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May 2018 Staff Council Newsletter


April Staff Member of the Month

Jason Swanby – ITS Project Manager, ITS

Jason received two nominations this month from grateful stakeholders:

"Jason has taken the lead for the Independent Study in Idaho Migration from Banner 9 group. I appreciate his professionalism, patience and guidance as we work through the project."
Nominator: Sherrie Metlen, Manager Independent Study in Idaho

"Jason Swanby has been helping our department (ISI) with the new Banner 9.  He takes the time to hear us, then explains the ITS side of things. Here on campus that is a rarity as most people are talking, not listening. Jason is very supportive of our goals along with all that we want with the new Banner 9 or possible getting a new system. He is very professional and gets information sent via email about meetings in a quick turn-around time."
Nominator: Bonnie Whismore, Registration Coordinator Independent Study in Idaho

Jason Swanby
Jason Swanby

Woman of the Year

Summer Howard is the 2018 recipient of the Athena Women of the Year award. This award is given annually to women who have demonstrated clear and sustained dedication to women’s professional enhancement at the University of Idaho. Women of the Year are those who truly represent the mission of Athena and fearlessly engage both professionally and personally in making changes that support and forward the mission of Athena. These are women who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide mentorship to other women, advocate for an inclusive and supportive climate, volunteering and engaging across the university in ways that carry out in word and deed the mission of Athena. Nominees may also be engaged in other efforts, beyond our campus.

Summer is Customer Service Lead, Parking and Transportation Services and Chair of Staff Council. In addition to being a dedicated employee, community member and mentor, Summer Howard has accomplished multiple noteworthy endeavors. Currently serving as Chair of Staff Council, she also was on the Operations and Logistics Committee for the Women’s Leadership Conference in 2015. She is a current member of the Women in Parking Group and Professional Development Committee, and a former Athena member. Howard has participated in Take Back the Night, managed women’s and co-ed softball and Moscow United Soccer Team, and is a Scouts Den Leader. She also volunteers for United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

Summer Howard
Summer Howard

2018 Staff Awards

On April 24, the U of I held a Staff Award Luncheon to honor staff who have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. Staff who qualified for the award were nominated by their peers and reviewed through an award process conducted by the Staff Council Staff Awards subcommittee. Additionally, those staff retiring from the university were also be recognized along with the longevity awards of current employees for service of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 etc. in five-year increments. Because not all U of I employees work first shift, Staff Council served a special dinner to building services employees on April 25, and also served dinner to both shifts working at the Steam Plant.

See a list of award recipients and a slideshow of the award events. Also see a list of all award nominees.

2018 Staff Awards Luncheon

U of I Supervisory Excellence Program

The University of Idaho Employee Development and Learning’s Supervisory Excellence Program schedule for summer 2018 has been posted.

The University of Idaho Supervisory Excellence Program is a flexible, performance skills based program of learning designed to provide U of I supervisors and supervisor aspirants with an opportunity to develop supervisory competencies. The program enhances skill development in critical thinking, delegating, coaching, setting expectations, communication, organizational awareness, team leadership, and human resources management. It is suitable for newly designated supervisors and experienced supervisors who wish to enhance their supervisory skills. Aspirants to supervisor may also participate. Workshops are open to all qualified U of I employees.

Interested supervisors and supervisor aspirants are invited to register through U of I GoSignMeUp for the six available workshops which will be covering topics on leadership essentials, conflict management, resilience, team relationships, and coaching skills. Learn more about the Supervisory Excellence Program.

University of Idaho Professional Development and Learning logo: Learn, Grow, succeed, let;st do it together.
Professional Development and Learning

Branch Campus News


Inaugural Vandal Voices Features Jaap Voss Bicycle Presentation

Vandal Voices, a bi-monthly speaker series organized and presented by U of I Boise. The series is designed to inform and engage Idahoans in the Treasure Valley about research and educational topics presented by U of I experts in an informal setting.

Vandal Voices launched in April at Boise Brewing with a presentation by Jaap Vos on “Cheap and Easy ways to Make Boise Bike-Friendly.” The June Vandal Voices features SeAnne Safaii-White, associate professor at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and her research about “What to Eat (and Drink) to Live to 100.”

Vandal Voices
Vandal Voices is a bi-monthly speakers series organized and presented by U of I Boise.

Reeder Research Appears in EOS

Jeff Reeder’s research paper from his doctoral work was selected as research spotlight in EOS, one of the most prestigious magazines for research in the earth science related field spanning from earth processes to astronomy. Jeff is a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Engineering Center for Ecohydraulics Research in Boise.

Jeff Reeder
Jeff Reeder's research was featured in EOS magazine.

Opportunities at Capital City Public Market

The U of I’s University Communications and Marketing sponsors a booth at The Capital City Public Market, Boise's original farmers market. Any U of I group is welcome to help staff the booth. A few groups from Moscow, McCall/MOSS and the Aquaculture Institute in Hagerman have taken advantage of this opportunity to inform people what the U of I does across the state, and even recruit students. Please contact Sandy Larsen at if you are interested in having your unit at the booth. The time commitment is about four hours. The market runs each Saturday from April 14 through Dec. 15 in downtown Boise.

U of I employees take advantage of the opportunity to connect with visitors to the Capital City Public Market.

New Staff

Dana Gillespie | District 4-H Event/Program Coordinator, District Camp Director

Dana Gillespie has been the director of 4-H Adventure Camp for the past three years while also working at the Boise School District in special education. In January, she took on the new position of Event and Program Coordinator in addition continuing as camp director. As camp director, Dana is responsible for planning, staffing, marketing and holding summer camp for Southern District 4-H. As Event and Program Coordinator, Dana facilitates Southern District horse and shooting sport events, trainings and competitions. Dana will also be working with the Southern District robotics program.

Dana is married with four mostly grown children, but often claims to have hundreds of kids when including all the great kids from the programs she works with. In her spare time, Dana enjoys being outdoors, camping, Jeeping and taking adventures.

Dana Gillespie
Dana Gillespie

Noah Stewart-Maddox | Research Hydrologist, Idaho Department of Water Resources

Noah Stewart-Maddox recently joined the Idaho Department of Water Resources. He’s a recent graduate of Purdue University, where he graduated with a master's degree in hydrogeology. He obtained his B.S. in geophysics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. His previous work has been focused on groundwater flow in mountainous areas and through this research he's had opportunities to do field work in a variety of places such as Carson National Forest, Death Valley, Mt. Hood and Glacier National Park.

Noah enjoys hiking and backpacking in the mountains and looks forward to the many opportunities Idaho has to offer.

Noah Stewart-Maddox
Noah Stewart-Maddox

Paul Thomas | Research Hydrogeologist, IWRRI

Paul ThomasPaul Thomas comes to us from Brown and Caldwell, a national engineering and environmental consulting firm. There, he was a hydrogeologist supporting clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, both in the field and office.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental geology from Northeastern University, and a Master’s degree in geology from University of Utah. Prior to his work at Brown and Caldwell, Paul had a variety of internships and seasonal positions throughout the Delaware River Valley, Patagonia and Southwestern US.

In his spare time, Paul can be found in the mountains, rock climbing and skiing.

Coeur d’Alene

U of I Coeur d’Alene staff bring augmented reality to the EXPO

Staff from the Harbor Center traveled to the College of Engineering Expo to show off the augmented reality sandbox, a fun and educational tool used by the Community Water Resource Center Director Marie Schmidt to teach the public about water science. The combination of physical and technological technique used to create the moving, interactive sandbox landscape made it a fantastic addition to the EXPO. To learn more about Marie’s work, check out the Community Water Resource Center website.

Marie Schmidt at EXPO with Sandbox
Marie Schmidt at EXPO with Sandbox.

Dig’nIT STEM camps and internships are open for registration

The staff at U of I Coeur d’Alene work hard each year to offer the local community an amazing suite of STEM programming for students aged 11-18 through the Dig’nIT initiative! The lineup this year includes five camp topics that teach kids the chemistry behind cosmetics, coding Apple’s Swift coding languages, and gaming techniques. In addition, the program includes a handsomely paid internship opportunity for students aged 16-18, where students are placed into high-tech, high-growth companies and learn unique real-world skills.
Learn more about Dig’nIT camps and internships.

Dig'nIT: Creative STEM learning. Endless Opportunity.
Dig'nIT: Creative STEM learning. Endless Opportunity.

New Staff

Allie Simon | Community Development Specialist

Allie Simon started her new role as the Community Development Specialist in Coeur d’Alene on April 23. Allie began her career with the university as the Strategic Planning Analyst for the Coeur d’Alene Center, where she supported the development and launch of the Inspire Idaho program. Though she is not a Vandal alumna, she is a proud former athlete with the Montana Women’s Soccer team from the Big Sky conference. As a Griz, Allie earned a degree in Organizational Communications with High Honors. In this new position, Allie will work closely with Annual Giving, Corporate Foundation Relations and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Allie Simon
Allie Simon

Idaho Falls

During the last week of March, staff in Idaho Falls participated in the Inspire Idaho initiative with events going on in Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Pocatello and Preston.
On April 12, 2018, the staff at the Idaho Falls campus enjoyed their staff appreciation luncheon. There were longevity awards presented to Alice Allen, Joanna Taylor, and Joel Keyes. There were prizes given out and a wonderful meal and company were enjoyed during the afternoon.
During the staff appreciation luncheon, Krysta Madrigal from Student Services received the part-time staff of the year award. Since Krysta started at Student Services, her dedication to the university, its staff, faculty and students has been exemplary.

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