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Campus Operations Division Newsletter – January 2016

Campus Operations NewsletterJANUARY 2016


Skaggs Hall solar panels

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY TURNS LEAD BATTERIES INTO SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS

Boise State University’s Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) team works year-round to recycle as much waste from campus as possible – and now that mission includes lead acid batteries.

Our campus generates hundreds of pounds of lead acid batteries on an annual basis, and with the help of the Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership (iYERP) and the John William Jackson Fund, Boise State is turning those pounds of batteries into scholarship dollars.

“All metal that we recycle, including the batteries, creates recycling dollars that get turned into scholarship dollars for students across the state – including Boise State students,” explained Barb Beagles, director of the EHSS team.

If your department is generating this kind of waste, please reach out to Beagles or Jane Bartlett to arrange this waste stream picked up and recycled. The university’s goal is to divert as much material from going to the landfill as possible; doing this while generating scholarship dollars is a win-win for everyone.

FULL STORY: SCHOLARSHIPS >


BOISE STATE NAMED 2015 COMPASS LEADERSHIP IN MOTION AWARD WINNER

Boise State University was named the 2015 Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) Leadership in Motion Ada County award winner. The award was one of five Leadership in Motion awards given to recognize businesses, individuals and projects that demonstrate leadership in supporting Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon counties.

Specifically, the Elder Street park-and-ride facility, run by Boise State’s Transportation and Parking Services, was the university’s award-winning project. The 2015 awards recognized accomplishments that occurred between July 2014 and June 2015.

The Elder Street park and ride was developed with the dual goals of increasing multi-modal infrastructure and decreasing individual vehicle usage in the downtown Boise area, including the university campus. Boise State worked with Valley Regional Transit and the Ada County Highway District to create a facility to serve not only the university, but also the community as a whole, providing a meeting place for carpoolers, a conduit to the public transportation system and a bike-to-destination parking option.

Located off of Interstate 84 at the Vista Avenue exit, the facility provides 149 paved parking spaces and includes a bus shelter, gated shuttle storage and bike parking.

FULL STORY: AWARD WINNER >

Sean Wakeley
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Rachel Duffy

Rachel Duffy is nearing her one-year anniversary as Assistant Manager of Trademark Licensing and Enforcement, taking on the role in February 2015. One of her main jobs is working with campus departments and organizations with layouts and information on licensed vendors with promotional product. She helps to properly represent each department or organization while maintaining the nationally recognized Boise State brand. Prior to her current role, Rachel has been on campus for nine years, most recently at the Bookstore.

Rachel enjoys her current position because of the ability to be creative and innovative, while enjoying the opportunity to contribute to a better world through student success.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys backpacking and finding treasures at garage sales and antique shops.

Favorite Movie: Paul or anything with Simon Pegg


Appreciation night at Bookstore

Employee Health and Wellness

As the New Year begins, it is a good time to remember the many health and wellness benefits offered on campus to employees.

Consider checking out these on-campus resources:

Campus Recreation: Employee memberships available – Remember to fill out your Health and Wellness Release Time Request

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Mental health support for employees

Environmental Health and Safety: Provide ergonomic evaluations

Employee Learning and Development: Offers a variety of workshops and trainings covering work and health related topics

Employee Benefits Package: Benefits package provides health and financial protection plans

Health Matters: State of Idaho employee wellness website. This site is full of comprehensive, credible health information and community health events

5-a-Day Challenge Nutrition Information: Nutrition education for the 5-a-Day employee wellness challenge.

University Health Services: Available for primary care, urgent care and specialty care (including after hours care). Also offers counseling, dietitians, massage and wellness.


First Thursdays in the Boise River Cafe

Each month the Boise River Cafe (BRC) located in the Student Union Building offers diners a change in menu with the First Thursday program in which all menu options follow a specific theme.

In its fifth year, First Thursday offers cuisine from different cultures to introduce new foods to diners, as well as break up the usual menu routine.

Upcoming themes include:

February 4 – Mardi Gras Theme

March 3 – Island Theme

VISIT BOISE RIVER CAFE >


BRONCOTEC OFFERS NEW PAYROLL DEDUCT PROGRAM

A new payroll deduct program launched this fall allows employees to purchase select items at BroncoTec and pay for the items through 18 payroll deduct payments. Items include computers and tablets as well as other some other products. A 10-percent down payment is required at the time of purchase. Ask an associate for more details.

VISIT BRONCOTEC >


COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS BOX

The Boise State Campus Operations division now has a comments/suggestions ‘box’ available at operations.boisestate.edu for those wanting to provide anonymous or identified tips, comments or any notice to the department.

The ‘box’ is located in the left-hand navigation bar of the main Campus Operations website.

Those using this feature are welcome to provide any contact information or remain completely anonymous if they would like.

This provides employees, students and campus members the opportunity to suggest an idea, notify the department or even voice a complaint if needed.

GO TO COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS BOX >


Watch Hannah Newhouse Reports

Hannah Newhouse

Boise State sophomore Hannah Newhouse has been creating video blogs showcasing events and projects within the Campus Operations Division. Her newest reports include:

VIEW ALL HANNAH NEWHOUSE REPORTS VIDEOS >


Monthly Division Trainings

Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is continually offering training opportunities to employees provide continued education, required trainings and development for its employees. The following are trainings offered in the next month:

  • Jan. 21 – Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Feb. 1 – ONE Boise State
  • Feb. 8 – Leadership 101:Session V – Managing Challenges

DIVISION TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES >


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

The following are important dates and events to remember for the following month:

  • Jan. 18 – Campus Closed – MLK/Idaho Human Rights Day
  • Feb. 15 – Campus Closed – President’s Day

CAMPUS EVENTS CALENDAR >


Have questions, comments, or suggestions for newsletter topics?

Contact Michelle Railsback at michellerailsback@boisestate.edu.


OUR MISSION

Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students while providing a quality campus experience.

A division focused on the future, Campus Operations’ mission is to provide a constructive, memorable and safe environment where students can pursue their educational goals.

Our division oversees the grounds, facilities, campus services and operations, and strives toward constant improvement and attention to detail to create an exceptional atmosphere for our students. Additionally, we are entrusted with building an institution of higher learning, while helping students reach their futures.

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