December 2017 Staff Council Newsletter
Nominations Open for Staff Awards
The Staff Awards Committee invites you to nominate staff who have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. The nominations are currently open, and they will remain open until Feb 9, 2018. There are seven categories as follows:
- Senior Leadership
- Non-Faculty Exempt
- Skilled Trades
- Administrative Assistance
- Team Award
If you are unsure of the category for the nominee, please submit a nomination regardless; the committee will review and ensure they are placed in the correct category. There is also the opportunity to nominate an exemplary student for the Staff Educational Award. The nominations are open to all University of Idaho employees who have a dependent(s) attending the U of I, so please consider nominating someone who you feel is deserving of these awards.
Visit the Staff Council Award Categories and Nominations page for more information about the categories, how to nominate and to access the nomination forms.
The Staff Awards Committee also wants to highlight the McBride Prize. Last year, there were no valid nominations for this prestigious award. The McBride Prize is given to a staff member in the Non-Faculty Exempt category who emulates the example set forth by retired staff member, Larry McBride, during his nearly 20 years of distinguished service to the university. The prize recognizes service far beyond that expected from the job description. Selection criteria include the following descriptors: exemplary imagination, creative, can-do attitude, loyal, dedicated, supportive, enthusiastic, highest performance standards for him/herself and others, dependable and friendly. Please consider nominating someone who you feel is deserving of this award.
Visit the Staff Council Award Categories and Nominations page for more information about the categories, how to nominate and to access the nomination form.
University of Idaho November Staff of the Month
Patricia Caddy, Office Support 2
Patty helps everyone in the office with English composition and grammar. She works hard and intelligently to streamline office procedures, verify proctors, answer emails and process student exams. Thank you Patty for all you do.
University of Idaho December Staff of the Month
Christopher Doman, Admissions Counselor in Outreach
Chris reached out to the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, volunteering to give up part of his Saturday to assist in any way he could for the Serving Your New Community (SYNC). He drove a group of new students to and from service at Goodwill and saved the department staff from a more stressful day. Sacrificing his time on a very busy weekend was so helpful. Thank you Chris!
SRC Food Drive
Bring three cans of food the Student Recreation Center and get in FREE*.
Canned Food Drive runs Dec. 16 - Jan. 9. *Free Admission includes the SRC, Wellness Classes and Climbing Center (Basics Clinic and equipment not included).
Acceptable soup and canned goods: Canned soup, meals (chili, meat raviolis, stews), peanut butter and canned meats (tuna, chicken). No Ramen or Instant noodles.
Soup donations go to the University of Idaho Food Pantry and local food banks.
Visit the Campus Rec Wellness Page for break hours and class schedule.
New Staff at U of I Boise:
Janet Weybright | Administrative and Faculty Assistant | College of Law Boise
Janet Weybright was born and raised in Colorado, and has lived in Los Angeles and Seattle as well, but is familiar with Idaho — her father and his family were natives and she traveled to Idaho frequently.
After earning a B.A. in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University, Janet taught K-12 general music, band, English grammar and literature, and drama in Colorado. She then turned to administrative work, a field in which she has been employed ever since. Janet comes to the U of I Boise College of Law after working several years at the City of Boise.
Janet had visited all 50 of the United States by age 24; lived in a castle in Austria; has swum in the Danube; has been thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface in a zinc mine in Wallace; intends to visit all seven continents before she dies; once did the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride; loves dining at Chandlers in Boise; is part of her church’s leadership; and currently shares a home with her 94-year-old mom, Doris, and their two kittens, Maximus and Minimis (Max and Minnie).
Vandals Rake Up Boise 2017
Thank you to all U of I Boise faculty, staff and friends who joined us Nov. 11 for Vandals Rake Up Boise 2017. Volunteersworked on three different houses and had a blast during the raking time as well as socializing after.
Santa’s helpers are alive in Moscow where U of I staff members are event organizers and volunteers for the 9th annual Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse. Dianne Daley Laursen is co-founder and Dan Noble is a core member of the organizing committee. Additional U of I staff volunteers include: Lysa Salsbury, Alissa Goolsby, Ellen McKenzie, Julie Miller, Andrea Thomas, Mandy Broke, Karen Vaina, Wes Vaina, Maria Horta Lopez, Dusty Fleener, and Olivia Calza. The Giving Market (AGMP) provides philanthropists one-stop, stress-free shopping for everyone on your list. We offer 160 gifts starting at $5 that support 32 local non-profits, including several organizations affiliated with U of I. To date, we have raised over $158,000, with 85% of our gifts receipts from donations under $10. The AGMP embodies the notion that every gift, no matter how small, can have an impact. Please join us at the Giving Market on Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. at the 1912 Center or at the Palouse Mall on Dec 9. You can shop online through Dec. 15 at agmpalouse.org.
Question, Persuade and Refer
QPR training is available for faculty, staff and students on the Moscow campus Thursday, Dec. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Horizon room. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. It is an evidenced-based, one-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 refer to appropriate resources. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Save the Date: Active Shooter Response Training
The Office of Public Safety and Security along with the Moscow Police Department are presenting Active Shooter Training for all staff in the Division of Infrastructure.
To accommodate this size of a group we scheduled two sessions, both on Jan. 3rd, 2018 in the Vandal Ballroom.
The first session will be at 08:30 a.m. and the second session will be at 01:30 p.m. The length of the session is 1 – 1.5 hours each. You need only attend one session.
For other training and development opportunities, see the Professional Development and Training Learning Opportunities Calendar.