Staff Newsletter, March 2014

March 2014

Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff AffairsChair’s Report

Greetings fellow U of I employees

  • Videoconferencing for Staff Affairs meetings: President Burnett and President-Elect Staben have graciously agreed to fund the cost of videoconferencing for our monthly meetings. We will now be able to hear and see our off-campus representatives in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Twin Falls & Idaho Falls during our meetings. While we greatly appreciate the support, we are continuing to look at alternative options that would still allow us to communicate effectively, while costing the University less money. We will be evaluating and deciding on the best option in the near future, but will remain open to new ideas as they become available.
  • Brink Hall Faculty Staff Lounge: Staff Affairs is now utilizing the newly refurbished Faculty Staff Lounge in Brink Hall for our monthly meetings. The lounge is open to all faculty and staff as an informal meeting space. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! It’s a very welcoming and warm location and has all new furniture.
  • International Programs Office donation: The International Programs Office (IPO), headed by Susan Bender, graciously gave Staff Affairs $200 towards the purchase of a new tablet. The tablet is being used by our Staff Affairs Secretary to take notes at our meetings, aid in election duties, as well as correspondence with Staff Affairs members. A big thanks to IPO for their support.
  • Departmental Campaign for funds: The IPO donation helped foster the idea of a campus wide departmental/ unit campaign to help fund Staff Affairs. We have approval from University Advancement and are looking towards a campaign that will happen in the last couple months of the fiscal year. While the idea is still in the beginning stages, we anticipate funding going towards increased dollar awards for the Staff Awards, increased support of the Staff Appreciation Fair and possibly helping fund a half-time secretarial position to aid in administrative needs of the committee. Look for more information and campaign specifics later this semester.
  • Smoke Free Campus: Staff Affairs along with Faculty Senate, ASUI and UI Health Education is continuing to review best practices at peer institutions that will aid us in revising policy in the coming months. Any opinions on this matter can be sent to Rest assured that all staff input will be taken into consideration as we move forward.

As always, it is my pleasure to serve you all. Thanks for your continued support of Staff Affairs and for your hard work and dedication to our University.

—Sincerely, Brian Mahoney, Chair of Staff Affairs

Katie Noble, University of Idaho Staff of the MonthCongratulations Katie Noble and Kelton Jensen! University of Idaho Staff of the Month

Katie Noble is an Administrative Assistant II for the Dean of Students. She has been recognized for her outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn. She is the UI Staff of the Month for January.

Kelton Jensen, UI Staff of the Month

Kelton Jensen is the 4-H Program Coordinator for Ada County, Boise. He has been recognized for his outstanding work, going above and beyond in helping others and making the University of Idaho a great place to work and learn. He is the UI Staff of the Month for February.

About the program...
The Kudo staff recognition program is another way to say thank you to our colleagues statewide who go above and beyond their duties to make the University of Idaho a great place to work.

In addition to each Kudo recipient receiving a card and online tribute, Staff Affairs randomly draws from the pool of Kudo-ed staff to determine the University of Idaho Staff of the Month. The Staff of the Month is announced on-air through Inland Northwest Broadcasting radio stations in addition to a certificate and sponsored gift.

To honor and appreciate the hard work of a staff member, please visit

Staff Affairs Member Spotlight – Laila Cornwall

Laila CornwallLaila has been employed with the University of Idaho since 2008 and has received both her BS and Master’s degrees from the UI. She has been with the American Language & Culture Program (ALCP) since January 2012 as the Assistant Manager and Senior International Student Advisor. Laila thoroughly enjoys working with the international students who come to the University to learn the English language before entering the University in a degree program. Laila provides immigration, academic, and cultural advising to the ALCP students in addition to helping them with acculturation issues, intercultural adjustments, and other personal matters. She also coordinates and leads cultural activities for the International students throughout the year. She relates well with the international students because she is from Denmark and has personal experience being an international student and adjusting to American culture.

Laila is actively involved with her children’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, serving as a merit badge counselor, committee member, and leader. In her free time Laila enjoys reading, sewing, and knitting or spending time with her husband and four children in the outdoors—usually biking, camping, hunting or fishing.

Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series Statewide

Professional Development and Learning is pleased to announce an exciting new program especially for supervisors – the Supervisor Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Series. Join PDL staff and colleagues from across the state as we provide a space to discuss a variety of workplace topics.

Twice a month, we will dialogue and skill-build around a specific theme. We encourage you to bring your lunch, along with any issues you may be experiencing in the workplace that relate to the given theme!

All brown bags are held in Administration, Room 217 from 11:30-12:30 am PST (12:30-1:30 MST). Statewide access is available via GoToWebinar. Please contact Julie Lang Lorentz at for more information. (No registration necessary for those participating in Moscow.)

March 12 – E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! Do you know what excellence looks like and how to communicate your vision to your team? People make decisions about what to do and how to do it based on their understanding of expectations and motivation. Learn how to catalyze a great conversation between you and your team.

March 26 – Encouraging Collaboration – Most supervisors will say they want collaboration, but few act consistently with this claim. Learn what collaboration is and how to reinforce it with your team.

Professional Development & Learning March Offerings listed on EVENTS page 


February 14, Valentine’s Potluck and Kelton Jensen’s awarded the University of Idaho Staff of the Month

February 25th Career Center visited to help with student resumes

February 26, Brown Bag Luncheon with Dr. Michael Kroth, Professor of Adult and Organizational Learning & Leadership gave a presentation on his sabbatical to Italy

—Coeur d'Alene—

Staff Potluck | February 14

We had a wonderful potluck lunch on Valentine’s Day with yummy red velvet cupcake treats to top everything off! I think we all went home a few pounds heavier that night.

Math Book Club

Starting last week, students, 21 pre-service teachers and in-service teachers met at the Harbor Center for Dr. Julie Amador’s Book Club. This semester they are reading “What’s Math Got to Do with It? How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love their Least Favorite Subject” by Jan Boaler. The group meets for one hour on five Thursdays, and the book was provided for them! 
CDA Book Club 

—Idaho Falls—

UI-IF Ground Hog Day Celebration – February 3

Uncertainty as to the Ground Hog prediction for eastern Idaho was the general consensus from faculty and staff who attended the annual Idaho Falls event. A good time was had by all as they enjoyed cookies, punch and lively conversation.
Ryan Haworth
Ryan Haworth convinces Charley that we want an early spring 

Technology Management and Engineering Management Advising Open House – January 19

TM and EM students gained valuable information from advisors when they attended the Open House held at the Student Union Building in Idaho Falls.
TM and EM advising
TM & EM Advising Open House

BYU Idaho Career and Internship Fair – February 27

Idaho Falls staff and faculty talked with BYU-I students about graduate opportunities to further their career plans at a fair held at the BYU-I campus in Rexburg.
Carol Baldwin with student at BYUI career fair
Carol Baldwin talks with a student at the BYU-I Career Fair

Link to upcoming events for Moscow - Boise - Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Falls - Twin Falls  

Contributors: Julie Lang, Brian Mahoney, Debra Rumford, Angie Sowers, Carol Spain, Michelle Weitz

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