Thank You Staff

Recognized Staff

The Staff Council 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.

August 2015

Classroom Technology Support | Information Technology Services
The Classroom Technology Support team rocks and their new rock anthem is classroom LSS 277. The team worked with Facilities Management, faculty and other ITS teams to install a new classroom display system to best accommodate the remodeled layout of the room. It is an impressive 3x3 display array (meaning nine 55" monitor panels), an engineered sound system including listening assisting devices, and an integrated touch-screen control panel! The team met all the challenges of this project by researching and training themselves as well as receiving vendor training on the new technology solutions. The final product is a complete WOW! Congratulations to the team and a big thank you also to the faculty that shared their needs, the Facilities Management team, and the other ITS teams they worked with on this project. Great collaboration and an awesome outcome!!! —Brian Cox, Director, ITS

Vandal Dining | Campus Dining
Congratulations to Vandal Dining for getting the University of Idaho added to the Food Recovery Certified program through Sodexo. (page 23-24)—Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising & Professional Development, Career Center

John Mangiantini, Manager | Employer Relations and Communications
Kudos to John on all his hard work transitioning the Career Center job board and career management system over to a new platform that will be more engaging and intuitive for our students, alumni, and employers to use. We are excited for students and alumni to check out the new Hire a Vandal job board. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

Teri Riedner, Financial Technician | Office of Sponsored Programs
I've been working on projects with Teri for several years now and she has proven herself to be one amazing partner to work with! She is extremely competent at her job duties, she is level-headed and down-to-earth, she understands how important deadlines are and that sometimes we don't have control over events that cause us to run up against those deadlines, and on top of all that — or maybe because of all that — she has a great sense of humor. I vote for giving Teri a pay raise! —Debbie Hornbuckle, Grants Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations Office

Kari Dickinson, Coordinator | Distance and Extended Education
A huge kudos to Kari for helping me better understand, organize, and set-up a class I was instructing in BBLearn. Because of Kari I feel I have a much better grasp on how BBLearn works. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development (Career Center)

Janice Jones, Senior Financial Specialist | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Kudos to Janice Jones for all of her assistance in developing and reviewing the FY2017 budget request for Ag Research and Extension. She is defining "going above and beyond" every day and it is very much appreciated. —Trina Mahoney, Budget Director, Budget Office

July 2015

Joe Enloe and the Idaho Commons and Student Union Custodians | Building Superintendent
When I emailed Joe Enloe and requested a particular outside stairwell be cleaned, I wasn't expecting that it would happen the next day! Calvin Stowe, Tess Shoemaker and Patrick Buettner came to the rescue and did a fantastic job of cleaning up an area that someone had made a smoking area. Calvin was the heavy lifter on this job and I just want to let you all know how clean it looks and what a great job you did! Thank you! —Jean Otto, Tech Records Splst II, Accts Pay

Matthew Stoddard, Peggy Beyerlein, Lisa Cochran, Jaron Leavitt, and Tom English | ITS-Technical Support Services Team
The Registrar’s Office gives a big shout out to the members of the ITS – Technical Support Services team. The team helped with our temporary move to the computer lab in the Pitman Center. Matthew Stoddard, Peggy Beyerlein, Lisa Cochran, and Jaron Leavitt all pitched in, helping us move our 20+ computers, various IP addresses, and printers downstairs. Two weeks later they returned to move us back to our office space. It was a big project, their office closed for a couple of hours to assist us. The moves were completed in a little over two hours, we had anticipated a least a half a day before we could get back to work, so we had minimal disruption to our services during this time. We’d also like to say a thanks to Tom English, who helped facilitate the move and approving our move to the computer lab during this time. We couldn’t have done it without you - Thank you! —Office of the Registrar

Donn Thill, Debbie Rigby, Phil Anderson, Dave Casebolt, Josh Peak, Brad Bull and Roy Patten | Palouse Research Extension and Education Center
Thank you so much to this group for providing an outstanding tour of the Palouse RE&E Center facilities. These individuals shined as they shared what their functions are within the college and the research, extension and teaching that occurs through this RE&E Center. To top it off lunch was served out at the Parker Farm spotlighting Vandal Brand Meats!! You guys really know how to do a tour!! —Charity Buchert, Human Resource Coordinator

PK Northcutt II, Manager Senior IT | College of Engineering
He was very patient and customer service oriented. He solved an issue very quickly that would have caused difficulties for me when training someone on Wednesday. The bright greeting was very welcome, "Happy Monday."—Matt Steele, IT Database Analyst - AIS

Daniel Granja, Server Systems Manager and Brian Jemes, Network Manager | ITS
ITS specialists held Facilities upgrade and improve automated controls for the heating and cooling systems on campus. Kudos given to Daniel Granja (Server Systems Manager) and Brian Jemes (Network Manager ) of ITS. —Chuck Schoeffler, Building Automation Systems HVAC

David Sargent, Chemstores Storekeeper 2 | Chemistry
I've known this person since 2009 and he is doing a great job in Chem store at the Chemistry department when he helped us as a graduate student to get our chemical supply to help us with our research. He is very smart and very helpful. —Ramadan Ali Altwer, PhD Chemistry

June 2015

Betty Boren, Program Assistant | International Programs Office
With unexpected schedule changes for a copier switch, our amazing IPO Program Assistant, Betty Boren, took the lead in getting our systems back online. She has put a great deal of effort into fixing the problem, working with various departments. Thank you, Betty, for your positive, fix-it attitude! —Ashleigh Bright & Katie Schiffelbein, ALCP-International Programs Office

Tiffani Stubblefield, Office Administrator | CALS Advancement
While a number of people on our team were out of the office, the ceiling began leaking in our main office area. In my absence, Tiffani gracefully handled the situation which included numerous people from Environmental Health and Safety and UI Facilities, due to the asbestos in our old building. Thanks to Tiffani and anyone else who helped solve this problem in an expedited manner! —Kim O'Neill, Assistant Dean, CALS Advancement

Cretia Bunney, Payroll Manager | Payroll
I want to extend a huge thank you and kudos to Payroll Manager, Cretia Bunney. Cretia took time out of her very busy schedule to assist me with some summer EPAF issues and to help me understand the process better. Not only did Cretia go out of her way to help me, but she did it in a very positive and professional way. She is an asset to the University and I was grateful for her expertise and willingness to help. KUDOS Cretia! —Sue Branting, Management Assistant, Computer Science Department

Jaron Leavitt, Technology Support Services | ITS
A critical piece of technology failed to operate as needed during an important business trip outside the contiguous United States. Because the issue developed outside of normal UI operating hours (and some time zones away) the possibility of receiving assistance seemed bleak. This issue threatened to seriously disrupt an important presentation for our director's counterparts from other U.S. institutions, high-level foreign representatives and leadership. This would have resulted in a critical loss of face to our institution had Jaron Leavitt not responded in a timely manner. He tracked down the issue and everything was operational again with time to spare. We sincerely appreciate his expertise, patience, and professionalism. The UI has some great individuals like Jaron who keep things tip-top! —Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator - Confucius Institute

Max Stillwell, Computer Tech
Max's lightning response time to our emails for help is amazing! He is efficient, always pleasant and strives to find a solution. He follows up every request, no matter how small, and displays a great work ethic! He has worked hard to get our computers cleaned and updated and we really appreciate all he has done! —Department of Student Involvement Staff

Brenda Helbling, Executive Assistant to the President | Office of the President
Nichole Vietz, Financial Management Assistant; Kevin Ketchie, Assistant to the President

A big thank you to the staff in the President's Office. In my six months joining the team they have made me feel welcome. It has been a pleasure to work with them and learn how the office functions. They have been patient in teaching me how processes are done. The office is always running, and when a new person comes aboard it brings a different challenge and I am thankful for the patients the team provides as I get my feet under me. —David Pittsley, Office Manager Assistant; Office of the President

OSP Postaward | Office of Sponsored Programs
CNR would like to recognize the staff of Postaward within OSP for always being so helpful to our faculty and fiscal staff. They have the tough job of processing every grant, contract, or research award that comes through the door and they do so as quickly as possible. We recognize that it can be a stressful job with tight deadlines from both the UI and funding agency side and they always do their job with professionalism and a positive attitude. Thanks! —Cathryn Knock, Assoc Director, Administrative Service, College of Natural Resources

Kay Dee Holmes, Assoc Contract Review Officer | Office of Research and Economic Development
On behalf of all of CNR, I would like to recognize Kay Dee Holmes and thank her for always being so helpful and attentive to our faculty and fiscal staff when we are working with her on a grant contract. Contract negotiations can sometimes be time consuming and stressful for the faculty member as they are waiting for them to be approved. I have had several faculty members mention to me how helpful Kay Dee is and how quickly she responds and moves contracts through the system. We are so lucky to have someone like Kay Dee at the university working in such an important role. Thanks Kay Dee - from all of CNR! —Cathryn Knock, Assoc Director, Administrative Services, College of Natural Resources

Joe Pallen and Melissa Hartley, Photographers | Creative Services
Joe and Melissa in photo services are amazing! They are so patient and kind during photo shoots and have amazing ways to work with lighting to make people feel comfortable with their photos. You two ROCK! —Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean, CLASS

Shelby Siflow | Vandalstore
Shelby helped streamline the longevity gift process that allowed employees to pick up their longevity gift and eliminated countless hours of work preparing and lugging the gifts to the Staff Awards ceremony and back in they were not retrieved. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Monte Cooley, DFA Programmer Analyst | Auxiliary Services
Monte created all aspects of the web site, email and link that streamlined the longevity gift process for the Awards co-chair which eliminated countless hours of collecting and organizing the gifts for pick up at the Awards ceremony. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Sodexo Dining Services Team | Campus Dining
I would like to thank all the folks from Sodexo that helped set up and serve refreshments at the Staff Awards Ceremony. They are always willing to lend a hand and be there at our beck n call. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Student Union Conf & Events Serv | Facilities and Events Mgr
The Pitman Center conference and events team is always there to lend a helping hand with the Staff Awards ceremony. Whether it's last minute panic details or helping haul supplies up two flights of stairs, we can count on and appreciate everyone's "Can Do" attitude. —Janice Todish, Staff Awards co-chair

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable
With the loss of our long-term finance tech, Brandi has been outstanding as I've stepped up and rustily hodged-podged through the purchasing/AP processes. Not only did she stay pleasant and supportive through MY mess-ups—working diligently to muck through my errors, she's stayed steadfast through the training processes and learning curve of our new financial specialist. Every day I appreciate her upbeat and humorous communications and her unwavering ability to be chill as I spazz over our hiccups and mess ups. She is a fabulous personality in a position we seem to impact daily. —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry

May 2015

Wayne Hunt, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities
Kudos to Wayne Hunt, Team Cleaning Specialist, who help me clear a downed tree across Campus Drive last Sunday early morning. This event occurred on Sunday morning, 1:30 a.m. I was called in by the Steam Plant, arrived at the scene and stared at the mess for a few minutes. Wayne and a security guard were there as well. Wayne was on his way to his next building when he stopped to check out the situation. I think he noticed the large amount of work needed and offered to help move the limbs out of the street, as I bucked them up. We worked as a team, and the street clearance when quickly and smoothly, much to the credit of Wayne. David Rauk, Horticulturist, Landscape and Exterior Services, Facilities

Shelby Silflow, Sean Instani, Justin Bronstrom, Caleb Parker & Julie Bollman | VandalStore
We would like to recognize the above computer store staff at the VandalStore. They went above and beyond, to get us a new laptop. We were in the middle of a project when our laptop's hard drive crashed, so we decided to replace the laptop with one from the VandalStore. We ran into some problems with the new machine, which we won't go into here, but the VandalStore computer staff really came through for us, and made sure we got the best outcome form a difficult situation; even though our problem occurred during one of their busy times of the year. Once again, thank you to the VandalStore computer staff (Shelby Silflow, Sean Instani, Justin Bronstrom, Caleb Parker & Julie Bollman). —Sincerely, Kathy and Peter Haworth

Matthew Proctor, Journeyman Electrician | Facilities
The College of Science is remodeling two rooms for office spaces. Matt’s responsibility is the electrical side of this project. As Matt worked through each layer of electrical issues, he ran across numerous other electrical issues, such as way to many things on one circuit and not enough power from the circuits to support the need for each space. As the electrician, I know I know it is Matt’s job to take care of the issues but, this project had big problems, and two days turned into about 10 days of his time. He disconnected, reconnected, and pulled wires to accommodate the needs of the spaces which was a huge task. He was informed to put electrical outlets on certain walls and after he had done so, he was informed that they were in the wrong place (I was there when he was told to put it on the wall right where he had it). So, without hesitation, he changed it out and put it where the employee wanted it moved to.

I would have been really frustrated not only by the amount of days it took to get the so called two day project done but the change up from incorrect directions with the electrical outlet location. He stepped up, said no problem, made the change and moved on towards finishing the project. Even with the above issues and the change up due to an employee’s wrong direction, he always came in with a genuine smile and always seemed happy to see us. I commend him on his attitude! —Lorrie R. Williams, Administrative Assistant Sr., College of Science

Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean | College of Education
When I started this job last fall, there was a LOT to learn and catch up on and if it hadn't been for Twila's help in getting me familiar with the new processes and people in the College of Education, I would still be lost. She is kind, patient, and always makes time to help. —Rhonda Zenner, Assistant to Associate Dean, College of Education

Elmer Johnson, Water Systems Manager | Facilities
Elmer was able to get the reclaimed irrigation water system up and running the earliest it has ever been in my 15 years at the University. That will make a huge difference this year with our early spring and unusually dry April. —Paul Warnick, Arboretum Horticulturist, Facilities

Lee Cantrell and Travis Akin, Media Center | ITS
We in the TRIO Projects would like to give a HUGE thank you to Lee and Travis from the Media Center. Thanks to their top notch service, our TRIO conference was a huge success! You all went above and beyond! —Heather Maib, Associate Director, Nations Upward Bound

Rose Graham and the Copy Center Staff | Creative Services & Print Management
Thank you so much to Rose and her team for all the work they did for the TRIO Projects this April. Their staff printed 25 large posters as well as 80 programs in a very short period of time. We appreciate all that you do! —Heather Maib, Associate Director, Nations Upward Bound

Janice Jones, Financial Specialist Sr, CALS Administrative Services | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Janice is the go to gal in CALS for anything financial. We are currently short staffed in Parma and who but Janice would step up and take on their financial duties on top of her other duties, reporting and budgeting. Janice is the greatest person to work with and I would NOT trade her for anything!!! Love this woman!! —Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services

Marty Lunt, CALS Administrative Services | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Marty is a huge asset to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She has taken on additional duties with a smile as always! I value her more than words can say! —Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services

Kate Kopeczewski, Student Support Advising Specialist in | CLASS
Kate Kopeczewski has been wonderful to work with as she is always so helpful and kind. I appreciate all of her hard work and effort in helping my students and me. —Debbie Caudle, Academic & Services Advisor Student Serivices, Idaho Falls

April 2015

Lauren Hamilton, Student Alumni Program Coordinator | Alumni Relations
Lauren Hamilton is the type of person you can share your daily problems with, and she will listen, then give sound and encouraging advice. She is the type of person you can be 100% honest with, without worry of disclosure. She is the type of person who will listen to ideas, and then facilitate them. She is the type of person who will lead by example. She is a mentor, an advisor, and most importantly a friend.

I have known Lauren for about 2 years now, through various activities as an undergraduate. During these past two years I have worked with Lauren as one of her advisees, as a member of the University of Idaho Homecoming Committee and a member and executive board member of the Student Alumni Relations Board. As the advisor for both the Homecoming Committee and Student Alumni Relations Board, she mentors over 100 students during a given year, each with their own struggles, achievements, and ambitions. Since my first interactions with Lauren I have always considered her a perfect example of what a leader should be, thoughtful, kindhearted, and a mentor. Now, that I have graduated from the University of Idaho, and now working for the University, I am able to call Lauren a friend, as well as a mentor. Thanks to Lauren’s mentorship, I have been able to gain valuable experiences, such as internships and awards during my undergraduate career, as well as my first post-grad job with the university. Her ability to encourage high standards and efforts in academic, as well as outside of student life is outstanding.

Lauren’s work can be seen at many of the major University of Idaho events, such as Mom’s Weekend, Dad’s Weekend, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Admin Law, and the entire Homecoming Week. She is constantly working in the background, mentoring, and working with students to make sure the events are the best they can be. The most recent event Lauren has worked on was the 2015 Mom’s Weekend, along with members of the Student Alumni Relations Board. I am writing this Kudo because Lauren will be leaving the University of Idaho for greater and better things, but I wanted to share the impact she has on her students, and remind her that she will be missed. —Sam Koester, Management Assist, College of Graduate Studies

Jory Shelton, Server Systems Analyst | College of Natural Resources
He's always generous with his time and knowledge especially in regards to the obscure computer software issues. —Ariana Burns, Printing Reprographics Technician II, Creative Services & Print Mgmt

Joseph Pallen, Photographic Specialist Senior | Creative Services
I'm continually impressed by Joe's ability to innovate and create award winning work. After 18 years of service to the university, he is steadfast in his work and excitement to learn and adopt new systems. —Melissa Hartley, Photographic Specialist, Creative Services

Ellen McKenzi, Admin Assistant, Senior & Sarah Dengler, Administrative Assistant II | College of Art & Architecture
Excellent performance, follow through, oversight, and management with all logistical affairs related to Inspiring Design Futures, CAA signature event. Hats off to you Ellen for work well done. Hats off to Sarah Dengler as well and all the Inspiring Design Futures team. —Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Professor, CAA

Jamie Garlinghouse, Graduation & Commencement Coordinator | Registrar's Office
Jamie is always helpful, kind and knowledgeable. She is a pleasure to work with and an incredible asset to the Registrar's office and the University. —Kate Kopaczewski, Advising Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Sacha Jackson, Campus Operations & Registration Manager | McCall Field Campus
Mrs. Jackson is an outstanding model employee for the University of Idaho. She exemplifies what we should all strive to be when it comes to our profession. The College of Natural Resources and the McCall Field Campus is lucky to have Mrs. Jackson as our Campus and Registration Manager. Teams need strong team players to perform well. Sacha demonstrates reliability, communicates constructively, listens actively, functions as an active participant, shares openly and willingly, cooperates and pitches in to help, exhibits flexibility, shows commitment to the team, works as a problem-solver, treats others in a respectful and supportive manner. —Greg Fizzell, Program Director - McCall Outdoor Science School

Heather Mulder, Recycling Technician | Facilities
Having come in to my office to discuss departmental contributions, Heather found out I needed packing lists inadvertently thrown out. She retrieved them from the bins—a task that was NOT her job—and brought them to my desk. She chose to take the extra step... While being cheery, personable and a marvelous upbeat representative of her department. —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry

Tom Witt, University Access Coord & Brad Baker, Locksmith/Carpenter | Facilities
Tom and Brad are always willing to stop in and help me with any issues I'm having with my doors. Typically I see them within an hour of calling with a problem. They are prompt, courteous, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. I appreciate the services they provide and their willingness to explain to me how to maintain and prevent future issues. —Audrey Harris, LAR Facility Manager, Lab Animal Research Facility

Dwaine Hubbard, Senior Associate Registrar | Registrar's Office
Dwaine is patient, kind and helpful. He is very knowledgeable and a great colleague. He is an asset to the University of Idaho...sending kudos!!! —Kate Kopaczewski, Advising Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Kim Osborne, Financial Specialist | College of Art & Architecture
Thank you for the timeliness, the accuracy, and the great friendly attitude while managing the complexities of fiscal and logistical resources during our college' signature event, and for everyday efforts in budget management in a truly seamless and painless way. You are truly valued and appreciated. —Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Professor, CAA

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable
Over the course of the past month, I have had to request rush processing on a number of subaward invoices. Brandi has graciously processed these invoices in a quick and professional manner. I really appreciate her willingness to provide excellent customer service. Thanks Brandi! —Wendy Kerr, Sr. Cost Accountant, Office of Sponsored Programs

Janiece Atkins and Erin Butterfield, Life Safety Technicians | Facilities
These Ladies are awesome, working hard to make a safe workplace for all of us. Janiece Atkins and Erin Butterfield are the campus Life Safety Techs in Facilities. They are responsible for monthly checks of all of the Fire Extinguishers on campus. Recently, they have undertaken the challenge to push for completion on safety related service requests generated by the Annual DBS Inspections. They have been verifying the information submitted and making sure the facilities staff understand what needs to be done. They make my job so much easier. I appreciate all the energy and focus they have been putting into this task. Kudos to them for keeping us all safe. —Patricia Baker, Occupational Safety Tech, Environmental Health and Safety

Eric Matson, Administrative Assistant (Idaho Commons and Student Commons); Margo Holthaus, Assistant to the CIO & Sean Sullivan, TSS Supervisor (ITS); Rich Benson & Daryl Power, Telecom Technicians (ITS); Julia McIlroy, Director Purchasing Services; Sara Napier, Chef Chris, & staff/servers (Sodexo)
We want to thank each one of you for working such long hours to provide all the logistical help and support over the last four days for The UI Telephone Systems Upgrade project’s RFP vendor presentations. The 9 hour days may have seemed very long, but you all responded to our group’s needs with promptness and a positive attitude. Even with our adjustments along the way, the events continued without a glitch and were successful because of your dedication and professional participation. Thank you very much for your excellent teamwork! —The UI Telephone Systems Upgrade Project - Brian Cox, Project Sponsor, Director - ITS; Dave Lien, Project Sponsor, Director - ITS, Jane Cox, Sr. Project Manager – ITS

Mandi Coulter, Travis Gray & Julie Lorentz | Professional Development & Learning
A HUGE thank you to Mandi Coulter, Travis Gray, and Julie Lang Lorentz for their hard work in building and deploying the Our Inclusive Workplace Online Training Module and maintaining the employee training data for over 6,000 University of Idaho employees. We did it! —Elissa Keim, Director, Professional Development & Learning

Amber Ziegler, Administrative Coordinator | Movement Sciences
Amber Ziegler created a very informative presentation for the University Affirmative Action Coordinators group today. Great Job Amber - greatly appreciated! —Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

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