Schedule Your Time Slot Now for COVID-19 Testing
Testing is a key part of the university’s Fall 2020 COVID-19 reopening plan, and we are making strides to ensure every Moscow-based University of Idaho student is tested before entering classrooms. Testing began Aug. 6 on the Moscow campus and is free of charge for Moscow-based students, faculty and staff. An assessment center has been set up at the Student Recreation Center to swab as many as 1,000 people per day in advance of classes. Anyone experiencing symptoms as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should cancel their appointment and contact Gritman Medical Center at 208-882-4511 to schedule a time to be tested at Gritman's drive-through testing site. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required online. The following dates are available for testing: Aug. 10-12, students, faculty and staff; Aug. 13-21, students only; and Aug. 24-26, faculty and staff only. Bring a photo ID and the QR Code from the online sign-up to your testing appointment. U of I’s testing policy is unique and the latest accomplishment in a longtime partnership between the university and Gritman Medical Center. Testing, along with the university’s face covering policy and other modifications for fall, will help provide a safer environment and a memorable experience for our students this semester.
COVID-19 FAQs Updated with Town Hall Questions, Video
A recording of the Aug. 4 COVID-19 employee town hall is available for viewing online. The site’s FAQ section has also been updated to address questions posed during the town hall meeting. Additional coronavirus questions, whether related to COVID-19 policies or to restock needed PPE supplies, can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single Sign On Turned on for Zoom
Single Sign On (SSO) is being pushed to all managed computers – Windows and macOS – on Monday, Aug. 10. It is already set up in general classrooms and computing labs. Zoom will automatically sign in with SSO when started. Your default browser will launch, and you will be prompted to authenticate if you have not done so for the day. The browser will then display a prompt asking, “Did you mean to switch apps?” Click “yes,” and you will be signed into Zoom. See the online Zoom General Guide for more help using Zoom.
Vandals Dining to Gift Free Kids' Meals from Chick-fil-A Aug. 10-27
Due to heightened levels of food scarcity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chick-fil-A, located in the ISUB, will be offering free meals to children aged 12 and under Aug. 10-27 with no purchase necessary. Meals will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10-14, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17-27, Monday through Friday.
CETL Offers Workshops This Week on Microsoft Stream and Communicating to Students
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) continues their workshop offerings this week with sessions focused on the student experience. A workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, will address how to record your lectures on Zoom and then post them to Microsoft Stream for student access. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, learn about good communication with students concerning classroom policies with presenters Barbara Kirchmeier, Erin Chapman and Brian Smentkowski. Learn more and register.
Virtual Q&A Talks with Torrey No. 6 is Aug. 12
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence will host the last summer bi-weekly Q&A conversations with faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, via Zoom. Blaine Eckles, vice provost and dean of students for Student Affairs, will join the session as a special guest. Participants are invited to ask questions in advance, during the event, or just listen to the discussion. Questions submitted in advance will help shape the conversation and should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the event. Learn more.
Screen on the Green Showing ‘Dirty Dancing’ Aug. 13
Join the Department of Student Involvement and Vandal Entertainment for a free showing of “Dirty Dancing” (PG-13) 8:45-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, on the Theophilus Tower Lawn. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs and movie snacks. Masks are to be worn while not seated and social distancing is encouraged. Learn more.
Cup of Joe with Adam Juratovac is Aug. 18
In the seventh episode of the Cup of Joe series, join a discussion with University of Idaho Alumnus Adam Juratovac '09, '10, '13 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, via Zoom. Juratovac is a three-time Vandal graduate. He is a California employment law attorney who represents employees and small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. While at U of I, Juratovac played football for the Vandals, and he continued his football career in the Arena Football League for the San Jose Sabercats and the Spokane Shock. Today, he is one of the NCAA’s Subject Matter Experts on Social Media, and his book, “Student-Athletes and Social Media,” continues to be the standard in digital branding for student-athletes. Learn more and register.
Annual CAES Pitch Event: 'Baby Shark Tank' Launched; Registration Deadline is Aug. 19
The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) has launched a pitch event, Baby Shark Tank, which will be held virtually during its first year. This groundbreaking program combines the three pillars of the CAES Strategy: research, education and innovation. Participants learn how to effectively pitch their ideas, hone their newfound skills and compete for nearly $4,000 in prize money. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 19. A virtual information session will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17. The online event is open to all levels of ideas – from early-stage concepts to investment-ready research – pitched by anyone in the CAES community. CAES is a research, education and innovation consortium bringing together Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and University of Wyoming. Learn more and register.
New Limited Submission Funding Opportunity Available; Deadline is Aug. 19
The Research and Faculty Development team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting notice of intent to apply to a new limited submission funding opportunity with an accelerated internal review timeline: II-VI Foundation, Block-Gift Program for Graduate Student Support, with a concept paper deadline of Wednesday, Aug. 19. For more information and to apply to this 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.
Building Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Promotion and Tenure Workshop is Aug. 20
Oregon State University (OSU) will be presenting an online workshop 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, for university faculty about research innovation, entrepreneurship accomplishments and patents in evaluations for promotions and tenure. Presenters will include Rich Carter, Ph.D., chemistry faculty lead for innovation excellence, OSU; and Karl Mundorff, MBA, executive director, innovation and entrepreneurship co-director, OSU advantage accelerator. This event is hosted by Ascend Hub, Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development in the Western IDeA States. Register online.
Research and Faculty Development Hosts M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Event Sept. 3
U of I researchers can meet and greet with local high school science teachers over drinks and appetizers to learn about opportunities for grant-funded collaborations through the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science program 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Face coverings will be required and adequate space to allow for social distancing will be provided. Through the program, high school science teachers are awarded up to $19,000 to conduct research with mentors in local university labs for two summers in order to help bring real-world lab experience for high school science teachers who may not yet have experienced it. U of I researchers who mentor these teachers will also receive $3,000 to help pay for supplies. This event is co-sponsored by the ORED Research and Faculty Development team and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Register for this event by Friday, Aug. 28. Contact the Research and Faculty Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
IT Prioritizes Classroom Support During Start of Fall Semester
During the beginning of the fall semester at U of I, Local IT Support Teams and the Technology Solutions Partners must adjust their prioritization processes to focus on support for technology-enabled and HyFlex classrooms. Please be patient with the support staff as they attend to highest priorities which – during this period – will be requests related to course delivery. Read more.
Option to Exclude Spring, Summer 2020 Teaching Evaluations
Per the President’s COVID-19 action, faculty have the option to exclude teaching evaluations from Spring and/or Summer 2020 from any review process – promotion, tenure, annual evaluations or third year review – due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Teaching evaluations are available to faculty on VandalWeb. View them to make an informed choice. Fill out the online survey by Tuesday, Sept. 15, to exclude course evaluations. Contact Joana Espinoza with questions.
Recycling Program Changes
Because of the market reduction in recyclables in 2019, as well as the permanent budget cutbacks to both Surplus/Solid Waste (SSW) operational funds and staff, the Interior Recycling Program for the University of Idaho was eliminated on April 27. All interior recycling of paper, plastic and aluminum cans should be either personally recycled or disposed of in the solid waste stream. Exterior oval recycling/trash containers are treated as solid waste receptacles. Exterior cardboard container emptying will continue on an on-call basis. Metal and e-waste recycling will continue as before. For department cleanouts of solid waste, a budget number from the department will be required so that a work order can be set up to deliver a toter or rolloff to your site to allow department staff to empty trash into a larger container. SSW staff will not assist with this effort. If additional assistance is required, City North American can be contacted for support. Further changes to the SSW programs may be forthcoming as circumstances dictate. Call 208-885-1715 with questions. Learn more.