February 2018 Staff Council Newsletter
Ergonomics and Your Work Space
Ergonomics is the practice of making the work space and equipment fit the person. Many of us step into a work station or office that was set up for our predecessor, who may have been several inches taller or shorter. Don’t try to live with this! Request an ergonomic assessment of your work space and tools. You may receive recommendations on re-arranging your equipment, become aware of habits that affect your comfort and productivity, and discuss tools that may support your career at U of I.
Not only do ergonomics reduce stress and increase productivity, it also improves employee attitudes towards their job, as they feel better and happier. A strong safety culture boosts productivity, employee morale and employee retention. A strong ergonomics integration prevents injuries and increases productivity. Together, they make the U of I safer while reducing costs.
Because the workplace can be a changing environment, it is important to take time to complete a Job Hazard Analysis to identify any potential hazards and apply administrative controls to mitigate any problems that are identified. U of I Environmental Health and Safety can assist your department in determining if other measures need to be taken to reduce risk of injury. If you are feeling pain, you should stop, evaluate and ask for assistance. To schedule your own ergonomics evaluation, contact Environmental Health and Safety at 208-885-6524 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Your Voice in Staff Council
Staff members are an integral part of the University of Idaho community. Staff Council is dedicated to studying the issues, problems, welfare and working conditions for staff. The committee represents all board-appointed employees from all campuses and centers of the University of Idaho community.
Your university peers invite you to use your voice on this very important, influential committee. Come help us create a better working environment for all and discuss the issues that really matter to you and your coworkers. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. in the Paul Joyce Faculty Staff Lounge, and we welcome everyone to attend and participate in person or via Zoom. All meetings include presentations from key stakeholders on campus, policy changes, university-wide committee reports, Staff Compensation Task Force updates and much, much more.
Interested candidates are encouraged to join us at our next meeting, February 14, 2018 to gain a better understanding of Staff Council and our role within the university. Those wishing to pursue becoming a member of Staff Council, please seek approval from your supervisor and then fill out the application form.
If you have any questions or comments, please email Staff Council Executives at email@example.com. We would enjoy hearing from you and look forward to meeting you!
—Staff Council Executive Team
University of Idaho February Staff Member of the Month
A big thank you to Chris Menter (Registrar's Office). She, Delora Shoop (Student Accounts) and Karee Head (Admissions) helped with a sticky situation. A new method of fee assessment caused problems with the charges for our American Language & Culture Program students. Delora and Chris not only solved the problem within a few hours, they both looked at each individual record of approximately 50 ALCP students to make sure each one was corrected. Karee helped investigate the mystery with her expertise. We are impressed with their eagerness & speed at finding a solution, and grateful for the time and care they invested into making it all right. Thank you so much!
Nominated by Ashleigh Bright, Program Coordinator, American Language & Culture Program.
Heidi Rogers named Kootenai Health Foundation Board Member
Congratulations to Heidi Rogers (Cd’A Harbor Center staff) who was just named Kootenai Health Foundation's newest board member! Heidi will serve a 3-year term with the board. This adds to a long list of volunteer work and community involvement for Heidi. Great work!
Healthy Holiday Challenge Winners
Campus Recreation announces the winners of its Healthy Holiday Challenge! The goal was to help stay consistent with workouts during a very busy and calorie-filled time of year.
Fitbit Charge provided by Blue Cross of Idaho
Harriet Shaklee | FCS Elves #2
Stacey Anderson | Dewey Decimators
Angela Shears | A Team
Josh Escusa | #PutDownTheCookie
Schuyler Smith | Are We There Yet?
Christina Allen | Elves Off the Shelf 2.0
1st Place Team
Team will receive a lunch provided by Staff Council
Blizzard Division: #PutDownTheCookie | Leslie Hammes, Meggie Cafferty, Zach Thompson and Josh Escusa.
Mistletoe Division: The Slay Bells | Jennifer Radil, Jill Robertson, Lisa Ormond, Linda Campos and Elaina McIntosh-Perry
Snowflake Division: Dewy Decimators | Emma Altman, Stacey Anderson, Lori Bonner and Rebecca Marquez
2nd Place Team
T-shirt from the Classic Collection provided by the VandalStore
Mistletoe Division: Fallen Angels | Patricia Baker, Will Robinson, Kelvin Daniels and Megan Grennile
Snowflake Division: Waist Removal, Inc. | Amanda Snyder, Cinda Williams, Soren Newman, Lorie Higgins and Colette DePhelps.
Allen Taggart | U of I Assistant Professor and 4-H Extension Educator | Ada County Extension
Allen Taggart is thrilled to be joining U of I Ada County Extension 4-H program as the new Extension Educator.
A California native from Merced, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from BYU and a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University from the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences, where he studied youth program quality and structuring experiences within Texas 4-H.
Allen first began working with 4-H as a volunteer club leader in Utah as a student in college. He has been a site coordinator for the Utah County 4-H Mentoring program and has also volunteered extensively with various youth organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub master and Cub Scouts Den Leader. He is a certified NASP archery instructor.
Allen is inspired by 4-H’s commitment to “learn by doing” and getting kids outdoors, as well as by Richard Louv’s book "Last Child in the Woods." He has a passion for positive youth development, creating memorable experiences, outdoor education, helping others through meaningful service, and building relationships of trust. He looks forward to implementing 4-H programs that meet the developmental needs of youth in Ada County. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and children, as well as bird watching and rock climbing.
Spring Experts on Tap Series
Starting February 13th, the Experts on Tap Series will feature talks on research and passion projects of university experts from Moscow. Experts will include:
- Dr. Terry Grieb | Department of Business | Discussing the robo-advising phenomenon in the financial industry and the impact it may have on the future (February 13)
- Dr. Jodie Nicotra | Department of English | Discussing our perception of germs and relationships to them (March 7)
- Dr. Sally Machlis & Delphine Keim | Dept. of Art + Design | Discussing a project they collaborated on with U of I professor/entomologist Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode that gave artistic and visual life to research about the humble aphid (March 29)
Talks are free and hosted in various locations in Cd’A. To learn more about the topics, speakers and locations, go to www.expertsontap.eventbrite.com.
Mandarin Chinese and Nonprofit Leadership Classes and Workshops This Spring
U of I Coeur d’Alene offers unique classes and workshops throughout the year as a way to engage the community with non-traditional education opportunities. Take a look if you’re in the area or share with friends and/or family who might find these classes meaningful!
- Learn Mandarin Chinese with Chan Lin from U of I’s Confucius Institute! Find more info and sign up.
- The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences proudly presents spring 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Classes. Courses are designed to serve our nonprofit community by building meaningful skills for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members. Information and registration.
Carly Shelton, Administrative Coordinator, Kootenai County Extension Office
Carly was born in Coeur d’Alene and grew up in Woodland Park, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Administration at Lewis-Clark State College. Carly previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for North Idaho Family Physicians – Kootenai Urgent Care before coming to work for the university, where she looks forward to professional growth and community involvement opportunities. Carly married her husband Brad in July of last year and they have two black labs named Pancakes and Waffles. Carly enjoys running half-marathons and half-Ironmans; fishing; and spending time with family and friends.
Abigail Overfelt, Advising Specialist for Cd’A CLASS Department
Abigail (Abby) Overfelt grew up in Moscow, Idaho and completed her Bachelor’s of Sociology at the University of Idaho. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Seattle to experience city life and explore career opportunities. Through this exploration, she found that her passion truly lies in higher education, and decided to return to her Alma Mater. She loves to do anything and go anywhere her 7-month-old black lab puppy, Auggie, can go.