Looking Back and Looking Ahead is Tomorrow
Reflect on what we’ve learned this semester and how that can inform what we do next, no matter what “next” might look like, during a virtual session 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 26. During this session, faculty innovations and evidence-based practices will be presented to offer an inventory of tips, tools and techniques to support successful teaching and learning across all instructional modalities. Look back on what has worked and what hasn’t and think about how we can use what we have learned to prepare, flexibly, for fall. Register online.
Learn More About Vandal Kids Camp Tomorrow
Vandal Kids Camp is a full week summer camp that offers a safe environment for kids ages 6-12 at the Student Recreation Center. Activities include rock climbing, outdoor adventure, multi-sports, stunts and swimming. Learn more about the camp during a Zoom meeting 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 26. Email Katie Doman at email@example.com to register.
Learn About Coping During COVID May 27
The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is hosting the second installment of its Coping During COVID seminar series 11 a.m. Mountain time Wednesday, May 27, with a presentation by Idaho State University Sports Dietician Natalie Christensen. Christensen’s presentation, “Coping During COVID: Nutrition Wellness Through Mindful Eating,” will address how nutrition is interwoven into every aspect of wellness, and the ways we can be mindful about our food choices and relationships with food. Register online.
Vandal Food Pantry Curbside Pickup is Available May 27
The Vandal Food Pantry cabinets are no longer available to community members and students. To keep food available for patrons, a curbside pickup will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, from the Bruce M. Pitman Center alleyway. Bags will be pre-packed, and patrons will be given bags based on their family size. There will be no substitutions on bags. Bags are packed based on recommendations from Feeding America.
Green Dot Overview for Faculty and Staff is May 27
A Green Dot Overview for faculty and staff will take place 3-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, via Zoom. The session will introduce the basic elements of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program, focusing on the role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing campus culture. The program will help employees understand the expanded role of “bystander” and equip participants with skills to integrate this role into their job. Register online.
‘ASCEND’ in Times of Rapid Change Through Entrepreneurial Webinar is May 28
Join Nigel Sharp with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for a webinar 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, to learn about how university faculty, postgraduates and students can benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset in times of rapid change. This presentation is one in a series of webinars from Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development (ASCEND), a regional technology transfer accelerator hub that increases the entrepreneurship and commercialization of basic medical science in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. Funds for the ASCEND hub were made possible by a Small Business Technology Transfer award (UT2GM130175) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Contact U of I Site Leader and Office of Technology Transfer Director Jeremy Tamsen for more information. Register online.
Think Open Fellowship Applications Due May 29
The 2020-21 Think Open Fellowship is accepting proposals from faculty and graduate students interested in transitioning an upcoming course to an Open or other low-cost textbook solution. Applications are open through Friday, May 29. Think Open Fellowships provide faculty and graduate students who commit to using Open or other low-cost resources a $1,200 award and the opportunity for intensive collaboration with the library. Fellows will work with the Open Education librarian to identify and create open educational resources that support their learning goals. Learn more.
‘A League of Their Own’ to be Shown at Moscow Drive-In May 29 and 30
The ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center gravel parking lot is being turned into a drive-in movie theater and will show the film “A League of Their Own” (1992) at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Enter from Stadium Drive. Limited spots are available, so plan to arrive early. Gates open two hours before showtime. Learn more.
Upgrade to Zoom Version 5 by May 30
Zoom Version 5 client is available to upgrade for all operating systems including macOS, Windows, Android, iOS and Linux. It is recommended everyone upgrade their client on each OS they are using immediately. Zoom has made the upgrade mandatory on Saturday, May 30. If you have not updated, Zoom will prompt for confirmation before upgrading automatically. To update on macOS and Windows, open Zoom, click on your profile initials in the upper right corner, then click on “Check for Updates.” If the update is available, Zoom will download it and install it automatically.
Idaho Matters to Interview Project ECHO June 1
Project ECHO’s Director, Lachelle Smith, will be interviewed alongside ECHO-attendee Dr. Ann Lima (Orofino) on Boise State Public Radio’s news show, Idaho Matters, at 11:15 a.m. Monday, June 1. Project ECHO is part of Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program and uses video conferencing to connect community providers across the state with specialists in regular, real-time collaborative sessions. Expected topics of discussion include health disparities in rural Idaho communities and the success of Project ECHO’s COVID-19 program. Tune in live or, if you’re outside of the listening area, download the podcast.
Vandal Giving Day Ambassadors Needed June 2-3
Vandal Giving Day 2020 starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. With your help, this 2,020-minute online giving event will raise funds to aid our students with their return this fall, providing scholarships and additional resources as they continue their education at U of I. Sign up to be a Vandal Giving Day ambassador and spread the word to Vandals worldwide. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-739-0477 with questions.
Register for a Virtual Cooking Class with Ampersand Oil & Vinegar Taphouse June 3
Attend the third cooking class in the series presented by Keely Garrity, a Vandal alumna and owner of the local Ampersand Oil & Vinegar Taphouse, 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. During the session, prepare a gourmet meal as it is livestreamed from the Ampersand kitchen. The menu includes a Mexican chopped salad, street corn salsa, chicken or veggie fajitas and churro cake. Learn more and register online.
FY21 Automated Salary Agreements and Letters are Available in VandalWeb
Automated annual contract renewal, salary agreements and letters for all permanent employees continuing into FY21 at U of I are available via VandalWeb and must be acknowledged/accepted in the system no later than Friday, June 5. This process applies to all employees except temporary help employees, temporary faculty, graduate assistants and other student-affiliated employees. Within at least 36 hours of acknowledging/accepting their document, employees will receive a PDF copy by email. Questions about the electronic system can be directed to email@example.com for staff and firstname.lastname@example.org for faculty. The automated salary agreements and letters are located in VandalWeb > Employees > Employee Information > Salary Agreements.
Faculty Asked to RSVP for Aug. 1 Commencement by June 15
Faculty members are invited to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020 during a special Summer Commencement Ceremony 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. Due to the timing of the ceremony, as well as logistics surrounding COVID-19, faculty members who plan on attending are asked to RSVP on Eventbrite by Monday, June 15.
Remote Summer Boot Camp Registration is Open
Participate in the Remote Summer Boot Camp — Computing, Data and Visualization — June 8-12. Workshops will be offered in software carpentry and introductions to computational modeling and data science tools will include hands-on programming using R, Python, bash and git. There will also be a seminar series and discussion panel. No prior knowledge of the tools to be presented is needed. The boot camp is hosted by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Collaborative Computing Center in collaboration with the CAES universities: Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and University of Wyoming. Learn more and register.