Faculty Senate debates adding first-year law program in Boise 04.28.2016

As it is now at the University of Idaho, law students must spend their first year in Moscow before considering the option to move to the Boise law school, but the College of Law is looking to expand. At the Faculty Senate meeting April 19, Richard Seamon of the College of Law reviewed the proposal

Faculty Senate discusses narrative versus numerical evaluations 04.21.2016

Faculty Senate went back and forth at the Feb. 12 meeting debating the merits of the new proposed form for faculty evaluations, which provided a more narrative option for criticism. The room was split. Eventually, they voted to pass a hybrid form of evaluation between the ones proposed by Faculty Senate Chair Randall Teal and

Staben vetoes language broadening leave policy to include domestic partnerships 04.21.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben approved all but one of the proposed policy changes that were voted on and passed at the last University Faculty Meeting Feb. 9. Staben vetoed the proposed revision to the university’s policy on parenting leave, which Faculty Secretary Don Crowley said was intended to expand the policy to include

Working for a common goal, Foisy, new HR director have a shared vision 04.21.2016

University of Idaho Vice President for Finance Brian Foisy and Wesley Matthews, the recently-hired Director of Human Resources, have a history — years working together at their previous university. Foisy came to UI at the beginning of this academic year from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, where Matthews has been the HR director

New UI Ombuds hopes to learn the community and reach out to students 04.18.2016

As University of Idaho Ombuds, Barbara Beatty’s primary job is to act as a confidential mediator in conflicts between members of the university community. That’s what inspires her go-to catchphrase whenever she meets someone new at the university. “I hope I never see you again,” Beatty said. “But if I do, I’m there.” Beatty began

Many factors contribute to low faculty morale at UI 04.18.2016

When Patrick Hrdlicka left his home in Denmark as a Ph.D. student to become an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Idaho, he liked to joke that he took a pay deduction with the job. Yet even now, as an associate professor, he said the punchline isn’t so far from the truth. “This

Speeding up the process — Faculty Senate approves changes to disciplinary hearing process 04.11.2016

On the agenda at last week’s Faculty Senate meeting was a vote on the recommended changes to the process of hearing cases of violations to the Student Code of Conduct. Faculty Senate passed the proposed changes at the end of the meeting. Aside from minor changes in language, Vice Chair of Faculty Senate Liz Brandt

Value of athletes — Athletics representative speaks for student athletes before Faculty Senate 03.28.2016

While Faculty Athletics Representative and Associate Professor of Sociology Brian Wolf said athletes can be both a joy and a pain to teach, they are important to higher education. “We could probably do better by our student athletes,” Wolf said. He said UI student athletes regularly get good GPAs, with 8 percent achieving a 4.0 last

A better fit for Staff Council — Faculty Senate approves changes to Staff Council bylaws 03.24.2016

After a brief discussion at this week’s Faculty Senate meeting, changes were approved to the Staff Council bylaws — including changing the name of the group from Staff Affairs Committee to Staff Council. “If you look at the definition of those two words, ‘council’ and ‘affairs,’ council is a much better fit,” said Staff Council

‘Small enough to care’ — New dean excited to meet students 03.24.2016

After 31 years at the University of Idaho and almost four-and-a-half years as the dean of the College of Business and Economics, Mario Reyes is retiring. “I made a list of things I will miss, and things I will not miss,” Reyes said. On Reyes’ list of things he will miss, he said the people

Varying CEC — Employee compensation increase may be smaller than expected 03.21.2016

Even though Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter requested a 3 percent increase in employee compensation in conjunction with the Change in Employee Compensation (CEC) Committee’s plan, not all University of Idaho employees will likely receive a 3 percent raise, said UI Vice President for Finance Brian Foisy. Foisy and others from the Division of Finance

A more permanent solution — Long-Term Contingent Faculty Task Force recommends ways to give benefits to temporary lecturers 03.21.2016

Temporary lecturer Jeff Jones has worked at the University of Idaho for the past 11 years, but has been hired and fired 17 times during this period. “At what point do you become permanent?” Jones said. Jones is a part of the Long-Term Contingent Faculty (LTCF) Task Force that was formed after contingent faculty protested

JFAC endorses 3 percent employee compensation increase for UI faculty, staff 03.07.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben presented the university’s financial priorities for the upcoming academic year earlier this semester to the Idaho Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Among the priorities outlined was a 3 percent increase in employee compensation. UI Vice President for Finance Brian Foisy said following Staben’s address, the Idaho legislature decided to endorse the

Filtering overflow — Ubuntu Committee asks Faculty Senate for help promoting MLK Art and Essay Contest 03.03.2016

Erin James said she easily gathered more than enough funds for the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest this year. “I’ve never had such an easy time getting funding for something, which is so great,” said James, chair of the University of Idaho’s Ubuntu Committee. But the problem wasn’t low

Making the Vandal brand — UI Director of Trademarks works to protect UI’s logo 03.03.2016

As the University of Idaho Director of Trademarks, Sue Smalley’s said she is energized by being a Vandal. Her position deals with the legality of trademarks and licensing. She has to make sure people honor the UI logo and brand to keep the Vandal name strong. To do this, Smalley is in charge of registering

A change in scenery — New CALS dean focused on college collaboration 02.25.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben may have a new racquetball competitor. Michael Parrella, who began Feb. 1 as the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said he’s an avid racquetball player, but hasn’t yet stepped foot on UI’s courts. However, when it comes to playing Staben, Parrella said, “I don’t think

Void in violence prevention — Dean of Students Office seeks to fill vacant position 02.25.2016

The Dean of Students Office is searching for a new coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs after Virginia Solan resigned earlier this semester. University of Idaho Dean of Students Blaine Eckles said Solan’s role was to educate the UI campus about bystander intervention and protecting victims of violence. Eckles he said he is proud of the

Faculty Senate approves new student evaluation forms 02.25.2016

Faculty Senate approved a new version of student evaluations that focuses on narrative feedback rather than a numerical form at their meeting this week. With the approval from Faculty Senate, the proposed student evaluation form will be up for a vote by a quorum at the next University Faculty Meeting. If it passes there, the

A job for a jack of all trades — UI welcomes new assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services 02.22.2016

After spending almost four years as the Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, Alan Coker decided it was time for a change. “When this position opened up, I saw the opportunity as a step up from a smaller school to a flagship and research university,” Coker said.

Backed into a corner — Faculty Senate discusses problems with employee supervisor training modules 02.18.2016

Members of the University of Idaho faculty voiced their grievances regarding the new training modules for employees and supervisors at the Jan. 26 meeting of Faculty Senate. “It certainly has not been without its growing pains,” said Brian Foisy, vice president of Finance. Foisy attended the previous Faculty Senate meeting to address senators’ concerns and

Many moving parts — Spread Pay Task Force develops pay options for employees 02.18.2016

When considering options for spread pay for University of Idaho employees, Head of the Spread Pay Task Force Becky Tallent said there are many different things to consider. “There are just so many working parts when you’re talking about a university and pay systems and departments,” Tallent said. She said the task force is looking

A look forward — Second University Faculty Meeting reviews UI goals and visions for the future 02.11.2016

At the second University Faculty Meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben recalled the visions for the university he mentioned at the first meeting. “We really talked about three things that were very important to, I felt, for the university to consider as we moved forward into our strategic plan,”

A vision for 2025 — UI president, provost present university’s goals for the next nine years 02.11.2016

The University of Idaho formally unveiled its nine-year strategic plan Tuesday at a staff meeting led by UI President Chuck Staben and Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek. Wiencek said the strategic plan aims to map out the goals of the university as the institution looks toward the future — specifically the year 2025.

Showing her practical side — Jodie Nicotra brings her English background to the table at Faculty Senate 02.08.2016

When Jodie Nicotra was in college, she was a double major in English and biology, even though her first love was always English. “My parents said, ‘You need to do something practical,’” said Nicotra, now a University of Idaho English professor. “Well, of course biology is really no more practical than English is, but none

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