Campus operations UNVEILS Multiple major projects
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division has had its hand in multiple major projects across campus in recent months.
CITY CENTER PLAZA/COMPUTER SCIENCE
One of the largest projects to be completed was the new Computer Science location at City Center Plaza in downtown Boise (top two photos pictured). The department occupies the second and third floors of the newly constructed City Center Plaza located at 777 West Main Street. The space contains classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, team rooms, student research workstations, offices, study space and a visualization center.
The new location offers primer opportunities for Boise State students to connect with the tech world located in downtown Boise.
ALUMNI AND FRIENDS CENTER
The 40,000 square foot Alumni and Friends Center (pictured bottom, right) is set to open in the coming weeks with a dedication of the building taking place on October 15 following the Homecoming Parade. The new center features a large ballroom, conference room, living room, showcase and office spaces, all focused on welcoming Boise State Alumni and Friends.
LYLE SMITH STATUE
In honor of his 100th birthday, a statue of legendary Boise State football coach and athletic director Lyle Smith was placed outside the Allen Nobel Hall of Fame on Sept. 9 (pictured bottom, center). The statue was created by artist in residence Benjamin Victor and installed by Campus Planning and Facilities. A recent news story from the Idaho Statesman highlights the statue and Coach Smith.
SIMPLOT MICRON ADVISING AND SUCCESS HUB (SMASH)
The Simplot Micron Advising and Success Hub (pictured bottom, left) was unveiled late this summer, combining advising and academic support departments in one convenient location. Remodels of the space, as well as applications of new design standards, offer an outstanding location for the center of student success.
The Broadway Bridge remodel was a project led by the Idaho Transportation Department, however many Boise State employees played major roles in its successful completion. The Broadway Bridge Replacement Project offers better roadway and Greenbelt access to the Boise State campus, while also featuring updated sidewalks and spaces on the east edge of campus. A recent news story on Channel 7 highlights the opening ceremony of the bridge.
The Boise State Campus Operations Division will have a float in the Homecoming Parade this year. Division employees are invited to participate in walking the parade route alongside the float in the parade to throw candy.
The parade will be held Saturday, October 15. The time has yet to be determined as it is based on the kick-off time for the football game (TBD).
To make sure proper and timely information is sent to all volunteers, a sign-up sheet has been created.
BROWN BAG LUNCH
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division works to provide its employees continued education, opportunities to be involved and training.
The Brown Bag Lunch Series provides an opportunity for development and education on employee-suggested topics. The upcoming Brown Bag Lunch will be held 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., October 5 and will cover the topic of “Tools for Effective Meetings and the Use of Google Resources”. The bring-your-own-lunch session will be held in Pioneer Hall, room 102 and is open to all employees. Additional sessions will be scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is appreciated.
FOOTBALL GAME TAILGATES
Boise State’s Facilities Operations and Maintenance team is hosting BBQ tailgates open to all division employees before each of the home football games. The BBQ is located on the north side of the Maintenance Shop (1356 University Drive) and begins two hours prior to kick-off.
Hotdogs, hamburgers and limited drinks will be provided. It is asked that attendees bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to Barb Beagles (BarbaraBeagles@boisestate.edu) to ensure the proper number of hotdogs and hamburgers are available.
Tailgate times: Saturday, October 15 (6 to 8 p.m.), Thursday, Oct. 20 (6 to 8 p.m.), Friday, Nov. 4 (6 to 8 p.m.), Friday, Nov. 18 (5 to 7 p.m.)
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: FONDA PORTALES
Fonda Portales is a brand new member to the Campus Operations Division taking on the newly created position of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. She will curate Student Union gallery spaces, supervise the maintenance and protection of existing University-owned artworks, and collaborate with students, colleagues, and community members to commission new public art on campus.
Fonda is an art historian specializing in Mesoamerican cultures and has been Adjunct Faculty at Boise State for the past eight years. She is especially passionate about making the visual arts accessible to diverse audiences and cultivating interdisciplinary relationships between the visual arts and other innovative fields.
Outside of work, she craves traveling–Syria and Mexico are her two favorite countries to visit. When at home, she may be found making mixed media books, deejaying her life through mix tapes, watching the films of her favorite directors, Wim Wenders and Peter Wier, or rereading her favorite book, The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt–a novel about a female artist who dupes the art world.
DIVISION EMPLOYEES TO BE RECOGNIZED AT YEARLY LUNCH
Twenty-six Campus Operations Division Employees will be honored Monday, October 17 for their outstanding work and years of service to the university. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Student Union Building’s Simplot Ballroom.
All employees are invited to celebrate this year’s honorees. Cost of the luncheon is $10 per person and includes a sandwich of your choice, chips, pickles, salad, cookies and beverages. Registration is required.
A list of Campus Operations honorees is below. A full list of campus honorees is available online.
Five Years of Service
- Bookstore: Corey Laurence
- Chief Operating Office: Katie Thomas
- Event Services: Jentry Walsh
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance: Barb Beagles, Arsino Hoxha, Marvin Lyons, Skip McMillan, Trent Reagan, Kelly Royster, Kris Van Pelt
- Public Safety: Frank Harper, Rob Littrell, Samuel Patterson
10 Years of Service
- Campus Planning and Facilities: Michael Sumpter
- Chief Operating Office: Sunny Wallace
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance:Jose Aguilar, Mark Raya, Greg Stanley
- Institutional Compliance and Ethics: Alicia Estey
15 Years of Service
- Chief Operating Office: Kevin Satterlee
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance: Roy Miller, Bryce Rathbun
20 Years of Service
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance: Chris Bjugstad, John Woodbury
25 Years of Service
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance: Claude Sheffield, Orie Shreve
BOISE STATE PREPS FOR FLSA CHANGES
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that determines whether employees are eligible or ineligible for overtime pay, based on a specific annual salary threshold. This federal law was recently updated so that positions with salaries under $47,476, and meeting certain position requirements, will be eligible to receive over-time compensation.
Employees affected by this change will maintain their Professional full-time status, but in the future will be asked to track their hours worked. Any hours worked per week in excess of 40 will be awarded as either compensatory (comp) time or overtime at a rate of 1.5 hours per hour worked. In addition, required by State Board Policy, all affected employees will accrue vacation at the Classified accrual rate.
The deadline to comply with this regulation is December 1, 2016. That date falls in the middle of a Boise State University pay cycle, making the campus compliance date November 20, 2016 to coincide with the pay period.
Each Campus Operations’ department will have a set comp time and overtime policy based on how work is conducted within each unit. Campus Operations leadership is working with Human Resource Services to evaluate and review all affected employees to ensure each position is properly evaluated. Affected employees will be notified in person, accompanied by written communication, of their change in status in early November.
The university will conduct informational sessions for employees and conduct training for managers and supervisors in October and November. In addition, time and labor entry and approval for employees and supervisors will be provided.
If you have questions or concerns regarding FLSA changes for yourself, your staff or colleagues, please reach out to Dani Dunstan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 426-1233.
ONE BOISE STATE TURNS ONE
The Campus Operations Division’s onboarding program, ONE Boise State, reached its one-year anniversary this past month. The program has hosted 29 sessions, beginning on August 3, 2015 and has had 300 employees in attendance.
ONE Boise State has continually improved and grown throughout the year thanks to the feedback provided by participants (the average rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars). Without the participation of each of the employees the program would not be a success.
Congratulations to the following departments for completing attendance of all non-student employees in this year:
- Architecture and Engineering Services
- Department of Public Safety – Security
- Campus Services
- Campus Planning and Facilities
- Capital Planning and Space Management
- Chief Operating Office
- Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance – Administration
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance – Custodial (92 attendees!)
- Facilities Operations and Maintenance – HVAC
- Trademark Licensing and Enforcement
Those departments not listed are nearly complete. As a reminder, when new employees arrive on campus, their first day should be a ONE Boise State session (register with link below).
As the program continues it will be merged with the ONE Boise State sessions run by Human Resources to provide this opportunity to all new employees on campus. In addition, a student-employee ONE Boise State is currently in development, as well as onboarding resources at the departmental level.
REGISTER FOR ONE BOISE STATE >
DINING OPPORTUNITIES IN OCTOBER
Boise State Dining Services offers a variety of food choices and events throughout the month. One of the newest food choices is Freshii, located in the Education Building. Freshii, along with Moe’s Southwest Grille, a P.O.D. Express in the Library, and a variety of rotating food trucks are the newest dining options on campus.
FOOD TRUCKS SCHEDULE
- Monday (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Dutch Bros. Coffee (Clearwater Suites)
- Tuesday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Awesome Burger (Brady Street), Mad Mac (Clearwater Suites), Kanak Attack (Engineering)
- Wednesday: Dutch Bros. Coffee (Clearwater Suites: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) and Ben & Jerry’s (Quad: 1 p.m.)
- Thursday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Awesome Burger (Brady Street), Mad Mac (Clearwater Suites), Bowled Over (Engineering)
The Bronco Zone – Lunch Above the Blue is offered each Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This special opportunity is available to faculty, staff, Recognition Society Members, alumni, BAA members, emeriti and Varsity B members and guests of each of these parties. The Bronco Zone is a $10 lunch buffet with free parking. View menus and make a reservation today.
Dates for October include October 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 26 and 27.
Guest speakers will be featured on:
- October 5: Cancer Treatment and Prevention Panel (Boise State cancer researchers)
- October 18: College of Innovation and Design – Vertically Integrated Projects
BOISE RIVER CAFE
The Boise River Cafe offers a special Faculty and Staff price of $8.50 every Friday for lunch.
- October 5 – Boise River Cafe: Meet with Campus Dietician Marlee Harris
- October 6 – Boise River Cafe: First Thursday (Oktoberfest Theme)
- October 12 – Boise River Cafe: Premium Lunch
- October 19 – Boise River Cafe: Meet with Campus Dietician Marlee Harris
- October 21 – Boise River Cafe: October Birthday Celebration (special dessert for October birthdays)
- October 25 – Boise River Cafe: Themed Dinner of “Country Breakfast”
TOUCHDOWN MONDAY’s AT THE BRONCO SHOP
The Boise State Bronco Shop continues its home game tradition of Touchdown Monday throughout the season. Touchdown Monday offers 5% off merchandise for each touchdown the Broncos make up to 25% off. Touchdown Monday is offered each Monday following a home game.
HANNAH NEWHOUSE, BOISE STATE CAR RACING FOR TOYOTA
Hannah Newhouse is hitting the racetrack this year for a new team, the Toyota Racing Development team.
Newhouse will continue to race in her Super Late Model, sporting the Boise State logo on the hood, but this year she’s competing in three races for Toyota, one of the premiere names in racing.
“AMERICA’S WILDERNESS BEAUTY” at SUB Pop-Up Gallery
The Student Union Exhibition Series Presents *America’s Wilderness Beauty” by Scotty Perkins.
Pop-Up Exhibition: September 26 – October 23, Student Union Second Floor – Pop-up Gallery
AUTUMN WORKER SAFETY
Autumn is here. As the long awaited relief from the summer heat arrives, the leaves begin to turn, and the shorter days return, it serves as a reminder to change outdoor work routines and make adjustments to remain safe.
The mercury is dipping, so dress accordingly. Keep in mind daylight will disappear earlier, and be prepared for wet conditions, low visibility, and wind. Weather patterns can change rapidly and without warning and can involve sudden storms and lightning. Watch out for icy patches on pavement, especially in shady areas. Be aware of how weather affects vehicle and pedestrian traffic in work zones. Pay special attention to engineering controls, and equipment that may be more hazardous when wet, such as ladders and lifts. Make sure vehicles are cold weather ready.
If working outside for extended periods, watch for signs of hypothermia in yourself and others, and take warming breaks as needed.
Indoors, be careful of wet floors, and as tempting as it may be, it’s better to address environmental control for the entire office or shop than to rely on space heaters under desks which tax electrical circuits and can be a fire hazard.
Fall is a beautiful and wonderful season of transition. Let’s all work safely as we move through it, and toward the holidays.
REAGAN’s HIDDEN TALENT
Campus Planning and Facilities’ own Trent Reagan recently had an opportunity of a lifetime thanks to his expertise as a fly fisherman. Trent was asked to take Dierks Bentley fly fishing while Bentley was in town for his September 13 concert. Trent obliged and brought along his friend and guide assistant, Treg Gorringe. The trio spent the afternoon on the Boise River fly fishing with one of country’s greatest musicians.
(Pictured left to right: Trent Reagan, Dierks Bentley and Treg Gorringe)
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division Employee of the Year awards will be given out each year at the divisional meeting. Nominations are open year-round for the three awards aligned with our division goals: 1) Empathy for the Customer, 2) Attention to Detail, and 3) Imputed Quality.
This month’s newest nominees include:
- Sondra Becker, Campus Planning and Facilities – Empathy for the Customer
COFFEE WITH KEVIN
The Campus Operations Division will be hosting a monthly opportunity for division members to meet and have a conversation with Kevin Satterlee, Chief Operating Officer.
Kevin will host 15-minute visits the first Friday of every month and will be meeting with individuals or teams of up to five people to discuss ideas, challenges, and other topics. Coffee and tea will be provided for each visit.
Open registration is available for these events. Once registered, you will be contacted to coordinate a specific time to meet with Kevin.
IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS TO REMEMBER
The following are important dates and events to remember for the upcoming months:
- October 1: Boise State Football Tailgate (Maintenance Shop-north side, 2 hours before kick)
- October 5-6: Bronco Zone
- October 12-13: Bronco Zone
- October 15: Homecoming (Join the Campus Operations Parade Float)
- October 15: Boise State Football Tailgate (Maintenance Shop-north side, 2 hours before)
- October 18-19: Bronco Zone
- October 20: Boise State Football Tailgate (Maintenance Shop-north side, 2 hours before)
- October 27-28: Bronco Zone
MONTHLY DIVISION TRAININGS
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is continually offering training opportunities to provide continued education, required trainings and development for its employees. The following are trainings offered in the upcoming month:
- October 5 – Brown Bag Lunch: Tools for Effective Meetings and Use of Google
- October 10 – ONE Boise State
- October 19 – Active Shooter Training
- October 24 – ONE Boise State
- October 28 – Introduction to StrengthsFinder (through CPD)
- November 2 – Generations in the Workforce (through CPD)
- November 8 – Becoming a Servent Leader (through CPD)
CAMPUS OPERATIONS VIDEO BLOG
Chase Duckworth, a Communications – Media Productions major, has joined the Campus Operations Team as a video blogger. His mission is to tell the Campus Operations’ story from the perspective of a student. Here are some of his most recent videos: