game system and games for my sons. Thank you Dan - I know we kid around a lot, but I am not kidding when I say you truly are the best boss I've ever had and I am grateful to be working with you here at UI. —Brenda Marsh, Accounting Manager - Capital Assets and Investments, Asset Accounting

Creative and Print Services | UCM
Creative and Print Services have been amazing in their ability to deliver on what has been a steady stream of materials to help with the University's important enrollment efforts. Their professional and ongoing creativity and agility is so appreciated!!! And, they all do it with humor and grace. Thank you! —Anna Sherwood, Director of Enrollment Marketing, Enrollment Management 

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Designer | UI Idaho Falls
Kudos to Ryan Haworth, UI-IF Instructional Designer and resident creative genius for all his hard work during the 60th Anniversary of University of Idaho in Idaho Falls. Ryan took on the responsibility of designing all the printed material, posters and video presentation used during the event at the Museum of Idaho. His professionalism is displayed in each piece he created. The extensive timeline he put together on the history of the IF campus is now being displayed in several buildings in Idaho Falls, including at the Idaho National Lab. Ryan, you are a pleasure to work with and we appreciate all you do. —Julie Jacobson, UI-IF Administrative Assistant, Debbie Caudle, UI-IF Undergraduate Advisor and Dr. Cheryl Wilhelmsen, INDT Program Director

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Designer | UI Idaho Falls
In addition to this year being the 125th anniversary of the University of Idaho, it is also the 60th anniversary of the university's presence in Idaho Falls. Last week we held an event for the 60th celebration. I know Ryan wasn't the only person that made the event such a success, but his work was visible everywhere you looked. In the weeks leading up to the night, he was involved with others in the planning of the event. He scanned countless pictures for the slideshow. He produced posters of and for the leaders of the center since 1976. He produces a timeline with the major happenings from the center from the last 60 years. He was directly involved in the video and audio production and recording of the event. He even found time to program "Here We Have Idaho" into a 1985 Tandy 102 Personal Computer. Ryan, great job!!! —David B Anderson, IT Manager, Idaho Falls

Shawn O'Neal, General Manager/Adviser | Argonaut
As chair of Safety Week, I speak for many Vandals when I say how much we appreciate the comprehensive, professional and inspired coverage the Argonaut staff produced for Safety Week Sept. 15 - 20. The depth and breadth of reporting meets the highest standards of journalism, in my opinion. From reporters and editors to photographers — the Argonaut was everywhere, even providing post-event, thoughtful writing to help put events in context. It would have been easy to do much less and consider the job of covering Safety Week done, but the Argonaut leadership and staff reached for excellence instead, and that showed in every issue. Some journalists say they care about going deeper, but the Argonaut staff really accomplished that with Safety Week, also providing advertising support. I've heard Argonaut staff say their team of journalists is committed to building a safer campus while providing an objective platform for Vandal voices and vital issues. Their work on Safety Week certainly proved it. —Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Rob Spear, Director of Athletics, and Jessica Atkins, Compliance Director | Athletics
Rob Spear, Jessica Atkins and others on the Vandal Athletics team worked hard this semester to already get every athlete in fall and spring sports exposed to Green Dot, our violence prevention bystander intervention campus-wide initiative. Every athlete has attended the Green Dot 1-hour overview, and Ms. Atkins is working with our office on a full-day Green Dot training for the athletes who are asking for more training in how to live and work as Vandals of the highest integrity by standing up against interpersonal violence of all kinds. We couldn't do this vital work without the active support and encouragement of Vandal Athletics, and from Director Rob Spear to head football Coach Paul Petrino Head Women's Volleyball Coach Debbie Buchanan, we are getting such positive and powerful support. Thank you! —Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Ben Aiman, Facilities and Events Manager | Student Affairs, Idaho Commons
Ben Aiman was a huge support for the Safety Week planning team, and we didn't make it easy. We needed his flexible attitude and great attitude while we juggled many people and details throughout the week. The success of our Safety Week events was in no small part due to the awesome Facilities and Events team, under Ben's direction. Thank you! Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Sara Napier & Sodexho
Sara Napier and the entire Sodexho team did an amazing job catering our Safety Week events, from our breakfast with Keith Edwards to the Saturday Green Dot training that included breakfast, lunch and snacks. Sara was extremely helpful and flexible with our changing needs and the whole team provided exemplary customer service. Thank you! Virginia Solan, Violence Prevention Programs Coordinator, Dean of Students Office

Amber Ziegler, Administrative Coordinator | Movement Sciences

Amber is a vivacious person. I'm working with her in the College of Education Movement Sciences Department, where I just started working about a month ago. She is very supportive of the department by joining committees and doing her work in a knowledgeable and thorough way. I'm so thankful she's part of our team. She is so willing to help me and support me patiently while I'm trying to learn how to do my job. —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Cindy Blum, Administrative Assistant II | Movement Sciences
I began working with Cindy in Movement Sciences a little over a month ago. In the office she is GREAT! I have a lot to learn and I appreciate her support of me and her willingness to share her wisdom and expertise. UI is blessed by Cindy's hard work and cheerful smile! —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Nancy Morrison, Budget Specialist | College of Education
Nancy has been at UI College of Education for a long time, 16 years! As everyone knows Nancy is awesome! I started a new job in the COE in Movement Sciences and Nancy has taken me by the hand and is training me, imparting her wisdom with patience. She has been supporting the MS department in many aspects through Spring 2014, Summer, and now Fall. Thank you Nancy for all you do, your hard work, patience, support, wisdom, excellence in all!!! —Ali Fredriksen, Budding Financial Tech, Movement Sciences

Zak Lierman, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities

A huge thank you to Zak Lierman from Facilities, for getting a very nice ring back on its owner’s finger. Zak found the ring in Forney Hall and requested assistance to find the owner. Word spread that it had been located and within a day, the owner stopped by to pick it up. Thank you again, Zak, we are very grateful for everything you do for us in our building. —Judy Pankopf, Administrative Assistant II, University Communications and Marketing

Rob Anderson, Director | University Support Services
Rob is a very positive leader, recognizing each person's strengths and continually giving kudos. He is always encouraging each member of the team with positive feedback. I am so thankful that I was able to pursue the position as the University Support Services Business Manager because working for Rob is a pleasure. I work with a great team of people (KC Sheffler, Joe Hunt, Kelly McGahan, Aaron Mayhugh, Chris Riddlemoser, Ryan Watson and Dan Lawson) and a lot of that is due to Rob's positive leadership style. —Cheryl Gardner, Business Manager, University Support Services

Debra Rumford, Communication Coordinator | Design and Communications, CALS Advancement
Debra has been such an amazing person to work next to. Both being new to our positions, it has been great to share in our experiences together. Just recently I was working on a project for our department and Debra came in like a superhero to help! She was excited and took the time to assist me even when she didn't have to. Her happiness for working at the University shows through by her infectious laugh and her upbeat attitude on a daily basis! Thanks Debra for all you do-it definitely does not go unnoticed! —Tiffani Stubblefield, Office Administrator, CALS Advancement

Rose Graham, Manager | Idaho Commons Copy & Print Center

Rose was more than helpful when it came to a small project I needed for our department. At a loss of how to make the project work, Rose came to the rescue with great ideas. And even when she was the lone ranger in her area, she still went above and beyond in communicating with me in a timely manner. Our project turned out beautifully and I look forward to the next opportunity I get to work with such a great person! —Tiffani Stubblefield, Officer Administrator, CALS Advancement

Matt Couch, Customer Service Rep 2 | Parking and Transportation Services
I just wanted to let you know that Mathew Couch from Parking Services is a great asset to the University staff. My daughter had hip surgery on October 3 and needed a temporary handicap permit so that she can park closer to her classes, getting from her dorm across campus on crutches is just not feasible. Mathew assisted me to find the form, answered my questions because I did not have the information to complete it and held it for Brianna to sign. He then let me know when she picked it up this afternoon. As a parent it is great to know that there are members of your staff that are willing to go the extra mile to help us out, especially when you have to leave your child on campus after a major surgery. I have expressed my thanks to Mr. Couch but thought someone else should know. —Stacey L. Gray CPA MBA, Assistant Controller, Alliance Machine Systems Intl, LLC, Spokane

Brad Neal, IT | College of Law
If we could use a quote to describe Brad and his work ethic it would be exactly this, “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” –Aristotle. The College recently had an IT employee out of the office due to medical problems leaving Brad as the sole IT tech for the College. His patience and commitment providing IT support for the College of Law has been invaluable during this time. Any extra projects and work that Brad has been part of have been taken care of with expertise. The College of Law would like to extend a huge thank you and kudos for all the time and effort Brad has provided for the College of Law. —Brandon K. Gardner, IT System Analyst, College of Law

Craig Chatriand, Associate Dean of Students | Dean of Students Office
Three cheers for Craig and how awesome he is! I'm new to the Dean of Students and Craig has made me feel very welcome, a part of the family, and can always put a smile on anyone's face with his funny jokes! Craig is always quick to help out despite his heavy workload and I really look up to him! THANKS CRAIGY! P.S. Your sheep has the gout. —Megan Harre, Student Services Specialist

Linda Hanson, Eric Orosco, Jazmine Watson, Charity Wright, Cassandra Yardley | Housing
Many thanks to the Housing team for all their help with an out-of-the ordinary situation. We had a student in a special situation who needed extra assistance with his early departure from Moscow, and the Housing team pulled out all stops to make the process easy and quick. Charity Wight, Cassandra Yardley, Linda Hanson, Jazmine Watson, and Eric Orosco, the ALCP really appreciates all your help!!! —Ashleigh Bright, Program Assistant, ALCP

September 2014

Alice Allen & Julie Jacobson, Kristy Mayer (Moscow) | University of Idaho - Idaho Falls
The Idaho Falls Center recently celebrated the 125th activities at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the evening was wonderful.  It would not have been as successful without the help of each of these individuals. There were many hours spent in planning, advertising and setting up as well as cleanup by these wonderful ladies. Thank You all for a wonderful evening. —Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Ph.D., Director, Industrial Technology Program, University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

Leah Evans-Janke, Alyssa Griffith, Michelle Sing | Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology

Thank you for helping to organize another successful exhibit at the Latah County Fair this year. Many of you put in long hours staffing and creating the exhibit. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to public outreach at the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology. Thank you! —Stacey Lynn Camp, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director, Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology

Mike Swanson, Landscape Maintenance Technician & Tina Nagle, Landscape Maintenance Assistant | Facilities 
Mike Swanson and Tina Nagle cut the weeds around the parking lot of Human Resources on a very hot day (90 degree). The cars can be parked without pushing against the weeds. I really appreciate their hard work (especially in the hot weather). They make the University campus look nice and pleasant. We can’t say “THANK YOU” enough; it is nice to see the dedication to the section of campus that is not as well traveled. They are the gem of Facilities at the University of Idaho! —Myung Chun, HR Specialist, Human Resources

Marty Lunt, Personnel Specialist | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Marty worked countless hours to help me fill a job vacancy. She never complained about doing all of it! She is a great person to help everyone. Thanks Marty for all the help! —Annette Eddins, Operations Supervisor, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station

Lisa Miller, Payroll Accountant | Payroll Services
Lisa has been the best person! I am off campus and she works so hard to figure out problems that arise here with my day rate employees. She has never screamed at me when she should have! She always sounds like she has a smile on when I'm sure she doesn't! Thanks Lisa for all you do! —Annette Eddins, Operations Supervisor, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station

Dan Noble, Financial & Employment Services Tech | Human Resources
Dan developed a new system to make hiring international students streamlined and easy. This system cut the average wait time for hiring from 2+ weeks to 1.5 days. It encourages UI employers to hire international students as the process is much easier to follow and requires a lot less red tape and time. Thanks for being proactive and spending the time necessary to make hiring ALL student staff easier. —Brian Mahoney, Associate Director, Facilities & Operations, Campus Recreation

Gina Tinley, Department Coordinator | Biological Sciences
Gina took the lead when PeopleAdmin went live by; asking appropriate questions, making notes of tiny but important items that were not included in the PeopleAdmin manual which she addressed, with the appropriate people. There were numerous glitches and she gave great suggestions to improve/correct/or fix the glitches. During all of this she kept me up-to-date and informed me of everything and she took the time to attend a PeopleAdmin meeting with me so that she could ask questions and make notes as far as processes within PeopleAdmin. Thank you Gina! —Lorrie Williams, Aministrative Assistant, Sr.

Patrick Nutter and Phillip Sertich, Building Superintendent and Maintenance | UI CDA
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Henry Ford said this many years ago, but Patrick and Philip, I believe, live by it here at Harbor Center. I have worked with Patrick for 10 years now and I find him indisputably one who takes great pride in keeping this facility ship shape. In fact, I have never met one who is more proud of a facility than he is. Ownership of your craft is not something one easily finds these days in employees; Patrick and Philip definitely give their best… even when others are not looking. They were especially helpful in assisting us with locating some tables and chair setup last week for our new student orientation activities. They are always on the spot with service requests from burnt out light bulbs, to carpet stains, to making sure restrooms are always squeaky clean. I believe we spend too much time as mangers addressing what people are doing wrong; not enough time on what people are doing right. So here’s a note of support for two gentlemen who are, at least by LCSC measures, doing excellent work for Harbor Center. —Rocky Owens, Director, LCSC Coeur d'Alene

Angie Sowers, Julie Anderson, Rob Baxter | UI CDA
UI CDA recently held an event supporting the College of Law’s Constitution Day event. Several folks were extremely helpful in the success of this event. Angie Sowers, Julie Anderson and Rob Baxter - Thank you for all of your help! Their professional assistance made for a very nice event. Proud to be a Vandal! —Wanda Quinn, Program Coordinator, UINI

Theresa Nuhn, Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources
Theresa has been such an integral and helpful resource to have in HR, especially with all the changes made in going to PeopleAdmin. Every time our office has a question about a posting she is so friendly, courteous, and helpful, and has even come to our office in the Commons to help show us tips in using People Admin. She makes a complicated system un-complicated, and represents her office with true professionalism and customer service. I can't imagine what HR would be like without her. —Eric Anderson, Career Advising and Professional Development

Gene Gussenhoven, Director of Utilities and Engineering & Scott Smith, Steam Plant Manager | Facilities
Thank you again for the wonderful introduction to the world of biomass for our Integrated Design Studio. The students loved the Steam Plant tour last week and truly enjoyed meeting you both. The chance to see the steam plant in action, walk out to the chip storage yard, and listen to your stories of bioenergy production were fantastic. It was a great way to kick off our semester of biojet fuels projects. We really appreciate your time and know how precious it is. Thanks again for enriching our teaching and learning and inspiring the next generation of engineers, architects and planners. —Michele Vachon & the whole IDX Studio —

Alan Odenborg, Interiors Shop Supervisor | Facilities
Alan goes above and beyond to provide outstanding service! He has been an integral part in helping to fulfill needs related to life safety, paint, and construction issues in our area. He has consistently and expertly handled facilities-related tasks and understands the power of collaboration. Our department appreciates and values Alan's expertise and willingness to offer exceptional assistance whenever called upon. —Kim Malm, Executive Assistant to Vice President, Office of Resea

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities
I would like to extend kudos to Elmer Johnson for his dedication to keeping our reclaimed water system going. On Wednesday, September 10, we experienced a break in a 6” reclaimed water distribution line that affects much of the south side of campus. Elmer Johnson, our Water Systems Specialist at UI Facilities, was at a training conference in CDA. Upon learning of the incident, after his training was finished for the day, Elmer drove down to Moscow and made sure the break had been fixed properly, and then charged the system back up that night. He came in early the next morning to check on the system before driving back up to CDA to finish his two-day training. On behalf of the Landscape Shop, Arboretum, and UI Golf Course, I would like to thank Elmer for his dedication and thoughtfulness to all who are affected by these utilities, and his willingness to keep them going. —Craig Carson, Campus Landscape Supervisor, Facilities

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities
Kudo’s for Elmer Johnson. While taking classes in Coeur D’Alene to keep up his required water certifications, he found out that a contractor had hit the reclaimed water main line on campus and taken down all campus reclaimed water irrigation. That is 90% of campus. He came back from CDA to campus after his training session ended, and worked till 10 PM that night patching the mainline together, so that irrigation could run that night across campus and keep our lawns green during our cool/dry fall weather. —Charles M. Zillinger, Director, Facilities

Rhonda Zenner, Assistant to the Associate Dean | College of Education
WELCOME to the Dean's office: Rhonda just transferred to the college of Education Dean's office as the new Assistant to the Associate Dean... So glad she is joining us at the Dean's office. Welcome Rhonda - We hope you enjoy working with the College of Education Faculty, Staff and Students! —Twila M Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

August 2014

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator - Student Affairs | University Communications & Marketing
We decided to change the branding of our Career Services Management System and had to quickly change most of the Career Center's web pages to reflect the move. Leah had no warning that this was coming, yet she jumped in and helped us get everything done. I offer you our Career Center website as proof of her skill not only with web development, but in teaching, editing, and layout. We in Student Affairs are VERY lucky to have Leah Andrews on our team. Thank you Leah. —John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications, Career Center

Shelby Siflow, Buying Manager | Vandalstore
Kristy Mayer, Alumni Relations, went out of her way to consult Shelby Silflow, Vandalstore Buying Manager, to help us find the perfect retirement gift that we had in mind. Even though the store was extremely busy, Shelby showed us some inventory, checked us out promptly, gave us a great deal and even threw in a gift bag, paper and ribbon. These ladies deserve a big KUDOS for going out of their way to help us find what we were looking for. —Budget Office

Amber Ziegler & Cindy Blum, Movement Sciences and John Murray, College of Education
I want to thank Amber, Cindy, and John for taking on additional financial tasks above their normal work load while the College of Education was down two finance positions for the past four months. Resignations occurred during a time when workloads increase substantially (fiscal year end, summer epafs, roll over epafs, fall instructor appointments, etc). I value their willingness to work as a team, take on additional work, and learn new skills outside their job duties. We couldn’t have done it without you. You guys are the best! —Nancy Morrison, Finance Coordinator, College of Education

Debbie Huffman, Director, Administrative and Financial Operations | Idaho Commons and Student Union
Ms. Debbie is an outstanding asset to our campus community. I appreciate her knowledge of our University, her upbeat approach to obstacles and her unwavering support of student initiatives. —Katie M. Dahlinger, Assistant Director, Student Involvement

Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development | Career Center
Eric consistently supports our students, alumni, staff and colleagues in their efforts and ideas. He is dedicated to student success which is shown through his late hours, participation in other department's programming and general positive attitude. Our campus is lucky to have Eric! —Katie M. Dahlinger, Assistant Director, Student Involvement

Landscape & Grounds | Facilities
The Landscape and Grounds crews did an incredible job cleaning up after the wind storm of 8/12/2014. Their swift and effective work removing the broken limbs from the trees, clearing the streets and sidewalks is a positive reflection of our dedicated facilities staff. —Kelvin Daniels, Occupational Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

Undergraduate Admissions Specialists | Admissions Office
Stacy Bowman, Karee Head, Jamie Hunter, Katie O'Donnell, and Sue Wallen
I'd like to send a note of appreciation to all of the Admissions Specialists in the Undergraduate Admissions office—Stacy, Karee, Jamie, Katie, and Sue. They are all very friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to any questions we have in Coeur d'Alene. —Becky Byers, Coordinator Recruiting/Advising, UI Coeur d'Alene

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
Julie helped with developing the agreement database; organizing staff to scan hard copy agreements into pdfs; grant proposal budgets; reconciliation of awarded grant budgets; hiring processes for coordinator and student ambassadors working on grants; working title changes for staff; work room and conference room upgrades; helped with the travel/financial piece of USAC FIDA/Visiting Prof policies; reorganizing open space between offices to make them more client and employee friendly (cabinets, desks); new computer (and two big screens and ergonomic keyboard) which she obtained for Bob Neuenschwander; and a daily dose of humor. —International Grants & Initiatives

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
The thing that was HUGELY helpful was setting up pass through budgets for the Faculty-led Programs. That has helped a lot of people. Faculty, staff, and students alike! ...also, she stepped in to help with financial transactions relating to FSIT programs while Colton Oliphant was away. In addition we appreciate her helping with our position reclassifications and appeals; setting up study abroad budget sheets; new computers for our student worker stations; and setting up the conference room with technology (great for our info sessions). —Study Abroad & Exchange Programs

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
For ISSFS, Julie has provided: Updated computers and monitors; additional and usable student worker stations; new file cabinet for student files; new chairs for stations and Ashley; and a new desk for Tammi. —International Student, Scholar & Faculty Services

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
Julie has worked so hard on so many projects for the ALCP: Obtaining one more fulltime faculty member for ALCP; improving the positions of the lecturers by changing them to Academic year; new computers for the faculty; new matching chairs for the faculty; providing us with IH employees/work studies; new carpet; the computer kiosk for our students; storage cabinets & drawers; and new desk for Laila Cornwall. —American Language & Culture Program

Julie Clark, Operations Manager | International Programs Office
For Marketing and Recruitment, Julie has been a huge help with our commission payment process to agents, and for the whole office she played a major supporting role for the reclassification process. —International Marketing & Recruitment

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator | University Communications and Marketing
Leah is the ultimate Rock Star Goddess Web Coordinator, and we don't know what we'd do without her. We are so incredibly grateful to have such a supportive colleague! The new Non-traditional Student website looks fantastic. THANK YOU so much for all your hard work, Leah, both with this and with all the other web support you provide. You are awesome! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Marlene Wilson, Business Operations Manager | Student Media
Marlene has been a stalwart supporter of the Women's Center for years, and I am especially grateful to her for her continual help with processing our financial transactions in the temporary absence of an administrative assistant at the Center. Thank you so much for all you do for us, Marlene! We are so very, very appreciative. —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Robin Shoemaker, Assistant to the Dean | Dean of Students office
I am so deeply grateful to Robin for her continued assistance in our temporary absence of administrative support. She regularly goes above and beyond to help the Women's Center stay on track with a huge number of complicated and time-consuming tasks, and we couldn't do without her. Robin, you are the best. THANK YOU!!! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Alan Odenborg, Interiors Shop Supervisor | Facilities
The Women's Center is deeply appreciative of the continual support and superior service from Alan and his team. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you've done for us over the years—we'll miss you! Warmest wishes for a happy retirement! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

Bart Schumacker, Journeyman Painter, Building Maintenance | Facilities
A HUGE thank you to Bart for his stellar work in painting the Women's Center's doors and trim this summer, and doing such an excellent job of refinishing our coffee and dining tables! They look fantastic, and make a big difference in the look and feel of the Center. We are so appreciative! —Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center

July 2014

Yvonne Keach, Campus Mail Services Manager and Stuart Hierschbiel, Printing Services Coordinator
Kudos to Yvonne and Stuart. They are so helpful to work with on campus mail and printing jobs. I work with them each year to send out invitations to students for a national leadership society I am an advisor to, and they are always so patient with me, and super helpful. They make a multi-layered process very simple for us. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development (Career Center)

David Nuhn, Pro Shop Assistant | Golf Course
Below is a letter we received regarding David who is a Pro Shop employee and attends Pro-AM tournaments for the UI. We are very happy that David is a shining example for the university and especially the golf course. Thank you David for all your hard work. "I played in the Rosauers Pro Am today with David and wanted to let you know what a class act he is. My two sons were watching at the end and I had my 9 year old on the green with me and my son picked up my ball on accident and felt horrible about it. David handled it great, had him hit some putts with his putter (this was the last hole of the round) and then gave each of my son's a golf ball. My wife had him sign them for the boys. That will leave a great impression on them, I'm sure. He represents your course VERY well and was a pleasure to play with (and is a great player)! -Shawn Van Gordon, President A&B Mortgage, Inc." —Kandy Nelson, Operations Coordinator, UI Golf Course

Greg Cox, Associate Director of Technology | Office of Admissions
Greg is one of the most talented people I work with on a regular basis. His outlook and perspective provides unique insight each time and brings up points that haven't occurred to me prior. He pushes things to improve and comes up with novel solutions to perceived roadblocks. Most recently, Greg took over the project management of the CRM forms and quickly led the team to launch an updated [and much improved] campus visits form—all while still remaining inclusive and focused on collaboration across our units. I always deeply value working with Greg and sincerely thank him for all he does. —Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

William Neilbling | Kimberly Research & Ext. Center
Dr. Neibling contacted me about an employee who had been working in the field and did not get a timesheet submitted. He was proactive and filled out a paper one with the employee, emailed it to me, I got it to payroll and the employee was paid on time. The dedication shown toward his employees is AWSOME!! It is wonderful to see a supervisor take care of the people who work with and for him. WAY TO GO Dr. Neibling!!! —Marty Lunt, Personnel Specialist, CALS

Kathy Bolland, Jaime Fausto, Bonnie Bernstein | Facilities
Thanks to Bonnie, Kathy and Jaime for swooping in and cleaning the law library director's office before the new director moved in. It is now a shiny clean and welcoming place!—Carolyn Will Todd, Circulation Supervisor, Law Library

Molly Steiner, Becky Schoenberg, Elaine Queener | Mechanical Engineering
The office staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is outstanding. They are very helpful to the students who come by and ask questions, and they always provide excellent support to the faculty. The ME staff is very friendly, and it is a pleasure to come to work with them every day. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the students, staff and faculty are treated well, and that the department functions smoothly. —John Crepeau, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

DeeDee Bohman & Valerie Hutchinson | Student Financial Aid Services
DeeDee and Valerie were very helpful to me with a very difficult and delicate situation. I am grateful for their kindness, and their dedication and commitment to helping students. Both of them have shown great respect and professionalism, and are incredible assets to this university. Thank you DeeDee and Valerie for all of your help! —Kristi Overfelt, Academic Advisor, CLASS


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