Annual Benefits Enrollment Is Open
Welcome to 2021 Annual Enrollment for benefits effective Jan. 1, 2021. Starting today, Oct. 19, you can log in to VandalWeb and complete your elections. Annual Enrollment lasts through midnight Pacific time Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Visit the Annual Enrollment webpage for additional information on plan changes and how to enroll. Contact the University of Idaho Benefits Center at 208-885-3697 with questions. Help is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday.
Additional Flu Shot Clinics Are Being Scheduled; Today’s Clinic Is Full
Today’s flu shot clinic is full. If you did not complete the pre-registration process and book a time slot, please do not show up today, Oct. 19, for the clinic. Additional flu shot clinics will be scheduled for campus and the dates will be communicated and listed online. You can also visit any local pharmacy for a quick drop-in flu shot or schedule an appointment at the Vandal Health Clinic by calling 208-885-6693.
One-Credit IFIT Classes Are Available
The IFIT (formerly PEB) Program at U of I is open for enrollment for late eight-week classes. Classes will start this week and will go online after Thanksgiving Break. Contact Liddy Kang '17 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. See the IFIT schedule.
National Student Exchange Virtual Fair Is Oct. 19-23
Learn about study away opportunities in the U.S. and Canada with National Student Exchange during a virtual fair. Attend one or more sessions Oct. 19-23 to learn about different options in Hawaii, Guam, The Virgin Islands, French-speaking Canada and more. Learn more about National Student Exchange.
Virtual Conversation with Common Read Author Is Tomorrow
Join a virtual conversation 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 20, featuring Cristina Henriquez, the author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” which was selected as the Common Read for 2020-21. Register online.
NSF CAREER All Year: Getting Started on Your Proposal Is Oct. 21
In a session 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, via Zoom, learn about strategies for identifying and contacting National Science Foundation (NSF) program officers, thinking ahead about your education plan and considering your project’s broader impacts. A recent CAREER awardee will discuss their experience and answer questions. Learn more.
Modeling-Based Research Funding Is Available; Info Session Is Oct. 22
The Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI) promotes modeling-based research at U of I. An information session for the IMCI Pilot Grant Program will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, via Zoom. The program will fund up to five new research projects and collaborations this year. During the session, learn how your research ideas could fit into the program and receive instructions on how to apply.
Parent Night Out Is Oct. 23
Enjoy an evening out while staff in Recreation and Wellbeing entertain the kids at a Pumpkin Extravaganza, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Student Recreation Center. Counselors will lead children through painting pumpkins, games and a viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Cost is $30. Email email@example.com with questions. Learn more and register.
Planned Maintenance for VandalWeb and Banner Is Oct. 23-25
Beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, the VandalWeb and Banner Systems will undergo a required infrastructure migration. During this maintenance, both systems and any others that rely upon them will be inaccessible. The project is anticipated to last through Sunday, Oct. 25. All systems are expected to be fully functional at the beginning of business on Monday, Oct. 26. Request assistance at the ITS tech support portal.
Golf in the Snow and Around the World with the Vandal Golf Simulator League
Summer is over, but Vandal Golf’s Simulator League is just getting started. Teams of two compete in the eight-week league using the U of I Golf Course’s state-of-the-art Trackman Simulator. League members get to play through world-renowned courses each week in a virtual format. Registration includes access to discounted season passes and golf lessons with Vandal Golf’s PGA Pro staff. Play to win or just for fun while keeping a sharp game through winter. Register by Sunday, Oct. 25. Call the Golf Shop at 208-885-6171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Learn more about the Trackman Simulator.
Submit to the International Education Week Photo, Video Contest
The International Programs Office invites all University of Idaho students to share their photos/videos from around the world for a chance to win a GoPro or VandalStore gift card. Entrants must be an enrolled student at the University of Idaho in Fall 2020. There are three photo and video categories: Vandal Pride, Global Classroom and Landscapes. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Learn more.
First-Generation College Celebration Day Is Nov. 8
First-Generation College Celebration Day is Sunday, Nov. 8. Thirty percent of U of I students and many faculty and staff identify as first-generation college students – first in their family to attend/graduate from college. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to submit a video highlighting their first-generation college experience. The first 100 people who submit a video will be invited to pick up a first-generation college T-shirt. A compilation video will be released the week of Nov. 9, and stories will be shared on social media.
New Limited Submission Funding Opportunities Are Available
The Research and Faculty Development team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting notice of intent to apply to limited submission funding opportunities from the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, the National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects, the National Science Foundation Ethical and Responsible Research Program, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grant Challenges Algebra Program. For more information and to submit a notice of intent to apply to these and other open limited submission funding opportunities, select the program from the table on the U of I InfoReady Review homepage. Contact the Research and Faculty Development Limited Submissions team at email@example.com with questions.
Gear Up for Advising Season with VandalStar
VandalStar’s online appointment scheduling is a favorite feature of U of I students with 80% of VandalStar appointments scheduled by the students themselves. If you are a faculty advisor or staff employee who would like to offer students this online scheduling option for the upcoming advising season – or in general – email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a 1:1 training request form.
Easily Report Your Safety Concerns
The Report a Safety Concern form provides faculty, students and staff a way to report any campus safety concern or issue, anonymously if desired. Submitted forms receive immediate attention and are directed to the appropriate unit for review and consideration. If the concern involves an immediate threat to people, property and/or the environment, call 208-855-6524 to report it to Environmental Health and Safety, or call 911 as appropriate. Learn more on the I-Safety website.