December 2018 Staff Council Newsletter
November Staff Member of the Month
Kathy Haworth, Team Cleaning Specialist – Facilities
Kathy is always attentive to any need. She has helped with light fixtures and given me information about how to get things fixed or done.
She was gone for a bit, and it showed. Now that she is back, my carpet is clean as well as anything else that she is responsible for.
Thank you Kathy for your work!
Kathy was nominated by Cynthia Piez, Senior Instructor Mathematics
December Staff Council Meeting
Staff Council will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 9-11 a.m. in the Brink Hall Faculty Staff Lounge. All University of Idaho staff are welcome to attend. You may also watch on Zoom.
Expanded Staff Library Borrowing Privileges
Staff library borrowing privileges have been expanded to match those of grad students and faculty—staff can now borrow books for 120 days with renewals upon request, as opposed to the previous six-week loan period.
Suicide Prevention Training
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. It is an evidenced-based, 1-hour training program to help faculty, staff and students respond to someone in a mental health crisis and thinking about suicide. Participants will learn how to: recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope, and get help and save a life. The next training will take place December 11 in Commons Aurora. Visit www.uidho.edu/qpr to pre-register.
Save the Date: Women’s Leadership Conference
The University of Idaho and Washington State University are collaboratively hosting a Women’s Leadership Conference April 3 at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow. Registration opens in January.
The conference will explore the theme "Finding Your Power: Cultivating Authentic Leadership." This year’s theme speaks to the importance of culture change through individual and shared empowerment, cultivating leadership through positive, open and honest relationships; and building a diverse and innovative community to create dynamic, respectful and inclusive work environments.
Change to the Academic Calendar
The UCC (University Curriculum Committee) and Faculty Senate have recommended to amend the Academic Calendar for the 2019-20 and 2026-27 academic years. During these two academic years, the fall semester will begin one week later than originally planned. The change was made to eliminate an extra week that was accidentally added to the academic calendar. The extra week would have created administrative issues in payroll for faculty on standard pay. The recommendation has now been sent to the president for final approval.
Free Footwear Traction Devices Still Available
Winter has arrived in Idaho, so if you haven't gotten your free traction devices yet, make your move now. To be eligible, you must be a university faculty or staff member covered by the workers compensation program. Additionally, Facilities, ITS and Auxiliary Services employees participate in their own internal programs and are not eligible for this traction device program.
To get a pair for yourself:
- Complete the Traction Device Program form and bring it with you to either U of I Risk (TLC 048 and 049) or Environmental Health and Safety (1108 W 6th Street) – blank forms will not be available at these offices.
- Bring your Vandal Card.
- You must pick up your devices in person; requests via email or campus mail cannot be fulfilled.
- You must pick up your own pair of devices; someone may not come pick them up for you.
- We suggest bringing the winter shoes/boots you will wear with these devices to ensure a good fit.
Sponsored by Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety. Off-campus centers: We are reviewing the program with the possibility of expanding to other locations.
Vandal Staff in the News
Monze Stark, Associate Director of Multicultural Admissions is featured in Idaho Education News for her work with Avanza!, a multicultural focused recruitment event for future Vandals.
Rake Up Boise
“We ‘Vandalized’ some backyards last weekend as the #Vandal team for Rake Up Boise. This one will need a second visit and we’ll be happy to come back. We had a great team of #UIdaho alumni and @UIboise staff.”
A small crew returned to the yard the following weekend and finished it.
North Idaho Legislative Tour comes to U of I Coeur d’Alene
The 2018 North Idaho Legislative Tour made a stop on November 12 at the computer science department in Coeur d’Alene for a short student presentation and tour of the CS space. Educators and staff gave lawmakers an opportunity to experience some of the great hands-on student projects and demos. If you’d like to visit the computer science space the next time you’re in Coeur d’Alene, contact Carrie Morrison, CS CDA Department Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org | 208-292-2509.
U of I Coeur d’Alene kicks off the holiday season
Employees in northern Idaho and their families gathered on November 30 at the residence of AVP Charles Buck for the annual U of I Coeur d’Alene Holiday Party. Chef Buck prepared delicious entrees and staff shared their favorite homemade accompaniments and desserts. U of I Coeur d’Alene wishes all of the university a very happy holiday season!
<Code> d’Alene kicks off to celebrate Computer Science Education Week
U of I Coeur d’Alene, working in partnership with Gizmo-CDA Makerspace and North Idaho College, kicked off the 2nd year of <Code> d’Alene, a week of events celebrating Computer Science Education Week during December 3-8. Organizers started the week off with an Hour of Code, a national introductory coding event that attracted over 30 K-12 students and their parents to the CDA session. Other events include: Coding for Tots, Adult Intro to Python, and Immersive Technology Day.