Thank You Staff

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Recognized Staff Archive

June 2014

Robin Bailly, Database Analyst | Advancement Services
Robin created an innovative new Argos report for Annual Giving that allows us to quickly search through thousands of donor records from our direct mail projects and generate reports of funds raised at the college level, department level, and even down to the fund level. This saves us hours of compiling and sorting scores of separate data files to report out to our constituents. Thank you Robin! You're awesome! —Mike Gotch, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Direct Mail), Advancement Services

Brandi Chastain, Accounts Payable Specialist | Accounts Payable
Hey I wanted to give a big shout out, KUDOS to you. You do such an awesome job getting the invoices entered in such a timely manner and with great accuracy. —Theresa Albright, Budget Specialist, Kimberly R & E Center

May 2014

Sacha Jackson, Campus Mgr/Registrar | McCall campus
Our McCall campus (MOSS) is a fast paced growing program. There are an enormous number of fiscal and payroll tasks to be administered. Sacha takes a great load off my shoulders with all the work she does. Her work is accurate, timely and she is always looking to learn new things. Thank you, Sacha, for all that you do for MOSS and me. —Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist; CNR Fiscal

Sandy Larsen, Kristy Mayer and Lauren Hamilton | Alumni Office
Sandy, Kristy and Lauren are the event gurus on my team in the Office of Alumni Relations who go above and beyond their calls of duty to plan and execute over 300 alumni events each year. I could not ask for a better team to work with on events for our alumni—and students, parents, staff, faculty and community members! Go Team! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office

Alexiss Turner, Judy Dinwiddie and Annis Shea | Alumni Office
Alexiss, Judy and Annis do the behind the scenes work for our Office of Alumni Relations events and often are overlooked when kudos are handed out after a successful event. They deserve their time in the limelight as we couldn't do our alumni events without them! Kudos to you all! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office

Hugh Cooke, Associate Alumni Director | Alumni Office
Hugh has worked magic with the University of Idaho Alumni Association Board of Directors and their efforts in mass media buys in Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d' Alene over the past few years! It is great to drive down the highway and see the billboards the Association and Hugh have developed for the university. Way to go! —Tim Helmke, Associate Alumni Director, Alumni Office

Steven Nelson, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Vandal Connect) | Annual Giving
Through great effort, Steven has transformed the Vandal Connect workplace culture into a positive workplace for our student callers. His changes and professional managing of the call center have increased pledge fulfillment to record levels, reduced complaints from donors, increased student employee job satisfaction and retention. His leadership and changes in procedures for the 'Second Ask' in March-May 2014 resulted in a 32% increase in dollars raised setting a new record for that project. —Mike Gotch, Annual Giving Program Coordinator (Direct Mail)

Barbara Lyon, Administrative Assistant, Office of Estate | Trust & Gift Planning
I'm a relative 'newbie' here, having only started on May 12th. However, in the weeks prior to my arrival, and in the short time since then, I have both personally experienced and observed Barb's consistent effort to help others with job related tasks as well as personal issues outside the job parameters. For example, I needed an apartment quickly, and in addition to sustaining her work load, she tirelessly contacted those whom she knew in the area who might have an apartment. Ultimately, she directed me toward a very comfortable and affordable place. This, and numerous other efforts on her part, make her, I believe, an excellent candidate to be recognized. —Clark Hyvonen, Director - Office of Estate, Trust & Gift Planning

Eliza Browning, James Logan, Ted Unzicker, Mary Lyon, Chris Menter, & Diane Yates | Registrar's Office
Due to the nature of testing & placing students according to English level, the ALCP registration & scheduling process has a lot of last-minute decisions. Eliza and the Registration team (usually Mary & Chris, Dianne too, forgive me if I'm forgetting someone) do an amazing job of processing a large number of our paper registration forms quickly and accurately. I so appreciate their diligence. Ted & Jim impress us at ALCP with their patience and willingness to help with our many (and sometimes complicated) scheduling needs. Their work is reliable, flawless, and fast. Thank you so much, Registrar's Team! —Ashleigh Bright, ALCP, International Programs

Alexiss Turner, Program and Web Specialist | Office of Alumni Relations
When there's a problem to solve or a coworker in need, Alexiss frequently is the first one to raise her hand to help out. The commencement site finally is in the new design. Thanks to Alexiss. The Friday Letter's initial testing and sends were thanks to Alexiss. Our university's company presence on LinkedIn would not exist without her. And all of this is above and beyond the stellar work she does for Alumni. Here's to you, Alexiss. Thank you for everything you do and more! —Johanna Blickenstaff, Associate Director of Digital Marketing, Communications & Marketing

John Feeney’s Affirmative Action Coordinators
Charity Buchert; Marty Lunt; Ellen McKenzie; Pam Bell; Linda Kiss; Debbie Eisinger; Margo Holthuas; Mary George; John Wallace; Margaret Eldrich; Tracey Abdallah; Sammantha Green; and Marcee Hartzell

I have an amazing opportunity to partner with these individuals within my position, as they are the Affirmative Action Coordinators for their Colleges/Units. Each one of them are extremely helpful and are great representatives of their Colleges/Units. They are very knowledgeable and pleasures to work with. I believe I am better able to serve my areas because of these individuals. Thank you very much for everything you all do!! —John Feeney, Human Resources Business Partner, Human Resources

Charity (Personnel/Diversity Coord., College of Agricultural & Life Sciences); Marty (Personnel Specialist; College of Agricultural & Life Sciences); Ellen (Administrative Assistant, Snr; College of Art & Architecture); Pam (Director, Admin Services; College of Natural Resources); Linda (Director, Admin/Fiscal Ops; College of Law); Debbie (Executive Assistant to the VP; DFA); Margo (Assistant to the CIO; ITS); Mary (ITS Operations Director; ITS); John (Associate AD for Internal Ops; Athletics); Margaret (Student Insurance Coordinator, Athletics); Tracey (Personnel Coordinator, Facilities); Sammantha (Assistant to the Dean; Library); and Marcee (Snr Executive Assistant, UI-Northern Idaho)

Amber Spencer, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities
Amber is always bright and cheerful. Importantly, she takes care of our offices with minimal interruption. She goes out of her way to bring in sprays for the bathroom, and always listens to our complaints and directs us to the right person to talk to. When she was cleaning the offices, she never missed a trash as others will do, and she always catches the offices that our outside of our hallway. She was gone for a month, and we noticed a big difference. —Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck, Administrative Assistant II, English Dept.

Parker Gibson, IT Field Consultant | ITS
Parker Gibson put forth Herculean efforts in assisting the UI Confucius Institute in the execution of a successful professional video conference on a limited timetable. Quite a bit of work was asked of him on short notice. Parker worked diligently to ensure all hardware and software was functional prior to the video conference, ensuring smooth operation across multiple platforms in different locations. He also took initiative in writing up documentation for the use of the Lync video conferencing software (which previously did not exist for UI department use), and user instructions on the operation of Lync for distribution to our meeting participants unfamiliar with that software. This additional endeavor was greatly appreciated and now that these documents exist, will benefit other UI departments and personnel going forward. —Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator, Confucius Institute

Trina Mahoney, Budget Director | Budget Office
I have worked with Trina Mahoney for 10+ years in creating and managing the capital budgets necessary to support and implement the design and construction projects that comprise the university's Capital Improvements Portfolio. Trina is consistently timely, competent, and helpful. Her work is accurate, clear, and - most importantly - clearly communicated. She is always willing to help with difficult or unusual questions. —Raymond Pankopf, Director, Architectural & Engineering Services

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator-Student Affairs | University Communications and Marketing
I want to thank Leah Andrews for extending her collegiality, professionalism and much needed expertise to help us fix many higher-level web issues we were having on our site. The improvements to the calendar section alone have made a dramatic change and added functionality which we were lacking for a while. Generously, Leah did this out of no obligation other than to improve the overall look of another division’s site. She is a true Vandal and UI team player! Thanks Leah! —Stephanie Thomas, Recruitment Coordinator, College of Graduate Studies

Michelle Weitz, Education | Boise Center for Higher Education
Michelle goes above and beyond on a daily basis, but this past week, when I visited the Boise center she was always so very helpful, assisting with catering, and the meeting details Michelle—you are a true gem and I really like working with you very much! Thank you again! —Twila M. Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

Ryan Haworth, Instructional Computer Designer | University of Idaho - Idaho Falls
Thanks to Ryan for taking photos of the Idaho Falls Staff Appreciation Event on April 30th. He is always ready to help out behind the camera when we need him and get great photos! —Carol Spain, Executive Assistant, University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

April 2014

Tom English, IT Service Manager | ITS
Tom is an outstanding employee for the University of Idaho. Tom is always available when our College needs assistance and is always professional and courteous to work with. Tom recently sat down with our incoming Dean to discuss IT needs upon his arrival. Tom was knowledgeable about all the products the Dean was interested in and after research and due diligence, the products were ordered and will be here in time for the Dean's arrival. Tom truly is a valuable team member of the Vandal family. —Jennie Hall, Assistant to the Dean, CLASS

Tom Witt, University Access Coordinator | Facilities
Tom Witt is one of the valuable employees of the University of Idaho that has little recognition yet is a vital part of the overall operations. Tom was essential in working with the PGA Golf Management program in setting up and implementing the computerized lock system at the hitting room at the University of Idaho Golf Course. Tom has come to my rescue a number of times when the computer lock system has failed for whatever reason, sometimes operator error. Tom has always been available at any given time and has gone out of his way to ensure that the system is up and running again. His knowledge and skills working with the computer system are incredible. The system would not be working without Tom. Tom is always friendly and courteous making a stress situation less stressful. I truly appreciate all the time and effort he has spent with me. Thank you Tom. —Diana Renfro, PGA Golf Management Internship Coordinator

Dan Noble, Senior Financial & Employment Services Tech | Human Resources
Dan provided a supplemental material workbook for EPAF's that is a one stop shop to find all the information that you need! Dan is an excellent resource at HR, and I sincerely thank him for his expertise! —Kim Malm, Management Assistant, Auxiliary Services

Melinda Deyasi, Kathy Duke, Tamara Renfrow, Stephanie Thomas | College of Graduate Studies
These four colleagues of COGS, Melinda Deyasi, Kathy Duke, Tamara Renfrow, Stephanie Thomas, made brilliant contributions to the most recent, university-wide Research and Innovation Showcase, which is designed to provide both graduate and undergraduate students with a prime opportunity to democrat their accomplishments in research and creative work. They volunteered themselves to help the coordinator of the showcase, working overtime on top of their own duties. Their strong teamwork spirit and hard work beyond the call of duty should be greatly appreciated at this university! —Jie Chen, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Susan Branting, Assistant to Associate Dean | College of Graduate Studies
Sue played the central role in coordinating and organizing the most recent, university-wide Research and Innovation Showcase, which is design to provide both graduate and undergraduate students with a prime opportunity to demonstrate their achievements in research and creative work. Due to her efforts, this year the Showcase attracted a record number of students to participate. The Showcase went very well, and was great success! As Dean of COGS, I greatly appreciate her hard work and excellent management skills exemplified by her central role in the Showcase. She deserves kudos! —Jie Chen, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Amy Yacavace, Linda DuBose, Madie Hall, Lisa Bahr, Sharon Melson | Laboratory Technicians & Supporting Staff | Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, Caldwell 
These ladies prepared a fantastic booth representing the U of I Caine Veterinary Teaching Center and presented it at the Vallivue-Caldwell High School Job/Career Fair on April 16th. About 1,400 students attended and about half of those visited the booth, with 200 interested enough to take a U of I pen or sticker, and filling out an information sheet that will be shared with the Admissions Office, potential Vandals! They set up microscopes and showed the students how to look at animal parasites, and demonstrated an animal heart with a birth defect, a llama fetus, a sheep eye, a goat brain and a diseased cattle intestine. The presentation excited the imagination of many students and hopefully will influence their career choice and attendance at U of I! —Glen C. Weiser, Research Scientist, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, Caldwell 

Marci Merrick, Administrative Assistant I | Idaho Falls
Marci Merrick has done an absolutely outstanding job since starting with us in 2012. We want to thank her for all of her great work helping us prepare for the ATMAE site visit for accreditation. This included assembling and maintaining the course materials over the time period she has been with UI, contacting faculty for materials needed by the ATMAE Team, and supporting the faculty. We feel we would be much less prepared if it weren’t for her valued help. She also provided substantial support in the recent faculty searches. She has been instrumental to our team and we appreciate Marci. —Debbie Caudle, Academic & Services Advisor; Lee Ostrom, Director of Academic Programs and Associate Dean; Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Director of Industrial Technology; Roger Scott, Assistant Clinical Professor; and Raghu Kanakala, Assistant Professor, Idaho Falls

Brittni Lowe, Business Specialist/Financial Tech | ITS
Our office had a last minute schedule change on a meeting, and I could not reach one of the attendees that works in ITS. I called Brittni on the chance that she had an alternate telephone number for this person. She was super friendly and went the extra mile to help me with my situation... even by running down the hall to see if she could find my person! Brittni is a great example of how to help your co-workers. Kudos to her! —Cynthia Adams, Purchasing Assistant, Purchasing

Julie Jacobson, Administrative Assistant I | Idaho Falls
I want to thank Julie Jacobson for her good work with the arrangements and site visits for the recent Chemical Engineering faculty candidates. Not only did she take care of multiple moving parts, she made certain that the candidates were welcomed, given information and transported to each meeting - on time! —Alice Allen, Academic Program Coordinator, Idaho Falls

Mark Pfeifer, Marketing & Communications Specialist and Career Center Marketing Team
Mark has done an outstanding job since starting with us this past semester. Along with our wonderful Marketing Interns, they have truly transformed our advertising and publicity strategies in the Career Center. Many students have told us how noticeable and eye-catching our marketing materials are around campus and online. We are so appreciative of their efforts. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development, Career Center

John Mangiantini, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications | Career Center
My sincerest kudos to John who started with us in the Career Center this semester, as he has done some amazing things already for us. John has helped us envision new, even more user-friendly ideas for our website and Vandal CareerConnection, the student and alumni job and internship career management database. His efforts not only positively impact our staff, but have profound effects on our students and alumni. John truly has our students, alumni and employers best interests in mind, and I look forward to all the wonderful things has planned for us. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development, Career Center

Tami Noble, Assistant to the Director | NIATT (National Institute for Advanced Transportation)
Exceptional support for faculty and research. She is the most efficient, responsive and friendly staff member I know. I wished we had many of her! —Axel Krings, Professor, Computer Science Department

Leah Andrews, Tara Roberts, Lesa McPeak, & Holli Sampson | University Communications and Marketing
Congratulations to Leah, Tara, Lesa, Holli and the prankster team for the outrageous success of the FURRI initiative for April Fool's Day. It got some great coverage and our students LOVED it. —Katie Dahlinger, Assistant Director of Student Involvement

Victor J. House, IT Tech | NIATT and Civil Engineering
Big Kudos to Victor House, he has shown to me and to the civil engineering department excellence in three aspects of his job: Knowledge: Victor seems to be on top of things and keenly search for solution for any computer issue that I have encountered. I have a long list, but here is couple of examples: We have licensed software that resides off campus at an agency in Boise. We hook to it via VPN. He worked diligently with the agency to facilitate my access. This task took significant amount of time and communication and he got it working. Another example, I use software that runs under the “old” Windows or even DOS operating systems. He was able to install virtual machines and get the software runs smoothly for students. Timely response: Victor is very responsive and he is always on time or a head of time. In many instances, if I write him an e-mail inquiring or requesting something, and before I even try call to find out, he is done with it. He always impresses me of how quick his response is. It makes me make sure to say “no rush” on a job that I feel no need to act on it right away. Personal manners: Victor is really a nice person to work with. He has high respect to his co-workers and he always has a polite way to ask for time extension, if needed, or when he is not able to do something. —Fouad M. Bayomy, Professor, Civil Engineering

Debbie Foster, Finance Technician & Tami Noble, Assistant to the Director | NIATT (National Institute for Advanced Transportation)
The whole team is awesome. They have a can do attitude!!! —David McIlroy, Prof. and Chair of Physics

Amber Wilson, HR Business Partner | Human Resources
Amber recently came up to the English department to train me on the new ATS system. The last system literally left me in tears of frustration. The fact that Amber came up here to train me personally and sweetly handled all my questions with patience was in a word amazing. I think we get so used to doing our jobs that we lose our patience when we have to teach someone something that comes easily to us. The fact that she didn't lose her patience and she gave me as much time as I needed was refreshing! She is an asset to the University. —Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck, AAII, English

March 2014

Corilyn Rice, Team Cleaning Specialist | Facilities
Corilyn is a recent addition to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences family. She has been going above and beyond in making sure that our floor is spotless in every way possible. When asked how she is, we get a unique response of "blessed." She is a wonderful person to come in contact with on a daily basis!!! Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!!!! —Charity Buchert, CALS Administrative Services

Bill Loftus, Shane Jackson and Carly Raska | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Bill, Shane and Carly were called together by the CALS Dean to create a video and folder for a series of events for our stakeholders, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the university along with the college's partnership with the agriculture industry. The team had great ideas and created fantastic products under a very tight timeline. Thank you! —Kim O'Neill, CALS Senior Director of Development, CALS

Gayle Gleason, Administrative Assistant II | Ag Econ and Rural Sociology
Gayle went above & beyond setting up interviewing schedules for 4 candidates for the SSRU while she was setting up two AERS faculty interview schedules. Thank-you for a job well done it is appreciated. —Barbara Foltz, Survey Operations Manager, Social Science Research Unit

Thomas Witt, University Access Coordinator | Facilities
The HR staff recently requested Tom Witt's help in addressing a potential safety/security issue with a door in our building not automatically locking upon entry. Within 30 minutes of the initial request for Tom to take a look at the lock he was in our building. Within the hour the lock was fixed! His dedication, quick response and professionalism was greatly appreciated. Thank you Tom for helping us ensure our building is properly safe and secure. —Brandi Terwilliger, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources

Myung Chun, Employment Services Technician | Human Resources
Myung offers exceptional customer service. Always willing to go the extra mile, cheerful and kind, easy to get a hold, and responds timely! I appreciate all of her expertise in EPAF's and the knowledge that she shares! —Kim Malm, Asst. to the AVP, Auxiliary Services

Dr. Alton Campbell, Director Honors Program and Staff | Counseling Center
Dr. Campbell and the staff at the Counseling Center spend hours helping my daughter prepare her resume and get ready for interviews at various Pharmacy Schools. Their hard work paid off. Thank you. —Edward Christian, Tech Rec Specialist II, Office of Admissions

Cheri Cole, Management Assistant | COGS Dean's Office
Cheri is an outstanding representative for the College of Graduate Studies. Each and every day her main focus is student advocacy and customer service. I overhead a student say to her today, "Cher, you're the best administrator I've ever dealt with at this university!" We could all take lessons from Cheri Cole... WAY TO GO! —Sue Branting, Management Assistant/COGS Dean's Office

Nicole Campbell, Career Advisor | Career Center
Kudos to Nicole for going above and beyond this year in her new role as a Career Advisor. Nicole has far surpassed any expectations we had for her, truly stepping up and taking on all the roles and responsibilities a seasoned advisor would do, and does it all with a smile. She has a natural gift for helping students, and makes quite an impact with everyone student she assists. Nicole is a tremendous asset to our office and to our university. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising, Career Center

Matt Vaartstra, Career Advisor | Career Center
Kudos to Matt for helping out again with the career advising trip to southern Idaho campuses. Matt makes a tremendous impact on the students, alumni, and staff at our southern campuses, and they always appreciate the time, depth of attention, and care he gives. He truly has a passion for what he does, constantly goes above and beyond, and is true role model for the Career Center. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising, Career Center

February 2014

Bryce Barbee, Senior Maintenance Craftsperson | Facilities
I just wanted to say I had Bryce here today and, as always, he did an amazing job. I am so consistently impressed with the quality of the folks that work for facilities. I don’t think there is a department/program on campus that even compares. I have worked on this campus for eight years (I was a student here before that) and I say that with all honesty. Thanks for all that you do :D —Mandi Coulter, Idaho NSF EPSCoR

Melinda Deyasi, Thesis and Dissertation Advisor | College of Graduate Studies
Melinda "stepped outside the box." As a Thesis and Dissertation Advisor, her main duties come at the end of a student’s career. However, this didn't stop her from stepping in and helping out our office (Graduate Admissions) during the February 1st deadline rush. Melinda rolled up her sleeves and jumped right in opening tubs of mail, matching documents to files, and keeping our filing system organized. Thanks to Melinda's willingness and hard work (and overall great attitude), the Graduate Admissions Office was able to focus on completed application files and credential evaluation. —Pam Beutler, Roxane Fredrickson, and Tammy Renfrow, Graduate Admissions Office

Chuck Schoeffler, Energy Operations Specialist | Facilities
Dr. Schoeffler, though substantially over qualified for his position, provides the staff and students of U.I. with a full day of competent service professionally applied day after day. Others can call Chuck at home at any time for assistance on the phone and when necessary will gladly come in to assist. Though highly educated and possessing a great natural intellect Chuck is plain spoken and unpretentious. A native of Moscow and U.I. alum, Chuck appears to have a genuine affection for the institution. Known by many across the campus, Chuck is held in very high regard personally and professionally. —David Hamilton, Energy Operations Specialist, Facilities

Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services Coordinator | UI Coeur d'Alene, Staff Affairs CDA Representative
Angie served as the primary coordinator for the College Info Night. This is a collaborative event between UI, BSU, LC, ISU and NIC each year. Approximately 150 prospective students and their parents had  a chance to meet with representatives from Idaho schools as well as attend workshops on Financial Aid, Career Exploration, College Success and Dual Credit. An event of such magnitude is not easily coordinated, nor does it always "go off without a hitch." Angie deserves a big thank you for dedication to making this year's College Info Night such a success! Great job Angie!!! As well as a big thank you, for her tireless dedication to the CDA Center! —Charles Buck, AVP/CEO University of Idaho CDA

Landscape & Grounds Maintenance | Facilities 
Great job on getting ahead of the sidewalk snow and keeping campus mobile for the rest of us! —Cindy Bogar, Dept. Manager, Chemistry

Video Communications Services | ITS
As a center employee, I rely heavily on the use of videoconference for both classes and meetings. The VCS folks go above and beyond to accommodate us and track down and fix problems when they arise. This morning there was a mix-up when a room didn't get scheduled on my end and we had an overlapping event. This was purely my fault, but their office did everything they could to find a work around for the problem. In the end, everything was solved and the meeting got connected. A big thanks especially to Daryl Power and Edward Gosselin! —Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services, Coeur d'Alene

Dusty Fleener, Administrative Coordinator | Confucius Institute
After only three weeks in his new job as Administrative Coordinator for the Confucius Institute, Dusty Fleener was thrown into having to coordinate the Chinese New Year celebration—the biggest Chinese holiday of the year—from start to finish. In addition to his normal duties and Banner training. In only two weeks! He handled the scheduling and publicity, ordered supplies, arranged ticket sales, dealt with all the UI paperwork necessary for such a huge event, etc... he even put together gift bags for the children's gifts and decorated the SUB Ballroom. All with good humor (no matter how many surprises he encountered). Dusty, we're happy to have you on the third floor. —Hil Priest, AA2, Modern Languages and Cultures

Debra Rumford, Family and Consumer Sciences/Media Coordinator, Staff Affairs
Debra consistently makes the Staff Affairs newsletter enjoyable. I especially like the important news first, the side bar of calendar items and the many pictures with succinct descriptions. It's great to highlight our off-campus colleagues and to know what they are doing. I see the Staff Affairs getting better and better each year. Good leadership and good reporting! —Ann P. Merriam, Administrative Assistant, WWAMI

January 2014

Tom English, IT Service Manager | ITS
A big thanks to Tom English for setting up a new computer and getting it routed to me so fast.  It has been awhile since I have gone through this process and this time was much faster than I expected. I was surprised by how seamless the transition was and want to thank Tom and everyone involved in getting my new machine set up. —Lacey Devlin, Financial Compliance Specialist, Accounts Payable

Jaron Leavitt, IT Field Consultant | ITS - Technology Support Services
I would like to thank Jaron Leavitt for the seamless change over to my new computer. He even made sure my wallpaper was the same! This is the first time I have been able to sit down at a new machine and take off right where I left off. Jaron is a great asset to the University and I hope you all get a chance to meet him when it is your turn to upgrade. —Lacey Devlin, Financial Compliance Specialist, Accounts Payable

Ken Schmidt, Media Equipment Specialist | ITS
I have had a lot of problems with firewalls and other issues in presenting a key component of my Green Dot program, a skills training on how to prevent people from being hurt or harassed. I visited Ken Schmidt's office the day before my training this past Saturday, and he accompanied me to the space for the training and was meticulous and extremely responsive and helpful in getting us tested, set up and ready to go in the morning. There were changes that needed to be made so everything would go smoothly, and he attended to each detail. Above and beyond—he came in early Saturday morning on his own time to check in and make sure everything was ready to roll. I am so impressed with this level of customer service and genuine caring. Ken Schmidt clearly is a very valuable member of our Vandal Team. The day was a big success, with almost 50 students making a personal commitment to intervene if someone is in trouble. That would not have happened if Ken had not been the grand problem-solver and professional he is. —Virginia Solan, Coordinator, Violence Prevention Programs, Dean of Students Office

Sharon Jemes, IT Programmer Analyst | Registrar's Office
I want to say what a gem UI has with Sharon Jemes. She is calm, focused and so meticulous. I don’t know how many software issues she has taken the lead on to fix. And from my perspective, these software issues have campus wide effects and invariably come at the worst times during a semester. She recognizes issues, collaborates with the providers, and with staff who depend on this software to get their jobs done. Then, Sharon follows up with everyone who is affected. I truly appreciate her! —Cheri Cole, Management Assistant, College of Graduate Studies

Monte Cooley, DFA Programmer Analyst | Auxiliary Services
The UI Golf Course advertises in the magazine "Golf in the Northwest" each year. The deadline for creating the ad was this week. Since the golf course is closed during the winter I don't work much. All of a sudden I realized we were going to miss getting our advertisement submitted. I called Monte who is part of the Auxiliary Services ITS support and asked him if he could help. In one day he created us a beautiful advertisement. Much better than if I had thrown one together. Now the UI golf course will shine in the magazine. Thanks again, Monte. —Kandy Nelson, Operations Coordinator, UI Golf Course

Vernon Dorendorf, Landscape Maintenance Tech 2 | Facilities
On my way into work this very windy day, I didn't realize that the check I planned to deposit at lunch had blown out of my purse. Vernon emailed me that he had found it and offered to deliver it to my office. We have wonderful people working at the University of Idaho! Thank you so much, Vernon! —Dixie Kearney, Professional Development and Learning

Chris Menter, Student Records/Systems Coord | Registrar's Office
Lately I have had some difficulties generating enrollment data through BANNER (all my problem!), and Chris has been unfailingly helpful to walk me through the process. But more than that, Chris made sure that grades were posted in a timely fashion during the winter break—taking time from her own holiday season to do so. Her work paved the way for financial aid, academic, and athletic eligibility verification to be processed with little stress to our students. Thank you, Chris! —Lynaire MH Banks, Academic Adviser, CNR Student Services

Myung Chun, Employment Services Tech & Dan Noble, Financial Tech Senior | Human Resources
On behalf of CNR Fiscal Services, I would like to recognize the outstanding work done by both Myung Chun and Dan Noble in processing our epafs. We've had quite a bit of turnover of late and, not surprisingly, various issues with epaf accuracy. Both Myung and Dan have provided tremendous patience and training while we get back up to speed within our area. They are truly unsung heroes of the university's staff. Without their expertise and eye for all the details, university employees would not have accurate paychecks. They quietly go about getting this essential work done and too often are not given recognition. Thank you Myung and Dan for everything you do for this university; you are very much appreciated! —Lynne Kittner, Budget Specialist, CNR Fiscal

Janet Peterson, Financial Unit Supervisor and Benny Garcia | Auxiliary Business Services
I want to thank Janet Peterson and Benny Garcia for their hard work over the end of the semester and holiday break. They worked collaboratively with the VandalStore on the textbook buyback and for the first time ever we had a zero variance! Their attention to detail, early preparation, and thoroughness in the daily processing was a major part in this success. They also volunteered to come in and work on a couple days through the holiday break to finish up the buyback as well as process daily deposits for the retail locations that remained open. It is wonderful to have hard working and dedicated team members like these two! —Denise Town, Manager, Auxiliary Business Services

December 2013

Accounts Payable Team
Linda Keeney, Lacey Devlin, Alice Reyes, Erica Frazier, Rosita Groves, Brandi Chastain, Barbara Fountain, and Jeanne Otto. When people think of navigating finances within an organization as large as a university, most people are at best skeptical. Linda and the Accounts Payable staff have been amazing to work with the entire time I've been at this University. We often have very specific and sometimes complex requests, yet we are welcomed with a friendly demeanor and a bunch of "can do" attitudes. It is truly a pleasure to work with all of you—thank you. —Colton Oliphant, Advisor & Faculty/Staff-led Program Coordinator, Study Abroad Office 

Margie Schaper, Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services | Facilities 
We just had a nice gentleman call with only nice things to say about Marg. She was up in Family Housing, doing her job, when she came across a young boy who was locked out of his house, cold and crying. Marg went out of her way to help him and make sure he found his way over to his friend’s house, also in Family Housing. This gentleman on the phone, father of said friend whose house he went to, was so impressed with her generosity he had to call and make sure everyone knew how wonderful of a thing she just did and make sure appropriate kudos were noted. Nice work Marg and Kudos to you!! —Summer Howard, Customer Service Lead, Parking and Transportation Services

Cheri Cole, Management Assistant, College of Graduate Studies
I had a lot of questions and Cheri was extremely helpful, patient and kind.  She is amazing and the U of I is very lucky to have an employee like her! —Kristi Overfelt, Advising Specialist, CLASS Dean's Office

Michelle Weitz, Education, Boise Center for Higher Education
Michelle was very patient with me when I had a lot of questions for her. She always answered my emails very promptly, and was always kind and patient. I very much appreciate her help and feel grateful that we have someone like her representing us on the Boise campus. —Kristi Overfelt, Advising Specialist, CLASS Dean's Office

Members of University Support Services and Facilities
I would like to take a moment to recognize members of University Support Services (USS) and Facilities for their tireless efforts to keep the Kibbie Dome up and running during the unprecedented cold snap we just experienced. Last week a malfunctioning valve caused a shutdown of the main heater for the Dome. The result was a large, extremely cold stadium. Joe Hunt (USS), Bruce Pancheri, Tom Clemens, Kevin Dial and Chuck Schoeffler (Facilities) worked diligently to get that problem resolved. This was followed up with a freezing of pipes in a secondary heater unit Saturday night. Sunday morning, bright and early, Joe Hunt and Rob Anderson (USS) Mike Holthaus and BJ Schenck (Facilities) were working, yet again, to undo the damage wrought by the cold temperatures to ensure that the Kibbie Dome would be up and running by Monday morning. The time and commitment that these individuals put into the Kibbie Dome Facility are exceptional and their efforts are very much appreciated. Thank you! —Cami McClure, Director-  Administrative Operations

Anup Shrestha and Robin Bailly, Database Analysts | Advancement Information Services
Anup and Robin created an awesome webpage to streamline the Payroll Deduction process. This new system will communicate to both Gifts Processing and Payroll the necessary information to complete a payroll deduction. Thanks Anup and Robin!! —Lauren Torok, Assistant Director, Advancement Information Services

Kelton Jensen, 4-H Program Coordinator, Ada County
Kelton always has a great attitude and is a team player. He has been instrumental in his efforts to build the 4-H robotics program in Ada County and frequently helps other counties with his knowledge and skills. He has great people skills and is an asset to the University and 4-H program. —Tina Holmquist, 4-H Program Coordinator, Canyon County

David Schloss, AAI Student Services College of Education
David is brand new not only to UI, but to Moscow as well. He has integrated himself into student services with ease daily treats everyone he greets with kindness and respect. We do not get to see that from everyone and it is wonderful!! Thank you David. —Tammy Bowen, Director Student Services, College of Education

Troy Zumwalt & Martin Klingele, Steam Plant Mechanics & Doug Olson, HVAC Control Tech 2 | Facilities
The Facilities and Steam Plant staff have responded to several requests in Morrill Hall (room 209) over the last few weeks to fix windows and heating/cooling issues. They have been pleasant and helpful and even have dropped back by to make sure everything is working appropriately. This is a busy time of year with the cold snap and snow and our office sincerely appreciates the immediate response to our requests for assistance. —Sarah Martonick, Post Award Manager, Sponsored Programs

November 2013

Chris Lighty, Research Analyst & Archie George, Director | Institutional Research & Assessment
HUGE thanks to Chris Lighty and Archie George for the immense amount of help that they have been over the past couple of months. Their friendly and quick response to requests for data are greatly appreciated and have continued to make my job a bit easier in the midst of surveys, P&T, and other big projects. Kudos to both of them for the wonderful job that they do! —Darby Baldwin, Student Coordinator, Computer Science Department

Keri Moore, Assistant to the Dean, College of Business and Economics
The other morning I observed Keri going out of her way to pick up (a lot) of garbage in the parking lot before heading into her office. In this way, she showed respect for our great campus and for the hardworking groundskeepers who have many acres of land to care for. Keri's thoughtfulness was a simple but uplifting act of shared stewardship. —Brenda Helbling, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Shawna Lindquist, Jake Weaver, Josh Tomlin, and Candis Glassey | University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.
Shawna, Jake, Josh and Candis from the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. provided an excellent training session on gift accounts and management to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The folks at the University of Idaho Foundation are fantastic and we really appreciate their professionalism and willingness to help! —Kim O'Neill, Senior Director of Development, CALS

Noell Kinyon, External Relations Specialist, Career Center
A HUGE kudo to Noell Kinyon for the terrific job she's doing at the Career Center. At present, she and two marketing interns are doing the work of several while we wait to hire a new manager. Noell successfully planned and executed a great fall career fair, coordinated multiple employer info sessions and dozens of on-campus interviews, handled all the marketing for every Career Center event, and before the fall fair was over, she started planning for the spring fair...all while keeping a smile on her face! Thanks, Noell, for all your hard work! You are amazing! —Donna Crenshaw, Office Manager, Career Center

October 2013

Debbie Caudle & Alice Allen (Idaho Falls), Amanda Moore-Kriwox (Twin Falls), Miki Kurosawa & Sandy Schultz (Boise)
A huge thank you to Debbie Caudle, Alice Allen, Miki Kurosawa, Sandy Schultz and Amanda Moore-Kriwox for the wonderful hospitality they always show us when the Career Center visits their campuses for career advising appointments. They always make us feel welcomed and are such great advocates for the work we do in the Career Center. We truly appreciate all they do for their students and alumni. Congratulations also to Idaho Falls for their recent Graduate School and International Food Fair. —Eric Anderson, Manager of Student Advising & Dev., Career Center

Dixie Kearney, PDL Training Specialist, Human Resources
Dixie created an online FAMIS FERPA/Security Training Link for Facilities. This new process will streamline our FERPA training so it will be thorough, consistent and efficient. —Tracey Abdallah, Personnel Services Coordinator, Facilities

Camille Hattrup, Landscape Maintenance Tech 2, Facilities
Forwarded …I really appreciate all the hard work and effort that Camille puts into the Family Housing area. I have on several occasions had the opportunity to see the before and after of some of the cleanup/beautification projects. I really liked the trim job she performed on the bush at the end of 430 Taylor. I can honestly say that I have never seen her wasting time or complaining about what needs done. I enjoy her input on some of our exterior upgrades and consider her to be an immense resource in helping draw back residents to stay with us. Please let Camille know that she is an asset to the University and especially Housing. —Steven Spencer, Building Maintenance Supervisor, University Housing

Conor Richards, Manager of Vandal Express
So many people who spend the majority of their days in the TLC depend on Conor's expertise and customer skills so evident at Vandal Express, which he manages. Conor is amazing. He remembers many, many customers' names, what they like, what projects they might be working on and struggles they may be having. He is a great resources for all, always having a moment to refer or support someone with a question. I have seen the quality of the selections of merchandise, stocking and keeping up with demand, willingness to try new things, and much more improve dramatically since Conor took over the store. His staff is ALWAYS smiling and friendly and efficient, and that is really saying something about Conor as a leader. That small space gets very hectic sometimes, and people can be challenging when they are stressed out and in a hurry. Conor makes everyone's day better, and is one of those people who keeps UI feeling like a community and not just a campus. He also is the kind of person that often gets missed for things like Kudos because he never looks for praise or appreciation. It's just who he is. —Virginia Solan, Coordinator of Violence Prevention Programs, Dean of Students 

Gary Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, McCall Outdoor Science School
About a month ago, our unit had a very serious and difficult situation to deal with that involved student safety and well-being. Gary went beyond the call of duty with great poise, leadership and strength. His tremendous decision-making under stress was remarkable. His number one focus during the entire incident was the well-being of our students, both physically and emotionally. The University of Idaho is fortunate to have Gary on its team! —Greg Fizzell, Program Director, McCall Outdoor Science School

Darrell Stout, Business Operations Specialist & Bruno Wilson, College of Natural Resources
All of us in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences want to thank Darrell Stout and his “right-hand man” Bruno Wilson for all their hard work during the re-carpeting of our offices and the remodel of our conference room. I don’t know what we would have done without them! They moved furniture and boxes; took things to surplus for us; disassembled and reassembled furniture—we truly appreciate all they did for us. —Julie Haarr, Administrative Assistant, Dept. of Conservation Social Sciences

Fall Leadership Week Presenters
Thank you to the following University of Idaho Staff members who presented a workshop during Fall Leadership Week. I greatly appreciate your, time, effort and knowledge that you shared. You make a difference in the lives of University of Idaho student leaders.

Craig Chatriand
& Lysa Salsbury, Dean of Students; Jazzmine Hudson, University Housing; Colleen Quinn, Department of Student Involvement; Ellen Schreiber, The Ombuds Office; Butch Fealy, Intramural Sports; Tim Helmke & Lauren Hamilton, Alumni Relations; Captain Gregory Eaton, Naval Science Department; Karen Richel, University of Idaho Extension; and Carl Dindo, Counseling and Testing Center. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

Fall Leadership Week Case Study Competition Judges and Writers
Thank you to all of these staff members who helped to judge the fall leadership week case study materials and helped to write the case study competition. We had seven teams compete in the inaugural case study competition without the help from these individuals it would have not been possible. Thank you for helping students leave their legacy of leading.
 
Lysa Salsbury, Katie Noble, & Erin Agidius, Dean of Students; Greg Tatham, Idaho Commons Student Union; Matt Dorschel, Public Safety & Security; Shannon Haselhuhn, Student Health Services; and Patrice McDaniel, Emergence Security & Services. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement 

Susanna Markert, Administrative Assistant, Department of Naval Science
Naval ROTC is proud to send a "Bravo Zulu" to Ms. Susanna Markert for her outstanding performance during the past year. She has made incredible contributions to the quality, efficiency, and professionalism of our front office. Furthermore, as the primary link between the Navy staff and the University, she ensures we are connected to and compliant with all University events, timelines and procedures. Her diligence has proven invaluable toward helping our instructors and students achieve their educational and professional goals. We are very grateful for her hard work and are blessed to have her onboard. Thanks Susanna! —Alex Greig, Executive Officer NROTC

Elisabeth (Liz) Ridgway, Senior Executive Assistant, Boise/On-Off Campus, Staff Affairs 
Liz Ridgway is the quintessential executive assistant and leader. There are no tasks - large or small - that Liz will not willingly manage to a successful outcome for the greater good of the University of Idaho and all involved. She is gracious, thoughtful, smart, caring, highly dedicated, positive and timely. Working with Liz is a great pleasure. Kudos to Liz for all that you do for UI Boise and for ALL that you do for me. —Trudy Anderson, AVP/CEO UI Boise

Emily Adams, Coordinator of Internal Operations, Athletics
We have many hard-working people here, however, Emily really impressed me with her ready familiarity with even the most arcane of facts related to her program. Combining that with her positive attitude and speedy assistance in gaining information when it was needed quickly, she has been added to my Vandal hero list. —Brett Morris, Director, Presidential Communication, University Communications & Marketing

Hillary Haight, Financial Technician, Auxiliary Services
I want to give a huge thank you to Hillary Haight who has absolutely gone above and beyond to help out through a very trying time. Over the last two months, we’ve had two resignations and another staff member out on FMLA. Hillary has taken on a ton of extra responsibilities and has worked tirelessly to ensure that everything is getting done in a timely manner. She has maintained a cheerful attitude and continuously has stepped up to the plate to help whenever and wherever needed. Without her help, I would have been in a world of hurt. I am very fortunate to have Hillary on my team!! —Denise Town, Manager, Auxiliary Business Services

Julie Bollman, Buyer, VandalStore
Julie is always awesome to work with. She has a great attitude, is always willing to help, and does everything with a smile. She is just great!! Kudos, Julie! —Hillary Haight, Financial Technician, Auxiliary Services

September 2013

Janice Todish, Budget Management Specialist, Budget Office/Treasurer, Staff Affairs
As a new financial technician at the library, I am greatly in debt to Janice. She has absolutely gone above and beyond to help me understand budget management and the intricacies of the Banner system. She has been available for me to come to with each of my questions and is always informative and helpful. All in all, she has been a lifesaver as I learn the ropes! —Rachelle Edwards, Financial Technician, Library

Debra Rumford, Desktop Pub/Tech, Family and Consumer Sciences/Media Coordinator, Staff Affairs
Each month Debra creates an amazing newsletter to keep UI staff informed and involved in staff events throughout the University. This month she did a truly outstanding job. The newsletter is chock full of engaging and informative pieces that she pulled together from all over Idaho. Thanks, Debra! —Ali Bretthauer, Manager, TCS, Academic Support and Access Programs/Vice-Chair, Staff Affairs

Patricia Eberhardt, Management Assistant, College of Education
Patricia is the AAC for the College of Education, so every job I post has to go through her. She is always gracious and patient with each and every interaction I have with her. In my job I post a lot of ATS openings for the BIP, REC, and DAN programs, and Patricia has mentored me through this process with "amazing grace"! I truly appreciate all she does for the College and all of the Departments in creating a fair and equitable hiring process. She goes above and beyond to help everyone through the processes. She is an AAC rock star! —Cheryl Gardner, Financial Technician Senior, Movement Sciences

Foundation Seed Program
Morgan Stanger (Kimberly R&E), Randy Gamble (Aberdeen R&E), Todd Carter and Teri Hill (Tetonia R&E) and Supporting Staff
A big Thank You, to everyone involved with the Foundation Seed Program. This group of outstanding individuals is spread out at different locations across the state and bear the load of many responsibilities. They go to great lengths to meet the needs of agriculture not only in Idaho, but across the nation. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work and constant endeavor to maintain high quality service and high quality products.  What a Team – Job Well Done. —David Hoadley, Ag Seed Specialist, PREEC

David Pittsley, Customer Service Representative, Parking and Transportation Services
David is an exceptional employee who tirelessly takes on multiple responsibilities while keeping an inexhaustible positive attitude. He is a great team player who encourages those around him to do a great job and he always makes sure to show appreciation for the efforts of others. His contribution to morale is the type that all offices hope for. He is also a fantastic educator and patiently helps those around him gain knowledge and confidence for their respective tasks. —Kendra Rathbone, Customer Service Representative, Facilities

Ted Unzicker, Scheduling Coordinator, Registrar's Office
I had been working at the University for about a week, and had had no real training. I needed to learn the COWS system and was nervous about figuring this out on my own. Ted came to my office and walked me through every step simply. He didn't make me feel like an idiot and he explained everything, while answering all my questions. It was by far the best training experience I have ever had, and it was all I needed to understand what to do the first time. —Jennifer Baillargeon-Hauck, Administrative Assistant II, English Dept.

Brandi Terwilliger, Benefits Administration Manager, Payroll and Benefits
Brandi is awesome!  She was incredibly helpful in a dire situation with an employee who was fighting a battle with cancer. Communication was essential for this employee at a very difficult time and Brandi was fantastic, helpful, understanding and giving. I was with this employee just a couple days before she passed away and Brandi settled yet one more question for her when we were able to get her on the speaker phone. I used my iPhone to reach Brandi on Microsoft Lync.  I said, “I need you and I need you now!”  Without any hesitation, she told me to call immediately (she didn't even ask why)...all the while being gentle, helpful and acting just exactly how I needed her to in that moment. Brandi's answers gave peace to this individual.  For me to know I could count on her was awesome!  I just wanted to publicly thank her for her outstanding customer service and empathy. Really super refreshing! Thank you sweet lady.  :) —Denise Engebrecht, Program Manager, Engineering Management

Nancy Morrison, Budget Specialist, College of Education
Nancy has always been so gracious when I have needed help, despite the piles of work on her desk every day. She always takes the time to help me, with whatever I need, at the time I need it. She drops everything to help me, and you would never know how much work she has because she never complains. She goes out of her way to help whenever she is needed. I could not do my job without the mentoring Nancy has given me, with her infinite patience and graciousness. Nancy is the best! —Cheryl Gardner, Financial Tech Sr, Department of Movement Sciences

University of Idaho Employees and Local Communities
I would like to say thank you to all who purchased Vandal Football tickets for Veterans and their families for the North Illinois game at the Kibbles Dome. —Joe Groves, Asset Accounting/Property Management

Emily Mowrer, Graphics Designer Supervisor, Creative Services & Paula Davenport, Associate Director of Writing Services, University Communications and Marketing
At a recent UCM retreat, we saw a sneak peek of the upcoming Here We Have Idaho magazine. It was stellar! I applaud Paula and Emily giving new topics a new presentation layer and, in general, continuing to take the magazine to the next level. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy in the mailbox. Way to go, team! — Johanna Blickenstaff, Web Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing

Tracey Abdallah, Facilities & Kayla Evans, Human Resources
My thanks to Tracey Abdallah, Personnel Services Coordinator in Facilities, and to Kayla Evans of Human Resources for their efforts to reduce the costs for advertising vacant positions. They collaborated to create a format in which multiple UI vacancies are published in a ‘block’ format, saving the University over 50% in local advertising costs. Well done! —Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Facilities

Cindy Blum, Administrative Assistant, Movement Sciences
Cindy is just plain awesome! She is a great help to the department and to AT. She has a positive attitude and is a joy to have as a colleague. Everything she does it excellent. She has a strong work ethic and is also concerned with people and their feelings. We need more people like her in this world! —Jeff Seegmiller, Associate Professor, Movement Sciences and WWAMI

August 2013

Sandy Schultz, Administrative Assistant aka Miracle Worker | University of Idaho Boise
Sandy Schultz has taken on significant additional work in an emergency situation. She is masterfully juggling major projects including: FitOne (a huge new community initiative giving the University greater visibility in SW Idaho); New Student Orientation Sessions; Welcome Back picnic for all faculty, staff and students; Fall Lunch & Lead Program... and so more. All of this with her cheerful, positive sparkle. Boise is very fortunate to have Sandy Schultz! —Trudy Anderson, AVP/CEO University of Idaho Boise

Monica Martinez, Administrative Assistant, College of Education
I want to thank Monica for her willingness to help all the new students and faculty that come to her desk every day. She is so willing to help new students with directions, and assist them with finding their classes and providing them information. The new faculty are welcomed by her and she has the information that they need or directs them to the correct places. Thank you Monica for your willingness to continue to assist those with questions, and do everything else you do so well! —Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

Patricia Eberhardt, Management Assistant, College of Education
Patricia has the responsibility for the college as the AAC—sometimes this position doesn't always "get to" give good news to people and requesting them to change things. Patricia does this with a kind approach, and explains the same things over and over again to everyone in the college. Thank you Patricia for your patience and understanding as you assist us through this process. THANK YOU! —Twila Brown, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

Bruce Pitman, Dean of Students
A HUGE KUDOS to Dr. Bruce Pitman and his generosity in providing the Women’s Center with air conditioning units for our offices.  Thanks for finally making us all just as cool as you are! —The Women’s Center Staff: Lysa, Katie, Colleen & Melissa!

Ryan Edinborough, Lisa Miller, and Cretia Bunney | Payroll and Benefits
In honor of National Payroll Week (September 3-7), a big thank you to the Payroll Services team! You make our lives a little brighter every two weeks, and your hard work is appreciated. —Elissa Keim, Director, Professional Development and Learning, Human Resources

Cori Planagan, Coordinator, Orientation Program, Dean of Students
Cori, as always, did an amazing job orchestrating new student orientation. Her orientation leaders are some of the hardest working students on campus, which speaks to who Cori is as a leader. Thank you for doing such an amazing job welcoming our new students to campus! —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

Greg Hodapp, Landscape Technician, Ken Dola, Arborculturist, and David Rauk, Horticulturist | Facilities
We would like to extend a huge thanks to you and your staff for working to make our landscaping look great for opening. The extra attention and quick response to our needs is greatly appreciated. —University Housing

Bart Schumacker, Interiors Tech - Painting, Facilities
All of us in University Communications and Marketing would like to send Kudos to Bart Schumacker, Interiors Tech Extraordinaire, for transforming many dark and dingy looking offices in Forney Hall into showrooms! Bart does an amazing job and always leaves the room cleaner than he found it, we deeply appreciate that! Thank you Bart! —Judy Pankopf, Administrative Assistant 2, University Communications and Marketing

Brett Travis, ISSFS Americorps Member, International Programs Office
Thank you, Brett, for moving our extra furniture out to Surplus! You showed initiative in taking care of the truck and coordinating the timeline. It's a relief having that task taken care of. We appreciate your willingness to always be there to help when we need an extra hand! —Laila Cornwall, Senior International Student Advisor, International Programs Office

Dixie Kearney, Professional Development and Learning Training Specialist, Human Resources 
The Risk office has been developing training for educating those who work with minors. Dixie, from PDL, has been an excellent, knowledgeable resource in getting to our goal. Not only is she all these wonderful things, but she has helped me with a smile and a great sense of humor. Thank YOU Dixie!!! —Carry Salonen, Risk and Real Estate Specialist, Risk Management

July 2013

Tracey Abdallah, Personnel Services Coordinator, Facilities
Just wanted to let you know that Tracey went above and beyond the call of duty this past week. I just hired a temporary worker to replace the one who was terminated. This is a critical position—the person will be watering trees and shrubs all over campus with the water wagon—and these plants are getting quite thirsty at this point in the summer. Thus, I was in a hurry to find a replacement, get them processed, and out on the wagon. Of course I didn’t really explain to Tracey the whys behind the urgency to hire, just that I wanted someone as quickly as possible. I’m sure she hears this all the time: “I want to hire someone now, so drop whatever else you’re doing and take care of my needs first!.” Well, Tracey acted professionally and extremely efficiently and had a genuine helpful demeanor through the entire process. She should teach classes on customer service. I have someone starting today and couldn’t be more pleased about the outcome and time it took to process everything so quickly. Best experience I’ve had with a hiring in many, many years. I thanked Tracey for a job-well done, and thought I’d let you know as well. —David Rauk, Horticulturist, Landscape and Exterior Services, Facilities

Leah Andrews, Student Affairs Web Coordinator, University Communication and Marketing
Many, many kudos to Leah Andrews from University Communications and Marketing for all the work she did in helping us do a content audit and update of the Career Center website. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Career Advising and Professional Development

Marty Lunt, Personnel Service Specialist, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Marty Lunt is the best hire EVER!!!!  Thank you Marty for taking care of things while I was out of the office for two weeks. I came back feeling refreshed and ready to hit all the piles of work on my desk to find very little. Your initiative and work ethic are tremendous and I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Thank you again!! —Charity Buchert, Personnel and Diversity Coordinator, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Cretia Bunney and Lisa Miller, Payroll Services
Cretia and Lisa ROCK!!!! Thank you so much for putting up with me this past week dealing with payroll issues and EPAFs for the fiscal year rollover. You two are always willing to go the extra mile and assist us with whatever we may need to get our jobs done efficiently!!!!! —Charity Buchert, Personnel and Diversity Coordinator, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Dan Noble, Financial Tech, Sr., Human Resources
Dan Noble is awesome at providing quality customer services to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He is always willing to give us the information we need to understand what is going on and asks good pertinent questions and is always proactive. Thank you for working with our EIS reporting and all of our international hires. You're an awesome business partner Dan. —Charity Buchert and Marty Lunt, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Kayla Evans, Tana Hostetter, Mandy Charbarneau and Myung Chun, Employment Services
Thank you Kayla for all your assistance with our advertising; Tana for our background checks and compression analyses; Mandy for our job descriptions, PCN maintenance, supervisor changes, and EPAFs; AND Myung for our thousand of EPAFS this past fiscal year. You guys rock as our business partners!!!!!!
—Charity Buchert and Marty Lunt, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Jane Westervelt, Environmental Health and Safety
Jane was very helpful to me with my  Netlearning gatekeeper tasks. If you have any business with  Netlearning, then you know  how challenging it can be to navigate if you are new to the system: just like Banner. Click here, click there, click on the name and go back  and  double click the icon at the top on the left. Jane  was very patience, knows her stuff and conveys information in a very calm, friendly and professional manner. —Julia Nkanata, Research and Economic Development

Larissa Labolle, Fiscal Operations Manager, Research & Economic Development 
I have had some unexpected resignations/openings in my unit. Larissa has gone out of her way to help me get the ROJD's through Human Resources very quickly and searches set up. Her knowledge as AAC has been very helpful, and her attitude refreshing. —Kris Freitag, Financial Unit Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs

June 2013

Judy Anderson and Brent Bingman, Team Cleaning Specialists, Facilities
A huge thank you to Judy Anderson and Brent Bingman, the Team Cleaning Specialists in Forney Hall! They have gone above and beyond to make the carpets in our offices on the second floor look great—a difficult thing to do in older buildings! Thank you again for your attention to detail and making it so much nicer to come to work! —Judy Pankopf, Administrative Assistant 2, University Communications and Marketing

Leah Andrews, Student Affairs Web Coordinator, University Communication and Marketing
Leah was a fabulous example of professionalism and creativity in working with me to create and launch my many web pages for the Violence Prevention Programs www.uidaho.edu/vpp. She was quick to respond, creative with problem-solving and always thinking quality. She is a real asset to our division and to all of UI.
—Virginia Kyle Solan, Coordinator, Violence Prevention Programs, Dean of Students

Savanna Chesworth, Animal Lab Assistant, Lab Animal Research Facility
Savanna recently was awarded the Animal Technician of the Year accolade by the Northern Rocky Mountain Branch AALAS. She was highly deserving of this award as she cares deeply about the animals she works with and the research she supports. The quality of her work is outstanding, going above and beyond the position requirements. —Audrey Harris, Lab Animal Research Facility Manager, Office of Research Assurances

Cherryl Sodorff, Director Administrative Services/Fiscal Officer, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
My immediate supervisor, Charity Buchert, was on vacation for two weeks and I was in Cherryl's office on a daily basis asking questions and she assisted me without question and with humor which was appreciated... Thanks Cherryl!! —Marty Lunt, Personnel Service Specialist, CALS

Janice Todish, Budget Management Specialist, Budget Office
As I am getting ready to retire, I cannot leave without giving credit to a great lady. Her instructions and support throughout the years has given me the confidence to do my job. Janice was always ready to assist me in getting the information I needed. She helped me to believe in myself and how to get through banner. There are many employees out there who work in banner who appreciate all her work and effort. Signing off (S0S) —Judy Skinner, Administrative Assistant, Nancy M. Cummings R&E Center, Carmen, Idaho

Ryan Edinborough, Technician Payroll, Payroll and Benefits
Thank you so much for responding to everyone's questions today in New Employee Welcome. There were a lot and you had an answer for each of them! We appreciate you sharing your expertise. —Dixie Kearney, PDL Training Specialist, Human Resources

John Feeney, Employee Relations Specialist & Amber Wilson, Employment Services Specialist—Human Resources
Great job at New Employee Welcome! You both are always great representatives of Human Resources and the University of Idaho. Thank you! —Dixie Kearney, PDL Training Specialist, Human Resources 

May 2013

Linda Keeney, Manager, Accounts Payable & Janice Todish, Budget Management Specialist, Budget Office
Linda and Janice have been fantastic in working with me to get their Banner trainings and the Purchasing Car/Travel Expense training in online formats. They committed their time, energy, and considerable experience to the projects. Thank you so much! —Dixie Kearney, PDL Training Specialist, Professional Development and Learning

Mandy Charbonneau, Human Resources Technician, Human Resources
Mandy is very helpful. Whenever I have a question about a hiring process, payroll, or EPAF's she is always very quick with an answer. If she does not know the answer, she finds out what the answer is and always gets back to me right away. She is always cheerful and happy to help. Anytime I have any interaction with Mandy it reminds me of how lucky I am to work with such great people here at UI. —Candy Ihm, Program Specialist, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Scott Riener, Graphic Designer, Creative Services & Print Management
I am thoroughly impressed with Scott's prompt attention to detail and receptiveness to feedback in helping coordinate content and images for our department's promotion in the 'Here We Have Idaho' magazine. Thanks for making my vision and content a reality! —Jessica Berwick, Manager for Employer Relations & Communications, Career Center

Tammy Renfrow, Grad Admissions, College of Graduate Studies
Tammy picked up a difficult project when a person resigned due to the birth of a baby. Tammy was a lead person for the 2013 Innovation Showcase and without her dedication to the project it wouldn't have been a success. Tammy was involved in all aspects of the event as she was able to rapidly learn and make decisions with faculty / students and staff. I cannot say enough about her strong work and brilliant effort in making the showcase a success. —Jerry McMurtry, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Ali Frederiksen, Student Accounts/Cashiers Office
Ali was a great help with processing my payment and form for class registration this summer and I appreciate her friendly attitude. She was very prompt in assisting me with my help request, provided me with multiple options for resolving the issue and made sure to follow-up with me when the issue was settled. She made what I expected to be an inconvenient delay into a pleasant and smooth process. Thanks, Ali! —Savanna Chesworth, Animal Lab Assistant, Lab Animal Research Facility

Robert W Carlson, Customer Service, ITS
Robert has helped me twice - once in a remote session to make my email behave, and once to unlock my account. He solved my problems immediately, and was remarkably polite. Working with him is smooth and pleasant. Thank you for your help, Robert!!! —Ashleigh Bright, Customer Service Representative, Student Accounts

April 2013

Jaron Leavitt, Information Technology Services
Kudos to Jaron for getting me up and running with my new computer after my hard-drive went out. In the almost 5 years I've worked at Idaho, it was the best experience I've had with an ITS staff. Jaron was extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional. I especially appreciated that he took the extra time to stop by the following day to make sure things were still working smoothly. —Jessica Berwick, Manager, Employer Relations and Communications, Career Center

Greek Life Staff
Matt Kurz, Jordyn Wright and Robin Shoemaker (Dean of Students) have done an outstanding job of coordinating the Greek scholarship awarding process this spring and I very much appreciate their efforts! —Barbara Warnick, Associate Director for Scholarships, Student Financial Aid Services

Lodi Price, Executive Assistant to VP, Research and Economic Development
Lodi is very welcoming, supportive, knowledgeable, and straight forward. These qualities have helped me take a grip of my job responsibilities and work on perfecting my skills as an administrative assistant. She makes this work fun, interesting, and fulfilling. Lodi values my work, provides feedback, and offers challenges for my professional growth. —Julia Nkanata, Administrative Assistant 2, Research and Economic Development

Sammantha Green, Management Assistant, Research and Economic Development
Sammantha is my supervisor. I have worked with her for the last three months and frankly speaking, without her patience, knowledge, and calm nature, I would not have been able to do my job. I feel valued and appreciated as a new employee and look forward to coming to work every day. Sammantha is a bright torch for the vandal spirit and a good example of customer service representative and supportive supervisor. —Julia Nkanata, Administrative Assistant 2, Research and Economic Development

Sophomore Engagement and Perspective Class
Kudos to Jim Ekins, Leanne Ralstin, Eric Anderson (Career Center), Colton Oliphant (International Programs Office), Shawn O’Neal (School of Journalism and Mass Media), and Trevor Fulton (Campus Recreation) for presenting to the Sophomore Engagement and Perspective class throughout this current semester. Giving students the opportunity to hear first-hand about some of the ways they can utilize, get involved with, or incorporate Study Abroad, Career Center, Service Learning, Student Media and Outdoor Programs into their college careers. For many of these students these presentations were what pushed them to consider these opportunities. Their time and energy is much appreciated. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, ASUI & Department of Student Involvement

Danial Bleile, Web Coordinator-Research, Graduate Studies & Tara Roberts, Science Writer, University Communications and Marketing
One of UI's top climate change researchers, Von P. Walden, was recently featured on the cover of Nature. However, his accomplishments would not have been told as well or featured so effectively on the University of Idaho website without the team of Danial Bleile and Tara Roberts. The team is a powerhouse duo for touting our top researchers at the University. Their latest article on Von and his Climate Change Research (available here: U-Idaho’s Von P. Walden Studies Climate Change), is an exceptional example of communicating UI's leading work. —Joshua Paulsen, University Communications & Marketing

Tara Roberts, Science Writer, University Communications and Marketing
An excellent job on the Greenland Ice Sheet Melt story! —Chris Cooney, Senior Director of Marketing, University Communications and Marketing

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing
Leah has patiently trained so many of the students in ASUI and Department of Student Involvement to help us keep our websites going and up to date. It seems like with every request the response is let's figure out how to do that. Our websites have become an incredibly useful tool for us, students, faculty and staff. We would be lost without you! —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

Spring Leadership Presenters
Kudos to Joe Roberts, Eric Anderson, Jessica Berwick, Jill Powell, Andrew Brewick, and Jesse Martinez. All of these folks presented during the Spring Forward: Leadership Conference, dedicating a portion of their Saturday to help our students learn more about what's next after college. For many students this will be an experience that they remember for the rest of their life or will inspire them to seek out a new direction in life. Thank you for taking the time to impact the lives of our students. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

Chen Chen, Human Resources & Melynda McNamara, VandalStore
Kudos to Chen Chen in Human Resources and Melynda McNamara at the VandalStore! Thanks to their help, we were able to get items into the Student Employee of the Year nominee baskets at the last moment. Melynda, you are very quick! Chen, you are very accommodating! Both of you are amazing! —Carol Mayer, Electronic Resources Assistant, Library

Arwen Bloomsburg, Administrator Assistant I, Independent Study of Idaho
Due to system design, Independent Study out-of-state employees' work hours must be reported manually. Every quarter the Payroll Office experiences reporting requests from external agencies with an extremely short turnaround time. Arwen has graciously complied with these "on-demand" requests every quarter enabling the Payroll Office to meet these deadlines and avoid fines and penalties associated with the work hour reporting. I wish to recognize and thank Arwen for her quick response to these quarterly requests. Arwen, you are greatly appreciated! —Delaine Flomer, Benefits Accountant, Payroll & Benefits

Matthew Couch, Senior Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services
I was in a hurry to get to class and locked my keys in my car. Matt was doing his rounds in the gold lot and I explained what I did. He was kind enough to retrieve my keys and had them waiting for me when I got out of class. I was very grateful for the assistance. What a wonderful service to have for staff, faculty, and students. Matt's attitude about the whole situation certainly made it better. Thank You! —April Marie Buvel, Administrative Assistant II, University Support Services

March 2013

Noell Kinyon, External Relations Specialist, Career Center
Kudos to Noell Kinyon for all the hard work and planning she put in for our annual Etiquette Dinner for students. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Student Advising & Development, Career Center

International Programs Office
I would like to take this opportunity to extend KUDOS to the International Programs Office. I had to call them three times in 2013 alone for extreme language barriers here in the parking office. They are also so super nice, and have always been able to help me immediately and help my customers. You are appreciated and what a wonderful asset the International Programs Office have been to this office alone. —KD Bahlman, CSR11, Parking and Transportation Services

Aaron Mayhugh & Crew, University Support Services
I wanted to thank the Aaron Mayhugh and his University Support Services Crew for all of their great work during the Jazz Festival this year. My two daughters grabbed our tickets quickly and attended two evenings. Let’s just say they are not easy to impress. They indicated that the Jazz Festival was excellent. I realize my family and I are just a lucky recipient/spectator of all of Aaron M’s and the group’s hard work and nothing else. However, as a spectator only, I still want to thank him for all he does. I am guessing Events can be sometimes like Construction Projects. No one may notice sometimes until something small goes wrong. I never notice anything going wrong on an event. Aaron and his crew complete the Jazz Festival on time like clockwork every year. I am guessing that is no easy punt. More like a 55 yard field goal. I appreciate all he does for the University. —Bret Dillon, AES Project Architect, Facilities

Leah Andrews, Web Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing
A special thanks to Leah for teaching me about Google Analytics so I can better understand, and improve, our department's website. Leah continues to be a great resource for all-things web related and I know that sometimes her work isn't acknowledged as much as it should be, because a lot of it happens behind the scenes. Thanks for keeping all the Student Affairs pages looking sharp! —Jessica Berwick, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications, Career Center

February 2013

Carolyn Reader, Manager & Joy Stotz, FAMIS Specialist—Finance and Business | Facilities
Carolyn and Joy, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your support of our little University Support Services unit! April is constantly telling me how much help she receives from you and your staff. Your assistance last night with Stellant was a perfect case in point. We really needed to get a UBIT report back to General Accounting quickly. Your help made that possible! —Rob Anderson, Director, University Support Services

Kathy Haworth, Team Cleaning Specialist, Facilities
My name is Alaina Nye and I work in Renfrew Hall. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the hard work Kathy does for the building. She always goes above and beyond her job. Recently, she suggested switching out the powder soap dispensers in the student labs that were not getting used with the foam soap dispenser. I am happy to say they are very much utilized now by the students. Thanks. —Alaina Nye, Lab Coordinator, Dept of Chemistry

Clint Payton, IT Systems Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs
With a tremendous amount of patience, Clint worked with me to get the GPSA Elections up and running. This was my first time organizing it and I had no idea what to expect. I had sent Clint several emails, of what we needed for elections, which were different this year than in the past because a newly revised constitution and by-laws are up for vote. Clint worked to get all of the documents I sent to him in the correct formats. Accepted the elections request late and then a moved date with no complaints or questions. From my understanding, Clint has been working with GPSA during their elections in the past. I would like to recognize his work, patience and understanding with me and GPSA for the current year and the past. Our elections wouldn't have ran without him! Thank You, Clint! —Kate Cobb, GPSA President (Graduate and Professional Student Association)

Amber Wilson, Employment Service Specialist, Human Resources
Before becoming the Employment Services Specialist, Amber was the approver of EPAF's for Human Resources, along with Myung. Amber has always went above and beyond in her customer service skills. She is the friendliest, most patient, and professional person I have had the honor to work with. I complete about 160 EPAF's every year, and the process can be very cumbersome, but Amber made this process very easy and she always made me feel like a "rock star" even when I probably didn't deserve it. The tiniest mistake will not allow an EPAF to go through, but Amber always spent time helping me however she could to get the EPAF through. Human Resources is very fortunate to have Amber in their employ. I also input all of the jobs for our Department into ATS, so I am lucky enough to continue to work with Amber, but on the job side and not the EPAF side. Her constant, cheery, can-do attitude always lifts me up. More than all of this, she is a true professional. She really knows what she is doing, and knows our systems so well. I, for one, believe she is an invaluable resource to Human Resources and the University of Idaho. —Cheryl Gardner, Financial Tech Sr, Department of Movement Sciences

Eric Schlueter, Information Systems Tech, Boise Center for Higher Education
Eric does so much as a team member for the IT group, he is always offering help and goes out of his way to provide good customer service. —Ivan Sanchez Pedraza, IT Tech Support, Boise Center for Higher Education

Ashleigh Bright, Customer Service Rep 2, Student Accounts
Working with students at an outreach location can sometimes be challenging. Ashleigh has gone above and beyond on more than one occasion to help me solve a student issue. She is wonderful to work with. —Angie Sowers, Enrollment Services - Coeur d'Alene

College Bowl Moderators
Mike Simpson, Butch Fealy, Shawn O'Neal, and Bruce Mann took on the hardest job in town, being a volunteer moderator for College Bowl, the wide range of vocabulary and intensity of the teams, makes this one of the most harrowing experiences of the academic year. THANK YOU for another successful year with 28 teams. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

Bruce Pitman, Dean of Students
Dean Pitman took the time to be the guest for our Lunches with Leaders program. It is a great opportunity for students to meet, eat, listen and engage with staff and faculty they might otherwise not interact with. We appreciate his time and dedication to students at the University of Idaho. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement. Department of Student Involvement

January 2013

Myung Chun, Employment Services Tech, Human Resources
Myung is a great asset to the University. She has an amazing amount of patience especially in light of the fact that she has to deal with EPAFs & EPAF questions all day. She answers questions quickly & she is always happy to help whenever you need it. She has a great attitude & is a fantastic resource! —Melissa Husebye, Administrative Assistant, Finance & Administration

Alan Odenborg & Bart Schumacker, Interiors, Facilities
We had quite a move to conduct from Morrill Hall the Administration Building over the December/January break. Alan and Bart had everything painted, new shelving up for faculty—the turn around was amazing—and we all appreciate the timeliness and quality of their work! —Kjelda Berg, Political Science, Martin School

Terry Quinn, Manager, Vandal card, Institution Ecommerce & Records Mgmt
Thanks Terry for helping me through the process of setting up UI MarketPlace for workshop registrations. You built the form for me and put up with my unending questions! Your expertise and customer service is amazing! —Theresa Araquistain, Administrative Assistant, Caldwell R&E Center

Robin Shoemaker, Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students
I'm thankful for Robin's assistance in teaching me how to post a position in ATS. She took the extra time to physically to come to my office and make sure I understood the process. Thanks for going out of your way to help, Robin! —Jessica Berwick, Manager for Employer Relations & Communications, Career Center

Ashleigh Bright, Customer Service Representative, Student Accounts
I have interacted with Ms Bright on several occasions, regarding tuition credit benefit for faculty. When I encountered difficulties with submission to various departments (three times), she would immediately check to see what was causing the problem and fix it. This is far superior than service by many others. —Peter Isaacson, Professor, Geological Sciences

Ashleigh Bright, Customer Service Representative, Student Accounts
During the past couple of weeks, two faculty members came into my office and asked how they could inform Ashleigh’s supervisor of her professionalism, kindness, and quick response in getting answer for them to their specific requests. I have recently sent an email to her supervisor Linda Aherin but thought this would be a good way to say THANK YOU from the College of Science! —Lorrie Williams, Administrative Assistant Senior, College of Science

Jessica Berwick, Manager, Employer Relations & Communications
I would like to recognize Jessica Berwick from the Career Center for all the work she put into setting up and offering a free viewing of the LinkedIn webinar "The Start-Up of You" to the campus community today. —Eric Anderson, Manager, Student Advising & Development, Career Center

Office of Sponsored Programs Staff
I would like to thank the entire Office of Sponsored Programs staff for all the work they do assisting the College of Natural Resources with our grants. We are a research intensive college with lots of unique situations that can make the grant process a bit more "fun" sometimes. I just want them to know that their hard work on our behalf is appreciated. —Cathryn Knock, Business Operations Manager, College of Natural Resources

Sarah Martonick, Sponsored Programs Specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs
Sarah is always helpful and cheerful with our faculty and grant administrators during proposal submission. She has been especially helpful during CNR's Fiscal Unit reorganization. —Cathryn Knock, Business Operations Manager, College of Natural Resources

Wendy Kerr, Senior Cost Accountant, Office of Sponsored Programs
Wendy is always so helpful when I have a question or need help with a report. I really appreciate all she does for us at CNR. —Cathryn Knock, Business Operations Manager, College of Natural Resources

Marty Lunt, Personnel Service Specialist, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Kudos to Marty for her rapid response in letting us all know in CALS of the payroll deposit delay problems last week and as I was trying to use the W-4 system, an email popped up from Marty letting us know the W-4 system was not working properly. Thank you for your speedy notifications, it's very much appreciated! —Debra Rumford, Family and Consumer Sciences

Kenny Hites, Greg Thomas, Alan Odenborg, David Johnson, Facilities
Alan, David, Kenny, and Greg were able to help the law library pull together a last-minute carpeting project over the Winter break. Thanks to their help, we were able to get books back on the shelves in time for class! —Carolyn Todd, Circulation Supervisor, Law Library

December 2012

Bart Shumaker and Alan Odenborg, Interiors Tech, Facilities
Thank you both for the great work you did for our office. We appreciated your helpful, positive attitudes in completing the work on such short notice. You guys are the best! —Carry Salonen, Risk Specialist, Risk Management

Adam McKinney, IT System Integration Analyst, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
“A” is for Awesome Adam!!! There was an equipment upgrade at the Twin Falls R&E Center, involving new TV’s and videoconferencing equipment. The installation of the new equipment wasn’t as “user friendly” as hoped. Adam McKinney works for IT in CALS and takes care of all things computer related. But when asked to help with the TV’s and videoconferencing equipment, Adam jumped right in to help! He shared his technical savvy and troubleshooting skills and now everything is working great! It was a long and daunting process. Thanks, Adam for going above and beyond the call of duty! —Amanda Moore Kriwox, Program Specialist, Agricultural Education & 4-H Youth Development, Twin Falls R&E

Derek Johnson and Mike Beery, ITS - Management Information Services
Both Derek and Mike are very responsive whenever I have a banner access/report problem crop up. They have great customer service skills and are a definite asset to the university. On a daily basisl they make my work life better. —Kris Freitag, Financial Unit Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs

Flora Pitkin, Team Cleaning Specialist, Facilities
Flora does such an awesome job, I am adding that not only does she do an awesome job, but her attitude is spectacular and refreshing. We in the college greatly appreciate her very much. —Lorrie Williams, Administrative Assistant Senior, College of Science

Flora Pitkin, Team Cleaning Specialist, Facilities
Flora cleans classrooms and offices in the Mines building everyday but if other areas need attention that are not required of her such as adding paper towels, toilet paper, or hand soap in the dispensers, she immediately takes care of these areas when asked; she goes above and beyond in all areas! —Lorrie Williams, Administrative Assistant Senior, College of Science

Matt Vaughn, IT System Tech Senior, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Matt is almost available to help the staff in the Academic Programs Office with computer questions. We greatly appreciate his expertise and professionalism! Thanks Matt! ~Academic Programs Office, CALS —Katie Strittmatter, Asst. Director, College Retention, CALS

November 2012

Melissa Gottschalk & Lisa Miller, Payroll Assistant & Payroll Accountant
Melissa and Lisa are both very helpful when timesheets need approved or entered into the system due to late approvals. I appreciate all they do to make sure the employees of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are paid on time!! Thank you both! —Marty Lunt, Personnel Service Specialist, CALS

Chuck Hatfield, Customer Service Rep 2, Facilities
Chuck consistently provides outstanding customer service; he is always cheerful and conscientious. Recently, he escalated a custodial emergency and the issue was promptly resolved by the custodial staff. The staff on the second floor of the Administration building was very appreciative of their quick response time. Whenever I have a Facilities related question, I can count on him for a reliable answer. I applaud him for his creative solutions, dependable follow-up and most notably his amazingly endless positive attitude. He is a pleasure to work with. —Glenda Bull, Administrative Assistant, Risk Management

Kris Freitag, Financial Unit Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs
Kris is always willing to assist me in learning new concepts and provides resources as well as background information to ensure that I have all the tools necessary to absorb and disseminate new information and concepts. She is always patient and helpful, even when I stop by her office 10 times a day! Thank you for helping me grow and learn in my position Kris! —Sarah Martonick, Sponsored Programs Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs

Rose Graham, Manager, Commons Copy Center
She is an amazing boss with a high spirited personality and always making sure everyone is taken care of. It has been a pleasure working for her these last four years. —Alma America Elias, Sociology-criminology major, Senior Tech Copy Center

Melissa Husebye, Administrative Assistant, Finance and Administration
Melissa is always helpful and friendly. If she doesn't know the answer to a question, she finds out and quickly returns the call or email. Thank you for being such a great team player, Melissa! —Cynthia Adams, Administrative Assistant, Purchasing Services

Professional Development and Learning, Human Resources
The PDL staff has made some amazing strides in the program and deserves recognition. There are many wonderful, useful, helpful courses being offered to the employees right now. The selection is amazing. The Word and Excel classes are awesome for us Administrator’s. Even if much of it is a refresher, there are always new tricks and tools to be learned. I really think PDL has moved in a positive direction and it is wonderful to have the employees, and in turn our campus community benefit, from these efforts. Thank you for taking our feedback to heart. Job well done! —April Buvel, Administrative Assistant II, University Support Services

Jesse Thomas, Reserve Coordinator/University Library
Jesse helped me with an Interlibrary Loan Request. He was professional and friendly. Jesse went the extra step to find the fastest way to get my book to me. Excellent customer service! Thank you Jesse! —Cynthia Adams, Administrative Assistant, Purchasing Services

Vanessa Henry, Administrative Assistant 2, Admissions and Campus Visits
Vanessa has gone above and beyond to help me complete my tasks while I am on a reduced schedule. She always asks if she can help after she has completed her own work. She is diligent, hard working and positive, and she brings a warm and welcoming atmosphere to our office. You are appreciated, Vanessa! —Cheyenne Smith-Sarkkinen, Administrative Assistant 3, Undergraduate Admissions

Lunches with Leaders Guests
Thank you to our fall semester Lunches with Leaders guests: Former Provost Doug Baker, Women's Center Heather Gasser, and Athletics Director Rob Spear. Your willingness to spend an hour with students sharing your journey is invaluable. All of you are incredibly busy so thank you for making the time. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, Department of Student Involvement

KUDO's to Facilities Crew
We are in the process of adding some new staff in Ag Science and the offices they will occupy shortly needed work—lots of work—shelf removal, wall repair, painting, carpet cleaning/stretching and repairs on a filing cabinet. Thanks to your people, it’s Friday and they are completely ready for occupancy! None of this would have been possible without the help and cooperation of Alan Odenborg, Interiors Foreperson; Bart Shumacker, Painter; BJ Schenck, Machine Shop Foreperson; Terri Benscoter, Construction Contract Supervisor; and Pete Haworth, Custodian Foreperson. The coordination of effort was impressive and we are very grateful to them all for responding the way they did. —Kathy Devoe, retired Administrative Assistant II, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

October 2012

Bret Dillon, Project Manager, Architectural and Engineering Services, Facilities
Thanks for your leadership on this project (for his oversight and role in delivering the $660K project renovating the recycling storage warehouse into a modern vehicle engine research facility for the College of Engineering). This remodel will provide a great improvement in our research capabilities. You did a good job juggling a wide variety of issues and requests. Thank you. —Larry Stauffer, Dean, College of Engineering

Tom Witt, University Access Coordinator, Facilities
We appreciate all the facilities people—they are polite and do excellent work. I am writing today to specifically mention Tom Witt, who helped us get a broken key out of our -80°C freezer. He did a great job and was a pleasure to work with. —Patricia Hartzell, faculty, Biological Sciences

Dawn Sundman and Larry Cann, Facilities
I want to commend your staff for doing a great job on the carpets in our Albertson's Building. What a noticeable difference was seen up and down the hallway. Nice work! THANKS! —Jan Mason Rauk, Management and Human Resources, College of Business and Economics

September 2012

Fall Leadership Week
Thank you to all the faculty and staff that presented workshops during Fall Leadership Week, this event would not have been a success without you. Your work will help to influence the next generation of leaders. Thank you.

Jeffery A. Dodge, College of Law, Associate Dean of Students & Administration and Instructor of Law, Ron Walters, College Art and Architecture, Adjunct Faculty Trapper Stewart, College of Law, College of Law Faculty, Director of Externship and Pro Bono Programs, Mike Beiser, Campus Recreation, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Stoll, Professor and Director, Center for ETHICS*, Movement Sciences, Dr. Craig Chatriand, Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, Nick Sanyal, Conservation Social Sciences & Bioregional Planning, and Shannon Haselhuhn, Campus Recreation, Heath Education Coordinator. —Denise Carl, Student Engagement Coordinator, Department of Student Involvement

August 2012

Ron Shaw, Web Coordinator, Division of Finance & Administration
Ron has stepped up on behalf of our entire team with the implementation of a new calendar system and the move away from the WebEdit system. Not to mention, he's still found time to make some A-W-E-S-O-M-E videos to help us all train our units. While he's faced obstacles, hundreds of questions and push-back (yes, even from within our team (I'm pretty sure Ron is rolling his eyes at this piece of this message)), he's handled the moments gracefully and, in my opinion, deserves to be recognized. His project leadership has continued to propel us forward when things may have otherwise reached a standstill. —Johanna Blickenstaff, Web Coordinator, Enrollment Management

Women's Center and LGBTQA Office Staff
Thank you to Heather Gasser, Lysa Salsbury, Julia Keleher, Paige Davies, and Virginia Solan for the three most gratifying years of my work life. I cherish the time I spent working with all of you and will miss seeing you all daily. You are an amazing group of people and, while I'm excited for my new career opportunity, I am so sad to be leaving such a wonderful and positive work environment. Mad props to all of you! —Heather Ebba Maib, Former Women's Center staff

Serving Your New Community Volunteers
Huge thanks to Suzi Billington, Shawn O'Neal and Butch Fealy for volunteering their time to help out with SYNC (Serving Your New Community), our kick off service event for incoming students. We had almost 800 students participate and couldn't have made it all work without their assistance. Another big thanks goes out to Former President Nellis and Dean of Students Bruce Pitman, who both rolled up their sleeves and volunteer on a stream clean up alongside of our students. What a great example set for our community. —Bruce Mann, Coordinator, Center for Volunteerism and Social Action

Shannon Haselhuhn, Program Coordinator, Student Health Services/University Operations
Shannon was instrumental in planning, organizing and facilitating the 2012 Health and REC fair held at the Student Recreation Center on August 28th. Her forward thinking and can-do attitude made the event a huge success. Her goal of increased student participation was definitely met and everyone who participated had a great experience. Way to go! —Brian Mahoney, Operations Supervisor, Campus Recreation

Kim Salisbury, Accountant, General Accounting
Amazing work this summer. Thanks for all that you do!!!!!!!! —Vicki Cooper, Accountant, General Accounting

Heather Taff, Accountant, General Accounting
Amazing work this summer! Thank you for all that you do!!!!!!!! —Vicki Cooper, Accountant, General Accounting

Presenters at the Student Org Advisor Colloquium
KUDOS to Kent Nelson-General Counsel, Carry Salonen-Risk Specialist, Bill Smith-Director, Martin Institute, Bruce Mann-Coordinator Volunteer Center, and Colleen Quinn-Director, Department of Student Involvement. All these folks presented at the student organization advisor colloquium on Friday, August 24. Without their expertise this event would not have been successful. Thank you for your time and knowledge. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Department of Student Involvement

July 2012

Payroll Victory Team
Amber Wilson and Myung Chun-EPAFs/HR Dept., Jill Robertson-Budget Dept., Mellody Miller-COS, and Lisa Marquez-Payroll Dept. I'd like to give THANKS & KUDOS to these employees who worked as a TEAM and helped me gain VICTORY over a payroll problem. This is the kind of inter-departmental cooperation that makes the University of Idaho a great place to work! Thank you so very much! —Deb Cissell, Administrative Assistant 2, Department of Chemistry

Judy Dinwiddle, Movement Sciences
Judy is always gracious when I appear in her office, often sweaty and out of breath from playing soccer, looking for help with one thing or another. Coming through with ice packs for an injured player with the International Soccer Club last week is par for the course—but oh-so-appreciated! —Bill Smith, Director, Martin Institute

Renfrew Hall Team
I'd like to offer my sincere compliments to your Facilities operation for the superb job that the custodial staff is doing in Renfrew. I've been here a long time and I cannot ever remember this much attention being devoted to physical appearance of this building. I don't know that this poor old building can ever sparkle but your staff is doing their very best to make that happen. Over the years I've gotten to know a good many of the custodial staff and have always admired their dedication, work ethic and sense of humor. The team that is in Renfrew is superb and I hope that you will officially relay my compliments to them. —Tom Bitterwolf, Academic Faculty, Chemistry

Most of Section A staff in Renfrew Hall this last month in doing projects to make the building look good. The supervisors are Kerry Russell, the Custodial Foreperson, and Bonnie Bernstein, the Team Cleaning Lead. Here are the names of the staff who had a hand in making Renfrew Hall look good this last month: Floria Pitkin, Ben Lecoultre, Nathan Bingham, Jacy Van Pelt, Jim Nelson, Kathy Haworth, Corilynn Rice, Jamie Frausto, Scott Springer, Mellisa Stoor, Keith Rutler, Josh Manni, Guy Schmidtlein, Joanna Clark, Mikal Krogstand, Sasha Nowack.

June 2012

Shana Codr, Administrative Assistant II, 4-H Youth Development
Administrative Assistant Shana Codr needs to be recognized for her accounting innovations. The loss of a full-time financial technician in our department left a void that has remained unfilled. Last year we did not collect all 4-H conference registration and workshop fees due simply because we did not have staff to perform this task. Shana said she was willing to work on the problem, and designed a system that eliminated most data entry, streamlined accounting practices, and reduced workloads for our office, administrative staff, accounts payable, and county Extension offices. There are no words to express how grateful we are for her hard work and cheerful demeanor during several stressful months in our office. —Claudine Zender, Extension Associate, 4-H Youth Development

Catherine Weitz, Application Administrator, ITS
Thank you to Catherine Weitz, who worked with the VandalWeb technical team to modify the View Document screen in the Finance tab to automatically flood in document text for the document approver. This change is a great improvement to the functionality of the Approve Documents list. I really appreciated Catherine's responsiveness to my request for the change and her ability to liaise with the technical team to make sure it got done. Thanks to the team that worked on this as well! You all helped make my job a little easier. :) —Cheyenne Smith-Sarkkinen, Administrative Assistant 3, Admissions

Key UI Participants—Facilities
Kudos to Ben Camp, Project Manager; Butch Fullerton, Construction Manager; and Phil Livelsberger and Meredyth Whiteman, Landscape Irrigation System Coordinators. “I have been meaning to send this email forever. I just wanted to say thank you for the beautification project on Perimeter Drive. I love the new lights (and took advantage of better visibility when the days were shorter), the trees, the path, everything. It looks amazing! Thank you for all the hard work to make that entrance/exit to campus look wonderful!” —Claudia Wohlfeil, Site Operations Coordinator, University of Idaho Bookstore

Kris Roby, College Advisor, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Kris not only helped guide me through some important decision making as a staff member who is also a student, she provided extra help when registration was tricky. I later discovered that she was cheerfully assisting me while on vacation. Thank you for your dedication! I so appreciate your expertise and commitment. —Dixie Kearney, Training Specialist, Professional Development and Learning

Tutoring and Academic Assistance Programs Staff
Suzi Billington as the Director of TAAP and the entire TAAP staff needs to be recognized for the outstanding work they do to provide access and success support for students at UI. At our recent spring in service session, the TAAP staff under the leadership of Suzi Billington, managed to update and improve the TAAP mission and vision statements. We were able to do this because of the amazing team we have in TAAP. This successful teamwork is what allows us to the best job possible. Thanks for being such wonderfu colleagues these past two years. —Sara Stout, Manager, Tutoring and College Success

Danial Bleile, Web Coordinator, UCM and Research
Danial, I just want to tell you thank you for everything you do! You constantly step up to help the rest of the team out, and neither the Web Communications team nor the University of Idaho staff would be complete without you. You've stepped up as the analytics guru, and most recently, go-to-person for the little development requests we don't want to admit we need help with. You're an awesome co-worker and person, and I can't thank you enough! —Johanna Blickenstaff, Web Coordinator, UCM and Enrollment Management

Heather Ropelato, Assistant Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions
Heather has taken me under her wing these past weeks and helped mentor me in my new position. I have benefited from her tutelage to say the least and it is very much appreciated. Thanks Heather! —Forrest Johnson, Assistant Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions

May 2012

Marty Lunt, Payroll Technician, Payroll & Benefit Services
Marty answered a concern regarding an adjustment that I made with a payroll form. She was extremely helpful and explained what I needed to do to correct the issue. She did not give me the run-around and I really appreciated her positive attitude! Marty you rock! —Karen Gillespie, Academic Advisor, College of Business and Economics

Todd Young, Web Specialist, CALS Educational Communication
Todd is beyond AWESOME!!! Not only did he create a system for me to track position authorization forms AND a system for departments to request EPAFs for centralization of EPAFs... he ALSO created a tracking system for requesting exceptions to IH searches!!!! Todd is my hero and makes my life easier!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! —Charity Buchert, Personnel and Diversity Coordinator, CALS Administrative Services

Ray Pankopf, Director of A and E Service, Facilities
Topic is the new Donor Wall at the Administration Building lobby. Thank you for the time and talent you so generously invested in making the donor wall a reality. The events of last week were magical and they have set the stage for our future in important ways that I don’t think we will fully appreciate for some time. The confidence and pride that filled our faculty, staff and alumni was priceless. That confidence will pay dividends for many years to come. I want to tell you personally how grateful I am for your support and for all you for THE University of Idaho. —Christopher D. Murray, Vice President, University Advancement

Video Communication, ITS
Major KUDOS to Daryl Power & Dee Thompson! We had a mishap and a $10,000 piece of videoconferencing equipment fell off its perch and Daryl and Dee came to our rescue by getting us up and running again in time for our next class with CDA. Thank you both for your optimism, quick response, and in taking care of us. Thank you! —Debra Rumford, Desktop Publishing Specialist/Technical Support, Family and Consumer Sciences

April 2012

Ron Shaw, Web Coordinator, University Communications and Marketing
Ron saved the day for us twice this last week. Though he was busy, he made time to help us through some urgent and complex web issues and helped to make the online Banner training classes function correctly. Above and beyond! Thank you, Ron! —Dixie, Julie and Elissa, Professional Development and Learning

Building Services Staff at the Commons and TLC
A big thank you goes out to the Building Services team at the Commons and TLC. These staff members keep our buildings in great shape, even during periods of high traffic. On Vandal Fridays they went above and beyond their regularly exceptional work, helping direct lost parents and students, and helping them to feel welcome. Great job! —Glen Kauffman, IFA Coordinator, ASUI

Ted Unzicker, Scheduling Coordinator, Registrar's Office
I appreciate Ted being on top of things with fall registration going on, especially since he's new to the job. He was able to quickly approve COWS for me that allowed registration to continue smoothly. Thanks a bunch Ted! —Lucinda (Cindy) Blum, Office Specialist II, Movement Sciences

Kelly McGahan, Kibbie Dome Assistant Manager
I was responsible for setting up the Vandal Friday table for the Golf Course last Friday the 13th. My sister was in the hospital in Coeur d'Alene and I was traveling back and forth. Kelly found me a cart to unload and store my decorations on and then let me leave my table decorations in her office Thursday afternoon. My plan was to be back around 9:00 am to set up my table Friday morning. I left Thursday to go to the hospital, got home around 11 pm and was at the Kibbie Dome by 9 am Friday. I was tired and stressed. When I walked into Kelly's office to get the cart to take my decorations into the dome to set up my table, I was met by Kelly and she said "I had some free time so I set up your table for you." WOW!!! It was perfect. Nothing nicer could have been done for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. —Kandy Nelson, Operation's Coordinator, Golf Course

Angie Sowers, Enrollment Specialist, Coeur d'Alene
A big thank you to Angie Sowers for going above and beyond our expectations here in Coeur d'Alene in ALL that she does. She's a welcome site for students walking through the door at the Harbor Center. She takes on any task with a smile and a positive attitude and is the first to volunteer for extra projects. I especially appreciate her assistance with recruitment, Commencement and the student Easter Egg hunt this spring! —Becky Byers, Coordinator of Recruiting and Advising, Coeur d'Alene

Jana Joyce, Program Specialist, Mathematics
Jana is currently assisting in CNR with research proposals and I have the privilege of working closely with her. She is juggling two departments and doing a FABULOUS job! I really appreciate her quick work and upbeat personality! —Sarah Martonick, Sponsored Programs Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs

March 2012

Clarence Catt, Foreperson, Custodian, Idaho Commons and Student Union
The Payroll and Benefits Team would like to thank Clarence for all the extra attention to detail and great customer service that he and his team provided to us while preparing for and conducting the "Employee Health Fair" on March 28th. He was awesome to work with and is so appreciated by our department. Thank you Clarence, great job!!!!! —Susan Clark, Director, Payroll and Benefits

Lois Rasmussen, Administrative Assistant III, TRiO Projects
Representing our projects at Policy Seminar this week, juggling the needs of 6 projects within our department, and generally working so hard to make our jobs easier. —Ali Bretthauer, SVUB Project Specialist, College of Education - TRiO Projects

Kai Coldsnow & Shelby Owens—Sound, Production & Lighting
Deepest thanks and appreciation to Kai Coldsnow & Shelby Owens for providing sound services for the Women's Center's celebration of International Women's Day! You truly helped ensure that our event flowed smoothly and incident-free! —Lysa Salsbury, Program Coordinator, Women's Center

Doug Vandenboom, Buyer, Purchasing
Kudos to Doug Vandenboom for being consistently helpful, cheerful, and efficient. Doug has been invaluable in putting together many very detailed RFQ's for equipment for the classrooms. Thanks Doug! —Greg Clifford, Manager, ITS Classroom Technology Services

Angela Thornberry, Maintenance Craftsperson, Idaho Commons and Student Union
Angela, thank you for your hard work and dedication all the time, but especially with the additional work in the ASUI office as of late. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, ASUI 

Ryan Edinborough, HR Assistant, Human Resources
Thank you for all that you do to help our U of I New Employees get off to a good start! Your monthly visits to New Employee Welcome are appreciated! —Elissa Keim, Manager, Professional Development & Learning

Spring Leadership Dinner Facilitators
Greg Tatham, Ray Gasser, Amanda Mollet, Clint Payton, Heather Gasser, Jim Ekins, Bill Smith, Kelli Schrand, Kodjotse (Ro) Afatchao, Radhika Sehgal, Glen (denise) Kauffman, Jerry Galloway, Sharon Fritz, and Christina Kerns. Thank you for helping to make the spring leadership dinner with Vernon Wall a success by serving as a facilitator! —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, ASUI 

February 2012

Shawn O Neal, Manager/Adviser, Student Media
KUDOS for your help with the Ron Paul event. —Brian Moyer, Event/Security Coordinator, Idaho Commons & Student Union 

Cretia Bunney, Payroll Manager, Payroll and Benefit Services
Soooo grateful that Cretia is looking out to make sure people get paid when supervisors such as myself forget to approve time sheets! Thank you, Cretia! —Bill Smith, Director, Martin Institute/International Studies

Ann-Marie Bilderback, Sponsored Programs Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs
Words cannot express how much I appreciate her help and advice on proposal submissions. She is always so kind and helpful - Thank You Ann-Marie! —Cody Williams, Grants and Contracts Compliance Specialist, CALS Administrative Services

Phillip Sertich, Building Maintenance Craftsperson, UI Coeur d' Alene
Philip is an asset to UI NI. This past winter I worked many late cold nights. He was very attentive: always checking in on me, walking me to my car or watching as I left the building—ensuring my safety at all times. He makes UI NI a great place to work. —Marcee Hartzell, Director, College of Education - TRIO

Krystal Flack, Administrative Assistant, Landscape Architecture
Krystal provides exceptional support across the college with unwavering energy and commitment. We are fortunate to have Krystal as a member of our community and recognize her outstanding performance, integrity, humanity, professionalism, and initiative. —Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Professor, Architecture and Interior Design

Kim Malm, Management Assistant, Auxiliary Services
My gratitude to Kim for her recent help getting a new caterer's paperwork completed and approved so quickly. Because of her quick responses, we were able to complete the process in time for a stakeholder to hold an important training in our facility. —Elaine Kempton, Administrative Assistant, College of Law - Boise

Krystal Flack, Administrative Assistant II, Landscape Architecture/College of Art & Architecture
Krystal is always professional in her work habits. She is very thoughtful and goes out of her way to respond to students and the rest of us! The College of Art & Architecture is very fortunate to have Krystal as one of our team members. —Ellen McKenzie, Management Assistant, College of Art & Architecture

Peter Haworth, Custodial Foreman, Facilities/Building Services
THANK YOU so much for quickly responding and dealing with a yucky situation in Admin. It is people like you that keep our buildings beautiful, and you are very much appreciated! —Elissa Keim, Manager, Professional Development & Learning

Mark Edwards, Assist. to the President for Diversity, Equity and Community & Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Our first Lunches with Leaders was a success, thank you to Mark Edwards to sharing your story with students in such an authentic way. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, ASUI

January 2012

Bruce Mann, Justin Brown, Butch Fealy & Robert Tyler
Thank you to Bruce Mann (ASUI Student Engagement), Justin Brown (Campus Dining), Butch Fealy (Student Recreation), and Robert Tyler (law student) for serving as moderators for College Bowl. From Black Eyed Peas lyrics to adenosine triphosphate, your time is appreciated in reading some very difficult questions. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, ASUI

Marty Lunt, Payroll Technician, Payroll and Benefit Services
Marty Lunt has always been so pleasant and helpful in answering our department's payroll questions. She gets back to us quickly and goes above and beyond to research any issues that come up, answer our questions, and help our employees. Thank you, Marty! —Cheyenne Smith-Sarkkinen, Administrative Assistant III, Admissions

Landscape and Grounds, Facilities
Facilities Landscape crew—Thanks for a great job at snow and ice removal and keeping our UI campus safe! Coming in at 5 am isn't fun, but we appreciate it! —Cheri Cole, Administrative Assistant II, College of Graduate Studies

Kenneth McCurry, Dawn Sundman, and Kelly Cooley, Facilities
[Excerpted] I would like you to know how much I appreciate the work of you and so many of your employees, which supports our program and helps us provide a high quality setting for our early childhood program. I requested extra help in improving the appearance of our floors in the Child Development Laboratory. They were clean, but the fall semester activities with groups of young children had taken their toll on the shiny finish we enjoyed beginning the school year with. Although not in their schedule, Kenneth McCurry quickly responded, providing not only the care of the floors, but helpful explanations about the floor care routines the teams have determined to work best. When I thanked Kenneth afterward, he explained that Dawn Sundman and Kelly Cooley, in particular, were responsible for the additional wax and resulting beautiful shine now reflecting from our floors, which took the team several hours to complete. We are thankful for ALL you do for us and we do appreciate you every day, and I often tell many people how fortunate I am to work at the University of Idaho, and about how wonderful our facilities support is. —Suzanne Planck, Director of Child Development Lab, Family and Consumer Sciences 

Kim Osborne, Grants & Contracts Specialist, College of Natural Resources
I would like to thank Kim for her extreme attention to detail, positive attitude and amazing ability to multi-task. She is an amazing asset to this University and deserves recognition. —Sarah Martonick, Sponsored Programs Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs

Jamie Garlinghouse, Graduation & Commencement Services Specialist, Registrar's Office
For having a great attitude, being a pleasure to work with, and being so very competent with degree questions. —Katie Strittmatter, Assistant Director of Retention, CALS Academic Programs

Julie Clarkson, Administrative Services Manager, University Advancement
I would like to thank Julie for her dedication and commitment to the Advancement group. I appreciate her positive & professional attitude and always taking the time to help even when she's busy. —Irma Sixtos,
Administrative Assistant III, Advancement Services


Steve Merriam, Team Cleaning Lead, Student Recreation Center
A Safety Buck for Steve's 2011 efforts in doing weekly test/flushing of all 4 emergency eyewash units at SRC. More important than a dollar is knowing these units will do their job in the event of a chemical splash on skin/eyes. Thanks Steve! —Rob Miller, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety

December 2011

Marsha Benson, Telecommunications Supervisor, ITS Telephone Services
Marsha is so incredibly kind, helpful and willing to answer the silliest questions all the time. I appreciate the work that she does on this campus and it is always done with a smile. —Denise Carl, Coordinator, Student Engagement, ASUI

Guy Schmidtlein, Team Cleaning Specialist, Facilities
Guy truly takes pride in his work, and we appreciate it! He notices what needs to be cleaned, and makes sure it gets accomplished. We've rarely been cleaner. Guy is friendly and full of good humor; always greets us as he makes his rounds. Thanks, Guy! —Elaine, Molly and Becky Queener, Steiner and Schoenberg—the office girls in Mechanical Engineering

Linda Sheperd, Technical Records Specialist II, ITS - Records Management
I want to send a HUGE thanks to Linda Shepard for all her help with the many files we've had in records over the years. She is an absolute UI gem and is always a joy to work with! Thanks Linda...you're the best! —Donna Crenshaw, Office Manager, Career Center

Rachel Halsey, Assistant Director of College Recruiting, CALS
On behalf of the Staff Affairs Committee—Kudos and a BIG THANK YOU to Rachel Halsey (Chair) for all her outstanding work and leadership she has done for Staff Affairs and she will be missed greatly. —Amber Crowley, Web Coordinator, College of Business & Economics and College of Education 

Glenda Bull, Telecommunications Coordinator, ITS-Telephone Services
Thanks to Glenda who successfully led the troubleshoot efforts in fixing the phone lines in CALS. Glenda is gracious, professional and great at her job. Thanks! —Kathy DeVoe, Admin, CALS

Bruce Pancheri (Plumbing Shop Foreman) & Elmer Johnson (Plumber/Water Systems)
Once again I want to thank you all for taking such excellent care of our Swim Center. Your diligent work and attention to the detail of our water quality has had a positive impact. Along with the human effort the recent upgrades has produced one of the finest aquatic facilities in the nation. All the best and THANK YOU! Your efforts are appreciated! —Dan Lawson, Aquatics Director, USS/Swim Center

November 2011

Althea Flegel, Program Coordinator, Idaho EPSCoR
Congratulations on leading organization of the 22nd National EPSCoR Conference and for the recognition you received from the National Science Foundation and the EPSCoR Community. Your hard work and dedication left an outstanding impression for Idaho. —Rick Schumaker, Project Administrator, Idaho EPSCoR

Melissa Husebye, Administrative Assistant, Finance and Administration
Melissa’s cheerful attitude and positive approaches has made the Risk unit’s staffing transition a good experience for those in our unit and the community we assist. Thank you, Melissa. You’re the best! —Carry Salonen, Risk Specialist, Risk Management

Judy Colbeck, Benefits Specialist, Payroll and Benefits Services
I would like to thank Judy for her quick response to an issue I experienced with AvantServe. She solved the problem in a few hours and was very pleasant. —Sarah Martonick, Sponsored Programs Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs

Fall Leadership Conference
I would like to extend a thank you to the following folks: Barry Bilderback, Charity Buchert, Alton Campbell, Mychal Coleman, Trevor Fulton, Jami Hinshaw, Sasha Johnson, Christina Kerns, Kelli Laxson, Bruce Mann, Cori Planagan, Beth Riggin, Leslie Rist, Mike Simpson, James Wagner and Jordyn Wright for presenting at this year’s Fall Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 15. The conference wouldn’t have been a success without you! —Denise Carl, Coordinator, ASUI Student Engagment and Leadership Programs

Marketing and Communications
A special "Thank you" to Marketing and Communications for paying for the cost of color printing of the "What is Staff Affairs?" brochure given out at the Staff Appreciation Fair. —Debra Rumford, Desktop Publishing Specialist/Technical Support, School of Family and Consumer Sciences 

Joe Pallen, Photo Specialist II, Photographic Services
Kudo's to Joe Pallen, recently won an award for his photos for the University. See more in the next Staff Affairs newsletter. —Chris Cooney, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications

October 2011

Shelby Silflow, Assistant Manager, John Bales, Director - Bookstore  
Thank you Shelby, John and the rest of the VandalStore team for your amazing work on the “Throw the Vandal V” event! Your efforts, commitment, and team spirit give true meaning to VANDAL PRIDE! Thank you!! —Chris Cooney, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications

Tim Roberts, Colin Hines, John Ackers, Campus Security - Emergency Services
A huge thank you to the members of the Allied Barton security team who provided an escort and traffic control for the "Take Back The Night" march. You did a fantastic job! Thank you! —Lysa Salsbury, Program Coordinator, UI Women's Center

Russell Walgamott, Violence Prevention Programs (B.E.A.R. coordinator)
A special shout-out and heartfelt thank you to Russell Walgamott for your tremendous efforts and hard work in helping to plan and publicize this year's "Take Back The Night." It was a great event, thanks in large part to your important contributions. —Lysa Salsbury, Program Coordinator, UI Women's Center

Shawn O'Neal, The Argonanut Staff
We wanted to thank Shawn and the staff at the Argonaut for their generous donation for the Take Back the Night Ad. We had an amazing turn out to stand up against violence on our campus! We appreciate all you do. —Violence Prevention Program/ Valerie Russo UI Women's Center/Lysa Salsbury

September 2011

Campus Mail Services Team
Kudos to the mail team! This was quite a job—over 24,000 pieces, 2 pieces per envelope that had to be hand stuffed… and all the large mailing envelopes came with the flap partially glued shut on them, so they had to be unstuck by hand, then resealed once they had the information in it. All on about a 2 week deadline. —Charles Zillinger, Director - Landscape & Exterior Services, Facilities

Staff Affairs Committee Personnel
On behalf of myself that was the best Staff Appreciation lunch I ever had. Bravo Zulu folks. —Joe Groves, Inventory Specialist, Asset Accounting

Lisa Marquez, Payroll Accountant, Payroll and Benefit Services
Lisa always always goes over and above for those of us in need. Payroll is vital to each of us and it helps to have a dept full of such helpful, polite, knowledgeable staff! —Theresa Albright, Financial Assistant, Kimberly Research & Extension Center

Heather Taff, Accountant, General Accounting
A great big Thank You to Heather Taff for all of the extra time and effort she has given in the last few months. Regarless of how busy she is, she is always willing to go above and beyond to help in anyway she can. Thanks Heather!!!!!!! —Vicki Cooper, Sr. Accountant, Controller

Michelle Wheeler, Administrative Assistant II, Research and Economic Development
Thank you to Michelle Wheeler for her outstanding work in organizing the Staff Appreciation Fair! —Shishona Turner, Administrative Assistant II, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Jim Logan, Communications Specialist, Registrar's Office
Thank you to Jim Logan for his outstanding work in organizing the Staff Appreciation Fair! —Shishona Turner, Administrative Assistant II, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Linda Shepard, Technical Records Specialist 2, ITS-Records Management
Thank you for always being so helpful and pleasant. We apprciate you! From the staff at Purchasing. —Cynthia Adams, Administrative Assistant II, Purchasing Services

Larry Chin, Principal Architect, Facilities
Kudos of appreciation to Larry Chinn and his team for the early opening of the loading/parking lot adjacent to the library during the installation project of the chilled water lines. Thanks so much! —Carol Mayer, Library Assistant 3, Library

Peg Hamlett, Fitness Manager, Campus Recreation
Special Kudos to Peg Hamlett! You truly went the extra mile to rearrange a schedule and find the additional resources needed to accommodate my request. I did not anticipate the request being fulfilled this semester, much less in a few days. Wow! Thanks so much! —Jeanie Levinski, Financial Aid Advisor, Student Financial Aid Office