November 2017 Staff Council Newsletter
Industrial Technology Labs Tour
On October 27, Alex Vakanski, Ph.D, P.E., faculty member here in Idaho Falls, took visitors on a tour of the University of Idaho’s Industrial Technology labs at the newly christened College of Eastern Idaho.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Caudle
Brian Mahoney is the Associate Director for Campus Recreation. He has worked for the university since 2002 and received his undergrad and master's degrees from the U of I in 1997 and 2003. Brian has served on many U of I committees over the years, including Chair of Staff Council and as a staff representative on Faculty Senate. He is well known by students, faculty, staff and administration and has proven to be an advocate and voice for staff on many occasions. Brian will keep a close eye on the well-being of staff and ensure their needs and desires continue to be a top priority for all.
University of Idaho Staff of the Month
Myung Chun, Employment Services Specialist, Human Resources
Myung is an expert on EPAFs. She is always friendly and willing to help prepare EPAFs correctly. She answers her phone or returns phone calls promptly. Myung is generous, has a great sense of humor and makes a positive contribution to the U of I culture.
Thank you, Myung!
Seeking Members for Student Conduct Board
Staff Council is looking for three additional members to fill the remaining positions needed on the newly formed Student Conduct Board (SCB). This board has been created by merging the Student Disciplinary Review Board (SDRB) and Student Appeals Committee (SAC). If all four of our existing participants in the merged committees agree to serve on the SCB, we will need three additional staff to fill the need.
Please see a detailed description of the Student Conduct Board. Participants will be required to complete some online training. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the commitment level or training involved, please contact existing participant Cari Espenschade at 885-6231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have researched this opportunity and received the support of your supervisor, please send a paragraph expressing your interest to Erika Crossland, Election Chair, email@example.com.
Much More Than Party Planning: Join a Staff Council or University Committee!
The breadth of Staff Council reaches farther than the Staff Awards Ceremony. This great university council consists of 35 staff representing all staff at the University of Idaho across the state. You have 11 Non-Faculty Exempt, 16 Classified, three Maintenance/Skilled Craft, and five off-campus representatives including Parma, Aberdeen, Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene.
Many of these members serve on additional Staff Council or university-wide committees. With 15 university-wide and six Staff Council-specific committees, we have the opportunity to really make changes important to our staff. There are often openings in the committees and we would all benefit more participation from staff members not yet involved in Staff Council. If interested in participating in any of the below committees in the future, please contact Staff Council Chair Summer Howard firstname.lastname@example.org or Vice Chair Patricia Baker email@example.com.
Staff Council Committees
- Executive Committee
- Staff Awards and Recognition
- Strategic Plan – even Staff Council has a plan!
- Administrative Hearing Board
- Americans with Disabilities
- Campus Planning
- Classified Position Appeal Board (disbanding Dec 31st with our current classification system)
- Grievance for Student Employees
- University Security and Compliance
- Student Disciplinary Review Board
- Student Appeal Committee
- Joint Faculty/Staff Policy Committee
Staff Awards/McBride Prize Nominations
The Staff Awards Committee announces that nominations for the Staff Awards and McBride Prize are open in November. The nominations are open to all University of Idaho staff at all of our locations across the state, and everyone is encouraged to participate in nominating staff that have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. Let’s celebrate each other and show appreciation to those who help make our university great.
Categories and Nomination Forms
Veterans Appreciation Dinner
Presented by the University of Idaho and Moscow Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in the Bruce M. Pitman Center – International Ballroom.
Keynote Speaker: Colonel Glen R. Downing Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 905.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program and dinner begin at 6 p.m. Veterans (plus one guest) are free.
Each additional guest and non-veterans — $10.
RSVP here by Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. For more information, please call 208-885-6365.
Healthy Holiday Fitness Challenge
Join Campus Recreations’ Healthy Holiday Fitness Challenge, Nov. 19 – Jan. 7. The goal is to help keep you stay consistent with your workouts during a very busy and calorie filled time of year. The challenge is free and open to all University of Idaho faculty and staff.
Registration begins Nov. 6. For more information, visit uidaho.edu/holiday-challenge.
Moratorium on Web Changes: November 7-10
U of I is transitioning to a new version of our website management system, Sitecore. The web team has been testing and migrating content for some time now, and we are ready to make the switch. In order to do this, there will be a moratorium on website changes from Tuesday, November 7 to Friday, November 10. That is, no changes will be made to any U of I website during that time. All web author access will be removed around 5 p.m. on Monday, November 6. Please plan accordingly if your department has any pending or upcoming web content changes. All web authors will receive an “all clear” message on Friday, November 10 when Sitecore 8 is live and available for content changes. If you have any questions, please ask your Web Author, Web Technician, Web Coordinator, or Marketing Communications Manager.
Experts On Tap
Networked Geographies of the Syrian Civil War
Dr. Steven Radil, Department of Geography
Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m., Hosted at the Innovation Den, 418 E. Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene.
New forms of political violence have emerged that have challenged the long-standing notion of war as the sole purview of the state. A plethora of non-state Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) have developed and thrived in different contexts around the world. This talk will explore both the social and spatial structure of VEOs involved in Syria using the tools of network science and geographic information science to better understand the conflict dynamics and the challenges involved in restoring peace.
Disagreement: Perspectives from Philosophy to the Real-World
Bert Baumgaertner, Department of Politics and Philosophy
Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., Hosted at the Innovation Den, 418 E. Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene.
Philosophers study how experts can rationally disagree using idealized cases, such as two economists or two weather forecasters with the exact same evidence and reasoning abilities. But in most real world cases, we aren’t sure whether the evidence is the same or if both parties have equal expertise. This talk will examine how well philosophical insights carry over from the idealized cases to real-world cases.
U of I CDA warms up with a soup, stew and chili cook-off
UI Coeur d’Alene held their annual Soup/Chili/Stew Cook-off Sept. 27. Staff and faculty created their favorite fall recipe to show off and colleagues voted for a winner. Elizabeth Wargo, a new faculty member with the Coeur d’Alene College of Education team, took the win with an amazing Butternut Squash Curry. Welcome and congratulations on your win, Elizabeth!
Photo courtesy of Angie Sowers.
U of I Coeur d’Alene Computer Science Department shows off new location at Ribbon Cutting Celebration
About 200 industry partners, students, U of I leadership and community members came out in support of the new Coeur d’Alene Computer Science Department at their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the new space located in CDA’s Innovation Den. Attendees met the newest computer science faculty, interacted with CDA CS students at project stations and met Baxter, the 300 lb. robot, who made coffee all night thanks to student programming..
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Tamsen.
UI Coeur d’Alene hosts a Lights On Afterschool STEM night at Innovation Den
Sixty kids and parents came to the Innovation Den’s co-working space on Thursday, Oct. 26 to participate in Lights On Afterschool: Coding Swift for Beginners. The event was focused on introducing Swift Playgrounds, an Apple app that teaches users how to code in the Swift languages. Kids and parents used iPads (loaned to U of I CDA by Apple) to work though puzzles; younger students tried out Hour of Code learning programs; and everyone took breaks to meet the bi-pedal robots that Tim Morgan brought up from the CDA Computer Science Department. Lights On Afterschool is a national event aimed at highlighting the importance of after-school programming for children. U of I CDA was happy to be a part of this great program. U of I Coeur d’Alene hosts events like these through the Dig’nIT initiative, a program of summer camps, after school sessions and high-tech internships. Learn more about the program.
Photos courtesy of Kary Wells.
Meet the Vandals Night
Meet the Vandals night was held on October 3 with many interested students and parents coming to campus to learn more about what the University of Idaho has to offer.
Photo of Meet the Vandals courtesy of Alice Allen
South East Idaho College Fair
Idaho Falls campus participated in the South East Idaho College Fair on October 11. Local High School students and their families visited to see what kind of opportunities are available in post-secondary education.
Photos of SEI School Fair courtesy of Debbie Caudle
The Ag Festival took place on October 21. During the festival, local performers entertained the crowd with brilliant cultural dance routines.
Photos of Ag Festival courtesy of Debbie Caudle