Rethinking reluctance — Staben talks enrollment, diversity to state legislature 02.01.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben addressed the Idaho State Legislature’s Joint Financial-Appropriations Committee Wednesday, outlining the university and the state’s efforts to raise college enrollment. In his speech, Staben praised the Idaho State Board of Education’s new Direct Admissions program, which notifies high school seniors with requisite SAT score and GPA they have been

Raising the bar — Faculty Senate welcomes new student member 02.01.2016

Joseph Dallas wanted to be a representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA) on Faculty Senate last semester, but because of a class conflict he wasn’t able to make the weekly meetings. This semester, with his schedule free at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dallas said he wants to stay on Faculty Senate as long as

From numbers to narrative — Faculty Senate debates trial faculty evaluation form 01.28.2016

A new task force exploring faculty evaluation sent out a pilot form to all University of Idaho college deans last week. The task force is made up of members from the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Provost’s Office and Faculty Senate leadership. In previous semesters, supervisors would rate the faculty in their given units on a

Branding the university — New Senior Director of Marketing has a vision for the identity of UI 01.28.2016

The Palouse has changed since Rebecca Shepard graduated from Washington State University. She said she doesn’t mind, though. “The fun part has just been finding the new restaurants that weren’t here before,” Shepard said. Shepard returned to the Palouse last month as the University of Idaho’s Senior Director of Marketing. “My husband was already teaching

Crowley’s crowning moments — Don Crowley shares his history with Faculty Senate 01.28.2016

After retiring from his job as chair of the political science department at the University of Idaho in 2013, Don Crowley’s initial inclination was to turn down the offer he received for the position of faculty secretary last year from the former Chair of Faculty Senate Patricia Hartzell. Yet, after reviewing the pros and cons,

Reforming family leave — Faculty Senate discusses changes to family leave proposal 01.28.2016

After University of Idaho President Chuck Staben vetoed parts of a proposal to change the university’s family leave policy last year, several members of Faculty Senate said revising and resubmitting the policy would be a priority during this academic year. The Faculty Affairs Committee made changes to the proposed policy based on Staben’s response. At

HR director accepts new position — Walters’ departure puts employee compensation discussion on hold 01.25.2016

After three and a half years in Moscow, University of Idaho Human Resources Executive Director Greg Walters has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Training at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. “It was time to move on, I think,” Walters said. “The University of the Pacific approached

Seeking legal counsel — Deputy General Counsel candidates address students’ legal issues 01.25.2016

Three finalists presented their values at open forums this week for the deputy general counsel position, whose role it is to assist the university’s general counsel in all legal matters. The three candidates who spoke were James Craig, April Smith and Amy Clemmons. James Craig At the first forum on Tuesday, candidate James Craig, a

Building better pupils — General Education director reviews ISEM courses for Faculty Senate 01.21.2016

General Education director Kenton Bird said the University of Idaho faces a challenge with their ISEM courses. The Integrated Seminar courses, intended to serve as capstone courses, are required in UI’s general education. After completing the mandatory ISEM 101 course, students are then required to complete a one-credit ISEM 301 course their sophomore, junior or

A change in scenery — New UI controller settles into her new job and life 01.19.2016

After spending nearly eight years working in Washington D.C. for the National Education Association, Linda Campos and her husband decided it was time for a change. “I always wanted to go back to a higher ed environment that was a small town, really close campus community,” Campos said. The University of Idaho fit the bill.

Barnard returns as alumni director — Vandal alumna Kathy Barnard returns as alumni director 01.14.2016

After being gone nearly 10 years, University of Idaho alumna Kathy Barnard is coming home. Barnard, will officially begin work in her new role of the executive director of Alumni Relations Wednesday. For Barnard, a 1981 graduate, this is the second time she has returned to UI as an employee. For 13 years after graduation,

Advancing Idaho’s agriculture — Foltz to head agricultural initiatives 01.14.2016

John Foltz said he has been preparing for his new position as the Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Initiatives for 25 years. That’s how long he has been at the University of Idaho — first as faculty in the agricultural economics department, then associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

New knowledge — University employees required to complete newly developed training modules 12.10.2015

University of Idaho employees, including student employees and supervisors, will be required to complete training programs recently developed to teach employees about topics ranging from sexual harassment to overall university goals. “We’re proposing to define supervisor pretty widely,” said Brian Foisy, vice president of Finance. “If you supervise any employee, even including student employees, we

Preparing priorities — UI lobbyist plans to push for CCI, WWAMI program funding increase 12.10.2015

Less than a year ago the University of Idaho began tackling important issues in the Idaho Legislature. Although the priorities of the university are fairly similar to the prior legislative session, UI Government Affairs Director Joe Stegner said they are just as critical to address. With the next legislative session just around the corner, Stegner

New knowledge — University employees required to complete newly developed training modules 12.10.2015

University of Idaho employees, including student employees and supervisors, will be required to complete training programs recently developed to teach employees about topics ranging from sexual harassment to overall university goals. “We’re proposing to define supervisor pretty widely,” said Brian Foisy, vice president of Finance. “If you supervise any employee, even including student employees, we

Mapping the future of UI — University officials work to develop strategic plan 12.07.2015

Constructing a document designed to guide the University of Idaho for the next 10 years is a great task, but one that is necessary, according to Mary Kay McFadden, vice president of University Advancement. “If you want to have an ambitious and achieving organization, then you have to have a strategic plan and a direction,”

Exploring options — Faculty Senate applauds Foisy for talk on employee classification 12.03.2015

Vice President of Finance Brian Foisy doesn’t understand why the University of Idaho has the practices it does for employee classification. “I’m not sure how we got here,” Foisy said at a Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday. “I’m not sure why we do this.” Foisy said he plans to spend the next 9-12 months evaluating UI’s

Staben defeated—UI president has friendly racquetball competition with students 11.16.2015

When University of Idaho President Chuck Staben came to campus last year, he made a deal with students: Beat me at racquetball, I’ll buy you lunch. Many have stepped up to the challenge, but all have failed. That is, until Tuesday Nov. 3, when former UI tennis player Cristobal Ramos Salazar defeated Staben in two

‘When you hear my voice’ — Award-winning poet Allison Joseph reads her poetry Wednesday evening 11.12.2015

The Borah Theater held an eager audience Wednesday evening as they waited for award-winning poet Allison Joseph to recite her poems. The event was part of the University of Idaho’s Distinguished Visiting Writer series. Joseph is a professor and director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Southern Illinois University. She is the author of

Not searching now — Jerry McMurtry serves as interim dean as administrators plan next search move 11.12.2015

Although there is no active search for a permanent dean, the College of Graduate Studies is carrying on as normal under the leadership of Interim Dean Jerry McMurtry. The college has been without a permanent dean since July. According to a statement from the University of Idaho, John Wiencek, provost and executive vice president, will

A system of averages — VP of finance explains new budget feature to Faculty Senate 11.12.2015

In an effort to simplify the budget process, University of Idaho Vice President of Finance Brian Foisy said the university implemented consolidated fringe rates (CFR) last semester. CFRs are a measure of how much each university department will be charged for the benefits their employees receive based on the types of employees who work in

An interesting ride — College of Science professor shares story of how he came to work at UI 11.09.2015

James Foster’s life is full of funny stories. “It’s been an interesting ride,” Foster said. Foster, a biology professor at the University of Idaho, was born in a trailer home near Kansas City. That’s where he spent his earlier years growing up, and said he remembers bits of his childhood spent there. “My sister and

Head of Spread Pay Task Force presents issues with spread pay at UI 11.05.2015

When appointed as the head of the Spread Pay Task Force, Journalism and Mass Media faculty member Becky Tallent was somewhat overwhelmed by the information she and her team were tasked to sort through. “We spent the last month gathering information,” Tallent said. “There’s a lot.” At a Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday, Tallent presented the

Plan to prioritize — Provost Wiencek reviews Focus for the Future process 10.29.2015

Learning from last year’s Focus For the Future process, Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek intends to improve communication and clarity through a new program prioritization committee composed of faculty, staff and students. “I think we need a bit of a fresh start in this,” Wiencek said, during a presentation at a Faculty Senate

Scares with Staben — Stabens host 2nd annual Halloween party Tuesday 10.26.2015

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben and his wife Mary Beth Staben are throwing a party — costumes are encouraged. The Stabens will host the 2nd annual President’s Halloween Open House from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the President’s Residence near the UI Golf Course. The event is open to students, community members, faculty and staff.